Passed away peacefully on July 21, 2021, at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice, in her 81st year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Mataija. Dear mother of James, Steven (Wendy), and Lisa (Roger). Cherished Baka (grandmother) of Maximilian, Mya, and Isabella. Loving sister of Frank (Tanya), Anna, and the late Nevenka.
Mary was born on August 20, 1939, in Plesivica, Croatia (then Yugoslavia). These were difficult times, as WWII was about to begin. In later years, she worked as a nanny and also assisted the local midwife which is something that gave her great joy. Mary met her future husband, Tom, while he was travelling in Croatia. She immigrated to Canada, in 1966, where they married a few days later.
She lived the rest of her life, in Bracebridge, in the same home where everyone was always welcome. She cooked big meals and would make sure no one left her home hungry. She worked many years as a housekeeper at a local resort. She loved travelling and made many trips with dad and friends to the states for Croatian festivals and just pleasure. Mary loved children and doted on her grandkids and was always there to help take care of them. She was truly a people person, she loved seeing people, talking to people, and listening to their life stories. Mary was a kind and genuine person, and she will be fondly remembered for the hospitality she showed everyone in her home.
We will miss her greatly.
The family received family and friends for visitation on Saturday, July 24, 2021. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, in Bracebridge, a reception will be announced following the burial. Please RSVP before hand at www.reynoldsfuneral.com, or call 705-645-2257.
In memory, donations may be made to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, or to the Algonquin Grace Hospice and may be arranged through Reynolds Funeral Home. Messages of condolence may be shared at www.reynoldsfuneral.com
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