With grieving hearts, we share the loss of our dearly departed mom, grandma, baka (baba-baka) Mary Maganja (Skender), who passed away peacefully in her sleep to be with the Lord, on Thursday June 3rd, 2021, at her daughter Annie’s home.
Mary was born in Croatia in 1927 and moved to Canada in 1962. She worked hard to provide for her family in every way she could. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with all her heart. Her family gave her the greatest joy, which was reflected in her many talents, especially with her knitting and crocheting of sweaters, socks, slippers, hats, and mittens without the use of a pattern. Mary enjoyed spending time with family and friends at bingo, bus trips to the casino, St. Jacobs market, vacations to Cuba, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, and Alaska. Mary’s inner beauty was reflected in her spirit and through her countless lunches, dinners and parties and never came empty-handed. She was known for her apple pies and strudel, cookies, and her specialties - potatoes au gratin and cabbage rolls.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, sister Ana and husband Matto and her son Matt. She was a devoted mother to Annie (Jim,) and Joe (Joanne,) mother-in-law to Cathy a grandmother to Candace, Michael (Courtney,) Shannon (Cory,) Laura, Geoffrey, Stephanie (Mike,) Emily, Brittany (Josh,) and Andrew. Great grandmother to Leah, Hailey, and Cooper. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Loved by all, including the family pets, for her loving, warm, caring nature, and generous gift of time. Mary loved life. You could see it in her eyes and in her smile, hear it in her voice, in her laughter and the way she made you feel when she hugged you. Her greeting always made you feel very special and welcomed. Mary captured the heart of all who were blessed to know her.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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