On February 7th, 2009 our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who lived to celebrate her 96th birthday, passed away peacefully. Margaret endured much pain after her stroke, but she fought valiantly, for six years in an extended care facility, to be with the ones she loved. Margaret lived for her family and was deeply loved by them. Daughters: Anne Marie (Manuel), Fran (Jim), Chris (Gordon) and Joey have been blessed to be surrounded by a mother’s unconditional love, kind heart, unselfish spirit, delightful sense of humour and courageous ability to overcome challenges. Granddaughters Anette and Michelle and grandsons Andy and Jason cherish their Granny’s gentle spirit, strength of character, great stories and storytelling ability. Margaret’s eight great grandchildren are proud to have a Great Granny who lived to be 96. Margaret lived through the pain of war immigrating from Romania to Austria, then Poland and finally to Germany. In 1948, Margaret with her husband Johannes (John) immigrated to Canada with three children and a single wooden suitcase holding all their belongings. They worked tirelessly at Stewart’s Nursery and within a few years purchased their own orchard. Margaret worked in the fields, orchard and packing house around the clock for many years so that her children could have a better life, and indeed she accomplished her goal. We cherish the time we had with our beautiful mother, honour her spirit, and are comforted to know that she is now in a more peaceful place. Prayers will be recited at Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road on Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 750 Rutland Road N. on Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Funeral arrangements were entrusted to VALLEYVIEW FUNERAL HOME (250) 765-3147.

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