It is with profound sadness that the family of Marg Bartel announces her peaceful but lonely passing in the early morning of March 22, 2021 at the age of 76. Marg was forever young but suffered complications resulting from an elective hip replacement surgery. She was beautiful, smart, funny and endlessly optimistic about the future. Born in Rainy River, she was incredibly adventurous and ambitious, starting her career as a hairdresser at the age of 15, training at the Marvel School of Beauty in Winnipeg, Man. She loved the city and its intrigue but was swept off her feet by Patrick Bartel in Fort Frances. They married in 1963 and spent 51 wonderful years together. Mom cut hair in Fort Frances in her home and at Senior’s Homes in town for many years. She loved talking to people and had a special place in her heart for seniors. She also loved the outdoors. She was fortunate to retire at Lake of the Woods on Taylor Bay, spending her days sunning herself on the deck with a beer, playing cards, fishing and entertaining family and friends. She returned to Fort Frances around 2013, reconnected with old friends, and made some incredible new friends.
Marg was the best mom, but she somehow managed to raise the bar even higher when she became a Nana. She lived for her grandkids and thrived on watching them grow and cheered them on to many successes. She followed them around the world supporting their endeavours. They could do no wrong in her eyes and are better people because of her devotion and love. Sabrina and Donavan Broesky, and Evan, Ally and Danica Grierson were the light of her life and in recent years her great-grandboys Kolton and Corbin were the icing on her cake! Also mourning her loss are her daughter and son in law, Tricia and Rob Grierson; her sisters Nancy Gate and Betty Dobransky; sisters-in-law Fern Douglas (Sterling) and Lorraine Sloane; as well as many nieces and nephews. Marg had many friends, too many to mention here but you know who you are! In the past year mom found love again while playing cards at the senior’s centre and dancing at the Border Bar. She and Conrad Larson enjoyed their quarantine days playing cards and keeping up with world politics. His family was also very welcoming and supportive and we are so very grateful for them.
We had so much more to do and say, but in the words of Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Your legacy lives on in every laugh, smile, and hug and in the successes we achieve. It is bittersweet that we unknowingly had to say goodbye; remind those you love, you love them, and for Marg cheers a beer in her honour. We love and will miss you every day. You can sleep now.