It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our wife, mother, and grandmother, Marion Catherine Gladu, on Nov. 29, 2002.
Born June 24, 1936 at the McKenzie Hospital in Fort Frances, Marion lived her childhood along the C.N. Railroad, attending school in the “School Car.”
In 1951, she moved to town to go to high school and after school, she worked at The Beanery as a waitress, where she met her future husband, Jim, in 1955.
She enjoyed working for Bill Malen at the Twin Pines Cafe and later went to work at Safeway. It was there that Jim proposed and gave her an engagement ring at work one day.
Marion then settled into homemaking and took to being an Avon representative as she loved to socialize with neighbouring friends and patrons.
Her favourite pastimes included tending her gardens at home and at Banning Lake, where she and Jim spent many happy hours fishing and visiting the relatives.
She was always eager to share her bounty with those she loved. Her generous heart and easy nature will be sadly missed. Having the gift of hospitality, her home was always the gathering spot.
Marion will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Jim; son, Michael (Lori); daughter, Donna (Don) Bone; daughter, Pamela; and grandchildren, Jimmy and Jason Gladu, Mandi Bone, and Dylan and Gina Gladu.
Also surviving are her brother, Frank (Elise) Boyda of Atikokan; sister, Bernice (Dave) Armit, and brother, Jack (Dorrit) Boyda of Surrey B.C.
Marion was predeceased by her parents, William Boyda (July, 1982) and Elizabeth Boyda (Oct. 25, 2002)
Pallbearers are James Gladu Jr., Jason Gladu, Don Bone, Chuck Armit, Todd Plourde, and Glen Boyda.
Honourary pallbearers are Debbie Lawres, Lisa Armit, Mandi Bone, and Gina Gladu
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with Pastor Sandra McEvoy officiating.
Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 from 7-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.