Peacefully on Friday April 9, 2021 at Riverview Health Centre Mary passed away at the age of 78  years.

She was predeceased by her son Ray Van Santen,  daughter Nancy Van Santen, mom/dad Stella and Vernon Malak,brothers Vern & John Malak, sister in laws Irene Malak and Joyce Malak

Mary is survived by her children Maureen Paskaruk (Tim) and Annie Van Santen; Grandchildren Tabitha (Daniel), Candace (Les), Melanie (Kyle) and Raymond; Great Grandchildren, David, Cashtin, Bryan, Colton & Arianna

She also leaves her brother, Walter,  sisters Annie (mack), Frances (Don) & sister-in-law Eileen and numerous nieces and nephews

Mary was born in the Morden area and had moved to live in Winnipeg where she was a wonderful stay at home mom for several years before volunteering at the community centre at Strathcona school.  She would go on to work at the school as a teacher assistant and the  food coordinator for the breakfast program for 29 years.  Mary made several long lasting friendships during her time at Strathcona school and developed close bonds with many of the children throughout the years.    

During her free time Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, going on camping trips with the grandkids where she would be looking for that 4 leaf clover,  scrabble game nights & lunch dates with her close dear friends & making her famous perogies for her family & friends.They won't taste the same without you mom.  

You will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all.  Rest in peace mom we love you, until we meet again.....

The family especially thanks Grace Hospital, Health Science Centre Hospital, Riverview Health Centre, Homecare and her homecare caregivers.

There will be no funeral service at Mary's request.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made if desired to the Manitoba Lung Association at 204-825 Sherbrook St Wpg, Mb R3A 1M5 204-774-5501


God made a wonderful mother,

a mother that never grows old,

He made her smile of pure sunshine,

He made her heart of pure gold,

God made a wonderful mother,

and he gave that dear mother to me.

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