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Obituary: Marie Gejdos (June 15, 1931 - October 26, 2022)

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful mother, Marie Gejdos on October 26, 2022.

Marie passed away peacefully at the 100 Mile District Hospital surrounded by the love of all of her children, most of her grandchildren and her youngest brother by her side.

Marie was born in Mannville AB June 15, 1931 but left home at an early age.  She met dad (Frank)  in Coleman AB and they married in October, 1954.  They moved to a few different communities before settling in FSJ in 1964.  Marie loved Fort St John and remained there until May, 2022 when she moved to 100 Mile House to be closer to family due to her failing health.  She dearly missed her friends from FSJ and a part of her heart always remained there.

Marie’s love of life shone through in most everything she did.  She loved to cook and was an amazing cook and baker. It warmed her heart to share the wonderful meals she prepared.  Her other great love in her life, besides her family, was playing cribbage.  Mom and dad spent most weekends playing crib with friends and enjoyed playing at the Legion as well.  She could outplay most people but always graciously stated ‘she was just lucky’.  Mom was known as the neighbourhood ‘baba’ due to her genuine love for kids and was a surrogate grandma to many, many children.

Marie and Frank, who predeceased her in 1993, were very active in their younger years participating in bowling and curling leagues, dancing, card playing, camping and socializing with their many friends in Fort St. John.  Marie was also involved with the CWL (Catholic Women’s League), she was a Welcome Wagon Hostess for a few years and worked for the Hudson Bay Company.

Marie is lovingly remembered by her children, Terri (Wayne) Schoenenberger, grandson Trevor (Lauralee) Schoenenberger & great-grandson Wyatt, granddaughter Trina (Mike) Barrette, great-granddaughters Luella and Frankie, Dorri (Andy) Larstone, granddaughter Joy Larstone (Brad Shaw) and great-grandson Max, grandsons Kelly and Adam Larstone, Frank (Brenda) Gejdos, grandson  Garrett, Barbara Gejdos and Kelly (Rhonda) Gejdos, grandson Tyson (Alecia Speager) and granddaughter Taylor, her brothers, Bernie (Pat) Shalagan and Peter Shalagan and her sister, Sister Doloretta Shalagan along with sisters and brothers-in-law, her nieces, nephews and godchildren and many, many friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Omer and the nurses at 100 Mile House Hospital as well as the staff at Carefree Manor, who tenderly cared for her during her short stay there.

A funeral mass/celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 25th at 1:00 at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection: 9504 – 100 Ave. Fort St. John at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Ukrainian Relief in memory of Marie Gejdos.

Hamre’s Funeral Chapel is entrusted with service details (www.hamresfuneral.com). Live stream link available at Hamre’s.

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