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MARY LUTZ (published on January 27, 2009)

MARY LUTZ October 3, 1914 - January 22, 2009 Peacefully, on Thursday, January 22, 2009, Mary (Maria) Lutz (nee Kansky) passed away at her residence in Lions Place. She leaves to mourn her passing, her sons, Bill (Heather), Brian (Maxine) and daughter Carolyn McAuley (Angus); five grandchildren, Douglas, Alisa, Laurie, Maria and Michelle; eight great-grandchildren, Heather, Tyler, Megan, Corey, Cassidy, Bronwyn, Tegwyn and Alex and dear sister Nettie McGhee, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jack (1965); brothers, Ed Kansky and Mike Kansky; sisters, Anne Sirack and Sophie Dentrey and parents, Pauline and Basil Kansky. Mary was raised and went to school in the North End of Winnipeg, met Jack and married him in Winnipeg on October 21, 1933. Following Dad's discharge from the R.C.A.F., they settled down to raise a family in Weston, with Dad working at the CPR Shops and Mom looking after the home. Mom and the family spent many summers at Ingolf, ON starting in the 1940s and initially travelling to the lake on the CPR Campers' Special on Friday afternoons and returning on Sunday evenings. After many summers of renting various cottages at Ingolf, KensKamp became the family's regular summer getaway. Mom was tireless and unselfish in cleaning and preparing meals, etc. during these wonderful summers. During the winter months she spent many happy evenings after Sunday supper playing canasta with Dad, Ken Todd and relatives who dropped in. In the early 1950s, Mom took part for many years in a Weston ladies sewing circle . She also enjoyed gardening whenever she had the chance. After Dad's passing, Mom started working at Eaton's Valley Room and then at Robinson Little where she made new friends and took advantage of the bargains in clothing for herself, her children and her grandchildren. Mom was famous for her monster cookies which she produced in great quantity for her grandchildren, and for her special coleslaw which she made for every family gathering. In 1983, Mom retired and moved to Lions Place where she enjoyed her final years. It was during this time that she met Bert Millar, who was a good friend and an exceptional dance partner until his passing in 1994. Florence Bennett became a good friend during Mom's life at Lions Place, providing companionship and caring in Mom's later years. Mom was in good health until her last year, and all her family will miss her dearly. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 29 at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave., Winnipeg (entrance on Aubrey Street). NEIL BARDAL INC. 949-2200

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