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MARION SPARLING (published on January 16, 2010)

MARION SPARLING (nee STEFAN) Peacefully on January 13, 2010 in her 90th year. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Steven (1961). Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Glenn (Terry), Larry, David (Tal), and Victor (Carol), her 11 grandchildren, their families and her sister Victoria Siltzer. Raised on her parents' farm in Flintoff, Saskatchewan, she graduated from Assiniboia High School (1940). Just three short years later she was accepting her Diploma from Hotel Dieu of St. Joseph's School of Nursing (May 1943) in Windsor, Ontario. Following graduation Mom worked as a Registered Nurse in Windsor then in Winnipeg where she met Steve. Four sons later and the untimely passing of Steve led her back to school to balance her work life as a single parent. She graduated from Winnipeg Teachers College (Normal School) in 1964. Several years later she returned to nursing, her real passion, where she finished her career at age 65, only to return for an additional two years of service. Her nursing career afforded her the opportunity to work at Sharon Home, the General Hospital and the Municipal Hospitals. Retirement didn't slow her down. She loved to keep busy and was very committed to her volunteer work with the Manitoba Theatre Center (Head Usher), the Winnipeg Music Festival and the Red River Exhibition - Crafts Display. She was especially dedicated to her work with the St. John's Guild, founded to care for children's special needs through events such as the Teddy Bear's Picnic and the Children's Hospital Foundation Book Market. Other interests and pastimes included golf, cards, especially Bridge, gardening, crosswords, word jumbles, reading the newspaper front to back, crafts for the Guild Fund Raisers, world travel and enjoying all the Bomber games, especially over the radio. A celebration of Marion's life will be held Monday, January 18 at the Riverview Health Centre Chapel, One Morley Avenue East, commencing at 9:30 a.m. The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowood Manor, Riverview Health Center and the Health Sciences Center for the compassionate care received by Mom and her family. In lieu of flowers Friends are invited to make a donation to the Children's Hospital Foundation in Mom's Memory. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

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