Mary was born June 6, 1937, in Vermilion and passed at away July 20, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital, Edmonton. Mary grew up at Clandonald where she also attended school in Allendale then onto Clandonald. In 1954, when she was 17, she went to Calgary to attend nursing school at SAIT. Upon completion of nursing she worked in Vermilion, Hannah and then back to Calgary. She went to school with Joan Brady, who was one of her dearest friends. In 1958, at the age of 20, she moved to Fairview, where she met her future husband, Joseph Kuntz, at a dance shortly thereafter and were married in 1960. In 1962, they had their daughter Mary Josephine Kuntz, who sadly passed shortly thereafter. Mary and Joe, continued to live in Fairview where she worked in the Fairview hospital for 12 years, followed by a dentist office for 5 years, and lastly at their own Shell Bulk Fuel Station for 17 years until they sold and retired. They loved to escape to the warm sunshine in Arizona and spent two weeks there every year for 15 years. After their retirement, they managed to spend 2 months there. Joe got sick and sadly passed away July 27, 1992. While he was receiving cancer treatments in Edmonton, they sold their Fairview home and moved to the Lake District in north Edmonton. After Joe passed, Mary moved to Sherwood Park. In 2008 Mary lost her left leg to diabetes, resulting in her move to Kiwanis Place, Edmonton where once again she made new friends. She enjoyed shuffleboard, playing cards, bingo and above all else socializing with her friends and family. In December 2021, Mary moved once more to St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital where she remained until her passing.
She is survived by her sister Margaret Lesyk; sisters-in-law Norma Gourley, Maureen Gourley, Doreen Gourley, Donna Latimer, and Marie Kuntz; brothers-in-law Leo Kuntz and Peter Kuntz, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her husband; Joseph Kuntz and infant daughter Mary Josephine Kuntz; parents Thomas and Mary Gourley; sister Annie Brady; brothers Joe Gourley, Thomas Gourley, Jim Gourley and John Gourley as well as numerous in-laws, nephews, and nieces.
As per Mary’s request, there will be no funeral, but there will be a gravesite service Monday, July 25, 2022, at 10am, at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton.
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