PUCHALSKY, Marilyn Ann (nee McIvor)

It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our Mum Marilyn who passed away July 31, 2022, at the age of 75 years.

She will be forever remembered by her children Lynn Wickings (Darryl Anhorn), Neal Wickings (Julie Chartrand) & Barbara Smith (Mitchell). Her grandchildren Corrina (Michael), Taylor & Tyler (Jessie). Great grandchildren Kaydin & Caleb. Her sister Jan Tollow, niece Jo Wieringa (Henk), their daughter Sofia, nephew James Tollow (Joanna), cousin Rodney Davis (Marion). Susan Montgomery, her sons Andrew, Jace & Alex, grand daughters Zaylee & Addisyn . Shelley Mihalus.

She was predeceased by parents Norman Mc Ivor & Barbara Pettit. Her Auntie Edna Davis. Her friends Muriel Johnson, Jim & Gayle Kelly.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on August 20th at 2PM. Serenity 10129 – Princess Elizabeth Ave, Edmonton.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Good Samaritan Southgate who cared so much for Marilyn during her time there. Special thank you to the staff at Serenity Funeral Services for the care given to Marilyn and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in name of Marilyn’s honour may be made directly to the following:
• Canadian Cancer Society, or
• Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation

Serenity Funeral Service – South

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Jan Tollow

Mazzy – My big Sister
Memories of my big Sister stem mostly from our childhood and from my early teenage years which is when we last saw each other. Consequently, those memories are patchy and somewhat unreliable at best; Our ages and the dates of events escape my certainty now. However, what I do recall most vividly, was the overwhelming admiration and pride I felt for her when at the tender age of 18 or 19, she left England, her close friends, her family and any known support system to travel to another part of the world and embark upon a new chapter of her life. To me, at the time, it equated to sailing single-handed across the Atlantic or even around the world. I was overwhelmed and awestruck. What courage!
I have a particular childhood memory of her bailing me out, when at an age old enough to receive pocket money, possibly 8 or 9, I had failed to save any of mine to buy our mother a Birthday present. When she showed me proudly a pair of slippers she had saved for, and bought her, I was distraught and completely overcome by guilt and shame at my selfishness. Marilyn took pity on me and said not to worry we would give Mum the present from both of us. I could pay her back when I had some money. Well, we gave Mum the slippers from us both, Mum was delighted, my bacon was saved!
I’d like to think I paid Mazy back, but I’m not convinced. Such kindness!
Following her stroke, mercifully Mazzy regained her ability to speak and we were able most recently to chat over the phone and talk about her recovery and the things that were happening around her and the things that were bringing her pleasure and joy in her new situation. I’m sure she didn’t feel that way a great deal of the time, but she clearly wanted me to have that impression. It left me upbeat and optimistic for her recovery and wellbeing. That was I believe, a kindness and a thoughtfulness I am appreciating more each day.
Shelley has recalled in her memories the joy and happiness she recalls in around Marilyn (Mum) and the house in general, her love of music and fun.
It is a great sadness to me, having just begun to reconnect with my sister after so long, and with the anticipation of greater communication and connection to come, that we have all lost Marilyn. Through Lynn’s kind and thoughtful ministrations, we were able to bridge some of the gap that time and distance had created. Our recent last communication was a happy and uplifting one for which I shall remain so very grateful. My sister’s courage, kindness, fun and joy had not deserted her despite all, and that is a memory I cherish.


I was in my car this morning and one of the songs that was almost always playing in our house, Shining Star came on and I had to pull over and have a good cry. Not from sadness but from love and joy that that song brought to the house, everyone who was there would sing.
The world has become a lot less brighter!
Love and miss you Mum.

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