Mary Vodarek

Obituary of Mary Vodarek

Mary Vodarek

September 8, 1915 – December 18, 2016

Our beloved mother and grandmother passed peacefully at home in Leamington at the remarkable age of 101 years. She was born in Chyzne, Slovakia and came to Canada with her family in 1930. Beloved mother of Shirley (Peter) Antaya, Tom (Carolyn) Vodarek, Mary Lou Matheson, Bob Vodarek, daughter-in-law Susan Vodarek-Decaen (Stephane). Predeceased by her husband John (1990), son Rick (1996), son-in-law Bob Matheson (2001), siblings Sue Gazo, John Sandor, George Sandor, and parents John and Mary (Gregor) Sandor. Dear “Gramma Mary” of 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews in Canada and relatives in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. When asked about her longevity, mom said she worked hard her whole life. She was a creative and accomplished farmer, gardener, cook, baker, seamstress and letter writer. All of this was done for the care and comfort of her family. We remember her love of singing, dancing and summer Sundays at Point Pelee beaches. Mom was happiest when surrounded by her family. Always thinking of others, mom did not want her family to travel in winter, therefore, a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Leamington District Memorial Hospital Foundation or to Erie Shores Hospice by contacting the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell St., Leamington (519-326-2631). Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at www.reidfuneralhome.ca