It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Anne Dutka announces her passing on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the Atikokan General Hospital in Atikokan, Ont.
Mary Anne was born Aug. 5, 1932 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Albert and Angeline Delaurier. She was the eldest of four children.
In her younger years, Mary Anne was employed at Bell Canada as an operator. Then once she married her husband, Ed, she became a full-time homemaker, devoting her energies to providing a loving home for her two sons and husband.
Mary Anne and Ed moved from Fort Frances to Thunder Bay, Ont. in 1981.
Upon Ed’s retirement, in 1988, they moved to Atikokan. Mary Anne worked for many years at the While Otter Motel and since the inception of the family business, Dutka Signs in 1990, she worked as the office manager until her unexpected passing.
Mary Anne was predeceased by her mother in 1978; her father in 1990; her brother; Romeo in 1982; brother-in-law, Bill Zdep in 2010; and sister-in-law, Betty (Dutka) Main.
She will be forever missed by her loving husband, Ed, of 56 years; and her sons, Dale (Donna) and granddaughter, Abbygail, of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Alan of Atikokan, Ont.
She also is survived by her brother, James (Sylvia) Delaurier of Prince George, B.C.; sister, Diane of Airdrie, Alta., and brother-in-law, Bill (Gayle) Dutka of Atikokan, Ont.
Also surviving are numerous nieces, Michelle, Nadine, Janice, Lorie, Terry Ann, and Tracee, and nephews, Rick, Glenn, Barry, Tony, and Teddy and their families.
While living in Fort Frances, Mary Anne was a longstanding member of Redwing Rebekah Lodge #109.
Mary Anne enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as gardening, sewing, knitting, and baking. She especially enjoyed her only granddaughter, Abby.
Mary Anne also enjoyed visiting with family and friends, and always loved a good cup of tea. Her greatest pride and joy was her family.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held in the future.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.