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Mary Helen Marmus (nee Olinyk), 100, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away peacefully at hospital, with her family at her side, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Rainy River, with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.

Burial took place in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.

Mary was born on Sept. 18, 1916 at Rainy River to John and Effie Olinyk. She had one sister, Blanche (Bernier), and five brothers, Charles O'Laney, Adam Olinyk, Stanley O'Laney, Clarence Olinyk, and Michael Olinyk.

She was predeceased by her parents and five brothers.

Mary lived in Rainy River her whole life. She was married to Bill Marmus and they were blessed with four children, Janette Roy, William (Bill) Jr., Donna Dalseg, and Timothy Marmus.

Her husband, Bill, passed away suddenly in 1956.

Mary has 11 grandchildren, 22 great grand-children, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She worked on the family farm with her husband and children during her earlier years, and continued to do so for a number of years after her husband's passing.

In 1963, she went into the clothing business, where she owned and operated the Quality Clothing store for many years.

Mary was a member of the Catholic Woman's League, the Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary, and the Agricultural Society.

She enjoyed cooking and teaching others to cook, as well as gardening and curling. But most of all, she spent so much of her precious time watching, guiding, and caring for her family as they grew up, one generation after the other.

And she still had time for the shut-ins by serving Meals on Wheels.

Mary lived in her mobile home on Second Street until she was in her 100th year, when she moved into the Riverview Manor, where she needed assisted living.

It was only until last month when Mary moved into the extended living accommodation at the Rainy River Health Centre.

Mary is survived by her sons, Bill Marmus (Sharon) and Tim Marmus (Giselle); and daughters, Janette Roy (Marty) and Donna Dalseg (Colin).

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary or to a charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., POW 1EO.

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