was born on December 7th, 1933 in Fluelen, Switzerland and passed away on February 12th, 2014 at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Armstrong, B.C. at the age of 80 years.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children, Adriana (Ossie) Venasse of Whitehorse, Yukon, Guido (Sandy) Claluna of Vernon, B.C. and Nilda (Joe) Wiebe of Edmonton, Alberta; four grandchildren, Kean, Antonia, Ben and Lance; and numerous extended family members in Switzerland. She was preceded in death by her husband Arno (Arnie) Claluna on July 16th, 2008.
Mary came to Canada from Switzerland in 1956, settling first in Brampton, Ontario. The following year she moved to B.C., residing in various spots in the North Okanagan and finally made her permanent home in Lavington where she resided since 1961. Mary stayed at home and was a very loving and devoted wife and mother. When her husband went to work for B.C. Hydro each day, Mary was left to be the primary caretaker of the family farm – a place she loved to be. Following the death of her husband, Mary was unable to remain on the farm because of health issues and eventually needed full time care. She then became a resident of Pleasant Valley Manor and was taken care of with such love and respect during her time there.
Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Mary’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Mr. Joel Haberstock officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Mary to the Pleasant Valley Manor, 3800 Patten Drive, Armstrong, B.C. V0E 1B2.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5