MAIKA, Marjorie (Beryl) (nee Schweig) It is with heavy hearts we announce our beloved Beryl passed away, on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the age of 82. Loving wife of Bud Joseph Maika for 66 years and beloved mother of Gloria Bond (Mickey), Yvonne Kosnaskie (Murray), Connie Yaraskavitch (Michael), Wenda Recoskie (Byron), Wanda Brown (Barry) and Neil Maika (Kim). Proud grandmother of Blaine, Ashley, Michelle, Danielle, Kyle, April, Bryan, Krista, Paul, Brad, Tanya, David, Kate and a great grandmother to 20 great grandchildren. Sister of Wilbert (Joan), Wayne (Linda), David (Monique), Kathy Boston (Bill), Billy (Elaine), Sharon Taylor (Eric). Cherished daughter of Delma and Frederick, and adored by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Beryl was born in Combermere, Ontario on November 1, 1938. Upon meeting Beryl, Bud said she was the prettiest girl in Combermere. He recalls sending her notes when they began dating, and he was away working in Atikokan. They later married and began their beautiful family. After they had their 6 children, Bud lovingly nicknamed her “Mommy”, which he continued to call her throughout her life. She was a kind, caring, devoted Catholic, always welcoming everyone into her home for meals and laughter. An excellent cook and phenomenal baker, all of her grandchildren have fond memories of staying at their grandparents’ home, eating her homemade doughnuts and cuddling up so she could scratch their backs. Bud and Beryl enjoyed their long drives in Craigmont to their hunt camp, their home away from home. They would hunt partridge, and upon shooting some, Bud would jokingly say, “Go get ‘em, Tiger!” She would gladly retrieve them.
Beautiful on the inside and out, Beryl always took pride in her appearance, buying elegant clothes in Barry’s Bay and getting her nails and hair done. She cherished her friendships and always enjoyed taking people out to lunch or going for long walks. She loved to dance, snowmobile, garden, play music and games. Her smile would light up a room. Her eyes twinkled when she laughed, a laugh that was contagious to all who knew her. She had a positive outlook, seeing beauty in nature and in people.
In later years Beryl had to endure many physical hardships, but she continued to be social and would have friends and family visit. She remained in her home as long as possible until she eventually went to live in the Valley Manor. Of all her accomplishments, she was most proud of the family she and Bud raised. Her immense love for him and her family is a gift she leaves with them, one they will hold dear and feel in their lives forever.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at the Valley Manor Nursing Home and St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Friends may attend the visitation on Thursday, August 26th at the Heubner Funeral Home, 43 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay from 7 to 9 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish, 2797 Dafoe Road, Combermere, ON at 11 am on Friday, August 27, 2021.
If desired, donations may be made to Valley Manor Nursing Home, St. Francis Memorial Hospital or a charity of your choice.
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St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation
7 St. Francis Memorial Drive, Barry's Bay ON K0J 1B0