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Born: Apr 29, 1924

Date of Passing: Jul 23, 2013

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CATHERINE MARY DE GROOT Mary passed away, at the age of 89, on July 23, 2013 in the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Saanichton, BC. She and her husband of 67 years, Alex De Groot, had resided in Winnipeg until retiring to Sidney, BC in 1990. Mary was born on April 29, 1924 in Westbourne, MB. After high school, she obtained her teacher's certificate and taught for a few years then focused on her roles as a wife, mother and grandmother. Mary greatly enriched the lives of her family and others who knew her. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Catherine (Duncan) and Melville Ritchey; sisters Dora (Robert) Gray and Florence (Bill) Savage, son-in-law Don MacIver, parents-in-law, Bob and Mary De Groot, sisters/brothers-in-law; Ina (George) Mann, George (Helen) De Groot, Corrie (Steve) Stelmack, Bob (Dot) De Groot, Stan (Alma) De Groot, Norman (Edna) De Groot, and Charlie De Groot . She will be lovingly remembered by her husband; children Kathleen MacIver and Dr. Mark De Groot; grandchildren, Meaghan De Groot, Erin White and Paul De Groot; great-grandchildren Juliet and Max White; sister-in-law Judy De Groot; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 3, 2013 in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB with Robert Harris officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Palliative Care Unit, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, 2166 Mt. Newton Cross Rd., Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2 or to a charity of your choice. White's Funeral Home - Neepawa in care of arrangements. 204-476-2848

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2013

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