DUNN, Marie -
Marie Dunn died at Hospice Wellington in Guelph Monday, October 26, after suffering a fall in a retirement residence several days earlier. She was 80.
Born Marie Antoinette Mischitelle, she was the daughter of Italian immigrants. She was born and raised in Toronto and while working at Canadian Pacific Railway, she met and then married journalist Peter Dunn on May 13, 1961.
They moved to London two years later, where they raised two sons.
Marie obtained a psychology and sociology degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1978 through part-time studies begun in the late ‘60s, then prepared to return to the workforce.
She volunteered to assist disadvantaged children for a time, worked different jobs then began a career with Canada Trust. When her marriage ended, she worked two jobs. She was a devoted mother who always put her children ahead of herself.
She returned to Toronto in 1994 after a corporate re-organization left her jobless but she transferred to TD Canada Trust and finished her career there. She moved back home with her mother, who was her best friend, in her final years. They took care of each other.
This is the same house on Bloor Street West in which Marie was raised with her six brothers and sisters, across from Christie Pits and near the corner store her mother, uncle and grandmother ran for decades.
As a girl and into her teens, Marie was a serious dancer and dance teacher, once attending a summer program with the National Ballet of Canada. She enjoyed the arts and literature as much as Elvis and the Bee Gees.
When she retired, she moved to Owen Sound and enjoyed helping to raise her two granddaughters, taking them to dance, soccer, swimming and sharing in recitals, school graduations and family celebrations big and small.
She also attended BALL lectures, plays, swam and took aqua-fit classes at the Y and spent time with her family. She was a reader and an enthusiastic learner. She was open-minded, compassionate, principled and was always eager to have fun.
Approaching two years ago, after living in Owen Sound for more than a decade, she moved to Guelph, to a retirement home nearer her youngest son. By then health issues which had emerged began to take over her story.
Her sons were with her in her final days at the hospice.
Marie is survived by her sons Steven (Cathy Schell) of Kitchener, Scott (Erika) and her granddaughters Tess and Ellen, all of Owen Sound; by her sisters Anita Walker (Michael) of Orillia, Jan Swift (Greg) of Qualicum Beach, B.C., Linda Kinney of Surrey, B.C., and her brother Michael (Beth Morehouse) of New Lowell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she adored.
She was predeceased by her parents, Michael Mischitelle and Elizabeth Carito Mischitelle and her grandparents Maria Romita Carito and Vito Carito; her sister Angela Traversa (Vito); and her brother Frank (Lu).
Suggested donations in Marie’s name could go to the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce in Owen Sound and Hospice Wellington in Guelph.
Cremation has taken place. In recognition of COVID-19, no funeral service is planned. Interment will take place in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant cemetery in a family plot in the spring. A celebration of life will take place in Kitchener at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Marie A. Dunn in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.|