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Vera Marlais

March 1, 1925 - August 2, 2013


On Friday August 2, 2013, Mrs. Vera Marlais (nee Burak) of Oliver passed away peacefully after a long illness at McKinney Place ECU at the age of 88 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Michael; two infant babies; sisters Luba and Anne; her parents as well as her niece Nena Mary.

Vera will be fondly remembered by her loving chosen family: Eleanar Tomlin and family; Dan & Karen Skaros; grandchildren Rebecca, Ryan and Justice Skaros; great-granddaughter Hayley Dezall; twin sister Nadia Hargreaves as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

 Vera worked as a secretary at the Mac & Fitz Packinghouse and as a bookkeeper/secretary (stenographer) at the Haynes Packinghouse.

She enjoyed travelling and returned to Michael’s home in Yugoslavia and toured Europe.

Vera was an active member of the ACW with the Anglican Church until approximately 2006.

She was and very active volunteer in Oliver right up until her hospitalization.  Vera was a valued member of the Hospital Auxiliary for nearly 40 years, she volunteered  with Meals on Wheels, the Candy stripe program, and the Sunnybank Auxiliary. She also loved to bake and her baking was used for bake sales, fund raising, gifting to businesses, friends and shut-ins.

When you mention Vera, everyone has a favourite memory of her, her baking, perogies, cakes, cream puffs or cookies delivered in her prized Barracuda.

Donations are gratefully accepted for the SOGH Palliative Care or the South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary.

A graveside service at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday September 20th, 2013.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Randy Hargreaves
Relation: Nephew and Godson

As a family member, I have know Aunt Vera since the first visit to the Okanagan in the early 1950s. She was also my Godmother. May she rest in peace.

From: Vera Fisher
Relation: Niece

I say this with a heavy heart, that your biological family loved you so much. May you finally rest in peace with your beloved Michael, Aunt Vera. XO

From: Chris Kristina Megan & Trent Murray
Relation: Very good friends.

Dearest Vera ,
We are so sorry about your passing. You were a very special lady with a huge heart. We will miss you very much. Thank you for all the wonderful things you baked for us and the amazing vegetables from our garden. You will be so missed in this community.

From: Donna & Ron Ciecko
Relation: nephew

Our deepest condolences go to Nadia Hargreaves on the loss of her twin sister Vera. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Ollie Ciecko & family

From: Nadia Hargreaves
Relation: Twin Sister (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

I am so sadden by your passing. I will always remember the wonderful times we spent together even confusing our friends and husbands by being so identical. We vowed to each other that we would always remain friends. I know in my heart that I will always miss you. Lovingly your Twin Sister, Nadia Hargreaves.

From: Daniel & Diana Rivard
Relation: friends of family

To Vera’s family, specially her godson Randy and twin sister Nadia, our heartfelt condolences on this sad occasion. Our thoughts go with you.

From: Anneliese Semenyei
Relation: Friend of Family

I am very saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express my sincere condolences to Randy, Nadia and your family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 20, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

Oliver Municipal Cemetery
11386 - 352nd Avenue (1068 Rockcliffe Road)
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A graveside service for Vera will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday September 20, 2013 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery.

11386 - 352nd Avenue (1068 Rockcliffe Road)
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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