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POZZO-Maralee Jane

October 11, 1950 – September 16, 2011

After celebrating a wonderful life, Maralee passed away surrounded by her loving family.

Maralee is survived by her best friend, soul mate and husband of 40 years, Gary, as well as her adored children Kevin and granddaughter Theran Lee, Michael his wife Renee and grandson Maxwell Scott, Kent and partner Amanda. Mom was the best Hockey mom around. Maralee is also survived by her cherished mom Dorothy Birrell, she was predeceased by her loving father, Dr. John Birrell in May, 2010. Maralee was blessed with brothers David (Leslie), Doug (Simmonne) and sister Susan (Andy Lockhart) and many nieces and nephews. Maralee was respected and adored by all those she met for her kindness, integrity, generosity and free spirit (the balloon fairy will never be forgotten in our hearts). If there are angels on earth, she is truly the one. Special wishes to all her friends who helped brighten all her days (ginger snaps forever). Love to you all.

Family and friends are invited to a Social Gathering at the Priddis Golf & Country Club, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Art a la Carte, Box 72003, RPO Glenmore Landing, Calgary AB T2V 5H9 . www.artalacarte.org

In living memory of Maralee Jane Pozzo a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Elaine and Gary Warholm :

    Maralee was a wonderful person, a treasured friend and a joy to be around. Her courage and tenacity in her long struggle with breast cancer were an inspiration to all who knew her. She never complained, she just kept fighting.

    Her absence will leave a huge hole in our lives and she will be dearly missed.

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  2. Gordon and Karen Snell :

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Pozzo family. We will remember Maralee as a warm loving mother to her sons and a loving wife to Gary. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of remembrance.

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  3. I have such special memories of hockey days gone by. She truly brightened the lives of all who knew her. My sympathy to the family.

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  4. Gary and family I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had known Maralee but it has been that long since you and I knew each other.
    Your friend Ron

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  5. Helen Ekensteen :

    I know she will be missed. I remember Maralee as a student then as a co-worker at FMC, very upbeat and smiling.

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  6. Gary and Family
    What a very special woman who always had a smile and a kind word. There won’t be one child or parent from the Calgary Hebrew School who won’t have a good memory of her and of her stories of you and the boys. She was one of the most amazing people.

    May your good memories give you some solace.

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  7. John & Debbie Norrie :

    Gary and all the Pozzo family
    We were both taken back and saddened this morning when we read about Maralee.
    Always a joy and pleasure to be around.
    Sincerely John, Debbie Norrie and family

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  8. Bob and Sharon Dingle :

    Our condolences to both the Pozzo and Birrell families.

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  9. Sydney and Wade Johnson :

    Maralee was a beautiful person and will be sadly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gary and family.

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  10. rock and sherry crawford :

    Dear Gary and Family,

    We send you our heartfelt sympathy.

    Sincerely
    Rock and Sherry

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  11. Sarabeth Carnat :

    So very sorry to hear of Maralee’s passing. Condolences to all of the family. She was a wonderful person, always remembered.
    Sarabeth

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  12. Margaret and Aaron Stankievech (Sheena's parents) :

    Please convey to Gary and family our deep and sincere sympathy on the passing of Maralee. She will be greatly missed by both her family and friends.

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  13. Sylvia Sinclair & daughter Terri :

    Gary and Pozzo Family
    So sorry to read of Maralee’s passing although it has been a number of years memories of days at Providence Child Delvelopment Centre are still fresh in both of our minds. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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  14. My most sincere condolence to both the Pozzo and Birrel families. I have many sweet and happy memories of Marilee from our early childhood, birthday parties, ongoing friendships with the family and Marilee in particular. She was a wonderful person, and may her memory be a blessing.
    Marsha Carnat

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  15. Gary, Kevin, Mike and Kent
    We were sorry to hear of Maralee’s passing. She was always so happy and had a very positive attitude. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Barbara, Christine and Grant Browne

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  16. Gary and Family,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Maralee’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Maralee was a wonderful person and we know that she will be greatly missed. We have many fond memories of her from our relationship years ago through hockey at MRC…she was always a happy and cheerful person. May the Lord bless you Gary and your family at this time.
    Sincerely,
    Don and Marilyn

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  17. Stan and Carey Smith :

    Dear Pozzo Family,
    Our deepest sympathy on Maralee’s passing. She was a beautiful and lovely person who made this world a brighter place. May all your memories be good ones.
    Stan and Carey Smith

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  18. Gary and family
    Would like to express our sincere condolences. She was a great person and a real fighter.
    Roy, Sylvia, Barry, Scott, Jamie and their families.

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  19. Steve and I worked with Maralee years ago, at the old Chinook Square Medicentre. I will never forget on evenings when we were not too busy, Maralee would slip over to Frankie’s pharmacy and get some treats for the boys’ school lunches next day. Then she would patiently draw a little hand on three pieces of paper to tuck in the lunch bags. I remember the first time I saw her do this, I asked what she was drawing. She told me she liked to put in a note to tell them “I love you” but the boys were getting too big now for that. She didn’t want to embarrass them, so she would draw a hand held in the American sign language position that said “I love you”. I thought she was the best Mom to do that… and I know her boys did, too.
    She was a lovely lady and we are saddened to hear she has passed away. God Bless all of you now as you struggle to get through this time. And remember the “sign”…she loves you… always has and always will.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Steve & June Cooper

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  20. Dear Gary and Family.

    We were very sorry to hear that Maralee had lost her courageous battle with cancer. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. She will be sorely missed.
    Sincerely,

    Doug & Nicole Watkins & Family

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  21. Dear Gary, Kevin, Mike and Kent: I was so saddened to hear about Maralee – it was quite a shock. What a wonderful person – She was everything you said in her obituary and more. I know that you are all feeling devastated without her but know that she is at peace and will always be watching over you. Please know that you are all in my prayers and thoughts. Cilla McMullan

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  22. Gary, Kevin, Mike and Kent – really sorry to hear about Maralee. You are in the thoughts of the entire Sobb family.

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  23. Dear Coach – So very sad to hear about your loss. Maralee was one of a kind and will be sadly missed. You, Kevin, Mike and Kent are in our thoughts. Nick Poole and family.

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  24. Ray and Margot Cej :

    Dear Gary and Family:
    We are so sorry to hear about Maralee’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Warmest regards. Cej Family

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  25. Gary & family and the Birrells,
    I was saddened to read of Maralee’s passing. We had only seen each other a couple of times in the last 3 or 4 years but she was always as I remembered her from childhood, full of goodness, kindness and love. Heaven now has a very special angel. I am sure you are all devastated. You are in my prayers.

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  26. Dear Gary, Kevin and Mike:
    We are so saddened to learn of Maralee’s passing. We know that she has fought a long, hard and courageous battle. May you find comfort in knowing that Maralee is now with God and resting in perfect peace. Our Father has now added one more star to the Heavens.
    John and Zuby

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  27. Gary, Kevin, Mike and Kent: I was very saddened to hear of Maralee’s passing, I will always remember her from the hockey days and her positive spirit….my condolences.

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  28. Doug and Lynda Morrison :

    Gary, Kevin, Mike, Kent and family:

    Our deepest condolences to you at this very sad time. Maralee was truly a wonderful person so full of love for her entire family. I will always remember her positive outlook on life and her admirable courage. Our thoughts are with everyone.

    Doug and Lynda Morrison

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  29. Butch and Diane Boutland :

    To Gary, Kevin, Mike and Kent,
    So sorry to hear about your huge loss.
    We remember Maralee from Oakridge hockey days, so long ago, but still fresh in our minds, of the fun we all had, and yes, Marlaee was a great hockey Mom. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

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  30. Gordon and Marilyn Lemke :

    Dear Gary and family, Sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gordon and Marilyn

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  31. Randy & Doreen Risdahl :

    We will miss those spontaneous meetings in the Costco store. We always enjoyed catching up on your lives and was truly pleased to see Maralee always so upbeat and beaming.
    Randy & Doreen

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  32. Dear Gary, Kevin, Mike, Kent & Families,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Maralee. We have many fond memories of the hockey days and Maralee was always front and centre with her volunteering and her support for all the boys on the team. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of great sorrow. God has another special angel. Sincerely, Larry, Teresa, Robin, Jason & Cory Finley & Families

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  33. Dearest Pozzo Family,

    We were deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved Maralee. Through this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    I remember my first hockey game with the family watching Mike out on the ice and Maralee saying as she leaned over to me isn’t my son awesome with that famous smile of hers. She was the definition of home. Her kindness, grace and fierce love for her family was something to behold. I can also remember sitting at the kitchen table as she told me of the boy she fell in love with and the great men her sons would become and her excitement of having grandchildren one day. I am so glad to see her dreams came true and that her legacy of courage and love will live through you all.

    Bless you and your family through this time and always,

    Paige Bristow & Family

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  34. Judy & Brian Halhead :

    To Gary and family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Maralee. I was shocked to read this in the paper as haven’t seen Maralee or you Gary for a few years. I have fond memories of Maralee from our youth at school. She was always such a bubbly, friendly girl and you will miss her dearly. May your wonderful memories help you through this time. I know she was so proud of her family. Sincerely, Brian and Judy Halhead

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  35. The Bennefield Family :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. She always brought a brightness to the rinks.
    Our thoughts go out to you.

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  36. Rick and Cheryl Bumphrey :

    We were so shocked and saddened to read of Maralee’s passing. We didn’t see you often, but do have some wonderful memories of dating together in the sixties! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gary.

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  37. Vivian and Ben Herman :

    Dear Gary and family,

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Maralee. My memories will be of her bright smile and cheerful greetings to children and parents of the Calgary Jewish Academy. She was a lovely person with a warm and caring nature. Our thoughts are with you.

    Vivian and Ben Herman

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  38. marge and stan owerko :

    Dear Gary, Kevin, Mike, and Kent
    We were so saddened to learn of Maralee’s death. She was the most gorgeous woman. Always, had a wonderful smile for everyone she met. You will miss her so much. We were so blessed to have know her.
    Keeping you all in our prayers.
    Marge and Stan Owerko

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  39. Dear Gary and family,

    It has been many years since I worked with Maralee at Medicentre and we shared some wonderful times. She had a great sense of humor and kept me laughing especially when she told me of the time that you both had had a car accident by running into each other on the street in front of your house. The insurance company couldn’t believe your misfortune. I will always remember Maralee as one of the most sweet natured persons that I have ever known and I know that you are going to miss her terribly. Sandie Tucker

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  40. Bob & Sharmaine Loucks :

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Maralee. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. We will always remember the good times we had together so many years ago.

    Bob & Shar

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  41. Gary, Kevin, Kent and Mike

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Fond memories of Maralee during our hockey days. She will be missed but not forgotten. Memories forever.

    Jean Pashulka, Stephen & Paul

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  42. Dear Gary and family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences. Maralee was an amazing , wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Luba and Merl Kruzel

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  43. Jim & Madeleine Ingram :

    Dear Gary and Family,

    We were sorry to read about Maralee’s passing. She was a wonderful person to be around and always had a good word for everyone.Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family Gary.

    Madeleine and Jim Ingram

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  44. Doreen Wazynick :

    Dear Gary and Family

    The Wazynick Family would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy. Our 2 families go back a long ways and even though our paths have not crossed for long periods of times we still do share in your loss. We hope that your bruised hearts will heal quickly and will be assisted in this process by the wonderful memories of your wife and mother.

    Love Ken and Vicky, Doreen.

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  45. Our deepest condolences on the passing of Maralee. We have fond memories shared of the hockey days. I’m sure you have many memories to cherish of Maralee. May these comfort you in the days ahead.
    Jim & Helma Davis

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  46. Bob, Maggie, Ryan,Graham,Jamie and Samantha Hunt. :

    To Gary and Family; Our sincere condolences on Maralee’s passing she was a wonderful person and will be missed by all. Bob, Maggie Hunt and Family.

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  47. Gary, Kevin, Mike, Kent & families

    Your loss is great and we send our deepest sympathy.
    May your memories of such a vibrant, loving person be with you in these difficult times.

    Sincerely,
    Ed & Bev
    Darin & family

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  48. Dear Gary and family,
    We were so sad to hear about dear Maralee’s passing. I know how much you two loved each other and how your sons brought such joy to your lives. Her beautiful spirit is in each one of your children and her love will never leave your side.
    Love,
    Rose and Warren Doenz

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  49. Ken and Lorraine Weller :

    To Gary and all your family: We read with sadness of Maralee’s passing. She was a dynamo and will be greatly missed by all. Our sincere sympathies from us including Craig, Pamela and their families.

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  50. Gary & family,

    I was taken back to see Marlee’s photo in the paper, I’m very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.

    Bill Angus

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  51. Gary, I hope you read this. I didnt know about Maralee or I would have been there. I just found out now. She was my angel and the hero I spoke about so often. I have never met a more positive strong female influence. I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I will never forget her or her words of encouragement. Loved her.
    Donna xo

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