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Mariette Sunderland

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MARIETTE EMMA EUGENIE SUNDERLAND

(née GUICHON)

January 3, 1945 - March 18, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mariette Sunderland (née Guichon), announce her peaceful passing on Monday March 18th, 2024 at the age of 79. 


She was predeceased by her parents Aimé and Alice Guichon, both her siblings, Pauline Sourrisseau, Roger Guichon as well as her grandson Declan Erickson.  Despite her battle with her mental health, Mariette's compassionate heart touched the lives of all who knew her.


Mariette was born on January 3rd, 1945 at St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will be greatly missed and remembered by her four children; Jenny Erickson (Mark), Jamie Sunderland, Lisa Reyes (Rodrigo “G”), Cheryl Masesar (Dennis) as well as her seven grandchildren Declan, Janessa, Tyson, Alyssa, Helena, Gabrel and Talia, many relatives and friends. 


Mariette took immense pride in her appearance, always ensuring her clothes and hair were impeccably styled. Her signature touch of lipstick and nail polish that she applied throughout our youth was a great indication of the pride she took in her appearance as she wouldn’t be seen without either. Known for her unique habit of wrapping her hair in toilet paper before bed to maintain her hairstyle, mom's dedication to her appearance was a reflection of her joyful spirit and the pride she took in maintaining a strong sense of personal integrity. 


A lover of children, Mariette found joy in baking, crafting, and spending quality time with her grandchildren, she embraced life without a driver's license, navigating her world on her beloved bicycle as well as the public transit which gave her some independence. Her green thumb was evident in the beautiful flower beds she tended with care each summer. Mariette was a woman of high standards, particularly when it came to her attire. She had a distinct sense of style and wasn't afraid to insist that things be done her way, especially when it came to her wardrobe.


Country music was the soundtrack of Mariette's life, with Don Williams and Daniel O'Donnell serving as her favourite companions. Their melodies filled her heart with warmth and comfort, creating a backdrop for the cherished moments she shared with her family. Family was Mariette's cornerstone, the source of her greatest joy and fulfillment. She tirelessly worked to bring everyone together, cherishing each moment spent in their company.


Notes were mom's way of leaving her mark on the world around her, her words could be found adorning every corner of her home.  She always had her “paperwork” to do, so many papers. Her faith was a guiding light in her life, and prayer was her steadfast companion through every triumph and trial.


Mom possessed a remarkable ability to see the goodness in others and treated everyone with kindness and respect, her generous nature extended to all, despite her own modest means. She was someone who was conscientious about her own standards and also empathetic and generous towards others. She would consistently seek to uplift and recognize the positive qualities in people around her, demonstrating kindness and appreciation through both words and actions. Whether engaging in her favourite pastimes of bingo and card games with her children or engaging in lively conversations, Mariette's vibrant energy and loud voice despite her petite form, her “powerhouse” voice filled every room. She was known to have a bit of a “rubber neck” when playing cards, otherwise known as cheating or as her dad would say she would take too long as she would not stop talking. We looked forward to our many conversations for which she did 90% of the talking, we would laugh knowing that if we were the lucky one to answer her call we would receive at least another five within a short period of time. Conversations with her in her later years often involved the following, “please don’t interrupt me or I will forget what I was saying”. Little did she know we never had a chance to ever interrupt her as she didn’t give us the opportunity to get a word in. We will miss those calls more than we ever thought we would admit to. Above all, Mariette was a champion for others, fiercely standing up for what she believed in. She believed her purpose on earth was to help others, and her legacy of kindness and advocacy will live on in the hearts of those she touched.


Though mom was a true homebody, finding solace in the familiarity of her own bed, she made exceptions for the sake of her loved ones. Despite her reluctance to travel, she joined us on a few adventures, making memories that we will forever cherish.


In honouring Mariette's memory, let us remember her unwavering standards, her love for family, her faith, and her quiet strength. Though she may no longer be with us in body, her spirit lives on in the love she shared and the memories she created. Rest in peace, dear mom. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will endure in our hearts forever.


Mariette Sunderland leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and compassion. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. 


We wish to thank the staff at Foyer Valade /Action Marguarite St.Vital for their caring and compassion during Mariette's final days.


In accordance with Mariette's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. 


Mariette’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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Comments (14)
Convidado:
09 de abr.

I wish to personally thank everyone who has posted a message here or sent private messages or have reached out on Facebook or in person to offer your condolences and well wishes. My life will be forever changed here on earth not being able to see mom in her physical form but I am at peace knowing she is finally able to rest. I have read each message and will cherish them all and remember I am loved as I work my way through this grieving process.

Sincerely,

Lisa

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Convidado:
09 de abr.

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Mariette.


We first met Mariette and her four children when my husband Ed became the "Big Brother" to Jamie at about age 7, we quickly took the cute girls out on outings. We are all good friends to this day 50 years later. Although Mariette was unwell for many years the children still kept close to her and each other. Mariette's legacy is her four children and their families. They stayed strong as a family through thick and thin. They are productive adults thanks to the love of their Mother and the grace of God. They were always there for their Mother. Rest in peace Mariette.


Ruth and Edward

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Convidado:
06 de abr.

love you forever grandma.


may your impeccable strength live on. you were one of a kind


-Janessa

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Convidado:
03 de abr.

I had the pleasure and the good fortune to have Mariette as parent volunteer and support staff at Ecole St. Germain. She was pleasant and dedicated each day she came to school. Even with a large family she found time to dedicate generously to our school. She had such a pleasant and soothing voice that students always respected her. Mariette found something positive in each student she worked with. Her presence and support was greatly appreciated by the staff and students. I offer my most sincere condolences to Mariette's children and friends.

Denis Gautron (former principal, Ecole St. Germain)

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Convidado:
02 de abr.

My most sincere sympathy to all of Mariette’s children and grandchildren.

Mariette was my first friend when we lived on St Jean Baptiste Street in St Boniface. After her family moved we loss touch but after many year we would see each other at the Safeway on Marion St. We would chat a long time and catch up with a lives stories.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during these difficult times. Remember all the wonderful memories you shared with her and keep her forever in your hearts.

Jamais je ne t’oublierai.

Yvette (Cheramy) Thibert

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

My sympathies to the family. I lived at 82 Morton Bay in the 70's and do remember Mariette as being the most doting mother and immaculate homemaker. She was such a petite lady and always looked her best. Although she never drove, it was not easy to get around in the River West Park area. Even though I moved to Kelowna in 1977, we did not reconnect again. I will always remember her big personality and her devotion to her family. So very sorry for your loss. Anita McKinnon, Kelowna. BC

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

Beautiful tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.


Carmen Mir

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

I am thinking of the entire Sunderland family as I had the honour of knowing Madame Sunderland as a parent in the schools where I knew and taught all of her children. She took incredible pride in their accomplishments, and was always very involved in their education, demonstrating her love and care for them. Madame Sunderland and I had many occasions to chat when she stopped by the school and I always found her to be a kind and understanding person. I am thinking of all of you at this time of loss, but the words of this wonderful tribute demonstrate how your mom will live on in your lives. I offer my deepest sympathy. Take a moment to look up in the sky tonight and you will see a new shining star in the firmament watching over you. Your mom will be there always. ❤️‍🩹

Je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances et je pense à vous . Bon courage.

Terry Borys

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

How beautiful, Lisa and family you all have your Mom’s heart. ❤️

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

Jenny, Lisa and family so sorry for your loss. Beautiful memories you shared. Love and prayers to you all❤️❤️❤️

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

Awe Jenny, Barney (and your family) I’m so sorry you must face this next loss. Such a lovely tribute to your mom. I’m sure she embraced Declan the moment she reached the Gates. May her spirit always surround you. Hugs and hearts to you all. 🤍😔

♥️Sue Tribula

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time and always. Remember the good times and keep them close.

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

Wonderful memories that you shared. My condolances to you and the entire family

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Convidado:
30 de mar.

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Sending love to all of you.

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