Obituary of Eleanor Mareck
Eleanor Patricia Mareck of Camrose, Alberta passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the age of 72 years.
Eleanor Patricia Mareck was born March 1st, 1946 to parents Oscar and Francis Reum in Camrose, Alberta and was the second oldest of six children. She spent most of her childhood living in the Camrose area and also briefly living in Grande Prairie.
She started working as a waitress around 1964 at the Red Rose Inn, where she met her first husband Merland Yttri. Even with a husband, a growing family and a house to look after, she remained independent and continued to work full time. As a young widow, she moved to Edmonton shortly after Merland’s death in 1968, but after a year and a half found her way back to Camrose to be closer to family.
She married her second husband Ken in 1972 and became a farm wife. Farm life kept her very busy as she was always helping with the animals, tending massive gardens, running after four kids, cooking, baking and maintaining a household.
In 1983 they sold the farm and moved into town and she began working as a waitress at the Alice Café. She never lost her magic touch as a server, always making sure tables were clean and coffee cups were full. With her beautiful smile and bubbly personality, she was many patrons favorite. She also worked at the Hacienda for a number of years, starting off as a housekeeper and then working the desk in the front office. She moved on to work at Augustana in the late 80’s and remained there until January of1990, when after suffering a heart attack left her unable to work.
Always needing to be doing something so she began baking and with her impressive crochet and sewing talent, she made baby clothes, blankets, etc. and became a vendor at the local farmers market where she also was President. With her winning personality, she gained many new friends and with dad helping her out, made a career out of weekly markets in Camrose and Wetaskiwin, while also caring for and raising Kayla and Melissa.
After a second heart attack in 2006, and Ken being transferred into long term care, she moved into Heritage Manor where she formed many of her closest friendships perhaps there were a few wine and crochet evenings ...if only the walls could talk.
She will always be regarded for her warmth, humor, compassion, kindness, and generosity.
Eleanor was predeceased by both her first husband Merland, in 1968 and her second husband Ken, in 2013.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children Denise (Shawn) Taylor and children Tanner (Amanda) and Mackenzie Taylor; Ronnie (Dawn) Yttri and children Dallas, Kayla (Jake), Kyle (Janine), and Kole (Miranda); Debbie Nielsen (Peter Spettigue) and children A.J., Amanda, and Jessica; Michelle Letourneau and children Kayla and Melissa; great-grandchildren Lexis, Allora, Zoey, Ketsia andYsabella; and siblings Donnie (Roseanne) Reum, Blaine (Tammy) Reum, Brian (Reum) Wolf, Brenda (Ted) Motiuk, and Wanda Magnan (Brian Weisgerber).
A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, from the Burgar Memorial Chapel with Pastor David Eriksson officiating. Inurnment has taken place in the Camrose Cemetery.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the Louise Jensen Care Center - Residents in Need, or to St. Mary's Hospital - Palliative Care Unit.