It is with great sorrow that our family announces the passing of Mary Kirwan at Health Sciences North in Sudbury on Monday, February 27, 2023 at the age of 81 following a brief illness. Loving wife of John J. Kirwan, mother of son Brent Kirwan (Cassie) of Ottawa, and daughter Paula Jorgensen (Curtis) of Aurora. Adoring grandmother of Andrew, Lara, and Kate Jorgensen.
Mary was born in Sudbury in 1942 and grew up in the Donovan neighborhood as the daughter of August and Barbara Pintur (both predeceased) and treasured sister of older brother Joseph Pintur (Joan). She was known as Auntie Mary to many cherished nephews and nieces to which she always took great interest in their lives and special milestones.
She was a graduate of Sudbury Tech, where she was a cheerleader and went on to work for Ritari Travel and Insurance. Many of the friendships formed in those years began a lifetime of shared memories and empathy with those she knew and loved over many decades.
Mary wedded John in 1965 and became the proud parents of Brent and Paula. Those that knew Mary learned she loved to dance, to spend time with her friends and family, and keeping fit at the gym. Perpetually active, she filled every moment…never slowing down, selflessly devoted to helping others. Mary was also fond of spending time watching her grandchildren at their many sporting events and enjoying a swim at the family camp on the French River. She was known to be tubing behind the boat in her 70s, and even skating at Kivi Park on her 80th birthday…such was her enthusiasm for life.
In her retirement years she and John discovered the joys of travelling to sun and sand, as well as a visit to Europe where she was able to visit her parent’s village in Croatia.
Mary served tirelessly for the Meals on Wheels program, with over 20 years of service and an award for Volunteer of the Year. She was an active member of St. Andrew the Apostle Church, and of the Catholic Women's League. Mary had great and deep affection for her family, many friends, a result of a life well spent with love, laughter and joy. She will be dearly missed by so many.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Sandra Cameron and the caring and compassionate staff at HSN 6 South.
In lieu of flowers donations to Health Sciences North would be appreciated.
Memorial Mass at the St. Andrew The Apostle Church (1250 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury) on Saturday March 4th, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Friends may gather at the church hall at 10:00 AM prior to the Memorial Mass.
The funeral livestream will also be available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdPrqE9x5ORSRZrZU9W7W3Q
Interment to be held a later date.