The family of the late Mariann Konan age 85 beloved wife of the late Walter Konan of Yorkton, SK passed away on February 11, 2022 at St. Peter's Hospital Melville.
On Feb 11th, 2022 Mariann passed away at Saint Peter’s Hospital in Melville at the age of 85. Mariann was born July 15th, 1936 to Helen and Emrik Varga. She was raised on the family farm in the Pebble Lake District and after grade 8 moved to Yorkton to attend business school. She worked at the school board office, Bowman’s and later SGIO. Social time was spent attending dances, picnics and ball games and that is where she met Walter Konan the love of her life. They married Oct 13th 1956 and set up a homestead close to Rokeby. For a few years they were both employed and farmed. They raised pigs, chickens, and milked cows every day for those cream cheques to buy groceries. Putting up all those square bales was heavy manual work but nothing was too hard for the two of them. They did almost everything, as you never paid people to do what you could do yourself. They built their own home in 1963. Mariann managed a huge garden, had almost every kind of flower around the yard and planted hundreds of trees. She took pride in doing things well and never seemed to mind that there was always work to do.
Walter ensured that they also had time for fun and they loved music and dancing, also gymkhana, curling, playing cards and often hosted people at their place. Soon the family was complete with 2 girls and a boy; Lonnie, Laurie and Larry in 1960, 1961 and 1963. Mariann ensured they were raised with principals and values and attending church was a requirement. Family was the most important and she ensured everyone got what they needed, and then she would finish her work, like canning pickles till midnight. She hosted Christmas dinners well into her 70’s and had no problem doing the work just as long as everyone could gather at her place.
Mariann was a very responsible person who was selfless, always looking after others and never asking anything for herself, and when life should have gotten easier, her daughter Laurie was in a serious accident at the age of 20. Mariann continued looking after her for over 30 years. When Walter died and her mom died shortly thereafter, she also looked after her father. Mariann was alone at the age of 56 but never felt sorry for herself. She poured herself into her grandkids and had them at her place constantly. She enjoyed them and spent a lot of time with family and helped her kids without hesitation. Later in life she had some dear friends and played many games of cards and also went on vacations that included Portugal, a Carribean Cruise and a trip to Australia.
Mariann was a very strong person, and even after being diagnosed with Parkinsons she lived in her own home until the age of 82. Never wanting to be a burden she looked after herself right until the end.
Left to cherish her memories are daughters Lonnie Kaal (David Harris), Laurie Konan, son Larry (Mel) Konan, grandchildren Krystalee (Brett) Fahlman, Shadoe (Shayna) Konan, Kolt Konan (Jessica Antoniuk), Lauren Kaal, Jilleen Kaal (Chris Morgan), Levi Kaal, great grandchildren Danika, Kale, Raya, Emrys, Oden & Emberlee. Also sisters Helen (Skip) Anderson, Elsie (Bill) Kulaway; sisters-in-law Nettie (Jim) Beamish, Angie Chambers, Joan Konon; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.
A funeral Mass was held on Saturday February 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Church, Yorkton with Fr. Louis Nguyen officiating. A viewing was held at 10:30 am.
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Donations in memory of Mariann make be made to Sask Abilities Yorkton Branch- Brain Injury Program - SASKABILITIES 162 Ball Road Yorkton, SK S3N 3Z4
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