We are saddened to learn from Canadian National Board member Gerry Sinkler that his wife Maria passed away on September 30. Here is Gerry’s note (and click here for his earlier report).
It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that Maria passed away peacefully at 1:20 this morning. I was staying with her overnight so she was not alone.
Maria’s condition had deteriorated, and she was unresponsive for most of the last two days. Throughout the previous day, almost all of her close friends were able to stop by and see her.
Maria was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2010. Since then the cancer spread to her bones and liver. She was admitted to the Cross Cancer Institute on September 20th for treatment of her high calcium levels. Her condition gradually deteriorated while in hospital.
Though she suffered great pain at times, she still tried to do as much as possible, and enjoy life. She was still able to get around with the aid of her cane, a walker, and Brianna and me.
Two weeks ago, we attended a performance of the Edmonton Symphony together, and for a brief moment it was like old times; we were out on a date together, enjoying the show, with no pain and no worries.
Maria and I were married just over 25 years—our 25th anniversary was on September 27th.
Thank you all for your support and prayers during this time,
Maria was 51 years old at the time of death. In addition to her husband Gerry Sinkler, she is survived by her daughter Brianna Sinkler; brothers: Gerry (Karen) Kosior, Chris Kosior, and Daniel Kosior; sister Rita (Mike) Barnes, nephews: Jovon, Jeremy and Jack; nieces: Simone and Lindsey, as well as numerous other family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents John and Olive Kosior (Mikulin), and brother James Kosior. Maria’s memorial service will be held on October 5. Cards may be sent to:Gerry Sinkler 13 Emery Ct
St Albert, AB T8N 5T3