CALLEN, Mary Helen - Peacefully at home on Sunday, October 2, 2016 in her 78th year.
Mary, beloved wife of Gerry for 54 years.
Loving mother of son Mark and his wife Maggie, son Stephen and his wife Denine and son Gregory and his wife Talitha.
Cherished grandmother to Lauren, Shaun, Jackson, Declan, Carson, Alexandra and Victoria.
Daughter of the late Frank and Agatha Pocisk. Dear sister to Alec.
Predeceased by her twin Joseph and siblings Frank and Emelia. Aunt to Elaine, Ellen, Bobby, Pam, Jim, Anne-Marie and Michael. Mary will be sadly missed by family and many friends from her years of teaching, service, faith and travel. With passion and enthusiasm, Mary inspired friendships that lasted over 50 years.
Mary loved teaching as much as she loved learning. She cooked from scratch to celebrate family and friends with food and libations. She read voraciously and coached her students to develop self- confidence through books. Devoted to her faith, she turned compassion into service her whole life.
She practiced humility but took pride in her family. Mary took Bridge seriously and played it loudly. She travelled, enjoyed bread and cheese on the Champs- Élysées, pasta in Rome, sampled spices in Turkey and partook Pina Colada in Hawaii. She was a joy to family, friends and everyone she met.
Visitation at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E., on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church (Ellesmere, east of Markham).