Margaret Mergel

January 9, 2019

MERGEL, Margaret

December 16, 1928 – January 9, 2019


Margaret (known to some as Marge, Madge or Brenda) was born on the family farm near Quinton, Saskatchewan and lived most of her life in Saskatoon, except for a few years in Edmonton. Always interested in fashion, mom would watch and wait until she could buy that special purse or outfit within her budget. She was quick to notice and compliment others on their wardrobe choices as well. Madge loved to go dancing at the Manhatten when she was younger. In later years she turned her attention to buying lamps and ornaments for her home - enjoying being surrounded by their shapes and colours. Having learned many Hungarian dishes from her mother, mom always had delicious food on the table for her family and friends. As children, we all rushed home from school every noon hour to line up the dessert bowls and grab the one most full. After being a homemaker for many years, Margaret chose to help make ends meet by taking in students or people with medical needs from some of the surrounding reserves. She always prided herself in making sure there was plenty of good food on the table. While living in Edmonton she worked at a group home for children and then once back in Saskatoon she found employment as a companion for the elderly. In retirement, mom enjoyed her home in Saskatoon where she would tend to flowers in the yard or just relax in the living room completing a word search puzzle. Mom loved plants, but above all, she loved animals. In her later years, she took great joy in her daily chores of feeding the birds (yes, even the magpies) and providing lunch for the stray cats in the neighbourhood. Margaret was predeceased by her sons, Conrad, Kenneth and Arthur, parents Peter and Theresa Kaytor, sister, Gertrude Cottam, brothers, William, George, Mike, Max, Arthur, Tony, twins Paul and John, and Joseph Kaytor. She is survived by her daughter Brenda Mergel, grandson, Shaymus Mergel, granddaughter Chelsea Mergel (Barry Rugg), great-grandchildren Quinton and Azlyn , sister Velma Laslo, daughters-in-law Brenda Buntain (Art) and Sharyn Mergel (Ken), as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and of course, her two feline companions, Ginger and Kitty. A special thank you to the people at St. Paul’s Hospital, specifically the Palliative Care Unit, for all of their professional and compassionate care. Thank you also to Street Cat Rescue for stepping up to help with the homeless kitties that mom was feeding. At mom’s request there will not be a service, but we will celebrate her life in the Spring. She would be especially happy if people continued to care for all creatures, perhaps throwing out an extra handful of nuts and seeds for the birds, or a bowl of food for a homeless cat in her memory. Arrangements in care of Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200. 

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