We Remember


Maria Helen Bouberl went to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ suddenly and unexpectedly on June 11, 2020, at the age of 75. She is survived by Tony, her loving husband of 34 years, her brothers and sisters, numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends from Kelowna and around the world.

The funeral service will be Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 11:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC, with Pastor Paul Cassidy officiating, interment to follow at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

Due to the current pandemic restrictions, seating is limited. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to aaronr@globalaid.net or text to 604-807-2500 with your full name and phone number. This is to meet the provincial health officer’s order regarding mass event gatherings. The family would like to invite all who are unable to attend but would still like to pay their respects to join by livestream (See Below).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre at www.ovpcc.com/donate or Voice of the Martyrs www.vomcanada.com/donation.htm

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Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre or Voice of the Martyrs Link: www.ovpcc.com/donate, www.vomcanada.com/donation.htm




  • Merilyn Bohn says:

    Precious sister in Jesus, the Lord of all. I am glad for you. You are with the Saviour of the world face-to-face. On earth you will be greatly missed for you brought an inimitable sense of your Saviour and mine. “To live is Christ,” so the Apostle Paul says, “and to die is gain”. Now you walk in the fullness of all that entails. Jealous, envious? A little, but the One who calls is faithful and His mercies never fail. How can it be goodbye, when we have an eternity together? Love Merilyn and Phillip Bohn

  • Paul and Bertha Palko says:

    Dear Tony our deepest sympathy on your loss of Marienka, she was a wonderful loving and caring woman. It was a pleasure to have known her. Love Paul and Bertha

  • Rita Letkeman says:

    Bob & I want to extend prayers for comfort to you Tony.
    We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
    We send our sympathy and condolences on Maria’s sudden passing She is loved and missed.

  • Jan a Zdenka Luzar says:

    Hlbokú sústrasť Tonda od rodiny Luzarovej z Ottawy. Our prayers are with you in this very diffecult tIme Janko a Zdenka s rodinou

  • Rita Letkeman says:

    I got to know Maria more intimately through our Thursday morning prayer group. Maria was a passionate prayer warrior for the rights and of the unborn who don’t have a voice and for the persecuted Christians in other countries who suffer for the name of Christ. You were a treasure to our prayer group and His chosen possession. This is another pic from our special Canada 🇨🇦 Day celebration last July with new International friends.

  • Maria Uher says:

    Maria was a very special lady, that I knew for many years. Everyone who knew her was touched by her kindness and loving heart. Maria will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

  • Bela Machalous says:

    Condolences. I only knew Maria via email, but I know she was an unforgettable person.
    Our prayers are with you in this very diffecult tIme
    Bela with her family from Brazil

  • Joan & Bill Hare says:

    We remember meeting and praying with Maria in Cloverdale and for her kind hospitality.
    Blessed that she and Tony were key co-workers with us and others in the outreach to the Roma people.
    Eternal blessings Maria.

  • Deanna and Bob Fernandes says:

    We got to know Maria and Tony as neighbors in Cloverdale, but that relationship quickly matured into a deep friendship and common interest – love of the Lord, protection of the unborn and pursuit of truth.
    Maria has gone to a better place, but to Tony we offer our heartfelt condolences, and prayer for comfort and peace in his great loss. Our blessing and comfort is that we know that one day we will meet all of our departed loved ones again – there will be no parting.

  • Maureen Madigan says:

    It was with great sadness that I heard of the sudden passing of Marienka. Such a warm caring, kind, generous and good human being. I was privileged to have spent many happy times in her company with my later brother Seamus during my time in Canada. Their birthdays fell around the same time and they were always celebrated with fun laughter, friends, good food and a beverage or two. My deepest condolence to Tony and Marienka’s family at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Marienka is with her God now – may she rest in peace.. Gone but never forgotten.

  • Slavomir Almajan says:

    Dear Tony and family,
    As we remember Maria’s life (What a life!), Florence and I offer our condolences even if the words cannot even approximately express the debt of Maria’s love for us and our love for you, Tony and Maria. Just a short while ago she said a prayer in our backyard and blessed our family. Little did we know that these words addressed to God for us would be her last words we heard from her. She was always a blessed presence among us through her kind words, her optimism, and her loving care for all of us that were close to her. “If it weren’t for COVID, Maria, (Florence said) I would have given you hundreds of hugs”. “This day will come, my dear, hopefully very soon.” Through Maria we have now many common friends who also were blessed by Maria’s presence.
    Tony and family, Florence and I will cherish the memory of Maria as a God’s angel sent to bless us.
    With love in Christ,
    Slavomir & Florence Almajan

  • Slavomir Almajan says:

    Fellowship with Maria and Tony

  • Slavomir Almajan says:

    Prayer fellowship with Maria and tony

  • Eilleen Adams says:

    We will miss Maria so much. May God give you comfort Tony and all her friends at Evangel church and her brothers and sisters in Slovakia

  • Marja Koivumaki says:

    Tony; We are Remembering you in our Prayers

  • Petra and Gord Richards says:

    Tony, We would like to express our sadness over Maria’s passing. It was a real honour to know Mariaand be considered to be friends. She enriched our lives with her constant smile, loving heart, and kindness as well as her amazing culinary skills and hospitality. We will forever remember the good times singing together old home country songs late into the night.she will be missed, but understand she is now at peace in God’s loving hands. Our thoughts go to you, Tony understanding how hard it is for you. Please be strong. With deepest sympathy and love.
    Petra and Gordie

  • Fortin Anna says:

    Drahi Tony it is very hard for me to find the right word to Express my sympathy for losing your dear Marienka and for me losing very special friend.God will be with you and you will be in my prayers. With love your friend Anicka from Aylmer/Gatineau.

  • Bryan & Leah Adams says:

    Thinking of you all at this time. Remembering Maria and her kindness & generosity and her love for Christians around the world, especially those who are persecuted or in poverty. We know she is with our Lord & Savior Jesus. Sending hugs.

  • Leos and Ester says:

    Dear Tony, we love you and we are so grateful for the friendship and love we have shared with you and Maruska, We treasure the times we spend together and we pray for you that the Lord will hold you in His arms of love and carry you through this time of mourning. If there is anything we can do for you to help out let us know. In His grace we all stand. Ester and Leos

  • Linda Kantor says:

    Heartfelt condolences Tony and family. I will miss her so very much.. known Maria and Tony for over 30 yrs.
    Love and prayers to you.

  • Nancy Enns says:

    The church suffers a great loss of a front line soldier and world changer… Marie, it is with great sadness I write to say my goodbye… you are missed and will live on in my heart until that great reunion, soon and very soon.. Amen

  • Gillian John says:

    A warm, kind-hearted, generous, loving woman who was passionate about the Lord. Her ability to make you welcome from a first visit to her home, is second to none. I was a foreigner and you welcomed me…bless woman of the Most High God.
    Tony, I pray that the Father of All consolation will be with you and that His strength will be perfected during this time of weakness. More love to you, Tony!

  • Dornet Lewis says:

    Thank you Maria and Tony for taking my sister Christine as your own. Maria may your soul remains in joy with our Lord and I pray I will get to taste some of your delicious dishes when I get to heaven. Tony, may God’s grace be your strength during this time of bereavement. God bless you with his peace and love. Amen

  • Betty says:

    Tony I did not know you and Maria very well but she was always a caring inviting person to me. My condolences. Betty #32

  • Ellen wilson says:

    Sorry to hear about your wife Tony.

  • ellen wilson says:

    Sorry to hear about this sad event.

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