We Remember

GROSS, Marlene Mae

1943 – 2021

UPDATED SERVICE INFO: A Celebration of Life will be held to honor Marlene, however due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on SATURDAY AUGUST 7, 2021, AT 10:00 AM PST. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

Marlene Mae Gross passed away peacefully, with her husband Al by her side, on April 17, 2021 at the Kelowna General Hospital. Marlene’s memory will be cherished by Al, her husband and companion for 57 years, and their two sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren: son Darren (Judy) and grandchildren Sydney and Matthew; and son Kendall (Suzanne) and grandchildren Alexander, Noah, and Annika. She will also be missed by her sister Vel; brothers Jim (Joanne) and Stu (Pat) and sister-in-law Marg; and many nephews and nieces. Marlene was predeceased by her parents, her brother Bill, her sister-in-law Carey and brother-in-law Terry.

Born on the family farm in Greenwater Lake, SK to Malcolm and Ethel Adam, Marlene completed her primary education in the Greenwater Lake country school. She went on to complete high school in Porcupine Plain, SK and graduated from Teacher’s College in Saskatoon, SK. In 1963, she accepted a teaching position with the Federal Government in the Indigenous Community Pelican Narrows, SK. At the time, this was an isolated community, accessible only by air and not accessible at all during freeze up in the fall and breakup in the spring. Marlene was a courageous young woman with a spirit of adventure and soon became a loved and contributing member of the community.

It was in Pelican Narrows where she met the love of her life, Al; they married in 1966. Their first son, Darren, was born in Flin Flon, MB. In 1968, her husband’s work took them to La Ronge, SK for a short time and then to Regina, SK where they lived for eighteen years. Their second son, Kendall, was born while they were in Regina, SK. In 1986, they moved to White Rock, BC where they lived for another eighteen years, and then in 2005, they finally moved to Kelowna, BC.

Wherever Marlene lived she willingly reached out a helping hand. She volunteered many hours in any organization that involved her sons. Schools, church, health, Scouts and sports were on her list. She also thought of the community and volunteered in community organizations and the hospital. Marlene was truly a charitable and caring person. She loved to travel, and she and Al travelled to many parts of the world.

An anchor for her family, she was not just a mother and grandmother, but a bright light, a pillar, and a role model for her family. She poured her strength, kindness, selflessness and love into them. She was active in their daily lives, seldom missed a sporting event, a daily phone call, or any opportunity to support them. She gave them drive, determination, and patience to accomplish anything; she modeled what is important in life. Her grandchildren are proud of her, and are comforted knowing that she will always watch over them.

Marlene loved the arts and going to the movies. She held a season pass to both the Kelowna Theatre and Kelowna Actors Dinner Theatre for many years. She was always on the lookout for new releases on the big screen that were based on true stories, and she was a big fan of the Hallmark Channel during the Christmas season. She loved the Christmas movies because they always had a happy ending.

Each morning Marlene’s first activity was to read the daily paper over coffee and do the daily Sudoku. It may be that these small and simple things that she did will be what is missed the most.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and thanks Dr. D. Sarbit and all the personnel in the Kelowna General Hospital ICU unit for their dedication and high-quality care. A special thanks to nurse Tarryn who was with Marlene and Al during Marlene’s final hours and minutes. Tarryn is an angel.

A Celebration of Life will be held on a future date, in Kelowna, when gathering restrictions are lifted, so we can meet and hug one another again, the way Marlene loved to hug us.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marlene’s memory to the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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  • Bruce & Dianne Murray says:

    Dear Al, We are so sorry to hear of Marlene,s passing. We have so many fond memories of bbq’s, dinners, luncheons and your Christmas Open House. We will always remember her generosity and helpfulness. Our most sincere condolences, Bruce & Dianne

  • Betty Lou Palko says:

    Warm wishes Al and family on the loss of a wonderful human. I remember time shared at Siden’s wedding. Take care of you.

  • Sherry and Jack Hamilton says:

    Dear Al and family,
    What a beautiful tribute you wrote about Marlene honouring her love , caring and generosity to you and others . May all your wonderful memories of her beautiful life , shared moments and many fun times bring you comfort and strength at this very sad time.
    Hugs and sincerest condolences,
    Sherry and Jack

  • June Dawe says:

    I wish to extend heartfelt condolences to Al and the family on the loss of Marlene.
    Marlene has been a special next door neighbour for 16 years,I shall miss her. She was a gentle and special person and I treasured her friendship.
    June Dawe

  • Jeff Eagle says:

    On behalf of TSMVAC 1BC , condolences to the Family . Stu is a member of our riding group and will miss his sister very much, Our donation to the BC Cancer society will hopefully help to find a cure to this terrible disease that affects so many.

  • Apryl says:

    Aunt Marlene was a beautiful person inside and out. Always opened up her arms to us, even if we hadn’t seen her in years. We will miss her kindness and love. Thinking of you all during this difficult time, sending our love. The Webb’s

  • Richard and Vicky Everson says:

    Our sincerest condolences Al to you and your family.

  • lillian goodman says:

    my sincerest condolences to you Al & your families. I was so sorry & sad to hear of Marlene’s passing. we will all miss her.
    Lillian goodman

  • Shirley Hagel says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. . Larry & Shirley Hagel.

  • Gene and Sally Karchewski says:

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to you Al , Derek and Kendall and their families in the recent passing of Marlene . We enjoyed her friendship when you lived in Regina and will remember her in our prayers ..

  • Larry and Anne Buckmaster says:

    We would like to offer our condolences to Al and his family on Marlene’s passing.. We met Al and Marlene after they moved into River Run. We enjoyed many social events at the clubhouse and dinner/ movie evenings together.

  • Karin and Patrick Baumgardner says:

    Al, Darren and Kendall – Our condolences on the passing of Marlene. Take care at this time.

  • Joan Pflug says:

    Dear Al, Darren & Kendal, Mom left so many great memories. I will always cherish our friendship.

  • Brother Placid "Alois" Gross says:

    My sympathy to Al and all the family. –from another Alois Gross

  • Susy and Anthony Carrigan says:

    We are so sad that Marlene passed away so soon, we are grieving with you. We loved Marlene, she always had a smile like a bright shinig star, we shall miss her!!

  • Christine Rippon (South Australia) says:

    Dear Al,
    My heart goes out to you having received your email this morning whilst I was doing my Suduko, Marlene had helped me to learn Suduko (when I was cruising down the Danube with you both, not once, but twice, as well as staying with you both in your amazing home in Kelowna).I fondly remember your beautiful Marlene who was a very caring and most kind friend and I know you will be grieving her loss, but I know you will also celebrate your wonderful life together shared for those 57 years. What amazing memories for you to have of dear Marlene, to comfort you and your family at such a sad time.
    Please know, that even tho’ the thousands of miles, and the pandemic, prevent me being there with you, I have you very much in my loving thoughts and prayers. Marlene is now resting peacefully and no longer in pain and she will always be in my heart and with me every morning as I face my daily Soduko challenge!
    Take care of yourself dear Al, and please keep in touch and know that my deepest sympathy is coming you way along with big hugs and much love,
    Christine xx💞 (+61428 363 024)

  • Cathie Grindlay says:

    I wish to extend sincere condolences to you and your family, Al.

  • Tom & Cheryl (Roy) Edwards says:

    Our sincere sympathies go out to you Al, Darren, Kendall and families. I have very fond memories of our time spent together when I was a kid. Marlene will be lovingly remembered.

  • Cathy (Gross) McLean says:

    On behalf of the families of Klementz and Evelyn Gross, I send you all our heartfelt love and support during this special time. Cathy and Gordon McLean

  • Marty (Gross) & Dennis Hetlinger says:

    So sorry for your loss….heaven has gained an Angel 💚Al & family

  • Germaine says:

    Al, we are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family love, light and peace.
    Sincerely, Jim & Germaine (Gross) Adornetto

  • Bill and Charlene Corbett says:

    Al and family, we are sorry for your loss. Marlene was a wonderful woman, and we will miss her friendly, caring smile. What a lady!

  • Darryl & Shary Ruff says:

    Al and family:
    We are shocked and saddened to learn of Marlene’s passing. She was a terrific neighbour and a true gem, always a pleasure to be around. We will forever remember Marlene for her quick wit, zest for life, smile, and kindness. Our condolences are extended.
    Darryl & Shary Ruff

  • Rob and Bev Rawlake says:

    Al we are so sorry to hear of your loss our sympathy and prayers are with you in these difficult times. Take care and stay safe

  • Mike Grannum says:

    Al, we were very shocked and dismayed to hear about Marlene having just seen the two of you. We will certainly miss her friendly caring smile.

  • Helen McCaw says:

    Al and family
    So sorry to hear of Marlenes passing! Our sincere condolences and sympathy! Hugs and prayers
    David & Helen ( Gelowitz) McCaw

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Don&Carol Gelowitz says:

    Condolences on the passing of your loved one.
    May God bless you all . Keeping you in our prayers.

  • Mike Smith says:

    So sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. My sincere sympathy and condolences to you and the family at this difficult time. Have fond memories of time spent visiting with Marlene and you at River Run.

  • Elaine(Gelowitz) & Lloyd Blyth says:

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you !

  • Joy Allan says:

    I was shocked and very sad when I heard of Marlene’s passing. I remember fondly dinners together, fun times socializing, playing cards, and the many chats in the complex and when we met walking. My heart goes out to Al and the family at this difficult time. Marlene’s presence in River Run will be missed by everyone, especially by me.

  • Deb Donnelly says:

    Our condolences to you and your family Al. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs for All❤

  • Pat and Kerny Korchinski says:

    We are with you and your family in spirit this day. Wish we could have been there to get that wonderful hug. That day will come. May the Peace of Christ be with all of you..

  • Wayne and Geraldine Gelowitz says:

    Al and Family,
    Wayne and I are so sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. We have fond memories of Marlene who I met for the first time in Saskatoon at your Mother’s house. We moved to BC and had more visits when we had the opportunity. We shall miss her and we will keep her in our prayers. Our sympathy and condolences to your family.

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