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PASULA, Marlene Rose

1942 – 2023

Marlene Pasula was called into the Lord’s embrace on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at the age of 81, surrounded by her loved ones. Born on August 30, 1942, in Killam, Alberta, she was the daughter of Alquin Ferdinand Zackowski and Julia Helen (née Vos) Zackowski. Marlene married the love of her life, Mervin Joseph Pasula, on October 7, 1961.

An extraordinary woman and devoted Catholic, Marlene dedicated over 60 years to the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and later became a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church upon relocating to West Kelowna in 2016. Early in her career, she achieved a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Athabasca (1987) along with a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (1992); all while she served as the director of the Department of Continuing Education at Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta. In addition to this, she was also a dedicated member of the Senate of the University of Alberta (1979–1985). Marlene, a lifelong learner with a passion for knowledge and education, earned her Doctorate in Education from California Coast University on August 16, 2000, inspiring her children and grandchildren to follow in her footsteps.

Marlene’s life revolved around her family and her faith. Her deep love and commitment to her husband of 62 years were as strong at the end of her journey as they were at the beginning. Marlene and Mervin have spent 62 overwhelmingly amazing and joyous years together. These years were spent raising a family, travelling, and selflessly giving back to their communities. Marlene was predeceased by her parents, Alquin and Julia Zackowski, and two brothers, Gary and Grant Zackowski. Marlene is survived by her husband, Mervin, and four beautiful children: Lori-Ann (Michael), Brian (Elaine), Shauna (Dean), and Brent (Susan). She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved and cared for deeply. As a wife, mother, and compassionate devotee of the Lord, Marlene’s life was a perfect model for all those who met her. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will continue to honour her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Donations may be made to her favourite charity, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.

A celebration of Marlene’s life will take place on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023, at 10:30 AM (PST), at OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2547 Hebert Rd, West Kelowna, BC. The ceremony will be followed by a lunch at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center, West Kelowna. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023, at 10:30 AM (PST)


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The service for PASULA, Marlene Rose is scheduled for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023, at 10:30 AM (PST). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2547 Hebert Rd West Kelowna, BC


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  • Hank & Merle Cormier says:

    Thinking about you and yours Merv. Marlene was such a wonderful woman. Her dedication to all who knew and loved her know this. Take Care and God Bless you and yours H&M

  • Duane Zackowski says:

    To Merv, Marlene and family:
    Where happiness and peace and joy replace the tears and pain,and our loved ones rest in the arms of god to sweetly live again
    Until we meet again
    Your Brother Duane

  • Darren Beard says:

    To Uncle Merv and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Darren, Caroline, A.J and Nick

  • Sandy & Gord Hamilton says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family . Marlene was such a wonderful lady & we know she will be deeply missed.

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