Jean Makar, formerly known as Jean Vetsch, passed away on October 24, 2023, at the age of 80 after a long battle with dementia. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. Before starting her own family, Jean worked as a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics and obstetrics. Her passion for childcare followed her throughout her life, as she remained deeply involved in community and school children’s associations. Jean is survived by her three children: Jay, Kami (Jonathan), and Ben (Lauren), as well as her four grandchildren: Madeline, Rebecca, Hudson, and Kendall. She is also remembered by her six siblings, Marilyn (Tom) MacLean, Maxine (Peter) Tadman, Dale (Wendy), Gerry (Shirley), Julianne (Victor) Taylor, Susan (Pat) Mitchell, and her brother-in-law Al Koroluk, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Donald, her parents Ed and Angela, her father-in-law John Makar, her mother-in-law Anne Makar, her sister-in-law Pat Koroluk, and her brother-in-law Robert Makar.
Jean Makar will be forever cherished for her kind, selfless, and giving nature. She served as a role model for her loved ones, leaving behind a legacy of gentleness and care. Her spirit will continue to inspire and bring comfort to all those whose lives she touched. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Edmonton area in the spring of 2024, with details to be announced. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff at Bethany Harvest Hills for the respectful and loving care they provided to Jean during her illness. They would also like to express their appreciation to the medical team at Peter Lougheed for their support during Jean’s final days, ensuring her comfort. Memorial donations in Jean’s memory can be made to Gordie Howe CARES (Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Education Society), an organization dedicated to providing education and support to caregivers of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases.
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