Mary Agnes Radostits, nee Bateman, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2023, in the presence of her loving husband, Ivan. After bravely battling Alzheimer’s Disease for over a decade, Mary Agnes, fondly known as Nana, Aggie, Mom, and Mary Ags, left behind a profound impact on everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed, but her memory and the lessons she taught us will live on forever.
Mary Agnes was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and lived her entire life in the city she called home. Growing up with her five siblings, she excelled academically and finished high school at the young age of 16 after skipping a grade. She continued her education at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, following in the footsteps of her brother James. In 1957, she returned to the University of Alberta and obtained a degree in Physiotherapy. During the early 1960s, Mary Agnes demonstrated her passion for helping others by assisting children affected by Polio.
In 1963, Mary Agnes married her lifelong partner, Ivan, and together they embarked on a six-week honeymoon in Europe, igniting their shared love for travel. Throughout her life, Mary Agnes had the privilege of visiting 55 countries, cherishing family vacations, and creating memorable moments at Alberta Beach and Invermere. She enjoyed the splendor of Hawaiian sunsets, singing around bonfires, and hosting countless parties and dinners. Later in life, Mary Agnes took up golf and became a member of the Windermere Golf and Country Club.
Aside from her passion for travel, Mary Agnes dedicated herself to her role as a devoted mother and homemaker. Despite the demands of raising four children, she still found time to actively participate in her community and support numerous organizations. Mary Agnes served as a founding board member of the Glenrose Hospital Foundation, volunteered at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital, was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Women’s League for 25 years, and contributed to various charities such as the Cross Cancer Institute, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Alzheimer Society of Alberta.
Mary Agnes will always be remembered for her warm smile and contagious enthusiasm. She had a knack for spreading happiness and would often greet everyone with the cheerful question, “Is everybody happy?” To which the resounding reply was always, “Oh ya”! Mary Agnes is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Ivan, her children Karen (Bill) Macdonald, Lynne (Grant) Richardson, John (Michelle), Paul (Penny), and her adoring grandchildren Connor, Ryan, Luke, Cole Nic, Piper, and Britt. She also leaves behind her sisters Sheila Bateman, Jane Thomas, and Audrey Edwards, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mary Agnes was predeceased by her parents, Weldon and Verda Bateman, and her brothers James and Robert.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Jamie Williams for seven years of unwavering love, friendship, and care. They are also grateful to Dr. Corinne Perry and the entire compassionate team at Touchmark, including the health care aides, LPNs, and staff in Memory Care. A Funeral Mass will be held on October 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, followed by a Celebration of Life. The family requests that attendees wear cheerful and colorful attire. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories or the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
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