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Mary Torgerson

April 20, 1939 - October 27, 2021

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Obituary For Mary Torgerson

It is with deep sadness that the family of Mary Torgerson, wishes to announce her passing on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 82 years.

Mary was born on April 20, 1939, in the family home at Coaldale, AB. At the age of 3, the family moved to a homestead west of Hythe, AB, where they farmed. Mary lived there until her marriage to Abraham Dyck on June 10, 1961. They had five children that they raised between Alberta and the Okanagan in BC. Mary was a natural care giver, and at the age of 46 she went back to school to pursue her passion and become an LPN. She then moved to Grande Prairie and bought a house in 1985. Mary spent the rest of her career working in long term care in various places including at MacKenzie Place, at a Dawson Creek senior home, and in home care. During this time Mary met and married Torger Torgerson.

Mary and Torger were married for almost 30 years. They enjoyed camping and travelling together and visited many places including Norway, Alaska, Minnesota, and the Okanagan. They also loved spending time with family and singing. Over the years they attended many weddings, birthdays, sports events, and funerals. They experienced all the ups and downs of life together.

Mary was kind, compassionate, forgiving, welcoming, hard-working, and had a wonderful sense of humour. She had a heart for the underdog. She would make friends and joke with people wherever she was, including with the paramedics in the ambulance on her way to the hospital.

Mary enjoyed many hobbies including painting, knitting, baking, gardening, picking berries, puzzles, and singing with family.

Mary will be sadly missed by her husband Torger Torgerson; children: Trudy Burdess, Donald Dyck (Mary), Beverly Gliege, and Randall Dyck; step-children: Doug (Bonnie) Torgerson, Teryl (Herman) Schollaardt, Carmen (Lynn) Torgerson, and Norine (Barry) Sawatsky; grandchildren: Chelsey (Patrick) Brown, Stephan (Sheena) Burdess, Aliesha (Carson) Gliege, Erika Dyck, Emily Dyck, Jayden Dyck, Stephanie Dyck, and Matthew Dyck; great- grandchild Hadley Brown; many step-granchildren and great-granchildren; as well as many friends and colleagues.

Mary was predeceased by her parents John & Justina Lowen; sons David Dyck and Robert Dyck; brothers Henry and George Lowen; brothers in-law Allan Wiebe, Walter Suschynski, Lawrence Pierson, David Dyck, Alan Dyck, Henry Bergen, Herman Frantzen, and John “Jack” Hillis; sisters in-law Ruth Lowen, Tina Bergen, Christine Frantzen, Ellsie Hillis, and Valerie Griffith; as well as many other extended family members.

Due to COVID restrictions a private viewing/service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Seniors Outreach (101, 10127 121 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 7V3).

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  • Mary was a lady full of smiles and expressed her love for the Lord in her life in everything she said and did. Always a pleasure to visit with. God bless her memory Sympathies to Torger and family

  • Torger and family, We send our love to you. We are sorry to hear of Mary's passing. You will be in out prayers. - Pam Koehn, Connie Rempel & family

  • Mary went out of her way to greet people and was a very pleasant lady to chat with. My mother and I went out for a walk one day last Fall and crossed paths with Torger, Mary and their family so we had a happy conversation. On behalf of my Erickson family, our heartfelt condolence to our Friend Torger.

  • Our deepest sympathy!! Mary was a wonderful lady. Enjoyed our chats anytime we met in town!!

  • We were together one Christmas and I commented on her beautiful apron next thing I knew she had made one exactly the same only a different pattern. Then she always made Doug these awesome cookies and he would say these are mine don't touch, Mary made them especially for me. Mary was talented in so many ways.

  • Aunt Mary was a wonderful warm caring woman. She was a very dear friend to my Mom. She would welcome me with hugs whenever we would stop by to see her. She will be greatly missed. Thinking of the family at this time. May God comfort you and give you rest. Blessing to Torger. Debbie (Wiebe) Liska, daughter of Tina

  • Mary was a very beautiful women who will be missed. I have not seen her in years, but remember her smile. we met at singles again in 1989. God be with you Torger in this time of your loss Colleen Suhai

  • I met Mary only once over twenty years ago. It was a privilege to witness Mary's kind and gentle caregiving to a client. This lady has made a lasting, positive impression on my life. Prayers are with her family. Jane Anderson

  • I am very sorry for your loss of Mary She was very kind and funny I would bring her and Torger snacks and watch little house on the prairie with them we had lots of laughter Right Torger ♥️♥️ Love Judy McGinnis

  • Gord and I are very sorry to hear of Mary's passing..our deepest condolences to Torger and all the family. We were very fortunate over the years to hear Mary and Torgers wonderful duets and were blessed with their company on one of their visits going thru Saskatchewan on their way to Norsefest!! Debbie & Gord Boggs

  • I have enjoyed many years of get togethers with Mary and Torger, with the shared love of our family and grandchildren. I admired her quiet demeanor, humor and respect for us and others. We had a lot in common, one of which was our friendship. I will miss her and am thankful that her release gives her peace in the hands of God.

  • Our sincere sympathy to all the family, she was a great lady and will surely be missed by all. from Lanny and Pat Rude

  • Mary was an amazing and kind woman of God. I am thankful for her and Torger's generosity. My prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends. Wes Hunter

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