Three weeks after celebrating her 93 birthday, on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021, Margaret Frances Catherine Walter closed her eyes for the last time.
She was the cherished wife of the late Gerald Frederick Walter. Beloved mother of Casie Johnson (Trevor Walker). Devoted Grandma to Tyler Johnson and his wife Ashley, Jordan Johnson (Laura), Scott Johnson (Mackenzie) and Cameron Johnson (Ashley). Proud Great Grandma of Harry Walter “Hal” Johnson. Daughter of the late Emilie and James Doyle. Dearly loved sister of the late Betty O'Mahony (Ed), Bill Doyle (Jean) and Bob. Loving sister-in-law of Pat Pepper (Jim) and the late Joan Telford and Beth Drennan (Clarke). Much loved and respected aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Marg was born in Simcoe, Ontario. She attended the local public school and Simcoe District High School. Marg spent grade 13 at St. Joseph's Catholic School. While this was not her most pleasant experience, it taught Marg to persevere through challenging situations; a skill that would see her through many times in her life to come. Marg then attended the University of Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education. She earned the title of captain for the women's basketball team. Marg continued her Education and received her teaching certificate from the Ontario College of Education in Toronto. She proceeded to teach Physical Education at the high school level in Kitchener, Lindsay, Guelph and Toronto. Being a female athlete, Marg was an advocate for women's sports where she dedicated many hours to coaching a variety of teams. Marg began teaching P.E. in Parry Sound in 1962. Marg furthered her education by obtaining qualifications as a Guidance Counsellor at which she worked until her retirement in 1985. Over her beloved career as an educator, she influenced the lives of many students. To Marg, teaching was not just an occupation, it was a big part of who she was.
Marg and Jerry were married in 1959. They had been high school sweethearts and after a lengthy courtship they married in Simcoe. Jerry's job with the Department of Lands and Forests brought him to Parry Sound and Marg secured a job teaching Phys. Ed. at the Parry Sound High School. Together they raised one daughter (Casie), and years later were blessed with four grandsons: Tyler, Jordan, Scott and Cameron. Marg and Jerry enjoyed many happy years of retirement where they were fortunate to travel to many parts of the world. For Marg, a favourite was Ireland. Her expression of, "There are only two types of people -- the Irish and those who wish they were", is well known to many. Marg's devotion to her daughter and grandsons was evident up to and including the day she passed. She felt extra blessed to become a Great Grandma to Harry Walter (Hal) Johnson and her visits with him were highlights in her life. Marg's hobbies over the years included golf, curling, boating on Georgian Bay (Marg and Jerry won their first boat!), tennis, badminton, bridge, knitting, and entertaining family and friends in their home. Marg was a devout Catholic and her faith in God was another source of strength for her. Her expression of, "Just ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for anything and your wishes will come true", was frequently shared with her family. Attending Church every Sunday was an extremely important part of Marg's life.
Marg's last ten years of life were spent at Belvedere Heights in Parry Sound. Many friendships developed between Marg and fellow residents during this time. She enjoyed making people around her laugh by joking with the staff. She had a knack of giving them a run for their money. She was notoriously known as the woman with the Tilley hat and for many years Marg blessed the Home by playing the piano in the Fireside Lounge. Marg's family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff of Pine and Willow who dedicated many hours to Marg's care. Renate Koslofski was a true and loyal friend and caregiver. Thank you, Renate.
Due to Covid restrictions, a private family Catholic service will take place on Sunday January 10, 2021 at the Logan Funeral Home (705-746-5855) in Parry Sound. A celebration of Marg's life will take place in the spring. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Belvedere Heights, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice. To quote Marg's words, "If you're not sure you’re going to Heaven, make sure you get to Ireland."
So sorry about your Mother. She was a great lady. Sending hugs.-Sue and Bruce Thomson
Auntie Marg, I miss you with all of my soul. You were the perfect aunt and godmother who always made me feel special, valued and loved. Being named after you has always given us a special bond - which will continue. Casie, my heart cries with yours. I am so happy you were able to be with your mom these last few months. You have been so selfless in being there for her when she’s needed you the most. I am glad that you have all of your family around you so you can hold and take care of each other at this time. All of my love to you all.-Marg O’Mahony
Sincerest condolences to Casie and all of her family. Marg and Jerry were lovely and kind people, with whom I lived for a while when I was in foster care back in around 1969-1970. Will never forget them. R.I.P. Marg 😔💞
Donna Kowalchuk- Steward-Donna Steward
Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.-Marilyn Hurd
So sorry for your loss.❤
Ron and Lorie-Lorie and Ron Edington
Dear Casie and family, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Sending along my condolences and best wishes.-Hazel Smith
Casey and family
We are very sorry to hear of your Moms passing. She was an amazing bridge player and a great conversationalist. We always shared a few jokes with Margie. Known as Mrs. Walters at PSHS, she was also my home room teacher. Our heartfelt condolences. May she Rest In Peace.
The Brunton family.
My sincere condolences to Marg's family. Marg was a delightful person. She knew how to live life to the fullest even in LTC! May you find peace and confirm in this great time of sorrow today and in the years to come.-Donna Kurfiss
We will all miss Aunt Marg so much. Wish I could be there with you. Big hugs to all of you.-Liz
Casie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of the many hours I spent at 3 Sunset Ave. I know first hand what a truly beautiful, caring and classy lady your mom was. May she rest in peace. I am sending lots of hugs, kisses and love your way.
Martha (Childerhose) Vincent
I am so sorry to hear about Marg's passing, Aunt Casie. She was a lovely lady, with a lovely smile and laugh. Sending love to you and the boys.-Mandy Macfie
My condolences to Casie, Trevor and the family.-Chris Whittaker
Casey and family,
Our family was sadden to hear of your Mother’s passing. Marg was one of my Mother’s close friends and she had the highest respect for her. Marg made kindness and loyalty look natural.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Be safe.
With deepest sympathies,
Rod, Arlene, Paul and Melanie Dixon.
Casie and family: We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was an amazing lady.-Paul & Cheryl Forth
Dear Casie, your boys Tyler, Scott, Jordan and Cameron and their wife/fiancées.
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember her smile, her special cake she brought to Christmas dinners and as a hard worker washing all those dishes at those same dinners.
I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
Love to you all, ❤
Sincere condolences to you and your family, Casie. Marg was a lovely lady, and dearly remembered as a good friend to our family.-MaryBeth Walsh
Casie... We were so saddened to hear of Marg's passing and know that she is now peacefully at home... We treasure our visits to Parry Sound as well as to the farm... Jerry and Marg and Pat and I will always remember our great times together especially the fishing trips to the French River, the occasional "pop" and the great neighbours on Sunset...
Somewhere a shamrock is weeping...
Aww Casie so sorry for your loss, thinking of you at this sad time.
Casie: We were very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Marg was a trusted colleague and friend who was very well respected by staff and students alike. May we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family in this time of grief. May her memory always be a blessing for your family.
Marcia and Bob Groskorth
Dear Casie and family,
Sending my condolences to you all. Marg was a wonderful woman with a beautiful spirit. You're in my thoughts. ❤-Connie Trapp
My condolence to Casie and your boys. Your mom was a bright light for so many during their highschool years. She had such a sweet, genuine, caring , encouraging way with everyone she crossed paths with. Such a dear soul. You have her beautiful smile Casie.
Thinking of you.
Casie and family,
So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Our hearts go out to you all. She was a lovely lady and will be fondly remembered by many.
Neil, Lana, Karley and Tanner Whetham
Casie & family, my sincere sympathies on the loss of your dear mom. Mrs. Walters made the beginning of my grade 9 year bearable. Great memories of a very nice lady.-Vivian Moore
Dear Casie, so sorry to see this. My condolences to you and your family. Marg was an amazing woman both as a neighbour on Sunset and as a resident in Belvedere. She could always make me smile!-Louise and Murray Nicksy
Casie and family,
I am sad to hear of your moms passing. I adored her, and her many comments about my ring (which she mentioned every time I saw her). May she rest in peace. Much love to you all.
We will always remember Mrs. Walter fondly. One of our most prominent memories makes us smile as we picture her riding through town on her moped. Our deepest sympathies to her family.-Karen Kernaghan, Donna and Cheryl
Casie, Mom and I were saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. Our two families spent many enjoyable times together- whether it was a ride in your boat down the South Channel or dinner and bridge - Bud and Is and Gerry and Marg were very good friends. We both remember those time together with great fondness and offer our sincere condolences.
Scott and Isobel Woodhouse
My sincere sympathy and condolence on the passing if your greatest supporter Casie. Your mother was a wonderful women and we lost a great Irishwomen. I loved her Tilly hat and quick wit. The Scarr family loved her very much and always smiled with the mere mention of her name. Sarah and I send you big hugs and much love.
She will for sure be playing the piano and wearing her Tilly hat in heaven and sneaking off to check on Ireland as needed.
Casie, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a terrific teacher, Mom, grandmother and a real lady. She will be missed.
Marilyn Hall-Marilyn Hall
Marg was my saviour when I first came to Parry Sound. She always had a good story and a laugh. She was supportive and positive. Small but tough and stubborn and would fight for what she thought was right for students and friends. So lucky to have worked with her. Sorry for your loss.-Sue Whitley
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom loved my Kensi She always sang ‘how much is that doggie in the window” when she saw us and loved to make us all laugh. She was such a happy person My sincere condolences-Susan Adamson
So sorry to hear the sad news Casie. She was a great teacher-Susan kerr
Such a wonderful woman. I was lucky enough to live next to her for decades and benefit from her kindness. She spoke to everyone with genuine interest in them. Many benefited from her warmth and compassion as a guidance counselor at PSHS. I remember well the numerous boating trips with the Walter family to Devil's Elbow and other provincial parks on the Bay. Margie will be missed by all that knew her.-Jeff Boyd
I will always remember your mom at Belvedere Heights. Her hands flying over the keyboard at the piano on Willow. Your mom was amazing in many ways. Was in awe of her strength and humour. My deepest sympathy to you during this hard time.
It was with heartfelt sadness that we read of your Mother’s passing Casie, deepest sympathy to you and each of your family as you grieve. My memories go back to my high school days when Mrs. Walter was a warm and friendly teacher who greeted us with a smile at the start of each gym class. It was a commanding smile and when necessary a more commanding whistle, one that still shrieks when I think about it. She was fun and witty and a joy to be with. A great volleyball and basketball coach who guided many a team to victory and lead us in singing “kumbaya”on the bus on the way home from out of town games if we missed the mark.. I find comfort in those memories and know that you will in time feel comfort in all your loving memories too.
Hugs, Billee and Cliff Hurd