Mary Gubitz

Mary Joan Gubitz (Hamilton)

Thursday, May 12th, 1938 - Monday, January 6th, 2020
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Mary Joan Gubitz
May 12th, 1938 - January 6th, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Joan Gubitz on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Born and raised in Calgary, Mary was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Alice Hamilton, as well as her siblings Herb, Wayne, and Jeanette.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Peter. Mary is also survived by her son Gord (Don), her daughter Karen (John), and her beloved granddaughters Gillian and Breanne, as well as nieces and nephews.

Mary loved to play squash at the North Family YMCA. She was an avid lawn bowler with the Rotary Park Lawn Bowling Club, and had the opportunity to represent Alberta at numerous championships across the country. She also enjoyed her association with the Husky Oil Retirement Club, and St. Pius X Church.

Grandma will be missed at all of Gillian’s Stampede Showband performances and Breanne's softball games. She loved to watch and cheer them on!

At Mary’s request, no visitation or memorial service will be held at this time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the lymphoma society (

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and have yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
or you can do what she'd want :
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Mary please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Patricia Walker

Posted at 05:05pm
Mary and I were great friends and lawn bowling partners for many years. She was my pairs partner for a long time and we entered all the Provincial tournaments we could and actually won a bronze medal in pairs in 2005, during the flood (100ml of rain fell on the Saturday - we were squishing up and down the rink). My husband, Allan and I, Peter and Mary were frequently on the road to Edmonton or Lethbridge or Medicine Hat for lawn bowling tournaments. We had an incredible amount of fun as well as great companionship. My husband Allan , who died December 23, 2014, and Peter competed together in the fours and Senior triples, making it to Nationals in those events several times. Mary and I did the same. There were several years that the four of us accomplished this feat together. I also fondly remember the time we went to St. George, Utah and competed in the Huntsman World Senior Games and between the four of us returned with a total of 11 medals. We had so very much fun! We found out about St. George when we competed in Edmonton at the World Master Games, 2005. I have so many fond and beautiful memories of all of us and we were brought together by lawn bowls. For years, including last year, we got together in December with John Wilkes and had a reminiscing dinner and then games night back at the Gubitz's with Mary's homemade treats. I'll miss her, but she gave me some absolutely priceless memories.

Bettey Rosenke

Posted at 09:55pm
We only knew Mary for two short summers but we considered her a friend from the first time we met her and Peter. Her presence has been felt as far away as Phoenix where we are for this winter. At a bowling event in which we only knew one person it came to pass that many, many snowbirds knew her and her commitment to lawn bowling. We all raised a glass in her honour. People from Bc, sask, Manitoba all had contact with her in the past. She'll be missed. Gary and Bettey Rosenke

Lynda Walker

Posted at 01:52pm
We are so very sad for the loss of My Aunt Mary. She was always there for us and my family. Always checking to make sure all was good. I cherish all the memories I have of her from my childhood to now. In the last few years I always enjoyed our telephone calls and visits and always appreciated her wit and talks. She was there for our family always during the last few years as the health of her sister and brother-in law decreased, despite having her own medical appointments and diagnosis. Thinking of Karen and Gord and family during this time.

Marion Firman

Posted at 02:03pm
Mary was always up for anything. A group of us learned to play squash at the old "Y" on Northmount Dr.
A few years later Mary & Peter tried lawn bowling and really found their sport. They enjoyed playing &
competing in their retirement years.
They also were very involved in family activities and the granddaughters. They enjoyed & listened to a lot of band
music in the last few years.
Mary will be missed for her ideas & enthusiastic organizing of club & social activities.
Marion Firman

Glaide Benjamin

Posted at 01:35pm
This past summer I joined the Rotary Lawn Bowling Club which is a 5 minute walk from my home and met Mary as she diligently coordinated the schedules and many other tasks. She was encouraging and forthright with her comments about my bowling efforts as a new member and the sport that she truly loved. During the season I gained useful tips from Mary that she readily shared and Peter, too! At our end-of-season function Mary made the thoughtful gesture to congratulate me as a first-time player and arranged that a small cash prize be presented to me - I was bowled over! I am going to miss her beautiful smile and upbeat sense of humour during the coming season. I send my prayers to All, Glaide Benjamin

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