KOCHAN, Marie Christina

December 18, 1937 – October 8, 2016

With heartfelt sorrow we announce the passing of Marie, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. After battling medical complications, Marie passed away peacefully on October 8, 2016, at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Marie was born on December 18, 1937, in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland. In 1955, she trained as a nurse in Colchester, England. While in Iserlohn, Germany, working at the British Military Hospital, Marie met Steve who was in the Canadian Armed Forces. They married in London, England, on September 5,1957. They were stationed in numerous military bases in Canada and overseas. This included Lahr, Germany, before retiring from the CAF in Chilliwack, BC, in 1975. She enjoyed travelling and had many interests, with the most cherished times spent with family and friends. Marie was predeceased by her parents (Jeremiah and Bridget O’Sullivan), and brothers Gerard, Billy, and Mick. Marie is survived by her husband of 59 years and love of her life, Steve; her children Kim (Alf ), Colleen, Peter; and her grandson Matthew. She will also be lovingly remembered by many relatives and friends in Ireland and England; including brothers Oisin, and Donal; and sisters Geraldine, Breeda, and Anne. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the staff at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and the Kidney Dialysis unit, for their care and compassion. A memorial will be held on a future date.

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