Mary Elizabeth Zoretich (Howard)

Mary Zoretich left us all too soon July 6th, 2010 after a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Mary is celebrated and lovingly remem-bered by her husband Charlie Zoretich, her family Marci, Carene and Lisa and grandchildren Eli, Joshua, Adam and Kaitlyn. She was predeceased by her father and mother Bob and Senia Howard (Laitinen) and her brother David.

Born and raised in Salmon Arm, Mary went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Education and then her Masters degree in Psychology. Over the course of her career as a teacher and counsellor, Mary made an indelible impression on many lives and has left us many wonderful memories.

After spending many years counselling and teaching at colleges and secondary schools in the Fraser Valley, Mary and her family moved to Celista, BC where she became and important part of the North Shuswap Elementary School for many years.

Mary was an avid outdoors enthusiast and she greatly enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing and fly fishing. These activities motivated her return back to her roots in the Shuswap. Mary’s interests in history and love of community led her to form the North Shuswap Historical Society and subsequently inspired her to collaborate on the Shuswap Chronicles – work she was immensely proud to be a part of. Her contributions to the North Shuswap community were many and in 1999 Mary was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce.

Mary was many things to many people, a really cool mom and loving grandmother, a fun and inspirational partner, a confidante, counsellor and a teacher who truly gave 100% of her abilities. She is already greatly missed by her family, friends, colleagues and her family away from home at Bastion Place. She will be celebrated continuously in our thoughts and memories and through the positive impact she has left on so many lives.

A celebration of her life was held at Bower’s Funeral Home on July 9th, 2010

Online condolences can be sent through Mary’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com

Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.