Our beautiful mother passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family. Maria was the beloved wife of Michael Daichendt (‘67) whom she met in Salzburg, Austria in 1946. At 99 years old she never forgot a name or a story from a well-lived life. Mom had extraordinary experiences from her childhood with her loving family in Maraza, Hungary, her travels throughout Europe as a nurse during WWII, to her eventual trip to Canada with our father in 1951. In addition to caring for her family, she spent countless hours preparing her famous hamburgers for our family's catering business. Her children and grandchildren will always remember her delicious meals especially her specialties; palacsinta, strudel, cabbage rolls and veal schnitzel. Mom was an avid gardener and could cultivate cuttings from wherever she found an interesting plant - including (innocently) some wacky weed. Mom loved to knit and crochet, and many friends and family have received her blankets, Christmas stockings, and slippers. Mom was always impeccably dressed in flattering shades of pink or red, and looked young and energetic. She loved her red wine, and would often say that it's her lifeline. She was a devout Catholic, fiercely independent, resilient, and self-reliant with good advice such as; lock your doors, be good to each other, and use Ponds cold cream every day. Let us raise our glasses of Maria Christina red wine, and say “Cheers!” in honour of a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was loved so much!
She was a devoted mother and mother-in-law to Kathe (Jack ‘20) McLister of London, Michael (‘14) and Sylvia (Cleveland ‘03) Mousseau. Grammy will be missed by her loving grandchildren; John McLister, Allison (Chris) Jackson of Vancouver, Brandon (Vanessa) Mousseau, and Shawn and Jennifer Daichendt. Her legacy will be carried on through the countless memories that will be shared with her great-granddaughters, Claudia, Georgia, Juliet, and Velouria. She was truly loved and will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Our family is very appreciative of the quality of care provided by all the staff at Chartwell Oak Park Lasalle, Bayshore staff particularly Christina, Michelle, Linda and Jill, Cathy Kelly LHIN and especially Dr. Seth Aborhey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Maria Daichendt to Sparky's Toy Drive or Ronald McDonald House.
A private family service has been held. Arrangements entrusted to Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841.