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Margaret SALUS

June 9, 1924 ~ March 14, 2020 (age 95)


Margaret, daughter of Victor and Annie Siska, was born June 9, 1924 in Coleman, Alberta. She married the love of her life, John Salus, on February 27, 1943. Working side by side, Margaret and John purchased the Bobbit General Store in Coleman and began their long business life together. The Salus General Store became a Coleman landmark for over 25 years.

In 1965, Margaret and John took over as funeral directors, serving the Elk Valley and South Country, and the Crowsnest Pass. This fulfilling career lasted until their retirement in 1991.

Margaret was an energetic and strong woman who was always on the go. She loved working in her yard and spent countless hours ensuring her yard was weed free, finely manicured and laden with beautiful flowers. Margaret loved to knit and crochet. After moving to Fernie, she developed a strong network of friends. She belonged to what she called the “Rummoli Gang” for many years, and a craft circle of women who all became her very good friends. Margaret was a member of the CWL in the Pass as well as in Fernie.

Margaret loved playing cards year round and outdoor games in the summer. She was an amazing shuffleboard player. Hot summers would find Margaret dipping her feet, doing the occasional dog paddle, or sitting on a chair in the cool waters of Rosen Lake, with her contagious smile upon her face.

Left to mourn Margaret’s passing and to celebrate her life are her son, Tom, and his wife Diana of Blairmore, AB, daughter Valdene Salant and son-in-law Bruce Salant of Jaffray, BC; grandchildren Jill and Jason Salus; Dawnelle and Ryan (Chantelle) Salant; great grandchild Kayleigh Salant; sister Doreen (Al) Karasiuk of Wasaga Beach, ON; sister-in-law Helen Salus of Medicine Hat AB, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, John in 2002; her parents, Annie and Victor Siska; brothers George, Andrew and James Siska; in laws, Mary and Willy Panek, Joe Salus, Andrew Salus, Eileen Siska, Kathleen Siska, Joe and Annie Dobek.

The BC Ministry of Health has banned public gatherings of more than 50 people. In respect of this ban, services for Margaret have been restricted to immediate family only. Thank you all for your love & understanding.


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