Maria Toews

June 3, 1942 – November 16, 2019


After a short battle with cancer, Maria Toews passed away on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at the age of 77. Daughter of Diedrich D. Toews and Tina E. Toews (nee Friesen), her memory is cherished by her sons Murray Toews (wife Candace Ross), Stephen Savauge (nee Toews) (wife Rhonda O’Grady), and grandsons Lucas and Tristan Savauge – as well as her beloved cat-companion, Shadow. 


Maria was the eldest of her five siblings: Diedrich, Abe, Tina, Jim, and Helena. Though deeply rooted in tradition and family, Maria was born with an independent and adventurous spirit, rarely hesitating to express her views and share a story or a laugh. Maria is predeceased by her partners and husband Ronald Murray Savauge, David Harris and cat-companion, Tiko; and by her half-brother John (and wife Tina).


She was one of the longest practicing operating room nurses in Canada and a fierce advocate for patient care. Her unconventional path, mixed with her compassion, humour, and curiosity brought her to many different places in Canada, the US, and Switzerland, and paved the way for strong and enduring bonds with those she loved.


Her final resting place will be Weidenfeld Cemetery (near Altona), close to her father and mother. A Celebration of Life is planned for late May 2020. Words cannot express how much we miss you mother, Maria -- but as she often said in later years, “So it goes…”

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