Let us tell you a story about a true warrior.
In 2003, our beloved Ann Marie Mazzuca was told she had brain and lung cancer, and was given 9 months to live. Against insurmountable odds, she beat cancer. Unfortunately, cancer had her number and would return again 3 more times. She was often regarded as an inspiration to many other people she met at the cancer centre, who were also fighting the big fight. After an on and off battle over 17 years, she is finally at peace, and heaven gained another angel on January 8th, 2020.
Annie grew up in Capreol, and shared her father’s love of cars. She and her husband Mike owned and operated Western Valley Auto Sales for 16 years before entering retirement. She loved long car rides, poutine, cheesecake, and a fresh car wash. She especially enjoyed travelling all over North America with her sweetheart, Mike, and her trips to Panama City with Anthony and Rosanne.
She is survived by her mother, Elaine, and predeceased in 2000 by her father Mario. She leaves behind her husband Mike, who never left her side, and her wonderful stepchildren, Andrea (Sheldon Chamberlain) and Jarrett Rusin. She will be dearly missed by her sisters Marilyn (Bob Fitzsimmons), Rosanne (Anthony Piselli), and Joanne (Mike Bartoli), as well as her nieces Farra, Carly (Nathaniel Oelsner), Krista (Kyra de Lege), Vanessa, and Michaela (Tyler Matthews). She will always be remembered as “granny Annie” to her step-grandchildren, Hayden and Owen. Special sister-in-law to Karen Selk (Tim). She will be missed by the Mazzuca, Desjardins, and Rusin families, as well as her many friends. Annie and Mike cherished the time spent with their dear friends Laurie and Wayne, Cheryl and Rick, and Diane and Jeff.
A special thank you to Tina Carriere for the compassion she showed to Annie and our family during Annie’s hardest moments. The family would also like to thank Dr. Pablo Cano for your dedication to Annie over all these years.
Never once during any of her battles with cancer did she ever want sympathy or people feeling sorry for her. She was the strongest person we’ve ever known, and we will miss her very much. Although she was taken far too soon, we know she put up one hell of a fight, right up until the very end. We know she’s watching over us, saying “Quit crying and put a smile on your face,” and that’s exactly what we will try to do.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Maison McCulloch Hospice would be appreciated.
Funeral Service in the
Lougheed Funeral Home
4605 Michelle Drive, Hanmer
Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 11am.
(Friends may call 2-5; 7-9pm Sunday and after 10am Monday).
Interment in the family plot at the Capreol Cemetery.
For donations and messages of condolence, www.lougheed.org.