August 4, 1949 – January 27, 2021
With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Marija Horvat on the morning of January 27, 2021. She was a loving wife and mother, joyful Baba, loyal friend, and devoted caretaker of nature’s small creatures. She will be deeply missed by her dear husband Rudy; her children Jason (Kasia), Julianna (Jay), and Michael (Marcy); her four adored grandchildren, Dania, Devin, Nico and little Mikaela; her sister Anica in Slovenia; and her faithful friends, Milenka, Dajana, and Wannah.
Marija was born in 1949 in Svedruža, Croatia, the youngest of five children. She moved to Slovenia as a young teenager to live with her sister Anica, who was her kindred spirit. She worked in a factory in Ljubljana where she made good friends and enjoyed her independence. She was a striking young woman with dark hair and deep brown eyes. In her early twenties, she met a handsome man who was visiting Slovenia from Canada. Rudolf Horvat would become her devoted husband of 47 years, but not without some effort on his part. It took several years and trips to Slovenia to convince Marija to join him in Kamloops, BC, Canada. Finally, in January 1974, our beautiful and brave Marija left everything she knew behind at the age of 24 to come to a new country, where she would become a wife, mother, friend, and Canadian citizen. She always spoke of 1974 as “the most productive year of her life," marvelling at how much she accomplished - a new country and language, a wedding, a home of her own, and her firstborn child. She had found peace, security and happiness.
By the end of 1978, Marija had three children under the age of four - Jason, Julianna and Michael. While there was a lot of joy and growth during those early years, Marija also experienced loneliness and isolation, missing her family. We are eternally grateful to the women who became her lifelong friends during this period. Milenka, Wannah, Teta Marija, you supported her, advocated for her, and made her laugh - becoming part of our family in the process. Thank you for always being there for our Mom. We are also thankful that Marija had a husband in Rudy who accepted and cherished her for exactly who she was - independent, strong-willed, intelligent, and tender-hearted. Rudy loved her unconditionally, and she loved him the same. They were there for each other, always.
Marija was an amazing Baba who beamed with pride watching Dania and Devin play hockey; spent hours snuggling and reading with Nico; and delighted in every FaceTime she had with her youngest granddaughter, Mikaela. She was well liked by many friends and neighbours in Kamloops, particularly in the Sagebrush neighbourhood she called home for 35-years. She was also a lot of fun to be around - and was known for her generosity and openness, her cheese buns, her amazing vegetable garden, her unique sense of humour, and her love of a good prank.
Mom took great joy from simple things. She enjoyed sitting in the warmth of the sun; the hummingbirds, butterflies, and flowers in her garden; time spent chatting with her friends over coffee. Most of all, Mom valued her family time with Rudy, her children and grandchildren, sharing a good meal, playing with the grandkids, and simply being together.
You are so loved, sweet Marija, Mom, and Baba. We are incredibly proud of you and will carry you in our hearts, always.
Special thanks to Dr. Kraig Montalbetti for your kindness and care of Mom.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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February 10, 2021
We are all very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences and we send our love to all of you.
February 9, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Horvat Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
February 4, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My own mother (who passed a few years ago) always spoke highly of Marija. Mom lived near Rudy and Marija and often spoke of them stopping by for a quick chat as they went on their evening walks. After mom's death, as we were preparing for the sale of her house, Marija would stop by to see if she could help and always offered a kind word. The world will certainly miss such a kind an classy lady.
February 3, 2021
Marija was such an kind and generous person. As a child visiting my friend, she always made me feel welcome in her home.
She lovingly teased us on the way out the door. The sweet and kind way she would exaggerate Julie's name, with a twinkle in her eye.
Marija truly shined with love and kindness, such a lovely woman.
I am so sorry for your family's loss.
February 3, 2021
What I remember most about Maria was how kind and peaceful she was. Her beautifully written write-up clearly describes her beautiful personality. I wish I had asked her more about her homeland, as I only now realize, how much she missed it. Our children, Brett and Bonnie, went to school with Maria and Rudy's children so Maria, I and other moms spent time together helping with and attending school activities. Our condolences and love to her family. I know she will rest in peace until we all meet again.
Linda and John Webber
February 1, 2021
The evenings we walked to Miskulin's house. I loved finding pennies on the road in front of Kam. High School. You used to laugh at me, and tease me about my big savings account. I miss you. I love you.
Pat, Gina Pagnotta
January 30, 2021
So sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mom. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. R.I.P. Maria. Pat and Gina Pagnotta