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Ilse Elsbeth Markin (Marutt)

July 18, 1938 - December 28, 2022


On December 28, 2022, heaven gained a gracious lady:   Ilse Elsbeth Markin (nee Marutt).  She will be forever loved and honoured for all she gave as wife, mother, Oma, sister, Aunty and friend.  Ilse was born in Hannover, Germany in 1938 and by age 14 had emigrated to Canada with her parents, Anna and Franz Marutt, and her siblings.  Ilse held a life-long special bond with her sister Val.  In 1955, Ilse met the love of her entire life – John Markin.  On March 29, 1958, they vowed to build a beautiful legacy together.  They eventually settled in Victoria in 1962 and bought a home on Springridge Crescent.  John was a police officer and Ilse worked as a cashier at Super Valu and Econo Mart.  Soon came four healthy bouncing babies:  Yvonne, Darryl, Janice and Trevor.  Together, over 30 years, they provided their kids with a fun-loving home hosting countless pool parties and Christmas Eve gatherings.  Ilse will always be remembered for baking her delicious Black Forest cake, cabbage rolls and ‘Oma’s soup.’  Be it her own kids, grandkids or neighbour’s kids – Ilse was the chosen “teeth puller outer.’  Ilse’s passions in her lifetime included bowling, knitting, jigsaw puzzles, card games, Spider Solitaire, garage sales, bingo, the casino and of course her Diet Pepsi and Maggi.  She enjoyed watching TV Game shows, Judge Judy and Dr. Phil.  The family has many special memories of camping in Penticton, Christina Lake, Sproat Lake and all over Vancouver Island.  Ilse enjoyed her many travels that included Germany, Hawaii, Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, the Okanagan and Powell River.  Ilse’s grandkids often giggled when she referred to bad drivers as ‘apples.’  She affectionately referred to cell phones as ‘the machine.’  No matter what occasion, Ilse’s smile and laughter filled the room with joy.  John and Ilse moved to Duncan in 1996 and continued with family traditions including back yard barbecues and Christmas Eve gatherings.  Ilse loved the ‘nature sanctuary’ that her backyard provided with wild birds, squirrels and rabbits.  Ilse shared every part of her spirit with those she shared time with.  What you were up to and how you felt about it mattered, and Ilse would tell you so.  Your birthday and special occasions mattered to Ilse – many would receive special acknowledgements from her.  She was a Red Hat member and loved her Potluck Group and Glenora Breakfast Club.  The Rathskeller’s German cuisine brought her great comfort and was often Ilse’s first choice when she wanted to celebrate a special occasion.  In Ilse’s company, you felt her kind spirit and full presence.  Ilse’s compassionate finger prints are spread about on everything and everyone she touched.  We are forever privileged to have loved her.  She fought her 5-month battle with lung cancer the way she lived her life – with grace.

Ilse will be pleased to reunite with Anna and Franz (parents), Gunter (brother) and Janice (daughter).  Until we meet again, sweet Ilse:  Husband John, children Yvonne (Al), Darryl, Trevor (Michelle),  son-in-law Gord, grandchildren Lindsay, Nicole (Evan), Daniel (Kayleigh), Tony (Megan), Kalene and Siarra, great grandchildren Caleb, Will, Owen, Kassidy and Kamilla, sisters Val, Anita and Leona (Brian) as well as many nieces/nephews and their families.  Ilse’s best friend Ollie also holds a sacred place in her heart. The family is so grateful to the staff and volunteers at Duncan Hospice House, and particularly to Heather and Kate, for the excellent care and compassion you gave to Ilse.  Special thanks to Ilse’s niece Sharon for such compassion and support, particularly in these past several months.  Ilse requested no service and no flowers.  She asked for any donations to go towards the Duncan Hospice House or BC Cancer Agency.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Blake & JoAnne Green
Relation: Years of friendship

John and Family
So very saddened to hear of Ilse passing, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Many, many fond memories over the years. God bless

From: Ollie Bedlington
Relation: Old friend

I worked with Ilse at Economart and have been a friend for nearly 55 years. We never had cross words in all that time. She was a wonderful friend! We went camping to the Big Valley Jamboree in Saskatchewan and had so many laughs! Ilse and John have always been good friends along with there family.

From: Elaine Steiger
Relation: When they moved to Powell River from Germany - many many years ago!

My daughter Resi told me of Ilse’s passing. I have great memories when Ilse and her family moved to Powell River from Germany and attended Cranberry School and she was in my class. The fact that they couldn’t speak English made them celebrities in our young eyes. I did reconnect with Ilse several years ago after meeting Trevor (through Resi) and talked to her on the phone. My sincere condolences to all her family.

From: Karen Martiniuk
Relation: My Aunt. Mother’s Sister.

Sincere condolences to my Uncle John and cousins Yvonne, Daryl, and Trevor. We’ve shared many family gatherings in our very younger years and I remember the fun times camping at Sprout Lake and summer visits at Springridge Crescent. Auntie will truly be missed. RIP Love Karen

From: Andrea Martiniuk
Relation: Great Niece. Anita's granddaughter

Hello Uncle John and family. I’m very saddened to hear of Auntie Ilse’s passing. I have some fond memories as a young child enjoying the pool and visiting you both in Victoria and Duncan. Auntie Ilse was always very welcoming and happy. I haven’t seen you both in many years, but I still think of you often. You’re in my thoughts and I send you my love and hugs, Uncle John.

From Andrea Martiniuk, and kids, Cameron, Ava, Nathan, and Carley.

From: Carrie Dallaway (Calve)

So sorry to hear about this loss. I have the fondest memories of your Mom during my childhood in the Northridge area. Always made me feel so welcome and would give the best hugs!

From: Laurie Gibson
Relation: We use to play card at the Glenora Hall and occasionally meet at the Duncan Casino.

Wishing all of you my deepest sympathy. She will be missed for her smile, and great sense of humor. I will miss seeing her at the casino too.

From: Elizabeth Traer
Relation: A customer and friend of Copycat Printing

Dear John & family, I had not been up to date with local events and recently read about the passing of you wife (mother, grandmother) Ilse. Samantha (my daughter) and I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to you as you navigate this new path of your life. John, you were a special part of our family and a great inspiration to us. Your wife’s sweetness and joy was ever present and your love for her evident in how you cared for her! Please let us know if there is any thing I can assist you with and know that you are in our thoughts.

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