With the deepest of sadness and the heaviest of hearts the Marchi family announce the passing of Clara Dorothy, their beloved mother, grandmother and pillar of their family.
Less than 5 months after laying to rest Nay, her soul mate of 62 years, Clara passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Monday, August 9th after a second courageous battle with cancer at the age of 84.
Clara Dorothy Chala was born on May 8th, 1931 in Natal BC to parents Steve and Mary. Through a second marriage she would be the youngest of 15 children, (10 girls and 5 boys) born to Mary.
Clara grew up in Natal, excelling academically in school and athletically in every sport she played, and would graduate in 1948. In 1953 she married her soul mate of 62 years, Nay Marchi, her “mountain man” she would say. The couple would start their own family in 1956, with the first of four boys in a row and would complete the family in 1971 with a daughter, pennies from heaven for Clara. For 62 years they were role models of a successful marriage to their family, asking for so little and sacrificing so much and never wavering from their vows to each other.
To Clara, her family was everything and she was so much more than just a wife, mother and grandmother, she was their pillar. She will always be loved and dearly missed but never forgotten.
Clara is survived by her loving children: Stephen (Angi), Mark (Dawn), Barry (Wendy), Michael (Kathy), and Dawn (Preston), and her grandchildren: Alise, Melissa, Brett, Daylan, Taylor and Paige. She is also survived by her sister Huna (Anne) Bernardo.
Clara was predeceased by her parents Steve and Mary, husband Nay, sisters Theresa, Helen, Cil, Mil, Marg, Mary, Sophie and Sue and brothers Andrew, Steve, Paul, Joe and John.
Donations may be made in Clara’s memory to Lilac Terrace or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.