MONIKA ELIZABETH MAH 1944 - 2021 She was brilliant - the light of my life for sixty years (2021 would have been our 59th wedding anniversary). Monika (a former oncology nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital) died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Nakusp, B.C., finally free of the unrelenting pain from the after effects of cancer treatments. The sorrow is deep and all-encompassing for the family: husband Jay-Dell, son Mark (Margaret), grandsons Zachary and Henry, sister Ulrike Zobel, brother Frank Zobel (Elena), half sister Renate Berlet, and nieces and nephews Jennifer Cross, Andrea Volansky (Blaine and great-nephew Nate and great-niece Eva), Davin Zobel (Amy), and Kris Mah (Tabitha and great-nephew Eliott, and twins Eamon and Elsie). Our youngest son, Jason, died in 1985. Her parents, Henry and Berta Zobel, both deceased, were longtime residents of the Burton and Nakusp areas. Monika (with a 'K' she would have to say time and again) combined an often sharp tongue with such a generous spirit. She loved her volunteer work at the library and was heartbroken when her disease made her step down. She had hoped to be able to join the 'beach ladies' for a last dip this summer. The lake swim, and those conversations with good friends, often about the latest good fiction, were among her favourite things. COVID restrictions will prevent any memorial service at this time, and as a very private person, she'd likely frown upon any such idea. If you feel inclined, I think she'd really be pleased with memorial donations to her second home in Nakusp, the Nakusp Public Library.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2021.