Marina was born on September 29, 1937. She was the eldest daughter of Maurice and Winifred Cooper. She grew up in Balcarres, SK and as a young woman, left for Regina to complete her Certified Combined Technician Diploma. She started her successful career at Mankota Union Hospital. She soon caught the eye of a young man named Roger Fournier. They fell in love, married, and were blessed with four children. They built a wonderful life of service in their parish and surrounding community. Marina not only served 43 years as the loyal x-ray and lab tech, but she also worked endlessly to support Roger at the family business a.k.a. “the store”. She was a career woman well before her time and imparted her strong work ethic to all of us. Marina was proud to be part of a wonderful Ferland community. She was a member of “Les Dames de la Paroisse”. She participated on a curling team, a bowling team, and was a baseball coach for her daughter’s teams. Marina was a talented seamstress in her spare time. Marina was also known as the town’s unofficial “medic.” In this role, she was called upon numerous times to care for cuts, bumps, and bruises. Everyone knew Marina would know what to do and would be happy to help. Marina was a loving and faithful partner to Roger, but her greatest role was being our mom. Her pride and love for us was unwavering. Her warmth, kindness, and compassion defined her. Her smile was genuine and welcoming.
Mom’s legacy will live on through her four children, Diane (Brian) Evanoff, Anita (Dale) Cisecki, Gloria (Phil Daum) Fournier, and Marcel (Paola Basile) Fournier. She will be lovingly remembered as the proud “Grandma” of five grandchildren: Derek (Anjali) Evanoff, Brandon Evanoff and Justin (Nicole Romanow) Cisecki, Breanna (Arthur) Paszkowski and Jordan (Klaudia Slawinska) Cisecki. Additionally, left to cherish Marina’s memory are Rita (Cooper) Jack, Brian (Loretta) Hartsook, Lionel (Helene) Fournier, Marianne (André) Lalonde and many nieces and nephews on both sides. Having joined many of her predeceased relatives and friends, Marina is now sharing in their loving company, laughing, chatting, playing cards and even dancing again with her beloved husband Roger (2013).
Prayer Service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, @ 7:00 p.m. and Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sunday, October 1, 2023, @ 2:00 p.m. both at the St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Ferland, SK. Following the interment, the family extends an invitation to continue to celebrate Marina at the Ferland Parish Hall. Supper will be served. All are welcome. For those unable to attend, Marina’s celebration of life will be recorded and posted on Piché-Hawkins-Grondin Funeral Chapels website.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church, Box 6 Ferland, SK S0H 1M0 or e-Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org