Jane Mackler


As the first rays of sunlight cast a bluey hue throughout our home, and tiny snowflakes drifted softly on the quiet and elegant morning of Sunday March 13, 2022, Jane Mackler, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long, healthy, and rich life! She was surrounded by all of the love of her family. 

Jane is predeceased by her dear parents and her brother. Her loving husband Bill welcomed her to heaven with a warm embrace, then she led him to jive, waltz, and polka. Jane had a flair for dancing and loved music. She grew up dancing at the Rialto, a dance hall in her small hometown owned by her parents; everyone knew that Jane was such a talented and beautiful dancer! 

She was loved and will be missed by her amazing sister in laws and their wonderful children and families, as well as her close friends.

She leaves behind her entire whole world - her son Dan and daughter in law Joanna, her daughter and best friend Sherry, her son in law Mick, and her upstanding grandchildren and their partners - Emma, Ben, Cody and Erika, Brett, and Hailey, and Kade, all of whom were her pride and joy. 

Jane will always be loved and live on in our hearts, her guiding presence will be with us forever as she continues to enrich our lives. Her calm and pleasant personality was embraced by everyone she met. So many people were quick to compliment her on her sweet and gentle character. She was always such a happy and content soul, an optimist, who saw the good in everyone and every situation. She had such a positive attitude and a beaming, radiant smile, her light will shine on in each of us. 

Jane had an extensive recipe collection and enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Her exceptional skills resulted in the most delicious home cooked meals and desserts, all of which were made with love, and a warm and tender heart. Jane was very thoughtful and generous, she enjoyed sharing with those she loved and cared for, especially the gift of quality time and wisdom. 

Jane was genuinely interested in and engaged in the lives of her family; together they created many treasured memories. She fondly anticipated some of her best days - summertime at camp, playing games, chauffeuring, and cheering at their sporting events and hockey tournaments, and being involved in their education, endeavours, and successes. She possessed a passion for quietly and soulfully soaking up with admiration all of the ordinary and everyday moments and joys of raising and being with her family as a wife, mom, and Gramma! She blessed us all with an abundance of unconditional love, encouragement, guidance, and support. Her devotion to her family was without limit.

Jane's decades of dedication in supporting Canada's curlers and the Toronto Maple Leaf’s were steadfast. Attending both the Scotties and Brier with her girlfriends was something she looked forward to. Although she enjoyed seeing the Leaf’s play in Toronto, one of her favourite pastimes was to order pizza and watch the games from the comfort of her cozy home. Her grandsons will forever be her favourite hockey stars, and she will remain their number one fan!

Jane was honest, genuine, and authentic. She was an intelligent lifelong learner who earned awards and certificates after graduation as she held various positions throughout her career at Rio Algom. She was a diligent, ambitious staff employee who was amiable and respected by her colleagues. Jane loved the camaraderie - sharing recipes, celebrating birthdays and holidays with office lunches and potlucks, as well as socializing with her coworkers outside her workday. She gained lifelong friends along the way, friendships that were both valued and meaningful for 60 years. These strong bonds of lasting friendships remained with her for all of her days, including that of her childhood best friend of more than 70 years. This is a testament to her good moral character, and the trustworthy and loyal woman she was. Thank you for being such a special part of her life and ours. 

Jane was a fashionista. Growing up her mother owned a luxury clothing boutique - Jane's Smart Shoppe. She was always a well dressed and well-groomed lady who looked so beautiful and stylish, both at work and home. 

Jane was easy going, adventurous, determined and fiercely independent. She relished being at camp - early morning boat rides, soaking up sunrises, sunsets and listening to the loons from the peaceful shores of Bass Lake while spending quality time in the company of her cherished family and friends. Jane led an active and busy lifestyle and loved to partake in family escapades! During retirement she enjoyed touring Canada's coasts several times. She liked to spend time outdoors tending to her yard and flower gardens. As a long-time resident she simply loved her quaint and picturesque little town that was home. It was a place where many good times and fond memories were created amongst her family and friends and that cumulatively led to a life well lived. She walked, curled, biked, cross country skid, and learned to skate - practising for only a day after a lesson collaboratively taught by her grandsons. She succeeded in whatever she set her mind to. 

Her creativity & many talents were expressed through crafts, art, and needlework and these handmade masterpieces are our cherished keepsakes. 

Jane was a long-time member of the Deer Trail Curling Club where she volunteered in many capacities, however she favoured decorating for bonspiels. She was a talented team player who actively participated in all of the games and fun with enthusiasm. She thoroughly enjoyed the time spent together with her favourite friends, while proudly supporting the granite club where she was a lifetime member. 

Jane touched and impacted the lives of others with her subtle and modest persona. She showed patience, grace, class, and decorum throughout her life. She quietly led by example and demonstrated life lessons that were well learned and deeply appreciated. Her gentle courage and insurmountable strength shone through and helped to carry us all. Through her, we know what love, resilience, and perseverance truly look like. Jane was our most precious gift, and we are because of her. Her love and all of her goodness will be woven into generations to come.

We adore you Jane - daughter, sister, friend, sister-in-law, aunt, wife, mom, mother-in-law, and Gramma. With all of our being each of us thanks you for being you, for all that you are, for nurturing us, sharing your love, and for all and everything you have ever done for us. We will always be so grateful! We miss you, love you xo 

To honor our loving and compassionate mother, who fittingly passed away on National Good Samaritan Day, spread kindness and goodwill to others through random acts of kindness and toast to her next time you gather with those you love. Angel Jane we will all meet again on the other side.

Especially during times like these the love and support of family and friendships is paramount! Your collaborative efforts, generosity and genuine kindness, care, concern, compassion, honesty, advocacy, and guidance positively impacted Jane's life and ours. A heartfelt thank you, we are truly blessed as you are all so outstanding! 

In keeping with Jane's wishes, arrangements have been entrusted to Simple Wishes. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service. A private gathering with family and friends will take place in the coming months. A charitable donation to your local hospital fund or Maison McCulloch Hospice in Jane's name would be appreciated by her family. Services provided by Simple Wishes of the North, Sudbury.

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