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Mary 'Mae' Margaret O'Hagan
April 22, 1924 - March 22, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Mae died peacefully on Tuesday, March 22nd in the home of her son, Shaun, and his wife and family. Just one month shy of 92 years of age, she lived a full life, rich in friendships, intellectual pursuits and spiritual growth. An admirable, intelligent, kind, and funny person, she will be missed by those whose lives she touched.<br /><br />Mae is survived by her children, Fergal (Kathy McInnis), Shaun (Tracey O&rsquo;Hagan), Emer (Eric Dayton), and Brendan (Nichadapa O&rsquo;Hagan); by her grandchildren, Matthew, Renee, Alex, Maire, Liam, and Luke; her brothers, Pat and Ben Treanor, and her sister Kaye McDermott. <br /><br />Mae was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but grew up near Emyvale, Co. Monaghan. She won a scholarship to attend high school at the St. Louis Convent School where she excelled and spent several happy years under the tutelage of Catholic nuns with high expectations. Thereafter she pursued a successful career in the civil service, working in the tax department in Dublin for seventeen years (rising to Inspector status) before leaving to marry Dan and, with him, to move to Canada. She often commented on her good fortune at coming to this country. Mae and Dan lived and worked in many different parts of Canada, but finally settled in Allan, SK. where they spent over forty years. During those years Mae was an attentive, loving mother, an active community member, a caring neighbour, a devoted member of St. Aloysius Parish, and a long-serving member of the local school board as well as a school trustee; in addition she served for many years on the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission. Mae took a leading role in establishing a regional branch of the Wheatland library in Allan. A voracious reader, she remained throughout her life wholehearted in her commitment to the value of education and learning. Mae&rsquo;s contributions to the citizens of Allan are too numerous to mention. She advocated for the disadvantaged and those in need of support, and in numerous other ways exemplified good citizenship.<br /><br />In 2008, as a consequence of Dan&rsquo;s ill health, Mae and Dan moved to Saskatoon where, at The Franklin, they made new friends with many of the residents and the staff. Mae often joked that she was well-situated: one block from the library and one block from the liquor store! She continued to be a loyal wife and friend to Dan as his ill health progressed; when he ultimately required professional care in Porteous Lodge, Mae visited him daily for over a year until his death in 2012. After 52 years of marriage, Mae now took up the challenge of being &ldquo;fully alive&rdquo; in her old age, even giving a presentation on that topic at the public library. She continued to develop both intellectually and spiritually, making gratitude the focus of her final years. Even in her nineties she could recite plays and poetry she had studied as a child, and could sing the Irish national anthem in Irish as a party piece. She was a true character, formidably intelligent, and loving. She lived an admirable life and will be dearly missed.<br /><br />Her last three weeks were spent at home with her family, especially well cared for by Tracey O&rsquo;Hagan. Vigil for Mae will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday March 28th at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Allan, SK, at 11:00 am on Tuesday March 29th. Both services will be celebrated by Reverend Father Joseph Jacek, O.M.I. Rite of Committal of cremated remains will take place in Allan Roman Catholic Cemetery later in the year. <br /><br />Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers can be made to the St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church repair fund, 609, 220 24th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 8E9.<br /><br />To share your memories and condolences, visit &ldquo;Obituaries&rdquo;&rdquo;. <br /></div>