Maiga Sketris

Maiga Sketris

Sunday, April 19th, 1925 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Maiga Sketris passed away peacefully on January 25, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, Halifax. Maiga, the daughter of the late Lote and Janis Jente, was born in Latvia on April 19, 1925. She was the beloved wife of Karl (deceased), loving mother of Paul (Petra Laube) and Ingrid (Michael Poulton) and proud grandmother to Alex Poulton and Anton Sketris. She trained as a nurse in England after having been part of the UK European Voluntary Workers program doing hospital domestic work. She moved to Canada to marry Karl. She and Karl spent most of their life in Sarnia, where Karl was a chemist at Dow Chemical and where they raised their children. They enjoyed golf, cross country skiing, and travel especially after Karl’s retirement and were active in the local Latvian community. Maiga enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking (known for her Christmas pudding) and especially hosting family reunions. She was a lifelong bridge player, playing with her Sarnia bridge partners for over 50 years. Twelve years after her husband’s death she moved to Halifax to be closer to her daughter.
She is also survived and will be missed by her nieces and nephews Elmars Lasis, Anita Lasis, Rita Nycz and Juris Jente and their families, as well as many relatives in Latvia and friends across Canada.
Her family would like to thank the staff and health care professionals at the Halifax Infirmary, Northwood, Maplestone and St Vincent’s who took care of her with compassion in the last years of her life. We especially appreciated the staff and residents of 5th floor St. Vincent’s who were her companions during the last months of her life. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating Maiga’s life will take place in Halifax and an internment in Sarnia at a later date. Online condolences can be made at
In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations in Maiga’s memory can be made to a charity of choice, the refugee fund of the Halifax Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, or “SACTervete”, the care home for children and seniors in Tervete Latvia, c/o the Northern Birch Credit Union,
4 Credit Union Dr., North York ON M4A 2N8.
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Lindy Weilgart

Posted at 11:17am
Dear Ingrid,
Though I never met your mother, I know how much she meant to you and how deeply you cared for her, by your concern for her while we were biking around Lake Constance. Even though she reached an advanced age, it is still devastating to lose your mother and my thoughts are with you. I know she will leave a large hole in your lives. My heartfelt condolences. LIndy Weilgart

Sandra Bauld

Posted at 09:13am
Dear Ingrid,
I always enjoyed seeing your Mother active at Northwood! She walked vigorously around the buildings with determination! I was in awe! Brian and I so enjoyed our Bridge lessons with her and meeting you on those Tuesday evenings. Just two weeks ago I inquired about her whereabouts as I missed seeing her around and at the Tuesday afternoon Bridge tables. I didn’t know she was at Saint Vincent’s but I truly hope she was comfortable and content in those last days.
Seeing you two together is a testament to her great “mothering” from our view, part of her legacy.
We send our warm memories and heartfelt condolences to you, your brother and families.
Most sincerely,
Sandra and Brian Bauld

Pat Simpson

Posted at 06:05am
My name is Pat Simpson formerly of Sarnia. I worked at CAA Travel and had the privilege of assisting both Karl and Maiga with their travel plans. I was so fortunate to have been able to work with two such lovely people. When Karl passed Maiga came in to see me and wondered if she would be able to travel alone. Of course she could. We both shed a few tears. Just wanted your families to know that there are times in life when you meet people you never forget and your parents were two of them. I’m so lucky to have met them. Sincerely, Pat Simpson

Grace Paterson

Posted at 09:26pm
My condolences to Ingrid and family. I recall meeting Maiga at Northwood and learning of her lifelong enjoyment of the game of bridge.

Victoria Mitchell

Posted at 11:27am
Ingrid, I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family,

Vicky Mitchell

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