Mary ‘Anna’ O’Neill Kubik, R.N. passed on January 20, 2023, surrounded by family at her son’s and daughter-in-law’s home in Fredericton, NB where she enjoyed her ‘non-bungalow’ months since 2021. Anna was predeceased by husband, Alfie Kubik.
Anna was born in Glace Bay, NS to the late Andrew and Mary (McDonald) O’Neill. She is survived by children, Dino (Dr. Ann Harvey) of Fredericton, Roberta of Revelstoke, B.C., and Andy (Danielle) of Halifax; grandchildren, Erika (Marc) of Fredericton, Andrew (Nichole) of Leduc, Thomas, Joseph, Madeleine, Isaac, Jacob, Abraham, Faith, Hope and Jonathan of Halifax; great-grandchildren Miley, Dominic and Connor of Leduc, as well as, nieces Darlene Fleming of Halifax and Peggy O’Neill McNeil of Glace Bay. Anna is also survived by brother Vince, sister-in-law Dorothy (Brantford, ON) and brother-in-law Ray MacNeil (Toronto, ON).
She was predeceased by siblings Bill, Jack, Cecil, Teresa, Martin, Micky, Tony and Joan.
A graduate in the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing’s Class of ‘53 many remember Anna as an R.N. full of compassion and as a lifelong learner in the profession. Anna nursed in five different decades until retiring in her mid seventies. During her early years Anna worked at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Pediatrics, Recovery Room, on the floors and as a private duty nurse in the hospital and in family homes. During the latter part of her career, Anna particularly enjoyed her work with veterans at Taigh na Mara where she would tuck in each and every patient with a caring good night, love in her heart and a sparkle in her eye.
Anna will be remembered for her natural athleticism. This led Anna to the basketball courts of Saint Anne’s High School, outdoor skating and shushing down the slopes of Ski Ben Eoin. The Mad Tuck Ski race was her specialty, even at the age of 81! Golf became an added passion for Anna at age 79. Anna remains an inspiration to both young and senior golfers ‘to seize the day and learn something new’.
Anna’s faith was at the forefront of her life philosophy. As a dedicated parish member to both St. Anne’s in Glace Bay and St. Mary’s in East Bay, she found great strength in the church community. This strength was shared with all she met.
Another community that gave Anna great joy are the sewing and quilting groups of Cape Breton. Anna’s quilts and crafts have brought great joy, comfort and lasting memories to many friends and family.
More than anything, Anna enjoyed spending time with her family, at the summer bungalow in East Bay, where the view of the rolling hills never grew old. For family, sitting on the front step of the bungalow on a cool summer night, wrapped in one of Anna’s quilts, will truly be the loving essence of our Anna.
The family would like to thank Anna’s support group including, Dr. J. MacLean, Dr. G. MacDonald, Extra Mural Nursing, Catherine Horne, Flo Harvey and Father Suresh.
The Celebration of Life will take place in Glace Bay over the summer. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Modern Cremations, Fredericton, N.B. There will be no visitation at this time. Donations can be made to the Glace Bay Food Bank https://tinyurl.com/GlaceBayFoodBank or charity of your choice.