Nona Mari

MARI, Nona Manon, born July 8, 1931 in Shanghai, China, passed away November 9, 2017 in West Vancouver, BC, Canada (86 years old). Daughter of Benjamin and Eva (Segal) Van-Tschurin and Sister of Rita Foisie, this beloved mother, singer and teacher leaves behind her husband John Viken and three sons Paul, Richard and Robert and their wives Kathi, Linda and Judith, as well as 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Nona lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from 1951 until 1967 when she moved to West Vancouver. She was first happily married to Dr. Paul Peter Mari in Shanghai in 1950 and came to Canada shortly after. Together they had 3 sons and were married until Paul’s death in 1977. From 1981, she enjoyed a loving relationship with Val Godoroja and his 3 children (Andrei, Tania, and Lucy) until his death in 1987. Since 1994, she has been happily married to John Viken.  Please see for up to date information and to sign the guest book. No flowers please. If you wish to donate, please contribute to Cancer Research or Prevention.




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Nadia Ognistoff

Nona and Paul, friends of many decades, since China. Unforgetable memories of our lives.With my deep sympathy to Paul, Rick, Robert and their families. Also Rita Foisie, Nona's dear sister.

Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:11
Irene Dumka

Nona was a very dear friend of mine in Shanghai, China. We grew up together and spent many days at each other's homes. Even when we both left China we kept in touch. Nona and Paul moved to Vancouver which allowed us to see each other occasionally as I was living in Victoria and still do. It was terribly upsetting to hear this very sad news. My condolensces to the whole family. Sorry I was unable to attend the Celebration of Life as I was out of town.

Sunday, 03 December 2017 21:31
Margaret Cheung

Nona, my first singing teacher: Thank you for your wisdom and generosity. You opened my world up to opportunities that I otherwise wouldn't have had without you. I am glad to have been in Vancouver to say a proper goodbye.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:47
Daphne Squire

Dear, dear Nona, a cherished friend, a wonderful teacher and mentor. I will miss her encouragement, her thoughtfulness and her wonderful ability to bring out the best in all of us. Good bye, dear Nona, our world has lost a very special lady.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:46
Michael Holland

My deepest condolences to all the family. Nona was such a beautiful person. After 15 years of untrained singing in bands in the UK, I moved to Canada and met Nona. In every way, she completely revolutionized my singing ability! She really made an incredible impact on my life and I shall always be thankful, and will always miss her.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:45