Margaret Ann Hortick — Loving mother, grandmother
Loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother
Margaret Ann Hortick (Goyette), known as Maggie, died peacefully in her Pomona home on March 11 after a long illness, 12 days before her 86th birthday.
She was born March 23, 1936, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada to William and Janet Goyette. Maggie was high school sweethearts with Nicholas Hortick. They married on October 12, 1957, and after their honeymoon moved from Brantford to Kitchener, Ontario, where she began working at Waterloo Trust as a bookkeeper.
In 1958, she gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Lynn, followed in 1961 by a son, Jeffrey, and in 1963 by another son, Roger.
In June 1965 the family immigrated to Ontario, California, staying with friends for a few months before finding a home in Azusa, then a year later moving to Glendora. In 1967 they realized the American dream and bought their first home, in La Verne.
In 1974, the couple started their own business, Master Craft Plastics, in Monrovia, where Nick handled operations and she covered the office, specifically the bookkeeping. They moved to Claremont in 1975, where they lived for 10 years. During this time, one of her favorite pastimes was skiing. The family spent many vacations at June Mountain, and spring day skiing nearby at Mountain High.
Her husband’s serious illness forced the closing of the business and a move to a smaller home in Pomona. With the Scottish fierceness and determination she was known for, she nursed him back to health, and found a wonderful job as bookkeeper for a CPA firm in Whittier, Lance, Soll and Lunghardt. Within a couple of years, the family was back on its feet.
She retired from LS&L in 2001, and upon Nick’s retirement in 2003, they took a much-anticipated tour of Scotland and England. Shortly after that trip they purchased an RV. They spent a great deal of time traveling around the country and the state with friends, visiting with relatives in Ontario, Canada. She especially loved camping with their four younger grandchildren, taking them to the Grand Canyon, Leo Carrillo Beach, and various national parks, before purchasing a camping timeshare near Idyllwild. After her husband’s illness they were no longer able to ski, so her new favorite pastimes were cheering her grandchildren on as they played their various sports, and gardening, where she tended to her flowers and plants with the same devotion, care and grace with which she had tended to her family.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Nicholas, who selflessly cared for her so she could stay in her home during her illness; devoted daughter Lynn and son-in-law Philip Banks, of Claremont; loving son Roger and his wife Carol (Adams), of Corona; loving son Jeffrey and his wife, Connie (Fortner), of Hesperia; grandchildren Laura Corey (Banks), of Lewisville, Texas, Scott Banks of Irvine, Nicholas and Kevin Hortick of Hesperia, Carissa Debellis (Hortick) of Corona; great-grandson Nathan Debellis; and a soon-to-be born granddaughter in Texas. She also leaves her sister, Elizabeth Sales, and brother-in-law Harold Sales, of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada; and nephew, Randy Huson of Midland, Ontario, Canada.
She was predeceased by her sister Donna; brother-in-law, Edward (Ted) Huson; niece Tracey Huson; and nephews, Todd and Wayne McMullen.
A memorial and private graveside service will be held at Claremont’s Oak Park Cemetery at a yet to be determined date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to aid Ukrainian refugees or to the La Verne United Methodist Church Building Fund at http://lvumc.org/give/.