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August 1, 1922 - December 5, 2014
Passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on December 5, 2014, at the age of 92. Loving wife of the late Volodymyr (Walter) (1985). Beloved mother to Lida Kudla, Irena (Zirka) and husband Andrij Wynnyckyj and the late Myroslav (1958). Dear grandmother of Yaryna Kudla. Predeceased by her siblings Ilko Witrak (2010), Jaroslav Sokernyk (2000) and Anna Sokernyk (1945). Beloved aunt and godmother of Katherine Oughton (Witrak) and Mykhailo Gural. Maria was born and grew up in the village of Bozhykiv, Ukraine, where she met and married her late husband Volodymyr and where her son Myroslav was born. As war encroached the boundaries of the village, the young family joined the convoys of refugees making their way to a displaced persons camp in Germany and finally to Canada where they settled in Amherstburg. Maria was the original Maria of the town's Maria's Restaurant which she co-owned with her husband Walter. A proud Ukrainian, Maria was active in Ukrainian-Canadian life. President of the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women`s Windsor Branch for 12 years, she was also a member of the Ukrainian C.W.L. at Sts Vladimir & Olga`s Ukrainian Catholic Church and a member of the Veselka Seniors Group. An equally proud Canadian, she never missed an election and kept herself up-to-date on the news of the day. The family would like to thank Dr. Rose Lan for her compassionate care of our mother. A very special thank you to all her PSWs especially Christine Petkovic, Tricia Pelchat, Kristyn (aka Crystal) Sheehan and deep gratitude to her nurse and guardian angel Tonya Shaw and nurse Justin Lambert who always put a smile on her face. Much gratitude to the hard-working and compassionate nursing staff of the dialysis unit at Hotel Dieu Grace who took such care to ensure our mother was comfortable. Many thanks to Jamie in the office and drivers Gil, Don and Erica of the Belle River Community Support Centre office for getting our mother to dialysis on time when we couldn't and to Kristine Quinn who greeted her at home upon arrival and made sure she had a bite to eat. Thank you to Ivan Pylypiw for his personalized limousine service, phone calls, flowers and special attentions. Our mother always said, you were her “adopted son”. Much gratitude to Ron Wareing for handyman expertise, mutual soccer enthusiasm and tableside chats. Thank you to Laura Mancini who always ensured our mother was coiffed and for making home visits when she could no longer make it to the shop. We join our mother in extending deep and eternal gratitude to Father Eugene Halitsky for his prayers, spiritual guidance, hospital visits and who, when his parishioner could no longer regularly attend church services, ensured her spiritual needs were met at home. And to Mrs. Vera Watson, no one could have been a better neighbour and friend. From driveway chats to New Year`s drinks, you both had each other`s back. Thank you. To Joanne Goggin, you were her rock. Know that we are eternally grateful to you and your family for your unwavering support of our mother and your deep and loving friendship. All of this support and care allowed our mother to fulfill her greatest desire: to stay in her own home on her own terms. Visitation at James H. Sutton Funeral Home, 401 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg (519-736-2134) on Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The Visitation will continue at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Windsor Memorial Gardens. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canada Ukrane Foundation: Operation Rainbow (Medical Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Ukrainian Army, Ukrainian World Congress: Patriot Defense Fund (Training Soldiers, Medical Supplies, Education, Aid to the Battlefield) or the Saints Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church Building Fund.