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September 8, 1933 – June 9, 2012
at the age of 78 years

Maria passed away peacefully at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm, BC on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the age of 78 years.

Maria was born in Czortkow, Poland where she was schooled as a teacher and taught kindergarten for seven years.  She treasured the time spent teaching her students, listening to music, Polish folk dancing, singing and performing in school plays.  She was also a talented pianist.

Maria immigrated to Canada in 1960 with her husband Frank.  They made their home in Drumheller, AB for 34 years then moved to Salmon Arm, BC in 1994 to spend their retirement years.  Maria enjoyed watching her children grow and then marry, later enjoying the youth and vibrancy of her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank; youngest son Jerry; father Mieczyslaw and mother Filipina.  She is survived by her sister Krystyna of Banff, AB; daughter Barbara (Alex) of Drumheller, AB; son Bill (Linda) of Salmon Arm, BC; grandchildren Tina, Michael (Kara), Sharla, Daniel; great grandchildren Rylee and Jaxxen; niece Barb of Canmore, AB and great niece Lauren (Cam).

As our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt, Maria will be forever missed, forever treasured, loved always and never forgotten.

The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to the Doctors and all nursing staff who attended Maria during her stays at both the Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Bastion Place, and also to the staff who assisted her during her time spent at Shuswap Lodge – your kindness and thoughtful care is appreciated and will always be remembered.

A private service will be held Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Fischer’s Funeral Services.