Mary (Marianna) Kowalski, née Chachula

March 11, 2019 1 Condolence Print Obituary

Jul 31, 1923 - Mar 6, 2019

It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother Mary Kowalski at age 95 on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Mary was born on July 31, 1923, in Annushin, Poland, and arrived in Canada on June 27, 1930, with her father Stanislaw Chachula, mother Marianna, brother Stanley, and sisters Julia, Jenny and Josefa. The family settled on an isolated piece of land between LaCorey and Iron River. Mary was the last living person of the family that came to Canada in 1930.

Her husband Paul Kowalski passed away in Bonnyville in 2008.

She is survived by six children, Kenneth (Kristina), Wayne (Denise), Linda, Paula (Reg), Connie (Diana), and Richard. She was the grandmother of ten, Lori Ann Kowalski, Michael Paul Kowalski, Nathan (Tanya) Kowalski, Christopher (Jessica) Kowalski, Jason Brugeyroux, Garrick (Cris) Brugeyroux, Burton John (Elisa) Brosseau, Cathy (Jacques) Ducharme, Rebecca Kowalski (Scott Oien), and Ryan Kowalski (Hailey Sheets).

She was the great grandmother of eleven and leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews other family and friends in both Canada and the USA. Education was a key component of her motherhood and her children will forever be thankful for the love and stewardship that she provided. She was a determined woman who found many happy hours with her knitting, ceramics and bridge. She had a tremendous sense of humour.

A prayer and memorial service will be held in Bonnyville midsummer and internment will take place in Beaver Hill Cemetery at that time. Donations to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation will be gratefully accepted. (Trinity Funeral Home, Edmonton, is in charge of arrangements, 780-474-4663).

  1. To Mary’s family –
    Pat and I were sorry to read of Mary’s passing today. She was always so welcoming of us, then of each of our daughters the summers that we spent time at Moose Lake. We were blessed with her willingness to share of her life, her energy, her food and her learnings.
    I personally, looked forward to our discussions of food, cooking, recipes, the gathering and growing of food. She lovingly welcomed our children into her garden…When I read articles on Consumer Food Waste, I often think of Mary and her tips/ideas on saving, re-using and the current up-cycling. It is in the small moments that memories and happy thoughts are created. She gave us many. Many you all have similar moments in which to remember this Matriarch…this woman. Our sincere sympathies.

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