Obituary of Mary Stokowski
(April 8, 1935 - April 3, 2019)
Mary Stokowski of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the age of 83 years.
Mary, youngest of nine siblings was born April 8th 1935, to parents George and Pauline (Komarnisky), on land purchased in 1927 from The Hudsons Bay Company. She spent her early years on the family farm by Holden. She attended Fairview School, which was on land purchased by her father from CPR in 1937.
Mary and John were married in 1954 and lived on the land John purchased in 1951 where they raised eight children. Their farming consisted of chicken, pigs, cattle, grain and very large vegetable gardens.
Mary and John retired from farming in 1975 and moved to Camrose. They were custodians of Sifton School. Mary got her high school diploma, librarian certificate and drivers license. She was very active with cooking including at the college and KFC. She worked at Sunny Boy Flour Mill and cleaned at the Hacienda. Mary was very involved with the ladies auxiliary at the Royal Canadian Legion for forty plus years in which she also served a time as president. Mary was involved with the CWL at St. Francis Xavier’s Catholic church. She loved doing ceramics and giving them as gifts to her children. She LOVED family gatherings, weddings and planning large gatherings herself that she held at the Holden farm. She loved to socialize no matter what the event was.
She will be forever in the hearts of her children and grandchildren Brian (Jocelyn), Theresa (Brian) Swelin, Monica (Wayne) Chromik, Vivian (Blaine) Fraser, Barbara (Ed) McLaughlin, Roger, Wes (Karen), and Jacquie (Peter) Bennett ; nineteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Margaret Mella, and Ann Melnychuk.
Mary was predeceased by her husband “Johnny” in 2006; granddaughter Andrea Swelin; and brothers Paul, John, Steve, Harry, Metro, and Bill Christian.
A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 from the Burgar Memorial Chapel, 4817 - 51 Avenue Camrose with Rev. David Eriksson officiating. Inurnment has taken place in the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the Royal Canadian Legion - Camrose or to the Diabetes Association, or to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance.