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Born: Jun 20, 1932

Date of Passing: May 07, 2020

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Mary Hochkevich (nee Zerebeski), age 87, of Winnipeg, Manitoba peacefully left us on May 7, 2020, after a brief stay at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg.
Mary was born to Maria and Nicholas Zerebeski on June 20, 1932.
She was raised in Atikokan, Ontario, where she met and married Walter on February 26, 1949. The newlyweds relocated to Manitoba to start a long married life and raised their three children on their family farm in St. Andrews. Mom worked hard all her life; on the farm, for many years in a sewing factory, and during the years she was employed at St. Amant Centre as a Cook. Mom was our "Glue", holding us all together over the years, making sure we knew our Ukrainian and Polish traditions. Baba would make perogies, a hundred dozen each day, to fill our freezers, and made cabbage rolls and insisted that you were never hungry when you left her home. Mom loved to sew and our wardrobes were made with love. We were so blessed to have her for our Mom.
Mary is survived by her children: Sharon (Craig), Lauren (Ken) and Gordon (Irene); grandchildren, Robin (Dave), Dustin (Crystal), Cole, Luke, Buddy (Hanna), and Justine; great-granddaughters, Heidi and Holly; two sisters, Anne and Lil (Roy); and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her loving husband Walter (2012); brothers and sisters- in-law, Bill (Ann) and John (Edie); sister and brother-in-law Betty (Harry); brother-in-law Ray; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martin (Angie) and Victor (Nellie); and sisters-in-law, Ann, Katie and Agnes.
Cremation has taken place. Mary's ashes will be laid to rest with Walter at Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB. No funeral service will be held. A family gathering will be held at a later date.
Dad had promised Mom that he would be waiting at the first bench for her in Heaven.
He has been waiting for eight years, Mom often said he was not patient and that she was sure this was a real test for him. They are together again.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 09, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I remember her as a joyful land happy lady that could never do enough for everyone. May you all find comfort in your memories. - Posted by: David Andrews (Friend of the family) on: Sep 09, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Mary. She will never be forgotten. Love Lily. - Posted by: lily howard Zerebeski (niece ) on: May 19, 2020

  • My memories of Auntie Mary go way back - 60+ years. Always smiling and laughing, always in the kitchen preparing food for everyone, always checking on her husband and children's needs. One of the hardest working women I have known. So glad I had a chance to visit her last year. My prayers go out to all your family and hope you are able to celebrate her life soon all together. Blessings. - Posted by: Helen Harris (Neice) on: May 10, 2020

  • Sharon and family, so sorry to hear of your family's loss. We will always remember Auntie Mary's bubbly personality and phenomenal cooking. For sure, now no one will go hungry in Heaven...Love, Mary & Ron. Ottawa - Posted by: Mary & Ron MacDonald (Cousin Mary (Hochkevich)) on: May 09, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family on the loss of your dear mother, Auntie Mary. I remember visits from your parents to my parents’ farm when I was young. There was always a lot of laughs, stories, fun, and friendship accompanied by some good Ukrainian food. She was such a special lady and will be missed. In Deepest Sympathy, Ray & Linda Gawryluk - Posted by: Ray and Linda Gawryluk (relative ) on: May 09, 2020

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Harold & Connie - Posted by: Connie perry (Friend) on: May 09, 2020

  • Our condolences on the passing of your Mother, such a gentle, giving soul. My she rest in peace. Stephen & Donna Sumka - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Cousin ) on: May 09, 2020

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