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Born: Jan 24, 1937

Date of Passing: May 07, 2021

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January 24, 1937- May 7, 2021

Maria was born on January 24, 1937 in Maloneck (Pelly, SK) to Peter and Anastasia Plaksuik, wife to Metro, a sister to Nick Plaksuik, a mother to Pamela Anderson (Ken) of Red Lake, ON and Keon Filewich (Arlyn) of Winnipeg, a grandmother to Casey Anderson (Gianna), Haley Kocis (Garrett), and Keylyn, Kyler and McKenna Filewich. She was also the great-grandmother to two infant grandsons, Maverick Kocis and Brooks Anderson.
Maria's employment commenced with Saskatchewan Government Telephones and then as a permit teacher at Timber School, north of Roblin, MB. This is where she met and married Metro Filewich, and in 1960 they moved to Dryden, Ontario. While in Dryden, Maria was employed eight years with the Ontario Provincial Police and 26 years with the Ministry of Northern Development. After retirement, Maria and Metro spent their summers in Winnipeg and winters in St. Petersburg, Florida.
A small family service was held on Friday, May 14. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her church, the All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1500 Day St., Winnipeg, MB R2C 1E4 or to Diabetes Canada at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Baba was one of the strongest women that I have ever known and she filled my life with so much light. I will forever miss our long talks where she would try and teach me Ukrainian (even though I wasn't always the best student). She was the kind of women who made an impact on ever single person she met and I am forever grateful that I get to call her my Baba. I'll love you forever. - Posted by: McKenna Filewich (Grandaughter) on: May 19, 2021

  • We were so lucky to have had the pleasure and good fortune of being neighbours of Maria and Metro. We saw Maria almost everyday and were inspired by her warmth, genuine kindness and her grace. She was always so warm and happy, even our German Shepherd loved her to pieces. She always had thoughtful insight into life’s dilemmas that we shared over many conversations and occasional dinners that we thoroughly enjoyed. We will miss her every day as she was truly a gift to those who knew her. We thought the world of her. - Posted by: Mark & Kristie (Neighbours) on: May 17, 2021

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