We regret to announce the passing of Mary Cebuliak (nee Maria Dubetz) on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 in Noric House, shortly after having celebrated her 100th birthday. She was a long time resident of Vernon.
Mary was born to Peter and Anna Dubetz (nee Dwernychuk) on February 24th, 1912 at Smoky Lake, Alberta and was the second of nine children; five girls and four boys. It was in Smoky Lake that she met and married Frank Cebuliak and had three of their four children. They farmed there until 1948 and then moved to the Cariboo and Chilcotin area of B.C. They ranched there for several years and had their fourth child, Francis in Williams Lake in January, 1951. In July of that same year they moved to Vernon. Mary spent many years looking after her children, home, and working as a cook in several restaurants, as well as the Army Camp in Vernon. In 1991, at the age of 79 years, Mary was admitted to Noric House.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children, Evelyn Chizawsky of Edmonton, Alberta, Ken (Margaret) Cebuliak, Leonard Cebuliak and Fran (Bill) Harris, all of Vernon, B.C.; twelve grandchildren; numerous (and still counting) great-grandchildren; her sister, Doris Dubetz of Vernon, B.C.; two sisters-in-law, Doris (Babiuk) Dubetz and Olga (Klem) Dubetz, both of Smoky Lake, Alberta; twenty six nieces and nephews; as well as the staff and residents of Noric House. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1998; four brothers, John, Tom, Steve and George Dubetz; three sisters, Lillian Repka, Helen Clarke and Kay Shapka; her son-in-law, Ernie Chizawsky; and her granddaughter, Roseann Chizawsky.
Mary will be remembered as a devoted Mother and one determined and resilient woman. She had an incredible memory and a stubborn pursuit of, and success in achieving, human dignity.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Dyck for his care, and especially the staff at Noric House for looking after Mary where she resided for almost twenty one years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. with The Very Reverend Archpriest Isadore Woronchak officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5