We regret to announce the passing of our dear mother, Mary Evangeline Luprypa on June 10, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Mary was born in East Selkirk, MB on July 13, 1926. She was predeceased by her husband, John Luprypa in 2002, or “Big John” as he was known and by her brother, Paul. She is survived by her children Lasha Gooder, Ali (Heinz) Diekert, Lawrence Luprypa, Dorothy McLaren and Nadine Luprypa. She also leaves behind grandchildren Leah, Chris, Aaron, Zao, Tara & Chad. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Olga Andrewshenko and family of Gimli, MB.
Mom loved music her whole life, singing in choirs and in church. As a teenager, Mary studied choral music and conducting under the renowned Ukrainian choral master and composer, Alexander Koshetz in Winnipeg. After graduating from Happy Thought High School in 1944, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught school in Grahamdale, MB. She loved teaching and her students loved her.
In 1946, Mary met a handsome, charming salesman going door-to-door selling insurance and soon they decided to form a partnership in every sense of the word. Mom left her teaching career and went into the restaurant business with Dad, purchasing “John’s Lunch” in Riverton, MB. After that, they transitioned into the hotel business, owning and operating several hotels throughout Manitoba. in 1966, remembering their most enjoyable summer trips to the sunny Okanagan, they left Manitoba for Vernon, deciding to buy an orchard in Coldstream and later, Hegler’s Resort (presently Alexander’s Pub) on Kalamalka Lake. Mom loved Vernon and said “I hope that I can stay here until I die” and she got her wish. In retirement, Mom enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, traveling with Dad to warm destinations, volunteering at the Pro-Life Thrift Shop, singing, gardening and spending time with family. Mom especially enjoyed the music of Christian Sjonnesen at both Canterbury Court and Creekside Landing.
Mom, you were good at so many things. You gave us a love of reading and an appreciation for classical music. We will miss your smile, wit and delicious home cooked meals. You worked so hard, now rest.
Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Mary’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. with a Reception following in the Bethel Tea Room. Interment will follow in the Coldstream Cemetery.
The family would like to extend deepest thanks to the caring staff at Creekside Landing, Dr. Long, Dr. Murphy and the staff of VJH – 3E & Emergency for superb care in Mom’s last years. In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to honor Mary’s memory can make a donation to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Endowment Foundation, 2101 – 32 St., Vernon, BC V1T 5L2.