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Born: Sep 21, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 23, 2022

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(nee BYSKAL)

Peacefully, with family by her side, Mary Kuzminski, of Winnipeg, passed away at St. Boniface Hospital on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at the age of 93.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her son Greg (Kim), and their children, Christopher (Angela) Kuzminski and Caroline (Corey) Doucette; daughters, Kathy (Gary) Bailley, and Margaret Kuzminski; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Olivia, Penelope and Louis, all of Winnipeg; brother Walter (Doreen) Byskal of Whitecourt, Alberta, and many relatives and cherished friends.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Michael; parents, John and Dora Byskal; brother Bill and sister-in-law Carol, and great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Elizabeth Kuzminski.
Mary was born on September 21, 1929, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up on the family farm in the RM of Springfield and helped out with farm chores and market gardening. Mary pursued a career in teaching and after graduating from Normal School in 1949, taught in rural Manitoba and Winnipeg before settling down with Mike in 1955 to raise their family in North Kildonan. She later continued teaching at River East Transcona School Division as a substitute teacher.
Mary's love of her family was an important part of her life which was filled with happiness and adventure. Many family celebrations were enjoyed over the years at home and at the cottage, often culminating in rousing games of Scrabble - a game Mary excelled at. Mary and Mike traveled extensively throughout North America, and abroad, often accompanied by family and friends.
Mary and Mike were founding members of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church. Mary served on the first executive committee of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Women's League in 1960 and has volunteered in many capacities in her 60 plus years of membership and service. Mary had a deep devotion to God and to the Blessed Mother for whom she was named. Mary lived by her faith every day, faith which she passed on to her children.
Mary was an active and caring woman who spent most of her life thinking about others. Her volunteer work included visiting the sick at St. Boniface and Misericordia Hospitals and Holy Family Nursing Home. Mary was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, oil painting, square dancing, singing in the parish and Millennium choirs. She will be sadly missed not only by her family but by her cherished friends.
Prayers will be held on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 35 Marcie Street. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. also at the Church. Interment to follow in All Saints Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Rabson, and the doctors and staff of 4E at St. Boniface Hospital for their care of Mary.
If so desired, donations may be made in Mary's memory to the St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church Building Fund.

Forever in our hearts


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your sweet mom. Your family was so special in mine and my family’s lives. My mom and dad, Mary and John were very close to your parents and we enjoyed time with your family on many occasions. Your mom and mine had a special bond which my mom treasured. As a deep believer in God and His promises your mom is in a glorious place now. On earth she brought joy to do many and shared her unconditional love for those in need. May her memory be eternal. God bless all the family and thank you for your gift of friendship to all of us. Barb Samoil-Selk and Robert and Gary - Posted by: Barb Samoil-Selk (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to the Kuzminski and Bailey families. Mary was my person. Our friendship for the last 35 years never wavered, although of different faith. We enjoyed our friendship. Mary’s laugh was infectious, her kindness and thoughtfulness and her love of family was what I loved about her. I will miss you dearest friend. Brigitte Westmacott (friend) - Posted by: Brigitte Westmacott (Friends) on: Dec 07, 2022

  • My sincere sympathies to all the Kuzminski family. Mary was a warm & caring woman, much ahead of her time. She showed such genuine kindness to everyone. I enjoyed our talks about teaching and children. Our mother, Nettie Kyliuk, and Mary had such a special bond. Rest in Peace, Mary. Judy Kyliuk (cousin) - Posted by: Judy L Kyliuk (Cousin) on: Dec 05, 2022

  • Mary is my Aunt. Her brother, Walter Byskal, is my Father. She was a beautiful, warm, faithful and loving woman. We lived far apart growing up, so I didn't see her much. As an adult, her and Uncle Mike traveled to my wedding and when I went to Winnipeg, the welcome mat was rolled out and the cooking and eating began. I am blessed to call her my Aunty and I loved her so! I'm feeling sad for my Kuzminski Cousins. Hugs to you all. Xxoo - Posted by: Bonnie Bernier (Byskal) (Niece) on: Nov 30, 2022

  • We share in your sorrow in the loss of your dear mother Mary. We first met Mary through the Charismatic Renewal. We were leaders at the prayer community at St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church and Mary and her friend Irene from St.. Anne’s Church attended quite faithfully. She was a shining example of a Christian lady and we loved her and loved sharing our faith with her. Over time we would see her often at my events in our Church community and always had so much to talk about. And of course Father Michael remembers you the children from River East Collegiate. Father Michael had a Liturgy for her soul on Monday. We were unable to attend the prayers or funeral because we are both in isolation as we have tested positive for Covid . Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lovingly remembered. Father Michael and Marilyn Krochak - Posted by: Father Michael and Marilyn Krochak (Friends) on: Nov 30, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. Mary was a very dear friend to Mom, Irene Stefanyshyn, who has since passed. She often spoke of her with loving memories of their years together - Posted by: Don & Wendy Stefanyshyn (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2022

  • Mary was a very kind, thoughtful & deeply spiritual person. She had a special relationship with my mother who has since passed into eternal life. Our deepest condolences to Cathy, Greg. Margaret & families. May she Rest In Peace. Sincerely Gladys & Kerry Jones - Posted by: Gladys & Kerry Jones (Cousin) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • Dear Kuzminski Family; Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies for your loss. I always remember Mary being a happy and helpful person. It was a treat to visit the farm and Mary in the early days. Such great memories. Carol & Ernie (cousin) Kyliuk - Posted by: Ernie Kyliuk (Cousin) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • My Deepest Sympathy to Mary’s family. I met Mary when I joined St Anne’s Women League. Mary will be missed in the League. Rest In Peace Mary 🙏🙏 ✝️✝️ - Posted by: Deanna Pringle (UCWLC Member) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • Our deepest, heartfelt condolences are offered to the Kuzminski Family at this time of loss. From our Family to Yours. - Posted by: Neil Birkett (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • I wish to offer our sincerest heartfelt condolences to the Kuzminski Family at this time of loss. From our Family to yours. - Posted by: Neil Birkett (Family Acquaintance ) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Dear Greg, Kim and family - we extend our sympathy in the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. We did not know Mary personally so thank you for sharing her life through the obituary. The fruits of her life are evident and will live on in her Church as well as through the lives of her family. We very much appreciate the part of her life that we enjoy through your friendship. Love, Merv and Kathy Worden. - Posted by: Merv Worden (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to the Kuzminski family. Mary always held a special place in my heart. She was kind and loving to everyone, especially my mother, Nettie Kyliuk, who loved her very much. May her eternal life be filled with peace and the presence of our Lord Jesus. Cousin, Gloria Ford, Calgary - Posted by: Gloria Ford (Cousin ) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Deepest condolences to Mary’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time . God Bless. - Posted by: Beatrice Tymko (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • My deepest sympathies to the Kuzminski and Bailley families. My late husband Eddy was Mary's cousin. Mary indeed led a full and giving life. - Posted by: Elaine Tuchonowski (family ) on: Nov 26, 2022

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