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Born: Nov 21, 1922

Date of Passing: Dec 03, 2022

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(nee DURBAN)

November 21, 1922 – December 3, 2022

"For everything there is a season,
a time to be born and a time to die"

Peacefully, after a brief illness and in her 100th year, Mary passed on to her eternal home. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Steve, son Robert, brothers, Nick, Joe, Carl and sister Olga.
Mum leaves to cherish her memory, daughter Cheryl Chartrand (Jeff), grandchildren, Brad (Elizabeth), Tracey Vrecko (Quincy), Renee Langrell (Darryl), Micah (Sheena) and nine beloved great- grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered by her brother Mike, sisters, Dianne and Veronica, dear friends and her family at Sturgeon Creek 2 Residence.
Mary was born in High Bluff, Manitoba. She was the third child of Ukrainian immigrant parents. Mum was premature at birth and spent her first weeks of life being incubated in the family oven. She and her family lived on the family farm during the Great Depression, and she shared that there was always food on the table, and she never felt poor. The resourcefulness, love and strength of family molded Mum into the independent, confident, caring individual we knew.
Mum's family moved to Portage la Prairie where she spent her young adult years. She wed Stephen Kushner in 1946 and together they made homes in Northern Ontario and Manitoba until moving to Winnipeg in 1959 for Steve to take on his position as an Air Traffic Controller. Not one to be idle, Mum entered the workforce and enjoyed her years at Underwood McLellan Engineers and Air Canada. Her role with the latter afforded her the opportunity to travel worldwide and meet many friends whom she kept in touch with through the years.
Mum's greatest attribute was her positive attitude. She had great intuition and always saw the best in a person or situation. She loved life, was always ready for a new adventure, and readily made friends. She will be missed!
Mary's latter years were spent at Sturgeon Creek 2 Retirement Residence. We credit the wonderful staff and home care for adding quality years to her life. She loved the daily chats, exercises, activities, and especially the "Mystery Rides"! We were able to celebrate Mum's 100th birthday with family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and residents in attendance. She was like a queen holding court and relished every moment!
A thank-you to staff on 3 North, Grace Hospital, for the compassionate care you gave Mum in her final days, brief though they were.
Mum had a strong faith, and we rest in knowing she is with her Creator. Christian Mass and burial will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, if you so wish, a donation may be made to the Grace Hospital Foundation or a charity of choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 10, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Please accept our deepest condolences Cheryl and family. We pray that the whole family be surrounded with hope and strength during these difficult times. - Posted by: Michaela (Friend) on: Dec 19, 2022

  • I started at Air Canada on the same day as Mary - Feb 4, 1980. We met in the Richardson building and continued our friendship from that day on. She was a wonderful and caring lady. I had the great privilege of attending her100th birthday party in November and she still was gracious and welcoming. A long wonderful life for a wonderful lady. - Posted by: Rose Anne Seymour (Friend) on: Dec 10, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom Cheryl. She lived a wonderful life with a caring family.❤️ Penny and Terry Berntt and family - Posted by: Penny and Terry Berntt (Friends) on: Dec 10, 2022

  • I remember Mary so distinctly. I never worked directly with her but she was on the same floor I worked on. She made such impression on me, as she was always smiling and laughing. She was truly a wonderful lady. Rest In Peace Mary. You’ve lived a wonderful long life. - Posted by: Brenda Franz (Worked at Air Canada ) on: Dec 10, 2022

  • I remember Mary well. She was Secretary to my boss Dick Simons in Finance Branch Accounting. She had a great personality, always smiling friendly helpful & kind. Over the years we had many friendly chats during the work day. If I recall at one time she had a son working at Safeway. She was one fine Lady and deserved a long full life - God Bless her. - Posted by: Ord Mackintosh (She was Secretary to my Myron AC Acctg.) on: Dec 10, 2022

  • Condolences on the loss of your sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. It sounds like Mrs. Kushner was a wonderful lady. Being 100 years young and now in her 101st year, she will surely be missed by many friends and family. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Bradley Pisiak (sender of condolences) on: Dec 10, 2022

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