Mary Kalyniak

August 26, 1932 ~ April 9, 2021 (age 88)



It is with sadness that the family of Mary Kalyniak share the passing of Mary on April 9, 2021 at the Russell Health Centre. Mary’s death was rather sudden and unexpected. She was predeceased by her husband Mike, her daughter Sharon, and her son Ronald.

On Easter Sunday, Mary attended the Easter Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church in Russell and was full of life as she greeted friends following the Liturgical celebration. However, on Monday morning tragedy struck and she was rushed to the Russell Heath Center where she passed away in the early morning hours on Friday April 8, 2021.

Mary was born and raised in the Vista area where she attended grade school. In 1951 she married Mike Kalyniak and together began a career in farming, raising quality cattle and growing a variety of cash crops. Together, Mike and Mary were blessed with a daughter Sharon and one son, Ronald.  Sharon was married to Arthur Williamson of Winnipeg and Ron married Donna Davreux of Hartney. Ron and Donna made their home on the family farm.

In 1997 Mike and Mary moved to Russell where they built a new home near family and friends. Their faith was important to them as they continued to actively participate in church activities. They routinely participated with friends and neighbors in social gatherings and other activities. Mary’s love and passion for baking, cooking, and flower and vegetable gardening kept her busy throughout her days and her enjoyment of music and dancing as well as card playing filled many evenings with laughter and fun.  After Mike’s passing in 2012, Mary began to rely on her daughter-in-law Donna to help with regular living activities around her home, allowing her to continue living independently in her home until her passing.

Mary will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by many friends and relatives. Left to mourn her passing are her Granddaughter Morgan and husband Darren Andrews of Blackfoot Alberta, her  daughter-in-law Donna, her son-in-law Arthur Williamson of Winnipeg, her sister Diane and husband Don Zubrack of Winnipeg, her sister Sylvia Kowal of Minnedosa, her brother Walter  and his wife Sylvia of Rossburn, her bother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Lena Kalyniak of Russell and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Eternal Memory Mary!

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Prayer Service
April 11, 2021

7:30 PM
St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
338 Augusta Street East
Russell, MB R0J 1W0

Funeral Mass
April 12, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
338 Augusta Street East
Russell, MB R0J 1W0

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