LEWYCKY, Maria - August 6, 1934 - November 8, 2022
With profound sadness, we grieve the loss of our beloved mother, Maria Lewycky (nee Zubrycka-Barabash), as a result of complications following successful surgery.
Aged 88, born in Lviv, Ukraine.
Predeceased by her true love husband, Nestor; and brother, Yurij.
Survived by her brother, Liubomyr; son, Zenon (Jennifer); daughter, Marta (Wilf); grandchildren, Kalyna (Steve), Zachary, Daniel and Sophie; great-grandchildren, Maxim, Emma and Chloe; and extended family in Canada, USA, Ukraine and Spain.
At age 9, during WWII, Mama fled Ukraine to escape the Nazis and Soviets, escorted by her aunt and uncle, who adopted her so she could immigrate with them to Canada, after two years in Displaced Persons camps in Germany.
Mama devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. There was no limit to the love and dedication she gave to ensuring we were given every opportunity she never had.
Her own comforts were always secondary to the interests of her family. Gardening was her second love, and her homes were surrounded by flowerbeds with blooming roses and fruit trees.
Her Montreal home won a municipal award for most beautiful garden.
We were with her from the moment she entered the hospital to the moment she left us.
Losing her has left an immeasurable hole in our hearts, but as she taught us, we will be strong for each other and continue her legacy of seizing every opportunity presented to us.
Thank you to the amazing cardiovascular team at Toronto General Hospital for going above and beyond in their care, and to Dr. Marica Varga, who took exceptional care of Mama for many years.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, November 13th, at Turner & Porter, 2357 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Funeral 10 a.m. on Monday, November 14th, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4 Bellwoods at Queen West, Toronto.
Donations in Mama's memory may be made to Ukrainian Canadian Education Foundation (UCEF.ca) - Humanitarian Aid, to provide critical aid to the defence of Ukraine.
The family requests that guests be masked and respect social distancing.
Due to the current COVID wave, a celebration of our dearest Mama's life will be held at a later date.