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Nebesio MariaNEBESIO, Maria (nee BOYKO)   -

April 7, 1925 - April 26, 2024


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria Nebesio, our loving and devoted mother, at the age of 99, on April 26, 2024.


Born April 7, 1925 in Bozhykiv, Ukraine, to Mykola and Yulia Boyko, Maria came to Canada in 1948 seeking a better life.


She first lived in Vancouver before coming to Toronto, where she married and settled to raise her family.

Our mother was an educator, and was adored by her students. She taught at several Ukrainian schools before embarking on a career as a Teaching Assistant at the Toronto Board of Education, with her last position being at Swansea Public School.


Throughout her life, Maria was a strong supporter of Ukrainian culture and art, and accumulated an art collection that was envied by many.


Maria loved music and could be heard every day singing her favourite songs.


She was a prolific writer and poet, with some of her work published.


Our mother was a patriot and instilled a true love and respect for all things Ukrainian in her children that will endure for the rest of our lives.


She was very proud of her children and would tell everyone the same at every opportunity.


Maria was predeceased by her husband, Andrij; and is survived by her loving children, Andrij (Mary) and Christine. Visiting will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Panakhyda at 7:00 p.m. at Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette St., Toronto.


Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, at 10:00 a.m. at All Saints of Ukraine Chapel, 1280 Dundas St. W., Oakville. Burial to follow at St. Volodymyr Cemetery, Oakville.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation the University of Toronto would be greatly appreciated.


We would also like to thank the staff at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre for their kind and caring attention to our mother.


Vichnaya Pamyat!