Mary Helen Lewis
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1930 - 2013
Mary was born December 24, 1930 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to Joseph and Helen Chollak, and passed away in Roseville, Calif., on March 9, 2013 at the age of 82 after an 18 month battle with cancer. She died at home with her husband of almost 45 years and loved ones nearby.
Survived by husband Bird (B.T.); daughters, Dana Zeller (Russ) of Meadow Vista and Laurel Lewis of Sacramento; brothers, Matt and Don Chollak of Rock Springs, Wyo.; granddaughter, Alex Zeller of Meadow Vista; step-son, Eric Lewis of Litchfield, Ohio; and step-daughter, Jill Lewis of Gilbert, Ariz. Survivors also include step-grandchildren: Eric, Jason, Alissa and David.
Mary was a retired bookkeeper and homemaker who loved to shop, play Gin Rummy and Bingo. She enjoyed trips to casinos and Canada to visit childhood friends. She watched baseball and hockey and loved to cheer on USA in the Winter and Summer Olympics. She hosted many relatives from Slovakia and the Czech Republic over the years. Mary was known for her bargain-hunting skills and her generosity. The family would like to thank Kaiser Hospice nurses and volunteers for their extraordinary care and support.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 5057 Cottage Way in Carmichael followed by a reception at Laurel's home. She will be greatly missed. Please sign the online guestbook at www.chapelofthehills-auburn.com
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Mar. 21, 2013