BILOUS, Mary Chaykowsky
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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearest mother and "baba", Mary Bilous Chaykowsky, on Thursday, November 15. She leaves to mourn her daughter Valerie, son Zenon (Roma), grandchildren Stephen and Andrea (Robert), newly arrived great-grandson Mavrick, grandniece Christine (Taras) Nahachewsky, grandnephew John (Kathy) Shalagan, and godchild Nadia Topp Schneider. Our mother was a woman of extraordinary strength of character, determination and will. She came to Canada from the village of Dovzhanka (Ternopil Oblast), Ukraine at the age of 16 in 1929. She met her future husband Joseph (predeceased) at an amateur drama group where he gave her her first dramatic role in "Taras Bulba". They married in 1932 and, together, became life-long partners and active members of the Ukrainian Canadian community. She was a founding member of the Montreal branch of the Ukrainian Women's Organization (Olga Bassarab) in 1933 and served as its President for 16 years. One of the highlights of her years as President was the work done for the International Golden Cross in World War II and the hosting of a dinner for the delegates to the Montreal Conference of the International Council of Women in 1957. She was an initial member of the Ukrainian Choir at the Ukrainian National Federation and an early parishioner of St. Sophie's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. For her work, on behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian community, she received many honours and awards. She was an early "super-mom", devoted wife, mother and matriarch, and will leave a void that cannot be filled. Viewing at Alfred Dallaire Memoria, 3254 Bellechasse, Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Panachyda at 7:30. Funeral on Monday at 10 am at St. Sophie's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. Burial at Mount Royal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Vichnaya Pamyat.
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 17, 2012