Maria Jakovickas passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Sunridge Place, Duncan BC, at the age of 84 yrs. Predeceased by her loving husband Alfonsas in 2005, her mother Elizabeth Kronstein and her father, Wendle Hanich. Mother to her son Joe (Mary McCuaig), daughters Wendy Quinn (Brian), Maria Brooks (Jim), Sonya (Graham Benson) and Rita Harden (Warren Barker). Sister to Katie (Fritz), Rosi (Fred), Resi (Horst, deceased), Franz (Rosi), and Erna (Horst), who still reside in Germany. Grandmother to Molly, Kyla, Tanya, Cassidy, Lindsay, Derek, Ella, Ashley, Sam, Matt, Brittany, Kirby, Julie, Sabrina, Emily, and Kelly. Great- grandmother to Reubyn, Conner, Stella, Gabriela, Sofia, Kobie, and Katie-Jane. Born in Krndia, Yugoslavia June 25, 1928, Maria bravely travelled alone by sea to Canada, while only speaking German, at the age of 21. Maria settled in Vancouver where she gained employment as a seamstress at the Western Cab Company. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Alfonsas. Maria and Al were married in Vancouver in 1951. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Lakeside Cabins in Lake Cowichan, then settled in Youbou where they resided for 53 years. Some of Maria's enduring attributes included her love of gardening and her talent for knitting her family slippers and toques. She was a well-loved and respected woman in her community and an active member of the Widows Club in Duncan. Maria had a wonderful sense of humor, was a loyal friend to many and was always there when you needed to talk. Mom happily taxied us to our sporting events and never missed school functions. She loved to cook and there wasn't anything she couldn't process in her canner with her unbounded energy. Mom loved to be the centre of attention and was happiest when she was surrounded by her family and friends. Hugs were always there for everyone and anyone. We love you Mom and will never forget your many lessons, or the smell of fresh- baked bread when we got off the school bus at the end of the day. Service of Celebration will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Mom, you were:
"Absolutely Number One Perfect"!!

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 23, 2012