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The family of Mary Andrusco announces her peaceful passing on Saturday evening, Oct. 15, 2011.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, Nick (2009), and her precious daughter, Nikki (2010).

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Peter (Michelle) of Dryden, Ont., Ruth (David) Tupper of Owen Sound, Ont., and Marina (Cameron) Gray of Winnipeg, Man.; and her son-in-law, Martin (the late Nikki) O’Connor.

She also will be sorely missed by her six grandchildren, Daniel O’Connor, Michael (Agicszka) and John Andrusco, Andrew Tupper, and Nicholas and Elizabeth Gray.

Mom was elated and overjoyed to be able to meet her first great-granddaughter, Hanna Mary Andrusco.

Mary was born Aug. 22, 1921 in Neepawa, Man. to George and Catherine Pidlubny.

She was predeceased by her parents and four brothers, Michael, Gordon, Walter, and William.

Mom was known for her kindness and generosity towards others. She was very humble and never wanted attention drawn to herself. However, she was very proud of “the eight-ender” she achieved with her curling team in 1964.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing bridge–having played her last game just two weeks ago with her friends, Del, Evie, and Edith.

We have many wonderful memories of summers spent “up the lake,” where mom’s warm hospitality made family and friends feel welcome. But later in life, spending winters in Florida was where her heart truly was and where she and dad were very active in the Ukrainian community for more than 30 years.

Mom was very devoted to her Ukrainian heritage and, as her children, were well-immersed in our Ukrainian Orthodox faith and traditions. She was an incredible mother whose love for us was unconditional.

We knew that her disease was taking its toll on the quality of her life and we feel blessed that she was able to celebrate her 90th birthday in August.

Rest in peace, our darling mother—we will love you forever.

“A life well-lived leaves its gentle pattern on the hearts of all. . . .

“And the world is a lovelier place because one person touched it with warmth and goodness and grace.”

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont., with Fr. Wayne McIntosh officiating.

Interment will take place in Fort Frances Cemetery in Fort Frances.

The pallbearers will be Mary’s grandchildren.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Cancer Care Clinic in Fort Frances c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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Vichnaya Pamyat.