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Born: Jul 17, 1929

Date of Passing: May 03, 2020

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(nee UDOVIC)
JULY 17, 1929 - MAY 3, 2020

Maria died peacefully at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. She was born in Trpcane, Slovenia, of former Yugoslavia.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Maria Krmpotic, Antonia Kalic, Rudy Fidel (Gina); three grandchildren, Silvana (Kelly) Lischka, Nicky, Nancy (Graham) Zahayko; and one great-granddaughter, Danica Rose; Rudy and Gina's family; John and Shannon Ordonez; Jennifer and Dave Neufeld; five grandchildren, Justin, Carmen, Sofia, Taya and Evan; and many friends.
Maria grew up in the Italian education system, which would be a great benefit to her later on in life.
She lived through Nazi occupation, and then communist rule. She loved her dad, who exemplified his Catholic faith so much that it became the cornerstone of the essence of who she was throughout her life. She was a woman of great faith in Jesus, and her beloved Mother Mary. She always had a way with animals as she raised chickens, pigs, goats and cows. She had a pet cow named Reowka (Brownie). Yet it was gardening at which she excelled most. In 1964 she took her three young children and followed her husband to Winnipeg, Canada. There she began a new life, often working two jobs so her family would be well taken care of. When the family purchased their first home on Elgin Avenue, she returned to her first love, gardening. Later on in life she tended three gardens; her daughter Maria's, her son Rudy's, and her own, with all bearing amazing vegetables. Maria's life was enriched when her grandchildren were born, with all of them taking a special place in her heart. Her last great joy was her first great-grandchild, Danica. Her claim to fame was making the front page of the Sun holding open the door for fire fighters at the Canadian Wheat Board where she worked until retirement.
Special thanks to Ivanka Remic, Francis Pikl and Rev. Dado Padoparreans for their tireless spiritual care. Thanks also to her home care workers, and Grace Hospital doctors and nurses for their professional yet personal care. Maria was well loved by all her family, but extra special thanks to her daughter, Antonia, who gave her life caring for Mom, Baba, Great Baba. She will be dearly missed.

Pocivaj U Mir! (Rest in Peace)

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 07, 2020, May 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Even though I only had the chance to meet her once here in Cleveland years ago we spoke occasionally on the telephone. I am sorry that my aunt and your mom has died. I am truly sorry that I never had the opportunity to visit and establish a close relationship with her and you my cousins. May God bless her and you always. Your loving cousin Jozef Udovic - Posted by: Jozef J. Udovic (Nephew) on: May 29, 2020

  • Rudy, Maria & Toncka: We are very saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. We knew her as a gentle and kind person. Every time we saw her at church she had a smile for us! Our deepest condolences. May the memories of your mom provide you peace and comfort. Stan & Stephanie Casar - Posted by: Stan & Stephanie Casar (Friends) on: May 24, 2020

  • Pastor Rudy, we are sorry to hear the passing of your Mother, our prayers go out to both of you and your wife Gina. Love Linda Kork and son Stephen - Posted by: Linda Kork and stephen (Friend) on: May 20, 2020

  • Sincerest sympathies. She was a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace. God Bless. - Posted by: Rakar Family (Friends) on: May 17, 2020

  • Dear Rudy, Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. - Posted by: Josie Celhar (friend) on: May 09, 2020

  • Dear Toncka Maria and family. Our Sympathy in the loss of your Mother, Grandma and Great Grandma. It is hard. Remember she is with the Lord and Mother Mary. She was a very nice Lady that like to talk. Our Prayers are with you. It is sad that we can’t say final goodbye. At this difficult times. We will visit her at Green Acres. God Bless - Posted by: Matt & Mary Sobocan (Friends ) on: May 08, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Maria. Rest In Peace Maria. - Posted by: Linda Nazer (Aunt to Sylvana ) on: May 07, 2020

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