23 July , 1932 – 3 December , 2018
Born on July 23, 1932 in Flat Lake, Alberta at her grandparents family farm to Michal and Sofia Berezowski. She passed away peacefully in the early morning of December 2, 2018.
Mary’s grandparents arrived to Canada, settling in Alberta, from Western Ukraine in the middle 1920’s. Mary met Bill while out with mutual friends at the beach, evolving to Bill walking her home every day after work. They married on September 20, 1952 at Frances Road Hall in Richmond. Mary returned to work after the birth of her first child, finding a job in insurance. She took a few years off
when the family moved to Edmonton to spend time with her parents and to welcome their second child. Shortly after, the family of four moved back to Richmond and Mary returned to insurance work, where she stayed there until retirement. While working full time in insurance, she spent her weekends working with youth bowling starting at Skyway Lanes in Richmond. Eventually Bill and Mary purchased their own bowling alley at Shellmont Lanes, which became a second job running the bowling alley while maintaining her job at the insurance company. They were also very active in the Ukrainian church, choir and dancing, while living in their first home in Richmond.
Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren whether it be watching them play sports or to go on their annual shopping trip. She loved having the family over to spend the afternoon in the pool; the pool was the centre of family gatherings.
After retirement, Mary and Bill moved to South Surrey where they became very active members within their condo complex. Finally becoming a council member, Mary served for many years up until her passing. She highly enjoyed being able to meet every resident as she volunteered her time to supervise move-ins, balancing the books and helped out in any way she believed would better the complex.
Mary was predeceased by husband of 54 years Bill Dypchey (2006) and brother Al Berezowski (2010). Survived by brothers Wally and Joe, sisters Rose, Jean and Juanita; daughter Pat (Wilf), son Roman (Sherri); grandchildren Karoline (Jeff), Scott (Jen), Stephen (Karla), Jessica (Andrew), Natasha (Josh), Cassandra (Travis); great-grandchildren Chelsea (Will), Josh (Beth), Lilianna, Logan, Isaac, Naomi, Alexis, George, Addison; great-great grandchildren Reece, Eddie and Robbie; and many more relatives and friends.
An Open House celebration will be held on Saturday, December 8th at the Clubhouse at Southwynd Condo, 1705 Martin Drive, Surrey, BC from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to drop-in for an informal tea and treats. Due to limited parking please park across the street in the Semiahmoo Mall parking lot.
In memory of Mary a memorial feature will be placed in the Southwynd Condo garden. Donations towards the memorial feature are being accepted in lieu of flowers. Contributions can be made by e-transfer to email@example.com.
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10 December 2018
We were so saddened to hear of Mary's passing.
Mary loved her children and grandchildren so dearly and proudly talked of you all. I remember her having "the girls" over to teach them to make her perogies and cabbage rolls. Bill and Mary seemed to be always going to softball games and tournaments and enjoying moment of them.
Second to family came Southwynd - no one will every realize the hours and hours of time Mary spent on Southwynd. From down on her knees gardening to every day goings on of the place. Her excellent record-keeping skills will be of help to council and management in the future.
Our sincere condolences on Mary's passing. We've all lost a great lady.
Janetta & Chris Kowalski
9 December 2018
We are so very glad to have met and gotten to know Mary over the years that my parents (Joyce and Bill) have lived in Southwynd apartments. Mary was always so giving and supportive of everyone. She was always the "go to" person if you ever had a question about anything or if ever you needed something done. Mary really had a servant heart and went above and beyond the call of duty on many, many occasions, including being the first person who was there when mom fell and broke her hip. She has gone too soon, and we will all miss Mary very much! God bless her.
7 December 2018
I am very happy I had the chance to know Mary, she was a wonderful lady. Spent many times at there house and was always a good time. I know she will be missed very much by her Family.
My condolences to all!