Barthel Funeral Home


Maria Pluta

November 14, 1930October 12, 2020

Passed away peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2020 at Hardy Terrace, Brantford in her 90th year.

She is reunited with her beloved husband, Franciszek “Frank” (1998). Dear mother of Andrew of Cambridge and Janusz and his wife Donna of Brantford. She will also be lovingly remembered by her two grandchildren, Michael (Jen Parkes) and Michelle, her sister Freda Godlewski of Chicago, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Maria is also predeceased by her older brother Zygmunt, of England and by her sisters Henya, of England and Chesia, of Chicago.

Maria was born in Poland and was a fixture on her block on Tracey Court, Cambridge for almost 30 years. Her family and friends will miss her practical jokes and great sense of humour.

The family wish to thank the wonderful staff and volunteers at Hardy Terrace for their compassionate care these past two years.

The family will receive friends at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road, Cambridge (519) 653-3251 on Thursday, October 15th from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Clement’s Catholic Church, 745 Duke Street, Cambridge on Friday, October 16, 2020. Please call the Barthel Funeral Home (519) 653-3251 to RSVP to attend the Visitation or Funeral Mass as the numbers are limited for safety. In accordance with current Covid 19 Provincial, Federal and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario requirements, special arrangements have been made to accommodate the safety and convenience of everyone. Access to the funeral home and church facility will be controlled and all visitors will be required to wear a mask, to provide the funeral home personnel with their name and telephone number upon arrival, and to observe physical distancing measures while on the premises.

Cremation will follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hardy Terrace would be appreciated by Maria’s family.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020


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Carol Ferguson

October 16, 2020

Condolences to the Pluta family from Carol, Angeline and Serena.

Maria was an amazing woman with a quick witty sense of humour and loved to laugh. You always knew where you stood with her and that was one of the things that made her unique. I will miss her smile and laugh.

Eva Smith

October 15, 2020

Aunt Maria was a special lady! She was always supportive of family and friends, kind and generous, especially with her sense of humour. I will always remember her as a smiling, laughing person and a terrific cook. Memories of regular family gatherings at Easter and Christmas, and occasional ones like those spent at Wasaga Beach will be treasured forever...
Deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to her surviving family and friends, particularly John and Andy. I love you both!

Michelle Sharpe

October 15, 2020

My heartfelt and deepest condolences go out to the Pluta family. Maria was an amazing and wonderful woman who will be dearly missed.

David & Ann Marie Kieswetter

October 14, 2020

We have many memories of Maria. She was a wonderful neighbour. She often visited with us and we enjoyed hearing her stories about her life. She used to come to our door with a bowl and a spoon in her hand and ask if we might have any ice cream. Even if we were out of ice cream we would invite her in for a tea and a visit.
She was very outspoken which was refreshing... one time in church the priest had quite a lengthy homily and Maria voiced her opinion loudly that he had been speaking too long in a church where you could hear a pin drop. You always knew what Maria was thinking as she would tell you. She was a strong independent lady and rarely asked for help but would accept if you offered it to her. Sometimes we would see her waiting for the bus and offer her a ride to the Mall. She always generously expressed her thanks.
We believe that we honour the ones that we loved by keeping the stories of their life alive. We hope that all of your memories of Maria (As your Mom or Grandmother) help to heal your hearts.
Sincerely, Ann Marie & David Kieswetter

Yolanda Bartley

October 14, 2020

On behalf of my Father Czeslaw Pluta, my husband Ted and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Maria Pluta. My Aunt was a woman of deep commitment and boundless love. She was a pillar and role model for her family through good times and bad. She had a wonderful sense of humour and was loved by anyone she met. She had many talents expressed through art, costume and floral design. Boy could she cook and made the best brownies and banana cake! I will miss her sweet smile and quick wit. May she rest in peace.

Yolanda Bartley and Families

Shoe Star

October 14, 2020

my heartfelt condolences to the Pluta family, you know where I am if you need me x

Mike Silver

October 14, 2020

Our condolences from the Silver family. Sorry to hear about your mom John as I know she was a very sweet lady. Will never forget the kiss concert we went to with her. Your mom sat beside me and as the concert was about to start she pulled a bag of candy from her bag. Your mom offered me one yes just one. As the concert was starting I went to get another candy from your mom and she smacked my hand and said no no go buy your own. Such a sweet lady I just smiled and said ok. Stay strong John as your mom was just a beautiful soul.
Mike Silver Sr.

Helen Brownfield

October 14, 2020

Ciocia Marysia had such a quick wit, I will always remember her sense of humor. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. My deepest condolences to Janusz, Andrzej, Donna, Michelle and Michael.

carol johnston

October 14, 2020

Maria and I started working at Value Village at the very start. She always joked that items that customers wanted were on "back order". At our Christmas parties she would dance with Frank and put us all to shame. She always spoke her mind which I admired about her. She will be missed

Love Carol Johnston.

Janusz Pluta

October 14, 2020

Maria Pluta
NOVEMBER 14, 1930 – OCTOBER 12, 2020