October 10, 1925 – May 13, 2020
It is with very heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of an incredibly loving, generous, woman, Marija Rybij (nee Nanjokaite) in her 95th year, holding her daughter’s hand and surrounded by family. Marija is now reunited with her loving husband Joseph (2001). Cherished mother of Ramona (Kudirka), Zigmas, Jonas, Peter (Caroline). Adored Grandmother to Paul (Adrienne), Anne (Jeff), Meghan and Jessica (Peter), Gabriel and Jeremiah. “Gigi” will be fondly remembered by her great grandchildren Maddison, Brianne, Dylan, Molly, Ava, Ella, and Camryn. She will be missed by many friends, family here, in Lithuania and the Ukraine. Marija lived a full and rewarding life. She was born in Alvitio Valscius, Lithuanian in 1925. Marija was one of six children born to Juozas and Agota. She was the last of her siblings to pass. During WWII, Marija’s strength and faith brought her safely to England where she met and married her dedicated husband Joseph. Together, they bravely started their new life in Canada. A devoted wife, Marija enjoyed her time living in Hamilton where she was an active member of the Lithuanian community. She was an exceptional cook, with a generous spirit. In her final years, she lived in London surrounded by family. She was always keen to lend a helpful hand, share stories and laughs. Marija patiently shared her love for sewing, baking and gardening with four generations. She loved to read the “Lithuanian newspaper”, novels, and speak of world events. Most of all, she adored spending time with her family. We know her faith has led her home to a peaceful rest with her husband. Together, they lovingly watch over us. Although she’s in God’s hands, Marija remains in the hearts of all those she knew and loved. We will remember her always. “Aš Myliu Tave” A private family service will take place at Marlatt funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 615 Main Street East, Hamilton, on Tuesday May 19th at 2pm. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marija are asked to consider “Pagalba Lietuvaos Vaikams”. Please contact Talka Credit Union and donate to the Pagalba Lietuvos Vaikams/Lithuanian Children’s relief Account or donate through M. Gudinskas 22 Fairleigh Ave S. Hamilton, ON L8M2K2.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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June 17, 2020
One of the most genuine, loving and funny people I've ever been lucky enough to know. The entire family she raised are incredible people and she lives on in everyone she touched. I will never eat as well as I did when at her table! Our family is lucky to have been a part of hers. Rest in sweet leave, dear lady. Please give Joe a big hug from all of us ♥️
May 18, 2020
Hi Ramona and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom with whom I know you were devoted daughter for many many years caring for her in your home. It sounds like she lived a very full and loving life surrounded by family and friends and that’s all any of us can ask for. A peaceful passing holding the hand of a love one makes this moment even more intimate. Please know I’m sending you my heartfelt sympathy and prayers of comfort. Hugs Ronalee
May 18, 2020
She was never known as Maria to me, she was “mom” ❤️ A wonderful woman who loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren more than anything. I will never forget our many talks, laughs, having dinner and teas together and sharing our Y&R stories.
Mom will forever hold a special place in my heart, I will miss you so much 😢💕
May 17, 2020
Hi Rybij family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this stress ful time.
Resting in peace Maria.
By Achsahmol ( her nurse from SEHC)
May 17, 2020
Mrs.Rybij was always a kind and generous person to everyone she met.I loved her laugh and smile and always enjoyed her company.Ray and I know she will be dearly missed by her family.Our prayers and thoughts with you all at this sad time.