Maria Brysky

March 26, 1926November 14, 2020

Maria Brysky, 94, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away on November 14, 2020. A “drive-up” style visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. Come, offer your condolences to Maria’s family and pay your final respects to Maria while following social distancing guidelines from the safety of your vehicle. Please use the North entrance to the cemetery. Following the visitation, there will be a Funeral Divine Liturgy at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1086 North 94 St, Kansas City, Kansas. This service will be available live on Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Please log on to to view the livestream of Maria’s service. Shortly before the appointed time, the livestream will begin. If you do not see the livestream on your screen, please refresh your page. You may need to scroll down to see the livestream. Since Maria was a lifelong member, please consider memorial contributions to St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church, 11413 Chicago Street, Sugar Creek, Missouri 64054.

Maria was born March 26, 1926 to Iwan and Elena Kiosow in Berdyansk Zaporizhzhia Ukraine. Maria grew up in the Ukraine and was taken captive by the German Army during WWII to a work camp. She worked on the railroad and a steel factory starting at the young age of 17. Maria, along with her parents and siblings, immigrated to the USA once the war was over. She reunited with the love of her life, John and they married on July 15, 1950. Maria retired in the 1980’s from a various professional cleaning career. She also worked at the GM Cafeteria Fairfax, Kansas for several years before her retirement. Maria was very proud of her Ukrainian heritage. She enjoyed cooking and baking Ukrainian foods and sharing her recipes and her home was always open to others. She enjoyed cooking her specialties for all holidays. Maria was a shining star that was loved by so many and will be missed.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 66 years, John Brysky , 2 sisters, Irena Chongowa and Nadja Frolow, her twin brother of 3 weeks old, her youngest daughter, Valia Drake, her grandson Eric Roach, and son-in-law, Phillip Storie

Maria is survived by her children, Julie Storie of Shawnee, OK, Mike Brysky (Nancy) of Lenexa, Ks. and Anna Roach (Bill) of Raymore, MO. grandchildren, Matthew Drake (Sarah) Joshua Drake, Andrew Roach and Erin Wright (Ryan) her dear sister, Dora Stankewsky, her Brother Gene Kiosow (Dora) 8 step-grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren which include the newest additions of Layla, Johnny and Avery Drake, and many nieces, nephews, friends and wonderful neighbors.


  • Matthew Drake
  • Joshua Drake
  • Andrew Roach
  • Micah Bray
  • Jacob Bray
  • Rick Drake Jr.

  • St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church



  • Drive-Up Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

  • Funeral Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020



  • Graveside Service

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Family of Maria Cooper

November 22, 2020

We loved you and John as our own family. You will be missed greatly but I’m glad to know that you are united with Him to watch over your family and friends. You watched over my kids and I thank you for imparting your wisdom to them.

Robin Heuer

November 20, 2020

I didn't know Maria as well as my husband Rick did, but we had the pleasure of being invited to several of Mike and Nancy's dinner parties that she also attended and I found her to be very interesting to talk to, a fabulous cook and a very sweet person.
We send our condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Janet Kostusik Koester

November 20, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Brysky Family. I have very fond memories of times spent at the kitchen table sharing stories, food and friendship. Your parents were wonderful people and left a mark on all those who came to their home.

Rick Heuer

November 20, 2020

Hey Mike. I will always remember your mothers kindness and smile. I remember when she and your dad had the big car (maybe a Pontiac) the trunk would be filled with food for a family gathering. I was very fortunate to have been invited to many of those gatherings and enjoyed the great food. Maria will be greatly missed.

Larry Bain

November 20, 2020

Such a wonderful lady. An Angel on earth she is now an Angel in Heaven.

Sue Collins

November 20, 2020

Mike and Nancy, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Your love and devotion to her is what makes you such a good son as well as a great man. She was so blessed to have you so close by and attending to her needs. I hope you carry on her tradition of your culture by making those delicious foods you made with her. May the angels lead her to paradise where she will be greeted by your father and her family.

Fr. Thomas Bailey

November 20, 2020

Maria was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. When I would visit her, she was always ready to share stories of her family of whom she was so proud and she would always have something prepared to eat during the visit, despite telling her it wasn't necessary. She was generous and kind hearted.
I cannot attend her funeral but will offer a Divine Liturgy for her on the day of her funeral. Vichnaya Pam'yat!

Jorge Vivas

November 20, 2020

Sometimes life puts painful trials on us that we must overcome and this is one of them, the departure of her mother Maria, you know that you count on my friendship for everything, her mother Maria is now in a better world, she is her angel of the guard,
my deepest condolences Mrs. Ana

Leona Wimmer

November 19, 2020

Maria you were an amazing woman. I loved coming to see you. I thought it was so sweet the way you ALWAYS wanted to feed me. (I love it!) It was always wonderful Ukrainian food. You were my 2nd mother. So tiny, sweet and spunky. Yet an independent, strong woman. I am so lucky I got to become close to you and glad Anna was willing to share you. Now you are at peace and you are with all your loving family in heaven. I am sure you are getting hugs and kisses galore. I love you and will miss you. Leona❤


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