Glenhaven Memorial Chapel

1835 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC


Maria Sonia Czechaczek

October 18, 1964December 24, 2019

Maria Sonia Czechaczek was born on October 18, 1964 in Vancouver, British Columbia and passed away on December 24, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Maria Sonia Czechaczek

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Scott Neufeld

January 21, 2020

Like many folks, I knew her as "Sandra". Sandra was kind, warm, funny and gracious. You could tell just from talking to her that she cared about you. You could tell from her many friends and deep compassion and love for those around her in her community that she really loved and cared for everybody. As Harsha Walia of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre noted soon after Sandra passed, she was truly a pillar of her community. Sandra and I got to know each other as we worked together over the past few months. I had no idea she would be gone from my life so quickly and was heartbroken to learn of her passing. Sandra was a major help in getting my dissertation research started, helping to recruit participants and co-facilitate focus group interviews with me. I am highly indebted to her for her help. I've been listening to the recordings of these focus groups this week, and have been gifted with the chance to relive what it was like to be in a room with Sandra, her warm laughter, her humour, her wry commentary and sharp wit, and above all, her concern and care for everyone around her. She was greatly loved, and will be deeply missed.