May Helen Sobkowicz

January 23, 1928January 9, 2021

Sobkowicz, May Helen (nee Johnson)

Born January 23, 1928 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. May passed away peacefully January 9, 2021 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC.

Survived by her children John (Jan), Ian (Wendy), Ed, Patti (Rita) and Diane. May cherished her grand-children Shawna, Eric, Leah, Aaron, Angela, Jenna, Tracy, Kyla, and each of their respective spouses. May leaves behind numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter Sobkowicz in 2008, parents Emil Johnson and Anna Augusta Liese, siblings Mervin, Hazel, Wesley, Arthur, Pearl, Adaline, Fred, Nester, Edward, and Dewey.

May began work in Rocky Mountain House where she cared for neighbours’ children and did housework. She was involved in numerous chores helping to maintain the family property. The family eventually moved to Red Deer where she worked in some of the local hotels in Red Deer and Lethbridge.

After moving to Victoria, she married Walt and they raised their family. In later years, May worked in Food Services at UVIC.

May loved to garden and was kept busy raising and supporting her family. May enjoyed and made beautiful needlepoints and also took up oil painting. Her favorite subjects to paint were trees and landscapes. It was always important to her to be able to pass these handmade items on to family members.

A special thank you to the Brio Care Unit staff at Berwick House on Shelbourne Street. This was home to May for many years. The family would also like to express gratitude to Dr. Ted Rosenberg, for his gentle, kind and caring relationship with our mom.

She was a great mother and we miss her terribly.

There will be no service at her request.


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Jan Jennings (Dzogan)

January 20, 2021

Our thoughts are with you and your families.

Jan and Les

Olive Dzogan

January 20, 2021

I always looked forward to the visits our families had with each other, whether in Victoria or Winnipeg, and the times that May and I would spend chatting.

My sincerest condolences to all of you.

Ken Dzogan

January 17, 2021

Aunt May will be warmly remembered as a kind and generous hostess who made us feel welcome when my parents, sisters and I made our occasional west-coast visits. My deepest sympathies go out to John, Ian, Ed, Patti, Diane and their families.