Mary Poltorak (nee Hayduk)

It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to Mary, our beloved mother, baba, sister and aunt, who passed away peacefully at the age of 82 years.

Mary will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, generosity and always being the first to offer a helping hand.

Mary is lovingly remembered by her four daughters, Valerie (Paul) Buhler, Vivian (Jeff) Derejko, Karen Gnafakis (former spouse Taso Gnafakis) and Rochelle (Gabe) Cristofori; grandchildren Sarah Derejko, David Derejko, Ashley Cristofori and Luke Cristofori; as well as four sisters, Elsie, Pearl, Rose and Olga, and one brother, Jerry.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Stanley; her son, Ronald; her parents Fred and Mary; sisters Helen, Cassie, Annie; and brothers Walter, Bill, Mike, Peter and Steve.

Viewing will take place at 10:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at St. Edmund Parish, 13120 – 116 Street, Edmonton, with Reverend Mark McGee officiating. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Benevolence Care Centre, who cared so much for Mary during her time there.

In lieu of flowers, in honour of Mary, donations may be made to St. Edmund Parish
13120 116 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5E 5H5

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St. Edmund Roman Catholic Parish - Edmonton

13120 116 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5E 5H5

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13120 116 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5E 5H5

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Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum - Edmonton

14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton, AB T6V 1H4

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Ken and Del Moylan

Our thoughts are with you in your time of grief. Auntie Mary was a beautiful person on so many levels. Her goodness and kindness were an inspiration. She is at peace now, which is very deserved. There are lots of great memories which we cherish and will hold close. She has been missed and will continue to be missed. We cannot say how sorry we are for your loss.

Rob Wysocki

I’m sorry to hear about auntie Mary passing away. I remember her fondly as always being the one to think of taking care of others. Her infectious laugh and good humour were the foundation for many a good time when the uncles and aunts would get together on weekends while the kids gathered in the basement going wild. I especially remember her fantastic chocolate eclairs that she would churn out to the mob of appreciative kids! She will be forever missed.

Carol and Walter Verhulst

Vivian, Jeff, Sarah, David – We are so sorry to hear that your Mom and Baba passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and all of your family. Keep hold of your precious memories! Take care.

Veronica Toma

Valerie, Vivian, Karen, Rochelle and all your family

I am so sorry to learn that your Mom/Baba has passed away. I will remember Auntie Mary fondly as she was a kind and generous soul who was always willing to lend a helping hand. Even though she is physically gone, her loving spirit is always around you.

Please accept my most sincere condolences. May your memories of your Mom/Baba bring you comfort.

Martha and Alan Andre

Sorry to hear about Aunty Mary’s passing. She is now at peace with Ronnie and Uncle Stan and family. Aunty Mary was a very caring and kind person who was always there to help. Time and memories we’ll help heal the sorrow. Our thoughts and prays well always be with you all. She well be greatly missed and always in my heart.

Jean Derejko Larry Derejko

To the Poltorak family. Our condolences to loss of your mother. Mary’s Journey has ended and now she can be reunited with Stanley

Vivian and Ray Kitt

So sorry to hear of Aunt Mary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Just remember the good times you shared with her. She is in a better place now, her suffering has ended and she is at peace with her husband and son and all her brothers and sisters. She will be missed. She always worried about everybody else and not herself.
God rest her soul!

Pearl Toma

Valerie, Vivian, Karen, and Rochelle and your families

I am so sorry to learn that my dear sister and your dearest Mom/Baba has passed away. Please know that she was always in my heart. She was a kind and generous person. My memories of our childhood together bring me comfort and make me smile. She will always be in your heart and is never further than your thoughts.

Auntie Pearl Toma

Barb Buhler

My sincere condolences to Val, Paul and family on the passing of your mom Mary. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Michael and Barb

Rosina Rosselli

My heartfelt prayers are with my life long dearest friend Karen, her family and all those who loved Mrs. Mary Poltorak. I know Mary was a beautiful woman of faith and because of her steadfast faith, she is now in Paradise, together with her beloved husband and her precious son Ronald.

Mary will be remembered by many including myself for her kindness of heart, her goodness in service in the community she lived including the church (St. Pius X) we were members of for over 40 years. My fondest memories of Mary is as a greeter at the church – her contagious smile and the pretty flowers she wore in her hair warmed and brought cheer to my heart – forever cherished.

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