Maria Maly died peacefully at the Granite Farms Retirement Community at the age of 90. She was predeceased by her husband Mykola and is survived by her children Mark and Kathy, her sister Nella, and by grandchildren Matthew, Roman, and Mina.
Born in Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk), Ukraine, Maria survived many hardships in childhood. Having lost much of her family during the trek from Dnipro through war-torn Europe, she made it to the United States in 1950 with Nella, ten years her junior. An extraordinarily bright and capable woman, Maria gained many skills in spite of a lack of formal education. In addition to various languages she had picked up as a child, she learned to speak English beautifully and wielded a vocabulary that never ceased to amaze her family members. She loved to read, enjoyed learning about history, and enthusiastically tracked current events. Good with her hands, she became an excellent seamstress, gardener, decorator, homemaker. She loved feeding people well and was an excellent cook and hostess. She was zealous for her children’s education and worked tirelessly to help them achieve to a high standard.
A devoted member of Saint Mary’s Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church, she made herself available for anything that needed to be done. Most notably she sang in the choir, taught in the Ukrainian school, helped with special programs, and participated in the activities of the sisterhood. Whatever task she set before herself, she energetically strove toward an excellent outcome.
Maria had a huge, generous spirit and continually saw to the good of those around her. She will be remembered with awe and love.
Maria's viewing will begin 9:00 AM Thursday August 6th 2020 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 6740 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126. Funeral service will start at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in South Boundbrook, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, her family would greatly appreciate donations to: the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center, 700 North Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. or to United Ukrainian/American Relief Committee or ZUDAK (www.uuarc.org).
During this time of the coronavirus, we are requesting all attendees to follow the established guidelines including: practicing social distancing; wearing face masks and signing the attendance sheet upon entry into the church. We are grateful for all your prayers for Maria, whether you can attend or not. It is an act of Christian love and selflessness to distance ourselves from one another in order to protect those who may be more vulnerable to this aggressive virus and to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
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