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Mary Krezanski Dunlop (nee Popowich)

March 12, 2021

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Mary Krezanski Dunlop (nee Popowich)

May 22, 1921 - March 12, 2021

     Peacefully, in the early morning hours of Friday, Mar. 12, 2021, long-time Gimli resident Mary Krezanski Dunlop (nee Popowich) passed away in her sleep at Gimli Betel after enduring Dementia for the last three of her 99 years. She was predeceased by first husband Joe Krezanski (1941-1982), second husband Colonel James Dunlop (1990-1999), parents Nicholas (Nikola) and Katherine (Katerina) Popowich (Ilkow/Hillcoff), brothers Les (Teenie), Bill (Effie), George (Angie) and Julian (Marge and Donna) Popowich, sisters Annie (John) Blahey, Rose (Colin) Doroschuk and Adeline (Dennis) Jason. Left to mourn are two sisters, Jean (Joe) Trakalo and Mildred Smith, son Rob Krezanski (Marilyn), grandchildren Rebecca (Shaun), Joe (Callin) and Nicholas Krezanski, Mellisa Loewen (Jason), great grandchildren Joe & Lillian Krezanski and Ashlyn Loewen, and multiple nieces and nephews. "Maria" (her birth name) was born in Arnes MB, the third of ten children born to Ukrainian immigrant pioneers. Mary grew up working hard on the family farm in Rembrandt MB, but the family found the time to form a band, playing local dances, with Mary on banjo and tambourine. She eventually settled in Gimli MB and soon became the chief cook at the former Gimli Air Base. Before she became ill in 2018, just prior to turning 97, she was still living on her own and walking for groceries, a true testament of her amazing strength, determination, and independence, setting an example for us all. Despite her Dementia, Mary could recognize her family members till very recently, and knew her own name till the very end. She was a tough, resilient lady, even recovering completely after breaking her hip and having it pinned when she was 97. Thank you to all staff at Gimli Hospital and Gimli Betel for their constant care and patience with my mother, and to Gilbart Funeral Home for their kindness and professionalism. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a private interment ceremony for Mary's inurned ashes at Gimli Community Cemetery will be postponed till some time in the future when the family can safely gather again. Known by all in life for her open friendliness, sense of humour and big smile, Mary was a nurturing presence of positivity, love, laughter, caring and pride for her family that will be dearly missed. Love you Mom, love you Gramma, you will be missed, honoured and fondly remembered forever. Eternal memories, vichnaya pamyat.

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