Life Story for Mary Ann Bielecki
Mary was born on the Bielecki family farm on November 23, 1940. She was the youngest of seven children. Mary contracted Polio at a very young age, affecting the use of her right arm, hand and leg. She never attended school, but with the help of her sister and brothers, she learned to read and write. Mary had beautiful printing. Mary grew up on the family farm north of Paradise Hill. In 1963 Mary moved into Paradise Hill with her parents. Following their deaths, Mary resided with Annie in Paradise Hill before transitioning to Lloydminster for the remainder of her life.
Mary lived independently with the Bea Fisher program, later settling into the Bea Fisher group home. She developed close relationships with Ann, Misty, Alvie, Patsy, the caregivers, and many others. Mary loved the Bea Fisher activities, Christmas and Halloween parties. She also loved to bowl and play darts. This led her to the opportunity to showcase her bowling skills at the 1990 Special Olympics in Vancouver. Mary loved to travel and see new places. Two of her favourite trips were to Victoria and her camp outs at Ministikwin Lake.
Mary had a love of birds and animals. She had a pet blue jay that would eat out of her hand! But her true love was cats. She enjoyed their company and the care she could provide for them.
In December of 2015, Mary moved to the Dr. Cooke Extended Care facility. There she loved all the attention and care of the staff and other residents. She continued to attend the LABIS activities several times a week, enjoying the outings, crafts, and friendships. All the drivers of the Handivan grew to know and love Mary as well.
Many of Mary's favourite pastimes included movie nights, cooking, music, dancing, crafts, writing, karaoke, watching ball games, family gatherings, and games. She never let her disabilites overcome her. She had a strong determination and a sunny disposition. You seldom saw her without a smile on her face and she loved to joke around. Mary had a very special relationship with Joyce, Terry, Kaitlyn, and Troy. She loved their visits and hearing of their many travels and adventures. They always brought her special treats, gifts, clothing and jewelry. Mary loved her jewelry. She often sported four bracelets at a time, loving the sparkle and shine.
Mary leaves to mourn: her siblings, Frank (Frances), Annie, and John; her sisters-in-law, Rose and Kathy; her nieces and nephews, Joyce (Terry), Joanne, Ken (Doreen), Roy (Susan), Brian (Terrie), Merle (Lynann), Sharon (Mike), Melvin, Brenda (Rick), David (Leah), Wanda (Martin), and Cherie (Steve); her great nieces and nephews, Kaitlyn, Troy, Ryan, Megan, Chantel, Katelyn, Ryley, Curtis, Nicole, Denielle, Meikal, Aurora, Melissa, Devin, Jordon, Dawson, Chase, Kayden, Chelsey, Taylor, Jayden, Ashten, Samantha, Justin, Tesa, Landon, Brandon, Laura, Ashley, Andrew, and Aiden; and her great great nieces and nephews, Brielle, Kennley, Hayden, Dominic, and Braxton.
She was predeceased by: her father, Joseph (1976); her mother, Paulina (1985); her infant brother, Robert; her brothers, Peter (1979), and Joe (2009); her brother-in-law, Albert (1992); her sisters-in-law, Denise (1977), and Josie (2017); and her nephews, Gordon (2016), and Ted (2016).