Mary Milkovich was a loving Wife, Mother, Grammy, Sister and Friend. She left this world peacefully on Tuesday September 7th with family by her side. She was very much loved and for 83 years, she touched countless people with her kindness, generosity and feisty spirit.
Mary was born in Geraldton Ontario, where she lived with her parents Nick and Mandy and older brother Peter. Mary had fond memories of northern Ontario often talking about the beauty of the northern lights and the fresh clean air. In her teens she moved to Toronto, where she attended school and upon graduation secured her first job at Ontario Hydro. She met and married John Milkovich in 1959 and soon after they began their family. Her three children John, Greg and Janice were her joy. The family began a new chapter in Mississauga in 1967 where her beautiful backyard on the park was the perfect setting for good times with friends, her children to swim and roam, with the added bonus that as she said - it was “always sunny in Mississauga”! Her door was always open to all.
Mary was a voracious reader and had an excellent vocabulary that she tried to impart to her children – she would often send the kids to look up a word they didn't know in the old blue Webster’s dictionary! She loved her garden, her pool, The Westminster Dog Show, horse racing, tennis and football – Tom Brady always brought a smile to her face and a Patriots game was never missed!
Known for her amazing culinary talents – her kitchen was always open: gourmet dinner parties, Sunday night dinners, and carrying out her many holiday traditions. No one ever left her house hungry, thirsty or without a care package! The many discussions of her dill pickles (the absolute best according to friends far and wide) and the fall pickling season was a highlight and a tradition that is carried on to this day.
Mary had an easy way with people, a quiet strength, quick wit and “sunny disposition”. Her straightforward comments could make those around her laugh – especially her grandchildren! She loved spending weekends with her dear friends Dave and Elizabeth Needham. Hearing and sharing stories, especially about her grandchildren, always put a smile on her face. Family was everything to her. She was loved by many and will never be forgotten.
Mary is predeceased by her loving husband John, brother Peter and her son Greg. She leaves behind her son John (Stacey), daughter Janice Hutchison (Craig) and loving grandchildren, Lauren, Sarah, Matthew, Jack, Katie and Alex.
Special thanks to the staff at Trillium hospital for their care over the years and her PSWs who treated her like family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private funeral is limited to family and invited guests only.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Trillium Hospital Foundation https://trilliumgiving.ca/