February 7, 1937 – December 3, 2015
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Maria Kocsis on December 3, 2015 with her family by her side at The Village at Smith Creek in West Kelowna.
She is survived by: Jim, her loving husband of 58 years; two sons: Jim (Dana) of Penticton,George (Elizabeth) of Armstrong and two grandchildren: Christopher and Carissa. She is also survived by her sister, Julie (Janos) in Hungary and brother, Joseph (Isabella) of Parksville in addition to numerous relatives in Hungary.
Maria was born in Kimle, Hungary in 1937 and immigrated to Canada along with her soon to be husband Jim in 1956. They were married in Abbotsford in 1957 and following several brief stays in Vancouver and Nanaimo they
settled to raise their family in Port Alberni. Maria was a dedicated mother who juggled part time work with raising her family. She found employment in various establishments as an exceptional cook. Perhaps her favorite position was in the kitchen at Woodward’s where she worked her culinary magic for over 19 years. Maria was a kind and compassionate person who made a lasting impression on everyone that knew her. She loved gardening, golfing, volunteering, playing crib and spending time with her family.
A Memorial Mass in celebration of Maria’s life will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, donations in Maria’s memory can be made to the Village at Smith Creek, 2425 Orlin Road, West Kelowna, V4T 3C7 or the Alzheimer Society of B.C. # 300 – 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.everdenrust.com. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, West Kelowna.