of Regina and previously of Kamsack passed away at the age of 91 years on December 20, 2013 in Regina SK.
A funeral service for Mary was held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.
Interment followed at the Riverview Cemetery .
Mary was born to Paul and Julia Lipka on February 8, 1922 on their farm west of Fosston, Saskatchewan. She attended Ponass Lake School, then high school at the Saskatoon Technical Institute. She graduated with a diploma in Commercial Studies and immediately moved to Ottawa to assist the war effort for two years as a Stenographer.
She married John Franko in 1945 and they lived in Yellow Creek where he taught school for a year. They moved to Kamsack where she made family her top priority as they raised three children. John worked for the RM of Cote and they were very active together in the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church and enjoyed singing in several choirs. After John’s death in 1991 she became an avid reader and particularly enjoyed the discussions with the Kamsack Book Club and her Bible study group. She moved to Queen Victoria Estates in Regina in 2011.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband and sister Teena Lipka. She is survived by brother Michael (Dorothy) Lipka of Temple Hills, MD, USA, sister Kay (George) Chernoff of Regina, SK, son Allan (Taunja) of Edmonton, AB, daughter Joan (Allen) Fedorak of Regina, daughter Donna (Greg) McGlashan of Elkford, BC, granddaughters Christine (Ryan) Lett, Tammy (Ashton) Richter and Chelsea (Jordan) Vander Woude and great-grandchildren Joshua Lett and Jayde Richter. She was loved by all her family and will be greatly missed.
Her family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.