November 27, 1923 – Rapshagen, Germany
April 1, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
The family of Mary Rogalski is deeply saddened to announce that she passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Her journey began in Rapshagen, Germany, where she was born on November 27, 1923 to parents Antoni and Paulina Kacperski, who migrated from Poland to Germany in search of work. Mary married John Rogalski after WWII ended in 1945, and they lived in a Polish refugee camp in Lubeck, Germany, operated by the International Refugee Organization (IRO). In early 1950, John, Mary, and their eldest daughter Czeslawa (“Patricia”) were given the opportunity by the IRO to immigrate to Canada, which they gratefully accepted. After a harrowing 11-day journey by ship across the Atlantic, they became landed immigrants in Halifax, NS on May 28, 1950. They were destined for Winnipeg; however, due to the devastating floods that year, they were redirected to Raymond, AB to work on the sugar beet farms. In March 1951, John decided to move to Calgary where they were reunited with friends who also escaped from war-torn Europe. In the 1950s, Mary worked at several Italian restaurants (Isle of Capri and Gene’s La Villa) where she learned her great cooking skills. She was a life-long member of the SPK Polish Combatants Association and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Mary is survived by her beloved husband John of sixty-eight years; loving daughters, Patricia (Lino) De Paoli of Calgary, and Wanda (Adam) Wilk of Surrey, BC; her cherished grandchildren, Dean (Linda) De Paoli, Jim (Cindy) De Paoli, Julie (Sean) Lee, Jackie Wilk (Dave Hood), and Mark (Heidi) Wilk; and great-grandchildren, Matthew, Brendan, and Brittany Lee, Roman and Mario De Paoli, Joshua and Nikolas Wilk, and Alexis and Brandon Hood. She was predeceased by her son Edward Rogalski on November 11, 2011 due to a tragic vehicle accident in Mexico; and by two sisters who perished during the war.
Mary will be missed profoundly and her memory will live on in our hearts forever.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W.) on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. A Private Family Graveside to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Maria Rogalski, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences