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Mary Chernoff

April 15, 1927 - May 9, 2013


Mary Chernoff passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 09, 2013 at the Trail Regional Hospital after a short illness.
She was born April 15, 1927 in Blaine Lake, Sask.  She moved to Slocan Park with her parents in 1932. She was pre-deceased by her mother Anne on Jan. 25, 1975, her brother John on May 17, 1978, her father Fred on May 03, 1985, her brother Fred on Feb. 18, 1998, her husband Mike on Nov. 21, 1983, her late husband Nick in Nov. 2009, and her brother-in-law John Bonderoff in Oct. 2012.
Mary is survived by her children Jack (Wendy) Melanie and Shelly, Stella (John) Tara and daughter Elaine. She is also survived by her sister Anne Bonderoff, sister-in-law Laura Fehr, Rosemary Thompson, and Jeanette P., and many nieces and nephews.  Also left to mourn her are her adopted families, Philip and Sandy, Ed and Linda, and Frances Troyan and their extended families.
Mary attended school in Slocan Park where she met Mike. Later they were married in the traditional style and made their home in Salmo. They had three children of whom they were very proud. Mary lived in her home and Mike began to diamond drill. He went further afield into the Lardeau are and Mary kept her children living at home on their small farm. She travelled the winding roads to bring Mike his equipment and meals that he needed. She was very proud of her driving skills. She had many other wonderful skills. Her kitchen was always a busy place, with friends enjoying her meals using many home grown foods.
Mary then started quilting beside the many other handicrafts she enjoyed, making and giving to her family and friends. They travelled little, usually only to visit family members. It was during a trip to Jack’s at the coast that Mike passed away suddenly and Mary was left. She was a young widow living with few close neighbors.  In these early years funds were short and Mary also became a homemaker helping in her community, those in need of her services. During these years when mary was alone it was her sister Anne and John that supported her in many ways. She enjoyed people and went out to play cards. It was then that she met Nick and as Mary said, they shacked up together. They made a good couple and felt that they could spend their closing years together. Mary and Nick travelled on many trips in their trailer. They travelled on the journey of life for another eighteen years, till Nick passed away in Mary’s arms at home. Mary was again alone, but not really. The Berikoff’s assisted her, where possible. She felt very comfortable in her living quarters in Salmo. She was proud of her children and grandchildren, their skills and the love that she instilled in them, the love of family and of home. She was a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to be proud of.
Rest in Peace, Mary.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Wanda (Chernoff) and Ken Woikin
Relation: friend

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mary’s quick wit and smiling face lives on in our memories.

From: Helen Sheloff
Relation: friend

Mary was a good friend of my Mom who I lost last May 21, 2013. They lived together in Salmo for about sixty years as part of the Doukhobor community. They were a few of the last remaining survivors of that generation. Mary visited my Mom in Nelson a few months before she passed. My Mom was very happy to see her. Mary’s daughter Elaine and I are long-time friends and I extend my deepest sympathy to her and her family at this time of their loss and sorrow. Mary was a beautiful soul who will be remembered. The memory of our awesome Mothers’ will remain with us forever. May they rest in peace.

From: Barb Dante
Relation: co-worker

Mary’s happy personality and warm honest and genuine spirit will always be remembered by those she served as a home support worker in the Salmo area. She touched the lives of many seniors and their families. It was my pleasure to have worked with Mary for quite a few years. She brightened my life along with many others. My sympathy to Mary’s family and friends during this time of grieving her loss.

From: Catherine Littlewood
Relation: Long-time friends from Salmo

Sending deepest condolences from my mother Mary Chernenkoff, my husband Walter and myself. Mary was a gracious and kind lady, and we’ll miss meeting up with her and catching up on all the latest news about her family and travels. Salmo won’t be the same without her!

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Date & Time:
May 15, 2013
Beginning at 10:00am

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

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