KADE MARIA of Detroit, passed away on January 12, 2013 at the age of 93. Wife of the late Chadzeslan ("George"), loving mother of Alexander (Ruth) and Lillian, and grandmother to Jonathan (Diane), Allison, and Andrew. She lived for her family and spent her life surrounded by them, and her energy, kindness, and charm won over everybody she met. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1919, she survived the Ukrainian forced famine in 1932-33 and studied agriculture in her youth, but was kidnapped by the invading Nazi army and pressed into forced labor throughout eastern Europe, where she met and married George. In the displaced persons camp at Klagenfurt, Austria, she had her son Alex. The family came to America in 1955 under the Refugee Relief Act with the help of the Tolstoy Foundation; Maria was pregnant with Lillian for the trip on the Navy's USS Langfitt. After passing through New York, the family arrived in Detroit. They moved into the basement apartment of friends, living there for two years until they earned enough to buy a house in 1958, where Maria lived until 2012. She worked in various fields, co-owning a restaurant on Michigan Ave in the 1960s, before settling in as a housekeeper at Henry Ford Hospital from 1962 to 1984. She was a founding member of her church, St. Mary the Protectress in Southfield. She was passionate about her hobbies: tending her garden, cooking, reading avidly, and spending time with her friends and family. She never stopped learning, even browsing Ukrainian news sites on tablet computers. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her selflessness and limitless love. Visitation at St. Mary the Protectress on Monday 5:30-7 p.m. with religious service at 7 p.m. and Tuesday 9-10 a.m. with the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Miss you already, Mama !! Wishing you love, peace and eternal happiness !! Your loving daughter-in-law,Ruth. Many thanks for so much you gave and give. Love you, Mama
I know how much Maria meant to Ruth & Alex. My thoughts & prayers are with you both! Until you meet again...
While I did not personally know Maria, I do know Ruth and have met Ruth's husband. You and yor family have my deepest sympathy. I pray for comfort and peace to the family at this difficult time.