Passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Oromocto Public Hospital surrounded by her family on February 27th, 2020. Born on July 4th, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Mazer) and John Tkachuk and was the devoted wife of the late Allan Dwight Kowalski.
Maria leaves behind her children; Lyn Tidd (Steve Hastings), Richard Kowalski (Kathy), the late Tammy McClure (Kenneth), Trina Kowalski, Kimberly Heather (Eugene). Grandchildren; Barry Tidd (Michelle), Nicole Favreau (Olivier), Tiffany Tidd, Monique Mac Clure-Beldjarou (Yacine), Luke Kowalski, Jordan Heather (Penny), Paige Kowalski, Nathan Heather (Billie-Jo), Daniel Kowalski, and Brieanna Heather; Great Grandchildren Griffin Bateman (Mimi), Taylor Tidd, Desiree Bateman, Matthew Tidd, Ethen Tidd, Addison Favreau, Teagan Tidd, and Madilyn Rose Harnish-Heather. Maria was soon to achieve the title of Great Grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her sister Anne. In addition to her parents and daughter Tammy, Maria is predeceased by her brothers Nick Tkachuk, and Bill Tkachuk. Her extended family and friends will greatly mourn her loss.
Maria was the foundation of her family. She met the love of her life Allan and got married at 17. Soon after, they began having children. Maria was so supportive of Allan and his career in the military; she always stuck by his side through every move and every deployment. Those who knew Maria would describe her as a happy, positive, kindhearted person who always saw the best in all things. Maria worked at Freddy’s Restaurant before working at the Oromocto Kentucky Fried Chicken where she began as a cook and, in time, was promoted to a management position.
She was a hard worker but always remained humble in all that she did. When Allan fell ill, she was right by his side, her devotion to him through his years of illness was an inspiration to all. Their marriage was a true testament to the saying "in sickness and in health". As a mother, Maria was dedicated to being there for her children; they were her pride and joy. Maria continued with her love and support as a grandmother, and, when in doubt, there was nothing that space pops, ice cream, or a little painting lesson couldn’t fix. She was the best grandmother and great-grandmother you could ask for and she will be greatly missed by all.
At the family’s request, there will be no formal services at this time.