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Mary (Krupiennina) Surowiec

Mary (Krupiennina) Surowiec, 88, of Ashley Lane, Ipswich, passed away Friday morning September 5, 2008 at Caldwell Rehabilitation and Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was the wife of Ignacy Surowiec, who predeceased her in 1991. She was fondly known to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Babcie. 

Mary was born in Kruglicy, Russia, March 16, 1920, daughter of the late Dymitry and Dekieja (Pitrowa) Krupiennina.  She grew up in Russia and during WWII survived the German war work camps where she met her husband to be.  She was married in Mozbach, Germany, July 7, 1945, and immigrated to the United States with her husband and young daughter, Wanda in June of 1949.  She stayed with her husbandís step-sister and family until they got established.  Shortly after arriving in Ipswich, Mary was employed at the former Pequot Mills in Salem. She then worked as a seamstress at a clothing store in Depot Square in Ipswich.  Following that, she was employed at Sylvania in Ipswich until its closure.  After the Sylvania closure, she was employed by Western Electric in Lawrence until her retirement in 1982. 

Mary was an avid member of the Sacred Heart Church until its closure and then joined Our Lady of Hope Parish in Ipswich.   She was a member of the Holy Rosary Solidary at Sacred Heart.  Mary enjoyed sewing and made many of her own clothes as well as clothes for her children.  She loved cooking and baking her Polish specialty dishes which will long be treasured, especially by her grandchildren as no one could make anything as well as Babcie! 

She is survived by her three children, a daughter, Wanda Carlson and husband Rick of Ipswich, her sons, John Surowiec and his wife Alena of Amesbury, and Stanley Surowiec of Newburyport.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren,  Shawn Carlson and his wife Blake of Kathleen, Georgia, Stacey Bennett and her husband Mike of Ipswich, April Surowiec of Haverhill, John Surowiec and his wife Melissa of Lebanon, ME, and Bonnie Surowiec of Amesbury.  Her great grandchildren Morgan, Savanna and Owen brought her great joy and always made her smile even during difficult days.   She is also survived by her nieces, Marisha Radzim and her husband Eugene of Ipswich and Anna Parent of Portsmouth, NH. She was predeceased by by her brother, Alexander, her two sisters Ryeisa and Valla and  her nephew, Tony Katzor of Colorado as well as several great nieces and nephews.  She will be missed by many and much thanks   goes to her friends at Caldwell Rehabilitation and to Hospice of the North Shore for her comfort and care.

Her funeral service will be held Monday September 8 at 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a 9 am  Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich.  Visiting hours will be Sunday from 4pm to 8pm.  Relatives and friends respectfully invited.  Internment will be at the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Friends of Caldwell, 16 Green St. Ipswich, MA.

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