Maria “Mary” Christine Polny (September 7, 1931 – March 15, 2023)

Mary Christine Polny, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, formerly of Woking, AB, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, at the age of 91 ½ years.

Mary was born on September 7, 1931, in Esther, AB, to George and Mary Merik. She was the oldest of nine children. Mary married John Polny of Woking on July 12, 1949, where they farmed and raised three children. A few years after the death of her husband, she moved to Grande Prairie.

Her family was everything to her. She loved to garden and work outside in her yard.

Mary will be sadly missed by her children: Wayne (Marilyn), Darrell, and Corinne (Darcy) Engebretson; grandchildren: Morgan (Raul), Stefan (Sharon), Whitney (Hernon), Anika, Merik, Kyle (Kelcey) Engebretson, and Kurt Engebretson (Heidi Cossey); as well as seven great-grandchildren. She will also be mourned by her siblings: Anne Dzikowski, Madge Lozinski, George Jr. (Eileen) Merik, Julie (William) Murenbeeld, Irene Merik, Dorothy (Dennis) Vanatko, Helen (Larry) Werner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband John Polny; parents George and Mary Merik; grandson Dillon Polny; brother Mike Merik; niece Eileen Owens; as well as brothers in-law Sidney Dzikowski and Alex Lozinski.

A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, March 24, 2023, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grande Prairie (10404 102 St.). Interment followed at the Spirit River Catholic Cemetery.

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