Born on December 16, 1922. Passed away November 11, 2020.

Passed away peacefully at LRH on the 11th of November 2020 aged 97.

Loved wife of Anton (Dec).

Much loved mother and mother in law of Anna (Dec), Jadzia (Dec), John, Helena and Bill.

Loved Babcia of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

God has you in his keeping,

We have you in our hearts.

Funeral Notice
Due to COVID19 restrictions the Funeral Service for Mrs. Maria Wasiukiewicz will be a private funeral, by invitation only.

A service to celebrate Maria’s life will be live streamed from St. Kieran’s Catholic Church Moe on Thursday (19th November 2020) commencing at 11am.

To view the live streaming, click here.
  1. To John,Helena,Bill and families and extended families thinking of you all have some great memories of a beautiful,caring and soft spoken Babcia hold on to your memories as you can never loose them.lots of love always from Sue,John and Amanda Wirz xxx

    Amanda Wirz November 12, 2020
  2. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Such a beautiful, precious lady who will be missed.
    Love the Palmer and Till families xx

    Trish November 14, 2020
  3. So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to Helena, Bill and family.

    Andrea Bosch Lawrence November 16, 2020
  4. Our condolences for the sad loss of your dear mother, John and Helena. Lovely lady. R.I.P.

    Doris and Tony Cassar November 16, 2020

    Maria was born in Gliwice Poland on 16 December 1922.

    At an early age Maria’s mother died and she was in the case care of her father and grandmother. Maria’s father remarried then shortly after, Maria’s father died. Maria had to leave school to help on there pastoral.

    At the age of 16, while on a shopping errand, Maria was captured by German soldiers and taken by train to Germany. This journey and during the years of war, under forced labour, Maria endured many horrendous hardships.

    After the war ended Maria was wooed by a Polish marine, Antoni Wasiukiewicz and they married in1946.

    Maria gave birth to twin girls in 1947, tragically both died soon after.

    In 1948 John was born followed by Helena in 1949
    Maria, husband Antoni, and two young children aged two and one, sailed to Australia to begin a new life.

    They arrived in the port of Melbourne in December 1950 and were taken to the migrant camp in Bonegilla, where they lived for a short time in sweltering iron barracks. Next followed towns of Rushworth and Sale, then Yallourn North where they settled.

    The family lived in one small room of another family’s house, cooking on a small Primus stove, until Antoni built a two room bungalow and later he built two more rooms and a bathroom.

    Maria worked on the quarter acre allotment growing vegetables, tending to the chickens, ducks and geese and other domestic animals, caring for her family and working part time cleaning at the Yallourn hotel.

    During this time Anton, as he was now called, become unwell and Maria spent many years caring for him until Anton passed in 1990. Late in this period Maria’s children married and grandchildren started arriving, soon there was eight. Thirteen great grandchildren followed. Sunday’s were a family tradition of dinners for all family members, the small house was packed. Maria catering for all.

    During the period after Anton’s death Maria still had time for her loved garden, cooking the grand children’s favourite pierogires and rosol regularly.

    Maria’s last years were spent living next door to her daughter where she continued enjoying her garden, church and visits from her family.

    Maria lived a long and full life, never troubled people, liked helping others, never complained, shared bad times or spoke ill of others.

    To Maria life is for living.

    John Wasiukiewicz November 17, 2020
  6. Condolences to John and all the Wasiukiewicz Family.
    May Maria rest in peace.
    President,Committee and Members of THe Maltese Community Centre Latrobe Valley.
    Mario Sammut OAM.

    Mario Sammut November 19, 2020
  7. Our heart felt condolences and best wishes to Bacia’s family. We appreciated all the love and kindness she showed my family and will miss her lovely smile and warm heart. Rest In Peace Babcia. We will always remember you.
    Love from Simonne, Anna and Charlie.

    Simonne Gorbal & Family November 19, 2020
  8. What a lovely person Maria was! She was especially kind to my parents Peter and Mary Perechoden.and very sweet to me whenever we met.. Lots of love to John, Helena and all the family and everyone who knew Maria from Janina Green (Perechoden).

    Janina Green November 19, 2020
  9. Serdeczne wyrazy wspolczucia dla calej rodziny przesylaja z Polski – Janina Hasiec z rodzina

    Janina Hasiec November 28, 2020
  10. Szczere kondolencje przesyla Sylwester Hasiec – syn Janiny Hasiec zd. Lipiak

    Sylwester Hasiec November 28, 2020