Maria Petrovich - Dubovsky
|Father: Alexander Petrovich|
|Mother: Alexandra Stankevich|
|Resided in: Monticello, Indiana for the last several years.|
|Funeral Date: Thursday, March 20, 2008|
|Funeral Location: 9:00 a.m., at the Our Lady of The Lakes Catholic Church, 543 S. Main Street, Monticello, Indiana 47960|
|Clergy: Father Gerald Borawski of the Our Lady of The Lakes Catholic Church, Monticello, Indiana officiating.|
|Burial will take place:
Will be at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in LaCrosse, Indiana at a later date. |
|Visitation will be:
4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana, with a Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Prayer Circle by the Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Indiana. |
Maria's parents were devoted Catholics who were unable to practice their faith after the Russian occupation in 1919. Maria studied hard and upon graduating from high school, was accepted to the Minsk School of Denistry in the fall of 1933. She completed her studies in 1937 with a degree in denistry and oral surgery.
Maria lost her first husband and baby boy as a tragic result of World War II. Her first love was exiled to Siberia and her baby died from pneumonia in December of 1939. Shortly after this she was drafted into the Russian Army and was assigned to a mobile medical unit. When the Nazi Army overran Belarus in 1941 she was captured and held prisoner in a forced labor camp where she was assigned to give medical care to German soldiers. When the Russian Army advanced into this area she was able to escape, but was captured again in 1943. There she met a fellow countryman, Bronislav, who became her second husband and they were blessed with two (2) children, Lucy and Alex. Lucy was born in the labor camp in 1944 and Alex was born in 1950 in Munich, Germany. The family lived in a refugee campy for almost six (6) years north of Munich while they awaited approval for immigration to the United States. During part of those six (6) years, she was allowed to practice dentistry. She worked twelve (12) hours a day, six (6) days a week caring for fellow refugees. It was hard work but she never complained. During those years many lasting friendships were formed with people from various Eastern European countries. It was there that she and her family were introduced to the kindness of the American people through the G.I.'s who ran the refugee camp.
Maria and her family arrived in New York in December of 1951 to begin a new life. The first five (5) years were difficult. Learning a new language and culture, but with determination and a strong faith a new life was built. One of the most difficult adjustments was not being allowed to practice her dental profession. She shared with her children the move to the United States provided freedom that more than compensated their loss of their professional careers and opportunity to practice their religious beliefs.
In 1953 the family boarded a train and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Maria's brother had immigrated the prior year. During her twelve (12) years there she had different jobs: sewed doll clothes for a doll factory, worked as a custodian at Cushman Golf Cart Factory, cooks's assistant in a fraternity house, sewed drapes for J.C. Penny's, and work for a dental lab.
Being able to work in a portion of the dental profession where the happiest time since coming to American.
In 1965 she moved to Rockford, Illinois -- to be near her brother's family. She worked in a factory making golf hats and visors. After retiring from the factory, she opened a sewing and alteration business in her home. She was a very frugal woman. She spent most weekends perusing garage sales with her friends. She lived her retirement years with contentment.
In 2002 with Maria's health declining she moved to the Monticello Assisted Living & Healthcare Center facility where she resided for the past six (6) years.
She was a loving grandmother of grandchildren, Paul, Erica, Nicole and great grandmother to Jason and Tyler |
|Special Services: Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the funeral home.|
|Memorial Information: May be given to the White County Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.|
|Survivors include: |
Lucy H. (husband Mert) Jacob, of Monticello, Indiana;
Alex (wife Barbara) Dubovsky, of Plano, Texas;
Paul, Erica, and Nicole;
Jason and Tyler.
|Preceded in Death: |
|Arrangements by: |
Miller-Roscka Funeral Home