Mary E. Tchir

May 3, 1915 ~ April 19, 2022 (age 106)


Surrounded by her family and their loving embrace Mary Tchir was called home by her God and CREATOR. Mary was a woman of deep faith with a strong commitment to family. She was the oldest girl of 11 children and was tasked with their care at an early age while her parents tended to the work of the family farm in Candor. She left school in the eighth grade to help support the family. It is here that she learned how to prepare wonderful meals and became an excellent baker. Her cinnamon buns, apple pies and pineapple cheesecake were world class. Mary was predeceased by her parents Ignace and Sophie Cyganovich, her loving husband Joseph of 73 years, her brothers George, John (Sophie), Tony (Frances), Ignace (Mary) and William (Alice) Cyganovich. Predeceased by sisters Frances (Casper) Miller, Helen (Ted) Andrews, Nellie (Dominic) Gerace and Cassie (Ted) Pastalan. Also, predeceased by brother-in-law Wesley Kwiatkowski, Mary is survived by sister Emily Kwiatkowski and three sons, Donald (Lucille), Dennis (Sharon) and Joseph (Judy) Tchir. Grandchildren Cherilynn (Glenrchir, Joseph (JuIie) Tchir, James Tchir, Matthew (‘Enid) Tchir, Dennis Tchir, Danielle (John) rappel, Jennifer (Nick) Fazeka and Michael Tchir. Mary is survived by many nephews and nieces throughout these United States and Europe plus her many BINGO buddies from Holy Trinity and the JC Senior Center. Mary lived her life in moderation, self-discipline, praying the rosary, belief in God and commitment to family. Always the mother figure, she first cared for her brothers and sisters, then her three sons. Blest with a long life (106 years), she was very independent and lived alone until 102 years old. She then moved in with Dennis and Sharon Tchir. She was twice a cancer survivor with a paper written about her first miracle cure. The total embodiment of the Domestic Engineer, a career path she embraced with dedication and unwavering commitment; meals prepared, laundry done, clothes ironed, house cleaned and scrapes and bruises healed. Mary loved her home which she cared for with pride. Her roses, flowers and bushes were always trimmed, pruned and well kept. However, her Magnolia tree was her joy with it’s beautiful spring blooms. Mary was an original member of the Fatima Club at St. James Church and loved their prayer meetings followed by tea and coffee; with her baked delights always the hit of the day. We want to thank her care giver Ellen Fogle, the wonderful people at Hospice for their support and Sharon Tchir for her loving care while Mom was with us. Also a special thanks to Fr. Clarence Rumble for his support and Angela Spera for joining Morn in the rosary. We will miss her and our loss is heaven’s gain. The Cyganovich double deck pinochle game is now under way. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s name to St. James Church or any charity of your choice. A Funeral Mass will be offered 10:30 AM Monday April 25th at St James Church Johnson City New York. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Monday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service.

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