Mary Sudol (nee Jaworski) was reunited with her husband Theodore (Teddy), her sister Stanislawa (Stasia), her parents and all family members and friends that had passed before her, on June 5, 2021. “Babci” (Bob-chee) passed peacefully after a sudden and brief illness, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was not only love and adoration around her during her final days, but also throughout her life. She was an example to everyone that had the privilege to know her.
Mary was born in the village of Stryjowka, in southeastern Poland, on November 2, 1934. The formidable years of her childhood were spent during World War II with her country under Nazi and Soviet occupation. She would come to recount her experiences during that period of her life with family members for years to come and in so doing shared lessons of history and perseverance. In 1949, at age 14, she and her mother would emigrate to the United States to be re-united with her father who had been liberated from a Nazi labor camp and had come to the United States four years prior. She later worked to bring her sister Stasia, and her family, to the United States from Poland in 1960.
Speaking only Polish when she arrived, Mary endeavored to learn perfect English and graduated from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, in 1955. On June 25th, only weeks after her graduation, she married Teddy and together they raised two children in Paramus, New Jersey. For nearly 64 years they never experienced a single day apart from each other, until his death in 2019. Mary enjoyed bookkeeping and accounting and began a career at Falcon Jet/Dassault International Company in 1971. There she was promoted to the position in accounting management until her retirement in 1996. She was respected and appreciated there, and often recounted her love for her work and co-workers.
After retirement she and Teddy moved to Sun City West, Arizona to escape the fast pace of the New York City metro area. There she became engaged in numerous activities, including church volunteer service. Mary and Teddy developed many friendships, on and off the Bocce ball court, and enjoyed the warm peaceful environment of Arizona. The two of them also enjoyed travel, visiting numerous places multiple times including Bermuda, Aruba, Europe and throughout the United States. Mary often reflected on a blessing she and Teddy received from Pope John Paul II at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was a spiritual culmination that created an even greater bond for them.
Upon Teddy’s death, she moved to Sandy, Utah to be near her children and grandchildren. Her love for each of them were shared, reciprocated and helped filled the void left from her loss. She had many tenets in life, one of which included forgiveness. She often shared her belief that “Not to forgive was a sin.” It was always important for her to quickly resolve any conflict or negativity. She was always concerned with other’s feelings and felt it important to maintain peace and love among family and friends. She looked at life realistically and took on any concerns and problems head on. Mary could be “to the point” and direct at times, but also extremely loving in doing so. She was the master of conflict resolution. It was important for her to end conversations or visits sincerely with “I love you with all my heart and soul,” and there were always far more than just one “Good-bye.”
Carrying on Polish traditions were important to Mary and passed on to her family. Whether it’s kapusta being prepared for a Christmas Eve soup, an assembly line of pierogi making grandchildren, golabki being wrapped in cabbage or stuffed in peppers from the garden or the sharing of Oplatek as a symbol of love for family members and the Lord, Babci will be there.
As a young mother, she would often sing “You Are My Sunshine” to her children as a lullaby. Now Mary, we share it for you:
“The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I bowed my head and I cried
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away”
Mary is survived by her children Teresa Catlin (Robert), Christopher Sudol (Susan); grandchildren Christian Sudol (Holly), Madelyne Jensen (Keith), Britain Sudol (Andrea), Morgan, Ethan and Mia; great-grandchildren Peyton, Zigmund (Ziggy), Theodore (Teddy), Zachary, Mason, Harrison, Saylor and her “special granddaughter” Tiffani; devoted and loving niece Stefanie (Chris) Mis; as well as countless extended family members and friends.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Mary’s fellow residents, the staff of Sunrise of Sandy Assisted Living, and Inspiration Home Health and Hospice. Their love and attention to Mary was sincere and unlimited.
A vigil will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church located at 9757 S 1700 E, Sandy, UT 84092 on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, with Rosary Recitation from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
On Saturday June 12, 2021, at the same location, a visitation will be held from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Immediately following the Funeral Mass interment will take place at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Sandy.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Anti-Defamation League at https://www.adl.org, in an effort to fight antisemitism and bigotry throughout the world and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.
However, if you’d like to send flowers, please have arrangements delivered by 4 pm on Friday, June 11, to Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street, Midvale, UT 84047, phone number: (801)-255-7151.
A Facebook Live for the vigil on 6/11 and the funeral service on 6/12 will be available for those who cannot attend either event in person.
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