Mariya “Mary” Etus passed away on Sept. 6.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mira and Leonid and her brother, Mike.
She is survived by her brother, Gregory; sisters-in-law Olga and Valentina; niece, Lucy and her family; and nephews: Igor, Slava, and Kostya and their families.
Mary was born in February 1941 in the village of Parichi, Belarus. When she was four months old, Nazi Germany occupied Belarus during World War II. Mary and her mother, Mira, were evacuated to Siberia while Mary’s father Leonid fought in the war. After the war, the family reunited in Parichi, Belarus. She finished secondary school and continued her education at the Foreign Language Institute in Minsk, Belarus, graduating in 1966. For many years Mary worked as an English language teacher, an interpreter, a cultural director, and a librarian.
Mary and her family immigrated to the United States in 1993, joining her cousins Gail Kogan and Jean Tsyrlin, their families, as well as aunt Lyuba. Mary worked as a Russian language interpreter and an English-as-a-second-language teacher. For years, she took excellent care of her elderly parents, Mira and Leonid. Mary was fortunate to develop many genuine friendships and was surrounded by her family and friends.
Mary enjoyed various volunteer opportunities and community services, such as volunteering at the JCC library, helping newly arriving Russian-speaking immigrant families learn English and assisting them with medical and legal matters. In her free time, she enjoyed reading and writing, cooking, collecting art and antiques, knitting, and exploring the Internet.
In the last several years, she lived at the Livingston Plaza apartments and more recently at the Blumkin Home, where she received the compassionate and highly skilled care that she needed.
Mary will always be remembered as a kind, compassionate, honest, loyal, and modest person. She will be truly missed by so many of us.