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† Alfreda Gagat (Zawisza)

Monday, March 11th, 1929 Monday, May 4th, 2020

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Bóg powołał do wieczności: śp. † Alfreda Gagat  (91)

Pochówek śp. Ireny odbył się na cmentarzu Resurrection w środę 6 maja b.r.

Zmarłą polecamy Bożemu Miłosierdziu, a rodzinie i znajomym pogrążonym w żałobie składamy wyrazy współczucia.

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MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Recently, God called to eternity:   † Alfreda Gagat  (91)

We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, and to all those who have passed away

we offer God’s mercy.

Give them eternal rest O Lord!  

Obituary

Our beloved Alfreda passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health hospital on Monday, May 4th, 2020. She was born in the village of Antonówka, Poland on March 11, 1929. She was the second child and the oldest daughter of Tatiana and Jan Zawisza.

Visitation was held at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Oshawa on Wednesday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service was held at the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Alfreda will be dearly missed by her relatives in the United States who will honor and celebrate her life at a memorial gathering to be held in Michigan at a future date, due to the current restrictions regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.

Alfreda was known by all for her many remarkable talents. She was a tremendous cook, seamstress and gardener. Her skills were largely self-taught and she honed them at her church, in her workplace and helping her family. She was an incredible hostess and made spectacular home-cooked meals for her family and friends. She had a big heart and volunteered constantly in the kitchen at St. Hedwig Parish on Olive Street. She worked alongside a group of women who became her dearest friends, cooking and preparing food for all the church functions. For her, it was a labor of love. She loved to sew and made most of her clothes. She could make anything: dresses, coats, skirts, curtains, quilts, you name it. She had an eye for color. She was very good at knitting, crocheting and macramé. Alfreda also had a “green thumb”. Her yard was immaculate and a vision of beauty when her flowers were in full bloom. She grew flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruit in her yard, a veritable Garden of Eden! At one time, she had an apple, a pear and a cherry tree.

Alfreda was a Polish citizen who immigrated to Winnipeg from Germany in 1948 after World War 2. She met and fell in love with her husband, Henry, on the long boat ride from Germany to Canada. They disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the main point of entry. They married soon after and she moved to join him in the Red Lake District. The couple moved to Oshawa in the early 1950s where they raised their beloved son, Richard.

Alfreda had a reputation for being “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and her extraordinary life story is worthy of becoming a movie script! At a young age, she displayed tremendous courage and tenacity throughout periods of great hardship and trials in the war-torn Wołyń region of Southeastern Poland where she was born. She is a Polish survivor of the German work camps of that time period and performed hard labor on German farms. After the war, she lived with her family in German refugee camps for three years before settling in Canada. Being the oldest daughter, in her teenage years she was often called upon to come to her family’s aid. She is credited for helping her refugee family to survive, but moreover, to thrive. Her family members are very proud of her and thank the Lord with grateful hearts for having had Freda’s wonderful presence in their lives. She has left behind a beautiful legacy and indelible impression on each of the lives she has touched.

Alfreda was preceded in death by her husband Henry; mother Tatiana; father Jan; sister Shirley; and brother Joseph. She was the loving mother of Richard and adoring babcia of Martine and Atheena. Alfreda is survived by her brothers Walter Zawisza (Alice); Hilary Zawisza (Phyllis); Andy Zawisza(Terry) and sister Genevieve Bournay (the late Bernard).

† Irena Malec (Rudowicz)

Tuesday, January 1st, 1924 Monday, April 27th, 2020

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Bóg powołał do wieczności: śp. † Irenę Malec (Rudowicz)  (82)

Pochówek śp. Ireny odbył się na cmentarzu Thornton w czwartek 30 kwietnia b.r.

Zmarłą polecamy Bożemu Miłosierdziu, a rodzinie i znajomym pogrążonym w żałobie składamy wyrazy współczucia.

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MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Recently, God called to eternity:   † Irena Malec ( nee Rudowicz)  (82)

We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, and to all those who have passed away

we offer God’s mercy.

Give them eternal rest O Lord!  

Obituary

Irena passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at Hillsdale Terraces, on Monday April 27th, 2020. She was born in Poland in 1924, to a large and loving family. Irena was a proud member of St. Hedwig’s Church and had a very strong and unwavering faith. She was a caring and religious woman with a determination that helped her enjoy a long and joyful life. Irena dedicated her life to caring for her family, loved her daughters and adored her grandchildren.

Irena was predeceased by her loving husband Peter in 2006, after 46 years of marriage. They enjoyed many years of happiness together and made many great memories.

Beloved mother of Elizabeth Wojcik and her husband Joe and Barb Malec-Lambert and her husband John. She loved her children and their spouses immensely.
Loving and proud Babcia of Caroline (Daniel), Joanna (Nick), Alicia & Eric. The joy her grandchildren brought her was beyond words.

Irena will be lovingly remembered by all of her family and friends in Canada and Poland. She had a very kind heart and a generous spirit. She enjoyed gardening, singing and loved spending time with her family. She was a great cook, especially of Polish dishes. She had a long rewarding life, filled with love, spirituality, laughter and song.

She was well known throughout Hillsdale as the singer. Many staff and residents often mentioned how very heartwarming her singing was. Although she only spent five months at Hillsdale Terraces, she felt the warmth and caring of the staff and she touched the hearts of many of her caregivers. We as the family are truly grateful for the exceptional care she received at Hillsdale Terraces.

God had gained a beautiful angel and we know she will watch over her entire family. We will forever hold our dear mother in our hearts.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Thornton Cemetery. Prayers will be said by the graveside with the Parish Priest from St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church.

† Krystyna Haber

January 16, 1938  –  April 19, 2020

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Bóg powołał do wieczności: śp. † Krystynę Haber (82)

Pochówek śp. Krystyny odbył się na cmentarzu Resurrection w środę 22 kwietnia b.r.

Zmarłą polecamy Bożemu Miłosierdziu, a rodzinie i znajomym pogrążonym w żałobie składamy wyrazy współczucia.

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MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Recently, God called to eternity:   † Krystyna Haber (82)

We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, and to all those who have passed away

we offer God’s mercy.

Give them eternal rest O Lord!  

† Zbigniew “Andy” Gondek

Monday, February 25th, 1952 Monday, April 6th, 2020

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Bóg powołał do wieczności: śp. † Zbigniew “Andy” Gondek (69)

Pochówek śp. Zbigniewa odbędzie się na cmentarzu Resurrection w czwartek 9 kwiernia b.r.

Zmarłego polecamy Bożemu Miłosierdziu, a rodzinie i znajomym pogrążonym w żałobie składamy wyrazy współczucia.

Wieczne odpoczywanie racz Mu dać Panie.

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

Recently, God called to eternity:   † Zbigniew “Andy” Gondek (69)

We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, and to all those who have passed away we offer God’s mercy.

Give them eternal rest O Lord!  

Obituary

It is with a sad song from our hearts that we announce Monday April 6th, 2020 was the day the music died. Andy Gondek left this world from the Ottawa Hospital after living a life fully on his terms, with no apologies for his rock and roll lifestyle. He was in his 69th year.

Andy leaves behind a much-loved Gibson 6 string electric and a cherished 12-string Yamaha acoustic. He is also fondly remembered by his son Noel (Melodie) and daughter Stephanie (Craig Walker). Andy was the grandfather of Dillon, Taylor, Joseph, and Sabina-Jane. He will also be missed by his beloved cousin Alicja Wajdzik.

He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Stella, and his brother Richard (Elizabeth).

Andy will be missed by his family, friends, and of course, the many, many fans that have faithfully waited for a return to his 1969 brilliance.

Andy’s passions were his music and songwriting. When asked how he wanted to be remembered he said, “I wrote over 700 songs, 70 were gifted, and 7 were absolutely brilliant.” He also excelled at a form of armchair philosophy that was rooted in cutting sarcasm and existential nihilism. One of his favourite Einsteinian digs was “the difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits.”

A Private Family Graveside Service will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Whitby on Thursday April 9th, 2020.

A Memorial Mass will take place in the future at St. Hedwig’s Polish Catholic Church, when gatherings are allowed once again.

Andy’s parting words for whomever reads this is “my goal has always been for the audience to sing the chorus without me.”

 

† Kazimierz Iwanczyk

Thursday, June 4th, 1925 Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Kazimierz Iwanczyk

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Bóg powołał do wieczności: śp. Kazimierz Iwanczyk (95)

Pochówek śp. Kazimierza miał miejsce na cmentarzu Resurrection w piątek 27 marca.

Zmarłego polecamy Bożemu Miłosierdziu, a rodzinie i znajomym pogrążonym w żałobie składamy wyrazy współczucia.

Wieczne odpoczywanie racz Mu dać Panie.

 

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

Recently, God called to eternity:   Kazimierz Iwanczyk (95)

We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, and to all those who have passed away we offer God’s mercy.

Give them eternal rest O Lord!

Obituary

Iwanczyk, Kazimierz — Passed away peacefully at Hillsdale Terraces on Tuesday March 24 th, 2020. Kazimierz was in his 95 th year.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary. Loving father of Stella Iwanczyk, Franky Iwanczyk, Aggie Dow (Larry) and Ted Iwanczyk (Angie). Cherished Dziadzie of Josh (Sabrina), Kristen (Dan), Cyndie (Derek), Allyssa (Brandon), Emilia, Dominik, and special great granddaughter Rylie.  Step grandfather to Carly (Landon), Shelby (Jeff), Jake (Raine)
Predeceased by his grandchildren Kacie & Kallie.  Predeceased by his sister and brother in Poland. Lovingly remembered by many family & friends.
A Private Family Graveside Service took place on 27 of March, 2020, at Resurrection Cemetery.
A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in the future, when gatherings are allowed. Memorial donations in memory of Kazimierz to Community Living Durham would be appreciated by the family.