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Date of Passing: Feb 12, 2017

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HELENA WALICHNOWSKI (nee WOJTAS) Peacefully, on Sunday morning, February 12, 2017, with family by her side, Helena passed away at St. Joseph's Residence at the age of 87 years. Helena is survived by her loving husband of 66 years of marriage, Stanislaw; sons, George (Berna), Andrzej (Marlene); sister Wanda Wielgat; grandchildren, Robert, Jennifer, Alycia, James, Kathryn and Michael; sisters-in-law, Sylvia, Valentina, Jadzia and Jasia as well as many dear and beloved nieces and nephews in Canada, the United States and Poland. She was predeceased by her parents, Josef and Apolonia and brothers, Waclaw, Kazimierz and Stefan. Born in Hajninisc in Eastern Poland, where her father was a forest ranger, Helena's rural family life was disrupted by the Second World War. Deported to Siberia, the family was eventually reunited in the Holy Land. Schooling in Lebanon and a move to England followed. Shortly after graduation from high school, Helena met Stanislaw and they were married in 1950. In 1956, Helena and Stanislaw along with two young sons in tow, emigrated to Canada, joining family already in Winnipeg. It didn't take long for Helena to become a fixture in a vibrant Winnipeg Polish Community. Her beloved Polish Gymnastics Association "Sokol", reaped the benefits of her tireless work and energy for almost 60 years. This included time as President of the Women's Auxiliary, Credit Union secretary and running the Folklorama kitchens. A working mother, she still found the time and energy to raise her two sons, care for her father and run a household full of men, in addition to all her volunteer work. A devout Catholic, Helena was a member of St. John Cantius Parish for 60 years. Helena enjoyed going on trips to visit relatives in Canada, the United States, and Poland. And of course, there were all those casino jaunts. A trip to Hawaii on their 25th wedding anniversary was one of her fondest memories. She loved going camping, fishing, wandering the forests mushroom picking and gardening. Her tomatoes were legendary. An amazing cook and homemaker, her hospitality was boundless. Helena was a very outgoing person who made friends with anyone and everyone she met. The arrival of her grandchildren brought Helena her greatest joy. She absolutely loved being a grandmother and would do anything for her little angels! When Helena was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, her first reaction was that she was in pretty good company, with the likes of Muhammad Ali and the Holy Father John Paul II. There was no self pity, just a determination to carry on as close to normal as possible. Most people did not know she was sick until she was hospitalized. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church, 846 Burrows Avenue with Rev. Fr. Yolando Gamallo presiding. Internment will follow in Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Cemetery, 4387 Main Street. A very special thank you to the wonderful and caring staff at St. Joseph's Residence for the care, compassion and respect shown to Helena during her stay there. Bless you all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinsons Society Manitoba, 414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1P2 or St. Joseph's Residence, 1149 Leila Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2P 1S6. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 Odpocznij teraz nasna Kohana

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 18, 2017

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • George, Berna and Family, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. I sure she will be greatly missed. May it comfort you to know that she is at peace. You are in our thoughts and Prayers. Ardith and Mac Davidson - Posted by: Ardith and Mac Davidson (Friends) on: Feb 19, 2017

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