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GENOWEFA (JEAN) KUZIA (BOROWIEC)
Born: Jun 27, 1925
Date of Passing: Oct 27, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
GENOWEFA (JEAN) KUZIA
1925 - 2019
Predeceased by her husband Waclaw, brother John Borowiec, and parents, Pawel and Aniela Borowiec, Genia is survived by her children, Henry (Joanne Lewandosky) and Christine (Dennis) Tabbernor, grandchildren, John and Elizabeth, sisters-in-law, Teresa (Tessie) Borowiec and Irena Bobrow, cousins, Dorothy Rhymer, Danusia Zwierciadlowska, Carol Tabor and David Borowiec and their families in Canada, as well as many cousins in Poland.
Born in Nowy Michalin, Poland (now Belarus) on June 27, 1925, she was just 14 years old when the Second World War began with the Nazi invasion of Poland. The eastern territories of Poland were quickly occupied by communist forces of the USSR and in February, 1940 she and her family were deported in freight train cars to a forestry work camp near Arkhangelsk. Although many died, she survived the horrific conditions until Amnesty was signed in July 1941 between England, America and the USSR, forcing the communist government to release many Poles who had been imprisoned and forced into labour camps. In November 1941 they were transported through Kuybyshev, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Persia to the port of Karachi, India, a distance of more than 10,000 km that took more than one year. In May 1943 they were finally able to find transport to the refugee camp of Santa Rosa, Mexico. She completed her high school education, as well as bookkeeping and dental hygiene diplomas in the camp and in 1947, moved to Leon Guanahuato where she worked as a cashier at the bus depot. In 1948 she and her family were sponsored by her aunt Janina Zwierciadlowska to Stonewall, Manitoba and later moved to Winnipeg to find work. Through her aunt, she met Waclaw Kuzia, who had worked at the Zwierciadlowski farm the previous year as part of his Canadian resettlement contract. They married in July 1949. She worked in the garment industry until the birth of her first child.
Genia quickly made friends within the large community of displaced Poles in Winnipeg, at Holy Ghost Church, Sokol Choir, and the newly formed Polish Combatants Association Branch #13. She served on the Executive of the Association in several capacities over the years, as well as the Ladies' Auxiliary, receiving bronze, silver and gold pins of recognition. She belonged to the Catholic Women's League at St. Andrew Bobola Parish, served as delegate and Executive member to the Canadian Polish Congress Manitoba Division, was a member of the Polish Canadian Women's Federation Branch #7, and was one of the founders of the Ogniwo Polish Museum, where she served as Director and Executive member until 2009.
Genia was a wonderful mother to Henry and Christine, raising them to speak fluent Polish, learn to play accordion, and to value their Polish roots, while appreciating the wonderful country of Canada. She was a marvellous seamstress and excelled at many handcrafts. She attended night school at Tech Voc to complete her bookkeeping certificate, while looking after the family during the day, and managed the administration and finances of her and Waclaw's construction company. She also loved and supported her grandchildren, flying to New Brunswick to be a stand-in for her son-in-law at the birth of John, and to London, Ontario to assist the family at the birth of Elizabeth. She showered them with special treats, celebrated their achievements and supported their university studies.
Prayers will be held on Monday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street with Fr. Paul Patrick OMI officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew Bobola Roman Catholic Parish, 541 Marion Street on Tuesday, November 5, with Fr. Walery Bykowski officiating, at 10:00 a.m. Viewing and praying of the Rosary will take place at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Ghost Cemetery.
We wish to thank the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, Fr. Sebastian Gacki and Fr. Walery Bykowski for their spiritual support, Dr. Taras Babick, Dr. Andrea Babick, the nurses and caregivers for medical and daily care, and for the love and joy they brought her during her last five years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ogniwo Polish Museum Society at www.polishmuseum.com or Holy Family Home.
Wieczny odpoczynek racz jej dac Panie
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 02, 2019
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Henry & Joan...May God be with you during this difficult time, and may fond memories of your mother give you comfort! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Вічна їй пам'ять! We extend our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. - Posted by: Sylvia Todaschuk, Rosemarie & John, Charlene & Andrij & Family (Friends) on: Nov 07, 2019
Henry, Christine and Family, Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear Mother. She was a a very warm, friendly and happy person and we enjoyed meeting her when visiting our Father at Holy Family Home. May her love, and memories of her life be a source of comfort to you at this sad and difficult time. Wieczny odpoczynec racz jej dac Panie. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Multan and Szymanski Families (Friends) on: Nov 05, 2019
My Prayers and Thoughts to my Cousins Christine and Henry and Family. RIP Aunty Jean, my memories will be with me forever. Aunty was a a caring and giving person to all. - Posted by: Carol Tabor (Niece) on: Nov 05, 2019
Our condolences to Henry and Joanne. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each other’s love throughout this very difficult time. Rest in peace, Mrs. Kuzia. - Posted by: Vicki and Len Lazaruk (friends) on: Nov 02, 2019
Henry & Christine & family, You were so blessed to have such a pleasant, hard working mother (along with your father). I will always remember how warm and friendly they were towards Jerzyk and myself. Wieczny odpoczynek racz jej dac Panie! May she rest in the Peace of Christ! - Posted by: Mary Eileen Bibik (friend) on: Nov 02, 2019
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