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Date of Passing: Nov 10, 2020

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Known as 'Krysie,' by loving husband of 46 years, Ross Webster.
'Mum,' horse whisperer and scholar to daughter Brittany Webster.
Big sister 'Krys' to her two brothers, Andrzej and Stefan Baranowski.
'Madame Baranowski' to her many students: Spanning four decades as a French teacher, and later, French Education professor.
Adoring 'Nana' to her granddaughter, Madeleine Webster.
And 'Raven Whitfield,' her chosen nom de plume for future novels she planned to write in her retirement.
In addition to her family, and large extended family of friends and colleagues, Krystyna's other loves included the French language, her animals (also considered family members), and travelling (especially to the seaside.) As a tribute to her love of the language, a bursary has been created with Saint Boniface University to assist students studying in French.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Krystyna Baranowski Fund / Le Fonds Krystyna Baranowski.
After many years battling multiple myeloma, Krystyna passed away on November 10, 2020, surrounded by loved ones at her bedside, with the thoughts, prayers and wishes of family and friends both in Winnipeg and afar. We would like to extend our love and thanks to Dr. Hughes and Dr. Kotb, Winnipeg's palliative care team, friends, family and colleagues, all of whom supported us during this difficult time and encouraged our effort to care for Krystyna at home.
A longer tribute can be found at and although covid will not permit us to gather in large numbers at this time, we invite family, friends, colleagues and students to share their stories of Krystyna online so we may honour her memory together.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • Une âme-sœur s’est éteinte aujourd’hui ... I first met Krystyna at the University of Manitoba in 1973 and this is where our friendship began. Even though my husband and I left Manitoba in 1979, my camaraderie with Krystyna continued to the present day. Wonderful memories remain. Her twinkling blue eyes, her unforgettable laugh, her enthusiasm, her inquisitive mind, her undivided attention, her love of the French language, the Vogue magazine she would buy for the latest fashions in Paris, her work ethic, her belief in achieving anything in life. What fun we had in organizing and emceeing the final Talent Show evening put on by the students in the Summer Language Bursary Program at the U of M, and in getting together at our home in St-Adolphe. I appreciated that Krystyna invited me over for a swim in her parents’ backyard on a beautiful sunny afternoon where I met her Mom for the first time. Maurice and I very much enjoyed the Arctic char dinner prepared by Krystyna and Ross, and we fondly remember her compelling stories as a television personality at CBC Yellowknife. I will forever cherish her visits to Saskatchewan, her Christmas cards, our multi-faceted near hour-long telephone calls and animated conversations on travel, gardening, food and drink, Sisley-Paris, her love of horses and dogs, our chats on teaching, mentoring and research, our frank and candid discussions about the big C throughout the last year and half, and always, a heart-to-heart dialogue about our respective families. Très chère Krystyna, tu vas me manquer. You were lovely, articulate and without exception, interesting. You were such a classy person, a role model for your loved ones, and the Jaguar you drove was especially fitting for «une grande dame». La conversation continuera un jour, car ce n’est qu’un aurevoir et non pas un adieu … Cheryl Soulodre (Friend) - Posted by: Cheryl Soulodre (Friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Krystyna was a good friend all thru high school at St Mary's, and university(U of M). I remember her having a great joy of life--nothing was impossible, she was always kind and thoughtful. She loved drama and stared in many of our high school productions. She was always reading, writing stories and had plans for her book. Although we have not been in contact for many years she was one of those people whom you always remember. - Posted by: Laura Wittebolle (friend) on: Nov 20, 2020

  • I really enjoyed working with Krystyna. Her enthusiasm for new ideas, her honesty, warmth and endearing smile always made it a pleasure to see her! She will be missed. In sympathy, Melanie Janzen - Posted by: Melanie Janzen (colleague ) on: Nov 19, 2020

  • I met Krys back in 1974. I have cherished our friendship every day since then. There are so many decades of wonderful memories and they are what sustains me now. Her elegance, her appreciation of wonderful cuisine, her love of animals, her dedication to education, her wit and her incredible gifts when it came to oral language. When Krystyna spoke you really listened. She had a beautiful and often hilarious way of describing things that had happened to her or situations that she found herself in. Oh how we laughed. I will so miss that. Her wit did not falter even in the midst of her cancer journey. She questioned, she debated and learned all she could. She lived the last chapter of her life on her own terms and with tremendous strength . Never once did she complain during her illness. I so admired her for that. I will miss you dear friend. I will never forget you. - Posted by: Nancy Stewart (Friend since 1974) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • Ross, I am so very sorry to learn of Krys's passing. I have always heard what a wonderful person she was. May your memories of a loving life together sustain you. Barb - Posted by: Barb McMullen (Webster) (Cousin) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • Years ago, I had the pleasure to meet Krystyna at provincial meetings organized by BEF; she was the spoke person for Canadian Parents for French. We then connected at a different level when she became my prof for many of my Master’s degree courses in Languages and Literacy at the University of St-Boniface. Throughout my educational journey, I fell in love with Krystyna’s bubbly personality, her passion and her wisdom. She truly believed in me as a student and pedagogical leader; through so many ways, she showed me how much she cared about my success and always pushed me further in my thinking and learning. In July 2019, I fulfilled the Master’s Degree requirements and following my thesis defense, Krystyna who had become part of the thesis evaluating committee joined my family for a lunch celebration. I called Krystyna “mon ange gardien” or “my guardian angel” because she also had a rocky road while completing her Master’s and she made sure to be there for me and with me. Since then, Krystyna and I kept in touch and we were looking forward to collaborate with colleagues on research initiatives. Krystyna, merci de tout mon coeur pour tout ce que tu as fait pour moi; je t’en serai à jamais reconnaissante. Aurevoir mon amie! - Posted by: Marie-Josée Morneau (Student, colleague and friend) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • Krystyna fut ma directrice de thèse jusqu'à mars dernier. Elle fut une mentor d'exception, affectionnant notamment la langue française, perfectionniste dans l'âme et d'une vivacité d'esprit contagieuse. Pendant trois ans, nous avons développer une amitié bien au-delà d'une simple communication professeure-étudiante à travers les Skypes et les messages courriels :) Je peux imaginer l'impact qu'elle avait en présentiel. Krystyna était pleine d'énergie, spontanée, elle allait direct au point lorsqu'elle avait une opinion à défendre et ce, en faisant toujours preuve de délicatesse et de respect. Jamais avare de bonnes paroles, elle était une grande intellectuelle au coeur d'or, qui donnait sans compter, surtout de son temps et de son savoir. Toujours, elle poussait la réflexion à un autre niveau et elle était surtout présente. Très souvent elle parlait de son cheval, de l'éventuelle venue d'un petit chiot à l'été, de Ross et du temps passé au chalet. Sa petite Madeleine aussi :) Krystyna, tu me manqueras énormément! Toutes mes sincères sympathies à sa famille, à la communauté de l'Université de Saint-Boniface et à tous les gens qui auront eu le privilège de la connaître. - Posted by: Dominique Morency (ancienne étudiante à la maîtrise) on: Nov 17, 2020

  • I met Krystyna while we were both students at Saint Mary’s Academy. Later on at University, we both majored in French and so found ourselves in the same classes. I moved on to teach In British Columbia, but we often found ourselves at the same conferences. During those conferences, we would catch up over coffee or a glass of wine, reconnecting was so easy. Krystyna was an amazing person, teacher and professor. My condolences to her family . - Posted by: Josette Desquins (School friend and French teaching colleague) on: Nov 17, 2020

  • Farewell dear friend. We met when we were both about 12 and have been friends ever since. Since high school, we have been mostly apart, but our every connection and communication has always been a continuation of the same conversation. Much love and consolation to Ross, Brittany, Madeleine and the rest of her family. May your passage have wings! - Posted by: Kathleen O'Toole (Friend of nearly 60 years) on: Nov 17, 2020

  • I have many fond memories of working alongside Krystyna as she served on the CASLT (Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers) National Council as the Manitoba representative. As the "staff" person it is always amazing to be offered the support of passionate and brilliant volunteer leaders such as she. Wonderful that our paths crossed again as she offered her expertise serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Parents for French Manitoba Branch. Yes, truly her beautiful smile and how her eyes lit up when speaking about the wonders of French to enrich our lives! Sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Nicole Thibault (colleague in the promotion and love of French ) on: Nov 17, 2020

  • I was also one of Krystyna's classmates in the French Honours class. Because there were 12 of us, we were nicknamed "The Dirty Dozen." It was a very intense program, both in language proficiency and knowledge in every century of French Literature, something I don't think universities dare attempt anymore. But Krystyna was passionate about grammar and literature, and she always brought such a ray of sunshine to the classroom. She brought a light-hearted, yet totally committed attitude to getting through a very demanding program, and later even earned her Ph.D. Over the years, I reconnected with her at times through committee work, and my only regret is not having to got to know her more personally. She had real class (no pun intended), and treated everyone with great tact and collegiality. My deepest condolences extend to her family. Louise Renée (formerly Louise Provost-Kasper, Colleague at the University of Manitoba) - Posted by: Louise Renée (formerly Provost/Kasper) (Fellow classmate in the French Honours Program 1970-1973) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • I met Krystyna in 2008 when I started my Masters in Education. She was part of my thesis evaluating commitee for my Masters and again for my PhD. Krystyna encouraged me from the beginning. She invited me to speak in her classes and she was always understanding, thoughtful and helpful. Her unique perspective and years of experience in French education in Manitoba were an asset to my commitees.Thank you Krystyna for every piece of advice. Our paths have had the pleasure of crossing and you have left a lasting impact on me and my family. Dr Krystyna Baranowksi, je te remercie de m’avoir appuyée et encouragée dès le début. Tes conseils personnels et professionnels m’ont tant servi. - Posted by: Dr. Gail Cormier (Student) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • My sympathy and prayers to Ross, Brittany‎, Madeleine, Andrzej and Stephan on your profound loss. Brittany -you captured the essence of your Mum perfectly in your tribute to her- Brilliant and unstoppable!! Thank you for writing and sharing your eulogy for her. Krystyna and I were close friends through-out high school at St Mary's Academy‎- close friends and competitors academically - we were both excellent at grammar (bring on the red pens!) and writing (composition) and we loved French and History. Krystyna did not have the nom de plume of Raven Whitfied but yes we were already planning on writing books at age 15 (in both official languages, of course). Being unstoppable it only made sense - we could do anything- I never knew Krystyna to hesitate to LIVE every moment, achieve the impossible, "let's just do it!! Now!!" In addition to ever so many great school memories, Krystyna and I had many great times at my family cottage at ‎Victoria Beach - I remember 55 years ago ... The cottage was on the lake and we watched some amazing sunsets. Only Krystyna, though, said- "tomorrow we'll do the sunrise" (4:20 AM) - we'll ride our bikes to a great spot -let's do it. I remember my Mother asking both of us why we would even want to do such a thing?? Krystyna- "because we can!" Unstoppable! And we did it and it was truly amazing; I remember it like it was yesterday!! (Note: I never repeated this early morning adventure! ) A sunrise! A beautiful daughter! A wonderful husband‎- great family, but...why not add a PhD? Dr Krystyna Baranowski talked with me about having graduated with her PhD as yet another great adventure- an idea that was unstoppable in her mind until the goal was achieved. I was honoured to have been her close friend through-out high school and to have re-connected in person at our SMA 45th and in 2019- 50th Grad Reunion (through phone/email). Krystyna's integrity, empathy, intelligence, ‎zest for life, great love of people and animals- and unwavering devotion to Ross, Brittany, her granddaughter, Madeleine, her brothers and many, many friends and colleagues, will always be treasured by all of us who were fortunate to have shared parts of our lives with her. Krystyna -you will have a place of honor in our hearts-always and forever. May Krystyna rest in the peace of our Lord now and for eternity. Amen. Leanne Boyd, SMA, 1969 A friend‎ for the last 55 years. - Posted by: Leanne Boyd, SMA, 1969 (A friend‎ for the last 55 years) on: Nov 15, 2020

  • My deepest condolences Ross and Brittany, I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Krystyna. - Posted by: Kandy Parrish ( past coworker (Ross)) on: Nov 15, 2020

  • My condolences to your family. I was honoured to have Mme Baranowski teach me French at University of Manitoba. She helped me develop the confidence to speak French, which I teach to this day in French immersion in Winnipeg. She was a wonderful teacher and person. My sympathies. - Posted by: Jennifer Engbrecht (Student ) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Gratitude for this woman- if I am to state her character trait that in my perspective was most profound, that stands out in my memory now as an adult, it would be the dignity with which she treated us... she respected us as humans first! It didn't matter our age, our capability- she saw our potential. She was a great lady whom I remember fondly. I am happy to have a memory of her in adult life... not too long ago at a function for a scholarship fund. It was so nice to to see her. We shared a lovely exchange and it brought me so much joy. Rest In Peace Madame and I send my sincerest condolences to her family at this time. Such a loss. With love, Chantal K - Posted by: Chantal kreviazuk (Student) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Krystyna and I met in 1979, both instructors in the University of Manitoba's Summer Language Bursary Program, funded by the federal government in order to promote bilingualism in Canada. Krystyna's beautiful smile and sunny personality were matched by her commitment and devotion to the promotion of language learning and literacy, especially in relation to French. While I went on to become a French literature professor at the University of Winnipeg, and she an education professor at the Université de Saint-Boniface, our paths did cross over the years, and it was always a pleasure to exchange greetings and updates along the way. Une grande dame qui nous manquera. With my sincere condolences to Krystyna's family and friends. - Posted by: Kenneth (Colleague) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • I was in the French Honors program with Krystyna for three years. How much fun we had together the twelve of us, 11 girls and Craig, one boy! Thank you dear girl for your camaraderie and the contributions to the promotion of French in Manitoba. Tu vas nous manquer. Ginette Fournier Richer - Posted by: Ginette Richer (friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Krysia you were one of the kind. Your smile never is forgotten. We were the best friends and I was honoured to be around you during your last days. You always had a heart from a gold-like your dad. During the last 20 years, our friendship was so special. Nobody can replace you in my life. I will miss you so much. My heart is truly broken. My deep condolences to all family. - Posted by: Anna W Mondor (Close friend of the family ) on: Nov 14, 2020

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