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Date of Passing: Nov 11, 2020

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Peacefully in the early hours on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Cecilia, wife of Miroslaw passed away at Victoria Hospital, at aged 86 years.
Cecilia was predeceased by her husband Miroslaw, her father Joseph Kolano, her mother Julia, her sister Leokadia and her baby brothers, Adolf and Bonifacy.
She is survived by her three sons, Robert (Karen), Raymond and Paul; grandsons, Alexander and Derek; relatives in Poland, England, Australia and the United States.
Cecilia was born in a farming community of then Horbkow, Poland and lived there until her family was forced from their home by Soviet communist forces in 1940. Cecilia and her family would begin a journey that would last ten years. Her family spent the first year in terrible conditions in a forced labour camp near Arkangel, Siberia. After a political amnesty was agreed to, Cecilia, her family and relatives, along with thousands of Poles were allowed to leave Russia. They perilously travelled south to the main collection point at Buzuluk, then on to, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Always hungry and weak young Cecilia became very ill but managed to survive her ordeal. In Pakistan she saw her father Joseph for the last time. He joined the Polish Forces but soon died from his torturous journey. Cecilia and her surviving family then travelled to Koja, Uganda and spent six years in a refugee settlement. At the end of The Second World War, Cecilia and her family travelled to England and resided near Fairford, Gloucestershire and studied nursing. In 1956, Cecilia, her Mom and sister emigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg. In 1957 Cecilia married Miroslaw. They resided in St.Vital.
Mom, we know you experienced some of the worst of humanity. Yet that did not diminish your light or your desire to live life. It is not lost on us that your desire to live gave life to us. We love you Mom. Rest in Peace.
Cecilia's family would like to thank Manitoba Homecare for their excellent assistance. Doctors and nurses at the Victoria Hospital and Father Walery Bykowski.
Due to Covid restrictions the funeral has taken place at Glen Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I remember Cecilia as a warm & caring human being whose love for family was eternal, and I've always felt privileged to be a part of it. Robert, Raymond & Paul, I offer you all my heartfelt condolences. RIP, chocha. - Posted by: Rick Kowalczuk (Godmother upon my birth & cousin to my father.) on: Nov 21, 2020

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