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Born: Feb 17, 1942

Date of Passing: Oct 07, 2021

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February 17, 1942 – October 7, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of Elzbieta Kostefko, on Thursday, October 7, 2021.
Left to mourn her are her son Greg and daughter-in-law Sylvia; grandchildren, Logan, Gavin and Ferris; brother Andrzej and sister-in-law Krystyna; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Janusz and Lucina; niece Agata and numerous cousins and close friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Boleslaw and brother Leszek.
Elzbieta, or Elizabeth as she preferred to be known, was born in Zeglce, Poland in 1942. As a young girl, her family moved to Lubaczow, Poland. It was there at the age of 17 that she met and married her husband of 49 years, Boleslaw. Together they explored the four corners of Poland. They enjoyed camping and hiking. Often, they could be found in the woods picking wild mushrooms or berries. In 1972, they embarked on their greatest adventure. They hopped aboard the TSS Stefan Batory and made their way to Canada. Life was difficult at first. Mom was homesick and wanted to return. But in very short order, she grew to love Canada as much or more than her native Poland. Once in Canada, Mom and Dad rediscovered their love of camping and foraging the woods. So much so, that summer weekends would find them off in the Whiteshell doing what they loved best. Eventually they found their special place in Pinawa. Mom continued to go there every weekend in the summer, even after Dad passed. She made so many friends there over the years. She lived a full life and made the most of every minute of it. Mom was a pain in the butt sometimes, but it was always done with love in her heart. She only ever wanted what was best for those around her.
In lieu of flowers, we request that you all get a bottle or case of your favourite drink and raise a toast to her. Mom would have wanted nothing less.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In the meantime, Elzbieta's family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by visiting her tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew her, are available there.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Greg, Sylvia, grandsons, and other dear friends who are grieving Elizabeth's sudden passing. I learned so much from your mother Greg. She was very intelligent and interested in so many things. She never stopped learning about the world and freely shared her knowledge with others. Her knowledge about natural plants and remedies was extensive from years camping and exploring deep in the bush. She shared her knowledge freely with others. One of my favorite memories of her was of a day spent wandering and foraging very isolated bush with her checking out chanterelle patches she visited every year. Her delight as she found perfect specimens that she showed how to harvest while respecting the bounty for the future. She was the most courageous person I have ever met! She never worried about going on these treks alone. She always felt safe and confident that she could handle anything she encountered. She said she always felt safe. There really wasn't anything that she wouldn't try at least once. Her energy and work ethic amazed anyone who met her. It kept her looking decades younger and this never changed. Her efforts were for others: her family and friends. She was an amazing cook and baker: wild blueberries for her grandsons, already prepared mushrooms for friends, a Tito Cake for a wedding shower, 200 egg rolls for a social. She knew how prepare a feast on a budget. If you needed support or someone to listen, she was there for you and straight forward and honest. Providing day care for her young grandsons was a commitment she happily made. She organized the rest of her life around then and they brought her so much joy and pride. Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your wise guidance and friendship. On our last conversation you shared your love and concern about a dear friend with me. Of course I didn't know it was our last moment. Still seems unreal. Maybe when the camp opens in the spring all of us can share a better goodbye. - Posted by: Ann Cathcart (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • Words can't express how very sad we were to hear of Elizabeth's passing, and we extend our deepest condolences to her entire family and special friend John. It was always such a pleasure running into Elizabeth at Pioneer Bay, and her boundless energy was an inspiration to all of us. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Kirk & Carole Edwards (Friends) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom and grandmother! She was a wonderful person! She spoke of her grandchildren all the time, very proud grandmother! I was part of your Mom Ladies Luncheon Group. Fran Besko - Posted by: Fran Besko (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2021

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