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Born: Apr 08, 1947

Date of Passing: Jun 15, 2022

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Holding her beloved husband's hand, Irena Jadwiga Frigo, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed from this world on the morning of June 15, 2022.
Irena was born in Walcz, Poland on April 8, 1947 to Katarzyna and Henryk Kozlowski. She immigrated to Canada in 1965 at the young age of 18. With the loving support of her Aunt and Uncle, Ann and Peter Gudziunas, Irena embarked on the happiest journey of her life.
Irena met the love of her life, Giovanni, in 1968. They married in 1970 and soon welcomed into the world three children, Teresa, Peter and Martin.
Irena spent her working years at Jacob Crowley Manufacturing, Paulin-Chambers and St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba where she made many lifelong friends.
One of her greatest achievements was completing her Grade 12 education (GED) and also graduating from the Culinary Arts Program at South Winnipeg Technical College where her passion for baking, chocolates and cake decorating blossomed. Irena also loved to work with all her fellow students and was an inspiration to many of them.
Not only was Irena passionate about the culinary arts, she enjoyed many other creative endeavours, especially embroidery.
Irena was very much involved in Winnipeg's Polish community. She was a passionate leader for Polish youth education and was proud to share her love of Polish culture with her children and community.
Like a sun beam on a summer day, Irena shared her joy with everyone. She is survived by her loving husband Giovanni, of 52 years, children, Teresa (Ben), Peter (Shannon), Martin (Beth) and grandchildren, Dimitri, Julia and Amy. She is also survived by her sister Anna Grecki, and niece Lillian (Alex), grandniece Catherine and nephews, Darek and Andrew (Suzanne).
She was predeceased by her parents, Katarzyna and Henryk Kozlowski, aunt and uncle Ann and Peter Gudziunas, brother-in-Law Andzrej Grecki, and grandson Jeremy.
Prayer Services will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at E.J. Coutu Funeral Home, 680 Archibald Street at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Bobola Parish, 541 Marion Street with burial at St. Boniface Cemetery, followed by reception at the Coutu Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada.

Wieczny odpoczynek racz Jej dac Panie.

"And he will raise you up on Eagle's wings.
Bear you on the breath of dawn.
Make you to shine like the sun.
And hold you in the palm of His Hand".

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 18, 2022

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Our hearts go out to you in your time of loss. Love John & Mary-Lou - Posted by: John & Mary-Lou Hughes (Friends of family) on: Jun 21, 2022

  • Hello Martin and Family The St. Albert kinsmen send our condolences for sudden loss of your mother. Our club will be making a donation to Diabetes Canada in your mom's name. We thank your mom and family for a wonderful Member and friend of our club. - Posted by: Patrick Dower (Friend and Fellow Kinsmen member to Martin ) on: Jun 21, 2022

  • My condolences to the family. I worked with her at Paulin’s. Never forgotten. RIP Irene - Posted by: Roseline Dheilly (Acquaintance ) on: Jun 20, 2022

  • This obituary beautifully summarizes the life of Irena’s good soul. I will spiritually join you during the funeral Mass praying for her salvation and for all of you who mourn Irena’s departure. Fr. Peter - Posted by: Fr. Peter Dariusz Krasuski (Friend) on: Jun 20, 2022

  • Peter & Shannon My sympathy to you and all your family. A part of your heart will forever be missing but the memories and love will last forever. Anne Lindsay - Posted by: Anne Lindsay (friend of Peter and Shannon) on: Jun 19, 2022

  • Our heartfelt Sympathy to the Family. I liked Irene deeply. We were like sisters. We shared so many laughs together with a hot cup of coffee and some tasty baking made by Irena. At times also with Ania Grecki. The happy times will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace and may the merciful God would send His loving consolation to the grieving family. - Posted by: Grace Skowron (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • So very sorry for your loss!! I have very fond memories of this incredible woman. She had a gentle heart and soul. She will be greatly missed!!! My condolences to the whole family!! - Posted by: Trish Wishnowski (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • My condolences to Irene's family on her passing. I remember when Irene came to Canada and lived with her aunt and uncle on Horace Street. We made a deal. She would teach me how to make perogies and I would teach her how to speak English. She was a darling lady and I will miss her. I would like to share a quote with her family Irene has not died but gone away to a better place, free of pain and suffering We will see Irene again some day Rest in Peace Irene. You are loved and will be missed. - Posted by: Patricia Homenick (Horace Street neighbour) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • Sorry for your loss. Mrs. Frigo will be missed forever. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Wing and Alan Chow (Friends) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • Dearest Teresa and family, I/we share in your great sadness in losing your dearest Mom. She was a guiding light in your life and her love of others will continue to shine through you (as it already does). Your Mom's spirit will be with you forever and will guide you through the good and the not-so-good days. Your love for her and her love for you will live on everytime you speak her name or remember a special memory. My/our prayers are with you and may you feel God's arms embracing and supporting you! Love, Sherry and your Convalescent Home family - Posted by: Sherry Heppner (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • To the Frigo family and Irene's sister Anne, I am so sorry for your loss, you have my deepest sympathy. I enjoyed every time she came into the shop even for just a visit. take care of yourselves. Bonnie Daley (Cottonwood Beauty Salon) - Posted by: Bonnie Daley (Was Irene's hairdresser for many years at Cottonwood Beauty Salon ) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Santino Cipolla (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2022

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