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Born: Aug 10, 1948

Date of Passing: Sep 07, 2022

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August 10, 1948 – September 7, 2022

We announce the sudden passing of Krystyna Gajda in the evening of Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
Mourning her loss are husband Bogumil, children, Barbara (Lindsay) and Marek, grandchildren, Maksymilian and Alina, brothers, Tadeusz (Jill) and Stefan (Janice) and relatives in Poland, Sweden and Australia. She was predeceased by her parents, Winicjusz and Alina Nawrocki, and aunts and uncles internationally.
Krystyna arrived in Canada a babe in her mother's arms and the family settled in Winnipeg's North End. Krystyna worked in medical research at the University of Manitoba and then transitioned to an extensive career as a science lab assistant in many Winnipeg public schools. However, she discovered her real passion was in community service as a young person in the 1970s. Her first role was that of stage manager with the Polish young adults theatre group. Never wanting to be center stage herself, she was always ready to be encouraging and supportive behind the scenes. Valuing her Polish heritage, she was an active member of organizations that promoted and encouraged the Polish language and culture: the Polish Fraternal Aid Society of St. John Cantius, the Polish Canadian Women's Federation - Manitoba Branch, Ogniwo Polish Museum Society, Holy Ghost Polish Language school and summer camps, and fundraising efforts for the Polish Studies programme at the University of Manitoba. Many members of the Winnipeg Polish community will remember her as the sustaining force behind the Polish weekly newspaper CZAS for a number of years motivated by a desire to help elderly members of the community stay connected.
Apart from her commitments in community, Krystyna was an exceptional mother, grandmother, and life partner at home. She developed a wonderful relationship with her children and grandchildren and imbued many life lessons in them, modelling generosity and selflessness on countless occasions. She was a great cook and baker and a passionate gardener. She prided herself on successful discovery of recipes or cultivars, and the subsequent satisfactory results in the kitchen or garden.
The family expresses gratitude for the dedicated service over the years of her health care providers at CancerCare Manitoba - St. Boniface, notably Dr. Grenier and team, Dr. Wong and team and her family physician, Dr. E. Tunovic.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Redeemer Parish, 264 Donwood Dr., Friday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m., presided by Fr. Anthony Austin. The service will conclude at the church.
Flowers are gratefully declined; donations in Krystyna's memory may be made to Ogniwo Polish Museum Society, CancerCare Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • To: The Gajda and Nawrocki Families - Please accept our most sincerest condolences on the loss of a very special person. We met Krystyna many years ago through the Polish Theatre Group. Krystyna was always involved in the Polish Community and its Culture. We admired her energy and devotion to all the events and groups she was involved in. She will be truly missed. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Marek & Diana Szymanski and Family (Friends ) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • I will pray for the repose of Krystyna's soul and for peace and consolation for my old friend Bo as he and his family mourn this great loss. May our Lord walk with you through this valley of shadows and may you be blessed with many happy memories. - Colin - Posted by: Colin Peterson (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • Bo and family, my deepest heartfelt condolences. Krys and I shared many years of wonderful Memories. Gone far too early. Rest In Peace Krys. Cindy - Posted by: Cindy Weidacher Zdrill (Friend ) on: Sep 17, 2022

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