CZERWINSKI, Lydia Ilse

Lydia Ilse Czerwinski was born February 18, 1937, to Jakob & Adelle Huget, the sixth of eight children in Herrenstein, Germany.

After WW2 they left their family farm near Berlin and later accepted a Canadian offer welcoming Europeans displaced by WW2. They came to Canada in 1954 and moved quickly to Edmonton where she married Gerwin Czerwinski in 1959. In 1968 they moved their completed family of seven children to Kelowna for the mild winters and excellent climate for growing fruits and vegetables.

Lydia loved her time in the gardens, tending and harvesting her fruits and vegetables and preparing delicious wholesome food usually from scratch.

With Gerwin together they cherished leading their children to know God through scripture, reflection, song, and prayers at home and in church. She loved singing, playing piano and guitar by ear or with a songbook, and singing gospel songs and hymns with Gerwin. For over a decade, with Gerwin, she brought her family, who acquired her ear for well-tuned harmonies, to church, care homes and community events with good news gospel song.

With a large family, she also put up with a lot of extra commotion and cleanup to supervise. The clamour of energetic children finding their way, including lots of outdoor play on bicycles, unicycles, beaches and ski hills. A lot of noise in the house that eventually became beautiful music. A home life of daily devotions, bible reading, reflection and prayer, leading her family to know and love God. This included belonging and regular participation in a vibrant growing church nearby, the Kelowna Alliance Church, singing in the choirs and having her children participate in children and youth programs, where many lifelong friendships were enjoyed with like-minded people.

By 1990 Lydia and Gerwin together built their retirement home at Swansea Point on Mara Lake where the welcome mat was always out, especially enjoyed by their children and grandchildren, especially the short walks to the beach. By 2006 they had relocated to the Edmonton area where she eventually received extra support in Touchmark and Youville care homes. She was so grateful for all of the excellent personal and professional care she received there. She also cherished her times living with Ruth & Gord who so graciously hosted her for several significant seasons.

She is predeceased by her sisters Ruth, Herta and Hilda and survived by her siblings Gerhardt & Charlotte Huget, Irmgard Boss, Edith Pretzlaff, and Otto & Esther Huget.

Her seven surviving children include: Esther Carlson, Ilse & Steve Sellers, Karl Czerwinski, Alfred Czerwinski, David & Donagh Czerwinski, Ruth & Gord Regher, and Mark & Tracy Czerwinski. She is also survived by six grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

She finished with a grateful heart for all God’s goodness to her. So much to sing about in heaven and on earth.

Colossians 3:16-17

[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. [17] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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Spruce Grove
780 962 2749

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