HOLOWNIA, Edward Andrew


With great sadness, we announce the passing of a loving husband, devoted father, and grandfather. Ed Holownia, age 84, passed in the presence of his Lord on Jan. 19, 2021 at Jubilee Lodge.

Left to cherish and honor his life is wife Carolyn (of 55 years), children Shannon (Ted), Jade (Brandy), Travis (engaged to Jess), and 11 grandchildren: Natalie, Meagan, Rebecca, Caleb, Amy, Hannah, Joel, Joshua, Alicia, Ethan & Grace. Ed will also be dearly missed by his siblings: Joyce, Jean, Alex (Myrna) & Sylvia (Hugh).

Born in Vilna, AB in 1936, Ed was the son of Sam and Elizabeth Holownia who immigrated from Poland six years prior, establishing a family homestead. At 18, Ed moved to Edmonton where he completed his Power Engineering certificate and worked at Burns Foods and Texaco Oil.

After completing a Bachelor of Education at the U of A, Ed taught for many years at W. P. Wagner high school, creating a new Building Operations program. He would later teach at NAIT. Over his teaching career, he helped countless students launch into meaningful careers.

Ed met the love of his life, Carolyn Goodman of Beiseker, AB and they were married 55 years. Father of 3, Dad loved his kids treasuring each sporting and musical performance and making the most of any “teachable moment.” As a family, they were very involved at their church, Central Tabernacle (later North Pointe) where Ed served faithfully for many years.

With a quiet demeanor, Ed was known as patient, thoughtful, hard-working, humble and tender-hearted. Generous with his time and resources, Ed visited seniors in hospitals and homes and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. He was deeply anchored by his faith in Christ.

Spending time with his 11 grandchildren, especially at the family cabin he co-built at Moose Lake, brought him incredible joy. In retirement, Ed would enjoy trips to Europe, Israel, Alaska, New York & Poland to explore his family roots. He enjoyed working with his hands and was the ultimate do-it-yourself handyman. He loved reading, music, story-telling and never resisted a well-timed pun.

In his later years, he would journey with dementia, with his loving wife by his side. He truly lived a full and meaningful life and leaves a rich heritage and many treasured memories for his family and friends. We are deeply comforted to know that he is now with his Saviour and friend, Jesus. He will be deeply missed.

Funeral Service to be held on January 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm.

We would love for you to join us via Zoom. It would mean a lot for us to see your faces at the funeral.

Click here for Zoom Link               (Meeting ID: 837 6909 7342        Passcode: 1234)

A Youtube link is also available if you prefer. The service can seen later at this link as well.

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Elsie Suarez-Manlulu

Carol and Family

I am so very sad to find this sad news, sorry i missed today’s
service. My deepest condolence to you and the whole family.
Ed had a very gentle smile, friendly and kind soul. I am so blessed to know him.

Ross & Gail Jorgensen

We counted it a privilage to take time to watch the service for Ed this am. The words that were shared by his family were such heart warming beautiful words. The message was also a wonderful encouragement for all to hear. We have many wonderful memories of Ed & Carol from Moose Lake. May God bless you all each and everyday as you ponder the love and memories you all shared together over a lifetime!

Connie Preston

We joined the service for Ed today. A beautiful and fitting tribute.
So touching to hear how loved and respected he was by his family. An Amen from those of us who had the privilege of knowing him and sharing in his life.
Love and prayers to all in your sorrow. May the peace and comfort of the Lord be your portion.

Ron and Charlene Korzan

For over forty five years we as a couple have had the great gift of being part of a church family that was served by Ed Holownia. He was a great example of living your faith, of serving your family and serving fellow believers. As our pastor mentioned during the memorial, Ed earned his good name through a life well lived.

James and Carol kristensen

Holownia family, we want to offer our sympathy in the passing of Ed, we truly will miss his kindness and his loving heart. You will be in our prayers. Love Jim and Carol Kristensen

John and Jessie Wolf

There are some words that describe Ed as we saw him. faithful, sweet spirit, kind, always doing the job he did at the church, friendly, and godly. He was a friend and was a good example to everyone around him. I am sure that he was a good husband and father and grandfather too and will be missed, but heaven gained a good and faithful servant.

Lucienne Picard Cruvellier

It is with such great sorry to see this generous man, leave the earth. He was always so kind and generous with his time and love. He and Aunt Carol would always go out of their way to see me when I would come to Edmonton. I will always be so grateful for those times and for the many times he would visit his sister, Agnus, my mother, who had severe MS and had to be in a nursning home in her early 50s. It affected her voice too. He will always live in my heart. Thank you Uncle Eddie <3 Thank you Aunt Carol <3 Love, Lucy XOXOX

Margaret Clark

My condolences to your family-Blessings to your family
Margaret Clark-Northpointe congregant

Bryce & Jennifer Goodman

Bryce and I really appreciated Ed for his kind and gentle way of being. We always said we wanted to enroll in the Ed Holownia school of patience! I loved Ed’s puns and particular the chuckle he had after sharing them – – that was the best part. I can still see it in my mind.

I remember having a couple insightful conversations many years ago with Ed about his students. He spoke in such a heartfelt, concerned way about them, without judgement, but with so much compassion. It was obvious he was using opportunities to influence them in life and for life, and I had also wondered if was drawn to the struggling student more so because of this.

Ed always had an encouraging word that he would speak to Bryce and I before we left any family function, always something kind and complimentary that he had genuinely observed.

Carol, you lived out in “sickness and in health,” very wholeheartedly. These are four quick words to recite but a whole other to live out. What a beautiful, steadfast love story unfolded as you cared for Ed. We admired how you made his favorite cinnamon buns, made sure he has his occasional Coke, got him the newspaper, puzzles and had pictures of everyone all around, how the family got involved in Ed’s care. What a gift this was for Ed, he was so well loved. This is an all-encompassing task, Carol, and I pray it won’t be long till the years of daily care and concerns that come with dementia slowly fade and you are left to remember Ed whole in a time of life that was flourishing, and he was cracking puns, doing handiwork, visiting the grandchildren and loving you.


A prayer (from Every Moment Holy)

O Lord, how long till all is made right?
How long till your wild grace restores all loss and upends every leaving?
How long till these hurts are healed
and these griefs eternally sealed and set aside
by the finally completed work
of your redeeming love?

We know if no sparrow falls
beyond the ken of your compassion,
that you also, in this moment,
inhabit our sadness at this wounding,
your weeping at the world’s brokenness
somehow deeper than our own.

Be near us, O God.
Be near each of us who must reckon
with the sorrow of death
and the sting of separation,
for what we feel in this loss
is nothing less
than the groan of all creation…

We know that the final working of your redemption will be far-reaching, encompassing all things in heaven and on earth,
so that no good thing will be lost forever,
so that even our sorrow itself will somehow,
someday, be met and filled,
and, in joy, made forever complete.
Comfort us in this meantime, O Lord,
for the ache of these days is real.

Betty Sveinson

To Carolyn: I would like to offer my sympathy to you on the passing of your dear husband Ed of 45 years. I know of the pain you are going through, as I lost my husband this year. I am sure that it will give you comfort knowing that Ed is with his Lord and Saviour. Thinking of happy days past, will help you get through the darker days. l pray for healing and comfort for you and your family. God bless you.
Betty Sveinson – fellow North Pointe Congregant

Tenth Church

Holownia family, we are mourning with you as you grieve, and believing with you that to be away from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8).
We can sense the immense impact that Ed’s life has had on shaping all of you and we join you in giving thanks to God for the gift of his life.
We will be remembering you and praying for you in the days ahead.
– the Tenth Church Staff

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