We announce the passing of our beloved mother on October 5, 2015.
She came by ship from Poland at age 8 with her mother and younger sister to join her father in Canada. She had started her education in Poland and till she passed could still speak and write the language.
The family settled in Fort William (Thunder Bay, ON). After completing her education, she worked for Canada Car helping to build fighter planes for Britain and the U.S.
She married John Budzinski in May 1943. Together they had 4 children: Betty Mae (Allan) McIver, Caroline June (Don Knibbs), Donald John (deceased 1953), and Mark Kurly (Karen) Budzinski. She worked at Lakehead University until her retirement in 1986.
Mom travelled across Canada with John prior to his passing in 1998. She also took her children and grandchildren on various vacations to Disneyworld, Disneyland, Mexico and Las Vegas.
In 2008 she moved to Leduc to reside with her daughter Betty and son-in-law Allan.
She cherished her doctor, Katherine Abel, for her loving care and friendship for the last 7 years.
Mom made many friends wherever she went. She was moved into Extendicare on June 1st of this year. She made up her mind to enjoy her stay and won many a bingo game, shuffleboard and loved wheelchair dancing – barbeques, birthday parties, occupational therapy and periodic lunches at McDonalds with her family and special friends Barbara Swanson and Katherine Schurek. She had many visitors and always enjoyed Lynda and Bob Fiorito.
Cremation has taken place. A service will be held in Thunder Bay , ON in May 2016. Interment will take place at that time at Mountain View Cemetery.
Mom leaves 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Katherine Kuziora, brother-in-law Mickey Budzinski and special friends Ester and Fred Holowitz and Jean Nazvesky.