Mary Budzinski

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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.

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Wrandi McIver

“Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people who are in your life that want you in theirs, they accept you for who you are and would do anything to see you smile”
Mrs. Budzinski aka Aunt Mary but also grandma Mary to me and my brother Blayze…I don’t remember a time when grandma wasn’t in my life, some of the best memories coming home from school were hearing my dad say “I have to go mow aunt Mary’s lawn”. Or on weekend afternoons he’d say “I’m going to take aunt Mary shopping”. I would always be so excited and jump up to go with Blayze with me yelling shot gun. Spending time with grandma was always the best, she was always interested in what I was learning in school, what I did at recess and also always kept up with my favourite bands at the time..she would sit there and listen to everything with a huge smile on her face. I was never hungry while spending time with her, she’d feed me even after she just fed me. She never complained about anything, except her fish being to cold, but she still ate it with a smile. You would never guess the obstacles she went thru with her health because she would never let it get to her. She remained strong, happy and beautiful. Christmas mornings were never complete without reading her long letters while eating breakfast. The last time I saw grandma, was after 7 years without seeing her. I waited for the car to pull up and ran outside to see her, first thing she said was “Wrandi my girl! You are so beautiful”. It was one of the happiest and sweetest hugs I have ever received, I was crying happy tears. I just found out I was pregnant, not even my dad knew and I leaned over and whispered in her ear “grandma I’m pregnant” she didn’t quite understand, she just wanted to eat her soup. She never got to meet Breslyn but Im happy she got to see pictures. Grandma was the most beautiful, happiest, compassionate and sweetest lady I have ever known, She will forever hold a place in my heart. To grandma, you never let us say bye to each other without making sure I knew how beautiful I was. Well now I want you to know how beautiful you are, and thank you, for all that you did and for always caring. I love you, forever and always.

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