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EMILIA JARMASZ (published on June 23, 2009)

EMILIA JARMASZ October 16, 1935 June 19, 2009 Peacefully, after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer, Mamusia passed away at the Riverview Health Centre at the age of 73 years. Remaining to forever cherish Emilia's memory are her three children; Marek (Krysia), Dorota (Doug), Piotr (Karen); her three grandchildren; Jessica, Samantha and Kasia, as well as numerous family members in Canada and Poland. What follows is in Emilia's own words. I was born in 1935 in Tarnopol, Poland (presently know as Ukraine). My first carefree, bucolic years were interrupted by the War, and my family was displaced to Siberia. I eventually settled in Zielona Gora, Poland, where I started a family. Regrettably, the Polish communism was not to my liking, and with the help of my eldest brother Rudek, I immigrated to Canada. I married the love of my life Ryszard, and together we got busy raising three children. Winnipeg turned out to be a wonderful multi-cultural city where promoting one's heritage is a privilege and a duty. Since 1973, I was a member of the Polish Combatants Association (SPK) that steadfastly has been promoting Polish heritage and the Canadian Polish Congress an organization that helped Polish families in need. Being independently minded, I fulfilled my entrepreneurial aspirations by operating a grocery store in the Canadian Polish Manor Senior Complex for 18 years. I would just like to say that life is a precious miracle be kind to each other, and enjoy every day to its fullest. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church, 341 Selkirk Avenue, with an Oblate Father, presiding. The family wishes to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses from CancerCare who made the last six months so much less painful. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

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