It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Apolonia Sliwinska fondly known as Ciocia Pola and Pauline.
Pauline was born in Poland. She was the youngest of 7 children. In 1943 she was taken to Germany and forced into labour at a hemp factory. She worked 12 hours a day under very dire conditions. When the war ended Pauline stayed another year in Germany while The Red Cross located her family. When she returned to Poland she worked as a bartender until she married Bronislaw Sliwinski in 1951. She and Bronislaw had a small grain farm with a few animals. In 1965 Bronislaw came to Canada after locating his father. Pauline was left in Poland for many years to run the farm. In 1973 the communist government allowed Pauline to visit her sister in Chicago. In 1974 she left Chicago to join her husband in Edmonton. She immediately went to work as a janitor. In 1981 her husband Bronislaw passed away from MS.
Pauline was a phenomenal cook, avid gardener and loved to spend time with friends and family. She attended Holy Rosary Church faithfully and was an active member of The Polish Canadian Women’s Federation for many years.
Pauline is survived by her Canadian relatives: Malgorzata, Sabina (Keandre and Jacori) and Monica Kuzniar, Piotr and Beata Beresinski (Magdalena and Bartosz), Jaroslaw and Candice Roszczyk (Cameron and Zachary), Betty Yaremko, Bill and Tracy Yaremko (Dylan and Alex), Florence and Paul Bosse (Chantel and Corey Roskewich, Trevor and Kelly Putnam)
She is also survived by numerous relatives in Poland. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and all of her siblings.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church with internment at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum.
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