It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, devoted babcia, dependable and loyal sister, reliable aunt and loving friend, Emma Sawicki on June 19, 2020 at the age of 89 years.
She will be loving remembered by her daughter, Greta (Tony) Derus and grandson Joshua. She will also be dearly missed by her three siblings along with their spouses, Janina Muszynski, Emanuel (Janina) Chodkiewicz and William (Rose) Chodkiewicz; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and friends in Canada, U.S.A., Poland and Germany.
Emma was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Kazimierz; beloved son, Andrew; parents, Leonard and Wanda Chodkiewicz; sister, Eliza Davies; brother, Olgierd (Alexander) Chodkiewicz; brothers-in-law, Kazimierz Herman, Stanislaw Muszynski and niece, Yvonne (Iwonka) Drake.
Emma was a wonderful, hospitable and generous woman. She nurtured her loved ones with the utmost care and devotion. She loved to cook and always welcomed people warmly into her home. She enjoyed watching hockey and playing cards with her grandson, Joshua, tremendously. She was charitable at heart and always helping others in need; be it at home or abroad. She would pray the rosary daily for all those in need – both past and present in her life.
Emma worked as a psychiatric aide in geriatrics and rehabilitation at Alberta Hospital for 27 years. The patients appreciated her kindness and compassion towards them immensely. Having been deported as a child with her mother and siblings from war-torn Poland to Siberia in 1940, forced Emma to grow up quickly. Prior to the family’s deportation from Poland, her father had been arrested and imprisoned in a Soviet camp. Emma did not know of his whereabouts for 2 years. While in Siberia, Emma, who had been 9 years of age at the time, cared for her two younger brothers. She often walked several kilometres in search of food.
This relentless determination to survive, along with her strong faith in the Lord came in especially handy during the last few weeks. Emma dealt with her illness in a graceful, yet realistic manner. She displayed an abundance of strength, courage and dignity. Emma passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side.
Mama, you will be forever in our hearts. We love you very much and will miss you dearly.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the number of people who are allowed to attend such gatherings at the present time, the family is not announcing the date and time of the Prayers and Mass of Christian Burial.
In lieu of flowers, Memoiral Donations may be made in Emma’s name to,
Polish Canadian Humanitarian Society
P.O. Box 67347, 18370 Lessard Road, Edmonton, Alberta, T6M 2W8
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff, especially Nurse Bonnie, at the Westview Health Centre in Stony Plain for their care and support for Emma during the last few weeks. Your compassion will always be remembered.