Jenny Zubelewicz

20 March , 19239 June , 2019

Jenny Zubelewicz (Ignaciuk)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear mother on June 9, 2019.

Jenny was born in Bozedar, Poiand on March 23, 1923.

She was predeceased by her son Richard and husband Ludwik, and also, her sister and brothers.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law Helen and Don Parfitt and also, by her nieces and their extended families in Poland.

At the beginning of WWII, and at the young age of 17 she was captured and forced to do hard labor at the working farms. Later, in 1945 at the refugee camps, her job was to run the sewing department and cook for the working crews. In 1954 she immigrated to Canada with her family and resided in Winnipeg until 1956, when they moved to Mando Camp 316 and then in 1963 to Kenora. Here she worked in various restaurants and institutions as a cook. She continued her passion for cooking, baking, sewing and also gardening until the very end. She will be missed dearly.

We extend our sincere thank you to the entire emergency department and other hospital staff for their exemplary care and compassion at a difficult time.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and if so desired, donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. Online condolences may be made at



  • Private family service


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Geraldine Parfitt

13 June 2019

MyMemoryofJennyisthatShe wasSuchA KindSoul,
Don is My Brother,When OurMotherpassedin1972
Helen,Don, TakeCare, BOTHOFYOU,pleaseknowWeAll

Ray and Carrie Parfitt

12 June 2019

As Don and Helen's youngest brother, I was blessed to be the ring bearer at their wedding.
I mention this because I was only a wee lad then, so to share a memory of Jenny I must count it as one of my earliest and most treasured memories.
Walking amongst the Lush and Overwhelming Zubelewicz Family Garden and having Jenny offer and share Garden Fresh treasures..I'm smiling and crying..I swear to God I can still remember the smell of that Rich Black soil!!...and the taste of those baby carrots...snow peas....OMG!!

To grow and learn the story of Jenny and her beloved Ludvik as they were forced to endure and survive the horrors of WW2
which led to their coming to Canada is a tribute to their strength in it's own right.
I can respectfully share they were the strongest people that I ever met...they had to be to survive.
I share this because, in closing, the memory I would like to share as an adult
of my time with Jenny was when she had sewn a costume for Canada Day that she was recognized for, and how Proud she was to contribute to the country that welcomed them after the war and gave them the opportunity to work hard, thrive and survive.
I was moved because to know Jenny was to know how much she gave in the care of others and to the community as a whole...and here she was...grateful!!
A Powerful reminder to us all!!!
As a serving member of the CF at the time, from that day on, wherever I was home or abroad, every Canada day I would think of Jenny and how much she meant to me and how Proud I was serve for her and our home, wearing the Canadian flag on my shoulder.
Her memory lives on in my heart forever.

" To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"

Thank you Jenny & Family for reminding us how to believe.
We are all Richer having know you.
Your Memory lives on through all of us
Rest in Peace
May God Bless You Always
Raymond Parfitt for Carrie-Lynn and our Extended Family
Thank you for letting us share and may we all take comfort in the warmth of your memories.

Jan Zubelewicz

12 June 2019

Moja Stryjenka Jenny (Genowefa) Zubelewicz urodziła się i mieszkała w Polsce. Podczas II wojny światowej była zesłana do przymusowej pracy w hitlerowskich Niemczech. Potem pracowała w Belgii i od 1954 r. w Kanadzie. Kilkakrotnie z Kanady przyjeżdżała w odwiedziny do Polski.
Zawsze podziwiałem u Stryjenki Jej dużą troskliwość o sprawy rodzinne, polsko-kanadyjski patriotyzm, duże zaangażowanie w pielęgnowanie polskich tradycji ludowych, dużą znajomość aktualnych wydarzeń politycznych w Polsce i na świecie, dużą znajomość historii Polski. Ze Stryjenką można było rozmawiać bez końca. Można było ....
Z Helen i Don łączę się w żałobnym bólu.
Jan Zubelewicz (Warszawa - Poland) z Rodziną

Linda Freeman

12 June 2019

Thinking of you at this time of loss. Your mom was such a hard worker....may she now rest in peace. Someone so special can never be forgotten. May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Sending hugs to you and Don. Sincerely, Linda (nee Pettigrew) Freeman