April 4, 1935 – September 10, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria on the morning of September 10, 2020 at the age of 85.
She now joins her devoted husband Franciszek. Loving sister to Sophie (Earl deceased), Joni (Jakub), Ed (Mary Pat), and Joe (Sheila). Proud Mother to Stan (Jola), Bonnie, Wendy (Gary), and Renia (JC). Devoted Babcia to Kasia (Anthony), Alicia (Thomas), Nathalie, Christopher, Chantel, Thomas (Morgan), Adam (Natalie), Michaela, Asacia, and Jean-Luc. Adoring Prababcia to Zachary, Cora, and Lidia. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Macassa Lodge. Family and Friends (wearing face masks and honouring physically distancing) are welcome to a Mass at St. Stanislaus Church on Monday September 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. Due to Covid-19, please follow the instruction of the funeral home staff when you arrive at church. A private visitation and burial will be held. A Celebration of Life will be postponed to a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can kindly be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
- Heart & Stroke Foundation
Monday, September 14, 2020
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Wladzia (Wendy) Ziemiak
September 15, 2020
To my Mother Maria Bak, my Heart
Maria Bak, was a devoted and loving mother, a devoted and loving wife, a loving sister, a caring friend, and an active participant in the St. Stanislaus Parish Community and the Polish Alliance of Canada namely Polish Circle of Women – Kolo Polek.
Maria immigrated to Canada in 1972 with her husband and 4 children where she was reunited with her mother and the rest of her family. Like a pioneer working the harsh landscape, making a new life in a foreign land for her family. She was not afraid of hard work, working 2 and 3 jobs at a time, she welcomed it. She was courageous, resourceful, and she was unstoppable because she was passionate about family life and about creating a future of opportunities for her children.
Maria was beautiful soul with a smile that warms your heart. She loved to sing she loved to dance, she loved being fully alive. She was an inspiration to many in the way she overcame adversities in her life and was still a source of joy and comfort to her family and friends. Her friends and family loved her warm hospitality. One never left her house without enjoying her most delicious Polish cooking and baking.
Maria Loved her children Stasiu, Bogusia, Wladzia, Renia and cherished her grandchildren children: Kasia, Christopher, Alicia, Thomas, Adam, Chantel, Nathalie, Michaela, Asecia and Jean-Luke all of whom she nurtured and most of whom she helped to raise, creating deep and lasting bonds with her grandchildren as their Babcia Bak. Her great grandchildren (Zachary, Cora and Lidia) will hear stories of their beautiful Prababcia Bak.
My mother, Maria Bak, leaves a legacy of selfless courage, loving deeply and forgiveness.
With deep love and affection, may you rest in peace Kochana Mamo.
Your loving Wladzia.
September 12, 2020
My deepest condolences to this beautiful family. A death is the stone tossed in the water that creates the ripple that travels outwardly and makes us realize just how many people are connected by a loss. And I too was connected to Pani Bak who I knew as Wendy's Mum and Alicija, Thomas and Adam's Babcia. I remember that she was a prolific cook and baker and that eating was a compulsory activity if she was in the picture. And I know her family was her world and she was committed to helping her children in raising the grandchildren. And I am so glad that she was able to see and touch her great-grandchildren despite her limitations in these last years. There was nothing that could put a sparkle in her eye than seeing a little one. May you Rest In Peace Pani Bak. Grazyna.
September 11, 2020
Dear Renia, and your entire extended family,
I offer my sincerest condolences. I have so many fond memories of popping over to your house on our lunch hour and your mom greeting us with delicious food. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and always made me feel so welcome. May your loving memories of her be forever in your hearts and carry you through the grief you feel.
September 11, 2020
My sincerest condolences to all my Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Though I haven't seen many of you in so long, I do hold a place in my life for ALL family. My fondest memory of Ciocia Marisa was on the weekend of my cousin's wedding - she housed our whole McDonald family (with their spouses). Ciocia Marisa cooked and gave us her best hospitality - she even slept in a chair to give someone else her bed! Love to all, John McDonald
September 10, 2020
My condolences to all of my cousins, their children, and all of their loved ones.
Today, when my mom (Sophie) told me that Ciocia Marisa died, I obviously shed some tears and prayed for the repose of her soul. But, I also told my children about one of my fondest memories as a young child. I distinctly remember visiting Ciocia Marisa’s home with our big family and watching her cook in her kitchen. I also laughingly remember her telling my father “Eat, Earl, eat! You too skinny” in her beautiful Polish accent.
What a great aunt I had :) May she rest in great peace.
Lots of love and prayers, Genevieve Lanigan (Earl and Sophie’s 5th child)