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Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

4727 West 103Rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL

OBITUARY

Jadwiga Partyka

March 20, 1926September 8, 2019
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Jadwiga "Harriet" Partyka (nee Koziolczyk) age 93, born in Zaskrodzie, Poland, March 20,1926; Beloved wife of the late Michael Partyka; Loving mother of Richard (Susan) Partyka, Henry Partyka, Teresa (the late David) Pleasant, Anne (Dennis) Brajewski and the late Arthur "Coz" Partyka; Cherished grandmother of Kerry (Greg) Joutras, Nicholas Partyka and Shelby (Jonathan) Punke; Proud great grandmother of Cole, Mason and Logan; Kind daughter of the late Jozef and Anna Koziolczyk (nee Rzadka); Dear sister of the late John (the late Sophie) Koziolczyk and Halina (Walter) Romasz; Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews in England, Poland, Chicago and Oklahoma.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.blakelamboaklawn.com for the Partyka family.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Prayer Service Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Interment Friday, September 13, 2019

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Kristin Beseke

September 11, 2019

I have so many great memories of spending time at Kerry’s grandma’s house when we were kids. From sleepovers to endless strawberry crepes! She was a wonderful lady. Thinking about and praying for all of her family.

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Logan made grandma so happy! She called him Peter.

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August 30,2019

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First time meeting Logan

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First time meeting Logan

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Logan made grandma so happy! She called him Peter.

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August 30,2019

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First time meeting Logan

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Biography

Our mother, Jadwiga Partyka, was born in 1926 in Zaskrodzie Poland to Anna and Jozef, she was their eldest child.
This is an account of her life as told to us as she loved to talk about her early adventures!

On February 10, 1940, Russian soldiers stormed their home at 5AM and told them to pack up only their immediate belongings and packed her family and other families by sled onto boxcars. Thousands traveled by boxcar in horrible conditions for 2 weeks to Siberia, Russia. There they lived in barrack style housing with another family for a period of 1 year. My mother was 14 years old had a bad knee infection and wasn't able to walk very far, so her father carried her most of the way. Sadly, her youngest sister about 2 years old, didn't survive the ordeal.

This was at the beginning of WWII when Germany was planning to invade Poland. General Sikorsi made a deal with Stalin to have a Polish Army (ruled by the English Army) to help Russia fight against the Germans in exchange for the Polish people's amnesty. This deal worked and Mothers family and thousands of other Poles were moved to Uzbekistan, Russia where they lived for 6 months without much food, clothing, etc. In exchange, her father entered the Polish Army where he became a mail courier stationed in Iraq.

Next the camp of refugees was moved by ship to Tehran, Iran. This was arranged by the English, Canadian and American Red Cross. At this time(1942-1943), her father was able to visit them while driving military mail and important officers between Iraq and Iran. After one year, they were packed up again and moved by a boat named "Batori" to Bombay,India (Karachee) where they stayed for about 3 months.

Their next destination was bound to Uganda, East Africa in the Koya Village by Lake Victoria. They traveled there by convoy on English ships. The pictures she showed of their housing consisted of grass shack-like huts with no plumbing. The public bathrooms and showers were outside. There they lived for 4 years and mom attended and finished High School there in 1948. She and her brother John were both Scouts.

After the war, the English government helped to reunite the Polish military with their families. They transported her family to England. This is where she met my father Michael, who was also in the Polish military fighting in Palestine and later, during the Monte Cassino battles in Italy. They met at a dance and soon married and lived in the countryside of Sussex, England (Kirtford) for 7 years, on an apple farm. There they had 3 children, Richard, Henry and Arthur named after the Kings of England! After our maternal grandparents immigrated to America, our parents decided to come to the U.S. and packed up the 3 boys with mother being 8 months pregnant with Teresa, came over on the Queen Elizabeth ship in 1956. Our paternal grandparents remained in England and we still have family there today.

They lived and raised us all in South Chicago (little Polonia) for many years. Anne was born last in 1960. By this time, my father and mother had many talents which helped them provide for us. My father was a jack-of-all trades and mom was a skilled seamstress. We always had a grandparent living with us to help. Our father was constantly upgrading and adding bedrooms to accommodate everyone. He even worked 2 jobs with the whole family participating in cleaning South Chicago bank at night. Oh how us kids hated that! After a while, things got better and easier . Mom decided to become a hairdresser and completed her training with her broken English. Our dad built her a shop in the basement. The boys all went off at the same time to the Army and Marines during the Viet Nam war. Mom was a wreck, crying and praying daily for their safe return!

Later they moved to Oak Lawn where our father worked, at Christ Hospital and of course, doing side jobs for everyone! Mom had her little beauty shop in the basement where she made many lady friends and had her social network. They spent Sunday's going to church and with family. We always visited their friends who came to the U.S. with them and we took a driving vacation every year. Sometimes to visit Aunt Halina's family in Oklahoma. Uncle Johnny lived down the block in South Chicago so they were very close.

Our father Michael passed away of Lung cancer about 26 years ago when granddaughter Shelby was 2, grandson Nick was 5, and eldest granddaughter Kerry was 12. Mom kept busy with her beauty shop, her amazing gardening abilities and those Polish Sunday dinners and Holidays with all of us.
She found much joy and pride in her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren, Cole, Mason and Logan. She was so happy to see Logan just one week before she passed as you can see on the video we shared in her obituary.

That bad knee infection she had during the war became quite a problem and eventually the reason why she entered Holy Family Villa nursing home in Palos Park. Everyone loved her there and she participated in activities like Bingo, card games and crafts which she never did before! We are so grateful for their caring kindness and support over the past 3 1/2 years.

Mom was ready to be reunited with my father and all the old friends and her son Coz, who passed before her. She couldn't understand why God was keeping her around for 93 years! Through her Catholic faith, she prepared herself and all of us for her journey home. She was doing well up until 2 weeks before she passed but she left us peacefully and we know that she is happy in my fathers arms. We always left her with an "I Love You" and her response was "Love You More!"