December 9, 1920 – March 16, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Zofia Waleria Fendrykowski (Kiryczuk) on March 16, 2020. Born in Poland to Andrzej Kiryczuk and Aleksandra (Slotwinska) in December 09, 1920. Zofia immigrated to Canada in 1947 as part of the post war refugee program after surviving 3 years in a German labour farm. She married the late Jan Fendrykowki (deceased 1999) in 1950 and they lived together in Navan, Ontario. Survived by children: Stan Fendrykowski (Anne Prendergast) and Mary Radloff (Ernst Radloff) and granddaughter: Emma Radloff. Zofia lead a quiet life in Canada. She was happiest tending her flower beds, cooking and baking, and being surrounded by family. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of McEvoy and Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road (at Albion Road), on Monday, March 23 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
- University Of Ottawa Heart Institute
- Visitation Monday, March 23, 2020
- Funeral Service Monday, March 23, 2020
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March 23, 2020
Dear Stan and Mary,
The Friday morning before your mother's obituary appeared in the Ottawa CItizen Don and I were talking about the hardships imposed due to the coronavirus which then got me thinking about how lucky we still are especially not ever having to endure the hardships our parents endured during the Second World War.
I have fond memories of your mother from our family's visits to your home on Navan Rd. Your mother appeared to be a frail, wisp of a woman with a soft voice who baked wonderful desserts and was always generous and would encouraged us kids to eat as many raspberries as we could pick.
Over the years my mother (Nadia Jewkowicz) and yours talked by phone very frequently until mom's mind succumbed to dementia. However, at one time she told me of your mom's experience working on a farm in Germany and in order to survive had to eat whatever she could find including raw rabbit. I realized that Zofia Fendrykowski was not this frail, tiny woman but a woman of great strength in body and no doubt in mind who lived through so many changes and challenges for almost a century.
I'm so so very sorry that we cannot come to pay our respects to you and your families. Unfortunately because we are of an age with underlying health issues, we need to stay home during these times.
Our heartfelt thoughts are with you in the loss of your dear mother.
Lidia and Don Walker
March 20, 2020
Gary and I would like to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of your dear mother. We only knew your mother through your stories of her and especially through her lovely heirloom tomatoes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you always feel her love and pride.