Gorecki, Henryka

In Loving Memory of Henryka Teresa Gorecki, who passed away peacefully at Extendicare York on January 18, 2021. She was born on July 15, 1921 in Wloclawek, Poland. Daughter of the late Jan and Czeslawa Sadecki.  Sister to Jozef and Bogumila (predeceased). Beloved wife of Jozef (Joe) Gorecki (predeceased 1996). Loving mother of daughter Renata (Jorma) and son Stephen (Ellen) both of Lively. Cherished “Babcia” of 5 granddaughters: Sari of Winnipeg MB, Karin (John) of Palmerston North, New Zealand, Liisa (Trevor) of Regina SK, Sabine of Sudbury and Megan (Phil) of Cold Lake AB. Proud “Prababa” of six great-grandchildren: Kaija, Elise, William, Eva, Samuel and Connor. Henryka planned on becoming a nurse and was about to start her schooling in Warsaw when WW2 began with the bombing of the city.  She escaped Warsaw with her prayer book as her only possession.  Returning home she was then taken to Germany and forced to work on a farm for the duration of the war.  After the war she trained and worked as a nursing aide with orphans in a refugee camp until she immigrated to Canada in 1948. She met Joe through mail correspondence; they married the following year and settled in Sudbury where they were active members of the Polish community.  Upon Joe’s retirement, summers were spent in Lively and winters in Florida for 20 years.  After Joe's death, she lived happily for many years at Meadowbrook retirement village. Henryka's joy of cooking Polish food, her sewn kitchen hand towels, knitted mittens and in later years her colourful crocheted afghans will be missed by all. Many thanks to 2nd floor staff at Extendicare York for the care given to her these past few months. Private family service with internment in the Park Lawn Cemetery mausoleum. Having known hunger during her early years and the war, Henryka's wish was that any donations that may be made in her memory, be made directly to the “Walden Food Bank” via the Sudbury Food Bank web site. https://www.sudburyfoodbank.ca/donate/ .

“Wieczny Odpoczynek Daj Jej Panie”


4 Condolences

  1. On behalf of my mother Pearl and our family I extend our deepest condolences. Henryka was a wonderful lady and table mate for over 5 years at Meadowbrook with Mom, who misses their companionship. When I would visit I would often have a wonderful conversation with her. She would tell me about her experiences during the war, and as I am a Chaplain for the Legion in Gore Bay.I found her stories very interesting. She told me about raising the family in Lively and how proud she was of each of her children. It was a real pleasure to get to know Henryka. Pearl and family send thoughts and prayers to the family and may the memories and love shared bring some comfort.

    By: Erwin Thompson
    January 22, 2021
  2. My sincere condolences to Renna, Jorma, Steve and Ellen and their families. Your mom certainly had a full life and a loving family around her.

    By: Sandra Mark
    January 19, 2021
  3. I met Henryka while visiting my family at Meadowbrook. She was quiet and kept to herself but when I told her I recognized her accent and I had a Babcia a whole new world opened up for her. When we bumped into each other she often talked to me about her projects, cooking and family. My sincere condolences on your loss. They sure don’t make them like that any more!

    By: An Aquantiance
    January 19, 2021
  4. Sincere heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved this amazing
    May she rest in well deserved peace.
    I am grateful to have been the recipient of much of her wonderful handwork. I will treasure these always. Hopefully I can pass some of these on to her great
    granddaughters. I will put some away. 😘
    Sending strength and love to you all during this sad time. Made worse by the Covid situation .
    Sending hope and faith for better times ahead for you all as you learn to survive without the presence of this dynamic lady in your lives.
    Always with love, Lynda

    By: Lynda
    January 19, 2021

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