In Celebration of

Feliksa Figiel

January 22, 1924 -  November 1, 2023

On November 1st 2023, Feliksa Sykut Figiel passed away at the age of 99, surrounded by her family, 31 years to the day after her husband Mieczysław.

Feliksa lived an incredible life. She was born January 22, 1924, in Orlechowka in the district Włodzimierz-Wołyński, Poland. She was the youngest of 8 children who were all very close. She had a wonderful childhood until the war, when in 1942 she was deported to Germany where she was forced to work as a farm labourer.

After the war she was reunited with some of her siblings and moved to Gorzów Wlkp., where she studied and worked as a financial controller for the Polish Railways. She was a very talented artist and seamstress, never needing a pattern to turn out a beautifully tailored outfit. She seized every opportunity for adventure and learned to live every day to the fullest. She loved the outdoors, and most holidays were spent hiking or skiing with friends. In 1962 she immigrated to Canada, joining her brother who had already moved here with his family. It was not easy to find a job as an accountant, so she went back to school and eventually secured a job as a chemist.

In 1965 she met Mieczysław Figiel, they married and started a family. They were best friends and always supported one another. Feliksa gave up working as a chemist but she was never one to sit idle. She started to sew and design clothes. She was incredibly talented, able to create anything you could imagine. She developed a clientele that showcased her talents on the international stage. She had a huge heart, volunteered her time selflessly, and never expected to be thanked. She was on the internal audit committee for the Polish Credit Union Bank and the Polish Combatants Association (SPK), was the treasurer for Polish Scouting Groups, helped at Polish Scouting Camps, volunteered at the school library, and volunteered at the Polish Combatants Branch #20. She taught us the importance of giving back to the community.

She leaves behind her daughter Danusia, son-in-law Trent Haase, and four grandchildren, Konrad, Kamila, Stefania, and Elissa who all shared a very special bond with her. She was an integral part of their lives. She also lives on in the hearts of many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Canada, USA, England, France, and Australia. She will be lovingly remembered by all those whose lives she touched.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, on Monday, November 6th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Rosary to follow at 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Casimir’s Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave, on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

Wieczny odpoczynek racz jej dać, Panie, a światłość wiekuista niechaj jej świeci. Niech odpoczywają w pokoju wiecznym. Amen.


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Diane Dunford (Family Friend)

Entered November 4, 2023 from Thunder Bay

Danusia, Trent, Konrad, Kamila, Stefania and Elissa

I will always remember and be grateful for the way Mrs. Figiel welcomed me into her home. There were always rabbit cookies waiting in the cupboard along with a big hug and smile. I remember Danusia and I sunning ourselves in the backyard at Rima Court on a fine Saturday afternoon back from Waterloo and Mrs. Figiel bringing out a box of silver for us to polish to use at SPK during Caravan -- hands were never left idle in the Figiel house!

Your Mom/Babcia was a wonderfully generous, kind and talented woman who has been an inspiration and a role model for me. I know how much she loved you all and what a heartbreaking loss this is.

Elizabeth Rogacki (Friend)

Entered November 5, 2023 from Tottenham Ontario

Dear Danusia, Trent, Konrad, Kamila, Stefania and Elissa
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mama and Babcia. She was a wonderful woman who lived to a beautiful age. We met when she managed the buffet at the Krakow Pavilion run by SPK Branch 20. She was always organized, cheerful and lent her artistic and culinary talents to making the buffet attractive and a great success as people sampled beautifully presented Polish cuisine. As Chair of the pavilion, I never had to think about the buffet, she managed everything so well. She was devoted to you and supported you in everything. We wish you strength and comfort.
With much love,
Liz, Danusia, Brendan, Maximilian, Natasia and Martin

Janey Jones (Childhood neighbour)

Entered November 6, 2023 from Kawartha Lakes

My deepest sympathies and condolences to you Danusia and your family. I remember your Mom well from growing up on Rima, her talent as a seamstress and her strength as a mother to raise a daughter who was provided many experiences in order prepare for a successful future. She had a remarkable life. My thoughts are with you, Janey Jones

Chris Glab (Friend)

Entered November 6, 2023 from Welland

Memories are like snow globes. Inside each one we capture a moment in time to cherish and relive. I have one of your mother and in it I see her warm smile and recall our conversations.
Sorry for your loss Danusia.

Maggie Nodland (Cousin)

Entered November 12, 2023 from Chicago IL

We wish we were with you during this difficult time. May the cherished memories of Ciocia Fela's remarkable life resonate through generations to come. Please know that our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with you and the entire family. Her presence will be deeply missed, and her legacy will continue to inspire us all.

Wishing you peace, and comfort in the beautiful memories you and your mom made during her lifetime.


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