In Celebration of

Irene Waskiewicz

March 16, 1929 -  December 28, 2022

Peacefully passed away in her 94th year at home on December 28, 2022. She was with her devoted caregiver’s Magda Lorek and Dominika Klusek. Irene’s family extends sincere thanks to Magda and Dominka for the wonderful care to allow Irene to pass at home as she wished.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Walter (Waclaw) and her siblings Janina Krechowicz, Helen Misztal and Roman Przysiezniak. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and extended relatives in Canada and Europe.

Irene was born in Planta, Poland and along with her family suffered through Russian invasion and refuge status during WWII. She and her siblings were orphaned during the war and endured a long and difficult journey through many countries before uniting with relatives in Toronto, Canada.

In Toronto, Irene enjoyed a long and fulfilling career with Toronto Dominion Bank. She enjoyed family, friends and travel. Amongst family, friends and colleagues, Irene was famously known for her sweet raisin bread (Babka) that she lovingly shared with us.

May she rest in peace.


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Pauline Zizka (Sister in law)

Entered January 2, 2023 from 12 Cateau Salins, Lorraine, Que., J6Z 3P6

Irene, Roman and I, had a good time all together when she came to visit us in Montreal. I keep such good memories of her. I am offering my most sincere condolences to all the family.

Dana Krechowicz (Great niece)

Entered January 2, 2023 from Toronto

Spoczywaj w pokoju ciociu. May she rest in peace.

Rita Zizka (Sister of Pauline Zizka-Przysieznak)

Entered January 5, 2023 from Québec, P.Québec


Roman, my brother in law, often spoke about his sisters whom he loved very much.
Once I had the opportunity to meet Irka. She was a very playful person.

This death is really sad, especially since a page of history is ereased. However, thanks to Roman Przysiezniak’ s book, Freedom Lost and Found, certain facts will remain. Irka contributed in some way to helping Roman remember certain events.

That being said, my most sincere sympathy.

Rita Zizka

Lydia Krechowicz (Niece)

Entered January 5, 2023 from Oshawa

I am sad that Irene left us, but relieved that she is in a better place. God has her in his keeping and I have her in my heart. Rest in Peace Irene.

Condolences to all family and friends that share in her passing.

Helenka Przysiezniak Frey (Niece)

Entered January 8, 2023 from Coppet, Switzerland

Que ton dernier voyage soit le plus beau et plus coloré encore que Hawaï.
J'ai souvent pensé à toi bien que nous ne nous sommes plus vues.
Mes souvenirs d'enfance restent bien ancrés,
dans ta belle maison aux vitraux,
les odeurs de kielbasa et de babka fraîchement cuite.
Tu seras dans mes pensées pour toujours.


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