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GIL, Halina

January 1, 1935 – Bialystok, Poland
March 3, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Halina Gil passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Halina was born in Poland and immigrated to Canada in 1961; since arriving she has lived in Edmonton working at Sears Canada and serving as teacher and vice-principal to children and adults for 25 years at the Henryk Sienkiewicz and Jan Pawel II Polish schools. After retirement Halina has resided in Vancouver and Calgary since 1989. Halina was very active in the Roman Catholic Church and the Polish communities in Edmonton and Calgary including: Kolo Pan SPK Br. No. 6 and Holy Rosary Ladies Sodality.

She is survived by her sons Mark Lesniewski of Calgary and Richard Gil and his partner Sylvia of Edmonton; nephews Christopher Sudak and his wife Kathleen and Leszek Sudak and his wife Elisabeth; and great-nephews Sebastian and Lukasz. Halina is also survived by her family in Poland, brother Czeslaw; sister Czeslawa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Andrzej; parents Kornelia and Adolf; brother Walter of Edmonton, and brothers Stanislaw, Jozef, Wiktor and Jan, and nephew Leszek of Poland; sisters Apolonia and Jadwiga of Poland and sisters Stanislawa Lesniewski and Janina Sudak of Calgary.

Halina’s boundless love and compassion for children, family, teaching and church will forever be remembered and cherished by all who knew her.

Halina contracted heart disease at a young age and managed to live a full and active life through the help and support of many dedicated medical and service providers. The family would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Drs. Glendinning and Cohen, Suzie, Danny (Yurdanka), Karla, and Myriam. The family is also extremely grateful to the staff at Rockyview General Hospital, Unit 71, for making her last days as comfortable as possible.

To honor Halina’s significant contribution to Polish schools in Canada, if friends so desire donations can be made directly to the John Paul II Polish School in Calgary (c/o Fr. Czeslaw Rybacki, Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church, 2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W. Calgary, AB T2N 3Z3 Telephone 403-289-0111).

We will miss her amazing strength and love.
She will always be remembered.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Halina Gil, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Teresa Schubert (Kluzinski) :

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your Mother. I have fond memories of Pani Gil from my time attending Polish School in Edmonton. I can’t say Polish School was a favourite thing to do when all my non-Polish friends were relaxing and watching cartoons on a Saturday morning. Now, many years later, I have a deep appreciation for what Pani Gil (and my parents) were trying to achieve – preserving their rich heritage far from their original homes. I am a bit sad to say my children only speak a few words of Polish but they are well aware of their Polish roots and Pani Gil played a significant role in nurturing those. May she rest in peace and may you find comfort in knowing she is fondly remembered far and wide. My prayers are with you in this sad time.

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  2. Jadwiga Sliwinska :

    Mr. Mark & Ricky Gil

    Praying for you, and asking God to give you a real sense of His presence and His peace as you walk though this time of sorrow.

    Prosze przyjac wyrazy wspolczucia po odejsciu Waszej Mamy Haliny Gil do wiecznosci.

    19.03.2014 zostala odprawiona Msza Sw. w Kosciele Matki Bozej Krolowej Polski w Edmontonie.

    Jadwiga Sliwinska

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