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EWAZKO, Sister Aldona

August 13, 1942 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
December 21, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Sister Aldona Ewazko, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis for 57 years, died peacefully at Southwood Hospice in Calgary, December 21, 2018.

Sister Aldona, the second of three children, was born in Medicine Hat, AB, but grew up in Forest Lawn (Calgary). She joined the community in 1958 and made her first profession in August 1961.

She was well qualified for her ministry in education: Bachelor of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton; Bachelor of Theology, Newman Theological College, Edmonton; Master of Divinity, University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College); Doctor of Ministry, University of Alberta (St. Stephen’s College). Aldona taught junior and high school in Edmonton, Calgary and Burnaby; field education and lecturer at Newman Theological College; and director of Church Ministry Programs at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Aldona had a strong sense of justice especially towards the vulnerable and the marginalized. She championed the role of women as equal members of society and the Church. She was drawn to ministry as a chaplain at the Matsqui Correctional Institution in Abbotsford, BC, and demonstrated a passion for restorative justice. More recently in Calgary, she spent countless hours in the resettlement and mentoring of refugee women as well as companioning our sisters at Providence Care and Father Lacombe Centres.

Aldona will be lovingly remembered by her community members; sister Irene Walz (Alex); nieces Sandra Ewazko-Mah (Foster); Brenda Kasha (Randy); nephews Chris Walz (Jacqueline); Bradley Walz (Monica) and great-nieces and nephews Sydney, Devin, Bailey, and Brayden.

She is predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth, brother Walter, and sister-in-law Joyce.

We are grateful to the staff at Southwood Hospice for the compassionate care given to Sister Aldona as she journeyed to God.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated December 28, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Pius X Church (2424-24 Ave NW, Calgary, AB) with viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Reception to follow at the Parish Hall. Graveside service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. If friends so desire, Sister Aldona requested that donations be made to Elizabeth House (c/o Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120-17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2T2, Telephone: (403) 218-5500, www.elizabethhousecalgary.ca).

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  1. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of our beloved sister Aldona. She will always be in our hearts.

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  2. Sr. Ann Marie Walsh,fcJ

    My prayers and sympathy to her Religious Sisters and to the family of dear Aldona. She was a wonderful woman and did so much good to so many people. May she now enjoy the fullness of God’s love. She will be missed for sure!

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  3. Sr. Aldona was the one who inspired me to become involved in prison ministry over 15 years ago and I continue to serve in this area today. She was strong and courageous and had a wonderful sense of humour. I feel so blessed to have met her.

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  4. Sister Aldona will always be remembered by our family, for the love, respect and kindness she shared with my son Joe, while he was in Matsqui Correctional Institution, and after his release. Her light, love and faith helped me to navigate the death of a loved one, and has had a lasting impact. I’m blessed to have known her and am forever grateful

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