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PONIECKI, Winifred “Joyce”

May 10, 1924 – Gatooma, Zimbabwe
December 14, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Joyce died with peace and grace at her Calgary home with loving family by her side on December 14, 2018.

She was born May 10, 1924 in Gatooma, Zimbabwe, six months after her father died. Her mother raised her and her three brothers, Len, Gordon, and Raymond Loveless in London, England. Joyce was evacuated as a child at the beginning of World War II, and as an adult after graduating from King’s College and nurse’s training, she worked as a nurse in London during the Blitz.

Courageous and adventurous, she came to Canada on her own in 1951. She met her husband, Stefan Poniecki, while on the boat bound for Canada and they married in 1952. They settled in Calgary where she raised four children with love, devotion, and humour.

Beginning in 1972 she assisted at the Family Planning Clinic for twenty-five years. She lived selflessly and joyfully, and she found happiness in making others happy. It is no surprise that her relationships with family, friends and church community were close and loving. Reading, knitting, sewing, and gardening projects also brought her joy and an outlet for her practical creativity. Somehow, without being a fashionista, she managed to make a fashion statement with her signature red sweaters, coat, and cane.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stefan, in 2002, and is survived by four children, Christina (John Webster) Poniecki, Edward (MaryLou) Poniecki, Anita (Nairne) Scott-Douglas, and Andrew (Julie Ann) Poniecki; grandchildren, Gregor, Stefanie, Kristen, Samantha, Laura, Stefan; and great-grandchild, Henri.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB), on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of wearing somber colours, Joyce would have preferred that you wear bright colours to her celebration!

If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Urban Projects Society (CUPS) 1001 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B7, Telephone: (403) 221-8780, Joyce worked at the Family Planning Clinic with the doctors who started CUPS, so it has been a charity close to her heart.

In living memory of Joyce Poniecki, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Maranda Rampersaud

    I’m in tears , but my heart is filled with joy too that I had the pleasure of spending one on one time with your mom. It was a special visit each time for me and I thank you for the privilege. My heart goes out to you my dear friend and pray that you will feel the warmth embrace and comfort of God and all of us who truly love you !
    My deepest condolences to you and all your family
    Maranda Rampersaud

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  2. Christine, I was very sad to read of your Mom’s passing. I remember her as a very joyous and giving person. I was always happy to see and talk with her at Parkdale’s teas and bazaar’s. She, my Mom and I had some great conversations. I wish I could attend the memorial service but I will be out of the country. My thoughts are with you and I will remember her in my heart.

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  3. Mary Barnes Amoroso

    What a touching memory of the many aspects that made Joyce Poniecki who she was and what a fine portrait of a life well-lived.
    Please accept my condolences to all of the Poniecki family.

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  4. My heart was heavy when I heard the news of Joyce’s passing. The world lost a wonderful, compassionate and warm soul that day. I am privileged to have known Joyce and worked with her for many years at the Family Planning Clinic. She always brought a sparkle to work and made it fun. I will always treasure her friendship and feel very blessed to have had her in my life. My heart goes out to her family.

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  5. To the Poniecki Family,
    My sincere condolences on your loss. I remember Andrew’s mom (that is how I knew her), from my first week of kindergarten at UES. Andrew and I became friends the first day of school, and then sometime that first week we went to his house. His mom fed us gingerbread cookies and milk, but wouldn’t allow us to overeat, in case we spoiled our dinner. Andrew and I then went to play Meccano in his room, but I kept thinking about the cookies. To this day, I still think of her kindness when I have gingerbread. I also remember the three of us driving to their cabin in Montana so Andrew and I could go skiing. It was just like her to give up her time so her son could do something he loved. Poneck, I have nothing but great memories of your dear mom, and I am deeply saddened by her passing. Take care my friend. Boog.

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