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SIEMBIDA, Kazimiera “Kay” (nee Szelag)

November, 15, 1924 – Hutkow, Poland
March, 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Kazimiera “Kay” Siembida (nee Szelag) passed away at the Chinook Care Centre on March 31, 2018 at the age of 93 years.

Kay was born on November 15, 1924 in Hutkow, Poland. She was taken to Germany during World War II and was forced to work there for five years. During this time she met her husband, Mike, and together they lived in a German refugee camp for another five years before coming to Canada in 1950.

Kay worked hard her entire life. She and her husband farmed sugar beets in Bow Island for several years and later moved to Calgary where Kay worked as a chambermaid until she was almost 70 years old. Kay was loving and compassionate, and always had a kind word and a blessing for all who met her. She was very social and enjoyed learning about people. Kay valued her family and her numerous friends, often entertaining many in her home. She loved animals as much as she loved people and cared for several throughout her life. Kay lived her life with kindness, humility and grace. She embraced a strong Catholic faith which brought her much comfort and joy and she shared this generously with others. She was actively involved with the Polish Catholic church in Calgary for many years.

Kay is survived by her son Roddy; daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Jean Philippe Jeanlis; brother Michal; and sister Agata. Kay was predeceased by her husband Mike, as well as her parents and two siblings.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Kazimiera Siembida, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Barb Szulczewski

    My condolences. Her obituary describes the wonderful person she was. May she rest in peace

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