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SZPECHT, Leontyna (Leona)

July 8, 1919 – Bakonówka, Poland
October 26, 2018 – Okotoks, Alberta

With great sadness in our hearts we announce that our loving mother, Leontyna (née Waskiewicz) Szpecht, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the age of 99 years.

Born in the village of Bakonówka, Poland, Leona was the eldest of six children. After WWII, she immigrated with her husband and daughter to Canada, arriving at Pier 21, Halifax on May 20, 1950. Lethbridge was her home for 63 years.

Leona is survived by her daughter Annette (Philip) Petrovich and her son John (Glenda) Szpecht. She was the proud grandmother of David Petrovich, Deanna McLure, Heather Szpecht, Amanda (Clifford) Brown and Colin Szpecht. She was a proud great-grandmother of Christopher, Eric, Matthew, Ryan, James, Clark and Cameron. She was predeceased by her loving husband Michal; her parents, Michal and Chrystyna (née Kostecka) Waskiewicz; her siblings, Genowefa, Bronislaw, Antonina, Stanislaw and Maria; and her grandson Andrew Szpecht. Leona was devoted to her family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Basil’s Catholic Church (604 – 13 Street N, Lethbridge, AB) on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family thanks all those at Tudor Manor in Okotoks for their wonderful care, and especially Dr. Van Tonder.

In living memory of Leontyna Szpecht, 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: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Szpecht Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May time ease your sorrow and loving memories replace sadness in your heart. Sending love & condolences,
    Cory Varzari
    Lethbridge, Alberta

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  2. Leona was such a wonderful lady and was very special to me. I will miss her dearly.

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  3. John & Sophie Vucurevich :

    Praying that God will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit and carry you through this time of sadness. With deepest sympathy.

    John and Sophie Vucurevich

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