In the early morning hours of Christmas Day with family by his side, Wincenty “Vince” Kloskowski passed peacefully and was welcomed into eternal life. Although the struggles he underwent in the last week of his life became unbearable, Jesus provided him with peace and comfort, and he is now home.
Wincenty was born on November 22, 1944 in Kropiewnica, Poland to Wladyslawa and Walenty, their second of three children. He is survived by his wife Krystyna, and children Margaret (Brian) and Annette (Jon), grandchildren – Lucas, Leah, Ava, and Ethan, and his sister Helena (Czesiek). He is predeceased by his parents and his sister Janina (Michal).
Growing up in Poland, Vince lived in the country on a farm and in a close-knit village of family and friends. His resourcefulness developed from a young age where he managed the family farm. His love for mechanics also started in Poland where he worked at a grain elevator near his home. He had many fond memories and life time friends there and liked to return as often as he could to his homeland. In 1975 he married Krystyna who was from a near-by village, and he immigrated to Canada in 1976, to Winnipeg. They both worked very hard at various jobs so that they could afford to buy their first home, and did so in 1978 when their eldest daughter, Margaret, was born. After some years, they welcomed their daughter, Annette. In 1977 Vince started to work for the University of Manitoba in their maintenance department and worked there until his retirement in 2009. His hobbies were restoring vehicles, gardening, cooking, making sausage and figuring out how to fix and build things creatively and with precision on his own. He was a very clever man who always thought outside the box to get the job done. He was always busy with a project and keen for a new adventure. On weekends and holidays, he liked to travel, especially to the nearby beaches, gather with friends and family, and go forging in the woods for mushrooms and blueberries. He was always ready to help others with projects and was incredibly jovial, hospitable, and social. He had a gift of making people laugh and always knowing what to say to lighten the situation.
Following Vince’s retirement, he traveled back to his farm in Poland a few times to take care of his mother and enjoyed doing as much as he could around the house with Chooch (the family dog) by his side. His joy was found in spending time with his grandchildren, and he had a very special bond and love for them – he liked to make them laugh and watch them grow and flourish. A new softer side developed in him with his grandchildren. In his last years he was diagnosed with dementia and for a soul who was so independent, hardworking, and hungry for adventure, it was a difficult and long journey of surrender. Despite the difficulties, we were blessed to spend more time with him than ever before.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kreml for his dedication and patience in navigating Vincent’s medical needs throughout the years.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 am (with Rosary starting at 9:30 am) on December 30, 2021, at Holy Ghost Parish, but due to current restrictions, only those invited may attend. However, the Mass will be live streamed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPy2lo1UVBg and we are grateful to those that are able to pray and participate virtually. Interment at Holy Ghost Cemetery will follow.
A slide show of pictures throughout the years will be uploaded to YouTube in a few days to come, please search for “Wincenty Kloskowski” to view it.
Wieczny odpoczynek racz mu dac Panie, a swiatlosc wiekuista niechaj mu swieci. Jesu, ufam Tobie!