Krystyna Fojt (Wołoszczuk), born September 27, 1941, passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 25, 2023 at Fred Douglas Lodge in Winnipeg.
She was predeceased by her parents Jan and Maria Wołoszczuk, her brother Eugeniusz Wołoszczuk, her sister Danuta Hajkowski , her husband Henryk Fojt and her son Aleksander Fojt.
Krystyna Fojt is survived by her daughters Katarzyna Orlow and Agnieszka Fojt, her grandchildren Krys Orlow (Justyna), Maria Spulnick (Keith), Jeremy Fojt, Jonathan Fojt, Alicia Fojt, Amanda Fojt, and her great-grandchildren Jack, John, Amelia and Hayden. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Canada and abroad.
Krystyna was born in Wierzbówiec, Poland in 1941. The family fled to western Poland during the war and settled in Namysłów. One of our cherished stories of mom as a young girl in Namysłów was being sent out to herd the cows. She loved nature, wild flowers and butterflies so she wasn’t paying much attention to the cows and ended up eventually falling asleep in that field only to be woken up by her father because the cows got into the neighbours garden.
She completed studies and received a diploma in Technical Economics in 1962. She worked as a dispatcher for an agricultural construction company between 1963-1970 and then moved on to manage the internal trade transport company for the town of Namyslow between 1970-1981.
She married Henryk in 1966 and started a family shortly after. Together they had 3 children, Aleksander, Kasia and Agnieszka. She worked very hard to get her family to Canada and in 1981 they immigrated to Winnipeg where she was reunited with her sister and her parents.
In Canada, Krystyna went to night school to learn English and worked during the day as a seamstress for United Garments where she met other polish immigrants who became lifelong friends. Her dream was to own and operate a family day care centre which she opened in 1987. She provided much needed care for many families in the north end of Winnipeg.
Krystyna was active in the polish community spending her summers in Big Whitesell Polish Scout Camp as the cook and later as a guide leader for polish boys and girls, “Zuchy”. During her free time she was passionate about crafts, cooking, gardening, growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. Her family always loved her home cooked meals, especially her traditional Polish soups.
Krystyna was a devoted catholic and followed in her mothers footsteps by joining the church choir at Holy Ghost Parish. She loved singing, meeting new people and spending time with her church community. Krystyna and her husband of 57 years were members of various Polish organizations throughout Winnipeg and both attended various events and fundraisers. While at these social events, she often praised her husband Henryk as an excellent dancer. Like most European women, she also loved fashion and was known to sew the best dresses for her daughter.
Krystyna truly enjoyed taking care of others, she said it was her life purpose. She was warm hearted, kind, loving and had a radiant smile when she saw her grandchildren and great grandchildren who all knew her as “Babcia”.
She was also known for her great sense of humour, even during difficult times Krystyna could crack a witty joke and make others smile. She was a very strong and resilient woman who endured several
hardships in her lifetime, including surviving cancer many years ago. Her faith and prayer gave her the strength to carry on during these difficult times.
The family sincerely thanks all the staff at Fred Douglas Lodge for the ongoing care they provided Krystyna over the past 3 years, especially Heather who was a God send. The health care staff and all the “nursas” became like a second family to her as well as her husband Henryk.
Celebration of Life service will take place Wednesday September 6 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Ghost Parish followed by a burial service at Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Cemetery.