Date of death:
Monday January 8, 2018

The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON

Maria Solecki 1927 - 2018 Life is a journey and we, Joanna Balaski and Christopher Solecki, with heartfelt sorrow announce a journey's end to our beloved mother, Maria Solecki (nee Kolodziej), on January 8, 2018. Maria, or 'Marynia', as she preferred to be called, was born on July 13, 1927 in Bialozorka in southeastern Poland. She was the third of four children born to Jozef Kolodziej and Stephania Sawicki. Maria was predeceased by her husband (our father), Zbigniew Romauld Solecki; her parents; a baby sister, Stefcia; older sister, Hela; and brother, Adolf. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Hania; son-in-law, Norman; and grandchildren, Dominique Johnston (Tyler), Andre Solecki (Carla Salaj), Christopher Balaski (Sacha) and Jennifer Greenlaw (Derek). Great-grandchildren include, Samantha Johnston, Marek Balaski, and Alexandra Greenlaw. She is also survived by relatives in other parts of the world. The Second World War uprooted Maria's family and as a young girl she lived through many challenging times in far off places including Siberia, the Middle East, Pakistan en route to India, where she lived with her mother for four years. These experiences recounted often to her family remained a part of her identity throughout her life. Following the war, Maria's family was reunited in Sheffield, England where Maria married Zbigniew. The couple immigrated to their new home in Toronto, Canada, where we, her children, were born. Our parents were very grateful for the opportunities that this land presented and were as proud of Canada as their native land of Poland. Our mother loved to sing and dance. She would waken us for school with her singing, much to our chagrin. Her home was always filled with an abundance of love and food, things that she didn't necessarily have enough of growing up. She taught her daughter to Polka (but had less success with her son). Maria was resourceful, practical, hardworking and humble. It was important for her to pass on her values, heritage, experiences and lessons learned from her and our father to both of us. She was thankful for the life she lived, the children and grandchildren that she had, and was especially joyful for the great-grandchildren that she was blessed with and anticipating. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 61 Jutland Rd., Etobicoke on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 10 am. Interment Sanctuary Park Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Turner & Porter Butler Chapel 416-231-2283. Online condolences may be made at www.turnerporter.ca 'Don't think of her as gone away, her journey's just begun. Life holds so many facets - this earth is only one. ' - Jeanne Christine Miller The Globe and Mail, 2018-01-11

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