Irene Michalski

May 13, 1930 ~ October 14, 2018 (age 88)

Passed away at her residence in Gladstone on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Irene (Jaskiewicz) Michalski was born in Stanislawow, Poland on May 13, 1930. She was raised in Poland until World War II broke out. As changes were evident for a fearful future living in the country, the family moved into the city. There was much hardship in those years. Irene and her dear friend Krysia became resourceful and found ways to barter for any food they could get. It was a great relief that war ended. The Americans came in set up camps and provided food and work. Irene worked in a hospital in Amberg, Germany. This is where she met Walter who drove truck for the American army. She and her sister Czeslawa married in a double wedding. A decision to move to a safe land was made - Canada - the land of promise.

Walter immigrated ahead of Irene to find a place to live and gather money working on the sugar beet farm in Portage la Prairie. Irene and her firstborn, Emily, immigrated afterwards travelling on a cork ship to Halifax, then by train to Portage la Prairie. There they began their lives working hard and raising their family. When Walter had an opportunity to buy a body shop in Gladstone, they moved to start a new life there.

Irene was dedicated to her family, ensuring they had the best she could give. Her prize garden fed them. She sewed clothes for her children. She loved to cook her traditional Polish dishes taught by her mom.

Irene learned the English language by listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, and with help from her kids. She never missed a school concert and encouraged music lessons.

Her reputation in the community was of a friendly lady that smiled and had a kind word for everyone. She was active in the church and sent packages to relatives in Poland that were in need. Her charismatic personality was known by all who knew her. She has earned great respect and admiration.

Irene is survived by her 6 children, Emily (Bruce) Little and grandchildren, Michael Little, Michelle (Kyle) Rooke with great grandchildren, Hayden and Sophie, and Melanie Little; Christine Michalski; Ted (Bonnie) Michalski and grandchildren, Mathew with great grandchild, Thora and Jorden; Charles (Patty) Michalski with granddaughter, Sarah; John Michalski; Wally (Linda) Michalski. Irene is also survived by her sisters, Janina Banaczak, Krystina Halat, and brothers, William (Stella) Jaskiewicz, Wally (Sonia) Anderson and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her husband, Walter Michalski; sister Czeslawa Sienscak; parents Romuald and Emilia Jaskiewicz; an infant sister; brothers in law Adam Sienczak, Stanley Banaczak, and Chester Zukierski.

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