Gwendolyn Prawdzik Woyiwada

February 5, 2014 9 Condolences Print Obituary

Gwendolyn Prawdzik Woyiwada passed away on January 30, 2014. Gwen was born near Neepawa, Manitoba on March 12, 1930 to Thomas and Mary Prawdzik. She grew up on the family farm near Polonia, Manitoba, the second youngest of 10 children. As a teenager, Gwen moved to Winnipeg to live with her sister Gertie. After marrying Dave Woyiwada in 1950, she lived happily for many years in Portage la Prairie. There she proudly raised her 4 children, Rick, Holly, Diny and Kim, and was a devoted foster parent as well. Gwen was an accomplished seamstress; her children fondly recall all the outfits and costumes their mother created for them. She also enjoyed ceramics, camping, gardening, music, golf, and yoga, and earned a bronze medallion in swimming as an adult. Gwen was very proud of her Polish heritage and loved cooking with her mom and sisters while they chatted in Polish. After living once again in Winnipeg,

Gwen enjoyed sharing a home and cottage in Edmonton with Bruno Mittelstadt. The last few years of her life, she was expertly cared for by the professional and loving staff of Capital Care Grandview, Edmonton, AB. Gwen is survived by her 4 children and their spouses, 8 grandchildren, her brother Ken and numerous nieces and nephews. Her compassionate nature and love for animals strongly influenced her children and grandchildren, who now strive to live their lives with the same dedication.

She will be remembered as a fun-loving, determined, hardworking wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and will be missed by all who were close to her. There will be a Celebration of Life for Gwen in Winnipeg in August 2014.

Memorial Donations

  1. I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and Grandmother Bruce

  2. Holly and Barry, our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother. Our prayers are with you. Love from Rick (not your brother) and Holly Burt

  3. Dear Holly,
    I remember your Mom as a generous, fun lady. And her skating costumes!! Wow!

    Shecalways welcomed us to your home and we all felt at home with her.

    Thinking of you and many fond memories.

    Myrna Kitson

  4. So very very sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember her being a strong and beautiful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad and difficult time.

  5. Rick,

    A voice from so many years ago, but I still remember you…..
    I read of your Mother’s passing and send you my deepest sympathy.
    This is a very sad time for you and your family, and I want you to know I am thinking of you.

    Fondly, Judy Pringle

  6. Remembering with affection and the happy memories of times shared with your mother whenever I dropped in for play dates with Diny and Kim. Your mother always made me feel at home on 5th Street NW. Her birthday money cakes got me doing this tradition for my children and their parties. She was a wonderful mother to all of you. There is not much I can say other than my thoughts are with you all as you go through this difficult time in your lives.

  7. Holly and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. My memories of her are of happiness and bustling from 1 project to another. Thinking of you, Jack and Dianne

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family at this time.Your Mother was a remarkable women and will be dearly missed.I often think of your family and how everyone is doing,especially you Kim.Take care,love Cindy.

  9. Dear Rick (and family): My mom and I would like to send prayers your way during this difficult time. Just a few weeks ago Mom (Joan) found a negative and got it printed to see who was in it – it was of you, about age 1 1/2 years, your mother and my aunt Cathy Garrioch. My grandma Pearl used to babysit you as a little one, and always had wonderful things to say about your mom. Your mother is radiant and beautiful in this photo, as always, and it would be a pleasure to send it your way.

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