Obituary of Josephine Elizabeth Ilnicki
Josephine Elizabeth Ilnicki
(March 18, 1927 - August 24, 2021)
Josephine Elizabeth Ilnicki of Round Hill, Alberta, passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at the age of 94 years.
Josephine Ilnicki was born in Mundare to George and Alexandra Liber. After grade 12, she attended the University of Alberta and began her thirty-two year teaching career. Her first assignments were in one room schools at Holden, Meldal and Lake Demay followed by many years teaching junior high at Round Hill.
She married Karol on July 15,1948. They purchased land south of Round Hill where they farmed and were active community members.
Josephine’s Catholic faith was an integral part of her life. She was an active member of the St. Stanislaus Parish at Round Hill and later at St Francis Xavier Parish in Camrose. Josephine was involved with the annual Fall Chicken Suppers, Corpus Christi celebrations, and was an active CWL member for 71 years.
Josephine volunteered with the Round Hill Agricultural Society and Round Hill Seniors and helped organize many Ukrainian Night socials and floor curling bonspiels.
She was also a member of the Camrose and District Horticultural Society, known for coordinating bus tours.
Josephine enjoyed gardening and baking. Many stopped by for coffee, apple pie, angel food cake or freshly baked buns.
She always had a smile on her face and family, neighbours and former students were very dear to her.
Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters Linda (Allen) Tomaszewski, Marlene (David) Hearn, and Jeannette Ilnicki; five grandchildren Brian (Bharbra) Tomaszewski, Karen Klimek, AnneMarie (Kerry) MacDonald, Michael Hearn, Caley (Agnieszka) Hearn; six great-grandchildren Owen and Ian Tomaszewski, Korbin, Aspyn and Lochlan Klimek and Flynn Hearn.
Josephine is survived by siblings; Paul (Jeannette) Liber, Helen (Georges) Coulombe, Angela (Fred) Fisher, Ignace Liber, Greg Liber, and sisters-in-law Colleen Liber and Kay Ilnicki and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Josephine was predeceased by her husband Karol (in 2012), her parents Alexandra and George Liber, brothers Anton and Stan, sister Stella Bahry and sister-in-law Judy Liber.
A Prayer Vigil was held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 30, 2021, from the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church 3605 50 Street, Camrose.
A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church (3605 50 Street) with Fr. Kris Schmidt & Fr. Mark Sych as Celebrants.
The Funeral Mass was live-streamed on the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church website https://stfxcamrose.caedm.ca/ and a recording of the funeral mass will be available on the St. Francis Xavier Church website under "Recorded Masses".
In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Josephine's memory may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Church Building Fund, or to St. Mary's Hospital, Camrose Foundation- Palliative Care Unit.