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Klementyna Solek

Klementyna Solek


Obituary for Klementyna Solek

April 23, 1929 – December 17, 2021

Klementyna was born in Poland on April 23, 1929. She and her three siblings lived a happy childhood on an estate near Markopol, managed by their father. Her family was forced to leave in 1940 after Russia invaded Poland. Her trek from Poland to Canada was a long, agonizing, and uncertain Journey.

All her travels were war-related, and though most of the stories we heard of those travels were anxiety-ridden, she did have many adventures along the way. From Poland, her family went to, and lived for a time, in Russia, Siberia, Pahlevi, Tehran, and India. From there, they travelled to Africa on a freight ship for 32 days. She lived in a mud hut in Tanganika for six years. The stories she told of those six years were frightening, incredible, and dreadful - Yet she always said she loved Africa! She arrived in England in 1948. She married her husband Joseph in 1953. Their first daughter, Viola, was born there. They then moved to Canada in 1957. They lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, where they had two more daughters: Renetta and Alicia.

The torment her family went through was enough to turn anyone into a hardened, uncaring and angry person. But our mom took all the pain in her life and used it to better everyone else’s life, because she genuinely did not want anyone to suffer as she did. So she brought joy, smiles and sparkles to everyone she met.

Klementyna was kind, thoughtful and generous to a fault. Being the youngest of four children, she had a mischievous streak and was prone to giggles and laughter, even when she was trying to appear tough and stern.

Growing up in Regina, we thought our backyard was Butchart Garden. Our mom had a green thumb and loved gardening. She also loved designing and sewing clothes. She could make three dresses for her three little girls out of one tea towel. Consequently, we looked like triplets in our early years. Her artistic flair was evident in her interior design, sometimes bold and daring, and in her head-to-toe matching ensembles, her embroidery, and even her carpentry. If she couldn’t find something she needed, she would just make it. She loved entertaining and making spectacular meals for her siblings, nieces and nephews, as well as family and friends.

In June 1981, our father Joseph passed away. Our mom then moved to the Okanagan Valley where she lived for 27 years, canning peaches, growing world-class tomatoes, making jams and cherry vodka (which tasted awful. But is sure had a good punch to it).

Her greatest joy, apart from the love of her daughters, was the joy she felt spending time with her four grandchildren and later, great grandchildren. She will always be remembered for building the best sandcastles at Skaha beach, and then reprimanding the grandchildren for jumping on them and destroying her works of art.

In May 2019, Klementyna suffered a stroke which led her to live in a special care home until she passed away from natural causes on December 17, 2021.

She is survived by her daughters: Viola Solek Latour (Ray) and her granddaughter Nikki Bashnick, and Nikki’s children Emra and Lucius, of Edmonton, AB; Renetta Solek Nagel (Gordon) and their three sons Oliver (Justina), Cohen and Stuart of Richmond, BC; Alicia Solek Smith (Malcolm) of Victoria, BC; her sister Roma in Australia, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Joseph, her sister Lucia, her brother Jim, and her great-grandson Avery.

Klementyna will be lovingly remembered for her gentle soul, her acceptance and kindness to all, without prejudice or judgement.

Thank you to all the staff at Hamilton Care Village for the loving care and support during Kelementyna’s stay at Hamilton, especially to Kristal, who had a special connection with our mom and a special place in our hearts.

Thanks also to Amherst Funeral Home for their respectful, considerate and prompt services, making uncomfortable circumstances much easier on our family.

Memorial Tribute

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