Emilia Nedecky

Emilia Nedecky (nee Hricaj))

1921 – 2009 

Nedecky Emmillia SQ.jpgIt is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that the family announces the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Emilia Nedecky, after a lengthy illness. With family at her side, Emilia passed peacefully to her heavenly home on October 15, 2009 at the age of 88 and one half years. 

Emilia leaves to mourn her passing, daughters, Josephine Breitkreuz (Art), Monica Loewen (Frank); son, John (Marcia), Frank (Linda), daughter-in-law, Mary; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and two sisters. 

Emilia was predeceased by her son, Peter (1992); husband Victor (1993); her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. 

Emilia was born April 18, 1921 in Michalok, Czechoslovakia. On January 22, 1939, Emilia married Victor Nedecky. On November 7, 1939, a daughter, Josie was born and on October 4, 1941 a son, Peter was born and life was good until World War ll made it’s presence known in their quiet little village. Separated from Victor because of the politics of World War ll, Emilia and her two small children suffered and survived many hardships and displacements in Eastern Europe. Emilia kept her children and herself alive by working for any food people could spare and many times it was not enough to properly feed her children and herself. Emilia would give her small children as much as they wanted and eat what was left – if any. Emilia often told the story of a lady who watched her one day and said to Emilia, "What do you think you are doing? It is very admirable that you give all the food to your children but you should stop and think; who will look after your children if you should get sick or die because of not eating. You should be sharing with your children, not giving all the food to them." 

After many attempts to find each other, Emilia and Victor were reunited in 1949 and in 1953, with four children now, (Monica in1950 and John in 1952), Emilia and Victor embarked on another life altering challenge to start over again in a new country, Canada and they settled in Morden, Manitoba where Victor lived until his passing in 1993 and Emilia lived until one month prior to her passing. In Morden, 1954 the baby of the family, Frank was born. The adjustment to the new country, different culture and not being able to speak the language was difficult, however, Emilia rose to the challenge. 

Emilia loved to sew and was a talented seamstress. Emilia sewed clothing for many over the years, as well as sewing crafts and doll clothes for her granddaughters and for the craft sale at her church. Emilia loved to cook and bake and made many family favourite ethnic dishes which took hours to prepare and were gratefully enjoyed by family and friends and donated to the Church Tea and Bake Sales. Emilia had a green thumb second to none. She enjoyed sharing the bounty of her garden with family and friends. The especially popular fruits of her labour were the apples from the giant apple tree in her back yard and the huge pumpkins that Emilia had a knack for growing, most of which were distributed to the grandchildren and the great grandchildren and carved into Jack O’ Lanterns. 

As well as the aforementioned, Emilia loved to sing, dance, knit and crochet. Emilia loved to do many things, however her greatest love and passion was for her family and therein lay her greatest joy. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren especially delighted her. She devoted her life and her many talents to care for her family. Emilia was always happiest at gatherings with her large family around her. Emilia would often smile with pride and exclaim in amazement, "Look what Dad and I started!" Emilia deeply loved all her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they loved her. Emilia brought out the best in her family and her family brought out the best in her. 

In 1992, Emilia started experiencing health problems and as the years went by, her physical health challenges became numerous and increasingly severe. Emilia’s life was long and challenging. Emilia remained strong and courageous throughout her life with a deep abiding faith that strengthened and sustained her. Emilia remained kind and gentle to the end. Her family loved and respected her for her acceptance of all and her non-judgmental character. Emilia was the matriarch of the family and everyone will miss her very much. 

In the last four months of Emilia’s life, because of severely declined health, it was necessary for Emilia to be in a health care facility. The family would like to thank Dr. Leanne Nause and the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Altona Hospital and Charleswood Care Centre for the kind and compassionate care given Emilia, and the consideration given to the family. Emilia’s family thanks God for the legacy Emilia’s love and Emilia’s living example gave them. The family misses Emilia but they sorrow not as those who have no hope, but they fully believe that she has gone to a better place and that they will meet her again one day. 

Prayers will be held on Tuesday October 20 at 8L30 pm at Wiebe Funeral Chapel 1050 Thornhill St. in Morden. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday October 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church 685 Stephen St. in Morden with Father Ryszard Mahura officiating. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Morden. 

In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made in Emilia’s memory to St. John the Evangelist Building Fund 685 Stephen St. Morden, MB R6M 1G1. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements. 


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