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A LA DOUCE MÉMOIRE DE Krystyna Schwilden

After a tough battle with cancer “beast” as she called it, we are saddened to announce that Krystyna (Krishou) Schwilden passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

“Babcia” absolutely adored, and will forever be loved and cherished by her grandkids: Patrick, Sacha, Ava, Julia and Siena, her daughters-in-law: Enrica and Christine, her sons: Henri and Mark, her husband and life-partner for over 50 years, René. She also leaves behind to mourn her sister, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, and all her family and friends here and abroad.   

She was an active golfer, dedicated snowbird (leaving many friends in Fort-Pearce, FLA), and generally a beacon of light and joy for everyone she met.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the Heritage Funeral Complex (1250 Trim Rd, Orleans) on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  At the request of the family, attendance will be for fully vaccinated guests only.  Advanced registration is not required.  Guests must supply proof of vaccination, photo ID and wear a mask.

A mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Saint Hyacinth Roman Catholic Polish Church, 201 Lebreton St N, Ottawa, ON.  Capacity limits apply at the church.

Due to current restrictions, a celebration of Krishou’s life will be organized by her family in the spring.   

Donations in Krystyna’s memory may be made to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, to CHEO, or to a charity of your choice and would be greatly appreciated.

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Dear René, Henri, Mark, Irena and family,
We will always have fond memories of the good moments we shared with Krystyna, René and her family, both here and in Florida.
May she rest in peace and protect all of us.

My beautiful friend,
How can I thank you for all the memories and love that you have given me these past 45 years. You not only welcomed Bernard into your family in December 1969 when you and Rene picked him up at the airport from France but 6 years later you also welcomed me in into your family when Bernard met. . My two girls Emilie and Caroline followed and while they are 43 and 36 today, they continue to call you Chrichou and so appreciative that you, Rene and your family have embraced them and considered us as part of your family. Thank you my dear friend for the precious moments we have spent together, your guidance, your words of wisdom, your kindness and our silly moments ( lots of wine, snowshoeing and kayaking at Trout Lake). I miss you terribly but I take comfort knowing that your spirit is now within us and that we will continue to honour you as you deserve. With love and thank you

C’est avec très grande tristesse que j’ai appris le décès de Krystyna. Mes pensées vous accompagnent René, Marc, Henri et toute la famille. On ne se voyait plus souvent du à la distance mais vous êtes toujours dans mon cœur . Mes sympathies. Je vous aimes fort .
Doris et sa grande famille

henri, mark and rêne, my deepest condolences to you all and your family, at this time. what a huge loss. i will always remember her smiling face.

Dear Rene and Family
We are very saddened to hear of your loss Krystyna. We are wishing you and your family strength and comfort through this difficult time. We will always remember her smiling face, she will be missed.
Deepest condolences
Zyta and Robert

Dear Rene and Family ,

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your wife .
KRYSIA was a special person and we share in your grief .She will be deeply missed ❤️

Overwhelmed with sorrow.
Iwona and Tadeusz

So sorry for your loss Henri and family. We are thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
Jen and Pat

To the Schwilden family:

Jane and I pass our condolences to Rene and all of Krystyna’s family. We first met Krystyna by odd coincidence in her early days in Ottawa.

The mailman, noting that a letter was addressed to Krystyna Ficner on Fifth Avenue, believed it had been sent to the wrong address and so he delivered it to my parents, Kazimierz and Margaret Ficner on Fourth Avenue.

A friendship formed and continued over many years.

Jane and I attended her wedding to Rene (a kind and welcoming man) – as well as the small reception at a house in the Glebe that was filled with the warmth of friends and supplied with good Polish food.

While our lives took us in our own directions, a sense of family and friendship remained.

I last spoke with Krystyna last year, and again felt the warmth and welcoming that one gets from a person who really cares.

We wish all of Krystyna’s family the best in these difficult times – and we hope that all enjoy the comfort of the happy memories that come from the time that they shared with Krystyna.

God bless you all.

Jane and Charles Ficner

Dear Rene and Family,
Krystyna will be in our hearts and memories forever. Please accept our deepest condolences.

To Mark and family

Nos sincères condoléances à toute la famille et amies.

Our deepest condolences to you and your loved ones. We pray for strength and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

« Those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there’s a memory they live in our hearts to stay »

Dearest Krichou, I will always have fond memories of you. Your kindness, your witty sense of humour, your generosity and your real interest in others. It was always so heartwarming to be around you. You’ve always been present over the years. You, René, Mark and Henri are family to my family. I’ve known you my entire life. I even lived with you for a little while when I was a teenager. You will be deeply missed. Thank you for all the love you gave me and to those around you. I will think of you every time I go fishing or canoeing at Trout Lake. I know you loved it there.
I love you very much. xxx

Dear Rene and Family.
At this difficult time, my you find co fort in knowing that others share in your sorrow.

With deepest condolences
Ela and Leszek

Nos très sincères condoléances à tous nos amis de la famille Schwilden. Nous avons partagé plus de 40 ans de voisinage, voyages ensemble, multiples BBQ, apéros, grandes bouffes et même, party discos! Krystyna va nous manquer énormément.
Lorraine et Michel

Dear Mark
In these very difficult times Dorothee and I share in your grief at the lost of your mother .
We extend to you, your father & brother the grandchildren our deepest
and most sincere condolences.
May she rest in peace

Dear René and Family
Please accept our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Krystyna will remain in our hearts forever.
Anna and Krzysztof

Dear René and Family,
At this difficult time, may you find comfort
in knowing that other share in yours sorrow.
With deepest condolences
Ela and Leszek.

Dearest Krishou, I will forever have fond memories of you. Your kindness, generosity, witty sense of humour and sincere interest in others. It was always heartwarming to be around you. Thank you for all the love you gave me and the others around you. You, René, Henri and Mark are family to my family. I even stayed with you some time when I was a teenager. I remember you liked to go to bed early. You will be deeply missed. I will think of you when I go fishing or canoeing in Trout Lake. I know you really loved that place. I love you very very much. xx

Dear Rene’ and Family, It is with deep sadness that we learn of beautiful Krystyna’s passing. We will forever remember her wonderful smile, sparkly personality, zest for life and love of our favorite beach in Ft. Pierce. We always loved our conversation on the deck near the beach at our condo complex. Our hearts ache for all of Krystyna’s precious family. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love to each of you.
Diane and Joe Recupero
Alexandria Bay, New York

Rest In Peace Krystyna, you will be missed.
Was fortunate enough to see you over the Christmas break.
My condolences to René, Marc, Henri and the rest of the family.

I was privileged to be Krishou’s Nurse in her last days. She and her family are loving people, accommodating and lively . I can feel her sweet soul in every word as she softly speaks in my entire time caring for her. Krishou, I miss you so much! Rest on dear Krystyna.

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