Project Description

Mikosz Tarcynska: Honorata
October 21, 1920 – April 27, 2019

Honorata was born October 21, 1920, in southern Poland. She was raised with her nine siblings on the farm in eastern Poland in a small town called Wesolowka near Tarnopol (today Ukraine). In February of 1940, at the age of 19, Honorata, along with her parents and the whole family were taken as prisoners to the labor camp in Siberia, where they were exposed to hunger, extreme cold and hard labor in Russian taiga. There, due to cold and hunger she lost her parents and younger brother. In 1942 she tried to join General Anders Second Corps Army, but she was unable to reach the post. Her will to survive and fight for freedom brought her to the Polish Army under General Berlings command. And together with the Red Army she joined the fight against the Germans on the eastern front, survived and enjoyed the victory in Berlin.

After the war she was a chef in the restaurant in a town called Czarna, in the Southern part of Poland. In 1967, she arrived in Canada as a mail bride, and met Bruno Mikosz, who emigrated to Canada in 1947, and was a veteran of General Anders Army. They shared similar stories of Siberian labor camp. After they married they farmed together on the small farm in New Brigden. In 1975, they sold their farm and settled in Oyen where they happily shared their retirement. Honorata and Bruno were members of the Oyen Royal Canadian Legion and were very involved in the community.

Honorata loved gardening, her garden was very colorful, full of veggies and flowers. In the winter she was busy with crossheading, and curling with Bruno. She loved reading, wrote poetry and loved singing. In 1997, she lost her beloved Bruno, and after that she was feeling lonely, so she decided to move to Calgary in 2000. She joined the Polish Combatant Association Branch #18 and was a member of the Polish Seniors’ Club. Several years ago, Honorata was awarded the Rank of Officer of the Polish Army from the Polish government for her bravery. At the age of 90, she was moved to Bow View Manor where she will be remembered as a singing resident.

Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Choice Memorial May 1 at 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Church May 2 at 11:00 am. Photos, condolences and stories of Honorata may be shared at Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services.