We Remember

PUNDYK, Cecile Marie

1939 – 2024

On February 21, 2024, Cecile passed away peacefully, surrounded by love and family.

Cecile was born in Winnipeg in 1939. She was the youngest of four sisters. She often recalled her parent’s parties and her father’s musical talent on the fiddle. Her father passed away when she was in the 9th grade, forcing her to leave her formal education and grow into the tough, spunky lady that we all knew. She worked many jobs in her young adult years, including nurse’s aid and teletype operator. She then met Edward Pundyk in Winnipeg, who became her husband and lifelong love. She and Edward married and moved to his hometown in Windsor, Ontario.

In 1965, Ed and Cecile welcomed their first child, Anthony “Tony” Pundyk. Then, in 1966, they gave birth to their daughter Lucienne “Lucy” Marie Ryga.

The family enjoyed the “dogpatch” Windsor neighbourhood gatherings (a.k.a. parties), and trips to Winnipeg and Lake of the Woods to visit her sisters, Jeanne, Rose, and Teresa, and many loving nieces and nephews. When they weren’t busy working, raising their children, or participating in the community, Ed and Cecile could be found camping at sites across Canada. Cecile loved the thrill of travel, seeing new places, and meeting new people.

Cecile went back to school and achieved her Amateur Radio Operator’s license, where she volunteered at many large events in Windsor and Detroit as part of the communications team. She directed traffic during the Detroit Free Press Marathon and corresponded with people from all over the world who knew her by her radio call sign VE3LFZ. She shared many stories about her fellow ‘hams’ (ham radio operators), many of whom remained friends.

In 2005, Cecile and Edward made the ambitious move to Kelowna, BC to help raise their grandchildren, Shae and Jayden Ryga. The love and care that she imparted on them over the last 20 years helped shape them into the amazing people they are today. Some of her happiest moments were walking her grandkids home from school, making them pasta with freshly grated Parmesan, and playing with them until their parents finished work. In 2016, Cecile and Ed adopted their dog, Cindy, who quickly became her closest friend.

Cecile will be remembered as the neighbourhood Mom and Grandma in Kelowna, always welcoming the “hood” into her home. She was the friendliest and most lively member of any group. She loved live music, and thoroughly enjoyed watching performances from the talented musicians in her world including her son, Tony; her grandson, Shae; her nephew, Joe; and close family friend Michelle.  She also loved spending time with her creative granddaughter, Jayden Ryga, baking, visiting the market, and playing Wii ‘Just Dance’.

Cecile will be missed for these qualities: her famous retelling of the Cinderella story, her kindness, her witty humour, as well as her compassion and love of animals. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Edward, her daughter, Lucy, her son, Tony, her grandchildren Jayden and Shae, her sisters, many nieces and nephews, and friends in Windsor, Winnipeg, Kenora and Kelowna.

We love you mom, grandma, wife, and friend… Cecile.

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