Anna Alina Zurakowski December 3, 1921-September 6, 2015 Anna Alina Zurakowski (Zurakowska), 93, of Barry's Bay, Ontario, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 6, 2015.
The funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, September 9 at St. Hedwig's Church, Barry's Bay. Visitation will be held from 7-9 PM on Tuesday, September 8 and also on the day of the funeral from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Heubner Funeral Home (previously O'Reilly Funeral Home) in Barry's Bay. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Hedwig's Cemetary.
Anna was born in Lancut, Poland on December 3, 1921. During World War II she worked as a radio announcer and newspaper reporter.
Anna married Janusz Zurakowski in Paris, France shortly after the war, thereupon living in England until 1952 when they moved to Canada.
Anna had a diverse range of experiences, including running a gift shop on Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto. In 1960, Anna and Janusz opened Kartuzy Lodge in Barry's Bay which they operated for close to 50 years. Anna was very active in cultural and heritage circles, and was President of the Polish Heritage Institute - Kaszuby for several years. She authored several books and publications and was a contributor to Polish newspapers. Among various awards Anna is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1966).
Anna is survived by sons George (Julie), Mark (Susan) and grandchildren Krysia and Paul, Robin (Ian), Tamara and Paige (John) and great-grandchildren Ben and Arie, Jake and Nicholas and Isla.
Anna is preceded in death by her loving husband, Janusz and her sister, Jadzia Barszczewska.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry's Bay. The family of Anna Zurakowski wishes to thank Dr. Dawes and the staffs of the Valley Manor and the Water Tower Lodge for their kind and patient care
Published in Ottawa Citizen from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2015.