May 8, 1940 – September 16, 2020
at the age of 80 years
At the age of 80 years with her family at her side Teresa Koprowsky passed away peacefully September 16, 2020. She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, Mark (Marcy) of Salmon Arm, Allan of Whitehorse, Darren (Sandra) of Salmon Arm; four grandchildren which she was so very proud of, Lisa, Bradley, Brayden and Travis. She was predeceased by her husband Michael last fall and her mother Marianna in 1999.
Teresa was born in Czestochowa, Poland during WWII and as her mother was taken to work in a German factory, she spent most of her childhood in a Polish boarding school. After the war Teresa spent a short time in Kassel, Germany with her mother, but her adventurous spirit lead her away from Europe so on December 8, 1961 speaking very little English, at the age of 21 she set sail for Canada. Arriving in Montreal, Quebec she boarded a train in the middle of winter and set her sights on Edmonton, Alberta where she would end up meeting her future husband.
Shortly after, the family moved to Sparwood, BC to raise a family, she will always be remembered for her lush display of flowers and her fantastic cooking. While she had many cookbooks they always seem untouched as her German and Polish hand notes sat proudly near the fridge. While she spoke many European languages, she embraced English and loved to read.
In 2009, she and Michael moved to Salmon Arm to share their time with the “boys” and the grandkids….and start many new flower beds.
The family wishes to thank the SLGH staff, Dr Kirkman and the staff at Mt. Ida Mews for their care over the last few months.
In accordance with her wishes a small graveside ceremony will take place at Mt. Ida Cemetery, Monday, September 28 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Teresa’s name can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.