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Anyone who had the chance to get to know Urszula on a more personal level knows that today she’d tell us, “OHHH Stop it. There are bigger problems in the world than my passing. You better pray for peace in the world.” However, she doesn’t know how important her presence was for many. Urszula’s life was exceptionally special.
It started in a little village in Poland, where she was born on August 22nd, 1963. She was the 4th daughter, of 7 children. She always dreamed of leaving Poland and exploring the world. At the age of 19 she met her husband and best friend, Jacek. Soon after she finished nursing school and was ready to set foot outside the boarder. Urszula and Jacek left for Rome where they spent 6 months waiting until they were given refuge in the United States.
San Diego was their first stop, where both Daniel and Monica were born in 1986, and 1989 respectively. Portland, Oregon was next, and left them with beautiful memories. Woodland Park, Colorado was their final destination and has been home since 1997. Urszula gave birth to her last little late-comer, Angelica, in 1999.
She served as an amazing nurse for a total of 40 years, 25 being at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Urszula’s coworkers will always remember her for her humorous attitude, and diligence in caring for her patients (especially the infants on Mother and Baby).
Although she was grateful for her workplace, she shined brightest in her family life, prayer, and when seeking new adventures. Urszula taught her children not only by words, but through example. She stood out from the crowd which equipped them with confidence and character. One of the most important virtues she left behind was to respect and love your spouse through even the most difficult of situations. Thanks to this, her children will build strong families for generations to come.
Urszula didn't overwork herself but instead set aside weeks and even months out of the year to spend time with family, travel with her husband, go on pilgrimages, and focus on building her faith. Although her life ended surprisingly fast, she took advantage of every moment and lived an extraordinary 60 years. A life full of traveling, visiting family, helping those in need, hiking, skiing, sailing, soaking in hot springs, and simply relaxing with her morning coffee. In between the excitement she would seek greater knowledge on a variety of topics, especially natural medicine. The last three months of Urszulas life were affected by illness, but until that time she lived in full health and fulfillment, rarely relying on the help of western medicine.
Calling upon Jesus brought Urszula peace through all the hardships of life, especially throughout her illness and her last moments. Her faith and devotion to the Lord was delightful and uplifting. Urszula’s strong character, infectious laughter, and burning love for our Lord, was what impacted those around her. She opened her heart to anyone in need and that impact will carry on.
“Mama, we love you and will forever miss your presence here on earth. May you rest in eternal peace with Jesus and his angels.”
-Your beloved family