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Official Obituary of

Halina Ciesielczuk-Copija

May 19, 1935 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Halina Ciesielczuk-Copija Obituary

Halina Ciesielczuk-Copija, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and
friend, passed away on March 5, 2024 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was born on
May 19, 1935 in Stryj, Poland, to the late Marcela and Marian Ciesielczuk. Halina spent
her 88 years filling the lives of those around her with love and care. She strengthened
her family with her devotion, hard work, and wisdom.

Halina was a loving wife to Oswald Copija, who passed away in 2001, and whom she
missed dearly. She was a loving mother to her surviving daughter, Eva Copija and her
son, Marek (Olimpia) Copija. Her love for family extended beyond her children to her
grandchildren, Aleksandra (Daniel) Dereszyńska, Marta and Michał Copija, and her
great grandchildren William, Iwo, and Łucja. Halina also had a strong bond with her
surviving two younger brothers, Lesław and Jerzy Ciesielczuk.

Halina spent most of her life in Poland. After World War II, her family was relocated from
the Lvov area, (which used to be the eastern part of Poland, and which became a part
of the previous Soviet Union) to the Silesia region, where she lived in the city of
Strzelce-Opolskie and then studied economics at the University of Wrocław. After her
studies, Halina worked as an accountant in Poland.

Shortly after graduating from the university, Halina met her husband, Oswald, whom she
married in 1960. She then moved with Oswald to live with his parents in Bielsko-Biała,
Poland, where she resided most of her life. She was devoted to caring for her
family. She raised her children and grandchildren in the Catholic faith, passing on family
and religious traditions.

After Halina was widowed, she came to the United States several times to visit her
daughter Eva and her granddaughter Aleksandra. When her great grandson, William,
was born in 2010 she came to stay and help care for him. While she lived in the U.S.,
she regularly travelled to Poland to visit the rest of her family.

Halina’s interests were diverse. She enjoyed being outdoors, traveling, camping, going
to the beach and parks, reading books, and solving crossword puzzles. Yet, despite her
love for these and other activities, Halina was happiest when she was surrounded by
her family, children and grandchildren. Halina was a person of wisdom and kindness,
and her thoughtful ideas and problem-solving skills frequently helped her family with
making the right choices in their lives. She was open-minded, positive, and non-
judgmental. She was a great listener, always seeking to learn more and share her
knowledge with those around her. Her advice and reflections on life will be greatly
missed. Halina’s passing leaves a void that cannot be filled. However, her spirit lives on
in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Krystyna Solarewicz and the team of
SKLD Leonard and Gentiva Hospice in Grand Rapids for their care and support during
the final days of Halina’s life.

Please kindly send flowers or donations directly to St. Isidore’s Church in Grand Rapids
for her memorial service below.
Monday, March 18, 2024
2 PM
St Isidore’s Catholic Church
628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Halina’s funeral will be held at a later time in her home country, Poland.

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Memorial Service
March 18, 2024

2:00 PM
St. Isidore Catholic Church (Grand Rapids)
628 Diamond Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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