Ilona Pradzinski

19/03/1962 - 10/02/2021

Obituary For Ilona Pradzinski

It is with heavy hearts, we mournfully announce the sudden passing of Ilona Pradzinski. She will be missed and forever loved by her family and her many friends.

Ilona was born in Kielce, Poland in 1962. As a youth, she enjoyed dancing in a Polish Folk dance group. She also had a talent in art that she studied in school growing up. She has enjoyed the arts her entire life and especially loved going to the theatre. Ilona left Poland when she was around 18 and moved to Chicago. She was married for the first time soon after and has a daughter from that first marriage, Joanna who was born in July 1984. In 1991, she divorced her first husband and married her current husband, Tim, on December 21, 1991 and they shared 29 wonderful years together. In 1993, Ilona and Tim moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta where their family grew by 2 more. Alex was born in March 1994 and Stephanie was born in November 1995. Ilona was a stay-at-home Mom and truly loved that role as she was able to raise her children into fine, upstanding citizens. When the kids were older, she wanted to go to work and found a job working at Scotiabank. Then, she left that job to start her own daycare business working from home. She ran that business for many years before taking a job working as a Customer Service Rep at the Eastlink Centre where she excelled. She loved her co-workers and the many guests that she got to know and call friends. Outside of work, Ilona was an amazing artist. She also loved to work on her family history and was very good at it. She was able to go back many generations and got to learn much about her ancestors in the process. Ilona was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved her Church and served in many positions throughout her life. She especially loved working in the Young Women’s program. Ilona was sealed to her husband, Tim, for time and all eternity in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. Ilona loved to travel the world. She always looked forward to that next big adventure. Now, she is on the biggest adventure of all. She is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and has been reunited with her family that have passed on before her. Although Ilona leaves behind an amazing family and many, many friends, she will be forever remembered as a bright and shining soul who always thought of others before herself. Ilona, God be with you till we meet again!

Ilona is survived by her husband Tim and their three children Joanna (Eric) Ungstad, Alex (Alyssa) Pradzinski and Stephanie (Nick) Plett. She cherished time spent with her grandkids Mya, Hannah, Eli and Lyla. Ilona and Tim moved from Chicago to Grande Prairie in 1993 so she could be with her siblings Andrzej (Janina) Podolski, Piotr (Audrey) Podolski and Beata (Mirek) Bator who all currently reside in Grande Prairie. She truly enjoyed the daily phone calls she got from them and the many times we got together for BBQ’s, dinners and just for a spontaneous visit. She will also miss all the wonderful nieces and nephews who were such an important part of her life.

Ilona was predeceased by her father Jerzy Ignacy Podolski and her mother Teresa Podolski (Jarosz).

A private memorial service will be held for Ilona by invitation on Saturday February 13, 2021 at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta). For those unable to attend, a livestream of Ilona’s memorial service will be available beginning at 2pm. A link to the livestream will be available below or you may go directly to the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube channel.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Tim and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Lloyd & Sheila Schaab
- Lloyd & Sheila Schaab
Tim... There is so little that can ease the pain and grief we know you are experiencing at this trying time in your family's life. Were you here we would simply put our arms around you and let the love and appreciation we have for you both, hopefully, dissipate some of the sadness. We feel honored to have been a small part of your lives.
- Michael & Patricia Peters
My condolences to Ilona's family. I very much enjoyed working with Ilona. She was funny, smart and always had a smile on her face. She will be missed dearly. Jackie
- Jackie
Ilona had the quickest hands with a utility knife that I have ever seen. During our nativity displays that were held at the church she carved out the city of Bethlehem all around the cultural hall out of tar paper. She was a friend to all. We will miss her dearly, until we meet again!!
- Terry and Brenda Pope
Beata know I am praying for you and your family at this most difficult time. God bless you my friend
- Karen Francis
My condolences to Ilona's family. Ilona was always such a kind and wonderful person to be around. Working with Ilona at Eastlink Centre was always an adventure. I loved hearing all the stories of her family she loved so much and her travels. She enjoyed getting to know the customers and her coworkers. Ilona had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh. She will be missed greatly.
- Darla Brown
To Joanne and Family. We send you are sincere sympathy for your loss. Margo and Joe LaJoie.
- Margo LaJoie
Tim I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed many conversations with Ilona. She was a wonderful person. Valerie Lefin
- Valerie Lefin
Loved her beautiful smile an super kindness she showed everyone
- Ed. Tracey Wheeler
Dear Tim and Family, We can imagine how broken your hearts are. So are ours. We loved dear Ilona and will miss her so much. May the Lord comfort all of you at this time. Ron and Betty Woolley
- Ron and Betty Woolley
So sorry for your loss. Ilona was a great co-worker she's always have that friendly smile and we had lots of conversations about he love for her children and her grandchildren's. I remember 1 of our conversation was about her spin bike she brought and she was excited to try it oh I miss you and our chats but I know you are in peace now my friend ❤️❤️❤️
- Fili
My condolences to Ilona's family. I had the pleasure of working with her at the eastlink centre and she was always a joy to be around. She always gave great advice and had a heart of gold. I can remember being sick with bad cold and having to work at my other job at the time and she went out of her way and brought me homemade soup. The world was a better place with her in it and she will be missed.
- Jessica Tunke
Tim, I am so sorry to hear about Ilona. She was a very special person with a heart of gold. She has touched many lives and will see deeply missed. Take care of yourself and your kids. Lorraine Sallis.
- Lorraine sallis

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