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Memorable Manitobans: Mary P. Kolodzinski Paley (1917-2005)


Born at Tolstoi on 28 September 1917, daughter of Wasyl “William” Kolodzinski and Annie Kolodzinski (1897-1984), and sister of Nettie Kolodzinski Stadnyk, she attended Tolstoi School and Emerson High School. She graduated from Central Normal School and began her career in rural Manitoba at Plankey Plains School (circa 1934). On 7 June 1941, she married Peter Kolodzinski (1918-2003) and the couple, who had two children, settled on a farm at Rosa. She continued her career at River Ranch School (1941-1942), Baskerville School, Ridgeville School (1954-1955, Principal), and Carlowrie School (1955-1959). In 1959, the family moved to Winnipeg and she joined the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at Isaac Newton School (1959-1979). She, along with her husband (who worked for the WSD Maintenance Department) both retired in June 1979, herself having taught for 43 years. She died on 12 May 2005.


Obituary [Peter Paley], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 2003, page C11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 2005, page 21.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 April 2018

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