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Krystyna Sieczych Pawlak, 85, of Richmond, formerly of Woodford, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
She was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Klwow, Poland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Joseph Pawlak of Grocholin, Poland; parents Eluishia and Ludwig Sieczych; infant son Frank; brother Janek Sieczych; and sisters Helena Rokieka and Wanda Sieczych.
Krystyna is survived by six children, nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Her children are Isabella Pepe and husband Emilio, Victoria Thomas and husband Bobby, Andrey Pawlak and wife Fay, John Edward Pawlak, Helen Davison and husband Bob, and Maria Apperson and husband Carl Jr. Krystyna's grandchildren are Sharon Thomas Clemens and husband David, Carolyn Reed Godsey, Ronald Reed, Helen Reed Meyung and husband Chris, Lisa Reed Davis and husband Brent, Randy Reed and wife Jamie, Heather Davison Werkmeister and husband Stephen, Decker Davison and Carl Apperson III and fiancee LaAnnette. Her great-grandchildren are Lauren and Caitlin Godsey, Michael and Taylor Reed, Maggie and Emma Meyung, Lacy and Nicholas Reed, Kristin Davis, Kjerstin, Ethan and Jocelyn Reed, Amanda Clemens, Alex and Tyler Apperson and Carter Werkmeister; and her great-great-grandchild is Michael Reed.
As a teenager, Krystyna had amazing strength and was a survivor of Nazi forced labor in several camps during World War II. She met her husband, Stanley, in a Red Cross Hospital in Germany shortly after liberation. They married and lived in displacement camps in Germany while waiting word of her family.
In 1949, Krystyna and Stanley, with their three young children, came to America through the Catholic diocese to work on a farm in Jetersville. She often spoke of how emotional she became upon seeing the Statue of Liberty when finally reaching America. They eventually settled in Woodford. After 50 loving years of marriage Stanley passed away and Krystyna moved to Heritage Oaks in Richmond and, more recently, Our Lady of Hope. Krystyna was loved by all who met her. She cherished and loved her family dearly.
The family thanks all of her wonderful caregivers and doctors during her illness.
A service will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 14, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the American Red Cross, 4836 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.