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Jolanta Andrzejczak: 'One hour I'm crying, one hour I'm not crying'

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This article was published 15/12/2009 (3621 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 15/12/2009 (3621 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Jolanta Andrzejczak holds a photo of her husband of nearly 30 years, Zdzislaw.

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Jolanta Andrzejczak holds a photo of her husband of nearly 30 years, Zdzislaw.

JOLANTA Andrzejczak met her husband Zdzislaw in 1980 when she was only 16 years old. Her future husband was 18 at the time.

This Saturday, she'll bury him after nearly 30 years together.

Jolanta works as a dressmaker, and her husband was an auto mechanic who immigrated to Canada from Poland about 20 years ago.

"One hour I'm crying, one hour I'm not crying," she said.

Even as she struggles through her grief, she shares the frustration of police and social workers who try to help young offenders.

"I feel a little bit sorry for the men and women working for the justice system."

Andrzejczak points to the police officer who held her hand and calmed her down at the hospital after she rushed there after the crash.

"He talked to me, and he really made sure I was with someone, because I was alone at that time," she said.

Two years ago, Andrzejczak's husband tried to catch children who had crashed a car in the back lane of their Redwood Avenue home. She and her husband saw three children about 12 or 13 years old in the car before it crashed into a neighbour's fence and stopped. The children ran away.

"(My husband) tried to catch even one, but he (couldn't)," she said.

Andrzejczak would like to see stiffer legal penalties for youths who commit crimes like auto theft.

Her husband's funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning at Holy Ghost Parish on Selkirk Avenue.

 

— Gabrielle Giroday

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