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Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska, MP of the Civic Platform, who died on January 1, was buried at the Municipal Cemetery in Doły in Łódź. The funeral ceremony was attended by family, friends and politicians – including Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Speaker of the Senate Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska.

Celebrations Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska, a long-time MP from the Civic Platform, who died on January 1j began at noon with a holy mass in the church of St. Saint Teresa and Saint Jana Bosko at Rondo Solidarności. Then the funeral procession passed along al. Palki towards the municipal cemetery in Doły. Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska was buried in the Avenue of Merit. The Prime Minister attended the funeral Donald Tusk and Speaker of the Senate Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska.

The celebrations were of a state nature.

The funeral of Iwona Śledzińska-KatarasińskaTVN24

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“She was the guardian of our behavior in the Sejm”

During the Holy Mass, the deceased MP Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska was remembered by the Marshal of the Senate. – Iwona is gone, it’s very hard to say because she seemed indestructible and that she would be with us always. For me and many of my colleagues, MPs and senators, Iwona was a mentor, a teacher, and a guardian of our behavior in the Sejm. It was Iwona who took every beginner MP for a conversation and explained what was most important in politics. She hated rudeness, dishonesty, cronyism – she reacted very strongly and harshly to it – she believed that we had to tell the truth, even if this truth sometimes hurt a lot and we experienced this from her many times when she judged our behavior, our statements, but she did it to so that we can be better – said Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Marshal of the Senate, during the funeral mass.

The funeral of Iwona Śledzińska-KatarasińskaPAP

– She devoted her whole life to culture and there was no better companion to go to the theater or concerts. She understood that culture is very important, that it makes us better, smarter, and makes it easier for us to communicate with each other. And she understood very well what needed to be changed and for the last few years she had been preparing with us for this good day, for this smiling Poland, so that we would know what to do and how to do it. She traveled with us around Poland and checked whether we were doing our homework well and prepared for the day she dreamed about. Iwona never wanted to cause problems for anyone, so she even chose the day of her departure after Christmas, after New Year’s Eve, because she was thinking about others – added the Marshal of the Senate.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Speaker of the Senate Małgorzata Kidawa-BłońskaPAP

In the Sejm for nine consecutive terms

Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska was a member of parliament from the first to the ninth term of office of the Sejm. Last year, she was a member of parliament of the Civic Platform. She was the person who served continuously in the Sejm for the longest time. IN elections in 2023, she won 6,411 votes, which, however, was not enough for re-election. She was born on January 3, 1941 in Komorniki. She would have turned 83 in two days. In 1963, she completed her master’s degree in Polish philology at the University of Łódź. She was active in the opposition from the early 1980s and was interned during martial law. In 1989, she was the first editor-in-chief of the Łódź supplement of “Gazeta Wyborcza”, and was also the deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper. She belonged to the Democratic Action Civic Movement, the Freedom Union and, from 2001, the Civic Platform.

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