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Born: Sep 19, 1928

Date of Passing: Apr 07, 2017

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FLORENCE LOREEN AMANN September 19, 1928 April 7, 2017 Loreen's life ended suddenly on April 7, 2017 at the age of 88 years in her farm home in Austin, Manitoba, but her spirit lives on in the many family and friends whose lives she touched. Her life began on September 19, 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Loreen grew up on her parents' farm in Katrime, Manitoba. She was the eldest child of three and only daughter of John and Minnie (nee Deas) McRae. Loreen attended Squirrel Creek School in Katrime and later worked on the family farm and briefly at Eaton's department store in Winnipeg. She married her life partner, Fred Amann on June 19, 1954 and moved to the Amann farm where they raised their three children. Loreen loved her family, took pride in their accomplishments and volunteering and sports were her passions. As an avid curler, she traveled to bonspiels every winter until she was in her 50s. She helped develop the Austin Figure Skating Club, coached girl's fastball and followed her children and local teams across the country and around the world with their sports. The post office is the center for community in small towns so it was fitting that Loreen worked as the Postmistress in Austin for 21 years from 1972 1993. She also served on numerous committees over the years: The Austin & Area Leisure Club, TOPS, Manitoba Society of Seniors (MSOS), Central Plains Seniors Council, Manitoba Seniors Games, and also Katrime and Austin Cemetery. She also canvassed for Heart & Stroke and Cancer Care. She was an avid fundraiser helping to fundraise for the covered skating rink in the 60s, the floor shuffle board in the Austin Leisure Centre in the 2000s and later in 2008/2009 at age 80, to build the new Austin Community Hall. The Manitoba Council on Aging recognized Loreen's achievements by awarding her with a Recognition of Achievement Award in October 2009 at the Manitoba Legislative Building. She was honoured by the award, but family and creating history were more important. Loreen loved any opportunity to get together with the Amanns, McRaes and friends especially on the holidays, creating family history. Anyone who attended those events knows they were full of laughter, great food, outrageous stories, competitive games and lovely red wine. Loreen loved all the animals on their farm and named her favourite cows. Many people will remember getting eggs from Loreen. She always loved to see KeiKei, Catherine's Pomeranian, asking about her daily. Family and close friends know that Loreen lived her life to its fullest, never giving her age a second thought. At age 75, she decided she would get her motorcycle license and bought her own bike that she rode until age 83. Family and friends will remember her as a generous, warm-hearted and feisty confident woman with a "can do" attitude. Loreen is survived by her husband Fred; daughter Catherine of Portage la Prairie; sons, Ronald (Ginette Fontaine) of Winnipeg and Richard (Ellen McIntosh) of North Vancouver; grandson Aaron (Kaila Ringstrom) of Portage la Prairie; great-grandson Ayden of Brandon; brother Grant (Marie) McRae of Gladstone; nieces and nephews and their families. She is predeceased by her parents, John (1962) and Minnie (1987) McRae; her in-laws Konrad (1954) and Louise Amann (2000); and her brother John (2008) and sister-in-law Jean McRae (1995). Interment will be at Austin Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, with a celebration of Loreen's life to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Austin Community Hall in Austin, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Austin Cemetery, Box 454, Austin, Manitoba, R0H 0C0 (cheques are payable to the Municipality of North Norfolk), Katrime Cemetery c/o Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone, Box 150, Gladstone, Manitoba R0J 0T0, or to a charity of your choice. Live Life to its Fullest Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone-MacGregor

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 15, 2017

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