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Born: Apr 07, 1933
Date of Passing: Aug 09, 2023Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
April 7, 1933 August 9, 2023
Anne Dueck, our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother was born to Jacob F. and Maria Goossen on April 7, 1933, at Morris, MB. She peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at the Maplewood Manor in Steinbach, MB, just over 90 years of age.
Mom received her education at the Clover Plains School near Rosenort. She enjoyed walking to and from school with her siblings. Being the youngest, her brothers carried her to school on their shoulders, and in winter, Uncle Elmer built a sleigh for her. Mom enjoyed baseball and was very good at playing first base.
Mom gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ on December 31, 1947. She loved the Lord, and people, and was generous and kind to everyone. Mom had a great sense of humor, and our friends often talked about it. In her early 20's, Mom travelled to Winnipeg by train, to work at the King George Hospital during the polio epidemic, showing her compassion for those in need. This was also where she saw her first Scrabble game. She enjoyed that game and played Take 4 with her grandchildren until recently.
On July 25, 1957, she was joined in marriage to our father Jake Dueck and moved to the farm near Ste. Anne. They enjoyed 65 years together and were blessed with eight children. Mom often sang as she went about her duties: gardening, canning, making meals, washing dishes, and sewing quilts until she went to the Manor a year ago. She planted a big garden and canned for her family, with plenty to spare for her friends and neighbors, sometimes delivering to her friends in Winnipeg. She loved to bake, and many have gotten buns from her. She always made some tiny buns for the grandchildren.
We children all knew Mom had a close relationship with God. Her singing would give away what was on her mind. When burdens came, she would "go especially and pray". She was a happy, cheerful mother, content to do her daily work of taking care of Dad and us children.
Mom had many childhood friends that stayed friends for life, and throughout she made new friends. Many came for meals, which was never a stress to her. We just set extra places on the table, and there was always enough.
She enjoyed travelling to visit her children, and in later years enjoyed going to the children for meals. She would help with whatever they were doing.
After Dad's passing, Mom was very lonely. She looked forward to friends and family coming, and always lit up when someone walked in the door.
She leaves to mourn her children, Ron & Janice, Lavonne, Warren & Lorrie, Russ, Lana & Rick, Brian & Lydia, Sherri & Matt, Ken & Leudy, 21 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, her two brothers, Victor Goossen and Percy Goossen, and one sister, Ella & Gladwin Penner, sisters-in-law Norma Duck, Anna Nightengale and Edda Nightengale.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Jake, parents, siblings Irvy, Bertha, Elmer, Rose and Luana.
A special thanks to Maplewood Manor and caregiver Bianka Giesbrecht for the excellent care Mom received.
As published in The Carillon on Aug 17, 2023
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