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Born: Feb 05, 1920

Date of Passing: Jul 27, 2017

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ANN DITZ (nee DUTKA) It is with peace, love, and understanding that her family announces Ann's passing away on July 27, 2017. Ann was born to parents Mary and Wasyl Dutka on February 5, 1920 at Olha, Manitoba. Ann married Michael Ditz on July 15, 1939 in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church at Dolyny, Manitoba. They farmed outside of Oakburn (Roger's District) for 30 years. Here they raised four sons and six daughters. In the fall of 1974 they moved to Brandon with the five youngest children. Ann worked in the kitchen at Central Park Lodge and Brandon University. Michael died May 30, 1991 and Ann continued to live in Brandon for another year and then moved to Winnipeg. She then moved to Lions Place (610 Portage Ave.), in December, 2008. Mom was unable to live independently and moved to Holy Family Personal Care Home in July, 2015. She resided there until her passing. Ann enjoyed travelling the world with family to Russia and Ukraine. She was able to meet the Dutka family in Lviv, Ukraine. She also went to Jerusalem, Egypt, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Czechoslovakia. Mom's memorable trip was when she joined her church group from Brandon to go to Lourdes, France, Fatima, Portugal and Rome, Italy. Throughout Mom's life she loved gardening, cleaning people's houses, cooking and baking. Ann's house was always warm and welcoming at all times. Ann enjoyed making and receiving phone calls to her friends and family who she really knew. Her first question would always be, "Any news?" and "How is the weather?" Ann is lovingly remembered by her surviving five daughters: Connie, Barbara (Bruce Tisdale) and granddaughters: Lindsay Tisdale and Laura Tisdale, Debbie, Maxine and Claudia and grandchildren: Nicole Leung and Alexander Leung, Sandra (predeceased on May 26, 2005) and grandsons: Kevin Katchur and Adrian Katchur; sons: Lionel, Robert (Arlene), Jeff (Kim) and two grandsons Wesley and Michael Ditz, and Kelly (the youngest son). Ann is also survived by four sisters: Phyllis Michalyshen, Betty Dutka, Helen Fustey and Marie Koroscil (Ted); and brother, Mike Dutka. Ann was predeceased by her husband, Michael, daughter, Sandra, sister, Vera, son-in-law, Wally Munick, brother, Donald Dutka, baby sister, Alexandria, and parents, Wasyl and Mary Dutka. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Dolyny, Manitoba. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy will officiate. Pallbearers will be Michael Ditz, Wesley Ditz, Kevin Katchur, Samantha Sytnyk, Laura Tisdale and Lindsay Tisdale. Crossbearer will be Jeff Ditz. To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me When I am gone, release me. Let me go I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy, we had so many years. I gave you my love and you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown But now it's time I traveled alone. So grieve a while for me if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part So bless those memories in your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me I'll be near, and if you listen With your heart, you'll hear, All of my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and say "Welcome Home". We wish to thank the kind and caring staff at the Holy Family Personal Care Home. Also thank you to thank Dr. Gill (Internal Medicine) and Dr. Mis (Ophthalmologist) from the Manitoba Clinic; the doctors and nurses in emergency and third floor unit at Seven Oaks Hospital. The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Andrea Babick, who was present with Ann's children at her bedside. Dr. Andrea Babick recited the Apostle's Creed and followed with the holy rosary. She gave Ann a blessed rosary from Jerusalem that will remain with Mom. Ann loved us all and enriched our lives immensely. We look forward to the day when we will be together again. Rae's Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements (204)759-2160

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2017

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Our heartfelt condolences to all of Ann's family. We were sad to hear of Ann's passing, and VERY SAD that we were unable to attend her funeral. Our whole family has such beautiful memories of your Mother. She was a friend of my Mother's, Stella, and became a friend to us in 1990. We loved her distinct style in the way she viewed life-very matter of fact, and in her own way. Plenty of food & great hospitality. Wow, so many wonderful times we shared in person and by phone. She is the only person that I know whom once she finished talking on the phone never said good-bye. A pretty good way to end a conversation. I could go on & on as we have so many wonderful memories of this one of a kind lady. I do remember a conversation she shared with me concerning your Dad-after he had passed away. He'd visit her in her dreams asking her to join him and she finally told him not yet as she had things to do, and to Come back when she was ready. She told at that time she thought she'd probably live-like to live, till she was around 97. Wow, she did. AND I know in my heart that Ann had finished all her "things" and was ready to join her husband, and your Father was there with an outstretched hand & smile as she joined him. Both happy being back together. With Love from Mike Prodan & Sylvia Kukurudz, & Brandi & Hannah Prodan - Posted by: Mike Prodan-Sylvia Kukurudz & Family (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2017

  • My deepest condolences Claudia to you and your family. May she rest in peace. Take care, Shannon - Posted by: Shannon Legovini (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2017

  • Dear Claudia, I know you will miss your Mom. I just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you. My Condolences to your family. Sincerely, Christine W - Posted by: Christine Williams (Friend) on: Aug 04, 2017

  • To Maxine and family I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Although no words can really help to ease your loss, know that you are in my thoughts. - Marissa(ur mom's lil girl) - Posted by: Marissa (Friend ) on: Aug 03, 2017

  • Lionel and family, I'm sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I still remember the perogies she made for our little group of "customers" at the University of Winnipeg. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Colin Russell (Co-worker of Lionel's) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire family on the passing of your Mom. May your memories be of great comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Pat and Adam Krupa (Lamb) (Cousin) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • Hi Connie, Ruth and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Your family was so fortunate to have her in your lives for so long. Odd thing, for some reason I was just thinking of you and Sandy this past week. May your Mum be in your thoughts forever. - Posted by: Leonard Kaspick (friend) on: Aug 01, 2017

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