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Date of Passing: Mar 10, 2018

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AINA EZERINS (nee VULF) 1927 - 2018 Peacefully, on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:15 a.m., Aina passed away at the Grace Hospital, at the age of 90. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years, Janis "John" Ezerins, in November 2015. She was also predeceased by her parents, Edward and Lisette Vulfs, and brothers Edmunds and Harry. Aina will be lovingly remembered by her children, Leo, Ivars and Linda; and grandchildren, Dillon, Kaitlin, Sam, Anne and Emma. She will also be lovingly remembered by nieces, Inese and Irene and godson/ nephew Vilnis. The Vulfs family; mother, Lisette, father, Edmunds and the three children, eldest Edmunds, Harry and Aina; resided in one of the most prestigious regions in Latvia called Zemgale, which means "Land's end." They lived in an area called "laces," which means "bears." The farm on which they lived was self-sufficient. The land holding had several residences which housed numerous farm hands. When the communists invaded Latvia, parents, Lisette and Edwards, miraculously escaped from Latvia to Germany with just two suitcases of possessions. They were warned by friendly neighbours that they were on a list of people to be exterminated and escaped on a train within a few hours of being warned. During the end of war and for a time afterward, the parents and their two remaining children, Edmunds and Aina, lived together in a Baltic refugee camp in Germany. After the Second World War was over, the refugee camp was disbanded and the inhabitants were required to immigrate to the U.S., Australia or Canada. Unfortunately the war saw the tragic loss of brother Harry, who died a soldier in combat. Aina immigrated by herself to Canada in 1951 and preceded the entire family to Winnipeg. The family all lived in a small Latvian community of around 100 people. The Latvian community initially thrived but was not large enough to be self-sustaining and has dissipated over the years. Her first job was a seamstress in the vibrant Winnipeg clothing manufacturing industry. Aina was introduced to the hospitality industry, initially working weekends and evenings at a private prestigious men's club, Montefiore Club. Aina progressed in the industry eventually to a managerial position in charge of banquets at a prominent downtown Winnipeg hotel where she retired. Shortly after she arrived in Winnipeg she met her husband John, eventually having three children, Leo, Linda and Ivars. The two families plus their grandparents lived together in a modest home on Maryland Street for a time. Once the families were able to self-sustain, each moved out to different areas of Winnipeg. Aina, Mom, was an incredible mother and woman. She has left us, but her strength, courage and inspiration will live on. She always carried an inate sense of dignity and wisdom that was tinged with sadness that was endemic to all of the Latvian emigres for the tragedy that befell Latvia during and after the Second World War. As per Aina's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private service will be held. If family and friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada, 393 University Avenue, Suite 1700,Toronto, ON M5G 1E6. Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2018

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • To my Dear Tante Aina!! So many wonderful and fond memories of you and Dzidra getting together for your girlfriend chit chats, when Linda and I were little!! Working with you at the Holiday Inn! And in this last year being so supportive to me, when Dzidra's health was failing!! Love you and thank you! Cindy and family - Posted by: Cindy Vogt (Kuras) (Friend) on: Mar 14, 2018

  • Dearest Krustmate, Thank you being a kind, wise, and thoughtful Godmother to me. With love, Your godson, Vilnis. - Posted by: VILNIS VULFS (Godson) on: Mar 13, 2018

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