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Born: Jul 01, 1926

Date of Passing: May 08, 2019

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(nee USZTAN)

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother, baba and great-baba, Anna Demkiw, at the age of 92 years, at Holy Family Home on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband John (Iwan) in December 2017, and son George Michael in April 2007, as well as her parents in Ukraine.
She is survived by daughter Mary (Dan); sons, Terry (Myrna), Michael (Lana); grandchildren, Lee-Anna, Lynn (Eric), Chelsea, Samantha (Mark), Matthew (Josee), Karlene (William), Amy (Jordan), Madison (Cody), Nick, Tristan, Jenna and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mom was born July 1, 1926 in Kolomyja, Ukraine. Mom's life as she knew it on the farm was cut short when, at the age of 15, she was taken away to work in a German labour camp during the war, never to return home or see her family again. Mom and dad met at the end of the war and then married on their third date in Bradford, England in 1949. They were married for 70 years!
In 1953 they immigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg. Along with a strong faith in God, she persevered with hard work, determination and unbelievable courage to start a new life in Canada. Mom was a strong Ukrainian Catholic and a proud Canadian who never forgot her heritage and Ukrainian roots. She was an amazing cook - THE very best perogies, holopchi and paska, just to name a few. These were some of the ways she carried on the traditions from home, especially at Christmas and Easter. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and embroidery. She opened her home and welcomed all our friends who often called her "mom" as well.
Although road trips throughout Canada and the USA were mom's favourite, the true joy of mom's life was her family. She had unconditional love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They always came first for her. We will always cherish her tenderness and great love for all of us.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the wonderful staff on St. John's unit at Holy Family. They always treated our mom with kindness, gentleness, heart-felt care and respect throughout her time there as she struggled to adjust to life without Tato. The family is so grateful for the spiritual care and the Ukrainian environment that really helped her feel at home.
Mom always lead by example and she was an inspiration to us and others who knew her. She overcame huge barriers in life, while always treating people fairly. She also managed to keep her own heritage alive and at the same time respect the opportunities her new life in Canada provided her. She has left us with many wonderful memories and taught us to be better people. We will miss her very much. It gives us great comfort to know that mom is finally reunited with Tato and George in Heaven, as she was so sad without them here on earth.
As requested by mom, a private family service will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, with Right Rev. Msgr. Michael. Buyachok officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in mom's memory can be made to a charity of choice.

Khrystos Voskres!

Korban Funeral Chapel
(204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 11, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dear Mary, Terry, Michael and all extended family, so very sad of Baba’s passing. She was a lovely woman who always had a smile, a welcoming way and was THE best cinnamon bun maker. I remember waking up from sleepovers to the scent of fresh baking for us all. May she Rest In Peace with Tato and George. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Laurie and Ken - Posted by: Laurie and Ken (Friends of the family ) on: May 15, 2019

  • Terry, Mary and Michael....None of my friends mothers made me feel as welcome in her home like your mom did. She was a special person. God bless. - Posted by: Bobby Jensen (Family friend) on: May 13, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy! Although I only knew George and Mary before your mom and dad moved to St. Anthony, they were the very best neighbors ever ... I loved your mom and dad ... they helped me so much when I was first married and living on Redwood Ave... may all your good memories of all the family that have left cushion some of this tremendous grief you are feeling....Mary, you have every right to be proud of your mom, Anna was an amazing woman.... take care! - Posted by: Sonia Krykolowich (neighbor on Redwood Avenue) on: May 11, 2019

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