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Born: Feb 14, 1939

Date of Passing: Nov 27, 2019

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February 14, 1939 - November 27, 2019

It is with sadness, that we announce the passing of Axel, on November 27, 2019, at his home in Winnipeg, surrounded by family.
He will be greatly missed by Karen, his loving wife of 49 years; as well as his children, Tania (Achim), Wendy (Matthew), Jennifer (Marcus), Sarah (David); grandchildren, Reilly (Ashly), Quinn, Spencer, Tate, Kristjanna, Johanna, Sophia, Nicola, and great-grandbaby Delilah.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, located at 160 Ethelbert Street.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Axel's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 30, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • We were so saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Axel. We first met Axel and Karen when our Maritime-born son married a prairie girl. As parents of the groom, we needed a place to stay. And we found a warm welcome and good friendship with Axel and Karen, a congenial couple our age, easy to feel at home with. We admired Axel's warmth and wit, his passion for learning, and his love for his family. Karen, we hold you and your family in our hearts with prayer, as you heal in body and spirit. Carol and Michael Sears - Posted by: Carol Sears (friend) on: Dec 02, 2019

  • Jennifer, I am so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Lots of love, Tammy - Posted by: Tammy Kasak (Friend of Jennifer) on: Dec 02, 2019

  • Give rest, Lord, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, but life everlasting. - Posted by: Jon Sears (Family friend) on: Dec 01, 2019

  • Dear Karen, I am so sorry to read of Axel's passing. I do believe I met Axel, walking our dogs, before I even met you. I was struck right away how he was quiet and gentle and had a beautiful smile. I met him often in the neighborhood walking your lovely Zero. I am very sorry for your loss. Sincerly, Carmen xo - Posted by: Carmen Asu (friend) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • Condolences to you Karen and family. We have known you and Axel for a short time but we had some good fun together. The cribbage may not have been at the pro level, however, it was the stuff of good friends and compassionate interaction. All the best to you and family in your adjustment to life without Axel. Jean & Ernie - Posted by: Jean & Ernie Masiowski (friends) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • Deeply saddened to hear the sudden passing away of our beloved friend Axel Nast-Kolb, we express our heartfelt tribute to his departed soul and deepest condolence and sympathy to the bereaved family. We cherish the memory of being warmly welcomed to Winnipeg upon our arrivals back in 1999, as Axel and Karen both guided us to have experience happy Christmas holidays, teaching us how to cook, carve and serve a turkey to experience the joy of holidays. We remember Axel teaching us the rules of Football, watching the Labor Day Classic game between Blue Bombers and Rough Riders the following fall. In this year of Blue Bombers's winning of Grey Cup, we were having a special thought of Axel, shortly after which we are having to see him leaving us. Axel's soul will remain in our thoughts with for ever. Dr. Drona Rasali & Mrs. Krishna Rasali Joined by our children Rubina and Prabin Vancouver - Posted by: Drona+ Krishna Rasali (Friends) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • As an actor in RMTC's production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE in 2018, I was pleased to see Axel, Karen and several other friends at a performance--sitting in the front row, no less! Being so close to the stage, I could see the expressions on peoples' faces during the performance. I distinctly recall noticing Axel. I'll never forget the look on his face... Axel had been having some difficulty with his mind at this point. He could be quite forgetful. Seeing him at church he often didn't remember our friendship of many years. But that night, watching the performance, it struck me that Axel had the expression of a child, gazing in wonderment at the enchanting story unfolding before his eyes. That is my last, endearing memory of Axel. I'm so glad I was part of something that gave him joy. - Posted by: Jon Ted Wynne (friend) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • So sorry to hear about Mr. Nast-Kolb’s passing. My thoughts go to our childhood (mine and the girls), with so many outings and adventures together: berry-picking, canoeing, sharing dinners and picnics. As all vivid childhood memories, his voice, and of course, his accent, will always be in my memory. He was always kind with me and a good friend to my parents. He will be missed. Condolences to the entire family! Big hugs to all! - Posted by: Robin Rooke-Hanke (Family friend) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • Greetings Karen, and family! We just learned the news about Axel. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you. I'm sure Axel will be greatly missed. We have fond memories of our interactions with Axel, always willing to offer help and assistance with a cheerful heart. We will be sure to remember you in our thoughts and prayers. Love and blessings, Esther Anne and Terry - Posted by: Esther Anne and Terry Klassen (Karen's former colleague) on: Nov 30, 2019

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