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VICTORIA (VICKY) CHOPP (GALKA)
Born: Jun 01, 1920
Date of Passing: Jun 05, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
VICTORIA (VICKY) CHOPP
She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Joe Chopp (1978); her parents, Joe and Mary Galka; her son Leonard (2019); daughter-in-law Donna (2001); siblings, John, Stanley, Edward, Anton, Helen and Sophie.
She leaves to mourn her children, Bob (Laura), Vernie (Fred), Ken (Rose), Joey, Gary (Jean); daughter-in-law Blanche; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Vicky was born in Melrose, MB, on June 1, 1920. She went to school in Melrose where she was an outstanding student, a fact she liked to remind us all on numerous occasions. Upon completion of schooling, Vicky worked in Winnipeg until she married Joe Chopp on May 4, 1940. Together they moved to Anola and spent many years hard at work on their mixed farm. In the summer months they cultivated a market garden where they sold their harvests of cucumbers, potatoes and cabbage as well as fresh eggs to members of the community.
Vicky wasn't just a vegetable gardener, she loved her flowers which she grew from seed in her greenhouse. Her green thumb was evident by the blooming African violets that adorned her window sills and the beautiful blooms in her gardens. She was a skilled seamstress, making her own dresses and mending many pairs of pants. She made feather duvets, knitted scarves and mitts, crocheted doilies and darned socks as a pastime.
Vicky had a love and a wonderful skillset for cooking. As a member of Anola Community Caterers she created many delicious memories for countless weddings and banquets in Anola and the surrounding areas. She was known for her cabbage rolls, pierogi and piroshky which she turned into a thriving business that saw her products travel to as far away places as Chicago and Hawaii. For many years you would find her staying up all hours of the night rolling dough to fill orders, especially during Christmas.
Holidays like Easter and Christmas were special times for our family. Everything always had to be fresh and from scratch. It was never a surprise to find her making items as we came in the door. No dinner was complete until she pulled out the roaster of the most tender butter roasted pierogi and her air buns with homemade butter. Meals always finished with multiple homemade desserts.
While she worked hard, she found time to enjoy playing bingo, doing word searches and playing cards with family and friends. Many family gatherings ended in a late night poker match and maybe a shot or two, especially when family came to visit from Chicago. She liked to travel and enjoyed her holidays in Hawaii, Mexico, Montreal and a road trip through Western Canada. In her younger years she was athletic and very competitive. She curled in Hazelridge for many years and was a member of the Anola Broomball Team. She enjoyed watching her grandsons and great-grandsons play hockey. She was a Jets fan.
Sundays were for church. She loved gospel and country music. Coming home after church she'd tune into Portage radio to hear the Sunday Gospel hour. Vicky attributed her long life to saying her prayers twice a day without fail. If she forgot she would get up out of bed and say them. On bad days she might even say them three times.
With the hard work, companionship and care of her son Joey, Mom was able to stay active in the daily operations of the farm right up until the age of 95. She spent her final years in the outstanding care and compassion of the staff at Kin Place until June 5, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Kin Place at P.O. Box 28, 680 Pine Drive, Oakbank, MB R5N 0P8.
Due to Covid-19, a private family service was held at Seasons Funeral Service.
The family requests that condolences and
memories may be left by visiting Victoria's
memorial page at seasonsfunerals.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Our sympathies to the family of Mrs. Chopp. She was a hard working lady who made the best perogies and cabbage rolls in her younger days. She will be missed. - Posted by: Ed & Joan Rak (Friends ) on: Jun 19, 2020
To all the Chopp family, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother. What an amazing age to reach in her lifetime of hard work and the care of family - Posted by: Fred and Vickie Emms (family friends) on: Jun 15, 2020
Kindness, generosity and tradition is what comes to mind when I think about Auntie Victoria. On my business trips to Manitoba I would drive the extra mile and have a one on one with her. The food the garden (we can't grow a real tomato in Calgary) and the smile. It was always memorable and I told my sons about those visits when I got home. Today my sons pour me a shot and my 11 year old granddaughter is growing her own garden. So the tradition and Auntie will be remembered for two more generations. Thank You God bless - Posted by: Allan Galka Calgary (Nephew) on: Jun 14, 2020
My condolences to all of the Chopp family especially to Bob and Laura who were my next-door neighbours for many many years and I sometimes used to help with the catering in the community club and I remember her cooking was amazing. To live to 100 years is an amazing feat and I am sure she earned her angel wings - Posted by: Chris Porter (Former Anola resident ) on: Jun 13, 2020
Our condolences to Garry & Jean, neighbors at Mtn. Rd. - Posted by: Dave & JoAnn Ilkew (Garry & Jeans neighbors ) on: Jun 13, 2020
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