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Born: Dec 26, 1935

Date of Passing: Dec 15, 2020

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December 26, 1935 - December 15, 2020

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the sudden passing on December 15, 2020, of our loving mother and proud grandmother, Anastazia Kroeker, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 84.
Mom will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Gordon from St. Albert, Alberta and Ken from Strathmore, Alberta; and grandson "special guy" - Jordon from St. Albert, Alberta. She will also be dearly missed by her brother William Borschewski and his family from Manitoba; sister-in-law Phyllis Borschewski and her family from Manitoba; and niece Cindy Strand, nephew Steve Kuffner and their families from the United States. As well, a host of loving friends, and special neighbours - Wes and Laurie Zaleski, Dan and Debbie Shaw; and as well as her church group of ladies/Sunday morning breakfast club.
Anastazia (Nel) was born to Michael and Anne Borschewski on December 26, 1935 near Pine River, Manitoba. Mom was the only daughter and youngest of three siblings growing up on the family farm. When Mom left Pine River to complete her post-secondary education, she moved to Dauphin, Manitoba where she met the love of her life - George Kroeker, and they married in 1962 - a love that spanned 52 years. They later transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they continued to raise their family, and she ultimately resided until her recent passing.
Mom was predeceased by her devoted husband and our loving father George; her parents, Michael and Anne; George's parents, Aron and Agatha; brother John Borschewski; sisters-in-law, Josephine Kuffner and Anne Borschewski.
Mom loved life, enjoyed living life to the fullest, and especially loved spending time with Dad and with her family. She enjoyed having get-togethers with her entire family, and was very hospitable to all visitors that came to her home. Mom had many admirable qualities and traits; she was caring, compassionate, generous, honest, kind and loving. Anastazia (Nel) constantly busied herself with cooking, gardening, quilting and watching sports on television. She loved spending time outside, and was passionate about everything dealing with gardening, which was apparent in her immaculate yard. Mom was happiest being outside, and she took such pride in her yard - her second love. Often mom had such an abundance in her perfect garden, that she would take pride in sharing her harvest with others, including food banks and kitchens. Mom also loved and was superb at cooking, always preparing the best meals, especially proud of using her own home-grown ingredients. She loved to quilt in her spare time - evenings and during the winter months - making quilts and bedspreads for everyone special in her life. Mom was an avid sports fan, all the while cheering for her favourite sports teams while quilting, and a diehard Bombers, Jets, and Goldeyes fan - she was always up-to-date and was eager to share the latest team news.
The family regrets that due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, a private funeral for Anastazia (Nel) will be celebrated only with immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Anastazia Kroeker's name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to Wes and Laurie Zaleski, and Dan and Debbie Shaw, as well as all the staff that cared for Mom at the Grace Hospital, Riverview, and at the Charleswood Care Center.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Gordon and Ken and Jordon, we are so sad to hear the news of your mom's passing. We got to visit with her at my mom's funeral in October of 2019. We had such a lovely visit with her. She was a very kind, warm person with an amazing sense of humor and laugh. We just heard this news 2 days ago and I'm so sorry that we didn't know sooner. Our deepest sympathies to all of you on your loss. Love, Cindy & Keenan Strand - Posted by: Cindy Strand (Niece) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • We are so sorry about Nel’s passing. We did not hear about this until right now…..and here it is, 9 months later! Somehow all of the Kuffner’s must have missed the obit or perhaps, didn’t recognize Anastasia as Nel - I think this must be the reason as we would have acknowledged it someway! I am so sorry, Ken, Gordon and Jordan that we didn’t know at the time - you must think us heartless when, in reality, we are very sorry she is gone as we always enjoyed visiting with her. She was a very talented woman in many areas and, I’m sure, will be missed by all who knew her! Our sincere condolences on hearing this news! Al and Judy Kuffner - Posted by: Al & Judy Kuffner (Family) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • Growing up in Pine River, Nel and I were neighbours. Nel was the godmother for two of my sons, Chris and Dennis. We remained friends all these years and always were able to pick up where we left off over a coffee. In more recent years we would meet at the gravesites to visit our husbands who were buried adjacent to one another. We would then follow our gravesite visit with a coffee. When my time comes, I look forward to being neighbours again. I will miss you my friend! Rest in peace! Nettie Basaraba and Family - Posted by: Nettie Basaraba and Family (Friend from Pine River & Winnipeg ) on: Jan 12, 2021

  • Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Val Touchette Krost and Family (Neighbor) - Posted by: Val Touchette Krost (neighbors) on: Jan 07, 2021

  • Ken, Gord and Jordon, I’m so sorry for your loss. I was one of Nel’s church, breakfast and coffee friends. We also headed out to Nick’s in Headingley for dinner together from time to time. She was a wonderful thoughtful and caring person. We are all missing her terribly. - Posted by: Maureen Spier (Friend) on: Jan 07, 2021

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