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AUSMA M. CEPLIS (DEME) Obituary pic


Born: Mar 23, 1929

Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2021

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(née DEME)

Peacefully, Ausma passed at Erickson, MB on August 28, 2021.
She was born in Rucava, Latvia on March 23, 1929. Her family's life was disrupted by The Second World War when they became displaced persons. Ausma immigrated to
Winnipeg, Canada in 1950, and married
Gunars in 1952, settling in Pointe du Bois, Winnipeg, St. Andrews, Arnes and Gimli. Many winters were spent gardening in Texas after retirement. Trips to Latvia after its
independence re-united her with extended family members. Ausma was an accomplished quilter and over her lifetime enjoyed creating various fiber arts. Having grown up in a farming family, she appreciated nature and agriculture. She treasured her Latvian
heritage, but valued Canada for providing her with refuge and opportunities.
She was predeceased by her husband
Gunars, infant son Andris, parents, Juris and Katrina, and in-laws, Andrejs and Anna. She is survived by daughters, Dinah and Ilze (Mike); granddaughter Nikola (Justin); son Jim (Jacinta); grandson Quinn; sister Dzidra (Elmars); brother Imants (Lidija); four nieces and a nephew and their families; and relatives and friends in Latvia, USA, Canada and
At her request, no service will be held.
Private interment of ashes will take place at Lee River Cemetery.
Donations gratefully welcomed in her name to any of the following: Westshore
Community Foundation, Box 395, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0; Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
html or your local animal rescue; and/or plant a garden perennial in her memory.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • We will miss my aunt's quietly intelligent presence. Life's challenges, for example living through World War II in Latvia and its aftermath, brought on in her a great strength of character. Her spirit lives on in the beautiful quilts and other projects that she created and generously offered to family and friends. We will remember her fondly. Sandra and Doug - Posted by: Sandra Chulka (niece) on: Sep 04, 2021

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