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Anne (Kuzyk) NowosadDecember 1, 1923 ~ March 2, 2017 (age 93)
In Loving Memory of
Anne Nowosad (nee Kuzyk)
1923 – 2017
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Anne Nowosad peacefully entered into eternal rest, joining her Lord and Saviour and all those who left this life before her.
Anne Kuzyk was the second eldest of five daughters born to parents Peter Kuzyk and Teenie Komaranksy on December 1, 1923 in the Olha District of Manitoba.
Both of Anne’s parents emigrated at a young age with their families from Ukraine in the early 1900’s, settling in the Marco District of Manitoba. Peter and Teenie eventually met and shortly after were united in marriage. They established a homestead and farming operation in the Olha District, where Anne was born. In 1928 when Anne was 5 years of age, the Kuzyk family moved to the Petlura area near Grandview.
Anne began her schooling at Pozir School in 1932. Following her education, she went to work for a few farmers in the area. She later moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario where she worked for a short time.
Anne returned home to Petlura, and on November 8, 1941, she was married to Bill Nowosad in Petlura. Following their marriage, they lived with Bill’s parents for a short time, and they both helped out on the Nowosad family farm. Bill and Anne eventually purchased their own farm, establishing their own homestead in the Petlura District, where they farmed a mixed farming operation that included cows, pigs and chickens, and also planted crops which they harvested every fall. It was during this time that their three children – Boris, Eleanor Doris, and Patricia Ann – were born and raised.
In 1979, Bill and Anne retired from their farming operation, and took up residence in Roblin, Manitoba, not far from their roots in Petlura.
Anne was a woman of strong faith, and it remained a fundamental part of her life throughout her 93 years. She attended the Liturgy on a regular basis, and although as the years passed and her mobility became an issue, she maintained her devotion to her faith, and attended whenever her situation would allow. While in the Petlura area, she was a very active member of the Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church as well as the parish hall, volunteering in many capacities including cooking for social events such as weddings and funerals with the other women of the parish. When Bill and Anne retired to Roblin, she was just as involved in the Holy Redeemer Ukrainian Catholic Church in many capacities there, as well. Along with many of the women of the parish, she became a kitchen helper for St. Vladimir’s College in Roblin during its existence, providing many meals and assisting with food services for the staff and young residents of the college.
Anne was the consummate Ukrainian Baba, proud of her Ukrainian heritage, passing along to her children and grandchildren the traditions and customs she had acquired decades earlier from her own mother. She was skilled at preparing all traditional Ukrainian foods for many occasions, cooking and baking everything from scratch, without looking at a single recipe! At Christmas time, her family was blessed with the traditional 12 mouth-watering dishes featuring kolach, kutia, varenyky, holubtsi, and borshch. For each Easter season, she would lovingly prepare her Easter basket for blessing in church, and the feast on Easter Sunday would include Easter favorites such as paska, babka, kobassa, nalysnyky and nachinka.
Anne’s knowledge of the Ukrainian culture was not only limited to Ukrainian cooking, but also the creation of beautiful pysanky that have been enjoyed by her family for many Easter seasons. She also enjoyed producing many needlework projects by knitting and crocheting blankets, slippers, doilies and many other items that were of necessity for her family.
In her later years, Anne thoroughly enjoyed the company of friends and family, and took every opportunity to meet with her friends for their daily coffee. She also enjoyed time to herself, and would often keep herself busy with crossword and word search puzzles.
Anne’s most blessed treasures in her life were her family. As a mother, she raised her own three children and provided them with a life foundation based on love and the principles of honesty, respect, and integrity. She watched eagerly as her children became parents, and she embraced her grandchildren with as much love as she had for her own children. As those grandchildren grew and thrived, they eventually welcomed their own children, and Anne became a proud great-grandmother, a title which she cherished throughout her days. There were always more than enough kisses and hugs for everyone, and her love and heartfelt affection for all of us was abundant and never ending.
The matriarch of our family and the last of her generation in the Nowosad family, Anne has left a lasting imprint on the lives of all of us. She leaves behind a legacy of love through those of us who remain, and her memory will be eternal in our hearts.
Anne was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Teenie Kuzyk; one brother, Steve and one sister, Olga, both in infancy; her sisters Irene Chasoway, Mary Kuzyk, and Mabel Buchanan. Anne was also predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Bill, on May 26, 2011, as well as her son-in-law, Dan Zimmer, daughter-in-law, Adeline Nowosad, and great-grandson, Callum Smith.
Those who will carry on her legacy and forever cherish her memory are one son, Boris Nowosad and friend Jan Smith of Dauphin; two daughters, Eleanor Zimmer of Beaumont, Alberta and Pat and husband Don Cross of Roblin; 8 grandchildren, Pamela and husband Dave Federowich of Dauphin, Sherise Nowosad and husband Patrick Podjan of Brandon, Amber and husband Colin Gingell of Kelowna, British Columbia, Derrick Zimmer and wife Jennifer of Leduc, Alberta, Stacy and husband Scott Otteson of Okotoks, Alberta, Devin Cross and wife Abigail of Steinbach, Chelsea and husband Aaron Smith of Airdrie, Alberta, Jacy Cross of Roblin; 12 great-grandchildren, Dawson and Marin Federowich, Jillian Hoffman, Addison, Caleb and Ella Gingell, Jayden, Joshua and Danica Zimmer, Liam and Grayce Otteson, Destin Smith.
Anne also leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Wilma Anderson of Edmonton, Alberta and sister-in-law Anne Zdebiak of Port Alberni, British Columbia. There are also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and extended family members who will fondly remember her.
A Prayer Vigil was held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home in Roblin.
Requiem Divine Liturgy was held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. from the Holy Redeemer Ukrainian Catholic Church in Roblin, celebrated by Rev. Father Yaroslav Strukhlyak. Peter Wyss served as Cantor. The Crossbearer was great-grandson Dawson Federowich. Anne’s obituary was delivered by granddaughter Pamela Nowosad-Federowich and great-grandson Dawson Federowich. The eulogy celebrating Anne’s life was given by granddaughters Stacy Zimmer and Chelsea Cross-Smith. Interment followed in the Roblin Catholic Cemetery. Laying Anne to rest were grandsons Derrick Zimmer, Devin Cross, Jacy Cross, Dave Federowich, Aaron Smith and godson Randy Kitz.
Following the interment, a memorial luncheon was held at the Holy Redeemer Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall, hosted by members of the UCWL.
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