Anne was born on September 19, 1932 to Michael and Margaret Krakalowich. Her parents were Ukrainian immigrants to Canada and settled in the Waskatenau area. They were hard working and very proud of their heritage of which they lovingly passed on to their children. The love of the land and food was a common thread that united them and future generations. She was the sixth of nine children and enjoyed her place in the pecking order.
All the children worked extremely hard, investing in the future and contributing to the success of their family, province, and country. The colorful life of a pioneer family is both impressive and almost unimaginable in todays world. Mom often kept watch for the rcmp in case her dad’s moonshine still would be discovered and her covert skills were very convincing to the police that no such thing existed.
Learning to cope with a new country, feed your family and have fun at the same time made for some interesting family dynamics of which I am sure the half has not yet been told!
She was proud of her eight siblings Walter, George, Mary, John, Olga, Joe, Ray and Lil. They each carried the hard working, determined, pioneering spirit of their parents.
Consequently, farming and gardening were in mom’s DNA. She could make anything grow. This was a gift that she nurtured steadily over time until she became the resident expert. You did not mess with Baba’s garden. I must have flowers, always and always! You must have them too!
When she met Gerald Mckale, he had 19 brothers and sisters. Yes, you read this correctly and all from the same parents. Again that hardworking, determined pioneering spirit….and they were Irish! Our family could populate their own town. One of the relatives said they were known as the Mckale’s of Remington. I feel they should have made their own reality show.
Gerald passed away suddenly and Anne was left a widow with a young family. She coped as best as she could and we did not make it easy for her.
She married again in her early 80’s to John Auger whom she met at the nursing home. We were shocked because we did not even know she was dating. The colorful life of those pioneers! He passed away shortly after.
She loved her children Andrea, Pat, Tony, Cathy, Antoinette and Joel and all their respective spouses. She also dearly loved her grandchildren (Conrad, Wyatt, Madison, Mitchell, Jade, Wylie, Tasha, Liam, Ireland, Garrett, Dexter and Marina, two great grandchildren, Sapphira and Lilyauna)
Each one of them was extremely special to her. They were the apples of her eyes and brought her so much joy in her later years.
Rest in peace Baba. You are now seeing beauty beyond compare and unimaginable joy.
Charitable donations in memory of Anne may be directed to:
World Vision Canada
1 World Drive