Anna passed away peacefully on February 14, 2022, at the age of 82, in Edmonton, after a short battle with ALS.
She was born on the family homestead at Gardenview, AB, the seventh of nine children. Anna took a licensed practical nursing (LPN) course in 1960 and began working in Jasper, Alberta. For the next decade, she nursed in some of Canada`s most remote communities for Indigenous Health. Anna worked for the Red Cross mobile team collecting blood, and as an operating room technician or LPN at the University of Alberta, Aberhart and Royal Alexandra Hospitals.
She loved adventure and travel. The highlight was working holidays in Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain. Anna traveled Canada from coast to coast but always returned to Alberta and the Rocky Mountains. After retirement, she did private nursing and palliative care. After a major surgery in 2013, she moved into Virginia Park Independent Living, where she enjoyed retirement to the fullest.
Anna valued her faith, family, and friends above earthly possessions. She was a special aunt to her three generations of nieces and nephews, babysitting and taking them on trips. She supported her family in times of need, helping on farms, cooking, baking, and doing chores. Her special gift was doing nursing care and her great sense of humour. She was always positive and cheerful.
She is survived by her sisters: Hilda (Allan), Josie, Lily (Herbert), sister-in-law Anne, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Anna was predeceased by her parents, Kristof and Olga, her stepmom, Erna, brothers Oswald, Godfrey, William, Edward, sister Ollie, nephews Kenneth, Timothy, Mark and Michael, and in-laws Ervin, Janeen, Jack, Katie, Albert, and Bernice.
Special thanks to: the Sturgeon Hospital; Holyrood Extendicare; the ALS Clinic at the University of Alberta; the ALS Society of Alberta; and the AHS Palliative Care team for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society of Alberta https://www.alsab.ca/donate or mail to 7874 10 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 8W1) or a charity of choice.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 1:30 pm at Hope City North Kingsway Campus (10123 Princess Elizabeth Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0X9).