ANNA (Annie) KMET
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and babtsia, Anna Kmet, on June 6th, 2020, at Holy Family Home, at the age of 96.
Anna leaves to cherish her memory her son, Ronald (Sandra), her daughter, Anne (Glenn Rusnak), and her grandchildren Catherine (Guiseppe D’Andrea and Michele), Andrew (Jasmine Parsotam), and Simeon (Andriana Tarasiuk). Also left to mourn her passing are her brothers, Omelan Dmytryshyn (Melanie), and Nick Dmytryshyn (Anisia); her sister, Margo Green (Seymour); and her sister-in-law, Halia Dmytryshyn; as well as nieces and nephews, in Canada, the US, and family in Ukraine.
She was predeceased by her husband Semko (Sam) Kmet, her parents Ivan and Anastasia Dmytryshyn, her brother Harry, and her son, John.
Anna was born in Zboriv, oblast Ternopil, Ukraine on July 28th, 1923. She excelled in her studies but, as the eldest of five children, she was needed at home. Towards the end of the Second World War, when Ukraine was invaded, she, her parents and siblings were given one day’s notice to pack up their belongings and were conscripted to work at a farm near Vienna, Austria. It was in Vienna that she met and married Semko Kmet. When the war ended, they were relocated to a displaced persons’ camp in post-war Germany. In November 1947, they immigrated to Canada, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax, with their young son Ronald (Roman), and then boarded a train to settle in Winnipeg. She was forever grateful to Canada, and to her new home of freedom, and opportunities.
Employed initially in the garment industry, she then worked at the Fort Garry Hotel. She was a marvelous cook and baker, whose creativity allowed her to whip up wonderful meals from few ingredients. Her home was warm and welcoming to all, and she was happiest when all the family gathered together for Sunday dinners, and at holidays.
She cherished her children and grandchildren, and always placed their needs before her own. Amongst her greatest joys was attending concerts and recitals where family members performed, be it in a concert hall, an auditorium, a church hall, or at someone’s home.
To all who knew her, she will be remembered for her strong sense of family, her zest for life, her generous, selfless nature, her wonderful sense of humour, and her wisdom. Proud of her Ukrainian heritage, and blessed with an amazing memory, she seized any opportunity to share stories and reminiscences with young and old. Her faith was unwavering and provided her with an inner strength that carried her through difficult times. Blessed Virgin Mary Parish was her lifelong church in Canada. An active parishioner and volunteer, she held several positions with the UCWLC, including being on the executive at both the parish and provincial levels.
At 91, she moved to Holy Family Home, where she continued to actively participate in a variety of programs, and attend faithfully liturgies and molebens. We, the family, will be forever grateful to the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, to the wonderful and caring staff of St. Anne’s ward, as well as to Dr. T. Babick and Dr. A. Babick for your compassionate care of our mother and babtsia.
Given the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, a private funeral service was held at Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, with Father Volodymyr Bashutskyy officiating. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to
Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 965 Boyd Avenue, Winnipeg, R2X OZ9 or to Lubov Foundation - Holy Family Home, 1085 Main Street, Winnipeg, R2W 3S9.
Korban Funeral Chapel
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