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In memoriam: Ann Oszust

Ann was a proud Ukrainian-Canadian woman who kept traditions strong.
Ann  Oszust

With the heaviest of hearts, we announce the passing of Ann Oszust. She was born on December 14, 1932, in Craigend, Alberta; her maiden name was Grigovici.

Ann was predeceased by her husband Jerry, daughter Sophia and many dear family and friends. She is survived by her stepchildren Ron (and Carmen), Lenny and Ken, son-in-law Ron, her sister Mary, grandchildren Shawna, Michael, Greg, Rick, Chantal, Michelle, Richard, Anik, John and Katelyn, great-grandchildren Zofia and Aven, and nieces Margie, Donna and Diane.

Ann was always full of energy and loved gardening, cooking, her dogs, going for walks with the girls, playing bingo, trying her luck at the casino, her TOPS and Weight Watchers crew, and most of all, her family. She was extremely generous and a proud Moose member for many years where she would usually be found volunteering her time making perogies and cabbage rolls for various charity events. Anne also raised money for Jumpstart and the Salvation Army.

Ann was also a very proud Ukrainian-Canadian woman who always kept traditions strong...usually with food, country music, and wine! Anne and Jerry got married on August 15, 1969, and were married almost 50 years. Many of those years were spent on their farm in Wildwood, where she grew one of the biggest gardens in Powell River; her flower baskets were always overflowing, her rose bushes seemed to bloom all year long and her vegetables were large and plentiful; her green thumb really was second to none.

Ann worked at the Marine Inn as a server for more than 20 years and loved meeting new people daily. She was often referred to as “Marine Annie.” She reminisced fondly about those days and how she enjoyed making sure her “mill and constructions” boys were always fed.

Ann would often get up at 3:30 am for the morning shift, work until 2 pm, go home, prep the rest of the afternoon, and then host one of “Anne and Jerry’s” epic Wildwood barbecues, and then get up and do the same thing again the next day.

Ann was a one-of-a-kind person whose kindness, generosity and love is eternally missed. She died peacefully at the Willingdon Creek care facility on December 26, 2021 (Boxing Day).

She absolutely loved Christmas and her family is so grateful for having had one last Christmas morning together. She got to have a special visit with her new great-granddaughter Zofia and family, facetimed with her sister Mary in Edmonton, her son Ronny in Golden and granddaughter Shawna, who was travelling. Thank you to all the wonderful caregivers who made her last few years as comfortable as they could be.

Ann’s celebration of life will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 11, at Stubberfield Funeral Home.

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