The family of Ann Vickar, aged 90 years, sadly announce her passing on February 4, 2019.
She leaves behind her children, Sharon and Marty Diamond, David and Heather Vickar; sister Leah Gitlin; grandchildren, Launi Diamond and Bryan Rear, Jocelyn Diamond and Mike Morton; Misha and Toby; great-grandson Madden; sisters-in-law, Eve Vickar and Gnessie Vickar, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Freda Freedman, husband Morris Vickar, sister Rose Phillips and twin sister Eva Epstein.
Ann was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan and lived her early years in Nipawin before moving to Melfort with husband Morris. In 1965, the family relocated to Winnipeg. Her loving husband of 36 years passed away far too soon in 1984 following a long battle with cancer. Ann was by his side, as his partner and advocate throughout the entire process.
Known widely for her wonderful baking and cooking, Ann was always one to host a wonderful feast for family and friends. Her shortbread cookies and almond florentine, as well as cheesecakes, were legendary. Needless to say, homemade gefilte fish, komish bread, corned beef and pickled tongue were family favourites. Ann was a wonderful mother, whether feeding her family with wonderful wholesome home cooking or wise and timely advice, all blended with her fine sense of humour. She was a whiz with numbers and bookkeeping and even in her later years, a computer tutor for her friends.
She was an avid curler at the Maple Leaf Curling Club as well as a golfer at Glendale. Her golfing continued almost to the age of 80 years...the only one in our family to score a "hole in one"! She was active in Hadassah for many years and always a willing volunteer to help out a good cause.
Ann spent her final years, following a stroke, in the Simkin Centre. The family would like to thank the staff of the Simkin for all of their loving care during that time. In addition, a huge thank you to the loving and compassionate companions who not only cared for Ann, but also became such good friends to her and the entire family. Josey, Alicia, Clemens, Emma, Hazel, Juliette, Lovely, Priscilla, you are wonderful.
Ann will be fondly remembered forever by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her many friends and relatives. In her memory, providing an act of kindness to others or contributions in her memory to the Simkin Centre Foundation in Winnipeg, would be greatly appreciated.