YATERNICK, Anne Elizabeth
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With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beautiful and very much loved wife, mother, and grandmother, Anne, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Annie McGeean, and her brothers, James, and Bernie, and her sisters, Pat and Rose, and her little buddy, Chip. Anne (Gramma) is survived by her husband, Eddie, and her loving family, Pat (Ray), Estelle (Mike), Ward (Denise), and her grandchildren, David (Emilia), Caitlin (Tristan), Matthew (Jen), Jay, and Laura. Gramma arrived in Canada as a war bride at Pier 21 in 1946 and made the lengthy trek into the wilds of Canada to raise her family.
She embraced her new country but, on more than one occasion, shared her thoughts "on this bloody climate" and threatened to move to "somewhere warm, with or without Eddie". In her early sixties, she decided that she needed a second career and, as a former veteran, she joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and embarked on a career of guarding the secrets of our country. She retired 15 years later, and was the first female Sergeant in the Corps - a rank that of which she was very proud.
She took special pride in each of her grandchildren who were the lights of her life. Gramma revelled in their accomplishments, and consoled them in their sorrows, and was the rock in their lives. Each of them knew that Gramma was always in their corner, and would often drop in to visit to share a cup of tea and get her opinion (whether they liked it or not) on what they should do. In 2007, Gramma developed breast cancer and suffered through rounds of chemo, surgery and radiation. Throughout the painful process and recovery, she amazed her doctors with her strength of will, graciousness of manner, and her determination - her "feistiness". Her goal was to get better and spend more time with her grandchildren so that she could see them grow into the fine adults that they are today. The family wishes to thank the entire medical and administrative team on the 5th floor, medical unit at the Civic, in particular, Dr. Clarke, Dr. Wooler and especially Sabrina, for their extraordinary and compassionate care during her hospitalization. Friends may pay their respects at
Kelly Funeral Home - Barrhaven Chapel
3000 Woodroffe Avenue
Nepean, ON K2J 4G3
on Sunday, May 12 from 2-5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 13 at St. Leonard's Church, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception. Private interment to follow. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Anne please consider the charity or cause of your own choice.
"Let's go dancing…"
KELLY FUNERAL HOME-SOMERSET - OTTAWA
585 SOMERSET ST W
Ottawa, ON K1R 5K1
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on May 11, 2013