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SOPHIE ANDERSON (published on February 04, 2009)

SOPHIE ANDERSON (nee WEREMY) May 3, 1911 January 31, 2009 Our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and sister, Sophie Anderson, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, January 31, 2009 at the age of 97 years, at the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg. Remaining to forever cherish Sophie's memory her sisters; Pearl Greening of Nanaimo, B.C., Evelyn Nordman and Annette Weremy of Winnipeg; all her loving children; Thelma Sendrowski (son Robert) Melanie Sendrowski (children, Quinn, Barrett, and Carys) of Winnipeg; Dorothy Howard (daughter, Arlene (Mark) McLellan of Winnipeg) and son Timothy (Ellie) Merrick (children, Travis and Kaeleah), of Edmonton AB; Walter Neil Anderson of Lethbridge, AB (daughter, Yvonne Sugimoto (widow of Chris) of Lethbridge, AB (daughter, Nicole (Dan) Paul and children, of Warner, AB); daughter, Heidi Matejko (son, Evan and daughter, Natasha) of Lethbridge AB; son, Bentley (Diane) Anderson (son, Logan) of Calgary, AB; and son, Andrew (Jennifer) (his children, Tatem and Natasha) of Lethbridge, AB; Andrew Dale (Mary) Anderson of Acton, ON (son, Dale (Aruna) Anderson (children, David and April) of Brights Grove, ON; Marvin Anderson (Donna) of Beausejour, MB (son, Jason (Leanne) of Winnipeg, MB; Lillian Johnstone (Victor) of Winnipeg; Joan Klym Dueck (Elvin) and her children, Mark (Vicki) Klym (daughter, Savannah) of St. Francois-Xavier, MB, Tania (Alan) Siwicki (children, Breanne and Rayna) of Winnipeg, and Erin Klym (Brad Watling) of Oromocto, NB; Daniel Jeffrey Anderson (step-daughter, Lisa (Robert) Thomas (children, Jessie, Brycen, Samantha, and Maximus) of Winnipeg; and Vance Anderson (children, Blair and Kari) of Edmonton, AB; as well as her many nephews, nieces, and their children. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Sigurbjorn Thorvaldur (Walter) Anderson, on March 19, 1977. Also by her parents, Klym and Anna Weremy; brother John Weremy (Ann); step-brothers Harry Weremy (Ella) and Bill Weremy (Kay); sisters Polly (Alex) Kurnesky, Kay (Steve) Hunnie, Lenore (Joseph) Horne, Sadie (Kris) Sigurdson, and Jean; and step-sister Mary (Harry) Wolonchuk; sisters-in-law Anne Weremy, Ella Weremy, and Kay Weremy, Inga (Humphrey) Olson, Runa (Baldur) Arnason, Bina (Charlie) Bolin and Catherine (Arthur) Anderson ; sons-in-law Alexander Klym, Charles Merrick, Milton Howard, and Michael Sendrowski; daughter-in-law Genoveva (Neil) Anderson; brothers-in-law Edward (Pearl) Greening, Joseph (Lenore) Horne, Steve (Kay) Hunnie, Alex (Polly) Kurnesky, Kris (Sadie) Sigurdson, Edward (Evelyn) Nordman, Arthur (Catherine / Emma) Anderson, Arni (Martha) Anderson, Hallie (Olga) Anderson, Stoney (Asdis) Anderson, Bill Anderson, and Emil (Artha) Anderson. Sophie was born and raised in Poplar Park, MB in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements. She worked very hard all her life. As a mere child of seven, she was left in charge of her infant siblings while her parents were out working the fields of their farm. Later, in her teens, she worked beside her father, cutting cordwood, as well as helping her mother with household duties and caring for her younger siblings. Sophie left home at the age of 16 years, to work as a housekeeper and child-care provider in Winnipeg. She became a talented cook and seamstress at an early age. Her employer was amazed that she had such a vast knowledge for being such a young girl. Sophie married Walter Anderson at the age of 18, and they lived with his parents for a year or so, before moving to a log home of their own. She had many talents, and soon had the house plastered inside and out, the floors scrubbed, curtains made for the windows, and had everything ship-shape in no time. She had Walter plow her a garden patch, and proceeded to plant a variety of vegetables and melons. Over the years, she canned thousands of jars of vegetables, wild berries and made jams and jellies from a variety of wild berries. Sophie baked dozens of loaves of bread each week to feed her large family of nine children. She helped her husband with the running of the farm, as well as looking after her children. She worked long hours, staying up until four in the morning to complete her chores, after her children were in bed, and rose a few hours later to start the wood stoves and begin preparing the morning meal. She milked the cows every morning and night, and even cut cordwood with her husband in the winter. A devoted mother who sacrificed much to keep her children fed, clothed, and nurtured, she sewed parkas and other clothing for her husband and children, often making something out of bleached flour or sugar sacks, such as curtains, pillowcases, dishtowels, and underwear for the girls. Walter built a new home in the late 1960's and, after selling the cattle; they had the freedom to go into town (Selkirk) for dinner each week, and to play bingo twice a week. They had some very good, happy years prior to Walters death in March of 1977. Sophie remained in her home about a year after his death, and then moved into Winnipeg to an apartment. She missed her garden most of all, but she adjusted to her new apartment in time, and had resided there, on her own, until she was taken to the hospital five days prior to her death. Sophie was a loving, courageous, self-sacrificing wife and mother, and will always be remembered with love, pride, and gratitude by all her family and friends. Sophie's funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Mountain Ave. A reception will follow in Wojcik's Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that those who desire may make a donation in Sophie's memory to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Suite 200, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6; CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9; or a charity your choice.

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