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ANNA FAST (published on June 26, 2010)

ANNA FAST Anna (known to her family and friends as Anne) was born in Russia on May 28, 1914. Her parents were Abraham J. and Anna Fast. After her mother's death during the flu epidemic, her father Abraham married Helen Neufeld, whose husband had also died. The family immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling first in the Oakville and then in the Wingham areas in Manitoba. Anna moved to Winnipeg in 1932 and worked as a domestic and as a housekeeper until 1947. She then took a practical nurses training course at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg. For a year she worked as a nurse at Concordia Hospital, and then she became an assistant lab technician in the laboratory in the same institution. She retired from this position in 1975. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith in Christ on May 15, 1932, by First Mennonite Church, Winnipeg. She remained a member of this church for the rest of her life. In her earlier years she sang in the church's choir and taught Sunday School. Sometimes her classes had as many as 20 students. In 1984 Anna moved into ArlingtonHaus. She enjoyed many years here with friends and neighbours, who appreciated her for the concerns she had for them. Except for the last few years, when health problems slowed her down, Anna was an active person who liked to travel, walk, read, make afghans, and enjoy the beauty of nature, particularly flowers. She also did volunteer work. She was hospitalized at the Seven Oaks Hospital on March 12, 2010, as a result of a fracture from a fall, and she suffered a stroke on June 15. She died at the Seven Oaks Hospital at 3:00 a.m., June 22, 2010. Anna was predeceased by her parents, Abraham and Anna Fast, her stepmother Helen (Wiens-Neufeld) Fast, a sister in infancy, a stepbrother Peter Neufeld and a stepsister Helen (Fritz) Johnson, Jessie (Peter) Nikkel. Agnes (John) Reimer, and two nephews. She is survived by sister Mary (Art) Sylvester and many nieces, nephews, and friends. The funeral service will be held Monday, June 28, at 11:00 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg. Interment will take place at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Avenue, following the funeral service and a lunch. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a gift in memory of Anna to Children's Wish Foundation, Manitoba Chapter, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2; or to Bethania Mennonite Memorial Foundation, 1045 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2K 3S7; or to a charity of your choice. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

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