Obituary of Annie Kasdorf Neufeld

150x195-3232404Annie Neufeld (nee Kasdorf), age 83 of Steinbach, after a 10-year struggle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), passed away peacefully January 22, 2015, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach.
She is survived by four daughters: Shirley (Glen) Hutt of Abbotsford, B.C.; Gladys (Fred) Winkler of Mitchell; Brenda (Gerald) Kehler of Steinbach; and Audrey (Terry) Frey of Steinbach.
Annie had seven grandchildren, who she had a special love for. They are: Melanie Bauman, Trevor Hutt, Nicole Plett, Joshelyn Doerksen, Charissa Martin, Carly Frey and Shaylyn Wilkinson; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by seven sisters and six brothers.
She was predeceased by her husband Cornie Neufeld in 1994, son Leonard Milton in infancy, parents Peter and Susanna Kasdorf, and one brother and one sister.
Born April 5, 1931 in Morden, Annie attended school in Morden. Spelling was her favourite subject. Annie was always a good speller. With 15 siblings, and as the oldest daughter, she left school before her high school years to help raise the family. She sometimes wished she could have continued on with her schooling.
In her late teens she moved to Winnipeg to work in a hospital and as a nanny.
On Oct. 17, 1953, she married Cornie Neufeld, and for the next 40 years they worked side by side in their various farming and business ventures, most notably their poultry and trucking business, Hidden Valley Farms in Steinbach.
She survived colon cancer when she was in her mid-40’s, the effects of which she lived with for the rest of her life.
Working on the family farms, and raising four daughters, needless to say, kept her busy. But it was during this time she could practice one of her hobbies, sewing, as she created outfits for her daughters, often matching.
But Annie’s greatest passion was gardening, and in particular the nurturing and growing of flowers, she was an expert on all things flowers, and family members and others often sought out her advice on the subject.
One of her proudest moments, already into her 70’s, was when her flowers and immaculate garden were included in Steinbach’s garden tour of various homes in the community.
Annie was a quiet, gentle person with her family, friends and employees. She was non-judgmental of others, was respectful of others, even her son-in-laws, who she loved to joke around with.
After Cornie died and she moved into a new home in Steinbach, she took up the business venture of baking and selling world class meat buns, proceeds of which were used to buy Christmas presents for her family. Christmas was her favourite time of year and the family is eternally grateful we were able to spend one last Christmas season with her.
Annie became an avid reader in her later years. In a four-year span from 2006 to 2010, details which were meticulously recorded in her journal, she read an astounding 316 books.
Also in recent years she loved watching hockey, her room was the go to room at Rest Haven during Jets games as she was the only one that had the Jets channel in the building. But her favourite player was Jonathan Toews. It was Jonathan’s grandmother, her neighbour at Woodhaven, who got her interested, and she was hooked after that.
Annie suffered with her disease for 10 years, but held her head high as she coped with the increasingly debilitating effects. But perhaps the most difficult aspect for her was her inability to speak in the last year, not able to communicate with her family and those caring for her.
The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate and extraordinary care she received from the staff at Rest Haven the last three and a half years. It was her home.

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