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STYBA, Anne. Born February 17, 1927 – September 25, 2023. Aged 96 years.
It is with profound sadness that the family of Anne Styba announce her sudden passing at the Dauphin hospital on September 25, at the age of 96. Her family is comforted in knowing that she got her wish of living independently in her home until the end.
Anne was born on February 17, 1927, in the RM of Shell River, north of Roblin, MB. Her parents, Mike, and Sophie Slusar, farmed in the area. Anne attended Hillcrest school and since she was the youngest of four sisters, she had to quit school at age 13 to help her dad with farming as her siblings had already left home.
Anne continued to farm when she married Peter Styba in 1945. They had two children: a son, Gordon (Roblin, MB), and a daughter, Audrey (Okotoks, AB.) Eventually the family would expand to include four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Anne was proud of her Ukrainian heritage and adorned her home with colourful Easter eggs, embroidered tablecloths, and pictures. During Christmas and Easter celebrations, Ukrainian traditions were faithfully observed.
Anne attended the St. Johns Ukrainian Orthodox Church and sang in the choir. As a member of the local branch of the “Daughters of Ukraine,” Anne helped with fundraising, food preparation, and even taught embroidery to children during Ukrainian summer programs.
As an independent woman who loved her home and yard, Anne spent many hours tending her vegetable and flower gardens, sharing not only her harvest, but also her knowledge. Maintaining a well-manicured lawn was a priority.
During the winter months, Anne devoted much time to knitting afghans, slippers, and mittens which she eagerly gave away.
Despite a limited education, Anne loved to read a variety of genres; and in later years, she developed a passion for word searches.
Anne was predeceased by her husband; Peter, her parents; Mike and Sophie Slusar, her sisters; Nettie Sheremeta and Olga Zarazun; sons-in-law; Dan Weir and Harold Hurd, and daughters-in-law; Lorraine Styba and Jean Styba.
Anne is survived by her children; Gordon Styba and Audrey Weir, grandsons; Jerry Marin (Rachel) and Brian Marin (Jill), granddaughters; Stephanie Barnes, and Lanna Weir (Duncan Mudry); great grandchildren; Avery, Elise, Danielle, Jada, Lucas, and Ellie; and sister Doris Fostey, as well as five in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.