Anastasia (nee Jerome) Kelso, widow of the late Albert Kelso, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2011, at the age of 65 years, while camping with her daughter and family at Madge Lake, SK. Anastasia was the middle daughter of the late Martin and Agnes (nee Branconnier) Jerome. Anastasia has surely joined her parents Martin & Agnes Jerome, her husband Albert Kelso, sister Dorothy Malashewski and infant granddaughters Caitlyn and Breanne Kosinsky in heaven as well as brothers-in-law Jim Skinner and Milton Bangle. Anastasia will be greatly missed by her surviving sisters Mabel Skinner, Mavis Bangle and Martha (Micheal) Calden.
With her sisters, Anastasia leaves to mourn her daughters Theresa (Graham) Kosinsky, and Martha Kelso (fiancé, Bill Merrick), her grandchildren Jordan and Aaron Kosinsky, Aurora Atkinson, and Patrick Merrick, as well as her brother-in-law, Roman Malashewski, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Anastasia was born on the farm near San Clara, MB and she loved the farm life and the peacefulness of nature. “Tuzy”, as she was nicknamed, met and married Albert Kelso in 1970 and moved to Williams Lake, BC where they worked, raised their daughters and lived for 27 years. Anastasia ran a home day care and volunteered her time extensively in her community by leading Girl Guides, teaching Sunday school, working on the Glendale Community Association, Catholic’s Women League and Hospice Society. She continued to study and enjoy the outdoors passing her knowledge and appreciation to her daughters, Girl Guides and the children she cared for. Tuzy not only taught us to appreciate God’s gifts of nature, but to cherish family times and how to keep life uncomplicated. Anastasia and Albert retired back to the San Clara area in 1997 and truly loved being back “on the farm”.
Tuzy will also be missed dearly by her faith community of New Life Fellowship. She found strength in the Lord, especially after Albert’s passing, and studied her Bible daily. Tuzy was a tiny woman of quiet grace and she reflected often on the gifts God gave her. Her sudden passing leaves us heartbroken but cherishing the memories of nature walks, midnight star gazing and moonlight safaris with her grandchildren. We will always remember her as happier wearing hiking boots than high heels, reading a book over TV watching, wearing Musk Oil and never perfume, and always having time to stop and thank God for the flowers.
“Wherever you may go, wherever you may stray.
Be sure to sow, allow me to stay.
Seeds for tomorrow, memories for today.”
Anastasia’s Funeral was held Thursday, June 18, 2011 at 2:00pm from the Chapel of Nairn – Chyz Funeral Home, Roblin, MB, with Pastor Clifford Paul and Judy Paul officiating. Jacqui Downer read Psalm 91 and Martha Calden delivered the Eulogy. Mabel Skinner and Margaret Jerome sang “Arms Of My Father”. Mike Yablonski sang “God Only Cries For The Living”. Martina Calden and Ben Jerome sang “Never Alone”. Donna Molberg was the accompanist. Casket Bearers were Wendell Jerome, Glen Jerome, Marty Skinner, Randy Malashewski, Wade Downer and Mike Yablonski. All those who had shared in Anastasia’s love were asked to consider themselves Honourary Casket Bearers. Following the Interment Prayers at Roblin District Cemetery a reception was held from Roblin ‘50 and Over Club.
Memorial Gifts to honour the life of Anastasia Kelso may be given to Roblin District Community Foundation Inc, (for Roblin Hospital Palliative Care Ward), Box 1599, Roblin, MB. R0L 1P0. Notes of condolence to the family may be placed by visiting nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com Nairn – Chyz Funeral Home, Roblin, MB entrusted with arrangements. 204-937-2111