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Ann Tarasoff

Ann Tarasoff

Ann Tarasoff nee Faminoff passed away peacefully on February 14th, 2011 at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson British Columbia at the age of 93 (one month short of her 94th birthday). Her passing was very quick and peaceful under the care of the staff of Evergreen Cottage.

Ann was born on March 4th 1917 in Lundbreck Alberta and grew up on a farm just outside of Cowley Alberta. In 1935 she met Nick Tarasoff and they were married in January 1936. Their union was to last for more than 63 years.

They settled with Nick’s parents in Herronton Alberta and their first son John was born in October of that year. Their second son was born 6 years later and at that time they moved to their own place which was owned by Nick’s father about three miles up the road.

Farming didn’t turn out to be a successful venture so in 1948 after being bailed out a number of times Ann and Nick made the biggest decision of their lives and decided to give up farming and move to Calgary. They both enrolled at SAIT, Ann to be a seamstress and Nick to be a welder. They were both great at their new vocations.

As well as working and raising a family they became very active in the peace and labor movements, the Federation of Russian Canadians (FRC) and The Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC) and remained active and supportive all their lives.

In 1967 Ann decided that they should move to Victoria so that they could enjoy their later years in a more temperate climate. About this same time Ann decided to take an art class by correspondence and was very good at it.

It was in Victoria that Ann decided to run for city council under the banner of the Communist Party. Needless to say she was unsuccessful but very passionate.

In the late 70’s both their sons moved to Vancouver so Ann decided that they should as well. It was the first time that the family had been in the same city since 1967.

In 1987 they decided to move to Nelson where they bought a home and lived the rest of their lives doing what they loved; gardening and having relatives and family come for visits. They were happiest when there was a house full of visitors.

Ann is predeceased by her husband Nick and her son John and is survived by her son Misha, daughter-in-law Marlene, sister Mary and brother Joe, sister Nettie, daughter-in-law Ruby, two grandchildren Darrin and Shelly three great grandchildren Carl, Emily and Jeremy and a number of nieces and nephews.

On Friday Feb.25th at 2PM there will be a communal service for those residents of Mountain Lake Seniors Community who have passed away this month including Ann at Mountain Lakes Senior’s Community 908 Eleventh Street Nelson. A celebration of her life will be held later in the year when her cremated remains will be placed along with her husband Nick. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Mountain Lake Seniors Society for use of their many programs for seniors.

We thank all of the staff of Mountain Lake Seniors Community for the loving care and attention that Mother was given.

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Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service, Nelson BC

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