Ann Rod (nee Venus)
Born October 9, 1935 Sprague, Manitoba
Ann Rod, our beloved Mom (Grandma) passed away peacefully on September 25, 2023 at the age of 87, within days of her 88th birthday.
Our broken hearts are filled with inexpressible loss, sorrow and grief. We hope that in time, our countless happy memories of our angel Mom will help fill the huge hole in our lives and hearts, and help replace the grief of her loss.
Left to cherish Mom’s special memories are her two children Perry and Shelley, her son-in-law Richard, granddaughter Erin, sister Barbara and her husband Dick, as well as many other relatives and friends. Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Paul on October 7, 2016, her parents Steve and Barbara Venus, and her siblings Elizabeth, Steve, Kristine and Mary.
Mom shared stories of her years growing up in Sprague, which we greatly enjoyed. Times were not always easy growing up on the farm and then in the town of Sprague. Her stories reflected how her upbringing laid the foundation for her hard work, resilience, positive thinking, and the ability to make lots out of little, and the importance of having dreams and goals to make a great life. Mom developed her musical talents during those early years in Sprague and became an accomplished accordion player. She and her friend Delsie would play music at dances and events when Mom was in her late teens. We have fond memories of Mom playing the accordion at home.
In her early twenties Mom made her way to Winnipeg and worked at the Bank of Montreal at Portage Avenue and Main Street. Mom and Dad met in Winnipeg and were married June 28, 1958. Together they enjoyed 58 years of a beautiful marriage. They provided a very loving home and raised their children Shelley and Perry. Family life took Mom from Winnipeg to Cranberry Portage, South Indian Lake, Snow Lake, Thompson, Dauphin, retirement in Cranberry Portage and Winnipeg. Mom cherished her special and long-time friends. Mom and Dad built a beautiful log home in Cranberry Portage with the help of her sister Kris and her husband Carl. The lot was beautiful land with special memories that Dad grew up on. Mom and Dad enjoyed 10 years of happy retirement in Cranberry before moving back to Winnipeg in 2000.
Mom’s talents were extensive, and she excelled at them all. In so many ways, Mom was ahead of her time. Mom exemplified the devotion and love and traditional values of a Mom, wife and homemaker, and combined that with excelling in her professional work life. Mom was a modern day superwoman. Mom had a truly selfless nature. She put her needs and wants second to those of the family. We remember as children how Mom was working full time and then spent her weekends making meals and doing so many other tasks for the family. Mom’s unconditional love was limitless and was part of all that she did for her family. Her caring and giving nature extended to those around her. Mom had an amazing natural fashion sense and looked beautiful in whatever she wore.
Mom was a great cook, having learned excellent cooking skills from Grandma Venus. She provided wonderful family gatherings and dinners, and we enjoyed countless special treats and recipes through the years. Mom’s special cinnamon buns were sought after by childhood friends. Mom learned sewing, canning, gardening, skills that enabled us as children to benefit from in so many ways. Mom had a green thumb for gardening and for house plant care. Mom was strong not only in character, love and will, but also strong physically. Few jobs were beyond her ability to undertake, including peeling the logs by hand with a knife for the log house. Mom always made Christmas a very special and happy celebration, with lots of family traditions. Forever special will be the tradition of Santa’s Elves who show up Christmas Eve.
Mom will be dearly missed, and most remembered for her beautiful smile, her loving, kind and caring nature and ways, and her love of her husband, family and friends.
Mom’s love is a forever gift, and will always be with us.
“Death ends a life, not a relationship - those we love don’t go away, they walk with us every day.”
As per Mom’s wishes, a private interment will be held at the Sprague cemetery.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all that helped so dearly with Mom’s care. Dr. Brian Sharkey, Cancer Care Manitoba clinicians, Dr. Green, Dr. Shane Silver, staff at Victoria Hospital 5th floor, and Dr. Kristianson. Thank you to the staff at Jocelyn House Hospice for providing a caring and respectful home for Mom for the past four months.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, memorial tributes may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or Jocelyn House Hospice.