Agnes Hando Obituary
On August 2, 2018, our mother, Agnes Hando, passed away with family by her side, at Pinecrest Home for the Aged.
She was born in Mezo Zombor, Hungary on January 7, 1925. Mom, the eldest of six girls, immigrated to Canada with her mother and sister in 1926. They joined her father who was already here working in Saskatchewan. Growing up on the farm, mom and her sisters were all required to pitch in to provide for the family. She shared many stories of this time including winter sleigh rides, playing baseball, riding horses and going out to work at a young age.
In 1943, Mom met and married Joseph Hando. They soon moved to Justice, Manitoba where they farmed and started their family.
A few years later they moved to Gladstone, Manitoba where our family increased in size. Life blossomed for Mom. Large gatherings of family and friends were regular occurrences. Everyone enjoyed Mom's Hungarian cooking; a special favourite was her creamed chicken paprikash with dumplings. Mom became very involved in her local church with altar care and hosting travelling priests and nuns for Sunday dinners. This generosity continued when Mom and Dad opened their home to shelter Hungarian refugees.
In 1961 Mom and Dad moved to Kenora, Ontario where their last child was born and a new chapter began. Each of us remembers mom's passion for gardening. She had an exceptional way with flowers which lives on in us today. We remember coming home to the smell of fresh baked buns and her famous chocolate chip cookies ( a neighbourhood favourite). Later in life mom went to work at Pinecrest Home for the Aged. She joined a bowling league, started water colour painting and was an active member of the Catholic Women's League and a devout parishioner of Notre Dame Church. Mom particularly loved having teatime chats with her close neighbours and she cherished these lifelong friendships.
Mom's family was precious to her. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her best times were when we all gathered together to eat and play games. She will be greatly missed.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, and her son Ron. Cherishing the many happy memories she has left us with are her children: Jim (Shirley) Hando, (Lyn) Hando, Angie (Ted) Agombar, Charles (Debra) Hando, Patti (Brad) Lowes, Dave (Lee
Anne) Hando and her grandchildren: Bryan (Cheri), Stephen (Jeffrey), Michelle, Ashley
(Joe), Jordan, Cole (Heather), Myles, Bryce and her great grandchildren: Bronte, McKeely, Lochlea, Harper, Marshall and Carter.
A funeral mass celebrating Mom's life will be held at Notre Dame du Portage Church on Saturday September 8, 2018 at 11 am.
Alcock Funeral Home (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.