Anne-Maria Helene Nielsen

NIELSEN, ANNE-MARIA HELENE

(born April 27, 1937, died May 3, 2012)

Anne-Maria Nielsen was one of three

children born to Anna Link and Herbert Nagel in Landsberg/ Warthe, Germany. Following

difficult years spent as a refugee after WW2, she emigrated to

Toronto in 1965, not knowing a word of

English. By 1976, she had adapted to her new language and

surroundings, and moved cross-country to Calgary with her

husband, son and daughter. After her marriage ended in 1981, in 1985 she married Anders (Andy) Nielsen. After their retirement, the two moved to the warmer climate of

Kelowna, and enjoyed folk dancing, traveling Canada and the US in their camper van, and frequent visits back to Anne-Maria’s family in Germany, and Andy’s family in

Denmark. After a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer, Anne-Maria passed away at home in Kelowna, as she had wanted, just after her 75th birthday. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Andy, her sister Elfriede and brother Reinhard, her daughters Kimberly (partner Lee) and Maryanne (husband Kingsley), her son Greg (wife Synte), and her six grandchildren. She meant a great deal to all of us, and we will miss her dearly – she was a caring mother, a master baker and seamstress, a loyal wife, and she had the will of twenty.  Though she has moved on to a better place, she will always be in our thoughts. She has chosen to be cremated, no service by her request. In lieu of flowers,

donations can be made to the Rutland Auxiliary or the charity of your choice. 

Condolences may be sent to the family by

visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.