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Anna Thyer

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Thyer, Anna

June 1, 1931 - July 5, 2019


Anna passed away suddenly and peacefully in her home on July 5th. She was born to German parents in the Ukraine and moved with her family to Canada in the late 1940s, settling first in Manitoba and then in BC. She trained as a nurse and then worked in Europe and Canada until she met and married Norman in Vancouver, where daughter Anita was born. Linda was born in Montreal and shortly afterwards the young family moved to Nelson where they remained. David was adopted into the family a few years later. 

Anna loved her natural environment and honed her gardening and hobby farming skills at the Sproule Creek home. Both she and Norman were active members of the community and passionate advocates for social justice and environmental issues. They loved hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Anna enjoyed music, dance and a variety of crafts and travel. 

Recently Anna’s decline in health brought her to the Nelson Commons, where she frequented the Co-op daily for their hot meals and varied community, and deeply appreciated the friendly staff. She will be missed by her family and many friends. An informal celebration of life is planned for Sunday August 11th at an outdoor location to be determined – please check back here for updated details.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Andy Shadrack
Relation: friend

I first met Anna through her husband Norm (who I first met at Notre Dame University in Nelson in 1973 when I was a student there). After to Norm passed I would occasionally meet Anna and got to know her deep philosophical love for the planet. Most recently I would meet Anna at the Co-op when I came to shop, and she would join me in the cafeteria. Recently we talked about the fact that people might finally be waking up to the realities of climate change. I will miss our little chats with Anna, and feel very fortunate to have known such a caring women.

From: Colleen Driscoll
Relation: Friend

My condolences..Anna will be so missed.. I have known her for years.. her kind and gentle soul .. a beautiful person… so grateful to have known her…

From: Linda Iwanik
Relation: Family friend.

I talked to her very recentjy. Sad news to learn now. Condolences to her family. I use to hike with her in the KM Club.

From: Robin and Sharon Lidstone
Relation: Through work and hiking activity

Dear Anna Rest in Peace!
So wonderful and inspiring to have shared time and memories with you during your life span .
Condolences to All your family Robin and Sharon Lidstone

From: David Reid
Relation: Anna was a co-op member, neighbour, and friend.

On behalf of the Kootenay Co-op staff, I extend condolences to Anna’s family. In many ways, many of us considered Anna part of our family, too. She was a daily presence in the store, and she had kind words and wisdom to share with anyone who had the good fortune to speak with her. Lately, she shared with many of us her appreciation for young people’s capacity and engagement in environmental issues, which were dear to her.

Staff had these additional comments to share:

Anna was a unique and special person. Glad to have known her.

Anna was lovely, happy journey!

It was a pleasure to serve her. Blessings

Anna was so sweet and will be missed by all.

I think anna saw things with only presence and love. 💗 I will miss our moments. happy journey for sure!

I will miss our little visits xo Such a lovely woman.

Anna was an amazing, inspiring person. She had deep integrity and compassion for all living things, and she made our community a better place to be. Rest in peace, Anna!

She will be missed, always had a smile.

It’s sad morment…she was our family customer. I will miss her lots.

She always had a kind word, smile, or some wisdom to share. 💚

From: Shirley Tennant
Relation: Acquaintance

Condolences to Anna’s family. Sproule Creek is not the same and never will be again. She was a lovely, loving lady.

From: Vivien Bowers
Relation: I taught her daughter in school

Anita and Linda – so sorry to hear Anna has passed away. I thought it was a brilliant idea for her to move into the Commons where she could head downstairs (in her slippers!) and meet friends for dinner – good, organic food such as she was used to growing at Sproule Creek. Such a warm, wise and generous woman. I told a friend who lives in the Commons (apparently you met her in the elevator) that she should watch out for Anna – a treasure.

From: Anne Dean and Fam
Relation: we have been friends over 50 year

To Anita, Linda and Families
I heard with great sadness that your mother has died suddenly….My thoughts go out to you in this time of great loss….Unfortunately don’t have either of your e-mail addresses to contact you in person….we have known each other so many years it is sad and yet perhaps a blessing that your mother is now a peace…much love to you all Anne, Bob, Stephany, Mark and John

From: Mary Jane Jojic
Relation: Friend

I met Anna when she volunteered for ‘life after birth’. She was a warm and loving woman, always generous with her garden bounty and hugs. My sympathies to family and friends.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
August 11, 2019

An informal celebration of life is planned for Sunday, August 11, 2019 at an outdoor location to be determined – please check back here for updated details.

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