It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Anne Lahti in the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at the age of 92.
Anne (“Annie") was born in Ukraine on July 15, 1925 to Barbara (Sowchuk) and Nicolivich ("Nic”) Mutz and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1935. They settled on a farm at the end of Whitmore Road in Crozier.
After completing public school, Annie worked at various businesses in the area, including the peat moss plant, which was next to her parents' farm. She also lived in the Hamilton, Ont. area for a period of time.
Annie returned to Rainy River District and was united in marriage to Aarne Lahti in June, 1948. They lived on his farm along the river in Alberton Township, where she remained until shortly before her passing.
She always had a big garden with enough vegetables for the whole neighbourhood. Until recently, she split, piled, and then carried in all her own firewood, which was the main source of heat for the house.
Early in their marriage, they had dairy cattle, and also sold eggs and broiler chickens. Later on, they switched to beef cattle and Aarne also had to plant an acre of potatoes each year for Annie so she could make the world's best perogies!
There was very high demand for these tasty morsels and she was known throughout the district for them for many years.
Annie loved spending time with her grandchildren, showing them how to make perogies, buns, and bread. She also enjoyed her trips to the casino with Aarne and friends, and then lately Ralph would take her, too.
She had a gentle way about her and a big heart with a kindness that made you feel as though she would do anything for you. But don't you dare make a fuss over her as she could take care of herself!
Annie was predeceased by her husband, Aarne, in 2005; infant granddaughter, Jessica; parents, Barbara and Nic Mutz Sr.; brothers, Nick Jr., Bill, and Jack; sister, Sonia Baryluak; sister-in-law, Shirley Mutz; and nephew, Robert Mutz.
She is survived by her son, Ralph (Lucy); grandchildren, Sheila (Chad) Canfield and Robert of Alberton Township, and Mandy (Ray) Luck of Fort Frances, Ont.; and her two precious great-granddaughters, Kaydence and Brielle Canfield.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Geri Mutz, Richard Mutz, David (Margitte) Mutz, Tim (Laura) Mutz, Donna-Lori (Greg) Shoemaker, Tania (Don) Angus, and Catherine (Ryan) Hyatt, all of Rainy River District, and Terrie-Dollie Williams of Sault Ste Marie, Ont. and John (Renee) Scott of Sudbury, Ont. and families.
Cremation will take place.
As per Annie's wishes, there will be a private family funeral at a later date, with interment with Aarne in the family plot.
Online condolences can be offered at www.northridgefuneral home.com
In memoriam donations can be made to the palliative care unit at La Verendrye Hospital or the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.