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Annemarie Sampson

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With family by her side, it is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear Mom and Oma, Annemarie Sampson, at the Health Sciences Centre in the early hours of February 11, 2024 at the age of 89 years old.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Eero, Inka (Curtis), Maya, beloved grandson Christopher, cousin Gerd Kuester (Helga) in Friedrichshafen, Germany, sister-in-law Katie Sampson in Edinburgh, Scotland, nieces and nephew Denise, Nancy (Israel), Ceri, and James (Miranda). She was predeceased by her parents Edith Kummer and Bernhard Kummer, her Uncle Kurt, and other family who all remained in Germany along with her parents-in-law, Arnold (Sammy) and Edna Sampson, brothers and sisters-in-law Raymond, Dickie, Mike, Janet Schellenberg (Wilf), Barbara, and nephew David. Mom is also fondly remembered by many special friends and loved ones past and present around the world. A special mention and words of gratitude to her friends Lydia Gobeil and Myly Nguyen for their love and care for mom.

Mom was an only child born in Łódź, Poland on October 29, 1934. The start of the Second World War forced them into Germany where they settled in Stuttgart. Her compassion and love of children guided her to become an aupair for a loving family in Switzerland. This eventually led her to London, England to study Nursing and where she met her future husband, Neville Sampson. They would marry in 1962 and raise their 3 children for some time before deciding to move to Kingston, Jamaica in 1968. These years we saw her make roots in the community and establish friendships that endured. A decision was then made to move to Canada in 1977 as her sister-in-law, Janet, was from Manitoba. In Winnipeg, she faithfully raised her children and once they were established in school, she worked for several years at The Northwest Company. She loved her years there and developed several lasting friendships.

After retirement, Mom travelled to many places; Germany, Switzerland, Jamaica, Spain, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Los Angeles, Vegas, New York, Hawaii, Vancouver, and Calgary to name a few. She cherished here visits back to Germany to see her Mom and other friends. Inka and Maya had the opportunity to travel with her on one of those trips. Mom was a very independent woman with a fierce love for her kids and especially her only grandchild. Christopher meant everything to her and they had such good times together. Mom resided in Autumn House for several years. She quickly became the go-to person for anything in the building, volunteering in the dining room and taking (leading) weekly Zumba classes. Her love for music and dance was evident throughout her life. Despite Mom’s age, she was the pillar of good health and only on occasion would need medicine to overcome painful joints or to get over a cold. Mom was known to help many of her neighbours over the years with a cooked meal, a card of well-wishes or the pleasure of her company in the many visits made.

We want to extend our thanks to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, emergency doctors and nurses at HSC for their care and compassion in her final hours.

If friends so wish, donations may be made in Annemarie’s memory to:

Bethania Mennonite Memorial Foundation

1045 Concordia Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R2K 3S7

A Celebration of Life will be held:

Friday, March 15, 2024 at 2 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg

603 Wellington Crescent

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Though her smile is gone forever

And her hand I cannot touch

I still have so many memories

Of the one I loved so much.

Her memory is now my keepsake

Which with it I’ll never part.

God has her in his keeping

I have her in my heart.

Rest well ‘mutter’


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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The Ho Tungs

May 9, 2024 at 9:22 PM

Mr Sampson, Eero, Inka and Maya

We are so sorry to hear the news  that Anne Marie had passed. Our mother looked forward to hearing from her every Christmas.

God bless. And please accept our condolences.

Your old next door neighbours for many years in Kingston, Jamaica.

Alex and Katherine

May 9, 2024 at 8:04 PM

Alex and I (Katherine) are sorry for your loss.


May 9, 2024 at 6:51 PM

My dear friend Eero,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom.


May 9, 2024 at 4:11 PM

Condolences Maya, to you and your family...

Aforementioned Memoriam was Terrific!


May 9, 2024 at 4:03 PM

To Annemarie’s family,

I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was a beautiful lady with a heart of gold.

My siblings and I feel very blessed to have had her in our lives. You may have comfort knowing that when she sent time with us she was laughing and very happy.

To my kindred spirit Annemarie,

We thought we had more time together yet. My sister and I were thrilled to spend time with you at our newly discovered cafe. Who would have known that it was the last time for conversations that had us laughing like school girls and serious topics that glued our bond. I want to thank you for everything and just being yourself. It was a pleasure, privilege and an HONOUR being you friend

Carla Roberts

May 9, 2024 at 4:03 PM

I was so sad to hear of Anne Marie’s passing.  We worked together for many years for the Autumn house lunch program. I was the cook and she was my assistant!  We had so many wonderful talks, and had so much fun working together.  She continued to call me even after the lunch program ended. She made me feel like family and I will miss our talks. My condolences to her family.

Diane Chartrand

May 9, 2024 at 4:02 PM

Annemarie came into my life through my sister, Janet Schellenberg, and what a lively addition she was. My father, Bert Plowman, adored her and she him. My condolences to her family.

Walt and family

May 9, 2024 at 3:44 PM

We know how feels to lose a loved one and especially a mom that sacrificed, inspired, and cared for those around her.  These are some of the memories that have embedded into our thoughts that will always have a lasting impact, and will always be alive passed onto future generations

Rosalind and Stewart Sharp

May 9, 2024 at 3:39 PM

We were so very sorry to hear Anne Marie had passed.  I remember her as a good friend when I was living in Kingston.  Inka and Maya, you were our lovely bridesmaids, your mum so helpful.  Please accept our sincere condolences.

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