Posted: April 24th, 2015



1919- 2015

Annie Lelekach of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late John Lelekach, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Monday April 20, 2015 at the age of 95 years.

Annie immigrated to Edmonton in 1930 from Ostruva, Poland. She lived there a short time before moving to Seba Beach with her parents. She married Ed Gashnitz in 1936. They had two daughters, Shirley and Gladys. They moved to Southern Alberta in 1937 to work sugar beet fields. They purchased the Shaughnessy Restaurant. Later Annie worked at Yale Café on 5th Street. She met John Lelekach at Tony Knapek’s party and married him in 1951. Jack was born in 1954. They enjoyed farming and good neighbors at Turin before retiring to Lethbridge in 1984.

Annie loved to cook, play cards and occasionally go to the casino. She grew a huge garden and loved her flowers. Annie loved to spend time with her nine grandchildren.

Annie is survived by her 2 daughters Shirley Gruending and Gladys Hamilton; son Jack Lelekach; grandchildren Lonnie (Diane) Staples, Bruce Staples, Valerie Harris, Bonnie (Jon) Leech, Michelle (Robert) Scott, Darcy (Teresa) Granley, Brian (Dawn) Granley, Marisa Lelekach, and Jessica Lelekach; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides her loving husband John, Annie was predeceased by her parents Mary and John Ogrodnik; brothers Fred (Edis) Ogrodnik, Steve Ogrodnik; sisters Martha (Mike) Psytoski and Anicia (Michael and John) Sapals; sons-in-law Bob Gnam, Bill Granley, Leon Gruending, Dick Staples and Clay Hamilton; and by John’s twelve siblings.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St S, Lethbridge, with pastor Eva Stanley officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, 1400 – 9 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

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