Josafatow: Angelika Ruth passed away on May 7, 2009 at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. She was born on March 7, 1929 in Berlin, Germany.
Angi graduated from registered nursing in Stuttgard, Germany in 1950 and was recertified in British Columbia. She worked part-time at the Trail Hospital and then started the first day the Castlegar Hospital opened and remained there for 17 years. She took early retirement in order to pursue alternative healing therapies in Vancouver. Angi obtained diplomas and certificates such as Prof. Clairvoyant Training, The Chow Integrated Healing System, Jin Shin Od, Shiatsu, and REIKI, and many people benefited from her treatments.
Angi’s forever faith in the Lord carried her through the many challenges in her life – from surviving WWII to immigrating to Canada and starting a new life with Sergij in Castlegar with the help of many friends like the Swinarchuks and Vetrovs of Castlegar. Angi and Sergij farmed at Birchbank and later in Robson growing huge gardens and sharing the endless harvests with everyone, including strangers and anyone in need.
Angi enjoyed gardening, picnicking at Syringa Park, camping at Christina Lake, and traveling. She made several trips to Europe to visit family and to Mexico for vacations. In 1999, Angi fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to Qualicum Beach, B.C. to live beside her beloved Pacific Ocean. She returned to the Kootenays in 2004, and spent her final years at Rosewood Manor in Castlegar.
Angi was predeceased by her husband, Sergij in 1993, her brother Seigfried in 2008, her mother Elizabeth in 1992, and her younger brother Harald in 1950.
Angi’s love spread everywhere she travelled, lived, and worked. Angi’s collegues and patients alike not only respected Angi’s calm and confident bedside manner but were drawn into her circle of loving everyone. She could meet someone in Mexico and 30 years later still be fast friends, writing letters and exchanging Christmas cards faithfully. She kept calendars of birthdays and never forgot anyone’s birthday, graduadtion or sadness. Angi, Mom, Omi, will be greatly missed by her family and extended family of friends across the globe.
Angi is survived by her sons Peter (Dicky) Niessen, Alex (Jane) Josafatow, and John Josafatow (Kathryn Livingston); daughters Tatjana Martin (David Costanzo), Helen (Mark) McKinney, and step-daughter Lydia Taylor (Gerry Mischuk); her grandchildren Sherry (Evert) Kroon and Kyle Niessen, David (Donna) Martin and Glen Martin, Rya Josafatow (Ted Kruk) and Alexei Josafatow, Teran McKinney, and Christina Livingston, Nik Livingston, Isaac Livingston, Gloria Livingston, and Sofia Livingston; as well as her great-granddaughters Hayley, Addison, and soon to be born Sophia.
A celebration of Angi’s life will be held at the Robson Community Hall on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Angi had a large collection of books that we would like to share with her friends. The books will be at the Hall – please come to remember Angi’s life and take home a book or two. Refreshments will be served. A slide show of her life will be presented by her grandchildren at 4:00 p.m. Bill Clark of Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” is entrusted with arrangements.
The family would like to thank Dr. Merritt and the nursing staff at KBRH, CHC, and Talarico Place for caring for Angi in her final weeks.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online Memorial Register at: personalalternative.com.