Jean Edith Antosh (Pangracs) was born on September 9, 1925 on the family farm near Esterhazy to her parents, James Pangracs and Rosie Knezacek. She was the youngest of two siblings, Wesley Pangracs. Jean and Wesley were the third generation to reside on the same quarter. Jean’s family continued residing on the farm until 1963 when her father’s health began to fail and they relocated to Esterhazy.
On November 5, 1947, Jean married Stanley Antosh and they took over his family farm in the Dovedale district. Jean resided on the family farm until failing health in August 2014 where she took up residency at the Saltcoats Care Home, followed by the Langenburg Centennial Care Home. She remained there until her passing on July 6, 2020 with her family by her side.
On November 17, 1958 their one and only dear son, Lynn Antosh was born. During their time on the family farm, Jean engaged as a full-time homemaker, while Stanley ran the farm raising cattle and growing crops with their son, Lynn. On July 26, 1980 Lynn married his love, Heather Prazma and built their family home in the next yard. They will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this month. On July 6, 1983 they had their son, Jamie and on December 5, 1985 they had their daughter, Jody. The small family began to expand and Jean got to enjoy five more “lovichka’s”, her Great-grandchildren, Paxton (11), Pryce (9), Paisley (7), Cruz (2) and Tru (2 months) all of whom she absolutely adored.
Despite not being able to see or hold Tru due to the Covid restrictions, Jean had exceptional hearing. Her and Tru were able to share a special bond through videos played of her. In Jean’s final days, her and Tru held the same heart at the same time so they could “be together” in some way. We know Jean is looking over all her lovichka’s now anytime she wants.
After Stanley’s passing in 1998, Jean remained on the family farm for another 16 years until she entered the care in August 2014. Lynn and Heather were always there for her lending her a helping hand.
Jean loved the outdoors, socializing, community dances, cards, animals, Czech clubs and had many musical talents. Jean spent countless hours outside, in her well maintained garden and potato patch. She would have pails filled with portulaca. Something she took pride in.
Jean and Stanley spent many Saturday’s together at the Rainbow Hall with friends. Jean enjoyed playing cards with her grandchildren. Whether it be at dances, the Legion, neighbours parties or family gatherings, she would always enjoy a bottle (or two) of warm beer and wine. She enjoyed partaking in the districts Czech clubs, where she maintained her knowledge in the Czech language. She would always be heard speaking in Czech on the phone or in person to fellow family and friends.
Jean adored her Basset Hound and Beagle dogs, Trixie and Peter. She would always been seen walking down the road with her dog in one hand, a broom stick in the other and her dear cats trailing behind. She treasured her cat, Blackie who still resides on the farm today.
Jean and Stanley were fully committed to proudly watching their grandchildren’s baseball and curling games. They always enjoyed taking Jamie and Jody for an ice cream treat after, which has been a fond memory of theirs. Jean adored her great-grandchildren, her little “Lovichka’s”. We all know that if Grandma was still mobile, she would have attended each hockey game and dance performance that her great-grandchildren had.
Her other main interest and admiration was music. Since childhood Jean had a knack for music, playing the organ and piano. In 1950, she added another instrument to her talents and began playing the accordion. Her musical talents were passed onto her son and they played on the Profile together, when Lynn was only twelve years of age. Jean was always known to have an “ear” for music. She never read notes to play an instrument. Any song that was requested, she was able to play for all family and friends to enjoy. Up until her final days, she continued to play daily melodies for the Langenburg Centennial Care Home residents and workers to enjoy.
Jean looked forward to her weekly visits from Lynn and Heather. If either of them were unable to attend on the exact day mentioned, Jean would be calling her grandchildren concerned on their whereabouts. She was extremely inquisitive. Despite losing her sight in the last year, Jean’s hearing and memory was like no other. She could maintain listening to multiple stories at once and still knew what each person was talking about. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. You would always get a phone call, visit and card from her to celebrate. I guess that’s why she needed to hang on until her passing on July 6, 2020 to ensure she wished her grandson, Jamie a Happy Birthday.
Jean will be forever known for playing the piano and accordion, drinking a warm beer or glass of Royal Red wine, listening to everyone’s stories, being covered in clothing during the hot summer days (hence why she had the nicest skin) with her large sunglasses, baseball cap, turtleneck shirts, scarves, pants, a beautiful broach and her gold watch over her sweater.
Jean will forever be remembered and missed by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Heather Antosh, her beloved grandchildren, Jamie and Kristen Antosh, Jody Antosh-Cusitar and Cole Cusitar, her treasured great-grandchildren, Paxton, Pryce, Paisley Antosh, Cruz and Tru Cusitar.
Jean is predeceased by her husband, Stanley Antosh, her parents James and Rosie Pangracs, her brother, Wesley Prangracs, her parents-in-law, Laddie Antosh, Georgina Snowden, George Snowden, her sister-in-law’s Mildred Johnson, Florence Yecny, Elsie Pangracs, her brother-in-law’s Leo Johnson, Bill Yecny, Oldrick Skokan, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma Jean, we love you and will miss your welcoming company. Sleep peaceful in God’s heavenly home and say hello to everyone for us.
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