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Agnes Byers

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Agnes Alice was born at home, on the farm in Sullivan, on March 29, 1933. Her first night was spent in a shoebox, near the woodstove, to stay warm. She was the last addition of William and Anna (Kaufman) Povelofskie’s family. Agnes joined older siblings Florence (1915), Orral (1917), twins Elda and Edna (1919), Ada (1921), Elmer (1923), Wilson (1925), Lyle (1928), Ruth (1930). The children attended S.S. #11 in Mooresburg, however, Agnes was the first to admit that she was not big on school, and therefore she did not pursue high school. 

While picking berries, Agnes and Julius Krajcir struck up a conversation that would forever change their lives. The young couple married September 27, 1950 and called Chesley home. Their family soon began to grow with the addition of Ernest in 1951, followed by Marie (1953), Darlene (1954) and Connie (1960). When Connie started school, Agnes returned to the workforce and began working at Krug’s. She remained there for the next 19 years, finishing her tenure as Foreman in the Veneer Department. 

Agnes and Julius went their separate ways in 1968, before she found love again when she met Beverly David Byers. The two were married on September 20, 1969. In the mid 1970’s Bev and Agnes purchased a farm on the Arran-Elderslie Townline. They operated a cow-calf operation and grew their farm to work a total of 250 acres in their prime. Agnes helped Bev with all tasks on the farm, from fixing tractors to pulling new-born calves and ploughing the fields. If there was a job to be done, Agnes was usually at it. After 19 years of blood, sweat, and hard work, their time on the farm came to an end and they retired, settling in Tara. The year was 1995. In 2002, they purchased their first trailer, calling the park in Scone their second home. Agnes enjoyed relaxing at the trailer, catching up with family and friends. They enjoyed their retirement, however, their life together was cut short, as Bev died in 2008.

Agnes liked to travel and enjoyed a number of trips with friends and family in recent years. She saw Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Las Vegas, just to name a few. Countless memories and stories have been told of these fun adventures. In her spare time, Agnes also enjoyed completing a variety of jig-saw puzzles and word searches. She was also known to have a soft spot for a game (or several) of Bingo, casinos (particularly the slots) and no Saturday night was complete without a trip to Hanover to watch the horses compete on the track. She was an accomplished baker and cook, with her Christmas fruit cake, and bran, rhubarb and carrot muffins also being family favourites. Time spent outside in her flower gardens was also a favourite pastime for her. Agnes enjoyed taking in a ball or hockey game on TV, as well as a variety of game shows with Price is Right being one of her favourites. She collected depression glass and a variety of Krug furniture. She loved animals, with her yellow lab Fergie, pet pig (yes, you read that right) and her many Peteys (every bird she owned had the same name:) being her favourites. A sunny day, a beach and a cold drink in hand or maybe even a happy hour was never a bad day either.

Agnes was an honest, patient woman who enjoyed life. She would never put off to tomorrow what could be done today. She was funny, always joking and had a dry sense of humour. However, Agnes was probably best known for her love of family. She loved her children dearly and absolutely loved the addition of grandchildren. She worked hard to have a loving and unique relationship with all of them and in recent years, enjoyed the arrival of 25 great-grand and two great-great-grandchildren. Agnes always made herself available, supporting those who needed it most. Maybe it was a joke or a heart-to-heart, but if you needed a pick-me-up, Grandma was usually there to provide whatever you needed.

In 2013, Agnes moved back to Chesley to be closer to family. Here she enjoyed more precious time with her family and friends. Sadly, Agnes was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer at the end of July. The news was devastating to everyone, but Agnes took the horrible news in stride and made the best of her remaining days. She enjoyed all the ensuing calls, visits and cards and remained a positive influence to all throughout. She was satisfied with the life she lived and had no regrets. Her life and legacy will now live on in her family and friends through their memories and stories.

Agnes passed away surrounded by her family at Hanover & District Hospital on Monday, October 19, 2020 in her 88th year.

Loving mother of Ernest (Suzanne) Krajcir of Elmwood, Marie (Bob) Pratt of Chesley, Darlene (Bev) Wilken of Mount Forest and Connie (John) Schuit of Ayton. Cherished grandmother of Penny (Warren), Anthony (Celia), Michael (Michelle), Jennifer (Vince), Adrianne (Scott), Carrie (Andre), Nathan (Julie), Rachel (Jeremy) and Daniel (Dorothy); great-grandmother of Holley, Jordon, Zack, Grace, Maddie, Chloe, John, Lyndsay, Keira, Joyce, Andrew, Valerie, Wesley, Olivia, Noah, Logan, Issac, Mikayla, Matthew, Joni, Samuel, Robyn, Austin, Tyler, Crystal and great great-grandmother of Cooper and Luna. Cherished sister of Ruth Myles of Owen Sound and sister-in-law of Bill Byers of Chesley.

Agnes was predeceased by her husband Beverly, granddaughter Stephanie Wilken, siblings Florence (Fred) Mervyn, Orral (Joseph) Charlton, Edna Povelofskie, Elda (Robert) Harrison, Ada (James) MacDonald, Elmer (Jean) Povelofskie, Wilson Povelofskie, Lyle (Yvonne) Povelofskie, sister-in-law Marguerite Byers and brother-in-law Russell Myles.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Due to COVID – 19 restrictions, 25 people will be allowed in the building at any given time, and visitors must wear a mask and follow physical distancing rules. A private funeral celebrating Agnes’ life will follow with interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Gloria & Ernie Falkiner
October 29, 2020

Ernie & Suzanne, Sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories. Deepest sympathies.

Menard family
October 23, 2020

Our sincere sympathy to the family! She will be so missed!

Becky Charlton
October 23, 2020

So sorry for the loss of Agnes, may your memories comfort you at this sad time

Bob and Susan Byers
October 23, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very sad time.

Arthur McAfee, Barb Watson
October 22, 2020

Darlene and Bev. We are very sorry to hear about your Mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time.

Bob & Diane Murphy
October 22, 2020

To Ernie, Marie, Darlene, Connie & Families:
Sending condolences to the entire family. Treasure the memories and fun times.

Carol and Jack Patterson
October 22, 2020

To Ernie and Suzanne, we are sorry for your loss, There will be many fond memories to hang onto. Our condolences go out to you and the entire family.

John and Brenda Fullerton
October 21, 2020

Marie and Bob, our sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss.

Donna McKeag
October 21, 2020

Ernest, Marie, Darlene and family, I am so sad to hear of this news of this great lady, I remember going to Maries’ house on saturday mornings and you would smell fresh baked bread in the air, and always got offered some…(one of the reasons I would go there. .lol. ). with Jam… Again so sorry to the whole family…Donna Mc Keag..

Bev and Nancy Nickel
October 21, 2020

Ernie and family, sorry to hear of your mom s passing.

James Woods
October 21, 2020

My deepest Sympathy to the Families of Agnes at this time.

Howard and Joyce Hodgson
October 21, 2020

Ernie and Sue. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your memories give you comfort. Cherish them

Jill and Brian McDougald
October 21, 2020

Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. Always enjoyed our time together. Cherish all your wonderful memories.

Nola Boynton
October 21, 2020

Pratt Family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Agnes (Grandma) was a spunky, comical and amazing lady. I have many fond memories of my time with her. You are all in my thoughts. I love you all.

Lori and Kevin Woods
October 20, 2020

Darlene and Bev. We are so sorry to hear that Agnes has passed away. Sending love and prayers to the entire family.

Gloria and Andy
October 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss and if you need anything we are here to help

James and Yvonne Witzke
October 20, 2020

Marie and Bob, Darlene and Bev, Ernie and Suzanne and Connie and John, our sincere sympathy in the passing of a dear sweet lady. Our prayers are with you and your families at this time.

Cathy and Gary Lund
October 20, 2020

Darlene and Bev, our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this sad time. I know how close you were to your Mom and feel your extreme pain at this loss. Our thoughts and prayers for healing and peace. How I wish we could be there with you, but you know we are only a phone call away. May you feel God’s all loving arms around you in the days and weeks to come. With lots of love. Gary and Cathy xo

Robert and Sally Robson Kitchener, Ontario
October 20, 2020

Ernie ,Darlene, Marie, Connie and Families. Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother, Grand Mother, and Great Grand Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at your time of loss. Take Care

Jenny Kreutzkamp
October 20, 2020

Bob, Marie, Anthony, Mike, Jenna and families.. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Thinking of you all .

Nancy &Mike Shepherd
October 20, 2020

Marie, Bob, Jenna and family. Our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your Mom, Marie. We have you in our hearts and prayers.

Cheryl Fleet
October 20, 2020

Ernie, Marie, Darlene and Connie, so sorry to see that your mom has passed. I haven’t seen her for many years but will always remember her baking bread many many years ago and the sleep overs at your place. My condolences to all of you and your families.

Dawn Nagel
October 20, 2020

Ernie and Sue, Our most heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your Mother.
Mark & Dawn Nagel

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