Alice Nettie Karasewich (Black)

Alice Nettie Karasewich (Black)

Passed on October 10, 2020

On October 10, 2020, a beautiful autumn day with the sun shining and the birds visiting her bird feeder, Mom peacefully left this life to join her many family and friends who had left before her.

Left to feed the birds are her children Marie (Ed) Pull, Harold, David, Donald (Debi) and Nancy (Lyle) Lawrence; grandchildren Michele, Michael, Mark, Dawn, Sarah, John, Jason, Molly, Bryan, Jon, Christopher, Tara, Regan, Monica and Brett; 11 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Alice was predeceased by her husband, Mike; daughter, Diane and son-in-law, Floyd Rayner; sisters Mary and Bernice; and brother, Walter.

Alice was born in her grandmother’s home in the Oak Hammock area to William and Anne Black and spent her early years in Crandall. The family moved to Stonewall and lived in the upstairs of her dad’s barber shop with her 6 brothers and sisters. She met Mike Karasewich, the rival barber in town, when he asked her to knit him a sweater and she kept asking him to come over for fittings. They married on February 20, 1939, and Alice moved down Main Street into a different barber shop. They welcomed 5 children there, then moved the family to a house off Main Street. In 1964, they bought a house out of town and moved there with the 3 boys and new baby, Nancy.

Mom continued to knit for her family and friends, and for pocket money. No pattern was too complicated. Many hands, big and small, stayed cozy all winter with mitts from Mrs. K. Everyone was welcome at our house, where there were always homemade cookies to go with your coffee or tea and lots of laughs and stories. Few visitors left without a pair of mittens or cookies. When Xmas season arrived, the bank and grocery store staff were always treated to Alice’s cookies and treats.

Mom was a proud lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Stonewall United Church. She loved her time spent knitting with the ladies for Project Linus. After Mike’s passing in 2008, Mom moved into Stonewood Place where she took part in movie and bingo nights, morning coffee and the Adult Day Program. With failing health mom moved into Rosewood Lodge in 2019. She continued to participate in activities, especially when promised that there would be snacks.

Our family wholeheartedly thanks all the Stonewood and Rosewood Staff for the care you gave Mom in each area of her life. She loved all the visits from each of you. Thank you for sharing your sweet stories with us—we know how much mom was loved by all of you “you girls are so good to me”. Thank you to Ken Loehmer for guiding us through this process with such care and compassion. A graveside service and gathering will be planned when travel restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Rosewood Lodge Recreation Department (for snacks) 513, 1st Ave. N, Stonewall, MB, R0C 2Z0.


Marie, Ed and family, Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, Marie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Donna and Dean Couvier

Dean and Donna Couvier

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