16 November, 1944 – 9 April, 2021
With great sorrow and broken hearts our family announce the passing of Ann Zoobkoff. Ann Zoobkoff was born on the sixteenth day of November 1944 in Nelson, British Columbia to Alex and Mary Popoff. Ann grew up in the Kootenays, Winlaw, BC. There she met and married her first husband Fred Podov. Ann and Fred resided in Calgary, Alberta where they raised two children, daughter Cindy and son Kelly. In 1977 Ann and the children moved to Kelowna, BC In Kelowna Ann worked at the Food Bank, in a book binding factory, and numerous years as a housekeeper for a couple local motels. Ann was very social…she loved to sing, dance, and be with people – enjoying life to the fullest. It was at that stage in her life when she met Bill Zoobkoff and they fell madly in love. Bill was the father of three children, Colin, Sandi and Jennifer… Ann and Bill married June 25, 1994 and became a happy family of seven. Ann and Bill were inseparable, whether in the garden, in their small orchard, or fishing and camping with Ann’s mom and dad. Another together passion was attending the various flavors of Elvis impersonator concerts with friends and family. Sadly Ann lost Bill in August of 2013. Ann filled the void by taking care of their loving dogs Bibz and Tozer, and also with her passion for gardening, preserving food, baking, reading, (and a little bit of time at the casino with family). Ann passed away at the age of 76 on April 9th, 2021 at her home in Kelowna, BC. Ann will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her beloved family: • Daughter Cindy, son-in-law Ian, their children Jessie and Logan and grandson Micah. • Stepson Colin, and his children Cailey and Sarah • Stepdaughter Sandi and son-in-law Gary • Stepdaughter Jennifer and her children Tanner and Christopher • Mom Mary Popoff • Sister Connie, brother-in-law Dave Bergen, and their two sons Terry and Graydon • Brother Sidney and his son Joshua. • And brother Gerald, sister-in-law Marina, their two children Mila and Preston, and from Gerald’s first marriage, Ann’s niece Kaela Baldwin. Ann was predeceased by: • First husband Fred in 1981 • Son Kelly in 2006 • Father Alex in 2012 • Husband Bill in 2013 • And Brother Alex Jr. in 2014 Ann was loved by many…her family, friends, and pets Ann / mom / grandma/ great-grandma… may you forever dance amongst the Northern Lights. The family asks that in lieu of flowers to please direct your generosity towards the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (https://cpff.ca)
Please note, due to the current pandemic no formal service will be held.
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MP Tracy Gray
20 April 2021
I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country
Emmy Lou Mikoula
13 April 2021
Ann was my friend. We would get together for a cup of tea and a little baking. Whether I brought something or she baked something. We would have dinner together occasionally at her place or mine. We talked about gardening, recipes, books, music, memories and many other subjects. I would help her with her electronics whenever something went awry. We would laugh about most anything. She loved sending me emails of jokes and little funny stories. She was a special part of my life and she will be sadly missed. She will finally be with her love Bill whom she has missed deeply since he passed. I will remember them both with the greatest fondness. Always in my heart. ❤
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Ann was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.
Her parents were Alex and Mary Popoff. Ann was raised in the Kootenays, Winlaw, BC. When she was young, Ann's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Ann demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.
Ann grew up with four siblings. She had sister Connie, brother Sidney, brother Gerald, brother Alex Jr. Ann was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Ann carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Ann was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.
Compassionate and devoted, Ann worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Bill came first in Ann’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Bill’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Ann did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Ann was truly a person of empathy.
Ann experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was housekeeper for a couple of motels, food bank and book binding factory. Ann always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Ann took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Ann was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Ann continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.
Because she was organized and methodical, Ann took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, fishing and camping. Ann enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.
Ann was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Ann's favorite was her dogs Bibz and Rozer.
Being the focused and organized person that she was, Ann had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Ann knew exactly what she wanted to do. In retirement, she found new pleasure in gardening, preserving food, baking, reading and a little bit of time at the casino. Even in retirement, Ann continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.
Ann passed away on April 9, 2021 at home in Kelowna. She is survived by daughter Cindy (Ian), step-son Colin, step daughter Jennifer, mom Mary, sister Connie (Dave), brother Sidney, brother Gerald (Marina). Grandchildren Jessie, Logan, Cailey, Sarah, Tanner, Christopher, great-grandson Micah.
Throughout her life, Ann was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Ann leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories.