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Victoria Marie Zinselmeyer (Blaskovits)

February 4, 1941 - April 22, 2014

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Victoria Marie Blaskovits Zinselmeyer was born on February 4, 1941 in Raymond, Alberta to Jacob and Mary Blaskovits.  She was the third child in the family, younger sister to Alice and Norman, and older sister to Richard.  Vikki attended school in Raymond and Duchess , and after graduation went to the University of Alberta, Calgary Campus where she pursued her dream of becoming a math and science teacher.  Her genius with mathematics was demonstrated early, when she achieved the highest mark in a mathematics course in a class of engineering students in university.  The student with the highest mark was promised a tour of the computer (which occupied a full room).  A delegate from the engineering students tried, unsuccessfully, to talk the professor out of it when they found out a woman was going.  The professor told them something equivalent to:  “What I have written, I have written!”, pointing out that she was smarter than the rest of them, so she won.
After completing the two year program, at age 19, she moved to Fairview Alberta to join her older sister and brother  and took a job teaching high school math and science at St. Thomas More School.  She joked that she was teaching students who were often only a year younger than her and sometimes the same age or older than her.  She soon met Bernie Zinselmeyer and they started dating, marrying two years later in Fairview on July 7, 1962.  She had their first child, Barbara Jean, on September 16, 1964.  Richard Gerard was born on November 13, 1967, followed by Robert Bernard on March 3, 1969 and the baby, Donald Anthony, was born on June 28, 1970.  She returned to full time teaching taking on junior high mathematics at St. Thomas More School when Don entered grade one in 1976.  While teaching, she worked on completing her four year Bachelor of Education degree over the summers, and proudly earned her degree in 1995. Vikki taught school for a total of 40 years, retiring in 2002.  She took a short term part time contract teaching Applied Math at Fairview High following her retirement to help ease her out of the classroom she loved so much.  Her grandchildren, Zoe, born on August 3, 2002 and Maia, born on June 10, 2004 were her greatest joys.  She also welcomed her step-grandson Connor into her heart and her life when Barb married Ian Mulholland in 2002, and loved him as her own. Her daughter in laws, Jodee Mierzweski, married to Don, and Tracey Jungwirth, married to Rob were like her own daughters to her as well.

Vikki loved the outdoors, and often spoke of the wide open prairies of her youth in southern Alberta.  She was very active, enjoying walking, cycling, gardening and swimming.  She read voraciously, wrote poetry, loved to cook, loved pets, and loved children.  In 2007 she moved to Nakusp, B.C. where she enjoyed her retirement to its fullest.  She gardened, spent time with her grandchildren, and became involved in the community in a number of activities, including the library, book and poetry clubs, Toastmasters, and tutoring.  She cared deeply for her four children, their spouses and her grandchildren and loved nothing more than having everyone together in her home enjoying a great meal and each other’s company.

Vikki passed away peacefully at her home in Nakusp BC on April 22nd. She was predeceased by her father Jacob, her mother, Mary, and her sister-in-law, Patricia.  In her memory, donations can be made to  Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services for the Nakusp Elementary Breakfast Program (Box 100, 205-6th AVE NW Nakusp, BC V0G1R0, 250-265-3674) or PALS (The Protecting Animal Life Society, Box 56 Nakusp BC V0G 1R0 or online http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=d93376 )

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From: Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Greg Woronuk
Relation: Fellow teacher in Fairview

Barb, Don, Rick and Rob- sincere condolences from our family to yours. Our thoughts and prays are with you at this time.

Greg and Eunie

From: Ed & Dawne Hammerschmidt
Relation: Friend

To the Zinselmeyer family our thoughts are with you and our deepest sympathies goes out to you all. Vicky was a great lady someone you could admire.

From: Paula Dahl
Relation: She was my teacher at st. Thomas Moore

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Zinselmeyer family!

From: Ron Reichert
Relation: Jr high math teacher

I often reflect of my time in jr high math. You will never be forgotten! Sad to hear of the passing. RIP Mrs Zinselmeyer

From: Dan and Marjorie Doll
Relation: Cousin to Dan

Our sympathies and prayers are with Vicki and her family, we are sadden to hear of her sudden loss.

From: Pierrette
Relation: Friend

Deepest sympathy and prayers for the family!

From: Louise and Leo Dechant
Relation: colleague/former students

so sad to hear of Vikki’s passing! An awesome teacher who loved to have candy math games on Friday afternoons, a mentor and colleague who advocated for teachers on a whole, a health fitness enthusiast who challenged us all to live life to the full, a baker who made her own bread on the weekends…so many memories! Barb and boys….thinking of you with love and prayers and this time!

From: Lisa Kill (Blaskovits)
Relation: Niece

I remember Auntie Vickie fondly: the farm, the garden, the baking! And of course 7th grade math (ugh!). She helped shape us all and leaves a lasting legacy. I hope your memories comfort you in your loss. God hold and keep her. Peace.

From: Betty Heck
Relation: School teacher and friend

Prayers and thoughts to the family..

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  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 29, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

Location:
Chapel of Valley Funeral Home Ltd
101 Nelson Avenue NW
Nakusp, BC Canada V0G1R0

101 Nelson Avenue NW
Nakusp, BC Canada V0G1R0

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PALS Protecting Animal Life Society, Box 56 Nakusp, BC, V0G1R0

 

 

 

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