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May 19, 1952 – May 15, 2017

On May 15, 2017 a very amazing life has come to an end. Anneliese Drexel-Yarosky, passed comfortably at KGH with her family present to see her depart.

Anna was born May 19, 1952 in the German village of Mittelbronn to her parents Wilhelm and Erna (Köger) Drexel. Her childhood was spent on the family farm with her two sisters Margot and Gerda. Later in life Anna would journey to Israel where she would discover her passion for pottery and her loving husband Moshe Yaroksy, but it wasn’t until after returning to Germany to study her craft that the two would devote their lives to each other. She then returned to Israel and together they would raise a family in a farming village there. It was when they visited British Columbia in ’96 that the family had decided to make their home in Kelowna. In ’97 they had made the move and since then Anna became very well appreciated in the community. She displayed her passion and pottery at the Kelowna Farmer’s Market. Her love and excitement would be shared in her volunteering at KGH, with her hiking group, and amongst her many friends and family.

She is survived by her husband Moshe, her youngest daughter Avital, her eldest daughter Lior, and her granddaughter Mika. Anna’s life was a full one as she never slowed down; she traveled, experienced and loved more in her time than most ever could. She will be sorely missed by her friends and family.

It was Anna’s wish to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held. Please await contact from the family for details.

Condolence Messages
  • Jun 03, 2017
    Dear Moshe & family-
    We were so sorry to hear that Anna passed away. I remember her lovely garden she so carefully attended. Although we were out of touch when we moved to Vancouver, I think of her every time I use the beautiful blue casserole she made.
    Laura Goldstein and Boaz Rotaro
  • Jun 02, 2017
    Dear Moshe, Avital and family: we are so sorry to hear this sad news from Rabbi Shmuly's newsletter. We have fond memories of your lovely dinners and hospitality when we first arrived in Naramata. Anna's beautiful apple platter has reminded us of you every New Year. Thinking of you all and sending our heartfelt condolences...
    Sharon Wiener and Benjamin Manea
  • May 30, 2017
    Moshe and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Anna's passing. Who would have thought that our meeting at Yoho NP was the last time we've seen each other.
    Moshe, our most sincere condolences to you.
    There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge between them is love, the only lasting, the only meaning.
    Kurt and Angelika from Lottstetten Germany
  • May 29, 2017
    Moshe, Lior and Avital...I am deeply saddened to hear of Anna's passing, I
    didn't know she was sick. She was such a wonderful woman, that forever smile and those sparkling eyes, full of love. My heart goes out to all of you at this time.
    Dianna Fahrion
  • May 28, 2017
    Such a beautiful woman who blessed every life she touched. Her living will continue to inform and inspire many! Moshe, Lior, Eric & Mika, Avital and Eric, our hearts wrap around yours.
    Sharilynn & Ed
  • May 27, 2017
    Anna was a wonderful volunteer and was loved and repected by our volunteer team. My sincere condolences to her family.
    Ken Zarr
  • May 27, 2017
    We are so very sad to lose Anna. She was a very inspiring person, energetic and full of joy. We are sending our condolences to Moshe and family. Anna's presence will be missed in our community. We were blessed to have known her as a friend and our neighbor.
    Karin and Lisa
  • May 24, 2017
    I had the opportunity to know Anna's spirit, one filled with vigor and vim...she was a supporter of community fitness and was a strong warrior woman. Moshe and family, may you find some peace and comfort in the love and healing thoughts people are extending to you during this time. Kathy Sawchuk
  • May 23, 2017
    Moshe and family, so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathys. God bless.
    The Pidwerbeski's
  • May 23, 2017
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Anna was a talented, lovely woman and will be missed by many, especially at the market.
    Ken and Suzanne
  • May 22, 2017
    We are very saddened to hear of the loss of a lovely lady. Our hearts go out to the family. Dave, Jan, Michael and Erica Sutherland
  • May 22, 2017
    Avi.... I am so very sorry to hear that your mom was ill and passed away. How very difficult it must have been for you to come to work the past days... I wish your family peace as you remember happier memories of your mom in better days.
    Donna Numminen
  • May 21, 2017
    A warm, loving, and talented woman has passed way too soon. My thoughts are with you, Moshe, and your girls as you grieve the loss of your very dear Anna.
    Donna Rubadeau
  • May 21, 2017
    Moshe and family.
    We are so sorry to hear about Anna's passing. We had no idea she was sick. Usually we saw each other at the market and always chatted together. She was such a positive person. May the precious memories of her ease the pain at this so difficult times. Hugs.
    John, Henriette, Steffie Faber.
  • May 20, 2017
    Moshe - having you and Anna in my Pilates classes was always a treat for me. I came to know you both as generous,kind,and 2 of the most interesting people I have met. I was missing you both the last year - and wondering how and what you were up to these days. This is sad news. I sincerely hope that you and your family find peace in her memory and support and love in your family to hold you up in this really difficult time. Our hearts got out to you - Linda and John MacCormack
  • May 20, 2017
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Anna's passing. She was a lovely woman.
    Diane Paterson (formerly KGH Foundation)
  • May 20, 2017
    I am so sorry to hear of Anna's passing. I loved chatting with her whenever we ran into each other and am privileged to own some of her beautiful work. My condolences to her family. Brigitte
  • May 20, 2017
    Moshe, my most sincere condolences to you, Avital, Lior, and Mika. Anna was such a wonderful, talented and interesting woman and I will never forget her smile and gentle way.
    Chris S.
  • May 20, 2017
    Moshe, Lior and Avital,
    I just heard and feel incredibly sad. I so hoped your natural treatments would work. It seems like just yesterday I saw you at the Film Fest, Moshe. Anna seemed so well.
    I can hear Anna's infectious laugh and see her beautiful smile in my mind., and the enthusiasm she has for being out on the trails, or on her bike. I can't stand the thought that I will never see that beautiful face again. My heart goes out to all of you. Much love, Paula Diakiw
  • May 19, 2017
    Michael and I are so very sorry to hear about Anna.
    I have two lovely half-apple dishes which I just love and which I use whenever we have guests. They are much admired.
    Moshe, our condolences to you and your daughters.
    Vivien Blair (ex Friends of the South Slopes executive)
  • May 19, 2017
    We are so sorry to hear of Anna's passing. Both of us always enjoyed running into her here and there about Kelowna once our farming days were over. Our condolences to Moshe and family.
    Tracy & Warren S
  • May 19, 2017
    It's terrible to hear about your loss and we express our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    Ewa and Stan
  • May 19, 2017
    From Quebec we want to offer our best regards and prayers for you Moshe and all your family. It was always a great pleasure to meet both of you, each time we travelled to Kelowna. Anna was such a nice and creative person, she will be missed in many countries, and parts of Canada.
    Best memories, from Antoine and Louise Sylvain
  • May 19, 2017
    Moshe, I am so sorry to hear that your lovely wife passed away. I know it's painful a and my heart goes out to you.
    Kathy Rojem
  • May 19, 2017
    Many are saddened by the loss of dear Anna. I am privileged to have known such a loving, conscientious, fun-loving and energetic lady. My heart is with you and your family, Moshe.
    Kathy W.