July 9, 1926 – July 2, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce that Oda, our much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt, passed away just shy of her 93rd birthday with family at her side.
Born in Kassel, Germany, she was the second oldest of four children. She immigrated to Canada in 1953 with her beloved husband Horst with $20 in their pockets. She fell in love with her adopted country immediately and knew she had found a new forever home.
In the early days, Oda worked hard at a variety of jobs to help make ends meet. As well as helping to build up Nowrath Jewellers, Oda became a Certified Diamond Appraiser, Gemmologist and Master Certified Graphoanalyst.
Her hobbies included water colour painting and lacemaking. She was a Probus Club member and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Duncan Rotary Club. She especially enjoyed spending time researching family history and was the go-to person on who was related to whom! Oda had an amazing memory and often used it to recite poetry and songs learned in her early years, even up to the last week of her life.
Oda had the true spirit of adventure and actively searched out interesting places to go. She “discovered” Long Beach on the West Coast early on, and it has remained a treasured family holiday spot. She was a world traveller and especially enjoyed her trip to China and her cruise in the Canadian Arctic.
Oda was a generous person and, together with Horst, hosted many family and friends over the years. She was a brave woman with a generous heart and was always thinking of other people. She will be so dearly missed.
Oda is predeceased by daughter Cordula (Andreas), grandson Aren and siblings Oskar and Roswitha.
She will be greatly missed by husband Horst, children Gwen (Philip) and Bernard (Wendy), grandchildren Alisha, Daniel, Kai, Svea, and Heidi, great grandchildren Taman, Noam, Maeve, brother Konrad, and nieces and nephews Beate, Stefanie, Sylvia, Borwin, Roland and Albrecht.
The family would like to thank Drs Bass and Conrad and the kind, supportive nursing staff at the Cowichan District Hospital.
The Celebration of Life will be held on Friday 12 July at 1 pm at First Memorial, 375 Brae Road, Duncan, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, 3122 Gibbins Road, Duncan, BC V9L 1G2.
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