SCHWARZ Hedwig (Hedi) W. Hedi passed away peacefully into the arms of her Saviour on October 26, 2012. Left to mourn her sudden passing is her loving husband Harry and their four children, Juergen (Carla), Petra (Ron) Donatelli, Jens (Linda) and Christine MacLeod along with twelve grandchildren, one great grandchild and another one due in January. She has her younger brother Jacob (Ingrid) Knieling in Munich plus nieces, nephews and extended family and friends in both Germany and in the States, and of course a good circle of friends in Abbotsford and surrounding area. Hedi was born in Stanislau, Poland on November 16, 1930, the first child of Jacob and Emma Knieling. The family was relocated to Germany after the war and she met her husband there. Hedi and Harry, her devoted husband of 55 years, were engaged in Germany and came to Canada, where they were married in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1957. The family then moved to Abbotsford in 1970. Many happy memories were made with friends camping, fishing and travelling South. Hedi enjoyed regular trips to Germany as well as vacation cruises with her husband Harry. She was involved as treasurer and other offices in Peace Lutheran Church, the Abbotsford-Mission Alpen Club, singing in the church choir and also the Frasertal Choir. Hedi volunteered at church and in the community, such as Welcome Wagon and helping at Harry’s business, Valley Autohouse Ltd. as bookkeeper. But her favourite times were spent with family where she was the heart and soul, cooking for many and still finding the time to sit on the floor and play with her grandchildren. We want to thank the dedicated staff at Menno Home for the loving care they gave to Mom during the five months she was there.
A memorial service be held on November 3rd at 10:30 at Peace Lutheran Church 2029 Ware Road in Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to the Peace Lutheran Ladies.