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Born: Jul 10, 1927

Date of Passing: Mar 13, 2023

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(nee KOLLEK)

July 10, 1927 - March 13, 2023

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce that on March 13, 2023 surrounded by her family, our dear Mom and Oma passed away peacefully in her sleep at Kildonan Personal Care Centre at the age of 95 years.
Her memory will be lovingly cherished by her children, Helmut (Debbie), Doris (Ray), and Rick (Diane); grandchildren, John (Allison), Lori (Mark), Stacey (Jamie), James (Nancy), Trevor, Nicholas (Laura), Brent (Amanda) and Lana (Dean); and great-grandchildren, Maddix, Hailey, Evan, Nolan and Ayla.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Ewald in 1998 after 50 years of marriage, as well as her parents, Johann and Marie, and her six siblings. She is survived by in-laws, Willi Schneider, Alma Hanke and Ruth Liebersbach, as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends in Canada, Germany and Belgium.
Ilse was born in Schmardt, Germany on July 10, 1927. She met the love of her life Ewald in Allendorf/Eder, Germany and they married on September 25, 1948. They immigrated to Canada in December 1949 with their six-month-old son Helmut. After a difficult 11-day Atlantic crossing on the freighter SS Beaverbrae and a four-day train trip from Halifax, they eventually arrived by horse and sleigh at Uncle Gottlieb Schroeder's farm near Morden where they lived and worked for the next two years. As a young wife and mother, Ilse struggled with the isolation on the farm and separation from her family in Germany, but always maintained that was where she learned the coping skills she would need to deal with the challenges of life. Guided by courage and a tough-as-nails attitude, she was blessed with a long and rewarding life.
In 1952 Ilse and Ewald moved to Winnipeg where Doris and Rick were born. Family was most important to Ilse and she worked hard to provide a nurturing circle of love for them. There will always be fond memories of camping with family and friends at Falcon Lake and the many years spent together at the cottage at Lakeshore Heights. Ilse was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading, music and dancing. Ilse and Ewald had a large group of friends who emigrated from Germany around the same time. Their raucous rec room parties with singing, dancing and laughter until the early morning hours were legendary. As the undisputed queen of the kitchen, Ilse's family will remember the savory homemade soups, dumplings, crunchy dill pickles, streuselkuchen, and especially the six-layer coffee mocha torte that appeared at every celebration. She entertained family and friends with joy and pride, always evident with her presentation of starched white linen tablecloths, fine china and gleaming silverware.
At age 50 Ilse started work as a baking assistant at The Bay Downtown where she continued for 15 years. She always emphasized the importance of education and hard work, and was immensely proud of the successes and accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After moving to her condo in 2004, Ilse continued to enjoy many life-long friendships, but her most cherished friendships over the years were with Ella Pudritz, Alice Lach and Margaret McKee.
The family would like to thank the staff at Kildonan Personal Care Centre for their devoted care and kindness.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Eden, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul with Pastor Bjoern Meinhardt from St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Pallbearers will be Ilse's grandsons, John Graumann, James Graumann, Trevor Graumann, Brent Graumann, Nick Graumann, Jamie Roberton and Mark Stobart. Interment will take place at Glen Eden and reception to follow the service.

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Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 18, 2023

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Our family sends its deepest condolences to yours on the loss of dearest Ilse - mother, grandmother, and so much more. Ilse was our mother's closest friend. Our families shared many wonderful times at family gatherings, camping at Falcon Lake, and many warm sunny Winnipeg summer days out at the beaches and lakes. While our families have too much physical distance between us - the bond between us has never wavered. Ilse gave so much love and support to her family and friends, and led a rich and rewarding life. She will be deeply missed but will always live in your hearts, and ours. Ella, Ralph, and Ron Pudritz. - Posted by: Ralph Pudritz (family friend) on: Mar 23, 2023

  • So sorry to hear the news of Oma's passing Doris Ray, Stacie Jamie & Ayla you are in our thoughts and Prayers - Posted by: The Gerbrandt’s (Friends) on: Mar 19, 2023

  • Incredible fond memories from childhood. Falcon Lake, ice cream walks, lunches on the beach, family gatherings, kids table for those amazing dinners with all the relatives. I was so excited to head over to Moray Street. Come in the front, Tanta Ilsa always had her apron on, totally organized, not a thing out of place. Thinking back, what a woman! Strong, kind, funny, sensible and called it as it was. The cheese cake was my favorite! All my love to my cousins and their families. - Posted by: Karen Wiltshire (niece) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • Tante Ilse, I will always remember your smiling face and warm greeting every time I would see you playing cards with your friends at the condo. Alice and Maria will be so thrilled to welcome you in Heaven! Tante Ilse was the ultimate example of a strong woman! Our sincere condolences to all the Family. Marion Schmidt & Family - Posted by: Marion Schmidt (Longtime Friend) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • Helmut and family; Please accept or sincere condolences at the loss of your mother. It appears that she led a good life and left you all with many memories to cherish. Tom and Deborah Pearson - Posted by: Tom Pearson (Coworker of Helmut ) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • Mom and I had a very special relationship, I will miss our long talks on the phone and trips to her favourite grocery store. Mom taught me a lot over the years and I am grateful we had such a close friendship. I miss Mom deeply but I know Mom and Dad are happily back together! Love you Mom ♥️ Diane - Posted by: Diane Graumann (Daughter in law) on: Mar 18, 2023

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