A resident of the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault for the past five months, Hiltrud Weiher passed away there on Thursday, December 22, 2016. She was 82.
Hiltrud was born in Halle, Germany on May 2, 1934 to her parents Karl and Martha Kleie (nee Boehm).
In 1956, when she was 22 years old, Hiltrud fled East Germany from the communists and immigrated to Canada.
She worked first as a nanny for many years in Montreal.
She met Eberhard Weiher, who was a farmer from South Mountain, Ontario that had lost his wife and was raising his two sons Herb and Neil on his own.
Eberhard and Hiltrud were married in 1978 and even though Hiltrud didn’t know anything about farming, she learned quickly with the help of the course “survival techniques for farm women” she took at Kemptville College.
After Herb and Neil left home she worked at Kemptville hospital, a nursing home and the Hartford Retirement Home.
After Eberhard died in 1994 she learned to drive and got her license.
When she got her license she began volunteering and she helped many people by taking them to appointments or special events.
She volunteered at the South Dundas Food Bank, Dundas County Hospice, Canadian Red Cross and other organizations and she taught English to a German family.
She was an active member of both the Riverside Heights Women’s Institute and the Catholic Women’s League for many years.
She was always thinking about others who were less fortunate. Her Christian faith was strong and she prayed for anyone who needed it, especially after her own health failed her.
She loved to have her grandchildren stay at her home which brought her great joy.
Hiltrud really enjoyed going to the Seniors Day Away program at the J.W. MacIntosh Support Centre in Williamsburg and she will be missed by many people especially her dear friends Annette de Vette and Pat Bradley.
Hiltrud is survived by her step-sons Herb Weiher (Irene) of Trenton and Neil Weiher of Osgoode, her brother Rainer Kleie (Iris) of Germany and her sister-in-law Irmgard Weiher of Orillia.
Hiltrud will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Aaron, Adam and Elizabeth.
She was predeceased by her husband Eberhard and her grandson Jodie Weiher. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday, December 28th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A C.W.L. service was held on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Morrisburg, on Thursday, December 29th at 11 a.m., with Father Thomas officiating.
Cremation followed. Interment of cremated remains will be at South Gower Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Herb Weiher, Neil Weiher, Adam Weiher, Dan McLaughlin, Doug Byers and Lyal Kehoe.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.