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"KRU" 2003 Obituary


KRUGE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-28 published
By Eric NOAKES Friday, February 28, 2003 - Page A18
Tennis player, gardener, crafter, Girl Guide leader, sister, mother. Born June 2, 1915, in London, England. Died January 3, in Ottawa, of natural causes, aged 87.
Elsie KRUGE was a child with brilliant blue eyes and a ready smile, born to Arthur KRUGE, a stage electrician, and Nellie Grimshaw. She was raised in Barnes, a suburb of London. When Elsie was 14, her mother died. In spite of the loss of Nellie, Elsie's life was joyful, highlighted by socializing with Friends and playing tennis. Nellie instilled in Elsie and her sister Joan her terrific sense of humour. Elsie would often embarrass her sister when they were commuting to London together by breaking into hoots of laughter at a book she was reading. She was a noted tennis player, winning local tournaments and defeating her cousin Eric regularly -- to his dismay.
Elsie's life was happy, but marked by tragedy. Her first husband, Wally HALIDAY, an army sergeant in the Second World War, was the victim of a shooting accident in 1941. During the war, there was little time for mourning. Elsie continued to work for Britain's General Nursing Council and met Garnet WOOD, a Canadian serviceman who was convalescing from a combat wound. A wartime romance ensued, culminating in marriage in 1946 in Kemptville, Ontario, and a move to Ottawa where Garnet worked for the defence department.
Adjusting to life in Canada was a challenge for Elsie. Ottawa was distant from family and Friends and, in 1946, was a small, straight-laced city with few of the amenities of London. However, because of her optimistic outlook and her sociable nature, Elsie was soon engaged in activities in Ottawa's Carlingwood area.
After the birth of her two children, Susan and Robert, Elsie became heavily involved in Guiding and was keenly engaged in helping her children get a good education. Garnet was plagued with health difficulties and as a result, Elsie had to raise the children on her own. She was very proud to see Susan become a PhD in literature and Robert working as a stage-lighting technician, continuing the family tradition. Elsie always extended a welcome to Friends of her children and relatives, especially if they were new to Canada. She was a founding member of the "Craft Girls, " a group of ladies who regularly gather to make crafts and partake in potluck lunches. In addition to this, Elsie demonstrated her green thumb by producing prolific gardens of flowers and vegetables.
Garnet died at age 55. Tragedy struck again in Elsie's life when her daughter Susan, who had become a renowned scholar of science fiction and professor of literature at Simon Fraser University, died from a brain aneurysm at 33. Several years later, Elsie's beloved niece, Jill, also died.
In spite of these heartbreaks, Elsie was able to soldier on, hosting the Craft Girls for crafting sessions, going to Ottawa's Byward Market for lunch and supplies and maintaining a regular correspondence with sister Joan. When Elsie was in her 80s and slowed down by rheumatism and osteoporosis, she overcame this by using a walker to work in the garden.
Two years ago, Elsie had to relocate to a nursing home. Typically, at the time, she was more concerned with the health of family members rather than herself. This move for her was a temporary measure, and her stated intention, once she was able, was to return home. She kept active by crocheting afghans for Friends of her son, keeping a small garden on her windowsill, reading and receiving visits from family and Friends with her ever-present smile and her plants as company. Lately, visitors noticed she was subject to extreme fatigue. She passed away in January, to see again missed loved ones.
Eric NOAKES is Elsie's cousin. He wrote this with help from her sister, Joan.

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KRUGER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-19 published
Died peacefully on Sunday, August 10, 2003, at the Vera Davis Centre, Bolton, in the company of her care-giver and dear friend Janet SHEEHAN. Born in Carlton Place on November 2, 1918. Attended Alma College and the University of Toronto. Graduated in 1941 in Occupational Therapy. After being Director of the Occupational Workshop Lorna went on to head the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, where she planned and supervised the construction of the new facility which opened in 1963. After which she then retired. Lorna spent many happy years in Toronto, Georgian Bay and at the log house called Robinswood in Caledon with her husband, Klaus Rolph KRUGER, whom she married in 1960 and who predeceased her in 1998. She was a lover of art and music, was a talented painter and played piano with enthusiasm at family gatherings. She enjoyed fishing and a variety of family pets. Her niece and nephews remember with great love, her kindness and generosity. Lovingly remembered by her sister F. Bernice COOPER and her husband John; Jim, Maureen, Stephanie, Jeff and Jane COOPER; Peter and Cathy COOPER; Ross, Lynn, Cristan, Harley COOPER and Christine, Tom and Jill COOPER. A family service will be held in Cognashene, Georgian Bay on Friday, August 22 at 3 o'clock. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Vera Davis Centre, 80 Allan Drive, Bolton L7E 1P7 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, One Bartley Bull Parkway, Suite 20, Brampton L6W 3T7. Arrangements by Egan Funeral Home, Bolton (905-857-2213). Condolences for the family may be offered at

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KRUPA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-08 published
By Terry (KRUPA) LANTHIER Monday, December 8, 2003 - Page A18
Volunteer, wife, mother, aunt. Born May 23, 1920, in Timisoara, Romania. Died June 12 in Brantford, Ontario, of cancer, aged Anne HETTEL was the eldest of five children, born in Timisoara, Romania. Despite the lack of modern technologies and material goods, she frequently recalled her early years in Eastern Europe as filled with the warmth of family, sibling adventures and the creative activity of childhood.
At the age of 11, Anne moved with her family to Canada. Her most vivid memory of the trip was eating a banana for the first time, without the necessary information that the peel should first be removed. The family settled in Montreal, where her father established himself as a tailor in the area of St. Urbain Street, made famous in the writings of Mordecai RICHLER.
At the age of 16, she contracted tuberculosis and was sent to "the San" at St. Agathe for two years. Anne was never one to feel victimized by her life circumstances. She had many good memories of her time in the sanitarium and developed several lifelong Friendships. Recalling how, after her discharge from St. Agathe, a young man she dated had stopped his association with her in response to her illness, Anne sighed "Oh that poor, poor man." She refused to internalize the judgments of others, or to accept intolerance.
Pictures of Anne in her early adult years, strolling confidently down the streets of Montreal, arm in arm with her two sisters, radiate happiness and self-confidence. Wearing impeccably and classically tailored suits, these beautiful young women would not be out of place in today's scene.
In 1947, Anne married Spencer LANTHIER, the son of a prominent councilman and business family, from the Town of Mount Royal. Anne joked that her future husband, a seriously picky eater, was put to the test by Sunday lunches with her family that consisted of their favourites, raw bacon, cabbage, onion and boiled potatoes. In marriage, Ann became a full-time wife, and eventually the mother of three children and the beloved Auntie Anne to many nieces and nephews.
Anne was an active member of the Town of Mount Royal community. She was involved in the ladies' auxiliary for the Protestant Church, contributing her time and energy to fundraisers and annual rummage sales. She was a member of the lawn bowling club and regularly attended meetings of a women's club.
But by far her most valued role was creating a strong sense of home, to be enjoyed by her many Friends and family. Anne took her family obligations seriously, and she nursed several close relations through prolonged and serious illnesses with kindness, compassion and love.
While Anne offered her children her constant love and support, she understood them to be individuals who needed to make their own decisions and to create their own lives. She respected this by maintaining an active and satisfying life that always included, but was not dependent on her family. With the death of her husband in 1984, she continued her travels to visit her sister in Florida, toured Europe and Canada, and tended her garden. She enjoyed young people, and confided that she would have liked to have had the opportunity to learn to swim, to rollerblade and to ice-skate.
Anne was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2002. She spoke of a watching a television show that had featured young people who had survived cancer. Clearly concerned about how she would manage this dreaded disease, she stated, "I thought if they could handle it so well, then I suppose I can do it, too."
Anne did manage the disease with grace and dignity. Her final gift was to assure her family that she had indeed lived a full and complete life, and that even at the end she wanted for nothing.
Terry is Anne's daughter-in-law.

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KRUZE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-14 published
All claims against the estate of Hilda KRUZE, late of the City of Toronto who died on or about the 2nd day of February, 2003, must be filed with the below listed solicitors for the personal representatives of the estate on or before the 31st day of October, 2003, after which date the estate will be distributed having regard only the claims of which the Estate Trustees then shall have notice.
Dated at Toronto this 8th day of August, 2003
Julian Heller and Associates
Barristers and Solicitors
120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 1905
Toronto, Ontario M5H 1T1
Tel: (416) 364-2404 Fax: (416) 364-0793
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