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South Calgary Funeral Centre and Crematorium

12700 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB

OBITUARY

Adelheid Margarete Austin

August 20, 1934March 20, 2020

Heidi passed away suddenly at Rocky View Hospital in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, March 20 with her children at her side. She was 85 years old.

Heidi was born in Balga, East Prussia, where she, her mother, sister and brother were amongst the two million refugees that were hastily evacuated from region during the Red Army’s offensive in January 1945. At the end of the war, Heidi’s family settled in Schoenberg, Schleswig Holstein West Germany where she would grow up enamored by the wind, waves and sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea.

In 1958, she worked as a canteen assistant for the Canadian Military where she met her future husband Ralph. In 1959, Heidi immigrated to Canada and raised her children Sandy (deceased), Susan and Clint in the region of Willow Beach, Ontario. In 1982, Heidi, a single mom at the time, resettled with her two children in Calgary, Alberta where she worked, both proudly and passionately, helping others as a Nursing Assistant and Massage Therapist.

Heidi is remembered for her beaming sense of humor and her passion for wanting to heal the bodies and hearts of others. Despite her own physical limitations that came later in life, she maintained an unwavering commitment to find joy in the day and encourage her children to be healthy and happy. Heidi loved music, writing poetry and spending time outdoors. When she could still do so, Heidi spent time trekking the Rocky Mountains, connecting with nature and swimming in almost every lake or river she encountered. She loved travelling to new places, seeking adventure and frequently making life-long friends with the people she met.

Heidi is survived by her daughter Susan, son Clinton, daughter-in-law Sandi, her sister Regina, her brother Reinhard, sister-in-law Dagmar and each of their extended families. She was predeceased by her daughter Sandy and her parents, Elfriede and Artur Klang.

A celebration of life for family and friends is planned in the coming months, when it is safe to do so.

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Dagmar und Reinhard sowie Familie Klang

March 25, 2020

RIP, Meine Schwägerin, Schwester und Tante ist nun über den Regenbogen gegangen, sie ist wieder vereint mit ihrer ältesten Tochter und ihren Eltern. Sie war immer ein fröhlicher Mensch voller Tatendrang und immer unternehmungslustig. Wir werden sie in unserem Herzen tragen.

Clint Austin

March 24, 2020

Mom always dreamt of brighter horizons and experiencing bold adventures. I think coming to Canada was one of those adventures. The photo below is the last passport of Adelheid Klang. In this passport are her immigration stamps at Montreal’s Dorval Airport. Two years later, on May 17, 1962 she received her certificate of Canadian Citizenship and her next passport would be Canadian.

Ali Douglas

March 24, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. I remember, particularly, your mom joining us on a couple of girls' get-togethers in Halifax. She was outgoing and accepting of all and a welcome addition to our gatherings. While in Calgary, it was nice to visit with her and Sue and Jasper, also. I sincerely hope that you all keep in mind all the good and fond memories in your grief and remember to smile and laugh at some of the memories--I'm pretty sure she would have approved of some laughter at this time!

gladys wilson

March 23, 2020

Heidi and I lived at the Prince of Peace Retirement Home and enjoyed sitting in the sun together, listening to music and telling stories. She will be dearly missed.

Daunine Rachert

March 23, 2020

Heidi had a generous spirit and loved to share her thoughts and experiences on life, health and love. She also made the best Black Forest Cake I've ever tasted. I hope she shared her recipe. My deepest sympathy Sue, Clint and Sandi.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY