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Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Coral Ridge Cemetery

950 Chiquita Blvd. S, Cape Coral, FL

OBITUARY

Luise Spath Tomanek

March 11, 1920October 15, 2019
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Luise Spath Tomanek, 99, of Matlacha, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. She was born on March 11, 1920 in Germany to Alois Spath and Katarina Enghofer Spath. She married Arnold Tomanek on July 27, 1941. They moved to Matlacha in 1980 from New Jersey. Luise and Arnold were very active members of the German American Social Club where she was part of the "GALS". She enjoyed dancing, fishing, boating and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Tomanek is survived by her loving family including her daughters, Carolyn (Rich Torello) Smith and Joan (James) Hutchison; grandchildren, Kimberly Lesczynski, Kyle (Amy) Smith, Jill Jurkiewicz and Crystal (Mike) Wysocki; great grandchildren, Alyssa Lesczynski, Anthony Lesczynski, Ava Smith, Emily Smith, Tristen Smith and Tyler Jmes Wysocki; sister in law, Marlene Spath; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. in addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tomanek, brother Alois "Lou" Spath, son in law R. Dwight Smith. Funeral Services will begin at 12:30pm on Friday October 18, 2019 with Pastor Ted Althouse officiating. Visitation will start at 11:30am at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 950 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral with burial to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Burial Friday, October 18, 2019

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Jill Jurkiewicz

November 11, 2019

Forget Me Not- Ode to Oma

I wandered upon the small blue flowers yesterday- thinking of you - remembering they were your favorite
I saw a seagull trying to snatch a mango out of the ocean waves
perhaps you were saying hello I am still here with you
Ich Liebe Dich
I had to check my spelling there ten or so times
it might still not be right
we didn't learn to speak German
just the important words
salz und pfeffer
moch schnell
opa
oma
It was forever til I realized calling great grandpa - grandpa Opa just meant grandpa grandpa
I can see some of you inside myself
a teacher
always wanting to learn more
perusing your bookshelves for knowledge
vitamin healing
trying to get to know you better through titles and traveled trinkets
stories about Germany and Brooklyn
store clerks that helped adorn you
swimming laps
that rubbery swim cap with the chin strap
and the bathing suit with an attached skirt
listening - retell Clan of the Cave Bear almost word for word
the nostalgia I feel for the smell of fish guts that reminds me of Opa
likened to the feeling of your soft hands as we polka
suggesting not shaving my legs because she never did and in her old age her legs were hairless smooth and tan
Florida
mango trees
mango jam
mangroves
coconuts and great palms
dolphins
and a manatee if you're lucky
catching big catfish off the dock
leaving the boys fish-less and speechless
that deer head with sunglasses
does anyone remember his name?
how as soon as the sun went down
it was Fort Knox
how we had to jot across the crab grass
to avoid the red ants
Oma and Opa
Arnilou
king and queen
at the German American Club
one of my favorite places
Oktoberfest
panni-cakes, toastie-wosties
grandpa patting grandma's tush- giggling
the cutest love- my ideal
sleeping on the pull out couch in the den
sleeping on the pull out couch in the living room
sleeping on the dining room floor next to cousins for your 50th anniversary
sometimes upgrading to the guest bed
night time swimming
mini monsters.....

Kimberly Lesczynski

October 16, 2019

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