Mary E. Kohler

February 21, 1922July 14, 2011

KOHLER, “Laney” Mary Evangeline – passed away on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 in Halifax after a short illness. Born in Lunenburg on February 21st, 1922 to the late Captain George and Elsie (Corkum) Himmelman, Laney graduated from Lunenburg Academy and the Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing in 1943. She phracticed nursing briefly in Halifax before her marriage to the late Captain Henry Kohler, C.M. in 1945 after which she returned to Lunenburg, where her two children Helga and Karla were born. For many years, she accompanied her husband on world circumnavigating voyages, primarily on board the R/V Vema. At the age 60 she became, at the time, the oldest candidate to re-qualify through the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia’s re-entry programme and then served for four years as a shift supervisor at Harbour View Haven. Throughout her time in Lunenburg, she was an active member of the community and many local Organizations. A few years after the death of her husband in 1997, she left lifelong friends and associates and moved to her daughter Helga’s neighbourhood in Halifax. Here she quickly established many new friends and continued to contribute to the community by knitting, sewing and baking for the IWK, the Sunshine Room and the Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers. Since 2000 she made an annual journey to Cape Town, South Africa to spend the winter months with her daughter Karla where she soon came to be known affectionately as “Granny“ by family and friends alike. She is survived by her daughters Helga (Kohler) Cunningham and Karla (Kohler) Whiley, her two sons-in-law Captain Peter Cunningham and Neville Whiley and her granddaughter Elizabeth Cunningham. She will also be missed by her two feline friends, Abigail of Halifax and Pepsi of Cape Town. A service will be conducted at J.A. Snow Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 19th at 2:00 p.m. In gratitude for their extraordinary care and dedication, donations can be made to the QEII Foundation (Victoria General Hospital Palliative Care Unit): 1276 South St., Room 1-040 Centennial Building, Halifax N.S. B3H 2Y9; the VON Greater Halifax: 7001 Mumford Rd., Tower 1, Suite 300 Halifax N.S. B3L 4N9; and the Red Cross (Equipment Loan): 133 Troop Ave. Dartmouth, N.S. B3B 2A7. To place a message of condolence to the family, please visit


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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July 29, 2011

To Helga and Karla - Your mother loved you both very much and I know you will miss having her in your lives. My thoughts are with you at this time.

-Sheila (Lohnes) Wilneff

William B F Ryan

July 22, 2011


Judy and I send our sympathies and have especially fond memories of your time in our home in Palisades New York. Much love and embraces.

Bill Ryan

Hector, Mary, Kathy and Robert Jourdain

July 21, 2011

To the Kohler family...we were sad to hear of your mother's passing...please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you...she was a wonderful lady! Hector, Mary, Kathy and Robert Jourdain

Anne (Himmelman) Brown

July 18, 2011

In loving memory of my dear Aunt Laney

Anne Brown

July 18, 2011

Helga and Karla my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, she was a beautiful lady, have many memories of her.With warmst regards Anne (Himmelman) Brown

Margaret Spencer

July 16, 2011

Helga, it is very sad to read of your mother's passing. She had a wonderful life and you and Karla will remember her fondly.

With warm regards,
Margaret Spencer (Margot Hiltz, Wolfville)