Hertha Knowles

July 13, 1927March 11, 2020

Hertha Knowles, age 92, of Toronto, Ontario passed away peacefully at Michael Garron Hospital on Wednesday March 11, 2020. Hertha was born July 13, 1927 in Bremen, Germany to Anna Segelken and Johann Segelken.

Hertha is survived by her husband, Ronald Knowles; son Thomas; and daughter Linda; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Hertha was preceded in death by; father Johann Segelken and mother Anna Segelken.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Knowles family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Hertha Knowles

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Luke Hayes (Gill)

March 18, 2020

Dear Tante Hertha,

It was always a joy to spend time with you and your family. I remember lots of smiling and laughter, and I'm very glad that I got to grow up with you in my life.

Rest in peace.


Barbara Burrell

March 17, 2020

After looking through some old photos, I found a nice one from a luncheon we had with Tante Hertha. From left to right, Sarah, Becky, Edeltraut, Hertha, Kathy, Luke, Barbara, Mapris.

Becky Mask (Gill)

March 17, 2020

I have lovely memories of visits with Hertha and Ron as a child. I remember she would scrunch up her nose when she smiled at us. She was so good about always sending cards on our birthdays, such a lovely person. RIP.

katherine gill

March 17, 2020

Dear Tante Hertha
There are so many beautiful memories I have of you and both of our families together over the years. Your warmth, your bubbliness, joy, nurturing, companionship was always transparent. You always took the bull by the horns and proceeded with life in a methodical and pleasant way. I was so glad your life was filled with people who truly loved you and admired you. and made you blossom. You had a wonderful family life surrounded by your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and of course your loving husband, all of which I know you felt blessed with every day. Your children, definitely carry your spirit in them.
Geoff and I will miss you Tante Hertha.
Ich liebe Dich.
Rest in peace. All of our blessings and God bless.
Kath,Geoff,Luke,Becky and their spouses Bryan and Erin.

David Burrell

March 16, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about Tante Hertha passing.

I have such fond memories looking back on my childhood when visiting her and Ron in the summer months with my grandma. Her garden was always a sight to see with budding cucumbers and ripe tomatoes. I'll never forget the endless games of dominoes played, the stories shared about her and my grandma and being surprised with a Kinder egg after hugging us goodbye.

She was a wonderful and strong woman that was always full of zest for life. Rest in peace.


Sarah Burrell

March 16, 2020

My brother David and I grew up as kids enjoying many fun visits to see our Tante Herta, our grandma's best friend from Germany and a constant kind soul in our lives growing up. She was just like a second grandmother - always quick to give us big hugs, care packages of sweet treats, and she never missed an opportunity to give us thoughtful birthday cards over the years. I remember always being so impressed as a kid that she was an avid cyclist well into her senior years - she was always full of fun, energy and a great story! While I am so sad to hear of Tante Herta's passing, I feel very grateful to have known her for so many fun, joyful good years. Rest in Peace.

Edeltraut Udal

March 16, 2020

Hertha was a long time, dear friend of mine. Anyone who knows us, particularly our families, have heard countless stories of our travels from Europe to Canada. As young nurses wanting to embark on a new adventure abroad, we sailed across the Atlantic to arrive in Halifax. We each married, had children and worked as nurses in Canadian hospitals. I was the God Mother to her first born and Hertha was the God Mother to my first born. We gave each other continuing support with our young families, throughout the years.

She held her head high, in the face of adversity. She was a strong, vibrant woman. She was my friend, Hertha.

I'll see you soon Hertha.

Barbara Burrell

March 16, 2020

Dear Tante Hertha,

I am writing a loving message to you in heaven. You were the "Aunt" to me in Canada. As a child, I loved all the visits my family had with yours; all the Christmas times we got together and us children K., L., T., and myself would play crokinole in the kitchen. Fast forwarding to my adulthood, you were so kind and gracious to invite myself, young Sarah and David with their Grandma into your home for lunch visits. Those cream puffs were so delicious.

As a nurse, you were the best! I remember calling you on one occasion when my first born had terrible diaper rash. You were the one person who finally figured out the problem: I was eating dark chocolate truffles for energy but since I was breastfeeding, it turned out the baby was reacting terribly to it.

Over the years, it was always a pleasure to meet you on the street, as we lived in the same neighbourhood. It was so nice to give you a big hug!
You have made an impact on my life. You will never be forgotten.

I love you.

Damarys Sepulveda

March 15, 2020

Hertha will always be in my heart. She was kind, loving, supportive and sincere. I will always chearish the moments I had with her, her presence at the birth of my daughter, her words of love to those she loved. My heart goes to her Husband Ron, and her two children Thomas and Linda. God bless you and give you peace.