February 27, 1930 – September 26, 2019
Leokadia “Loka” Will (Nee Bauer)
Peacefully, on September 26, 2019, our Mom, Oma and Omi went to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at the age of 89 years.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Eric, Irene, and Rita (Brian); her grandchildren: Kyle, Mike (Angie), Rick (Jenn), Dirk (Cherice), Jason (April) and Julia (Jay); her great grandchildren: Austin, Tristin, Sophia, Jayden, Mason, Nathan, Liam, Hailey, Nolan, Holly, and James; her brother Robert (Helen); sister in law Erika; nieces and nephews in Canada and Germany.
Loka was predeceased by her husband Herman; son in law Juergen Schroeder; siblings Reinhard, Helene, Erna and Herta; her parents Karl and Ida; and several nieces, nephews and in laws. Mom was born on February 27th, 1930 in Machulki, Poland. As a young child she immigrated to Germany with her family and settled in Flettmar. There she met our Dad, Hermann, and they married in 1951. In 1953, Mom and Dad and Eric, immigrated to Canada, settling in Winnipeg. There their family expanded to include Irene and Rita.
Mom was involved with St. John's Lutheran Church, especially her ladies group events and volunteering at the Maples Personal Care Home. She was a fixture at Jeffrey's Restaurant with the ‘Church Ladies' after Sunday Services. She enjoyed her “stitch and bitch” with family and friends. Coffee time on the porch on Coburg Avenue was a weekly event for neighbourhood women. She enjoyed her time at the lake, where the family spent several years on First Street in Camp Neustadt. She was involved with the German Society of Winnipeg, volunteering for Folklorama for many years. Mom spent many years bowling with “Gut Holz” out of Roxy Lanes. Mom loved her outings to the casino, whether with her siblings, her children or with friends. As the grandchildren turned 18, Oma would treat them to supper and a night at the casino, eventually going twice a year with all of them. Oma was often seen at some sporting or social event when her grandchildren were involved. Omi had a loving relationship with her great grandchildren. Whether it was pushing them with her walker or letting them push her wheelchair, she always had a hug and smile for them.
We would like to offer a big thank you to the staff at Maples Personal Care Home for the amazing care they provided mom. You treated mom with respect and dignity right up until her passing. Thank you 1 West. Mom was blessed to have been in your care.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Mom's name can be made to a charity of your choice.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019
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Lorelei and Harold Jaekel
October 5, 2019
It is with great sorrow that i write these words as a final goodbye to Loka. She was always kind and loving and full of laughter. We will miss your laughter, your smile and your face. Even though we didn’t see you much, you have always held a special place in our hearts.
We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the funeral, but the family is in our thoughts and prayers.
October 2, 2019
I have many fond memories of my "Tante Loka". She held a special place in my life as my godmother and we had many good times together at family events and at church activities at St. John's Lutheran as I was growing up. She always had good advice for me and I admired her energy, sense of humour and strongly held beliefs. My heartfelt condolences to the family - my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sorry I am unable to be at the memorial service on Saturday to help celebrate a life well lived!