JULIA AUGUSTA (HARTZ) KRISCH,

JULIA AUGUSTA (HARTZ) KRISCH 1914-2010 Julia Hartz was born July 1, 1914 in Saskatoon, daughter of Barbara and Phillip Hartz.  She lived on the homestead, had early education at Victor school and then at boarding school in Saskatoon, attending the Lutheran College.  The friendships with classmates from that time endured

throughout her life; they enjoyed manyreunions with slogans such as “once more in ‘84.”  While at College, she met pastoral candidate, Edmund Krisch, and they were married on August 4, 1935 in a double wedding with her sister Min and Harold Lightfoot.  She began married life as a pioneer pastor’s wife in many small communities: Rosevear, Flatbush, Northmark, Manola, Davin, Thalberg, Rhein, Vancouver (Martin Luther), Innisfail, Radisson and finally retiring and serving in Oliver, BC.  She was a

supportive pastor’s wife, coping with conditions and

expectations beyond today’s norm, taught Sunday school,

participated in the Ladies’ Aid and ELW and mastered High German to help in the German parishes.  She was blessed with 4 children, Ted (Bev), Marlene (George), Margaret (Erich) and Carel (Mike) and 10 grandchildren, Terri, Mark, Chris, Michele, Valerie, Lauris, Nicole, Paul, Tyler and Stefan.  At one time there were 8 children under the age of 5 running around her Vancouver home.  We don’t know how she coped with all these kids and still managed to cook amazing dinners for family celebrations.  Eleven great grandchildren added to her joy:  Logan and Karson (Mark and Annette), Leigh Ann (Valerie), Chad and Ryan (Michele and Wayne), Sean, Ryan and Brendon (Paul and Jennifer), Elliot and Spencer (Terri and Trevor) and Tessa (Lauris and Janice).  Her albums are full of photos of celebrations including all of these family members.  Mom’s personal interests were many.  She was a wonderful cook who could make anything from scratch:  lemon meringue pies, turkey stuffing, and her famous gingersnaps earned her the title of “Cookie Grandma.”  She was an avid reader with an outstanding memory to the end; she loved the family stories and historical events and was ready for debate current issues.  Her albums are a historical record of the early church in Canada.  She experienced life from a log cabin in early married years to a condo in the Okanagan.  Memorable moments included a trip to Germany, car trips though the Yukon, much of Canada and USA together with friends and travel on the Coquihalla to Vancouver with the car on “auto pilot!”  Her 90th birthday celebration in 2004 kept her going for a whole year!  Last summer we all spent a lot of time together and fondly remember “Potato Pancake Day” at a campsite in Kelowna.  Julia is also survived by her youngest brother Ted Hartz and many nephews and nieces; she is predeceased by husband Edmond in 1996, her sisters Min and Eleanor and her brothers Alfred, Richard and Eric.  She appreciated her church friends over the years, was generous and always focused on the needs of others.  She was a people person and a faithful friend.  We appreciate the care she received at the Village at Mill Creek and then at Joseph Benjamin Residence as well as the friendships she made there.  A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 11:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 2091 Gordon Drive.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Lutheran World Relief.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.