Margarete Eleonora Tartsch (nee Hamrak)

Margarete Eleonora Tartsch (nee Hamrak)


(nee Hamrak)

Passed away suddenly at Kelowna General Hospital, November 27 2011 at the age of 85 years. She is survived by her loving husband and soul-mate of 63 years, Kurt; her daughter Margaret (Wally)

Kachanoski of Souris, MB;

grandchildren Kevin (Elisabeth) Kachanoski of Calgary, AB; Julie (Brian) Toogood and great

grandson Casey of Victoria, BC.  She is also survived by her son

Peter (Sharleen) Tartsch and granddaughters Alison and Morgan Haarstad of Saskatoon, SK. She also leaves

behind to mourn her sisters Charlotte (Horst) Jobst of

Kelowna, Elisabeth Frank of Winnipeg, MB; Irene (Rudi) Herman of Kelowna; and brother John Hamrak of Atikokan, ON; as well as many nieces and nephews in Canada, USA, and Germany. Margarete was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Klara Hamrak; her sister Clara and

brother-in-law Frank Swetko; brother-in-law Karl Frank; and good friend Stefan Kocur.  Born in Svedlar, Czechoslovakia on June 10, 1926, Margarete was the second of six

children.  After WWII she married the love of her life, Kurt Tartsch, on May 29 1948 in Germany.  The couple

emigrated to Winnipeg in 1950 with their baby daughter Margarete and completed the family with their son Peter in 1955.  Margarete was no stranger to hard work; she was employed with Eaton’s prior to the couple’s owning and

operating their own grocery store in Winnipeg in 1965. She was a fabulous cook and baker and she loved to craft, sew, read and clean with her trademark meticulousness. She loved to travel and enjoyed many wonderful adventures all over the world with Kurt and her family. Margarete was a kind and giving mother; an exemplary role model to her family, whom she adored. She will be sadly missed and

lovingly remembered by all her family and many friends.  In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.


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