Hildegard Kurth (nee Klaassen) passed away suddenly at Morgan Place in South Surrey on October 28, 2011. Hildegard was born on April 15, 1917 in her parents’ farm house in Altendorf, Danzig, Germany.
Hildegard with husband, Werner (predeceased in 1989), and children immigrated to Canada in 1952. She is survived by her son, Walfried ‘Wally’ Kurth (Elizabeth Anne – predeceased) and his children Louise (Joel) Schwarz, David (Andria) Kurth and Michael Kurth. Hildegard’s daughter, Dorit and husband, Fred Neuls are predeceased. They have two daughters, Karen Neuls and Barbara (Mark) Jiew. Also predeceased is her son, Hans Peter Kurth.
Survived by her children, Pamela, Adam, Daniel and Monica Kurth. She also has two great-grandchildren, Isabelle & Sarah Kurth.
Hildegard was a courageous woman when she fled war-torn Danzig with two very young children in 1945. As refugees, Hildegard and Werner, with family, started a new life in Canada after having lost everything during the war period. Son, Hans Peter, was born in Canada.
Hildegard was a driven, courageous woman and together with Werner, finally bought a dairy farm on Tolmie Road in Sumas Prairie, now Abbotsford. During her retirement years she lived mainly in Yarrow and Chilliwack. She will be remembered as being ambitious, caring, giving and always loving her family. She was baptized in her teens – she had a strong faith in God!
A service will be held in the Yarrow United Mennonite Church, 4336 Eckert Road on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Online condolences can be left at www.Woodlawn-MtCheam.ca