Weihmayr, Rosa Edeltraud (nee Dietze) - Surrounded by her family on Friday, April 24, 2015 in her 75th year. Predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Paul (2003). Her legacy as a mother and strength of character as a matriarch will be forever remembered by her only son, Thomas (Holly). Fiercely proud Oma to Nicholas, Madison, Christopher and Theodore. Loved and missed by relatives throughout Germany and friends around the globe. Born at the height of WWII, she became one of 14 million Vertriebenen (displaced German non-combatants fleeing the brutal advance of the Red Army into Silesia) at the tender age of 5. Her subsequent settlements in Lugano, Lisbon, Montevideo, Guatemala City and Toronto helped her master seven languages, for which she had both a passion and natural ability. In each place she called home, she regularly and unassumingly touched the lives of those less fortunate.As a social scheduler, she never missed a birthday, holiday or just a chance to send a letter or care package to stay in touch with friends and family wherever they may be. Of modest means, Rosa shared freely of herself and extended kindness in the form of meticulously packaged parcels destined for relatives on the other side of the Iron Curtain; homemade sandwiches to feed the homeless; and, peanuts purchased in bulk to "plump up" her furry friends at Victoria Park. She loved to learn just about anything and participated in Scottish Dance classes, attended London Jazz Society concerts and lent her beautiful soprano voice to various Lutheran Churches, particularly to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Steadfast to her heritage, she was a longstanding member of the German Language School's Women’s Auxiliary and the Seniors' Group at the German Canadian Club. Rosa would have preferred visitors at Extendicare or the hospital instead of posthumous platitudes. As such, there will be no public service or visitation. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations in Rosa's name to The Weihmayr Family Fund c/o London Community Foundation may be entrusted to Harris Funeral or the family and will be applied to a suitable charity to fund education or animal welfare at a later date. Special thanks to the many healthcare providers and support workers who took the time to provide personal, heartfelt care of Rosa in her final months. Her unconditional love of her immediate and extended family as well as her selfless journey to relieve the afflictions of complete strangers and helpless animals, should remind us all of what is truly important in life. Dad, it’s time to take your wife home one last time.
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