Our dear Mum and loving Oma, Johanna Freitag, left the physical world reluctantly but peacefully on Monday, November 18, 2019.
She fought proudly and bravely, through the last six years, against the increasing challenges of declining mobility, eye diseases and cancerous tumours. She had a strong heart to the end.
She died at the age of 88 at the Elliott Home in Guelph. She leaves behind daughters Martina Freitag, Wendy Freitag (Al Falotico), Michele Neumayer (John), Maria Robson (John), and her step-son, Karl Bane. She loved her grandchildren: Thomas, Stefanie, Natalie, Jennifer, Megan, Karl, and Rachel. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Deutsch, husband Karl Freitag,
and her beloved niece, Linda Fisk. Her niece Margit Deutsch and nephew Robert Deutsch reside in Austria.
Johanna Maurer was born in 1931 in Jennersdorf, in southeastern Austria. She married Karl Anton Freitag, and they emigrated to Canada, where they raised their family. She sometimes described this period as “the happiest time of my life”. After Karl’s death, in 1985 in Johanna’s 50s, she returned to her birthplace and spent many contented years in an old farmhouse on Thomasberg Hill. There she met her loving partner, Ladislaus “Otschi” Belso, who died in 2017. Johanna visited her family in Canada often and returned permanently to live in Guelph in 2013.
Johanna loved the traditions of her rural Austrian background, and she shared fascinating stories of her childhood with her children and grandchildren.
She was very loyal to her family, always present to help through hard times. She cared for many family members in their final illnesses. She was particularly affected by the early death of her niece Linda, with whom she had been very close.
Johanna loved literature and current events, studying political science and history in her forties. She played tennis and skied. She was a great cook and host and kept a fabulous garden.
Nature was her passion and she walked daily, hiking long distances whenever she could. Her family’s cottage on Kennisis Lake was a treasured setting for family gatherings.
For this reason, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada as expressions of sympathy.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 22 at 10:30, at Holy Rosary Church, at 175 Emma Street in Guelph. A reception will follow at the Holy Rosary Parish Hall.
Her family would like to express thanks to many people who helped Johanna in her final years of illness; especially the kind and thoughtful staff at the Elliott Home long term care wing but also St. Joseph’s Home, the oncology team at the Guelph General Hospital, as well as special friends, Dr. Paul Karl, Tarcia, Marianna, Bibi and Jennie, and her loyal Austrian daughter-in-law, Eva Aigner.
Johanna, our Mother, Oma, and friend, was intelligent and kind, stubborn and fearless, clear-eyed, and energetic. We will greatly miss her, and her zest for life. Viele Bussi. Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh.