Ruth Helene Johanna

Date of death:
Friday February 23, 2018

The Calgary Herald, AB

Ruth Helene Johanna Engels of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the age of 97 years. Born April 15, 1920 in Elberfeld, Germany she married her childhood sweetheart Wolfgang in 1943. After WWII they immigrated with their one-year old son and German Shepherd dog to Canada in 1951, living first in Montreal, then Edmonton, and then settling in Calgary in 1954. Ruth was a twenty-plus year volunteer with the Calgary North YMCA and obtained all the swimming, lifeguarding, synchronized swimming and associated instructor and examiner accreditations available during those years. She made many dear lifelong friends during those years. Ruth loved her art and music - pottery, toll painting, the philharmonic and opera were some of her favourite activities. In later years Ruth sang with the German choir, and played her recorders and ukulele at the Kerby Centre. In addition to her family, grandchildren and many dear friends, she enjoyed her garden, flowers and Shelties. Ruth will be missed by her two sons, Henry (Marion) and Ralph (Merceil); four grandchildren, Paul (Lua), Julia (Jeff) Lawrick, Larry and Alexander; and eight great-grandchildren. Ruth was predeceased by her brother Heinz Rolf (1943) and Wolfgang (2006), her husband of sixty-two years and worldwide travelling partner. The family would like to recognize the wonderful care and support that has been provided to Ruth over the past two years by the staff of BowView Manor, Mountbatten Unit. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Brenda Strafford Foundation 4628 Montgomery Blvd NW Calgary, AB T3B 0K7 https: // donate-now or other charity of choice. Following a private burial service, a reception will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on March 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In living memory of Ruth Engels, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Funeral Home McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes - Chapel of the Bells 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB T2E 2V6 (403) 276-2296 Published in The Calgary Herald on Feb. 27, 2018

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