It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, sister, Oma, and friend. After being hospitalized on Feb 1st, she died peacefully on Feb 2nd with the family at her side
She is survived by her sister Robbi, her children Monika, Armin (Mary), Marion (Andy), her grandchildren Matthew, Megan (Adam), Bradley, Jacob, Madeline, Jamie, Tyler, Hanna and Sarah and her great granddaughter Mava.
She was predeceased by her mother Crystal and father Meinhart and her husband Axel of nearly 65 years. Born in Riga Latvia, Hannelore nee von Gernet, had a happy childhood until it was interrupted by the war. There was much upheaval and uncertainty until she settled in Lemgo Germany with her mother and sister.
Laura completed her high school education and immigrated to Canada by steamship to be married to the love of her life Axel Von Melville who was a neighbour and friend during much of her life prior to coming to Canada. The Baltic Aid Society was instrumental in helping Laura and Axel reunite and settle in their newly adopted country and was a source for many lifelong friends. After a brief time in Victoria, they settled in North Vancouver. Laura worked some jobs to improve her English and improve her business skills eventually using them to help Axel build the family food business. She retired in 1996 enjoying the fruits of her labour.
Hanni as many friends called her, loved to entertain family and friends, baking and cooking in preparation for the many celebrations over the years. She enjoyed going for walks, and road trips and spending countless hours in her elaborate garden nurturing all kinds of flowers and shrubs.
She was known for always remembering you on your birthday or Anniversary, sending cards and calling without fail year after year. Shg wrote countless letters to her sister in Germany and kept everyone that came back for many years.
She died suddenly while living her dream on the water’s edge near all her favourite parks in West Vancouver.
A kind, generous and thoughtful person, she will be greatly missed.
We would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at the Lionsgate hospital for their kindness and compassion during her final hours. In Lieu of flowers please donate to the heart & stroke foundation. A private service will be held February 26th and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.