Edith Wollschlaeger 1924-2020
Wow, what a wonderful long, happy and fulfilling life she had. Born in
Hamburg, as Edith Schulz, she had a happy childhood with mom Margarethe,
father Wilheim and brother Werner. After the war, she married Arnold
Wollschlaeger and together built an auto repair shop. In 1955 they emigrated
to Canada with their son Thomas, for a new start. They worked hard to
establish a comfortable and happy life. From Arnold's successful truck repair
company, Ontario Bus and Truck, he designed and manufactured the 30 foot Orion transit bus under Ontario Bus Industries. After his passing in 1979, the
family business was sold, providing Edith a very comfortable life at her home
in Clarkson for over 50 years. In 1981 she met Rudy Payerl who added that
extra excitement in her retirement years. They complemented each other well,
enjoying cooking, gardening, entertaining and travelling. World travels took
them to 55 countries, finding many friends along the way. She had that special charm to befriend anyone she met, and so was never lonely. She was so caring, loving, thoughtful, forgiving, nurturing and above all happy. That happiness in her reflected in the circle of friends she kept around her, and relatives in the Yukon and Germany that will cherish her memory.
Let us not mourn for Edith, but rather celebrate her long life and be thankful
she touched our lives.
Survived by her devoted son Tom, daughter-in-law Jan who so tirelessly tended to her last days and gave guidance, and her loving grand-daughter Sara who made her Oma so proud.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date.