April 27, 1928 – October 18, 2011
On October 18th, Hanna Krejci passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loving family. She had suffered complications from a stroke, and made the choice to leave the beautiful life she lived in a painless and clear-minded state.
Hanna was born in Neusiedl, a small village in the Czech Republic. At sixteen she and her family were forced to leave their possessions and home, and moved to Austria, where she met her husband Wilhelm Krejci.
Hanna and Willi immigrated to Canada in 1954 where they embraced their new life, building a successful business and raising four children.
Tragically her oldest son, Edi was killed in a car accident in 1988. Her husband Willi died in 2007. In great sadness she leaves behind her brother Herwig in Austria, daughter Silvia (Del), sons Roy (Brigitte) and Eric (Liz). Grandchildren Tammy, Johanna, Stasia (Yosuke), Catrina, and many others who loved their Oma.
Hanna loved boating with her family in Desolation Sound, catching salmon which she smoked at home. We all enjoyed skiing with her on Forbidden Plateau. Gardening, knitting and baking were also passions. In recent years, despite health challenges, Hanna continued to garden, enjoy tai Chi, swimming, exercise programs at the Comox d’Esterre Centre, carrying herself with quiet dignity and independence. What she loved most though was caring for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, cooking mouth watering dinners and baking apple strudel. Her ability to listen without judgement and offer quiet wisdom was a gift to all of us.
If our family was a garden, Hanna would be the discreet beautiful tree in the middle tying it all together.
At her request there will be no formal service and flowers are gratefully declined. In her memory, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or Stroke Foundation.
For all who wish to attend, an open house commemorative to share memories is planned for November 26th between one and five in the afternoon Phone Silvia at 250 338-1977.