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Born: Jan 12, 1933

Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2022

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother on January 9, 2022.
Predeceased by her husband Franz, Martha will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Marlies (Dick), Karin and Elke. Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Lauren (Ryan), Jordan (Cora) and Mahalia (Gerald), and her six great-grandchildren. Martha was also predeceased by her brothers, Helmut and Friedrich, and her sister Sophie. She is survived by her brother Gustav (Alwine), her sister Irmgard Schumann, her sister-in-law Margret Hillius, and many nieces and nephews.
Martha was born January 12, 1933 to Emmanuel and Lydia Hillius, in Poarta Alba, Romania. She was the oldest of six children and in 1939 her family moved to East Germany. After the war, Martha completed her schooling and became an accomplished seamstress. In 1953, she and her family fled to West Germany and in 1955, she met Franz. They married on May 28, 1955 and in 1956, made the decision to immigrate to Canada to start a new life.
Those early years in Canada were difficult but together, Martha and Franz worked hard to create a good life for their family. After they retired, Martha and Franz enjoyed 27 years dividing their time between their summer home at Brereton Lake and their winter home in Florida. Together, they spent many hours fishing, picking blueberries and mushrooms. They travelled and had many close friends. In both places, they enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Martha and Franz were married for 60 years before Franz passed away in 2015.
Martha loved her family very much and found great joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed dancing and singing, and was a longtime member of the German choir. She derived immense pleasure from planting flowers and vegetables each spring and watching them grow. Martha also loved the beauty of the natural world and always put out a little something for the birds, the squirrels, the rabbits and even the occasional fox. She could often be seen with her latest German crossword puzzle book; she loved good conversation and a good joke. She enjoyed sewing for others, especially her daughters when they were little.
Martha was an intelligent and kindhearted woman. She faced life's challenges with courage and determination, never losing her smile. Everyone who met her, immediately liked her. She had many lifelong friends, whom she treasured. Martha will be deeply missed by all who loved her.
Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Jocelyn House. Your care and compassion were greatly appreciated by Martha and her family.

Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dear Marlies and Family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It sounds as though she was an amazing woman with a full life, blessed with many friends, adventures, and a loving family. May you take comfort in all the memories that you shared with her. Sincerely, Arlene Skihar - Posted by: Arlene Skihar (friend of Marlies) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • Martha was my neighbor in our condo, Over the years we became friends and enjoyed each other company especially when she was alone after Franz passed away. I will miss Martha as we had lots of fun together with my family and other friends in our condo complex. Martha was a good cook and made the best potato pancakes I have ever eaten. Rest in Peace Martha. - Posted by: Marilyn Corbett (friend) on: Jan 18, 2022

  • Martha was a wonderful friend who I got to know in Florida. My husband and I would enjoy playing cards with Martha and her husband Franz, and I have many wonderful memories of our get togethers. We enjoyed many beach trips and dinners and we all enjoyed the Florida sunshine. She will be missed. - Posted by: Bruni Cawi (friend) on: Jan 15, 2022

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