Eleonora (Nora) Luczak (nee Schmidt) passed away suddenly at home on September 16, 2007. Pre-deceased by her husband Chester in 2005, she will be sadly missed and remembered with love by her family and many friends.

Nora was born on September 26, 1928 in

Czechoslovakia, daughter of dentist Ernst Anton Hugo Schmidt and mother Eleonora Liebaker.

She grew up in her grandmother’s country house in Czechoslovakia where she resided with her mother after her parents divorced. Nora’s grandfather was an architect from Austria and he and her grandmother established a pear orchard from which they shipped pears all over Europe. Her mother and aunt jointly inherited the county house and pear orchard after her grandfather’s death. Her mother re-married and Nora was blessed with her half-sister Margaret. In 1945 at the end of World War II they were disinherited by the Czech government and sent as refugees into East Germany where both her mother and grandmother died. Through the Red Cross, Nora located her biological father and moved across the boarder to join him in Frankfurt, West Germany. She took a job as a stenographer with Seimens-Schuckertwerke, where she met her husband Chester Luczak. They married and immigrated to Canada in 1950. They lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for 40 years and had 2 children (Renate Magdalene in 1952 and Erik Robert in 1956). In 1991 they retired and moved to Vernon B.C. where they enjoyed fellowship with many wonderful friends at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the many wonderful home care workers that assisted Nora and allowed her to live at home.

A memorial service will be held at St. Johns Lutheran Church at 3:00pm on Sunday September 23. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association.

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