With sadness and also appreciation for her well-lived life, we report the passing of Hannelore Schwendtmayer (nee Sikorski) on February 25, 2015. Hanna passed peacefully at home, her son present, and fulfilled her long held wish.
She is survived by her son, Alfred Sonni (Alanda) of Kootenay Bay, B.C. and her nephew Wolfgang (Birgit) in Germany, and several nephews and nieces in Europe, and many friends of many years.
Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1921, Hanna fled in the tumult of war to Germany and later Austria. She married Joseph (Sepp) in 1944 and shared their life until his death in 2001.
In 1953, she emigrated with Sepp and her son to Canada, living mainly in Calgary. Hanna had various jobs, eventually working several years with Pacific Petroleum. She retired happily at 53 to enjoy an active life of tennis, skiing, and hiking.
In 1983, she moved to Vernon and continued to be active with tennis, as a ski-partner at Silver Star, and with golf. She supported cultural events and rarely missed performances at the Cultural Center. In this period, Hanna also travelled to Europe many times and received many European guests in her home, as well as relatives and friends from North America.
Those who knew her would agree that Hanna enjoyed people’s company greatly, was a welcoming hostess and readily made new friends. At 93, she was ready to move on, but was grateful to be comfortable in her own home to the end.
We extend thanks to the staff of Interior Health for their care and daily visits in the last year. Particularly we thank Hanna’s much loved “second family”, Danielle and Paul Violini and their sons Jonah, Gabe and Jude, who gave her so much joy and friendship in her last years.