August 17, 1927 – September 24, 2009
On March 18, 1945 as the second World War was nearing its end, Hildegard Freissmann packed one small suitcase and took the first great journey of her life. With her cousin’s wife as her sole companion she boarded a refugee ship to leave Danzig, her home for the first seventeen years of her life. It would be months before she would learn that her parents and brother had survived the war. It would be some forty four years before she visited Danzig again.
In late September 1957 Hilde took her second great journey. She and a friend boarded a ship to sail for Canada. She meant to stay a year – she stayed for the rest of her life. Residing in Calgary, Hilde was committed to raising her three sons, Christian, Andreas (Heather) and Derrick (Susan) Pagenkopf. She was a source of love and wisdom to her family especially her grandchildren, Hannah, Ginger, Erika, Heidi, and Jesse.
On September 24, 2009 Hilde took her final great journey with Jesus as her sole companion, unafraid and at peace. She spent her final days with the characteristic faith, grace, and dignity that made her so beautiful. Those who knew her will remember her gentle strength, her gracious demeanor, her wonder at the world around her and her sense of humour. We will miss her.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church (4716 Worcester Drive S.W.), on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Following the reception there will be a service of interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.Print This Obituary & Condolences