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HESS, Irma

April 23, 1932 – Tilchenhof, Poland
January 3, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Our dearly beloved mother and grandmother, Irma, passed away peacefully at the Rockyview Hospital on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the age of 85 years. We trust she finally has relief of 40 years of arthritis pain. We will always remember her caring ways and dearly miss her.

She was a strong, resilient, resourceful, creative person. These traits really helped her to adapt to her new homeland when she and her husband, Hermann, immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1954. The family grew to five children. Feeding and clothing such a brood, she had plenty of opportunity to display her love of cooking, baking, sewing, and knitting. One of her proudest accomplishments, is that all five developed into responsible citizens. The family spent many happy years in Calgary, during which time her husband’s business flourished and they loved to entertain. However, her husband desperately had a dream of farming, and the dream became reality in 1974, when the family moved to Two Hills, Alberta. By 1986, circumstances made it necessary for her to move back to Calgary. She was always a classy lady who knew just how to put everything together. When it came time to entertain, no detail was left unchecked. The meal was superb, the table set to perfection, the home spotless. Her fabulous talent for sewing made it possible to be ever so smartly dressed even on the tightest of budgets. She sewed for all her children so that they could really look extra special whenever the occasion warranted. In later years, she kept her arthritic fingers very busy knitting dish cloths. Her “four girls” (two daughters and two daughters-in-law) have a life-time supply. She loved to dance. It was exquisite to watch as she floated across the dance floor with her husband.

Irma is survived by her children Hanna Hess, Roland Hess (Judy), Wolfgang Hess (Susan), Doris Serna (Randy); nephews Ryan Serna (Kayla Ziegler), Rory Serna, Nolan Christians (Jennelle Friesen); great-granddaughter Ainsleigh Christians (Erin Neyrink-mother).

Irma was predeceased by her husband Hermann Hess, her son Ralph Hess, her siblings Romuald Ritz, Artur Ritz, and Gerda Kruchen.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Irma Hess, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Iris Sadownik :

    We would like to extent to you and your family Hanna our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother Irma.
    With love and friendship, Iris and Owen

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  2. Christiane Kamann :

    Wenn durch einen Menschen
    ein wenig mehr Liebe und Guete,
    ein wenig mehr Licht und Wahrheit
    in der Welt war,
    hat sein Leben einen Sinn gehabt.

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