URSULA IRMGARD DRAWERT
nee WOLF (Oma)
May 7, 1922 – June 16, 2011
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom and Oma.on June 16, 2011 at the age of 89 at the Campbell River hospital. A small bouquet of pink roses filling her room with its’ sweet aroma, Mom finally found peace.
Ursula was born May 7th, 1922 in Zwickau, Germany. She was the fifth daughter of Felix and Martha Wolf.
Ursula is predeceased by her husband Helmut Drawert (December 21, 2006) and her 4 sisters Elsa, Ruth, Irena, Gerta; she was the last of the Wolf pack.
As a child Ursula was involved with gymnastics and acrobatics, she was an active child, and was known to have daredevil side to her. Before, during and after the war Ursula worked hard for her family, helping to support the family financially.
Ursula met Helmut her future husband at HombergHof, which at the time was her place of work Helmut was smitten and was always struggling to get her attention. Ursula finally acknowledged Helmut when he serenaded her under her bedroom window singing “Maryundle”. Ursula and Helmut were married in Herford, on December 8th,1950.
Ursula had her first child Karin born in Zwickau, their second daughter Monika who was born in Herford. The family struggled for many years trying to rebuild their future. In 1956 Looking for a better life Helmut and Ursula with their two daughters in tow decided to set sail on a voyage across the Atlantic to Canada on a ship named Arso kulm. After five seasick days they disembarked in Montreal. New travel papers in hand they continued their journey across Canada by train (another five days of motion sickness) to Vancouver, B.C.where they boarded yet another ship to their pre approved destination of Victoria, BC. Four years after arriving in Victoria their third daughter Dinah was born.
Both Ursula and Helmut worked very hard after arriving in Canada. Mom working at the Empress Hotel for many years. Ursula could finally retire. Ursula and Helmut decide to move to their property in Oyster River. There they made many friends in the area and enjoyed many activities. Mom involved herself with raising her beloved and loyal dog, a German shepherd named Jason.
Ursula was an avid dog lover; she could be caught sneaking food under the table whenever a dog was around.
Ursula’s many interests included bowling, joining leagues in Victoria, Courtenay and the senior’s league in Campbell River. Among her other hobbies and interests was a great talent for cross stitch, sewing and crochet. In the afternoons Mom loved to watch her soaps. The Young and the Restless was her favorite. Mom was a fantastic baker, sharing her many wonderful treats with her family and friends over a good strong cup of coffee.
Mom also enjoyed gambling; taking many trips to Reno and Nanaimo
Ursula loved to travel; she has visited many of our Canadian cities, Northwestern U.S.A, Austria, Neitherlands.and many treks back to the Fatherland.
In 2007 Ursula eventually moved to her new home at Ironwood Place.
Ursula is survived and will be deeply missed by her three daughters Karin Knibbs (John), Monika Viggers, and Dinah Marks (James).
Her 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and many friends
The family would like to thank the many kind people that entered our Mother’s life.
During her last four years.
Dr.L.deBruin for taking her fear away of doctors and for making her laugh.
The wonderful employees and friends she meet at Ironwood place, Sherry, Shirley, Rita and staff. The VIHA care-aids and most importantly and forever in the families hearts, the “front door gang” at Ironwood Place.
Ursula’s family will be celebrating her life with an old fashion coffee klutch at the Marks residence, 2045 College Dr. Campbell River , July 1 ,2011 from 2pm – 4pm.
In lieu of flowers please make donation to Alzheimer’s society, SPCA, Ironwood Place Bus fund or any charity of choice.