Rosa Hartig Obituary Trinity Home Kitchener


George Hartig

On behalf of our families we thank all of our friends and relatives who have supported us thru these difficult times. Rosa Ginter was born in the village of Kathreinfeld, Banat Grossbetschkerek which was under the rule of the Austria Hungarian Empire which is now part of Serbia renamed Zrenjanin. She was one of seven children of the late Heinrich and Barbara Ginter. The village was of German Hungarian heritage and the family was schooled in the German language but Mom spoke several more including Polish, Hungarian, Yugoslavian and Czech. The Ginter family originated from Alsace Lorraine which is now part of France. World War II displaced our family from this region in 1944 when Mom fled to Austria taking with her, daughter Nelly sister Mary, Brother John and her Mother, her two other brothers Nicolas and Mattiaus were drafted into the German army. Around 2003 we discovered that Nicolas had lived out his life in the town of Lebach Germany and passed away in 1973 and we have not been able to discover what had happened to Matthiaus. Mom met Dad outside of Linz on the Donau Austria in a refugee camp called Lager Wegscheid which has since been torn down and townhouses have been constructed. Mom and Dad spent ten years there with Mom giving birth to John and Renate.

You can't talk about Mom without talking of our father Michael and by that I would like to talk about them as dance partners. Dad learned his dance the natural way, Opa would tell me how Dad would dance on the table top while guests would throw coins on the table in gratitude. Like many of the refugees ready to board ship in Bremenhafen Germany facing an unknown future Mom and Dad always look to the positive and would cheer up others by singing dancing and saying better days were ahead. After many days at sea everyone being seasick except for my brother John they all were happy to arrive in Halifax harbour Pier 21 on November 24, 1954 ..Mom disembarked wondering where they had landed possibly Siberia because all she saw was snow and forest and it was so very cold. From there they left by train to Kitchener Waterloo to be with Dad's parents Johan and Sophia Hartig, it was in Kitchener that I was born a couple of years later. Mom and Dad were known thru out the German community for being members of the Transylvania and Schwaben clubs where they won many awards in dance competitions. When Renate married guests took seats and watched as Dad took Mom around the room doing the polka and waltz. In 1980 Dad passed away and Mom sold the house on Pandora Ave. and moved to Surrey Place for 21 years finally residing at Trinity Village Care Centre. Even though her dance partner was giving dance lessons in heaven Mom still enjoyed dancing, in the home when bands would visit the residence. When walking in to visit Mom we would find her dancing with either another resident in the hallway or, a 5 foot mechanical Santa who would sing Merry Christmas or just dancing using her walker. Mom had a very strong will to live and in her 70's she had to have a gall stone operation in which we had to ask her what she wanted if something went wrong and her reply was "oh just wake me up" She sailed right thru recuperating very well, surprising all including her Doctors. Mom showed a lot of strength and courage after losing Mike at such an early age. Mom was never afraid to voice her opinion, whether you would agree or disagree she would state her mind. When she lived in the apartment we would pick her up every Saturday for market all dolled up with her hat, matching outfit saying hi to all, then joining us at the European bakery where we had our Stammtisch, coffee, cake and a lot of laughs. What was suppose to be a 1/2 hour stop would end up to be one and a half hours most Saturdays.

We think of Mom and Dad for the good times the dance partners are together again.
Wir Sehen Uns Wieder Ruhe in Frieden Mutter.
- from son, George Hartig


George & Shelley Hartig

Mom Rosa's obituary was posted on the Walser Funeral Home Website and printed in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Monday Jan. 16, 2012 in Vitals B7).

Rosa Hartig (nee Ginter)
Passed away peacefully at Trinity Village Care Centre on Saturday, January 14, 2012 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Michael Hartig (1980). Rosa was born in Kathreinfeld, Banat and came to Canada in 1954. Dear mother of John (Marjorie) of Vineland, Renate (friend Nick Geisler), and George (Shelley) all of Kitchener. Survived by her sister-in-law Sophie (Rudy) Roesler, brother-in-law George Hartig and Steve Marton, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her daughter Nellie Kuppek, son-in-law Paul Kuppek, sister Mary Marton and brother John Ginter. Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, (519-749-8467), on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 7 - 9 pm. Parish prayers at 8:45 pm Tuesday evening at the funeral home. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Aloysius RC Church, 11 Traynor Ave., Kitchener, on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the MS Society or the Trinity Village Care Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Many thanks to the staff of Trinity Village for their care and friendship to Rosa for the last 10 years.