Rosa Hartig Obituary Trinity Home Kitchener

Rosa Loved Music

Mom Rosa and Dad Mike loved music. They had a taste for the exotic, anything Hawaian or Spanish, because it spoke of foreign lands and passion. I remember their hearts just melting as they were swept up in the German lyrics of Via Con Dios back in Austria in 1953. Nellie, Reni and I [and even George, the youngest], grew up with mom and dad's taste for dreamy, romantic music and I think we were glad we had such an exposure and foundation in that style. For me, Folk Music and then Rock and Roll came later but I'll never forget my easy listening roots. Maybe that's why my brother, George, and I have a liking for Gaby Albrecht's heartfelt singing in her 1997 album: "Meine schönsten Lieder von gestern und heute." ["My most beautiful songs from yesterday and today"]. Gaby Albrecht would get two thumbs up for her German singing, not only because of her melodious voice but also because of the very German themes in her songs with all the nostalgia about "one's homeland", "love", "longing" and "beauty in the world." Great stuff!

When I was a teenager in the early 1960s, I remember Mom Rosa and Dad Mike putting vinyl records in the old console in the living room. They listened to tear jerking songs in German by Freddy Quinn and that vocal wunderkind, Heintje. After we moved to Canada, mom and dad also adored [believe it or not] Elvis Presley: Wooden Heart, Love Me Tender and The Devil In Disguise. They also loved the English rendition of Oh, My Papa, sung by Eddie Fisher. Their English tastes embraced the crooning of Bing Crosby, Engelbert Humperdink and even the sad songs of country and western. One of their favourites was Marty Robbins singing El Paso or Devil Woman. Mom and dad also liked the easy listening style of Dean Martin, Perry Como and of course, their all time favourite, Al Martino, with his baritone voice in Spanish Eyes. For Germans, that was exotic and passionate. Mom and dad had not only one but a bunch of all-time favourites.

I couldn't believe it when I stumbled across the very 1953 version of Via Con Dios as sung by the Hula Hawaian Quartett, the same group mom and dad danced to and sang to when we still lived in Austria. Mom and dad also had fleet feet and could really whirl around the dance floor with polkas and the ethnic Transylvanian Saxon dancing. Music and dancing was part of them. I hope this page honours their memory in a special way.

I'd like to thank my brother George for lending me Gaby Albrecht's CD so I could get to know her beautiful singing. George picked Gaby's song, "Komm Leg Deinen Arm Um Mich", as the tune which accompanied mom Rosa's slideshow at the funeral home. It was appropriate and touching: "Come lay your arm around me." Since I was sifting through old family favourites, I didn't want the Hungarian side of the family tree to be left out. When I think of Uncle Steve, I always think of the Czardas. Another piece of music, which I've always liked and which incidentally, my niece Silvie Kuppek chose for her wedding, was Leo Delibes' "Flower Duet" from "Lakmé". It's a spell-binding piece. If I had a single piece of music to pick above all else, I'd pick Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tale of the Young Prince and Princess" from "Scheherazade". I first heard it in grade 8, and the next year in grade 9, when Mr. Pohl offered an after-school string program at St. Jerome's High-School, I seized the opportunity to learn the violin and have been enriched and blessed ever since.

Well, mom Rosa [Omi to my nieces] is gone now. So is my dad Mike. So is mom's eldest daughter Newenka and her husband, Paul Kuppek. So is Uncle Steve's wife, Marie Tante, and Uncle John from Saskatchewan...and others who have long since passed away. This is the circle of life which we're all in. It's good to leave something behind which preserves our memory. I sincerely hope my work here in photos, music and reminiscences will be treasured by the family.
John Hartig

Rosa Hartig Family Songs Music

The Family
Jukebox

Pick A Favourite! Rosa Hartig Family Songs Music

"Via Con Dios"
Sung by Hula Hawaian Quartett 1953

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"Oh, My Papa"
Sung by Edie Fisher 1954

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"Devil Woman"
Sung by Marty Robbins 1962

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"Spanish Eyes"
Sung by Al Martino 1967

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"Mama"
Sung by Heintje 1967

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"Seeman"
Sung by Lolita 1960

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"Capri-Fischer [Bella Marie]"
Sung by Lolita 1981

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"Ein Schiff Wird Kommen"
Sung by Lolita 1983

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"I Am From Austria"
Sung by Ambros, Fendrich, Danzer 1998

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"Czardas No. 5 In G Minor.mp3"
Brahms 19th century

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Rosa Hartig Family Songs Music

"Eine Handvoll Heimatland"
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1991

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"Das Lied Meiner Berge "
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1994

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"Ein Neuer Tag-Ein Neues Leben "
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1994

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"So Lang Der Leuchtturm noch steht "
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1994

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"Gott Sei Dank "
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1997

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"Komm Leg Deinen Arm Um Mich"
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1997

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"Das Wunderschone Welt "
Sung by Gaby Albrecht 1997

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"Flower Duet .mp3"
Leo Delibes "Lakmé"

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"Young Prince and Princess .mp3"
Rimsky-Korsakov "Scheherazade"

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"Hungarian Chorus"
12 Singing Europe Album

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Rosa Hartig Family Songs Music

Eine Handvoll Heimatland
Von Gaby Albrecht
von ihrem Album: "Meine schönsten Lieder
von gestern und heute"

Manchmal, da lieg' ich wach
und ich hr' den Wind
und ich denk' daran, wieviel Menschen
ohne Heimat sind.
Manchmal in dunkler Nacht,
halt' ich Dich ganz fest
und ich wei, was ich Dir geb',
wenn Du von mir gehst.

Eine Handvoll Heimatland,
ein Stck Geborgenheit,
damit Du immer weit,
wohin Dein Herz gehrt,
Eine Handvoll Heimatland,
damit Du nie vergit,
die Heimat wiedersehn
ist viele Trnen wert.

Heimat ist wie der Sturm
der die Segel fllt,
der Dein Schiff in den Hafen bringt
und Deine Sehnsucht stillt,
Heimat ist wie der Traum,
der Dein Leben ist, weil Du sprst,
da Du ohne sie verloren bist.

Eine Handvoll Heimatland,
ein Stck Geborgenheit,
damit Du immer weit,
wohin Dein Herz gehrt.
Eine Handvoll Heimatland,
damit Du nie vergit,
die Heimat wiedersehn
ist viele Trnen wert.

Schau Dich doch um,
die Welt ist nirgends so schn wie hier,
auch wenn Du gehst,
kannst Du sie nie verlier'n,
sie ist und bleibt ein Teil von Dir.

Eine Handvoll Heimatland,
ein Stck Geborgenheit,
damit Du immer weit,
wohin Dein Herz gehrt,
Die Heimat wiedersehn,
ist viele Trnen wert.

Rosa Hartig Family Songs Music

A Handful of Your Homeland
Sung by Gaby Albrecht
From Her Album: "My most beautiful songs
from yesterday and today"
[English Translation
By John Hartig]

Sometimes I lie awake
and I hear the wind
and I think, how many people
are without a home.
Sometimes in the dark night,
I hold on to you real tight
and I know, what I'll give you,
when you go away from me.

A handful of your homeland,
a piece of security,
so that you always know,
where your heart belongs,
A handful of your homeland,
so that you'll never forget,
seeing your home again
is worth a lot of tears.

Home is like the storm
which fills the sails,
which brings your ship into the harbour
and stills your loneliness,
home is like the dream,
which is your life, while you yet feel,
that you are lost without her.

A handful of your homeland,
a piece of security,
so that you'll always know,
where your heart belongs.
A handful of your homeland,
so that you'll never forget,
seeing your home again
is worth a lot of tears.

Look around you then,
the world is nowhere as beautiful as here,
also when you go away,
you'll never be able to lose her,
she is and remains a piece of you.

A handful of your homeland,
a piece of security,
so that you'll always know,
where your heart belongs,
Seeing your home again,
is worth a lot of tears.

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