LOLACHER, Ruth Anne (nee Ruttkay)
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother (grandmother and great-grandmother) at the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 26 at the age of 89 years. Ruth was born on July 21, 1923 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. She married her one true love, Clemens Edward Lolacher, at Christ the King Church in Shaunavon on May 3, 1941. They raised their ten children in Regina, Winnipeg, Washington, D.C., and Ottawa. Along the way, they also helped raise their fifteen grandchildren and founded & successfully operated Lolacher's Catering in Ottawa before retiring to Chilliwack in 1982. Over the next fifteen years, Ruth (and Clem) worked tirelessly within Optimist International to the benefit of the local communities in the Pacific Northwest. Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Clemens Edward Lolacher (October 21, 1997). Left to cherish her memory are her children: Arlene Sturton (Colin), Lynne Clanton (Chuck), Frances Lolacher (John Anderson), Roxy Tearle (Peter), Angela Levac, Sonny Lolacher (Lise Pariseau), Alan Lolacher (Rita), Donna Leah Kawka, Guy Lolacher, and Leslie Lewis (Jim). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Brian, Trish, Kim, Nelson, Tina, Sean, Philippe, Julie, Margo, Shane, Emily, Adam, Mark, Nicholas, and Stefany. Also left to remember her are her seven great-grandchildren: Monica, Max, Rae, Hugh, Olivia, Jarrett, and Conor. And she is survived by four of her eight siblings: Bob, Jeannette, Jim and Rueben. Ruth loved music and had an amazing repertoire of songs that she could sing or whistle, despite the ravaging effects of Alzheimers. She could knit, crochet or needlepoint with the best of them and she was renowned as an excellent cook and hostess. Ruth's family would like to give a special thanks to the staff on Memory Lane at the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre for their compassionate and excellent care over the past five years. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chilliwack at 8909 Mary St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on July 29, 2012