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KRUG, Monika Frieda

December 7, 1939 — February 1, 2024

On February 1, 2024, in Kelowna General Hospital, Monika Krug passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 84. Monika was born on December 7, 1939, in Hamburg, Germany. She is survived by her three sons, Oliver, Gordon (Susan), Peter (Sharon); grandchildren, Alexander (Lindsay), Brandon, Samantha; step-grandchildren Cody (Laura), Chrissy (Brady), Katie (Ian), Anna (Brendon), Erik and his helpful ways, Carlos, John and his artistic ability which fascinated Monika, and Jaqueline; her great-grandchildren Leighton James, Rainey and Rosie; and Monika’s greatest fan her grand-dog, Wrigley; her sister, Pushy (Manfred); her nephews, Paul and Stefan; niece Jessica; and childhood friend Anke from German, who Monika stayed in touch with over all her years.

She was predeceased by, Dyck Goessler, her partner of 25 years; Keith Mayall who was a loving stepfather to her three boys; her beloved friend Joe “Santa Claus” Winkler (Natonia and Janet); her beloved brother Peter who died at 34 years of age, breaking her heart; her firstborn son, Andreas, who passed away in 1965 shortly after birth; and her great-granddaughter Ayla Grace who died at 9 years old.

Monika, born to the late Hermann & Ursula Lamps spent her early years during World II in Germany living with her Oma, Frieda, and a full home of cousins including her favourite Auntie, Helga, who visited Monika in Canada for over 30 years. These early years were cherished memories Monika recounted throughout her lifetime.

In the Mid 60’s, Monika embarked on a remarkable journey from Germany to Canada, residing in Stewart, Toronto, Vancouver, and Campbell River before settling in Revelstoke, BC.  Throughout her life, Monika epitomized hard work, establishing numerous successful businesses after a banking career in both Germany and Canada.  She owned the Burger Junction and Farwell Plaza, in Revelstoke leaving an indelible mark on Revelstoke for a decade before relocating to West Kelowna, BC, in 1984. In West Kelowna, Monika continued her entrepreneurial spirit, with the ownership of a Tastee Freeze on Main Street, the Connection Steak House, and Sapphire Dress Shop. Monika took immense pride in her fashion sense, always exuding elegance and style.

For 34 fulfilling years, Monika resided on her cherished Pritchard Drive where her balcony became a sanctuary, spending countless days, warmly welcoming family from Germany, friends, and neighbours to share in her joy. Devoted to her family, Monika was an outstanding daughter to her parents and found profound happiness in her role as a grandmother, cherishing every moment with her loved ones.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Monika was a hard worker at home as well; if cleaning had been a sport, she would have won all the trophies. She also volunteered at the German Club. Monika found comfort in her artistic pursuits, including oil painting and macramé.

The family would like to thank Carole, Monika’s cherished friend in the last few years, who tirelessly gave unconditional support every day in Monika’s final month.  We are forever grateful Carole for you and your kindness to Monika.

A private service for her family will take place to honour Monika.

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