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STOTZ, Matilda “Tillie”

March 29, 1933 — May 18, 2024

Matilda Stotz was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, and Auntie to many. She was a longtime resident of Kelowna, BC, and passed away after a lengthy illness in the caring surroundings of the Brookhaven Care Center in West Kelowna, on May 18, 2024.

Matilda was born in Leader, Saskatchewan to parents Andrew and Magdelena Sackmann and moved to Kelowna in the late 1940s, where she would meet her future husband Henry.

Tillie and Henry were married in Kelowna in June 1955, where they lived and remained happily married until Henry’s passing in 2001.

Tillie was predeceased not only by Henry and her parents, but by 13 brothers and sisters: Fred, Mary, Lena, Sam, Bertha, Clara, John, Olga, Elsie, Reinhold, Herbert, Elizabeth and Olive.

She is survived by daughter, Judy; sons, Ken (Sandy) and Mark (Lee); grandchildren, Kirsten, Sarah, Matthew, Craig and Katelyn; and great grand-children Isaac, Sylvie, Austin, Braxton, Ethan, James, and Danielle.

Before marrying Henry, Tillie worked at the cannery, of which we frequently heard stories – more often than not revolving around the shenanigans that she and her sister Olive would get into. After marrying, Tillie took on the role of homemaker, which she took great pride in. Tillie and Henry would reside in many houses in the Kelowna area over the years, beginning in a small house on Bertram Street and returning to Bertram Street for many years in the apartment immediately beside that original house. Despite living in many houses over the years, Tillie made sure that each of those houses was a “home” full of love for Henry and the kids. As well as love, at any given time in any of these homes, the many visiting friends and relatives could be sure to be welcomed by open arms, a warm smile, and quite possibly the smell of freshly baked Kuchen, Christmas squares or stroodles and sauerkraut cooking in the oven. Tillie also took great pride in canning and preserving the many delicious fruits that they grew each year.

Faith was a cornerstone of Tillie’s life. This was demonstrated regularly in her everyday life and as a devout member of the Ridgeview Evangelical Church congregation.

Donations accepted for the Alzheimer Society of Canada (alzheimer.ca).

A Funeral Service will be held on MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024, 11:30 AM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.


MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024, 11:30 AM (PDT)


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The service for STOTZ, Matilda “Tillie” is scheduled for MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024, 11:30 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Sandra Elsasser says:

    My deepest sympathy to Auntie Tilly’s family! We always enjoyed our visits with your Mom and Dad and remember some really funny things about some of our family reunions. The last member of that generation. Now all the Aunts and Uncles have passed on. Thanks for sharing the obit.

  • Vera Sackmann yardley says:

    Sending love ❤️ and prayers 🙏

  • Diane Nagel Ward says:

    Judy, Ken, Mark and Families,
    So Sorry for your Mom’s passing. She was an amazing Lady.

  • Ron Remus says:

    Very sad to hear of Auntie Tilly’s passing. I will always have fond memories of her and Aunt Olive looking after me as a very young boy when I stayed at Grandma Sackmann’s house while mom worked at the cannery. I am very glad we were able to spend some time with her couple years ago when visiting in Kelowna. Condolences to your family. Love Ron. Debbie Remus

  • Kim and Rod says:

    Ken & Sandy our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Eunice Gill says:

    Sending to the family my deep condolences. Auntie was the last of the Sackmann crew. I always enjoyed visiting with her and loved her warmth. It’s sad that these days have to come but now she’s with all of her brothers and sisters. Lots of love and hugs to all.

  • Gary Gill says:

    Our condolences to Judy, Ken and Mark and families on the passing of your absolutely amazing mother and wonderful auntie to many. Also thank you for remembering family gone before.

  • Cheryl and Roger Hale. says:

    So sad to hear of our beautiful Aunties passing. She was such a welcoming lady as well as Uncle Henry. We have such fond memories of their hospitality to us through the years. Our condolences to each of you. She will be missed but Heaven has gained an Angel.

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