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TONHAUSER, Agnes – Updated Service Information

August 29, 1932 — December 2, 2022

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at the Balmoral Clubhouse, 2365 Stillingfleet Road, Kelowna, BC

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mom/Oma, Agnes Tonhauser. Agnes was raised in Bad Hall, Austria. At age 22 she followed the love of her life, Josef Tonhauser, to Canada: travelling across the Atlantic in January, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax, NS, and then travelling by train to Drumheller, AB to meet up with Joe. They were married shortly after she arrived, and in 1957 they moved to Edmonton, AB. In 1972, the family moved to Kelowna, BC, where she always said the mountains, lakes, and orchards reminded her of Austria.

Agnes loved to travel (and besides trips back to Austria, to visit family and friends), she loved to go to Hawaii, Las Vegas, California, Florida, and New York. Agnes and Joe also loved cruising: Alaska, South America, and the Panama Canal were memorable holidays

Agnes was a great cook and loved hosting family and friends from across Canada and Austria (often for extended stays of up to 4 weeks). She took everything in stride and was always calm, cool, and collected. She taught us to love unconditionally, and her passing has left us with a huge void.

Agnes is survived by her children Rosemarie (Doug) Hawkins, Walter (Colleen) and Gary (Sandi); grandchildren Craig, Scott (Heather), Sean; and great-grandchildren Joe, Ben and Will, as well as many friends and relatives in Canada, Austria, and Germany. Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband Joe; sister Berta; brothers-in-law Eduard & Helmut and sister-in-law Rosalia.

A special thanks to Dr Alexandra Thomson; the staff at the Vineyards Residence; as well as Kelowna General Hospital, for their compassion and wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

A private family internment at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery to lay Anges to rest will be held.

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Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Balmoral Clubhouse, 2365 Stillingfleet Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for TONHAUSER, Agnes – Updated Service Information is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Balmoral Clubhouse, 2365 Stillingfleet Road, Kelowna, BC

2365 Stillingfleet Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Karen Rowen (Sargenia) says:

    My condolences to the family. Many good memories over the years.

  • Marjorie and Henry and family says:

    Sending our love to the family. Agnes was a lovely lady and good friend. When our children were little she was like a grandmother to them. Always a smile always kind and generous. She has a place in our hearts.

  • Kat Lewis says:

    Gary and Sandi, this is such a sorrowful time. To you and the rest of the family, my most sincere condolences at your great loss. I hope you can get some comfort in your recollections and wonderful memories of Agnes. With much love, Kat Lewis

  • Wendy Morton (nee Hauk) says:

    Rosemarie and family, so sad to hear about your mom. She always made me feel so at home in your house. I have many happy memories. It was a lot of fun to get rides up to Big White from your parents. I’m sure your mom is remembered very fondly by many people. Thinking of you.

  • Laurie and Ron says:

    Rosemarie and Doug our hearts and prayers to the entire family. Agnes was such a pillar of strength for the entire family, she will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
    Ron and Laurie Pinda

  • Ruth Perritt says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. She always had a smile and loved her family.
    Hugs to you Gary and your family i know you will miss her dearly.

  • christine riggs says:

    It is with great sadness hearing the passing of your mother. I had lost touch with your mum but i had thought of her often. I am one of the bay girls. I have very fond memories working in the tailor shop and going for lunch with Eva, Jullie and others.

  • Michaela Brayton says:

    Rosemarie, So sorry I won’t be able to attend your moms celebration of life. I will be at work all day, but I wanted you to know I will be thinking of you and your family, and the fun memories we made on our bus trip. Hugs to you 💞

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