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Lala Heine-Koehn

- December 12, 2017

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Lala Heine-Koehn
November 14, 1926 - December 12, 2017
It is with profound sadness that we announce
the passing of our beloved mother, Lala
Heine-Koehn at the age of 91 years. Mom
passed away peacefully with her loving family
and friends by her side, following a prolonged
illness. She is at peace now with her mother
Marina, her father Rudolph and her two
brothers, Cezar and Henry. Born in Zuromin,
Poland, mom attended the Handel
Conservatory in Munich. Lala was a musician,
an artist and a poet, with many of her books
and paintings in libraries, government
buildings and the homes of her family and
friends. She loved her children, her family and
her friends and travelling the world. She lived
life to the fullest, often sharing stories of
where she had been, who gave her the jewelry
she was wearing and who she had read to or
met along the way. In her later years, mom
had many health challenges, but against all
odds and with many a Polish prayer, she
survived to continue her life’s journey with
tremendous strength and courage. She
taught us the importance of honesty, how to
share our heritage and traditions, and she
sprinkled all she taught us with a world of love
and make believe. You could see every head
turn when we were with her. Mom dressed
with extravagance from her head to her toes,
and she looked for color and beauty in the
world around her. She especially loved her
garden in Victoria where she not only
watered, but nurtured each plant and flower.
She often said her home was a part of who
she was and every room held mom’s
personality and special touch. Mom will be
remembered for the way she saw life with the
magical eyes of a poet and artist, and the
rainbow of color she painted the world with
even in her final years, the enchanted home in
Victoria which saw many, many traditions
and teas with family and friends and
especially the “pig out” sleepovers with her
loving grandchildren. Lala is survived by her
five children, Andrea, Rick (Penny), Greg, Tim
(Carol), and Andrew (Gina) as well as her
loving grandchildren, Gord (Rebecca),
Bonnie, Jolene (Jess), Kasia (Lonnie),
Michelle, Heidi (Brad) Cheraley, Anjay and
Marie and her great-grandchildren Dylan
(Bonnie), Evan and Alex (Kasia and Lonnie)
Karissa and Claire (Michelle) and Grayson
and Maxon (Heidi and Brad). We would like to
thank the staff of Sunnyside Care home for
their compassionate care over the last few
years and especially Wilma, her personal
caregiver, who attended to mom’s needs and
patiently and lovingly stood by our family.

Funeral Details

Family and friends are invited to join with us
in honoring Daj (as she was called by her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren) at
the Celebration of Life which will take place
on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
at Saskatoon Funeral Home. Donations to the
Heart and Stroke Foundation (279 3rd Ave. N.
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H7) are gratefully
accepted in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be left for the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to
Saskatoon FuneralHome 306-244-5577

Condolence Messages

Garry Hassel

Written December 23, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sask.

Dear Rick, Penny and family,
Lisa and I are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing.
If we can be of any help don't hesitate to call.

Jim & Carolyn Stone

Written December 22, 2017 from Martensville, SK

We are sorry for the loss of your dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We will always remember the very special afternoon we spent with her at her beautiful home and garden in Victoria. We have a book of her poems that we treasure and we enjoyed chatting with her about them. She was a very beautiful lady and a most gracious hostess!