Brigitte Hackl

Brigitte Hackl

Friday, April 25th, 1930 Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Brigitte Hackl (Filmann)

With much sadness, we announce the passing of Brigitte (Betty) Hackl (nee Filmann). She was born within a German community in Topcza, Poland, and immigrated to Canada in 1952, settling in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where her older sister Charlotte and husband Willy lived. There she met and married Siegfried (Siggy) Hackl, who coincidentally had also immigrated from Germany in 1952, and had her first child, son Ralph. The young family soon moved west to Kitimat where daughter Sylvia was born and they lived there for a few years before settling in Surrey, B.C. where their second son Ed was born. When her husband retired, they moved to Summerland, B.C. and lived in a beautiful house overlooking Lake Okanagan. She then moved back to Surrey after Siggy passed away.

Brigitte was a caring, loving mother and wife who always put her family above herself. She was a calm, quiet lady, unfailingly polite and considerate and she never had a bad word to say about anyone.She delighted in hosting large family gatherings. We have many fond memories of the amazing meals she prepared for birthday, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Her birthday cakes were legendary.Her home was always immaculate with not a thing out of place. She was also a talented gardener and her homes had large, beautifully landscaped properties. 

She is survived by her sons Ralph and Edward, sisters Edith and Agnes, brother Rudolf, grandchildren Graham, Rebecca, Natalie, Trevor, Danny, Nicole and Ryan, and predeceased by husband Siegfried, daughter Sylvia, brother Erwin and sister Charlotte. She leaves behind an extended family in Canada, Germany and the USA.

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Ernie Koehrer

Ernie Koehrer
To say that my memories growing up, together with my sister, cousins, Uncle Siggy and Aunty Betty in Port Kell’s, are some of my fondest, would be an understatement.
A large part of our growing years was spent on the Hackl farm, swimming at the pool, exploring, fishing, going to the corner store, investigating the forest, sawdust piles, secret goings-on of the church next door, cherry “picking”, eating fresh vegetables and fruit from the garden, spy wars, and laughing at Uncle Siggy’s dinner jokes. They were surely some of the best times of my life.
In all this, there was one key person, who lovingly and sacrificially gave daily of her time and love to us kids - Aunty Betty.
With out her kind and constant care, none of this would have been possible. In her quiet and gentle manner, she cared and loved us in so many ways. Never complaining, always working hard to keep the family and farm together. She was the silent glue that bonded us all.
I could recount for hours the many memories I have of my life back then, but always I remember Aunty Betty at the center of them - smiling, laughing, gently correcting, giving, hugging and loving us so very much.
She remains a true blessing in my life and I am so thankful to God that He allowed Barb and me so much time with her.
Love you always Aunty Betty.

Nephew & Cousin Ernie
Comment | Posted at 02:57pm via Condolence

Natalie Hackl

I am so lucky to have had a Grandma like Betty. I have so many great memories of visiting my Grandma and Grandpa in Summerland as a child, eating all of Grandma's fabulous food (a variety of amazing German dishes, plum cake (my favourite), jams and much more), helping in the veggie garden, exploring near their house and visiting the local lakes. Grandma Betty was a gentle, caring presence and I'm grateful to have had her in my life. I wish we could have spent more time together following our move to Australia, but I will cherish my memories of her. RIP Grandma and lots of love, Natalie
Comment | Posted at 10:33pm via Condolence

Evelyn Hackl

Of all the mother-in-laws in the world I was so fortunate to have Betty as mine for thirty-five years. Such a gentle, kind lady who loved her family very much. I am grateful for the wonderful memories of times together in Port Kells, Summerland, White Rock and when she visited us in Australia. Rest in peace Betty. Love, Evelyn
Comment | Posted at 07:53pm via Condolence

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