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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Agnes Wydra

After my sister Bettie emigrated to Canada in 1952, we didn't see each other again until the late 1970s when she visited us in Germany together with her husband Siegfried and their daughter Evelyn.
Betty, her husband and I exchanged many memories about our common youth and the escape from home during the war and about our families and building up our lives after the great war and the peaceful life in Canada and Germany.
I also have very fond memories about the visits of Brigitte in Germany during the last years and of the two visits I made to Brigitte and Charlotte in Canada. First together with my sister Edith, her daughter Claudia and myself we visited Betty in Vancouver and Charlotte and shared her beautiful live within their families.
I will never forget in particular my second visit to Canada when Brigitte and I traveled together from coast to coast from Vancouver to Montreal and the round trip back with our visit in Saskatchewan.
I will always remember Brigitte with her calm, warm-hearted and humorous manner, her interest and love into her family and her gentle and friendly character.
I will miss her and will always remember her.

Comment | Posted at 01:28pm via Condolence

Leana Trogi

Auntie Betty was a one of a kind. Who else would be able to put up with our infamous Uncle Sigi as her husband for many many years.
She was devoted to her family both immediate and extended. She was soft spoken and kind. She had the cutest little giggle.
She loved to cook and bake - the most amazing foods and desserts. And not just for the humans in her life. She made the most delicious looking stove top pots of food for their beloved german shepherd Brutus. I remember thinking how crazy that was - but not Brutus - he knew he had a good thing with loving Betty as his fur guardian.
She had more than the patience of Job - was always one to hold her tongue - never an unkind word. Now and then we’d finally hear her say “Now Sigi…...shhhhh….”
She was always so interested in everyone else - how they were doing - what they were up to.
Picking raspberries in my garden reminds me of her all the time - she had an unbelievable green thumb. Her garden of vegetables and fruits (especially the raspberries) were amazing - she had a knack - made it all look so easy.
My mom and dad so looked forward to their card playing nights with Auntie Betty and Uncle Sigi. My mom recounts how Betty loved playing cards - she would smile a lot and her cheeks would become flushed with excitement.
I’m just sorry that I didn’t see her much after she moved away from the Okanagan.
But I am so blessed to have such great memories of Auntie Betty - a wonderful one of a kind woman! Rest in Peace Auntie Betty - you are now in the arms of our Lord who takes the best of care of his loving and faithful ones.
Comment | Posted at 02:56pm via Condolence

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 02:52pm 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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