Ruth (Kemper) MAROTZ

Born: Mon., Mar. 21, 1932
Died: Fri., Dec. 28, 2012

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Ruth Marotz (nee Kemper) died December 28, 2012.  Do not mourn – she is free.

Ruth, Ruthle, Mama, Mutti, Mumsie, Omi, Tante Ruth, Aunt Ruth, Mrs. Marotz – whatever we called her, we loved her.  She made our world a better place in so many ways.

Ruth was artistic, musical, smart, compassionate, generous, proud and determined.  She loved laughter, opera, CBC radio and public TV, learning and stories, and of course feeding family and friends.  She worked 150% at any job she took on – whether as a nursery school worker or Sears catalogue centre clerk, or putting on the smorgasbord for an extended family Advent celebration, or making a home.  She was a volunteer extraordinaire.

Ruth was happiest caring for others – her beloved “Ulli”, her grandchildren, her “3 girls” and their partners; relatives and friends in B.C. and Germany; young children and aging neighbours; family pets and backyard birds; charitable causes; and her community, in Burnaby, Pender Island and Qualicum Beach. 

Ruth believed – in her family, in social justice, and in her God.

Ruth loved collecting verses, and this one she left for us:


Grieve not for me,

Nor mourn the while

For happier would I be

To see you smile

Let no tears fall

Since I have passed away

But miss me and

Remember me each day


Live you your lives

As I would want you to

And treat thy fellowman

As I would do

And when the time has come,

Your lives be through

I shall be waiting here

For each of you.

To you, Ruth, we say simply:  “Tschϋss”

Deepest thanks to all staff at Eagle Park in Qualicum Beach for your care and consideration in Ruth’s last years.  Respecting Ruth’s wishes, no service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, please feel free to add words of celebration for Ruth at her “condolences” tab.  Donations in Ruth’s memory to the Eagle Park Auxiliary are also gratefully appreciated (777 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 2L1).

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Dr. Wm. & Myrtle Arnold
   Posted Sun January 06, 2013
Rick & Daughters,

Our hugs go out to you.

Ruth was always a bright spot to encounter, at the mail box, or uptown.
And so very proud of all of you.

Hugs, Bill & Myrtle Arnold

Margarete Schneider
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
You loved Advent and Christmas. And very often over the years,our families celebrated those wonderful festivities together. And it was you that knew all the words to our German Christmas songs by heart. Tara, being so little, could not get enough of that "klingelingeling" singing. ---You closed your eyes forever right after that beautiful time. Ruhe sanft.
Gretchen, your sister-in-law.

Aranea (Dutch Girl from the Dutch Store)
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
I loved this woman!
Every once in a while, people come into your life that you really enjoy and look forward to seeing and spending time with, this lady sure fit that bill.
She always had a smile for you.
She always had words of encouragement.
She was fun to be with.
She will be missed and remembered fondly!
My deepest condolences to the family.
Aranea and family.

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