Anna Heldmann (Roth)
Ann died peacefully in her sleep on December 31, 2018, in her 82nd year. She was predeceased by her soulmate of 43 years, John Heldmann (2007) as well as her parents, Anna (Dietrich) and Michael Roth and John’s parents, Marion and Henry Heldmann.
Ann will be lovingly remembered by her family; dear brother Michael Roth and his wife Melodie of Kitchener; niece Julianne Roth and her husband Brent Hergott and their children Jack and Matthew Hergott; nephew Michael Roth and his wife Fiona and their children Kaitlyn, Molly and Michael; dear brother Henry Roth and his wife Betty Jane of Kitchener; niece Christine and her husband Andrew Gibbons and their children Henry and Charlie; nephews Stephen Roth and his wife Dale Hobbs and their children Russell and Lauren; Jeffrey Roth and his wife Brigitte and their children Evan and Amanda; Eric Roth and his partner, Jesse Nunns; and Tim Roth and his wife Pamela and their children Benjamin and Sarah. John’s family was also very special to Ann: brother-in-law Jim Heldmann and his wife Barbara of Waterloo; nephews Stephen Heldmann and his fiancé Denise; and Mark Heldmann and his wife Erin and their children Iris and Barrett.
Born in Birk, Transylvania, Ann’s love for travel began at the young age of 7, when, as the result of the war, her family migrated west to Germany and then to Canada. Our “Auntie Ann” or “NN” would simply sum up her family’s horse and wagon exodus as “an adventure” and joked that her first cruise was at the age of 9 when they crossed the ocean as immigrants.
After graduating from the business program at K.C.I., Ann began her 40 year career as a Claims Specialist with the Workman’s Compensation Board of Ontario. Always “on trend”, with a spirit of adventure in her step, Anna, a St Peter’s girl, caught the eye of John, a St Matthews boy, through Luther League socials in the early 1960’s. When John proposed to Ann at St Matthews, he promised that together, they would see the world. He kept that promise and hand-in-hand they toured all 7 continents. Through yearly slideshows, mystery trips and cross-border vacations, Ann and John also opened up the world to their families, especially their nephews and nieces.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Ann with her family at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Thursday from 7-9pm. The funeral service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11am. Immediately following the service, friends and relatives are invited to join the family for refreshments and a time to visit. A private family committal service will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener.
Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation or HopeSpring would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be arranged through the funeral home.
Special thank you to Warm Embrace for their care and support given to Anna. Also thank you to the staff at A.R. Goudie Eventide Home for their exceptional care during her short stay.