Marjorie Heimpel

Marjorie Anne Heimpel

1922 - 2024

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Obituary of Marjorie Anne Heimpel

Marjorie Anne Heimpel

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7th, 2024 at the age of 101, and now abides within the warm embrace of the Lord, beside her husband Clayton.

Marjorie was born and raised in Stirling, Ontario, the daughter of Cheesemaker John Norris West and his wife Adelia, at the Mountain View Creamery.

She had one brother Elmer and a dear sister Dorothy. After high school, she enlisted in the army in 1941 at the age of 19 and served in the “CWAC’s’” as Sgt West in the #7 Administration Unit in the Ordnance Detachment at Barryfield in Ontario.

After the war she married Clayton and had one son, Larry.

She worked her entire life and was employed for many years at the Immigration Dept. in Kitchener as a stenographer until she retired.

Both her and Clayt were avid campers and spent their holidays and many weekends camped out in provincial parks from The Pinery to Bon Echo to Killbear and dozens of others in between. Sometimes by themselves but more often with friends in “The Camping Gang.” Some fish were caught and fried, books were read and campfires watched till the embers died.

After 10 or 15 years they gave up tent and trailer camping and in the early 70’s became some of the founding pioneers of Luther Ranch near Holland Center, Ontario.

She continued to spend many weeks and months at Luther Ranch after her husband died, and she drove back and forth until she was 92. Finding some time to travel, she visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Portugal, Spain, and of course Arizona.

She loved music and had a collection of CDs ranging from Marty Robbins to Mozart to Celtic.

A lover of Butterflies, she had a large number of them both inside the house and outside, decorating the deck and back yard, joining many other lawn ornaments.

Marjorie was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was also a member of Calorie Counters in Waterloo.

She had a wonderful 100th birthday party with many cards, gifts, visitors and well wishes.

She will be fondly remembered by niece Wendy who was like a daughter to her, and her husband Jerry Turzanski and their two children Ryan and Renee, her nephews David West and his wife Jacqui and their two sons Mat and JD, Doug West and his wife Tracey and their daughters Rebecca and Samantha, Kenny McCaughen and his wife Jean Ann and their granddaughter Veda, Gary McCaughen and his wife Linda and their family, and Paul Heimpel and his family.

The family would like to thank the PSW’s from Paramed and Home and Community Care for their excellent work, and also thank the nurses and doctors of the ICU Dept at Grand River Hospital and Dr. Mills and her staff in Waterloo.

A private family interment will take place and a Celebration of Marjorie’s Life will take place at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital or to the Alzheimer's Society may be made by visiting or calling 519-745-8445.

A long life, well lived and blessed.

“The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.”

Rest in Peace Marjorie