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Josef Henn

Josef Henn

Tuesday, June 18th, 1935 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Henn, Josef:
June 18, 1935 – September 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Josef Henn on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care in Kitchener.

Josef was born in a small village in Hidegkut, Hungary on June 18, 1935. Josef was predeceased by his parents Marton and Katalin Henn and siblings Marton and Maria. His mom passed at an early age and was then raised by his stepmom Katherine.

His early years were enjoyed in his hometown of Hidegkut, Hungary.

As a young man in his early 20’s, Josef and two friends from his village left Hungary in December of 1956 to begin their journey to Canada. They spent a few months in Rotterdam, Holland awaiting their ship to Canada.
Josef arrived in Canada in early May of 1957 and settled in Toronto soon after.

Dad met Mom, Rosina Klein through friends he met in Toronto and married on October 22, 1960.
Soon after Dad and Mom started their family of John, Joe and the zwillinge Kathy and Robert.

Upon arriving in Canada, Dad worked in various occupations from construction, factory work in metal fabrication to earning extra money painting houses to provide for his family.

Dad then purchased the family home in Newmarket, ON where he then was employed as a painter and maintenance personnel with the York Region Catholic School Board. Josef retired in 1998.

Josef loved his children, grandchildren and the many friends and neighbours he encountered in his life journey. He always instilled the importance of family; closely bonding with each new in-law or grandchild as they were welcomed into the family. Dad had many interests and hobbies. He would eagerly share his knowledge related to gardening and the bounty that was harvested - even sharing his harvest with the raccoons and the odd skunk which he captured. He enjoyed taking the critters for a far away ride (only after painting a bright red marking on the top of their head) and to again be released in the wild. With the harvest, Dad loved to cook and create delicious meals for large family dinners for all to share. Most memorable family times were when Dad taught all of his children and anyone who was interested the skill of sausage making then smoking and curing. Many sausage, sauerkraut, and wine care packages travelled in suitcases and arrived at many destinations for all to enjoy. Dad loved the outdoors, cottage, travel, maintenance, boating, fishing and the serenity of the seasons. Dad loved to watch the birds outside his windows till his final days.

Josef is survived by his wife Rose, children John (Ann-Marie), Joe (Barb), Kathy (Tim), Rob (Shelley), grandchildren Denise (Matt), Cynthia, Nicole, Olivia (Matt), Kevin (Samantha), David (Anna), Jayne, Vanessa (Ben), Savanna (Hannah), Sierra, and great grandchildren Trinity, Kaeleb, Kaj and Bri. Predeceased by parents, brother Martin, sister Maria, grandson Brian, great grandson Henry.

A big thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care Residence for your compassion and care during this difficult year. Your dedication is so much appreciated.

A private family service will be held at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467. Extended family and friends are invited to view Josef's service via livestream at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society ot Waterloo Wellington, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Schwaben Club Sick Benefit Association (Kitchener Schwaben Club) would be appreciated by the family.
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With love from the entire Siller Family

Posted at 04:24pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. We will cherish all the happy times together.

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Helmuth Vorkoetter

Posted at 09:02pm
Rose and family, we are so sorry about your loss. For the few years that we were neighbours while living in Newmarket, we truly enjoyed the relationship.
40+ years have passed since we moved away. We have not forgotten the good times we had together. The contact was lost, but the memories are still there.
Rose, your big family will help you to get through this.
Our sincere condolences.
Brigitte,Helmuth, Stefan and Shawna.
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Veronica Trinidad

Posted at 12:41pm
Our sincerest condolences to the Henn Family at this sad time. It’s difficult in these times, that we can’t all be together to honour Joe’s psassing. We hope you feel surrounded by much love from family and friends.
We cherish our many memories of Rose and Joe as great neighbours, and loyal friends.
Lionel, Veronica and the Trinidad Family.
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RK

Rick & Georgee Klein

Posted at 09:06pm
Rest In Peace Joe. Hope you catch that big fish in the sky.
SM

S Musgrave

Posted at 11:40am
To Rosie, all the Henn children, family, and extended family,
It was a blessing to know Joe over the last 30+ years. As Kathy’s college friend he and Rosie welcomed me into their home with open arms and treated me like daughter. Joe had an immense capacity to share love and forgiveness. I appreciated his ability to find joy in the simple things in life. I wish your hearts peace at this difficult time.
Susan M.
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