Linda Ollmann slipped away from us on March 4, 2019 at the age of 74. We were blessed to have had time to reminisce, say our goodbyes, rest in knowing that at the end there was nothing left unspoken. Linda battled against the cancer that took her much the same as she dealt with anything in life, she held on and fought with a vengeance. Linda had her sense of humour with her until the last and laughed more than once at all of the fuss we were making around her in her final hours.
Linda was predeceased by her husband, Joe Ollmann. We are heartened that they are together again after a few years apart. But by now, be assured, his whistling is probably driving her nuts and she is rolling her eyes at him to get him to stop. Her mother Fran, and her father Ron as well as numerous family and friends were also there to welcome her wonderful soul and help her transition from this life. Their gain is our loss until we are reunited once again.
Linda always spoke about how blessed she was to have a wonderful son and two loving daughters. Jim, Theresa and her daughter-in-law, Kim made her proud and were bright lights in her life. But her truest joy in life was being a Grandma. The guys she loved more than anything in the world were her “pack” as she called them, her grandsons Matthew and Evan. She loved them more than anything and was extremely proud of the young men they have become. Her one regret about leaving us so soon was that she would not be around to see tremendous things they will accomplish in life. The boys will always remember her for the many, many sleepovers, hours of board games played, trips to the park and endless trays of fudge she made with them. They could not have asked for a better Grandma.
For years the kids all marveled at Grandma’s special friendship with Santa Claus. Every year, without fail, he always made time to come to her house and join our family for a special private party. We would sing and share “snackies”, and the night would close with a present for all from the “Jolly Old Elf” himself. Matthew and Evan and cousins; Kaeden, Pierce, Brodie and Sophia were all in awe when Santa showed up. One year he even jumped off the roof right in front of them! That cemented their belief in him for years to come.
Linda spent most of her working life in furniture sales, and she was great at it. We always joked that we felt sorry for the customer that was just wandering in to look around. They didn’t realize they were leaving with a new purchase until it was too late. She was just that good at helping people find what they needed in their lives, even if they didn’t know it yet.
Linda traveled to many places over the years and enjoyed seeing new things but was always happiest to be home. In recent years she had a re-found love of dancing and attended the weekly “Jam Sessions” to listen to live music in her community. We will always see her sitting in her spot on the couch, Pepsi on ice beside her, relaxing with the television blaring or reading a book. She was a prolific reader who kept Theresa very busy finding new books for her e-reader, they had many an argument over the books not downloading fast enough!
She was guided by a strong faith and belief in God but didn’t suffer the trappings of organized religion. Linda always believed that “God only gave you as much as you could handle”. She was strong enough to rise above her own adversities and still have enough strength to carry others and help out whenever she was called upon. There were many Christmases that we would have an extra plate at the table for a friend who would have otherwise been alone for the holiday. It is a tradition that we will all remember and carry on.
The mark of a life well lived is the legacy of those you have touched and the memories you leave behind. It is not surprising that this wonderful soul has managed to leave an extensive legacy. Besides the family members already mentioned, Linda leaves behind her sisters Judy (husband Wayne) and Fran, brothers Ken and Gerry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She has been blessed with many wonderful friends in her life, some old and some new. Linda would want everyone to remember the good times and not dwell on the bad. Carry your memories in you hearts and love each other comforted in knowing that we will all meet again.
In accordance with Linda’s wishes she has been cremated.
The celebration of Linda’s life will be held on: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 2pm. We invite you join us for an informal gathering of friends and family, followed by a reception. Located at: Parkridge Estates Community Hall, 222 Burroughs Circle NE, Calgary, AB
In lieu of flowers please forward your donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in her memory.
If you would like to send your condolences and remembrances of Linda to her family, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any photos or special stories that you would like to have shared at her celebration would also be welcome.
Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Unit 28 nurses, doctors and support workers at Peter Lougheed Centre. We were all warmed by your wonderful care and attention to our Mother in her final days. You are all true superheroes.
You were given this life…because you were strong enough to live it.