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Thea Marie Rothammer
March 28, 1925
August 6, 2019
ROTHAMMER, Thea Marie born March 28, 1925 passed peacefully in the presence of her family in Kincardine, ON on August 6, 2019, aged 94 years. Thea (Oma) was born in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1952, following her husband, Karl. Thea was dedicated to raising her 4 daughters and supporting Karl’s career as a master wood carver. Thea was predeceased by her loving husband Karl, her eldest daughter Angelika and sons-in-law Loren, Mark, Peter and Fergie. Thea is survived by Angelika Godbold’s children Paul and Adrian (Julie); Monika Haakmeester-Sanchez (Robert) and children Carl, Chelsea, Christel, Andrew, David and Daniel; Gabriele Palubiski and children Dionne (Roy) Felder; Dan (Megan) Palubiski and Natalie (Charles) Hatt; and Mary (Les) Sluggett and children Thea, Laura and Maria. Thea was a proud Oma of 10 great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Goderich, ON with a reception to follow at Kingsbridge Community Centre. Heartfelt appreciation to all of those who cared for Oma, including Dr Gary Gurbin, the staff of R-Villa in Ripley and the staff of South Bruce Grey Health Centre.

Life Story

Thea, lovingly known by many as Oma, was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1925. The youngest of 4 children, she grew up in the "city", was educated and trained to work in fine china stores. Sadly, she not only suffered through WW2 as a teen and young adult but also lost her brother and father. While working at a china shop in Hamburg, Thea met Karl who was serving in the Navy. Dad always told us it was "love at first sight". Mom said she had difficulty even understanding him due to his southern German "country" dialect. However, love prevailed, they married and had Angelika and Monika. With the hope of starting a better life for their growing family, Karl then immigrated alone to Kitchener in 1951. Mom, Monika and Angelika were able to come the following year. After Gabriele was born, they bought their first house. After Mary was born, they bought their first car. Thea was devoted to her family, and happily embraced her role as a 'hausfrau' (house wife). She proudly raised 4 daughters, supported Karl’s career as a master wood carver, and was the heart and soul of her family. Mom loved to cook and bake, the more butter the better! She loved eating potatoes in any form, especially Costco poutine, pickled herring, black licorice, strong black coffee and cake for breakfast. Thea was most happy spending time with her friends and family, enjoying her great grandchildren Erika,Jake, Kayden and Henry Godbold...Payton, Hudson, Arlo and Beckett Felder...Benjamin and Harlan Hatt. She always thought of others, remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and significant milestones. As strong believers, Thea, Karl and family attended St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Kitchener for many years. Thea supported their church community giving to their activities and supported the Nuns at the Carmel of St. Joseph and many other charities. Thea's personal devotion to her Saviour was evident in the hours she spent in prayer every day. The family loved to spend summers camping at Lake Huron. In 1980, Thea and Karl bought their cottage in Lurgan Beach and created a special place for family to be together. In 1987, they retired there. Shortly after Karl’s passing in 2002, Thea split her year spending the summer in Lurgan Beach and the winter in Prince George with Mary and family. Thea always enjoyed the friendly competition of table games, Euchre to tile rummy to Skat (german form of rummy) as well as endless rounds of card games with her grandchildren. Monika, Gabriele and Mary even played a few games of Euchre with her in the days before she passed away. Thea loved to travel, going with Karl to many places over the years, often by motorhome, throughout the States and Canada, also visiting Monika and family in California. She often shared happy memories of trips to Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Palm Springs, and her 90th Birthday was celebrated on a cruise with her daughters. Thea, Mom, Oma - however you 'knew' her, you knew she was special. Her care for others, her compassion for those in need and her love of her family as well as her family themselves are her beautiful legacy. Her sacrifices and the struggles she faced in life were part of her journey, and we are truly grateful to her and will miss her deeply.
South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine
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There is no visitation prior to the Funeral Mass. The family invite everyone to join them following the cemetery committal at a reception in the St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community Centre hall.
St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community Centre
August 13, 2019-11:00 am
St. Peters Catholic Church
156 North Street
Goderich, ON
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St. Josephs Cemetery Kingsbridge
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