In loving memory ~
The family of Johanna (aka Hanni) Kaldenhoven (nee Jäger) of Kitimat, B.C., is saddened to announce her passing on October 21 at the age of ninety-five. To say that her family and friends will miss her greatly is an understatement. Hanni was known for her warmth, hospitality, kindness, generosity, her unconditional love for her family, and her indomitable spirit and energy.
Hanni was born in Wuppertal, Germany on July 19, 1928, to Emil and Emma Jäger. She, along with her family, suffered during WWII - an experience that shaped her life and contributed to her migration from Germany.
Hanni, with four-year-old daughter Karin, travelled to British Columbia in 1957 to meet up with her beloved husband Hans. Hans had immigrated six months previously to start a new life for his family. Two sons, Kane and Glen, were born, in Kitimat, to Hanni and Hans in 1960 and 1964, respectively.
After her children started school, and after learning English, Hanni had some free time and joined the workforce. Happy memories and new lasting friendships were created while working at Coghlin's Hardware and later, Doris' Delicatessen. Hanni was an avid reader and was addicted to solving crossword puzzles. She was an amazing cook and baker and enjoyed doing various crafts over the years. Her needlepoint pictures and ceramic nativity scenes are treasured by her family.
Hanni was preceded in death by her husband Hans, her parents, two brothers and a sister. She is survived by her children Karin (George McLeod), Kane (Nancy Maitland), Glen (Aliceyn Fokuhl); her grandchildren Kirsten Bolk (Kevin Landsman), Alexandra Bolk (Graham Hilarius), Lans Kaldenhoven, Thomas Kaldenhoven, Josephine Kaldenhoven, Gianna Kaldenhoven, William Kaldenhoven and Lisa Kaldenhoven; her great-grandchildren Max Landsman, Charlie Landsman, Jake Landsman, Dallas Kaldenhoven, and Johanna (aka Jojo) Kaldenhoven. Hanni is also survived by one sister (Elfriede Bongard) and many nieces and nephews in Germany.
A Celebration of Life for Hanni is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Kitimat Rob & Gun Club.