Blanca Emiliana Freiburghaus

In Memorial

August 09, 1935 – February 12th, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and best friend. Blanca passed away at home on Saturday February 12, 2011.

She was a wonderful mother and a caring grandmother and will be deeply missed by her daughter Diana and son-in-law Hendrik Meekel, sons Chris, Peter, Andy and grandchildren, Karisa, Shana, Kelsey, Jordan, Jillian, Annika and Max.

Blanca is also survived by her sisters, Anne Marie Lawrence, Hildegard Mullauer and brother Martin Schennach (all in Austria).

She will also be missed by her many friends and the Austria Vancouver Club Melody Choir group, where she loved to sing.

Blanca married Otto Freiburghaus (deceased 1993) in 1955 and moved to Ocean Falls, B.C. in 1956 from Tirol, Austria. There they began their family, and she often spoke of the happy times she had there. In 1970, the marriage ended, and in 1972 Blanca met Albert Tsumura, who became her longtime companion of 39 years, who recently passed away on October 25th, 2010.

Blanca worked for many years as a Care Aid at Inglewood Private Hospital. She enjoyed her work and was always kind and giving of herself and those that needed her.

Blanca will be remembered for her big heart and bright beautiful smile, that she gave to all that knew her.

A celebration of life will be held at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel 11765 224th Street, in Maple Ridge on Saturday February 26th at 1:00pm.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Michael Knight and Dr. Michael Boldt, for their kind words and wonderful care of our dear mother.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C.

Rest in peace dear mom. And may the love and memories you’ve left behind sustain us all, until we meet again.

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  1. Diana, Hendrick, Annika and Max – My heart and love and prayers are with you all. I loved Blanca and very much love all of you and know right now you are being carried in the loving arms of Christ. What a beautiful thing to know that is where she is and one day you will see her again.

    so much love ..

  2. Dianna, I only met your mother that one time at camp, and she was such a radiant person…everything about her was warm and lovely. She spread joy to all. I am certain she will be a special angel and she will be spreading her love eternally. Please know you and your family
    are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Gay

  3. Diana, Henk, Annika and Max,

    Our heart, love and prayers are with your during this difficult time. Blanca was a lovely, lovely person thru and thru. I will miss the sunshine she brought into everyon’s life. We miss you all very much.
    lots of love
    Vicki, Hans, Myles, Malcolm, Lucinda and Duncan

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