Ilona Elisabeth Rueger died peacefully at Muskoka Shores Care Community in Gravenhurst on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at the age of 93 years. Beloved wife of the late Rev. Horst Rueger. Loving mother of Kathryn Joselin (Jim), Margaret Coveart (Peter) and Ray Rueger (Sue). Loving grandmother of Travis (Amber), Gavin (Jen) and Michelle and great grandmother of Logan and Jasper.
A private burial will be held at Bracebridge Municipal Cemetery. A Public visitation will be held at the Reynolds Funeral Home in Bracebridge on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 from 11 – 1 p.m. As your expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Charity of your Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Reynolds Funeral Home in Bracebridge. Messages of condolence can be made at www.reynoldsfuneral.com
Life Story for Ilona Rueger
Our mom, Lonny Rueger’s, wonderful life:
Our mother was a strong lady. Born in Berlin, Germany, she grew up through the war years. Somehow during those hard times she met Horst, the love of her life. After a tough war-time romance, the two married and had their first daughter, Margaret.
In 1953, the three of them took a huge leap of faith and moved to Canada. They settled in Toronto. Not knowing the language, with no job prospects and no place to stay, they took on the challenge. Lonny worked many jobs including cleaning houses and as a seamstress. She also attended night school to learn English, which to our amusement, she never really mastered. If that wasn’t enough, they added two more kids to the family: Kathy and Raymond. Now as a PHM (Professional Home Maker), she supported all of us.
She was always beside Horst as he went to university and became a minister in Toronto.
In 1969 they embraced another change and we moved to Windemere.
Scared at first, mom took us under her wing and ensured we grew up happily with nothing but wonderful memories. Lonny’s infectious personality soon made her the talk of the town. After 20 years in Windemere, Mom and Dad retired and bought their first home in Bracebridge. The two of them continued pursuing their life long love of travel, which took them to such places as Europe, Egypt, The Middle East, Africa, the US, and Canada.
In 1994, Mom’s beloved sweetheart passed away and we all came together to support each other like she had taught us. Now alone, she faced this new stage of her life bravely with loving family always near.
Margaret reunited Lonny with a friend that she had lost contact with AFTER their move to Windemere. Lonny and that friend, Erika, were like teenagers. The two of them were inseparable, talking on the phone for hours. They became snow birds and they travelled coast to coast.
In Mom’s late 80’s she lost her friend Erika and soon she decided it was time to leave her home and enjoy life with other’s her age. For almost four years she was at James Street Place in Bracebridge and most recently, Muskoka Shore in Gravenhurst.
She continued to spread joy through her happy, humorous ways and despite her failing body, she gained many new friends.
We think our mother had a special and unique gift. She accepted everyone as they were. She kept her family as close as possible. She filled any room with humour. She helped where help was needed and always made things seem better than they were.
We think that gift was not meant just for our family, but for everyone that had a chance to meet her.