Obituary of Erika Lopez
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LOPEZ: Erika Josefa Lopez (nee Gramsch ) was born in Allenstein, Germany on January 22, 1933 to Maria and Richard Gramsch. She was the fourth of five daughters.
The struggles of her family during World War II and the years after, is the stories of many families all across Europe. After her school years, Erika moved to Bolton, England where she became a Nurse. In Bolton, she also met her husband, Dr. Jeronimo Lopez.
Early married life was a multitude of moves, first to Spain, and immigrating to Canada in 1958. After a few years in Quebec and Ontario, the family made Manitoba home.
Even with a family of nine children, Erika found time to volunteer at her children’s figure skating club, the church, and the Catholic Women’s League. Erika managed all this at the same time as working at her husband’s medical practice.
Having lived in Germany, England, Spain and Canada, Erika became fluent in three languages. In her spare moments, she expressed her joy through painting and sketching. A talent she inherited from her father and many of her children and grandchildren have gained from her.
In her later years, she was in need of care; the family is so indebted to her loving caregiving team. To Graciela, Israel, Beatriz, Roxy, Esmeralda, Samantha, Jerusalem, Lourdes and any I may have missed, we are truly thankful for your loving care.
I would also like to thank Dr. Kelby Treloar and her medical team for the many house calls and the loving care they have provided.
Erika is preceded by Jeronimo, her husband of 54 years, and is survived by her 9 children, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, and her extensive family in Germany and Spain.
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May you rest in peace Mom.
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