Habermehl, Greta Marie (née Gould)

Habermehl, Greta Marie (née Gould)

January 10th, 2021

Passed away peacefully at University Hospital, in London, on Sunday, January 10, 2021, in her 85th year. Marie, born in St. Marys, Ontario, lived in Muskoka (primarily Huntsville) for over 40 years. Wife of the late Gordon Ernest (2013). Dear mother of Lyle (Kendall), of Mountain City TN; Cheryl (Jeffrey), of London, ON; Dwight (Kristen), of Halifax, NS; and Lynn (Vernon), of Gibsonville, NC. Cherished grandmother of Brandon (Leanne), Tarah (Thomas), Kaitlyn (Jonathan), Peter, Matthew (Bethany), Scott (Lindsey), Ashley (Ronny), John Robert, Caleb (Laura), Esther, Rachel, Anna, and Josiah; and great-grandmother of Megan, Emma, Weston, Eli, Noah, Gwyneth, Niamh, Sammy, and Theo. Predeceased by her sister, Jean Marriott (2020). Marie was an experienced and highly sought after piano and voice instructor in Muskoka, church organist, pianist/accompanist and vocal soloist, still performing at age 83. She was a woman of strong faith and truly loved her Lord our God. A private viewing will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Friday, January 22, 2021. Private interment at St. Marys Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marie are asked to consider The Gideons International in Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 

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Gail EllisI send my condolences to you and to your family during this time of sorrow. The Bible gives a real hope and it promises that your loved one will soon come back to life in a peaceful paradise on the earth. (John 5:28, 29)
Sandy & Gus AyimOur deepest sympathies to Cheryl and Jeff and all your family on the deep loss of such a wonderful and precious Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. How comforting to know that she is with Jesus and that you will see her again in Heaven. Praying that God would strengthen you and fill you with His peace.
Linda Goltz DeenDear Lyle and Cheryl, You will remember me as a teenage piano student who studied with your mother in Bracebridge in the late 1960's and early '70's when Dwight was still in diapers and Lynn was a new member to your family. Mrs. Habermehl was extremely talented and I wish I had worked harder for her! Nevertheless, she gave me the foundation to graduate with a B.A. Honours Music from Western University in London. Subsequently, I had a career in telecommunications while raising a family in Toronto. We lost my mother, Grace Goltz, in 2019 at the age of 88. Currently, I care for my father, Mel age 95, in his home west of Bracebridge. I am sorry that you lost your father earlier. He always had a smile for everyone. Your parents left a wonderful legacy of grandchildren. May God continue to bless you all. Love, Linda
Cathy (Vettorel) VanclieafDear Lyle, Cheryl, Dwight and Lynn & families So many wonderful memories of spending time with your family while waiting for my turn to have my lesson with your mom... be it in Bracebridge, Utterson or Dwight - a wonderful woman and an amazing music teacher. Mrs. Habermehl was immeasurably patient with me, who aspired to be a singer but didn't have the self-discipline to apply myself! I distinctly remember travelling to Western with her for my audition to the Faculty of Music. I was a nervous wreck and she was a pillar of strength for me. What a long, strange road ... after being accepting into the music program, I transferred out of if after a year and went on to become a teacher (elementary and secondary, and due to your mother's influence, taught elementary music for a number of years), and then later a principal... now retired. I have thought of your mom (and the rest of you) so many times over the years and am sorry that I didn't try to get in touch to tell her how things turned out for me. She had such an interest in all of her students. So sorry for the loss of you mother and, belatedly, sorry for the loss of your father. Regardless of our age, once we lose our parents, we feel a little like orphans for a bit. You were so very blessed to have such wonderful parents who filled your home with love, music and faith. Thinking of you all during this time, but know that your faith will sustain you all during this sad time. Cathy
Helen Luvison Cheryl and family: Just read about your mom (and your dad) in the Huntsville Forester. She was a lovely lady and your dad was such a gentlemen. I enjoyed their visits to the pharmacy. They both had smiles, laughter, and humour not far from their lips. I also remember that music was so important to her. I know you and the family will be sustained by their memories and the love they showed you. Helen Luvison (nee Arsenijevic)
Ruth CassieFrom my mother, Susan Cassie: I appreciated knowing Marie as a lovely friend for all the years she gave our daughter Ruth such amazing musical instruction. Both my parents valued & enjoyed their friendships with Marie & Gord. Marie was first my piano and singing teacher, and swiftly became a friend, another cherished mother-figure to me. She enriched my life so tremendously. We shed many tears together, I gave her practice for patience, and we shared much laughter and awe. I gave thanks for her when I played rock and roll across Europe, and I give thanks for her when I play hymns for the Anglican parishes I am a member of, and when I lit my voice in grief/love/praise. I can hear Marie sing, It Is Well With My Soul, as clear as day. Blessings, and my condolences to all the Habermehl family.
Barry DawkinsWe are truly sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of our mothers playing and practicing their song for church services. Sending prayers for your family. Barry and Debbie Dawkins and Family
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