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Margot Velten


Margot Velten

Friday Sep 4, 1925 – Tuesday April 13, 2021           

Margot Velten, age 95, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own bed in her own beloved home in Cambridge with her 3 daughters, Doris (Dieter), Jutta (Gian d. Jan 2019), and Astrid (Michael) by her side.

She leaves behind her 3 grandchildren, Marion (Hendrik) in Germany, Marco (Meaghan) and Thomas.  Also, her sister Ilse Degen in Germany and many relatives and extended family both here in Canada and in Germany.

Margot married the love of her life, Kurt Velten (d. Mar 24, 2011) in 1950 in the Black Forest, Germany.

In 1958, they emigrated from Germany with their 3 daughters and settled in Galt, where they embraced their new life, new culture, new surroundings along the Grand River and enjoyed everything that Cambridge and this wonderful country of Canada, had to offer.

Margot’s dream to further her education was fulfilled by achieving her BA at the University of Waterloo, followed by an Honours Degree in German and French from the University of Waterloo, and then a Master’s Degree in French History from the University of Guelph at age 62.

In her early years in Cambridge, she had her own private German School in the basement of her house, where she engaged her students in the learning of the German Language.

She also taught French in Elementary Schools of the Waterloo Region and after retiring from that, taught French for adults at Conestoga College.

She loved to communicate to fellow Cambridge residents through her many letters to the Editor of the Cambridge Times.

She dedicated her time and skills through many programs that the Idea Exchange had to offer, and loved her time spent volunteering with the many new immigrants to Canada.

She spent every Tuesday participating in the Adult Program at Fairview Mennonite Home, where she loved to go.

Margot had the travel bug and travelled the world, which she did even in her early 90’s and enjoyed a backpacking trip through Europe with her best friend, Ingrid, in 1986.

She and her husband, Kurt, loved to spend time at their cottage in Point Clark and they watched endless sunsets while walking the beach there in the evenings.

Margot enjoyed reading her many books, never fiction, only historical, and wrote her auto biography at age 75.  She traced her and her husband’s ancestry and has both family trees bound in book, dating back to the 1500’s and has kept them up to date to her dying day.

She was always positive and an inspiration to so many and never gave up hope.

Cremation has taken place per Margot’s wishes, and a memorial service will be held at a later date by invitation. 

A special thank you goes to Margot’s doctor, Dr. Amit Misra, who was ever supportive and ever caring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.  Her favourite charity was Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Margot, may you Rest in Peace as you join your loving husband, Kurt.  We will all miss you.

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