In Memory Of Stoll (nee Dittus), Magda

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Visitation (open)
Kane & Fetterly Chapel
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal Quebec H3W 3C4
October 17th, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

With Covid measures in effect, the family kindly request visitors to be fully vaccinated.


Memorial Service (by invitation)
Kane & Fetterly Chapel
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal Quebec H3W 3C4
October 17th, 2021 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Magda Stoll (nee Dittus)

February 26, 1936 – September 30, 2021

“… the more loss we feel the more grateful we should be for whatever it was we had to lose.  It means we had something worth grieving for.  The ones I am sorry for are the ones that go through life not even knowing what grief is.” (Frank O’Connor)

To the outside world she was Magda Stoll (Dittus) but to us she was everything!  She was our Mami, our Nana, our Friend, our Rock!  Magda was born to her parents Hermann Dittus and Rosa Dittus (Widmer) on February 26th, 1936 in Lucerne, Switzerland. She was the middle child of three, having both an older brother (Edwin Dittus) and a younger brother (Othmar Dittus).  At the age of 5, she moved with her family to Zurich where she spent most of her childhood and early adult years. 

Magda was a very bright student and completed her studies in office administration.  She appreciated the power of being trilingual and so she spent a few months working in Neufchatel to improve her French, and a few months as an au pair in England to learn English. It was in Neufchatel that she met a charming young man named Robert Stoll and a friendship began. Her sense of adventure was so strong that she eventually took a leap of faith and followed her true love (aka boyfriend) to Montreal, Canada in 1961. Funny is that although they were in Montreal to experience a new culture, the majority of their friends were also Swiss!  Guess that happens when you join the Swiss Club of Montreal!

Magda and Robert got engaged in February, 1963 and then got married in Zurich in October later that year.  Still wanting to experience more opportunities in Canada, they decided they would return to Montreal for another 2 years.  Well, we all know how well that plan worked!

In 1964, the family textile business, Robertex, was created.  It was also the year that their lives changed forever … they became new parents.  Together they poured their heart and soul into raising 4 children: Beatrice, Thomas, Andrea, and Silvia. 

Magda’s life was filled with a lot of joy but also with a lot of sadness.  In September, 1993 Magda’s adventures with the love of her life ended. Becoming a young widow was certainly not in the plans but she was able to gather her strength and refocus her love into creating new memories.  Magda loved traveling to Switzerland and would go as often as she could.  She loved touring the many lakes by boat, traveling to the highest mountains, and exploring the many quaint villages.  She was an excellent tour guide and knew her country inside out!  She also became a regular traveler to Delaware, Cincinnati, and to Pittsburgh so she could spend time with her grandchildren living in the United States. 

Magda was also an excellent cook and baker.  She made the world’s best tiramisu, chocolate brownies, and many traditional Swiss dishes.  Her assortment of homemade Christmas cookies was certainly something to look forward to.

On a funny note, Magda and technology were not always the best of friends.  She was loyal to her home telephone and to some good’ol pen and paper.  She always had a quarter handy in her purse in case she needed to make a call from the phone booth (until they became obsolete).  Eventually the ipad became an “acquaintance” and facetiming with family became a regular occurrence.

At 5 feet tall, Magda was tiny but mighty. She had no enemies but always stood up for what was right.  Her motto was “if you’re going to do it, do it right”! She set high expectations and encouraged her children and grandchildren to do the same.  Never settle.

Although Magda was retired, she was always busy.  She adored her 7 grandchildren and welcomed many, many sleepovers, and tea parties.  She was always prepared with craft supplies, toys, and of course the best gift of all, time spent with them.  She made sure each grandchild felt special and loved and in return, they thought the world of her.  She treasured all of their homemade gifts and proudly displayed them in the house. She was interested in their stories when they were very young and never stopped listening to the present day. Nana gave from her heart and it was always sincere.

Magda was such a loving person and always put her family first!  She was not materialistic and her children, grandchildren, and family and friends meant everything to her.  She was always giving and never expected anything in return.  Magda was blessed to have 85 healthy, vibrant years and she lived them to her fullest.  She never had any complaints and so when we learned of her advanced ovarian cancer diagnosis on Monday, Sept 27th we were completely blindsided by the news.  Not knowing of her illness was the best gift ever!

The house will certainly not be the same without our Mami and Nana there.  One thing is certain though, her love will forever live within us.  Her inspiration, wisdom, and words of encouragement are pillars of strength and for that we are very grateful.  Magda will be deeply missed by her children Beatrice, Thomas, Andrea (late James Goldthorp), and Silvia (Avelino DeAndrade); her grandchildren Karina, Marissa, and Natasha Goldthorp; Isabel, Vanessa, Robert, and Marcelo DeAndrade; and by relatives and friends in Switzerland and in Montreal.

Mami, Nana, you make us very proud and we say, Thank You! Thank you for your love and for sharing your journey with us.  We love you and miss you so very much!  Please give a big hug to Daddy, to Jim, and to all those that are in heaven to greet you.  May you enjoy your endless trips to Switzerland and we look forward to feeling your presence in all that we do.  Hopp Schwiiz! 

Open visitation at Kane Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie Blvd, Sunday October 17th, 2021, 1-3pm.  Memorial service 3-4pm by invitation.  With Covid measures in effect, kindly fully vaccinated only. In lieu of flowers, donations to NOVA West Island (www.novawi.org/home) are appreciated.  Many thanks to the doctors and nurses of the RVH for their exceptional care and compassion.  We love you Mami and Nana.  Thank you!  You are the best! 

Messages for the Family of Stoll (nee Dittus), Magda

From: Daniel Hostettler

Magda was one of the kindest persons I ever met in my life.
From: John and Mary Kaarto

Although I never met you, Magda, it is clear to me you lived a life you loved. With a long marriage and many children, grandchildren and numerous friends ... what more could anyone ask for? You have left quite a legacy of love, strength and given your family many beautiful memories.

Well done.
From: Nancy Ulmann

Dearest Andrea and Family,
Am so sorry for your sudden loss. I have not seen your mom in years but I can see her and hear her voice in my Grandparents kitchen in Dunkin in the Eastern Townships. Did not always understand every single word being said in Swiss German...but the sound was music to my ears. Fond memories of those visits, conversation flowing, food, laughter and the unspoken bond between the Swiss Canadians.
I can also see your mom at our Swiss dinner event at Macdonald College. What a night!!! We were proud that we were able to share our Swiss heritage.
Andrea, I can only imagine how hard it must have been to have not seen your mom in so long but how nice that with technology you were able to “see” and tell her you love her....but she knew that anyway!
Much comfort in knowing she lived a great life up to the end and that now she is in heaven with your dad and Jim and all her loved ones.
With much love,
Nancy and Family.
From: Leslie & Troy Prater

Our hearts hurt for your loss. Please know, Andrea, we are here for you. If your mother was anything like you- your loss must be unimaginable.
From: Karen Rayner

To the entire family, what a wonderful obituary that made me feel like I knew her without having met her. I am a friend of Andrea. She talked of her mom with such love, fondness and admiration.
I am sorry for your loss. Sounds as if she had a well lived life with my memories and life lessons to pass on.
From: The Retter Dental team

To Beatrice and the entire family. We are so sorry for the sudden loss of your matriarch. Sending lots of love and strength to all.
From: Leighton, Claire, John Patrick, James and Nicole Flanagan

Thinking of all of you as you celebrate the life of your amazing mother, grandmother, and friend. Sending love your way during this time of mourning.
From: Beatrice

✨ ✨ Perhaps the Stars in the sky are loved ones ✨
✨ ✨ letting us know they are near ✨
✨ by guiding us through the night ✨ ✨
✨ Mami you will always be my inspiration and my guiding light ✨ ✨
✨ Schlaf Gut 💕 Love Beatrice ✨
✨ ✨
From: Beatrice

✨ ✨ Perhaps the Stars in the sky are loved ones ✨
✨ ✨ letting us know they are near ✨
✨ by guiding us through the night ✨ ✨
✨ Mami you will always be my inspiration and my guiding light ✨ ✨
✨ Schlaf Gut 💕 Love Beatrice ✨
✨ ✨
From: Theresa Chan

Dear Beatrice and family,
I am very sorry for your loss and deeply saddened by your mother's passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences.
The loss of someone dear to us is never easy, may fond memories of your mother bring you and your family comfort during this hard time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
With deepest sympathy,
Theresa
From: Brenda Clark

Andrea,
I’m praying for you and all of your family. Your mother sounds like an amazing person who loved everyone and lived life to the fullest. You are the kindest and most compassionate person I know and I feel certain these traits were instilled in you by your parents. You have another guardian angel watching over you and the girls.
From: Marie and Mackenzie Stewart

Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers throughout your period of mourning and beyond. These transitions are always hard, even when they are expected, but the imprint your mom had on this world and the love you all shared is eternal. We are genuinely so sorry for your loss.
From: Darren Boudreau

I send the entire Stoll family my sincere condolences . I had the pleasure to meet & converse with your dear mother over the years; she’ll be missed by all that knew her.
From: Nancy Goad

Beatrice and Family- I was very saddened by the loss of your Mother. Beatrice and I were taking about how both our Mothers were our BEST FRIENDS. What a blessing! You will have a void in your lives but with the lovely memories you shared you can have some comfort. I never had the occasion to meet your Mother but she certainly loved all of you without question and Beatrice always spoke of her with affection. She will now be reunited with your Dad in Heaven and is at peace. Nancy
From: Lynn

Beatrice and family,
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your mother. She was truly a great example of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I know that all the warm and loving memories will carry you through this difficult journey.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you all,
Lynn
From: Matthew Moyse

To the Stoll family, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom/grandmother. She was such a nice, kind lady, always in good spirits, and made the best brownies. Stay strong.

Matthew
From: Dawn McAnena

My heartfelt condolences! We are thee for you. In deeest sympathy.
Sincerely,
Dawn
From: Nahid Ahrabi

Dear Beatrice and family;

I am very sorry for your sudden loss. You and your family are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers.
Rest In Peace beautiful Magda
With Love
Nahid
From: Dr. Joanne Walford

Dear Beatrice and family,
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear mum. I know that she meant the world to you. May she Rest In Peace 🙏
From: Hershberger Family

I have never had a chance to meet Magda in person but I know the impact she has created. I wish everyone my deepest condolences in this hard time and send all my love to everyone because of how kind this entire family is. Magda did an amazing job raising her kids.
From: Mary Nudo

My sincere condolences to the family. May you treasure all the memories close to your heart🙏
From: Nancy Leung

Beatrice and family,

May fond memories of your beloved mom bring you comfort during this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Nancy Leung
From: Antonella Badia

Dear Andrea, Beatrice, and Silvia,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. As long as you keep each other close, she will always be with you.
Antonella
From: Isabel Kohler

Dear Beatrice, Andrea, Silvia and Thomas,

It was with great sadness that the Fluri Family (Rita&Walti, Greti, Dorli, Heinz&Vreni) and myself learned of the passing of Magda. Our sincerest condolences and hearthfelt sympathy for your great loss go out to you all. I was lucky enough to meet Magda on Christmas Day in 2005 when I came with a flight from Switzerland to see my terminally ill uncle Joe. Very unselfishly and kindly Magda and her family took me in to spend Christmas Day with them. That is how our friendship started. Over the years we saw Magda, Beatrice and Thomas in Switzerland, twice again in Montreal. Magda was such a lovely person, kind, funny and generous. Her memory will be in our hearts forever. With deepest sympathy and much love, Isabel and the Fluri Family, Switzerland
From: John Kaarto

My deepest condolences to Beatrice, Thomas, Silvia and Andrea. I first met Magda Stoll many years ago when Andrea was dating my late brother James. She struck me as a very kind, rational and humourous person with little tolerance for nonsense. I can attest to her great cooking, having spent time assisting in her kitchen and being rewarded at the dining table. She raised a great family. Thankfully she had a long and successful life. I will miss seeing her in my future visits to Montreal and extend my love to her family.
.....from John in Texas
From: Rodney Pereira

To Thomas,

My heart and prayers go out to you and your entire family. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Please accept my deepest condolences and may God be with you in this moment of grief, may her fond memories bring you comfort during this hard time in your life.
I know it is going to be very difficult and I feel your pain but God is the best planner and prayers and time are the best healer.
May God always be with you. Please stay strong.
Eternal rest grant unto her soul oh Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace. Amen.
From: Friederike, Heidi, Andrew Waser and Family

Dear Andrea, Beatrice, Silvia and Thomas,

Our deepest condolences for this very sad loss. Although we have not seen your mom in quite some time we have so many fond memories of her from the time we spent with your family when we were kids. Your mom was always kind, and had had a way of making us feel welcome and clearly enjoyed a house full of family and friends. Please accept our sincerest sympathies.
From: George Aboud

To the Stohl family I offer my deepest condolances on the loss of your mother. I know that Thomas had told me so much about her and the pillar of strength she was for the family.

May her sould rest in peace and just know she will always be with you.

Sincere Condolences
From: Julia Fournier

Beatrice, Thomas, Andrea and Sylvia I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Your mother was always so nice to me when I was over at your house. I remember her smile and positive attitude about life. My condolences to you all.
From: carmen sangiuliani

Dearest Stoll family may the love that your mother gave you all be the force that guides you all through this difficult time rest in peace dear Mrs. Magda Stoll.

Sincerley,
Carmela Sangiuliani
From: Pat Yee

I met Andrea’s mom on a few occasions in the early 2000s and recall how lovely and pleasant a lady she was. From the beautiful obituary l learn much more about the wonderful life she had. A snippet of it was that she made the world’s best tiramisu. Once upon a time when we were university students, Andrea offered me some tiramisu. It was absolutely delicious! So, instinctively, l requested a copy of the recipe without further knowledge of it’s origin. Could l possibly be in possession of Andrea’s mom’s infamous tiramisu recipe? If so, l am honoured to know that a bit of Magda’s legacy shall forever remain with me.
My deepest condolences to your entire family for your loss.
From: Beverlee DiBiasio

My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother.May all your memories be a source of comfort for you and your family at this difficult time. Wishing you no more sorrow. Fondly,Beverlee D.
From: Tracey Shuffler

Dearest Beatrice, Thomas, Andrea, and Silvia

Perhaps one of the greatest blessings in life is to have loved and cherished wonderful parents. Your mom was an absolute gem and her hospitality and kindness to all was real and warm and unforgettable! The long and tasty meals at your kitchen table, the chats, the fun and fellowship with you guys and your mom over the years are really treasured memories. Your mom’s legacy lives on as her influence is so evident in each of you!

My heart is sore and I share in your sorrow and extend deepest condolences to you all as you pass through these difficult days.

You remain in my prayers and I’m sorry I can’t be there with you at this time.

With love and care,
Tracey
From: Mira Katnick

I am very sad to hear of your loss.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
My deepest condolences.

Please permit me to share some personal thoughts about your mother:

I will always cherish the amazing generosity of your mother.
She always welcomed me into her home, every morning and at lunch, when I stayed overnight with Andrea, and even some lovely visits to the countryside. She fed me (especially my favorite macaroni and cheese) and shared with me her motherly kindness. Her door was always open. Your family was always so kind to my sisters and me, giving us a lovely feeling that we had an extended family.
I am so sad that I didn’t have the chance to thank her for her kindness all those years ago. She really helped me tremendously through difficult times. I will always hold your mother dear to my heart.
From: Darren and Rita Lawless-Terzian

Andrea and family

We are saddened by your loss . Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rita and I feel very fortunate to have met your mom. Her positivity and infectious smile will live on.

With warm regards
Darren and Rita
From: The Widmers France

Dear Beatrice, Andrea, Sylvia and Thomas,

We were so sorry to hear of Magda’s passing, it was a big shock to us all. We have many fond memories of her, amazing mother, wife, friend and grandmother. One is of Magda and Elsbeth sitting in our kitchen in Geneva eating their first Tartiflette ever, how much they enjoyed it, and how we were secretly very proud and delighted to have been able to impress them.

Although of modest stature, Magda had a very big heart.

Thinking of you during this difficult time, may she rest in peace.
Love from the Widmer family in Vulbens.
From: Dany Janvier-MacIntyre

Dear Andrea and family,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful mother. You are in our hearts and in our prayers always.

Dany