Memories And Messages


My dear mum enjoyed every moment of her 92 years of life, from the early years in Switzerland to her more recent in England. Nothing was more important to her than her family, whether it be our day trips to the coast, or our annual trip over to Switzerland for a holiday. She was always proud of her homeland and loved showing it off to my dad, who adored everything and everyone connected with the country.

When my dad sadly passed away in January 1994 mum said to Jenny that she thought she had a few more years left in her. It turned out to be 21, and in that time she enjoyed every second she could spend with her grandchildren, Daniella and Matthew watching them grow up into the wonderful adults they are today.

A serious health issue tried to take her in 2012, but her determination and independence would not allow it, and during the next two years I was proud and privileged to spend more quality time with her, including days out to the coast for fish and chips or just an ice cream, in what turned out to be her final years.


I am sure there are many, many people who have their own wonderful memories of my mum, a lovely lady, and I invite you to share those you would like others to read about on this page. Thank you.


We must remember to celebrate a life, and be happy that Hanni and Cliff are now together again. May they both rest in peace.

Chris xx


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    • Jennifer on 24/06/2015 at 19:22
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    Dear Hanni, we only knew you for a short while,but you were such a lovely lady with a tough spirit and determination ,how u loved to walk in your garden,and sit in your garage ,I already miss your waves from the kitchen you loved my grandson when first you saw him and how he loved to toddle into the garage to see you. May God bless you Hanni you may be gone but not forgotten. Love Jen and Rod xx

    • Anne Brown on 21/06/2015 at 14:53
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    I first met Hanni at my Mum’s house in Stoke Holy Cross – probably at one of Mum’s Christmas “Do’s”. Hanni and Cicely (Mills) had been good friends for many years and I really can’t remember exactly when I met Hanni and Cliff – they just seemed to be in my life for ever!! But once my Dad died and Cliff passed on, Mum and Hanni would see each other possibly every week, one week at Mum’s and the next at Hanni’s – catching up on their news and driinking copious cups of tea. I can still picture calling at the house at Stoke, walkiing into the lounge and seeing them both – sitting each side of the fireplace with a little table between them and afternoon tea spread out, usually with a good portion already devoured! How they enjoyed their chats and tea!!!
    And how bravely Hanni attended Mum’s funeral only four years ago – Hanni not well herself but determined to come along to pay her respects to a dear friend. She even took time to come up to me at the “wake” which I had planned as afternoon tea and said “Cicely would have loved this, Anne – you’ve done well”. What a truly lovely lady and dear friend to my treasured Mum. I’ve been honoured to know Hanni.
    Rest in peace, dear Hanni – reunited with her Cliff at last. Enjoy the party up there with my Mum and Dad, Olive and Stan and Vin and Kath!
    Much love Anne xxx

    • Carlie Phillips on 16/06/2015 at 19:26
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    Hanni, well you will know me as one of many of the ladies walking around windmill house in a lilic tunic, who always pestered you making sure you were ok. I would just like to say it was a pleasure to have met you and be apart of your life. Im sure your flying high and bursting with pride right now, what a beautiful celebration for you today. Im so happy i was there to celebrate with your lovely family. I shall never forget the memories i shared with you.
    ‘walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone’
    much love hanni, carlie xxx

    • Pam Mariana on 16/06/2015 at 14:54
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    Was a pleasure to meet you. I’m glad that I had the chance to be your carer and key worker… Rest in peace lots of love…. xxx

    • Daniella Furness on 16/06/2015 at 06:28
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    Hello Nana,
    What a lovely message dad has left above me. Couldn’t of put it much better. I am going to miss you so much Nana, still hasn’t sunk in that you’ve left us. But today is the day we all get together and celebrate the wonderful life that you have lived, I might not be in the room but I will most certainly be there in spirit.

    We drove passed a road today and the name of it was Johanna Street, I thought it was amazing as I know you will be watching me on my adventure out here in Australia and I thought how that represented that. You’ll be truly missed by everyone who attends today, but may it be the send off you deserve. I will miss being able to come and visit you at Thorpe and sit there over the table eating a bowl full of pasta and cheese with a sprinkle of Aromat. Or doing your nails which you loved to have done, and don’t forget that arm massage that you nearly fell asleep to every time I did it.

    But may you now rest in peace up there with Papi, I love you so so much Nana, forever and always, your dearest granddaughter Daniella xxxxxxxx

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