Our family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret Lorenz. Margaret was a true friend to our family for the past fifteen years. She was our church friend, our long time neighbour who's house we passed everyday on the way to school and most importantly an "unofficial grandma" to our kids. Long after we moved from Brantford, Margaret would call to chat every couple of weeks. She taught our daughter Savannah how to knit and faithfully inquired about her piano lessons. She took a keen interest in our little Jepson's schooling and always offered me ways to help him through the tough subjects. She had newspaper clippings for me on a regular basis as she found articles she wanted me to read about. We spent the last two years together, before I moved from Brantford, retrieving family history online as this was clearly her passion. She was also determined to make a gardener out of me! For almost 15 yrs she would give me flowers from her garden, determined that I should plant them and take care of them. Last summer I finally took up the hobby and discovered what Margaret always knew...flowers were amazing! Brad and Margaret also had a precious friendship. They became friends after he offered to drive Margaret to the Toronto Airport to pick up a relative that was coming for a visit. Soon after, she would teach him the ongoing importance of fixing not replacing what you have. Every year he would fix her winter shovel, her garbage cans and every other item she was determined to keep! Margaret used every item she had to its fullest. Our family has been blessed to know Margaret and she is dearly missed.
Jonelle Mitchell (Brad, Jesse, Savannah and Jepson)
Heartfelt sympathies to the rest of the Lorenz family on the loss of Margaret. Her passion and enthusiasm for her family genealogy and her great many stories explaining historical photos, documents and cherished antiquities to her nephew Chris, niece Cynthia and great niece Bailey will be sadly missed. Like her wonderful gardens, Margaret proudly displayed from where her family came and was always eager to hear updates and take photos with her nephew, nieces and family. Photos of Margaret holding her old camera now have a very special meaning in our hearts.
Her inquisitive nature was a trusted conversation starter often leading to topics that deserved more of our attention.
Margaret was a fine, thoughtful, disciplined lady who would greet you with a sparkle in her eye and a grin that let you know she was eager to share something new with you.
Forever in our hearts, Margaret will be missed.
We would like to extend our condolences to the Lorenz Family on Margaret's passing. Since I can remember Margaret was a steady fixture in the neighbourhood working daily in her garden. Over the past three years we were able to get to know Margaret on a more personal level through her nephew Chris. We are grateful that this past year Margaret was able to enjoy Christmas dinner at our house and share the holidays with her family and friends. Sympathies to the family at this time.
Julie, Joanne and Gavin
Chris Lorenz (Margaret's Nephew)
Margaret always made me laugh, she was one of a kind.
I will miss her dearly.
We of the Brantford Garden Club, send our condolences to the Family of Margaret Lorenz. She was a loyal member for many years and supported our many projects. Her questions about gardening kept us on our toes and we shall all miss her enthusiasm. We hope that you will have many happy memories to share and console you at this time. Sent by A.H. on behalf of the Club.