Margrit von Kleist

Margrit von Kleist

Sunday, August 10th, 1924 - Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
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von Kleist, Baroness Margrit (nee’ Burckhardt)

Born in Berlin, Germany August 10 1924.
Died peacefully in Collingwood, Ontario, on Tuesday June 4th 2019 at the age of 95 years. She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother and devoted grandmother. Wife of predeceased Aribert Baron von Kleist,
she leaves to mourn her 2 children, Christiane nee’ Baroness von Kleist (Paul Bernard), Baron Alexander (Baroness Barb von Kleist nee’ Cameron) and her 5 grandchildren, Evan von Kleist Bernard, Janelle von Kleist Bernard, Baroness Nicole von Kleist, Tara nee’ Baroness von Kleist (Ryan Latimer), Baron Maximillian von Kleist, extended family members, and numerous friends.
In 1959 Margrit von Kleist was the founder of a well-known and established Gymnastic School called “All Children’s’ Progressive Gym School Inc.” which became the basis of gym programs run today.
She wrote her memoires “One Life Many Chapter’s” and a guide book to baby gymnastics for parents “Exercise Your Newborns to 4-Years Old”
Baroness von Kleist will be remembered as an avid outdoors person who loved to cross country and downhill ski, sail and windsurf, golf, mountain climbing, the theatre, and later in life took long scooter rides to take her dog Tintin for a walk around her neighbourhood.
She also belonged to the Pretty River Probus Club, Spanish Speaking Club, Bridge Club, and participated in numerous charities.
A special thanks to the wonderful nurses (Nurse Emma, Nurse Trish) of Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, Bayshore Nurse (Lori), Caregiver Nurse Jacqueline K. for her overnight stays, CBI Health Personal Support Workers and their wonderful support group (PSW Nancy, Ellen, Valerie), and the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) Co-ordinator Lisa Goodfellow, Closing the Gap Health Care (OT Patty)and finally Dr. Janet Clark, and Dr. Jennifer Young. All your hard work, dedication, empathy and compassion were greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Hospice Georgian Triangle-Campbell House would be greatly appreciated.
The Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Home - Collingwood Chapel.
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel
    82 Pine Street
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  • Reception

    Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel
    82 Pine Street
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Donations are being accepted for: HOSPICE GEORGIAN TRIANGLE.


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Trudy Munro

Posted at 12:10am
I moved to Collingwood from Toronto across the street from Margrit and remember her fondly as the first person to welcome me. Margrit had such wonderful stories and offered to take me on a tour one day to show me all the places she had lived. I appreciated it very much but she said we would have to wait until she paid her fine for speeding first! Haha 😅 I will always think of Margrit as a classy. most interesting lady I have ever met.
RIP my special friend. Miss you very much. 💞💞

Kathryn Colantonio

Posted at 11:19pm
We were neighbours many years ago. We golfed once and I believe I may have looked after your cat? You were a strong lady, full of life and a determined attitude. I often felt sorry I hadn’t stayed in touch. Rest In Peace Margrit. I am glad to see you lived a good, long life.

Michael F Blair

Posted at 06:57pm
Margrit came to visit Norah MacLean and me at my home in the Forest about 2 years ago. She was energetic, laughed heartily, told wickedly interesting stories of her youth, of meeting Hitler and Eva Braun when she was just a girl, of her adventures and wonderful life. She lived life to the fullest. I keep a copy of her book: "One life, many chapters" just to remind me that life is an exciting adventure not to be missed. My sympathies to her friends and family for their loss.

Deana Mittins

Posted at 11:18pm
I am very sad to hear that Margrit had passed away. She was a very strong, bright and independent woman! I had the pleasure of knowing her for many years. Had some great laughs and she told me many wonderful stories. Rest in peace Margrit. Xxoo

Lee Ann Solski

Posted at 09:57pm
I only met Margrit a few short years ago so do not have a history like most sharing but in the short time we had together we shared many stories of our lives. My only regret is that our time together was not longer. She is at peace now. This past year she was preparing for this moment making sure she didn’t forget anything. I would often see her at her computer making notes. Such an organized woman. My heart felt sympathy goes out to Margrits family. She had a special relationship with each of her children.

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