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Ann Niederhauser
August 3, 1938 - May 17, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Ann passed away after illness on May 17, 2016 at Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus. Cremation to take place. <br> <br>Annikki (Ann) Niederhauser Nee Saarkki <br>Born August 3, 1938, Finland <br>- May 17, 2016 <br>It is with heavy hearts that we say good bye to Ann Niederhauser, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher and perpetual learner. <br>Ann passed away tragically after a dignified battle with cancer May 17, 2016. <br>She was a deeply inviting, spiritual and inquisitive being. <br>She never just went through the daily routines of life. Each day was embraced as a new day of discovery. <br>She avidly read and was versed on a vast variety of subjects which created many intellectual opinions and riveting conversations. <br>As she was a strong believer in reincarnation, that our physical bodies are mere vessels and that “the essential you never dies”. The essential her never will, she is forever in our hearts and memories, memories of a truly remarkable woman and the life she lived. <br>Ann overcame many obstacles as a child in Finland, she moved to Canada after marriage with a language barrier…only strengthening her character. <br>She raised 3 sons, Lars (Paula), Tom (Tanya) and Glen (Francine) and had 4 grandchildren, Talya, Tyra, Amelia and Liam. <br>Ann also enjoyed training and showing her dog, Cindy, an Irish Setter, at competitions. <br>But her greatest love after her family was skiing. <br>She was an important contribution to the founding of the cross country ski community in Ontario. <br>Many age groups benefitted from her expertise and countless devoted hours spent passing on her knowledge and training them. <br>She weathered the cold and a log cabin without proper plumbing or heating only for the love of her family and the sport. <br>Something she truly deserves recognition for. <br>Ann was definitely a woman ahead of her times in her liberal thinking and ideas and she was not one to refrain from voicing her opinion. Those candid conversations will be truly missed. <br>Although saddened deeply by the passing from our lives physically, I feel confident that she is also living another wonderful life, hopefully amongst an abundance of the flowers she loved. <br>Ann, we love you. <br></div>