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Box 56
Killaloe, ON K0J 2A0
Phone: 613-757-2555
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Viola Nohel

Viola Maria Nohel (Sztasko)

November 28, 1934 - February 5, 2019
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In loving memory of Viola Maria Nohel (nee Sztaskova)
November 28, 1934 - February 5, 2019

Peacefully at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Barry’s Bay, Ont. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in her 84th year. Daughter of the late Dr. Viktor Sztasko and Ibolya Sztaskova (nee Andruch) of Slovakia, with Hungarian heritage. Loving mother of Max (Jill) of Fenelon Falls and grandmother of William & Spencer Guthro of Nova Scotia. Predeceased by her brother Viktor Sztasko of Hungary, her dear sister Katarina Ebel (Arndt) of Germany and brother Alex/Sandor (Gabriella) Sztasko of Rockingham. Loved Aunt to Mathias (Franziska) and Viola (Oliver) of Germany and Alex/Csaba (Tasha) of the valley. Surrogate grandmother to the children of the Baird family. Friend forever of Omkaro. She will be dearly missed by her great network of friends all over the world.
Born in 1934 in Velke Kapusany in the former Czechoslovakia. The family survived bombings of their home and internment of her father during WW II. Viola and her son escaped Czechoslovakia in 1969, following the Soviet invasion of 1968. Canada became their new home of which she was eternally grateful for. Viola and her son Max spent a number of years in Toronto where she worked in the library at York University. They were always drawn to the beautiful nature of this country. Upon her retirement she moved to Wilno and eventually to Killaloe. The Ottawa Valley is where Viola’s life blossomed with the freedom to create and nurture her gardens and many great friendships. Viola was passionate about the arts, literature, music and gardening. Viola was also a prolific letter writer which forded her the ability to reach out and touch many people’s lives around the world and to share her positive outlook on life. Her ‘old-world’ cooking was legendary as she fed many a friend; no one left her home hungry.
Professional arrangements entrusted to the care of Zohr Family Funeral Home, Killaloe. Tributes, condolences can be made online at
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be planned in the spring, once her beloved flowers return in her garden. Instead of flowers or donations, Viola has asked that you plant a tree. She will forever live on in our hearts and memories.
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Max Nohel

Posted at 04:43pm
The legacy of Jim & Ted Baird, and Brad and Scott Thorn (... just a few of mom's adopted grandsons) Mom used to get an Amaryllis bulb from each set of brothers at Christmas every year that brought her great joy! She could not keep them all over the years so passed them on to us to look after once they finished flowering... They do flower again and the memories live on!

Lynne Yantha

Posted at 01:02pm
Through my Mother, Bernice Boehme, I came to know Viola. Our visits to her home were always special, with her stories, tasty food, gardens, art and décor. Such a special and welcoming home and persona! Viola loved to send notes, pictures, articles, by mail, and the 3 of us kept up a rapport for many years (Mother, longer than I). On visiting, we would take something simple such as sandwiches, cookies and tea but Viola always dressed up the meal with a delicious soup or crepe or perhaps a taste of a special recipe that she was having prepared for her meals. I recall fondly our last visit – around her birthday-time in November – at which I wore a peach-coloured sweater. Viola could not express enough her joy over this simple colour and how nice it looked. We laughed a lot about that at the time. Her last card to me, dated January 10, 2019 is beside my computer on my desk, sadly ananwered. I dithered for days over how to top the last art card I sent, and what might be of special interest to Viola. There's a lesson here – take action – don't wait. : ( This last note from Viola was a beautiful floral card which said: "Thank you for introducing me to a new artist. I am interested in creativity, in whatever form or level. My late brother, a resident of Rockingham, his last years did several painting of the (Rockingham) church (which of course we know very well, and may even have print). She closes by saying “keep in touch”. We will, Viola, we will. With much love and thankfulness for having been friends with you – Bernice Boehme, and Lynne Yantha of Combermere, Ontario

Barbara White

Posted at 11:34am
Max and Jill I just stumbled upon Viola's death notice when I was looking up info on someone from Renfrew who passed away. I am so sorry she has died. She was one of a kind and a real inspiration to me. I feel blessed to have met her. I have flowers in my garden that have come from her - a happy reminder for me of her love of gardening. I was worried because I did not get a Christmas card from her this past Christmas and had it on my list to do to find out what was up. Sadly now I know. Would you let me know when the memorial service will be? I would like to be there to extend my condolences in person.


Posted at 09:21pm
The hollydays will not be the some..! Sometimes when I am a lone...... I like to seat down and talk to you... I know thats sounds crazy.... Buth it makes it feel like... You are not really gone... There is nothing better than sitting On a rainy day and looking back at our good times..... When we all gonna get together around the holiday table.... We will all remember you... And all the memories we have.. All the love we share... Gabcsi

Helen peddar

Posted at 07:04pm
Max your mother was a wonderful woman. My name is Helen , my husband Don and I bought her property in Quadeville, I wanted to meet the person who created the gardens at the same time Viola sent us a welcoming letter to the property .we met her in her home a she provided us a meal. My sister and niece also met her and from there my sister became her pen pal and provided pictures of her gardens on dvd's .she will be missed but the memories are wonderful. Helen Peddar

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