Passed away, Friday, November 25, 2022 at the age of 71 years at Health Sciences North, Sudbury, ON.
Much loved wife of Stuart for almost 51 years, mother of daughter Gabrielle, husband Benjamin and grandchildren Chevan and Darany, son Thomas, wife Phamai and grandson Thawiphum. Loving sister of Martina Marunchak (Robert), Karla Renelli (Ivano), Barbara Santi (Mark), Susan Huffels, predeceased (Dave) and Angela Grottoli (Richard). Sister-in-law to Derek, predeceased (Laura), Paul (Victoria), Denis (Elaina), Rhonda, predeceased (Dan) and Christopher, predeceased. Heidi will be fondly remembered by her close cousins Walter (Gisela) Koch, Klaus (Rita) Vettermann and their families. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Heidi is predeceased by her parents Martin and Eva Bartsch and also predeceased by her parents in law Ronald and Carol Groves. She leaves behind many friends and colleagues from the International School of Geneva, Switzerland where Heidi spent many happy years. She travelled all around the world, having lived in so many countries and always leaving a trail of Love.
Sincere thanks to the amazing, professional, and compassionate staff at HSN; ER and ICU who spared no effort on Heidi’s behalf until the end.
In accordance with Heidi’s wishes there will be no funeral.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to any charity of your choice related to cancer research would be appreciated.
My sincerest condolences to Heidi’s Family, who was at the heart of many of our conversations. I felt I had met them already through the stories Heidi shared with me.I have so much gratitude for Heidi’s guidance, to have been placed in her classroom during my teaching training, an amazing educator and mentor.
Thank you, Heidi, for being there for my graduation and inviting me to spend Christmas with your family in Hua Hin. I wish life was less busy, that we do not keep postponing catching up with dear friends, thinking there is more time. Heidi, I am so glad I met you and thank you for being such an incredible role model.
All my love,
December 15, 2022
Heidi was a beautiful woman inside and out! I was lucky to find a mentor within her and would not have discovered a love for teaching without her support and belief in me! She always kept tabs on me even years later to make sure I was doing okay! The love she had for her family was immense and loved hearing about all of their updates in life when she spoke about them with pride! Stuart and Heidi helped my partner and I have an unforgettable experience in Hua Hin that I will never forget! I will always remember the lessons I have learnt from her. Heidi will always be remembered and I am sending love to Stuart and the whole family!
December 7, 2022
I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Heidi. She had so much pride in her family, was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A colleague for over 17 years at the International School of Geneva, she was steadfast, loyal and kind. Heidi was a valued, dedicated teacher always committed to doing the best for all her pupils.
Stuart, Gabriella, Thomas and family, please accept my sincere condolences.
With heartfelt sympathy,
December 6, 2022
Stuart, Gabriella and Thomas, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Stephen taught Thomas at the High School and I was a colleague of Heidi at the Primary School of Ecolint. She was a gentle person whose family meant everything to her. We are thinking of you.
MP and Stephen Preece
December 5, 2022
We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear wife and mother Heidi. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
Heidi will be fondly remembered as a very kind and passionate teacher. I have a lot of fond memories of our co- teaching in the International School of Geneva. We were a good and committed team. It was fun! I also have very good memories of our visit to Hua-Hin some years ago. Today and always, may loving memories bring you
strength and comfort. We are wishing you and your family courage and peace during this time of mourning. Hold the loving memories in your heart forever!
Martine and Bert Coppens
December 4, 2022
Heidi was a kind, generous, thoughtful person who was usually the first one to arrive at school and to whom some staff went to first thing in the morning, before the children arrived, to have a chat. She was the one person who was often went to, to chat, to confide. She put a lot of love and time into creating a respectful, warm learning environment for her students. She was so very brave as she fought off a very agressive cancer; she was able to return to her teaching after winning that battle, back to what she loved so much. I am saddened to learn of her sudden passing away; she was a beautiful person who gave so much to those around her. I send my sincere condolences to the family and a very special thought to Stuart, Gabriella and Thomas, three I have met and for whom Heidi was always so proud.
December 1, 2022
Please accept my sincere condolences . I worked for many years with Heidi at Ecolint. She was a loyal trustworthy colleague. Such a brave lady who spoke about her childre with love and immense pride.
November 30, 2022
Our sincerest condolences to everyone in the Groves family, and in particular Stuart, Thomas, Phamai, and Thawiphum. You’re in our thoughts and in our hearts!
November 28, 2022