In Memory of

Michael

KLOSCH

Obituary for Michael KLOSCH

KLOSCH; Michael "Mike" - passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Woodstock Hospital. Mike Klosch of Plattsville was in his 89th year.

Mike was the beloved husband of Margaret (Dick) Klosch who predeceased him in 1999, dear father of the late Peter (2010) and wife Eun Ah of Toronto and of Michelle Klosch and husband George Heckman of Plattsville. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Michael, Margaret, and Isaac Heckman. He is also survived by his sister Maria Suessman of Waterloo.

He was predeceased by his parents George & Maria Klosch, brothers George (Eileen) Klosch and Martin (Helen) Klosch, and by brother-in-law Rudy Suessman.

Mike was born in Duerrbach Transylvania on March 28 1935. He emigrated to Canada with his family in 1952, settled with them in Kitchener, and was among the founding members of the Transylvania Club. Along with working to support his family, he earned his high school diploma and an Honours BA in History from Waterloo Lutheran University. Mike became a passionate teacher who brought history to life, with most of his career spent at Kitchener Collegiate Institute. Of special note was his development of Nuclear Awareness curriculum taught in Waterloo Region and beyond. Post retirement and his wife’s death, he continued to travel, to raise his beloved sheep on the farm, and acted as the “After School Opa” for his grandchildren. In fact, he was “Opa” to his grandchildren’s friends and to his daughter’s students as he regularly “video bombed” her pandemic era virtual teaching. Throughout his life, he entertained his many friends and relations with vivid stories about fleeing the fighting during World War Two as a child as well as the sea-sickness filled journey to Canada by boat via Pier 21.

The family would like to acknowledge the exemplary elder care that Mike received at Woodstock Hospital as well as the friends and neighbours who provided so much support during Mike’s final days.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation and gathering on Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 1-4 pm at the Glendinning Funeral Home, 40 William St. N. Plattsville (food and refreshments will be provided).

Mike never forgot his time as a vulnerable war refugee who survived because of the charity of strangers. In lieu of flowers, donations to the UN Refugee Agency would be appreciated by the family. Personal condolences can be posted at www.gffh.ca.