Obituary of Betty Lohmann
In Loving Memory
Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Lohmann of Delhi passed away peacefully at her home with her loving husband John by her side on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in her 83rd year. Former Betty (Schilling) Szombathelyi. Beloved wife of John Lohmann. Loving mother of Pat Loncke (Ken) and Debbie Hopkins (Brian). Cherished grandmother of: Heidi Martin (Justin), Andrea Fioravanti (Ryan) and Johnny & Shannon Hopkins and great-grandmother of Charles, Liam, Anthony and Avery. Fondly remembered by sister-in-law Katie Anderson (Len), niece Susan Anderson and cousin Dorothy Stedman (Les). Predeceased by her brother-in-law Bruno Anderson. Betty was born on February 25, 1940 in the village of Nagyszekely, Hungary. She was the only child of Konrad and Elizabeth (Schilling) Szombathelyi. Betty or “Lizzy” as she was affectionately known, had an idyllic early childhood exploring the streets and outskirts of her hometown under the watchful eye of numerous grandparents. Many of the other children in that town have remained her lifelong friends. Sadly, this blissful existence came to an end, post WWII, when Betty and her family were expelled from Hungary and sent to live in communist East Germany. After one failed attempt, her family tried again and was able to escape to the safety of West Germany. Several years passed and in 1953, at the age of 13, her family embarked on a new path to Canada. The first few years were challenging with cultural and language barriers but Betty’s family worked extremely hard and had a host of wonderful friends, who had previously immigrated to Canada. With their help and guidance, Betty, her parents, her grandmother and great-grandmother landed solidly on a tobacco farm at RR #2 Otterville. It was around this time that Betty reconnected with the man who would be her husband, the love of her life and her dedicated partner, John. They married in 1960 at Calvin Presbyterian Church and celebrated their reception at the Delhi German Home. Betty took a job in insurance. She excelled and took pride in her excellent bookkeeping skills and beautiful penmanship. But her greatest accomplishments were those as a dedicated daughter, farmer’s wife and mother to her two daughters. There was no sacrifice too great to support and help provide the best life possible. She always put them first. Betty and John remained on that farm for the next 30 years building a beautiful life together with their family and friends. Their home saw many holiday celebrations, card games and gatherings. Betty made sure there was always room and food for everyone to enjoy. She and John were regulars at the German Hall, where they would dance the night away together to the music they loved so much. They always travelled as a couple and went on many vacations to Florida, Germany, Hungary and various mini trips to the US with dear friends. Upon their retirement, Betty and John moved into town, Delhi, and once again she created a warm and inviting home for all around her. That was really one of the most important things of who she was as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and social butterfly. Betty will be remembered lovingly and deeply missed by her family, friends and everyone who knew her. Friends may call at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, Delhi (519) 582-1290 (www.mfh.care) for visitation on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held with Interment in Delhi Cemetery. Due to the current situation, the family respectfully requires that all those in attendance wear a face mask. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations to the Delhi Community Health Centre or the Charity of your choice will be gratefully appreciated by the family.