Lydia Anna Franziska Dolezich-Maldacker-Preiskorn “Noonie” October 25th, 1924-March 14th 2022 Lydia is a long time resident of Nanaimo, BC and passed peacefully of natural causes at the age of 97 at 2:08AM March 14th, 2022 with her granddaughter Chrystal by her side. She lived her life for her family full of love and adventure. She is preceded by her parents Herman and Franzisca Dolezich and her daughter Diana Maldacker. Lydia is survived by her daughter Sandy, four granddaughters: Bianca, Miranda, Chrystal, Janelle and 6 great grandchildren.
Lydia was raised in Pilchowitz Germany on a small farm. Her father was a hard working man that owned the village butcher shop. As a young child she enjoyed traveling to her aunt and uncle’s estate during the Summer.
During WWII Lydia fled to Austria where she worked very hard to build a new life. In 1957 she immigrated to Canada for her husband's career and learned English by watching soap operas. They later had two beautiful daughters Sandy and Diana.
In 1993 Lydia’s daughter Diana passed away in a car accident. She was looking forward to retiring in Canada, however, remained in Oregon to help raise her grandchildren and adopt Chrystal. At a very difficult time in her life losing a daughter she stayed strong and fulfilled a promise to her daughter to care for her granddaughters. While raising her granddaughters Lydia’s love for children led her to nannying and enriched the lives of many families.
In 2001 Lydia moved back to Canada to finally retire. She spent her time traveling to see family in Europe, cooking (she was an amazing cook), volunteering, dancing, riding her bike on the sea wall, singing in the German choir and treasured visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lydia was a part of the German society and the organization for the vision impaired. Everyone who met Lydia became fast friends. She enriched the lives of many people and had a lust for life.
Lydia radiated love and kindness to her family and everyone she came in contact with. She was loyal and selfless. The love she had for her family was endless and always told them to stick together “alle zusammen.”
Lydia lived a full life and will be incredibly missed by her family and friends
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