Passed away peacefully on Monday, October 17 at the Ottawa Heart Institute at age 76. Beloved wife of Doug Graham. Loving mother of Detlef Kruse (Susan). Cherished grandmother of Leanna and Colin. Predeceased by parents Franz Freier and Emma Schorr and brother Frank. She is fondly remembered by numerous friends and family members in Germany and Canada. Born in Germany, Astrid immigrated to Canada in 1963 and made her home in Ottawa where she met and married Doug. She took early retirement from the City of Ottawa as the Manager of Computing Services after thirty years. She dedicated many years to volunteering for non-profit organizations including the Royal Ottawa Hospital, Friends of Ostomates Worldwide, and Ottawa Ostomy Support Group. Not an ostomate herself, she founded Ottawa Ostomy Outreach and continued her caring commitment by collecting donated ostomy supplies to sort and ship to needy ostomates in developing countries. She was recognized for her compassion and dedication to international humanitarian work. Aside from her volunteer activities, Astrid liked to cook, garden, travel, and was very much involved in Doug and her grandchildren’s lives. She will be deeply missed and will remain an inspiration to all of those whose lives she touched. In keeping with Astrid’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private family cremation service was held. A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel (2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ottawa Ostomy Support Group or the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.ottawacitizen.com/remembering.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Oct. 22, 2016