Ms. Jutta Schlingmann, 61 years, resident of Thunder Bay, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. She was born to the late Lisbeth Prade and Gerhard Schlingmann, March 20, 1955, in Minden, Germany.
Always one to think of others, Jutta spent much of her time making quilts or other homemade gifts to give to family and friends and their children. Jutta was a passionate quilter with a big heart and many of her quilts she donated to the charity, Wrap Them in Love, which collected donated quilts and distributes them to children around the world.
Jutta is survived by her partner Gabe; her son Earl (Jessica), her granddaughter, Arisa; her sisters, Judi (Tom) and Hannelore (Louis); her brothers Karl (Elaine) and Jochen (Lisa); her nieces Dawn, Wanda, Connie, Heike, Birgit and nephews and several dear long-time friends.
Cremation has taken place and no service will be held as per Jutta's wishes.
The family has requested that donations be made to Wrap Them in Love.
Do not shed tears when I have gone,
but smile instead because I have lived.
Do not shut your eyes and pray that I'll come back,
but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.
I know your heart will be empty because you cannot see me, but still,
I want you to be full of the love we shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live only for yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow and live only fo yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of what happened between us yesterday.
You can remember me and grieve that I have gone or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.
You can cry and lose yourself,
become distraught and turn your back on the world
or you can do what I want - smile, wipe away the tears, learn to love again and go on.
I am Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I am free,
I'm following the path that was laid for me.
I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found the peace on a sunny day.
If my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joys.
A family shared, a laugh, a kiss Oh yes,
these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much.
Good family, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts, and share with me,
I have left this world but now
I am Free.