Ollie passed away peacefully just short of her 101st birthday.  Her family and friends were pleased to celebrate her 100th birthday with a party at Uplands Golf Course where over 50 people gathered.  Close family members also observed her 99th birthday with High Tea at the Empress.

Ollie was born in Saskatchewan, one of five children born to Anton and Barbara Tendeck, and spent her childhood years in Guernsey.  She started violin lessons at a young age and was able to go to music lessons in Saskatoon by train with her older sister Elsie who played piano.  She and Elsie played for community and church events starting when Ollie was six years old.

Ollie attended Normal School in Saskatoon and attained her teaching certificate at the age of 19.  Her initial work years involved teaching multiple grades in a one-room school in a small farming community. She boarded with a farming family who would take her the three miles to school during winter months in a sled with a stove on the back.

Ollie met her future husband Kenneth Warren Brown before he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and went to Europe during World War ll.  Ollie continued to teach during the war years and even went to Vancouver one summer to work in a women’s clothing store.  When Ken returned to Canada in 1945, he and Ollie were married on October 10th in Prince Albert. They moved to Victoria where Ken’s parents were living and Ken continued his teaching career.  Ollie and Ken were blessed with three children:  Beverly, Allan and Maureen.  Ollie and Ken built a house on Woodburn Ave., a home that Ollie loved.

Ollie supported her children in their pursuit of education, also encouraging music and sports as leisure activities. There were also many camping holidays to Saskatchewan and California to visit relatives. A most memorable time was two years spent in Europe where Ken taught for the Canadian Military in Soest, Germany. During this time period the family travelled extensively throughout Europe.

Ollie will be remembered for her good cooking and entertaining.  She loved to play bridge, piano, golf, dance at McMorran’s, go for long walks along the waterfront in Oak Bay and travel.  The family attended St Aidan’s United Church for many years. She was also a PEO member, an organization that supports women and education.

Ollie was predeceased by her parents Anton and Barbara Tendeck, her sisters Elsie, Jessie and Stella, her brother Peter, and her husband Kenneth. She is survived by her children Beverly  Langsch(Jens) Al Brown(Pam)and Maureen Hossack(Joe), her eight grandchildren Stephanie (Roman), Benjamin, Cydney, Cayley (Carsten), Caroline, Ciara (Carl), Joe and Nicole and by her five great-grandchildren Braxton, Chloe, Leah, Moritz and Aleandra, as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Berwick House staff, Dr. Grimwood and the nurses for the wonderful care that you provided to Ollie.

There will not be a memorial service due to Covid.

 “We do not stop playing because we are old. We grow old because we stop playing”.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Linda Neville

    I saw your Mother’s obituary in the paper and couldn’t help remembering my visits with her from time to time. She and my Mother were childhood friends in Guernsey. Olga had Mother and I in for tea several times and I enjoyed their tales of the prairies. I visited Guernsey three years ago and re-lived some of my mothers memories as I was invited the house where she grew up. I lived on Woodburn for about six years and often stopped to speak to Olga as her house was on my walking route to my mothers. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to you and your family. I have very fond memories of her.

  • ken nott

    Al and Family..Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing…she was a special Lady..

    Ken and Michelle Nott

  • Gwenne Goodlet (nee Rees)

    I never met Ollie but saw the photo of her with my mother, Pat Rees, who also celebrated her 100th birthday on October 19, 2019 at Berwick. She was also born in a small Saskatchewan town (Kerrobert). As if that wasn’t enough of a coincidence, my Dad (Cecil, who still lives at Berwick in #138) noticed in Ollie’s obituary that she and Ken were married in Prince Albert on October 10th, 1945. This was presumably in the United Church as I see she attended St. Aidan’s. My parents were married in the same church on October 15th, 1945! They would have celebrated their 75th anniversary next month except that my mother died this past March. We also could not have a service of any kind. While my brother lives in Campbell River and sees my Dad once a week – nice now he can get into his room to visit – I live in Ottawa. Flying is not really safe yet, and quarantining and visiting only 1 hour per week (or even per day) does not make sense. We make do with phoning every evening. I offer my condolences on the passing of your mother – these two women certainly lived interesting lives in extraordinary times, didn’t they?

  • D &I MacNeill

    Al and Family, Doreen and I were very sad to hear your Mom passed away. She
    lived a long life and was a grand old lady.
    Ian & Doreen MacNeill

  • Marek and  Pauline Janyst

    Sorry to hear about your loss of a wonderful lady, it was a pleasure working for her all those years, she lived a good full life.

    Our sincerest condelences to you and your family

    Marek and Pauline Janyst

  • Nya

    I would like to send my condolences to the family. This is a very difficult time for them. There is no pain like that of losing a loved one. I would like to share a scripture that helped me in the death of one of my loved ones. In (revelations 21:4) it talks about a promise for a better future. There it says “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” What a beautiful future we have waiting for us. I would also like to share (John 5:28,29). In that scripture it mentions a future for our loved ones that have sadly passed. It says “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life”. What a comforting scripture for all of us. I do hope this will help you the way it helped me in times of distress.

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