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Obituary for Gertrud Heidi Hoaglin

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Gertrud Heidi Hoaglin

October 20, 1952 - March 25, 2012

Gertrud “Heidi” HoaglinOctober 20, 1952 ~ March 25, 2012Heidi passed away peacefully in the morning, on an usually warm and cloudy day, at Ogden Regional Medical Center with her loving family by her side after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Heidi was born in Oftersheim, Germany on October 20, 1952 in the home of her parents, Adelma and Karl Ryll. She was reared and educated in Germany. She met and married her best friend and soul mate Don, in Germany, and they moved to Utah with their oldest son 6 years later. She was employed for many years at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, then owned and operated Heidi’s Janitorial for over 10 years. Heidi was a founding member of the Women’s Retreat House in Ogden. She had many special friends whom she deeply loved and cherished. Heidi was a very special, beautiful, compassionate woman who put the needs of others before her own and will truly be missed. Heidi was an incredible and incomparable cook, whether cooking for two or for the masses; she could create the most amazing meals and left everyone in awe and wanting more! She was famous for her traditional German food, cooking and serving in several arenas over the years, but more importantly her family. During the past 8 years, her pride and joy was her 3 grandchildren; to them she was lovingly their “Oma”. She always said they brought her life, and were a comfort to her during her illness. In her last days, they still brought a smile to her face and they will never forget her. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr. Carl Gray, his nurses and staff as well as the staff of Ogden Regional Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care. Heidi is survived by her husband Don Hoaglin, Ogden; her two sons Mark (Lori) Hoaglin, Ogden; Nick (Bridgette) Hoaglin, Moses Lake WA; two brothers Adolf Ryll and Sigmund Ryll, Germany; one sister Erika Schreiner, Germany; three beautiful grandchildren: Koda Jean, Max and Raina Hoaglin (Mark), Ogden; Mother-in-law Pat Gardiner, Ogden; two brothers-in-law: Bob (Joni) Hoaglin and Scott (Michele) Hoaglin, Ogden; and many nieces and nephews in America and Germany.Heidi was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law, Dave O’Brien, 2 brothers-in-law Mark and Kenny Hoaglin. “Butterfly Kisses, Angel Smiles”Wir haben dich leib OmaA Thanksgiving Service for the Life and Love of Heidi will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 1105 North Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Heidi’s memory.Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm -

Ascension Lutheran Church


1105 North Washington Blvd, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: October 20, 1952
Died: March 25, 2012

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Julie posted on 1/22/13

Two Hearts Beating as OneTwo hearts together Beating as one Two hearts entwined With a love so strong Two hearts that share Each other's joy Two hearts to ease Each other's sorrow Two hearts that know Each other's thoughts Two hearts that hear The other's call


Meia Bell Fritz posted on 4/15/12

Heidi- I know you have gone to a better place.... I just wanted to thank you for adding to my testimony that everything does indeed happen for a reason. I also was saddened that you were unable to share your experience strength and hope with a few more individuals. I have looked to you for your courage, wisdom and compassion. I hope I am as much of an inspiration and blessing as you have been to so many people. Rest now your beautiful soul. See you in heaven dear. Love Meia May.


Paulette Herman posted on 4/10/12

Dear Don, Mark & Nick, We're so sorry to read of Heidi's passing. It was so good to talk to you, Don, at the concert recently at Jefferson Hall. I had no idea Heidi had been ill. We hope you and Mark & Nick are doing OK. Heidi was a beautiful lady! I remember the "olden days" at St. Paul's School with the kids and PTA, etc. Just want you to know we're thinking of you during this difficult time, Paulette & Bill Herman


Gary Hintz posted on 4/9/12

Sonnige Tage....weine nicht, dass sie vorueber, sondern lache dass sie gewesen . Als Gott sah dass der Weg zu weit, der Berg zu steil und der Atem zu schwer wurde, legte er den Arm um Dich und sprach:"Komm heim." Wer mit Christus gestorben ist, wird auch mit ihm leben. Wir werden dich nie vergessen und in ewiger Erinnerung behalten Conny und Gary.


Melodie Barajas posted on 4/7/12

To Donnie and Family,Although I only shared a few times in Heidi's presence, it was apparent that she was a loving and kind person. My parents however, knew her well, and they could not say enough good things about her. May she rest in peace, and may her family find peace during this very sad time.Sincerely, Melodie Barajas ( Andy and Ann Carter's daughter0


Andrew and Ann Carter posted on 4/7/12

Donnie and Family,Heidi will be truly missed. She was an inspiration to so many people. The world was a better place with her here. She is now an angel in heaven, just as she was here on earth. Rest in Peace to our dear friend Heidi.. To Donnie and family, you are in our prayers during this difficult time. Let us know if you need anything.Sincerely with LOVE, ANDREW and ANN CARTER


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Cathie McGregor Critchlow posted on 4/5/12

Heidi was an amazingly strong woman. She had true conviction to her beliefs. She had the heart of a Service Angel. She loved the Women's Retreat House. A plaque hangs at The Women's Retreat House honoring the Founding Board Members. Heidi worked hard and contributed much to The Women's Retreat House. We will forever be grateful in her dedication to Alcoholics Anonymous and helping Women with Recovery. Thank you Heidi.. Your sweet smile and Hard work will be truly missed.


Bonnie Hardeman posted on 4/3/12

I was so sorry to hear of Heidi's passing. I loved to sit and have coffee with Heidi at the Club. She was one of the few people that my step-father Walt would allow to hug him and that meant so much to me. The world is a poorer place with her passing but we were so rich to have had her with us. She had a heart of gold and I can hear her laugh as I sit here and write this...My love to Donnie and the family.


Nancy GLAVIANO posted on 4/3/12

May you be free of the earthly pain Heidi , You were a great person that loved others .


Karen Hoaglin posted on 4/2/12

Don, Mark(Lori), Nick(Bridgette) & Grandkids: I have lit a candle for Heidi, and express my sincerest and deepest sympathy for you Don, Mark, Lori, Nick, Bridgette and the grandkids. I believe this will burn for eternity. You will be missed Heidi. May you rest in the most peaceful and tranquil way ever possible.Karen Hoaglin


Karen Hoaglin posted on 4/2/12

Don, Mark(Lori), Nick (Bridgette), & Grandkids: As I read the sunday paper I came across the obituary of Heidi, I was shocked to learn of her passing in this manner. Heidi was a wonderful person, I enjoyed the talks we had be it far and few between but it was her passion and love for things, that I was most impressed with, along with her kindness, openness and great sincerity of her words. I am so very sorry of your loss of Heidi, a wife, a great mother, and a fabulous grandmother to her grandchildren. She will surely be missed by a great many people and friends. I will light a candle for Heidi be it ever eternal . May you rest in peace Heidi as your guardian angels have surrounded you with opened arms to accept and to guide over you for eternity. May the Lord shine his light upon you and be gracious unto you.Karen Hoaglin


Alice Gray posted on 4/2/12

There just doesn't seem to be the right words to express to you my condolences. Heidi was such a wonderful person and to call her my friend is an honor. She had a huge heart and an admirable toughness at the same time. I loved, respected and looked up to her. She will be truly missed. Love to all of you as you struggle to cope with this. Alice


Julie Wright posted on 3/31/12

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.I am not there. I do not sleep. I ama thousand winds that blow. I amthe diamond glints on snow. I am thesunlight on ripened grain. I am thegentle autumn rain.When you awaken in the morning'shush, I am the swift upliftingrush of quiet birds in circling flight.I am the soft star that shines at night.Do not stand at my grave and cry.I am not there. I did not die."Dear Don,What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Heidi in the paper today. Have been anxiously waiting to find out when her services would be. It is with profound regret that I will miss the "Thanksgiving Service for the Life and Love of Heidi". Mickey and I had to return to Oregon the day following Heidi's passing, and I am unable to return to Utah until after Easter. Kelly and her children are driving to Oregon for Easter and to attend a big track meet at U of O on Saturday. I know Heidi would want me to be here with my family. It will be a beautiful service, I am sure of that!!Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to share time with Heidi in her final days. I loved her very much. With so much love to you and your family.....Julie