Ortencia Ida Saar
July 8, 1924 ~ October 16, 2015
Ortencia Ida Saar, 91, of Burnaby, BC, passed away peacefully the morning of Friday, October 16, 2015.
Born in San Guillermo, Argentina on July 8, 1924 to Alberto and Rosa (Spycher) Huber, she was an artist, seamstress, traveler and adored mother and grandmother who maintained an adventuresome and youthful nature throughout her long life. She was married to Volf Saar on March 11, 1957 in Argentina with whom she raised a family and shared the passion for exploring the world until his passing late in 2014. In the early sixties the family immigrated to Canada where, as the children grew, Ida joined Volf in the family retail photography/music business, opening their first store in Cranbrook, BC and eventually a second in Creston, BC. In 1981 Ida and Volf entered an early “working retirement” as tour guides leading RV caravans to Mexico, Central America and Alaska and, in 1986 they moved to their new home base in Burnaby. Ida always cherished the friendships that grew from their adventures and continued to stay in touch with many of these friends. In later years she continued to travel with Volf to places like Southeast Asia, Europe and even crossed Russia on the Trans-Siberian express. Ida’s many water colors provide a colorful record of the people and places they encountered in their travels.
Ida is survived by her sister Angelita Huber de Appas of Mar del Plata, Argentina; children Wolf (Leilani) Saar of Seattle, Sonia (Trevor) Ross of Calgary; and grandchildren Alex, Andrei and Abbi Saar of Seattle.
A memorial event to remember both Ida and Volf will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in the Lady Jane Room at the Timberlea complex in Burnaby (3771 Bartlett Court, Burnaby, BC V3J 7G8).
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation http://rchfoundation.com/ways-to-give/tribute/ or Crossroads Hospice Society http://www.crossroadshospicesociety.com/giving/ or the University of Victoria http://www.uvic.ca/givingtouvic/ways/memory/index.php