Lilly Ahrens

Lilly Ahrens

Lilly "Lil" Ann Ahrens, of Hanover, passed away after a brief battle with Cancer at Hanover and District Hospital on Friday, March 31, 2023. She was 75.

Born on October 21, 1947 in Toronto to the late William and Nellie (nee Oleksiuk) Shlahetka. Lil was an Administrative Assistant for Hanover Kitchens for many years. She was a faithful and devoted member of the CWL at Holy Family Church in Hanover.

Survived by devoted husband Robert "Bob" Ahrens of Hanover. Loved mother of Christopher (Lesia) Ahrens and Cheryl (Gerry) McLean both of Hanover. Special Baba (Grandma) of Nathan, Jordan, Joshua and Grace – Lil adored looking after her grandchildren, and was a big part of their lives. Fondly remembered by her sister Mary Anne (John) Dunne and Violet "Vi" (Ernie) Kovacs both of Hanover, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families. Predeceased by her parents.

Family and friends are invited to visitation held at Mighton Funeral Home, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 4-7pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 11:00 am, at Holy Family Church. Interment in Holy Family Cemetery, Hanover.

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Public Condolences

MaryAnne, Vi & Robert:
I was praying for Lil's recovery - if it be God's will - but not to be
this time. Lil was always so gracious, so loving, so kind...she had a real heart for people and always spoke to me at church and when we traded places in Holy Hour, she was ever willing to listen to me...I can't express how much she has meant to me - I could not write about it until some time has passed...I am sure all your hearts are missing her beyond what mere words can say....Last night - at Mass - when we arrived in Church - there was a lady near the front (on the same side that Lil always sat) whose hair-do so reminded us of Lil! We knew it was not her - but for a brief moment - we were pleasantly shocked to see her again - albeit from the back - but it was a bittersweet memory anyway.
May God, our loving Father be with you all as you journey thru this rough patch.
God bless

- Barb Schuknecht
May 28, 2023

So sorry for your loss.May your memories be a source of comfort for you and your family at this sad time.Sincerely Shirley&Art Morley

- Shirley Brown Morley
April 16, 2023

With deepest sympathy to the Ahrens family on the passing of "Lil"
Gary Yost

- Gary Yost
April 10, 2023

My sympathy to Bob, Chris, Cheryl and Families. Lil was a great friend. We had wonderful conversations on the phone. Lil will be missed. Will keep You All in my Prayers.

- Gwen White
April 7, 2023

Bob & Family
Our sincere sympathy for your loss of Lily. She was a beautjful person. Memories will last forever.
Don & Jane Deratnay

- Don& Jane Deratnay
April 6, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you , Bob, Chris and extended family. She will be missed . Do cherish your memories
Les and Virginia Byers

- Virginia Byers
April 5, 2023

Bob and family.
So sorry for your loss of Lill. She was a beautiful lady and we enjoyed her immensely during our time with the Hanover Barons.

- Lane and Joan ward
April 5, 2023

Our sympathy to Chris, Lesia, Bob and family. So sorry to hear of Lillian;s passing. She was a wonderful woman and always enjoyed our time with the "Baron's" crew. She will be missed my many. Hugs to all of you at this time.
Mark and Joanne Byers and family

April 5, 2023

Bob & Chris
Sorry to read that Lil passed. She was a great lady. I have many fond memories of her from my Baron days. My condolences

- scott kuhl
April 5, 2023

Our deep sympathy to Bob & family

- Bruce & Bev Gateman
April 5, 2023

Bob, Chris and Cheryl, I was saddened to hear of Lil's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. Cherish the memories.

- Marilyn Paterson
April 4, 2023

Sending condolences to all the family at this sad time.

- Gord & Sheena Becker
April 4, 2023

Our very deepest sympathies to your family. Lil was an awesome Lady. We really enjoyed all of the time we spent with her during the ‘Barons' years. Your loss will be felt by many.
Brian & Debbie Lester & family

- Brian & Debbie Lester
April 4, 2023

Dear Bob, Cheryl and Chris. My sympathy to you all. May your memories help you through the difficult days ahead. Lil will be with you and you will have her in your heart.

- Sandra Hall
April 4, 2023

Cheryl and family, It saddened my heart to hear of your mom's passing. I remember when Lil and Allan were trying to get the youth group started at the church and they talked me into playing my guitar for the meetings. Good times and good memories. Your mom touched the hearts of so many people.
Cathy Kempert

- Cathy Kempert
April 4, 2023

Bob, Chris, Cheryl and familiies. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife, mother and gransmother. She was a very special lady.
Sharon Burgess and family.

- Sharon Burgess
April 4, 2023

Our sincere sympathy to you all at this sad time. Lil was a wonderful person and she will really be missed. We gained another angel in heaven. Rest In Peace Lil. 🙏🙏💕🤗
Ray and Pat

- Ray and Pat Pegelo
April 4, 2023

We are so sorry tor the passing of Lil. She is now with Jesus whom she spent so many hours with in the adoration chapel. Her love for Him was very obvious. Blessings to Bob And her family.

- Don & Helen Waechter
April 4, 2023

Bob, Chris, Lesia and family, Cheryl, Jerry and family

I am so very sorry to hear of Lil's illness and death. It's hard to imagine a world without her here. She stepped in to help our family over 35 years ago, and we have kept in touch all these years. When Lil stepped in, she was there for life. I could message her to call me, and she would call and we'd chat for ages. She was always there. She loved her family. She loved her children. She loved her grandchildren. She also loved and showed kindness to so many other people, just because that's who she was. . .

She had such a strong faith in God, and wasn't afraid to encourage others to embrace their faith when times were tough. I know she is in her Heaven, and that she is with all those she loved who passed before her. She will also shine her love down on you all as she protects and guides you from above. Share stories of Lil as you gather together with family and friends. She LOVED to share stories of my parents with me, and it was a way to honour their time on earth. Lil deserves to be honoured in the very same way. To live in the hearts of those you loved and left behind is not to die. Lil will live on in all of you.

While I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, I am also so thankful that I had the opportunity to share a little piece of her life. I am thankful for everything she did to let me and my sisters into your family at a very dark time in our lives. It was a very sad day when she left us. There is no one on this earth like Lil. Rest in peace, Lil. We will remember you forever.

- Laurie Ritz
April 3, 2023

My condolences to the entire Ahrens' family! Lil' Ann and I enjoyed many years of correspondence and trips down memory lane. I will so miss that! Although we never met, we have many people in common, and thus, a bond was formed. What I do know is, there's a pretty bright star in the sky now! XOX

- Mary Jo Renzella
April 3, 2023

My condolences to you Bob and all the family. May she rest in peace.

- Doreen Helen Perry
April 3, 2023

Sincere condolences to Bob, Chris, Cheryl & families

- Marg Neisen
April 3, 2023

Thinking of you at this difficult time.

- Cathy & Dale
April 3, 2023

To Bob,Chris,Cheryl and families--We extend our sympathy and prayers in the loss of "Lil".She was always ready to talk and chat with us at meetings at the church.May God bless all of you. Bill and Marlene Douma.

- Marlene Douma
April 3, 2023

Dear Bob and family
There are not enough words to ease the pain and take away all the sadness you are all feeling. Please take some comfort in the out pouring of messages that so many will be sending to you. My deepest condolences to all.
Audrey Morrow

- Audrey Sylina Morrow
April 3, 2023

Bob Chris ,Cheryl and family My deepest sympathy to all for the passing of your dear wife, and mother, Lil was a friend to everyone and will be deeply missed

- Shirley Hunsperger
April 3, 2023

Our Deepest Sympathy to All ~

- Bob&Janice Polfuss
April 3, 2023

Our deepest condolences to the family. We loved Lil and we will miss her. RIP
Mary Lou and Charlie Davis

- Charles and Mary Lou Davis
April 3, 2023

We were sorry to read of Lil's passing. Sending our sincere condolences to Bob & family.

- Ron & Dahl Clarridge
April 3, 2023

Dear Bob and family my condolences and hugs yo all. Many happy times spent in the back of Bill's pickup and picking berries at the farm and other times with my sister Sandy at the farm as well.

- carolyn allen
April 3, 2023

My sincere condolences to Bob/Chris/Cheryl and Ernie as well as the rest of your family.
Scott White

- scott White
April 3, 2023

Dear Bob, Chris and Cheryl,
Our sincerest condolences to you and your families. She was a wonderful woman and such a dear friend to my mother.

- Stacey and Martino Catalano
April 3, 2023

Dear Bob ,Chris and Cheryl
We are still in shock at the passing of Lil as I spoke to her on the phone so recently . I'm so sorry the children also send there condolences.lil so loved to see photos of Jason and the three girls and then all the grandchildren.I know she will be deeply missed by you all .God Bless her she was an amazing lady and friend and our hearts go out to you at this time . God Bless you all.

April 3, 2023

Dear Bob ,Chris and Cheryl
We are still in shock at the passing of Lil as I spoke to her on the phone so recently . I'm so sorry the children also send there condolences.lil so loved to see photos of Jason and the three girls and then all the grandchildren.I know she will be deeply missed by you all .God Bless her she was an amazing lady and friend and our hearts go out to you at this time . God Bless you all.

April 3, 2023

Dear Bob and Family,
We are so sorry to hear the news of Lil's passing. She was a wonderful person, loved her family and last but not least had a very strong faith. I am also sorry I did not get to say good-bye but know that she is at peace with Jesus Arms wrapped around her now, never to be sick again. May God give you all comfort at this time and in the days ahead.
Delaine & Richard Magwood

- Delaine & Richard Magwood
April 2, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to your family. Lil will be missed .

- Doug and Sheila Long
April 2, 2023

Deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of your dear mom.
Ed & Betty

- Betty & Ed Ayerhart
April 2, 2023

Deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of your dear mom. Ed & Betty

- Betty & Ed Ayerhart
April 2, 2023

Bob, Chris and Cheryl and Families
My sympathy to the families, Lil was a friend and a wonderful person, she
will be missed

- Joan Kaufman
April 2, 2023

John and I send our deepest sympathy to Bob and family on the passing of Lil.

- John and Gail Ermel
April 2, 2023

Bob, Chris, Lesia, Cheryl, Gerry and families - we are so sorry to hear of Lil's passing and are sending you our deepest condolences.
We will always remember fondly the time we spent together with Bob and Lil supporting the Hanover Barons - many bus trips to away games, organizing food for players and all the details for home games. Lil was always friendly, inclusive and “all in”.
May your memories bring you comfort knowing she touched the lives of many, and peace knowing that heaven has gained another angel in carrying her home.

- Nadine & Michael Schwandt
April 2, 2023

Our sincere condolences to your families. She was very much loved and will be missed.

- CJ Pinto
April 2, 2023

Bob and family sorry to hear of Lil's passing she was a great lady and she will be missed Cork Alexander

- Cork Alexander
April 2, 2023

Lil introduced me to The Franciscan University of Steubenville of Ohio in which she organized youth trips from Hanover. She was a very, caring faith-filled lady who always tried to lead people to the Catholic Faith. She will be missed,- our sympathy to Bob, Cheryl, Chris, and their families. Ed and Elise King

- Ed and Elise King
April 2, 2023

Bob, Cheryl and Chris, our sympathy on the passing of Lil. Your family has always been so kind to us, from building planters, to delicious meals, to stopping in for a quick visit and always, Lil making the time fly, the food tasty and the conversation meaningful. We will miss her very much.
Pat and Jim Zettel & family

- Jim Zettel
April 2, 2023

Dear Bob and all family. Sincere condolences on the loss of your wife and mother and grandmother .Lil as you know was a caring, loving person .RIP dear Lil

- Judy (Allen) Murphy
April 2, 2023

Dear Bob, Chris and Cheryl and family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this very sad time.
I have so many fond memories of our times together with our connections with Hanover Kitchens and New Life Mills events. Lil had a beautiful soul which she shared especially with children. She will be missed.
Marlene Kaufman

- Marlene Kaufman
April 2, 2023

Bob, Chris and Cheryl:
Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Lil was a very special friend to the Dubniak family. We will miss her greatly. A woman who loved life and her family. Vichnaya Pamyat.

- Mary Kuzan
April 2, 2023

Lil , you will truly be missed , my sympathy and prayers go out to all the family .

- John Welechenko
April 2, 2023

Sorry to hear of Lil's passing your all in our thoughts and prayers

- Liisa and Jim Connelly
April 2, 2023

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