Lee Shatz
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 25, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Date of passing: Sep 21, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."

Leeola Franceen Shatz, aka "Lee", "Mom", "Grandma", and "Grandma Lee" was born on February 25, 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to the late Harvey and Gloria (Levin) Shatz.

Lee was a teacher for years and was also a wonderful mother and grandmother. She had a quirky spunk about her and a bubbly personality. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind and usually gave her opinion because she cared. Honest, loving and protective come to mind when describing Lee.

Lee fought a long and courageous five year battle with ovarian cancer. She passed away at 6:30AM on September 21, 2011 at the Elisabeth Bruyere hospice in Ottawa.

She is survived by her daughter Kathy and son-in-law Matt Vieau of Kanata, Ontario, and their two children Devyn and Blake.

She is also survived by her son Brian and daughter-in-law Abbe of Debert, Nova Scotia, and their two children Olivia and Benjamin.

She is also survived by several aunts and uncles in Montreal, as well as extended family and dear friends.

Many thanks to the wonderful nurses at the hospice who helped Lee in her final hours. They helped her to go peacefully and with dignity.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no service upon request. Donations in Lee's memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer Canada or to the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospice.

(Lee didn't have a formal obituary. This was written by her daughter-in-law, Abbe as a final tribute.)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Livvy Bug on 22nd October 2013

"Dear Grandma Lee, I really miss you. I think of you every day. I know that Devyn and Blake miss you too. For Halloween I'm going as a Chinese ninja with a black sword and ice numchuks. Ben is going as a blue ninja. I'm liking French immersion so far. xoxo Olivia"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 22nd September 2013

"Hi Lee, Olivia will write something to you soon. This weekend was Fall Fair here and Brian took Olivia to a fun farm today for a bit. She got to ride a horse, milk cows, play in hay, a lumberjack carved her something in wood..lots of fun. Then we went for Chinese food. Hope you're looking down on them and smiling. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Donna Grant on 21st September 2013

"My Sweet Lee,
I'm thinking of you today on the 2nd anniversary of your passing. I miss our conversations and your visits to Montreal, the laughter and tears we both shared. I am sure that your cloud of gold shines today, because you truly deserve it. The love of a special friend can never be forgotten. Love you Leedle Dee"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 19th September 2013

"Hi Lee,
Saturday will be two years since you have been gone. A lot has changed, but I'm sure you know that. Olivia's in grade 3 now and doing very well with French Immersion. Benjamin just started grade 1 and his teacher says he's reading at a very advanced level. Brian's enjoying his new job and is thriving. Please smile down on them. Thanks"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 11th May 2013

"Hi Lee, just wanted to say Happy Mother's Day. I know Brian misses you and I hope you're watching down on Olivia and Benjamin and are very proud."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 24th February 2013

"Your birthday is tomorrow, Lee. You would be 64. I know you're looking down and smiling on Brian, Olivia and Ben. Hope you are proud of all that they have accomplished and continue to support them. I wish I could call to sing you Happy Birthday like you always did for each of us, first thing in the morning. <3"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Vieau on 23rd September 2012

"Dear Lee, I miss you so much. I miss our conversations, I miss your voice, your laughter, your presence.  I can't believe that a year has gone by since you left us. You are on my mind almost every day...I promised you that I would always tell Devyn and Blake how much you loved them and this is a promise I shall always keep.  Love is a flower that blooms in all seasons and for all time. xo"

This tribute was added by Donna Grant on 23rd September 2012

"my dearest friend Lee, I can feel your presence here with me, yet I wish I could see that special person and hear your sweet voice,and that laugh. Anna,Heidi and Brandon love and miss you as well.I know that God has given you your wings, because I feel a gentle breeze around me when I think of  you. Miss you and love Leedle Dee."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 21st September 2012

"A year today. I know you're watching over both your kids and all of your grandchildren. You are missed and we will honour your memory today, Lee."

This tribute was added by Livvy Bug on 15th September 2012

"I miss you very very very much. I have 18 kids in my class this year. I am starting art lessons soon and Brownies and Mommy is going to be a Brownie leader. Next year I want to do baseball. I'm starting gymnastics soon too. I am going to be a cowgirl for Halloween and Ben started school too. He's doing good. He's going to be Mario for Halloween. I wish I could hug you right now."

This tribute was added by Livvy Bug on 15th September 2012

"Dear Grandma Lee, I miss you. Daddy runs a petstore now. I like my new school. I have lost six teeth now. I have two more kitties now and three more rats. My teacher is named Mrs. Dennett. She is very nice. I am working on a book from school called Goldie. It's a chapter book. I miss playing the fruit and vegetable game with you and the airplane game. I love you very much."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 15th September 2012

"Lee it's been almost a yr. You would be so proud. Brian has been managing the store for almost 4 months. Olivia loves her new school-she's in grade 2! This town is great and I hope you're watching over both of them and smiling down. We miss you."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 21st May 2012

"Dear Lee...it's been 8 months since you left. I made a collage of photos in a frame for Livvy's room for her bday. The last photo of you and her is in it. She cried and kept gazing at it. She said it was the most important photo in the collage. <3"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 1st April 2012

"Dear Lee, today is my 32nd birthday and it's also the first time in 8 years that I didn't hear your voice on the phone first thing in the morning, wishing me a Happy Birthday..always singing loudly. Thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 25th February 2012

"Dear Lee, Happy Birthday. We're at Crystal Palace for the weekend. The last time we were here was with you...Olivia was thinking about you a lot. Much love."

This tribute was added by Brian Appel on 25th February 2012

"Happy birthday mom. I miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 26th January 2012

"...and once i start 'talking', i can't shutup! i also wanted to say olivia is in a drama class that a friend of mine does (she's a drama teacher) and livvy has 2 scripts and parts she has to memorize for plays they're doing in march. it's wonderful."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 26th January 2012

"i also wanted to say...remember me telling you to always pray and talk to god? well, i've been doing that a lot lately and now go to the local baptist church. olivia goes there with me and also goes to synagogue with brian in the city. you would be so proud of her. she's amazing."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 26th January 2012

"it has been over four months and olivia misses you a lot. i think as time goes on it sinks in even more for her. she cried and said how much she missed you this week. please watch over her and let her know you're with her, lee."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 26th January 2012

""“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~Eskimo Proverb"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 20th October 2011

"It's hard to believe it's been almost a month. I hope you are looking down, proud of your family. Brian just finished his exam, is going to do his 3rd placement and is hoping to get into nursing in the fall! Olivia got her midterm and is soaring! Ben is doing awesome too!!!"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 26th September 2011

"Hi Lee,  I hope you can see what all these people have to say. So many wonderful and beautiful tributes. Olivia has misplaced the gold whistle and chain you gave her....can you please help her find it? She's worried you'd be upset. I said you love her no matter what."

This tribute was added by Adrienne Waugh on 25th September 2011

"Kathy Matt & Lee's family. The memories of Lee sitting on our couch on the front lawn, giving our children furniture when she moved, and her kindness, will never be forgotton. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Val & Reid"

This tribute was added by David Champagne on 25th September 2011

"Kathy and Matt...it was a real pleasure to have known your Mom Lee during the time she joined our 'family.'  It was always fun to chat and exchange a hug with her at special family gatherings. I know that you loved her as much as she did you.  Gary and I will miss her!!"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 24th September 2011

"Hi Lee, it's been only 3 days since you passed on, but we're definitely feeling the loss. Olivia is spending time with my Mom today and I think it's because she's missing "Grandma Lee". She misses your phone conversations, the games you would play....please know we love you."

This tribute was added by Deb Groulx on 23rd September 2011

"Lee, my heart will always cherish the blessing we were given of our special time that only you could give... (your loving, caring heart) and now you rest in peace able to watch over all whom u loved so dearly.. u will be sadly missed.. Love Deb and Brandon xoxo"

This tribute was added by cindy vieau on 22nd September 2011

"Dear Lee,
You will be forever in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Brian Appel on 22nd September 2011

"Love you mom, and miss you."

This tribute was added by BARBARA LEVITT AKERMAN on 22nd September 2011

"dear kathy ,
my very deepest sympathy to you and your family. i just can't believe she's gone! should you need anything don't hesitate to call.
you and matt were so very good to her and she loved you both so very very much.
love, barbara"

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 22nd September 2011

"I'd like to add how thankful Brian and I are for Kathy and Matt...they took such good care of Lee. Kathy was her best friend and Matt was there 24/7. God bless you both. Much love."

This tribute was added by Abbe Vance-Appel on 22nd September 2011

"Dear Lee,
I cannot believe you are gone. Thank you for all that you have done. Your memory will live on with your grandchildren. We all love you. I put "Romeo and Juliet" as the page music. ~Abbe xoxo"


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