"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
  • 62 years old
  • Born on February 25, 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Passed away on September 21, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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.)

Posted by Donna Grant on September 21, 2018
On the anniversary of your passing , I remember your ever present smile, and your love for life . I miss you - those long telephone conversations, sudden decisions to come to Montreal , and turning these visits into a sleepover...fun times . The kids remember you with love and fond memories.life goes on ,yet I wish you could be here to meet my little Gabriel ,already 14 months ,and a bundle of endless energy .I am enjoying retirement ,yet it would be more fun if you were still here. I remember our conversations when we would talk about our old age , and how much fun we would have racing our walkers or wheelchairs up and down the corridors in the seniors residence.For me , old age is still a long way , so this isn't a somber tribute , but a silent conversation with you. I want you to save a comfy cloud for me ,yet you will have to wait quite a while before we become neighbours!!!! I miss you Leedle Dee
Posted by Donna Grant on September 22, 2017
Thinking of you Leedle Dee, andI can't believe that it is now 6 years! I miss you. I know your spirit is with us all who love you. Life continues , and I am now known as Grandma! Anna and her husband, Oscar gave birth to the most beautiful boy, Gabriel. in JulyThe deep love a grandparent has for their grandchild is unmeasureable as you truly understand .The three kids talk about you all the time and miss your bubbly smile. Now Heaven has been given the honors of your presence, and with every sunny day here on earth, I know one of those rays of sunshine is you smiling down on your family and friends.
Posted by Donna Grant on September 27, 2016
Leedle Dee I'm thinking of you today, wishing you were still here to share the wonderful news about my Annalyssa. She was married on the 24th of September, and we all wished that you could be there to celebrate. I am sure that you were there in spirit. We all miss you very much, and we speak about you on many special occasions. Is Heaven treating you well?!!! I miss your wonderful smile, and I thank God for having given me your friendship, one I will never forget Love you Leedle Dee.
Posted by Donna Grant on February 28, 2015
I know I am late to physically wish you Lee, Happy Birthday(Feb 25th) but you were certainly on my mind and in my heart. I hope that that gold cloud is comfortable and that you are happy! I miss you . T'is the weekend and I wish you were here to share good times and lots of laughter. Cathy and Brian, my prayers are with you.
Posted by Donna Grant on September 21, 2014
My special friend, Lee,
I'm thinking of you and the family this, the 3rd anniversary of your passing.I miss that special laugh, the smile, and everything that made Lee that special person you were .I miss those late night talks on the phone .Kathy and Brian, may your lives be enriched with all the loving memories that you have of your Mother, and may your lives and love of family be a blessing because nothing can ever replace the unending love a Mother has for her children. Love you Leedle Dee.
Posted by Livvy Bug on October 22, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 22, 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
Posted by Donna Grant on September 21, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 19, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on May 11, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on February 24, 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
Posted by Cynthia Vieau on September 23, 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
Posted by Donna Grant on September 23, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 21, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 15, 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.
Posted by Livvy Bug on September 15, 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.
Posted by Livvy Bug on September 15, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on May 21, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on April 1, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on February 25, 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.
Posted by Brian Appel on February 25, 2012
Happy birthday mom. I miss you so much.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on January 26, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on January 26, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on January 26, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on January 26, 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.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on October 20, 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!!!
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 26, 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.
Posted by David Champagne on September 25, 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!!
Posted by Adrienne Waugh on September 25, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 24, 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.
Posted by Deb Groulx on September 23, 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
Posted by Brian Appel on September 22, 2011
Love you mom, and miss you.
Posted by Cindy Vieau on September 22, 2011
Dear Lee,
You will be forever in our hearts.
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 22, 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
Posted by Abbe Vance-Appel on September 22, 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.
Posted by BARBARA LEVITT AKERMAN on September 22, 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

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