MARTELL, Ilse (née Fischer)
April 7, 2023

Ilse Fischer Martell, better known as Oma, or Mummy, was born on September 18, 1924, in Lichtenstein, Germany.  Mummy passed away peacefully on April 7th, 2023 and was in her ninety-ninth year as she always proudly announced.

Beloved wife of the late Louis, devoted mother to daughter Vivian, proud grandmother to Justin and Jordan (Daphne) and great grandmother to little Mayson.

Oma, being born in Germany, had a difficult youth as she experienced the hardships of wartime. Being adventurous, she chose to immigrate to Canada in 1951 in order to start a new life full of hopes and dreams.  This adventure led her to meet Louis, her future husband, and together they settled into a small apartment in Montreal.  After the arrival of their daughter Vivian, Oma had decided that city life was not for her and was determined to buy a little, very little, affordable house in the country.

Louis and Oma settled into their tiny home that sat on a very large overgrown, unkempt yard and after a lot of manual labor turned the yard into a beautiful garden with many flowers and trees.  Over the years they also managed to scrape up enough money to put small extensions on the front and back of the house. Many memories, including struggles, some good, some bad, took place in that little house but nonetheless, the house somehow managed to hold onto the love that initially brought Louis and Ilse together.

Although Louis passed away in 2016, Oma had no intention of leaving that little house that enveloped so many memories. Her goal was to remain there, in the house that made her feel comfortable and cozy. The outdoor gardening days were long gone but time spent with her little dog in her kitchen watching TV or on her balcony was what made her happy now.  With the support of her family as well as Jean and Ginette, Oma reached her goal to stay in that house for as long as she lived.

Oma was truly an example of how one should live their life.  She was loving, kind and selfless.  She never complained and always had an ear to lend when you did, lol.  How lucky were we to have had such a person in our lives…

To celebrate Oma’s life, a private gathering for family and close friends will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas.


Private Gathering

Voluntas Funeral Home

4695 St-Jean Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9H 2A7

At a later date

8 responses

  1. JoAnne

    April 11, 2023 at 10:42 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. She mus have been a wonderful mother to have raised such a caring daughter.

  2. Will

    April 12, 2023 at 11:20 am

    So sorry for the loss of your Oma
    She was so Loveable

  3. Liz & Quentin

    April 12, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    So sorry for your loss obviously a very special Oma, she was also blessed to have you care for her

  4. Jim Ashworth

    April 12, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    Our condolences on your loss. Amelia and I shared a lot of laughs over the years with your mom and dad. I have fond memories of our trip to Cape Breton. Ilse will be missed. May her soul rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her.

  5. Sylvie Martell

    April 14, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Vivian and family: Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I am Sylvie, the daughter of Yolande and Eddie Martell. There were many occasions spent together years ago. Know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  6. Helen Heinz

    April 17, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. My Mom Phyllis was very fond of Elsa. They shared some fun times !

  7. Ken Martell

    April 17, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    Dear Vivian and family,

    On behalf of Henry Martell’s family (Louis’ nephew), I just wanted to pass along our deepest condolences. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts.

  8. Bruce Bridger

    May 4, 2023 at 3:12 am



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