Monika passed away peacefully at the age of 73, in the loving arms of family on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at the Meaford Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
Monika was born on January 18, 1950, in East Berlin, Germany. She was the daughter of Kurt Bollack and Maria (nee Forhnal), and sister of Wolfgang Bollack (Brunhilde).
The family eventually settled in Soest, Germany, where she met Robert (Bob) Stuckless while he was stationed there with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Monika was the loving mother of Gilbert (Crista Deniss), Yvonne, and was predeceased by her cherished son Steven. Omi will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Travis (Brittany), Michael, Jacob, Ryan, and Benjamin. Monika was also a very proud Great Omi to Sydney and Savanah.
She will forever be in the hearts of her nephew Mario Bollack and niece Kathi Bollack, both residing in Germany. She will be dearly remembered by her extremely large Canadian family on the Stuckless side. Monika will be missed by her bestie Nik Kie.
We are deeply mourning the loss of the centre of our universe. It is hard to imagine the future without Monika, and it will take time for us to find our way without her by our side. Monika was one of a kind. She meant the world, to not only our family, but to everyone who knew her. She was the life of the party, with a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. She was always funny, even when she didn’t try to be. Her little quirks had everyone in stitches.
So many friends and co-workers have reached out, acknowledging that beyond being the hardest worker they knew, she was a riot and a firecracker. A bright light, with never a shadow in her presence.
Monika had a massive heart for all. She showed that to thousands of troops during her 35 years of service as a bartender at the Meaford Military Base. She was always taking care of them, always lending an ear to listen, with the understanding of a mother to all. Monika has helped so many along the way and often without even knowing it. Her hard work ethic will always resonate with those who knew her. Monika was our dancing queen, she loved to dance whenever the opportunity presented itself. She enjoyed her life and always lifted the spirits of those in her company. She will be missed but never forgotten.
A special thank you to Cindy Dillon from the VON and to the staff at the Meaford Hospital for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Monika and her family.
Monika’s family will receive friends to celebrate her life at the Ferguson Funeral Home on Friday, May 19, 2023, from 4 until 7 p.m. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 will conduct a service for Monika’s family prior to the visitation.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON, N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca