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Lillian Strauss

Lillian Strauss

It is with great sorrow that the family of Lillian Strauss announce her passing on May 13, 2022. Lillian came to the Yukon in 1970, where she made a life with Art Penner. She raised her first two children with him, and later remarried to Paul Rogan and raised two more children. Lillian is survived by her siblings, Sam and Anita Strauss, her children Claire Strauss, Sam Penner, Telek Rogan, and Cain Rogan, and her grandchildren Alice and Levi.

Lillian always said she came to the Yukon because of horses, but quickly became a part of many different parts of Yukon life. She was one of the first yoga instructors in the Yukon, and was an enthusiastic musician, as a singer, piano player, and drummer. Lillian was also a passionate volunteer, and could be seen all over town giving a helping hand wherever one was needed. She was a beloved member of the community and made a lasting impression on everyone she met.

A celebration of life will be held on June 4, from 1 – 4PM at Mt. Mac. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Lillian’s name to the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the Whitehorse General Hospital for their care and compassion.

Comments (13)
  • 20 May 2022
    Sandra Henderson

    I am so sorry to read of Lillian’s passing. I have fond memories of her visits to my French Immersion class, and many conversations thereafter. May she Rest in peace. My sincere condolences to Claire and Sam.

  • 21 May 2022
    Sam Strauss

    Lil lived many lives. From pianist, to tennis player, to dancer, to teacher to blackbelt in karate to a self birthing mother to a wife to a newspaper editor to yoga to reflexology to meditation to philosophy to volunteer to grandmother. Unfortunately she was taken too early and she still had so much energy and love to give. You are already sorely missed and much loved. Sam Strauss

  • 21 May 2022
    Garry Chaplin

    Hi This is Garry Chaplin
    I have known Lillian Strauss and I know her daughter Telek Rogan at Vanier School.
    Hope Lillian Strauss can R.I.P.

  • 26 May 2022
    Bronwyn Doyle

    Last time I saw Lillian was at the Canada Games Centres main hall. I just bumped into her, but we spoke for 2 hours about Buddhism and Christianity. As always, with a conversation with Lillian, it was intense and filled with humour and good spirits. God bless you Lillian. Enjoy The Otherside!

  • 31 May 2022
    marguerite kuiack

    Lillian lived fearlessly. I loved running into her and our paths crossed frequently.. I will miss that. My condolences to her amazing family that she was so proud of. Lillian had all the time in the world for other people and she always remembered all the things that others were up to, the last time she saw you, the names of your children ..truly a community minded person and what we need more of. Thank you Lillian for sharing your talents, interests and time so generously. You were and are an angel.

  • 1 June 2022
    Chalia Tuzlak

    All my deepest sympathies to Claire, Sam, Talek and Cain of whom, as mentioned Marguerite , she was so proud, and not without reasons. Your mom has definietively touched my soul and was a source of inspiration with her broad and various interests , knowledge and , yes, ability to remember things, facts, readings and an enthusiasm to share. During my 20 years in the Yukon, we sang, danced, did yoga and worked together and I for sure enjoyed these shared moments. She was a strong inspired and inspiring soul, a seeker of health, truth wisdom, beauty and simplicity and a spiritual explorer. Wishing you further, Lillian amazing discoveries and explorations …and please share with us!.

  • 4 June 2022

    Lillian was a seeker of magnitude, full of curiousity, warmth and strength. I will miss her. Enjoy your new adventures in the beyond, Lillian.

  • 6 June 2022
    Lois Moorcroft

    Lillian’s kind heart shone through in her beautiful smile. It was always a pleasure to see her. Over the years we enjoyed many thoughtful conversations, yoga sessions, dancing, celebrations and festivals. Lillian was a regular presence and enthusiastic volunteer for Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre events. Condolences to her family. We will miss Lillian’s presence in our community.

  • 7 June 2022
    Celia McBride

    I was so sorry to hear about Lillian’s death. She was such a light in the world. I have no doubt that she is dancing with the stars. Blessings to Claire and all of the family.

  • 17 June 2022
    Marie-Louise Boylan

    I’m so sad to hear of Lillian’s passing. Though I did not know her well, she was always helping out and participating in so many events around town. I’ll always remember her dancing spirit and of course that deep and affectionate smile. All the best to Lillian’s family.

  • 28 July 2022
    Cathy & Woody Linton

    So sorry to hear of Lillian’s passing. I met Lillian in 1969. We were first year teachers from Toronto, living and teaching at Whitedog Indian Reserve First Nations Territory, north of Kenora Ontario. We reconnected briefly while my husband and I were traveling through the Yukon in 2007. We shared a meal and caught up on the past 40 years. She as a dynamic, loving, caring person. RIP.

  • 13 July 2023

    It’s been a year now since Lillian left us. What an intelligent, beautiful person we had among us. I miss her but give thanks to our Creator for such a lovely person among us. May her children and grand children continue to find strength, hope, peace faith, serenity that GOD gives to deal with her physical absence.

  • 15 December 2023
    Katherine Kaiser

    It was just yesterday when I dropped into the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre for the first time and asked if Lillian still volunteered there that I heard of her passing. It was a shock to hear that somehow I had let time get away from me and missed talking to Lillian one last time. I was at the Christmas Choir Concert and thought where is Lillian, I must check out where she is. She taught me yoga briefly and taught me about being a true individual always, her singing, dancing, huge bright smile and laughter I will keep with me. She was a force to be reckoned with, embodying the true spirit of the North. How I will miss running into you here and there hearing your take on life, always interesting and very present. May we meet again Lillian in the next life. Thank-you dear soul.

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