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Andrea Marantz

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ANDREA DAWN MARANTZ

(née LAUCHLAN)

August 5, 1956 – May 23, 2024

“The world is a bit dimmer since it lost one of its brightest stars”


Andrea passed away on May 23, 2024 in Winnipeg comforted by her family and lifelong friend Sheila. Born Andrea Dawn Lauchlan in Winnipeg, she was predeceased by her older brother John Lauchlan; and parents, Doug and Marg Lauchlan. Andrea is survived by her husband of 41 years Josh Marantz; daughter Sarah Marantz; son Noah Marantz; grandchildren, Jack Szabo, Isaac, and Sadie Marantz; brothers, Michael Lauchlan (Marta) and Scott Lauchlan (Aneisa); son in law Andrew Szabo; daughter in law Lauren Sinclair; and lots of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Born in Winnipeg, Andrea’s family moved a lot when she was young. From Winnipeg to Saskatoon and then spending most of her young life in Calgary. At 23 years of age with a 1-year-old in tow (Sarah), Andrea moved from Calgary back to Winnipeg for a fresh start. She worked as a youth counselor, where she met her future husband, Josh Marantz. Andrea and Josh were married about a year after they met and were inseparable since. Son Noah was born in 1984.


Andrea and family relocated to Calgary in 1987, spending the next 20 years growing their family and careers. Andrea was an award-winning producer and on-air host/interviewer for CBC radio. She was so good at what she did, she was often requested by other organizations to participate in their high-profile events. Banff Television festival, Calgary Wordfest to name a couple. CBC even published a book of Andrea’s best interviews from a weekend radio show she hosted titled, “Mountain Top Music”.


Andrea was also a very talented stage actor. In Alberta she was a member of “Bragg Arts Theatre” and in Manitoba “Shoestring Players”. Perhaps her most gratifying performance, was when she performed with her husband Josh and her oldest grandson Jack in the 2019 Winnipeg premier of “Closure”. Over the years Andrea was featured in over 30 productions. It didn’t matter if it was a screwball comedy, or melodrama, she could do it all.


Always the smartest person in the room, Andrea was also physically gorgeous and the friendliest, most unselfish human being one could hope to meet. All who knew her will miss her deeply. Andrea’s accomplishments, kindness, compassion and generosity have made our world a better place. Now that Andrea is finally without physical pain, may she rest in peace. We will always love and remember you.


Andrea’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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Joan Dixon

July 10, 2024 at 8:31 PM

Dear Andrea's family

First of all, thank you not only for sharing your Andrea with the rest of her many worlds but also for sharing her celebration of life online for those of us in those worlds who desperately wanted to be there with you in person. It was truly a fitting standing ovation for a special person so well loved and for a life well lived.

As unprepared and heartbroken as we all are to lose her much too soon, we can rest assured she packed in all she could with her huge spirit, heart and soul. And, in a last lesson to us, she chose and maintained her positive and hopeful attitude. How could we not love and admire her for this? As you said, Josh, it was a great privilege to spend any time with her. Her cherished family was undoubtedly her greatest priority but the rest of us feel lucky, too, to have known her, to be her friend, to bask in her kindness and benefit from her wisdom and grace. Hearing the family bravely speak their beautiful tributes touched me deeply, and like Sheila, I feel like I know you all well from Andrea’s narration of her life. The celebration of life demonstrated how she meant so much to so many people: fun, witty, brilliant, loving, and giving. I will miss that gifted storytelling, her dynamic presence, beautiful voice, intelligent conversation, and strong convictions. I know she left you a legacy of all of this and you will carry her indomitable spiritonward. As I hope we all will.

Much love and sympathy,

Joan, part of her group of friends who once hailed from Bragg Creek (Andrea was living in Bragg Creek when I moved to the area and it was not long before we found each other and became part of a group of kindred spirits, all writers working in various communication fields at the time. That was last century. We became closer as the years went by and shared other parts of our busy lives and despite the distractions of jobs, families, and moves out of Bragg Creek for most of us, we maintained the strong connection that Andrea anchored. When she added illness to her repertoire, we rallied as Team Andrea to keep her and each other company on her journey, and this year Andrea’s Amigos united in Mexico where she joined us online as much as she was able -- to bask as we did in our friendship and antics. It was both a sad and joyful time of farewell, one that was cathartic to share with others in the Andrea fanclub. We know we will all be better for having had “our Andrea” in our lives.

Megan Jubb

June 28, 2024 at 12:29 AM

Andrea and I were friends since we met in grade 7. She always was a person of good judgement and thoughtfulness. I enjoyed visiting with Andrea while Sarah was a baby and then as Sarah got older. She was a fun person to be with and a person of great intellect and creativity. I am so sorry to see her go. She will be missed by many. Heartfelt condolences to Josh and the family.

June

June 25, 2024 at 2:44 AM

I met Andrea when we both worked at WCLC. After she retired our paths would not likely have crossed again had it not been for me hearing her name when I was in for breast cancer treatment. I reached out to her and found not only were our cancers very similar, but we charged the same oncologist Dr. Pat Harris. We spent a lot of time chatting back and forth on messenger, going for the occasional lunch, giving each other encouragement, comparing notes and celebrating our eventual treatment conclusion. Time passed and we continued to keep in touch. When I was scared mine had returned, she comforted me, only to get the devastating news that she had a recurrence. She went from bleakness to hope and kept that hope and positive attitude for a very long time, no matter how rough the treatment was. She was very prompt to respond to my messages and then one day she wasn't. I knew something was wrong and the next day she messaged, not exactly knowing how to tell me the news as she knew my own fear of recurrence, She continued to think of others and care for them despite what she was going through. I miss her chats, her kindness and encouragement. She was truly one of the most genuine people I knew. Sleep well Andrea; you deserve a rest now.

Mary Macdonald

June 24, 2024 at 4:15 PM

Andrea was undoubtedly one of the lovliest, smartest and most kind. And so much fun! Andrea's laughter stays and stays. It was an honour to know her. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Josh, Sarah, Noah and families and to the Lauchlans. Much love, the Macdonalds

Dylan Marantz

June 24, 2024 at 2:41 PM

Andrea was always sweet, friendly, smiling, and up for a good laugh. I enjoyed her company whenever i was in town and lucky enough to see her. I remember her wonderful outdoor wedding to josh. All she touched will miss her very much.

dilv

June 22, 2024 at 10:32 PM

i have few words, we've lost a great lady, a great friend, and just a wonderful person. smart, beautiful, and well-spoken, my heart goes out to sarah, noah, jack,isaac, and sadie, l love you all to pieces

Katherine McLennan

June 22, 2024 at 5:37 AM

Our dear Andrea Marantz passed away on Thurs., May 23 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She will be remembered as a remarkably talented actor, a woman of grace, kindness, integrity and humility. She was a dear friend to me and to many others within our company.. Andrea joined Shoestring Players in 2009, performing in eight major productions over the years. In 2019 “Closure” by Ron Blicq was a highlight for her as she shared the stage with her husband Josh and grandson Jack. Andrea also directed one of the plays in our 2022 Fringe production “Slowly and Sideways”. In all she did, Andrea was an example of good judgment, tolerance, cooperation and positivity. She will be remembered lovingly by her Shoestring friends, .We extend our deepest sympathy to her family.

Lauren, Isaac, and Sadie Marantz

June 21, 2024 at 10:15 PM

My favourite photo I have ever taken of her, in her element at the cabin with the kids. She was the most wonderful person, and we miss her so much. Thank you for everything Andrea, we love you.

Sarah Marantz

June 21, 2024 at 8:54 PM

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Sarah Marantz

June 21, 2024 at 8:50 PM

Look at these two.

Sarah Marantz

June 21, 2024 at 8:50 PM

Look at these two.

Peter Feldman

June 21, 2024 at 8:27 PM

My thoughts and love are with Josh, Sarah, Noah, and their extended families. I have made a donation to Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers in Andrea's memory. Peter Feldman, Ottawa

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