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Beloved librarian passes away
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Former Brackenfell librarian Liesel Hearn (65) passed away on 10 June after a courageous battle with cancer.

Liesel was a familiar face at Brackenfell library, where she will be fondly remembered by everyone for her expertise and artistic expression.

Principal librarian of Brackenfell library, Sunell Lotter, describes Liesel as someone who was a cornerstone, not only at the library, but at the reader’s circle too.

“She was a valued colleague and mentor for many over the years. She had an eye for detail. 

“At special functions, she was the one who did magic with the flowers and tables,” says Lotter.

“She will be remembered for her poise and deep inner strength, especially during her long illness.”

Liesel joined Brackenfell library in 2010 to be closer to home. 

Towards the end of 2018 she retired, but remained an active member of the Brackenfell library Reading Circle.

Her career in the public library service started at Durbanville library, close to where she grew up. 

In 1994 she applied for a position at Parow library where she worked from 1994 until she transferred to Brackenfell.

“She will really be missed, not only for her caring personality, but also for her valuable input and creative touch,” says Zahid Badroodien, Mayco member for community services and health. 

“She was an inspiration to many people, and she had a wonderful taste for the finer things in life,” he says.

Her colleagues at Brackenfell library echo this sentiment, saying they will miss her hearty laugh and caring ways. 

Condolences from library users, last week streamed in on the Brackenfell library Facebook page, where many shared their eulogies.

Devene Meissenheimer Kabeya, who worked with her at Parow library, remembers Liesel for how she cared for the homeless.

“I am so saddened by her death,” she wrote. 

Jarrod Peters said he will always think of her as a stern, direct, but very caring and helpful person at the library. 

Melanie Erasmus recalls her days as a primary school learner frequenting Parow library.

“Auntie Liesel always blessed me with her smile and bubbly personality,” she says. 

Hearn leaves behind three sons and a grandson.

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