Elizabeth Walburga Strebel

February 20, 1926– September 16, 2014

Leaving the loving arms of her family for the welcoming arms of her Saviour, our sweet mother left us in the early morning of September 16.

Mom was born in Switzerland and came to Canada in 1951, upon a proposal of marriage from Paul who had immigrated three years earlier. Their married life thrived for the next 20 years in Ocean Falls where eight children were born. The family flourished in this small town setting, participating in community activities and the fishing and camping opportunities afforded by the lovely Link Lake. Many life-long friendships were created during this time.

The family moved to Campbell River in 1971 and Elisabeth took up gardening with an enthusiasm not rewarded in Ocean Falls’ liquid sunshine climate. She provided flowers to St Patrick’s Church and produce for the family for many years. Her selflessness and consideration for others was well known and strangers were immediately drawn in by her generosity of spirit. Her special joy was in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survived by Eric (Teresa), Greg (Edna), Monica, Lucy (Bruce Malone), Liz (Scott Creyke), Gilbert (Ann), Rita (Tony Vanbergen), and Barb (Mike Hanna) and their families as well as her sister Heinrika Wick and many nieces and nephews in Switzerland. A Prayer Vigil will be held at Saint Patrick’s Church on Monday, September 22 at 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 23 at 11:00 am at St Patrick’s Church.

The family would like to thank all those who offered prayers, comfort and medical care during Mom’s last days.

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