Elizabeth Catherine Waechter


Elizabeth Catherine in her 101st year, beloved wife, devoted mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2004. Predeceased by her loving husband Eugene on March 27, 1981, her grandson Bruce Waechter on April 29, 1995, and her son-in-law, Lloyd Gropp on Nov. 9, 1997.

She leaves to mourn her passing eight loving children; Georgina Gropp of New Westminster, BC, Milton Waechter (Dawn) of Coombs, B.C., Mervin Waechter (Margaret) and Alvin Waechter (Terry) both of Aldergrove, B.C., Celine Zender (John) of Deming, Washington, USA Roland Waechter (Molly) of North Vancouver, B.C., Marie Rickwood (Randy) of Nanaimo, B.C. and Dr. Dennis Waechter of Armstrong, B.C.

Elizabeth, who often said, “There’s nothing more beautiful than a child” dearly loved her eight children, 30 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren. On May 26, of this year she welcomed them and their spouses to her amazing, centennial birthday celebration in Aldergrove.

Elizabeth was born in Parkston, Aurora County in South Dakota on May 26, 1904. At the age of nine her family moved to the Camrose area of Alberta where they farmed for many years. She married Eugene Waechter in 1926 and they lived in the same area until taking up residence in St. Lina, Alberta as homesteaders. In 1947 they relocated to the Abbotsford area where Elizabeth and her husband managed their raspberry farm until retirement in 1965. The last few years of her life were spent with her son, Alvin and daughter-in-law Terry in Aldergrove, and the Cartier House in Coquitlam.

Elizabeth, an inspiration to all her family, was a woman of sterling Christian character and for many years faithfully attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford, B.C. and more recently Sts. Joachim and Ann’s Catholic Church in Aldergrove, B.C.

Prayers will be offered at

5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at Sts. Joachim and Ann’s Catholic Church, 26 Avenue & 273 Street in Aldergrove, B.C. Reverend Mark Bautista, celebrant. Interment to follow at Aberdeen Cemetery.

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