Elisabeth Maria Holenstein
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Nana and Great-Nana in the afternoon of June 25, 2012 at the Smithers Hospital. Born in Switzerland on June 16, 1932. Left to mourn her passing are her children: Mark (Brenda), Monika (Richard), Lucy (Jack), Sylvia (Chuck), Cornelia (Orvy), Guido (Tanya), Anita (Rick), Claudia (Taylor) & Carolene; sister Adele (Karl) Gahlinger; 38 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by our dad Karl Holenstein, and son-in-law Dave Hayhurst.
Caring for people was what Mom committed her life to doing. She had a heart for missions and was always searching for ways to reach out to those in need. She has left us a legacy of prayer; daily bringing the needs of her family and her world before our Heavenly Father … we pick up her mantel.
How do you encapsulate a life well lived? 38 grandchildren that are each convinced that they were Nana’s favourite! “Her children rise up and call her blessed,” Proverbs 31:28.
We would like to thank Dr. Freddie Strauss and the staff at Broadway Clinic, Dr. Biz Bastian, Katrina and Shelley and the staff at BVDH for their tender care and compassion. Special thanks also to Hawkair, and the many people who provided meals, cards, and other expressions of love … Mom would have been so pleased.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Children’s Hospital oncology ward in support of Mom’s granddaughter Marisa who is undergoing cancer treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.