April 29, 1942 – October 17, 2010
Elmer was a quiet, unassuming, hard working man who asked for little and always placed his family first. Struck down at an early age and tormented with Pick’s Disease, this proud, independent man became totally reliant on others to care for him in the latter years of his illness.
A skilled carpenter; a man who worked to live and lived to work; a man who provided for and protected his family has now moved on to a better, kinder place. We accompanied Elmer on his final journey for as far as we could and then relinquished his soul to family and loved ones who were on the other side.
Although saddened by our loss, we have been mourning for many years watching him slip away, lost in the mists of dementia and we take comfort in knowing he is whole again and watching over us.
Elmer was a hunter. He loved the fall; wandering in the forest behind the farm we once owned on the Likely Road and he asked long ago that his ashes be spread upon the land he knew so well. Elmer requested that no formal ceremony be held and so in accordance with his wishes, we will take him home on Novermber 11 and set him free. A tea in his memory will be held on November 13 from 2 to 4 pm at the 150 Mile Fire Department Hall.
Thank you Dr. Meyburg and Dr. Strydom, you have our eternal gratitude for the manner in which you cared for Elmer and supported us. And thank you Father Terry and Mary Hernes for the spiritual comfort you offered up. To our many friends and family members; we can never thank you enough.
To all the Nurses and Health Care Workers at Terraceview Lodge who tended Elmer with dignity, love and respect during the past four years and in his final hours; know you are Angels of Mercy, and God Bless you all.
Elmer was predeceased by his father Joseph, his mother Francis and brother Mervin Ottenbreit.
He is survived by his wife Dawna; children – Mike, Tina (Karl), Cindy (Daryl), Stacey (John), Karl, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brother Don, and sisters Caroline and Ruth.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elmer’s memory to the REM Lee Foundation for Terraceview Lodge.