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Bodenstab Anne


Anne was born to Bert and Dulcie Freyer in Pretoria, South Africa, and passed away peacefully on July 19, 2017, in Kelowna B.C.

She is survived by her daughters, Tanya (Tom), Michelle (Bert), Janine (Frank), son Ivan, and beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Alexander, and Maximilian Waslen, Anna, Robbie, and Eric Bowden, Isabel and Lucas Fabian, and William Bodenstab. She is also survived by her brother Dr. Ebbie Freyer (Louise), sister-in-law Annchen Bodenstab (Allan), and brother-in-law Dr. Robert Bodenstab (Lesley), as well as nieces Alexandra, Marisa and Velia and nephews Craig, Wayne, Sean, Carl and Zane. She was predeceased by her parents, Bert and Dulcie Freyer, brother-in-law Dr. Theo Bodenstab and her husband, Dr. Eric Bodenstab.

Anne attended elementary school at The German School then completed high school at Meisies Hoër Skool, both in Pretoria.

She attended the University of Pretoria, majoring in German and Art History. There she met Eric, the love of her life. They were married on Nov. 30, 1963 at St. Peter’s German Lutheran Church, Pretoria.

Anne was an accomplished ballerina, beginning at age eight and continuing into adulthood to eventually become a ballet teacher in South Africa and later in Canada. She was a runway model and language translator, speaking English, German, and Afrikaans. All four of her children were born in South Africa. The family moved to Canada in 1976 where Eric continued to practice medicine in Tisdale, SK. There they spent the next 25 years. Anne opened a dance school, involved herself in the Arts Council and her church, but most importantly devoted herself to raising her family.

In 2002, Anne moved to Kelowna to begin the next phase of her life. She enjoyed living close to two of her children, and made sure the other two visited often. Naturally, she found her church, where she arranged the flowers, served on the Altar Guild, music ministry, church council and became Assistant Minister.

Those who knew her will remember her love of flowers, animals, fashion, ballet, music, travel, and that she saw the beauty in everything. She had such compassion; she wouldn’t even harm a spider.

As for her many, many friends, you meant the world to her and she held you close to her heart.

She will be remembered for her quick wit, for being gracious and for her kindness.


We miss her.


A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 24th at 10:00 am at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2091 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or to share a memory, please scroll down this page to the area called “share your condolences.”

Service: Monday, July 24th at 10:00 am

Location: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

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The service for BODENSTAB, Anne is scheduled for Monday, July 24th at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

2091 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC


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  • Deepest condolences to the family – especially to her children. All of her children were in my classes in Junior High when they moved to Tisdale. She will be missed.
    Darlene McCullough

    Condolence sent by: Darlene McCullough on July 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

  • So sorry to hear about your mom. We will remember the good times we had on 109th! Take care everyone.

    Condolence sent by: Iris Magnus & family on July 22, 2017 at 8:32 am

  • Ruth and I were deeply saddened with the news of Anne ‘s death and extend to her loving family our empathy and prayers. She is remembered by us as a gracious and hospitable woman who put into practice her natural charm expressed as a devout Christian. May the Holy Spirit uphold her family in this time of need and renew our belief of the “resurrection of the body and the life everlasting” as we affirm in the catholic Creeds of the Church.

    Sincerely in Christ,
    Rev’d James and Ruth Buenting, Calgary
    (Anne’s pastor who ministered to her during my term at Christ Church, Kelowna, which ended with our move some years ago)

    Condolence sent by: Ruth and James Buenting on July 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

  • My sincere sympathy to the whole Family . Your Dad was my Doctor for many years from the day he started with Dr Van Schoor in there ckinic at the old hospital your mother a beauitful graceful who left all us Rural people in awe. So very friendly and patient in every avenue of life. She never hesitated to share a smile and warm greeting wherever she went. I missed her very much when she moved from our little town. I am forever grateful for the friendship of both your parents. HUGS to each of you.

    Condolence sent by: Karen Curry on July 22, 2017 at 6:01 pm

  • Dearest Tanya and families, with
    Please accept our deepest condolences of the passing of your precious mother and grandmother. We wish you and all the family much Love and Comfort at this time.

    Condolence sent by: Rod and Tanya Ostrosky on July 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm

  • Our deepest sympathy Michelle, Tanya, Janine, Ivan and your families. Your Mother was an exceptionally warm and loving woman. Charming and gracious. Generous and kind. You were so blessed to be have been guided through your lives by her. We all share in your grief and appreciate what a sad time this is for your family. I enjoyed my conversations with Anne and always felt the genuine warmth and wisdom in her words, presence and glorious smile. Many years ago, she and your father made a very generous and kind offer to me when I was going through a personally challenging time. Just knowing that they were there and had my back if I needed help, allowed me the faith to know that everything would turn out. This was a very valuable lesson that they imparted upon me. I have never forgotten that kindness and carry it with me in my own personal actions through life. Her legacy will go on forever as you live and love in your own lives and impart your mom’s shining light into her beautiful grandchildren. She was so very proud of all of you. May God comfort you in this time of loss and may the loving memories of your mother’s sparkling eyes, smile, laugh and inner spirit bring you peace in the days to come.
    “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
    With love and sympathy, Patti , Mike and family.

    Condolence sent by: Patti Mateyko on July 22, 2017 at 8:03 pm

  • I am so very sorry for of the loss of a beautiful family member; your mom sounds like she was a wonderful person Tanya, she will be deeply missed. I am thinking of you all

    Condolence sent by: Kim Christiansen on July 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

  • Feeling incredibly sad about the passing of my younger cousin. We had just recently reconnnected via email. A lot of reminiscing in our emails and photos sent. Remembering our years growing up with love and fondness. Loads of memories which wll never be erased, Then many years ago having Michelle visit and then this year Anna. So bkessed to have got to know Anne’s daughter and granddaughter. Sending love and condolences from Cape Town.

    Condolence sent by: Frances Heunis on July 23, 2017 at 12:19 am

  • Thinking of all of you at this time and how she is smiling as she looks down on you.

    Condolence sent by: Vanessa van Schoor on July 23, 2017 at 2:44 am

  • Sending my love to all of you as my heart breaks for the loss of your precious mom, Anne. I loved her so much and she showered love on me for the last 27 years each time I was fortunate enough to visit in Canada or spend time with her here in Atlanta. I was always welcomed by your family and they truly are an extension of my own. I will never forget her beautiful smile, her gracious and giving heart, her strength and grace and her love for her family. I am forever grateful for having her in my life and the wonderful, fun memories that I cherish. Prayers, love and hugs to all of you.

    Condolence sent by: Angie Bridges on July 23, 2017 at 4:47 am

  • We are so sorry for your loss ,certainly enjoyed meeting and getting to know your mother. She is a wonderful person

    Condolence sent by: Ellen/Eric Chastain on July 23, 2017 at 5:21 am

  • I’m very to sorry to hear your mom passed away. I will always remember both your parents fondly- they were so kind. I loved to hear how full her life was. Our families thoughts are with you.

    Condolence sent by: Jacky Renaud- Craigie on July 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

  • Tanya , Michelle , Janine , Ivan
    So sorry …Sending you all hugs
    Randie and Ken Magnus

    Condolence sent by: Randie Magnus on July 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

  • Sincere Condolences to the Family! Anne was a Kind, Compassionate Lady to all that knew her! You could feel her LOVE wherever you met her! She definitely defines a lady of GRACE and PEACE! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU!

    Condolence sent by: Trina Gurbach on July 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

  • Sincere condolences at the loss of your beloved Anne, such a beautiful gentle soul.

    Condolence sent by: Shirley Nordlund on July 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm

  • Anne was always thoughtful and kind. She found joy in small pleasures.
    I will always remember her kindness to me, and her beautifully radiant smile.

    Condolence sent by: Judy Krantz on July 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

  • Our deepest sympathies to the family of the late Anne Bodenstab…..She’ll be missed. A classy, kind hearted soul has gone to rest. RIP Anne

    Condolence sent by: Evelyn and Dennis Keays on July 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

  • So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thinking of you on this difficult day – may the thoughts and love of so many people who knew your mom give you comfort in the coming days.

    Condolence sent by: Joy (Boxall) Gronsdahl on July 24, 2017 at 5:39 am

  • Dear Tanya, Michelle, Janine, Ivan and Families – we were saddened and shocked to hear of your Mom’s passing. We have many fond memories of times spent with your Mom. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Take Care! Love & Hugs to all!

    Condolence sent by: John & Lorraine Shewchuk on July 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time – may the many memories of your gracious and kind mother comfort you in your grief. God bless!!

    Condolence sent by: Will and Wanda McLarty on July 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm

  • We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady inside and out, as are all of Anne’s family. Hoping you can find some comfort in knowing how much your mom was loved by so many people.
    Thinking of all of you. Shirley and Peter Cress

    Condolence sent by: Cress on July 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm

  • Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. May your memories sustain you through the days ahead and may you look back fondly of the time you spent together.

    Condolence sent by: Joe and Suzanne Taylor on July 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm

  • My sympathy to all

    Condolence sent by: Marlene Anderson (formerly Westgard) on July 24, 2017 at 9:12 pm

  • Dear Tanya, Michelle, Janine, and Ivan. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was one the kindest and most patient women I have ever known. As a nurse, I remember all the nights of calling your dad in the middle of the night, yet never a word of complaint was made to us by your mom as she tried to waken him up!!! She loved you all dearly and was so proud of your accomplishments. I am sure that she was a very special grandma to each of the grandchildren. Thinking of you all.

    Condolence sent by: Grant and Andrea Staples on July 25, 2017 at 4:08 am

  • My sympathy on the loss of your Mom. We were so lucky to have your Mom and Dad as friends and we had so many fun times with your family. Sincerely, Karen Boxall

    Condolence sent by: Karen Boxall on July 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm

  • Dear Tanya, Michelle, Janine, Ivan and Families –

    My thoughts and prayers have been with you at this very difficult time – your Mom was a wonderful, kind, gracious lady who made me always feel welcome in your home. I know that you all have many wonderful memories of special times that you spent with your Mom – may these memories give you the courage and the strength that you need. Thinking of you . . .

    Condolence sent by: Tracy (Boxall) Slobodian on July 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

  • We are related to Michelle through marriage (Bert is Liz’s cousin). We met Anne at Michelle and Bert’s wedding and again in Atlanta. Our hearts go out to all of you in the loss of your mother, a lovely and memorable woman. We know this is a difficult time for you.

    Condolence sent by: Michael and Liz Hoefr on July 26, 2017 at 7:40 am

  • Dear Tanya, Michelle, Janine, Ivan and Families – Glen and I were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a beautiful woman with a heart of gold and infectious spirit. We have such good memories of time spent with your mom and dad both on 109th Ave and at Kip. She was a lovely lady full of fun and beauty and just the right amount of mischievousness. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and we send our most sincere sympathy.

    Condolence sent by: JoAnn and Glen Jestin on July 26, 2017 at 7:57 am

  • We would like to extend to you and your family our utmost deepest sympathies on your loss of your mom, our
    thoughts go with you at this most difficult time. May she rest in peace.

    Condolence sent by: Orest and Marlene Kowal on July 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

  • Anne, our neighbour for the past three years will be sorely missed. We returned home Monday (24th) evening after having been away for two weeks. We missed seeing Anne in the yard on our return, contacted Ivan only to learn of her passing. Our condolences to her family, we shall miss her as will they.

    Condolence sent by: David Ball & Arlene Galisky on July 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

  • So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your Mom. Our sincere sympathy to all of her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Condolence sent by: Hazel Wagner on July 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

  • Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all of Anne’s family. We treasure the times we had together and what an absolute gem of a person she was. We admire the way she tended to her parents as they aged. We remember when we made a trip to Tisdale to visit Bert & Dulcie and Dulcie said we must say hi to your Mom, who was working at the funeral hime. As we came in she was dusting a casket and said”Never in my life did I think I would be doing this for emploment”. We all had a great chuckle. Anne was a treasure and I am sure you will all miss her very much.
    Laurie and Betty Cone, Saskatoon.

    Condolence sent by: Laurie and Betty Cone on July 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

  • Dear Tanya , Michelle , Janine ,Ivan and families
    We are so sorry to hear of Anne’s passing – she was a lovely person and friend to us – always a wonderful hostess , will remember the special times we celebrated occasions together. Cherish the memories of this most gracious lady – she lives on in all of you ! Hugs to you all…..

    Condolence sent by: Reid and Jean Homstol on July 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

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