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July 11, 1930 — November 16, 2014

Elsie Neufeld, born July 11, 1930 in Winnipeg MB., the third child of Philip and Sophie Flatt, went to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on the evening of November 16, 2014 at the age of 84.  She passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in the Kelowna General Hospital with many family members at her side.  Predeceased by her husband Alfred, sister Olga Shier and brother Jack Flatt.  Survived by four children: Ron (Rhonda), Sandy (Wayne), Norm (Gwen), Sharie (Brian); grandchildren: Marla (Jason), Christopher (Dianna), Joel (Tania), Jared (Ariana), Becky (Caleb), Daniel (Maria), Adrienne, David (Andrea), Steve, Sara (Ben), Meghan, Chantelle and Justin and seven really great great grandchildren.  Also survived by sisters-in-law: Mary Flatt, Helene Neufeld, Theresa Neufeld and Molly Neufeld and numerous nieces and nephews.

            Elsie lived most of her life in Winnipeg, attending M.B.C.I. high school where she met Al Neufeld.  After a short courtship, they married in June of 1950.  Church life has always been very important to Mom; she and Dad were a part of the beginnings of the Elmwood M.B. Church.  Elsie was a faithful and committed wife to Al and a caring mother to her four children.                


In 1991, Mom and Dad retired in Kelowna and had many great years in the valley.  She was a very practical woman in the way she approached life.   Mom loved to sew:  we could never begin to measure the miles of thread that have passed through her hands.  Currently there are over forty baby jackets piled up in her sewing room ready for completion to be sent for relief work in Africa.  She has volunteered her time and skills in many ways and places from her home Church, Trinity Baptist to Cottonwoods Care Center.  Even at 84, she was blessed with a sharp mind and active body, enjoying time with her grandchildren, traveling, baking, taking aerobics classes and socializing with her many friends.  

            When Elsie was 82, she bought an iPad and began using email, “surfing the net and even playing online games with distant friends and relatives.  The loss of Al in 2007 obviously changed her life, but through a deep and always growing faith she took life on with zeal and joy.  By her bedside she kept a daily pledge that included the following: “This is your day, Lord. I want to live in a way that brings honour to you…

            Though Elsie endured a chronic condition, she lived life to the hilt.  Just before traveling to Winnipeg for her eldest grandson’s wedding, a fatal infection set in and her body couldn’t fight back.  She slipped into a coma on the morning of November 15 and in spite of many efforts by the hospital staff to help Mom recover, she peacefully breathed her last on the evening of November 16.  The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Carver and the ICU staff at K.G.H. for their excellent care.


            If desired, donations may be made to Elsie’s favourite ministry:  The Christian Blind Mission, 3844 Stouffville Road, PO Box 800, Stouffville ON L4A 7Z9, or online, www.cbmcanada.org.

            An opportunity to share your thoughts with our family can be found at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.


“Trust in The Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5,6



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4 p.m. November 22, 2014

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for NEUFELD, Elsie is scheduled for 4 p.m. November 22, 2014. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Corrinne Reid says:

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and the members of the Parkinson Senior Society we would like to express our most sincere condolences to Elsie’s family. She was an active participant here at the Centre and her presence will be sadly missed by all of those that were fellow fitness class members. Her smile and gentleness were endearing to all. May she rest in peace.

  • Lil Koop says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family – all of who are loved by us! Your mom, grandma, great-grandma was a lady who loved her family fiercely, prayed for you all and was an example to all of us of a godly woman. My (Lil’s) favorite memory of Elsie, was her “dancing up a storm” at Sara and Ben’s wedding two years ago! That was great to see and showed what a zest for life she had. She is now united with her beloved Al and her Heavenly Father. May that comfort you all. Blessings on all of you.
    Irv and Lil Koop

  • Connie Epp says:

    I am thinking of Elsie’s whole family and holding you all in my thoughts and prayers. I send special hugs to my friends, Rhonda and Ron, who have been close friends and neighbours for many years and who comforted and cared for me in my recent loss. I grieve and have hope together with you.
    Connie Epp

  • Nelly Vanderby says:

    Dear Sharie and family,
    Our hearts ache with you for the loss of your Mom. We are praying for you and your family through this difficult time. How wonderful that your Mom was able to live her life with purpose and to the fullest with joy amidst the love of her family!

    Love from your co-workers at The Gerontology Centre-Trish, Carrie, Michelle, Emma, Mackayla, Carol, Jessica, Roz and Nelly.

  • Lorna Zelmer says:

    My sincere condolences to Elsie’s family. She was a wonderful example to all of you.

  • Gordon neufeld says:

    We were saddened to hear of aunt Elsie’s death. She will be remembered in our prayers as will our cousins and their families.
    Gordon, ken, Donna neufeld

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