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Pelzer, Lillian Irene Lavonne

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Lillian Irene Lavonne Pelzer (nee Anderson; Page)
Born September 13, 1924 in High River, Alberta, Canada
Died October 3, 2012 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

PELZER, Lillian Irene Lavonne (nee Anderson; Page) (September 13, 1924 – October 3, 2012) of Kelowna went to be with her Lord Jesus on Wednesday, October 3rd at Hospice House surrounded by her family. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Lillian was predeceased by her husband, Robert Page (Milo, AB) in 1957; and her second husband Otto Pelzer (Kelowna, BC) in 1998.  She was also predeceased by her father, Karl Johan Anderson (1881-1976) and mother Beulah Louise Henrietta Anderson nee Bertschy (1884-1975) of High River, AB; and her siblings: Wilda Ann Rhoades (CA); Wilma Macy Miller (AB); Ole Russel Anderson (BC); Fredrick Raymond Anderson (AB); John Lennard Anderson (AB); George Louis Anderson (CA); and Lloyd Harold Anderson (ON) and numerous other relatives.

Lillian is survived and missed by her sisters, Shirley Elaine Anderson (Kelowna, BC) and Florence Louise Campbell (San Carlos, CA) and by her daughters and their families:  LaVonne Byron (Douglas); Eileen Bartel (Brian); Christina Webb (Gary); and Lori Evans (Stuart).  Grandma and “GG” (Great Grandma) is lovingly remembered and missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Josh Byron (Shawnella); Bradyn Byron; Kim Devries (Steven and their daughters Mercedes and Chloe); Sarah Webb (Paul Bowering; son Zackary Webb ); Stephanie Webb (Cody Tischik); Nathan Bartel (Jennifer); and Keenan Bartel.  Lillian has numerous other nieces and nephews with whom she was close and who will miss her wisdom and love.

Lillian was born in High River, AB and was raised on the family farm near Blackie, AB.  Lillian always spoke lovingly of her parents.  Whenever her daughters would tell her she was “the best Mom in the world” she would say that if she really was, it was a result of her own upbringing.

Lillian served as a missionary in India in the 1950’s.  She later farmed with her husband Bob and their daughter, LaVonne, in Milo, AB until Bob’s death.  Lillian and LaVonne then returned to live with Lil’s parents in High River, AB until her marriage to Otto. Together Otto and Lil farmed near the village of Waldeck near the larger centre of Swift Current, SK where Eileen, Christina and Lori were born.  In 1967 Otto and Lillian and their girls moved to Calgary where Otto worked in real estate and later was self-employed; Lillian was a homemaker. In 1976, Lillian and Otto moved to their orchard in the Ellison area of Kelowna, BC.  Otto passed away in 1998, after which Lillian moved to live in her condo at Gordon Park Manor.  In 2011, as her health continued to decline, Lillian moved to assisted living in the Joseph Benjamin building of The Village at Mill Creek; where she enjoyed fellowship and puzzling with her new found friends.  The last two weeks of her life were spent at Hospice House in Kelowna.

Her warmth, hospitality, wisdom and keen interest in each individual kept visitors at Lil’s door.  Lillian’s daughters were constant visitors and caregivers to their dear Mom.  Lillian also enjoyed frequent visits with her sister Shirley, grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as her nephews and nieces including her sister-in-law Irene Pelzer.

Lillian was a faithful and contributing member of the Apostolic Church of Pentecost from age 16 to the present.  Her faith community in Kelowna was The Bridge Full Gospel Church (A.C.O.P.).  Lillian’s belief in Jesus Christ was the centre of her faith, values and actions. She lived her life with wisdom, intelligence, grace, consistency and service which brought her the respect of many.  She touched numerous lives with her kindness.

A great focus of the last 35 plus years of Lillian’s life was her work on documenting her family history.  Lil’s research was largely done in the years before the internet and so she did it “the hard way” by correspondence, searching through old documents and microfilm. Her goal was to preserve the families’ history for present and future generations as well as to follow the thread of faith that flows through the families.  In recognition of Lillian’s life work of writing the Kinsfolk series which includes five volumes, a chapter on the earlier part of her life is included here; please follow the link www.lillianpelzer.com.

A celebration of Lillian’s life will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

In addition Lillian’s Celebration of Life will be streamed live on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time by logging onto

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a project in India, which was dear to Lillian’s heart, by making a cheque payable to New Life Church with a memo marked Delhi Outreach Project.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Service Details

The service for Pelzer, Lillian Irene Lavonne is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250.860.7077

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  • Evelyn & Alex Nyuli says:

    It certainly was a pleasure to have known your Mum We certainly will miss her She is eternal life waiting for the rest of us God Bless all of the family

  • Mary Alstad/Patricia Flick says:

    Mom and I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the Pelzer family.

    She was a very special person in your lives and will be sadly missed, but never forgotten, our hearts go out to all of the family. Hugs to all xx

  • Paul & Debbie Krymusa says:

    Hi LaVonne and Doug,
    It’s sad, isn’t it, losing a parent? We know what you’re going through…(it was just 6 months ago since Mom passed away). And 18 months since Doug lost his mom, eh? We enjoyed reading some her history..what a remarkable lady she really was..and a blessing to all her family and friends. May God keep you all in the palm of His hand..Thinking of you all at this time with prayers..

  • Ruthanne Page says:

    My love and prayers go out to all of you. Dear Lil’s wonderful research was the foundation for the Canadian Page research which I have been doing for many years. So much was left out of the last book published on this family by the 1915 American author. This will soon be remedied with a new Page history book. Our early Canadian history was far more exciting than we ever dreamed possible. Anyone would be most welcome to contact me for news of the more recent updates at mrpage55@terragon.com – I will try to join you on-line to watch her funeral from Grants Pass, Oregon where I currently live. Lil was the best researcher on those old hidden details for so long and she was incredibly generous with sharing her research. She and Otto were such wonderful sweethearts to me when I visited them many times. It is a great loss to us all – for so many different reasons. With love to all from the South, your umpteenth cousin Ruthanne Page
    PH- 541-218-3972

  • Perry & Sandi Stang says:

    LaVonne, Doug and Family…Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss of such a wonderful lady. What a great hope we have in the Lord. May you sense God’s Presence and Love during this difficult time.

  • Krys and Steve Vines says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Krys and Steve

  • Sid and Ruth Warren & family says:

    Please be assurred of our prayers today as you lay dear Lil to rest,safe in the arms of our Lord. Love and sympathy Sid and Ruth(Upshall)Warren

  • Daryl & Shelley Flick says:

    It is always a sad day when someone like Lil leaves us. We only met Lil and Otto on a few occasions and they made you feel very welcome in there home from the minute you stepped though the door.
    To say that she will be sadly missed does not say enough about such a great lady. They say children are a reflection of there parents and knowing Lori for many years i know the kindness and the family love will live on through Lil and Otto ‘s children and grand children for many many years to come.
    Are condolences go out to the Pelzer family, for it is a great loss to lose someone that is at the center of such a loving family,but I am sure that same center has been created again in Lillian’s children and there families.

    Daryl & Shelley Flick

  • Joan (Neilsen) Myers says:

    Thinking of you as you say goodbye to your Mom. I’ll always remember “Auntie Lil” from when I was little in India.

  • Eddie & Donna Bradley says:

    Our condolences and prayers for the family. We were privileged and blessed to have known Lil She was truly a servant of the Lord she loved. Eddie & Donna Bradley

  • Verna Roberts says:

    But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. —Hebrews 11:16
    It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus;
    Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
    One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase;
    So bravely run the race, till we see Christ!
    The joys of heaven will more than compensate for the difficulties of earth.
    Thank you for inviting us to the memorial service via the internet. I (Verna Roberts),Alice Joyce Jorgenson, and Ron and Carol Roberts joined you. We found it to be a very meaningful memorial service.

  • Ken & Clarene Hildebrandt says:

    You are all in our prayers and thoughts, in the passing of Lil, she will be missed and was loved. Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

  • Judy Dewilde (Zemaitaitis) says:

    Our Heart Felt condolences on the passing of your wonderful mother, as just googled a name and realized that she had passed away in 2012….Your heart must still feel pain and sadness, but knowing she is with God now, gives some relief to her end years. It had been so very many years since I lived with your wonderful family along with Otto in Calgary. I would love to hear from you Chrissy, miss you my dear friend! Take care to you all…my extended family xoxo Judy & Mike Dewilde

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