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RODENKIRCHEN, Maria Katharina “Kaethe”

Kaethe passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on September 7, 2019 at the age of 95.

She is missed by her daughter Bettina Rodenkirchen (Bob Curell), her son Manfred Rodenkirchen, granddaughters Kelly Emke (Sam), Stephanie Rodenkirchen (Jason Krislock), their mother Ella Rodenkirchen, grandson Hayden Rodenkirchen, as well as her great grandchildren Meshach, Gideon, Gabriel, Esme, Lincoln and Chase, nieces and nephews in Germany.

Kaethe was born in Rodenkirchen (Cologne), Germany and spent many happy years with her husband and children in Bavaria (Bayern). The second half of her long-fulfilled life she lived in Kelowna, BC after immigrating to Canada in the 1970’s. She is now reunited once again with the love of her life Dr. Peter Rodenkirchen, who predeceased her in 2003.

Kaethe was the youngest of three children. Her father, who was an extremely accomplished pastry chef passed away when Kaethe was only eight years old. Her mother took on the task of single handedly running the family business – a café, patisserie and bakery very successfully, even though the family lost most of their earthly possessions in 1942. Kaethe and her siblings supported their mother tremendously in the rebuild and worked in the business. Now you know how she came about her wonderful baking (and cooking) skills and her determination.

Kaethe was very outgoing and made friends quickly. She deeply cared for her family and created an inviting warm home for her family and anyone that visited.

She was proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought much joy in her later years. She was such a great role model.

The family extends their immense appreciation to Dr. Steinruck for his wonderful care and compassion over many years, the staff at Lakeshore Place, who were so very kind and helpful over the last 4 years and the staff at Interior Health and at Hospice House. Special thanks also for all the support she received from many friends.

A celebration of Kaethe’s life will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.


Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for RODENKIRCHEN, Maria Katharina “Kaethe” is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Bob Knoblick says:

    Betting & Manfred, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My deepest sympathy.

  • Barb and John Preston says:

    Bettina, Bob and the Rodenkirchen family – Katie was one of those rare persons who lived life with true grace. Our sincerest condolences to all the family. Rest in gentle peace, Katie.

  • Johanne Kläger says:

    Dear Bettina, dear Manfred, my deepest sympathy to you. I`m very grateful, that Aunt Käthe was allowed to life so long as part of our familiy. She has always been the epitome of elegance and posture for me. She will be a role model for me in this respect. Thank you very much, Johanne

  • Johanne Kläger says:

    Dear Bettina, dear Manfred, my deepest sympathy for you. I*m so grateful, that Aunt Käthe was allowed to live so long. For me has always the epitome of elegance and posture. Thank you!! Johanne

  • Judy Hammond says:

    Bettina My sympathies to you and all the family. . Kaethe took great pride in all of you and loved to share pictures and news when I visited. She was engaging and informed well into her nineties and was always the gracious hostess. She will be missed.

  • Jack DeGruchy says:

    My family sends all our love to Kaethe’s family. She was truly an extraordinary woman and her light will continue to shine on in her childrren and grand childrren. I was honoured to have known her.

  • Ursula Thiessen says:

    Dear Bettina, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family! May you find some peace and cherish all the wonderful memories of your time with your mother.
    Love and hugs

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