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Ruth Buckendahl

April 24, 1921 - August 22, 2009

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In Loving Memory of
Ruth Meta Buckendahl:

Ruth was born on April 24th, 1921 in Königsberg, East Prussia. There she lived and grew up as the middle child of Meta and Erwin Hoffmann. Shortly after her mother died of illness in 1944, the circumstances of war forced Ruth to flee from her homeland to western Germany with her father and sister, Waltraud. Her younger brother was a soldier and had encouraged that move.
As a refugee in Tating, she met and married Joachim (Jochen) Buckendahl and started a lifelong journey with him. Their three children, Hartmut, Heidi and Hannelore were all born in Germany before she had to struggle with yet another move from her homeland to follow Jochen”s footsteps to Canada.
In 1956 she arrived in Beaverdell and created the nest that Hartmut and Heidi now look back on with such love and fond memories. The family moved to Oliver in 1963 so that their three children could attend high school without having to be boarded out. In 1965 Ruth and Jochen bought an orchard by which they fulfilled their big dream: owning a piece of land!
Always a child of God, Ruth raised her children in the Christian faith and never faltering in her prayers, she was overjoyed when her Jochen accepted Christ into his life in 1975 and henceforth sat beside her in the pew, here, in St. John”s.
Ruth”s life was always plagued with battles against illness: her unhealthy legs, her severe migraines, her ordeal with MS, later her frustrations with dementia and, in the end, the pain and discomfort that cancer brought. Nevertheless she seemed to be a ”Jack in the box” and did not let any of these ailments deter her from being a happy, loving and very giving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Ruth was pre-deceased by her husband Jochen, by her youngest daughter, Hannelore and by her siblings. She leaves to mourn: her children Hartmut and Heidi; also her grandchildren Carl, Penny, Yvonne, Heidi, Stefan and Todd, her great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and all her wonderful friends here and in Germany.

Into Paradise may the angels lead you, Mama.
May a choir of angels welcome you!
May you have everlasting rest.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Gisela Theurer
Relation: Family friend for 45 years

For Heidi and Hart: Having you as part of my family for so many years has brought much pleasure and depth of living, as I have shared joys and heartache with you: four generations’ worth! The groundwork was laid very early, when Heidi and I met at 11 years of age, and I really enjoyed visiting the Buckendahl home, where the food was delicious, the atmosphere joyful, and your mother, with infinite patience, taught me crafts (I was proud of my potholders). Over the years, I have watched the strength of the family as you coped with various tragedies, and supported your mother through her many health difficulties. She truly was an amazing woman in her resilience and enjoyment of life. You have many beautiful memories to carry you through this difficult time. My thoughts and love are with you both.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 26, 2009
Beginning at 11:00am

Location:
St. Johns Lutheran Church
10132 - 362nd Avenue
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

Interment will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. A reception will be held at St. Johns Lutheran Church lower hall following the interment.

10132 - 362nd Avenue
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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 St. Johns Lutheran Church
PO Box  617
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

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Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

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