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Elsie Antonson

October 2, 1924 - June 28, 2011


With a single tear slipping from her eye as she slept, Elsie Elizabeth Christabelle (Bailey) Antonson took her last breath Tuesday morning and went to be with her Lord, joining her father, mother, stepfather and three sisters in a peaceful place. A wonderful daughter, sister, soldier, wife, mom, friend, neighbour, coworker, and choir member – she filled all life’s roles with great love. She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, Al, four children, Brian (Sue), Rick (Janice), Judy (Bob) and Greg (Eunice), five grandchildren, Brent, Sean (Hilary), Jeremy, Kristin (Tim) and Andrew, and three great grandchildren, Tristin, Sierra and Riley, with one more to be born in August. She also leaves brother-in-law Alf and sister-in-law May, nieces, Marian, Holly, Joyce and Sheryl, and nephews Frank, Harold, Keith, Carl and Scott. Extended family of Alan and Anne and Wendy, and many close friends and the wonderful neighbours of Cottage Lane also mourn her loss. Elsie was born in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, moved west in 1944 to join the Army, met Al and married him in 1947, and lived as an adult in Vancouver, Burnaby and Abbotsford, and filled the dash (“-“) between 1924 and 2011 with her winning smile and her welcoming heart. As a lifelong Christian, active in church and choir, Elsie became friends with a host of pastors and their wives, and now sings in a heavenly choir. Her singing led us all on road trips and summers at Camp Luther. She travelled the world with Al, and read voraciously, passing along those loves to her children and grandchildren. And her sharp wit and keen sense of humour kept us all on our toes, and she said repeatedly “Every day on this side of the grass is a good day”. She always will be an inspiration to us, she was so comfortable in who she was, what she was and what she stood for. She was a very forgiving woman, and she got lots of practice at that with our family! We will celebrate her life at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware Street, Abbotsford, at 1:30pm, Monday July 4th, with a reception to follow. Her ashes will be spread in the Memorial Garden at the Church. We all thank the Menno Home in Abbotsford for the wonderful care they provided our Wife/Mom/Grandma/Great Grandma/aunt/sister-in-law in her final months. She will be with us beaming her beautiful smile in our hearts and memories forever. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Menno Home at 32910 Brunidge Avenue in Abbotsford will be much appreciated.


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Barbara and Dale Laird
Relation: Friends

Dale and I were saddened to hear of Elsie’s death……..we know that you will so miss her always and that she will also always be remembered with such love and fondness by all your family and friends. She was a lady that we were honored to have known.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Marlin and Jeanette Aadland
Relation: Friends

Dear Al and family
We were saddened to hear of Elsie’s passing. We have nothing but good memories. For instance, we remember how Elsie (and you Al) offered your home to our visiting relatives at a wedding in 1990. It was greatly appreciated.
Jeanette has special memories of women’s retreats and confertences. Elsie was always such a thoughtful and gracious contributor.
We want to assure you of our love and prayers. We are comforted by the good news that she is in Jesus. gracious and eternal care
Lots of love, Jeanette and Marlin


From: Ron Flanders
Relation: friend of Gregg

So sorry for your loss. Ron

From: Peter W Webster & family
Relation: friend

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

From: Pastor Cliff & Lorraine Reinhardt
Relation: former church member, friend

Dear Al & family: Lorraine and I were saddened to hear of Elsie’s passing. We remember her warmth, ready smile, and encouraging spirit. She always expressed interest in us and our children, just as she expressed sincere interest in the lives of so many others. She cared passionately about the church as well as the neighbours living on her block — just the kind of faith that God has always wanted from his people! What an inspiration and a dear friend. May God comfort you all in your time of grief, and may God grant her eternal rest. Love, Cliff & Lorraine.

From: Margaret Powell Abramzik
Relation: friend

Dear Mr. Antonson, Brian, Rick, Judy and Greg. I was very sorry to hear Mrs. Antonson had passed away and wanted to express my condolences to your family. I remember joining the choir at Atonement Lutheran, where she so kindly took me under her wing; we managed to hold our own against the many sopranos, and had much fun doing it. I will always have fond memories of her and will long remember that kindness.

From: Ed and Ella Rode
Relation: Freinds

Dear Al and Family, We think of you in your sorrow. The last time we were at church in Abbostford (some time ago) we recall the fine visit we had with you and Elsie, who was alwys so cordial, May God’s Grace and comfort be with you . Ed & Ella Rode

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 4, 2011
Beginning at 1:30pm

Peace Lutheran Church
2029 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC Canada

2029 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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