Elva Verdena Kratzmann

22 September , 193727 February , 2019

Elva Verdena Kratzmann SEPTEMBER 22, 1937 - FEBRUARY 27, 2019 Peace and a faithful journey into the life hereafter came to our beloved Elva shortly before midnight on February 27, 2019, at the Vernon Hospice Home. Even at 81 her passing was premature to the many relatives and close friends that loved her. Elva is survived by husband Heinz, who she affectionately called her "little man". In addition to our grief over the loss of Elva, we are here to support Heinz who, at the age of 97, resides at Polson Residential Care. Elva was born in Shearstown Newfoundland, the youngest of seven children born to William Tetford and his wife Margaret, nee Sharpe. Elva's only surviving sibling is her sister Olga, born in 1927, who resides here in Vernon. Her other siblings were sisters Mary (1922-1992), Laura (1924-2015) and Katie (1929-2006), and young Margaret whose life ended in childhood in 1940 and Martin as an infant in 1934. As a young woman, Elva moved to the mainland and worked as a bookkeeper before returning to her hometown to care for her father after her mother's passing in 1971. She assumed that important responsibility with great dedication, then sought new opportunities joining her sister Laura and family in Kincardine, Ontario. Elva found God and her Saviour when she was 14, and her faith and commitment led her to attend Christian meetings with Laura at the same time that recently widowed (for the second time) Heinz Kratzmann, then age 60, attended. They married soon after in September 1982 and have been together ever since. They resided in Balm Beach, Ontario and wintered in Port Charlotte, Florida, later travelling through the states and up the west coast to visit Olga. In 1994 they made the bold and exciting decision to sell everything and move to Vernon, BC, arriving with all their remaining possessions packed in their VW Camper Van. Upon arriving, Elva and Heinz maintained their simple lifestyle and made countless friends through their association with the Lord. Sometimes to the chagrin of Elva, they continued to winter down south in Yuma, Arizona, and later back in Port Charlotte, Florida, until Heinz's sudden stroke at 95. Once more, Elva became the ultimate caregiver, caring for Heinz for more than a year at home. Her emotional care never ended when he moved into Polson, as she visited him every day until her own health prevented her from doing so. It was obvious how much her dedication meant when the staff at Polson cried upon learning Elva's cancer had returned. Professional nurses and aids from the home took time to visit Elva in hospital during the last month of her life. The tributes that flowed from those health care workers and Heinz and Elva's many friends gives full expression to the selfless manner in which Elva Verdena Tetford-Kratzmann lived the "dash" in her 81 years between the first and the last day of her life. It goes without saying she will be missed by the many whose lives she has touched. In particular, her sister Olga, Heinz's son Peter, her grand-daughters Vanessa and Meredith, and great grand-daughters Lydia and Lulu, as well as her dear nieces and nephews, the many other children that know her as Grandma Elva, and all of her brothers and sisters in truth. A funeral Service will take place at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11am with a burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Reception to follow. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Elva's honour to the North Okanagan Hospice Society 250-503-1800 Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 250-542-4333


  • Funeral Service Friday, 8 March , 2019

Elva Verdena Kratzmann

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Elva Wells

8 March 2019

So sorry to hear of Elva's passing. I have very good memories of time spent with her. She would visit us (Mom, Dad & myself) at our house in Paradise. When she left Newfoundland to live in Ontario I had the privilege to help her drive and later flew back to St. John's. I, also, had a very enjoyable time with her and you, Heinz, in Florida. You showed me all the best places to visit.

Thinking of you and your family at this. Although Elva is not with you - her memories will carry you through.

Elva (Abbott) Wells
Cormack, Newfoundland & Labrador

Annie (Abbott) (Webber) Harris

7 March 2019

So sorry to hear of Elva's passing. I have very good memories of her - mostly prior to our marriages when she and I lived and worked in St. John's , Newfoundland. Her parents and my parents were very good friends and visited quite often. Elva and I spent a lot of time together. Weekends we would visit her home in Shearstown and also my home in Summerville. She was a very good friend - had a smile and showed kindness to all.

I have never met her husband Heinz - It appears they were very happy and had a very good life together.

My condolences to the family.

Annie (Abbott) (Webber) Harris

Mary (Collins) & Aubrey Anderson

6 March 2019

Elva...much loved and truly appreciated by SO many of us who were fortunate enough to know her and dear Heinz, for many years. We send sincere condolences to Heinz, also Peter and family, as well as to Nieces, Nephews, and extended "Family". Sympathetic Hugs to you all....Aubrey and Mary (Collins) Anderson

Linny Jenkins

4 March 2019

Condolences to the family and her friends. I did not know Elva a long time, only briefly at the end of her life. I witnessed her devotion and love for Heinz in her tender care of him. I enjoyed her sense of humour, her candid honesty and her reliance on her faith and Christian fellowship of believers. She was a welcome inspiration , a ray of sunshine. She reminds me of pink roses, sweet tender and giving a lovely bouquet to all .

Carol MacDonald

2 March 2019

So sorry to hear of Elva's passing and so suddenly. However it was good to hear that she never suffered but went peacefully at the end. Good the family was with her when she took her last breath.
I called Elva's home # on Sat, March 2nd and spoke to Heinz' youngest grand daughter. She says she is going to send me an email / text regarding the listen in # if they have a conference # to listen in to her funeral on Friday. I knew all her siblings except for Mary as we belonged to the same faith. My Mom, Marjorie MacDonald lived a while with her sister Olga in Montreal prior to getting married in 1951.
I can remember Elva living up in Kincardine and coming down to Mom and Dad's for a wkd in Guelph a few times. We loved having Elva.
Elva was a sincere lady who had a love for the kingdom of God and the Lord's people, including the ministers who we refer to as workers. Her sister Laura Reid was once a worker.
Elva and Mom (Marjorie MacDonald) are both from Newfoundland.
Elva will be missed by many people and especially her dear husband Heinz who she used to go and feed every day in the care home.
We are all glad that she will have a great reward and great treasure to go on to. Something so much greater than this earth can ever offer. Elva has gone to a better place. This can bring a great comfort to one losing a close friend / family member.
Will be happy to receive a copy of her funeral or maybe you can send me a disc if someone records it.
Carol MacDonald from Scarborough, ON

Morris & Karen MacDonald

2 March 2019

We're very sorry to hear of dear Elva's passing. Our condolences to all the family.
From us all
Morris Karen Jacob & Luke