Elfriede Ergang

6 octubre , 193018 abril , 2020

Elfriede was born to parents Julius and Marie-Elisabeth Segert in Klein Bösendorf (near Thorn) Poland in October, 1930 and was the 13th out of 14 children. She grew up on her family farm where there was never a shortage of work but there was always time to have fun with her parents and siblings. Elfriede may have been a tiny girl but she was very energetic and was not afraid to try anything. She grew up in a Christ-centered home and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

In 1945 her family was forced to flee Poland during the war, and they came to Lillienthal (near Bremen) Germany. Elfriede was able to find work with a liquor distribution business where she worked in both their store and household cooking and cleaning. She also worked in a knitting factory.

Seeking a better life Elfriede immigrated to Canada in 1953. In Calgary she lived together, for a period, with her parents; sister Adina (Arthur) and children; sister Wanda; and brother Adolph. She also worked in a knitting factory until she met and married Roman Tietz in 1955. In 1959 a construction accident took Roman’s life and she was left to raise Alice, Ingrid and Hildor on her own.

Her time was spent with her children, family, and going to church. One Sunday afternoon in April of 1961, it had just snowed and some of the churchgoers started a snowball fight. Elfriede began throwing snowballs too and one of the ladies encouraged her to throw one toward a dashing widower named Edwin. That was the start of a budding relationship and he began to call on her, often taking their respective children to the zoo or parks. Elfriede suggested that they get married, Edwin agreed, and they did so in July of that year. Edwin had two sons Eddy and Arthur and with Elfriede’s three children they became an instant large family. Elfriede loved children so it was very natural to accept Eddy and Arthur into the family and love and care for them as her own. The couple decided that having one more child would bind the family together, and in 1965 Edie was born.

Edwin worked to support the family and in 1966 they decided to purchase a neighborhood corner store called Stanley Jones Grocery in Renfrew. This business helped support and feed this large family! The couple were busy with their store, participating in church activities and raising their children. There were hard times as well with the deaths of Eddy in 1977 and then Arthur much later in 2019.

Elfriede loved to cook for her family, and relatives were always welcomed to stay at their house. Every Saturday she baked enough German yeast cake to feed the family for the week. She was an avid sewer and would make her daughters new dresses for special occasions, like Christmas or Easter, to wear at Church. She also loved to knit and crochet and could look at any doily and recreate it. Elfriede and Edwin loved to garden and, while the store didn’t allow them to spend too much time doing that, they managed to still have a huge garden with vegetables and flowers. Elfriede had a lovely singing voice and sang in the church and guitar choirs.

They sold the store in 1987 and were very busy in retirement as they now had time to visit with friends and work in their garden.

In 2008 Elfriede was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She remained at home for as long as possible but eventually she was placed in the George Boyack Continuing Care Facility where she resided just short of 5 years. While it was very hard on the family to send her there, Elfriede loved it as there were so many people to visit and even though she could not communicate with words, her smile and happy demeanor would brighten the day of visitors, staff and residents alike. She especially loved the tea parties and walks in the garden.

Earlier this year Elfriede began wheezing and, around the start of Covid19, it began to get worse. She also had symptoms due to a pneumonia-type virus which seemed to be going around the facility. Last week she became so very tired but still managed to remain happy and smile at the staff. It was in the early morning of Saturday, April 18, 2020 that Elfriede left her earthly home to rejoice with her Lord and Saviour in her eternal home.

She is survived by her loving husband Edwin; son Hildor (Carla); daughters Alice (Johannes), Ingrid (Manfred), and Edie (Randall); and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons Ehrenfried & Arthur Ergang, and her first husband Roman Tietz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society (

A Celebration of Life will be held at Foster’s Garden Chapel. Please contact Foster’s Garden Chapel for more information.

A live stream of the service will be available via the website, by searching the name Elfriede Ergang.


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Elfriede Ergang


Charles Drewitz

22 abril , 2020

Dear Ergang Family,
Your mother and Onkel Edwin always welcomed the Drewitz family into their (your) home. I fondly recall our long car trips in a huge blue Ford (not nearly as beautiful as Uncle Edwin’s Mercury Marquis) from Winnipeg to Calgary. Arriving late at night, you folks eagerly welcomed us. Tante Elfriede never lost her calm and joyful spirit despite more than a dozen people running around in her home. Decades later, Tante Elfriede and Onkel Edwin then welcomed Inge, me, and our three daughters into their home during our western vacation in 1992. She was still full of laughter with lots of love.
Part of the human composition is our capacity to hold memories. Cherish them. May God grant you peace and strength.

Esther Rohr

22 abril , 2020

Just sending my condolences to all of you in the loss of your mom, and so recently of Arthur too. May the Lord be your comfort.

Charanjeet Sangha

22 abril , 2020

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. I will miss your visit and smile every morning Momma Elfriede. Thinking of you Edie at this most difficult time. Sending you love and hugs.

Sharon Birkett

22 abril , 2020

I will miss your smile and your soft laughter.

Edith, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May your heart be filled with warm loving memories of your mom!

Missing you already,Elfriede!
God Bless

Marilyn Newbury (nee Fitz)

22 abril , 2020

I know we haven't seen each other for many years, but when I saw the notice of your mom's passing in the German PAOC Facebook site, I felt to send a message.

I am sorry to hear of your loss, as well as the other losses in the family over the years.

I pray that this season will be precious as you feel the comfort of Jesus and the odd mix of joy and sorrow as your family gathers to share memories.

God bless you all!

Terry and Michelle and Family Segert

21 abril , 2020

Dear Ergang Family,
I remember having coffee with dad ( Adolf Segert Elfriede's brother) and he would often recall a memory of him and Elfriede laughing and laughing so hard when they were little. He can't remember why they were laughing, he only remembers the fun they had laughing and that he has never laughed so hard. When we think of Elfriede we are always reminded of her amazing laugh, her great smile and her joy. She would always light up any room she entered. Our deepest condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Terry and Michelle Segert and Family

Daniel Segert

21 abril , 2020

Biß nächstens,Tante Friede...

Marg & Don Bryant

21 abril , 2020

Edie and family,
Deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear mom. Have peace and comfort knowing she is with our Lord.
Hold on to her memories they are yours forever. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Suzan Milner

21 abril , 2020

Dear Hildor, Carla and Family,

Sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Mother during this most difficult time. We send love and hugs to all.
Suzan and Irv Milner and family

Annette James

21 abril , 2020

Extending my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. My prayers and blessings are with you and your family.

Annette James