Elisabeth M. Rewcastle

January 19, 1922February 10, 2018

Elisabeth M. Rewcastle died peacefully at home, attended by her “girls”, on February 10, 2018. She was married to Ralph C. E. Rewcastle, who died in 1987.

Elisabeth was born in Bienne, Switzerland on January 19, 1922 to Clara Harnischberg Althaus and Paul O. Althaus. She was educated in Zurich, received her baccalaureate and attended Zurich University. During the last war years, she worked in Geneva with the Swiss Red Cross, bringing convoys of sick children out of the occupied countries.

In 1946, after a wartime courtship, Elisabeth married Ralph. They lived in Switzerland, where Ralph worked in the fledgling advertising industry. They moved to the States in 1949, and lived in Connecticut with their three children, before moving to London, England. After Ralph’s retirement in 1971, they lived in Goudhurst, Kent and then on Cape Cod, first in Harwich Port and then Orleans.

Elisabeth enjoyed gardening, needle point, bridge and travelling. She had many friends, and enjoyed the meetings of the “Stitch and Bitch” club and the “French Group”. She volunteered at the Snow Library mending books and was very active in her parish, St. Joan of Arc. She worked at their Thrift shop, with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and as a Eucharistic minister for the sick. She organized the Friendly Visitors program, for which she was awarded the Marian medal.

Elisabeth was a remarkable woman who lived her 96 years with elegance, style, strength and humor. She endured tragedies, such as the death of her son Martin, with grace and grit.

Elisabeth leaves her daughters, Annie and Marian, her daughters-in law, Lisa Block and Jennifer Rewcastle, grandchildren Alexis Rewcastle Delgado (Carlos), Thomas Rewcastle and Elisabeth Rewcastle Evans (Rob) and three great-grandchildren, Laney and Lily Delgado and Poppy Evans. She also leaves nieces and nephews and numerous friends on at least two continents.

The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to VNA hospice and Visiting Angels for their care and devotion. To Bonnie, Dana and everyone at the Terraces, Elisabeth and her family are forever grateful.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans on Monday, February 19th at 11 am. Burial to follow at the Orleans Cemetery. Donations may be made in her name to VNA Hospice of Cape Cod or the St. Vincent DePaul Society or a charity of your choice.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 19, 2018

Elisabeth M. Rewcastle

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February 23, 2018

May the God of all comfort grant you peace at this difficult time.

February 18, 2018

Our deepest condolences on your loss. When you look up to the sky know she is looking down on you with love in her heart.
Mike and Lisa Panaccione

February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018

Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort care for you during this time of mourning. He will comfort your hearts and make you strong ~ 2Thessalonians 2:16,17.

Carol Scarborough

February 16, 2018

Deepest sympathies to the family and many friends. I always enjoyed seeing Mrs. Rewcastle when visiting my mother, Betty Yearing, at the Terraces. She was so proud of the lovely garden she had there. Such a kind, strong woman with such fascinating stories. I know she will be missed.

Laurel Tileston

February 16, 2018

Many prayers and blessings to the family!

Laurel Tileston

February 16, 2018

My deepest condelences to the family and prayers and blessings in this hard time!
Laurel Tileston

Jennifer Rewcastle

February 16, 2018

Always known in our family as Nana when she became grandmother to Thom and Elisabeth. We shall miss her more than words can express. Elisabeth was always so capable - a great conversationalist, interested in books, current affairs, family life. She seemed to do everything with ease and great style, but in fact she really put her back into it working hard and being strict with herself.
I loved my holiday breakfasts with Nana, getting up to the smell of coffee, the table beautifully set, always with flowers, sitting reading the Cape Cod Times and waiting for me to make my sleepy appearance. She loved taking me on all the little back roads around Orleans, on her favourite walks and to her swimming hole at the end of Skaket beach. She was great company, a brilliant grandmother and dearly loved by us all.
Here is a photo I took a few years ago of her coming down the stairs..I said Stay right there' ... Why?' ... Because you look fantastic!'

Andy Stevens

February 15, 2018

Just a great, classy lady. Elizabeth was a a dear friend to our family, especially to my mother. We'll all miss her.

February 14, 2018

You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
What a lovely lady Elisabeth was---I am sure you will be comforted by your many sweet memories.
lovingly, Erica S