Alwine Louisa Ratz
was born on February 14th, 1911 in Dobrzykow, Poland to Julius and Bertha Neitsch. On March 28th, 1932 she married Samuel (Sam) Ratz. Together they started their family on a farm, purchased by Sam’s father in 1890, on the south bank of the Vistula River near the village of Dobrzykow. They had ten children but, as a result of the war, conditions in Poland were difficult and five of the children died before the age of 5 years. On January 5th, 1945, in a horse drawn covered wagon, leaving their livestock and most of their possessions behind, they left their home, heading for Germany. In 1950 they came to Canada, making their way to the Okanagan where other family members were living. Eventually they settled in Coldstream as both Sam and Alwine had found employment with the Coldstream Ranch. Sam passed away on June 11th, 1981. After his death Alwine resided in Coldstream Meadows for a time and then later moved to the Lake Country Lodge where she could receive the care she needed. She passed away there on December 24th, 2011 at the age of 100 years.
Alwine will be lovingly remembered by her children, Erna (Phillip) Geiger of Vernon, B.C., Helmut (Carol) Rath of Okanagan Centre, B.C., Walter (Myrna) Ratz of Victoria, B.C., Helga Ratz of Grande Prairie, Alberta and Hilde (Carl) Franzen of Kelowna, B.C.; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation preceded a Funeral Service which will be held this coming July. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Alwine to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 5151 Alain Road, Vernon, B.C. V1B 3K6.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5