Erika Liddy Dietze Koch

June 8, 1924 – March 31, 2013

Erika Liddy Dietze Koch, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on March 31st, 2013.

Erika was born June 8th, 1924 in Neugersdorf, Saxony, Germany to Liddy and Martin Dietze. She was the middle child of three. She married Harry Hans Paul Koch on November 27th, 1948. After World War II, Harry, Erika, and their daughter, Ilona, escaped East Germany for West Germany. After living in West Germany for several years, they immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Harry and Erika lived many different places over the years, including Utah and various places in British Columbia before settling in Vernon.

Erika loved music and was well known for her beautiful singing voice. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served diligently in numerous capacities. Harry and Erika were sealed in the Cardston, Alberta Temple on March 31st, 1956 and enjoyed serving together as workers in the Seattle, Washington Temple for several years.

Erika is survived by her brother Sigfried Dietze; daughter Ilona (the late Joseph Simpson); grandchildren: Craig (Uschi) Simpson, Mike (Tony) Simpson, David (Cindy) Simpson, Steven (Michelle) Simpson, Rachel (Rory) Paxman, and Jeremy (Mary Ellen) Simpson: and eleven great-grandchildren. Erika was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; parents; brother Werner Dietze; and son-in-law, Joseph Simpson.

The family would like to thank the staff of Noric House for their compassionate care during the last few years of Erika’s life.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, 11:30 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1506-35th Street, Vernon.

Bis aufs wiedersehen liebe mama.

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