Elfriede Johanna (nee Bloomberg-Storm)
April 2, 1920 – November 6, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother at her home in Harrison Hot Springs in her 96th year. She is predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Konrad; their son Dusty; nephew Gerhardt Hoffmann; son-in-law Neil Stewart. She was the youngest of 5 siblings and the last to go. Survived by her children Hardy (Annie) and Monika; granddaughter Natalie (Jason); great grandchildren Alexander and Madeleine. Elfie was born in Breslau, Germany. Working at Junkers in Berlin, she met and married Konrad in 1939. During the war she lived in Austria where Konnie had been posted. She used to say that the sight of Mt. Cheam reminded her of that beautiful countryside. By 1954 the family emigrated to Canada and claimed Canadian citizenship in 1958. Intelligent and hard-working, Elfie worked at McGill and later at the University of Montreal as executive secretary for Dr. Hans Selye, head of Experimental Medicine and Surgery. She translated many of his books and eventually became translator of scientific publications for the Canadian government. In retirement, Elfie and Konrad moved west to be closer to their children. She was able to explore her love of painting and of gardening. Feisty and independent, she had a soft heart for children, animals and flowers. She enjoyed a good joke and a good melody. In later years, Elfie was able to continue living in her own home and community due to the kindness of her neighbours. Sincere special thanks to Susie and Georges Huwyler for their care and attention that went way above and beyond. Intimate family burial. Friends and neighbours who wish to pay respects and share stories of remembrance over a cup of tea are invited November 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm to the Coronet room at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel.