GOERTZEN, Patricia

July 13, 1963 — November 24, 2019

Much to our dismay, our beloved Patricia was suddenly called home by her Heavenly Father after a car accident on November 24, 2019. She will be profoundly missed by those whose lives she touched during her 56 dynamic and exuberantly lived years.

Patricia was a devoted wife and mother to her husband Larry, and her daughters, Melissa (engaged to Jasper Berg), Alicia, and Ariana. Patricia was the daughter of Norman and Elfrieda Krumbhols and a sister to Daryl (Suzanne), Paul (Jodi), and David Krumbhols. When Patricia and Larry were married 36 years ago, November 12, 1983, Henry and Eva Goertzen and their children, Dwayne (Marlena) Goertzen and Sylvia (Randy) Carter welcomed Patricia into the Goertzen family. Patricia cherished this family along with her nieces and nephews, extended family, “chosen” family members, and friends.

Patricia strongly believed that everyone is made for relationship. She devoted her life to fostering this, first in her family, and then in her role as Executive Director at Hands In Service, a non-profit organization that seeks to fill the gaps for those in our community in need of practical care.  The team’s desire is to provide tangible acts of service with a love and connectedness that many us take for granted. Patricia served Hands in Service for over ten years during which the organization won the 2015 Kelowna Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.

Patricia was known as a purpose driven woman of faith, a dedicated and proud mother, a tireless and self-sacrificing advocate, and a generously loving person.  She enjoyed our Okanagan summers, adventure of all kinds and traveling with her family. Patricia could light up a room with her vivacious personality, affectionate hugs, joyous laughter and her fabulously bold sense of style.

No doubt heaven’s choir became exceptionally more jubilant as Patricia joined in song with her robust effervescence and genuine love for God and others.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Patricia on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm at Trinity Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. The viewing/visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:45 until 2:30 pm. In honor of Patricia’s style and love for vibrant color, we invite you to join us in wearing something with a bright pattern or brilliant color.

Memorial donations may be made to  Hands in Service:  www.handsinservice.ca

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