In Loving Memory of Elaine Bandermann

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mom, nana, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Elaine Bandermann, age 73 of Stratford and formerly of Toronto, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday June 22, 2021. Born in Amarillo Texas, daughter of the late Lorine and Francis Pritchard, she became a proud citizen of Canada. Sister to Lucy and Ruth. Aunt to Melissa, Clea and Robin. Beloved wife of Volkmar of 51 years. Loving mother of Ingrid and mother-in-law to Silbert. Nana to Ocean, Phoenix and Jordynn. Elaine graduated from The College of Wooster in Ohio, USA. After graduation she ventured to Toronto, Canada in 1969 where she was going to stay only for a little bit. She found a job working for the United Church of Canada. After meeting Volkmar she undoubtedly stayed, married in 1970, adopted Ingrid in 1972 and led a life in Canada. Elaine attended OISE at the University of Toronto where she studied to become a teacher. She was a devoted teacher with the Scarborough Board of Education. She loved incorporating drama into her practice and diverse literature. She was that teacher whom everyone treasured being kind, gentle and very respectful of children. In 1997 she earned her Doctorate of Education and continued to teach in Scarborough until she retired. She retired from teaching in 2003. Both Elaine and Volkmar moved to Stratford, Ontario shortly after. Elaine was an active member of her church community. Her love of books continued where she was able to lead different book studies and discussion groups. Elaine will be sorely missed by all whom she touched. May she Rest in Peace and Love. A private family visitation will be held on Friday July 2, 2021 at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford with prayers at 2 pm. Those wishing to join the family from home may do so by clicking view livestream under Elaine’s obituary on the funeral home website. A public celebration of Elaine’s life will be held at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford on Saturday, September 4 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to L’Arche Stratford through the funeral home. 519.271.7411


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