When Jacob moved to Canada from Austria in 1953, he accepted a position in the Maintenance Department at St. Mary’s General Hospital. Within a few days of his arrival at St. Mary’s, Jacob was given the nickname “our son”, as the Sisters adored his compassionate and caring ways.
Elizabeth began her journey to Canada when she moved from Bonn, Germany in August 1956. She came to Kitchener with no money, and no way of communicating in English. For a few months, Elizabeth lived in a very small apartment, eating little to no food and drinking only water. Her land lady asked Jacob to translate, and it was through this encounter that they fell in love, and married on December 9th, 1956.
Jacob and Elizabeth lived a wonderful life together and were known by friends as “the two love birds”.
Jacob was a welder by trade, and Elizabeth worked at Electrohome for over 27 years. Jacob and Elizabeth lived a wonderful life together and were known by friends as “the two love birds”. They cherished every moment they spent together gardening, attending St. Mary’s church, and making dinners together. Every Saturday morning, you could find Jacob at the Kitchener Market buying fresh flowers for Elizabeth, and fresh food to prepare her breakfast in bed. They defined the meaning of true friendship and built a life together on a foundation of love and endless support.
After 40 years of marriage, Jacob was suddenly called home on August 30th, 1995 at the age of 70. To this day, Elizabeth tends to a garden made for Jacob beside his gravestone as a way to feel closer to her beloved husband. This plaque and the investment in St. Mary’s it represents is a tribute to the love they shared, and the life they lived together.
In loving memory of Jacob
Yours always, Elizabeth