Elisabeth Sophie Babbel (90), née Doerr, dearly loved mother and grandmother, went to be with her Lord on December 9, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Born November 20, 1929 in Leipzig, she grew up in wartime Germany and married Erwin Babbel December 18, 1948. The couple immigrated to Canada in 1952, going on to serve four churches in pastoral ministry for 30 years: Edmonton, Kelowna, and Toronto in Canada with 18 years at Ridgewood Church in Brookfield, WI.
As a former employee of the Kohl’s Corp. distribution center in Menomonee Falls, WI, Elisabeth enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, leading women’s ministries and Bible studies and walking her favorite dog, Sheba. Once widowed, she married Max Lemke in 1996.
She is survived by her children Wolfgang Babbel, Dorothy (Paul) Batke, John (Sandra) Babbel, Daniel Babbel, and Ruth Lyons; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; sister Judy (Ewald) Raynor; sisters-in-law Ruth Doerr and Irmgard Babbel; numerous members of her step-family, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Erwin Babbel; husband Max Lemke; daughter Lilly; parents Carl and Else Doerr (née Becker); and brother Ted Doerr.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:00am at Ridgewood Church, 2720 Lilly Road, Brookfield, WI 53005 with Rev. Kent Palmer officiating. A Viewing will precede from 9:30–11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brazil-based Chain of Love: nabconference.org/give/chain-of-love/.
For extended family and friends in Canada, a forthcoming memorial service for Elisabeth will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00am at Zion Community Church, 9802 76 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 1K5.