Ilse Eva Wohlfarth & Ernst Fritz Wohlfarth

Celebration of Life 

December 20th, 2019 

Ilse Eva Wohlfarth 

& 

Ernst Fritz Wohlfarth

Together in life and love, 

now together in Heaven, dancing! 

 

Ilse Eva Wohlfarth 

Apr 3, 1932 – Oct 28, 2019 

A beloved light of life, laughter and love has gone out of our lives. 

The family of Ilse Eva Wohlfarth is sad to announce her sudden death by heart attack on October 28, 2019. 

Ilse Poehls (better known as Elsie or Oma) was born on April 3, 1932 in Celle, Germany. During her late teens, while attending pediatric nursing school, she met her lifetime sweetheart, Ernst (Ernie or Opa) Wohlfarth. On October 18, 1957 they were married and in April 1959 arrived in their new home – Whitehorse, Yukon. As dreamers and adventurous risk takers, they became Yukon business pioneers, founding The Deli in 1968. Her legacy of love and compassion radiated out from there, touching the lives of many Yukoners and travellers from around the world. 

Ilse was involved with many community groups which reflected her wide range of lively interest. She also loved gardening, reading, nature, quilting, taking pictures and was a life-long enthusiastic reader. Ilse enjoyed travelling extensively, especially to her all-time favorite Hawaii. 

She is fondly remembered and sadly missed by many, especially her extended family, including: Ernst/Opa, her loving husband of over 62 years; her sister Margret Hornbostel; her children: Ulrike Levins (Blake); Elke Weber (Dave); Karin Wohlfarth; Ralph Wohlfarth (Sandra); Doris Orr (Dave); 10 grandkids and 4 great-grandkids. 

As a founding member of Trinity Lutheran Church, her passion for God and her church community kept her very active there until her passing. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honour to your favorite charity, or to one he was passionate about. The Pipe Organ Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church: tlc@northwestel.net 

Faith, hope and love – truly the greatest in Ilse’s life was love. 

Ernst Fritz Wohlfarth 

Mar 5, 1929 – Dec 13, 2019 

Another beloved light of life, laughter and love has gone out of our lives. 

Ernst (better known as Ernie or Opa) was born on March 5, 1929 in Gaablau, Germany. To fulfill his dream of emigrating from there to start his own business, he got certified as a butcher/sausage-maker, as well as a commercial insulator. He married his lifetime sweetheart, Ilse (Elsie or Oma) Poehls on October 18, 1957 and in April 1959, they arrived in their new home – Whitehorse, Yukon. As dreamers and adventurous risk takers, they became Yukon business pioneers, founding The Deli in 1968. His sought-after sausage and other smoked delicacies touched the taste buds of many Yukoners and travelers from around the world. 

Ernst relaxed from long work weeks by going on family drives in our beautiful Yukon on Sunday afternoons, and spending time with family and friends. He loved dancing and being a member of The Yukon Order of Pioneers. In his younger years, he enjoyed down-hill skiing and soccer; in his later years reading, cross country-skiing, a passion for growing fireweed and keeping the water barrels full at their community greenhouse. 

He is fondly remembered and sadly missed by many, especially his extended family, including: his sisters Else Renz and Martha Dendorfer; his children: Ulrike Levins (Blake); Elke Weber (Dave); Karin Wohlfarth; Ralph Wohlfarth (Sandra); Doris Orr (Dave); 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 

As a founding member of Trinity Lutheran Church, hi passion for God and his church community kept him very active there until his dementia became too advanced. 

Leaving a legacy as a true Yukon Pioneer. 

1 Comment

  1. Anna Tripp (Palmer)

    My deepest condolences to your entire family. Ernst and Ilse were a big part of my church family for many years in Whitehorse, all through my childhood and even after I’d moved away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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