|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1978|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 2010, Canada|
BENDER-BETIK, Emilee Dawn
(March 24, 1978 - June 27, 2010)
Emilee Bender passed away early
Sunday morning, June 27, 2010 at
Lisaard House hospice, in Cambridge.
Emilee's courageous journey
with brain cancer was an inspiration
to all. Loving wife of Nick Betik,
Kitchener. Beloved daughter of
Linda and Ken Bender, Breslau.
Sister of Nathan Bender, Toronto
and Melissa and Greg Downey,
Caledon. Daughter-in-law of Lori
and Jerry Betik, Astorville. Sister-inlaw
of Lisa and Matthew Betik,
Waterloo, Melinda Fulmer and
Aaron Betik, Atlanta, GA, Andrew
Betik, Calgary, and Rebecca and
Mark Shewfelt, Ottawa. Emilee is
greatly missed by her many aunts,
uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Emilee enjoyed wonderful friendships
and thrived in an abundance of
communities throughout her life.
Emilee graduated from Rockway
Mennonite Collegiate and the
University of Waterloo with a
Masters degree in Architecture.
Emilee's family will receive friends at
Erb & Good Funeral Home, 171
King St. South, Waterloo, on
Tuesday, June 29, from 7:00 - 9:00
p.m. and on Wednesday, June 30
from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 -
9:00 p.m. The funeral service will
take place on Thursday, July 1 at
1:00 p.m. at Breslau Mennonite
Church, 226 Woolwich St. South,
Breslau, ON. As an expression of
sympathy, memorial donations to
Lisaard House, Cambridge, Brain
Tumour Foundation of Canada or
Mennonite Central Committee
International can be arranged
through the funeral home at
519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com
Emilee - We Remember
Emilee's creative gifts will bring me joy
forever. Our relationship began over email
two months prior to meeting in person.
For Christmas, Emilee crafted a simple, yet beautiful 'book' of all those emails which
highlighted our connection and chemistry
well before we had even met. Em's imagination
also shone brightly in a quilt that she and
Grandma Bender lovingly made for me. The
pattern's made from my old sports t-shirts
and jerseys, that Emilee had 'taken to Goodwill'.
Emilee's grandfather Don Bender was a custom
home builder. Emilee was fascinated with his
drawing board and house magazines.
"Grandpa" would give her house plans and
blueprints to study and play with. As a
very young girl, Emilee let it be known that
she wanted to be an architect when she grew
up. Following many years of hard work and
perseverance Emilee successfully defended
her thesis on January 16, 2007 (Nick's
birthday) to earn her Master's Degree of
Architecture. Emilee brought great joy into
our lives for 32 years. Her positive spirit
will remain with us forever.
Love, Mom & Dad
I remember my chubby little sister mumbling
so loud in her sleep I could hear her from
my bedroom. Last Friday night Emilee could
no longer talk, but twice, she mumbled
something in her sleep as I stayed beside
her at Lisaard House. Emilee encouraged us
to keep living our lives and she did just
that. Em, I'm proud to call you my sister.
I love, you.
As children Emilee and I would spend hours
building houses from Lego. We would pretend
we were the people who lived in these
houses.As we role-played the lives of these
people, we shared our dreams and life goals
with each other. Emilee's houses were
always extremely detailed and crafted to
perfection. At an early age Emilee realized
her dream of becoming an architect. As her
older sister I was proud to see her
accomplish this and many of her other
childhood dreams thoughout her life. Even
though she was my little sister I always
looked up to her!
Aunt Emilee always helped put together
my new Lego kits and did crafts with
Aunt Emilee always brought us new stories
books when she went on trips! Kyle
Aunt Emilee had pretty shoes and wore
green shoes to her wedding! Jillian
Emilee used her architectural skills to
redesign our family room which will be a
constant reminder of Emilee. Last year
Emilee and Nick offered to stain our shed.
While Nick was fishing, Emilee completed
the entire job herself. Every time we look
at the shed we will remember Emilee.
Lori and Jerry Betik (Mother and Father inlaw)
Email from Emilee just after receiving biopsy
results. Tuesday June 24th, 2008:
First things first, THANK YOU. For every-
thing: the thoughts, prayers, emails, cards,
phone calls, meals, gifts, flowers, etc.
We have been overwhelmed by your acts of
thoughtfulness and kindness. Please know
that your thoughts mean so much to us and
we are grateful for your support and
continued friendship. We are fortunate to
be a part of such wonderful communities
and support structures.
Breslau Mennonite Cemetery
Waterloo Regional Municipality
Created by: Janet Charette
Record added: Jun 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54188137