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Bernhard “Bernie” Ortlieb, devoted husband and loving father, died peacefully at the age of 87 early Christmas morning, 2017 at his home in Victoria, BC.

Born on December 30th, 1929 in Münstertal, Germany to Ottilie (Steiert) and Karl August Ortlieb. Bernie was one of 6 children. He came to Canada in 1954 where he met, married and started a family with Russian immigrant, Anna Fedorovna Erochina. As the owner/operator of a successful bakery outside of Vancouver BC, Bernie worked hard to provide for his family. He loved life to the fullest, enjoying gardening, travelling, music, and writing. He was a devout Catholic and sang in the church choir with his wife for many years. He was also an active member of the Kolping Society of Vancouver, the Knights of Columbus, and his community, making generous charitable donations and dedicating countless volunteer hours over his lifetime to help those in need. Bernie had a special knack for making people laugh. His gentle nature and kind-hearted humour warmed the hearts of everyone he met.

Predeceased by parents as well as siblings, Elisabeth, Franz, and Trudpert, and nephew, Karl-Josef. Bernie will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Anna; three daughters, Mary Ann, Lillian (Bruce) and Paulina; siblings, Walburga and Hugo; grandchildren Jessica, Tanya, Luke, Ruby, Audrey and Violet; great-granddaughter, Athena, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on January 10th, 2018 at 11 am at Our Lady of Assumption, 7742 West Saanich Road, Central Saanich, BC V8M 1R7

Memorial donations in memory of Bernie can be made to Luther Court Society @

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Hildegard Sauter
    January 12, 2018

    To the Ortlieb family,
    Dear Bernhard is in our best memory with his favored
    The times we had together with his family was in Ladner,
    in Kelowna in our hica greenhouses, a Hello at the Bakery or
    the vine yard, a chad about his beloved Muenstertal, and the
    happy hours at our Kelowna Kolping Group.
    We thank you Bernhard and your family for being part of our life.
    May God Bless you all.
    Hildegard (Karl) Sauter, Kelowna BC

  • Rose Vetter
    January 8, 2018

    Dear Anna and Family,

    “To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die”…Bernhard will indeed live on in the hearts of the many people he touched with his deep faith, his gentle, loving spirit, his generosity and humility. Rest assured that you now have an angel to watch over you. I pray that our Lord give you comfort and strength in your time of sorow.

    Rose Vetter

  • Elisabeth Lange
    January 7, 2018

    Dear Anna and Family,

    We are sorry to hear of Bernhard’s passing. He will always be with us in our hearts, remembered as a kind, loving and helpful person. May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers are with you Bernhard.

    Eliesabeth Lange und Kinder, Vancouver,B.C.

  • Otto Koppe
    January 6, 2018

    Dear Anna and family:

    Bernhard was one of my good friends, and I came to visit you once. Strange, I was thinking of him and you, Anna, around Christmas! We will never forget him, he wrote me such nice mail always. I will pray for him and am sure that he is in a much better place with the Lord! Our Condolence from Otto and Chantal Koppe, Burnaby, 5657 Forglen Dr. V5H 3K9

  • John Fengler
    January 6, 2018

    Bernhard, my first friend in Vancouver,1956. The year of the start of the Vancouver Kolpings Family, of which he also was a founding member. We became friends the first time we met. He was also kind enough to visit my mother on his first return to Germany. We lost contact when I went into the Yukon and he was busy in his Bakery in Coquitlam. But we have seen each other the last time at the 50th Anniversary of the Kolpings Family Vancouver. He did contribute a great deal to lasting friendships in his life time. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  • Dieter & Gisela Howald
    January 6, 2018

    Dear Anna and Children:

    It is with sadness that we receive the news of Bernhardt’s passing. Please accept via this email our sincere condolences. Bernhardt was a true and passionate Badener, a Schwarzwaelder who never forgot his roots and the special family he was born into. I, as a former Nord-Schwarzwaelder and he from the south, we often talked about the unique part of Germany we came from. In our younger years we had dreams of forming a Schwarzwald Club in Vancouver. In Kolping we maintained our friendship over the years. Unser Gebet sei Ihm gewiss!!

    Dieter und Gisela Howald, Kelowna, B.C.

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