Dorte Ewe Laesecke

Dorte passed away unexpectedly on April 7, 2018 at the age of 76. Born on August 23, 1941 in Berlin, Germany, Dorte and her husband Ernst immigrated to Canada in 1971 along with their two sons Ronald (Sharon) and Patrick. They settled in Richmond and their family was completed with the birth of their daughter Stephanie (Chris). Dorte and Ernst worked tirelessly and in numerous jobs to provide for their family. For Dorte, she took great pride in receiving her real estate license and then working first as an agent and then as the Assistant Manager for United Realty at their Kingsway office.

Dorte and Ernst loved to travel and they both worked very hard to be able to travel often with their children. Some of her favorite trips were family vacations to Hawaii and back home to visit family in Germany. After Ernst’s passing in 2001, Dorte continued to travel with her children and grandchildren until her health restricted her ability to do so. In recent years Dorte’s greatest joy was spending time with her six grandchildren Savannah, Isabella, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Zachary and Katherine. Dorte was very proud of her children who found careers in engineering, the trades and teaching.

Dorte is predeceased by her parents and husband, and survived by her sister Heike (Rudiger) her children and her grandchildren.

A special thank you goes out to Dr. McCreary her family doctor, Dr. Boyd at Vancouver General Hospital, the BC Cancer Agency and all those who have been a part of her care and who helped her face her many health challenges over the years.

Dorte will be remembered by all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her as a strong woman who faced challenges with poise, grit and determination and as a mother and grandmother who loved her family and put them first above all else.

We will be hosting an open house/celebration of life on April 27th, 2018. Friends & family are welcome to stop by between 4-6pm at Stephanie's home. Please email Stephanie for the address at