Elisabeth Vandeven

Elisabeth Vandeven

Friday, May 8th, 1931 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Elisabeth Vandeven
May 8, 1931 - February 10, 2020
Elisabeth Vandeven, 88, of Liverpool, died on February 10, 2020. She was born in Braunsberg, East Prussia (then, Germany). After her father was killed in the WWII Battle of Stalingrad, Elisabeth along with her mother and siblings escaped the Russian invasion and became refugees, eventually settling in Münster, West Germany.

Elisabeth completed her nursing education as a medical social worker in West Germany. She met her future husband Donald in Heidelberg and migrated to Syracuse in 1957, where they married in 1958.

Elisabeth completed her Masters in Education at Syracuse University. She worked as an elementary corrective reading specialist for the Syracuse City School District for over 25 years. During retirement, Elisabeth volunteered at Upstate Cancer Center and was an ombudsman for area nursing homes.

Elisabeth loved to cook and bake. She traveled with a pouch overflowing with her favorite recipes. She enjoyed “Oma and grandchildren” activities which always involved aprons and baking.

Elisabeth’s husband, Donald, died in 2018. They had been married for 60 years. She is survived by their children: Andrea (David Cohen); Mark (Myriamne Coffeen, deceased); and Christine; their five grandchildren: Rebecca and Emily Cohen; Mikayla, Theo, and Anya Coffeen-Vandeven; beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews in the United States, Canada, and Germany; and many dear friends and valued colleagues.

Calling hours will be Sunday, Feb. 16th, from 5 to 6 pm, followed by a brief service at 6 pm at Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd., Syracuse. A celebration of life and burial at the Onondaga County Veteran’s Cemetery will take place in the spring. Contributions may be made to the Liverpool Public Library ( or the Upstate Foundation.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 16th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, February 16th, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
    1604 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
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  • Service

    Sunday, February 16th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Sunday, February 16th, 2020 6:00pm
    Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
    1604 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Onondaga County Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
    4069 Howlett Hill Rd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13215
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Rosanne Suskin

Posted at 12:05am
Dear Christine, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. My heart goes out to you. I am so glad while you so lovingly cared for your mom, I was able to meet her several times. A very sweet and lovely lady.

My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family
at this most difficult time,
Rosanne Suskin

Marlene Roeder

Posted at 08:42pm
What an inspiration Elisabeth was to me! She was a real survivor. After all her impossibly difficult experiences during the war, she came to America, married a great guy, nurtured a terrific family, and completed her Masters degree in Education (in her non-native tongue). She spoke in such a positive way about her students that she encouraged me to pursue teaching in the Syracuse City School District. She was a most excellent friend over many years to both my mom and dad, always there to encourage and cook a meal when they were ill. What a significant person in my life! I'm thankful I had the privilege of knowing her. I'm grateful to have been a small part of her family's lives.

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