Erika Cawthra

Erika Anna Cawthra (Schein)

Saturday, March 26th, 1955 - Friday, June 5th, 2020
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With very heavy hearts we announce the passing of Erika Cawthra of Fergus. Erika passed away at home surrounded by family on June 5th, 2020, after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Erika age 65 leaves behind her loving husband Wayne, their son Mathias (Merin) and daughter Kylene (Jeremy O’Donnel). She was an amazing Grandmother to Kalli and Adam Cawthra and Gage, Gryphon, Ronin, and Maverick O’Donnell.

Erika was born on March 26th, 1955 in Langenau Germany, to the late Adam and Eva Schein. She grew up in a close knit family and is survived by brothers Rob (Heather) and Karl Schein (Liz) and sister Rita Lohnes (Randy). Erika was daughter in-law to Mary Gummerson and sister in-law Marlene Van Heusstede (Brian) and Sandra Kelly (Richard Taylor). She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Erika and Wayne Cawthra were married for 46 wonderful years. They lived in Fergus where they proudly raised their two children. There were no strangers in Erika’s life, only friends she has not yet met. She will be missed dearly by all her friends, especially her supportive Gourmet Group of 36 years. Erika was the life of a party, always well dressed and ready to celebrate, bringing laughter, jokes and creating memories for all. Anyone who visited never left hungry. She had a passion to help others and was an active volunteer at Hospice Wellington and New to You in Fergus in support of Grove’s Memorial Hospital. She will be remembered as an amazing dancer, tennis partner and horseshoe champion. She loved to travel and never missed sunsets on the beach (her favourite being Port Elgin). She faced all challenges with a smile and determination to overcome. She loved a good debate, was loyal and loved her family with all her heart. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she met.

The Family would like to thank the Doctors and nurses of Grove’s Memorial Hospital and Grand River Cancer center, the Bayshore nurses (Heather) and Graham Giddy Funeral Home for their care and support. Cremation has already taken place and plans for a Celebration of Life, for this beautiful lady, will be held at a later date. If desired, friends may make memorial donations to Groves Memorial Hospital or charity of your choice.

Dearest Erika, Mom and Grandma, We love you forever and always!
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Tom, Lena and Family

Posted at 09:03pm
Dear Wayne and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Erika's passing! May you find comfort in knowing so many care? Sincerely Tom, Lena and Family💕💕

Sharon and Russ

Posted at 03:04pm
We send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Erika was one of a kind, the life of every party and her laugh and fun filled sense of humour will be missed by all who her knew her.
The pictures are absolutely beautiful and you will be able to reflect on those amazing memories forever.
Our love and thought are with all of you.
Your cousin Sharon and Russ

Rick Clayford

Posted at 08:35am
On behalf of Stephanie and Rick Clayford, and the Clayford family, we would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the Cawthra family.
May her soul rest in peace

Grant Wissler

Posted at 05:54pm
Wayne and family please accept our sincere condolences in the passing of Erica. I have not seen you for many years Wayne but still remember our great times in Fergus. I lost my second wife Rebecca to cancer in 2016. So hard man. God bless Grant and Dieuwke.

Bill Sheridan

Posted at 08:54pm
Dear Wayne and kids,
Corinne and I were saddened very much to hear of Erika's passing. So many memories of house parties, New Year's Eve parties and ball games come flooding back with Erika's sparkling laugh in the forefront of every occasion. Keep each other close and your memories even closer still.
Corinne and Bill Sheridan

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