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Elizabeth Anne Lochtefeld, our beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, business partner and friend, was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us on Monday, October 25, 2004 at the age of 44. Beth loved life, and lived it with curiosity, delight, and joy. Her warm heart and enthusiasm for life touched everyone she came in contact with.
This web page is a collection of thoughts and images from those who loved her most. We invite you to visit it as often as you like. Below are several links that will help you learn more about Beth. They include the beautiful eulogies given at each of her funerals attended by over 1400 people, a letter to a Master Aikido instructor asking to become a pupil, a heart warming statement from her family, and many highlights from the guestbook on her website.
Did You Know Beth Wrote A Book?
As Beth's family was boxing up her personal belongings, they discovered a finished manuscript for a book she had been writing over the last two years of her life. As it was her pride and joy to talk about, many who were closest to her knew about the book, but the book took on a whole new meaning once we all realized that it was her parting gift to the world. Her brothers and sister decided to band together to get the book published. They then graciously donated the book to the University of Dreams Foundation, who will take on the role of distributing the book.
The University of Dreams Foundation was co-founded by Beth and her cousin Eric Lochtefeld shortly before her death. Beth and Eric had co-founded the very successful University of Dreams Inc. (www.uofdreams.com) in 2000, and felt compelled to give back to all those that supported the company in the past and will in the future. Beth's role was to become the company's Executive Director and to help brainstorm the best way that the company could give back to the world. While attending her funeral in New York, Eric was genuinely humbled by the dozens of individuals who came up to him proclaiming how Beth had played a helpful hand in their own life pursuits.
Thus the BIG idea for the University of Dreams Foundation was born. In Beth's memory, a company would be built to bring Dreamers and Dream Supporters together to get Dreamers the resources they need to pursue their Dreams. The rest of this website will tell that story, but there is one way you can help with this dream.
We are proud to announce that Beth's book is available for purchase and that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the University of Dreams General Grant Fund and distributed to deserving Dreamers so that they can make their dreams come true. Appropriately enough, Beth titled the book, "Tell Me About Your Dreams." It features 25 of her father's fanciful, whimsical intaglio prints accompanied by an original short story with each photo. It is sure to inspire the greatness that lies within you. To purchase a copy of the book, simply click on the Buy Now button. The price of the book is $29.95 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. With each book that is purchased and read, her personal legend of inspiring and equipping Dreamers to pursue their dreams is kept alive.