The When Calls the Heart episode ‘My Heart Will Go On’ features Jack (Daniel Lissing) who is mourning a fellow, young Mountie. His friend’s death has him questioning his life and career choice. In real life, actor Lissing has been mourning the death of his 94-year-old grandmother, Rebecca “Betty” Lissing (née Wynschenk). She photos below.
Betty was born in Amsterdam in 1923. In Brussels, she was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. She told her story of survival – being evacuated from the camp in 1945, being sent to the Netherlands to convalesce, and then discovering that her husband was alive. They immigrated to Australia, Daniel Lissing’s native land, in 1949. Betty’s oral history was recorded in 1980 and is archived at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. When Calls the Heart airs Sundays at 9pm on Hallmark Channel.
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our beloved Oma, mother and aunty, Rebecca (Betty) Lissing. My grandmother was one of the great hero’s in my life. Her story was an inspiration to all. Not to mention her love, compassion, empathy, good will, patience, and strength for EVERYONE she met. She will be missed but our family is happy she’s resting peacefully. So, raise a glass to ‘Betty’ my Oma, if you’re so inclined. I will be. Her life is worth celebrating. Wishing you all a long, happy and healthy life.