Alice was born December 17, 1919 on the farm south of Fleet, Alberta. She went to school at Lake Thelma School.
She married Ed Checkel on January 31, 1946 in Castor, Alberta. They resided on her parents homestead at NE 24 35 13 W4, south of Fleet, where they raised two sons Don and Gerry.
Alice loved rural life and especially her garden and flowers. She was an avid crafter and spent many evening and winter hours knitting, sewing, braiding rag rugs, crocheting and making patch work quilts. Alice and Ed loved to go fishing when they could take time off from farming. In later years traveled with their motor home, from Prince Rupert, BC in the north to Nevada in the south. They usually had a dog or cat or maybe both in the house and they provided companionship for her in her last 10 years on the farm after Ed passed away. In January 2006 she moved into Legion Manor #1 where she resided for 3 years, during this time she walked uptown nearly every day, to visit and have coffee. Then due to failing health she moved into Paintearth Lodge and then into Extended Care where she lived until her passing.
Alice was predeceased by Ed, her husband of 50 years; her parents Fred and Mary Filipenko; her brother Fred and his wife Laura; her sister Lena Makaruk and her husband Joe; many brothers, sisters in law, nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her sons Gerry, Don (Donna); niece Julie Falkenberg (Mel) and her family; brother in law Phil Checkel (Betty); sisters in law Jean Checkel and Faith Checkel; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 family gathered together to celebrate Alice’s life. Pastor Jim Culham led the intimate service held at Parkview Funeral Chapel, Castor, Alberta. A time of visiting with a luncheon followed the service. Alice was laid to rest beside her husband Eddie in the Castor Municipal Cemetery, Castor, Alberta. If desired donations may be made in memory to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation ~ Extended Care c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, Box 186, Castor, Alberta T0C 0X0, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send or view condolences to the family please visit www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com