Living in the country Verna truly recognized that God makes everything beautiful in His own time. She loved the seasons and relished the coming of each one. Her creative spirit shone through in her love of writing, penmanship and gardening, for which she won awards at local fairs. An excellent seamstress, Verna would stay up until the wee hours sewing that special dress for Cheryl. In later years she found enjoyment and purpose in sewing quilts for her family and mission project.
Everyone remembers Verna’s wonderful meals, how happy she was in preparing them and her joy in the company of family and friends who came to share her hospitality. Friendships were so important to Verna. She was a member of the Lauderdale Ladies Aid and the Happy-Go-Lucky club. In addition, she helped to start a Kitchen Band which gained enough fame to actually perform on television in Edmonton and Red Deer, as well as at local functions. Her writing led to a long-time friendship with pen pal Ruth Golding of Ontario, a relationship of correspondence which spanned 80 years. Her involvement in church activities included times of leading the girls’ Messenger and Explorer groups.
Verna loved her grandchildren and was very proud of all their accomplishments. She was always eager and ready to ride along to curling games, ball games, the music festival, 4-H activities and any special family events. In 1997, Verna moved to her little house in Castor where she spent several contented years continuing to appreciate God’s blessings and extend kindness to others. Verna valued family and friends and ever challenged us to let go of busyness and focus more on relationships.
The last four years of her life with deteriorating health were not easy for Verna. The family appreciates all the care, attention and compassion shown to her by the Lodge and Extendicare staff.
She is survived by her children Cheryl Kolbuc of Edmonton and Dale (Kimberley) and daughter-in-law Wendy Dunkle of Castor; four grandchildren Lisa Kolbuc of Vancouver, Jeff (Barbara) Kolbuc of Edmonton, Dwayne (Deanna) Dunkle of Castor and Ange (Rob) Christensen of Spokane WA; five great-grandchildren Jenessa and Darien Dunkle, Sawyer and Malea Kolbuc, Eli Christensen; brothers Roy and Jack (Shirley) Haeberle; sister Beth (Paul) Thibault, sister-in-law Ina Dunkle and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Verna was predeceased by her husband Lawrence in 1989, son Doug in 2011, son-in-law Ted Kolbuc in 1979, sisters Etta, Stella and Dorothy; brothers Archie, Douglas (Dode), Melvin and many extended family members.
Funeral services were held at the Evangelical Missionary Church on Friday, April 13, 2012 with Pastor Grant Sikstrom and Pastor Jim Culham officiating. Kimberley Dunkle, Wendy Dunkle and Judy Weisgarber gave loving tributes of Verna. Betty Spady played for the hymns “Spirit of Gentleness” and “Until We Meet Again.” Private family interment was held at Castor Cemetery with Dwayne Dunkle, Darcy Dunkle, Jeff Kolbuc, Jay Thibault, Brad Dunkle and Ken Haeberle as pallbearers. Family and friends gathered together for a time of fellowship and luncheon by the Women’s Ministries.
Memorial donations in Verna’s memory may be made to the OLRH Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com. Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403-882-3141.