It is with gratitude for a life well-lived, and a man much loved that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Larry Filipenko on Nov. 5, 2019 at the age of 78 years.
Larry was born in Castor, Alta. on Aug. 16, 1941. He was the youngest of three children born to Alice and Nicholas Filipenko.
While at school, Larry met the love of his life and later married June Stoller.
They cherished travelling, socializing and hosting all sorts of events; they certainly were the life of the party.
Together they raised three children: Valerie, Sandi and Wayne. Larry was very proud of his children and their families.
A hole in his heart was left when June passed away in December 2002. Friends and family visiting was his salvation.
He had many lasting, loyal friendships and was then re-acquainted with Karen Slemp. Their friendship grew and were companions for many years.
Together they enjoyed playing cards, going to rodeos, travelling and watching their grandchildren grow.
Larry lived his entire life in Castor where he, along with his best friend and brother Dennis, built a very successful concrete and construction business.
For over 50 years, Filipenko brothers have been a pillar of the community by supporting countless town initiatives and local charities.
When Larry was not working at the “shop,” he loved camping, gardening, fishing, curling, baseball, hockey, golf, his coffee crew and poker friends.
Larry was most at home at the farm and thought he grew the best tomatoes around.
Most of all, though, Larry loved to visit with friends and family.
He always had the time to meet you with a smile, a wave or a hello.
Larry always brought a positive energy to the room; he had the innate ability to make people feel included and part of the action.
We will always cherish his endearing laugh, endless funny sayings and larger than life stories.
To a life well-lived, Dad; Rest in Peace.
Larry was predeceased by his parents Alice and Nicholas Filipenko, wife June Filipenko, mother and father-in-law Marie and Gottleib Stoller, brother-in-law Merrill Booth and brother-in-law Ken Stoller.
Larry leaves to forever treasure: daughter Valerie (Sam) Raher, their children Jay, Steven (Leona) and Kristi (Brandon) Banks; daughter Sandi (Kurt), their children Christina (Blake) Krause, Nick (Vanessa), and Andrew (Michelle); son Wayne (Michelle), children Jaxon and Brooklyn; great-grandchildren: Hailie, Alexa, Hannah, Leah, Cash, Kane, Catherine, Jacob, Lily, Ivy and Willow.
Larry also leaves behind, his companion Karen Slemp; son Dirk (Jolene) Slemp, kids Veronica, Ben and Jack; daughter Jana (Craig) Kopp and kids Shayla and Garrett; brother Dennis (Betty) Filipenko; sister Janet Booth; nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Larry’s life was held at the Castor Community Hall, Castor, Alta on Wed., Nov. 13, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Larry was laid to rest in the morning beside his beloved wife June during a private interment in the Castor Cemetery.
In honour of Larry, memorial donations may be made to STARS, Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation or Castor Minor Sports c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, P.O. Box 186, Castor, Alta T0C 0X0, 403-882-3141, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com.
Card of Thanks
Val, Sandi and Wayne, along with our families, would like to thank everyone for the messages, food, flowers and cards sent for our dad.
A special thank you to the Castor Home Care nurses, hospital staff and Dean Ross and his staff, who all were very helpful.
We appreciate all the friends and community who have helped dad in so many ways over the years. Dad will be missed.
The Filipenko Families