Leslie Heidecker, age 50, passed away peacefully in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, AB surrounded by the loving embrace of her close family and friends. Leslie came to us on March 4, 1962. Born into the heart of Nina Ohrn and accepted into the heart and home of Bernard and Patricia Oke in Throne, AB. Leslie’s family settled in Castor, AB where she attended the Theresetta School. She was married to Terry on July 29, 1983 and moved to Coronation, AB.
They had two children and raised them farming the land and tending to different animals. Terry and Les sold most of their land in 1999 to pursue their passions. Leslie has worked at the Coronation Hospital since 1985 touching the lives and hearts of the community with her unbridled spirit. Over the years she supported and celebrated the lives of patients in her care, especially the elderly; devoting time and passion to groups that bring people together such as the Federal Friendship Club and the Pioneer Twilight Club.
Leslie enjoyed the summer sun, being outdoors, her flower gardens, crafting and creating flower arrangements. She especially treasured time with her family and friends. She adored and cherished every waking moment with her grandchildren Rachel and Jonny. Travelling, camping and riding her motorcycle all made her smile sparkle.
Leslie was predeceased by her father Bernard in 1969, her mother Nina in 1997 and her mother Patricia in 2004. She is survived by her husband Terry, of Coronation, AB; son Jay (Danielle) of Calgary, AB; two grandchildren Rachel and Jonathan; daughter Gina (Lee) of Castor, AB; brother Terrence (Sharon) of Barnwell, AB and their four children; sister Shawna (Marty) of Calgary, AB and their two children; sister Sherrie (Rob) of Peace River, AB and their two children; father-in-law and mother-in-law Max and Edna Heidecker; brother-in-law Gary Heidecker; sister-in-law Cheryl (Dennis) Deagle and their daughter Jenna.
To commemorate Leslie’s life a funeral service was held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Coronation Community Centre, Cooronation, AB with Reverend Sue Hertell officiating.
A tribute to Mom was shared by Leslie’s children, Jay and Gina Heidecker. Carol Funnell, Terry Preston and Jackie Morettin shared some of their memories of Leslie. Long time friend Jean Russell gave a special tribute and read a poem that she wrote about their friendship.
Special music ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Morning Has Broken’ were played. A video tribute was played during the service.
Following the service lunch was served and prepared by the Country Cooking from Castor, AB. Memorial Donations may be made to The Leslie Heidecker Memorial Fund for the Haneyville Cemetery, Box 837, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0; The Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 202-5913 50 Ave. Red Deer, AB, T4N 4C4, The Pioneer Twilight Club, Mail Bag 500, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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