Hronek, Elsie Katherine (Kobi)

Elsie Katherine Hronek (Kobi)
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Elsie Katherine Hronek (Kobi)

Elsie Katherine Hronek (Kobi) was born to Emil and Barbara Kobi on June 27, 1923 at Endiang, Alta.

She was the second youngest and had eight siblings.

She loved being outdoors with her first love being horses.

Elsie also loved going to dances and eventually met the love of her life, Benjamin Stanley Hronek.

Ben and Elsie were married on Oct. 24, 1941 and then bought their homestead north of Halkirk in 1942.

Together they worked on the farm and did trucking of grain, coal and cattle.

They also enjoyed hunting together and had three children, Stanley, Lavonne, and Duanne, a few years later.

Elsie had a green thumb and loved birds, especially hummingbirds.

Her yard was immaculate with beautiful flowers and greenery, as well as she had a huge garden.

Every year it would produce a considerable surplus and she would do a lot of picking and canning.

She loved being a homemaker and every Sunday she would cook lunch and supper for the family prior to going into Pines Lodge in Red Deer in April 2016.

A couple of years later she moved into Points West in Stettler where she passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2020 at 96-years-old.

Elsie is lovingly remembered by her family, children: Stanley (Fran) Hronek, Lavonne Smith and Duanne Hronek; grandchildren: Teresa (Greg) Godbersen, Troy Hronek (Faye Mielke), Tiara (Doug) Janke and Tyler Hronek (Hannah Tassell), Kourtney Hronek (Chris Jickling) and Kassidy Hronek.

Also remembered by great-grandchildren: Kyle Godbersen, Daniel Godbersen, Candice Godbersen (Tristan vanZandbergen), Abigail Dryden, Benjamin Janke and Isac Hronek.

She is also remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends.

Elsie is predeceased by her parents Emil and Barbara, and all of her siblings: Emil Jr., Mary, Herman, Annie (Carless), Bill, Henry, Ernie, and Bessie (Boss) as well as her husband Ben Hronek, and son-in-law Gordon “Smitty” Smith.

As per Elsie’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral. A private family service will be held.

Donations in Elsie’s memory are gratefully accepted to a charity of the donor’s choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 1780, Stettler, Alta. T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

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Elsie Katherine Hronek (Kobi)

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