Anna Marie Kerl passed away peacefully April 5, 2020 in Lac La Biche, Alta. at the age of 96.
Marie was born April 3, 1924 to Axel and Anna Strom in Viking, Alta.
In the early years, Marie enjoyed playing school at home with her siblings and would later pursue a career in teaching, which she enjoyed for many years.
In 1948, Marie married the love of her life, Louis John (Bud) Kerl in Botha, Alta.
The two would go on to raise a family of seven on a farm near Botha.
Marie was a very proud mother and was tireless in the love and support of all of her children.
She enjoyed teaching, farm life, travel and life in general.
Marie was softspoken with a quick wit, a good sense of humour and was loved by all that knew her.
Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved her dearly and were equally proud of her.
She was a pillar of strength and her families’ rock.
Marie was predeceased by her husband, Louis John (Bud) Kerl and her eldest daughter, Louanne Pratch, as well as several siblings and in-laws.
She is survived by her family, (Ken) Pratch of Kelowna, B.C., Scott (Lorena) Kerl of San Jose, Mexico, Wendy (Bernie) Kirchmayer of Golden, B.C., Patti Jo (Dale) Matz of Lake Country, B.C., Tom (Marlene Colp) Kerl of Botha, Alta. , John (Laurel Rohne) Kerl of Grande Prairie, Alta., Tracy (Eric) Smith of Lac La Biche, Alta.
She is also survived by sister and brother-in-law Melba (Duncan) Gillespie, sisters- in-law, Roberta Strom and Isabel Kerl as well as 11 grandchildren; Gregory, Geoffrey, Brendan, Stephanie, Kristina, Bradley, Kerry, Megan, Alexander, Kirsten and Karl, along with eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Marie’s life and interment in the Woodland Cemetery in Botha, Alta. will be arranged at a later date.
The family asks that any donations in Marie’s memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.