Kortgaard, Lillian (Lil)

Kortgaard –
November 4, 1921 ~ January 19, 2011
Lillian (Lil) Kortgaard passed away at the Coronation Continuing Care Facility on January 19, 2011 at the age of 89 years.  Lil was one of seven children and was born on November 4, 1921 in Altario, Ab. to parents Michael and Mary Kuczma. Growing up her family owned and operated the Altario Hotel and bar.  After schooling Lil attended Jacobson’s Beauty School in Calgary where she became a hairdresser. In 1949 Lil married Andrew (Andy) Kortgaard. It was at that time they bought Andy’s brother Hank’s homestead near Coronation where they lived and farmed for nine years.
In 1958, they moved into town and Lil moved her beauty parlor from Chabrier’s apartment complex to their home where she continued with her hairdressing for 35 years.  Lil and Andy enjoyed holidaying in their trailer and going on fishing trips to B.C., Moose Lake and Gull Lake. They also enjoyed having family and friends over to eat, visit and play crib. Andy passed away in 1980. Lil then worked as a nurse’s aid at the Coronation Nursing Home for a few years.
She was a kind, hardworking person who lived her life to the fullest. She was an active member of the Royal Purple Lodge in Coronation for many years.  Lil was a wonderful cook and loved her yard and garden. She was known for her homemade perogies and noodles.
At Christmas time she enjoyed making all kinds of chocolates which she shared with many friends and family. She also enjoyed listening to music, and dancing, and even taught herself to play the piano.
Most of all she loved to visit and be surrounded by family and friends. She was always a great provider and no one ever left her house hungry as she always had lots to eat. Even in her last few days she worried about what she was going to cook everyone for dinner.
Lil was predeceased by her parents; husband; sisters, Frances, Agnes, Anne and Jean, along with brother Alec.  Left to cherish her memory are her children, Brent Spooner of Victoria, B.C., Grant (Dixie) Spooner of Salmon Arm, B.C., Linda (Ken) Merchant of Beaumont, AB, and Michael (Claudia) Kortgaard of Calgary, AB; sister Helen Anderson of Hardisty, AB and brother-in-law Willard Sawyer of Calgary, AB.
Also nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial of Lil’s legendary love, courage and her unforgettable heart-warming smile was held Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Church, Coronation, Ab. with Reverend Sue Hertell officiating.
Margaret and Barbie Evans played for the service, as well as for soloist Marlene Gardiner singing “In The Garden”.  Lil’s brother-in-law Willard Sawyer shared some stories from the good old days and Lil’s long time friend Ruth Tellier read a poem.  Jean Russell read the eulogy and shared some stories. Special recorded music selections were “Because You Loved Me” and “We’re Gonna Go Fishin”.
A memorial video tribute was played during the service with many pictures of Lil and her family.
Urn Bearer was great granddaughter Katey Merchant. The interment will be held at a later date at the Coronation Cemetery.  Lunch and fellowship was held in the Lower Hall of the church which was prepared and served by the Sunshine Club. Memorial donations may be made in Lil’s memory to the Pioneer Twilight Club (Recreation Department) for Coronation Continuing Care & Assisted Living, Mail Bag 500, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at corofuneralhome@xplornet.com Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 1-888-578-2928. “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”
Card of Thanks
We would like to send our sincere thank you to all of our friends, neighbours and relatives for the flowers, food, phone calls and memorial donations, as well as your expressions of sympathy for our mother. A special thank you to the Doctors and staff at Coronation Assisted Living and Continuing Care for all the care and love given to our mother during her years spent there. Thank you to all of mom’s friends that faithfully visited and spent time with her. Thanks to Rev. Sue Hertell for the beautiful service, Margaret and Barbie Evans for playing the music and to Marlene Gardiner for singing “In The Garden”.
Thank you to Jean Russell for sharing the eulogy and to long time friend Ruth Tellier for reading a poem.
Thank you to the Sunshine club for providing the lunch, to Heather and staff at the Coronation Funeral Home for the wonderful care, support and guidance. We are so grateful for all the support, care and concern of the loss of our dear mother.
Linda & Ken Merchant & Family
Grant & Dixie Spooner & Family
Brent Spooner & Family
Michael & Claudia Kortgaard & Family

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