Luella Kowalsky passed away in Sundre, Alta. on Thurs. June 23, 2022 at the age of 97 years.
Luella Augusta Kurpjuweit was born Sept. 29, 1924, kid number five of six to Rudolph and Lydia Kurpjuweit (nee Germolus) on the Great Hope Ranch in southern Alberta, south of Medicine Hat.
A robust child she was not — quote: “In fact, when I was tiny, my mother said there was four times when she was holding me in her arms that she thought I had died.”
One illness in grade school had her being rushed to Medicine Hat in a Bennett buggy, pulled by a team of horses so fast that a guy at the livery offered her dad an exorbitant amount of money for the team.
She loved her horses, and her beloved pony Pete was her transportation to and from her early school. When she came to the limits of the country school education, she switched to today’s equivalent of “on-line learning” and took most of her high school by correspondence. She wanted to have a sense of a “real school” and so moved to Medicine Hat to take her Grade 12 in a ‘real’ classroom with ‘real’ teachers.
Her next step was at a Normal School in Calgary where she did an eight-month program to train teachers for war-time education. She then took some teaching positions in rural Albert before heading off to Bible School in Medicine Hat where she met the dashing and talented gentleman Edward Kowalsky who went by the name of ‘Bud’.
A marriage followed logically in due course, and five children.
Their early married years were spent trying to get to the mission field, but higher powers had other plans and Luella was directed to teach. And so teach she did. For many years she wished to “be papered” and kept taking university courses to get her degree. Every time she came close, they moved the goal posts. A two-year requirement became three, then four. She was nearing retirement when she let that dream go. She never did get her degree.
Luella and Bud lived and worked in several small towns in Alberta and Saskatchewan before moving to Castor in 1977.
In Castor, when Bud took the pastorship of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Luella did Welcome Wagon and substitute teaching, eventually getting a full-time teaching position in Coronation which took her to retirement in 1990.
Bud died in 2009 and Luella moved up to the Lodge where she thrived until her mid-90’s when mobility issues mandated a move to Sundre Assisted Living to be closer to Glenn and Laura, both having retired and able to spend more time with her.
They were both at her side when the angels came for her in the early morning hours of June 23, 2022.
“I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”
2 Timothy 4:7
A graduation ceremony celebrating Louella’s life was held on Wed. June 29, 2022 at 1 p.m. in the Evangelical Missionary Church, Castor, Alta. with the Rev. Dr. Timothy Callaway officiating.
The interment took place in the Castor Legion Cemetery where Luella was laid to rest beside her loving husband Bud.
Memorial contributions in Luella’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left for the Kowalsky family by visiting www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-882-3141.