Loved nature and the arts
Beatrice Hannah Lindmark was born September 15, 1928 in Coronation, Alberta. She was the youngest child of six, born to Robert and Beatrice Gilbertson.
Mom grew up on the family farm at Silver Heights with her siblings, Joe, Ted, Pete, Jimmy and sister Pat. She went to school in a one room school house one mile cross country from the family farm.
Mom and her siblings used to walk to school, rain or shine. The school had a very small attendance but Mom and the other children had a lot of fun playing scrub in the summer, building forts and playing snowball in the winter.
They used to join up with the Aberdovey School for their Christmas concerts which were held in the Silver Heights Hall. Mom’s mother played the piano for years for these programs.
Harvest was always an exciting time of the year. Mom’s dad and two of her uncles had their own threshing outfit equipped with a cook-car and a bunkhouse, they used to thresh for all of the local farmers.
Mom’s love of music and dancing started at an early age. She could remember singing along when her mom played the piano in the evenings or dancing at the local dances.
When Mom was done grade nine at Silver Heights School she moved to Coronation to finish her high school. In grade 10 Mom met Bill Lindmark.
Dad was a little shy around girls and we can remember Mom saying that for Dad to get Mom’s attention, he walked up behind her and kicked her in the butt and that was their first date.
Mom finished high school in the spring of 1951 and on October 28, 1951 they were married at the Coronation Trinity United Church. Dad worked for the C.P.R. the first winter that they lived in Coronation. The following spring they moved to the farm north of Coronation. They rented the homestead and land from George Frick and then later bought it and some pasture land from Aunger’s.
Family of five
Mom and Dad were deeply in love and to this union, five children were born; Stacee Alaine in 1952, Arlana Maureen in 1953, William Dallas in 1957, Sheldon Wade in 1960, and Renee’ Lynn in 1962.
We were all very fond of music, mostly listening, but some of us would sing. When Renee was older she used to sing with Mom at showers and weddings.
As we were growing up we can remember how much Mom loved to have a big garden. She could hardly wait till springtime to plant her garden and flowers. Mom used to do a lot of canning and making preserves in the fall. She loved her flowers and birds and if she saw a bird she didn’t recognize, out came the bird book to refer to.
Mom and Dad used to milk cows by hand and one of our jobs as kids was to run the hand crank on the milk separator. The cream that we separated from the milk was stored in cream cans, which were hauled into the creamery in Coronation. The money that we got from the sale of the cream was what Mom used to buy groceries with.
Most of the milking was done by hand, until later when Dad purchased a milking machine. But when you are milking by hand you can build up quite the strength in your forearms. Us boys used to joke that our test of manhood was when we were able to beat Mom in arm wrestling.
Mom loved to cook and bake. We can remember always having cream puffs at our birthdays or freshly baked buns after we got home from school. When mom got the urge for something sweet, she would whip up a batch of fudge or candy which we would help her eat.
Career off the farm
When all of us children were attending school, Mom started working at the Brownfield Store and later on she took on the job as librarian at the Brownfield School which she enjoyed very much. She was a very active member of the U.C.W, The Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion and she was also on the Coronation Hospital Board.
Mom loved music and was a member of the United Church Choir and sang for numerous weddings and funerals in the community. With her love of entertaining, she helped form the Parkland Players which put on many humorous skits and plays within Alberta.
Lorna Elliott and mom competed in the Performing Arts competition at the Zone 4 Senior Summer Games in 1986 and won first place by singing the song “It’s Hard to be Humble.”
Mom had numerous hobbies such as reading, doing ceramics and also teaching it, taking painting classes at Rene Lenton’s and of course, her love of nature.
Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling with their friends on holidays to many places throughout Canada and the United States.
As us children got older and got married and started having families of our own, Mom was always ready and willing to babysit for all of us.
With all this activity over the years and on the road a lot, Dad used to say that Mom was either coming or going.
On shopping trips, the girls had a lot of fun with Mom. She had quite the flair for picking out clothing and jewelry. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom always had a special song that she would hum to them to try to get them to dance, which they would to her delight. Whenever we would phone Mom and Dad it was like a conference call, both of them would have a phone in their hands asking how we were doing and of course, wondering what the grandchildren and great grandchildren were up to. It made for some long conversations.
Our mother was a very strong-willed and determined woman. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She was great to get advice from when we were having problems in our daily lives. As Mom and Dad got older and Mom’s health started to fail, we were all there to help in any way we could, just like she would have been there for us.
As Mom’s life was slipping away, Dad and us kids were all there, gathered around our Queen Bea. Mom passed away on April 29, 2015 in the Coronation Hospital, with all of us by her side.
Mom was a wonderful caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and loved life to the fullest. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by all her family.
Bea was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Beatrice, brothers, Joe, Ted, Pete, Jimmy, and sister Pat, her mother and father-in-law Sadie and Johnny, her sister-in-law Eileen and husband Les Merchant and brother-in-law Bobby Lindmark, and her grandson Travis Glazier.
Bea is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Stacee (Toot) Suntjens, granddaughter Pam Collins and her children Brenden and Reid, granddaughter Danielle Collins and her daughter Holly; daughter Arlana (George) Glazier, granddaughter, Tricia (Dionne) Elliott, and their children Sydney and Payton, granddaughter Candice (Tim) Bussing, and their children Braxton, Bronwen and Georgia; granddaughter-in-law Jaime Glazier and her son Lincoln; son Dallas (Nicole) Lindmark, and grandson, Bogdan (Lora) Niculescu; son Wade (Judy) Lindmark, grandson Ryan Lindmark, grandson Barry (Tanis) Lindmark and their son Nash, grandson Robbie Lindmark and granddaughter Brooke Lindmark; daughter Renee’ (Allen) Deacon, grandson Corey Deacon (Liz) and granddaughter Carly Deacon.
Bea is also survived by sister-in-law Jean Gilbertson and Bill’s siblings; Dorothy (Ian) Yeats, Leonard (Janet) Lindmark, Dale (Charlotte) Lindmark, Bruce (Ruth) Lindmark and Joanne Lindmark; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
The private family graveside service to honour Beatrice “Bea” Hannah Lindmark took place at Coronation Cemetery, Coronation, Alberta on Monday, May 4, 2015.
If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made in Bea’s memory to The Coronation Hospital Foundation, Specify Home Away From Home Room, The Coronation Library or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Heather Caseley has been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements; Coronation Funeral Home; 403.578.2928 Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca.
Card of Thanks
Bea’s family would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards, visits and phone calls and for all the wonderful meals that were sent, either to the hospital or to the house. Also for the prayers and words of compassion and caring that comforted us all. We would also like to thank the Brownfield Ladies Group for the lovely supper that they prepared for us. It is such a privilege to live in a small community with friends and neighbours that really care about each other.
A big thank you to the nursing staff at the Coronation Hospital, you are a very caring group of people. We would like to send a very appreciative thank you to Dr. Noelle O’Riordan, for all your personal care and attention toward Mom and Dad. You didn’t have a lot of time to get to know Bea, but you treated her and us with such compassion and caring. Thank you so much again, you helped to make this difficult time a little easier.
Thank you to Heather and staff at the Coronation Funeral Home, your compassion and caring is a true testament to how much you care for people. Thank you for all the little extras you have done for us.
Toot and Stacee Suntjens and families
George and Arlana Glazier and families
Dallas and Nicole Lindmark and families
Wade and Judy Lindmark and families
Allen and Renee’ Deacon and families.