Rodina Isabel Storch (nee McRae)
Born: June 12, 1916 Federal, Alberta
Died: November 8, 2013, Hanna, Alberta
Rodina was born in Federal, Alberta to Murdo and Margaret McRae, the fourth of seven McRae children. She passed away peacefully at her home in the Hanna Extended Care Centre at the age of 97 years.
She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Albert (1998), father Murdo (1962), mother Margaret (1973), brothers Alastair (1995), Andrew (1998), Kenneth (2007) and Sister Margaret (2001).
She is survived by and will be dearly missed by her three sons Kenneth (Lynda) of Hanna, (Allen and Leona, NormaJean & Kevin, Dale and Janice) Terry (Rita) of High River, (Janice, Monica) and Norman (Leona) of Hanna, (Jason and Andrea, Teresa and Charlie), and their families.
Rodina was very proud of her seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and remembered by numerous nephews and nieces. She also is fondly remembered by her older sister Florence of Hanna and younger brother Norman of Moraga, California.
Rodina was raised with her six brothers and sisters on the McRae farm at Federal and attended a one-room school in the district. She took her high school in Coronation and went on to Camrose Normal School for teacher training. Her first school was a one-room school, Poplar Site near Hughenden, Alberta.
After several other rural postings Rodina taught Grade 2 at Castor Elementary for seven years.
She met her future husband, Albert, while staying with her older sister in the teacherage at Buchan near the current Storch farm. Albert and Rodina were married in the Hanna Lutheran Church Manse on November 2, 1941. They lived on the Storch farm until retiring into Hanna in 1992.
Rodina was active in the Garden Plain community and the Hanna Ag Society. She loved a good card game with neighbours, cribbage being a favourite.
She always had a big, productive garden and was proud of her glorious flower beds. Church life was important to Albert and Rodina. They were active members of St. John Lutheran in Castor and since moving into Hanna, members of Redeemer Lutheran.
Card of Thanks
The Storch Family is grateful for the caring and compassionate care given to Rodina by the dedicated staff of the Hanna Extended Care Centre.
Interment in the Storch Family plot in the Hanna Cemetery has taken place. A private, family gathering of remembrance will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be made in memory of Rodina to the Canadian Red Cross or the charity of the donor’s choice.