Herta (Hattie) Barnes passed away peacefully in the Lacombe Hospital on April 7th, 2014 at the age of 89 years. Hattie was born May 5th, 1924 in Bisarabia, Romania, second eldest of five daughters to Oscar and Emily Schlenker. At only four years of age Hattie made the arduous journey across the Atlantic with her family to begin a new life near relations in Castor, Alberta. Hattie spent the entirety of her childhood on the farm near Castor. As a young woman she worked for neighbors, at the Castor Hospital, and as a nanny for several families. In 1944 Hattie came to Lacombe to work as a live in nanny. At a dance attended by family and friends she met William (Bill) Henry Barnes. They were married March 14, 1945. Together Hattie and Bill settled on a homestead east of Lacombe. Side by side they ran a farm, created a home, and raised nine children. Hattie and Bill were devoted to each other and their life together. They shared 47 wonderful years until Bill’s passing in 1992. Hattie’s passions and main sense of pride were in her family, her home, and the farm. She was known for her hospitality and tremendous heart that loved without condition or reservation. Known to many simply as Grandma, Hattie adored children and eagerly awaited each new arrival to her family. Hattie enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, and reading. Hattie was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1992 and a baby daughter Patricia in 1950. Hattie is survived by her children; Betty (Al) Zimmerman of Camrose, Gordon (Barb) Barnes of Leduc, Phyllis (Jim) Towle of Innisfail, Peggy (John) Stefanic of Lacombe, Judy (David) Hoy of Bashaw, Donna (Barry) Auch of Calgary, Bonnie Levicki of Fort Saskatchewan, Allen (Kim) Barnes of Fort Saskatchewan, and Tammy Barnes of Lacombe. As well she is survived by 28 grandchildren, and 45 great grandchildren, a sister Dolly Adkins of Red Deer, a sister Mary Lorimer of Westlock, a sister in law Joan Barnes of Edmonton, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Hattie was known by many and will be greatly and lovingly missed by all. A Celebration of Hattie’s life will be held Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 2:00PM at St. Andrews United Church in Lacombe. Interment to follow at the Lacombe Fairview Cemetery. If family or friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association,#6, 5015-48 St., Red Deer, AB. T4N 1S9. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca.
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