Johanna VETSCH

VETSCH Johanna (Kletzel) Vetsch passed away peacefully in the Red Deer General Hospital, July 30, 2009 at the age of 94. Johanna was born to John and Johanna Kletzel, September 25, 1914 at Flasher, North Dakota, the middle child in a family of nine. At 3 1/2 years of age, she moved with her family, to a farm near Denzil, Saskatchewan. Johanna's mother passed away when she was 12 and many times missed school to help out at home. She attended a small country school, completing grade eight. After her formal education ended, Johanna worked on the farm and took care of the house for her Father. During that time she also worked occasionally at Macklin Hospital, mostly to pay hospital bills. Johanna moved from Denzil to Rimbey, Alberta in 1937, where she met Alfred Vetsch. They were married August 25, 1938. Together they raised a family of 10, four girls and six boys. Johanna always took pride in her huge vegetable garden. Along with this and other farm produce they were able to keep the family fed. Johanna was also a seamstress, making many of the children's clothes from used clothing. An April of 1964, they moved with their four younger sons to a farm at Whitelaw, Alberta. Here they farmed for a number of years before selling the farm and purchasing a quarter section near Nampa. They lived here one year before retiring in Grimshaw, where Johanna lived until June of this year when she moved briefly to Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre. Johanna was an active member of the Catholic Woman's League in Rimbey, Whitelaw and Grimshaw. Johanna leaves to mourn her passing, four daughters; Geraldine (Jim) Cooper, Rimbey, Georgine Lunzmann, Bluffton, Connie (Frank) Snyder, Rocky Mountain House, Cecelia (Carl) Arnold, Sundre. Five sons; Bob (Evelyn), Bezannson, James, Rimbey, Dave, Valleyview, Steve (Luella) Valleyview, and Alivn, Grimshaw. Two sisters; Elenore Windle, Red Deer and Magdalen Hendricks, Cache Creek, B.C., 22 Grandchildren, 40 Great Grandchildren and one Great Great Grandchild. Johanna was predeceased by her husband Alfred in 1995, one son Bernard in 1971, one son-in-law, Rudy Lunzmann and one daughter-in-law, Joyce Vetsch, her parents, four sisters and two brothers. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 6, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Grimshaw, internment followed in the Whitelaw Roman Catholic Cemetary, Whitelaw, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. CHAPEL OF MEMORIES, Peace River entrusted with arrangements.


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