Katherine KOBER

KOBER, Katherine (Walker) Kober Katherine Leone passed away at the Three Hills Health Care Centre, January 5, 2006 at the age of 64 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Katherine Leone, the second youngest daughter of Evan and Mabel Walker, was born June 26, 1941 in Trochu, AB and raised on the family farm ten miles northwest of Trochu. Katherine attended Arthurville School until Grade 9. On Sunday, the family would attend church held at either Arthurville or Paulson schools. Katherine also remembers the first TV set they had; black and white and the rule was no TV until all homework and study was done. In 1955, it was off to Trochu Valley School for Grades 10, 11 and 12. This was quite an experience for a young farm girl who liked to wear blue jeans to school and play ball at recess time and noon hour. Katherine graduated from Trochu Valley School in 1958 and because she felt she was too young to leave home, she worked for a year and then attended the Calgary Business College from October 1959 to April 1960. On May 1, 1960 Katherine started her career as a secretary, working for the law firm of Ferguson and Ferguson. While working in Trochu and before she was married, Katherine used to room and board in town during the winter months and when spring arrived, she would move back to the farm and drive back and forth until fall work was done in order to help with the farm work. From 1964 to 1968, Katherine worked at the Bank of Montreal in Trochu. In 1968 she returned to the firm of Ferguson and Ferguson and worked there until 1972 when Crawford Ferguson sold the business. It seemed like four years was the magic number at any job Katherine had, that is until she started with the Three Hills School Division in 1973. This career lasted 23 years. In 1995, after the School Board amalgamation, Katherine drove to Strathmore to work for the Golden Hills Regional Division. In October 1996, she took an early retirement package from the School Division, worked for Balkwill Pharmacy and then in May 1997 started working at the Alberta Treasury Branch in Trochu until her health failed. Katherine enjoyed playing ball and curling. She was an active member of the Trochu Ladies and Mixed Curling Clubs from 1962 to 1995. Katherine was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church and also a member of the Order of the Royal Purple, serving as treasurer respectively for a number of years. She enjoyed volunteering and served on various committees and organizations over the years. To Katherine Trochu was a great community in which to live. She believed that whatever the future may hold, Trochu would always be “home”. As a daughter of Evan and Mabel Walker, she expressed her gratitude to them for the love and security given to her. Spoken in her own words, she tried to live by her dad’s motto, “whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability”. She is survived by her three sisters Lois Rumney (John); Shirley Smyth (Tim) and Muriel Kober (Rick) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a stillborn son, Lyle Edward in 1975; her father in 1987; her mother in 1997; her sister, Helen in 1995 and brother-in-law, Elmer in 1992. A celebration of Katherine’s life was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Trochu, AB, January 11, 2006 at 2:00pm with Pat Dyson officiating. Inurnment Trochu Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Katherine’s memory may do so to the St. Paul’s United Church Memorial Fund, Three Hills Health Centre Palliative Care or Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Arrangements in care of Prairie Winds Funeral Home, 311 Arena Ave, Trochu, AB.

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