Kathleen Ann Ponto (Bendfeld)

December 24, 1945 – January 11, 2022
On January 11, 2022, after a courageous 20 month battle with cancer, Kathy peacefully passed away at the age of 76 at the Red Deer Hospital knowing she was loved, admired and cherished by her family and many wonderful friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Leander and Orena; brothers Gary, Gerald, and Reg and sister Connie. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Bill; her son Mike (Jolene); her sister Elaine (Bernie); brothers Doug (Carrie) and Don (Shannon); Sister-in-laws Sharon, Laurie and Debbie along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Born in Galahad Alberta, the second oldest of eight children, Kathy grew up on the family farm just outside of Heisler Alberta. After high school she attended the University of Alberta to obtain her Education degree, opening the doors to her passion throughout her adult life. As a teacher both in profession and in life, Kathy shaped, guided and encouraged her young students and the adults around her with the lessons and values she learned growing up on the farm and through the church.
Kathy was an avid golfer, cross country skier, hiker and traveler. She was always involved with her community and a devoted volunteer with various different organizations over the years. She loved to experience life and explore the world around her. She took great joy in spending time with her friends and family, cultivating lasting relationship everywhere she went. Her beaming smile and contagious laugh will always be remembered. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
A special thanks to her treatment team at the Cross Cancer Institute and the staff on unit 35 of the Red Deer hospital, for their care and support in her final weeks.
A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday January 20th, 2022 at 1:00pm with Father Mirek Kostarzewski officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions attendance is limited to 50 invited guest. The service can be live streamed at www.stmarysparish.jimdo.com Cremation and all arrangements entrusted to www.reddeerfuneralhome.com. If desired, memorial donation may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed at www.arbormemorial.ca
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