Berniece Ellen (Sis) Sydbo

25/07/1938 - 11/12/2020

Obituary For Berniece Ellen (Sis) Sydbo

July 25, 1938 – December 11, 2020

It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of Berniece Ellen Sydbo (Sis). Berniece passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 11, 2020 at the age of 82.

Berniece was a longtime resident of the Bezanson area, a real pillar of the community. She followed her Dad’s cooking skills as a camp cook for many years.

She will be missed by her spouse, Clifford Sydbo, her children; Sandy Seewalt, Jody (Dave) Matwichuck, Lorna Welander, Shirley(Jim) Gayes, Shane (Karla) Sydbo; 11 grandchildren, as 15 great grandchildren; her brother Larry (Bev) Fells, sisters Peggy Ross and Mary-Lou (Paul) Podulsky, Aunt Louise Kimble, and Uncle Ray Robideau, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to current COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Life for Berniece will be held later in the summer of 2021.

If so desired, donations in memory of her may be made to the Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society #204 10134 97 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X6 (on comment line, add Prairie Lake Hospice), or the Grande Prairie Care Centre, 9705 94 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3A2.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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Cliff and family, We were so saddened to hear of Sis's passing. As you will recall, when I met her thru her friend Laura, we discovered we were 'twins' -- born on the same day in the same year! That was very special for both of us and I immediately felt a bond. Bryan had known and so respected her for many years as a very strong and positive personality. I said a prayer for her and had tears, just wishing I could see her one more time, but, we both also feel glad she passed quietly in her sleep to join those gone before us. Please accept our sympathy and prayers. Alice Lewis and Bryan Edmundson.
- Alice Lewis
I send my prayers n thoughts to the family. She was a great lady
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family
- Linda Belcourt
We would like to send our condolences to Sid and all the family have known Sis and have played many games of cards with her she was a wonderful woman for sure . Ivan and Marlene STEINKE
- Marlene Steinke
The best adopted Aunt I could have had. Thank you Uncle Cliff for bringing her into our lives. Our sympathies to Berniece's family. Gladys Baier
- Gladys Baier

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

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What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

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How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

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Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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