Obituaries

Elisabeth Obrochta

20/06/1950 - 19/02/2020

Obituary for Elisabeth Obrochta

June 20, 1950 – February 19, 2020

We mournfully announce the passing of Elizabeth Obrochta on February 19th 2020. She died unexpectedly of complications from a bacterial infection at the University of Alberta Mazankowski Heart Institute. She was born in Dziaduszyce, Poland on June 20, 1950.

She loved helping her parents Roman and Jozefa, on their farm and felt most comfortable outside, getting her hands dirty. Her brother in law Fredek Czechowicz introduced her to Stanley, and they started corresponding through letters in 1971. She decided to come to Grande Prairie, Canada to meet him in 1972. Her uncle Jan Latos sponsored her immigration to Canada. The journey took 3 weeks by boat, train and car. Elizabeth always told us that the car ride was intimidating as it took so long to get to Grande Prairie and there was nothing to see but trees for hundreds of kilometres. She made it! They met and knew what those letters already confirmed- they were meant for each other. Their marriage took place at St. Joseph Catholic Church on October 7, 1972.

They welcomed their daughter Donna, on September 4, 1974, John, on March,18 1976 and Roman, on February 15, 1985. Together they worked hard and built a wonderful life. They were always available to help anyone that needed it, including many new Polish families that immigrated to Canada in the 80’s and 90’s.

Elizabeth’s love of gardening continued in their backyard. She would start planting seeds in February and was always excited when the seed catalogue arrived in the mail so she could start planning her growing season. She shared her blessings with everyone and loved to take care of people.

Elizabeth will be eternally missed by her loving husband Stanley, daughter Donna, son John (Anna), son Roman, grandkids Darian and Sophia, her sisters Hela Bibrowska and Danusia (Fredek) Czechowicz in Poland, and many extended family members in Grande Prairie, Chicago and Poland.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother in law Jan Bibrowski, brother in law Jan Sader and sister-in law Aniela Sader.

Special thank you to the ICU staff at the QEII hospital in Grande Prairie, and Dr. B O’Neill, Dr. R Kashur and RN Lana on unit 5A7 at the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton.

Memorial service will take place on February 27th at 11 am at St Joseph’s Catholic church
Viewing available at 10 am. We will have a memory book set up at the funeral and encourage everyone to share their favourite memory of her. We will be making a scrapbook for her family.

Elizabeth will be cremated, and the ashes interred in the spring.

Memorial donations:
Elizabeth lived with heart disease most of her adult life. She was given a second chance at life in September 2018 when she underwent heart surgery to replace 2 valves.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/ or https://www.universityhospitalfoundation.ab.ca/

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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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?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at http://www.afsrb.ab.ca/  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

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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