Emiko Halterman

18/10/1938 - 20/05/2020

Obituary for Emiko Halterman

Emiko "Emi" Halterman passed away peacefully at Prairie Lake Hospice in Grande Prairie with her loving husband by her side, on the 20th of May, 2020, at the age of 81 following complications with kidney disease.

Emi was born on October 18th, 1938 in Langley, BC, and grew up on the sugar-beet farms of southern Alberta. In May of 1963, she married the love of her life, Del, at Lethbridge, Alberta. They lived in Calgary until moving to Peace River in 1967 and then to Grande Prairie in 1969.

Emi’s various occupations included grocery clerk, bank teller/accountant, airline security officer, and manager of the racetrack pari-mutuel betting office at Evergreen Park. Emi excelled at everything she did, not only at work, but in all endeavors, be it cooking, gardening, curling, or fishing. Whenever filleting a string of fresh-caught walleye, she was soon surrounded by a group of admiring onlookers.

To know Emi was to love her, she being widely known for her friendly, spunky spirit, and unique sense of humour. Among her favorite pastimes were curling, camping, fishing, playing Bingo, gardening, card-playing with family & friends, and beating the Las Vegas slot-machines.

Emi is survived by her loving husband Del, brothers Haruo, Ted, and Masami Shigehiro, sisters Elsie Sasaki, Rose Nagata, Ruth Nagata, Sumi Kanomata, Peggy Murdoch, and Christine Daniels, along with three generations of adoring nieces and nephews.

Emi was predeceased by her parents Otoichi and Asano Shigehiro, brothers Kyoto, Aigi and Jim Shigehiro, and sister Chiyeko Konno.

Many thanks to the nurses of 3-North at the QEII hospital and at Prairie Lake Hospice for their compassionate care through Emi’s last days.

At Emi’s request, she will be cremated and will not have a funeral.

Condolences are invited on the website at

Memorial donations are directed to the Stars Foundation at

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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I only met EMI at bingos but got to know her she was such a friendly and warm person condolences and prayers to her family she will be remembered
- Mary tollefsrud
Thanks Emi for being Del's soulmate as well as the best sister-in-law possible! "We can shed tears because she's gone....or we can smile because she lived." -Sherrill Unilowski
- na
My sincerest condolences to Del and Emi's family. Del... I have many fond memories of the good times we had with Emi during our Dimensions band days. Take care my friend.
- Al Nawata
Our sympathy to Del & Emi's family. Jerome & Pauline
- Jerome Tochor
Emi was a supervisor at the race track. I worked there with a couple of friends. It was a great summer job and Emi made it very fun. She was feisty and full of life and everyone loved her!!
- Michelle Stokke
Del,To all who loved Emi, my sincere sympathy Irene Donison ponoka
- Irene Dnison
My deepest sympathies to you Del and to Emi's family. She was such a precious lady.
- Esther Stierle
Emi was such a special part of our family. She was so much fun, great cook & always there for our family. Sending much love to Del & family.
- Lori Roberts
IEmi was a vey good friend of my Aunt. I got to know Emi through many of her activities. She was a amazing soul. Prayers to the family and friends
- Kathy McNally
So sorry to hear of your loss Del. May Emi rest in peace
- Allene hodgson
I worked with Emi at Evergreen Park. She was a wonderful lady and so well liked. We had many lunches together and lots of laugh. So sorry to hear about her passing. She will be missed.
- Judy Kossman

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