Obituaries

Getruda (Trudy) Martens

24/03/1940 - 19/05/2020

Obituary for Getruda (Trudy) Martens

Trudy passed away on May 19, 2020 at her home in Beaverlodge, AB.

She is lovingly remembered by Abe (her husband of 62 years); by her three children and their spouses, Phil & Cheryl Martens, Rick & Sonya Martens, and Juanita & Ken Thiessen; by 4 grandchildren, 1 foster grandchild and 8 great grandchildren.

As the youngest of a family of eleven, Trudy was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings.

Memorial donations to the Peace River Bible Institute https://www.prbi.edu/.

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

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I am saddened to read of the passing of Trudy. Such beautiful memories of her joy of life, her gift to many handmade items for the QEII Hospital as a registered volunteer, and the heritage of a great family which I cam to know through the Peace River Bible Institute. May God's peace and hope bring comfort to all the family. Sylvia Advent.
- Sylvia Advent
Our condolences to Uncle Abe , Phil & family, Rick & family, and Juanita & family in the passing of your wife , mom, and grandma. . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
- Kathy McLean
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm so grateful for the visit we had just a few weeks ago. It was a good visit and I will cherish it.
- Brenda Peters
Abe, Phil, Cheryl, Rick, Sonya, Juanita and Ken, we are so sorry for the loss of Trudy. We remember her for her energy, wit, warmth and friendly hospitality. May you experience the gracious care of God these days. Love from Paul and Moreen Sharp
- Paul Sharp
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family Thinking of you in this hard time...May God be with you and comfort you.. Sending Hugs to you Uncle Abe and Philip and family Rick and family Juanita and family So sorry for your loss of a wife and mother and grandmother..
- Lena Bueckert

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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.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

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.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

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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