Obituaries

Joyce Annette Blelloch

16/02/1947 - 24/04/2020

Obituary for Joyce Annette Blelloch

February 16, 1947 – April 24, 2020

Joyce passed away at the QE2 Hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta on April 24, 2020 from aggressive cancer at the age of 73 years young. She was surrounded by family.

Joyce Annette (Dowalatek) Blelloch was loved by everyone. She loved all the company that would stop by for coffee. She talked about her grandchildren and loved to show off her photos of them. Her nickname by some was Rosie and Lucky Leprechaun. Her hobbies were singing, gardening, and reading; she enjoyed the outdoors, making perogies and baking. She collected salt and pepper shakers from the age of 12 with a total of over 1000 pairs.

The past 3 years she has spent the winter with her Daughter and family at Fairview, Alberta and returned in the spring to Foxwarren, Manitoba.

She will be forever missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Joyce is survived by her daughter Brenda (Steve) Cooper, son John (Leah) Weselak, sister Lisa (Allen) Verhaeghe, sister Sandra (Bill) Mekenzie, sister-in-law Sonia Weselak, brother-in-law Angues (Kate) Blelloch, brother-in-law Glen Hunter, sister-in-law Pearle Blelloch, sister-in-law Jean (Blelloch) (Ron) Barteaux, father-in-law Bob Blelloch, grandchildren Carter, Dalton, Dylan and Jamie Cooper (Brenda & Steve); Bailey, Chantelle, Tanner, Cody and Kavanaugh Weselak (John & Leah); Brandy and Kayla Weselak (Timmy), great-grandchildren Aviannah Joyce Louise (arrived on April 24, 2020), Mekylah (Dylan & Justine); Aria and Davina Cooper (Jamie); Ryker and Malachi (Chantelle & Scott); new arrivals for July 2020 Carter & Courtney; new arrival for Oct 2020 Chantelle & Scott, As well several extended relatives.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband Russ Blelloch, her parents Alice and Barney Dowalatek, son Tim Weselak, great-granddaughter Izzebella Marie Ritchie, sisters Bev Hunter and Shirley Miller, brother-in-law Mark Blelloch

A service for Joyce will be held at a later date.

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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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

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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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