Katherine Ann Harms

26/05/1957 - 24/04/2022


Obituary For Katherine Ann Harms

May 26, 1957 – April 24, 2022

It is with a broken heart that I must announce the passing of my beloved wife Kathy. After a heroic six-year battle with Cancer, she passed away peacefully at the Beaverlodge Hospital on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Kathy was born in Edmonton to Fred and Vera Riske and spent her early childhood years there and in the area around Tofield. After moving to Grande Prairie, she graduated from high school and worked several jobs before settling on a career as a stylist. Her artistic talents combined with her love and compassion for other people made her outstanding at what she did. Kathy was the proud owner of her own salon but was forced to retire due to her illness.

Kathy was proud of her work but was also an accomplished artist- winning first prize for her art at the Millarville Art Show for four years in a row. The outdoors, camping, and gardening were all a passion, and she developed a love of horses and became an accomplished equestrian (I’m tempted to say she had a good seat) and combined all of this to explore hundreds of miles of Kananaskis country on horseback.

For the past 25 years Kathy has been living in a log house that she designed on a farm in Elmworth with her husband, horses, cattle, and other critters.

Kathy was predeceased by her mother Vera. They were very close, and I take comfort in knowing that Vera will be there to guide Kathy along the way once again.

She is survived by her husband Fred, her father Fred (different Fred’s), brothers Randy and James Riske, sister Cindy Hanelt, their families and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Kathy was adamant that she did not want a service, so her wishes will be respected. We can all remember and pay respect to this loving and kind lady in our own way.

If interested, memorial donations can be made in her name to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON.
M4V 2Y7

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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  • 05/10/2022

    So sorry for your loss she was a very sweet lady she did my hair for the last few years.She will be missed by all RIP Kathy

  • 05/05/2022

    We always enjoyed our times with Kathy and Fred. It seems like a long time ago when we would drop in at their place in Millarville. As the times dictate we only were able to visit them at their wonderful log home up north. Our sympathies are for Fred at this time and our memories will always be in our minds of that wonderful human Kathy.

  • 05/05/2022

    I remember Kathy as always working extra hard at anything she ever did..She strived to be the best for everybody..As an auntie to our children Brandy and Matt I watched as she always made every event with them extra special..she was the auntie that would get down in the dirt with them...she always made them feel loved and seen when she was around..She did the sleepovers, camp outs and planned all sorts of fun things so when they were together it was all about them..She was the greatest Hairdresser I had ever had..She always brought her scissors along just in case... We miss you and love you..and Fred we are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful bride...much love Judy

  • 05/05/2022

  • 05/01/2022

    A beautiful, brave, accomplished woman still sharing her beautiful smile right to the end. Rest in painless peace Kathy until you all meet again. In the meantime, we'll keep in touch with our friend Fred! ❤️❤️ Freddie C and Miki

  • 04/29/2022

    Sincere condolences, Kathy was always so friendly & so sorry to hear. May she rest in peace.

  • 04/29/2022

    Very sincere condolences to Fred, family and friends. Sid & Bernice

  • 04/28/2022

    Fred, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I will cherish the times we all had when you guys lived at Millarville.

  • 04/28/2022

    Dear Fred, your angel will not be forgotten and my deepest sympathies for your loss. I think of her often and am sorry she was taken so young. Hugs to you and stay strong. Helen

  • 04/28/2022

    I remember Auntie Kathy always went all out on Christmas. One year I actually caught her putting shoe prints around the fireplace to make us think Santa was there. This was the day I found out Santa wasn't real but when I look back at it now I see how hard she tried to keep up the secret and try to add the magic for us at Christmas. You will be greatly missed. Love you Auntie. Rest easy and say hi to Grandma for me 💚 - Matt Riske

  • 04/27/2022

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