Obituaries

Yvonne Louise Blimke

08/09/1929 - 16/06/2020

Obituary for Yvonne Louise Blimke

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Yvonne Louise Blimke, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Grande Prairie Alberta, at the age of 90 years.

Yvonne was born in Grande Prairie, and was a life-long resident of the Five Mile District, just east of the city of Grande Prairie. Yvonne attended the Five Mile School and St. Joseph Academy in Grande Prairie. Her love for athletics brought out her competitive spirit, and she excelled in playing ‘ball’ and hi-jump. Following high school, Yvonne worked on the family dairy farm along-side her parents, Alphonse and Marie Bayens.

In 1953, Yvonne and Bernard were married and together they raised 4 children. Yvonne was a loving mother, hard worker, an extraordinary baker, gardener and friend to many. Her family brought her great joy and she cherished each and every member, especially her grand-children and great grand-children. Nothing pleased her more than family celebrations with plenty of home cooked food.

Yvonne is survived by her four loving children, Dale (Marlene), Maxine (Larry), Eleanor (Raymond), and Colleen (Jean-Paul), grandchildren Bryce (Melanie), Shayne (Heather), Darren, Chelsea (William), Kyle (Dymetha), Katherine (Tyler), great grandchildren Avery, Blake, Hazel and Margo and many extended family and friends.

Yvonne was predeceased by her parents Alphonse and Marie Bayens, her loving husband of 62 years, Bernard, sister Marie (Robert) Ames.

Thank you to the incredibly caring staff from QE II Hospital, 5North, who tended to Yvonne with such compassion and professionalism.

Prayers will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grande Prairie (10404-102 Street).

A mass of Christian Burial for the late Yvonne Blimke will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grande Prairie. Interment to follow at Grande Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Yvonne’s honor can be made to The Grande Prairie & District Oldtimers’ Association or the Golden Age Center, Grande Prairie.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic all those planning to attend the prayer service and/or the funeral must be registered in advance. Please contact Maxine (780 402-1272) or Dale (780-876-8465) to have your name put on the list prior to noon on Tuesday June 23rd. All friends and family are very welcome to attend and current restrictions are at 100 guests, so please call and register as there is plenty of space.
NOTE: All guests should plan to arrive ½ hour prior to the service to allow for hand sanitizing and COVID protocol. Thank you

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Had some trouble with the system, not sure if this got through, so trying again: 42 years ago today we and all our family and wedding guests enjoyed potato salad made by Yvonne with help from her friend Ruby and our mom Florence made fresh from Yvonne's own produce and eggs. Yvonne is a person of faith who demonstrated it in practical generosity and love of friends and family. We were so touched and amazed that she just offered and did this for us. This she did while preparing for her and Bernard's own big day a week later celebrating their 25th! As newlyweds, 25 years seemed a tremendous achievement to be considered with awe and bravely hoped to be imitated. We were so thrilled to go on later to celebrate with them at their 45th. Now it is a very sweet sorrow to celebrate Yvonne's life and home-going. We're sorry Dale, Maxine, Eleanor, Colleen and families for your loss and wish we could be there with you today, but please know our hearts are with you. And we celebrate your Mom and Dad. Paul and Leslie and family
- Leslie Blimke
42 years ago today we and all our family and wedding guests enjoyed potato salad made by Yvonne with help from her friend Ruby and our mom Florence made fresh from Yvonne's own produce and eggs. Yvonne is a person of faith who demonstrated it in practical generosity and love of friends and family. We were so touched and amazed that she just offered and did this for us. This she did while preparing for her and Bernard's own big day a week later celebrating their 25th! As newlyweds, 25 years seemed a tremendous achievement to be considered with awe and bravely hoped to be imitated. We were so thrilled to go on later to celebrate with them at their 45th. Now it is a very sweet sorrow to celebrate Yvonne's life and home-going. We're sorry Dale, Maxine, Eleanor, Colleen and families for your loss and wish we could be there with you today, but please know our hearts are with you. And we celebrate your Mom and Dad.
- Leslie Blimke
Collen and JP, please accept our deepest condolences. Mindy and I are saddened to hear of your mother's death, knowing the pain of losing a much-loved mother. Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief.
- Allan Forsberg
Colleen & Jean Paul, our deepest condolences to you during this time. Your mother was an amazing woman and she will truly be missed!
- Debbie & Duncan
The Blimke Families, So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was a very special lady and a good neighbor. Our sincere sympathies.
- Gwen Richards
Some of my fondest memories are the many hours spent with you and your amazing mother. Even after a long day of play, working in the garden, farm adventures and visiting we still had a 15 minute goodbye at the car window since mom and Yvonne still hadn't finished their stories..... Hugs and prayers to all.
- Connie Stewart
Dale, Max, Eleanor, Colleen, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. I have many fond memories of your Mom. She was such a welcoming, loving person. And had a good sense of humor. I can still hear her laugh. Lots of love, Pat Duperron Gumpinger
- Pat Gumpinger
Maxine and family, so sorry for your loss. Treasure all the memories.
- Cheryl Garnett
We enjoyed your mom so much and she was a special lady. We send our condolences and are saddened by her passing.
- Smith Family

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