It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Irma Bale announce her passing on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the age of 87, beloved wife of the late Bernie Bale. She will be forever remembered by her son, Terry (Vera) Bale; daughters, Linda (Reg) Howe, Charlene (Joe) Serpico, Loretta (Curtis) Bradshaw, Loraine (Stuart) Wenaas, Renee (Michael) Lay, Janet (Darryl) Getz; grandchildren, Susan Bale, Neal (Rae-Lynn) Howe, Greg (A.J.) Howe, Brett (Leslie) Howe, Cullen and Connor Bradshaw, Kaylee and Toree Wenaas, Ryan and Mariah Lay and Lucas Getz; great-grandchildren, Emma and Rylee Howe, J.R. and Parker Howe. She is also survived by her sister, Matilda Bella, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Bernie Bale; parents, Louis and Elizabeth Bella; son, Johnnie Bale; brothers, Julius, Rudy and Frank Bella; grandsons, Shaun Wenaas, Brandon Lay and granddaughter, Olivia Getz. Mom was born on June 2, 1923 in Otthon, SK. She attended the nursing program in Prince Albert, SK. and graduated on May 20, 1945. From there, she moved to Calgary with her sister, Matilda and practiced nursing at the Holy Cross Hospital. It was at a dance in Calgary where she met the love of her life, Bernie, and they were married on April 7, 1948. Along with her new husband, she took over her father-in-law’s homestead north of Oyen, Alberta. Mom’s dedication showed in her hard work on the farm and in raising her eight children. After the tragic loss of their son, Johnnie in 1973, they moved to a farm just south of
Medicine Hat where they lived for 23 years. It was there that close friendships were made with the surrounding neighbors. Many fond memories were made sitting around the kitchen table with the neighbor ladies enjoying a cup of tea and the some of the many cookies mom baked. Her huge garden always produced wonderful fruits and vegetables that were envied by many. She took pride in her garden and flowers and many compliments were given from strangers that just happened to be passing by. You could always find mom in the kitchen preparing wonderful meals or baking her delicious cinnamon buns. Mom enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and even won many ribbons at the stampede for her baking, sewing and crocheting. In 1996 they retired and moved into Medicine Hat. She still managed to plant a small garden and grow flowers which were as beautiful as ever. Margaret enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren. After the loss of her husband, her health began to fail and she moved into the Good Samaritan Society (South Ridge Village) until her passing. Everyone that knew her said she was such a sweet and kind lady. She will be dearly missed. Mom was the rock of our family and we will all miss her sweet smile. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13th Street S.W., on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 7:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2nd Avenue N.E., on Thursday, January 20, 2011, at 11:00 A.M., with the Very Reverend Father Long Vu celebrant. A private family interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 401D - 3rd Street S.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 0G8.
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