It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our Mom, Bernice Hartfelder (Nee Przytula) on November 1, 2015 at the age of 64 years, beloved wife of the late Harvey Hartfelder (passed in 2011). She leaves to cherish her memory two sons Stephen (Lan) Hartfelder of Edmonton and their daughter Tina, and Warren (Penny) Hartfelder of Sherwood Park and their children Ayden, Aaliyah and Anders.
Bernice was born in Edmonton in 1951 and was raised on a farm outside of Warburg with her 9 siblings. She always loved her farming roots and she and Harvey made the decision to return to farming in 1992 after being a staple on Bella Coola Drive in Leduc for 15 years. As she was always a lover of animals, she now had the opportunity to have cattle, sheep and chickens to help take care of. Those that knew Bernice would always comment on her happy, say hello to anyone demeanor, which made her a natural for being one of Leduc’s favorite Avon ladies of the 80’s. Bernice slowed down a little after she suffered a stroke at 46 but didn’t let that change her outlook or appreciation for what God gave her. Being a family first wife and mom, Bernice would always ensure that her three boys were both well fed and well taken care of and all the payment she ever wanted was a kiss and a hug. After Harvey’s passing in 2011 and her long term stay in Leduc Hospital, Bernice became a well-loved resident of Laurier House in Sherwood Park where she made many friends and made sure that all visitors and staff always felt welcome. She was the first to enjoy the many outings for residents and cultivated her hidden talent as a painter, which she enjoyed very much. She also became an avid collector of colorful scarves that she would mix and match with all of her outfits to showcase her colorful personality and love for life. A special thank you to all of the staff at Laurier House for making the final 4 years of Bernice’s life such a wonderful time for her.
Those that wish to pay their respects may do so at St. Matthews Lutheran Church (5115 48 Ave, Thorsby, AB) at 11:00am on Friday, November 6, 2015 (10:00am viewing) with Pastor Scott Brown presiding. Following the service will be a luncheon to honor Bernice and conclude with her final journey to St. Francis Cemetery where she will be laid to rest for those wishing to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation (10985 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M) will be greatly appreciated and received