BOILEAU, Alberta Marie (Ouellet)


Alberta (Ouellet) Boileau was born in 1927 in Fort Rae, Northwest Territories. When she was 9 years old, her family moved to Lac La Biche, Alberta. A year later, when their house burned down, the family moved to Edmonton. After completing high school, Alberta worked at various clerical positions in Edmonton.

She entered the religious order of The Sisters of Charity of Halifax in 1951 and left the order in 1957. In 1959, Alberta had a daughter, Kim Ross, whom she gave up for adoption. They were reunited in 1994 in Winnipeg, where Kim grew up. Alberta was married to Calvin Boileau from 1960 until his death in 1997. They shared a love of pets, owning both cats and various breeds of dogs over the years. Alberta and Calvin hosted an annual Open House on Boxing Day enjoyed by family, neighbours, and friends.

She joined the Bank of Montreal staff in 1957 and rose to become a Loan Officer, retiring in 1991.

Alberta was a friendly, intelligent, articulate, and optimistic person. She easily made new friends and had many lifelong friendships. Alberta was most proud to have self-published in 2015, “One White Man,” her biography of her father Gratien Ouellet, a pioneering builder in the Northwest Territories in the early 20th century. Alberta had a unique and beautiful personal style. She took pride in being impeccably and fashionably dressed.

After Calvin’s passing, Alberta moved to St. Andrew’s Centre and resided there for approximately 11 years, making many friends. At the time of her passing, Alberta lived at Extendicare Eaux Claires in Edmonton where she loved to participate in cribbage, painting, playing cards, and watching her favourite Discovery, History, and Home and Garden shows. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the wonderful staff for the care she received there.

Alberta will be forever remembered by her goddaughter Melanie Perri, daughter Kim Ross, son-in-law Dennis Engel, grandsons Marcus and Jordan Engel, sister Marie A. Ouellet, brothers-in-law Robert McEwan and Jim (Patricia) Wilson, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Special thanks to Jude McBride, Alberta’s niece, for all the kindness and support she has given Alberta over many years. Additionally, a special thank you to Helen Delaney for her friendship and help in these last few years.

Alberta is predeceased by her husband Calvin Boileau; parents Gratien and Rose Alma (Blanchard) Ouellet; siblings Sister Josephine Ouellet, Therese McElgunn, and Lucia McEwan; mother-in-law Bernadien Ann Smith; sister-in-law Lorraine Wilson; and brothers-in-law Tom McElgunn and Douglas Watters.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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La perte d’un être cher est d’une grande tristesse.
Je m’associe à la douleur de Marie sa soeur et à la famille pour offrir mes plus sincères condoléances.
J’ai connu Alberta surtout par les témoignages de ceux qui l’ont côtoyée et aimée.Je la savais élégante et d’une grande classe.Sa perte nous chagrine tous.
Avec attention ,j’ai lu ¨One white man¨ , le livre qu’elle a fait paraître.On y voit une belle histoire de vie familiale.
Son souvenir restera cher à mon coeur.

Stanislas Ouellet

Nous offrons nos plus sincères sympathies à Marie et à la famille pour le décès de notre cousine Alberta.

Nous gardons en mémoire une agréable rencontre que nous avons eue lors de notre voyage dans l’Ouest Canadien en 1999. Alberta nous avait alors reçus chez elle. Elle était chaleureuse et souriante, partageant avec nous sa vie dans l’Ouest et nous avait parlé avec bonheur de sa fille retrouvée. On aurait bien aimé la recevoir au Québec mais la vie en a voulu autrement.

Elle veille maintenant sur toi Marie, ”sa petite soeur”. On est de tout coeur avec toi. Rappelons-nous les bons souvenirs partagés avec elle, cela aide à adoucir le deuil.

Cousin Stanislas Ouellet de Québec et mon épouse Myrto Simoneau.

Katherine Storey Smith

Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of such a wonderful person, Alberta. My siblings, Mary Lou and Jamie, and I have known Bert all our lives. She was like a favorite aunt to us, always kind and interested in our lives. Bert was a lifelong friend of our mom, Helen Storey (MacDonnell) and both Bert and Cal were good friends of our parents. We really appreciated Bert’s support during the final days of our parents’ lives. This clever and life-loving woman was classy and refined, always warm and friendly. God bless her!

Jane Orydzuk

I am so sorry your family and all Alberta’s relatives have lost her. She was a great friend to me when we both sang in the choir at. Northgate Lions Chorolairs, I have good memories of visiting her at St. Andrews and later at Eau Clair Retirement Home. I loved her sense of humour, and we shared many good laughs. Thank you, Jude, for letting me know of her passing. My birthday card was in the mail to her when you called. May she Rest In Peace.

Lucille Ouellet

I shall miss but fondly remember my conversations with Alberta. Whether in person or by telephone, it was always a joyful experience. Alberta was a very special person and many like myself were impressed with her sense of humour, her integrity and her elegant demeanor.

In the last few years she accepted her physical limitations with the same grace and courage she had shown all her life.

My thoughts are with her only surviving sister, Marie. I offer her my most sincere condolences as well as to their many nieces and nephews. And may the knowledge that we are thinking of your loss comfort you.

Helen Delaney

Please accept my Deepest Sympathy my thoughts go out to Marie, Judy, Kim and all of her family.
I first met Alberta in 2005 when she lived in St. Andrews. My father had moved here from Newfoundland and because of his thick Newfie accent no one there could understand a word he said. Alberta took him under her wing and they became very close over the following years. She showed him around, introduced him to everyone at the complex and somehow translated conversations for him. Our whole family is so thankful she had been there.
When my father passed, I visited Alberta often and we developed a wonderful friendship. She was one of the most compassionate, optimistic, loving and funny person I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. She was an eloquent writer, an avid gardener and a lover of animals. She became part of my family and I will miss her dearly.

Dana Petersen

Over the last 3 years, I have had the honor to talk with Alberta when I volunteered at the Eaux Claire Extendicare. She was my favorite resident and she loved visiting with my volunteer kitties. First it was Garfield and then last year, with little miss Piper. I loved hearing her stories and her love and passion for animals. Her and I bonded closely and the cats even laid on the bed with Alberta :). My deepest condolences go out to her family during this difficult time. I will always have fond memories of Alberta and please know, she made a difference in my life.

Marlene Bradford

Please accept my Deepest Sympathy my thoughts and prayers go out to Marie and all the family I was sorry to read about Bert I have so many memories of the great fun times growing up with the wonderful Ouellet Family many years ago memories that I have always cherished..

Rick and Debbie McEwan

We all have many fond memories of times spent visiting Auntie Bert and Uncle Cal, auntie Bert always had the most beautiful Christmas tree with amazing decorations.

John Perri

Thoughts and prayers go out to Auntie Bertie’s family during this difficult time

RIP Auntie Bert

John Perri

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