Mary Elizabeth Kalberg


Mary Elizabeth Kalberg died in the presence of her loved ones on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Drayton Valley Continuing Care.

She was born on September 18, 1922 in Bittern Lake, Alberta to Herbert and Goldie Heighington. In 1941, she married Norveile McGhie who passed after 27 years of marriage and having raised three beautiful daughters, Mavis, Sharon and Joyce. She remarried to Lloyd Kalberg, and together, they enjoyed the expansion of their family and farmed near Breton for 20 years before Lloyd’s passing. Mary was the last surviving member of The Funnell Mothers Club who met monthly for community and charitable contributions. Mary was particularly known for her smile, generosity and her never ending dedication to her family.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, 1 son-in-law, 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was also predeceased by her beloved son-in-law, Stan Sunderland.

Mary’s Life will be celebrated at Lindale Community Hall on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Keith Balkwill officiating.

For those who so desire, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S.,1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7, a beloved charity she supported regularly.

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Lindale Community Hall, Alberta

North of Hwy 39 on Secondary Hwy 759, turn East onto Twp Rd. 494 for 3.6 km. Hall on West side of road.

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Elizabeth Kugyelka

Sending love and heartfelt sympathy to you Mavis, Sharon, Joyce and your families.
Your mom knew five generations of our family… We were adjacent neighbours for oh so many years. We were good friends as well, enjoying each others company over many kinds of card games. We helped each other whenever the need arose, often without asking.
I remember cold winter days when we would stop to warm up at your parents little log house as we continued on to school. Getting a ride in the rumble sear of your dad’s car was a treat. I think of your dad whenever we eat parsnips. He did not like them saying if the cows won’t eat them why should he.
Your mom always had a garden and loved her flowers too. I remember the stand of tall hollyhocks beneath the kitchen window. Your mom was a gentle lady with that beautiful smile. I am glad that she and your dad and later Lloyd were part of my and John’s life. I will remember them as long as I live.

Sandra Kugyelka Rochon

Mavis, Sharon, Joyce and your families,
My condolences to you all. I will miss your Mom’s smile and wonderful personality and such a great neighbour on the farm. I have fond memories of the card games with your Mom and Dad and Mr. Kalberg, and our wonderful visits as we gathered together around the kitchen table growing up. My heart is with you all.

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