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Erika (Vrba) Haukenfrers
September 29, 1938 ~ July 23, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Erna "Erika" (nee Vrba) Haukenfrers
On Sunday, July 23rd, as the day began, Erika awoke to her heavenly home after a short battle with cancer.
Erika was born on Sept 29, 1938 in Schriesheim, Germany to Henry Vrba and Flora (nee Gansser). She and her family immigrated to Canada in 1954, settling in Calgary, Alberta. It was there that she fell in love with a Canadian Soldier. She married Walter on Aug 9, 1958 and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary next month. They settled first in Edmonton. They bought land in Athabasca in 1961, taking up residence on the farm in 1964 where they were active members in the Parkview Community and Royal Canadian Legion.
She was loved by many, raising not only her 3 children, but numerous foster children and other strays. She is fondly remembered by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Walter; children: Robert (Sandra), Ronald (Marcie-Lynne) and Rosemarie; grandchildren Evan and Coral; her sister Heide (Stewart) Zarowny; cousin Ernel Zipperick; in-laws: Willi (Ruth) Haukenfrers, Helga Haukenfrers and Werner Haukenfrers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her brother William Vrba; infant twin brothers Alfred and Joseph; and several brother and sister-in-laws.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 2023 at 2:00pm at the Missionary Church in Athabasca, AB with Pastor Jason Metcalf officiating.
Please join the family for light refreshments afterwards.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 103 - Athabasca or to the Athabasca Healthcare Auxiliary Association.
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