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Christina Gobel

Christina Gobel

Managing Funeral Director

Christina moved to Athabasca in April 2016, along with her husband, Kyle, who also works serving grieving families and their community. Both were previous residents of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Christina was raised in a military family; thus, she has lived in several small communities throughout her childhood and welcomes the familiarity of being back in a small and loving community. Athabasca has become her home and she embraces being a part of the community.

Christina has dedicated herself to caring for families with compassion and respect. She is willing to go the extra step to help in any way possible and is grateful that she can assist in a time of need. She is dedicated to thoughtful and personalized service.

Christina and Kyle spend most of their free time hiking, camping and participating in community events. They also enjoy travelling and visiting with family and friends.

Dale & Natasha Kapitaniuk

Dale & Natasha Kapitaniuk

Funeral Director

Dale began working at Sturgis' Funeral Home later known as Athabasca Funeral Service Company when he was 12 yrs old. He washed cars and cut lawn after school and on weekends. He decided this would be his career path by age 15 and took the steps to study and graduate a year early. On advice from the Sturgis family Dale began his apprenticeship at age 17 at Park Memorial in Edmonton and remained working there for 8 years.

 It was then Dale applied and got hired to manage the Barrhead Funeral Home. Within a few years Dale purchased the business and it became the Barrhead Community Chapel. As his business grew he began getting calls from Athabasca as his hometown family and friends requested his services.  In 1993 Dale opened a branch office in Athabasca so families would not have to travel for arrangements. This business grew and in 1994 Dale sold Barrhead Community Chapel and moved to Athabasca full time.

The Athabasca Community Chapel building was put up in 1996 and in 2003 Dale purchased Athabasca Funeral Service Company, effectively becoming the sole funeral home in Athabasca.  During this time Natasha joined Dale at the Chapel and they began building the business further, servicing large northern areas.

Dale and Natasha worked together tirelessly and in 2016 built and installed a crematorium. Outside of work, Dale has been a rotary member, 4-H and Scout Leader. Natasha has worked on fringe Festival Committees and volunteers for service club casino and golf tournament fundraisers. Dale has always enjoyed hunting and fishing and Natasha enjoys catering and organizing special events. Dale and Natasha are confident that turning over the reins to new ownership and management will serve them and their community well. Dale and Natasha continue to live and work in Athabasca and look forward to more time spent with family and friends.



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