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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.


 


 



Janet Zatorski

Janet Zatorski

Funeral Director

Janet Graduated from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2012. She is a licensed Funeral Director and in the process of becoming a licensed Embalmer.

Janet enjoys working in the rural small town funeral business. She likes the continuity, when she meets a family and is able to follow through with the service and all the in between details.  She adores all aspects of Funeral Service from the initial contact with the families and assisting them through the funeral process. She also has a great respect when working with/and for the RCMP, hospital, rescue and medical staff.

As a registered massage therapist, funeral work is her second career.  She has a great appreciation for the human body and all of its capabilities. She does both of her careers with great compassion and respect. She feels so very fortunate that she can serve her community in this way.

In Janet’s spare time her hobbies include; anything out doors, hikes, walks, snow shoe, gardening, biking. To de-stress, she practices Chi Gong and Yoga. She lives on an acreage so she is kept busy year round with yard work.



Kyle Gobel

Kyle Gobel

Funeral Attendant

Kyle was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta where he resided prior to moving to Athabasca, along with his wife, Christina, in April of 2016.

Kyle began working at Athabasca Community Chapel in 2016 as an Office Assistant / Funeral Attendant. Kyle enjoys the variety of duties as a Funeral Attendant and receives the most gratification in comforting families in need.

Kyle is excited to be apart of the Athabasca community and looks forward to making Athabasca his home.

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.



Diana Coverly

Diana Coverly

Funeral Attendant


Dianna was Born and raised in Grassland, Alberta. When she was a young girl she attended Grassland school before marrying the love of her life and eventually moving to Slave Lake. She lived in Slave Lake for 15 years. In that time, she spent her days as a stay at home mom. After their girls went to school, she began working for Social Services and the Health Unit before moving back to Grassland in 1988.


Dianna has been employed with Alberta Pacific Forest Industry for 24 years as an Administrative Assistant however, she has always had a dream of working in the Funeral Industry. She began working with Athabasca Community Chapel in September of 2016. She has a deep passion for funeral service and finds the work very interesting and extremely rewarding.

Dianna and her husband have two daughters and two teenage granddaughters. In her spare time, Dianna enjoys baking and tending to her garden and flowers.



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