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FERCHO, Sheila Helen (nee Forrest)

August 3, 1939 – November 25, 2011

Sheila passed away peacefully at the age of 72 years.

She is survived by her loving husband Art; her sons, Greg, Kevin (Cathy), Shawn; granddaughter Kaitlyn; twin sister Shirley Forrest; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many close friends. She was predeceased by her parents Steve and Bessie Forrest; and brothers Bob and Don.

Sheila and her twin sister Shirley were the first set of twins ever born in Langley Prairie, BC, now known as Langley, BC. She was raised on a small farm and attended four schools in the Langley area from grades one to nine.

In 1952, at the age of thirteen, she lost her mother to leukemia. On her sixteenth birthday, the family moved to Nampa, AB, where they lived for a year. She then moved to Calgary, AB in 1956, and began working for Zellers department store in 1957. In 1959, she met Art, whom she married in 1961. She continued working for Zellers until she gave birth to their first son Greg, in 1963. They then had two other sons; Kevin in 1965, and Shawn in 1967. Their only grandchild, Kaitlyn, was born in 1999 to Kevin and Cathy. On July 29, 2011, Sheila and Art celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Throughout her life Sheila was a warm, kind, and generous person, who would always put others before herself. She became a “block parent” to all of the neighbourhood kids, who loved her like a second mom. Sheila had a love for animals of all species and they were drawn to her. As a child, she followed her grandfather around his greenhouse, and thus developed her green thumb and passion for gardening. She also had a strong passion for quilting, and at last count has produced over forty quilts, all hand quilted. She also spent some of her time knitting, doing ceramics, and painting. Sheila was always known for baking the best bread, and of course, her “to die for” chocolate chip cookies!

Sheila liked to spend her summers at what she referred to as “her Ponderosa”, the family property in Cranbrook, BC.

In last few years, she began her courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis, which she faced with a determination and strength that was admired by all that knew her.

She will be greatly missed and always deeply loved.

A Celebration of Sheila’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.

In loving memory of Sheila Fercho, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I will always remember Sheila as a happy go lucky person who brightened up everyone’s day with her positive additude.

    Art, please accept my deepest condolences.
    John

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  2. Stewart Church :

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Stewart & Marsha Church

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  3. Jeanette (Fleck) Kerr :

    I remember Sheila always had a smile on her face and was nice to me as a child. Art, Greg, Kevin and Shawn I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

    Jeanette (Fleck) Kerr
    Saskatchewan

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  4. I will always remember Mrs. Fercho as a warm wonderful person, easy to talk to, and a great cook. She will be missed greatly here on earth but will be celebrated immensely in Heaven. My deepest sympathy to Mr Fercho, Greg, Kevin, Shawn, Cathy,and Kaitlyn

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  5. Art, Greg, Kevin and Shawn,

    There doesn’t seem to be words to express mine and my families deepest sympathy. I will cherish the visit I had with Sheila last July. Thank God for our memories.

    Mel and families

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  6. I met Sheila four years ago and she became a very good friend. She took me in when I need a place to stay for surgery because of her cousin. Our friendship flourished and I remember the day we went for pedicure/manicure and she said to me I have never had this and this my friend is a special day. I loved our talks and cherish her words of wisdom and I truely say my prayers for Art and the boys. I will very much miss her and she was truly a person of truth and wisdom. I love you Sheila and never will forget what you have done for me. Please rest in peace, as we spoke a few weeks ago, I knew you were tired. You were a true friend and so was your family when I was in a place of need. Will truly miss you and be at peace my friend.

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  7. Derek Patterson :

    Very sorry for your loss to the Fercho family

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  8. Janet and Bill Forrest :

    We have many a good memory of our loving cousin. Our depest sympathy and thoughts go out to Art, Keven,Greg and Shawn. Cherish all those great times you have with Sheila

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  9. Gord and Joan Shuttleworth :

    Dear Art – sorry to hear of Sheila’s passing. We are in Ontario and won’t be able to attend her celebration of life however we would like you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We both remember her as a warm and smiling lady, whom we are sure will be missed by many.

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  10. Art and Family,
    I was sorry to read in The Herald about your wife Sheila passing away. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner in life.
    I truly hope you find strength in family at this difficult time and remember many of the great times you shared together.

    Sincerely,
    Jim Heynen

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  11. Bernadette (nee Minich) Smith :

    Art, Greg, Kevin and Shaw –

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss of a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Emil Minich, Bernadette, Christina and Cricket

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  12. Linda (Perkins) Pauls :

    Art and family –
    We are so sorry to hear that Sheila has passed away. We will always remember the visits with Sheila at my Mom’s house – she was such a good neighbour and such a loved friend to my mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    love
    Linda and Vern

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  13. Kevin, Cathy and Kaitlyn,

    We are deeply sorry for your loss of your Mom. Hoping that you know you are in our thoughts and hearts, now as always.

    We send you very big hugs,
    K. Vernon and family.

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  14. Erhard & Georgina :

    To the Fercho family,
    Our deepest sympathy; you have lost a wonderful person.
    Regretfully we can not attend the funeral.
    Erhard and Georgina Nickel

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  15. Bob Weatherburn :

    Art, Greg, Kev and Shawn
    You were truly blessed – a loving and truly wonderful wife and mother. Sheil was a totally beautiful person, and I was proud to be her brother-in-law; her candor and warmth meant so very much to all who knew her. Her sense of humour was classic – I’ll treasure the memory of her smile and laughter always. I deeply regret not being able to say goodbye. Art and family.. cherish your memories. Sheila, till we meet again; safe journey – your star awaits. With love, Bob.

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