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Groeneveld (nee Josephson), Elvera (Vera) Marie

Vera Groeneveld, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, babysitter and friend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 2, 2008 at the age of 93 years. As Gramma Gren herself proclaimed, “I have had a good life. God bless you all as he has done for me.”   Vera was born, an only child, to Swedish immigrants in 1915 on their farm in east central Alberta.   In 1935 she moved to Aldersyde to babysit for the Rowland family, and met Flores Groeneveld whom she married in 1938.   Vera and Flores raised four children, living at the junction of the Highwood and Bow Rivers for forty-five years.   After Flores’ passing, Vera lived in Calgary until 1994, when she moved to Okotoks.   Vera played the organ in faith and friendship her entire life, from the Gladys Ridge United Church to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Calgary to the Sandstone Lodge.   She enjoyed gardening, cooking, babysitting, farming and the music of her Lord.   Vera is survived by three children, daughters Gladys M. Jones of Balzac and Wendy E. Williams (Jack) of Arrowwood, and son David J. Groeneveld of Red Deer Lake. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and their spouses, ten great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Vera was predeceased by her husband Flores in 1970, son Donald in 1974, and son-in-law Dwaine Jones in 1983. Vera’s family welcomes friends to join them in a celebration of her life at Mountain View Funeral Home east of Calgary (17th Ave. SE at Garden Road) on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Vera’s name to Sandstone Lodge, 101 Centre Court, Okotoks, AB T0L 1T2. Special thanks to her friends and caregivers at Sandstone Lodge in Okotoks, “the best Lodge in Alberta”. 

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