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RATKE – Hedwig Hermine (Hammermeister )

May 30, 1923 – March 27, 2011

Hedwig Hermine Ratke passed away March 27, 2011 as a result of pneumonia.

She was born in Rollyview, AB to Friedrich and Amalia Hammermeister. She left the family farm to work for a year in Vancouver, B.C., returning home she married Herdwick H. Ratke on June 22, 1950 and had two children, Keith and Sharon. Her husband’s oilfield work took her to many places in Alberta, B.C., Perth, Western Australia and on a tour around the world. returning to Edmonton and then Calgary. Her husband’s work with Pan Arctic Oils gave her a tour of the Arctic Islands. Later she worked as the bookkeeper for her husband’s oilfield consulting firm. A severe stroke in 1998, left her with a speech problem, but she led a contented life enjoying 61 years of marriage.

She leaves behind her loving husband Herdwick; son Keith Ratke; daughter Sharon (Ted) Kuipers; her sister Ida Hammermeister and 17 nieces and nephews.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, April 4, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Child Find Alberta, 3751 21 Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6T5 www.childfind.ab.ca

In living memory of Hedwig Ratke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Linda Irons (Witwer) :

    Sharon & Family:

    I wish to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. I was just reminiscing about you last week with an old neighbor of yours (Mrs. Morgan) from your house on 108 St. & 64 Ave. in Edmonton. 40 years have gone by since that time. I was there arranging my own mother’s funeral and stopped by to have a visit with her. Anyways, after seeing the notice in the paper and realizing who it was, I wanted you to know that no matter how much time goes by we are remembered and not forgotten.

    May your memories of your Mother bring you comfort through the days ahead.

    Linda Irons (Witwer)

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  2. Sorry to hear of your lost Herdwick. I still remember my visits to your house where your wife was always friendly and gracious.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your children.

    Regards

    Ed Starratt

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  3. Armella Karaja (Wildeman) :

    Herd & Ida,

    I am very sorry to hear of Haddie’s passing. Please accept condolences on behalf of the Wildeman family. I remember meeting you both at Mom & Fred’s house in Ponoka many years ago.

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

    ~Author Unknown

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