It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Alice Sylvia Roberts (nee Bittner) on Saturday, October 25, 2008, in Calgary, at the age of 82.
Alice was born on April 29, 1926 on the Bittner family farm south of Yorkton, Sask., attending school and training as a Legal Secretary. It was in Yorkton where she met her future husband John, who she married in 1950, and together they began their family. After brief periods in Saskatoon and Regina, John and Alice returned to Saskatoon in 1961 where she worked at home typing a number of papers and manuscripts for both university students and professors. Alice was an excellent typist who took pride in doing things right and she received many accolades from her clients. She also returned to working outside the home with the Alvin Buchwald Centre for a few years in the early 1970’s. In early 1974, the family moved to Calgary, where shortly thereafter Alice joined the Calgary Board of Education where she worked until her retirement in 1991. She had many fond memories of the teachers, students and parents from Andrew Sibbald School in Lake Bonavista. Alice truly enjoyed visiting with her many friends and relatives, especially her grand and great grand children. In retirement, she made a number of vacation trips to Palm Springs visiting with family and friends. She was an avid knitter and loved making things for others, donating knitted sweaters to the Red Cross right up until her passing. The family would like to thank her close friends Jacquie and Bill Cumming and Jan Street for always helping us look out for her. Our family will miss her smile, her laugh, her love and her guidance deeply.
Alice is survived by her children, Don (Monica) of Chestermere, Rae (Rick McIntyre) of Ottawa and Ken (Theresa) of Calgary; grandchildren, Marcie (Clay Kagi), Stacey (Michael Sartore), Michael (Mandie) Roberts, Jennifer and Andrew McIntyre and Victoria Roberts; great grandchildren, Taylor and Brody Kagi and Gabrielle and Matteo Sartore. She is also survived by her sisters, Evelyn Markham of Yorkton and Lorraine (Bill) Speers of Toronto along with her brother-in-law Ed (Irene) Roberts of Saskatoon and numerous nieces and nephews and their families from coast to coast in Canada. She was predeceased by her loving husband John on May 19, 1982.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the Saskatoon Funeral Home (338 – 4th Ave. N., Saskatoon, Sask.) on Thursday, October 30, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at Saskatoon Funeral Home (338 – 4th Ave. N., Saskatoon, Sask.) on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. or directly to a charity of your choice.
In living memory of Alice Roberts 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences