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HENKE, Leona Bernice (nee Hagel)

 

January 7, 1934 – Beiseker, AB

January 1, 2016 – Calgary, AB

 

Leona Henke, beloved wife of Emmett Henke of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 1, 2016, six days before her 82nd birthday.

 

Leona was born in her grandparent’s home on their farm near Beiseker, the second daughter to Peter and Magdalena Hagel. She married Emmett on November 3, 1954 where they lived most of their lives in their Calgary home. Leona enjoyed many aspects of her life but her first passion was being a wife, mother and homemaker. Leona will be remembered as a wonderful cook who loved to bake, spoiling her family and friends with her abundant treats. No one ever left hungry. In Leona’s later life, she was nicknamed “Smiley”, a name she earned as she always had an infectious smile regardless of her many health issues. She truly was an inspiration to her family.

 

Leona is survived by Emmett, her loving husband of 62 years, her daughter and son-in-law Marlene and Jean-Claude Labillois; her son and daughter-in-law Ken and Susan Henke, four grandchildren; Garrett, Melissa (Nairn) Rodger, Ryan and Shane (Anu) Henke, one great granddaughter Everley Rodger, two sisters, Shirley (Mike) Bachmier and Joan Christensen, brother-in-law Joe Bachmier, as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

She was predeceased by parents Peter and Magdalena Hagel and her sister Lorraine Bachmier.

 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue SE) on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. The family would like to thank Age Care Beverley Center Lake Midnapore, Chaparral Unit for the excellent care and love shown by all of their staff. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

 

In living memory of Leona Henke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. My condolences to the family of Leona. I remember her smile every time she came to visit Emmett in Sundance. I’ll pray for her.

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  2. We will miss Aunt Leona’s gentle spirit, kind heart, and of course her constant smile. I feel honored that I was able to be by her side to say good-bye.

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  3. Colleen & Shawn Van Spankeren

    Uncle Emmett, Marlene & JC, Ken & Susan – We extend our deepest sympathies to you and all your family. Aunt Leona will forever be in our memory for all the wonderful moments spent with her. We always felt spoiled after a visit, well fed and happy. Her easy going nature made me laugh with her unexpected jokes. Aunt Leona has touched our lives and left her mark.

    Lots of love, Colleen & Shawn

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  4. Jeany & Frank Schwengler

    Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family. I lived 1 and 1/2 miles south of her home place near Beiseker. Jeany (Poffenroth) and Frank Schwengler.

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  5. Mechthilde Rodehutskors

    Emmet,Marlene, Ken and families.
    our deepest Sympathy on your great loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you All. Marlene I thank you for getting word to me, and I’m very sorry not to be able to come to the funeral. I can’t leave Ben alone anymore so that makes it difficult.
    I met Leona a week after we came to this country; on your Mom and Dad’s wedding day, I will remember her as a very nice person to have known.
    Sincerely Mechthilde and Ben Rodehutskors.

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  6. Marlene, JC and family,

    I am so sorry your worst fears turned out to be reality. Although there is little one can do, I hope it helps in some small way to know that I am thinking of you.

    Sincerely,
    Carol

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  7. Shirley Halpape

    My sincere sympathy to Emmitt and his family in the loss of Leona. She and Emmett were one of the first to welcome me and my family to Calgary in 1977. Her happy and welcoming disposition will be missed by many.

    Sincerely,
    Shirley Halpape

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  8. To Marlene, JC and family,
    My condolences on your loss and may you find peace in all of the beautiful times and memories you shared together. Thoughts and prayers with you and the family during this time.
    Blessings,
    Tanya

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  9. Thoughts and prayers are with you Lynn (Poffenroth) and Daryl Thatcher

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  10. John & Joline Gramlich

    Ken & Susan & Family…Sincere condolences from John & Joline Gramlich & Family. May you find comfort from the loved ones that surround you…

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