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Frieda Mae Kerik

Jun 19, 1940 - Dec 23, 2020

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  As per Frieda’s request there will be no Funeral service held.
A private Inurnment will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Interment

Pine Grove Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House

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Memorial donations in Frieda’s name may be made to the Lacombe Hospital Foundation.

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Obituary, Freda (Frieda) Mae Kerik

June 19, 1940 - December 23, 2020

It is with deep sadness we share the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Wife, Auntie, and friend to many, Frieda Kerik, on December 23, 2020 in Lacombe, Alberta.

Frieda was born to parents Elizabeth and William Gilbert, in Rocky Mountain House, and was the second youngest of seven children. Her father passed away while she was very young leaving her Mom to solely provide for the large family. As a result, hard work was the family's mantra in order to survive and this carried over to every facet of Frieda’s life. Along with hard work, the importance of family and friends was at the core of everything she did and believed and she always put others ahead of herself.

In the early 60s, Frieda was working in the Killian's grocery store in Rocky. It was while working there, she met her soul mate and future husband Peter Kerik. During the first few years of their marriage, Peter worked on rigs and as a result they lived in and travelled to multiple locations across Alberta for short periods of time. In the mid-60s, they put the oilfield life behind them, and in 1968, they moved back to Rocky Mountain House to put down permanent roots and raise their family of three young boys.

They purchased an acreage and were soon hand-milking cows; raising beef cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys; as well as growing a large garden to keep food on the table. Doing the work themselves, they renovated and built on to the small house that was on the property. Frieda had a green thumb and enormous talent for looking after plants. At her touch, their massive yard became park like, with beautiful flower beds and trees throughout. For anyone fortunate enough to visit and enjoy many of the family gatherings, the home was a place of peace and tranquility. However, her thumbs were not limited to plants; she was equally talented at sewing, crocheting, knitting, and to any visitor's delight, baking. In any visit, out would come scrumptious homemade buns, cinnamon buns, cookies, and amazing pies.

In addition to looking after her family and the tremendous amount of work on the acreage, once the three boys started school, she began working at Spoors Meat Market. Following Spoors, she began working at the IGA where she rose through the ranks to store manager and led the team in the transition from the IGA at the top of Rocky Main Street to the existing Sobeys. After a 30 plus year career she retired at 65. Unfortunately, during her retirement she endured horrible back pain, but she somehow persevered through it. Her attitude was that someone else was always worse off which was an inspiration to all of us.

In 2014, Frieda determined the acreage was becoming too much for her to handle on her own, as her husband Peter, had passed away in 2003, so she relocated to Lacombe, Alberta. Although her home changed, the delicious cinnamon buns, gracious hospitality, beautiful landscaping, and her love for her family and friends always continued delivered with her bright spirit and gracious smile.

Frieda is survived by her sons: Rod (Carol), Greg (Wendy), and Ken (Leanne); grandchildren: Janelle, Michael, Stephanie, Courtney, Brittany, Cassidy, Samantha, Maddison, and McKenna; great­ grandchildren: Alexa, Silvana, Astrid, and Serenity; and numerous nieces, and nephews.

Frieda was predeceased by her parents, her siblings, her husband Peter, and her granddaughter Crystal.

As per Frieda’s request there will be no Funeral service held.

A private Inurnment will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Frieda’s name may be made to the Lacombe Hospital Foundation.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Lina Pitre, Alice, Annette & Theresa:

Rod, Greg & Ken, So sorry for your loss. Frieda will be fondly remembered.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, with sympathy to all of your families.

Jake and Margie Spoor:

Our deepest condolences to the family. Freida was a great employee to Robert and we always enjoyed seeing and chatting with her at IGA.

Jim and Lennie Willey:

Sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Darlene Hermary:

So sorry for your loss

Mary Mofford :

Sincere condolences, I remember working with her at Spoor’s Meat Market, she took me under her wing , ( it was my first “ job” ), and we always enjoyed seeing each other over the years as time past. She will be missed

Ken and Barb Schooler :

So sorry for your loss. Frieda was such a wonderful person. Ken has so many memories from all the years they worked together and we enjoyed our visits with her after she retired. Always had coffee and tasty treats for us. Your family is in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Les Kerik:

My Condolences to all of Frieda's family!! My Mom and Dad talked about them a lot when I was growing up and I met them once or twice when I was younger!!

Joyce Webster:

So sorry to hear of your loss Ken and Leanne and girls. The great memories you have will keep her alive in your hearts forever. Hugs and prayers. Joyce

Lyle Kerik:

To Rodney, Kenny, Greg and family, Sorry to hear about Frieda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lyle and Deb

Colleen Liebig:

I am so sorry to hear of Frieda’s passing. I was just talking about her the other day and all the store memories. Some that I will never forget. Her and her little family of crazy IGA girls. She had her hands full some days. Take comfort in all the love and memories.

Amy Vinje:

Frieda is my grand-auntie, and an amazing woman. I will always remember visiting her in the summers throughout my life. It was always so amazing going to Auntie Friedas house. We would pick strawberries from the garden and eat cinnamon buns. Then we would fall asleep listening to her stories as she sat talking to my mom. It was always funny in the morning because she always got up so early, it was like she would purposely bang around in the kitchen so that you would wake up and come out to visit. As we got older we were able to sit up and share stories into the night with her. Some of my favorite memories are of us visiting Auntie Frieda. She was an amazing lady, a classic. And will be greatly missed and always remember. She is with her family now, up there somewhere, hopefully sitting around having a ridiculously strong coffee and telling them stories.
We miss you Auntie Frieda, Love always Amy

Karla Hansen :

So very sorry to hear about your mother passing on, my heart felt condolences go to you all. Peace, strength, and courage are sent to you at this most difficult time. Take care.
Karla Hansen

Trevor/Sheila Gagnon :

Our condolences to you and your family

Susanne Gendron:

So terribly sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences goes to the Kerik family.

Les and Sandy Seemann :

Our deepest condolences to the family! Auntie Frieda will forever have a special place in our hearts!

Rose and Les Kerik Abbotsford b.c.:

Finally your pain is gone. Rest in peace aunt Frieda. We'll miss you.

Melissa Visaya- former neighbor, daughter of Lise:

Freida- my grandmother figure for the short 4 years I have know you. I believe some people come into our lifes for a reason and you were definitely meant to me in mine. I met you during the hardest times of my life and with your bright spirit and positivity and talent for listening and genuinely caring about people's problems you truly helped me climb out of a dark hold. For that I am truly forever grateful and will continue to honor your memory in my future life and carry the lessons you have taught me and honor your memory by also lending an ear to those suffering.
My brother, mom, dad, and I are truly honored to have known you and we will sure miss you. It's gonna be hard not having you in our lives anymore, but your spirit lives on in us.
May you rest in peace and enjoy life in the afterlife.

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