Leona Trudel

Event Name 2

7:00 pm
Monday, April 22, 2019
Wheatland Funeral Chapel
202 Lakeside Blvd.
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
Prayer Service

Event Name 1

11:00 am
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Hope Community Covenant Church
245 Brent Blvd.
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada

Obituary of Leona Kathryn Trudel

“Ona” Leona Kathryn (nee Zimmer)

March 30, 1936 - April 12, 2019


With sadnessbut also with joy for a life well lived, we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, on Friday, April 12at the age of 83, with family surrounding her 

Ona was born in Saskatchewan and raised on a farm close to Landis, by her father Elmer Zimmer and mother Lorna Beatty, along with her older brother Gerald and younger sister BelvaShe had a happy childhood and learned a hard work ethic and many practical and personal skills that served her so well throughout her life. 


She attended school in Needwood, then boarding schools in Leipzig and Rosetown. She moved to Saskatoon to obtain her Nursing Diploma in 1957 at the University of Saskatchewan as part of the first graduating class from the new University Hospital. Here she met her husband Rene. Upon marrying in 1958 they moved to Drayton Valley, Alberta. She worked in a doctor’s office prior to becoming a mother to four children, all born in Drayton Valley. In 1966, they moved to Calgary where they resided until moving to Lloydminster in 1980. Following Rene’s retirement in 1990, they moved to Strathmore to be closer to their children and grandchildren in Calgary and remained there for the past 30 years. 


Mom’s passions were being a mother, volunteering in her children’s activities when they were young, then stepping forward as a volunteer, then a leader and mentor in various parish ministries serving the Catholic Church in every place she lived. She adored young children and adopted many friends children temporarily over the years. She was a voracious reader and a very spiritual woman whose many close friends sustained her in her faith and good works.  


Ona is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Rene, and her beloved children; eldest son Mark (Sandy) and grandchildren Rachel (Graham Atkins and great-grandson Asher) and Nick, along with their mother Cheryle; daughters Jody (Ken McKinnon) and Shawna Trudel; and son Rev. Guy Albert Trudel, OP. She is also survived by her brother Gerry (Marie) Zimmer; sister Belva Dosdall; brother-in-law Cameron (Jeanne) Trudel; sister-in-law Sharlene Trudel; special cousin Joanne Beatty Kowalski, along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved. She was pre-deceased by her parents and parents-in-law; brother-in-law Roy Dosdall and niece Jacinda; sister-in-law Pauline Schmidt and husband Fred; former brother-in-law Ron Bitz. 

A prayer service will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at Wheatland Funeral Chapel (202 Lakeside Blvd, Strathmore) at 7:00 pm. Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 23 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd, Strathmore) at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Canadian Red Cross (P.O. Box 39, Saint John, NB E2L 3X3 or www.redcross.ca) To send condolences, please visit Ona’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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