Obituary of Alma Falk
Alma Falk (nee: Gering)
(July 29, 1925 - September 8, 2018)
Alma Falk of Camrose, Alberta, formerly of Ferintosh, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the age of 93 years.
Alma was born at New Sarepta, Alberta to Gus and Bertha Gering. She was the eldest child. Lawrence, Alex, Allen and Edward later completed the family. Alma’s father passed away when she was very young. Her mother later married RudolphStelmaker.
Alma went to school in the Hay Lakes/New Sarepta area where she completed grade eight. She didnine by correspondence. She was a nanny/housekeeper for several families during her growing up years. Alma also attended Prairie Bible Institute where she grew in her Christian faith. She moved to Ferintosh as a young adult where she worked at the post office and as a telephone operator working for “Blue Smith” the first RCMP in Alberta. She had many good stories of her time there. While in Ferintosh she met Merlin Falk. After several years of dating they married on August 14, 1948 and farmed in the Ferintosh area. Merlin and Alma had six children Dwayne, Janice, Gloria, Dale, Donald and Timothy.
Alma was very active in Women’s Aglow, Fullgospel Fellowship, the Pentecostal Church and ladies group there. One of Alma’s talents was mentoring and praying with young women. Alma was “a pillarmodeling the Christian faith” as one of her nephews told the family. Alma’s ministry was largely portrayed through her lifestyle.
Alma was privileged to have Betty (a disabled adult) come and live in her basement suite for sixteen years where she assisted Betty with her life skills. Alma worked as a health care aide at Bethany Long-term Care Center fortwenty three years retiring at the age of 65. She retired as Betty’s caregiver when she turned 80.
Gardening, flowers, canning, baking, crocheting and knitting were some of Alma’sfavorite pastimes, as well as, reading and doing puzzles. Playing Scrabble was a challenge to many with Alma as a worthy opponent as she won a majority of the games. Alma loved southern gospel and attended the Southern Gospel Convention in Red Deer when she was able to go. She also loved to travel throughout the USA and Canada. Her favorite trips were to 100 Huntley Street in Toronto and the Women’s Aglow Retreat in Florida.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlights of her life. She spent many hours teaching them (especially the girls) her specialties: baking, canning, knitting and crocheting. The kids especially liked making “dough boys” with grandma. She truly loved her visits from all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alma leaves her family with a huge legacy of love, respect and Christian values.
Alma is survived by her children Dwayne (Lori), Janice (Wayne), Gloria, Dale (Valorie), Donald (Margaret) and Timothy (Jana); twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; brother Edward; sister-in-law Josie; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Merlin; granddaughter Tamara; her parents; stepfather; brothers Lawrence, Alex, and Allen; and sisters-in-law Victoria, Dorothy, and Violet.
Alma is also survived by her loving Faith House family where she lived for nearly 3 ½ years. She was lovingly cared for by the staff there, some of whom she trained at Bethany many years ago.
A Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 from the Rose City Baptist Church (6406 44b Ave Camrose) with Rev. Dave Cawley officiating. Interment has taken place in the Fridhem South Cemetery, Ferintosh.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Alma's memory may be made to the Friends of Fridhem Society as well as the charity of one's choice.