Obituary of Millie Leibel
Mildred Ludwina Leibel
(April 24, 1935 - January 19, 2022)
Mildred Ludwina Leibel of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at the age of 86 years.
Mildred ("Millie") Ludwina Leibel was born April 24th, 1935 in Bodo, AB. At the tender age of 12, her mother passed away, leaving her the challenging task of acting as a mom to her younger siblings. In 1952, more challenges came when Mom was diagnosed with polio. With no cure available, Mom faced this affliction with grace, dignity and perseverance. Her obstacles were never too large to conquer; she was a mentor and an inspiration to us all, and lived her life “differently abled,” not disabled.
In 1957, Mom was working as a telephone operator in Macklin, SK, when her “lifetime opportunity” presented: she accepted a position with AGT and moved to Camrose. Shortly after, Mom met and married Jerome Leibel on April 30th, 1960. “Little blessings” began to arrive, bringing them Kevin, Thomas, Douglas and Joan.
While raising four children, Mom continued to work numerous jobs, but Avon became her passion. She treasured serving her loyal customers for over 30 years. Mom was in the President’s Club (top sales) and was awarded her precious “Mrs. Albee’s” for her ambition and dedication. She was extremely proud of her accomplishments.
A dedicated and faithful Catholic, Mom was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League for many years where more lifetime friendships were created. Her strong faith and commitment to God brought her the strength and comfort to conquer the challenges life presented. Praying the Rosary was her daily routine.
Their family continued to grow through the years, leading to weddings and soon her biggest treasure: grandchildren. Every grandchild was Grandma’s pride and joy! She loved them profoundly, making each one of them feel special and created everlasting bonds.
Numerous family gatherings were enjoyed over the years. Mom was always eager to play cards and taught her grandkids many games, with Buck being her favourite. Mom had a great sense of humor and used many German expressions that her children and grandchildren continue to repeat, or at least try to. But most of all, you would find Mom in the kitchen crafting her legendary cooking and baking which her family could not enjoy enough. Her chocolate wacky cake with almond icing was among many famous recipes and everyone loved it! No gathering was had without an abundance of food, laughter, and love.
The sunrise was a little brighter the morning of January 19th when Mom received her angel wings in the early hours, passing away peacefully in her sleep with Jerome and her family by her side.
Millie will be forever missed by her loving husband of 61 years, Jerome; sons Kevin (Lois) Leibel, Thomas (Tracey) Leibel; daughter Joan (Gordon) Naslund; daughter in-law Teresa Leibel; 15 grandchildren: Danielle, Cameron, Bradley, and Andrea; Cody (Kelsey), Keiara (Brandon), and LaKeisha; Derrick, Jonathan (Jessica), and Austin; Amy (Dave), Jan, Nicholas (Hannah), Luke, and Naomi (Chad); six great-grandchildren Mackenzy, Kole, Sterling, Briar, Sophie and Jayse. Millie also leaves behind her sister Margaret Stevens; brothers Jerome (Monica) Schlosser and Tony (Helen) Schlosser; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Millie was predeceased by her parents William and Ludwina Schlosser; son Douglas; sisters Dorothy and Delores; and one infant brother.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Seasons and Louise Jensen for the care and compassion Mom received. Special thank you to Dr. Hilderman for all his years of looking after Mom and Dr. Morrow in her final days.
~ The Leibel Family
Due to Alberta Health restrictions, a private family service was held. The Funeral Mass was livestreamed at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 22, 2022, and a recording of the Funeral Mass will be on the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church website: https://stfxcamrose.caedm.ca/ under "Recorded Masses" when it is made available by the church.