OBITUARY

Loreen Gummow

4 June , 19503 March , 2019
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Gummow, Loreen (nee Birnie)

It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of our wife, mother, and grandmother on Sunday March 3rd, 2019.

She was born on June 4th, 1950 in Barrhead, Alberta. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Dale Gummow; daughters Shondel (Glen) Pullishy, Joleen (Tim) Fluet; son Kirk (Kirsty) Gummow; seven grandchildren Danica, Avery and Logan Pullishy, Wyatt, Mavry, and Jaydee Fluet, Owen Gummow; sister Janet (Ray) Meunier; brother Jim (Heather) Birnie; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and friends. Predeceased by her parents Alex and Edna Birnie and brother Kemp Birnie. She was a generous person with a big heart who loved people. Her infectious smile was felt by all. A funeral service in memory of Loreen Gummow will be held on Saturday March 9th, 2019 @ 1:00 pm at the Barrhead United Church, 5102 60th Street, Barrhead, Alberta Memorial donations in memory of Loreen may be made to the Barrhead Healthcare Centre, 4815-51 Ave, Barrhead, AB, T7N 1M1. Rose Garden Chapel in care of arrangements.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mavry Fluet, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tim Fluet, Active Pallbearer
  • Glen Pullishy, Active Pallbearer
  • Wyatt Fluet, Active Pallbearer
  • Shane Gummow, Active Pallbearer
  • Laurie Meunier, Active Pallbearer
  • Christopher Birnie, Active Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Barrhead Health Care Centre

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, 9 March , 2019
REMEMBERING

Loreen Gummow

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Earl and Ingrid Leonard

18 March 2019

Dale and family, We are so sorry to hear of Loreens passing. It was a privilege to get to know her and we will always remember our times spent together, as well as your generosity as a couple. With deepest sympathy, Earl and Ingrid Leonard

Dennis and Teresa McCarthy

12 March 2019

We are saddened by your great loss.

We have lovely memories of Loreen and her vibrant and loving personality.

May your precious memories sustain all of you through this most difficult
time.
With our sincerest sympathy, Dennis and Teresa.

Bob and Jo Milligan

10 March 2019

So saddened by your loss. We have such fond memories of Loreen. When we moved to Barrhead, she took me under her wing to make sure I was welcomed at the golf course and the ladies league. We were also on the ladies executive together. Such a pleasant and caring person. You will always have her memories.

Mike Hundza

10 March 2019

So sad to hear of your loss. Loreen always made me feel so special. She always had a beautiful smile to greet you and always showed interest in getting to know who you were as a person. She was very special and will be missed by all.

Wayne and Joyce Spence

9 March 2019

So sorry to hear about Loreen’s passing, such a beautiful person, inside and out. She was a lot of fun and oh, so athletic! Thinking of you all and sending our condolences!

Wayne and Joyce

Jody Sekias

9 March 2019

Dale, Shondel, Joleen, Kirk and families,

We are very saddened to hear of Loreen's passing. She was a lovely woman and I know our parents were fond of her and enjoyed your family's friendship through the many years in Barrhead. Sending you strength and love as you cherish your memories of her forever.

- Jody, Lisa and Dana (Sid & Nancy Gurevitch's girls)

Walter Babiy

9 March 2019


Our thoughts are with in these difficult times, we look forward to share our association in the coming days. Dale we miss you at shinny but will see you soon.

Walter & Donna.

Jessica Luciuk

9 March 2019

Dale, Shondel, Joleen, Kirk and Family:
I want to express my condolences on the loss of Loreen. She was always so kind and encouraging to me whether at the golf course, introducing me to the sport of curling, or as a fan at many basketball/hockey/volleyball games. She will be greatly missed by our community.

Mavis Molvik

8 March 2019

Dale and kids, I was saddened to hear of your loss. I will always remember Loreen as the cheerful, smiling, wonderful person she was. The video was priceless and wonderful to watch. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love you, Mavis

Donna & Bill Chapman

8 March 2019

Dale & family-
We want to extend our sympathies in the passing of Loreen. She will be remembered as a cheerful, kind & gracious lady. Loreen always made us feel welcomed & like we were part of the community as we are not from Barrhead. We know this loss is so devastating to all of her family & we share your pain. She was such a friendly & beautiful woman inside & out! Rest in peace Loreen
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Biography

Loreen Margaret Birnie was born June 4th 1950 in Barrhead Alberta. She was raised by her parents, Alex and Edna Birnie, on a farm just east of Barrhead. Loreen loved the outdoors and much preferred the chores of milking cows, feeding chickens and looking after the animals as opposed to attending to the chores inside.
Loreen’s large extended family kept her busy as she enjoyed playing and hanging out with her cousins, the Hawkey’s and the Wilson’s. When she was not doing chores or visiting with relatives, she was at school enjoying the time spent with her best school mates Sandy and Vivian. The childhood friendships that were formed in Loreen’s early years, and the many fond memories that were created, endured throughout her life.
Loreen graduated high school in 1968 in Barrhead and following her graduation moved to Edmonton to work for the correspondence branch. Although she loved the job, life in the city did not appeal to her and she returned to Barrhead. It was in Barrhead where she met a lad by the name of Dale Robert Gummow from Swan Hills. After a short courtship, the two wed in August of 1969.
Following their wedding, Loreen and Dale moved to Swan Hills and both found jobs in the oil and gas industry - Dale as a welder and Loreen as a bookkeeper with Amoco. They eventually joined forces and created Gummow’s Construction. As their company grew, so did their family, beginning with the birth of Shondel in 1972, followed by Joleen in 1975 and then Kirk in 1978. In 1980, Dale and Loreen moved the family to Barrhead and settled on a 10 acre parcel of land, where their home resides today. Dale and Loreen’s love of sports and socializing, and desire to constantly be in motion, was quickly conveyed to their children. The reward was 20 years of road trips, hosting family dinners, school functions, volleyball games, gymnastic meets, hockey tournaments, baseball games, golf rounds, and family ski trips. Each event fostering new friendships, strengthening existing bonds, and creating everlasting memories.

As you all Know Loreen fought brain cancer for 12 years and the last nine months were the most enduring. We are choosing to remember Loreen in her Happy Places where she was healthy and truly alive. One of her Happy Places, as described by her daughter Joleen, was her garden and her garden was so important to her because it grounded her from her very busy go, go, life. So, when she would slide on her muck boots and pull on one of Dale’s old works shirts you knew she was heading outside to find herself. She became as light as a feather outside, her arm would swing loosely to her side, just the right arm and her hips would dance from side to side and her head would be held up high and it didn’t matter if she was weed whacking, mowing grass or pulling weeds she would always have a smile on her face. There were few places that made her happier.
Another one of her Happy Places was the golf course. Mom loved to golf and she was very good at it! The Curling rink was another one of her Happy Places; she was an amazing curler and played for over 50 years.
Loreen also found such comfort and happiness in family, in her children, nieces, nephews and grandbabies. As Shondel, her daughter fondly remembered “We used to call her the baby stealer! Joleen and I recall waking up from our exhausted comatose state of sleep to find our child missing! Not under the covers, not on the floor, not in the bassinet? Now, pausing to listen we would hear Loreen cooing, singing and laughing with our child. As sleep deprived parents we melted into bed and prayed to God that Loreen had saved us once again! Wow, 7 hours of sleep in a row!!! “
That was the beauty of Loreen always anticipating everyone’s needs! Weather you were a struggling university student out of toilet paper, a sleep deprived parent, or juggling your children’s tricky hockey schedules she was always there to save the day. I hate to use the word super women but that’s what she was to all of us! A Super Women. If we had a dollar every time Joleen and I stared at each other and said what would we do without Loreen, we would have a million dollars.
Loreen’s Love language was to give and gifts she gave! She was well known for her generosity and there wasn’t a bill she didn’t insist on paying. Unfortunately my kids will never find a better employer, as Loreen always paid in advance and a rate far in excess of what they deserved for the little work they did.
Her loving husband Dale likes to recall a story about when he and Loreen would walk through the mall together. He calls it his smile story.
Loreen did not like to wait for Dale in the mall, and so she usually ended up walking through the mall well in advance of Dale. As she made her way through the crowds she would greet everyone with a beautiful smile. The people would smile back, and by the time they walked past Dale he would think to himself how much happiness she brought to everyone. How she could single-handedly brighten a room, or a mall full of grumpy shoppers.

Funny Stories Remember when;
- She was forgotten at the arena not once but twice.
- When she found her salt and pepper shakers in the fire pit after one of kirks parties! She wasn’t very happy!
- When she got a hole in one!
- She would wrestle Marge Jones for the bill!
- She would send Dale back to change his clothes
-Grandma taught the grand kids a new language while watching the hockey game. Ear Muffs!
- how she would zoom backwards at lightning fast speed down the sheet of ice in curling, I always threatening to hit the hack and break her arm.
Loreen was a competitor, with a strong distaste for losing. She was fierce whether she was hurling stones down a curling sheet, staring down a lengthy putt, sitting across a cribbage board, or courageously fighting cancer. But Loreen was probably best known for her kindness, generosity, and big heart. She welcomed so many into her home and all guests could be assured that at the end of a visit, their bellies would be full and a smile of contentment would grace their faces.
Loreen’s biggest love and where her true colors truly shined brightest was with her family. She was motherly, but nevered smothering. She was stearn, but never unfair. She was elegant, kind, generous, and supporting. She was everything a son or a daughter could hope for in a mentor and role model.
Loreen was fortunate to be born and raised in Barrhead, where she was surrounded by friends and family. And although her travels took her far and wide, it is only fitting that she left this earth, still surrounded by many of the same family and friends, in addition to all the hearts she touched along the way.

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Hello, I’m Joleen Fluet daughter of Loreen and Dale Gummow.
I would first like to take a minute to express gratitude towards my father Dale Gummow. He showed each and every one of us the meaning of love! He raised the bar for his grandsons and granddaughters of what love is and what it looks like. For the last 9 months he tirelessly cared for mom. Thank you Dad for your endless compassion and support you gave mom in her dyeing days. They would have been married 50 years this August! Well, Don’t worry Dad we will still have a party. So everyone mark August 30th on their calendar and we will celebrate Dale and Loreen Style. On behalf of the family, we wish to thank Heather and Jim Birne, Janet and Ray Meunier, Sandra and Dale Berglund, Marge and Rick Jones, Keri and Lisa Wilson, Margret and John Osbourne, Donald and Marilen Willson.

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In Loving Memory of Loreen Gummow – By Madge Gummow

The Sands of Time

Our footprints are always behind us
Set in the sands of time.
They can’t be owned or borrowed
It’s a gift that is yours and mine.

So when our loved ones leave us
Give us courage to let go.
For better days are yet to come
The lord has told us so.

Now Loreen has entered the Pearly Gates
She’ll find curling rocks or golf balls someplace.
Then she will walk out into the sunset
With that beautiful smile on her face.

Though Loreen has left her earthy home
She has left such good memories behind.
That her footprints will always be with us
Lovingly left in the sands of time.