Veronica Katherine Hakstol

6 diciembre , 193421 julio , 2020
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Veronica Hakstol beloved wife of the late John Hakstol passed away on Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 in Edmonton.

Veronica is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Neil) Henderson, of Vimy, son Kenneth (Marisa) Hakstol of Lethbridge, daughter Valerie (Clayton) Dean of Leduc, sibling Frank (Rose) Sitter of Taber, sister-in-law Kay Ward of Edmonton. She will be missed by her grandchildren JoAnne (Chad) Mitchell, John (Jill) Henderson, Tasha Grant, Jennifer (Jason) Thomas, Rhys Hakstol, Keilan Hakstol and her great grandchildren Claire, Grace, Mia, Gregory, Aspen, Benjamin, Cole and Brooklyn. Veronica was predeceased by her daughter Cynthia (Shane) Grant, sister Mary (Frank) Lazar, brother-in-law Edward (Theresa) Hakstol and sister-in-law Mary (Ron) Innes and her parents Frank and Katherine Sitter.

Veronica was born in Sokolovac, Croatia December 6, 1934. During World War II, Veronica and her family were forced to make a hurried escape from their home in Sokolovac and wound up stranded in Germany for most of the war. After the War, she and her family moved to the Taber area of Southern Alberta where they worked the sugar beet fields and later established a farm. So grateful to finally have a home, and even though the work was hard, she adopted Canada as her home and was a proud Canadian. This is a quote from one her writings.

“At one time in my life I had no home or homeland or the prospect of ever having one. That is why this home has meant so much to me.” – Veronica Hakstol.

In 1952 Veronica married John Hakstol and they started their family on a farm near the town of Warburg. Being a farmwife, Veronica took on many roles providing lunches and meals during harvest or hauling grain, and even sometimes she proudly ran the combine for John so he could get the crops in on time. Mom loved flowers and her garden with an array of different colours but always there were the beautiful gladiolas every summer.

Veronica was a people person who was genuinely interested in anyone she encountered during her day. She had a way of hearing their story and giving just enough of hers that before long they would become dear friends. She was generous with her hugs to anyone who needed one or even looked like they needed one and she found that not being able to give and receive a hug exceedingly difficult.

Veronica was devoted to her husband John and her children, guiding them as they grew into adults and started families of their own. When John became ill, she insisted on being by his side almost every day and when she finished helping John she would feed or help any of the other residents on the unit. Even after John passed away, she would still find her way over to the Care Centre to check on how everyone was doing and help where needed.

Veronica’s love and devotion continued with her grand children and great grand children as she loved and spoiled them as often as she could, making sure they had their favourite treat or special meal. Veronica was a wonderful cook making many tasty meals, baking delicious pastries, and re-creating those special dishes from her childhood. No one ever left her home without having something to eat or drink. She spent many winter evenings and weekends at the little two sheet curling rink in Warburg, coming home with many trophies and prizes.

The Catholic Faith was central to Veronica’s life as she attended mass as often as she could serving as eucharistic minster and offering communion to the sick. Veronica’s Life was exemplified by her favourite scripture verse “God is love”.

Due to Covid restrictions a private service will be held at a later date. The Funeral Service will be available via a live stream. Please go to Hainstock & Son's Facebook page ( and watch for the live stream on Wednesday July 29 at 1:00 pm.

Please donate in Veronica’s name to the St. Charles Roman Catholic Cemetery Fund Box 131, Warburg, Alberta T0C 2T0.


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Phyllis Anderson

agosto 4, 2020

Dear Shirley, Ken and Valerie

We had so many years of friendship and travelling on bus tours. Coke and rum every night. As we get older, it is hard to get together, so we rarely saw each other in these later years. Rest in Peace Veronica. You will be missed by all of us. God Bless your family

Lorne and Phyllis Anderson

Linda Fraser (Perin)

julio 28, 2020

Our Mom, Anne, and Veronica met as young girls in Taber. They shared Croatian backgrounds and stayed friends all their lives. Eventually both resided in Devonshire in Edmonton. After Mom died in October of 2018, Veronica called me frequently to see how we were doing. Her last call came for Mom’s birthday on July 21st. Who could have known Veronica would leave the world that day? I picture them together in a garden of beautiful flowers❤️Rest In Peace, Veronica.

Coreen Beermann

julio 28, 2020

Sending love, hugs, and condolences to momma Shirley and family. So sorry for your loss. May grandma Hakstol Rest In Peace.

Charlene Loosley

julio 28, 2020

Deepest condolences to you and your family, Shirley, on the passing of your mom. Reading some of the other messages about her it would seem that her kind spirit is living on in you.

Jeannette Boutin

julio 27, 2020

Was sorry to hear of Veronica’s passing. I so enjoyed the many visits with her. She was a fine lady and she will be missed. May she Rest In Peace.

Gordon and Nat Mitchell

julio 27, 2020

Our deepest condolences! We found Veronica very pleasant and friendly when we met her.

Pat & Ed Zukowski

julio 27, 2020

Our sympathies to all of Veronica's family.
Veronica will be missed and her memory cherished by anyone that knew her .She was always one of the most caring ,helpful, and special people that one can hope to have as a friend. You , her family were specially blessed to have her ,as your Mother ,Grandmother,and Great Grandmother. May she rest in peace with God.

Mia Mitchell

julio 27, 2020

I used to always go to great grandmas condo with my grandma and we would sit on the deck and talk. Great grandma was so nice to me. Grandma and I would bring flowers to great grandma, she loved pink roses and tiger lilies.

Donna Amyotte (Kwiatkowski)

julio 27, 2020

I remember my visits to the Hakstol household Fondly. Veronica was always so welcoming and caring! I wished she was my mom!! I spent many days in that house with Valerie...and much eating! So sorry for your loss...she was a great mom!!

Dallas Flad

julio 24, 2020

Our sympathy to Shane, Tasha, Jen , Jason Cole, Brooklyn and Aspen on the loss of Veronica.

Also to Shirley, Ken , Val and your family. Veronica was a special lady .

Take Care

Lyndon Dallas Derek and Devon


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