August 18, 1929 – May 11, 2019
Laurel Owen Giebelhaus passed away suddenly but peacefully at the Bethany Riverview on May 11, 2019 at the age of 89 years. Owen is survived by wife Leonora; son Allen (Karen); daughter Jan Guy (Allen Schultz); three grandsons James, Scott and Matthew Giebelhaus; granddaughter Michelle Mericle (Kevin McLaughlin); two great-grandchildren Addison and Jackson Mericle; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his sisters Gwen Jones and Ada Mason of Mesa, Arizona, and sister-in-law Marie Giebelhaus of Red Deer, AB. Owen was predeceased by his parents Conrad and Margaretta and brothers Donald and Garry.
Born at Vegreville Hospital on August 18, 1929. He was raised on the farm, south of Vegreville and attended Ideal School and Vegreville High School. He moved to Edmonton in 1949. In 1953 he married Leonora Lae and during the next few years they raised their two children in the Holyrood District.
Owen worked for Imperial Oil, The Good Samaritan Society and various other health care facilities in Edmonton, Red Deer and Grande Prairie, as an Administrator or in Accounting.
In his retirement years, he enjoyed working in his workshop or on the computer. After heart surgery in 2011, Owen and Leonora decided to move to Calgary to be closer to family and have been happy to live at Sundance on the Green. For the last six months, he resided at Bethany Riverview.
Throughout the years, Owen’s faith and being part of a church family, wherever he lived had always been so important to him.
A Visitation will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate) on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A Memorial Service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, (14640 6 St SW), on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Owen’s memory directly to the Peace Lutheran Church, (14640 6 St SW, Calgary, AB T2Y 0E1).
- Peace Lutheran Church
- Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, May 18, 2019
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May 18, 2019
Lenora, Allen, and Jan: My thoughts are with you on this day as you grieve your loss. I remember visiting you with my parents many times during my childhood. I also fondly remember my visits with Owen during the summer of 1981 when he was staying in your holiday trailer at Lenora's sister and brother-in-law's farm in the Crooked Creek area while waiting to move to Grande Prairie and I had a summer job in the area with Fish and Wildlife.
Barry and Jan Griffith
May 16, 2019
Dear Jan and Allen, We are lost for words upon hearing of your dad's passing. Keep the memories close to your heart. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
May 15, 2019
Dear Jan, Leonora and Family, Our condolences on the passing of your wonderful father and husband. I have so many memories of him during the time we all lived in Holyrood. He was such a kind, caring person who always had a quick smile and a warm greeting for everyone. I know he will be missed and that you can take comfort in his faith and in the memories you have.
Faye and Barry
May 14, 2019
Allen, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Seems he lived a full life. Our best to you and your family.
Sharon and John Bracegirdle, Edmonton
May 14, 2019
Dear Alan and Jan: I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. I remember spending many lovely weekends in your home as we were friends, and your parents were so kind to me. May you find comfort in your family and friends during this very sad time. With sympathy, Veronica Soluri