OBITUARY

Alma Ruth Graumann

Passed away on April 19, 2021

Alma was a feisty, fun loving gal. Alma would stand up to anyone if she thought she was right. Alma loved her Savior, loved bible study with friends, praying for everyone and ended every phone call by “God be with you.” Alma went into His loving arms on Monday April 19, 2021.

She was baptized on Sept 16, 1956 and confirmed on April 5, 1970 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Beach Corner, AB. Alma grew up in the Hubbles Lake district, northwest of Stony Plain on a farm. Unfortunately, at the age of 3 years, she went into convulsions, which lead to brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Alma had to relearn how to walk, talk, and toilet train. This, also, left her mentally challenged.

Alma attended school in Stony Plain and did very well. A big thanks to Lillian Berndt for teaching her how to read and write.

Alma loved the farm and all animals with dogs being her favourite. As a child, she would play among the chickens in the yard and sat on a milk cow’s back, as it was lying down, while mom milked the other cows. If Alma wasn’t with the animals, she could be found swinging on the swing and enjoying the sunshine. Later when the family farm was sold, Dad, Mom and Alma moved to Stony Plain in 1972. She continued to live with Mom for many years. Sometime after, Alma left Stony and lived in various different locations and homes including her own condo in St. Albert. When she sold her condo, Alma moved back to her home town, Stony Plain, in 2004. She lived in a private house and had her own basement suite, while two roommates, Brenda and Wilma, lived upstairs. She was very capable of doing things and looking after herself with help from Rehoboth.

The farm was still, very much, part of her and she enjoyed going out to Joyce & Wilfred’s and Grant & Audrey’s farm every holiday or chance she had. To this day, there are paper borders of farm animals and scenery around her kitchen. Many farm ornaments and pictures decorated her home. She, also, liked bright colors, soft blankets/clothes, and stuffies. Other loves were: going out for COFFEE -the greatest! garlic sausage and perogies; going to music concerts, listening to Country gospel/Old Time country music (especially songs from Alan Jackson); doing her word-search workbooks and getting free books; playing solitaire on her computer; watching nature/animal shows (like Dr. Pol) and game shows. Alma enjoyed water and would sit or float in it for hours.

Alma was a very good bowler and took part in Special Olympics. She came home with many medals.

Alma volunteered at the “Military Family Resource Centre Daycare, St. Albert with a total of 148 hours. She did photocopying, filing, reading stories to the children and helping in the kitchen by doing mountains of dish washing, baking bread and hundreds of cookies for snack times. At Easter, she made egg shaped cookies and decorated them with brightly-colored icing.

Alma did various jobs such as: hotel chambermaid, stripping copper wires, cleaning road signs, church janitor, second-hand store clerk and working at “you-pick” gardens, just to name a few.

Alma travelled to Disneyland twice, Miette Hot Springs twice, Yukon, Jasper, Banff, Kananaskis yearly, summer camps, and two cruises.

She loved to talk and share stories/ information with anyone, including strangers. Alma’s favorite saying was “I’ll do it later.” Alma never married or had children but she was part of many families – her immediate and extended family, church, community, and Rehoboth families.

Alma LOVED her HUGS!

This past year has been really hard on Alma because she was a SOCIAL BUTTERFLY! She loved to go anywhere even if it was just a drive. Alma enjoyed coming to our farms and spending holidays and was not able to do so because of Covid!! This also prevented Alma and Brenda from attending church every Sunday at St. Matthew.

Alma was predeceased by her parents – Ferdinand & Mary Graumann; brothers – Ronald, Bobby, Walter and wife Lynne Graumann; brother-in-law – Grant Gaschnitz; and numerous relatives and friends.

Alma will be greatly missed by her sisters; Joyce (Wilfred) Goerz and family (Tomahawk) and Audrey Gaschnitz and family (High Prairie); Brenda and Wilma, all of her friends and staff at Rehoboth, numerous relatives and friends.

ALMA – you are now free from all the hurts, troubles and disappointments of this earthly life. We miss you deeply! Love you always. Be at peace wrapped in God’s loving arms! Thanks to each and every person who came into and touched Alma’s life in some way or another.

A big thank you to Parkland Funeral Services & Dignity, Gail Sutherley for putting the music on CD’s, Pastor Buck. A big thank you and appreciation for all the acts of kindness, words of comfort, messages of sympathy and all the support given.

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Donna Reinhart

May 10, 2021


A lovely story about Alma and her life.
Thanks for sharing.

Karen Emms

May 7, 2021

I loved working with Alma through Rehoboth. My day was always brightened by her huge smiles and hugs. When it was her turn to make supper for herself and her roommates, she was very quick to ask for my assistance. Sometimes after I agreed to "Help" I found myself alone in the kitchen! Alma was a fun lady and I know that many people will miss her.

Karen Emms

Geoff Langerak

May 1, 2021

I knew Alma from speacl omlpics and she was a very happy person and I was happy to have known her

Randy Ulmer

May 1, 2021

Alma always had a twinkle in her eye whenever she talked to me. Her hugs were always loving and meaningful. She was very dedicated to the church and we were proud to pick her up for church when we went.
Alma was a very loyal to her church and her friends and defended her beliefs with conviction.
Alma always looked at the bright side of life and somehow made me a better person for it. I will always keep her in my heart and love her forever
Today is a specially sad day because of this hateful pandemic, and me being so very comprised, I am unable to say goodbye to my so very very loved friend and cousin but she will remain in my heart and mind for all my time
Our Sincere Condolences to Audrey And Joyce and their families

Wendy Elbrey

April 30, 2021

Dear Joyce and Audrey,
My sincere condolences to you and your families.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time.

Debbie Donner

April 30, 2021

Alma will be deeply missed and is loved by all that knew her. I remember her on the farm enjoying the outdoors. so many wonderful memories that I will keep in my heart forever..Rest now with Aunty Mary and Uncle Ferdinand..love to you my dear cousin...God be with you.

Jaclyn Baker

April 30, 2021

You were pure light and love. I Have so many special memories with you. You were so funny and literally filled with huge amounts of love to always give to others. I will miss you dearly. A heart of pure gold. You loved your life and everyone in it. Rest easy beautiful Almi

Mandy Wright

April 30, 2021

I remember when I was Alma’s Team Leader, and I would go over to the house. I would always be greated with a bear hug, only Alma could give you. We would talk about asking first, and people’s personal space. Alma would say “yeah I know! Now come here while I give you a hug “ Alma danced to her own drum beat, which was one of the many things I loved about her. You will always hold a special place in my heart Almi, Rest In Peace sweet lady 💜🙏💜

Marilyn and Bill Burak

April 30, 2021

We are sorry to hear of Alma’s passing...We met Alma through my sister Barb,who lives in Cotters Cove..Our sympathies to Alma’s family and friends...God Bless...

Jodi Hallett

April 30, 2021

I had the pleasure of spending 3 years with Alma working alongside her towards achieving her goals, doing her chores or just watching shows and playing cards. Alma and I played crib together and enjoyed many meals together. She was a strong determined woman and when she wanted something she found a way to get it. She wasn’t just a client to me she was family, we got each other like no one else did. I will miss her everyday but will treasure every single memory of her for a lifetime. ❤️❤️❤️ “Oh you” I love you missy

FROM THE FAMILY