SABO, Arlene Mary

November 29, 1962 – December 27, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce that our beloved one passed away peacefully on Sunday December 27th, 2020 in Cochrane AB at the tender age of 58 years young with her loving family at her side.

Arlene will be remembered for her positive take on life, her infectious smile, her free and easy spirit, her giving personality and love for animals.

Arlene was born in Melville SK to her parents Ted and Clara Brockmeyer, moving to Banff at a young age where she met her future husband of 33 years, Ron Sabo. Together they spent approximately 8 years in Banff and Lake Louise, bought their first home in Canmore, and a move to Vernon BC where 3 of the children were born. A final move brought them to Cochrane where they would reside for 24 years and raise their family.

Arlene is survived by her husband Ron Sabo; her sons, Brett Sabo and Jared Sabo; her daughter Tanya Mowers; her 4 sisters, Carol Breton, Joyce Robertson, Donna and Karen Brockmeyer; and 2 brothers, James and Ted Brockmeyer. She is predeceased by her two children, Kortnie and Adam Sabo, and two brothers, Murray and Leon Brockmeyer.

A Celebration of Arlene’s life was held on Monday, January 4th, 2021 at 1:00 pm. A recording of the memorial service will be available following the service by contacting the family.

Those wishing, may stop by on a come and go basis, to pay respects to Arlene’s Urn and family following the service at Cochrane Country Funeral Home (#6, 402 Railway Street West, Cochrane, AB) on Monday, January 4th between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary, AB.

Painting by Kathy Sabo, Arlene’s sister-in-law

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

  1. On 30/12/2020 at 4:56 pm Karen Kerr-Smith Said:

    Very sad to hear Arlene has passed. I thought her to be a brave lady who followed her own path. Not many people have the courage she showed
    She was a work friend and we met from time to time at different venues. I always enjoyed her wonderful spirit and conviction in her believes.
    Sadly missed and I wish the family peace over their loss

  2. On 30/12/2020 at 6:12 pm Heather from Ducks Said:

    So very saddened to hear….my deepest sympathies to family and friends.

  3. On 30/12/2020 at 6:16 pm Cathy Quinlan(Schlechter) Said:

    Condolences to Arlene’s family! Arlene was a childhood friend. When our parents would get together we would hang out. We also had some fun sleep overs and many laughs.
    My mother Elma Schlechter also sends her condolences.

  4. On 30/12/2020 at 6:28 pm Don and Lise Miller Said:

    Our deepest condolences to the Sabo family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  5. On 30/12/2020 at 7:08 pm June Josefchuk Said:

    Arlene, was a great lady that I feel blessed to have known. So sad to hear of her passing. My heart breaks for her family. Sending much strength and love to you all at this difficult time. Xo

  6. On 30/12/2020 at 8:01 pm The Mooney Family Said:

    Dear Ron and family;
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Arlene – she was a beautiful person and despite her medical battle was always more concerned about others. Our arms are around you and our thoughts and prayers going out to you.
    Our sincerest regards,
    The Mooney Family

  7. On 30/12/2020 at 9:20 pm Merle MacGillivray Said:

    My Dear Ron and boys. Sending my thoughts and love to you all. Arlene was sure a lovely lady and I enjoyed my visits with you all. Love your non catholic sister. Xxxxxxxx

  8. On 30/12/2020 at 11:33 pm Iris sikina Said:

    Ron
    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your boys in your time of sorrow.
    Arlene was such a beautiful soul & always had a comforting way about her when she spoke with anyone. She had a smile that convinced you everything was going to be ok. The journey & courage you have all endured is a testament to your families strength. You are all in our thoughts & prayers during your time of bereavement.
    Iris Sikina

  9. On 31/12/2020 at 1:45 am Jamilah Said:

    My deep condolences to Sabo family. Arlene was a great lady, a beautiful soul, a true friend, so brave and kind. She so loved her family. The few weeks I had known her we connected very well and we maintained a long happy communication 7 years on. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be truly missed.

  10. On 31/12/2020 at 7:38 am Ted & Bonnie Berg Said:

    Brockmeyer & Sabo Families. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your sister, Wife & Mother. She looks the same as she did when she was 4 with her wonderful smile, vivaciousness, sparkling sense of humor and a joy for life Everyones’ lives are richer because she was part of it
    Love to you all
    Ted & Bonnie

  11. On 31/12/2020 at 10:18 am Shirley Mattila Said:

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to Arlenes family.

  12. On 31/12/2020 at 10:41 am Melissa Peers Said:

    I was just getting to know Arlene. I enjoyed our walks along the river path. Just wish there could have been more of them. I am so very sorry for your loss Ron, Brett and Jared.

  13. On 31/12/2020 at 12:56 pm Kelly and Doug Dixon Said:

    To Ron and Family,

    We will always remember Arlene’s big, warm and welcoming smile. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and yours at this time.

    Kelly and Doug Dixon
    Vancouver, BC

  14. On 31/12/2020 at 1:39 pm Mona Sylvestre Said:

    Condolences to Bett and Jared from Grandma Mona

    Condolences also to the rest of the Sabo family.

  15. On 31/12/2020 at 3:56 pm Pamela Moul Said:

    All too soon.
    Kind, heartfelt thoughts coming out to all of you Ron.
    Nothing will ever be the same❤️
    It is a blessing that Arlene could spend her last days at home and also that she was able to stay with us for so long.
    Always loved spending time with your family.
    Be well, you will all get through this somehow.
    Love your ‘sister’ Pam

  16. On 01/01/2021 at 12:20 pm Kevin & Jackie Hickey Said:

    To Ron, Jared and Brett we send our deepest condolences in the loss of Arlene. She will always be remembered in our hearts for her ever present smile and laughter. I can still hear her say, “Oh Kevin” when I teased her. Although we cannot be there physically, know that our thoughts, prayers and support are with you. Love Kevin & Jackie.

  17. On 01/01/2021 at 12:40 pm Marlene mazur Said:

    My deepest condolences to all of Arlene’s family. She was a lovely lady!

  18. On 02/01/2021 at 12:01 pm Cheryl Said:

    Dear Ron and family
    I met Arlene in Tijuana 2 1/2 years
    ago. We instantly bonded as women of faith in God. I knew Arlene as a sensitive and passionate woman who persevered to stay healthy and strong. She was a woman of great courage and will be greatly missed and remembered well. She is in the arms of Jesus and at peace!

  19. On 02/01/2021 at 2:45 pm Tim Yetman Said:

    Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. (Mathew 5:4) We pray peace over the Sabo family during this difficult time. We are so blessed to have known Arlene, and our fond memories of her will always shine brightly. Heaven has gained an Angel.

    The Yetman’s grieve alongside this wonderful family

  20. On 03/01/2021 at 12:24 pm Jack and Mary Lynn Dietrich Said:

    Ron Sabo & Family

    We were both deeply saddened by the recent news of Arlene’s passing.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.

    Jack and Mary Lynn Dietrich

  21. On 03/01/2021 at 9:55 pm Ursula Weinzierl Said:

    Dear Ron and family,
    2 1/2 years ago Arlene and myself met at the hotel that lodged us while we were clients at the Immunity Therapy Centre in Tijuana, Mexico. Soon enough we shared a room and costs. We both helped each other on our healing journey, read the Bible together, prayed together. I still hear her saying: Thank you, Jesus!
    Sunday was our day off. Cheryl found a lively church at the playa where we felt very welcome. Afterwards we walked over to a health food place. Then down to the beach for a stroll preferably bare foot through the sand.
    Arlene was a very good friend to me. One day we will lodge together again in our heavenly home!

  22. On 04/01/2021 at 10:15 am Diana and Don Gallivan Said:

    Heartfelt condolences to all Arlene’s family and friends. She was a lovely lady.

    Be gentle with yourselves during this difficult time.

    Diana and Don Gallivan

  23. On 04/01/2021 at 10:23 am Betty and Kirby Said:

    I found this Native American prayer on line and thought it was amazing

    I give you this one thought to keep
    I am with you still – I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the sweet uplifting rush,
    of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft starts that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone –
    I am with you still in each new dawn.
    Traditional Native American Prayer

  24. On 04/01/2021 at 12:23 pm Lynnette Simpson Said:

    Our hearts are with you & the boys Ron . Arlene was a good friend , I will miss her smile , her honesty & her courage ❤️
    Much love
    Lynnette & Lorne

  25. On 04/01/2021 at 2:15 pm Jeanne Durrell Said:

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul! Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Ron.
    If there’s anything we can do, please let us know.
    Hugs
    Arlene a eyes will sparkle in heaven – watch for them as stars they fall!❤️

  26. On 04/01/2021 at 2:19 pm Charm & Albert Moul Said:

    Jan 4, 2921
    We wish to offer our condolences to Ron and family. The zoom service was extremely well done.
    With love, Charm and Al Moul

  27. On 08/01/2021 at 12:22 pm Donna Brockmeyer Said:

    Enchanted Eyes.

    A Tribute to Arlene Mary Sabo

    By her Sister: Dr. Donna Brockmeyer

    Arlene had us enchanted from the very beginning.
    Everyone she met, everyone who knew her —
    Knew that when she walked into a room, it was hers.

    She was at one and the same time grounded and present,
    Yet effervescent and whimsical in full flowing color
    Engaging immediately anyone in her company, in an open and real conversation
    She made you feel special and important, and her most treasured confidant.

    Where did this wonder woman come from?

    A little girl from a little town,
    in the narrow, squeezed in province,
    of fish and lakes, fresh bread and homemade soup,
    home of the forever fields
    and more shallow ditches – than alpine ridges
    Then, the youngest of six children.

    While the busy and bustling family worked on the inside,
    Arlene and I played on the outside. We made do with simple toys,
    a yellow teary-deary doll, a tri-cycle, skipping rope,
    cast off pots, dirt and dust and a watering can.
    (I tried to trick her into eating mud-pies. She didn’t bite.)

    A neighbouring lot of old trucks, tractors and school-busses
    scattered groves of silver birch trees standing
    From which hawks and eagles watch, and wait, and soar
    And where chickadees find foliage and owls stand sentinel
    and where deer and fox and wolf and rabbit all seek refuge.

    She came from there.

    She loved horses, and dogs (especially TJ), and cats (Her Handsome!)
    and all the creatures of her magic wild world.

    That world, combined with a busy human family one,
    gave Arlene an uncanny ability to navigate, and love, both.

    Her dad caught on from the very start.
    Arlene’s big brown dancing unwavering eyes,
    searching out the magic and wonder
    saw to the depths of eternity.

    Her strong, dignified carriage matched her solid certain character.
    Dad was a hunter, and was out hunting moose when he had an instinctive knowing
    that Arlene was being born at home. So off he went towards home.
    Taking this all together, thereafter called her his Little Moose.
    Standing strong, but gentle, not wavering, moving at her own pace.

    Arlene’s eyes were like brown diamonds in the sky at dusk.
    They twinkled and danced and drew you in
    And then danced circles around you.
    And as if by magic they danced you around the room.
    And then they danced you around the moon.

    Ron saw those eyes in a club in Banff
    across a crowded room of smoke and haze
    He asked about her, his heart already ablaze

    And Arlene, watching Ron falling in love with her
    Fell in love with him.

    It’s said ones eyes are the window to their soul
    And in the case of Arlene’s,
    She could see not only into your soul
    But what was needed there.

    Sometimes it was just a boost of confidence.

    Arlene would say: “You do You”

    Knowing and Trusting that you would do your best, and she trusted that.

    Especially with her children.
    Brett and Jarrod, my God she loved them, and was so proud of them as vigorous hockey players,
    the best of young gentlemen, the best of sons.

    And she loved her daughters, Kortney and Tanya, waiting to see the women they would become.

    In seeing who we were, like the creatures seeking refuge in the wilderness,
    Arlene took us in when we were broken down and suffering
    She loved us, and nourished us back into being; back into humanity.
    She did this with laughter and tears, a healing tea, essential oils, prayers, and patience.
    (A glass of wine if needed.)
    She had a gift of holistic healing; she knew what to do.

    Her arms, unwavering, wrapped around our broken bodies,
    while her eyes of compassion wrapped around our wounded hearts.

    Arlene and Ron, and their family, helped so many over the years.
    In their home, people found comfort and joy and laughter, and so much love.

    Arlene loved the mountains and the wild and mostly being outside.

    She took us out to ski and camp and ride and raft,
    glacier hot-tubbing making angles in the snow.
    She took us where we loved to go.
    Arlene was an undaunted athlete, a powerhouse golfer, and a tireless roller-blader
    Walking up mountains to work in Banff, her legs were strong and lean.
    She could do anything she tried.
    The best fun I’ve ever had, was with My Missy Lene.
    She loved the wild, and we loved her wild side.

    Arlene loved elegance.

    One of her cherished moments was attending a Gala Ball at the Banff Springs Hotel
    with her tall and handsome Ron.
    Arlene was beautifully poised in mink and pearls
    borrowed from a friend,
    regal, a tilt of head and stunning shining curls,
    she was in her element.

    Arlene was a brave and hard worker.

    Moving alone to Banff at a young age, Arlene found work in hospitality, working up to hotel management, took pride in her work in the Financial Department at Canmore Town Hall and when her children were young, was a natural fit as a school bus driver, and a natural fit as a golf course marshal.

    Arlene loved her Brockmeyer Family.
    Her parents, Clara and Ted, who were hotel owners,
    loved it when Arlene brought the boys and Courtney home to visit.

    We loved Arlene and she loved us. In a family of eight, where there is every which kind of personality,
    Arlene could dance with each of us, be it a slow easy waltz, the cha cha,
    or a downright all out tango for two, she stepped up.

    The Brockmeyers thank you Ron, and all of your family, for loving Arlene, caring for her,
    and building with her a home to live in in the beautiful mountains she loved so well.

    We’ve all been so blessed by her strength of being, her moral compass
    And through those brilliant, all-knowing, stunning, sometimes dark, dancing eyes, she shared her soul.

    She lived life big, embraced it with courage, and lived it to the fullest and deepest.

    We miss you desperately, My Missy Lene

    We are gutted.

    But we know that your free spirit is now free.

    In your time with us, in your way of magic and wonder, your soul has fused with each of our own.
    Forever Remembered, our Enchanted Eyes Arlene.

    We know that your brilliant dancing eyes will be watching over us;
    and we will be searching the evening skies, searching, searching for yours, ever so bright.

    Dancing out there Among the Stars!

    We Really Love You!

  28. On 10/01/2021 at 9:13 am Susan Ferner Said:

    My heart goes out to you and your family, Ronnie. I am sorry for your loss.

  29. On 10/01/2021 at 9:28 am Fran & Ted Hrynkiw Said:

    I am Arlene’s cousin!, I SEE. Ted & Clara in her.
    My heart hurts for you, her family
    You are in my prayers
    Fran (Brockmeyer)

  30. On 13/01/2021 at 9:19 am Denis Albinati Said:

    Ronnie,
    Please accept my most sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family

  31. On 25/01/2021 at 1:36 pm Don and Lori Teece Said:

    Ron and Family Our message is late as we just found out of Arlene’s passing. Our Condolences to you all! Arlene’s Love of Life and Kindness is only over shadowed by her Love of Family! both were evident any and every time we would see her. Thank goodness for our kids being in Hockey!! And Thankyou to her sister Donna for such a compelling and deserved Tribute!

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