WIEBE, OLGA (Kushneyrk)


December 5, 1920 – May 7, 2012

Olga was born in Smoky Lake, Alberta to a Ukranian pioneer family with 7 girls, of which she was the second youngest. After working hard on the farm, and being her Father’s “boy”, she went on support herself by various jobs as an housekeeper, factory worker, and waitress at the Royal George Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta and as a governess in Victoria, B.C. Stricken by polio in her twenties, she struggled back to full health and went on to marry David Peter Wiebe. They moved to his hometown in Grande Prairie, Alberta in the mid-1940’s. They had three children, Lorraine Sherry Penley, Gregory Randolph Wiebe, and Caroline Audrey Williams. During this tumultuous marriage, she worked as a Nursing Aide and waitress to support her children. In the early 70’s she met the love of her life, Ernest Spafford Walroth, and they shared many outdoor adventures together in the wild lands of Alberta, British Columbia, and Alaska. She bagged a trophy elk and caught a rare albino pickerel during these happy years. After Ernest became ill, Olga moved to Cochrane to live with her youngest daughter and her husband, Caroline and Bob Williams. She stayed 17 years with her daughter and family and had tremendous times once again, living the farm life. In particular she enjoyed hunting gophers with her Jack Russell terrier, Bambi, planting a magnificent perennial garden, and enjoying Bingo dates with her Calgary friends at the Bingo Barn. After a brief few years in Edmonton, at Meadowcroft Seniors complex, she moved once again to Cochrane, to the Bethany Care Center, to be close to her youngest daughter and family. Here she spent many happy times with her friends, staff and volunteers and her favorite little dog, Aiku. Olga was predeceased by all of her sisters. Her love of nature and delightful sense of humor will live on in all those that knew her. She lived her life well and was content to pass on to her afterlife and all the adventures it will bring. No ceremony at Olga’s request. Please remember her by passing kindness on to someone that is in need.

  1. On 09/05/2012 at 5:36 pm Barb Ast Said:

    My heart goes out to Caroline, and all of Olga’s family. Your Mom was a special person, who we really enjoyed at Bethany, Cochrane. She brought a huge sense of humour, and sometimes a little honesty, to our bridge group there. For a few months, we only had enough players for 1 table, and during that time, Olga and I spent a lot of 1-on-1 time together playing honeymoon bridge, and chatting about life. I thoroughly enjoyed this time with her.

    I would like to thank you for coming into Bethany this past Tuesday, to tell George about Olga’s passing. As you know, he took it really hard. After you left, he returned to our bridge game, and shared with us the card that you gave him, and her obituary notice. We all miss Olga, as she was a wonderfully social person. But George will really miss her, as they were special friends. I am very thankful that he did not have to find out by reading it in the paper.

    I am not sure who arranged to take George to see Olga last week. He had told me that he was going, and he was very excited to see your Mom. We also talked about your Mom after he had seen her, and he was satisfied that your Mom was happy and well-looked after. All of us were looking forward to her transfer back to Bethany Cochrane, so that we could continue the many friendships that she had made there. You mentioned in your card to George that you thought his visit helped your Mom with closure…….I know that it will help George as he struggles to deal with the loss of such a treasured friend.

    Caroline, I enjoyed the visits that I have had with you during the time that your Mom was in Bethany. Your Mom always spoke very lovingly about you, and treasured every chance that she had to visit with you. She was sooooo proud of her little dog. All of her bridge playing friends loved the picture that you sent to George of Olga and her little “walker captain”.

    You must have many warm memories of time with your Mom, Caroline, as you took her into your home for many years. I hope that these memories will help you as you try to adjust with life without your Mom.

    Love Barb Ast (the bridge volunteer at Bethany)

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