May 2, 1939 - Aug 6, 2022
Friday, September 9, 2022
The Service will be held at the Eckville Community Centre, Eckville, Alberta.
On Saturday August 6, 2022, with family by her side, Fern Catherine Skocdopole, beloved wife/mother went to be with her Lord and Savior, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Fern was born May 2 nd, 1939 in Eckville, the 5th and youngest daughter of Charles and Sylvia Thorkman. On April 3rd, 1959, Fern married Glenn and together they raised four children.
Probably one of the last things we do for our loved one is to write a tribute worthy of their life, so others may see a glimpse of the wife/mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend that we knew and loved. Mom’s favorite saying was “she had lots of “sisu” (Finnish for determination and perseverance). Her last couple of years was proof of that.
The last few months were especially difficult. Mom went to her death like she lived her life, on her own terms and in her own time. When told of her terminal diagnosis she stoically replied, “That’s between God and I when I die, and we will decide together.” She never showed fear or shed a tear. Mom needed to see and say goodbye to her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren. When her last grandchild came in to see her, she said “You are the last one I need to see.” The next day (12 days after diagnosis) Mom said, “It is time to pray for God to send his angels to take me home to be with Jesus.” She passed away less than 24 hours later.
Mom’s faith stayed strong until the end. Mom loved her family and friends. She was always the first to call with best wishes on special occasions. Mom took being the matriarch of our family seriously and was always ready with advice and wisdom. Her family was the most important thing in her world, especially her ‘little munchkins’, the great grandchildren.
Mom loved her visits with family and friends, everyone was made welcome. Her coffee pot was always on with fresh cinnamon or poppy seed buns, pies, and cookies. Her flapper pies were legendary making appearances at community suppers and auctions. With Mom appearance and manners were extremely important, “a lady should always be ready to run out the door looking her best.” And she always did look stylish.
Mom and Dad travelled extensively through the years, enjoying many cruises and flights to different parts of the world. When Dad was away working, for our summer vacation, Mom would take us to stay in camp.
Mom took pride in her community and was a big believer in volunteering. She belonged to many organizations through the years: Country Ladies Aid, Eckville Historical Society, Eckville Hall Board, St.Paul’s Board, Session, Explorer leader and Ladies Evening Group. Mom worked on both history books and served lunches at auctions and funerals. In her later years she helped in organizing funeral lunches, always making sure to decorate in the deceased’s favorite colours and showcase their hobbies and interests. She wanted it to be a real tribute and a celebration of their life.
Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151
Our deepest condolences to Glenn and your family. They will all miss you,but the memories can give comfort. Sorry I won't be at the memorial, because I didn't have enough time to make arrangemeent for someone to covr for me at work, but my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Norma (and Jim) Leslie
The Nagy Family:
You will be missed very much Fern, always a graceful kind Lady. Our thoughts are with you Glenn and the whole family.
Elwood and Edith Strand:
Our deepest sympathy to you Glen and your familys
Sorry to hear of her passing
My heart is broken to hear of Fern’s passing.
Glen, Carla, Gerald, Steve and Susan, along with all your loving families, please accept my sincere condolences. She was a beautiful and giving lady. She will be missed, but never forgotten.
My sincere condolences Glen and to your family. So sorry to hear of Ferns illness and passing.
My sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Fern. I will always remember her as a sweet thoughtful women. I will never forget our visits. Be strong in this difficult time and remenber the good times together.
Katty from Belgium ( family of Jeanne Eckeman - Bael)
Ken Josie Frid:
Our deepest sympathy to the familys
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