Doris HENNEL

HENNEL – Doris Jean passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 at the Stettler Health Care Centre at the age of 80 years. Doris was born on Feb. 21, 1928 in Alsask, SK. She lived in Sibbald, AB with her family on a farm and attended Rush Centre School. In 1936, Doris moved to the Botha District, and then in 1939 moved to a farm south of Stettler, AB. Doris attended Docendo School with the dreams of someday becoming a teacher, but never had the opportunity to continue her education. On Nov. 12, 1945 Doris married the man of her dreams Rudolph Hennel at the Stettler United Church. They started their own farm in the Linda Hall District south of Stettler. In 1952, Doris, along with four other community members, formed the present Linda Hall Ladies Club of which she was an honorary member. She was also a member of the Stettler Agriculture Society and Board member for the Stettler Co-op. At the Linda Hall Christmas concerts Doris participated in plays – especially enjoyed the Hillbilly plays. Doris enjoyed her politics and just recently on Oct. 4, was afraid she would not have a chance to mark her “X” because she was in the hospital but was thrilled when a ballot box was brought to the hospital – it made her day. Doris loved cooking, baking, playing horseshoes and cards – especially the card game 500. She was very proud of her rye bread she learned how to make it from her mother-in-law, and also barley sausage. Doris was the chief gravy maker for the Linda Hall fall suppers. She thought nothing of cooking for a house full at Christmas, New Year’s or other events. You never left her home hungry. Doris was always seen working beside her husband – milking cows, haying, packing food out to the field, taking cream and eggs to town or running for machine parts. It was not uncommon in the summer months to host horseshoe tournaments at the farm with 75 to 100 people attending. Camping, fishing, rodeos and traveling in her motorhome were also a joy. Doris and Rudolph traveled by motorhome to Las Vegas, B.C., Alaska and Yellowknife just to name a few places. Her life was her home, husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who fondly called her G.G. She will be greatly missed by all. Doris is survived by her children Bunny (Manley) Peterson of Sangudo, AB, Allan (Rita) Hennel and Ron (Jo) Hennel all of Stettler. grandchildren Greg (Deborah) Peterson, Brad (Miri) Peterson, Wanda (Derek) Roberts, David (Leslee) Hennel, Kim (Jon) LaFournie, Theresa (Allan) Campbell, Trisha (Ryan) Pinder and Cristie (Brian) Johnston, 15 great-grandchildren, brother Bill (Mary) Muhlbach, sisters Ruby (Del) Jolly and Ruth Kromm, brother-in-law Jim Kerbes, sister-in-law Helen Smith, step-brothers Edwin (Donna) Leicht and Brian Leicht, step-sister Ann Thomas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many very dear friends. Doris was predeceased by her husband of 60 years on Oct. 2, 2005 Rudolph Hennel, parents Frederick and Kathryn Muhlbach, step-mother Leona, sister Helen Kerbes, brother Howard Muhlbach, brother-in-law Don Kromm, step-brothers and step-sisters, nieces and nephews and other relatives. A funeral service for the late Mrs. Doris Hennel was held on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at the Stettler United Church with Rev. Mervyn Penfound officiating. A family tribute was given by her grandchildren. Elaine Hennel was pianist and the United Church Choir sang “The Place Where I Worship Is The Wide Open Spaces”. Interment followed at the Lake View Cemetery and the family and friends then joined together for a light lunch provided by Linda Hall Ladies at Linda Hall. As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions may be made to the Linda Ladies Club, Stettler Palliative Care or to a charity of donor’s choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd., P.O. Box 193, Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who were entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences can be e-mailed to brennenf@telusplanet.net. 742-3315.


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