Blanche Vivian Kenzler

Blanche Vivian Kenzler

Blanche Vivian Kenzler

September 24, 1926 – June 10, 2013

Blanche Vivian Kenzler passed away peacefully, at Heritage House, Stettler, Alberta, June 10, 2013, at the age of 86 years.

Blanche is survived by Two Daughters and One Son: Shirley (Leo) Erion of Scapa, Helen (Allen) Jacobson of Scollard, Harold (Marilyn) Kenzler, of Stettler; Four Grandchildren: Mark (Alison) Erion of Calgary, Angela (Chris) Rosin of Handhills, Shane (Denise) Jacobson of Gadsby, and Ryan (Kelly) Kenzler of Rocky Mountain House; Eleven Great Grandchildren: Rylee, Austin, Keagan, Cheyanne, Peyton, Xander, Bryna, Luke, Hayden, Alina, and Bronson; Two Brothers: Herb Darnell and Dale (Sheryl) Darnell; Two Sisters: Alyce (Henry) Wooldridge, Joyce (Louis) Van Hereweghe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of very good friends.

Blanche was predeceased by Husband Francis Kenzler, Mother Lena Darnell, Father Paul Darnell, Brother John Darnell, Sister-In-Law Florence Darnell, Brother-In-Law Howard Kenzler, Sister-In-Law Sylvia Kenzler, Brother-In-Law James Kenzler, Granddaughter Baby Erion, Grandson Brent Kenzler, and Great Grandson Leo Gregg Erion, and many of her special friends.

Blanche was born at Hanna, Alberta, September 23, 1926, to parents Lena and Paul Darnell. Blanche’s schooling included the Princeton School and Kalvindale Schools in the Craigmyle district. Craigmyle, Rowley, and Leo were all home to Blanche through her young years. Blanche moved to Big Valley and worked in the homes of Dr. and Mrs. Aunger, Pearl and Archie McAllister, and Del and Etta Hurl. While in Big Valley Blanche met Francis and it was ‘love at first sight’. They married, November 10, 1948, in the Big Valley United Church. They made their home on the farm in the Snake Lake District. Three children were born to this union: Shirley, Helen, and Harold. Blanche was a strong community supporter, loved cooking, gardening, creating art, and her family. In 1977, Blanche and Francis retired to a new home in Big Valley. In 1984, Francis succumbed to illness, and passed away. Blanche remained in Big Valley until 1990, then due to health concerns moved into Stettler and became a resident of Paragon Place, then Heart Haven Lodge, then the Nursing Home and finally into Heritage House until her passing.

Private Family Interment – Big Valley Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. June 14, 2013, followed by a Memorial for family and friends at the Big Valley Drop-In Center at 2:30 p.m., on June 14, 2013, Reverend Susan Bowyer officiating. Pallbearers: Blanche’s Grandchildren and Spouses. Honorary Pallbearers: all Blanche’s Family and Friends. Allen Jacobson: in charge of sharing memories on behalf of the family at the Service. Lunch provided by the ladies of the Big Valley OORP (Royal Purple).

As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Blanche, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Valley United Church, the Stettler Health Services Foundation – Heritage House or to a charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315 Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

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