On October 7th, 2013 Charles Laisnez passed away suddenly at his home in Stettler, AB. “Charlie” as he was known to friends, was born on March 20th, 1936 in Big Valley, AB and was a beloved son of John and Ange Laisnez. He grew up in a demanding but pius farm home with his older sister Helene and his twin siblings, Albert and Rosella.
After completing grade school in Scollard and Big Valley, Charlie went off Edmonton to finish his diploma. After a year at Olds College, he attended the University of Alberta completing a degree in Agriculture in 1959. He then returned to the farm to work with his Dad. Charles met Theresa in 1961 and they were married in July of 1962. Theresa’s daughter Jeannette was immediately a member of the Laisnez clan. Charles and Theresa had four more children, Christopher, Carol, Diane and Leann.
Charles spent the next 38 years living and working on the farm he loved so much. He was also a active in the community as a Big Valley Hall Board member, the draw master at the Curling Club, 4-H Club Leader, as well as working to keep the rail line here a while longer. Charlie loved the time spent with friends and neighbours, either curling, playing in the Big Valley Band, or sitting around the kitchen table at coffee time.
Charlie was fortunate to have his son in law Art and his son Chris working with him on the farm. His grandsons Jason, Tim and Luke grew up on the family farm and he was a great source of wisdom. He was thrilled years later when the twins, Mitchel and Jillian were born to Carol and again when Nicholas and Connor came into the fold. He and Theresa found themselves travelling often to Calgary for visits with the grand children, but what the children loved most was spending time on the farm with Grandpa. Long hikes to discover Dinosaur bones in the river coulee and riding the Combine during harvest were special times the children were able to share with Grandpa.
In 2000, Charlie and Theresa moved to Stettler, but his heart was always still on the family farm. He was a deeply faithful man and in town, was able to spend more time at the church for weekday masses and as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a huge support to Theresa as her health declined and more medical attention was required. Sadly, he lost his wife of 41 years in 2003.
He was overjoyed to hear of the 2006 arrival of his latest grandson, Rowan and found more reason to spend time at the farm. He loved to help Chris and Shauna with any odd jobs and of course, he was still The Man on the combine, right up to this past harvest.
Charles married Adeline Petrussa Radke in November of 2004 and they enjoyed life in their beautiful home in Stettler where he tended to their lawn and the begonias. They enjoyed traveling to Edmonton and Calgary to visit their families and relished some wonderful holidays to Europe, California and Hawaii.
Recently, Charles was fortunate to have his brother and best friend Albert close by to spend time with visiting, running errands, playing cards and praying together.
Charles leaves his wife Adeline; his children Jeannette and Arthur LaRose, Chris and Shauna Laisnez, Carol Laisnez, Diane and Robert Wiebe and Leann Laisnez; his grandchildren, Jason and Emma LaRose, Tim LaRose and Luke and Tania LaRose, Mitchel and Jillian MacKay, Nicholas and Connor Wiebe, Rowan Laisnez and Nicole and Sienna Radke; and his great grandchildren, Liliana and Elijah LaRose and Riley LaRose.
A Prayer Vigil was held for Charlie on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Christ-King Catholic Church at 6:00 P.M. with the Mass of Christian Burial being held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Donatus Ihekwoaba as celebrant.
As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Charlie, memorial contributions may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.brennenfuneralhome.com.