Edith Marie LaRochelle was born on April 16, 1942 at Rosemary, AB and passed away on September 28, 2017 in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. She was the third child of the late John and Mary Burkholder; beloved wife of Albert LaRochelle; mother to ten children Tim(Tammy) LaRochelle, Kathy (Wade) Sadlier, Paul (Carol) LaRochelle, Donna (Kelvin) Torkelson, Mary LaRochelle, James (Leah) LaRochelle, Lorne (Rebecca) LaRochelle, Brian LaRochelle, Verlin (Debbie) LaRochelle, and Anna LaRochelle; grandmother to twenty-eight grandchildren (one predeceased) and six great grandchildren; sister to Harvey (Darlene) Burkholder and Harold(Mary) Burkholder.
Mom gave her heart to Jesus at a young age and was baptized at possibly eight years of age. She attended the Duchess School all her school days, graduating in the spring of 1960 and then was married to Albert on November 12, 1960. They set up housekeeping in a small trailer in Duchess and drove a blue Studebaker. She taught us so much by her example of faithfully reading her Bible and quietly praying for us every day, loving us whether she agreed with our choices or not, teaching us about forgiveness, caring for the down and outers, and more.
Mom caught on to things like deception and lying. She punished and/or tried to teach so we could understand the correct way. She was there to guide and give valuable advice in getting along with others. She encouraged us to be where God wanted us to be and was willing to let us go even if it was hard for her.
Mom loved flowers, especially roses. She was able to have her dream of a rose hedge come true, at the old Yoder place in Bonanza. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, making gifts for family and friends. She cared for her mother, first in a separate home in her own yard and then trips to Spirit River to visit her.
One memory is when Verlin (6) and Anna (4) made a precarious staircase of boxes and crates up to the roof of the house without mom’s knowledge. She heard thumping on the roof and went to investigate. She calmly asked them to “Come Down.” This and other such events contributed to her gray hairs. Mom loved and cared about her grandchildren. Taking an interest in them, reading stories to them and holding them. She loved when they came by to visit.
Mom enjoyed a box garden and flowerbeds in spring time and early summer. On July 26, 2017 she started getting very sick. We took her to Dawson Creek Hospital, but soon it became evident that she needed more treatment than Dawson could give her. They found a place for her in St. Paul’s in Vancouver. The medical team did their best, but Mom seemed to be tiring out all over.
She wasn’t someone who “stole the show.” She went about things quietly. Even in passing over. She did it in a quiet way.
We watched you suffer, we watched you sigh,
But all we could do was just stand by.
When the time came, we suffered too,
For you never deserved what you went through.
God took your hand, and we had to part,
He eased your pain, but broke our hearts.
If you could have spoken before you died,
These are the words you would have replied,
“This life for me has truly passed,
I have loved you all till the very last.
Weep not for me, but courage take,
And love one another for my sake.”
A funeral service was held Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Bethel Pentecostal Church, officiated by Pastor Dan Martin. Interment followed in the Hillhaven Cemetery in Bonanza.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Edith may be made by donation to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation of Vancouver, 178-1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z1Y6 or The Gideon’s International in Canada, 501 Imperial Road, Guelph, Ontario, N1H7A2.
For more information or to leave condolences for the family, please go to www. bergeronfunerals.com. Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd.