June 25, 1933 – April 3, 2020
Betty Lou Filipenko, born June 25, 1933 passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at the age of 86, following complications from surgery. Born to Earl and Elbra Slemp, she was the youngest of four children.
Betty was raised on the farm south of Fleet. On June 15, 1956 she married the love of her life, Dennis. In their early years of marriage, they spent time in Crescent Spur and McBride, B.C. logging and doing road construction. Betty, besides raising her family, cooked for the logging crew.
They returned from B.C. to start their construction company in Fleet. Betty was busy raising her family, doing payroll for Nick Filipenko & Son Construction and she enjoyed sewing and gardening.
Betty was very involved with the Fleet WI ladies group, was a Sunday School teacher at Knox United Church in Castor and also a long standing member of UCW.
Betty put on many miles as a census taker and was the Fleet news correspondent for the Castor paper. She worked at the Castor Drugstore for a short time, but realized her time was better spent at home with her girls.
Betty spent many hours at the arena and sewing figure skating costumes and planning skating carnivals.
In 1996, Dennis & Betty moved into Castor. Betty kept busy with a big yard and garden. She also continued to do payroll for Filipenko Brothers Construction for many years.
Betty always looked forward to the companionship of her Monday morning coffee group. Their support helped her as pain threatened her body.
Betty’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were always lovingly welcomed, and they knew they could count on Grandma having candy in the candy dish!
Betty will be lovingly remembered and missed by her family and many friends.
Predeceased by her parents, Earl and Elbra, brother – Raymond, sisters – Leola and Patricia, grandson – Tyler; Betty is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dennis, daughters – Laurie (Norman) Pals, Shelly (Philip) Pals, Michelle (Gord) Breum. Granddaughters – Janelle (Blake), Andrea (Drew), Stacy (Anthony), Jill (Jordan), Emily (Michael), and Tess great-grandchildren – Taylor, Toni, Kyren, Dane, Zach, Will, Aislyn, Bethany, Kaylee and Hudson.
Funeral services for Betty were held from Knox United Church, Castor, AB on Saturday, April 11, 2020 with the Reverend Barbara Zimmerman officiating. The interment followed in the Castor Municipal Cemetery. Pallbearers were Norman Pals, Philip Pals, Gordon Breum, Michael Neumeier and Anthony Holland.
Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Auxiliary – New Van Fund or to the OLRH Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to the Filipenko families by visiting www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
Parkview Funeral Chapels were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-882-3141.
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