Alberta “Bertie” Laitinen

Alberta "Bertie" Laitinen

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Alberta Isabella  Laitinen, born August 27, 1923…died November 24, 2012

With the support of her loving family Bertie passed away at her home in Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, B.C. on November 24, 2012.

Bertie was predeceased by her husband Matt and her son Gerald.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Sharon New and daughters Lorna  Schley (Marv), Sandra Gates and Marilyn Kalke.

Bertie also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, Kenneth New, Daryl New, Reuben New, Cameron Schley, Tricia Biondo, Shannon Gates, Ryan Gates, Jordan Kalke and Joshua Kalke, as well as 24 great grandchildren.

Bertie was a resident of Salmon Arm since 1944. In the final years of her life Bertie lived at Hillside Village. The Family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Care Aides and Nurses at Hillside for their dedication to Mom and for the loving care that went above and beyond duty as her life came to an end.

We would also like to thank Pastor Bill from Hillside Village for the  always taking time to spend with Mom.

A Memorial Service took place at Hillside Village on Tuesday, November 27.

Mom was a long time supporter of the Variety Club Telethon so we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Variety Club.

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Cremation with the arrangements in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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