Sheila Doreen Laustsen (1931 - 2016)

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LAUSTSEN, Sheila Doreen
March 14, 1931 – Calgary, Alberta
February 5, 2016 – Cochrane, Alberta
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing
of Sheila Doreen Laustsen on Friday February 5,
2016. Sheila is survived by her sons Ken (Loraine),
Dana (Karen), Brian (Marg); daughter Shelley;
grandchildren Kendra (Ryan), Daryl, BJ, Aaron
(Danica), Cole (Heather), Nicole, Ryan, and Kai;
great grandchildren Cooper, Emily, Zoe, Jace;
brother Jim (Wendy), sisters Donna and Joyce
(Bruce). Sheila was predeceased by her husband
Leif and her parents Oliver and Lillian.
Sheila was a native Calgarian, born on
March 14, 1931. Her father, Oliver Goodfellow was from
Scotland and mother Lillian from New Norway, born into the Tronnes clan.
The family lived throughout Southern Alberta, moving from Calgary to
Rockyford, Banff, Delbourne, Beiseker, Acme, Didsbury and Carstairs during
the Depression, wherever work could be had, then to Calgary during the War.
The family moved back to Carstairs after the War in 1946 where Sheila
attended high school and met Leif, her future husband. Leif and Sheila were
married in Carstairs in1952, and moved to Edmonton where Leif and Sheila
began their lives together, raising their 4 children. While Leif worked at the
bus lines, Sheila stayed at home, becoming a homemaker extraordinaire.
The family moved into the community of Dalhousie in Calgary in 1970. Sheila
continued raising the family and also worked as a Unit Clerk at the Foothills
Hospital. Leif and Sheila, along with the help of their family expanded the old
family cabin at Ghost Lake in 1984, making it their home from 1986 to 2012,
when Leif passed away. Sheila moved into the Big Hill Lodge in Cochrane
in early 2013, where she enjoyed her daily strolls, drumming, singing and
dancing with her extended lodge family.
Sheila enjoyed fishing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, golfing, relaxing,
and entertaining friends and extended family at their Ghost Lake home. She
also enjoyed snow skiing and in her retirement years, trailering throughout
Western Canada with her husband Leif.
A private service for family and close friends was held on
February 11 to celebrate the life of Sheila. Condolences may be forwarded
The family would like to thank the friends and staff at the Big Hill Lodge in
Cochrane for taking such good care of Sheila in her final years. If friends so
desire, memorial tributes may be made in Sheila's name directly to the Rocky
View Foundation (Big Hill Lodge), 98 Carolina Drive, Cochrane, AB T4C 1X5,
Tel: (403) 932-3355 or directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta,
100, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,
In living memory of Sheila Laustsen, a tree will be planted at
Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL
Telephone: 403-932-4740.
Funeral Home
McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes - Cochrane Funeral Home
369 Railway Street
Cochrane, AB T4C 2E2
(403) 932-4740
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Feb. 18, 2016