Wilmar HARKE
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HARKE, Wilmar (Bill)
October 25, 1925 – February 4, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wilmar Adolph (Bill) Harke on February 4, 2013.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 64 years Frieda; his daughter Jennifer Madu; his sons; Morley (Laura), Glenn (Theresa) and Kenneth (Catherine); his grandchildren: Brett (Lisa), Joel, Shara (David), Ryan (Megan) and Corey (April) Harke, Leanne (Ryan) Steele, David Steinbach, Benjamin and Thomas Anderson; his great-granddaughter Taryn; his brother Cyril (Martha) and his sister Bonnie (Larry) Brenner, along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents August and Lydia Harke and his brothers: Morris, Alvin, Lorne, Clement, Wesley and Milton Harke.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311 – 91 Street, Edmonton from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. We invite all to share in the Celebration of Bill's life at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Hay Lakes at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013. Coffee and fellowship will follow at the Hay Lakes community hall. A private family interment will be held prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.
Special thanks to Nursing Station 52 at the Grey Nuns Hospital for their wonderful and compassionate care.



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Published in Edmonton Journal from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2013.
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February 12, 2013
To the Harke Family,
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. I have many fond memories of visiting with Bill at the farm and various Hay Lakes functions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dan & Sharril Sych
Dan Sych
February 8, 2013
Dear Harke Family,
I learned of Bill's passing with sadness. It was always a pleasure to chat with him and Frieda when I attended services from time to time through the years at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Hay Lakes. Such a friendly, upbeat, positive couple! I find it hard to think of that congregation without Bill. To all who were near and dear to Bill I extend my condolences on your loss. I am remembering Bill and thinking of you (especially Frieda) on this his funeral day.
Connie Roper Brook
February 8, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of need...maybe the Lord bless and keep you all in his loving arms during this time...

Elisabeth Schedler (your sunrise village neighbour #949)
Elisabeth Schedler
February 8, 2013
Aunty Frieda,Jen,Morley,Glenn and Ken, we are thinking of you.

Uncle Bill was such a fine man! His warmth, his laughter and his genuine concern for those around him enriched the lives of so many.

I have so many happy memories of our clan's visits to the farm and my talks with Uncle Bill at the Harke reunions.

Dianne and family
Dianne Harke
February 8, 2013
Bill was the most amazing father-in-law i was very fortunate to be part of his life !!!!!! I will always cherish our times together and will miss him deeply
Theresa Harke
February 7, 2013
Aunt Frieda and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Bill's laugh could always be heard throughout any room he was in and I remember with fondness the 'discussions' that he and my Dad would get into. Sunday afternoon drives with Mom & Dad out to Uncle Bill and Aunty Frieda's farm were always happy times for our family.
Vera & Richard DeSmet
February 7, 2013
To Frieda and Family,
A great smile and sense of humor, friendly, caring and thoughtful.....that is how we will remember Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Margie Roper & Linda Roper McDonald
February 6, 2013
Sad to learn of Uncle Bill's passing. There are so many good memories of the Harke families getting together when we were young. Thinking of you all.
Phyllis, Jacques & Rob Levesque
February 6, 2013
Hi Freida and Family;Please accept Deloris and my deepest sympathy at this very difficult time.He was a great guy to have known and worked with!! George and Deloris Badger.
February 6, 2013
Xmas 2011
February 6, 2013
In joyful memory of our dear "uncle"
He was the best of the best.
A truly great Uncle - always fun to be around.
He will be sadly missed by the "BUSS CLAN"
Thinking of you all!
Gail and Terry
February 6, 2013
ON BEHALF OF THE STAFF AT BOONIE DOON BOWLING LANES I WISH TO OFFER OUR DEEPEST CONDOLANCES TO BILL'S FAMILY. HE HAD A WONDERFUL SMILE AND A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. KATHY LEASK
KATHY LEASK
February 6, 2013
It is with a heavy heart that we learnt of Bills passing. Our sincere sympathy to your family. Howard and Cheryl Knull
February 6, 2013
Aunty Frieda, Jen, Morley,Glenn and Ken I am so sad to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all.
Love, Sharon & Merlin
Sharon Lyseng
February 6, 2013
My sincere sympathies Frieda & family as you remember Bill and celebrate a life well lived. Rest in peace, Bill.
Lois Badick(Harke)
February 6, 2013
To the Harke families

I just wanted to express my deepest condolences with the passing of Bill. I have fond memories of growing up down the road from your farm and going to school with Glenn. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

Irene Hanson
February 6, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, his warm personality, smile and laughter will be greatly missed by us all.
Connie Bjornson and Family
February 6, 2013
Frieda, Jen, Morley, Glen &Ken & families. Our most heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you all. We will miss all the visits we have had with you over the years. Was special to see & visit with You and Bill in this past summer.
Our Love, Millie & Jim Kjosness.
Millie Kjosness
February 6, 2013
To Morley, Glenn and families,

We are sending you our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Roger & Alice Magnan
February 6, 2013
Frieda and family:
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing, We have many fond memories of Bill and his life and is always sad to lose part of our family heritage.
We are wintering down south so will be unable to attend the memorial service but will be thinking about you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our sympathy and God Bless you all.
Ken and Judy
Judy Eckert
February 6, 2013
It gave me such joy to see Uncle Bill and Aunty Frieda at the readings I've done in Edmonton.
Aunty Frieda, Jen, Morley, Glenn, Ken, I was so sad to hear this news yesterday. Uncle Bill was my godfather and each time I've seen him in recent years, I've been reminded of how blessed I am to be part of this loving Harke tribe. My condolences to all of you. I won't be able to attend the celebration (and what a life worthy of celebrating) but my warm thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Love, Janie and family
Betty Jane Hegerat
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