Laura Angela Wierzba (nee Doran) was born May 21, 1918 on the family homestead, 20 miles northwest of Ponoka. She was the fourth of six children born to Lawrence and Minnie (Merrigan) Doran. She passed away peacefully on November 15, 2012 at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Center with her beloved family by her side. Her family is extremely grateful that, although she struggled with her health for that last few years, she was only in the hospital for one week prior to her passing and had full use of her remarkable mental capacity to the end.
As well as her parents, Laura was predeceased (in 1997) by her husband of 55 years, Phil Wierzba; her brothers Robert (Delphene) Doran, Cecil (also known as Buster) Doran and Willard Doran; and her sisters Madglin (Ray) Graham and Anne (Gordon) Anderson, as well as their spouses.
Laura is survived by her sons Pat (Sally), Grant (Claudia) and Rick (Jane); her daughter Marianne (Rod) Martin; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Halse and the staff at Ponoka Hospital and Care Center and Sunrise Village for the care they provided Mom. In particular, we are grateful for the compassion shown by the nursing staff in her final hours. We would also like to thank Shirley Greene for always “being there” for her.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at Ponoka Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. The service to celebrate Laura’s life will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Ponoka at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Interment will follow at the Forest Home Cemetery. The family invites relatives and friends to the Stagecoach Saloon at the Ponoka Stampede grounds for a time of fellowship and to share “Laura’s stories”.
Donations in Laura’s memory are gratefully accepted to the St. Augustine Catholic Church Building Fund. To express condolences to Laura’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com
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