On May 30, 2010, Albert Kelso, of San Clara, MB, passed away peacefully at the Palliative Care Ward at Roblin District Health Centre. He joined his loved ones and the Holy Father in heaven at the age of 76 years.
Albert touched many lives in different ways as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.
Surviving to mourn Albert’s death and cherish many fond memories are; his beloved wife of 39 years, Anastasia (nee Jerome) Kelso of San Clara, MB, Daughters, Theresa (Graham) Kosinsky of Fort St. John, B.C, Martha Kelso (Bill Merrick) of Kelowna, B.C. Grandpa Albert will be dearly missed by Jordan, Aaron, Aurora and Patrick. Also surviving are his Mother-in-law
Agnes Jerome of Roblin, MB, Sisters-in-law, Mabel Skinner of San Clara, MB, Mavis Bangle of Benito, MB, Martha Calden of Selkirk, MB, Brothers-in-law, Mik Calden of Selkirk, MB, Roman Malashewski of San Clara, MB, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Albert was predeceased by his Parents, Melville and Orpha (nee Penas) Kelso, Brothers, Alex Kelso, and Robert and Doddy Kelso. Sisters, Mabel Kelso and Beatrice and Ed Walters and Grandchildren, Caitlyn and Breanne Kosinsky. Father-in-law, Marten Jerome, Brothers-in-law, James Skinner, Milton Bangle and Sister-in-law, Dorothy Malashewski.
Albert was born January 19, 1934 in Roblin, MB a son of Melville and Orpha (nee Penas) Kelso and shortly after moved with his parents to a farm at Grandview, MB. He received his education at Duck Mountain School and at the young age of thirteen began working at a Grandview Sawmill. Albert’s varied work career saw him travel throughout central Manitoba, farming, doing construction on highways and airports, delivering fuel, driving “Cat” in Alberta, working at the smelter in Flin Flon, MB, and the oil rigs in Cold Lake, AB.
Albert was united in marriage to Anastasia Jerome on October 17, 1970 and they moved to Williams Lake, B.C, where Albert was employed by Lignum’s Ltd for more than twenty-five years. Albert shared his love for his wife Anastasia and daughters Theresa and Martha by his devotion in actions and not just words, and by volunteering countless hours for Girl Guides, the Sacred Heart Parish and Youth Group, the Glendale Community Association and the Knights of Columbus.
Albert retired in 1997 and moved back to Manitoba. He was a content man, happy with the life and lot God had given him. However, one thing he did not do was retire. Soon after returning to the San Clara District Albert returned to work helping at the Jerome’s PMU Farm. Albert’s love of the tractor, the work routine and the farming friendships are what helped fulfill his retirement.
Albert lived a life of simple joys. He was always able to lend a hand if help was needed, couldn’t pass a stranger without saying hello, and always had time for stories and coffee with a friend.
Albert’s Funeral Service was held Thursday June 3, 2010 at Two O’clock from the Evangelical Mission Church, Roblin, MB, with Pastor Randy Moffit and Pastor Heath Butler officiating. Theresa (Kelso) Kosinsky delivered the Eulogy. The organist, Mrs. Laurie Moffit, led the congregation in singing “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”. Martina Calden sang “My Wish” and Mike Yablonski sang “Amazing Grace.” Casket Bearers were Delbert Burback, Keith Dixon, Glen Jerome, Ray Jerome, Wendell Jerome, and Roman Malashewski. All those who had shared in Albert’s life were asked to consider themselves Honourary Casket Bearers. Following the Interment Service at Roblin District Cemetery, a reception for family and friends was held at the fellowship hall at the Evangelical Mission Church.
Albert will be greatly missed and always remembered.
As tokens of sympathy, memorial gifts in memory of Albert Kelso may be made to Roblin District Community Foundation Inc, (for the Palliative Care Ward at Roblin Hospital) Box 1599, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
Notes of condolence may be sent to the family care of
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