B I O G R A P H Y
THEISEN: Marie Bernadette Theisen passed away in the Lloydminster Hospital on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the age of 53 years.
Bernadette is lovingly remembered by: her loving husband Peter; three sons: Jeff Theisen and his wife Kim; Jason Theisen and his wife Tammy; Ron Theisen and his wife Katrina; Grandchildren: Troy, Cody, Nicolas, Jessie, Shandi and Chase; her mother Bertha; seven brothers and sisters: Dan and Lynda McIntyre; Germaine and Tom Klinosky; Bernard and Maureen McIntyre; Agnes and Mike Coil; Mike and Darlene McIntyre; Theresa and Wayne Becker, and Frank and Linda McIntyre as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bernadette was predeceased by her father John Angus McIntyre and brother Ovide Joseph McIntyre.
A prayer service for Bernadette was conducted from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 6:00 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial for Bernadette was conducted from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Adam Lech officiating.
Beautiful music created by Linda Stieb.
Active pallbearers were: Jeff Theisen, Jason Theisen, Ron Theisen, Colin Macintosh, Danny McIntyre and Chris Aeichele.
Interment followed in the Marshall Cemetery.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster administered the funeral arrangements.
Eulogy given by Tammy Theisen
I am very honored to be standing here today to pay a tribute to a very special lady in my life.
I met Bernadette 14 years ago when Jason took me home to meet his parents. I never realized that day was the beginning of a beautiful relationship I will cherish forever.
I believe that every person in my life will teach me certain things and now I will share some of these with you.
Bernadette taught me that your family is of the utmost importance. I learned this by observing her as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandma and aunt.
The sparkle in her eyes when she looked at Pete showed the strength and love their marriage had. No matter what life challenged them with, they faced it standing side by side with love, care, and commitment always coming out on top with something positive arising from it.
Bernadette was an amazing mother to three incredible men, whom had unconditional love from their mother. She provided them with a mothers trust, they could share anything with her and know there was never any judgment only support for whatever they journeyed to next. Bernie encouraged their every dream, letting them know they could accomplish anything they worked at. She showed the importance of fun, by adventuring with them at various activities that will never be forgotten.
Bernie taught me how important it is to have laughter and fun in your life. NO one will ever forget the endless hours of games of hand and foot or Kaiser. There was not a day went by without playing or receiving a prank of some kind. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine most definitely was right. There is no medicine in this world that could have helped her through her experience like laughter did right to the end.
The one lesson that I will cherish greatly is her faith. GOD was the foundation of her life. I watched her pray in good times and in bad. I saw amazing strength come to her from that. She taught us that we were never alone so long as we had faith. She felt very safe knowing where she would journey to next.
Bernie gave us all, every bit of love she could, she lived by example providing us with the tools to be honest, non-judging, compassionate, fun loving and respectful. Life is what you make of it, you always have the choice to make it good she would say.
You will be sadly missed as we have been blessed to have you as a wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister and aunt. We love you Mom.
She loved angels, I found this and would like to share it with you:
The Gift of an Angel by Your Side
May you always have an angel by your side
Watching out for you in all the things you do
Reminding you to believe in brighter days
Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to come true
Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun
Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide
May you always have love, comfort and courage
May you always have an angel by your side
Someone there to catch you if you fall
Encouraging your dreams
Inspiring your happiness
Holding your hand and helping you through it all
In all of our days, our lives are always changing
Tears may come along as well as smiles
Along the roads you travel, may the miles be a thousand times more lovely than lonely
May they give you gifts that never end
May you have rainbows after every storm
May you have hopes to keep you safe and warm
And may you always have an angel by your side.
Card of Thanks
Sincere gratitude to Dr. Thomas Kerlis, Lashburn Home Care Staff, Lloydminster Home Care staff, Lloydminster Ambulance Attendants and the third floor nurses at the Lloydminster Hospital for the incredible compassion, support and understanding provided to Bernadette and family.
Thank you to Father Adam Lech for the beautiful service, Linda Stieb and family for the heart-warming music, CWL ladies for the lunch, all family and friends who sent food, cards, and flowers to our homes. Your support and kindness have been greatly appreciated.
Special thank you to McCaw Funeral Services Ltd., for administering the funeral arrangements.
Donations in memory of Bernadette may be made to Cancer Research.