It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Marie Squarek of Hillcrest Mines, AB who passed away suddenly in the comfort of her home at the age of 78 years.
Lois was born on April 18, 1942 in Pincher Creek, AB to proud parents, Cy and Phyllis Truitt. She was raised in Hillcrest Mines, AB and grew into a beautiful and thoughtful young woman. She caught the eye of a local man, Nick Squarek, and soon after they married on July 7, 1962. They went on to have a long and happy marriage of fifty-eight years, during which they raised two sons whom they loved and cherished dearly.
Lois attended school for nursing in Claresholm, AB and graduated as a strong and caring nurse. She worked in the Crowsnest Pass Hospital and Continuing Care Centre for many years before her retirement. Lois was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19 Bellevue and Ladies Auxiliary, and the Hillcrest Miners’ Club. During her golden years, she had many hobbies and pastimes. Her most treasured was time spent camping with her soulmate, Nick, as well as many relatives and friends in the Castle and Glenwood. Along with the many hours of socializing, she loved to watch hummingbirds fluttering about. During the winter months, Lois spent many hours crocheting, knitting and perfecting her winemaking skills. Lois loved to watch various sporting events on TV. One of her favorite winter holidays was her annual trip with her husband, Nick to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Lois cherished time with family and friends and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life include her loving husband, Nick Squarek of Hillcrest Mines, AB; her loving sons, Nick (Giulia) Squarek Jr. of Blairmore, AB and Dean Squarek of Strathmore, AB; her cherished granddaughters, Samantha (Seth) of Kansas City, USA and Chelsi (Cody) of Hinton, AB; her great-grandson, Walker; her brother, Allan Truitt; her sisters-in-law, Florence Squarek and Joan Squarek; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family; as well as many friends she made throughout her lifetime.
Lois was predeceased by her parents, Cy and Phyllis Truitt and her daughter-in-law, Linda Squarek.
At the request of Lois’ family, there will be no funeral service held. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca), or the Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.ca). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
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