Olga Sommerfeld

Olga Sommerfeld (Klassen)

September 13th, 1935 - June 19th, 2020
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It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Olga Sommerfeld of Medicine Hat, AB on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the age of 84 years after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. We are so grateful that she is now “free” and in the presence of her Lord and Saviour. We can only imagine the smile on her face as she entered the pearly gates greeted by many she loved! She was the loving wife of Rodney Sommerfeld and leaves to cherish her memory, her children Pat (Barry ) Heller, Shelley (Barry) Hartung and Kenton (Sheri) Sommerfeld as well as her grandchildren Kyle (Janet) Heller, Jocelyn (Felix) Ajayi, Alesha (Tyler) Krupa, Ryan (Janelle) Hartung, and Brady Sommerfeld as well as her Great-grandchildren Katelyn, Zachary, Cassidy, Aiden and Madalyn. Olga was predeceased by her parents and six brothers and sisters, as well as two grandsons, Bryce Heller and Jaydon Sommerfeld.

Olga was born on September 13, 1935 in Swift Current, SK. After high school, she attended Prairie Bible Institute having a great interest in Missions. She married the love of her life, Rodney Sommerfeld on October 8, 1955. During their early married years, Olga was a huge support for her husband when he was in university. Besides taking care of two small children, she took in boarders to help financially. She spent long hours in the evenings typing out all of Rod’s papers perfectly. Through the years she was always a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Olga was an active member of Hillcrest church for over 30 years and loved singing in the church choir. Her other passions were cooking in the kitchen for countless functions and being a cook at Pinecrest Bible Camp. She enjoyed kids and babies especially and always enjoyed her time helping out in the church nursery. She worked for many years as secretary of the Evangelical Church Conference and also Secretary for the Evangelical Women’s Association. In her spare time, she loved gardening, sewing, canning and doing cross-stitch. She was Rod’s right-hand assistant with his framing business and always enjoyed helping him. Playing Rook and/or Queens in the evenings with friends was one of her favourite things to do. She supported Rod through his many years of playing ball, always cheering him on while at the same time being the score keeper and chatting with the other wives.

Olga was happiest when the sun was shining, with a cup of black coffee in her hand, being surrounded by the family she dearly loved. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye and she adored every moment spent with them. We would describe her best as having a tender “servant heart”, loving, patient, kind, warm and gentle. She was selfless, always putting others first. She truly lived out her Christian faith and loved others. She will be truly missed!

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Franz Jonker and the staff at Good Samaritan Society for their wonderful care and compassion for Olga over the past 9 years.

We will be having private internment. The celebration of Olga’s life will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is limited and thus by family invitation only. The service will be live streamed through our website at at 2pm. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading Olga Sommerfeld.

In honour of Olga’s memory donations may be made to:
Whispering Pines Camp
Box 23110 Medicine Hat Mall P.O.
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4C7
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    June 23rd, 2020 |
    June 23rd, 2020
    Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel
    1 Dunmore Road SE
    Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5
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  • Interment

    June 23rd, 2020 |
    June 23rd, 2020
    Saamis Prairie View Cemetery
    5160 Gershaw Drive SW
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
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Jim Horsman

Posted at 11:49am
I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to Rod and all family members on Olga's passing. She will be missed by them and by a host of others whose lives she touched. I am joined by my daughter Susan Thieman and her family.

Judy Lans

Posted at 11:13am
Thank you Uncle Rodney for sharing this very moving service online. Your tribute to our beautiful and thoughtful Auntie Olga revealed what a wonderful woman she truly was. How fitting for the service to begin with Prov. 31. I'm so happy that you had the blessing to be married to her. Her example as a good wife is tied up in who you are too, because I would venture to say that without her confidence and encouraging support, perhaps you would not have become the accomplished and respected man you are.

I remember her elegance and kind smile every time we saw her. Her ability to create all the food for Patty and Barry's wedding absolutely amazed me, and then to be so calm welcoming our family to your home on the day of the wedding. Patty also had obviously picked up that sweet unflappable disposition because she was casually relaxing in the back yard with all of us prior to the wedding. I was only about ten years old when that happened, but even then, I recognized what a quality woman and mother Auntie Olga must have been. Since she was such a great seamstress and had regularly sewn Patti and Shelly so many pretty outfits, it was like Christmas over and over when ever we got to have some of their left over outfits. It made me appreciate second hand clothes and I still prefer them to this day. That was one of the seeds she planted in my life and I'm sure that she has planted many seeds of kindness in many others' lives as well. I pray that all those seeds will receive the Holy Spirit rain so that they can mature into beautiful flowers like in the Atacama Desert Blooms; no matter how dry the environment when the seeds were scattered, they come to multiplication and blossom beautifully after each rain.

Seeing Grandma on the video was a pleasant surprise. When visiting at Grandma and Grandpa's, it seemed all the adults would have so much laughter in the living room while all us cousins sat in the kitchen or back room, and of course only Karen and Shelley were allowed upstairs. In comparison to so many other families, I'm so grateful for having had opportunities to know our relatively small, wholesome and loving extended family. The saying about a man marrying a woman just like his mom really rang true for you because it seemed that many of the things spoken about Auntie Olga could have also been said of Grandma.

I miss all of you and wish we could be together again for another 'visit at Grandma and Grandpa's'. I pray blessings on you, Uncle Rodney, as you experience this new chapter in your life. Love you all so much, from Judy and Rodney Lans

Valerie Welk

Posted at 11:04pm
Mr. Sommerfeld and Family,
You have been in our thoughts and prayers over these last days as you have been saying Good-bye to Mrs. Sommerfeld.
When Pat texted to say that Mrs. Sommerfeld had passed away, the first memory that popped into my mind was my first year of Camp. Every morning Mrs. Sommerfeld would braid my long hair and I was ready for the day. She was my Mom at Camp and made that time so very comfortable for me!
The Service today was beautiful - so honoring of a dear lovely lady. I had many tears as I watched and I was wishing that I could be there with you!
May God fill your hearts with peace as you look forward to one day being together again!
Delwin & Valerie


Posted at 09:17pm
Rod and family,

We would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to each of you as you mourn the loss of Olga. Though we did not know her well, we know she generated kindness and compassion. Rod, this is evident in your unconditional devotion to your wife even when Alzheimer's took her. We hope your joyful memories will be a source of peace and comfort to each of you during the times ahead.
Harold & Kathryn Exner


Posted at 09:12pm
Dear Rod and family,
We would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to each of you as you mourn the loss of Olga. Though we did not know her well, we know she generated love and kindness. Rod this is evident in your unconditional devotion to your wife especially in these last years when Alzheimer's took over. We hope the joyful memories each of you hold will be a source of comfort and peace in the times ahead.

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