Michele Kraus of Pincher Creek, beloved wife and mother, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the age of 61 years.
Besides her loving husband, David, Michele is survived by her daughter Kelly (Kyle) of Lethbridge, her son Brian (Laura) of Lethbridge, her father Michael Antoniuk of Bienfait, Saskatchewan, and her brother, Steven Antoniuk of Regina, Saskatchewan. Michele was predeceased by her mother Helen Antoniuk, her sister Mary-Ellen Antoniuk, and her best friend Annette Pelletier of Pincher Creek. Aunty Nettie, as the family called her, became Michele’s “sister” and Annette’s passing was deeply felt, especially by Michele. She also leaves behind many other meaningful friendships, too numerous to list.
Michele was born April 17, 1957 to Mike and Helen Antoniuk of Bienfait, Saskatchewan. Michele first attended school in Bienfait where she made lasting friendships and enjoyed spending time with her grandparents. Later, in Estevan, Michele attended the Comprehensive High School where she met her first love, David. They started dating and, just after having graduated, they were married. Michele and David moved to Saskatoon and then to Pincher Creek, Alberta, where David took a job with Gulf Canada for a year, then with Shell Canada until retirement.
At the young ages of 19 and 20, Michele and David began a new chapter in their lives, far from their home and families. The adjustment was made easier by the immediate welcoming and adoption by the good people of Pincher Creek. It was a great time to be young and jump right in to whatever was going on!
After eight years of marriage, Michele and David started a family. Their daughter Kelly arrived first, followed by their son, Brian, five years later. Michele blossomed, as mothers do, and became dedicated to her family, spoiling everyone in turn.
Michele worked at various places in her life and volunteered with the schools when her children were young. She loved her job as the “Demo Lady” at the Pincher Creek Co-op and often said it was her dream job. There, she was able to combine her love of caring about people, communicating with people, and making friendships - along with sales! The town and surrounding area, it’s people, and the friends that Michele made, were like an extended family for her.
At Michele’s request, no formal gathering will be held. There will be a small family gathering and internment in Bienfait, Saskatchewan.