Vernice (Verne) Leone Brekstad (Christianson) passed away peacefully at home on June 3, 2021, with her family by her side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband Ralph; son Shaune (Kathy) Sagert and their children Colten, Lee, and Madeline (Dillon) Tkaczyk; son Byron (Leann) Sagert; son Ryan (Kelsey) Brekstad and their children Gage and Myla; one great-grandson Everett Sagert; her brothers Dennis (Linda) Christianson, Miles (Judy) Christianson, Greg Christianson; her brothers-in-law Leslie Brekstad, Claire Brekstad and Paul Malowany; her sisters-in-law Jeannette (Gerald) Dewart and Cheryl Sagert; as well as several nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her parents Jim and Bette; mother-in-law Ethel Brekstad; in-laws Tofela and Ferdinand Sagert, Caroll Brekstad, and Millie Malowany.
Verne was born in Edmonton and grew up on the family farm at Holden, Alberta. She was the second of four children of Jim and Bette Christianson. The family moved to Camrose in 1966. After graduating high school, Verne enrolled in the Med-Lab program at SAIT prior to starting married life. She lived in Ardrossan and raised her sons there. She enjoyed crafting and crocheted beautiful afghans. She loved dancing, aerobics, and bowled in a league for several years.
In due time, Verne became reacquainted with Ralph, an old school friend from her days at Holden School. That was in 1996, they married in 1997 and have spent the last 24 years enjoying life together.
Verne and Ralph’s passion was camping and every year they attended as many rodeos in Alberta as they could. In 2019, they took their dream trip to the east coast and spent five months travelling in their fifth wheel to the many wonderful places Canada has to offer.
Verne gallantly battled arthritis for 45 years and cancer for the last 20 years. She met all the challenges with great strength and determination and never let anything stop her from living life to the fullest.
A private family service will take place on a later date. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery Columbarium.
Vern’s wishes were that, in lieu of flowers, she would be very grateful for your donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
We will forever miss her joy, humor, laughter and love.