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Annette Whelen

Annette Whelen Obituary

Annette Marian Whelen

May 2, 1939 to February 6, 2024

It is with great sadness the family of Annette Marian Whelen of Holden, Alberta announce her passing on February 6, 2024 at the age of 84, after a short battle with cancer at the Viking Hospital, surrounded by her children.

Annette was born in Myrnam in 1939, while the family lived near Beauvallon, Alberta.  After the twins, Annette and Anna, were born, the family moved to Clandonald and lived on the King place.  Dad got his own place east of Clandonald.  The twins started school when they were seven years old.  Annette quit school when she was 15 years old.  Annette worked at the hotel and at Leon Roberge’s store.  She moved to Edmonton and worked with Mrs. Hauk with Social Services until 1957.  Annette returned to Mannville and worked at the Mannville Hospital until she got married in 1960 to Maurice Semeniuk.  They lived on a farm in the Mannville area and raised five children - Maryann, Sally, Susan, Gordon and Judy.  They lost one baby boy, Johnny, at 11 months old in 1965.  Annette and Maurice lived on the farm until 1981, when they moved into Mannville.  Annette started working at the Mannville hospital again until 1997.  Maurice passed away in 1996.  In 1999, Annette remarried to Chester Whelen and moved to Holden in 2003.

Annette will be forever remembered by her Family:

Children: Maryann Semeniuk (Gordon Falls), Sally (George) Waselenchuk, Susan McIntyre, Gordon (Chrystal) Semeniuk, and Judy Candy. 

Grandchildren: Crystal Candy, Kyle McIntyre, Brian (Sharee) Candy, Steven Semeniuk, Vanessa (Aaron Joe) Kiss, Kayla (Bobby) Preston, and Alex Semeniuk.

Great Grandchildren: Aurora MacMillan, Dawson MacMillan, Carson Candy, Trey Kiss, Dominic McIntyre, Calla Kiss, Theo Preston, Kaisley Candy and Jade Preston.

Sisters: Lillian Brooks, Marie Wascherol, Anna Berwanger, and Hilda (Max) Betz.

Brothers: Jimmy Gratton, Robert (Gail) Gratton, Arthur (Linda) Gratton and Eugene (Lorrie) Gratton. 

Annette was predeceased by:

Parents: Hilda and Arthur Gratton. Husband: Chester Whelen. First Husband: Maurice Semeniuk. Son: Johnny Semeniuk. Grandson: David Candy. Sisters: Marion Doyle and Irene Elless. Brothers: Charlie Gratton, Tony Gratton, Tommy Gratton and Francois Gratton.

The family would like to express our thanks for the care given by the Viking Health Centre.

Annette will be cremated as per her request.  

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Holy Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5208 53 Ave., Viking, Alberta.  Family and friends are welcome to a luncheon and refreshments that will follow the funeral service downstairs in the church hall. Interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.


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