DEDEKAM, PhyllisPosted: July 10th, 2020
Phyllis Dedekam 1927 – 2020 Mrs. Phyllis Dedekam of Lethbridge, formerly of Taber, beloved wife of the late Mr. Hans Dedekam, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the age of 93 years. Born on April 22, 1927, in Taber, Alberta to Ole and Muriel Jespersen, Phyllis spent her youth in Taber attending grade school. Following her high school graduation (1945/1946), Phyllis attended Mt. Royal College in Calgary to obtain her Commerce Diploma. Phyllis worked for a short time for T. Eaton Company. She joined TransCanada Air Lines in Lethbridge and later transferred to Washington, D.C. with United Airlines. She was later hired by Scandinavian Airlines to assist opening a new office in Washington, D.C. in 1950. Phyllis met her husband Hans J Dedekam, also with Scandinavian Airlines in New York. They were married on October 20, 1952, in Washington and moved to New York. She worked with Radio Free Europe until they moved as a couple to open a new office and service in Montreal for Scandinavian Airlines in 1954. She worked alongside her husband until 1959 and during that five-year period she assisted the opening of the SAS Offices in Toronto and Winnipeg. Their travels took them to Europe, South America, and Asia. Phyllis terminated her career to begin their family with the birth of their son Eric on March 6, 1959. They had frequent get-togethers with the Taber families and the Norwegian families in Taber, Oslo, Norway, or the cottage in Ste. Agathe, Quebec. Phyllis had a creative spirit which she nurtured through initially rya-rug making and then weaving. Many a home was decorated with her weaving works or those of her students. Her own homes became workshops for her weaving looms. Phyllis, with her husband Hans, returned to Lethbridge in 1982 and enjoyed many fine years in Southern Alberta. She rekindled old friendships, made new friends and enjoyed hiking and golfing. She enjoyed her lunches at the Lethbridge Country Club. She truly valued her Jespersen family and appreciated the many family gatherings. In her later years, Phyllis developed a loving and caring relationship with Donald Stewart. As ailments and frailty set in, their bond gave them both much comfort. Besides her loving husband Hans, Phyllis was predeceased by her parents Ole and Muriel Jespersen and brother Clarence Jespersen. She is survived by her son Eric Dedekam, daughter-in-law Josée (Gravel) and grandchildren, Charles and Elise. There will be a private ceremony at Martin Brothers on Saturday. Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a condolence.