BRECKA, Johanna

Posted: December 17th, 2018


JOHANNA GERDINA BRECKA, (née Hillebrand), beloved wife of Stan Brecka, of Picture Butte, AB, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side, on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the age of 72 years, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Johanna is survived by her husband Stan, children Bonnie (Anton) Suberlak, and Alan (Amy) Brecka; two grandchildren Johnathan and Sophia; sister Bertha Biluk of Armstrong, B.C. and her daughters Lori (Anderson) Galdino, Sherri (Grant) Davyduke, Krista (Wayne) Biluk and numerous cousins. She is also survived by Stan’s siblings Vladimir (Cathy) Brecka, Geraldine Cochrane and their families.

Johanna is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother and two brothers-in-law Wayne Cochrane and Ernie Biluk.

Johanna was born in Macleod, Alberta, on October 20, 1946 to Joan and Bert Hillebrand and was raised on a farm in the Granum area. She married Stan Brecka on January 10, 1978 and lived on the family farm for 41 years until her passing.

Johanna graduated from the St. Michael’s School of Nursing in 1970 and worked as a registered nurse for 36 years. Her passions included spending time with her family, travelling to numerous destinations over the years and her pastime of quilting. She was also a faithful follower of Christ and very active in the community over the years.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 440 Crescent Avenue, Picture Butte, AB, on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Peter Coyne officiating, with a reception to follow at the Picture Butte Community Centre, 607 Highway Avenue North, Picture Butte.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Funeral Service.

In memory of Johanna, donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5; St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5 or to a charity of your choice.

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2 Condolences for “BRECKA, Johanna”

  1. Dorsey Jaworsky says:

    With heartfelt sympathy. I always enjoyed running into your Mom when she worked at the regional and have lots of great memories of our hockey days together
    God Bless. Dorsey

  2. Darci Tonak and Aubrey Fishman says:

    We are very sorry to hear the news and will miss our visits in the hot tub at Ptarmigan with Johanna’s great smile and sense of humour.

    Our warm thoughts are with the Family.

    Take care,

    Aubrey and Darci

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