Helga Sigridur Stephansson

Pioneer Resident Of Markerviile Passed Away On Thursday Last.

On Thursday of last week there passed away at Markerviile following a brief illness one of the real old timers of the district in the person of Helga Sigridur Stephansson widow of the late Stephan C. Stephansson the famous Icelandic poet who died in August 1927.

The late Mrs. Stephansson was a native of Iceland and was in her eighty-second year. She came to Wisconsin at the age of 16 and was married there. Mr. and Mrs. Stephansson came to Canada fifty-one years ago and took up a homestead in the Markerville district where the family lived ever since.

Mrs. Stephansson was one of the pioneers of the Markerville district who in the early days kept open house where all those hardy early .settlers ever received a hearty welcome. She had won a place in the hearts of the community and her death comes as a shock to hundreds of friends throughout the district.

Two years ago by order of the King of Denmark the Icelandic consul at Winnipeg conferred upon the late Mrs. Stephansson the order of, "The Lady of the Falcon" in recognition of the work among the Icelandic people in Western Canada, of the late Mr. Stephansson who was a "Knight of the Falcon" and Mrs. Stephansson.

The late Mrs. Stephansson was an ardent church worker and an active member of the Ladies Aid Vonin.

She left to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs. S. V. Benediktson of Markerville; Mrs. A. B Bardal, Bearberry and Mrs S K Sigurdson of Sylvan Lake; also three sons Baldur and Jacob of Markerville and Mundi Stephansson of Red Deer.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, December 17th from the family home. Rev. Hjalmson assisted by Rev. Chas. Reeve of Innisfail conducted the service.

The pallbearers were six grand children Cecil, Edwin, John, Wilfred and Steve Stephansson and Gestur Bardal who carried the casket from the home to the hearse and Messrs. Dan Morkeberg, E. Palson, O. Sigurdson, B. Johannson, John Huntford and L. M. Johnstone who officiated at the cemetery. The remains were interred in a private cemetery across the river from the family residence.

Mr. V. E. Anderson was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

THE INNISFAIL PROVINCE, DECEMBER 19TH, 1940.


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