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Wiedwald, Merna

Feb. 20, 1939 — Dec. 12, 2020

Merna was born Feb. 20, 1939, to Victor and Sophia Barr. She was born and raised on the family farm south of Fort Macleod in the Hazelmere and Ardenville districts.

Merna was the youngest of six children. Her first 2 1/2 years of school were at the Ardenville country school. She later rode the school bus to Macleod where she graduated in 1957. She met her first husband Willie that year, and they were married on March 29, 1958. They bought a farm south of Macleod in 1959 where they raised four children. Cindy, Barry, Laurie and Michael.

During that time, Merna worked in Macleod and was very active with the Country Beavers. They sold the farm and moved to town in 1984. They continued raising cattle until Willie passed away in 1986.

Merna later met Rolf Wiedwald while working at the gas company, and they married in 1995. She then more than doubled her family by welcoming six stepchildren whom she loved like they were her own.

Merna loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They enjoyed travelling until Rolf’s passing in 2011. Merna was very active in the Foothills Centre, the United Church and the Legion. She loved her community and volunteered whenever needed.

Merna is survived by her four children, Cindy (Ken) Pederson, Barry Campbell, Laurie (Ron) Conner, and Mike (Dawn) Campbell; stepchildren Debbie (Mike) Dever, Karen (Darin) Herle, Shelley (Doug) Steele, Tanya (Mike) Baldwin, Sheryl (Gareth) Philip and David White; 20 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister Elma Jessup; and two sisters-in-law, Donna Barr and Peg Barr.

Merna was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Sophia Barr; brothers Lloyd, Blair, and Normie; sister Evelyn Loyst; husbands Willie and Rolf; and grandson Cody Conner.

A private family service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Union Cemetery. To watch a recording of Merna’s service please go to

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