Heather Sawula

Heather Sawula (Bartleman)

Monday, September 28th, 1925 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Our dear Mom, Heather Sawula passed away peacefully and gracefully, at her home at Villa Marie, in Red Deer, Alberta on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the age of 94 years. She was met in heaven by her husband, Steve, and her son, Bruce. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 28, 1925 to James and Margaret Bartleman, she was the third of four children.

Mom served the U.K. during the war, as part of Churchill’s strategic team in the war room. While attending a Tea Dance in London, she met our Dad and the lifelong romance began. Mom came to Canada in 1945, as a war bride, and she and Dad settled in Edmonton. On May 7, 1956, on Shelly’s first birthday, the family moved to Red Deer; Shelly had a fever all the way. Mom saw the Parsons Clinic sign and she had Dad stop. Shelly was diagnosed with the measles but Mom looked after her young brood; and settled the family in their new home, while Dad worked. This is a demonstration of Mom’s strength and quiet determination.

Social and caring, Mom quickly became involved in the community. An active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, she helped establish the nursery, taught Sunday School and was involved in many church activities. She also volunteered on the Social Services Committee, with the City of Red Deer and as well, she was a member of W.I.

She had a passion for the arts and music, which she passed down to her children and grandchildren. Mom became a member of Parkland Players; where she was on stage in many roles. We all remember rehearsals and going over endless lines, but it was something Mom loved. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a kind and gentle spirit, and keen intelligence, with a quiet faith and respect for others. She lived her life with quiet grace and dignity. A veracious reader, she loved to read to her children and grandchildren, and take walks and point out various points of interest to them. She also played piano by ear and she was always singing a little “ditty”. Music was the one constant all through her life.

Mom’s Canadian career began at the Public Library, and she soon became known as the “Library Lady”. Once a week she would appear on Trapper Dan’s Cabin with a stack of books suitable for children. From there, Mom worked at The Bay and then she worked in the office of the family business, C. Beckett Co.
After retirement, Mom and Dad spent twenty-six winters in Mesa, Arizona. She loved to golf, hike and travel. She and Dad went to Japan, and naturally back to Europe and the U.K.

She will be dearly missed by her daughters, Heather Ireland (Ron Scheurer), Shelly MacIntosh, and daughter-in-law, Linda Sawula; five grandchildren, Jean Ireland (Kevin Elsdon) of Maple Ridge, BC, Sean MacIntosh (Jen) of Edmonton, and Mark MacIntosh (Alexandra) of Airdrie, Ryan Sawula (Carrie) of Red Deer, and Jana Sawula-Good (Chris) of Sherwood Park. She was also blessed with six great grandchildren, Liam and Maisie MacIntosh, Owen and Addison Sawula-Good, and Isla and Finnley Sawula. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen, and her son, Bruce.

Due to the current circumstances, a Family Farewell will be held for Mom. If friends wish to honor Mom’s memory, take a walk, tell a funny story or a joke, or sing a ditty. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Villa Marie for the care and compassion shown to Mom and us. If desired, Memorial Donations in mom’s honor may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta at or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Take your bow, Mom. There will be more plays for you and more lines to rehearse; as you find peace and God’s grace.
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Linda Steeves Cust

Posted at 02:47pm
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. The memories I have of her as the lady across the street. I remember her live for the arts and of drama. You will always have a piece of her in your heart and know that she touched many lives. Blessings to you all 💜🙏✝️

Pat & Ed Zukowski

Posted at 11:23pm
Although we have not seen Auntie Heather for many years , we shall always remember her caring nature and her very pleasant personality .Many memories of years gone by from when I stayed over at her place in Edmonton,visits in Red Deer, and meeting at many family occasions. Most of all we all loved her special Scottish accent ,that we shall always hold so special.
Heather Jr.,Shelly, and Linda , and families ,please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of this very special person in your lives. May your hearts be filled with all the very memorable times spent with this very special lady. And she really was a very special lady to all of us. May she rest in peace free from all the worldly problems and worries.
Love from Pat & Ed Zukowski and family.

Joyce Mudry

Posted at 07:46pm
Heather and Shelley and all the rest of the family
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, mother in law, grandmother and great grandmother
We will always remember Aunt Heather as a kind and welcoming person
Also for what a wonderful cook that she was
From James and Joyce Mudry

Val & Bob

Posted at 02:02am
My memories of your mom are from her visits to Pine Lake & the wonderful stories & songs she shared with us! What fun we all had around the campfire! A beautiful lady that will be sincerely missed.

Donna Grutter

Posted at 01:40pm
Thinking of you at this difficult time. Cherish your previous memories of your dear mother. Blessings.
Donna Grutter

Donna Grutter Posted at 01:41pm

Precious, not previous.

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