Our Staff

 

Gene & Karin Krause

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Eugene “Gene” Russell Krause was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the mid 1950s. He attended school in Hepburn and Langham and the family was very active in the Dalmeny Mennonite Brethren Church where Gene spent his teen years. After his formal education Gene moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he met Karin Hamm. They were married in 1977 and Gene began working in the Funeral Industry several years later. Klassen Funeral Chapel employed Gene for five years before Gene and Karin moved to Alberta in 1984 where he worked for Chapel of Chimes in Edmonton briefly before accepting a position at Oliver’s Funeral Chapel, Grande Prairie, in February of 1985.

Gene soon became involved in the community through the Alliance Church, Singing Christmas Tree, Theatre, Board of Directors for Burden Bearers Counselling, Modelling, Sports and Rotary. He was often recognized by many people because of his involvement with Oliver’s. Several of Gene’s Rotary experiences included hosting International exchange students from Japan, Mexico and India as well as the Rotary Bus Project to Mexico.

After a few years Gene became a shareholder in the Oliver’s firm with Roger and Denise Winnicky (owners) and Gordon Mercer (general manager). This opportunity made it possible for Gene and his wife Karin to eventually become partners with Jenn Dodd in 2011 when Roger and Denise decided to retire from the business.

Over the years the support Gene has received from his wife Karin and their three children Barry, Erin and Carl has been sacrificial to say the least. Now along with their partners and four grandchildren, more than ever family times are hard to miss.

Chris Clements

Owner and Funeral Director

Chris was born and raised in Grande Prairie. After high school he moved away to Calgary for 5 years. There he went to college, worked and also met his wife Colleen. After getting married, he then moved back to Grande Prairie. He then attended Peace River Bible Institute from 2001-2005 and graduated from there with a Bachelorís Degree in Pastoral Ministry. He went on to Pastor for 12 years at Christian Fellowship Assembly here in Grande Prairie. During his time at the church he enjoyed preaching, counselling individuals and couples. He also worked with youth and young adults. He and Colleen now have 1 son and 2 daughters.

Now he looks forward to caring and helping those going through a loss in their life. Transitioning from being a Pastor to working in the Funeral industry is not that different, caring for people is still the same. Chris is excited to be working in the community and being a part of this wonderful peace region.

Chris is a licensed Funeral Director and is currently pursuing his Embalmer License.

Tracy McFee

Owner, General Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Tracy McFee was born in Montreal, Quebec, grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, until moving to Grande Prairie to join the Oliverís Funeral Home staff in 2016. She received her Ontario Funeral Directorís License in 2004 and has worked in the funeral industry in the Niagara Region until she moved to Grande Prairie. There she was involved with Victim Services from 2008-2011, served as the President of the Niagara District Funeral Service Association for many years and was actively involved at Our Lady of the Scapular Roman Catholic Church. She is an active member of St. Josephís Catholic Church where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoys playing sports and is an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. Tracy and her husband Craig became shareholders at Oliverís in April 2018 and they live in Grande Prairie along with their dog Rocket. Tracy is looking forward to helping the families of Grande Prairie and Area for many years to come.

Craig McFee

Owner, Funeral Director Apprentice

An Ontario native, Craig began his apprenticeship as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in September 2017 and is expected to graduate from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2019. Craig is a member of St. Josephís Roman Catholic Church here in Grande Prairie; he serves his parish as a Eucharistic Minister and recently became a member of the Knights of Columbus. Craig enjoys staying active in the community through the Grande Prairie Squash Club and professionally, Craig is a member of the Alberta Funeral Service Association as well as the Funeral Service Association of Canada. Craig and Tracy became shareholders at Oliverís in April of 2018 and they live in Grande Prairie along with their dog Rocket.

Katie Holden

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Katie Holden was born and raised in Red Deer, AB. She lived in Calgary for 4 years after graduating high school. During that time she studied journalism at university. Realizing that wasnít the career path she wanted to follow, she entertained a childhood dream of hers Ė becoming a Funeral Director. After her acceptance into Mount Royal Universityís Funeral Directing and Embalming Diploma program, she scoured Calgary for a funeral home willing to take her as an apprentice, without success. Losing a loved one brought Katie to Oliverís for the memorial service and her grandmother approached the funeral director about potential opportunities with Oliverís. When she started working at Oliverís in October of 2017, it was a dream brought to life. Katie is very grateful to the leadership team at Oliverís for this opportunity. She looks forward to serving the families of the Grande Prairie region and learning as much as possible from her colleagues at Oliverís.

Katie divides her time between Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Calgary. When she finds spare time, she enjoys playing video games, spending time with her two cats Lola and Parker, and watching the Calgary Flames games with her grandmother.

Tina Wolfe

Advance Planning and AfterCare Director

Tina was born in Cecil Lake, BC and spent her growing-up years on a mixed grain and cattle farm in Cleardale, AB, where many happy memories were created. In 1994 she, with her husband Herman and their three children, moved to Grande Prairie where she homeschooled her children and was active in the Grande Prairie Alliance Church. In 2001 they moved to Southern BC and another child was added to the family. She enjoyed 11 joyous years by the lakes, taking her children skiing at Big White Ski Resort, being active in womenís ministry and hospitality at Willow Park Church and hosting many youth events in her home. She also attended Okanagan College to pursue her lifelong love of learning. In 2012 the family moved back to Grande Prairie where tragedy struck three weeks later and they lost their oldest son, Martin. She prayed that her deep sorrow would not be wasted. When the opportunity to become part of the Oliverís team in 2015 presented itself she considered it a welcome blessing and is looking forward to serving families as Pre-Need and Aftercare Director for years to come.

Tina has been running the hot lunch program at her sonís school for the past two years and enjoying getting to know the staff, children and parents. She also enjoys family time - which now also includes two grandsons, travelling, getting to know other cultures and spending time outdoors.

Liesa Peters

Community Liaison & Concierge Services Coordinator

Liesa spent her growing-up years in La Crete, AB. She was a very busy mother of four boys who were very active in 4-H and sports. Liesa was the director of Family and Community Support Services for six years and set up many programs to help families. Due to the death of her brother from suicide she developed a desire to help people experiencing loss. She became the director of the Victim Services Support Unit In Fort Vermilion and High Level area, something she found very rewarding program as there were so many people in need of support and encouragement. Her desire to help others being noted, Liesa was asked to become the supervisor on three reserves for Child and Family Services in Northern Alberta.

In 2013 Liesa moved to Peace River to work in a funeral home developing an After Care Program for people who have lost a loved one.

Liesa now lives in Grande Prairie and very excited to join the team at Oliverís Funeral Home in 2015 as the Community Liaison Coordinator Ė Concierge Services as well as a Funeral Attendant.

Jordana Kluyt

Office and Accounts Manager

Jordana Kluyt was born in Grande Prairie, grew up in the Grovedale area and resides in Grande Prairie. She’s married to Ryan Kluyt who is also a long time resident of Grande Prairie. She joined the Oliverís team in 2010. She enjoys working at Oliver’s because it is a very diverse job – with meeting all the families and learning so many interesting things about the people who live in the community. Jordana enjoys reading, scrapbooking, camping and travelling, and visiting with her family.

Alia Paetkau

Office Administration

Alia was born and raised in Grande Prairie. She worked in the human services field for eight years, supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities. Alia really enjoys working with people and being active in her community. In her free time she enjoys riding her horse, reading, and writing. She started at Oliverís in 2015 and appreciates the opportunity to support her community through her work.

Hannah Van der Woerd

Administrative Assistant

The youngest of 6 children, Hannah Van der Woerd was born in Abbotsford, BC. She moved with her family to Grande Prairie in 2007 where she completed her high school education from home, and received her High School Diploma in 2017. Hannah can often be found playing a variety of instruments, and volunteering her time weekly to her churchís music team.

In October, 2017 she joined the Oliverís Team beginning as janitorial staff. Between interesting stories from family members with experience in the funeral industry, and working daily in that environment, she became interested in working in other areas at Oliverís. Hannah now works as an Office Administrative Assistant.

Trudy Krahn

Administrative Assistant

Trudy Krahn was born and raised in La Crete, where she met and married her husband Peter. Their two boys were born in High Level. As a young family, they moved to Grande Prairie in 1984 for 3 years, then to central Alberta for 4 years before returning home to Grande Prairie.

While Trudy has worked in various industries, her favorite line of work was always an environment where she could know she had helped someone. The desire to work in a setting that made a difference in someoneís day, led Trudy to Oliverís Funeral Home. Shortly after joining the Oliverís team in October 2017, Trudy lost her daughter in-law in a tragic accident. This heart breaking loss has given Trudy an even greater desire to serve the families that come through the doors, and to let them know and feel they are cared for.

LoAnn Huether

Tea Room & Catering Coordinator

LoAnn Huether was born in Enderby, BC. In 1971 she moved to the Wanham, AB area where she and her husband Dale farmed for 23 years. In 1994 she moved to Grande Prairie where she resides at present time. She is involved in music ministry at her church and wherever else there is a need.

She loves to decorate and make flower arrangements which is one of her passions. In 2010 she joined our staff at Oliver's as hairstylist and later also became hostess for our tea room. LoAnn's greatest reward is the wonderful people that she gets to meet and serve from day to day. LoAnn has three grown children 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson!

Shaney Ingalls (Clough)

Funeral Attendant

Shaney Ingalls (Clough) was born and raised in Grande Prairie. She completed elementary and junior high in the Catholic School System, finishing high school at Grande Prairie Composite High School. At the young age of 20, she relocated to Victoria, BC to further her education and start a new life.

She always had a very compassionate love for people, which led her to complete her Cosmetology course at Martier School of Beauty. She married and spent 27 years working in the beauty industry, home care and assisted care for the elderly. She also raised 5 children. As her children got older, she furthered her career by completing her Resident Care Assistant course and first year nursing degree.

Shaney volunteered in many areas of her community and cherishes that time. She longed to move home to Grande Prairie and did so in the fall of 2017. In October, 2017, she joined the Oliverís team and enjoys the care and detail of her new career.

Ernie Beart

Funeral Attendant

Ernie has worked at Oliverís Funeral Home since 2010 as a Funeral Attendant. He was a manager meat cutter for 45 years before coming to Oliver's. Ernie and his wife Fay have lived in the Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge areas since 1971. Together they have a son David, and a daughter Brenda, 4 grandchildren, and are soon to be great grandparents as well. Community involvement is a big part of Ernie's life and he has been a proud member of the Elks club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Beaverlodge Fire Department. Ernie has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Beaverlodge Alliance Church for many years, as well, a former Beaverlodge Town Councillor for 12 years. Ernie is an avid fisher, golfer, and enjoys wood working- many of his projects he donates to local community not-for-profits. Ernie feels that serving people, his faith, and the community is the greatest joy in life, and supporting families by providing personal, exceptional service gives him this joy everyday.

Rod Masterson

Funeral Attendant

Rod Masterson was born in Sexsmith and has spent about 18 years of his life living there. He retired as a full-time pastor at the end of March 2014 and they moved back to Sexsmith where their two sons and their families live. Both sons are married and their oldest son Rick and his wife have three children. The younger son Mike and his wife have two dogs that Rod and his wife Jeri babysit from time to time. Rod has served as a pastor for 25 years and as a Bible college faculty member and administrator as well as a short time overseas in Mali, West Africa as a missionary. He now conducts funerals as an Officiant when called upon. He enjoys meeting new people as he interacts with the grieving families, and serving them during a difficult time in their life.

 


 

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