In Loving Memory Of

Louanne Marie Pratch

August 24, 1949 - August 8, 2012


Louanne Marie Pratch, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, and friend to so many, left this earth peacefully on August 8, 2012 at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, at the age of 62. Louanne was born on August 24, 1949 in Stettler, Alberta to parents Bud and Marie Kerl. She grew up on a farm along with six other siblings: Scott, Wendy, Patti, Tom, John, and Tracy. She attended public school in Stettler and then on to the University of Alberta, where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. During this time she met Ken Pratch who was also pursuing a teaching degree, and they were married on August 15, 1970. Together, they began their teaching careers in St. Paul, Alberta, the same year. Louanne continued to teach all of her life, including moves to Kelowna BC, Prince George BC, and finally Grande Prairie for the past 28 years. During this time she was blessed with 2 sons, Greg and Geoff, to whom she devoted so much love and attention along with her career. Louanne loved her teaching work both in the classroom and as a coach in school sports. She also loved her association with her colleagues at work and brought many fun times into the staffroom. She enjoyed sports in general for herself and loved to follow her sons pursuits in this area as well. Louanne also had a passion for travel, which took her to many places around the world. She loved spending time with her family so much. Her sons were everything to her, as were her new daughters in marriage, Wendy and Monic. She also cherished the love of her granddaughters Hailey and Avery. Louanne is survived, and so sadly missed by Ken, her loving husband of 41 years, her sons Greg (Monic) Pratch of Kelowna, BC, and Geoff (Wendy) Pratch of Calgary, AB, her granddaughters Hailey and Avery Pratch of Calgary, AB, her mother Marie Kerl (age 88) of Lac La Biche, and her siblings Scott (Lorraina) Kerl of San Jose Del Cabo Mexico, Wendy (Bernie) Kirchmayer of Lethbridge, AB, Patti (Dale) Matz of Winfield BC, Tom Kerl of Stettler, AB, John (Laurel) Kerl of Grande Prairie, AB, and Tracy (Eric) Smith of Lac La Biche, AB. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to name. Louanne was predeceased by her father Bud in 1980. A prayer service for Louanne, will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 7:00pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grande Prairie. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 11:00am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. There will be no interment following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada or Haying in 30’s Cancer Support Society (Box 35 Mallaig, AB, T0A 2K0


I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Pratch. Her and her husband both taught me in junior high school and I always appreciated her kindness when I came to her for help or just needed someone to talk to. I had a very ruff time through junior high and Mr. and Mrs. Pratch were some of the most important teachers in my life. They may not have realized it at the time but they made a big difference in my life by just being the caring and kind people they are. You are all in my prayers and I will always keep her alive in my heart by remembering what an incredible person she was.

posted by Connie Steigenberger (nee: Linssen), Grande Prairie, Alberta : Aug 18, 2012


It was with much sadness that we heard of the passing of Mrs. Pratch. My kids loved her as a teacher and always spoke so fondly of her. One of my daughters is also battling a brain tumour. Our hearts and prayers are with all the family.

posted by Donna Bennett, Edmonton, AB : Aug 12, 2012


My deepest condolences to the extended Kerl and Pratch families

posted by Kirk Strom, Calgary, AB : Aug 13, 2012


My sympathy is with you and your family. Louanne is a good friend. Our family sends their prayers.

posted by Dennis Grant, Grande Prairie : Aug 12, 2012


She will be forever remembered and forever missed.

posted by Carly and Paul Saik, : Aug 09, 2012


My heart goes out to you Mr. Pratch, and your family! Mrs. Pratch will be fondly remembered. I enjoyed having her as a teacher in junior high. In recent years I've seen her so often walking your dog. I'm so saddened to hear that she has lost her battle with cancer and I will keep you in my prayers.

posted by Tammy laCroix, Grande Prairie : Aug 10, 2012


My memories of Louanne are of her laughing and holding a glass of wine. I hope she's still out there somewhere laughing and enjoying her glass of wine. Karen Rohne

posted by Karen Rohne, Edmonton, Alberta : Aug 09, 2012


Louanne was an amazing person and will miss her so much. She may have left this earth but she will be forever remembered. I send my sincere condolences to you Ken, Greg, Monic, Geoff, Wendy, Hailey and Avery and all your extended family. Rest in peace.

posted by Cauleen and Vernon Farants, St. Albert : Aug 09, 2012


I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Pratch. She was one of my favorite teachers in elementary school and I always loved seeing her around the neighbour walking her dog these past few years. She was a beautiful person who had a profound impacted on my love for education.

posted by Carla J., Grande Prairie, AB : Aug 09, 2012


cIt breaks my heart knowing what you are going through and wishing I could take away your pain and sorrow. Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever. Louanne was an amazing woman as I can see her in each of you. She is gone from our sight, but never our memories. Gone from our touch, but never our hearts. The Farrants will be forever greatful to have met such a wonderful lady and she will forever be apart of us. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow.

posted by Bradley, Jaycee, Kira, Mila and Ally Farrants, Morinville, AB : Aug 09, 2012


Mr. Pratch, I am so, so, sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful wife. My kids have had the privilege of having both you and your wife for teachers. we lost my father in law not long ago and know our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of grief. Norma, John, Chad, Kyle and Jillian Cove

posted by Norma Cove, Grande Prairie, Alberta : Aug 09, 2012


My heart is saddened when I heard from friends that Louanne has passed. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to be her student, athlete, and even a coworker at times. She has left a positive imprint in my life and it is because of amazing teachers like her that I love teaching now. I know her legacy will live on in the hearts of many as it does in mine.

posted by Karen Tang Christian, Deep River, Ontario : Aug 09, 2012


Mr. Pratch, I was so sad to read this obituary today. Mrs. Pratch was a wonderful teacher, I have very fond memories of the both of you at Kateri. Take care and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

posted by Shawn Gallagher-Ludwig, Edmonton, AB : Aug 09, 2012


Mr Pratch, my deepest sympathy to you & all of Mrs. Pratch's family/ friends. I cherish many happy memories of having Mrs. Pratch in grade 6 for my homeroom teacher at Racette. I LOVED her! She was one of my all-time fave teachers and for sure my favourite phys.ed teacher!I can still see her clearly in her blue Adidas track suit smiling brightly teaching in the gym. I also enjoyed extra-curricular activities that she was part of. She was a warm & fun person. I will also remember our camping trips to local lakes many weekends with other "teacher" families - good times made better with her presence. Know my thoughts & prayers are with you as you grieve your huge loss. I hope your own happy memories bring some peace to your grieving heart. HUGS, Suzanne

posted by Suzanne (Boisvert) Wood, Bonnyville, Alberta : Aug 09, 2012


Ken and all the Pratch family, There are no words at a time like this that can convey how sorry we are for your loss and how we wish that it didn't have to be this way. We are keeping you all in our prayers. Our sincerest condolences. God bless you all. Brian and Vera

posted by Brian & Vera French, Edmonton, AB : Aug 10, 2012


Greg, Monic, Ken and Family we would like to send our condolences to all of you. We hope you will be spending these days together remembering all the wonderful memories you shared with Louanne. We had only met Louanne a short time before her battle began, a life gone much too soon. All our best to all you,Ron, Alexander-James, Jessica Robertson and Michele Manfini.

posted by Robertson/Manfini, Kelowna, B.C. : Aug 11, 2012


Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your beloved Louanne. We have fond memories of camping with Louanne and Scott at Waterton Park and another time Louanne was with us to Vancouver Island. May God be with all of you at this difficult time. We will always remember her. Uncle Norm and Aunt Bobbie

posted by uncle norm and aunt bobbie, calgary ab : Aug 11, 2012


Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your beloved Louanne. We have fond memories of camping with Louanne and Scott at Waterton Park and another time Louanne was with us to Vancouver Island. May God be with all of you at this difficult time. We will always remember her. Uncle Norm and Aunt Bobbie

posted by uncle norm and aunt bobbie, calgary ab : Aug 11, 2012


Dear Ken and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Louanne was a fantastic teacher and she was able to positively influence the lives of so many. May the wonderful memories you have of her comfort you in your time of sadness. What a gift she was to this world!

posted by Roxanne Loos, Peace River, AB : Aug 10, 2012


I am so sad to hear about Mrs. Pratch, she was a fantastic lady and one of my favorite teachers. My deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Pratch and sons. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.

posted by Rhonda O''Connor, Edmonton : Aug 10, 2012


We are so sorry for your loss. Louanne was a great inspiration to our 3 kids, a favorite teacher for sure. Your whole family will be in our prayers and thoughts as you go through these difficult coming weeks. May the memories you have keep your soul full and the love that surrounds you help your heart heal. The world has lost another wonderful, loving and caring woman. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

posted by Anita & George Haunholter, Kelowna, BC : Aug 10, 2012


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