Victoria Pearl GARTNER

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Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Victoria Gartner left this world with dignity and grace. She was 82 years of age.

She was extremely proud to be a registered nurse for over 42 years with years of dedication at Alberta Hospital and Regional Mental Health. Victoria will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 61 years Edwin, their three children: Claudette (Richard) Krentz, Christie (Dan) Mattiussi both of Edmonton, Gary Gartner of Red Deer, five grandchildren: Stephanie Krentz (Alan Heck), Douglas Krentz, Lindsay Abrahart (Chris Myers), Danica Mattiussi (Andrew Peard), Kaylie (Darren) D’Andrea, great-grandchildren: Abbie, Alex, Bennett and Quinn.

Victoria also leaves her sisters: Fedelia Sharun, Bernice (Bud) Van Iderstine, Phyllis McIntosh (Ken Loren). She was predeceased by her parents Frances and Russell Bilobrowka and Rosa and Adam Gartner, sister Katherine Gubersky, grandson-in-law Matthew Abrahart and brother-in-law Ken Sharun.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Parish, 9420 – 163 Street, Edmonton, AB.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the CNIB. 

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Victoria Pearl Gartner was born in Lamont, Alberta on November 10th, 1940 to Frances and Russell Bilobrowka.  She was their first-born followed by Katherine, Fedelia, Bernice and Phyllis. 

As a young 17 year old woman, she left home to pursue nursing. Victoria began her nursing studies at Alberta Hospital, Edmonton in 1958. Of 36 students enrolled in the Registered Psychiatric Nursing Program, Victoria was 1 of 6 to graduate in 1961. Victoria was the first student to have scrubbed-in for the Operating Room in 1960. She did such an excellent job that the School of Nursing increased the rotation times so all 3rd year students could have this experience.

On October 21st, 1961, Victoria married the love of her life, Ed. Soon after their wedding day, they bought their first home. Knowing they wanted a few children, they decided they would need a bigger home. In 1964, they built their dream home to raise their children Claudette, Christie and Gary. 

 Although busy raising a family,  nursing remained important to her. Victoria was also one of the first female nurses to work on a male unit in 1967.  In 1978, she became the  Head Nurse on the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at Alberta Hospital,  Edmonton.  Like her namesake Queen Victoria, she took her duties towards her patients very seriously.  She often worked late and went in on her days off.  She brought her creative and artistic talents to special projects especially around the various holidays to brighten the lives of those in her care.

After she lost her vision in 1981, she returned to work in 1984.  She initially was the Volunteer Coordinator at Alberta Mental Health Services and soon after became a Therapist with Alberta Mental Health. She retired from her nursing profession in 2003, giving her more time to explore her creative and artistic talents. 

She loved spending time horseback riding, gardening, cooking, home design and, of course, continuing to guide and mentor her expanding family. 

During the last couple of weeks of her life, she faced her greatest challenge with grace and dignity.  She ensured that her last lesson to all was to face adversity with strength, courage and love.

You will be missed and loved FOREVER! – Ed and Family 



  1. Christie mattiussi

    Mom, I miss you. I know that you will always be with me in my heart. I am who I am because of your loving hands. I have my sweet and compassionate soul from watching you and your generosity and kindness to others. I see the world full of wonder because of your imagination. I’ve learned never to give up seeing your drive and perseverance. I love you always and forever – Christie

  2. Yvonne

    Our deepest condolences to your family, Vicky was an amazing lady she will truly be missed, Rest In Peace.

  3. Colleen

    Uncle Edwin there are no words I can say my thoughts and prayers are with your family my heart is broken. Auntie Vicky was a true inspiration to all and showed that nothing was impossible she was an amazing Wife, Mother, Aunt, Grandmother and friend. She will truly be missed by all 💔 Love Colleen

  4. Bernie

    You will forever be missed Auntie Vicki.

  5. Angie Lamarche

    My deepest sympathy for the entire family. Vicki was a lovely and remarkable woman, and I always enjoyed my visits with her when I was in town. May she rest in peace.

  6. Jeannine and Dino

    Christie, Dan and family
    We will have you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Dino, Jeannine and family

  7. Benedettos & Nardis

    Sincerest condolences from Vince, Carmela Benedetto and Frank and Bruna Nardi. Your mom was a beautiful person that taught us all that life can and should be lived to the fullest even through obstacles. May she RIP forever in God’s loving arms.

  8. Audrey

    She was such an amazing woman, loving wife, mother, auntie. She will be missed

  9. Ingrid

    Gerald and I and family are so very sad to hear the news of Vicky passing. She was an inspiration to all and was so very loved. She will be missed terribly and leaves a fantastic legacy of a family who truly love one another.

    • Maggie Frederick

      Vicky was such a special cousin of mine
      She was always so generous in her words and so pleasant to be around
      We grew up together and I will miss seeing her so much
      To her family I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful Mother and Grandmother and to Ed who will miss her so
      To her sisters and her extended family my condolences to you

      I will keep her in my prayers

      Love to all of you
      Maggie Mary Ann Uganec Frederick
      Langley BC

  10. Chris

    Even though I’ve only known you a couple of years, you welcomed me into your beautiful family with open arms. I will always cherish our conversations and short time together.


  11. Beth

    So sorry to hear about Vicki’s passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time.


    A beautiful person , she will make a wonderful angel.
    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family.
    Vic & Joanne Uganec
    Vancouver B.C.

  13. Margot Barclay

    I had the absolute honor to meet Ed and Vicky 15 or so years ago. We became instant friends. Vicky was such a caring, compassionate, soft soul it was easy to love her. She taught me so much!

    For Ed and the family. Know that you are all n my thoughts and prayers and that I am sending you all love, support and prayers for strength at this difficult time.

    Rest in Peace, Vicky. I love you and miss you like crazy. You will surely be missed by so many. God Bless. Ed I will be home next week and will call for a coffee date! Love you too!

  14. Phyllis Kobitowich

    I extend sincere condolences to the family. My mom, Agnes Nimchuk, was a cousin of Victoria’s mother, Frances. I had the pleasure of teaching Lindsay and Danica. Phyllis Kobitowich


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