Arnold Herman Stubel died quietly on April 5. His joy of life and unquenchable spirit would have kept him with us longer, but his body was oh so weary. Arnold Stubel was born in Morden, Manitoba to German speaking peasants who had immigrated to Canada from Russia around the turn of the century. Arnold spent his early years enjoying the hard work and freedom of life on a prairie homestead with his three older brothers. He found many ways to exercise and develop not only his mind and body, but his faith in God, his love of family and friends, and his fun-loving approach to life. The family moved to the Edson area in 1929 where Arnold later met Margot, the young woman who would be his wife of 64 years. They married on July 12, 1944 and their marriage was a profound example of security, steadfastness and devotion.
Arnold and Margot raised their children in Athabasca, AB and retired to St. Albert in 1983. Arnold was gentle yet strong, the kind of man that was automatically loved by children and animals, and the kind of man that brought joy to those around him just by being himself. Arnold leaves his three children (Arlene and partner Jim, Leonard and Valerie, and Christine and Michel), nine grandchildren, three tiny, precious great-grandchildren, two nieces, one sister-in-law and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Margot (March, 2009).