Betty Dinkel

Obituary of Betty Dinkel

October 25, 1932 – Edmonton, Alberta

November 24, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Beatrice “Betty” Dinkel (nee Harse), of Calgary, AB, who passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at the age of 89 years.


Betty was born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary. She attended Central Memorial High School where she met a young Robert. They both attended the University of Alberta. After marrying Robert in 1954, they built a house on 13th Street S.W., next to her parent’s house, and proceeded to raise a family of three children. Over the years she enjoyed volunteering with the ladies at the Junior League and The Samaritan Club of Calgary, bowling and curling at The Glencoe Club, having coffee with Reg and Dodo and visiting The Farm with her Cocker Spaniel Jenny. Betty was a profoundly funny, kind and wise person who was not only the heart and soul of the family, but also the moral compass. She will be forever missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.


Betty is survived by her daughter Debbie Dinkel (Grant Chollak and family), her son Judge Michael C. Dinkel (Patty Spencer), her granddaughter Kristi Lindberg (John) and her great-grandchildren Wyllo and Vylet, her sister-in-law Crys Harse, her brother-in-law Jon Dinkel, and her nieces Kate Harse, Pamela Herbert and Janet Loschuk; and numerous friends.


Betty was predeceased by her husband Judge Robert S. Dinkel, her daughter Karen Forestell (Paul), her parents Violet and Harold G. Harse, and her siblings Dorothy Seward and Dr. Reg Harse.


As per Betty’s wishes, there will be no funeral. She will be cremated, and her ashes will be placed in a coffee tin and interred in the family plot at Burnsland Cemetery. Condolences, memories, and photos can be viewed and shared here. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada ( or the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (


Many thanks to those who cared for Mom during the course of her illness including Dr. Adrienne Weir, the Palliative Care Team and her many able Caregivers.


In living memory of Betty Dinkel, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200. The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is located southwest of the City of Calgary, in the Municipal District of Foothills, not far from The Farm where Betty spent so many happy days.

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