JACK, Siri Augusta (Wallgren)


Siri Augusta (Wallgren) Jack passed away in the presence of her family on February 1, 2011 at the Prince of Peace Harbour in Calgary. She was born on October 24, 1922 in the village of Alviken, in the province of Norrbotten, Sweden near the port city of Lulea.  She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Reinhold Wallgren (1948) and Augusta Kristina (Nilsson) Wallgren(1981),  two older sisters, Elin Wallgren (2004) and Judith Wallgren (2007) and one sister-in-law, Amy Wallgren. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, William Jack of Prince of Peace Manor, a brother – Knute Wallgren of Salem, Oregon and a brother and sister-in-law – Richard and Fay Wallgren of Wainwright, Alberta. Her brother-in-law, Alan Jack of St. David's, Niagara-on-the-Lake,  Ontario also survives her. The Wallgren family emigrated from Sweden in March, 1929 and took up farming next door to their father's two brothers – Leonhard and Peter - nine miles north of Edgerton, Alberta. Siri attended the Saddle Hill country school till grade nine and then in 1943 followed her sister Judith and brother Knute to study at the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta. She met William Jack there in 1946 and in 1948/1949 they both joined the Unevangelized Fields Mission and were sent to Belem, Brazil to begin mission work. They were married on January 26, 1951 in Brazil and returned to Toronto, Ontario in late 1954. At this stage of life, she had become fluent in three languages, Swedish, English and Portuguese.  In Toronto, Siri began a new career as a housewife with two sons – Daniel and Richard. In 1958, the family moved to Edmonton where a daughter was born – Sharon. In 1960 the family moved to Three Hills, where Will was hired to be a registrar/ administrator at the Prairie Bible Institute  and where Dwight was born. Siri had many hobbies over the years including sewing, crocheting,  knitting, ceramics, drawing and painting. Siri began another career at the Three Hills Hospital in 1971, ultimately becoming a medical records technician (including the use of early computers). She retired in 1987. She continued to enjoy holidays and summer travels with Will in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. They moved to High River in 1989 and later to Okotoks.  They returned to the Three Hills area in 2000 to live in the Linden Lodge and later the Golden Hills Lodge and the Chateau Three Hills. In February, 2008 they moved to the Prince of Peace Manor, Calgary. When the Harbour (a dementia care facility) opened at Prince of Peace she was the second resident admitted.  Her care there was exemplary and her family wishes to acknowledge this.  She was known for her pleasant smile and her constant good humour in her last years. All  four children are married.  Dwight and Joan Jack of Calgary have three children – Olivia, Nathan, and Kyle. Sharon and Hugh Caldwell of Brampton, Ontario have three children, Will Caldwell and his wife Lori Pedneault of Brampton, James Caldwell and his wife Robyn Taylor of Woodstock, Ontario, and Laura Caldwell. Richard and Janet Jack of High River have two sons, Nevan  and Keiran Jack. Daniel and Marguerite Jack of Calgary have two daughters, Charis and her husband  Nathan Rousu and their children, Katherine, Dakota, and Taylor Rousu  all of Edmonton and  Bronwynne Jack of Calgary. Siri's family legacy is due to her hard work, her sense of what is right and just, and her faith in God. The memorial service will be held at the Mount Olive Evangelical Free Church in Three Hills, Alberta at 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday, the 8th of February. Reverend Rodney Masterson will preside.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Encharis (Lutheran agency which operates the Prince of Peace Harbour) Suite 900, 285030 Luther Rose Blvd., Calgary, AB  T1X 1M9.  Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610 www.heartlandfuneralservices.com