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Friday July 5, 2019
2:00 PM
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Rick Burk officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.
Interment will follow the funeral service in the Hillside Cemetery.
In memory of
Verna Burk-Langley
January 30, 1940 - July 01, 2019 - Age 79

Verna Ruth Burk-Langley (nee: Lake) passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the age of 79 years, beloved wife of James “Jim” Langley of Medicine Hat. She also leaves to cherish her memory three children, Richard “Rick” (Laura) Burk of Edmonton, Kelly Burk of Salt Springs Island, B.C. and Chelsea (Don) Geldreich of Bow Island; her grandchildren, Matthew (Shari) Burk, Jonathan (Kelsey) Burk, Aaron (Stephanie) Burk, Jesse Dollimont (Fiancé Jeff Kynoch), Logan Geldreich and Bensen “Ben” Geldreich (Jordyn Becker); five great grandchildren, Felicity “Fizz”, Anson, Elias, Aurora and Noah; Jim’s children: Jamie A. (Erin) Langley, Patti (David) Occleston and Andrea (Doug) Hudson and their families; one brother, Charles “Chuck” (Beth) Lake; one sister Alice Klein as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Eliza and George Lake; three brothers, Bill (Shirley) Lake, John (Iona) Lake and Lovell Lake; two sisters, Mary (Hank) Breault and Margaret Lake, as well as a brother-in-law, Albert Klein. Verna was born on January 30, 1940 in Stoughton, Saskatchewan where she was raised. In the 50's she moved to Swift Current and in 1959 she married Lorne Burk. Verna was an entrepreneur and ahead of her time. The family moved from Swift Current to Medicine Hat in 1969 and later to Redcliff in 1970. From Telephone Operator to waitressing to selling insurance, where she was the first female “field-man” for Met Life, owning a book store, selling Real Estate, and of course her longest job, being known as the Red Headed Record Store Lady who knew EVERYTHING about music, running her store Arcade Records for 26 years. In 1982, she met Jim Langley and they were married on December 28, 1984 in Medicine Hat. Verna and Jim moved to Bow Island in 2004 eventually returning to Medicine Hat. She was active in Al Anon where she developed life long relationships from the time she moved to Medicine Hat. Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Friday, from 1:00 - 1:55 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Rick Burk officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Verna Burk-Langley.

Message from Michael Taylor July 03, 2019

My deepds condolences and hope for peace at this time


Michael Taylor
Message from Louis LeBlanc Quebec Regional Chaplain Correctionnal Service Canada July 03, 2019

Message of condolences and comfort for the family of Verna Burk-Langley.
We worked with Rick Burk and can imagine how good a mother she is.
Peace be with you !!


Louis LeBlanc Quebec Regional Chaplain Correctionnal Service Canada
Message from Jacquie & Terry Doran July 04, 2019

Dear Chelsea and family,
Our sympathy to you all with the loss of your precious Mom, Grandma. Cherish the many good memories. Take care. Jacquie & Terry Doran


Jacquie & Terry Doran
Message from Brian and Karen Hawes July 04, 2019

DDear Rick and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Brian Hawes IFC President


Brian and Karen Hawes
Message from Joe & Maryanne Bouw July 04, 2019

Dear Chelsea & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss for you.


Joe & Maryanne Bouw
Message from Bruce & Carla Robertson July 05, 2019

Chelsea, Don and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your happy memories help lighten the load. God bless


Bruce & Carla Robertson
Message from The Salley family July 05, 2019

Dear Rick, Laura, Aaron, John, Matt and family

Even though we can not be with you during this difficult time, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the life of a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and all the roles she had in the lives of everyone who knew her.

She will continue to live in your hearts as you remember the good times you had with her. May those fond memories ease the pain you are experiencing.

Our deepest condolences,

The Salley family, Sylvie, Joseph, Eric, Amanda and Helene Bourdeau


The Salley family
Message from Cathy & Brian Meaney July 06, 2019

A beautiful good-bye to a beautiful woman. We will miss your kindness, your wisdom and your stories. You remain in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace dear Verna.


Cathy & Brian Meaney
Message from Joyce, Brent Cooper and family July 07, 2019

Chelsea, Don, Logan, Benson
Thinking of you at this time with deepest condolences.


Joyce, Brent Cooper and family
Message from Uncle Laurie & Auntie Lorraine Walbaum July 09, 2019

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mom-our auntie Verna! I knew she was struggling with COPD and quitting smoking when she started to take oxygen. When we were much younger we always loved when she and uncle Lorne came to visit and then later when her and uncle Jim came! I remember that I always thought she had night and day mixed up! Mom would tell us that she was doing her makeup till almost lunchtime! I always thought makeup was a big thing to her because she looked gorgeous when she came out of the bedroom! Now i’m pretty sure she was getting a little more sleep and doing a quick job of the makeup. I’m sure her and mom stayed up visiting until 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. and mom seemed to survive on a couple hours of sleep but I don’t think auntie Verna did!
I always liked going to visit auntie at her house after she owned Arcade Records. She would tell us about all the interesting facts she knew about music and various musicians and bands and then tell us about all the movies she had! Before we left for home we would go to her shop and she’d point us in the direction of whatever music and movies we wanted! She seemed to have the entire store memorized and we always got what we wanted!
She always told us about her kids and their lives. We heard all about Rick getting married to Laura and having their boys. They lived in very small places to raise them! Then we heard about you becoming a minister and how hard it was!
We heard about Kelly who moved to Salt Spring Island,B.C. We heard about your jobs trying to make records or CD’s and working hard at the boat jobs taking the luggage and passengers to and fro! We learned all about your daughter Jesse and her musical escapades.
Chelsea we heard all about your name change from Barbara and your marriage to Don. We heard about your kids and your hair dresser business as well as selling Totes. I noticed your Facebook picture with your mom and her nice, new hairdo-good for you!
I can imagine mom and Auntie Verna having coffee and visiting for a long time. In fact there may be a big coffee group as we’ve lost a lot of close relations- uncle Bill, uncle John, auntie Iona, Sandy, Peggy, my Dad, grandma and grandpa and many more!
You all did a wonderful job of the funeral for you mom! She would be so proud of you for doing what she wanted! I know you are going to need some private mourning time when things settle down a bit! This is to let you know, we hope you get that time. Try to remember and think about all the great things your mom did for you and with you! She was always so proud of you and all the good things you all did! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and best wishes


Uncle Laurie & Auntie Lorraine Walbaum