Hjorth – Niels Thomas was born in Calgary, Alberta on October 31, 1927 to Marius and Jensine Hjorth and joined his Lord and Savior on June 26, 2020. Niels lived in Standard until 1938 when the family moved to make their home in Tilley. He received his education at Renfrew School in Tilley and Camrose Lutheran Bible Institute. At the age of 18 he chose farming as his path in life, eventually taking over the Hjorth family farm. Niels found true happiness when he met Thelma Skaret and they were married at Messiah Lutheran Church in Camrose on April 19, 1969. Together they built a wonderful life in Tilley where they were very active members of the Bethany Lutheran Church community and spent time with their family and friends. In 1989 Niels and Thelma bought a 5th Wheel and enjoyed many extended winter trips to Washington, Arizona, California and a summer trip to Alaska. Upon retirement in 1999, Niels and Thelma moved to a condo in Camrose where they renewed old friendships, developed new ones, and cherished visits and family gatherings. While in Camrose Niels and Thelma continued to travel throughout Alberta and BC in their 5th wheel, often spending time with friends and family. After Thelma’s passing in 2014 Niels returned to Brooks to be closer to his brother Harry, Dagny, and his lifelong Tilley friends. He resided in Newbrook Lodge from June 2015 until May 2018. Niels received care at the Brooks Continuing Care Centre from the fall of 2018 until his passing. Niels lived his life loving our Lord Jesus Christ and his life exemplified his strong faith. He will be remembered for his sense of humour, his gentle spirit, his quiet, reflective nature, and his deep love of family. Niels now joins his parents and his adored wife, Thelma. He is survived by his brother Harry and wife Dagny, Thelma’s sisters-in-law Dolores and Brenda, and numerous nieces and nephews who love him dearly. He will be missed and we will cherish his memory! A family graveside service will be held at the Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery, Tilley. If friends desire, tributes may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Box 29, Tilley, Alberta T0J 3K0 to be used for their current church renovations.
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