Our Staff


Steve and Terry Maetche

Steve and Terry Maetche

Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Steve was born and raised in Red Deer. Upon graduation from high school in 1977, he moved to Lacombe where he joined his step-father and mother at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel. He graduated from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science in 1979 and received the Highest Achievement Award on final examinations for his funeral director and embalmers licenses. Throughout his career, Steve has been very involved in the Alberta Funeral Service Association, serving as President for 4 years, the Lacombe Kinsmen, Lacombe Minor Hockey, a member of the Lacombe Chamber of Commerce, the United Church Board as well as various other organizations within the communities Wilson’s serves. Steve’s interests include golfing, boating, hunting and spending time with his family.
Terry was born in Victoria but moved back with her parents Ray and Audrey Tinsley to the family farm just east of Lacombe. After graduating from the Lacombe Comp., she worked for the Town of Lacombe before enrolling in nursing. Terry worked as a Registered Nurse at the Lacombe Community Health Care Center, ER & O.R., until joining Steve at the funeral home in 2008. Terry’s involvement in the community includes serving on the Central Alberta Wound Care Team, the Lacombe Kinettes, canvassing for the Heart & Stroke Foundation for many years.
Steve and Terry where married in 1979. They have 3 sons, Kyle, Scott, and Curtis, and one beautiful granddaughter, Bryn.

Wayne Clark

Wayne Clark

Rimbey Location Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Wayne was born in Ottawa and raised in a military family. Upon his father’s retirement, the family settled in Airdrie, Alberta where Wayne completed his schooling. In 1990, Wayne began his apprenticeship with Prairie Winds Funeral Service in Trochu, Alberta. After graduating from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science in September of 1993, he accepted a position with Wilson’s Funeral Chapel working in the Lacombe Chapel until January of 1995 when he relocated to Rimbey to manage Wilson’s new funeral home in Rimbey.
Wayne is an active member of the community and was elected to Rimbey Town Council in 2004 and again in 2007. He has served on the board of the Rimbey United Church and has been involved in many community fund-raising projects. Wayne was the finance chairman for the Rimbey arena when it was being constructed.
Wayne served as an auxiliary constable with the RCMP for  26  years before retiring in 2013. He is the past  Chairman of the Rimbey Elementary School Council, as well as the past Chairman of the Blindman Youth Action Society and Rimbey Neighbourhood Place. Wayne presently sits as a Director on the board of East Central Parkland Community Futures..
Wayne is married to Betty; they have a sixteen year old son Grady. They enjoy camping, boating, golfing and traveling.

Karla Berdan

Karla Berdan

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Karla was raised in the farming community of Beauvallon, Alberta. She graduated from Mount Royal College’s Funeral Directing and Embalming Program in 2004 and initially began working at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel November 2004.

Lacombe has become 'home' for Karla and she loves experiencing all that Central Alberta has to offer with her two sons, Ethan and Carter.


Alexander Van Geest

Alexander Van Geest

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Alexander Van Geest grew up in a farming family in Taber, Alberta. He received a degree in Theology and History at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario before moving to Lethbridge in order to begin his current career in Funeral Service. As a long standing member of the Christian Reformed denomination and a firm believer of helping those in need, Alex is honored to be a member of the Wilson's Funeral Chapel staff.

Ashley Paton

Ashley Paton

Funeral Director & Apprentice Embalmer

Ashley was born and raised on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Ontario.  She attended Queen’s University, obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in Anatomy and Microbiology. After completing one year of Law School at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton, she followed her husband’s career move to Alberta.  Once in Alberta, Ashley decided to follow her interest in the funeral industry, and discovered her true passion.  She started as an administrative assistant, worked her way to obtaining her Funeral Director’s License (through the Mount Royal Funeral Services program) and is close to obtaining her Embalmer’s License.  Ashley joined the Wilson’s Funeral Chapel family in January 2017.  In her spare time, Ashley practices her bagpipes, collects Ninja Turtle comic books, plays Skyrim, and listens to the latest T.E.D. Talk.  She and her husband live in Red Deer along with their two cats, Omega & Stromness.


Sid Talsma

Sid Talsma

Funeral Attendant

Sid was born and raised in Bentley, Alberta. He is a journeyman welder by trade and has been active in many business ventures in Central Alberta. Sid is the past president of the Lacombe Golf and Country Club and is an avid golfer. He started working at Wilson's Funeral Chapel in December 2011. Sid lives in Lacombe with his wife Ardi. They have three children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Ken Oliphant

Ken Oliphant

Funeral Attendant & Organist

Ken grew up in Victoria, but enjoyed thirty years of teaching in the Lacombe and Blackfalds area. Ken retired from his principal position at the Nelson School in 1995. His main interest, when he is not working, is music. Ken has been a member of the Jazz Casual group since they started in 2002. He also enjoys a game of golf in his spare time.
He is married to Lorraine and they have two sons, Glenn and family in Alix, and Pat and family in Montreal.
Ken has been working for Wilson’s Funeral Chapel since 1998 on a semi regular basis doing a variety of tasks, including playing the organ for services. Ken’s positive outlook and willingness to serve shines through both in the community and at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel. He is very happy to be part of the Wilson's 'family'.

Ralph Bochinski

After Care Specialist

Ralph was born and raised in Ontario. In 1987 he graduated with his bachelors degree in business administration and moved to Alberta that same year. Ralph managed the Adventist Book Center for a number of years.
Ralph started at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel in 1999 and worked as a funeral attendant and a prearrangement counselor until 2002. In 2008 Wilson’s Funeral Chapel welcomed Ralph back as our prearrangement counselor as well as to over see our aftercare program, which is offered to each family we have the honor of serving.
Ralph was married to Angela on May 23, 1999. They have a little boy, Cayden. He enjoys camping, quadding, auto body and spending time with his family.
Ralph is grateful to have the opportunity to assist families with both pre and post funeral care.

Sheldon Thiem

Sheldon grew up in Lacombe, AB and graduated from the Lacombe Composite High School in 1989.  Apprenticing as a Funeral Director/Embalmer from 1992-1994, Sheldon graduated from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science in 1994 and was received the highest academic standing in the Province of Alberta.  Following his 20 years in funeral service in Calgary, Sheldon relocated back to Lacombe and joined the Wilson's family on a casual basis in December of 2012.  Apart from his full time position with the Railway, his passion for serving and caring for families in their time of sorrow will always remain a strong desire that he holds close to his heart.  Sheldon resides at Gull Lake and has a daughter, Kaylee.  Being an avid outdoorsman, Sheldon enjoys campfires, fishing, motorcycles, and sports such as hockey and football. 

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