Obituaries MAY 08/2012
ACREMAN, John Alan McCULLOCH, Katherine Gay
John Alan Acreman passed away peacefully May 1, 2012 February 21, 1960 - April 12, 2012 -- It is with great sadness
surrounded by his family in Didsbury, Alberta after a brief battle that the family of Kathy announce her passing on April 12, 2012.
with lung cancer. John was born November 29, 1939 in Victoria, She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family
B.C. to parents Bert and Annie Acreman. John's parents were that loved her deeply.
founding pioneers of their hometown of Sooke, B.C. John shared Kathy grew up on the family farm east of Didsbury. She had a
his mother with the entire community as she was declared by passion for experience and challenge which led her to a wide
the community the "Mother of Sooke" teaching 3 generations of variety of employment opportunities. She lived and worked in
students at Sooke Elementary School, and his father Bert passed Banff for Mount Norquiay and Sulfer Mountain Gondola. She
on to his son his love of truck driving and "Uncle" Ralph Strong became and expert pot scrubber and potato peeler for Peter
introducing John to the life of farming. He spent most of his life Bawden Drilling and worked in many parts of Alberta, B.C., the
in Sooke, B.C. where he met and married his loving wife, Loretta Yukon, and N.W.T. Upon her return from more travel she started
raising 3 children on a small farm where John was a vital part of freelance consulting for various travel agencies. She worked in
the community. Whether coaching hockey, umpiring softball or the performing arts in Calgary with Alberta Theatre projects and
helping 4-H members, he always had time to help out with any the Philharmonic Orchestra. Her interests turned to the fashion
community event or organization. John spent a large part of his industry, where she worked for a design Boutique featuring
working life driving off road trucks, heavy equipment, as well as Canadian and especially local designers. Kathy worked behind
owner operator of his own trucking company, then retiring from the scenes in the organization and production of Fashion shows,
truck driving after many years with Butler Bros. Ready Mix in the Miss. Calgary pageant, photo shoots, the Olympic torch
1995. commercial for the 1988 Olympics and wardrobe assistant for
Their passion for farming led them to move north to a ranch in two West Sky Movies filmed in Calgary. Kathy had a great sense
Campbell River, B.C. ,and after many happy years there they of adventure that took her to see 53 different countries leaving
relocated Elk Meadows Ranch to Didsbury, AB. There John was only the continent of Antarctica unexplored.
able to continue his passion for farming and raising purebred It's difficult to think of Kathy's life and not acknowledge the
Red Angus cattle and to be close to his family within central many physical struggles she endured and overcame. The many
Alberta. John could be seen at many farm and cattle auctions doctors appointments, hospitals, surgeries and cancer
having coffee with old and new friends offering years of wisdom treatments, so it was heartbreaking to realize that this time
and common sense approach to life issues. John enjoyed many would be her final battle. She leaves us a Legacy of how to live
hobbies including his enthusiasm and passion of automotive and life with elegance, grace, kindness, confidence, humour and
metal recycling, often taking him on road trips throughout the especially love.
rural areas of B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. John is survived She was predeceased by her grandparents Jim and Mary
by his wife of 49 years, Loretta, son Derek (Traci) and McCulloch, Otto and Anna Krebs, her brother Earl and
granddaughter Kelli, son Lorne (Kathie) and daughter Charlene. sister-in-law Sonjia. She is survived by her loving husband Rick
A celebration of his life will be held May 30, 2012 at the Royal Kelk, parents Jean and Arnold McCulloch, siblings Ruby (Jim)
Canadian Legion Branch # 54 in Sooke, B.C. at 1:30 pm. In lieu Gole, Barry McCulloch, Steven (Jennifer) McCulloch, Jennifer
of flowers, donations may be made to Sooke Region Museum, (Devon) Rabchak. She is also survived by her brother-in-law
2070 Phillips Rd., Sooke, B.C V9Z 1H7. Heartland Funeral Brian (Andrea) Kelk, sisters-in-law Susan Matucci and Sandra
Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610 Hunter. Kathy had an extra special bond with each of her 27
www.heartlandfuneralservices.com. nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.
A celebration of Kathy's life was held at Zion Evangelical
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Missionary Church in Didsbury on Sunday April 22, 2012.
Internment of her ashes will be in the Didsbury Cemetery at a
BRANDER, Douglas Clark later date.
January 30, 1944 - May 6, 2012 -- On May 6, 2012 Doug
Brander passed away peacefully at the age of 68 years. Publication Date: 2012/05/08
Doug is survived by his loving wife Andrea, his sons Jason
(Jenn) Brander, Ian (Ashley) Brander, his daughters Heather PENNER, Betty Lou
(Gavin) Jones, Erin Franklin and Lesley (Chris) Franklin, Betty Lou Penner passed away at the Didsbury Hospital on May
stepchildren Jason Culp, Mandy Culp, and Amy Culp. Doug is 2, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Harry Penner for 51 years
also survived by two brothers and 7 sisters, beloved after marrying him April 22, 1961. She was born near
grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Lethbridge on April 24, 1941 to Willard and Leora Anderson.
Doug was predeceased by his son Michael Brander, his parents Left to mourn are her husband; two sons: Jim (Twyla) of
Sandy and Elsie Brander and nephew Scott Brander. Didsbury, and Brian (Patty) of Turin; one daughter-in-law,
Doug touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed and Denita, of Mississauga; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson;
forever in our hearts. her mother; and one sister, Judy (Steve) Stead, along with
A celebration of Doug's life will be held Friday May 11, 2012 at many other family and friends. Betty is predeceased by her
2:00 pm at the Zion Church in Didsbury. In lieu of flowers father; one son, Glenn Penner; and one grandson, Will Penner.
donations may be made in his memory to a charity of one's Betty left a wonderful legacy of an incredibly strong woman who
choice. loved her family no matter what. She was a faithful friend to
anyone she met. She will be deeply missed.
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A memorial service was held at Zion Evangelical Missionary
Church in Didsbury on Monday, May 7 at 2 p.m. In lieu of
flowers, donations can be made to the Rosebud Health
Foundation, Box 962, Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0.
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Obituaries MAY 08/2012
SILVERTHORNE, Eveline Annabelle ALPHABETICAL FROM DEC. 07, 2010
Eveline Annabelle Silverthorne of Didsbury, passed away on
Monday, April 30, 2012, at the age of 92 years, beloved wife of AARSBY, Daryl Clifford (Tex)
the late Douglas Silverthorne. She leaves to cherish her memory Daryl Clifford (Tex) Aarsby was born on April 25, 1957 to
five children, Pauline Harris of Fort Macleod, Byron (Sandi) Clarence and Norma Aarsby. He was raised on the family farm
Bailey of Rousseau, Ontario, Geraldine (Wayne) Walsh of west of Carstairs and remained there for most of his life. He is
Calgary, Judith (Florent) Moissan of Quebec City, Clair survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Lorraine, who has been
McCullough of Calgary and their families; as well as two his guardian angel for the last two years of his life while he
sisters-in-law, Edna Silverthorne and Myrtle Bangs both of struggled with a rare lung disease. She was his everything 24/7,
Medicine Hat. Besides her husband Doug, Eveline was best friend and caregiver. He has also left behind his two
predeceased by her parents Julia and Byron Barnes. According children, Cody and Stacey (Joe) and his precious grandchildren
to her wishes, a private graveside interment service will take John and Carley. While he struggled to breathe you only had to
place in the Prairieview Cemetery. To mention them and his eyes would light up and he would tell you
e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: some cute things they had done. He is also survived by his dad,
firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Eveline Silverthorne, or Clarence whose pain is unbearable having lost a second son, his
you may visit www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca and leave a message sister Gwen (Brian), sister-in-law Dolores (Terry) Hehr and
of condolence. Lorraine's family whom Daryl was very close to, mother-in-law
Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND Barb McClean, sister-in-law Marlene (Guy) Gjos, and
CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A brother-in-law Gord (Laurie) Botham. He is also survived by
2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information. nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Daryl was
Publication Date: 2012/05/08 predeceased by his mother, Norma in 1985, his brother Rick in
1989, father-in-law Elmer in 2007 and his grandparents. In lieu
of flowers donations can be made to the Rosebud Health
Foundation, Box 962, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0N0. Messages of
condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca.
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services (403) 335-9666 &
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ATKIN, Dorothy "Gerri" Geraldine
January 4, 1941 – August 3, 2011 -- It is with deep regret we
announce the passing of Geraldine (Gerri) Dorothy Atkin nee
Madoche on August 3, 2011 at Rockyview Hospital, Calgary.
Gerri is survived by her daughter Michelle Atkin (husband
Nick Karim) and grandchildren Margaret, William, and
Christopher; and her son Todd (wife Elise) and grandchildren
Jane and Scott. Gerri grew up in Alberta and was nurtured and
raised by the loving Archer family who accepted Gerri as their
own daughter after the death of her mother. She was
predeceased by her beloved aunt May Archer; her mother
Dorothy Madoche; and her father David Madoche. Gerri attended
the University of Calgary and became a teacher in the late 60's.
She served with the Canadian Armed Forces as an Air Force
spouse via her marriage to Brian Atkin in numerous bases in
Canada with the majority being at Greenwood, at Comox and
Portage La Prairie. Gerri's life is a life that was spent dedicated
to teaching, to the love of music and particularly to the
nurturing of others. Her life as a teacher, a counselor for the
elderly, grandmother, sister, and aunt touched thousands of
lives. Gerri's friendships and dedication was deep and long
lasting. She was a beautiful singer and piano player and she had
a passion for the simple things; good food, good books and good
friends; these were the fortunes she collected. A love as deep
and rich as hers can never be adequately explained and will
never be replaced. Gerri will live on in the memories of all those
who had the pleasure to know her. A Memorial Service in Gerri's
honour was held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Gerard
Catholic Church, 8944 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary. In lieu of
flowers, the family requests that donations be made to East
Africa Drought Relief through Save the Children,
www.savethechildren.ca. Messages of condolence may be
forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca. Funeral
arrangements are in care of Pierson's Funeral Service, Calgary.
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Obituaries MAY 08/2012
BALES, Kenneth Charles BANNISTER, Margaret (Peg)
Kenneth Charles Bales, son of George and Robina Bales, born March 25, 1927 - April 12, 2011 -- Mrs. Margaret "Peg"
November 28, 1927 passed away on Easter Sunday, April 8th, Bannister passed away suddenly at the Innisfail Health Care
2012. He was in the care of Didsbury Hospital and comfort of his Centre on April 12, 2011 at the age of 84 years.
devoted family. Ken leaves behind his son Leonard Bales of Margaret is the loving mother of Kevin (Lorraine) Bannister,
Buckley, Washington; daughters Lou Jane of Prince George, B.C., Valerie (Jeremy) Keating and Adrian (Christine) Bannister. She is
and Sheri of Didsbury, AB. Also remaining are 8 grandchildren, 3 the cherished grandma of Philip, Brandy, Michael, Rebekah,
great-grandchildren; brothers George (Shirley), Douglas (Betty), Molly, Casey and Peter. She is also survived by a brother Harold
James, Robert (Linda); and sisters Kathleen (Gordon), Edna Bundy and a sister Caroline Jennings.
(Jack) and Mary. He was predeceased by his parents, eldest Peg Bannister spent a good part of her life as a teacher and
daughter Sue Ann, sister Berdina and her husband Lorne Elliott coach in North York. She had many friends in Ontario and
and nephew Dougie Bales. Kenneth worked his parents' farm as Alberta. She will be missed by all and be remembered as a
a youth. He worked on the farm of his uncle Malthe Aaskou in spirited woman of strength and character, who enjoyed
Madden, AB for several years as well as other farming gardening, sports, reading, conversation, knitting and folk art.
adventures. Ken was then employed by the County of Mountain At Margaret's request no service will be held.
View followed by John Deere Agro Equipment in Calgary. He If friends so desire memorial tributes can be made to Jumpstart
retired in 1992 to his home in Crossfield. Here he most enjoyed -- Giving Kids A Sporting Chance.
gardening and the company of his cat, Shadow. A Memorial www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart
Service was held at the Crossfield Baptist Church on Monday, Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., 4415- 49th St., Innisfail.
April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Telephone 227-0006.
memory of Kenneth may be made to The Canadian Breast
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Cancer Foundation, 430, 1324 – 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB T2T
5S8 or Tails to Tell Animal Rescue Shelter, Box 1516, Crossfield,
AB T0M 0S0. Messages of condolence for the family may be left BAPTIST, Sharon Elizabeth
at www.myalternatives.ca It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sharon
Elizabeth Baptist, who left us suddenly on February 2, 2011 at
Publication Date: 2012/04/17 the age of 54.
Sharon will be sadly missed by her cherished daughter Lindsay
BAMBRICK, Elizabeth Lucille (Easton) Hammen (Matt) of Didsbury. Also left to mourn Linda Sirr of
Elizabeth Lucille (Easton) Bambrick, in her 99th year, passed Didsbury, Brian Baptist (Brenda) of Olds and Connie Fischer of
away peacefully December 21, 2010 with her family at her side. Didsbury as well as 6 nieces and nephews.
As a longtime resident of Unit 4 of the Didsbury Health Care Sharon was a gifted artist and shared her love of art through
Centre, the Staff there became her close friends, looked after beautiful oil paintings, ceramics and creative poetry. She could
her wonderfully, and enjoyed her quick wit. With her dear grasp the beauty of nature by a stroke of a brush. Sharon will be
friends, Barb McClean, Lorraine Aarsby and all the Recreation remembered by all for her impromptu dances and infectious
Department she was able to take in an incredible amount of laugh.
activities and trips. The family will be forever indebted to these Funeral services will be held on February 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. at
ladies for the light they brought to Gran's life. the Zion Church, Didsbury. Reverend Richard Pahl officiating.
Elizabeth Lucille Easton was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on April Publication Date: 2011/02/08
17, 1912. She spent one of her high school years in Scotland
and, returning home, she went into retail sales.Lucille married BARR, Michael Leonard
Charles Edward (Ted) Bambrick January 22, 1938. Their
Michael Leonard Barr passed away peacefully on May 8, 2011
daughter, Ruth, was born in July, 1939, and her sister Diane in
after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He will be
March of 1942.In 1946, Ted decided to move to Nelson, BC. On
deeply missed by his wife, Sharon; his children, Kristin Barr, and
a previous trip he had fallen in love with the Kootenays. Lucille
her boyfriend Corey Aschenbrenner and Adam and
was not as thrilled with the move but made the most of it,
daughter-in-law Melanie Barr; and his grandchildren Jerome and
eventually going back into retail sales there. In 1959, Ted
Patrick and by his sister and brother-in-law Lee and Wayne
became a partner in Kootenay Lake Motors in Creston, BC, and
Frank. He was pre-deceased by his loving parents Ken and
the move there brought him to where he really wanted to be,
(and brought Lucille back a little closer to Lethbridge), and she
Mike lived a life full of family, friends, love and laughter. He and
became active as always with the the Rebekah Lodge, ladies'
Sharon moved to the Didsbury area in 1973. They built a
bowling and curling, and also the Hospital Auxiliary. Ted passed
wonderful family life on the farm with their children Kristin and
away after a stroke in 1988, and, after a stay with Diane and
Adam. Mike was a loving father and shared his love of horses
family in Victoria, B.C., Lucille came back to her beloved Alberta;
with his daughter Kristin and his passion for motorbikes with his
staying at the Chinook Lodge in Carstairs, and then moving to
son Adam. Mike was a true horseman who rode all his life which
Unit 4 in Didsbury. The family cannot begin to thank the entire
included cutting horse competitions and riding "back west" with
staff there for the wonderful care and the fun and pleasure they
his family and friends. Mike, Sharon, Kristin and Adam and their
brought to Mom's life.
wonderful friends also shared many adventures "back west"
Lucille and Ted are survived by Ruth and Alan Hahn; Hilary Hahn
riding quads and motorbikes. The joy of his life, in his later
and Chris and Zoe Montgomery; Chris, Cheryl, Dexter and
years, were Jerome and Patrick, his grandsons, who happily
Roxanne Hahn of Cremona; her grandsons on Vancouver Island
joined him in farm chores and loved to ride in the combine with
(Lorry, Greg, and Stephen Huisman); and, in Victoria, her
grandson and family: Mark, Sandy, and Alexandra Huisman; and
Mike was very involved in numerous community activities and
also many nieces and nephews. Lucille was predeceased by her
always willing to lend a hand where necessary. He had a gift for
daughter, Mary Diane Bambrick Huisman in 1996. A Celebration
lifelong friendships and was blessed with a circle of friends who
Tea for the Staff of Unit 4, the Recreational Team, the Hospital
shared their lives travelling, riding motorbikes, going to cutting
Staff & Doctors, the fellow residents of Unit 4, and family and
competitions and sitting around the kitchen table laughing. As
friends will be held in the Assembly Room, Unit 4, Didsbury
he takes that last ride we will remember the adventures, the
Hospital on January 14, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Memorial
laughter and his remarkable character and know that he will
Service will be held will be held in Unit 4, on January 27, 2011
always be with us in spirit.
at 2 p.m.
If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made in Mike's
Publication Date: 2011/01/11 memory to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Research Division c/o
Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331 - 29 Street NW, Calgary,
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 12 East Lake Way NE,
Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 216-5111 & (403) 912 - 0307.
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BRANDER, Elsie Mary (nee Spaapen) BUSCHERT, Linda
1920 - 2011 -- Elsie Brander passed away December 14, 2011 Humorous, fun-loving, kind and considerate… these qualities
at the age of 91 years. Elsie was born on May 29, 1920 at describe Linda Buschert (née Fischer), who passed away
Empress, Alberta. She was the oldest daughter of Piet and Elise peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at the Crowsnest Pass
Spaapen and grew up in Bindloss, Alberta. She attended Calgary Health Care Centre in Blairmore, Alberta, at the age of 59 years.
Normal School in 1938 to become a teacher. Throughout her Linda was born on March 12, 1951, to Theresa and Walter
teaching career, she taught at Bindloss School, Burnside School, Fischer on a farm near Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan. She grew up
Midway School and Ross Ford Elementary School. On December knowing hard work along with strong family ties to her eight
31, 1941, she married Sandy Brander who farmed east of siblings. After the completion of her high school education, she
Didsbury. They had ten children; three sons and seven worked as a bank teller. She fell in love with Merle Buschert, and
daughters. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. they were married on September 12, 1970. They were soon
After farming and teaching for many years, they retired to blessed with three beautiful daughters: Diane, Heather, and
Didsbury. Elsie was a very adventurous woman and travelled to Gina. They have made their home in Olds, on a farm near
many destinations around the world. She was active in the Didsbury/Carstairs, Alix, Innisfail and the Crowsnest Pass.
United Church, the Woman's Institute, and the Woman's After spending several years as a stay-at-home mom, Linda took
Institute Girls' Club and volunteered for many other clubs and accounting courses and then found work as an office manager
functions throughout her lifetime. Elsie was a well respected for both Olds Land & Cattle Co. in Olds and Kuelker’s Mfg. in
teacher, neighbor and friend in the Midway, Lone Pine and Didsbury. Linda and Merle later went on to own a motel in Alix
Didsbury communities. She was a role model for her family and and a Greyhound/U-Haul business in Innisfail. Linda also had
many co-workers and students. different side-ventures including teaching sewing courses at Olds
Elsie is survived by her children Sandra Jensen, Doug Brander College, computer software sales, farming with Merle and a
(Andrea), Karen Krebs (Dale), Lisa Brander, Jack Brander printer ink refill business.
(Debbie), Robert Brander, Christine Brander (Gaetan), Janet Some of Linda’s favorite pastimes were painting, sewing, and
Gole (Brett), Judy Jackson, Joanne Brander (Lori), 21 crocheting. Anyone with a new baby could count on receiving a
grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. She was hand-made Raggedy Ann or Andy doll as a baby gift. She
predeceased by her husband Alexander (Sandy) Brander, her enjoyed the outdoors where she always had an amazing
brothers Peter and John Spaapen, her sister Marie Louise (Toots) vegetable garden. Linda was a dedicated volunteer, who gave
Bailly, and her grandsons Michael and Scott Brander. The family her time and talents freely as a Girl Guide leader, a member of
would like to thank the staff at Aspen Ridge Lodge for their the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and a member of the Lions
wonderful care and compassion. Memorial Service was held at Club and School Councils. She also volunteered at the Village
Zion Missionary Church, Didsbury, AB on Monday, December 19, Thrift Shop in Alix.
2011. Last year, in pursuit of a new adventure, Linda and Merle moved
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to to the Crowsnest Pass, where they lived in and managed the
the Aspen Ridge Lodge, Box 2290, Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0. Stop Inn Motel in Coleman. Linda was a “people-person”, who
Messages of condolence may be left for the family at loved to socialize with her family and friends and was known to
www.myalternatives.ca. kick up her heels on the dance floor on occasion. She had a
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services, 12 East Lake Way great talent for telling jokes and played a mean game of crib.
NE, Airdrie, AB. (403) 335-9666 or (888) 216-5111. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Linda was a
very special lady who touched the lives of all who knew her. Her
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many relatives and friends will miss her greatly but know that
her pain is over and is at peace.
BROWN, Carl Henry Linda was the beloved soul mate of Merle Buschert and
December 2, 1921 – April 12, 2012 -- Dad was born in the cherished mother of Diane (Stephen) Roberts of Red Deer, AB;
Didsbury Hospital on December 2, 1921, along with a twin, Heather (Todd) Dyer of Calgary, AB; and Gina (Mark) Thomsen
Cornelius Jacob, who died in infancy. He was raised east of of Red Deer, AB; loving grandmother of Jesse Roberts, Gabe
Didsbury on a farm, and after he married Mary Wiebe on Roberts, Freddie Roberts, Samuel Thomsen, and Danni
December 1, 1945, established his own farm nearby. He farmed Thomsen; loving sister of James (Andre) Fischer; Tony (Lynne)
well, running a Dairy for many years. He loved horses and Fischer; Edward (Kathy) Fischer; John (Janie) Fischer; and Otto
always had some around and eventually bought teams and (Samantha) Fischer; Christina Fischer; Rosina (Dan) Stroeder;
drove them for a hobby. He and Mom "retired" to Didsbury when and Josie (Ralph) Kientz; and loving aunt of numerous nieces
Dad was 80, and they lived in their home in town until February and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Walter and
2011 when they moved into Aspen Ridge Lodge. Dad was never Theresa Fischer.
fully at home there, his request was always to "go home", which Prayers for the late Linda Buschert was held at the St. Stephen’s
meant his farm. Catholic Church in Olds, Alberta, (4302 – 57 Avenue) at 7 p.m.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Margaretha on Friday, February 25, 2011, and the Funeral Mass was
Braun, and by all but one sister-in-law: Emma and John Loewen, celebrated on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Fr.
Roland and Esther Brown, Lydia and Jake Penner, Georgina and Maurice Okolie as Celebrant. The interment took place at the
Cornelius Sawatzky, Helen Brown, George, Helen and Effie Olds Community Cemetery. A reception followed at the Royal
Brown, Elsie and Henry Hamm, Ruth and Peter Poettcker and Canadian Legion in Olds (5241 - 46 Street, Olds, AB).
David Braun. Condolences may be registered at
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Brown, one email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in
sister-in-law, Anne Braun of Lethbridge, three children: Ron memory of Linda Buschert may be made to the Alberta
(Lorna) Brown, Verna (Eric) Olfert, Harvey, (Eleanor) Brown, 10 Children’s Hospital (2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3B
grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and 6A8). Fantin’s Funeral Chapel in Blairmore, Alberta, assisting the
nephews. Family with arrangements, (1-877-896-8555).
We believe that Dad is now in the best home ever, and we hope
there are some horses there. Publication Date: 2011/03/01
We are very grateful to the staff at Aspen Ridge Lodge, who took
such wonderful, loving care of Dad until his passing.
Condolences to the family may be forwarded from
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
to Mountain View Funeral Chapels, Didsbury. Phone:
403-335-4773. Proudly serving our community for over 49
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BUSCHERT, Roy CANNING, Edith Garriock
1912-2011 -- Roy Buschert passed away peacefully on Saturday, Edith Garriock Canning formerly of Milo passed away May 27,
June 4th, 2011 at the age of 98 years at Didsbury Long Term 2011 at Didsbury, Alberta at the age of 89 years.
Care Centre. Edith was born August 23, 1921 on the family homestead at
Roy was born November 27th, 1912 on the family farm near Arrowwood, third child of John and Annie Goldthorpe. She
Carstairs, Alberta to Norman and Mary Buschert. He was the attended Eastway School for ten years when she quit to stay at
fifth child born into a family of six. He grew up on a farm three home and help her mother on the farm. She assisted with the
miles west of Carstairs which his father had homesteaded in cooking and cleaning and chores for several years due to her
1900. He accepted the Lord as his saviour as a young man. mothers failing health. She eventually began working for
On February 15th, 1940 he married Grace Stauffer of Tofield, numerous farmers throughout the community as a homemaker.
AB. They resided on a farm just west of the family farm for 52 In the spring of 1943 while working at Castle's, Alberta on a
years. After retiring from farming Roy and Grace volunteered for sheep camp she met Archie Garriock and they were married in
three years at Western Mennonite School in Salem, Oregon June of 1944. They began their lives together north of Bassano
where Roy worked in maintenance. They enjoyed 15 years of working on a horse ranch with 2500 head of horses. Archie
being snowbirds in Phoenix where Roy spent many hours worked with the animals and Edith was a homemaker for the
shuffleboarding, winning several trophies. In the spring of 1996 family and ranch hands. They worked the ranch until moving to
they moved to the Crystal Manor in Carstairs. Then in July 2001 the Brooks area in the spring of 1946 where they resided until
they moved to the Chinook Winds Lodge where he resided until moving to Oyen in 1953 where Edith stayed at home and raised
moving to the Didsbury Long Term Care in October 2008 due to her family. In 1958 they moved to the Atlee area where they
declining health. bought and ran a grocery store for five years until the business
Roy attended the Waterloo School west of Carstairs and was a was destroyed by a fire in March of 1963. After the fire Edith
member of the West Zion Mennonite Church where he taught began working for the Mitchener Centre in Red Deer and lived in
adult Sunday School for many years. He was caretaker of the Blackfalds, Penhold and eventually moved to Red Deer in 1982.
church cemetery for most of his life, trustee of the church for In 1983 Archie passed away and she continued working at the
many years and often talked about going to the church in the Centre until retiring in 1984. Following her retirement she
winter to start the fire so the church was warm when folks remained in Red Deer until July of 1998 when she moved to
arrived. He served on the Waterloo School Board for many Calgary and then to Milo in May of 2001. Edith then moved to
years, and attended Bible school in Hesston, Kansas for one Didsbury and married Lawrence Canning June 26, 2004 and has
winter semester. It was at winter Bible school that he met Grace. continued to reside in Didsbury since.
In his younger days he enjoyed horseback riding, tobogganing Edith loved her family and spending time with them. She also
and skating. In his later years he enjoyed gardening. enjoyed knitting, crocheting, having made afghans for all of her
Roy is survived by five children: Helen (Gary) Porter of Duchess, children and grandchildren, sewing, making numerous wedding
AB, Eileen (Fred) Barg of Brooks, AB, Larry of Carstairs, David ensembles over the years and handicrafts of all kinds, gardening
(Judy) of Carstairs and Bonnie (Brian) Litwin of Vegreville AB. and canning.
Roy is further survived by nine grandchildren Dale (Carrie) Beloved wife of Lawrence Canning of Didsbury, loving mother of
Porter, Mark (Ronda) Porter, Jay (Buffy) Porter, Doug Barg, a daughter Norma (Jerry) Irwin of Calgary, four sons Wesley
Rodney (Stephanie) Barg, Tracey (Ben) Reid, Justin (Valerie) (Mary Lou) of Vulcan, Don (Arla) of Magrath, John (Ethel) of
Buschert and Steven Litwin, and adopted grandsons Ken (Lana) Drumheller, Dan (Leanne) of Abbotsford, B.C., twelve
Buschert, Cameron (Dawn) Buschert, as well as 15 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, two sisters Mary
great-grandchildren and one sister Mabel Francis. Hoffman of Leduc, Lorraine Stumpf of Milo, a brother Mervin
Roy was predeceased by his parents Norman and Mary Buschert, (Frances) Goldthorpe of High River, nieces and nephews.
his wife Grace, grandson Daryl Barg and siblings, Earl, Gordon, Edith was predeceased by her first husband Archie in 1983, a
Myrtle Bast and Lorne. brother Hirst in 1986, three brothers-in-law Ken Stumpf in 1980,
Roy loved his family and enjoyed when they came to visit. His Harriet in 2001(Len in 1991) White, Martin Hoffman in 1996 and
strong faith in God was a wonderful example to his children, her parents.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At Edith's request a small family service was held on Sunday
Donations in memory of Roy can be directed to a charity of the June 12, 2011 with cremation.
donor's choice. Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on In lieu of flowers tributes in Edith's memory could be made to
Friday, June 10, 2011 at West Zion Mennonite Church with either the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta 1825 Park Rd.
Pastor Trevor Kiriaka officiating. Condolences to the family S.E. Calgary T2G 3Y6 of the Charity of your Choice.
can be forwarded from www.mountainview Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Directors.
funeralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Telephone 485-2633. E-mail condolences through
Funeral Chapel; 1413 – 21 Ave, Didsbury. Phone: www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.
403-335-4773. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving
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Our Community For Over 46 Years.
Publication Date: 2011/06/7 CHAYESKI, Byron James
September 4, 1972 - July 8, 2011 -- It's with great sadness the
passing of a son, brother and father. Byron was predeceased by
his mother Cathy. He leaves to cherish his memory, his children,
Christopher, Chantel, Curtis and their mother Lesa, Avery and
her mother Alana and his partner JocelineWienbender and
daughter Amber, his father Harvey of Port Alberni, BC, Brother
Barry (Shelley) of Calgary, sister Brenda Edinger of Didsbury,
brother Kevin of Prince Rupert, BC, brother JJ of Vancouver, BC,
step-dad Gordon Gebers of Didsbury, seven nephews and one
niece, many aunts, uncles and cousins and his extended EMS
family. A private family service was held at the cemetery
following a celebration of his life at the complex. Byron will be
sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Obituaries MAY 08/2012
CLAYTON, Barbara Helen (nee Sharp) COOK, Gerta
Helen passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 1918 – 2011 -- Gerta Cook passed away Saturday, September 3,
the Bethany Care Harvest Hills in Calgary at the age of 95 years. 2011, in Didsbury.
She was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1916 to Jim and Amy Gertrude Tiessen was born on Monday, February 18, 1918 in
Sharp and came to Alberta the following year. Helen grew up in Anenskoy, Neu Samara, Russia.
a close-knit family of nine who lived at various locations before She was the 5th child born to Henry and Maria Tiessen. At the
settling in Crossfield. She was married to Edwin Clayton for 53 age of six her family immigrated to Canada and settled in
years, farming at Airdrie and Didsbury where they enjoyed many Magrath, Alberta. Shortly thereafter they moved to Rosemary,
friendships and were active in their church and community. Alberta. It was here that Gerta was baptized on confession of
Helen was well-known for her hospitality, generosity and love of her faith. In 1941 she married Henry Reimer. Their first
family. She was predeceased by husband Edwin Clayton; daughter, Carrie was born in Countess. They moved to Carstairs
brothers Harold, Roy, Ernest, Albert and Lorne Sharp; sisters where they had two more children, Chuck and Lillian. In 1960
Gertrude Trick, Mabel Nunn-Winger and great-granddaughter they bought a larger farm on Bergthal Road.
Eliza Rosenke. She will be remembered lovingly by daughters Her creativity was expressed in gardening, baking, preserving,
Katharine (Jack) McFarquhar of Calgary and Charlotte Rosenke stained glass pieces, and storytelling. She also decorated many
of Red Deer; grandchildren Keith McFarquhar, Heather wedding cakes. She was a member of the Bergthal Mennonite
McFarquhar (Jeff Marshall), Jean (Kris) Kinnear, Greg (Monika) Church where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Rosenke and three great-grandchildren. A special thank you to After Henry passed away in 1980, Gerta stayed on the farm until
staff of the Bethany Harvest Hills for their kindness to Helen her marriage to Walter Cook in 1990. They lived in Walter's
during her six-year stay. A private family service and interment home in Didsbury, then downsized to a new condo. Ill health
will be held in Didsbury. Memorial tributes may be made to Knox forced them to move into the Carstairs Lodge for a brief time.
United Church Memorial Fund, Box 57, Didsbury, Alberta T0M Drawn by friends and contacts they moved back to Didsbury to
0W0. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at Aspen Ridge Lodge. Walter passed away in 2009. Gerta moved
www.myalternatives.ca. into Unit 4 at the Didsbury Hospital in January 2011 and resided
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services, 12 East Lake Way there until her passing.
NE, Airdrie, AB, (403) 216-5111 & (403) 912-0307. She is survived by her children, Carrie (Herb) Hinterberger, their
children Greg and Amy, Chuck (Valerie) Reimer, Lillian (Ron)
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their children Scott (Erin) Hildebrandt, great-grandchildren Jacob
CLAZIE, William (Bill) Thomas and Cadence, Holly (Ben) Klassen, great-grandchild Gunner,
September 25, 1935 - March 27, 2012 -- Bill Clazie passed away Joshua (girlfriend Kayla). Gerta is further survived by two
peacefully on March 27th, 2012 at Fort Macleod Extendicare at sisters, Marie Wittig and Helen Lepp, and special sister-in-law
the age of 76 years, following a lengthy period of health issues Ruth Konshuh, as well as many nieces and nephews also survive
related to stroke and Alzheimer's. Bill is survived and sadly her.
missed by his sisters Donna (Jim Lane) and Jane (Gerry Alex), Our family would like to thank the staff at Aspen Ridge Lodge
sons Brian (Penny), Jim, Bob (Karen), and Rick (Cheryl), and Unit 4 for the wonderful care she received. You are
grandchildren Jennifer (Kyle Bennett), Christopher (Trish), wonderfully compassionate people and we appreciate your
Jeffrey, Shaun, Ethan, and Tyler, five great-grandchildren and efforts to bring Mom joy. Donations in Memory of Gerta can be
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill is predeceased by directed to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences to the
his parents Ed and Sadie Clazie, and sister Loreen. family can be forwarded from
Bill was born and raised in Pincher Creek, and lived with his www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Funeral Service will be
family in Pincher Creek, Cochrane, and then Didsbury. Bill's held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Zion
passion was drilling for oil and gas on the rigs, working in Evangelical Missionary Church (corner of Hwy 582 and 20th Ave)
numerous locations around the globe. He had a long and Didsbury, Alberta with Reverend Dave Letkemann officiating.
distinguished career in the industry, and leaves behind Following the Funeral Service Gerta will be laid to rest at the
numerous lifelong relationships with close friends and Bergthal Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View
co-workers, established in locations such as Abu Dhabi, Funeral Chapel; 1413 – 21 Ave, Didsbury, Alberta. Phone:
Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf. He will be 403-335-4773. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving
remembered for his humour, practicality and "get-it-done" Our Community For Over 46 Years.
A gathering and celebration of Bill's life was held at 1:30 P.M., Publication Date: 2011/09/13
Fsriday March 30th, 2012 at Eden's Funeral Home, 966 Elm St,
Pincher Creek, AB, , with a reception to follow. Reverend Brent DAVIES, Diane
Woodard officiating. Bill was interred at the Fairview Cemetery, Diane Davies passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Pincher Creek, alongside his father, mother, and sister Loreen. at the Didsbury Hospital. Diane was a community leader who
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to the dedicated a significant portion of her talented time to the service
Fort Macleod Extendicare facility, in appreciation of the years of of her constituents all while being an exceptional mother. Mom
loving and compassionate care that Bill received there for the was an avid cribbage player (a provincial cribbage champion), a
past six years. dedicated Toronto Blue Jays fan, and an active member of the
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Eden's Funeral Home (403) Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #172 of Cremona, Alberta. She
627-3131 www.edensfuneralhome.com was a good listener and the voice of reason. Diane was
predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Josephine McKinnon,
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two husbands, David Sirr (1965) and Arthur Davies (2002). She
is survived by four brothers: Ralph, Ronnie (Shirley), Donnie
(Marjorie), and Lauchlin (Donna). She is further survived by her
seven children: Delbert Sirr (Shirley), Deb Wilson (Donald),
Desmond, Duane, Donna (Tim Collins), Deanna (Frank Goldie),
Denise (Shawn Thompson); 16 grandchildren and 9
great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A
celebration of Diane’s life was held at the Cremona
Congregational Church, 202 – 2 Street West, Cremona on
Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ian Mason
officiating. Memorial donations can be made to the Royal
Canadian Legion, Branch #172 of Cremona. Condolences can be
forwarded to the family at
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are in Care
of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury.
Phone 403 335 4773. Locally owned and operated, proudly
serving Mountain View County for over 46 years!
Publication Date: 2011/03/15
Obituaries MAY 08/2012
DE RUYTER, John Anthonie DOERING, Albert "Bert"
John Anthonie De Ruyter passed away at the Peter Lougheed 1939 – 2011 -- Bert passed away peacefully at his home
Hospital on December 13, 2010 after a long fought battle with Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at the age of 71.
illness at the age of 68 years. John was born in Heerhugowaard, Bert was born Saturday, July 8th, 1939 in Empress Alberta to
Netherlands on February 25, 1942. He immigrated to Canada parents Theodore and Amelia Doering. He was raised and
with his family in 1948. He resided in Ontario, where he attended school in Etonia, Saskatchewan.
married, raised a family and owned a dairy farm. He moved to In 1968 he married Helen Eichler of Bigger, Saskatchewan and
Alberta with his family in 1976. For over 20 years John resided together they farmed in Rolling Hills, Alberta until moving to
in Didsbury and worked for the County of Mountain View, where Craigmyle, Alberta in 1974 to continue farming. In 1977 they
he was well respected and made many friends. John was made their final move settling and farming in Didsbury, Alberta.
predeceased by his mother Johanna and father Anthonie. He is Bert was a member of the Elks, Kinsmen-K40. He enjoyed
survived by the mother of his children Marian Geddes of Red attending every auction he could to "Bull S---" with the boys. He
Deer; his children Ruthie (Rob) Paquette, Ron (Carol) De Ruyter, almost always ended up buying something to bring home. He
Brenda (Rob) Glasgow, Caroline De Ruyter, Tom (Leslie) De also enjoyed curling and attending the accordion music festival
Ruyter; grandchildren Bonnie, Crystal (Chris), Lori, Jason, in Kimberly, B.C. every year. He volunteered for a variety of
Sharalyn (Mike), Carter, Kassidy, Christopher, Corbyn, Rees and events over the years but his greatest loves were farming and
Darby; great-grandchildren Colton, Ryland, JaiLyn; his brothers playing with his granddaughters. He spoiled them rotten with his
Adrian (Jackie) Verhulst, Carl (Ruth) Verhulst, Jake (June) De love and time. In his later years Bert and Helen enjoyed
Ruyter; sisters Joanne (David) Bell and Helene (Dick) De travelling to different parts of the world. Most memorable were
Ruyter-Wagenaar as well as several nieces and nephews. Special Cuba and Europe.
thanks to the medical staff at Olds Hospital and Peter Lougheed Bert leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years Helen, his two
Hospital for their care throughout this difficult time. In lieu of sons Vance and Kevin, his daughter-in-law Lynn, two
flowers, memorial donation tributes may be made directly to the granddaughters Morgan and Gjoa. He also leaves behind
Arthritis Society or Alberta Cancer Foundation. Funeral services brothers and sisters Elvena (John) Baes, Alan (Bev) Doering,
were held Monday, December 20, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Helen Stotz, Doreen (Al) Peers, Rosalee (John) Doering /
Baptist Church, Olds with Harold Hunter officiating. Interment to Powers, Don (Lotte) Doering.
follow at the Olds Cemetery. Memorial Services to be held Thursday April 21st, 2011 at
Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with 1:00pm at the Olds Legion with a celebration of life to follow. If
arrangements. 403-507-8610. friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to
www.heartlandfuneralservices.com. STARS Foundation 1441 – Aviation PK N.E. Box 570 Calgary,
Alberta T2E 9Z9 or The Heart and Stroke Foundation 202, 5913
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-50 Ave, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4C4. Condolence to the family
can be forwarded from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com.
DEUTSCH, John "Jack" Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1431
With grieving hearts, Jack's family announces the passing of – 21 Ave Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0. Phone: 403-335-4773.
John "Jack" Deutsch on Sunday May 8 at the age of 76 years. He Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community
was cherished by his wife Marion of 54 years; daughters Brenda For Over 46 Years.
(Jim), Diana (Scott); grandchildren Chrystal (Justin), Michael,
Alexandra Jacqueline, David and Matthew; brother Walter (Pat) Publication Date: 2011/04/19
and other beloved family members and friends. Celebration of
Jack's Life was held on Monday May 16, 2011 at Zion Evangelical DOYLE, Michael
Missionary Church, Didsbury with Richard Pahl officiating. Mike Doyle of Didsbury, Alberta died peacefully surrounded by
Interment followed at the Didsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Red Deer Hospital. Born
memorial tributes may be made directly to STARS Air in Ramsgate, England on March 15, 1946 to Audrey and Ken
Ambulance. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with Doyle. His family immigrated to Canada when Mike was a child
arrangements. 403-507-8610. and he attended school in Calgary, Alberta. Mike was proud to
www.heartlandfuneralservices.com be a tradesman and he worked as a pipefitter in the oil industry.
He was a strong union man and his skill and work ethic quickly
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earned him advancement to foreman, then supervisor. He ended
his working career as a supervising consultant for several oil
companies. He enjoyed camping and fishing with family and
friends spending many weekends at their favourite spots that he
found while he was working across the province. Mike was
always the first person to offer help with home improvements,
repairs or vehicles, he could fix or build anything. Mike was a
loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. Mike is
lovingly remembered by his wife Bibs, of 43 years; sons Kelly
and Tim; grandchildren Jenna and Maddi; mother Audrey, sister
Linda and nieces Shelly and Christie. To honour Mike’s wishes,
there will be no service; this was a request that was typical of
Mike. He also requested there be no flowers but would
appreciate donations made in his name to S.T.A. R.S., Box 570,
1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 who he
believed were true heroes.
What is a world without Mike Doyle . . . . . . less.
PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, 12 East Lake Way
NE, Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111.
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
Obituaries MAY 08/2012
ELLIOTT, Rocky Lane FREEMAN, Donald Whitman
Mr. Rocky Lane Elliott of the Iola District, Bluffton, Alberta, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald
passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at the age Freeman on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Didsbury Hospital at the
of 57 years. age of 81 years. Don will be lovingly remembered by his partner
Rocky will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife, of 27 years, Flo Cunningham; his daughter Patricia Lavender; his
Joni; his three sons, Kyle (Victoria) Elliott of Cochrane and their brothers, Bruce (Jean) Freeman, Jack (Nellie) Freeman;
son, Micah; Kaleb Elliott (Jacquie Whittle) of Calgary; and Kole step-daughter Cheryl Hill; grandsons Jordan (Lacey) Hill and
Elliott of the Iola District; and his daughter, Korina (Mike) Matthew Hill; great granddaughter Cassidee "Peanut" Hill;
Roussel of Strathmore and their daughter, Ellyott. He will also be friends Rosemarie and Bill Doyle and family and his good buddy
lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his father, Ken Elliott Wayne (Cheryl) Rowlandson; as well as numerous other
of Mayerthorpe; and two brothers, Roy (Ruby) Elliott of Water relatives and friends. At Don's request no Funeral Service will be
Valley, Alberta; and Hector Elliott of Westward Ho, Alberta; as held. In lieu of flowers donations in Don's memory may be made
well as other relatives and many friends. Rocky was predeceased to the Didsbury Fire Department, PO Box 1500, Didsbury,
by his mother, Joy. Alberta T0M 0W0.
A Public Funeral Service in Celebration of Rocky's Life was held Personal Alternative Funeral Services, (403) 335-9666 or
at the Bluffton Community Hall, Bluffton on Saturday, 1-888-216-5111.
September 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Bernie Rist
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officiating. Interment preceded the Funeral Service in the Iola
Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton at 10:00 a.m. If friends desire,
memorial tributes in Rocky's Memory may be made directly to FULKERTH, Robert (Bob) Walter
the charity of one's choice. Condolences to the Family may also March 5, 1931 - May 5, 2011 -- Bob Fulkerth of Didsbury passed
be expressed by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org away peacefully at Rockyview Hospital in Calgary on Thursday
Funeral and Burial Arrangements for the Late Mr. Rocky Lane May 5, 2011. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean,
Elliott entrusted to the care of Oberhammer Funeral Chapels son Darin (Bernie) and family of Ardrossan, Alberta, daughter
Ltd., Box 717, 4922 - 50 Avenue, Rimbey, Alberta. Karen Hutton (Rob) and family, of Calgary. He was predeceased
by his parents, Walter and Mollie Fulkerth of Didsbury. A private
Publication Date: 2011/09/13 family interment service was held on May 10, 2011 at the
Didsbury Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the
FALK, Ruby Fern (nee Traub) charity of one's choice. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds
July 30, 1916 - October 22, 2011 -- Ruby Falk passed away entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610
peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Bethany Care www.heartlandfuneralservices.com
Centre in Cochrane, Alberta, at the age of 95 years.
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She was the much loved mother of Murray Falk (Jane) of
Calgary, Trevor Falk (Elisabeth) of Chatsworth, ON and Virginia
Olive (Byng) of Cochrane. She is also survived by five GEBERS, Ralph
grandchildren, Geoffrey Falk of Toronto, Amelia Falk Ralph Gebers passed away on August 15, 2011 in Slave Lake,
Salter-Pedersen (Eric) of Calgary, Megan Mix (Calvin) of Alberta, surrounded by his wife and four girls after facing years
Innisfail, AB, Becky Heier (Randall) of Cochrane, and Heather of health challenges that he battled with courage, strength and a
Francisco (Tim) of Calgary. Ruby adored her four sense of humor.
great-grandchildren, Carly and Camryn Mix and Lucy and To carry on his memory he leaves his wife of 25 years Rossanne,
Jonathan Salter-Pedersen. She is also survived by her brother his four incredible daughters Amanda (Lowell) Matin, Katelyn,
Ozro of Didsbury, AB, her sister Mildred of Mechanicsburg, PA Shannon and Meagan and his mother Doreen and sisters Myrna
and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Gebers and Jann (Gavin) Thulien. As well as many aunts, uncles,
Ruby was born on July 30, 1916 in Alsask, SK and was raised in cousins and amazing friends. He was predeceased by his father
Didsbury. She married Willard Falk in 1939 and they farmed Myron (Mike) Gebers.
west of Carstairs, AB until moving to Calgary in 1949. Ruby was A celebration of his life will be held on his 52nd birthday,
an active member of First Church of the Nazarene in Calgary October 14, 2011, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Didsbury,
until declining mobility prevented her attendance. Alberta at 3 pm.
Ruby was predeceased by her husband Willard Falk in 1973, her Publication Date: 2011/08/30
parents Alvin and Mary Traub, her brother Ernest (1956), her
sister Velma (1987) and her brother Harley (1998). Ruby was a
gracious, classy lady who was loved by everyone who had the GILLRIE, Kenton (Ken)
privilege to know her. Her mind was clear to the end. She kept March 17 1925 – December 3, 2011 -- It is with great sadness
up with current events and always enjoyed a good conversation. that we announce the passing of
We warmly remember the great times as a family, most recently Ken, a beloved husband, dad, grandfather, brother and
at Thanksgiving when she and almost all of her immediate friend. Ken passed away peacefully on December 3rd at the age
family had a wonderful day together. We remember her for her of 86. He is survived by his family: wife, Pearl; Brother, Benny
strong faith and rejoice that she is now in the presence of her (Grace); children: Lester (Gloria), Carol, Russell (Denise), Danny
Lord and Saviour. (Shirley), Hallie (Darel); many grandchildren and
We extend our thanks to staff members at the Bethany Care great-grandchildren.
Centre in Cochrane for their loving and compassionate care of He had a plumbing business in Didsbury and area for many
Mom over the past two and a half years. years. He loved his community and enjoyed being a Didsbury
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S police constable, volunteer fireman, ambulance attendant and
Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on school bus driver.
Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. His pleasures in life were his family, his cars, motorcycles, and
Condolences may be forwarded through camping.
www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial He will be greatly missed and always remembered.
tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Publication Date: 2011/12/13
200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone:
(403) 205-3966, email email@example.com, the Heart &
Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W.,
Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,
www.heartandstroke.ca, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
In living memory of Ruby Falk, a tree will be planted at Big Hill
Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL
HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET,
COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.
Publication Date: 2011/11/08
Obituaries MAY 08/2012
GILLRIE, Natalie GOODING, Douglas William
Natalie was born July 11, 1927 in Medicine Hat to Norman and Douglas William Gooding of Didsbury passed away peacefully
Leah MacKenzie and was six years older of the two MacKenzie April 26, 2011.
girls. As a big sister she was always patient and easy-going, He was the youngest of four children born to Frank and Minerva
never minding her little sister tailing behind her and her Gooding on April 16, 1924. He was raised on the family farm
wonderful circle of friends. She was raised a good Scotch east of Didsbury. On June 17, 1949 Doug married Jean Sullivan
Presbyterian and was the rosy-cheeked favourite of the and together they had 6 children. After retiring from farming
MacKenzie grandparents in Ontario. Music was always an they moved to town. Doug was active in the farming community,
important part of Natalie’s life. She took piano lessons very Lions Club and curling. His home was always open to family and
early. Singing in the school and church choirs as well as with friends who frequented on several occasions. He loved his family
Melody Maids, meant a great deal and continued throughout her above all else and cherished his moments with his grandchildren
life. Swimming was another pastime that continued all through and great-children. He was a man of few words with a quick wit.
Natalie’s life. She grew up across the street from a swimming Doug was predeceased by his parents, loving wife Jean, son
pool and consequently her house was a great meeting place for Ron, sister Audrey, brothers Eric and Art.
friends, a trait that continued through her life. She did graduate He is survived by Kathy (Dave) Shields, Ken (Bonnie) Gooding,
from the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria in 1950 with her Debbie (Larry) Craig, Joan (Neville) Marshall, and Rick Gooding
Nursing Degree. What an appropriate career for such a loving (special friend Correen); grandchildren Allan (Joey) Shields,
person! Natalie returned to Medicine Hat after graduating and Chris (Nicole) Dussault, Dalene (Rob) Scott, Cory Shields, Jolene
worked in the Medical Clinic. In 1953, she moved to Red Deer to (Eric) Kirk, Tammy (Robert) Waplak, Ralene (Ian) McCulloch,
nurse in the paediatric unit at the hospital. Life took an upturn Sean (Angela) Sylvestre, Michelle Sylvestre, Dionna Gooding; 16
after she met Ken. They were married in 1954 and lived on the great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother
farm in Didsbury where she continued to nurse. In 1959, a year in-law Victor (Yvonne) Sullivan, sisters-in-law Nellie (Jack)
of real change, Natalie and Ken opened a menswear store in Freeman, Shirley (Charlie) Snyder, Ethel Gooding and Shirley
Olds and were also blessed with their son Scott. Both were life Gooding. When someone you love becomes a memory, the
shaping events. Living in Olds was a busy life. Natalie was memory becomes a treasure. In keeping with Doug's wishes, a
president of many organizations a truly active and devoted private family graveside will be held. In lieu of flowers,
member of the community. She was a great hostess and donations can be made to STARS Air Ambulance, Rosebud
thoroughly enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Natalie Health Foundation or charity of your choice. Heartland Funeral
had many hobbies among them were gardening, weaving and Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610.
cross-stitch. In her later years, she enjoyed her weekly bridge www.heartlandfuneralservices.com
games, swimming and singing in the church choir. Her legacy of
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sharing, caring and giving will truly be missed. Natalie is
survived by her husband Ken of 56 years; one son Scott
(Colleen) of Cold Lake; sister Janet Bauerfind as well as
numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Memorial
services were held on Tuesday March 1, 2011 at Olds United
Church with Reverend Dong Chun Seo officiating. Memorial
tributes may be made directly to the Olds United Church or Olds
Hospital and Care Centre.
Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
GOERZEN - THIESSEN, Juanita
Sep 9, 1957 - Mar 12, 2012 -- Passed away March 12th , 2012
at the age of 54 years. She is survived by her husband of 32
years, Gerald; 3 children: Warren, Deanna (Steve) Nickel and
Geoffrey; her parents Henry and Erna Goerzen; her siblings:
Irene (Bob) Crosland, Eric (Rose) Goerzen, Erna (Eric Rose)
Regehr and Albert (Debbie) Goerzen; numerous nieces and
nephews, other family members and many dear friends. Her
brother Martin predeceased her in 1955 at the age of 2 years.
Viewing was held Thursday, March 15th between 7 pm and 8 pm
at Level Ground Mennonite Church, 31216 King Road,
Abbotsford, where the celebration of her life service took place
on Friday, March 16th at 2 pm.
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GOLE, Barbara Ann
February 8, 2011 -- Barbara Ann Gole of Red Deer, Alberta,
passed away peacefully on February 8, 2011 at the Red Deer
Regional Hospital at the age of 61 years.
Barbara was born in Didsbury, Alberta on Aug. 7, 1949. She is
survived by five brothers and sisters; Grace Gromiuk of
Dousman, Wisconsin, Stan (Eunice) Gole of Didsbury, Alberta,
Ruth (Bryan) Summers of Edmonton, Alberta, Herb (Donna)
Gole of Winlaw, B.C., and Jim (Susan) Gole of Didsbury, Alberta
as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by
her father, Allen Gole, and mother, Ann Gole.
Relatives and friends celebrated her life at the Golden Circle
Seniors’ Centre at 4620 – 47A Ave., Red Deer, Alberta, on
Sunday, February 13 from 2 – 4 pm.
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GRAY, Alice HOEFT, Ernie
March 8, 1934 – November 9, 2011 -- Alice Mae Alvira Gray July 1926 - October 2011 --Ernie passed away October 30, 2011
(Currey) passed away peacefully at the Agape Hospice, in in Didsbury, Alberta. He was deeply loved and will be sadly
Calgary, Alberta on November 9, 2011 after a courageous battle missed by Muriel his loving wife of 61 years, son Brian (Karen),
with cancer. She lived in Didsbury, Alberta for the past 5 years. grandsons Scott and Michael, daughter Laurel (Keith),
Alice was a vibrant woman with many talents and granddaughters Cindy, Angie and Alicia, son Gordon,
accomplishments during her lifetime. After raising seven children grandchildren Dallas, Camille and Nicholas. Also left to treasure
Alice returned to University of Calgary and received a degree in his memory are 11 great-grandchildren: Andrew, Mathew,
Social Work at the age of 54. From there she worked tirelessly in Lucas, Miranda, Kennedy, Keaton, Jada, Ethan, Archer, Scarlet
Child Welfare. She gave many children and adults a second and Callen; brother Ben; numerous nieces and nephews and
chance at a better life. After graduation Alice worked in countless friends.
Barrhead and Drumheller for the Alberta Government. She then Born in Abby, Sask. in 1926 he joined the Canadian Armed
worked for the Calgary Health Region at the Peter Lougheed, Forces in 1943 at the age of 17 and served until 1945. He
Foothills and Rocky view Hospitals. She was an amazing social married in 1949 and worked in the plumbing and heating
worker and was looked at as a mentor to many social workers industry, raising his children in Kindersley and Kerrobert, Sask.;
just starting in the field. then moved on to Edmonton, St. Paul and Didsbury, Alta.
Alice was one of six children born to the late James and Jean Ernie loved all sports, especially baseball: whether playing or
Currey of Roblin, Manitoba. Alice was the fourth child of six. coaching he was a huge fan of the game; as well as hockey,
Alice will be remembered by her devoted brother Jim Currey and bowling, curling and golf.
loving sisters Arleen Agar and Vivian Woodley. She was A celebration of life will be held in August of 2012 at Didsbury,
predeceased by her brother Art Currey and her sister Margaret Alberta.
Mackey. She will forever be remembered by her loving children
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John, Jim, Bob (Lorraine), Jane (Dwayne Ervin), Susan (Iain
Paton), Douglas (Christina) and her predeceased son David
(Donna). Alice will also be fondly remembered by her 17 HUNSPERGER, Larry
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Her treasured Larry Hunsperger of Didsbury passed away on Monday, July 25,
grandchildren are Sean and Ryan Gray, Jennifer Gray, Melissa, 2011 at the Didsbury Hospital at the age of 60 years. Larry and
Jessica, Emily, Steven and Isabel Gray, Michael, Kimberly and Glenda farmed west of Didsbury. Larry's life was remembered on
Hailey Ervin, Keegan and Mackenzie Paton, Kelsey and Nicole Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:00pm at the Zion Evangelical
Gray, Cooper and Autumn Gray. Her two precious great Missionary Church. Condolences to the family may be forwarded
grandchildren are Genevieve and Charlize Redfern. She did her from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements
best to be there for each and everyone of them and they all entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapels, Didsbury. Phone:
have precious memories to cherish. 403-335-4773. Proudly serving our community for over 48
Wherever Alice lived she was always actively involved in the years.
United Church of Canada. She was a strong advocate for seniors Publication Date: 2011/08/02
and their rights. She was also on numerous committees in her
community, making a difference where ever she lived. Alice was
also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in HUNTER, Catherine Ruth
Didsbury, Alberta. Alice loved listening to classical music, playing Catherine Ruth Hunter passed away peacefully at the Olds Long
the piano, dancing, laughing, traveling, spending time with her Term Care Centre on Thursday July 7th, 2011 at the age of 96
family and having fun with friends. Alice touched the lives of years. Catherine was born at Embro, Ontario on October 15th,
many people with her smile and generosity and maintained her 1914, the only child of John R. and Hilda Peters. Catherine is
trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. survived by her five children Douglas J. Hunter (Brenda) of
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Caroline, AB, Elizabeth L. (Betty) Kissinger of Mulino, Oregon,
Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at Knox United Church, Murray G. Hunter (Sandy) of Wilsonville, Oregon, C. Ruth Hunter
Didsbury, Alberta. of Calgary, AB, and Leila J. Schwartzenberger (Grant) of Sundre,
In lieu of flowers the family requests all donations be sent to the AB. Also surviving is a nephew Kevin Delbridge of Grand Bend,
amazing people and facility who gave such wonderful care to ON, and a niece, Diane Delbridge of Exeter, ON. She was
"Our Mom – Alice Gray" in her time of need to the Agape predeceased by her husband Howard J. Hunter, in 1998 and also
Hospice, 1302- 8th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1B8 403 by her son-in-law William T. (Buff) Kissinger in 2007. Catherine
282-6588. was blessed with nine grandchildren and ten
Condolence to the family can be forwarded from great-grandchildren. Catherine will be remembered for her quiet
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted determination and her faithful commitment to her Lord and to
to Mountain View Funeral Chapel 5226 – 46 Street, Olds, her family. Her wisdom, humour and listening ear will be dearly
Alberta. Phone: 403-556-3223. Locally Owned And Operated, missed by her family. She was a faithful wife, mother,
Proudly Serving Our Community For Over 46 Years. grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend. We will
treasure the legacy that she left for us. Those wishing to pay
Publication Date: 2011/11/15 their respects may do so at the Memorial Service which will be
held at the Bergen Missionary Church Fellowship on Saturday,
HEINZ, Janet Gayle July 30th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The family would like to extend
Janet Gayle Heinz, 59, of Didsbury, Alberta, died August 31, special thanks to the nurses and staff of the Olds Long Term
2011 at her home. Gayle was born on September 15, 1951, in Care for their kind love and attention to our mother for the past
Turner Valley, Alberta to Danny and Doris Campbell. 8 ½ years. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made
Gayle moved to Didsbury in 1980 and worked at the Didsbury directly to the Olds Long Term Care.
Hospital for over 15 years as a Nursing Aid. In 2000, she Publication Date: 2011/07/19
completed her Business Administration diploma from Olds
College. Her interests included spending time with family and
friends, reading, quilting, fishing and most recently taking music
lessons. She was an avid supporter of the ride for Dad
motorcycle ride as anyone can attest if she had approached you
for a donation. She especially enjoyed spending time with her
grandchildren and attending their soccer and hockey games.
Gayle is survived by her husband Dale Heinz, her children Brent
Heinz (Lina) and Dayna Dawley (Lee), four grandchildren, three
sisters and many other family members. At Gayle's request no
funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with
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HURST, Audrey Grace KONSCHUH, Ethel Adene
Audrey Grace Hurst (nee Currie) of Didsbury, passed away October 27, 1915 - April 3, 2011 -- Mrs. Ethel Konschuh of Red
Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Audrey's Deer, Alberta, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the age
memory will be cherished by her two daughters, three sons, of 95. Ethel was born in Calgary on October 27, 1915 to
eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Audrey spent Dunham and Emma James. Ethel is survived by her sister, Lois
many years training and competing in both Highland and Sexton; numerous nieces and nephews as well as her special
National Dance. She became a dance judge, a charter member friend Dorothy (Ken) Eggins. Ethel was raised in Calgary and
of Canadian Dance Teachers Assoc., a member of Coste House attended Normal School in 1935. She spent the majority of her
Arts Centre, Mount Royal, Calgary. teaching career in Westcott and Didsbury. Ethel retired in 1977
Audrey was born on May 5, 1926 the second daughter of Sarah and moved to Kelowna. After Allan's passing in 1997 Ethel
and Archie Currie. Archie was a well-known horseman and moved to Red Deer to be closer to family.
passed his abiding love of the American Saddlebred horse on to Ethel was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Allan
Audrey. She was honoured for her service to the American Konschuh; her parents; sisters Jennette Lunt, Edie English, Teale
Saddlebred Horse Association of Alberta with a Life Membership Togstad; brothers Buster, Bill, Gordie, Charlie; and her first
and was inducted into the American Saddlebred Association of husband Mac Trussler.
Canada's Hall of Honour. A memorial service was held at Eventide Funeral Chapel on
Audrey is survived by daughters Arlene (Allan) Morrish of Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in
Didsbury, Audrey (Monty) Pharis of Strathmore, three sons; Ethel's honor may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation,
Archie (Leslie) Hurst of Sherwood Park, Robert Hurst Jr. of 202 - 5913 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4C4.
Didsbury and John (Irene) Hurst of Didsbury, sisters Arlene Condolences may be forwarded to the family at
Walker of Cochrane; Margaret (Jim) Scarrow of Sexsmith, firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements entrusted to
Sharon (Eldon) Evans, St. Albert and numerous nieces, EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS
nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She is predeceased 4820 - 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222.
by her husband Robert; parents Archie and Sarah Currie;
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son-in-law Garry Litke, brothers-in-law Dick and Jack Hurst;
sister-in-law Elizabeth Hurst, and nephew Gary Hurst.
It is very hard to condense 85 years of life into a few words, but KOOPMAN, Violet
most of all Mom was all about family, she had a great and It is with great sadness that Violet Koopman passed away
abiding love for her late husband Bob and children. She would peacefully on November 17, 2011. She is predeceased by
not want anyone to be saddened by her passing but rather husband George and survived by her loving sisters Julia and
celebrate her life and remember the good times; and they were Doris, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
plentiful. A "Come and Go Tea" was held at the Elks Hall, Violet and George were dairy farmers in the Didsbury, Alberta
Didsbury, AB on Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 2 - 4 pm. area and later retired to the Vancouver, BC area.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family at Memorial Service to be held November 24th at 10:00 at Fraser
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are Heights Funeral Chapel, 14835 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC
entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 - 21 Avenue, 604-589-2559. In lieu of flowers, if you wish you can make a
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0. Phone 403 335 4773. donation in Violet's name to the Salvation Army Cascade
Community Church at 35190 Delair Road, Abbotsford, BC V3G
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JACKSON, Thomas Sydney Publication Date: 2011/11/29
Nov. 6, 1953 - Dec. 25, 2010 -- With great sadness the family of
Tom announce that he passed away on Christmas Day. He was LIESEMER, Ian James
predeceased by his father, Sydney, in 2006 and his sister, February 23, 1983 - November 23, 2011 -- It is with great
Trudeen, in 2005. He is mourned by his wife, Marlene Reinhart sorrow that Ian Liesemer's family of Didsbury, Alberta
and her son David of Didsbury, and by his daughter, Dena Hart announces his passing following a tragic vehicle accident at the
of Red Deer. He is also mourned by his loving mother, Donna of age of 28 years. Ian will always be remembered by his beloved
Calgary; his brothers Mike (Nerrilee) of Australia, Grant (Holly) son Donavon Mikal; Kaela, the mother of his son; Tara, his
of Richmond; his sisters Theresa (Paul) of Gull Lake, Tracey special friend and her daughter Alexis; Ian's parents, Murray
(Chris) of Innisfail, Lorraine and Brenda of Calgary, and Wanda Liesemer and Kathy Adams; brothers Douglas and Jeremy;
of Listowel. He is also survived by numerous nieces and sister-in-law Jackie and nephew Layne; grandpa Ron Liesemer;
nephews. At Tom’s request there will be a private family honorary grandparents, Chas and Etta Hale; numerous extended
memorial. The Jackson family would like to thank the staff at the family and countless friends.
Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary and the doctors and staff at Please join the family for a celebration of Ian's life at the
the Acute Care Unit in the Olds Hospital. Carstairs Community Hall (1100 Lackner Way, Carstairs) on
Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Publication Date: 2011/01/04 Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family from
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com Arrangements entrusted
KLASSEN, Katherine Ann to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, Didsbury. Phone:
Katherine Ann Klassen of Carstairs, Alberta passed away on 403-335-4773. Locally owned and operated. Proudly serving
Saturday, December 24th, 2011, at the age of 59 years. our community for over 46 years.
Kathy was born to Hilda and Arney Klassen Saturday, December For those wishing to, in lieu of flowers please, Ian's family has
13, 1952 at the Tofield Hospital. She grew up in Tofield with her set up a trust account for young son Donavon at the Olds branch
sisters Gwen, Beth and Marge and her brother Aron. Over the of Bank of Montreal.
years Kathy was a teacher, owner of a deli and flight attendant.
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She loved to share multitudes of picnics, dinners, camping trips
and adventures with her family and friends. Kathy was fierce,
like a hawk, about love, life and family. LONG (Wittred), Dorothy Joy
She will be missed by her partner Den, son Colin, daughters Sept. 12, 1945 - May 27, 2011 -- Joy Long passed away
Rachel and Katherine, her three grandchildren (Issac, Gwen and peacefully in her home the evening of Friday, May 27, 2011.
Aubrey), three sisters and brother and many friends and family. She was predeceased by her father James Wittred, father-in-law
In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to Mennonite Central Persey Long; son Christopher Long, mother-in-law Moddie Long
Committee Suite #210, 2946 – 32 Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta and mother Dorothy Wittred.
T1Y 6J7. Condolences to the family can be forwarded from She is survived by her husband, Robert Long of 46 years of
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Memorial Service was Didsbury; son Adam Long of Olds; daughter Susan (Steve)
held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Mountain Sokall of Port Hope, Ontario; brother Dave
View Funeral Chapel. (Gladys) Wittred of Lindsay, Ontario; sister Alena (Charlie)
Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel 5226 Harbidge of Innisfail; numerous nieces, nephews and
– 46 Street, Olds, Alberta T4H 1B8. Phone: 403-556-3223. great-nieces and nephews.
Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community Joy will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.
For Over 46 Years. A private family service was held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your
Publication Date: 2012/01/03 choice.
Joy is now free of all her pain and is now at peace.
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LOUGHEED, Joan (Fisher) McINNIS, Betty (Elizabeth)
October 30, 1928 - April 6, 2012 -- Mum was born in England March 20, 1935 – February 17, 2011 -- It is with great sadness
and immigrated to Victoria, BC, with her family as a young girl. that we, the McInnis Family, announce the passing of our loving
She married William Lougheed in 1949, and they had 2 sons, Mom, Betty (Elizabeth) McInnis, on Thursday, February 17, 2011
Mark and Sean. Mum enjoyed various interests, particularly at the Didsbury Hospital. She was born in Bassano, AB on March
archaeology, natural history, gardening, and always her cat.They 20, 1935, married to Frank McInnis. They lived in Didsbury, AB,
subsequently lived in Banff, then Sorrento, BC, and after she moving to Olds, AB, then moving back to Didsbury, AB where
was widowed in 2004 she moved to Didsbury to be closer to she resided until her passing. Mom was involved a great deal
family. Joan was predeceased by her parents and her husband, with everything her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids did up
William Lougheed. She is survived by her brother, James Fisher, until
her sons Mark and Sean (Martina), and her granddaughter her health limited her activity. She was a loving and devoted
Louisa (James). We will miss her very much. Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Sister, Sister-in-law,
Many thanks to Dr. Smit for his heartfelt care of Mum and to the Aunt and Loyal Friend to many. She was predeceased by her
EMT's and RCMP who attended for their care and compassion. husband Frank, her sons Bob and Larry, and daughter Debbie.
A memorial service will be held for Mum on April 30 at 10:30am, Mom will be missed greatly by her children Norman & Cory,
at Mountain View Funeral Chapel in Didsbury. Kelvin & Sue, Brenda & Ken, Ron and Chris, Lynn and Harvey,
Mona & Neil, Larrie and Marlene, 17 grandchildren and 22
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Funeral arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral
MacNAIR, Kenneth "Scotty" Chapel, Olds, AB. Memorial service to be held Wednesday,
On Monday September 19, 2011, Scotty MacNair passed away at February 23, 2011, 1 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Chapel. In
the age of 86. lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer
Scotty was survived by his wife, Marjorie; four sons, Ken, Tom, Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association.
Rob, Ron and their spouses; grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by Publication Date: 2011/02/22
his sister, Mary Brusso.
Funeral Service Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at MILLER, Hazel
Knox United Church, 1406 - 19 Avenue, Didsbury, Alberta. Sept 20th, 1926 – January 20th, 2011 -- Hazel Miller of
Interment to follow in Didsbury Cemetery. Didsbury, Alberta, passed away peacefully on January 20th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Didsbury Radio Hazel was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire, UK. Her father was an
Control Flyers Club or the Nanton Lancaster Museum. officer in the Royal Navy and this connection brought Hazel in
To email condolences, please visit www.glenwoodmemorial.com touch with Ian Miller, a young doctor enlisted in the Navy as a
Glenwood Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, (780) 467-3337. Surgeon Lieutenant. In September 1945, Hazel and Ian were
married. In 1946 Hazel moved to Shepperton-on-Thames where
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Ian had taken over a medical practice. Hazel’s two eldest sons,
Andrew and Jeremy, were born shortly thereafter. In 1957, Ian
McFARQUHAR (Ritson), Evelyn May and Hazel embarked on a new chapter in their lives and
February 16, 1938 - August 11, 2011 -- It is with great sadness emigrated to Canada, settling in Didsbury. Hazel’s third son,
and grieving hearts that we announce the passing of our much Philip, was born two years later. In 1967 Hazel and Ian moved to
loved wife, mother and grandmother Evelyn on Thursday, August Edmonton, staying there until Ian’s retirement in 1978. Hazel
11 at the age of 73 years. She is lovingly remembered by her and Ian moved to their cottage on the 108 Ranch in central
husband of forty-seven years Lindsay and her daughters Maxine British Columbia, where they spent many happy years exploring
(David) Wilton of Cochrane and Janice (Adrian) DeGeer of the backroads of BC in their camper and cross-country skiing in
Calgary and her beloved grandchildren Quinn, Garrett, Courtney the winter months. In 1994 they returned to Didsbury to be
and Carson; brother-in-law Jack (Katharine) McFarquhar, closer to their family.
nephew Keith and niece Heather all of Calgary plus many Hazel was always an active member of the local Anglican
cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her mother Church, and served in various capacities at St. Cyprian’s in
Frances and father Roy. Evelyn was born and raised in Fort Didsbury, St. George’s in Edmonton, and St. Timothy’s in 100
Macleod, Alberta and moved to Calgary to begin her training in Mile House. Hazel was also a volunteer with Family Services
the nursing field at the Holy Cross Hospital. Throughout her Association in Edmonton, a founder member of the 100 Mile
career, Evelyn worked at the Olds and Didsbury Hospitals. Hospice/Palliative Care Society, and a volunteer with the Pet
Evelyn's greatest joy in life was her family and being a wife, Visitation program at Didsbury Hospital.
mom and grandma. Her love was unconditional. She also was During Hazel’s life so many were touched by her kindness and
very involved in the Didsbury community and was an active generosity. Wherever she went, Hazel left behind lasting
volunteer with many organizations and her efforts were friendships and undying loyalty. Within her family, Hazel had
recognized in 1998 when she was awarded the William Gray many special bonds: loyal partner and caregiver to Ian, loving
Membership Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to the mother to her sons and a source of wisdom and inspiration to
Association, Profession and Community. A Memorial Service to her grandchildren. Hazel’s life may be gone but her spirit lives
honour Evelyn's life will be held at the Knox United Church, 1406 on in all of us.
- 19 Avenue, Didsbury on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 2:00pm. Hazel is survived by her husband Ian, sons Andrew (Ardis),
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Jeremy (Linda), and Philip (Anne), and grandchildren Graeme,
Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Suite 100, 119 - 14 Street NW, Andrea, Julie, Bryanne, Ian, Brian, Alex, and Kevin. A Memorial
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 or at www.heartandstroke.ab.ca or to Service celebrating Hazel’s life will be held at St Cyprian’s
Knox United Church, PO Box 57, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0. Anglican Church, 2037 -24th Avenue, Didsbury at 2 on
Messages of condolence may be left for the family at Wednesday January 26th. Flowers will be donated to the
www.myalternatives.ca. long-term care facility at Didsbury Hospital. The family would
Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation like to thank the staff at
Services, (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111. the Didsbury Hospital and the Cardiac ICU at the Foothills
Publication Date: 2011/08/23 Hospital for their care, understanding, and kindness.
Condolences can be forwarded to the family from
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
to Mountain View Funeral Chapel 5226 – 46 St, Olds. Phone 403
556 3223. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our
Community For Over 46 years
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MILLER, Ian H. MILNE, Christine
Sept 1st, 1915 – August 31st, 2011 -- Dr. Ian Hamilton Miller of Christine Adeline Milne was born Friday, April 13, 1934 at
Didsbury, Alberta, passed away peacefully on August 31st, one Byemoor, Alberta to Gordon & Elda Walmsley. At the age of 2
day shy of his 96th birthday. Ian was born in 1915 in Coulsdon, 1/2 months Chris moved with her family to Flatbush, Alberta. On
England, and grew up in London. He studied medicine at London Friday, December 31, 1954, Christine married Ronald Milne, a
University, graduating in 1939 on the eve of World War Two. Ian farmer from the Lone Pine area, east of Didsbury; this is where
enlisted in the Royal Navy with the rank of Surgeon Lieutenant, they lived and raised their seven children.
R.N.V.R. He served in the Battle of the Atlantic on a Navy Chris belonged to many clubs and organizations over the years
destroyer, and later participated in the Liberation of Sicily and and was very active in the community. A proud moment for her
the D-Day landing with the Royal Marine Commandos. It was family was when she received the J. C. McCulloch Award for
during a posting in Hayling Island on the south coast of England Community Volunteer. Chris was an avid reader, always grew a
that he met Hazel, his future wife. They were married in 1945. big garden and loved the trees, flowers and birds that made up
After the war Ian practiced medicine in Shepperton-on-Thames, her yard. She enjoyed taking the dogs with her on her daily
and two sons, Andrew and Jeremy were born, in 1947 and 1949 walks. However, her greatest joy was when her beloved
respectively. In 1957, Ian emigrated to Canada, seeking a better grandchildren would come to visit. In 1997, Christine was
life for himself and his young family. They settled in Didsbury, a diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and in May of 2001 she
small prairie town near Calgary. A third son, Philip, was born in moved from the family farm to long term care in the Didsbury
1959. Ian practiced medicine in Didsbury for ten years, then Hospital, where she received years of wonderful loving care. In
accepted a position at the Workers Compensation Board in the early evening of Sunday December 12, 2010, after a busy
Edmonton. In 1978, Ian and Hazel retired to their cottage near afternoon of visits and her little great-granddaughter's laughter
100 Mile House in B.C. They spent many years exploring the she passed away peacefully with family members near.
countryside, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, as well as Christine was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ronald,
actively participating in St. Timothy's Anglican Church. In 1994, brother Bill Walmsley and sister Ada Chomyszyn and by an
they moved back to Alberta to be closer to their grandchildren. infant sister. Left to cherish Christine's memory are her seven
To all who knew Ian, he was many things: healer, teacher, children: Jim, Darrell and Margaret, Denise and Ian Anhorn,
philosopher, sage. His intuition and empathy, which served him Karen and Kevin Frayn, Kevin, Gordon and Donna-Lyn, Leanne
so well as a medical doctor, also served his family very well – and Michael Johnson; 10 grandchildren:: Thomi and Kennedy
Ian was able to decipher a family or personal issue with an Milne, Lacey and Staci Anhorn, Taylor and Jonathon Frayn,
uncanny clarity, usually followed by a dose of sound advice. Ian Allison and Robyn Milne, Morgaine and Emily Johnson; and one
is predeceased by Hazel, his loving wife and soul mate of 65 great-granddaughter Charley Myers-Frayn. She is also survived
years, who passed away earlier this year. He is survived by his by sisters Betty Munteanu, Peggy and Joe Pocha, and brother
three sons and their wives, and eight grandchildren. He was also Tim and Charlotte Walmsley; sisters-in-law Laura Fedyna and
the last surviving member amongst his own family of two Anne Milne, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
brothers and one sister. Whether we knew him as Dr. Miller, Ian, Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 1406 – 19th
Dad or Gramps, he will be sorely missed. A memorial service will Ave, Didsbury on Saturday December 18, 2010 at 11:00 am
be held on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at the Mountain View with the Reverend Nancy Nourse officiating. Following the
Funeral Chapel located at 1413 21 Avenue, Didsbury, Alberta at funeral service Christine was laid to rest at the Didsbury
3:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Five-O Club located at Cemetery. Donations in memory of Christine can be directed to
2500 15th Ave, Didsbury, Alberta where all are invited the Alzheimer Society, 134, 1935 - 32 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB T2E
to celebrate his amazing life. Condolences can be forwarded to 7C8. Condolence to the family can be forwarded from
the family from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel 1413 to Mountain View Funeral Chapel; 1413 – 21 Ave, Didsbury,
– 21 Ave, Didsbury. Phone 403 335 4773. Locally Owned And Alberta. Phone 403-335-4773. Locally Owned And Operated,
Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community For Over 46 Years. Proudly Serving Our Community For Over 46 Years.
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MOON, Sheila Jane
On Thursday, December 8, 2011 Mrs. Sheila Jane Moon of Cold
Lake, Alberta passed away at the age of 81 years. Sheila is
lovingly survived by her husband of 60 years: Royden G. Moon
of Cold Lake, AB; five sons: Royden (R.D.) (Karen) Moon of
Ardmore, AB, Daniel (Carole) Moon of Cold Lake, AB, William
(Susan) Moon of Beaumont, AB, Andrew (Debra) Moon of Cold
Lake, AB, James (Debra) Moon of Cold Lake, AB; brother:
Duncan McLean of Barrie, ON; seventeen grandchildren: Jodie,
Royden (R.J.), Elizabeth, Alex, Rebecca, Zachery, Lindsey,
Nicole, Michael, Raylene, Randy, Ben, Jaimie, Amanda, Andrew,
James, Corrie; twenty great-grandchildren; two
great-great-grandchildren. Sheila was predeceased by her
parents: Duncan & Elizabeth McLean.
Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at
1:00 p.m. at the Riverhurst Community Hall, Riverhurst, AB with
Reverend Stephen Sparks as officiant. Pallbearers were: Royden
(R.J.) Moon, Randy Moon, Ben Moon, Andrew Moon, James
Moon, Zachery Moon. Cremation followed. Memorial tributes in
memory of Sheila may be sent to Kids for Cancer Society,
11135-84 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 0V9 or Stollery Children's
Hospital Foundation, 1502, 8215-112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
Your condolences may be sent through our website at
Memento Funeral Chapel, 1-866-594-3113 toll free. The
Thackeray Family ~ A Tradition of Trust since 1975.
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NELSON, Viola NEUFELD, Neil Brian
Viola Nelson passed away September 6, 2011 at the age of 89 Neil Brian Neufeld of Olds, Alberta, passed away peacefully on
years. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Nelson who Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the age of 95 years.
went to Glory on February 24, 2009. She will certainly be missed He is survived by his wife; Emily Neufeld; his children; Beverley
by her 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Batten (Ernie), Gerald Neufeld (Marlene), Adrian Neufeld (Suzi),
Viola went to Nigeria as a single missionary in 1945, learned Neila Lehman (Ken), Rodney Neufeld (Laurie) and Lee Neufeld
Hausa, and worked as a nurse in the Salka area. In 1953, she (daughter Ashley); his step children; Gordon Gill (Artha Lee),
married Charles and they returned to Nigeria where she Gloria Banek (Harvey) and Les Gill (Stacie); his siblings, Sarah
continued her work in a dispensary and taught in the Bible Wall (George), Ernie Neufeld (Kathleen), Dan Neufeld, Hannah
school in Mokwa and Share. They returned to Didsbury to pastor Matson (Alfred), Amos Neufeld (Heather) and Lois Fuchs (Al);
the Mountain View Church for 10 years and retired to Sundre in and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is
1987 where Viola and Charles did volunteer work in the predeceased by his parents Cornelius and Sarah, his first wife
community. Memorial services were held on Sunday September Gladys, his son Steven, his brother Abe, and his sister-in-laws
11 at 1:30 p.m. at the McDougal Church, Sundre with Pastor Sadi, Gladys and Delores.
Kent Janz officiating. Memorial donations may be made directly Neil was born in Sunnyside, Alberta, October 05, 1916. He
to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Alzheimer's Society. attended the Burnside School east of Didsbury and later
Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with Mountain View Bible College from which he graduated in 1942.
arrangements. 403-507-8610 Soon into the years of his pastoral ministry, he married Gladys
www.heartlandfuneralservices.com. (June 12, 1946) and they served faithfully together in many
churches, at Mountain View Bible College and also at James
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River Bible Camp. Neil's life story is full of adventure. He loved
the out of doors. He excelled at whatever he put his hand to
NEUFELD, Rev. Ernest David whether it was caring for people, farming, construction, music,
December 6, 1920 - April 17, 2012 -- Rev. Ernest David Neufeld leading the choir, funeral directing, cleaning, hobby farming,
of Didsbury was welcomed into the arms of his Lord Tuesday, scout master, hunting, fishing, writing, drawing, bird watching,
April 17th, 2012 at the age of 91 years. Ernest was predeceased golfing, baseball and on and on. His passion in everything he
by Ermina Elsa, his wife of 60 years, and his brothers Abe and was and did was living out his deep and profound faith in his
Neil. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kathleen; his Creator and Sustainer God. Gladys died tragically in a vehicle
son Don (Carol) Neufeld of Lethbridge, his daughter Marilyn accident in 1992. This was great loss for Neil. On April 17, 1993,
(Robyn) Braley of Calgary, his son Derrel (Betty) Neufeld of Neil married Emily Gill, a very dear friend of the family who
Council Bluffs, Iowa; his grandchildren Dave, Gord, Sid, Wes, companioned him lovingly to his passing.
Amanda, Stacie, Jessica and Laureen and their families; his Neil's greatest longing to someday walk into the presence of God
stepdaughter Coreen (Bruce) Young of Calgary, stepdaughter and hear the words "Well done, thou good and faithful servant"
Pearl (Chan) Yule of Kentucky, his stepson Lorne (Vicky) is now reality.
Bingeman of Ponoka and stepson Duane (Sandra) Bingeman of Those wishing to join in the celebration service for Neil's life are
Ponoka and their families. He will also be lovingly remembered welcome to come to Zion Evangelical Missionary Church in
by his sisters Sarah (George) Wall, Hannah (Alfred) Matson, Lois Didsbury on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:00 pm.
(Al) Fuchs; his brothers Dan Neufeld, and Amos (Heather) If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the
Neufeld along with numerous nieces and nephews and their Alberta Wildlife Rescue Society. Condolences to the family may
families. He will also be fondly remembered by Mina's sisters, be forwarded from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com.
Ruth Brower of Didsbury, AB and Marion (Dean) Harlander, of Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapels,
Seattle, WA, and their families.Ernest was born December 6th, Didsbury. Phone: 403-335-4773. Proudly serving our community
1920 in Sunnyslope, AB. He attended school, grades 1-8 in a for over 49 years.
one room schoolhouse east of Didsbury, and went on to attend
Mountain View Bible College (Didsbury, AB) where he married Publication Date: 2012/03/20
Ermina Good, September 21st, 1943. He and Mina had three
children - Don, Marilyn and Derrel. Ernie had a great love for NIELSEN, Ronald Martin
God from a young age and subsequently became a Pastor with November 13, 1938 - February 21, 2012 -- On February 21,
the United Missionary Church (Evangelical Missionary Church). 2012 Ronald Martin Nielsen passed away suddenly at the age of
He and Mina pastored in Aurora/Gimlet, Sundre (McDougall Flats 73 years.
church), James River, Castor and Bowden, before moving to Ron was born near Didsbury, Alberta on November 13, 1938 and
Indiana in 1965 where Ernest attended Bethel College. After resided in a number of Alberta farming communities before
graduating in 1967, he thoroughly enjoyed teaching a grade 5 relocating to the Shuswap area of British Columbia for most of
class for two years in the public school system in Indiana. Ernie the last twenty five years. He had recently moved to Sogod,
and Mina also pastored churches in Indiana, Idaho and Cebu, Philippines where he intended to retire.
Nebraska. In 1978 he was elected as District Superintendent of In addition to farming through his life, Ron worked primarily on
the Midwest District of the Missionary Church which included Alberta and Northern British Columbia oil patch pipeline and
churches in Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and plant site projects. He was well respected for his ability to
Colorado. Ernie and Mina retired to Didsbury in 1987 and spent manage construction crews and most recently for his consulting
many wonderful days RVing in western Canada and made two and inspection expertise.
trips to Alaska and the Yukon. Ernie has always had a great love Ron is survived by his children Rex (Karen) Nielsen of Edmonton,
of music and enjoyed singing and playing guitar and harmonica. Ab., Rhonda (Ed) Auclair of Airdrie, Ab., Robin (Genylyn) Nielsen
Ernest was given a second chance at love when he and Kathleen of Siccammous, BC and Roxane (Allan)Wooden-Wandyka of Fort
Bingeman found each other at the Aspen Ridge Lodge and Saskatchewan, Ab.; his brothers, Ken, John and Bert Nielsen,
married July 31st, 2008. They spent many hours singing and sisters, Louise Sherstenko and Nancy Alan and numerous
talking during the short time they had together. Ernest dearly nephews and nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
loved his God and his family. He will be greatly missed by all his Ron's ashes will be buried with his parents, Axel and Rose
family and friends. A celebration of Ernie's life will be held in Nielsen at their grave site at Olds, Alberta Cemetery at 2:00PM
Didsbury at the Zion Evangelical Missionary Church, 1pm, on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Family and friends are invited to join
Saturday, April 28th. Donations in his memory can be made to Ron's children at Olds Cemetery to say their final farewell.
River's Edge Camp, Box 39 Cremona, AB T0M 0R0.
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NUNN-WINGER, Mabel Margaret OVERGUARD, George Allan
Mabel Margaret Nunn-Winger (nee Sharp) of Didsbury passed George Allan Overguard, 93 passed away peacefully Monday,
away on March 28, 2011 in the Didsbury Long Term Care Unit at October 24, 2011 at the Sundre General Hospital after a brief
the age of 88 years with her family at her side. She was born battle with phenomena. He is predeceased by parents, Martin &
November 9, 1922 at Manyberries, Alberta. One of 9 children, Maude Overguard, brothers John and Frank Overguard, sister
she is survived by daughter Rita (Bob) Allen of Madeira Park, Doris Doyle and grandson Scott Jackson. George is survived by
B.C., son George (Laura) Nunn of Chilliwack, B.C. and son his children Judy (Art) Mikal, Joanne (Joe) Jackson, Dennis
Robert Nunn of Plymouth, UK. Mabel is also survived by 8 (Joanne) Overguard, Martin (Yvonne) Overguard, Steve (Debbie)
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Helen Clayton and Overguard as well as 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren
brother Allan Sharp and many nieces and nephews. She was and 1 great-great-grandchild. George was born on December
predeceased by her first husband Bob Nunn and her second 22, 1917 in a homestead cabin at the foot of a hill in James
husband Harold Winger, 1 sister and 5 brothers. River (on the quarter which is currently owned by Bob Nichols)
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in her memory may be to Martin & Maude Overguard. He was the second boy, born
made to the Long Term Care Unit, Didsbury District Health after his brother Wilf. His younger brothers Ken, Frank & John
Services, PO Bag 130, Didsbury, AB. T0M 0W0. Viewing will be were born in the following years followed by his only sister
available for those who wish on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 10:30 Doris. The family farmed in the James River area, and ran a
am at Mountain View Funeral Chapel in Didsbury. Following the large operation, which included a Blacksmith Shop, Sawmill,
viewing, a small family graveside service will be held prior to the Dairy and Beef Cattle farm. They also operated a Livery Stable
memorial service at the Carstairs Cemetery. A celebration of her in Olds that George remembered well. George attended
life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Rockwood School and always competed in the School Fair, one
Carstairs Bancroft United Church with Rev. Bryan Derksen year winning the high point award, which entitled him to a
officiating. one-week trip to the Olds Agricultural School. It was in the one
Condolences to the family may be forwarded from room Rockwood school house that George first met the love of
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted his life, Vivian Markin. She was the neighbour girl and he said
to Mountain View Funeral Chapels, Didsbury. Locally owned and they hit it off right away. After completing Grade six, George
operated. Proudly serving our community for over 46 years. went to work in Hunter Valley on the first wooden drilling rig
west of Sundre. His duties were cutting wood & stoking the
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furnace to operate the boiler. He also was responsible for
disposing of the drilling cable, which still appears in numerous
locations on the south side of the road to the Ya Ha Tinda. After
working on the rig for some time he returned to James River and
continued farming & breaking land with his brother Wilf. George
and Vivian got engaged and instead of waiting for their planned
date, decided the night before to get married. On April 20, 1940
they drove to Olds with Vivian's dad and George's mom and
found a minister that would marry them that day. He often told
us he started his married life with $5 and 1 cow. Vivian &
George then moved west of Sundre to 'The Flat'. They farmed
and George worked in Turner Valley Oilfield for a short time. It
was on 'The Flat' that the couple had their first child, Judith
Irene on June 13, 1943 followed by Joanne Marie on Aug. 1,
1946. In 1948 the family moved to their present farm six miles
north of Sundre where Vivian still resides today. On May 10,
1952, the couple celebrated the birth of their first son, Dennis
George followed by Martin John on Feb. 7, 1955 and with the
birth of Steven Dale July 15, 1960 their family was complete.
George loved to lend a hand and could always be counted on to
help out a neighbour in need. He was very active in the
community and was a founding member of the Indoor Skating
Arena Committee in 1967, and the Sundre & District Agricultural
Society in 1971. George was a valuable member of the School
Fair Committee for over 30 years, an event his children and
grandchildren also participated in. He loved having grandchildren
and really enjoyed spending time with each of them. He
faithfully watched his children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren play hockey at the arena, ball at the
diamonds, or compete in other athletic events. George played
lots of sports growing up and was a very good softball pitcher, as
well as a 'long ball hitter'. George and Vivian loved to dance.
They never missed the community dance held the first Friday of
each month at the James River Hall taking their kids with them
to enjoy the event. This past April, George and Vivian celebrated
their 71st Anniversary together at home. An accomplishment
that few ever achieve. In August of 2011 George received an
award from the Canadian Wheat Board recognizing him for over
70 years of producing Grain & Barley contributing to feeding
thousands of people around the world. We are so proud of Dad &
Grandad for leading such a fulfilling life. His integrity and strong
character has left us with a legacy that we will always respect
and remember. Thank you Dad & Grandad for everything you
have done for us.
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PAGE, Richard (Dick) John PARSONS, Stanley
It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we announce 1966 – 2011 -- Our beloved son, Stanley Parsons passed away
the passing of Richard (Dick) Page, June 11, 2011 at the age of 89 suddenly in his home in Trochu at the age of 44 years. Stanley is
years. He was born August 25, 1921 in Calgary to Eli and Dorothy survived by his daughter Amber Cade; father Stan Parsons of
Page, the eldest of six children. After finishing his education at Calgary; mother Fern Callahan of Trochu; brothers Mitch
Burnside School, Richard worked on the family farm west of (Sherry) of Olds and Ron (Brenda) of Trochu; and many great
Sunnyslope. nieces and great nephews, nieces and nephews and cousins. He
In 1940, at the age of 19, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and was predeceased by sisters Brenda and Melody and brother
served honourably with the 41st General Transport Division. He was Danny. We love you Stanley and will miss you with all our hearts
stationed in England for 2 years before active duty in the liberation of and soul. Rest in peace our son, brother, father, uncle, cousin
Italy and Holland. His job was to maintain vehicles and supply the and friend. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday,
front line troops. While in Holland he salvaged parts from various February 16, 2011 at 2 pm at West Zion Mennonite Church,
wrecked vehicles and built a jeep from the ground up. This jeep was Didsbury. Memorial donations in Stanley’s memory may be made
donated to the Knights of Columbus in Holland after the war. to AIDS Calgary Awareness Association, 110, 1603 - 10 Avenue
He returned home after the war ended and married his teenage SW, Calgary, AB, T3C 0J7. Condolences to the family may be
sweetheart, Evelyn Stewart, on November 28, 1945. That first winter forwarded from www.mountainviewfuneralchapels.com.
they lived in a bunkhouse on the family farm. In May of 1946 they Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel,
moved into their house on the quarter section of land that his father Didsbury. Locally owned and operated. Proudly serving our
had purchased while Richard was overseas. His father gave him a community for over 46 years.
three year lease and five cows. That was their start. Richard and
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Evelyn remained on the farm where they built a thriving mixed
farming operation and raised five children. Over the years the farm
expanded to 13 quarters. Richard remained an active farmer until PATCHELL, E. Dorothy (nee Sirr)
only recently. Dorothy passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 29, 2011
Richard was well known and highly respected throughout both the in her 94th year at Didsbury Long Term Care. Dorothy was born
local and agricultural communities in which, through his leadership at the family farm house at Big Prairie, Alberta on Monday, May
and organizational skills, he helped to improve both agriculture and 21, 1917; the “middle child” of seven children born to P.C. and
the way of life in the community and province. Cora Sirr. She married Robert Patchell of Water Valley and they
He was an active and forceful lobbyist whose efforts, in concert with lived together for approximately 20 years. They had no children.
those of others, led to the realization of rural electrification and After their divorce, Dorothy became a nursing aide, working for
telephone service for the rural residents of the Sunnyslope area, in 10 years at Bassano, Alberta and for 10 years at Didsbury where
the early 1950's, with high voltage power lines making their she lived until her passing. She travelled Canada, the United
appearance in 1952. This began more than 30 years of involvement States and across Europe. She enjoyed life and was loved by all
with the local Sunnyslope Rural Electrification Association and the who knew her. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents and all
Alberta Union of REA's. of her siblings except one brother, Clarence (Gladys) of Vernon,
Richard's vibrant community support was spread through a number B.C. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Diane Davis of
of activities. Youngsters benefited from his involvement with 4-H and Carstairs, Alberta and nieces and nephews too numerous to
with his years of service with the Midway Home and School mention. A memorial service will be held at a future time. A brief
Association. He worked towards and encouraged others in the graveside service was held on Thursday,
formation of an Agricultural Society, an Old Timers Club and the February 3, 2011 at 10 A.M. at the Carstairs Cemetery.
rebuilding of the Lone Pine Community Hall after its destruction by Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel 1413
fire. – 21 Ave, Didsbury, Alberta. Phone: 403-335-4773. Locally
His concerns also took him beyond his community to the provincial Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community For Over
scene. First as an executive member of the Farmers Union of Alberta, 46 Years.
he was part of a committee which formulated recommendations for Publication Date: 2011/02/08
Unifarm. He served two years as Unifarm's vice-president before
resigning to take on a job which is regarded as his most outstanding
contribution to agriculture in Alberta. It was the creation of the PAULS, HERTHA (nee Dahl)
Alberta Pork Producers Marketing Board. The Board continues to On Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the age of 85, Hertha passed
operate, now under the name of the Alberta Producers Development away peacefully surrounded by family members. Hertha was
Corporation. born to Isaac and Sarah Dahl on November 28, 1925 on a farm
Richard is known as the father of Alberta's pork marketing system. near Main Centre Saskatchewan. There she attended Turnhill
His concern for the well being and success of agriculture in Alberta School. Hertha was saved on June 28, 1938 and was baptized in
was second to none and earned him a well-deserved place in the August of the same year in the Bethania Church. Hertha
Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1989. His foresight, diligence and attended Bible College in Herbert and then Business College in
dedication helped to develop a marketing system that had paid Swift Current to become a stenographer learning typing,
dividends to both hog producers and pork consumers. He was shorthand and office procedures. She worked in the RCMP office
appointed to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council by in Swift Current before moving to Calgary to work in the Janz
the Alberta Government and served from 1968 to 1976. Richard was Brothers office and later in a doctor's office in Crossfield. Hertha
also involved in the formation of a provincial weather modification married Bill Pauls on August 9, 1958 and they spent 53 happy
co-op (hail suppression). years together in their home in Crossfield. As well as being a
Richard was a kind, gentle man, well respected, and had a genuine devoted and loving Mother, Hertha was quietly and consistently
sincerity and concern for everyone. He was devoted to his family, his concerned before her Lord for the care of family members and
community, with a love for farming. His sense of humour, his strong friends. She was predeceased by her father in 1973 and her
sense of fair play and integrity will be missed by all. He was a pioneer mother in 1983, brother Jake Dahl, sister Helen Regier and
of a passing generation which worked to improve the industry and brother Peter Dahl.
the way of life that had been built by Alberta's first pioneers. Hertha is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband Bill
He was a person who, in the immortal words of Robert Frost, and children: Larry (Linda) of Three Hills, Dwayne (Diana
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... McMillan) of Calgary, Michael (Marie) of Airdrie, and her
I took the one less traveled by, daughter Charlene (Brian) Neufeld of Didsbury; as well as nine
And that has made all the difference." grandchildren: Lesli (Matt) Loewen, Lindsay (David) McDonough,
Richard was predeceased by parents, Eli and Dorothy, his loving wife Alison (Sam) Barber, Cory (Dana) Maennchen, Karin (Mark)
of 55 years, Evelyn, and his brother Geoffrey. Zacharias, Reg Neufeld, Bill Pauls, Jim Pauls, Emily Pauls; and
Celebrating his life, cherishing his memory and missing him: the joy of her life, 9 great-grandchildren: Reuben, Hannah,
Richard's present wife of seven years, his five children: Everett Faith, Erik, Evan, Sabrina, Zoey, Ian and Lauchlan. Also
(Susan) of Didsbury, Sheila of Airdrie, William (Bill) of Mallorytown, surviving are two brothers, John Dahl and Dan Dahl and 2
Ontario, Audrey (Peter) Bealing of Didsbury, Eileen (Bruck Hallock) of sisters, Nettie Dahl and Anne Regier, and many in-laws and
Didsbury, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; his brothers relatives.
Brian, Michael, Derek and sister Mary (Ron) Devolin, cousins, nieces, Memorial service was held October 12, 2011 at Bergthal
nephews, and many lifelong friends. Mennonite Church, Didsbury, AB.
Memorial services were held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Zion Publication Date: 2011/10/18
Evangelical Missionary Church, Didsbury, AB. Memorial donations
may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
Arrangements in care of Sunset Funeral Service Linden,
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PEDERSEN, Myrtle Florence OLIVER, Ernest William Edwin
Myrtle Florence Pedersen passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Ernest William Edwin Oliver born August 11, 1927 passed away
December 29, 2010 at the age of 90 years. Myrtle is survived by November 5, 2011 at the age of 84 years.
one daughter, Julene (DeLin Crofts) McCleary; 4 sons, David As a member of one of the founding families of the Didsbury
(Doris), Donald (Brenda), Wilfred and Chris Pedersen; 6 area Ernest was predeceased by his parents, siblings and
grandchildren, Robin (Carrie) McCleary, Tracy McCleary, Sonja beloved wife Martha Oliver of 43 years.
(Mark) Dick, Jonathan (Dionne Baergen) Pedersen, Jason and He is survived by many loving family members and shall be
Adam Pedersen and 6 great-grandchildren. greatly missed. Funeral Services were held on Thursday,
Myrtle was predeased by her husband Robert in September November 10, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. in Didsbury, Mountain View
2001. Myrtle was born on April 11, 1920 in Jenner, Alberta and Funeral Chapel, 1413 21 Avenue, Didsbury, Alberta. In lieu of
married Robert in 1944. They farmed for 48 years and retired to flowers, donations may be made to the S.P.C.A., 4507 - 77
Didsbury, Alberta. Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4P 2J1.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7th, 2011 1 p.m. Condolence to the family can be forwarded from
at Zion Evangelical Missionary Church, corner of Highway 582 www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
and 20th Avenue at the east entrance to Didsbury, Alberta. to Mountain View Funeral Chapel 5226 - 46 Street, Olds,
Interment to follow from the Didsbury Cemetery. In lieu of Alberta. Phone: 403-556-3223. Locally Owned And Operated,
flowers, memorial tributes may be made in Myrtle’s honour to Proudly Serving Our Community For Over 46 Years
the Salvation Army Alberta & Northern Territories Divisional
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Headquarters, 9618 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H
0C7. The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation
to the caregivers at the Didsbury District Health Services for RADFORD, Martha Wilhelmina "Matt"
their kindness and care. Condolences may be forwarded to the Mrs. Martha Wilhelmina "Matt" Radford of Mountain View County,
family at www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements beloved wife of Roger Radford passed away at the Didsbury
entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapels 5226 – 46 Street, Health Centre on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the age of 95 years.
Olds, Alberta. Phone 403-556-3223. Matt's memory will be treasured by her loving husband Roger,
Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community her daughter Jacquie, six grandchildren and numerous
For Over 46 Years! great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew
and loved her. Matt will be laid to rest at the Olds Cemetery at a
Publication Date: 2011/01/04 later date following cremation. If friends so desire, Memorial
donations in Matt's name may be directed to the Heart and
POTHIER, Brian Roderick Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #101, 5208 - 53rd Avenue, Red
January 13, 1947 - March 15, 2011 -- Brian Roderick Pothier of Deer, AB T4N 5K2 or to the charity of donor's choice.
Airdrie passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the age of Condolences may be forwarded to the family at
64 years. He was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on January 13, www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are in care
1947. He and Linda were married in 1974, and together they of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 - 21 Avenue, Didsbury.
had three children- Ryan, Angela and Kim. Brian was Phone 403 335 4773. Locally owned and operated serving our
predeceased by his wife Linda, son Ryan, and his mom Phyllis community for over 46 years.
Graham. He is survived by his daughters Angela, Kim, and
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Tamara; granddaughters Adrianna and Kayla; sister Myrna; and
numerous family and friends.
A private family service will be held. Friends joined Brian’s family RAHN, Clifford
for a gathering at Bogey’s Pub in Airdrie on Monday, March 21, 1934-2011 -- Clifford (Cliff) William Rahn, age 77, passed away
2011 from 7 to 9 p.m. Please forward condolences through at his home in Didsbury, Alberta on Saturday, June 18, 2011
www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations following a difficult battle with cancer.
may be made to the Linda Pothier Memorial Fund, in care of Cliff was born January 29, 1934 in Winnipeg, MB to Wilhellm and
Westglen School (Bag 200, Didsbury AB T0M 0W0, payable to Lydia Rahn. He attended Pinkham Elementary School where he
Westglen School). excelled in art and academics and then Faraday Junior High. The
In living memory of Brian Pothier, a tree will be planted at Big family moved to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 1949 where he
Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL attended John Oliver High School and sang in the Grace
HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie. Evangelical Church choir. It was at this time that he gave his life
Telephone: 1-800-661-1599. to Christ and went on to attend Hillcrest Christian College,
Medicine Hat, AB in 1956 to 1958. While attending Hillcrest he
Publication Date: 2011/03/22 met Dolores Besler and they were married on Aug 29, 1958.
Cliff's strong desire to become an ordained minister led them to
PROSS, Mary Portland, Oregon in 1961 so Cliff could attend Cascade College.
Mary passed away peacefully April 21, 2011 at the age of 92. Upon graduation from Cascade in 1963 he received his first
She was born December 25, 1918 in Innisfail, AB. Mary was pastoral position in Leader, SK where Cliff was the pastor of the
predeceased by her husband Lester on May 29, 1994. She Evangelical Church. He later pastored in Castor and Vulcan, AB
leaves behind to mourn her passing, her son and with his last pastoral position in Didsbury, AB with the Didsbury
daughter-in-law Doug and Kim, grandchildren: Justin, Michelle, Evangelical Church from 1976 to 1982. Upon retiring from the
Kayla and Mike. Great-grandchildren: Trinity, Ayden and Kenna. ministry Cliff continued to worship his Lord and Saviour while
She will also be lovingly remembered by Andy Morton, Vic & truck driving with Alberta Starline Trucking and then Christensen
Yvonne Sullivan, her relatives, friends and the staff from the Carriers until his diagnosis in 2010.
Lodge. Mary touched many lives over the years and will always As a child Cliff enjoyed spending time on his Uncle Bill's farm
be remember for her strength, kindness and sense of humour. always eager to lend a hand or just have fun with his cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff of Aspen Ridge Lodge for He had many fond memories singing in the Shepard's Voices.
the loving and compassionate care shown to Mary. You made it During his later years he spent many hours with his
home for her. grandchildren and could be regularly found downstairs in yet
At Mary's request no services will be held. She will be laid to rest another floor hockey match with one of them.
beside her husband at the Didsbury Cemetery. Cliff is lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife
If friends so desire a donation may be made to the: Alberta Dolores, his children Carl (Brenda) Rahn and Calvin (Cindy)
Cancer Foundation In support of the Tom Baker Cancer Center, Rahn, his grandchildren Zachary, Joseph, Andrew and Lucas
710 — 10123 99 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1. Arrangements Rahn, his sister Lenora (Bud) Farris of Austin, Texas, his brother
entrusted to Personal Alternatives Funeral Services. Wes (Adina) Rahn of Vancouver, BC and his Aunt Adeline
(Wayne) Scheer of Calgary, AB.
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Also left to cherish warm memories of Cliff are many loved
cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
A private interment was held at the Didsbury Cemetery prior to
his Memorial Service at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at
the Zion Evangelical Missionary Church with Pastor Mike Morgan
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RASMUSSEN, Bernice Jeannette ROBILLARD, Rosemary
Bernice Jeannette Rasmussen of Olds, AB formerly of Didsbury, 1942-2011 -- "We held your hand as you left this world, you are
AB, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at forever in our hearts"
the age of 79 years. Rosemary Passed away on Monday July 11, 2011 at the Red
Bernice was born in McLennan, AB June 12, 1931 and spent her Deer Hospice after a long and courageous battle with breast
younger years in Northern Alberta. She met and married Oliver cancer. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Andre; her
Rasmussen in 1950 and after numerous moves they eventually daughters Andrea (Kevin) Holm and Nicole (Matt) Martens; her
settled in Didsbury in 1966. She worked at the Didsbury Nursing grandchildren, Gavin, Brendin and Alysa Holm; Noah and Ayla
Home for many years retiring in 1989. Martens. You may pay your respects to Rosemary at the
Bernice is survived by her six children, Vernal, Rod, Murry, Memorial Tree Park, located in Gasoline Alley, Red Deer, Alberta,
Darlene, Tina and Rhonda, 13 grandchildren and 7 where tree N-7 has been planted in her memory and honor. In
great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rosemary's name may be
Oliver in 1989 and her grandson Stephen in 1991. made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue,
Funeral service will be held December 23, 2010 at 11:00 am Red Deer, Alberta, T4R 3S6. Condolences may be sent or viewed
Mountain View Funeral Chapel 5226 - 46th Street Olds, AB. at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of
Visitation will be held prior to the service at 10:00 am. In lieu of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and
flowers donations may be made to the Olds Hospital long-term Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer,
care 3901 – 57 Ave, Olds, Alberta T4H 1T4. Condolences to the 403-340-4040.
family may be forwarded from
Publication Date: 2011/07/19
www.mountanviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 5226 – 46 Street, Olds. Phone
403-556-3223. Locally owned and operated. Proudly serving our RULE, Berneice Alberta Steckly
community for over 46 years. Berneice Alberta Steckly Rule was born in Didsbury, Alberta on
October 14, 1930 to Harry and Thelma Steckly. She passed
Publication Date: 2010/12/28 away on December 6, 2010 in Olds, Alberta. She attended
Jackson School west of Carstairs Didsbury area, growing up with
REINHARDT, Gordon John her younger sister Yvonne and living near all her Steckly cousins
July 7, 1952 – July 25, 2011 -- It is with great sadness that the until her parents moved them to Calgary in 1940. She graduated
family of Gordon Reinhardt announce his passing at the age of from Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, she was active in
59 years. Gordon grew up in Didsbury Alberta and graduated First Baptist Church CGIT, and was a Girl Scout leader.
from Didsbury high school, and spent several years as a long The family moved to Edmonton in 1948 where Berneice
haul truck driver and later worked for the County of Mountain graduated from McTavish Business College. She met Ross
View. He loved the country life and raised and bred Clydesdales, Stanley Rule while working in a record store mistaking him for
and spent some time as president of the Alberta Clydesdale someone else, and that led to their marriage on August 18,
Association, and sponsored a class in the Calgary Stampede. He 1951 at First Baptist Church in Edmonton.
Passed away suddenly at home on July 25th, and is missed She and Ross moved to Calgary in 1952 where she worked as a
greatly by his son David, his brother Glen (Bev), his niece & secretary for several years. With the move to Calgary came the
nephew Krystal and Corey, his aunts Betty Waldroff, Winnie children - daughter, Shelley Maureen, in 1958 and son, Gordon
(Ben) Cornforth, Alice Broadhurst, and will be lovingly Jay, in 1961. The family then moved to the San Francisco Bay
remembered by many friends and companions. Cremation has area in 1964, ultimately settling in San Jose, California. She was
taken place and a memorial service is to be held August 27th at active in several churches as a pianist/organist and secretary.
the Knox United Church CE Room in Didsbury at 2pm. Memorial Berneice was employed as a school secretary, health aide, and
donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to teacher’s assistant in several school districts for 19 years.
the charity of one's choice. Berneice was a past Senior Counsellor of the United Commercial
Travelers of America Ladies Auxiliary. Berneice loved to knit and
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crochet, learning as a child and supplying blankets during WWII.
She played tennis in her younger years and enjoyed gardening
REMMEL, Louise (nee Wiebe) and bird watching.
Mrs. Louise Remmel (nee Wiebe) was born September 2, 1918; She and Ross moved to Didsbury in 1990 where she was the
she passed away peacefully January 27, 2011 at the Rosedale choir leader at the United Church, sang with the 5-0 singers,
Hospice. Louise is survived by her sister Mary Brown (Henry) of and a member of the Westcott Women’s Institute. In 1997, they
Didsbury, Alberta as well as many nieces and nephews from moved to Fairfield, Ohio to be closer to family. In 2002, they
across Canada and a wonderful circle of dear friends. Louise was moved back to Didsbury, as Ross was really retiring. Berneice
predeceased by her loving husband Herman; sisters: Helen and rejoined the 5-0 singers, became active in the Didsbury Hospital
Anne as well as brothers: Jake, John and George. Louise will be Auxiliary, and joined the Red Hatters.
deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched. Funeral Berneice always had a love of music and had a piano in her
Service for Louise will be held Thursday, February 3, 2011 at home and at times an organ. Almost all family gatherings
Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury at included the piano and a love of music that she passed along to
11 a.m. Viewing will be prior to the service. The family wishes to her children and shared with many other family members and
express their special thanks to the staff and volunteers at the friends.
Rosedale Hospice who cared for her during her time there. In Berneice was predeceased by her husband, Ross Rule, sister,
lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Rosedale Yvonne Steckly Williams, father, Harry Jason Steckly, and
Hospice, 920 – 7A Street N.W, Calgary, AB T2M 3J3. Funeral mother, Thelma Levagood Steckly, is survived by her children,
Arrangements are entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, Shelley Owens and Gordon Rule (Carrie), grandchildren Joshua
1413 - 21 Avenue, Didsbury. Phone: 403 335 4773. Owens (Wendy), Joey Owens, Ashley Rule, and Adam Rule, four
Publication Date: 2011/02/01 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and
special friends Art, Diane, Rejean, and Rita.
A Memorial Service will be held the Mountain View Evangelical
ROBERTSON, Grant Missionary Church of Didsbury, 14 Km East of Didsbury on 582,
February 23, 1923 - January 14, 2012 -- Grant Robertson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the
passed away peacefully in Calgary with his family by his side at family asks that you make a donation to a local food bank.
the age of 88 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, 12 East Lake Way
Robertson; two sons: Jim (Tasha) and Bruce (Alina); two NE, Airdrie, Alberta, (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111.
grandchildren: Taylor and Kyle and sister, Margaret Bailey of
Elmira, Oregon. To email expressions of sympathy: Publication Date: 2011/01/11
firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Grant
Robertson. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Memorial
Gardens, Funeral Home and Crematorium, 1605 - 100 Street SE,
Calgary AB, T1X 0L4. (403) 272-5555
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SHERICK, Lambert "Bert" Arthur SNYDER, Charlie (Chuck)
L. A. Bert Sherick passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Charlie (Chuck) Snyder of Didsbury passed away peacefully on
Sundre Hospital. He leaves to mourn his three sons Larry, Ron Monday, May 16, 2011, at the age of 90 years. Charles is
(Janet) and Rick; his sisters Donna and Nadine Lift; and his four lovingly remembered by his family: wife Shirley: children: Linda,
legged friend J.J. Bert was predeceased by his loving wife Mary Bruce (Jinny), Howie (Mary Ellen), Shelley, Lynn (Cindy), Lyle
on September 9, 2004. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent (Lorie), Penny (Geoff), Perry (Mary-Anne), Bryon (Patty), as well
to Sundre Hospital and Care Centre, 709 – 1 Avenue NE, as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and 4 sisters.
Sundre, Alberta T0M 1X0 or to a charity of one's choice. He was predeceased by his first wife Gloria, infant son Rodney,
Messages of condolence may be left for the family at 7 brothers, 3 sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
www.myalternatives.ca. Alternatives Funeral & Cremation The following excerpt was written by Charlie (Dad, Grandpa) for
Services, (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111. the Snyder Family Chronicle.
Charles Orville Snyder
Publication Date: 2011/08/30
Charles was the eleventh child born to William Huber and
Eleanora May Snyder, on July 3, 1920. Some of my earliest
SICK, Elva memories are of the large table at meal time with as many as
Mrs. Elva Sick, late of Bowden, passed away on Monday, eighteen people at the table. The boys sat on one side and the
December 6, 2010 at the age of 94 years. Elva was born March girls on the other. Alfred and Alton were always on either side of
31, 1916, to parents John (1877-1948) and Mary (1889-1966) Grandpa Brado. By this time Oscar and Lloyd were out working,
Nolan at Knee Hill Valley, Alberta. Elva attended the local rural but were home on Sundays. The older girls did the house work
school, Milner and Innisfail High School. After one year at and the cooking. The boys did the chores. They milked a lot of
Calgary Normal School and two years' teaching experience, she cows and had a lot of chickens (I fed the chickens.)
received her Professional First Class Teaching Certificate, and The Snyder boys had their own hockey team. They played
later completed her Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma against other teams in the community in open air rinks.
in Educational Administration. Elva enjoyed teaching for a total Fall was a fun time, after harvest we would fill our straw ticks
of thirty-four years – two years at Clarendon, two years at with fresh straw. The first night was a challenge to stay on
Steadman, and a total of thirty years at Bowden. them, as they were so full and high.
On July 10, 1941, Elva and Walter Sick, of Innisfail, were There were at least six children attending Grand Centre school
married and they lived in Exshaw until Walter enlisted in the at one time. One of us always got to ride horseback, the rest
RCAF. At the end of the war, they made their home in Bowden walked. The janitor had to be there extra early to light the fire
and together raised a family of three sons, Gerald and twins, and do other duties. I was janitor for two years. We received
Roger and Russell. The family operated "Sick's General Store" in $10.00 a month in the winter and $5.00 in summer, (Big
Bowden from 1945 - 1963 and participated in many of the Wages). Those were fun years I enjoyed school. The school was
activities of the Bowden community until Walter's death in 1989 closed in 1948 and was moved to Hainstock. For years the
and Elva's move, in 2000, to Autumn Glen Lodge in Innisfail. school yard was vacant. It is now a private R.V. Park with six
Elva is survived by her sons: Gerald, Roger and Russell Sick, all units. It is nicely landscaped and treed. It is a spot of beauty.
of Calgary; sister-in-law Ingrid Churchill of Innisfail; and many Following school I worked for various farmers in the area. In
nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. She is predeceased 1941 I joined the R.C.A.F. I was stationed in Calgary, Edmonton,
by her husband, Walter F. Sick; an infant brother, Alexander ST Thomas Ontario, and Fort MacLeod AB. I was posted
Richard Nolan; three sisters and their husbands: Catherine and overseas with a bomber group to Topcliffe, England September
Shirley Fawcett, Esther and Stanley Benedict, and Winnie and 1944. Following V.E. Day, I was transferred to Hamburg
Harold Benedict; and sister-in-law Winnie (Frank) Churchill and Germany with a fighter squadron on reconnaissance. I was the
brother-in-law Arthur (Muriel) Sick. To honour Elva's request, no only member of this large family to join the armed forces.
public service will be held. Cremation is entrusted to Metcalf I returned to Canada March 21, 1946 and bought one quarter
Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at the Bowden Cemetery from Dad Snyder. On June 28, 1946, I married Gloria Brown (the
at a later time. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be girl I left behind) when I went overseas. We had many trials and
made to a charity of the donor's choice. Our family wishes to tribulations. The second year I had a terrible tractor accident,
express sincere gratitude to relatives and friends for their when I nearly lost my leg. We were barely getting started when
continued support during this difficult time. Condolences to the this happened. Without neighbours, friends and family, who
family may be forwarded from www.metcalffuneralchapel.com. knows what would have become of us. I have never made a
Arrangements entrusted to Metcalf Funeral Chapel, 4200 49th complete recovery but have managed to get along. We had
Ave, Innisfail. Phone: 403-227-3123. Locally owned and years of hail and drought, but in 1959 we decided to go into the
operated. Proudly serving our community for over 48 years. dairy business. We built a dairy set up, milking parlour, pipe line,
Publication Date: 2010/12/14 bulk tank, as well as a loafing barn. It was very trying – 7 days
a week 365 days a year. But it was sure income.
Charlie spent many years involved in local organizations, one
being a Charter member of the Didsbury Lions Club. He was a
member 60 years and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship,
representing his dedication to humanitarian service to the
highest degree. He was also a member of the Legion for 65
years. He was a member of the Knox United Church, serving on
the Board, the Didsbury Light Horse Club, and his unofficial
He had a great passion for curling, golf, square dancing, playing
horseshoes into the wee hours of the morning, and being a role
model to his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Mom and Dad had 54 amazing years together when Mom passed
away suddenly on July 26, 2000. A terrible shock and a huge
loss to all of us, and she'll never be forgotten.
Life went on and Dad and Shirley became more than just good
friends, and were married on May 7, 2005. Their families were
both thrilled as not everyone gets a second chance at love.
Charlie embraced his new family with all his enthusiasm and the
love he gave his own family. Shirley's family was overjoyed to
see their mom so happy. It was a real joy to see them so happy
together and to share all that love and happiness with their new
blended family. He will be remembered by all his friends and
family; old and new. We will remember him for his amazing
sense of humour, and his unique way of "finishing" a joke. He
was the "original" recycler, and could manufacture his inventions
with a liberal amount of duct tape, wire and binder twine.
He loved his Sunflowers and every time we see one, we will be
thinking of him.
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 12 East Lake Way NE,
Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 216-5111 & (403) 912-0307.
Publication Date: 2011/05/24
SPADY, Velma Jeanette SPICER, Albert Elden
Velma Jeanette Spady (nee Janzen) went to be with her Lord Albert Elden Spicer went into the presence of his Saviour Jesus
and Saviour on March 31, 2012 at the age of 86. Christ August 17, 2011. Elden was born September 12, 1921 on
Velma was born in Didsbury on September 1, 1925 to Peter and the farm of his parents, Walter and Anna Spicer, near
Lena Janzen. She lived and worked in Didsbury until 1955 when Richmound, SK. When he was only five Elden's mother passed
she married Raymond Spady. They resided in Calgary for two away and he and his sister Florence were, for a time, placed in
years until they moved to the farm east of Carstairs. They the care of the nuns at St. Angela's Convent in Prelate, SK.
farmed together owning half of Spady's Poultry Farms until Elden attended school in Fox Valley, SK as well as the Etna
1975, and then continued as grain farmers until their retirement School near the farm. His father abandoned their farm when
in 1986 when they moved to Didsbury. They were blessed with Elden was thirteen, moving the family by Bennett buggy to
two children, Laurie and Cameron. Velma was an active member Duchess, AB. Here Elden began working in the irrigation canals.
of Zion Evangelical Church, teaching Sunday School for over 30 When John and Grace Harder moved to farm east of Bergen they
years. In 2006 she moved to the Bethany Care Home in Calgary. took 15 year old Elden in as part of their family. With them he
Velma was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and her attended the Mennonite Sunday School in the Westward Ho
small family was the centre of her life. Her children always School. It was here he met Helen Reist, whom he married
considered her their best friend; she was always there to November 30, 1945 at the Harders' home. Elden and Helen
support and encourage them no matter how far away their lives made their first home on the Norman Cook farm where they
took them and despite the physical distance through much of worked north of Westward Ho. Elden later worked for Jack
their lives, she was a doting grandma to her grandchildren. Robertson in the Westcott area and rented farms near
She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Lena Janzen, Harmattan, Bergen and Carstairs prior to taking over operation
her loving husband Raymond in 1989, and her sister Lydia of his father-in-law Joel Reist's farm near Westward Ho. He also
Wrinkle and 3 brothers in infancy. She will be greatly missed by worked many side jobs, including construction with John Marek,
her daughter, Laurie Dawn Burridge (Laurie Dwight) of Hanna, Irvin French and Sid Doyle. In 1970 the Spicers moved to Olds
son Cameron Spady (Susan) of Calgary; grandchildren Dr. where Elden became custodian at Olds Elementary School. He
Amber Burridge (fiancé Safi Saad) of Calgary, Ashley Burridge later held that same position at Olds High School and then Olds
de Moscoso (Santiago) of Edmonton, Chris Hammer (Alison) of College. A member of Olds First Baptist Church, Elden served his
Calgary, and Kat Hammer (Pat) of Calgary, two brothers: Stan church as custodian, head usher and supplier of jokes for his
Janzen of Didsbury, Blair Janzen (Fran), of Olds and numerous pastors. In retirement Elden enjoyed riding his bicycle, bowling,
nieces and nephews. singing with the Evergreen Choir, and attending JOY Fellowship.
A private memorial service was held at the Bethany Care Home Elden worked hard to provide for his family. He enjoyed music,
in Calgary on Monday April 9, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations teaching himself to play both harmonica and guitar and had
may be made to Bethany Care Foundation, 1001 - 17th Street perfect pitch when it came to leading singing. They say
NW Calgary AB 2TN 2E5. Condolences can be forwarded to the "necessity is the mother of invention" and that was true of
family from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Elden. If something was needed on the farm and he couldn't
Arrangements are entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, afford to buy it, he could look at what a neighbour had and go
Olds. Phone 403-556-3223. Locally Owned And Operated, home and make it himself. Elden was predeceased by his
Proudly Serving Our Community For Over 48 Years. parents, half-brothers Floyd and Percy Mapletoft, sister Florence
Rohrer, brother Clarence, and son Marvin. He is survived by his
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widow Helen of Olds; children Larry of Missoula, MT, Judy (Dave)
Olsen of Nanton, Carol (Lyle) Gorsline of Sundre, Joyce Hoey of
Olds, Warren (Sherron) of Olds, and foster son Peter (Delrose)
Laxton of Calgary; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren;
sister-in-law Francis Spicer of Carstairs; niece Constance Bredin
of Sundre; stepsister Wilma (John) Farkas of Priddis;
half-brothers and -sisters Donna (Larry) Grandall of Eckville,
Kelly (Dawn) Spicer of Calgary, Les (Laurie) Spicer of Carstairs,
and Maryellen Jones of Edmonton as well as numerous nieces
and nephews. Memorial services were held on Tuesday August
23, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Olds with Pastor Norm Tauber
officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made
directly to the Mount View Lodge or Olds Hospital Acute Care.
Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with
Publication Date: 2011/08/23
November 27, 1903 - April 11, 2011 -- It is with great sadness
the family announces the passing of Fred Spreter on April 11,
2011 at the age of 107 years. He is survived by his wife of 76
years, Catherine (Kitty); daughter Marie (Terry) Heffernan; son
Fred (Evelyn) Spreter; daughter Denise (Jim) Leask; six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased
by one grandson. Funeral Services were held at the Crossfield
United Church at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011 with Brenda
Watt officiating. Interment was held prior to the service at the
Crossfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may
be made in memory of Fred to Aspen Ridge Lodge, Box 2290,
Didsbury, AB, T0M 0W0; or Crossfield United Church, Box 233,
Crossfield, AB, T0M 0S0; or charity of choice. Heartland Funeral
Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements, 403-507-8610,
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ST. CLAIR, E. Marjorie (Marge) STEEN, Charley Frank
September 21, 1923 - November 7, 2011 -- Mom passed away Charley Frank Steen passed away peacefully at the Bethany
peacefully on November 7, 2011 in the Olds Hospital at the age Care Centre in Airdrie, January 2, 2012 at the age of 90. Charley
of 88. was born July 12, 1921 in Sundre to Howard and Susie Steen.
She was the deeply loved Mother of Rita, Pam and Sandra; While Charlie wasn't among the very first settlers to the area, he
respected and cherished by sons-in-law Ted, Gary and Robert. knew many of them and truly represented their pioneer
Known lovingly as Granny, she had a very special bond with her hardiness and way of life. At seven he rode along on a pack trip
Grandchildren, Ryan and Cathy, Ralene, Terry and Renee, Kevin that was to go from Sundre to Banff. As a young teenager he
and Tara, Dawn (Ted and Rita), Shane, Rod and Nicole (Gary and would often do the work of men: from helping neighbours, to
Pam), Trevor and Cori, Tobi, Dennis and Teresa (Robert and helping his grandparents at Nanton with threshing. Even though
Sandra). they worked 12 hour days with no coffee breaks these were
To Mom's great enjoyment, the old yellow duck on wheels some of Charley's fondest memories. At 15, Charley helped his
offered wild rides and big smiles for her Great-grandchildren, dad build the Steen Ranch along the Fallen Timber River. From
Jesse (Ryan and Cathy), Jordan (Ralene), Chantelle, Patrick and literally riding the range looking after cattle as a teenager,
Madison (Terry and Renee), Cassandra, T.J., and Mercedes Charley became quite a talented roper. He joined a roping club
(Trevor and Cori), Joshua and Cristian (Kevin and Tara). at Sundre and later travelled to many ropings and rodeos
Also mourning her loss are sisters, Shirley (Stanley), Edna and around the country. After a short time in the Army during World
Doris. All her nieces and nephews were close to her heart. War II, Charley later worked for a seismic company at Cochrane
We would like to thank all the people who entrusted their and for the Fyten Brothers sawmill. Ranching and the western
clubs'/organizations' event information to Mom, enabling her to way of life were where his heart was and where he spent most
write her "In and Around Didsbury" newspaper column for over of his time, except for an annual trek to the Calgary Stampede
25 years. Her phone was always ringing, her back door always to work behind the chutes. In his retirement years, with his
swinging - without question, she loved her job! lifelong work ethic still going strong, Charley built his dream
Mom was a dedicated community member, and loyal at-home retreat consisting of a log cabin, log garage and log barn plus
shopper. She enjoyed many years attending golf tournaments various outbuildings, by hand and by himself. Charley had a
and curling bonspiels. She was a loyal baseball fan to all the special connection and love for animals, especially horses and
area ball teams. Mom held executive positions in many clubs dogs. This, his love for rodeo and hard work, kept him going in
and was always willing to lend a helping hand. retirement as he continued to live alone and totally self-reliant
The family is so grateful to Dr. van der Vyver and nursing staff at well into his 80s. Charley was predeceased by his parents,
the Olds Hospital. Mom was given exemplary care, and our Howard and Susie Steen and his sister Lola. Never married,
family was treated with such kindness. Charley is survived by his nephews Cary and Bob Mastin, Cary's
In recognition of Mom's love of sports, the family requests, in family, numerous first and second cousins, as well as a few close
lieu of flowers, donations in her memory are made to Junior friends and neighbours, including the Whittles. Charley is truly
Programs with the Didsbury Curling Club, Box 893, Didsbury, the end of an era. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm
AB, T0M 0W0, or Didsbury Golf Club, Box 2070, Didsbury, AB, Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Bergen Hall.
T0M 0W0. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Bethany Care
No formal service by request. Family condolences may be sent Centre in Airdrie. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted
by email to email@example.com or by mail to Pamela Wilkins, Box with arrangements. 403-507-8610.
1021, Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0. www.heartlandfuneralservices.com.
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ST. ONGE, Mary STEIGER, Lillian
In loving memory of Mary Helen St.Onge. Mary passed on to June 26, 1941 - May 11, 2011 -- In her work in medicine,
God on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in Didsbury, Alberta. tourism and as a Marriage Commissioner, Lillian touched the
Mary was the beloved wife of Maurice for 57 years and the lives of countless people and will be remembered for her
mother of 5 children - Joanne, Suzanne (deceased), Lynne, exceptional caring and kindness. Lillian loved her family, close
Louise and Michael and 5 grandchildren. Mary will be forever friends, her poodles, the mountains and her garden,and she
remembered by the family for her devotion to life and gentle found great fulfillment and joy from them in her retirement. She
spirit. May God embrace her blessed soul. is deeply missed and will be forever lovingly remembered. A
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, (403) 335-9666 or private family remembrance will be held. If friends so desire,
1-888-216-5111. memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S., Box 570, 1441
Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 in acknowledgement
Publication Date: 2011/04/05
of their amazing response and to support their ongoing service,
which Lillian believed so important.
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 12 East Lake Way NE,
Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216 - 5111.
Publication Date: 2011/05/17
It is with great sadness that we, the Stewart Family, announce
the passing of Eva Stewart. on March 24, 2011 at the Didsbury
Eva was born at Lethbridge, Ab on June 14, 1941 and moved to
the farm at Rugby with her parents when she was 9 years old
where she resided for most of her life, with her final year in Long
Term Care at Didsbury Hospital. Eva married Dan Stewart on
February 19, 1922, Mom took great pride in her house, garden,
flowers and yard. An excellent cook, who made sure no one ever
left her house hungry whether it be a meal or coffee and cake.
She was a tireless little dynamo, always willing to help anyone
She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 70 years, Dan and
her sons, Garry (Marg) and Randy (Myrna), her 6 grandchildren
and 6 great-grandchildren, Mark Lisa and Ron Weber (Taylor,
Hanna, Sydney, Bailey) Dana and Kym (Tayme), Ashley and
Brandy, Andy and Myles (Preston)and her sister Gertie (Scotty)
Sutherland and numerous nieces and nephews including Fay
Haberle and May Bannerman, both who held a very special place
in her heart. Eva was predeceased by her parents, Earl and
Elizabeth Spencer, her sister, Ivy Johnson and her brother.
Memorial Service to be held at the Knox United Church in
Didsbury on April 2, 2011 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to Long Term Care Unit 4, Didsbury Hospital.
Publication Date: 2011/04/05
STONE, Carol Linda (nee Davidson) THOMPSON, Betty Margaret
August 31, 1949 – December 3, 2010 -- On December 3, 2010 (nee Manderson)
after a 16 month battle with cancer, Linda saw Jesus face to 1942 - 2011 -- Betty Margaret Thompson passed away after a
face. During her struggle, Linda and her husband Larry often long illness on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the age of 68 years.
e-mailed friends and family chronicling their journey, always Predeceased by her parents, Willis and Dorothy Manderson and
focusing on what God was doing and not on her illness. Many sister, Kerry Manderson. Lovingly remembered by husband,
people have been blessed immensely by their testimony and Norris Thompson; son, Daniel Thompson of Olds, Alberta;
God has been glorified. In fact, Linda faced many struggles in daughter, Lenore Thompson (Liam Lee) of Victoria, B.C; sisters:
her life which increased her reliance on God and she became a Donna (Jim) Gardner of Edmonton, Alberta; Rita Manderson of
mighty prayer warrior for her family. Linda, beloved wife, Airdrie, Alberta; Kim (Donald) Kneeland of Camrose, Alberta;
mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend led a very rich and brother, John (Mernie) Manderson of Cherryvale, B.C. Betty
and fulfilling life. She was the oldest child of a family of eight enjoyed a life long career as a hair stylist, owning and operating
children and was called upon early in life to help with her her own business for many years. During her 20 years in
siblings. After graduating from High School she attended nurse's Didsbury, Alberta she provided hairstyling services to the
training in Vegreville AB and upon completion moved to Olds AB Didsbury Hospital and long term care facility, bringing a little joy
to start her career in July of 1970. Soon after she met her into the lives of the patients. Betty enjoyed travelling frequently
husband Larry and in a matter of five months they were married within North America, taking advantage of numerous beautiful
on December 12, 1970, and would have celebrated their 40th golf courses with her husband. She also enjoyed a trip to
wedding anniversary a few short days from now. After not Norway in particular the spectacular waterfalls. Summer
working a few years while raising her children, she took the vacations were spent camping in various parts of Canada and
required refresher course and went back to nursing for several highlighted by one cross Canada trip made even better by the
more years. Later she chose to follow her passion, working in a mussels and lobster. Betty volunteered with the Meals of Wheels
quilting store where she taught and made many beautiful works Program in Didsbury, Alberta and was an active member of the
of art. Linda loved to study and was very talented even as a Ladies Auxiliary to the Didsbury Hospital. Betty enjoyed golfing,
child. She developed a love for knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking for an army, reading volumes, listening to traditional
playing the piano, and painting, excelling at just about anything country and western music and creating beautiful flower
she chose to do, including craft work in the shop. She was very arrangements and sewing. The family wishes to thank Dr. Myslek
multi talented. Linda leaves to mourn her passing her husband and the very caring staff at the South Okanagan General
Larry, sons Greg and Jef and daughter Destiny (Paul). She also Hospital for all their care given to Betty. Donations gratefully
leaves five grandchildren who she loved very much and were a appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Memorial Service
huge part of her life: Bradley, Chandler, Samantha, Kaylie and was held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Chapel of
Dallas. She is survived by her parents, Darrell and Yvonne Graham Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Clarke officiated. Interment
Davidson and her brothers and sister: Bill, Wendy, Tim, Lindsay, followed at the Oliver Cemetery.
Ron, Gary and Phil and their spouses and children. We miss her Arrangements entrusted to: Graham Funeral Home, 34616 –
incredibly but rejoice that her pain is over. Family and friends 99th Street, Oliver, (250) 498-3833. Your message of
were invited to a visitation on Thursday, Dec 9th from 7 - 8:30 condolence, sharing your fond memories of Betty may be sent
pm and also Friday, Dec. 10th from 9 - 9:45 am at the Leduc to: www.grahamfh.com.
Fellowship Church, 4401 Rollyview Road, Leduc. A family
graveside service was held on Friday morning Dec. 10, 2010 Publication Date: 2011/01/25
followed by a celebration service at 2 pm at Leduc Fellowship
Church, 4401 Rollyview Road, Leduc. THOMPSON, Delbert Bryce
Publication Date: 2010/12/14 January 14, 1930 - January 14, 2012 -- Delbert Bryce Thompson
of Calgary, passed away on January 14, 2012 at the age of 82
TEVENDALE, Lloyd Andrew Bryce, as he is known to family and friends, was born in Provost,
Lloyd Andrew Tevendale of Didsbury passed away at the Alberta. He receive
Didsbury Hospital with family by his side on December 1, 2011 his schooling in Millicent and Didsbury, Alberta. He graduated
at the age of 67 years. Lloyd's memory will be cherished by his from the University of Alberta in 1953 with a degree in
beloved wife Ellen, and his daughters: Amanda, Leslie and Jessie Pharmacy. Bryce received a certificate on Hospital Pharmacy
Tevendale as well as Tracey Sabyan; granddaughter Shannon from Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn. in
and many close friends. Lloyd was predeceased by his mother 1964. He spent 34 and a half years in the Pharmacy Department
Margaret Hampton Tevendale and his step-dad William Johnston. of the Calgary General Hospital, 14 of those as director of
Lloyd was a longtime member of The Benevolent and Protective Pharmacy. Bryce enjoyed travelling, having visited six
Order of the Elks. He will be remembered for his caring continents. He also enjoyed bridge, cribbage and various forms
personality and sharp wit. He loved animals and thoroughly of theatre, and concerts with his friends.
enjoyed Coronation Street. Lloyd treasured his family, especially Bryce is survived by his partner of seventeen years, Jim
spending time with them on vacation and special occasions. A Clapson, Brother Glen (Gwyn), two nieces, two nephews and 8
celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at the Didsbury Elks Hall great-nieces and nephew and 3 great-great-nephews and niece.
on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so He is predeceased by a brother Osborne in 1943, his father in
desire memorial donations in Lloyd's memory may be directed to 1993 and his mother in 2003.
the Elks and Royal Purple Children's Fund, care of Agnes Fuchs, A celebration of Bryce's life will be held at McInnis & Holloway's,
Charity Coordinator, 100, 2629 – 29 Avenue, Regina, SK SNS Chapel of Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary) on January
2N9. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at 27, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through
www.Mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are in care www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial
of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury. tributes may be made
Phone 403 335 4773. directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 45 Montreal Road,
Publication Date: 2011/12/06 Ottawa, On K1L 6E8, or to charity of choice.
In living memory of Bryce Thompson, a tree will be planted at
Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes
Chapel of Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary Telephone
Publication Date: 2012/01/24
WACKETT, Murray WEIDNER (Landeen), Beatrice Emilia
We are saddened by the passing of Murray Wackett on June 11, April 2, 1916 to July 19, 2011 -- Beatrice was born on April 2,
2011 at the age of 65. Murray was born to Arthur and Helen 1916 to Erick and Sarah Landeen in Mizpah, Alberta, moving to
Wackett in Olds, Alberta on July 1, 1945. Murray was raised on a the "old Hendry farm" west of Didsbury on March 17, 1926.
farm southeast of Olds. He attended Didsbury Bible School for Pre-deceased by: son Gary, husband Bill (William), brothers
grades 1 & 2, continuing grades 3 to 6 at the Didsbury Red Brick Doug Landeen (Jenny) and John Landeen, sister-in-law Lila
School. His family made a move to Dawson Creek in the fall of Krebs, brothers-in-law Allen Krebs and Kemp Rowell.
'56 where Murray finished his schooling, graduating with She is survived by: daughter Arlene (Merril Knudtson),
honours and making lasting friendships that he maintained to grandchildren, Heila Lukas (Carl) and Gavan Tanney (Alida), six
this day. After finishing school, Murray spent years working for very special great-grandchildren, (Drayden, Regan, Mara, Vivian,
B.C. Hydro as a Chief Surveyor and foreman. Finley, and Juliet). She is further survived by two sisters, Sally
In 1973, Murray and his family moved back to Didsbury, where Rowell and Ethel Bowerman (Jack), two sisters-in-law Eva
he and his brother Don pursued farming just north of town. Landeen and Kay Landeen as well as numerous nieces and
Murray loved life on the farm; he enjoyed the lifestyle it nephews.
provided for him and his family. It is here that his hard work As a young girl in the 1920s, she walked and went via horse and
ethic was truly realized. The farm was the centre of many great buggy to the Mizpah and then Melvin Schools. Bea loved music,
memories and stories that are still shared today. singing, and dancing, and recounts driving in the buggy for
In 1983, he and Helen moved into their home in Didsbury, while hours to get to a dance. She taught herself to play the violin and
Murray worked as a salesman at Greenline in Olds. Murray and harmonica. She worked at Olds College prior to her marriage in
Helen were married and started the wonderful family life that we 1942 to Bill (William) Weidner. She loved living on the farm and
cherish today. In 1986, he became a general contractor and being part of the Westcott community. She was a dedicated wife
started RoWac Services, which he continued with until his and mother, always there for her family. The death of their only
passing. son, Gary, at the age of 21, was a tragic event in their lives. She
Murray will be remembered as a genuine, knowledgeable, was always on the go with gardening, active in the Westcott
well-loved man. His ability to build and repair anything, his Women's Institute, taking ceramic classes, doing handicrafts of
attention to detail and his intelligence were second to none. many kinds, teaching Sunday School at the Westcott Church and
Murray was well known for his humour, his beautiful handwriting square dancing regularly. She had a quick sense of humour,
and his work ethic, as he could always be spotted on the job in loved to laugh, and demonstrated perseverance, practicality,
his red truck or bobcat. Murray was an avid reader and common sense, and a keen desire to 'not waste anything'.
completed the New York Times crossword puzzle every week. In later years, Bea enjoyed living in College Green, and
Above all, he was a sensitive, loving family man, he was a friend subsequently the Aspen Ridge Lodge. Her faith was always
a friend loved to have. Murray's favourite place to be was at strong and she regularly attended Knox United Church. She sang
home surrounded by his family and friends. with the 5-0 Singers and United Church Choir and enjoyed many
Murray will be dearly missed by his loving wife and best friend, travels and cruises with family or friends. She advocated taking
Helen; his children, Jimmy Wackett, Debby (Dan) Pelletier, Jason care of one's health long before the health promotion movement
Wackett (Reanna), Tina (Shawn) Shultz, Lisa Graham (Dustin), became popular.
and his dear nephew Marty (Brittany) Wackett. Grandchildren: She so enjoyed playing cards and visiting with family and
Ashley Wackett, Trayven and Olivia Graham, Dylan and Deandra friends, and time spent with her grandchildren and
Pelletier, Emma and Doran Shultz, and Remington Wackett. great-grandchildren were cherished times. It was a blessing that
Siblings: Don Wackett, Della (Gerald) Neville, and Wynone she was able to recently celebrate her 95th birthday with so
(Tom) Wallace. In-laws: Marge & Victor Lawrence, Gary & Vel many of her family in attendance.
Flamond, Joyce & Bill Sumyk, MaryAnn Sanderson, Steven & Thanks does not express the gratitude for the many individuals
Tina Flamond, brother-in-law Rick Sanderson, son-in-law Nakia who have cared for her either as caregiver or friend, throughout
Graham. Godchildren: Sheldon Gray and Terrick Flamond, as the past few years who helped diagnose her medical conditions
well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. or helped maintain her health, and then cared for her either
Murray was predeceased by his parents, Helen & Arthur while in Aspen Ridge Lodge or Unit 4 where she spent her final
Wackett, stepmother Dorothy Wackett, brother Harvey Wackett, few weeks. You went 'above and beyond' to ensure her
and mother- & father-in-law, Dora and Ernie Flamond. well-being.
A celebration of his life was held at the Zion Church in Didsbury, Funeral services will be held at the Knox United Church in
Alberta on June 17th, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations may be Didsbury on July 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at
made to STARS Air Ambulance. the Westcott Cemetery followed by lunch and fellowship at
Westcott Community Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may
Publication Date: 2011/07/05
be made to the Didsbury Knox United Church or the charity of
your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral
Chapel 1413 – 21 Ave, Didsbury, Alberta. Phone: 403-335-4773.
Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community
For Over 46 Years.
Publication Date: 2011/07/26
WILKINS, Amos WILLIAMS, Leonard Jud
June 1918 - October 2011 -- Amos passed away on Friday, October 18, 1919 - May 26, 2011 -- Our loving Dad was called
October 14, 2011 at the Colonel Belcher in Calgary, AB at the into the arms of his Lord and Saviour at the age of 91 at
age of 93 years. He served with the Calgary Highlanders during Didsbury Long Term Care. Dad will forever be loved and
World War II where he attained the rank of lieutenant and was a cherished by his children Dan (Bev) Williams, Judy (Keith)
veteran of the Dieppe Raid and the Battle of the Scheldt. After Jepson, Brenda (Doug) Mantai, Cheryl (Don) Mori, Randy
the war he farmed for a brief time in the Didsbury area and then (Shelene) Williams, Jeff (Joyce) Williams, and their families
moved to Calgary in 1952 to begin a long and successful career including 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Len is
in the construction business. He returned to Didsbury after survived by one sister Aileen Jensen.
retiring and was an active member of the community for many Len was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Hilda in
years before once again moving to Calgary. He was deeply loved June of 2009, also by his parents George and Emma Williams,
and will be sadly missed by his family: Georgia and Robert brothers; George Williams, Jay Nixon, and Carroll Nixon and twin
Schediwy, Donna Wilkins, George Meggison, Gail and Everett grandsons Chad Douglas Williams, Cameron Robert Williams and
Landon, Barb and Doug Fenton, Mark Saunders and Sandee great granddaughter Sidney Elise Curlock.
Greatrex. Also left to treasure his memory are 8 grandchildren Dad was born in Nanton, Alberta and spent the first few years of
and 12 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother his life on the family farm where he developed solid family
George Wilkins of Didsbury; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, values and a strong work ethic. These values served him well
Dave and Kay Hildebrand; and many nieces and nephews. Amos throughout his life. Dad lived his life with faith in his Lord, love
was predeceased by his son James Arthur; daughter Heather for his Wife and family and a "hard work never hurt anybody"
Marie; Georgina Catherine; his wife and the mother of his attitude. He was a man of honesty and integrity.
children; and Mary Jane his second wife of 25 years; brothers The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the
Frank, Sid, Ern; and sisters Lil, Elsie and Eva. A Memorial Doctors and staff at Unit 4 Long Term Care, who during the past
Service was held in Calgary at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL on three years have touched Dad's life with kindness, compassion
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 and interment followed in the and caring, bringing joy to his life.
Field of Honour in Queen's Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, If so desired donations in memory of Len can be directed to
memorial donations may be made directly to the Poppy Fund Every Home For Christ; P.O. Box 3636 Guelph, Ontario N1H 7S2.
and The Vets' Angels. Expressions of sympathy may be Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2,
forwarded to the family via the website 2011 at the Carstairs Church of God, 213 - 10th Avenue N.,
www.fostersgardenchapel.ca Carstairs, Alberta. Following the service Len will be laid to rest at
the Carstairs Cemetery beside his beloved wife Hilda.
Publication Date: 2011/10/25
Condolences to the family can be forwarded from
www.mountianviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
WILKINS, George to Mountain View Funeral Chapel; 1413 - 21 Ave, Didsbury.
December 13, 1916 - February 9, 2012 -- George passed away Phone 403-335-4773. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly
on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Didsbury at the age of 95. He Serving Our Community For Over 46 years.
was born in Calgary, then as a boy moved with his family to a
farm near Bowden for a short time before coming to Didsbury in Publication Date: 2011/06/7
During World War II he served in the RCAF, taking his aircraft
mechanic training in St. Thomas, Ontario after which he was
posted to Paulsen, Manitoba, Calgary and Abbotsford, B.C. He
returned to Didsbury after the war where he worked for the
Morris brothers dairy which he eventually took over and for 33
years delivered milk to the residents and businesses of Didsbury,
Carstairs and Crossfield.
He was very much involved with community work, serving
several terms as town councilor and devoting many hours to the
sports he loved, especially hockey. His countless hours of
volunteer labour at the rink earned him the honourary title of
He was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by his family:
Robert and Fay Wilkins, Gary and Pam Wilkins, and Sharon and
Les Marston. He also leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. George was predeceased
by his wife Marolyn; brothers Frank, Sid, Ern and Amos; and
sisters Lil, Elsie and Eva. Our thanks go to all the staff at the
Didsbury Hospital and Aspen Ridge Lodge for their dedicated and
Publication Date: 2012/02/14
WOOD (nee DAINTY), Dorothy Gweneth WOZNEY, Frank Edward
Born October 19, 1927, Deceased November 13, 2011. August 9, 1933 – February 5, 2011 -- Frank passed away
Yes, grieve for me, suddenly on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at his residence, the
Cry for me... Aspen Ridge Seniors Lodge in Didsbury, Alberta. It is with sad
But not overlong. hearts that we say “we will see you later” to our Dad, Grandpa
Rather, think of me, Frank, Great-Grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. Frank was
Remember me... predeceased by his parents Mary and Joseph Wozny, his infant
With a smile and a song. son Frank Joseph, Brother Tom Wozny, sisters: Adeline Green,
Dorothy Gweneth Wood (nee Dainty) was born on October 19, Joyce Prowse, Jenny Kulchyski, and little sister Elizabeth Wozny.
1927 in Adlington, Cheshire, England. She was given the name He will be forever remembered by his children: Donna (Ken)
Dorothy Gweneth, but all her life she was known as Gwen. Her Klim, Cathy (Sonny) Waterman, Cindy (Dave) Fowler, Tim
parents were Bill and Maud Dainty and she had an older (Emily) Wozney, Allen (Holly) Wozny, Janie (Mark) Johnson, Joel
step-brother, Freeston. (Kim) Wozney and all their families. Frank has 19 Grandchildren
The following year, 1928, the family immigrated to Canada by and 14 Grandchildren who will also dearly miss him. Frank was
boat, landing in Quebec. They travelled west by train to the proud of his family; all three generations (51 in total). Also to
Innisfree area and then relocated to the Westcott area where cherish his memory are his sisters: Shirley Archer, Judy (Bob)
they farmed. Gwen attended grades 1 to 8 at the Westcott Marshall, Violet (Ron) Stevenson, and brother Don (Margaret)
school and then moved into town for grades 9 to 12. The school Wozny, as well many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
years were very busy between continuing music lessons, Frank was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and grew up on the family
working as an operator at the telephone office and as a farm in Cloverdale, Manitoba. At the age of 17, he joined the
majorette for the Didsbury band that performed in the Calgary army and was stationed in Churchill, Manitoba. After leaving the
Stampede parade each year. She visited many weekends with army he met and married Catherine Cesar. They settled in
her parents at the farm at Westcott. There were the usual Selkirk and started their family. Dad was a welder by trade and
teenage activities but Gwen especially liked the skating parties he moved his family wherever work took him including places
and hayrides. She made many lifelong friends during these like Fort Williams and Ayr, Ontario. Frank moved his family back
years. to East Selkirk, Manitoba in March 1970, and lived in the Selkirk
Music was a major part of Gwen's life - her dad taught her to area until 1977. He then moved to Calgary, later to Valleyview
play the organ and she took piano lessons in Didsbury, achieving and eventually to Didsbury making it his home. Frank enjoyed
the Royal Conservatory Grade 9 level. being around his children and their families; always looking
While in high school, Gwen met Donald Wood and eventually, forward to the special holidays and family get togethers. He was
they were married on March 27, 1948. Donald died in 1994. especially fond of his annual hunting trips to Valleyview with his
They were blessed with five children - Kay, Glenda, Laurie, sons and extended family. He loved to fish and spend quiet time
Melanie and Cameron. As life unfolded, there were seven in Boswell B.C with his family. Frank’s family would like to thank
grandchildren (Mark, Jason, Nahanni, Justin, Cody, Megan and the nursing staff and his friends at the Aspen Ridge Lodge for all
Cristan) and then great-grandchildren. their help and support. Funeral services for Frank Wozney were
As happened to many families, in 1952, Gwen contracted polio held at the Didsbury Elks Club on Thursday, February 10, 2011.
while the young family was living in Kimberley, BC. She was sent With funeral celebrant Mitch Thomson officiating. In lieu of
to a hospital in Vancouver for about a year - it was at this time flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke
that the eldest daughters, Kay and Glenda, came to Didsbury to Foundation, #101, 5208 - 53rd Ave, Red Deer Alberta, T4N 5K2
live with Donald's parents, Harold and Edith Wood. or to the Canadian Diabetes Association #6, 5015-48 St, Red
Gwen eventually returned to Didsbury from hospital in Deer, Alberta T4N 1S9, or the Aspen Ridge Lodge, P.O. Box 399,
Vancouver and over the following years, she was involved with Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0. Arrangements were entrusted to
many of the children's activities: Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury.
1. She was a Brownie and Girl Guide leader for 10 years. Phone 403 335 4773.
2. She was a Sunday school teacher. Locally owned and operated, proudly serving our community for
3. She was on the executive for the Didsbury Figure Skating over 46 years.
Club for five years.
Publication Date: 2011/02/15 (Reprinted 2011/03/08)
4. For her own independence and satisfaction, she was an Avon
lady for many years.
In 1978, Gwen became the owner of Glenda's Flowers in WRIGHT, Don
Didsbury. One of the biggest highlights in the flower shop was June 8, 1941 – April 8, 2011 -- Following a courageous journey
always getting a float ready for the Didsbury parade - and she with ALS, Don passed away peacefully in Sundre Hospital. Don is
often won a prize. Mother's Day, Christmas and graduation were lovingly remembered by his wife Lois, son Paul, daughter Donna
truly controlled chaos at the shop but with her eye on the Beach (Darren), grandchildren Jordan, Morgan, Clayton and
ultimate goal, everything usually worked out. The motto at the Keith, sister Sandra and many nieces and nephews. The family
shop was that the flowers had to be perfect before they left the would like to thank Dr. Souster and the nurses at Sundre
shop. Cameron said: "It was grace and determination to watch Hospital for their compassionate care of Don. Donations may be
her work; determination because of her handicaps but fluid, made to the ALS Society, #250, 4723 – 1 Street SW, Calgary,
graceful movements while working." Alberta T2G 4Y8 or to the Mountain View Evangelical Church,
In 1988 Gwen sold the shop and retired - she was glad to be at Site 11, Box 10, RR 2, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0 or a charity of
home. Because she had the time, her garden became one of the choice. A Memorial Service for Don will be held at a later date.
loveliest in town ... she was always transplanting something and Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 12 East Lake Way NE,
she couldn't wait for the seed catalogues to come in the spring Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 335 - 9666 & (888) 216 - 5111.
each year. Publication Date: 2011/04/19
Her family, music, flowers, cross-stitch and reading were the
delights in Gwen's latter years. She loved to have the outside
world (visits, phone calls, mail) come into her limited world.
Laurie said it best the other day:
Mom is in heaven now, dancing with Dad.
No more wheelchair and no more pain.
Publication Date: 2011/11/22