Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
MCFARQUHAR (Ritson), Evelyn May SPICER, Albert Elden
February 16, 1938 - August 11, 2011 -- It is with great sadness Albert Elden Spicer went into the presence of his Saviour Jesus
and grieving hearts that we announce the passing of our much Christ August 17, 2011. Elden was born September 12, 1921 on
loved wife, mother and grandmother Evelyn on Thursday, August the farm of his parents, Walter and Anna Spicer, near
11 at the age of 73 years. She is lovingly remembered by her Richmound, SK. When he was only five Elden's mother passed
husband of forty-seven years Lindsay and her daughters Maxine away and he and his sister Florence were, for a time, placed in
(David) Wilton of Cochrane and Janice (Adrian) DeGeer of the care of the nuns at St. Angela's Convent in Prelate, SK.
Calgary and her beloved grandchildren Quinn, Garrett, Courtney Elden attended school in Fox Valley, SK as well as the Etna
and Carson; brother-in-law Jack (Katharine) McFarquhar, School near the farm. His father abandoned their farm when
nephew Keith and niece Heather all of Calgary plus many Elden was thirteen, moving the family by Bennett buggy to
cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her mother Duchess, AB. Here Elden began working in the irrigation canals.
Frances and father Roy. Evelyn was born and raised in Fort When John and Grace Harder moved to farm east of Bergen they
Macleod, Alberta and moved to Calgary to begin her training in took 15 year old Elden in as part of their family. With them he
the nursing field at the Holy Cross Hospital. Throughout her attended the Mennonite Sunday School in the Westward Ho
career, Evelyn worked at the Olds and Didsbury Hospitals. School. It was here he met Helen Reist, whom he married
Evelyn's greatest joy in life was her family and being a wife, November 30, 1945 at the Harders' home. Elden and Helen
mom and grandma. Her love was unconditional. She also was made their first home on the Norman Cook farm where they
very involved in the Didsbury community and was an active worked north of Westward Ho. Elden later worked for Jack
volunteer with many organizations and her efforts were Robertson in the Westcott area and rented farms near
recognized in 1998 when she was awarded the William Gray Harmattan, Bergen and Carstairs prior to taking over operation
Membership Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to the of his father-in-law Joel Reist's farm near Westward Ho. He also
Association, Profession and Community. A Memorial Service to worked many side jobs, including construction with John Marek,
honour Evelyn's life will be held at the Knox United Church, 1406 Irvin French and Sid Doyle. In 1970 the Spicers moved to Olds
- 19 Avenue, Didsbury on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 2:00pm. where Elden became custodian at Olds Elementary School. He
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and later held that same position at Olds High School and then Olds
Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Suite 100, 119 - 14 Street NW, College. A member of Olds First Baptist Church, Elden served his
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 or at www.heartandstroke.ab.ca or to church as custodian, head usher and supplier of jokes for his
Knox United Church, PO Box 57, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0. pastors. In retirement Elden enjoyed riding his bicycle, bowling,
Messages of condolence may be left for the family at singing with the Evergreen Choir, and attending JOY Fellowship.
www.myalternatives.ca. Elden worked hard to provide for his family. He enjoyed music,
Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation teaching himself to play both harmonica and guitar and had
Services, (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111. perfect pitch when it came to leading singing. They say
"necessity is the mother of invention" and that was true of
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Elden. If something was needed on the farm and he couldn't
afford to buy it, he could look at what a neighbour had and go
REINHARDT, Gordon John home and make it himself. Elden was predeceased by his
July 7, 1952 – July 25, 2011 -- It is with great sadness that the parents, half-brothers Floyd and Percy Mapletoft, sister Florence
family of Gordon Reinhardt announce his passing at the age of Rohrer, brother Clarence, and son Marvin. He is survived by his
59 years. Gordon grew up in Didsbury Alberta and graduated widow Helen of Olds; children Larry of Missoula, MT, Judy (Dave)
from Didsbury high school, and spent several years as a long Olsen of Nanton, Carol (Lyle) Gorsline of Sundre, Joyce Hoey of
haul truck driver and later worked for the County of Mountain Olds, Warren (Sherron) of Olds, and foster son Peter (Delrose)
View. He loved the country life and raised and bred Clydesdales, Laxton of Calgary; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren;
and spent some time as president of the Alberta Clydesdale sister-in-law Francis Spicer of Carstairs; niece Constance Bredin
Association, and sponsored a class in the Calgary Stampede. He of Sundre; stepsister Wilma (John) Farkas of Priddis;
Passed away suddenly at home on July 25th, and is missed half-brothers and -sisters Donna (Larry) Grandall of Eckville,
greatly by his son David, his brother Glen (Bev), his niece & Kelly (Dawn) Spicer of Calgary, Les (Laurie) Spicer of Carstairs,
nephew Krystal and Corey, his aunts Betty Waldroff, Winnie and Maryellen Jones of Edmonton as well as numerous nieces
(Ben) Cornforth, Alice Broadhurst, and will be lovingly and nephews. Memorial services were held on Tuesday August
remembered by many friends and companions. Cremation has 23, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Olds with Pastor Norm Tauber
taken place and a memorial service is to be held August 27th at officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made
the Knox United Church CE Room in Didsbury at 2pm. Memorial directly to the Mount View Lodge or Olds Hospital Acute Care.
donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with
the charity of one's choice. arrangements. 403-507-8610.
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
ALPHABETICAL FROM JANUARY 04, 2011 BANNISTER, Margaret (Peg)
March 25, 1927 - April 12, 2011 -- Mrs. Margaret "Peg"
ATKIN, Dorothy "Gerri" Geraldine Bannister passed away suddenly at the Innisfail Health Care
January 4, 1941 – August 3, 2011 -- It is with deep regret we Centre on April 12, 2011 at the age of 84 years.
announce the passing of Geraldine (Gerri) Dorothy Atkin nee Margaret is the loving mother of Kevin (Lorraine) Bannister,
Madoche on August 3, 2011 at Rockyview Hospital, Calgary. Valerie (Jeremy) Keating and Adrian (Christine) Bannister. She is
Gerri is survived by her daughter Michelle Atkin (husband the cherished grandma of Philip, Brandy, Michael, Rebekah,
Nick Karim) and grandchildren Margaret, William, and Molly, Casey and Peter. She is also survived by a brother Harold
Christopher; and her son Todd (wife Elise) and grandchildren Bundy and a sister Caroline Jennings.
Jane and Scott. Gerri grew up in Alberta and was nurtured and Peg Bannister spent a good part of her life as a teacher and
raised by the loving Archer family who accepted Gerri as their coach in North York. She had many friends in Ontario and
own daughter after the death of her mother. She was Alberta. She will be missed by all and be remembered as a
predeceased by her beloved aunt May Archer; her mother spirited woman of strength and character, who enjoyed
Dorothy Madoche; and her father David Madoche. Gerri attended gardening, sports, reading, conversation, knitting and folk art.
the University of Calgary and became a teacher in the late 60's. At Margaret's request no service will be held.
She served with the Canadian Armed Forces as an Air Force If friends so desire memorial tributes can be made to Jumpstart
spouse via her marriage to Brian Atkin in numerous bases in -- Giving Kids A Sporting Chance.
Canada with the majority being at Greenwood, at Comox and www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart
Portage La Prairie. Gerri's life is a life that was spent dedicated Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., 4415- 49th St., Innisfail.
to teaching, to the love of music and particularly to the Telephone 227-0006.
nurturing of others. Her life as a teacher, a counselor for the Publication Date: 2011/04/19
elderly, grandmother, sister, and aunt touched thousands of
lives. Gerri's friendships and dedication was deep and long BAPTIST, Sharon Elizabeth
lasting. She was a beautiful singer and piano player and she had
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sharon
a passion for the simple things; good food, good books and good
Elizabeth Baptist, who left us suddenly on February 2, 2011 at
friends; these were the fortunes she collected. A love as deep
the age of 54.
and rich as hers can never be adequately explained and will
Sharon will be sadly missed by her cherished daughter Lindsay
never be replaced. Gerri will live on in the memories of all those
Hammen (Matt) of Didsbury. Also left to mourn Linda Sirr of
who had the pleasure to know her. A Memorial Service in Gerri's
Didsbury, Brian Baptist (Brenda) of Olds and Connie Fischer of
honour was held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Gerard
Didsbury as well as 6 nieces and nephews.
Catholic Church, 8944 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary. In lieu of
Sharon was a gifted artist and shared her love of art through
flowers, the family requests that donations be made to East
beautiful oil paintings, ceramics and creative poetry. She could
Africa Drought Relief through Save the Children,
grasp the beauty of nature by a stroke of a brush. Sharon will be
www.savethechildren.ca. Messages of condolence may be
remembered by all for her impromptu dances and infectious
forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca. Funeral
arrangements are in care of Pierson's Funeral Service, Calgary.
Funeral services will be held on February 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. at
the Zion Church, Didsbury. Reverend Richard Pahl officiating.
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BAMBRICK, Elizabeth Lucille (Easton) BARR, Michael Leonard
Elizabeth Lucille (Easton) Bambrick, in her 99th year, passed Michael Leonard Barr passed away peacefully on May 8, 2011
away peacefully December 21, 2010 with her family at her side. after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He will be
As a longtime resident of Unit 4 of the Didsbury Health Care deeply missed by his wife, Sharon; his children, Kristin Barr, and
Centre, the Staff there became her close friends, looked after her boyfriend Corey Aschenbrenner and Adam and
her wonderfully, and enjoyed her quick wit. With her dear daughter-in-law Melanie Barr; and his grandchildren Jerome and
friends, Barb McClean, Lorraine Aarsby and all the Recreation Patrick and by his sister and brother-in-law Lee and Wayne
Department she was able to take in an incredible amount of Frank. He was pre-deceased by his loving parents Ken and
activities and trips. The family will be forever indebted to these Barbara Barr.
ladies for the light they brought to Gran's life. Mike lived a life full of family, friends, love and laughter. He and
Elizabeth Lucille Easton was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on April Sharon moved to the Didsbury area in 1973. They built a
17, 1912. She spent one of her high school years in Scotland wonderful family life on the farm with their children Kristin and
and, returning home, she went into retail sales.Lucille married Adam. Mike was a loving father and shared his love of horses
Charles Edward (Ted) Bambrick January 22, 1938. Their with his daughter Kristin and his passion for motorbikes with his
daughter, Ruth, was born in July, 1939, and her sister Diane in son Adam. Mike was a true horseman who rode all his life which
March of 1942.In 1946, Ted decided to move to Nelson, BC. On included cutting horse competitions and riding "back west" with
a previous trip he had fallen in love with the Kootenays. Lucille his family and friends. Mike, Sharon, Kristin and Adam and their
was not as thrilled with the move but made the most of it, wonderful friends also shared many adventures "back west"
eventually going back into retail sales there. In 1959, Ted riding quads and motorbikes. The joy of his life, in his later
became a partner in Kootenay Lake Motors in Creston, BC, and years, were Jerome and Patrick, his grandsons, who happily
the move there brought him to where he really wanted to be, joined him in farm chores and loved to ride in the combine with
(and brought Lucille back a little closer to Lethbridge), and she their Papa.
became active as always with the the Rebekah Lodge, ladies' Mike was very involved in numerous community activities and
bowling and curling, and also the Hospital Auxiliary. Ted passed always willing to lend a hand where necessary. He had a gift for
away after a stroke in 1988, and, after a stay with Diane and lifelong friendships and was blessed with a circle of friends who
family in Victoria, B.C., Lucille came back to her beloved Alberta; shared their lives travelling, riding motorbikes, going to cutting
staying at the Chinook Lodge in Carstairs, and then moving to competitions and sitting around the kitchen table laughing. As
Unit 4 in Didsbury. The family cannot begin to thank the entire he takes that last ride we will remember the adventures, the
staff there for the wonderful care and the fun and pleasure they laughter and his remarkable character and know that he will
brought to Mom's life. always be with us in spirit.
Lucille and Ted are survived by Ruth and Alan Hahn; Hilary Hahn If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made in Mike's
and Chris and Zoe Montgomery; Chris, Cheryl, Dexter and memory to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Research Division c/o
Roxanne Hahn of Cremona; her grandsons on Vancouver Island Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331 - 29 Street NW, Calgary,
(Lorry, Greg, and Stephen Huisman); and, in Victoria, her Alberta.
grandson and family: Mark, Sandy, and Alexandra Huisman; and Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 12 East Lake Way NE,
also many nieces and nephews. Lucille was predeceased by her Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 216-5111 & (403) 912 - 0307.
daughter, Mary Diane Bambrick Huisman in 1996. A Celebration
Tea for the Staff of Unit 4, the Recreational Team, the Hospital Publication Date: 2011/05/17
Staff & Doctors, the fellow residents of Unit 4, and family and
friends will be held in the Assembly Room, Unit 4, Didsbury
Hospital on January 14, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Memorial
Service will be held will be held in Unit 4, on January 27, 2011
at 2 p.m.
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
BUSCHERT, Linda BUSCHERT, Roy
Humorous, fun-loving, kind and considerate… these qualities 1912-2011 -- Roy Buschert passed away peacefully on Saturday,
describe Linda Buschert (née Fischer), who passed away June 4th, 2011 at the age of 98 years at Didsbury Long Term
peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at the Crowsnest Pass Care Centre.
Health Care Centre in Blairmore, Alberta, at the age of 59 years. Roy was born November 27th, 1912 on the family farm near
Linda was born on March 12, 1951, to Theresa and Walter Carstairs, Alberta to Norman and Mary Buschert. He was the
Fischer on a farm near Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan. She grew up fifth child born into a family of six. He grew up on a farm three
knowing hard work along with strong family ties to her eight miles west of Carstairs which his father had homesteaded in
siblings. After the completion of her high school education, she 1900. He accepted the Lord as his saviour as a young man.
worked as a bank teller. She fell in love with Merle Buschert, and On February 15th, 1940 he married Grace Stauffer of Tofield,
they were married on September 12, 1970. They were soon AB. They resided on a farm just west of the family farm for 52
blessed with three beautiful daughters: Diane, Heather, and years. After retiring from farming Roy and Grace volunteered for
Gina. They have made their home in Olds, on a farm near three years at Western Mennonite School in Salem, Oregon
Didsbury/Carstairs, Alix, Innisfail and the Crowsnest Pass. where Roy worked in maintenance. They enjoyed 15 years of
After spending several years as a stay-at-home mom, Linda took being snowbirds in Phoenix where Roy spent many hours
accounting courses and then found work as an office manager shuffleboarding, winning several trophies. In the spring of 1996
for both Olds Land & Cattle Co. in Olds and Kuelker’s Mfg. in they moved to the Crystal Manor in Carstairs. Then in July 2001
Didsbury. Linda and Merle later went on to own a motel in Alix they moved to the Chinook Winds Lodge where he resided until
and a Greyhound/U-Haul business in Innisfail. Linda also had moving to the Didsbury Long Term Care in October 2008 due to
different side-ventures including teaching sewing courses at Olds declining health.
College, computer software sales, farming with Merle and a Roy attended the Waterloo School west of Carstairs and was a
printer ink refill business. member of the West Zion Mennonite Church where he taught
Some of Linda’s favorite pastimes were painting, sewing, and adult Sunday School for many years. He was caretaker of the
crocheting. Anyone with a new baby could count on receiving a church cemetery for most of his life, trustee of the church for
hand-made Raggedy Ann or Andy doll as a baby gift. She many years and often talked about going to the church in the
enjoyed the outdoors where she always had an amazing winter to start the fire so the church was warm when folks
vegetable garden. Linda was a dedicated volunteer, who gave arrived. He served on the Waterloo School Board for many
her time and talents freely as a Girl Guide leader, a member of years, and attended Bible school in Hesston, Kansas for one
the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and a member of the Lions winter semester. It was at winter Bible school that he met Grace.
Club and School Councils. She also volunteered at the Village In his younger days he enjoyed horseback riding, tobogganing
Thrift Shop in Alix. and skating. In his later years he enjoyed gardening.
Last year, in pursuit of a new adventure, Linda and Merle moved Roy is survived by five children: Helen (Gary) Porter of Duchess,
to the Crowsnest Pass, where they lived in and managed the AB, Eileen (Fred) Barg of Brooks, AB, Larry of Carstairs, David
Stop Inn Motel in Coleman. Linda was a “people-person”, who (Judy) of Carstairs and Bonnie (Brian) Litwin of Vegreville AB.
loved to socialize with her family and friends and was known to Roy is further survived by nine grandchildren Dale (Carrie)
kick up her heels on the dance floor on occasion. She had a Porter, Mark (Ronda) Porter, Jay (Buffy) Porter, Doug Barg,
great talent for telling jokes and played a mean game of crib. Rodney (Stephanie) Barg, Tracey (Ben) Reid, Justin (Valerie)
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Linda was a Buschert and Steven Litwin, and adopted grandsons Ken (Lana)
very special lady who touched the lives of all who knew her. Her Buschert, Cameron (Dawn) Buschert, as well as 15
many relatives and friends will miss her greatly but know that great-grandchildren and one sister Mabel Francis.
her pain is over and is at peace. Roy was predeceased by his parents Norman and Mary Buschert,
Linda was the beloved soul mate of Merle Buschert and his wife Grace, grandson Daryl Barg and siblings, Earl, Gordon,
cherished mother of Diane (Stephen) Roberts of Red Deer, AB; Myrtle Bast and Lorne.
Heather (Todd) Dyer of Calgary, AB; and Gina (Mark) Thomsen Roy loved his family and enjoyed when they came to visit. His
of Red Deer, AB; loving grandmother of Jesse Roberts, Gabe strong faith in God was a wonderful example to his children,
Roberts, Freddie Roberts, Samuel Thomsen, and Danni grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thomsen; loving sister of James (Andre) Fischer; Tony (Lynne) Donations in memory of Roy can be directed to a charity of the
Fischer; Edward (Kathy) Fischer; John (Janie) Fischer; and Otto donor's choice. Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on
(Samantha) Fischer; Christina Fischer; Rosina (Dan) Stroeder; Friday, June 10, 2011 at West Zion Mennonite Church with
and Josie (Ralph) Kientz; and loving aunt of numerous nieces Pastor Trevor Kiriaka officiating. Condolences to the family
and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Walter and can be forwarded from www.mountainview
Theresa Fischer. funeralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View
Prayers for the late Linda Buschert was held at the St. Stephen’s Funeral Chapel; 1413 – 21 Ave, Didsbury. Phone:
Catholic Church in Olds, Alberta, (4302 – 57 Avenue) at 7 p.m. 403-335-4773. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving
on Friday, February 25, 2011, and the Funeral Mass was Our Community For Over 46 Years.
celebrated on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Fr.
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Maurice Okolie as Celebrant. The interment took place at the
Olds Community Cemetery. A reception followed at the Royal
Canadian Legion in Olds (5241 - 46 Street, Olds, AB).
Condolences may be registered at
firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, donations in
memory of Linda Buschert may be made to the Alberta
Children’s Hospital (2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3B
6A8). Fantin’s Funeral Chapel in Blairmore, Alberta, assisting the
Family with arrangements, (1-877-896-8555).
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
CANNING, Edith Garriock DAVIES, Diane
Edith Garriock Canning formerly of Milo passed away May 27, Diane Davies passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2011
2011 at Didsbury, Alberta at the age of 89 years. at the Didsbury Hospital. Diane was a community leader who
Edith was born August 23, 1921 on the family homestead at dedicated a significant portion of her talented time to the service
Arrowwood, third child of John and Annie Goldthorpe. She of her constituents all while being an exceptional mother. Mom
attended Eastway School for ten years when she quit to stay at was an avid cribbage player (a provincial cribbage champion), a
home and help her mother on the farm. She assisted with the dedicated Toronto Blue Jays fan, and an active member of the
cooking and cleaning and chores for several years due to her Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #172 of Cremona, Alberta. She
mothers failing health. She eventually began working for was a good listener and the voice of reason. Diane was
numerous farmers throughout the community as a homemaker. predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Josephine McKinnon,
In the spring of 1943 while working at Castle's, Alberta on a two husbands, David Sirr (1965) and Arthur Davies (2002). She
sheep camp she met Archie Garriock and they were married in is survived by four brothers: Ralph, Ronnie (Shirley), Donnie
June of 1944. They began their lives together north of Bassano (Marjorie), and Lauchlin (Donna). She is further survived by her
working on a horse ranch with 2500 head of horses. Archie seven children: Delbert Sirr (Shirley), Deb Wilson (Donald),
worked with the animals and Edith was a homemaker for the Desmond, Duane, Donna (Tim Collins), Deanna (Frank Goldie),
family and ranch hands. They worked the ranch until moving to Denise (Shawn Thompson); 16 grandchildren and 9
the Brooks area in the spring of 1946 where they resided until great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A
moving to Oyen in 1953 where Edith stayed at home and raised celebration of Diane’s life was held at the Cremona
her family. In 1958 they moved to the Atlee area where they Congregational Church, 202 – 2 Street West, Cremona on
bought and ran a grocery store for five years until the business Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ian Mason
was destroyed by a fire in March of 1963. After the fire Edith officiating. Memorial donations can be made to the Royal
began working for the Mitchener Centre in Red Deer and lived in Canadian Legion, Branch #172 of Cremona. Condolences can be
Blackfalds, Penhold and eventually moved to Red Deer in 1982. forwarded to the family at
In 1983 Archie passed away and she continued working at the www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are in Care
Centre until retiring in 1984. Following her retirement she of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury.
remained in Red Deer until July of 1998 when she moved to Phone 403 335 4773. Locally owned and operated, proudly
Calgary and then to Milo in May of 2001. Edith then moved to serving Mountain View County for over 46 years!
Didsbury and married Lawrence Canning June 26, 2004 and has
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continued to reside in Didsbury since.
Edith loved her family and spending time with them. She also
enjoyed knitting, crocheting, having made afghans for all of her DEUTSCH, John "Jack"
children and grandchildren, sewing, making numerous wedding With grieving hearts, Jack's family announces the passing of
ensembles over the years and handicrafts of all kinds, gardening John "Jack" Deutsch on Sunday May 8 at the age of 76 years. He
and canning. was cherished by his wife Marion of 54 years; daughters Brenda
Beloved wife of Lawrence Canning of Didsbury, loving mother of (Jim), Diana (Scott); grandchildren Chrystal (Justin), Michael,
a daughter Norma (Jerry) Irwin of Calgary, four sons Wesley Alexandra Jacqueline, David and Matthew; brother Walter (Pat)
(Mary Lou) of Vulcan, Don (Arla) of Magrath, John (Ethel) of and other beloved family members and friends. Celebration of
Drumheller, Dan (Leanne) of Abbotsford, B.C., twelve Jack's Life was held on Monday May 16, 2011 at Zion Evangelical
grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, two sisters Mary Missionary Church, Didsbury with Richard Pahl officiating.
Hoffman of Leduc, Lorraine Stumpf of Milo, a brother Mervin Interment followed at the Didsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
(Frances) Goldthorpe of High River, nieces and nephews. memorial tributes may be made directly to STARS Air
Edith was predeceased by her first husband Archie in 1983, a Ambulance. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with
brother Hirst in 1986, three brothers-in-law Ken Stumpf in 1980, arrangements. 403-507-8610.
Harriet in 2001(Len in 1991) White, Martin Hoffman in 1996 and www.heartlandfuneralservices.com
her parents. Publication Date: 2011/05/17
At Edith's request a small family service was held on Sunday
June 12, 2011 with cremation.
In lieu of flowers tributes in Edith's memory could be made to DOERING, Albert "Bert"
either the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta 1825 Park Rd. 1939 – 2011 -- Bert passed away peacefully at his home
S.E. Calgary T2G 3Y6 of the Charity of your Choice. Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at the age of 71.
Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Directors. Bert was born Saturday, July 8th, 1939 in Empress Alberta to
Telephone 485-2633. E-mail condolences through parents Theodore and Amelia Doering. He was raised and
www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca. attended school in Etonia, Saskatchewan.
In 1968 he married Helen Eichler of Bigger, Saskatchewan and
Publication Date: 2011/06/14 together they farmed in Rolling Hills, Alberta until moving to
Craigmyle, Alberta in 1974 to continue farming. In 1977 they
CHAYESKI, Byron James made their final move settling and farming in Didsbury, Alberta.
September 4, 1972 - July 8, 2011 -- It's with great sadness the Bert was a member of the Elks, Kinsmen-K40. He enjoyed
passing of a son, brother and father. Byron was predeceased by attending every auction he could to "Bull S---" with the boys. He
his mother Cathy. He leaves to cherish his memory, his children, almost always ended up buying something to bring home. He
Christopher, Chantel, Curtis and their mother Lesa, Avery and also enjoyed curling and attending the accordion music festival
her mother Alana and his partner JocelineWienbender and in Kimberly, B.C. every year. He volunteered for a variety of
daughter Amber, his father Harvey of Port Alberni, BC, Brother events over the years but his greatest loves were farming and
Barry (Shelley) of Calgary, sister Brenda Edinger of Didsbury, playing with his granddaughters. He spoiled them rotten with his
brother Kevin of Prince Rupert, BC, brother JJ of Vancouver, BC, love and time. In his later years Bert and Helen enjoyed
step-dad Gordon Gebers of Didsbury, seven nephews and one travelling to different parts of the world. Most memorable were
niece, many aunts, uncles and cousins and his extended EMS Cuba and Europe.
family. A private family service was held at the cemetery Bert leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years Helen, his two
following a celebration of his life at the complex. Byron will be sons Vance and Kevin, his daughter-in-law Lynn, two
sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. granddaughters Morgan and Gjoa. He also leaves behind
brothers and sisters Elvena (John) Baes, Alan (Bev) Doering,
Publication Date: 2011/07/26 Helen Stotz, Doreen (Al) Peers, Rosalee (John) Doering /
Powers, Don (Lotte) Doering.
Memorial Services to be held Thursday April 21st, 2011 at
1:00pm at the Olds Legion with a celebration of life to follow. If
friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to
STARS Foundation 1441 – Aviation PK N.E. Box 570 Calgary,
Alberta T2E 9Z9 or The Heart and Stroke Foundation 202, 5913
-50 Ave, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4C4. Condolence to the family
can be forwarded from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1431
– 21 Ave Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0. Phone: 403-335-4773.
Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community
For Over 46 Years.
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
DOYLE, Michael GILLRIE, Natalie
Mike Doyle of Didsbury, Alberta died peacefully surrounded by Natalie was born July 11, 1927 in Medicine Hat to Norman and
family on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Red Deer Hospital. Born Leah MacKenzie and was six years older of the two MacKenzie
in Ramsgate, England on March 15, 1946 to Audrey and Ken girls. As a big sister she was always patient and easy-going,
Doyle. His family immigrated to Canada when Mike was a child never minding her little sister tailing behind her and her
and he attended school in Calgary, Alberta. Mike was proud to wonderful circle of friends. She was raised a good Scotch
be a tradesman and he worked as a pipefitter in the oil industry. Presbyterian and was the rosy-cheeked favourite of the
He was a strong union man and his skill and work ethic quickly MacKenzie grandparents in Ontario. Music was always an
earned him advancement to foreman, then supervisor. He ended important part of Natalie’s life. She took piano lessons very
his working career as a supervising consultant for several oil early. Singing in the school and church choirs as well as with
companies. He enjoyed camping and fishing with family and Melody Maids, meant a great deal and continued throughout her
friends spending many weekends at their favourite spots that he life. Swimming was another pastime that continued all through
found while he was working across the province. Mike was Natalie’s life. She grew up across the street from a swimming
always the first person to offer help with home improvements, pool and consequently her house was a great meeting place for
repairs or vehicles, he could fix or build anything. Mike was a friends, a trait that continued through her life. She did graduate
loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. Mike is from the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria in 1950 with her
lovingly remembered by his wife Bibs, of 43 years; sons Kelly Nursing Degree. What an appropriate career for such a loving
and Tim; grandchildren Jenna and Maddi; mother Audrey, sister person! Natalie returned to Medicine Hat after graduating and
Linda and nieces Shelly and Christie. To honour Mike’s wishes, worked in the Medical Clinic. In 1953, she moved to Red Deer to
there will be no service; this was a request that was typical of nurse in the paediatric unit at the hospital. Life took an upturn
Mike. He also requested there be no flowers but would after she met Ken. They were married in 1954 and lived on the
appreciate donations made in his name to S.T.A. R.S., Box 570, farm in Didsbury where she continued to nurse. In 1959, a year
1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 who he of real change, Natalie and Ken opened a menswear store in
believed were true heroes. Olds and were also blessed with their son Scott. Both were life
What is a world without Mike Doyle . . . . . . less. shaping events. Living in Olds was a busy life. Natalie was
PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, 12 East Lake Way president of many organizations a truly active and devoted
NE, Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111. member of the community. She was a great hostess and
thoroughly enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Natalie
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had many hobbies among them were gardening, weaving and
cross-stitch. In her later years, she enjoyed her weekly bridge
FREEMAN, Donald Whitman games, swimming and singing in the church choir. Her legacy of
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald sharing, caring and giving will truly be missed. Natalie is
Freeman on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Didsbury Hospital at the survived by her husband Ken of 56 years; one son Scott
age of 81 years. Don will be lovingly remembered by his partner (Colleen) of Cold Lake; sister Janet Bauerfind as well as
of 27 years, Flo Cunningham; his daughter Patricia Lavender; his numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Memorial
brothers, Bruce (Jean) Freeman, Jack (Nellie) Freeman; services were held on Tuesday March 1, 2011 at Olds United
step-daughter Cheryl Hill; grandsons Jordan (Lacey) Hill and Church with Reverend Dong Chun Seo officiating. Memorial
Matthew Hill; great granddaughter Cassidee "Peanut" Hill; tributes may be made directly to the Olds United Church or Olds
friends Rosemarie and Bill Doyle and family and his good buddy Hospital and Care Centre.
Wayne (Cheryl) Rowlandson; as well as numerous other Heartland Funeral Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with
relatives and friends. At Don's request no Funeral Service will be arrangements. 403-507-8610
held. In lieu of flowers donations in Don's memory may be made www.heartlandfuneralservices.com
to the Didsbury Fire Department, PO Box 1500, Didsbury,
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Personal Alternative Funeral Services, (403) 335-9666 or
1-888-216-5111. GOLE, Barbara Ann
February 8, 2011 -- Barbara Ann Gole of Red Deer, Alberta,
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passed away peacefully on February 8, 2011 at the Red Deer
Regional Hospital at the age of 61 years.
FULKERTH, Robert (Bob) Walter Barbara was born in Didsbury, Alberta on Aug. 7, 1949. She is
March 5, 1931 - May 5, 2011 -- Bob Fulkerth of Didsbury passed survived by five brothers and sisters; Grace Gromiuk of
away peacefully at Rockyview Hospital in Calgary on Thursday Dousman, Wisconsin, Stan (Eunice) Gole of Didsbury, Alberta,
May 5, 2011. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean, Ruth (Bryan) Summers of Edmonton, Alberta, Herb (Donna)
son Darin (Bernie) and family of Ardrossan, Alberta, daughter Gole of Winlaw, B.C., and Jim (Susan) Gole of Didsbury, Alberta
Karen Hutton (Rob) and family, of Calgary. He was predeceased as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by
by his parents, Walter and Mollie Fulkerth of Didsbury. A private her father, Allen Gole, and mother, Ann Gole.
family interment service was held on May 10, 2011 at the Relatives and friends celebrated her life at the Golden Circle
Didsbury Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Seniors’ Centre at 4620 – 47A Ave., Red Deer, Alberta, on
charity of one's choice. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds Sunday, February 13 from 2 – 4 pm.
entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
GOODING, Douglas William HURST, Audrey Grace
Douglas William Gooding of Didsbury passed away peacefully Audrey Grace Hurst (nee Currie) of Didsbury, passed away
April 26, 2011. Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Audrey's
He was the youngest of four children born to Frank and Minerva memory will be cherished by her two daughters, three sons,
Gooding on April 16, 1924. He was raised on the family farm eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Audrey spent
east of Didsbury. On June 17, 1949 Doug married Jean Sullivan many years training and competing in both Highland and
and together they had 6 children. After retiring from farming National Dance. She became a dance judge, a charter member
they moved to town. Doug was active in the farming community, of Canadian Dance Teachers Assoc., a member of Coste House
Lions Club and curling. His home was always open to family and Arts Centre, Mount Royal, Calgary.
friends who frequented on several occasions. He loved his family Audrey was born on May 5, 1926 the second daughter of Sarah
above all else and cherished his moments with his grandchildren and Archie Currie. Archie was a well-known horseman and
and great-children. He was a man of few words with a quick wit. passed his abiding love of the American Saddlebred horse on to
Doug was predeceased by his parents, loving wife Jean, son Audrey. She was honoured for her service to the American
Ron, sister Audrey, brothers Eric and Art. Saddlebred Horse Association of Alberta with a Life Membership
He is survived by Kathy (Dave) Shields, Ken (Bonnie) Gooding, and was inducted into the American Saddlebred Association of
Debbie (Larry) Craig, Joan (Neville) Marshall, and Rick Gooding Canada's Hall of Honour.
(special friend Correen); grandchildren Allan (Joey) Shields, Audrey is survived by daughters Arlene (Allan) Morrish of
Chris (Nicole) Dussault, Dalene (Rob) Scott, Cory Shields, Jolene Didsbury, Audrey (Monty) Pharis of Strathmore, three sons;
(Eric) Kirk, Tammy (Robert) Waplak, Ralene (Ian) McCulloch, Archie (Leslie) Hurst of Sherwood Park, Robert Hurst Jr. of
Sean (Angela) Sylvestre, Michelle Sylvestre, Dionna Gooding; 16 Didsbury and John (Irene) Hurst of Didsbury, sisters Arlene
great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother Walker of Cochrane; Margaret (Jim) Scarrow of Sexsmith,
in-law Victor (Yvonne) Sullivan, sisters-in-law Nellie (Jack) Sharon (Eldon) Evans, St. Albert and numerous nieces,
Freeman, Shirley (Charlie) Snyder, Ethel Gooding and Shirley nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She is predeceased
Gooding. When someone you love becomes a memory, the by her husband Robert; parents Archie and Sarah Currie;
memory becomes a treasure. In keeping with Doug's wishes, a son-in-law Garry Litke, brothers-in-law Dick and Jack Hurst;
private family graveside will be held. In lieu of flowers, sister-in-law Elizabeth Hurst, and nephew Gary Hurst.
donations can be made to STARS Air Ambulance, Rosebud It is very hard to condense 85 years of life into a few words, but
Health Foundation or charity of your choice. Heartland Funeral most of all Mom was all about family, she had a great and
Services Ltd, Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610. abiding love for her late husband Bob and children. She would
www.heartlandfuneralservices.com not want anyone to be saddened by her passing but rather
celebrate her life and remember the good times; and they were
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plentiful. A "Come and Go Tea" was held at the Elks Hall,
Didsbury, AB on Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 2 - 4 pm.
HUNSPERGER, Larry Condolences may be forwarded to the family at
Larry Hunsperger of Didsbury passed away on Monday, July 25, www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are
2011 at the Didsbury Hospital at the age of 60 years. Larry and entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 - 21 Avenue,
Glenda farmed west of Didsbury. Larry's life was remembered on Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0. Phone 403 335 4773.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:00pm at the Zion Evangelical
Missionary Church. Condolences to the family may be forwarded Publication Date: 2011/06/7
from www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements
entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapels, Didsbury. Phone: JACKSON, Thomas Sydney
403-335-4773. Proudly serving our community for over 48 Nov. 6, 1953 - Dec. 25, 2010 -- With great sadness the family of
years. Tom announce that he passed away on Christmas Day. He was
predeceased by his father, Sydney, in 2006 and his sister,
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Trudeen, in 2005. He is mourned by his wife, Marlene Reinhart
and her son David of Didsbury, and by his daughter, Dena Hart
HUNTER, Catherine Ruth of Red Deer. He is also mourned by his loving mother, Donna of
Catherine Ruth Hunter passed away peacefully at the Olds Long Calgary; his brothers Mike (Nerrilee) of Australia, Grant (Holly)
Term Care Centre on Thursday July 7th, 2011 at the age of 96 of Richmond; his sisters Theresa (Paul) of Gull Lake, Tracey
years. Catherine was born at Embro, Ontario on October 15th, (Chris) of Innisfail, Lorraine and Brenda of Calgary, and Wanda
1914, the only child of John R. and Hilda Peters. Catherine is of Listowel. He is also survived by numerous nieces and
survived by her five children Douglas J. Hunter (Brenda) of nephews. At Tom’s request there will be a private family
Caroline, AB, Elizabeth L. (Betty) Kissinger of Mulino, Oregon, memorial. The Jackson family would like to thank the staff at the
Murray G. Hunter (Sandy) of Wilsonville, Oregon, C. Ruth Hunter Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary and the doctors and staff at
of Calgary, AB, and Leila J. Schwartzenberger (Grant) of Sundre, the Acute Care Unit in the Olds Hospital.
AB. Also surviving is a nephew Kevin Delbridge of Grand Bend,
ON, and a niece, Diane Delbridge of Exeter, ON. She was Publication Date: 2011/01/04
predeceased by her husband Howard J. Hunter, in 1998 and also
by her son-in-law William T. (Buff) Kissinger in 2007. Catherine KONSCHUH, Ethel Adene
was blessed with nine grandchildren and ten October 27, 1915 - April 3, 2011 -- Mrs. Ethel Konschuh of Red
great-grandchildren. Catherine will be remembered for her quiet Deer, Alberta, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the age
determination and her faithful commitment to her Lord and to of 95. Ethel was born in Calgary on October 27, 1915 to
her family. Her wisdom, humour and listening ear will be dearly Dunham and Emma James. Ethel is survived by her sister, Lois
missed by her family. She was a faithful wife, mother, Sexton; numerous nieces and nephews as well as her special
grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend. We will friend Dorothy (Ken) Eggins. Ethel was raised in Calgary and
treasure the legacy that she left for us. Those wishing to pay attended Normal School in 1935. She spent the majority of her
their respects may do so at the Memorial Service which will be teaching career in Westcott and Didsbury. Ethel retired in 1977
held at the Bergen Missionary Church Fellowship on Saturday, and moved to Kelowna. After Allan's passing in 1997 Ethel
July 30th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The family would like to extend moved to Red Deer to be closer to family.
special thanks to the nurses and staff of the Olds Long Term Ethel was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Allan
Care for their kind love and attention to our mother for the past Konschuh; her parents; sisters Jennette Lunt, Edie English, Teale
8 ½ years. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made Togstad; brothers Buster, Bill, Gordie, Charlie; and her first
directly to the Olds Long Term Care. husband Mac Trussler.
A memorial service was held at Eventide Funeral Chapel on
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Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in
Ethel's honor may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation,
202 - 5913 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4C4.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family at
email@example.com. Arrangements entrusted to
EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS
4820 - 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222.
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
LONG (Wittred), Dorothy Joy MILLER, Hazel
Sept. 12, 1945 - May 27, 2011 -- Joy Long passed away Sept 20th, 1926 – January 20th, 2011 -- Hazel Miller of
peacefully in her home the evening of Friday, May 27, 2011. Didsbury, Alberta, passed away peacefully on January 20th.
She was predeceased by her father James Wittred, father-in-law Hazel was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire, UK. Her father was an
Persey Long; son Christopher Long, mother-in-law Moddie Long officer in the Royal Navy and this connection brought Hazel in
and mother Dorothy Wittred. touch with Ian Miller, a young doctor enlisted in the Navy as a
She is survived by her husband, Robert Long of 46 years of Surgeon Lieutenant. In September 1945, Hazel and Ian were
Didsbury; son Adam Long of Olds; daughter Susan (Steve) married. In 1946 Hazel moved to Shepperton-on-Thames where
Sokall of Port Hope, Ontario; brother Dave Ian had taken over a medical practice. Hazel’s two eldest sons,
(Gladys) Wittred of Lindsay, Ontario; sister Alena (Charlie) Andrew and Jeremy, were born shortly thereafter. In 1957, Ian
Harbidge of Innisfail; numerous nieces, nephews and and Hazel embarked on a new chapter in their lives and
great-nieces and nephews. emigrated to Canada, settling in Didsbury. Hazel’s third son,
Joy will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. Philip, was born two years later. In 1967 Hazel and Ian moved to
A private family service was held at a later date. Edmonton, staying there until Ian’s retirement in 1978. Hazel
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your and Ian moved to their cottage on the 108 Ranch in central
choice. British Columbia, where they spent many happy years exploring
Joy is now free of all her pain and is now at peace. the backroads of BC in their camper and cross-country skiing in
the winter months. In 1994 they returned to Didsbury to be
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closer to their family.
Hazel was always an active member of the local Anglican
McINNIS, Betty (Elizabeth) Church, and served in various capacities at St. Cyprian’s in
March 20, 1935 – February 17, 2011 -- It is with great sadness Didsbury, St. George’s in Edmonton, and St. Timothy’s in 100
that we, the McInnis Family, announce the passing of our loving Mile House. Hazel was also a volunteer with Family Services
Mom, Betty (Elizabeth) McInnis, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 Association in Edmonton, a founder member of the 100 Mile
at the Didsbury Hospital. She was born in Bassano, AB on March Hospice/Palliative Care Society, and a volunteer with the Pet
20, 1935, married to Frank McInnis. They lived in Didsbury, AB, Visitation program at Didsbury Hospital.
moving to Olds, AB, then moving back to Didsbury, AB where During Hazel’s life so many were touched by her kindness and
she resided until her passing. Mom was involved a great deal generosity. Wherever she went, Hazel left behind lasting
with everything her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids did up friendships and undying loyalty. Within her family, Hazel had
until many special bonds: loyal partner and caregiver to Ian, loving
her health limited her activity. She was a loving and devoted mother to her sons and a source of wisdom and inspiration to
Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Sister, Sister-in-law, her grandchildren. Hazel’s life may be gone but her spirit lives
Aunt and Loyal Friend to many. She was predeceased by her on in all of us.
husband Frank, her sons Bob and Larry, and daughter Debbie. Hazel is survived by her husband Ian, sons Andrew (Ardis),
Mom will be missed greatly by her children Norman & Cory, Jeremy (Linda), and Philip (Anne), and grandchildren Graeme,
Kelvin & Sue, Brenda & Ken, Ron and Chris, Lynn and Harvey, Andrea, Julie, Bryanne, Ian, Brian, Alex, and Kevin. A Memorial
Mona & Neil, Larrie and Marlene, 17 grandchildren and 22 Service celebrating Hazel’s life will be held at St Cyprian’s
great-grandchildren. Anglican Church, 2037 -24th Avenue, Didsbury at 2 on
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Wednesday January 26th. Flowers will be donated to the
Chapel, Olds, AB. Memorial service to be held Wednesday, long-term care facility at Didsbury Hospital. The family would
February 23, 2011, 1 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Chapel. In like to thank the staff at
lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer the Didsbury Hospital and the Cardiac ICU at the Foothills
Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association. Hospital for their care, understanding, and kindness.
Publication Date: 2011/02/22 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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NUNN-WINGER, Mabel Margaret
Mabel Margaret Nunn-Winger (nee Sharp) of Didsbury passed
away on March 28, 2011 in the Didsbury Long Term Care Unit at
the age of 88 years with her family at her side. She was born
November 9, 1922 at Manyberries, Alberta. One of 9 children,
she is survived by daughter Rita (Bob) Allen of Madeira Park,
B.C., son George (Laura) Nunn of Chilliwack, B.C. and son
Robert Nunn of Plymouth, UK. Mabel is also survived by 8
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Helen Clayton and
brother Allan Sharp and many nieces and nephews. She was
predeceased by her first husband Bob Nunn and her second
husband Harold Winger, 1 sister and 5 brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in her memory may be
made to the Long Term Care Unit, Didsbury District Health
Services, PO Bag 130, Didsbury, AB. T0M 0W0. Viewing will be
available for those who wish on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 10:30
am at Mountain View Funeral Chapel in Didsbury. Following the
viewing, a small family graveside service will be held prior to the
memorial service at the Carstairs Cemetery. A celebration of her
life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the
Carstairs Bancroft United Church with Rev. Bryan Derksen
Condolences to the family may be forwarded from
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
to Mountain View Funeral Chapels, Didsbury. Locally owned and
operated. Proudly serving our community for over 46 years.
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
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 PEDERSEN, Myrtle Florence
Alberta Pork Producers Marketing Board. The Board continues to Myrtle Florence Pedersen passed away peacefully on Wednesday,
operate, now under the name of the Alberta Producers Development December 29, 2010 at the age of 90 years. Myrtle is survived by
Corporation. one daughter, Julene (DeLin Crofts) McCleary; 4 sons, David
Richard is known as the father of Alberta's pork marketing system. (Doris), Donald (Brenda), Wilfred and Chris Pedersen; 6
His concern for the well being and success of agriculture in Alberta grandchildren, Robin (Carrie) McCleary, Tracy McCleary, Sonja
was second to none and earned him a well-deserved place in the (Mark) Dick, Jonathan (Dionne Baergen) Pedersen, Jason and
Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1989. His foresight, diligence and Adam Pedersen and 6 great-grandchildren.
dedication helped to develop a marketing system that had paid Myrtle was predeased by her husband Robert in September
dividends to both hog producers and pork consumers. He was 2001. Myrtle was born on April 11, 1920 in Jenner, Alberta and
appointed to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council by married Robert in 1944. They farmed for 48 years and retired to
the Alberta Government and served from 1968 to 1976. Richard was Didsbury, Alberta.
also involved in the formation of a provincial weather modification Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7th, 2011 1 p.m.
co-op (hail suppression). at Zion Evangelical Missionary Church, corner of Highway 582
Richard was a kind, gentle man, well respected, and had a genuine and 20th Avenue at the east entrance to Didsbury, Alberta.
sincerity and concern for everyone. He was devoted to his family, his Interment to follow from the Didsbury Cemetery. In lieu of
community, with a love for farming. His sense of humour, his strong flowers, memorial tributes may be made in Myrtle’s honour to
sense of fair play and integrity will be missed by all. He was a pioneer the Salvation Army Alberta & Northern Territories Divisional
of a passing generation which worked to improve the industry and Headquarters, 9618 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H
the way of life that had been built by Alberta's first pioneers. 0C7. The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation
He was a person who, in the immortal words of Robert Frost, to the caregivers at the Didsbury District Health Services for
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... their kindness and care. Condolences may be forwarded to the
I took the one less traveled by, family at www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements
And that has made all the difference." entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapels 5226 – 46 Street,
Richard was predeceased by parents, Eli and Dorothy, his loving wife Olds, Alberta. Phone 403-556-3223.
of 55 years, Evelyn, and his brother Geoffrey. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly Serving Our Community
Celebrating his life, cherishing his memory and missing him: For Over 46 Years!
Richard's present wife of seven years, his five children: Everett Publication Date: 2011/01/04
(Susan) of Didsbury, Sheila of Airdrie, William (Bill) of Mallorytown,
Ontario, Audrey (Peter) Bealing of Didsbury, Eileen (Bruck Hallock) of
Didsbury, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; his brothers
Brian, Michael, Derek and sister Mary (Ron) Devolin, cousins, nieces,
nephews, and many lifelong friends.
Memorial services were held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Zion
Evangelical Missionary Church, Didsbury, AB. Memorial donations
may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements in care of Sunset Funeral Service Linden,
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Obituaries AUG. 23/2011
POTHIER, Brian Roderick RAHN, Clifford
January 13, 1947 - March 15, 2011 -- Brian Roderick Pothier of 1934-2011 -- Clifford (Cliff) William Rahn, age 77, passed away
Airdrie passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the age of at his home in Didsbury, Alberta on Saturday, June 18, 2011
64 years. He was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on January 13, following a difficult battle with cancer.
1947. He and Linda were married in 1974, and together they Cliff was born January 29, 1934 in Winnipeg, MB to Wilhellm and
had three children- Ryan, Angela and Kim. Brian was Lydia Rahn. He attended Pinkham Elementary School where he
predeceased by his wife Linda, son Ryan, and his mom Phyllis excelled in art and academics and then Faraday Junior High. The
Graham. He is survived by his daughters Angela, Kim, and family moved to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 1949 where he
Tamara; granddaughters Adrianna and Kayla; sister Myrna; and attended John Oliver High School and sang in the Grace
numerous family and friends. Evangelical Church choir. It was at this time that he gave his life
A private family service will be held. Friends joined Brian’s family to Christ and went on to attend Hillcrest Christian College,
for a gathering at Bogey’s Pub in Airdrie on Monday, March 21, Medicine Hat, AB in 1956 to 1958. While attending Hillcrest he
2011 from 7 to 9 p.m. Please forward condolences through met Dolores Besler and they were married on Aug 29, 1958.
www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations Cliff's strong desire to become an ordained minister led them to
may be made to the Linda Pothier Memorial Fund, in care of Portland, Oregon in 1961 so Cliff could attend Cascade College.
Westglen School (Bag 200, Didsbury AB T0M 0W0, payable to Upon graduation from Cascade in 1963 he received his first
Westglen School). pastoral position in Leader, SK where Cliff was the pastor of the
In living memory of Brian Pothier, a tree will be planted at Big Evangelical Church. He later pastored in Castor and Vulcan, AB
Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL with his last pastoral position in Didsbury, AB with the Didsbury
HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie. Evangelical Church from 1976 to 1982. Upon retiring from the
Telephone: 1-800-661-1599. ministry Cliff continued to worship his Lord and Saviour while
truck driving with Alberta Starline Trucking and then Christensen
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Carriers until his diagnosis in 2010.
As a child Cliff enjoyed spending time on his Uncle Bill's farm
PROSS, Mary always eager to lend a hand or just have fun with his cousins.
Mary passed away peacefully April 21, 2011 at the age of 92. He had many fond memories singing in the Shepard's Voices.
She was born December 25, 1918 in Innisfail, AB. Mary was During his later years he spent many hours with his
predeceased by her husband Lester on May 29, 1994. She grandchildren and could be regularly found downstairs in yet
leaves behind to mourn her passing, her son and another floor hockey match with one of them.
daughter-in-law Doug and Kim, grandchildren: Justin, Michelle, Cliff is lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife
Kayla and Mike. Great-grandchildren: Trinity, Ayden and Kenna. Dolores, his children Carl (Brenda) Rahn and Calvin (Cindy)
She will also be lovingly remembered by Andy Morton, Vic & Rahn, his grandchildren Zachary, Joseph, Andrew and Lucas
Yvonne Sullivan, her relatives, friends and the staff from the Rahn, his sister Lenora (Bud) Farris of Austin, Texas, his brother
Lodge. Mary touched many lives over the years and will always Wes (Adina) Rahn of Vancouver, BC and his Aunt Adeline
be remember for her strength, kindness and sense of humour. (Wayne) Scheer of Calgary, AB.
The family would like to thank the staff of Aspen Ridge Lodge for Also left to cherish warm memories of Cliff are many loved
the loving and compassionate care shown to Mary. You made it cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
home for her. A private interment was held at the Didsbury Cemetery prior to
At Mary's request no services will be held. She will be laid to rest his Memorial Service at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at
beside her husband at the Didsbury Cemetery. the Zion Evangelical Missionary Church with Pastor Mike Morgan
If friends so desire a donation may be made to the: Alberta officiating.
Cancer Foundation In support of the Tom Baker Cancer Center,
710 — 10123 99 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1. Arrangements Publication Date: 2011/07/12
entrusted to Personal Alternatives Funeral Services.
REMMEL, Louise (nee Wiebe)
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Mrs. Louise Remmel (nee Wiebe) was born September 2, 1918;
she passed away peacefully January 27, 2011 at the Rosedale
RADFORD, Martha Wilhelmina "Matt" Hospice. Louise is survived by her sister Mary Brown (Henry) of
Mrs. Martha Wilhelmina "Matt" Radford of Mountain View County, Didsbury, Alberta as well as many nieces and nephews from
beloved wife of Roger Radford passed away at the Didsbury across Canada and a wonderful circle of dear friends. Louise was
Health Centre on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the age of 95 years. predeceased by her loving husband Herman; sisters: Helen and
Matt's memory will be treasured by her loving husband Roger, Anne as well as brothers: Jake, John and George. Louise will be
her daughter Jacquie, six grandchildren and numerous deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched. Funeral
great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew Service for Louise will be held Thursday, February 3, 2011 at
and loved her. Matt will be laid to rest at the Olds Cemetery at a Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury at
later date following cremation. If friends so desire, Memorial 11 a.m. Viewing will be prior to the service. The family wishes to
donations in Matt's name may be directed to the Heart and express their special thanks to the staff and volunteers at the
Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #101, 5208 - 53rd Avenue, Red Rosedale Hospice who cared for her during her time there. In
Deer, AB T4N 5K2 or to the charity of donor's choice. lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Rosedale
Condolences may be forwarded to the family at Hospice, 920 – 7A Street N.W, Calgary, AB T2M 3J3. Funeral
www.mountainviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are in care Arrangements are entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel,
of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 - 21 Avenue, Didsbury. 1413 - 21 Avenue, Didsbury. Phone: 403 335 4773.
Phone 403 335 4773. Locally owned and operated serving our
community for over 46 years. Publication Date: 2011/02/01
Publication Date: 2011/05/31 ROBILLARD, Rosemary
1942-2011 -- "We held your hand as you left this world, you are
forever in our hearts"
Rosemary Passed away on Monday July 11, 2011 at the Red
Deer Hospice after a long and courageous battle with breast
cancer. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Andre; her
daughters Andrea (Kevin) Holm and Nicole (Matt) Martens; her
grandchildren, Gavin, Brendin and Alysa Holm; Noah and Ayla
Martens. You may pay your respects to Rosemary at the
Memorial Tree Park, located in Gasoline Alley, Red Deer, Alberta,
where tree N-7 has been planted in her memory and honor. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rosemary's name may be
made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue,
Red Deer, Alberta, T4R 3S6. Condolences may be sent or viewed
at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of
Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and
Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer,
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RULE, Berneice Alberta Steckly SNYDER, Charlie (Chuck)
Berneice Alberta Steckly Rule was born in Didsbury, Alberta on Charlie (Chuck) Snyder of Didsbury passed away peacefully on
October 14, 1930 to Harry and Thelma Steckly. She passed Monday, May 16, 2011, at the age of 90 years. Charles is
away on December 6, 2010 in Olds, Alberta. She attended lovingly remembered by his family: wife Shirley: children: Linda,
Jackson School west of Carstairs Didsbury area, growing up with Bruce (Jinny), Howie (Mary Ellen), Shelley, Lynn (Cindy), Lyle
her younger sister Yvonne and living near all her Steckly cousins (Lorie), Penny (Geoff), Perry (Mary-Anne), Bryon (Patty), as well
until her parents moved them to Calgary in 1940. She graduated as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and 4 sisters.
from Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, she was active in He was predeceased by his first wife Gloria, infant son Rodney,
First Baptist Church CGIT, and was a Girl Scout leader. 7 brothers, 3 sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The family moved to Edmonton in 1948 where Berneice The following excerpt was written by Charlie (Dad, Grandpa) for
graduated from McTavish Business College. She met Ross the Snyder Family Chronicle.
Stanley Rule while working in a record store mistaking him for Charles Orville Snyder
someone else, and that led to their marriage on August 18, Charles was the eleventh child born to William Huber and
1951 at First Baptist Church in Edmonton. Eleanora May Snyder, on July 3, 1920. Some of my earliest
She and Ross moved to Calgary in 1952 where she worked as a memories are of the large table at meal time with as many as
secretary for several years. With the move to Calgary came the eighteen people at the table. The boys sat on one side and the
children - daughter, Shelley Maureen, in 1958 and son, Gordon girls on the other. Alfred and Alton were always on either side of
Jay, in 1961. The family then moved to the San Francisco Bay Grandpa Brado. By this time Oscar and Lloyd were out working,
area in 1964, ultimately settling in San Jose, California. She was but were home on Sundays. The older girls did the house work
active in several churches as a pianist/organist and secretary. and the cooking. The boys did the chores. They milked a lot of
Berneice was employed as a school secretary, health aide, and cows and had a lot of chickens (I fed the chickens.)
teacher’s assistant in several school districts for 19 years. The Snyder boys had their own hockey team. They played
Berneice was a past Senior Counsellor of the United Commercial against other teams in the community in open air rinks.
Travelers of America Ladies Auxiliary. Berneice loved to knit and Fall was a fun time, after harvest we would fill our straw ticks
crochet, learning as a child and supplying blankets during WWII. with fresh straw. The first night was a challenge to stay on
She played tennis in her younger years and enjoyed gardening them, as they were so full and high.
and bird watching. There were at least six children attending Grand Centre school
She and Ross moved to Didsbury in 1990 where she was the at one time. One of us always got to ride horseback, the rest
choir leader at the United Church, sang with the 5-0 singers, walked. The janitor had to be there extra early to light the fire
and a member of the Westcott Women’s Institute. In 1997, they and do other duties. I was janitor for two years. We received
moved to Fairfield, Ohio to be closer to family. In 2002, they $10.00 a month in the winter and $5.00 in summer, (Big
moved back to Didsbury, as Ross was really retiring. Berneice Wages). Those were fun years I enjoyed school. The school was
rejoined the 5-0 singers, became active in the Didsbury Hospital closed in 1948 and was moved to Hainstock. For years the
Auxiliary, and joined the Red Hatters. school yard was vacant. It is now a private R.V. Park with six
Berneice always had a love of music and had a piano in her units. It is nicely landscaped and treed. It is a spot of beauty.
home and at times an organ. Almost all family gatherings Following school I worked for various farmers in the area. In
included the piano and a love of music that she passed along to 1941 I joined the R.C.A.F. I was stationed in Calgary, Edmonton,
her children and shared with many other family members and ST Thomas Ontario, and Fort MacLeod AB. I was posted
friends. overseas with a bomber group to Topcliffe, England September
Berneice was predeceased by her husband, Ross Rule, sister, 1944. Following V.E. Day, I was transferred to Hamburg
Yvonne Steckly Williams, father, Harry Jason Steckly, and Germany with a fighter squadron on reconnaissance. I was the
mother, Thelma Levagood Steckly, is survived by her children, only member of this large family to join the armed forces.
Shelley Owens and Gordon Rule (Carrie), grandchildren Joshua I returned to Canada March 21, 1946 and bought one quarter
Owens (Wendy), Joey Owens, Ashley Rule, and Adam Rule, four from Dad Snyder. On June 28, 1946, I married Gloria Brown (the
great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and girl I left behind) when I went overseas. We had many trials and
special friends Art, Diane, Rejean, and Rita. tribulations. The second year I had a terrible tractor accident,
A Memorial Service will be held the Mountain View Evangelical when I nearly lost my leg. We were barely getting started when
Missionary Church of Didsbury, 14 Km East of Didsbury on 582, this happened. Without neighbours, friends and family, who
on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the knows what would have become of us. I have never made a
family asks that you make a donation to a local food bank. complete recovery but have managed to get along. We had
PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, 12 East Lake Way years of hail and drought, but in 1959 we decided to go into the
NE, Airdrie, Alberta, (403) 335-9666 & (888) 216-5111. dairy business. We built a dairy set up, milking parlour, pipe line,
bulk tank, as well as a loafing barn. It was very trying – 7 days
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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.
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SPRETER, Fred THOMPSON, Betty Margaret
November 27, 1903 - April 11, 2011 -- It is with great sadness (nee Manderson)
the family announces the passing of Fred Spreter on April 11, 1942 - 2011 -- Betty Margaret Thompson passed away after a
2011 at the age of 107 years. He is survived by his wife of 76 long illness on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the age of 68 years.
years, Catherine (Kitty); daughter Marie (Terry) Heffernan; son Predeceased by her parents, Willis and Dorothy Manderson and
Fred (Evelyn) Spreter; daughter Denise (Jim) Leask; six sister, Kerry Manderson. Lovingly remembered by husband,
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased Norris Thompson; son, Daniel Thompson of Olds, Alberta;
by one grandson. Funeral Services were held at the Crossfield daughter, Lenore Thompson (Liam Lee) of Victoria, B.C; sisters:
United Church at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011 with Brenda Donna (Jim) Gardner of Edmonton, Alberta; Rita Manderson of
Watt officiating. Interment was held prior to the service at the Airdrie, Alberta; Kim (Donald) Kneeland of Camrose, Alberta;
Crossfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may and brother, John (Mernie) Manderson of Cherryvale, B.C. Betty
be made in memory of Fred to Aspen Ridge Lodge, Box 2290, enjoyed a life long career as a hair stylist, owning and operating
Didsbury, AB, T0M 0W0; or Crossfield United Church, Box 233, her own business for many years. During her 20 years in
Crossfield, AB, T0M 0S0; or charity of choice. Heartland Funeral Didsbury, Alberta she provided hairstyling services to the
Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements, 403-507-8610, Didsbury Hospital and long term care facility, bringing a little joy
www.heartlandfunrealservices.com. into the lives of the patients. Betty enjoyed travelling frequently
Publication Date: 2011/04/19 within North America, taking advantage of numerous beautiful
golf courses with her husband. She also enjoyed a trip to
ST. ONGE, Mary Norway in particular the spectacular waterfalls. Summer
vacations were spent camping in various parts of Canada and
In loving memory of Mary Helen St.Onge. Mary passed on to
highlighted by one cross Canada trip made even better by the
God on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in Didsbury, Alberta.
mussels and lobster. Betty volunteered with the Meals of Wheels
Mary was the beloved wife of Maurice for 57 years and the
Program in Didsbury, Alberta and was an active member of the
mother of 5 children - Joanne, Suzanne (deceased), Lynne,
Ladies Auxiliary to the Didsbury Hospital. Betty enjoyed golfing,
Louise and Michael and 5 grandchildren. Mary will be forever
cooking for an army, reading volumes, listening to traditional
remembered by the family for her devotion to life and gentle
country and western music and creating beautiful flower
spirit. May God embrace her blessed soul.
arrangements and sewing. The family wishes to thank Dr. Myslek
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, (403) 335-9666 or
and the very caring staff at the South Okanagan General
Hospital for all their care given to Betty. Donations gratefully
Publication Date: 2011/04/05 appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Memorial Service
was held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Chapel of
STEIGER, Lillian Graham Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Clarke officiated. Interment
June 26, 1941 - May 11, 2011 -- In her work in medicine, followed at the Oliver Cemetery.
tourism and as a Marriage Commissioner, Lillian touched the Arrangements entrusted to: Graham Funeral Home, 34616 –
lives of countless people and will be remembered for her 99th Street, Oliver, (250) 498-3833. Your message of
exceptional caring and kindness. Lillian loved her family, close condolence, sharing your fond memories of Betty may be sent
friends, her poodles, the mountains and her garden,and she to: www.grahamfh.com.
found great fulfillment and joy from them in her retirement. She Publication Date: 2011/01/25
is deeply missed and will be forever lovingly remembered. A
private family remembrance will be held. If friends so desire,
memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S., Box 570, 1441
Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 in acknowledgement
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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WILLIAMS, Leonard Jud WRIGHT, Don
October 18, 1919 - May 26, 2011 -- Our loving Dad was called June 8, 1941 – April 8, 2011 -- Following a courageous journey
into the arms of his Lord and Saviour at the age of 91 at with ALS, Don passed away peacefully in Sundre Hospital. Don is
Didsbury Long Term Care. Dad will forever be loved and lovingly remembered by his wife Lois, son Paul, daughter Donna
cherished by his children Dan (Bev) Williams, Judy (Keith) Beach (Darren), grandchildren Jordan, Morgan, Clayton and
Jepson, Brenda (Doug) Mantai, Cheryl (Don) Mori, Randy Keith, sister Sandra and many nieces and nephews. The family
(Shelene) Williams, Jeff (Joyce) Williams, and their families would like to thank Dr. Souster and the nurses at Sundre
including 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Len is Hospital for their compassionate care of Don. Donations may be
survived by one sister Aileen Jensen. made to the ALS Society, #250, 4723 – 1 Street SW, Calgary,
Len was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Hilda in Alberta T2G 4Y8 or to the Mountain View Evangelical Church,
June of 2009, also by his parents George and Emma Williams, Site 11, Box 10, RR 2, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0 or a charity of
brothers; George Williams, Jay Nixon, and Carroll Nixon and twin choice. A Memorial Service for Don will be held at a later date.
grandsons Chad Douglas Williams, Cameron Robert Williams and Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 12 East Lake Way NE,
great granddaughter Sidney Elise Curlock. Airdrie, Alberta. (403) 335 - 9666 & (888) 216 - 5111.
Dad was born in Nanton, Alberta and spent the first few years of
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his life on the family farm where he developed solid family
values and a strong work ethic. These values served him well
throughout his life. Dad lived his life with faith in his Lord, love
for his Wife and family and a "hard work never hurt anybody"
attitude. He was a man of honesty and integrity.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the
Doctors and staff at Unit 4 Long Term Care, who during the past
three years have touched Dad's life with kindness, compassion
and caring, bringing joy to his life.
If so desired donations in memory of Len can be directed to
Every Home For Christ; P.O. Box 3636 Guelph, Ontario N1H 7S2.
Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2,
2011 at the Carstairs Church of God, 213 - 10th Avenue N.,
Carstairs, Alberta. Following the service Len will be laid to rest at
the Carstairs Cemetery beside his beloved wife Hilda.
Condolences to the family can be forwarded from
www.mountianviewfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted
to Mountain View Funeral Chapel; 1413 - 21 Ave, Didsbury.
Phone 403-335-4773. Locally Owned And Operated, Proudly
Serving Our Community For Over 46 years.
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WOZNEY, Frank Edward
August 9, 1933 – February 5, 2011 -- Frank passed away
suddenly on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at his residence, the
Aspen Ridge Seniors Lodge in Didsbury, Alberta. It is with sad
hearts that we say “we will see you later” to our Dad, Grandpa
Frank, Great-Grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. Frank was
predeceased by his parents Mary and Joseph Wozny, his infant
son Frank Joseph, Brother Tom Wozny, sisters: Adeline Green,
Joyce Prowse, Jenny Kulchyski, and little sister Elizabeth Wozny.
He will be forever remembered by his children: Donna (Ken)
Klim, Cathy (Sonny) Waterman, Cindy (Dave) Fowler, Tim
(Emily) Wozney, Allen (Holly) Wozny, Janie (Mark) Johnson, Joel
(Kim) Wozney and all their families. Frank has 19 Grandchildren
and 14 Grandchildren who will also dearly miss him. Frank was
proud of his family; all three generations (51 in total). Also to
cherish his memory are his sisters: Shirley Archer, Judy (Bob)
Marshall, Violet (Ron) Stevenson, and brother Don (Margaret)
Wozny, as well many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Frank was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and grew up on the family
farm in Cloverdale, Manitoba. At the age of 17, he joined the
army and was stationed in Churchill, Manitoba. After leaving the
army he met and married Catherine Cesar. They settled in
Selkirk and started their family. Dad was a welder by trade and
he moved his family wherever work took him including places
like Fort Williams and Ayr, Ontario. Frank moved his family back
to East Selkirk, Manitoba in March 1970, and lived in the Selkirk
area until 1977. He then moved to Calgary, later to Valleyview
and eventually to Didsbury making it his home. Frank enjoyed
being around his children and their families; always looking
forward to the special holidays and family get togethers. He was
especially fond of his annual hunting trips to Valleyview with his
sons and extended family. He loved to fish and spend quiet time
in Boswell B.C with his family. Frank’s family would like to thank
the nursing staff and his friends at the Aspen Ridge Lodge for all
their help and support. Funeral services for Frank Wozney were
held at the Didsbury Elks Club on Thursday, February 10, 2011.
With funeral celebrant Mitch Thomson officiating. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation, #101, 5208 - 53rd Ave, Red Deer Alberta, T4N 5K2
or to the Canadian Diabetes Association #6, 5015-48 St, Red
Deer, Alberta T4N 1S9, or the Aspen Ridge Lodge, P.O. Box 399,
Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0. Arrangements were entrusted to
Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1413 – 21 Avenue, Didsbury.
Phone 403 335 4773.
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Publication Date: 2011/02/15 (Reprinted 2011/03/08)