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ALBERTA - Okotoks - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 11

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Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2016, at 10:41 p.m.

Eleanor Mary Copeman

Eleanor Mary Copeman, (nee Fohy) beloved wife of Tony of Okotoks and mother of Chris of Calgary, passed away at the Rockyview Hospital on Thursday, May 25, 2000.

Funeral services were held at McInnis & Holloway's 'Fish Creek Chapel', (14441 Bannister road S.E.), on Monday, May 29, 2000 at 10:30 am. To email expressions of sympathy: subject heading: Eleanor Copeman.

In living memory of Eleanor Copeman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, 'Fish Creek Chapel', 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Calgary, Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

Greta Helen Sorkilmo

Mrs. Greta Helen Sorkilmo (nee Smith), beloved wife of George Sorkilmo of High River, passed away peacefully at the High River Hospital on May 23, 2000 at the age of 82 years. She will be sadly missed by her children Peter (Georgina) Sorkilmo, Barbara (Victor) Bond, Donald (Addie) Sorkilmo and John (Peggy) Sorkilmo. Loving memories will be cherished by her ten grandchildren, Greg, Eric (Leah), Brian, Shawn (Heather), Jeffrey (Leyla), Elyse, Derek, Stuart, David (Maude) and Jennifer.

Greta was born at Granum, Alberta and resided in the High River/Longview area since 1934. She was active in the Farm Women of Alberta, the Longview U.C.W., 4-H and in later years the High River Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary. Friends and relatives were invited to join Greta’s family for a time of visitation at Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River on Thursday, May 25 from 7 - 8 pm. Cremation followed at Parklawn Crematorium. A private family memorial service was held. Greta’s cremated remains were placed in the Highwood Cemetery Columbarium.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the High River Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary, c/o Marilyn Parker, 1005 High Glen Place, T1V 1P5. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River (652-2222).

John Henry Evans

'Jack' Evans, beloved husband of Shirley Evans, of the Calgary-DeWinton district, passed away on June 3rd, 2000 at the age of 71 years. Besides his loving wife, Jack is survived by his children: Lorna Evans and grandchildren Allison and Amy Van Esch, Millarville; Margaret Evans and grandchild Daniel Stemler, Calgary; John and Shelley Evans and grandchildren Chelsea Ethan and Sienna Marie Evans, Calgary-DeWinton district and Joan and Glenn Fullerton and grandchildren Benjamin and Emily Fullerton, Calgary. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Lorna Best, Victoria, B.C., his brother-in-law Warren Best and family, Merritt, B.C., brother-in-law Bill Chauncey and family, sister-in-law Eleanor Evans and family, Aldersyde, brother-in-law Greg Curtis, Vancouver. Jack was predeceased by his parents Barton and Jessie Evans, his sisters Margaret Evans, Alice Chauncey, Vera Curtis and by his brother David Evans.

Jack was born at Trochu in 1929 and moved to the Midnapore district at a young age. He grew up farming the family farm. He attended high school in DeWinton and remained active in the Red Deer Lake and DeWinton communities all his life. His family and the farm were the biggest joys of his life and he will be dearly missed by all.

A memorial service was held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, Okotoks on Thursday, June 8 at 1 pm. Cremation preceded the service at Parklawn Crematorium, High River. If desired, contributions may be made in Jack' memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 215 - 12 Ave. S.E., Calgary, T2G 1A2 or to the Arthritis Society, 200, 1301 - 8 St. S.W., Calgary, T2R 1B7. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (938-3111, 652-2222) directors. 38-8222-25

Charles Herbert Tucker

Charlie was born on June 20, 1914 in Davisburg, Alberta, he was the son of Beatrice and Frank Tucker. Charlie married Ida Puzzi, whom he met at a country dance, they were married in March of 1946. Charlie and Ida had two children, Valerie Ida and Betty Jean, Charlie is predeceased by his wife Ida in 1995 and his daughter Valerie in 1998. He is survived by his daughter Betty Jean and son-in-law, Ken of Calgary, and his best friend and son-in-law Graham Allen of Okotoks.

Charlie bought his first truck soon after marrying Ida and began hauling mud. In 1948 he started hauling grain from area farmers and grain elevators to the Alberta Distillery. Anyone who came in touch with Charlie soon became his friend. Charlie gave up the good ole life of trucking in 1990. Charlie was dearly loved by all and will be very much missed by many. Charlie left this world on May 30, 2000 and he was laid to rest at Okotoks Cemetery.

Edith Viola McGowen Dearing

Mrs. Edith Viola McGowen Dearing, of Calgary, formerly of Okotoks, passed away at the George Boyack Nursing Home on June 21, 2000 at the age of 88 years.

Edith will be dearly missed by her children Milt McGowen of Shaunessy, AB.; Dale McGowen of Calgary, Maureen Ramsdale of Calgary, Judy (Don) Anderson of Brooks and step-daughter Laurette Dearing of Airdrie as well as 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Edith is also survived by her sister-in-law Denise Anderson of Prince Albert, B.C. She was predeceased by her first husband Harold McGowen in 1976, her second husband Jim Dearing in 1988, daughter Eileen in 1932, son Herb McGowen in 1983; sisters, Agnes Anderson, Edna Anderson, Mabel Merrett and Alice Down; brothers, Walter Anderson and Fred Anderson; and grandson Donald Anderson.

Edith was born at Abbey, Sask. on March 25, 1912 and was raised in the Abbey district before moving to Shackleton, Sask. in 1929. In 1949, she came to Brooks, to Okotoks in 1968, then to the George Boyack Nursing Home in 1994.

A funeral service was held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, 200 Woodgate Rd. Okotoks, on Saturday, June 24, 2000 at 1:30 pm. Rev. Markus Wilhelm of St. John's Lutheran Church, Calgary, officiated.

Interment followed at Okotoks Union Cemetery. If desired, in memory of Edith, memorial contributions may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, T2G 3Y6. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes Ltd. Telephone 938-3111.

Sylvia Bernice Jespersen

Our beloved mother passed away on June 20, 2000 at the Agape Hospice, Calgary with her daughters by her side.

Mom is survived by her three children and their families: daughter Carol, son-in-law Don and grandson Dean; son Larry and daughter Donna, son-in-law Lloyd and his children Lloyd Jr. and Christine, her husband James and son Cooper.

Mom is also survived by two brothers Harold and Gene Schmidt and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters and one brother. Mom was born at Taber, AB. on October 9, 1922, where she lived until 1954 when the family moved to the Black Diamond area.

She was an independant woman who worked until she was 65 years old, at which time she retired and thoroughly enjoyed life. We would like to thank everyone who helped us during the time of her illness and especially her Palliative Home Care Team, nurse Norma Allan and Dr. Wasylenko, the staff of Agape Hospice and in particular her nurse Kathleen who guided us through this most difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army Agape Hospice, 1302 - 8 Ave. N.W., Calgary, T2N 1B8 would be appreciated.

At mom's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (652-2222) in charge of arrangements.

Mom, we love you and will miss you.

Lana Mae Burchby (Surgeson)

Lana passed away peacefully on July 19, 2000 at Rosetown, Sask. at the age of 46 years with family and friends at her side.

Lana was born on April 6, 1954 at Kindersley, Sask. to Harvey and Eva Burchby. Lana was married to Elden Surgeson on July 15, 1972. The couple was blessed with four beautiful children. Dennis (Monica) of Turner Valley, AB.; Tanya (Vance) Tait of Shellbrook, Sask.; Michelle (Brent) of Balcarres, Sask.; Chad (Renae) of Turner Valley, AB. and her two loving grandchildren Kayla and Taylor Tait. Lana loved and took great pride in her family.

She grew up in Zealandia and attended school in both Zealandia and Rosetown. Lana and her family lived in various locations throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Lana had a great love of her family and animals. She was an avid member of the Zealandia 4-H Club when she was younger. Her love of horses showed through the many years of chuckwagon racing she shared with her family.

She leaves to treasure in her loving memory, her parents Harvey and Eva Burchby of Zealandia, Sask.; brothers Ron (Rebecca) Burchby of Red Deer, AB.; David (Brenda) Burchby of Thunder Bay, Ont.; sister-in-law Therese Burchby of Nipawin, Sask. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, aunts and uncles, and her special friend Doris Barnes of Medicine Hat, AB. Lana was predeceased by her brothers Dennis, Ken and nephew Robert Burchby.

We were blessed to have Lana in our lives and will cherish her in our thoughts and memories forever. We love you Lana and we will carry you in our hearts until we meet again.

Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 2 pm from St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church, Rosetown, Sask. with Reverend Father Rheal Bussiere as celebrant. Interment Zealandia Cemetery. Memorial donations in lieu of other tributes may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Clements Rosetown Funeral Home was entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Donald Goodman

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Goodman on July 22 from cancer. Don was born in Broadview, Sask. in 1931 to Janet and Mindy Goodman. He was a paratrooper in the Royal Canadian Artillery and later worked in Moose Jaw, Sask. where he met his wife, Vera. In 1959 they moved to Sundre where they developed the Pioneer Ranch Camp. As a contractor in the Calgary area, he took the time and effort to build houses and farm buildings of exceptionally fine quality.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Vera; three daughters Cathy Goodman (Scott Paton), Susan Blomfield (Peter Blomfield), Judy Goodman (James McMahon); Vera's mother Thelma Lockhart of Moose Jaw; and his special friend and apprentice, Luc LeBlanc. He was a cherished 'Poppa' to grandchildren Sean, Bryce and Rachel Blomfield. Our family has been richly blessed with many friends and relatives who will remember Don for his generosity, his love and knowledge of horses, his entertaining stories and jokes, and his crusty common sense.

We invite you to celebrate Don;s life with us at the Western Heritage Centre, Cochrane, Alberta on Sunday, August 27 at 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Boys and Girls Club Community Services, 731 - 23 Ave. N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 1C8 or to a charity of your choice.

Stephen Allan Dwyer

Stephen Dwyer, beloved husband of Nicole Dwyer of Turner Valley, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2000 at the age of 28 years. Steve also leaves to cherish his memory his son, Louis, at home; his parents, Allan and Anna Dwyer of Leamington, Ontario; two brothers, Robert and David, both of Leamington; his grandparents, Roman and Stella Sobczyk of Detroit, Michigan and Catherine Dwyer of Leamington; his mother-in-law, Doris Barnes of Medicine Hat; and brother-in-law Rhett Barnes of Turner Valley, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Steve was predeceased by his grandfather, Gratton Dwyer, and by his father-in-law, Hank Barnes.

Steve was born in Detroit in 1971 and moved, when he was 11, to Leamington, Ontario where he attended school and worked before moving to Alberta. Steve spent many years working in the seismic industry where he primarily worked as a vibe op and a vibe tech. It was during this time that he met Nicole, who in 1997 became his wife. They lived in Calgary and continued working seismic together until 1998 when Steve and Nicole started their family with their baby, Louis. In 1999, Steve, Nicole and Louis moved to Turner Valley. Steve began working for the Drain Doctor that summer so that he would be able to spend more time with his family. Steve embraced life fully and enjoyed spending time restoring his Harley and doing mechanical work.

He was an avid horticulturalist, and loved to go camping with his family, play with his son and cuddle with his wife. Steve had a great sense of pride in his work, which he performed to his fullest, be it at home, for friends or at work. His family and many friends will miss him beyond words.

The funeral service was held in Lewis Memorial United Church, Royal Avenue, Turner Valley, on Friday, August 18, 2000, at 8 pm with Reverend Shirley Collard, officiating. As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Mr. Stephen Dwyer may do so with a gift to his son, Louis Dwyer's Education Fund, c/o any branch of the CIBC Bank. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 'The Chapel in the Park,' Medicine Hat, AB. and Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks). Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

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