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ALBERTA - Okotoks - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 33

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Date: Friday, 29 July 2016, at 11:09 a.m.

Brenda Cupelli

Born at Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 18, 1947. Brenda passed away peacefully, after a long struggle with ALS, the evening of September 23, in her 54th year. Her life's journey may have ended but now her soul's journey has begun.

Brenda will be sadly missed by her husband, Santo, and her two daughters, Tara and Andrea. She is also survived by her mother, May Matson and her two sisters, Patricia and Jennifer Matson.

She was a dynamic member of the community of Okotoks and there will be a great void left behind in the many hearts that she has touched. An active and accomplished individual, Brenda was known not just as a spirited friend, but as a gifted psychic, writer, marathon runner, flamenco dancer and a fine artist in the way of living life to its fullest. She loved people, the arts and was always there to offer a helping hand. Her determination to stare the terrible disease, ALS, in the face has inspired all those who knew her to cherish all that this world offers us. Her spirit will be with us forever.

The Cupelli family would like to thank all those of you who helped us through Brenda's last few years. Whether you were a caregiver, a volunteer or friend, your support and encouragement made all the difference. In particular, we would like to thank Wayne Coultry for his unending assistance and guidance and Vilma Michalak, an angel of a caregiver, who made certain that Brenda's last months were happy and peaceful.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, September 30, at 2 pm at Calgary Imperial School of Ballet, 2 Clark Ave., Okotoks (old church at corner of Elma St. & Clark Ave). This will be a time to remember and celebrate all that Brenda's life was. For those wishing, donations can be made in her memory to the Calgary ALS Society.

Georgina (Jean) Schielke

On March 8, 2002, Mrs. Georgina (Jean) Schielke of Black Diamond passed away peacefully at the St. Therese Hospital, St. Paul.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jeanette (Fred) Pidhirney of Athabasca; Dianne (Dennis) Blakley of Millarville; Randy (Debra) Schielke of Athabasca; and Lori (Don) Yaceyko of Vilna; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Gina) Baird and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Benny Schielke and brother, Gordon Baird.

The funeral service for Mrs. Schielke was held on Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 pm at the Snodgrass Funeral Home, Okotoks with Pastor Keith Wasmuth officiating. Yewchin's Funeral Chapel Ltd., St. Paul (780) 645-5177 and Snodgrass Funeral Home, Okotoks (403) 938-3111.

David L. Rumsey

Mr. David L. Rumsey of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Health Centre, Wetaskiwin on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the age of 83 years.

Dave was born in High River, Alberta on January 4, 1919. He served his country during World War II from 1939 until 1944. Dave resided with his family in the Okotoks area until 1961, at which time they moved to a farm at Bluffton, Alberta.

As an avid hockey fan and the father of several sons, he refereed junior hockey for several years in Okotoks. Dave also possessed a lifelong love of horses and was instrumental in forming the Foothills Riding Club in Okotoks in 1958, proudly becoming the club's first president. After residing in the Bluffton area for many years, Dave and his wife Kay started training racehorses. He had the distinct pleasure of being awarded the honor of 'Trainer of the Year' on the 'B' circuit in 1978. Dave's memory will be cherishes by his many family and friends. Dave will be lovingly remembered by three sons, Bruce (Janet) of Spain, Allan (Barb) of Coaldale, Alberta, and Roger (Donna) of Rimbey; two daughters, Sharon of Calgary and Gail (Darrell) of Niton Junction, Alberta; two daughters-in-law, Lynda of Peace River and Marlene of Condor, Alberta; as well as 16 grandchildren and 11great-grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by one brother Jim (Betty) of Spirit River, Alberta; several nieces and nephews; and his cousins, Helen Faulkner and Margot Randall, both of B.C. Dave was predeceased by his wife Kathleen, his sons, Paul, Rex and Richard, two brothers, Fred and Merv, and one sister Phyllis.

Memorial services were held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 36, Rimbey, on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at 11:00 am, with Mr. Don McFadyen officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Rimbey. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, No. 220, 2323 - 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3. Condolences to the family may be expressed by e-mail to: Funeral and cremation arrangements for the Late Mr. David Rumsey entrusted to the care of Oberhammer Funeral Chapels Ltd., Rimbey, Alberta

Rae Marguerite (Nee Minue) Evans

Rae Marquerite Evans passed away at the Rockyview Hospital on Sunday, March 10, at the age of 77 years with her family at her side. Rae was born in High River and raised in Okotoks. She married Bill and their travels took them to Calgary, Fort Nelson, B.C. and Greenwood, N.S. She returned to Okotoks in 1961 and resided there until her passing.

Rae was actively involved with the Okotoks Figure Skating Club and the Red Cross. She retired from the Foothills School Division as a caretaker in 1990.

Rae is survived by her children; Bill (Kim) Evans, Calgary, their children Chris, Diana (Darren) Crotty (great grandchildren Natasha and Kathryn), Kelly, Dallas, and Lisa; Tom (Cindy) Evans, Okotoks, their children Vicky, Casey, Duncan (Kimberley); Gordon (Jennifer) Evans, Calgary, their children Benjamin and Beth; Ken (Iris) Evans, Calgary, their children Gayle, Gary, Jenie, Brenda and Corinna; Joyce (Pat) Kernaghan, Calgary, their children Dan, Dave, Dusten, Darren, Dillon, and Derrick; Don (Patty) Evans, Okotoks, their children Spencer and Saxon. Her sister Norma (Pat) Lyons of Calgary and a brother Jim (Mauna) Minue of Okotoks as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives also survives her. She was predeceased by her brother John of Edmonton.

Those whose lives Rae touched will always remember her for her kind, loving, caring and selfless way. She was a great influence for her grandchildren. A private family service was held on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 and was followed by a reception at the Elks Hall in Okotoks. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rae, to the Rockyview Hospital, Unit 59, 7007 - 14 St. S.W. Calgary, AB, T2V 4Z5 or the Alberta Lung Association, 302, 609 - 14 St. NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 2A3. Arrangements were made by Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd., Okotoks.

Norris Alberta (Shorty) Mannix

Mr. Norris Alberta (Shorty) Mannix, beloved husband of Mrs. Helen Mannix of Calgary, passed away at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre on November 26, 2001 at the age of 93 years.

Shorty was born in Okotoks, AB on September 26, 1908. He enjoyed gardening and carpentry, building cedar chests, cow planters and bookcase beds.

Shorty also built their family home, in which he and Helen have lived for 54 years.

Besides his loving wife Helen, Shorty is also survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Terry and Bob Rice of DeWinton, AB, and Joan LaRocke of Strathmore, AB, a grandson, Dean, and great granddaughter, Hailey. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Shorty was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth, his sister Mabel Mason, his brother Joe Mannix and his dog, Maggie.

Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloways Chapel of the Bells, (2720 Centre Street North), on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 1 pm, with the Rev. E. Hugh Christmas of the Anglican Church of Canada officiating. Graveside Service to follow at Union Cemetery in Okotoks, AB.

To e-mail expressions of sympathy: Subject heading: Shorty Mannix.

In living memory of Shorty Mannix, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel Of The Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

Mary Wiebe

After a lengthy battle with cancer, Mary Wiebe (nee: Freier) of Okotoks, Alberta, quietly passed away in the early hours of April 24, 2001. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Henry; children, Erin and Philip, and daughter-in-law, Kristina; her sisters, Annie Moore of Brooks, AB, Ida Kihn of Didsbury, AB, Elsie Koss of Russell, MB; her brothers, Alvin Freier of Binscarth, MB, and Wilhelm Freier of Russell, MB; as well as dear cousins, nieces, nephew, relatives, and many friends. She was predeceased by her sisters, Lydia Freier and Martha Fil of Winnipeg, MB, brother David Freier and parents, Paulina and Gustav Freier of Russell, MB.

Mary was born on May 6, 1938, raised in Russell, MB, and moved to Winnipeg in 1954 where she lived with her sister Lydia until her marriage to Henry on April 23, 1960. Henry and Mary, along with their two children lived in Dugald, MB until moving to Okotoks, AB in 1990. Mary will be particularly remembered for her gift of music, as she was a church organist and choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church, Good Sheperd Lutheran Church, Sharon Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, the Good News Band, and the Cross Country Blue Grass Gospel Band in the Calgary/Okotoks areas, and Grace Lutheran Church in Winnipeg as well as a music teacher in both the Dugald/Oakbank, MB and Okotoks, AB areas. Her deep faith and devotion to God was a focal point of her life, and was a very real source of strength during her final months and days. She was never without a smile on her face and an 'Iím fine' to any concerned questions about her health.

A special thank you from the family to Dr. L. Cunning, the nurses and staff at Oilfields Hospital and the home care team of the Headwaters Health Unit, as well as all the encouragement and support from friends and family everywhere.

A celebration of Maryís life was held on her birthday in Okotoks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Maryís name to the Canadian Cancer Society (215 - 12 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2) or the Oilfields Health Foundation - Palliative Care (PO Bag #1 Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0). Contact the family for further information.

Personal Alternative Funeral Services

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Donald Paul Engelhardt

Donald Paul Engelhardt passed away May 3, 2001 at the age of 58 years. Don was a life member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association. He was pre-deceased by his father Paul Engelhardt in 1986. He is survived by his mother, Susan, his family, Pauline and Andy Tulloch, Betty Sinclair, Ed and JoAnne Engelhardt, his nieces Linda, Janine, Susan and Donna and his nephew Michael.

He will be missed by all of us and will be remembered in our prayers.

Prayers will be at S. James Catholic Church, Okotoks, on Thursday May 10 at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Okotoks, Reverend Father John Bastigal, celebrant.

Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd., Okotoks. (938-3111) directors.

John (Bert) Kelly

John (Bert) Kelly of Turner Valley passed away suddenly on May 5, 2001 at the age of 80 years. He is survived by his loving family, wife Lillian, son David, daughter Churyl, daughter-in-law Jean, grandsons Llorn, Patrick, and Paul.

He was raised in Barrie, Ontario and moved west to look for work in the 40ís. He was a long time member of Operating Engineers Union (Local 955) and a resident of Turner Valley for over 30 years.

The family would like to invite you to the house to remember him on May 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 202 Sunset Blvd., Turner Valley. Everyone is welcome.

Omelian 'Buck' Korol
Korol, 'Buck' Omelian, dearly beloved husband and wonderful partner to his wife Patricia Korol of High River, Alberta.

Per Ardua Ad Astra - 'through adversity to the stars'

Born in Canora, Sask. on May 10, 1929, Buck joined the airforce at age 19 and left for flight training in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Upon getting his wings and becoming a flight lieutenant, Buck was based in Trenton, Ont. and Moosejaw, Sask. After five years, he left the airforce to fly for Spartan Airways, mapping northern Canada.

Joining TransCanada Airlines/Air Canada as a commercial pilot in 1955, Buck went off to see the world.

Twin daughters Tauron and Donna were born on June 13, 1956 and Buck loved them so much.

In 1979, Buck suffered a mild heart attack and spent the next two years running full marathons and proved himself fit enough to be reinstated as a full captain. He was the first commercial airline pilot in Canada to be reinstated with an ATR (airline transport rating). Buck and Patricia married on May 5, 1979 and since his airline career was not definite, he chose to return to his farming roots. Buck spent a very busy next 22 years holding down a full-time job as a L1011 Captain and building up the farm in High River. Buck filled every waking moment with activities.

If the farm wasn't occupying his time, he was volunteering at the Nanton Lancaster Society, meeting with flying buddies at the Recreational Aircraft Association and enjoyed the camaraderie of RCAF pilots at Aircrew Association. He also enjoyed his affiliation with the Retired Airline Pilots of Canada.

Buck loved to fly. He often rented an airplane and took to the clouds. On the ground, he was repairing his Cessna 170. More recently, Buck had made plans to leave the arduous farm life for a semi-retirement community.

Buck is survived and sadly missed by his wife, Patricia, daughters Tauron (Richard, grandsons, Renick, Cameron, Brennan) Ferguson and Donna (Mark, granddaughters, Brittany, Hayley) Fowler, sisters Kathy and Alice, brothers Bern, Engene, Orest, Maurice and their families.

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