Nancy Lee Aikens
Born September 19, 1943 in Calgary, Alberta. She passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 23, 2003 after a valiant struggle with a long-term illness. She was a wonderful person, much loved by everyone. She was predeceased by her Father, John Robert Aikens and sister Linda Marlene. Nancy is survived by her Mother, Chrissie Aikens of Okotoks, Alberta, her sister Debbie Aikens and brother-in-law Chris Phillips of Vancouver and god daughter Ashley Schock. She will also be remembered by her many relatives and friends. Nancy graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. Professionally she ventured from the wheat fields of Alberta, to the grain industry then to the mining industry in B.C. All the while honing her skills as an administrator. Her later professional career combined her skills and talents as an accomplished lease manager of office towers. She accomplished many things in her personal and professional life. The most notable phrase fellow workers, friends, relatives and associates will remember besides her infectious smile was just “being Nancy” and making every one happy! Her passion was volunteerism, where she was involved in many capacities. Many years of volunteerism took her to the sounds of tires and engines of Molson Indy and recently to the 2010 Olympics BID Committee. Nancy was much loved by all and will be remembered for her kindness and consideration to those she met. In God we trust she finds peace and happiness in her little corner of heaven because you just know she will be looking down on us; expecting nothing less than the best you can give to mankind. For her family, friends and associates in Vancouver, a memorial service was held at Kearney Funeral Home in Vancouver, Saturday, September 27. Nancy Lee’s ashes will be returned to Okotoks. A memorial service will be announced in the Western Wheel as to the time and date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Colitis Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
BRUKETA - Steve
1923 - 2003
Steve Bruketa of Red Deer Lake, AB passed away at the Oilfields General Hospital, Black Diamond, AB, on September 25, 2003 at the age of 79 years. He is the beloved husband of Mary, of 52 years, and the loving father of John Bruketa and his wife Linda of Killam, AB, David Bruketa and his wife Debbie of Red Deer Lake, AB, and Arlene and her husband Dan Frederick of Okotoks, AB; eight grandchildren Tom (and his wife Lori), Rob and James Bruketa, Jason, Jodie and Jeff (and his wife Kris) Bruketa, and Michael and Kristyn Frederick; two great grandchildren Sean and Grace Bruketa, and one sister, Mary Kemle and her daughter Lori and husband Kevin Leitch. Steve was born October 17, 1923 in Yugoslavia and immigrated to Canada in 1933 to Bantry, AB. For 65 years, Steve dedicated his life to farming and ranching, which he worked at in the Red Deer Lake, AB district until the time of his death. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Parish, a member of the Alberta Wheat Pool, and an avid curler and sports fan. Steve always enjoyed a good card game and the time he spent visiting with family and friends. Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Monday, September 29, 2003 at 7 pm. Funeral Mass was concelebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 1 with the Rev. John Bastigal and the Rev. Wojciech Jarzecki, Presiders. To forward condolences go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Oilfields General Hospital, 717 Government Road, Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0. In living memory of Steve Bruketa, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Telephone: (403) 256-9575.
David John Hunt
September 12, 1932 - September 28, 2003
David was the youngest child of Harold and Florence Hunt of Endiang. He was born in Hanna, and attended Strathcona School for Boys from grades one to nine. Later, he spent two years at Western Canada High School (Calgary), and then went to the Olds School of Agriculture. In 1949, he and his father moved to the ranch near DeWinton and started the H. Hunt & Son farm (later named Ribstone Cattle Co. Ltd.), where they raised registered Herefords. David was a leader of the Okotoks 4-H Beef Club for 11 years, and a municipal councilor for the M.D. of Foothills for nine years. He was also a member of the Alberta Hereford Association and the Southern Alberta Blacksmith Association, as well as a choir member and vestryman at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Okotoks. David was ahead of his time with his concept of hormone-free and organically fed natural beef, starting Ribstone Meats, which had two Calgary locations. After he retired from the farm, he started a second career as an artistic blacksmith, where his creative talents had a successful outlet. His handiwork has been sold all over Alberta, in eastern and western Canada, across the States, and as far away as Hong Kong. He is survived by Connie, his loving wife of 48 years, and four children - Daniel (Melody), Peter (Wendy), Christopher (Elizabeth) and Cecilia (Wayne), as well as six grandchildren: Weston, Jenna, Brett, Justin, Grady and Arden. He is also survived by his siblings Wilf (Alyce) of Bashaw, Dick (Ruth) of Maple Ridge, and Ruth of Airdrie. David was predeceased by his daughter Jennifer and his brother Bill. The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of the Headwaters Health Authority especially Donna Spackman, as well as David’s special friends from St. Peters, notably Bob Reed. Thanks also to friends and family for the phone calls, food, visits, prayers and thoughts. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 2 pm. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Okotoks, with Rev. Paul Orritt officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada. To email condolences to the family please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) phone (403) 938-3111.
Donna Tooker (nee Price) died in hospital, surrounded by her loving family, on September 23, 2003. Donna was born in Turner Valley, Alberta on March 29, 1947. She married Jim Tooker from Okotoks in 1966. The couple moved to Cranbrook in 1970 where they raised two beautiful children, Tanya (Shawn) Metheral and Troy Tooker (Chantel). She was completely in love with her grandchildren, Austin and Carly Metheral. Donna also leaves to mourn: Her dad, Ted Price, plus her six sisters: Darlene (Bruce) Wright, Doreen (Ted) Louth, Dorothy Thebeau, Deanne Kartz, Della (Bob) Keim, and Dixie (Bob) Robb, who all reside in Alberta. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She also leaves her friends, whom she loved. Donna was predeceased by her mom, Molly Price, and by her in-laws, Hazel and Layton Tooker. Donna was employed by Shoppers, Boots, and Tamblyns Drug Stores for 25 years. A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 2 pm. at the Black Diamond Gospel Chapel in Black Diamond, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, please give to: The Cranbrook Salvation Army, 122 - 7 Avenue South, Cranbrook, B.C., V1C 2J4 or to the: Cranbrook Hospice Palliative Care Group, 1700 - 4 Street South, Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 6E1
Charles Kenneth LAWSON
1934 – 2003
He teased those he loved, and those he didn’t got sarcastic letters. Kenneth Lawson (known to all as Ken) of Okotoks, passed away in his sleep on September 17, 2003 at the age of 69 years. Ken was born on a farm west of Claresholm on Jan. 14, 1934.
Living in Alberta his whole life, Ken’s family moved from Claresholm to Balzac and in 1948 they settled in Okotoks.
Ken met his wife in high school and the two were married in 1956.
In 1976 they purchased a farm southwest of Okotoks where Ken lived out the rest of his life.
Ken was a hard working man with good character and he never missed an opportunity to voice his opinion (especially political).
Ken owned and operated Kenjo Construction for 34 years and prided himself with meticulous workmanship.
Ken is survived by his family; wife Joan (Brown); son Patrick; daughter Pam (Kraig) McIver and five grandchildren, Jesse Lawson, Nikayla, Saige, Maddison and Tobias McIver.
Ken is also survived by a brother, Donald (Barbara); two aunts and numerous cousins.
Ken was predeceased by his parents Bruce and Marie Lawson.
By request there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
All those who were teased or otherwise loved by Ken were invited to share stories and pay their respects at the Masonic Hall, (Elma St., Okotoks) on Saturday, September 20 from 1pm to 4 pm.
To email condolences to the family please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com
Timothy John Flanders
Timothy John Flanders, of Okotoks, born September 7, 1977, passed away unexpectedly on September 5, 2003 at the age of 25 years.
Tim will be dearly missed by his parents Holly and Leroy Flanders of Okotoks. His sisters, Tracy of High River, Michele (Kevin) Jarocki of Ft. QuAppelle, SA. and brother Bill (Deanna) of High River. Grandmother Bessie Flanders of Okotoks. He will also be in the hearts of his fiancée Kim and her family Bruce and Julie Boulton of Okotoks, Greg (Jennifer) Boulton of Calgary. His nieces and nephews Randy, Bryn, Shyla, Whitney, Christian, Lane, Tate, Natasha and Megan as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Tim will always be remembered for his positive attitude and unique sense of humour. His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ contributed to his zest for life.
A memorial service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 28 Westland Rd. Okotoks, on Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 1 pm.
If desired, in memory of Tim, memorial contributions may be made to a Salvation Army. To email condolences, please visit www:snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. Telephone 938-3111.
Beatrice Elsie Rose Johnston
Beatrice Elsie Rose Johnston of Black Diamond passed away at the Oilfields Hospital on September 5, 2003 at the age of 90 years.
She is survived by her eight children; Elmer, Orval (Colleen), Leona (Wesley), Ruth (Bruce), Bruce, Timothy, Donald and Garth (Stella) and by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Beatrice was predeceased by her husband Ivan Johnston in 1967. A graveside service will be held at the Okotoks Union Cemetery on Wednesday, September 10 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Matthew Martin officiating.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 105, 7500 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2H OL9. To e-mail condolences to the family please visit snodgrassfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd. (938-3111)
JOHN ALASTAIR CAMPBELL
On August 29, 2003 near Black Diamond, John Alastair Campbell, husband of the former Elizabeth Balfour, and father of John, Tony, William, Andrew, Neal, Matthew, Gordon, and the late Elsbeth. Also survived by his siblings, Lt. Col. R.A. Campbell, Mrs. K.W. Gray, Morag Lady Stafford, plus sixteen grandchildren. Service will be held at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Okotoks, on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 2 pm, followed by family and friends at Millarville Race Track. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer Research.
DOLLY ALMENA SHORT
Dolly Almena Short, of High River, formerly of Black Diamond, passed away at the High River Hospital on November 11th, 2003 at the age of 87 years.
Dolly is survived by her daughter Faye Short and stepson Chlorus Short, Black Diamond, her step-daughter Adele and Lee Gillam, Calgary, her step-son Ronald and Jean Short, Quesnel, B.C., 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, her sister Eileen Malcolm, Strathmore, her brother Wilfred Hearn, High River and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Melvin Short in 1995, her son Lynn Ward Short in 1971 and also by her sister Margaret McKay at Yorkton, Sask. Her brothers Richard Hearn, Regina, Edgar Hearn, during WWII, Arthur Hearn, Vancouver and Garfield Hearn, Calgary.
Funeral services were held at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, High River on Friday, November 14th at 11:00 A.M.
The Rev. Susan Lukey, of High River United Church, officiated. Interment followed at Highwood Cemetery.
If desired, contributions may be made to the High River Hospital Foundation, 560 – 9th AVE. S.W., High River, T1V 1M3.
To email condolences please vist www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com.
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ROLAND “GLEN” STEWART
DECEMBER 10, 1946 - NOVEMBER 12, 2003
Roland Glen Stewart of Okotoks, Alberta passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 12th, 2003 after a short courageous battle with brain cancer. Glen passed away quietly surrounded by his family he loved.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 32 years, Clare (Tremblay), his beloved children Sandy (Terry) Jobs, Erskine, AB, Roland (Nicole), Nanton, AB and Russell (financée Sierra Rowan), Okotoks.
Glen was a precious Grandfather (Papa) to his four grandchildren, Nadia Jobs, Jayden, Graysin and Jaxson Stewart.
Glen is also survived by one brother Harold Stewart and wife Lil of Calgary and a special brother-in-law Michael Tremblay, Dalhousie, NB along with many other extended family members throughout Canada and the U.S. He was predeceased by his parents Roland and Lila Stewart of Brookdale, Manitoba and a nephew Jeffrey Stewart, Calgary.
Born, raised and schooled in Brookdale, Manitoba, Glen was awarded a Regular Officer’s Training Program Scholarship to serve his country in the Royal Highland Regiment (Commissioned Officer of the Black Watch of Canada). He was awarded his Parachute Jump Wings and received a B.A. from the University of Brandon, MB After his military service, Glen joined Shell Canada (Edmonton office). In 1973, he began a 30 year career with Federated Insurance Company Canada, which saw him rise to the present position of Vice-President in Corporate Relations. During Glen’s prestigious career with Federated he proved to be a mentor, friend and respected colleague. Besides his passions for his family, career and travel, Glen always found time to volunteer his unique skills with minor and senior hockey, baseball, Scouts Canada, Kiwanis Club (Red Deer), Highland Games and Adults with Special Needs and many other charities. The greatest joys Glen cherished were his golfing games with Clare and children and many friends, then back home to his ranch style home to his boots, horses and chores.
Glen will be sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
He is now at peace and was able to say goodbye to his family who adore and love him so much. His family can be consoled by the legacy of his strength, integrity and courage that he leaves behind.
Rest in peace, Dad.
A Prayer Service was held at St. James Catholic Church (Riverside Dr., Okotoks) on Monday, November 17th at 7 pm. A Funeral Mass was celebrated with Father Jack Bastigal at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Blvd. S.W., Calgary) on Tuesday, November 18th at 1 pm. A Burial Service will follow at Okotoks Catholic Cemetery.
In Glen’s memory, donations may be made to the St. James Building Fund, 30 Elma St. Okotoks, AB T1S 1J7 or to the Foothills Country Hospice, c/o Box 580, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A7. Special thanks to all the medical staff of Unit 111 Foothills Hospital, Calgary and his special caregiver, Sandra Hall. To email condolences to the family please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOME (Okotoks) Ltd. (938-3111)