Douglas -- Karen June succumbed to her battle with cancer, December 3, 2002. Karen was born December 7, 1947 Regina SK. She was the first daughter of Robert(Bob) and Emily (Millie) Douglas. Karen received her teaching certificate from Regina Teachers College. Her first teaching position was at Indian Head High School, Indian Head, SK followed by Thom Collegiate High School in Regina. Karen married her grade 12 graduating escort, Douglas W. Griffith in Regina, 1971. Karen and Doug made their first home in Kamloops BC, where they both taught high school. In 1974 their first and only child was born, Tyler Douglas. In 1976, the young Griffith family moved to Drumheller AB, where Doug taught and counseled in the high school and Karen managed the Drumheller Chamber of Commerce for two years. For the next several years, Karen successfully operated a business service. She returned to teaching once again, and for the next ten years, Karen coordinated and taught for Olds College. As well as being an accomplished pianist, Karen's interests in gardening and renovating begin with Doug and continued with her second husband Reginald E. Gouldie. Karen and Reg purchased and developed a four room school house in the ghost town of Rowley AB. In 1992 Karen and son Tyler moved to Red Deer AB to complete Tyler's education. In the years to follow, Karen's experiences and talents led her to work with a newspaper; a hiring assessment center; and even a flower shop. Over the past 18 years Karen was able to spend some of the winter months in Mesa, AZ where she establish some wonderful friendships. She is predeceased by her first husband, Doug-July, 1983; her father, Bob-September, 1990; and her second husband, Reg-September,1998. Karen leaves behind with saddened hearts, her mother Millie Douglas of Dinsmore, SK; her son, Tyler Gouldie (Jennifer) of Red Deer, AB; her twin Granddaughters Delanie and Morgan; her sister Donna Hawrylak(Mark) of Candle Lake, SK; several dear Aunts, Uncles, and cousins; her nieces and nephews -- Paul, Bree, Lisa, Nicole, and Sterling, whom she enjoyed watching grow up; also many Canadian and American friends. In lieu of flowers, friends, relatives, if they so wish, may donate to the Canadian Diabetic Assoc. The family would like to thank Dr. Veisse and nursing staff at High River Hospital for their kindness. Arrangements for cremation has been carried out by Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River, AB. Personal wishes to have no service, internment at Dinsmore cemetery, Dinsmore,SK.
Fong -- Edward James Fong was born on December 10, 1922 in Calgary, Alberta to his parents James and Tuey Fong. In the beginning of Edward's life he worked as a businessman in the family
business of Western Cafe, farming and trucking. Shortly after working with his family, Edward got sent to WW II with the Royal Canadian Engineers. Upon Edwards return home from the war he attended S.A.I.T. and had the honour of being the editor of the student newspaper, the Emory Wheal. Under the Department of Veteran Affairs, Edward took two years of Engineering at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. Following his two years in Edmonton he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering (mineral dressing option) at the Montana School of Mining and Technology in Butte, Montana in 1954. Edward worked at the Hudson Bay mining and smelting company in Flin Flon, Manitoba, as well as Eldorodo mining and smelting company in Uranium City, Saskatchewan. Edward was very interested in all sports; playing hockey, baseball, golf, curling and soccer. Along with loving these sports he also coached the Valley Junior Baseball teams for many years. He was an outstanding member of Drumheller Golf and Club and Curling Club. Edward encouraged his nephews and nieces in all sports by coming into Calgary to watch their games. Edward James Fong died on December 8, 2002 at the Drumheller Hospital, at the age of 79 years. Edward is survived by his brother Stanley (Ming Wong) Fong of Calgary, his nephews; James (Ellen) and their children Jennifer and Kimberlly as well as Grant Fong all of Calgary. He is also survived by his nieces Carol-Ann (Jim) Lewis and their daughter Suzanne of Edmonton, Charlene (Charles) Andreas and their daughter Janine of Medicine Hat, and Lisa (Brent) McDonell, with their children Mark and Julie, Fort McMurray. Edward was predeceased by his parents; James and Tuey Fong. Funeral Services will be held at Knox United Church on Saturday, December 14, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Drumheller Hospital.
Kush -- Our hearts and our spirits are saddened to announce the end of a kind and colorful era when our beloved Dad, Papa and Friend EUGENE KUSH, Q.C. "crost the bar" at his Tree House in Hanna, Alberta on December 2, 2002 at the age of 72 years. While the sky grew instantly brighter with a new and mischievous aurora, many on this earth lost an irreplaceable twinkle. Eugene was born at home in Calgary, Alberta on February 28, 1930 to parents Nick and Katherine Kush, shortly after their arrival on a boat from their home country in Russia. Neither of his parents spoke English and life was a hard and difficult struggle. With the births of his sisters, Mary and Eva, Gene became the kind of big brother one could only imagine! While he took great glee in getting the girls into trouble, he never left them hanging for long and could always talk his way out of a corner. They moved to Clancy, 6 miles north of Brooks in 1939, and the Kush Family took up the adventure of farming with a fierce determination. Gene and his Dad shared a common interest in electronics and every room in the house then and to this day, was always full of various inventions and electrical components. Words were like magic keys to Eugene, and he secretly read and wrote exams for his father, helping him to get his gasfitter's license and steam heating license which lead to the formation of "Kush Plumbing and Heating". Eugene's love of the ocean and of fishing came from his mother, Katherine, and his first expeditions were to the Aquaduct and Lake Newell. He would later share many memorable adventures with son Murray at Campbell River, B.C. and they both lived to tell several "near death" stories, blamed entirely upon Skipper Griffith and various other accomplices. As a member of the 1949 Grade 12 Graduating Class at Brooks High School "Gene was Gene". He kept in touch regularly over the years with many members of his class, whom he firmly believed were the most admirable group of cronies one could have. He marveled, recently, however, at how the rest appeared to be showing signs of old age, while he remained a "youngster". They never admitted to most of their pranks, but witnesses remain today in Brooks who can tell the tales of the Fleury/Headrick/Valli escapades. The girls shall remain anonymous! The University of Alberta campus in Edmonton was a long way from home and Eugene entered the Arts Faculty in 1949 with his sights set on conquering the world. He was articulate to the point of annoyance and his insatiable curiosity continued to get him in and out of various predicaments. As a member of the Law and Debating Clubs, editor of the University Paper, and a member of the St. Stephen's Theological College executive, he added excitement to whatever project he was on. No arrests were ever made! Eugene earned his B.A. LLB at the spring convocation at the University of Alberta on May 14, 1953 and he moved south to Vulcan where he undertook his Articles with the John Macauley Jamison Law Firm. He became known as a fighter and a scrapper with a devious and eloquent command of the law. He studied long and he worked very hard and was admitted to the Bar before Mr. Justice W.G. Egbert of the Alberta Supreme Court on June 6, 1955. He felt lucky and blessed to have met the love of his life, and he sweet-talked Gladys Stephanie Marie Krokosh of Vauxhall into marrying him on October 22, 1955. Theirs was a love born of sacrifice and hard work. Eugene crossed the Province of Alberta traveling from court room to court room in the days of dirt roads and unreliable vehicles and he began to earn himself a bullish reputation in the legal profession. Their first daughter, Niki-Jeanne was born in June 1957 and that was the beginning of a fiercely loyal friendship and partnership which would flourish under his loving and gentle direction. The family moved to Hanna, Alberta in 1958, taking over the law practice from Bill Major. Gene loved small towns and became a champion of the farmer and the rancher from the minute he stepped foot into rural Alberta. In October 1958 Murray Eugene entered the world and life was good. Gene had a fishing partner and a son to pass on his values of hard work, honesty and integrity. In 1967, Gene and Gladys embarked upon a unique "Centennial Project" and in August, their daughter, Tammie Jean, was born. The family was complete in number and the family years were filled with school, piano, hockey and picketing the local school board office - just the usual events! The fire burned brightly throughout the next couple decades and Eugene earned the respect of many for his straight shooting and unorthodox ways. He was appointed to the Queen's Counsel on February 3, 1972 by Lieutenant Governor, Grant MacEwan. He traveled to argue in the Supreme Court of Canada, was asked to speak at the University of Kiev in Russia, appeared on the Dini Petty Show, took his family on summer vacations to Osoyoos and he continued to take on the work of 10 men. The death of his beloved Mother in 1978 was a terrible shock but he turned the bad into good making positive changes to the system wherever and whenever he could. He did not understand the word "can't". It was not in his vocabulary, in any of the languages that he spoke. In October 1984, Eugene Kush joined the ranks of "Grandfatherhood" and his life was changed forever. Kaylie Marie's birth helped to blunt the loss of Gladys in February, 1985 and Papa became a champion of a new generation. Reading and the love of words was so very, very important to Gene, and many hours were spent playing "O's" at the kitchen table and reading the classics to the grandkids. Stephanie Rae joined the family in 1986, Braden Lionel in 1988 and Brittanie Nikole in 1992. The kids adored Papa and he adored them. He sat them at the computer as soon as they could bend, and was a driving force in their education from the time they were born. Education was always the key. Gene never forgot where he came from and instilled in his children and grandchildren a respect and a reverence for hard work and dedication to society. The birth of Tammie's two children, Levi Brice in 1995 and Madison Sierra in 1996 made the circle complete. He touched them across the miles with his special packages and letters. They share his love of travel and technology with their first computer being a gift from their Grandpa before they could even talk. The Law Office in Hanna continued to flourish and Gene continued to have fun with his work. The formation of the Hemaruka and District Flat Earth Society, an institution dedicated to championing any issue that lacked support or financial means gave him an outlet to fight his causes. People laughed and people listened and Gene never ever stopped trying to make the world a better place for the common man. He was generous and he was kind. He will be missed. His legacy -- "I am a small town, prairie lawyer. Remember, you dance with them that brung ya." Eugene leaves to celebrate his life, daughter Niki-Jeanne and Murray Rooke, grandchildren Kaylie, Stephanie, Braden and Brittanie of Pollockville, Alberta, son Murray Eugene of Calgary, daughter Tammie and
Peter Douglass, grandchildren Levi and Madison of Richland, Washington, U.S.A. Sisters Mary (Peter) Hoeppner and Eva (Gordon) Philpott both of Medicine Hat, Alberta, brother-in-law Fred Krokosh (Josephine) of Lethbridge and several nieces and nephews throughout Alberta. THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF EUGENE KUSH, Q.C. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2002 AT THE REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH, HANNA, ALBERTA AT 2:00 P.M. Donations in memory of the Chief Executive Officer of the Hemaruka and District Flat Earth Society may be made to the Eugene and Gladys Kush Memorial Scholarship, c/o PLRD #25, P.O. Box 1400, Hanna, Alberta. T0J 1P0.
Jarvis -- Lydia Margaret Florence July 27, 1914 - Nov. 2, 2003
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our mother on November 2nd 2003, at the Sherwood Park Care Center. She was pre-deceased by our father Stan in 1987 and a grandson Douglas in 1982. She leave to mourn, her sister Shirley Barrett of Sardis, B.C., her sons Doug (Carol) of Roblin, Manitoba, Don (Lorna) of Sherwood Park; seven grandchildren, Stan (Felica), Teresa (Garnet) Lebertie, Michael (Amanda), Steven (Jennifer), Tracy (Rick) Risling, Sandra (Dwight) Wilkins, Paul (Corrina) and sixteen great grandchildren. During the 45 years she lived in Drumheller, mom was very active with numerous United Church groups until failing heath prevented her from continuing. We ask her many friends not to mourn her death but to remember her life. A memorial service will be held November 8, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. at the Knox United Church, in Drumheller, Alberta with Rev. Hunter officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the charity of your choice. Cremation in the care of Sherwood Park Funeral Home Andrews-McLaughlin Ltd. 265 Fir Street Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Lenfesty -- Mark 1938 - 2003
Mark Lenfesty passed away October 29, 2003, surrounded by his family. Mark was born November 9, 1938, to Maggie and Day Lenfesty in Hanna. He is survived by his loving wife Rosanna; sister Joan Jones; and children Day, Faye (Doug and son Taylor), Diane (Gary and daughters Leah, Sarah and Michaela), Donna (Tom and son T.J., daughter Rhonda (Don); and his grandchildren Alisha, Samantha, Amanda and Haley) and Tim (Carol and children Carla, Joey, David and Susie). Mark was predeceased by his brothers Billy and Roy, and his parents, Maggie and Day. He made his home on the family homestead until his passing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Drumheller Hospital, or the Drumheller Community Care Cancer Centre, or a charity of choice.
Maruzs -- Vince 1935 - 2003
It is with great sadness, the family of Vince Maruzs, announce his sudden passing on November 1, 2003 at the age of 68. Vince is lovingly remembered and extremely missed by his wife Dorothy (of 46 years); his children Vincent (Susan) Maruzs of Lacombe, AB; Sandra (Rob) Schneider of Drumheller, AB; Karen (Simon) Wells of Regina, SK; and Kimberley (Rick) of Fredricton, NB. As well, he will be very much missed by his 11 grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Vince is predeceased by his parents Vince Sr. and Lydia Maruzs, and leaves to mourn one older brother, Fred (Kathleen) Maruzs of Calgary, AB. Vince was born on July 22, 1935 in Drumheller, AB. As a young man he was employed in the coal mines in Drumheller area. He later obtained a welding trade and spent numerous years in this occupation, including a recent retirement as a welding instructor (for 11 years) at the Drumheller Institution. In addition to this, Vince began farming in 1966 in Carbon, AB and continued until his passing. Vince was well known for his outgoing nature and generosity and will be greatly missed by many friends. His skills have contributed to the Drumheller community though his portrayal of prehistoric figures that hang on the streetlights throughout the town. The Funeral Service will be held at the Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel in Drumheller, AB on Thursday, November 6 at 11 a.m. The interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Calgary, AB at 3 p.m. Donations are appreciated in memory of Vince to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
Bakgaard -- Evelyn May (nee Rieger) 1924 - 2003
Evelyn May Bakgaard passed away peacefully October 31, 2003, at Carewest Signal Pointe in Calgary, AB. Evelyn was born January 20, 1924, in Delia, AB to Christine and Thomas F. Rieger. During her high school years, Evelyn played ice hockey, softball and helped edit the Delia High School yearbook while competing academically with her twin sister Alice. The twins graduated with honours from Delia High School in 1942. This was followed with teacher's training at the Edmonton Normal School where they played varsity fastball. They continued their training during the next few summers at both the U of A and U of Victoria. Evelyn and Alice taught at a number of rural one-room schools in Alberta and often shared the same teacherage. Evelyn's first teaching position was at Haven School near Beaverlodge, AB. This was followed by teaching positions at Redland Colony School, Majestic Lake School, Robson Lake School before moving to Calgary to teach at North Mount Pleasant School and at Haultain School where she taught Grade 1 from 1946 until 1957. Evelyn was very proud of her students and delighted in following their accomplishments. After 14 years of teaching, Evelyn retired to devote her life to her children and her parents. Evelyn was an avid researcher and learner and she loved baking, collecting recipes, reading, letter writing, vegetable and flower gardening, bicycling, playing softball, walking, skating, current events, art appreciation, cross-country skiing, traveling, hiking and dancing, as well as various volunteer activities. Evelyn will be intensely missed by her beloved children Stanley T. Bakgaard (Devra Rooney and Mia Maluchi of Portland, OR) and Wendy E. Bakgaard and her much loved son-in-law Timothy P. Blumenschein of Calgary. Evelyn will also be missed by her siblings -- Violette Baskerville in Victoria, B.C.; Bertha "Caroline" Fraser in Calgary, AB; W.C. "Bill" Rieger of Rockyford, AB; her identical twin Alice M. Douglas in Drumheller, AB; Louise Smith in Preston, ON; and cousins in Germany and England, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Evelyn was predeceased by her sister Marguerite Dare; her brothers Thomas F. Rieger II and Henry J. Rieger, and her nephew William J. Douglas. Evelyn's family extends their sincere gratitude to the wonderfully caring staff and volunteers at Extendicare Cedars Villa and Carewest Signal Pointe for their tender loving care during Mom's last years. Thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Woolner and Dr. Beverly Taylor and their staff for their continued care and concern. Stan, Wendy and Tim thank all those who have been so supportive and caring to them over these years. In lieu of flowers, and to honour Evelyn's passion for learning, donations in Evelyn's memory may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Canada (for research) 20 Eglinton Avenue West Suite 1200, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1K8 (1-800-616-8816). A private memorial will be celebrated. Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Telephone -- 403-243-8200.
Elworthy -- Vickey Frances
Vickey Frances Elworthy, beloved wife of Bob Elworthy of Bowden passed away at her residence on November 5, 2003 at the age of 47 years. Born at Lindsay, Ontario, Vickey developed a love of horses and the outdoors. Moving to Alberta with Bob in the fall in 1979, they were married in Bowden in 1984. They lived in several communities in Central Alberta before moving back to Bowden. Besides her husband Bob, Vickey is survived by one daughter, Brooke Elworthy, Edberg, AB; mother Ruth Taylor, Fenelon Falls, ON; a sister Glenda, Sombra, ON. Vickey was predeceased by her father Norman Taylor. Memorial services were held on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 2 p.m. from Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 5226 - 46 St., Olds, AB with interment at the Bowden Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be given to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Central Alberta Chapter, 4322 - 52 Ave., Red Deer, AB T4N 4J9. Mountain View Funeral Chapel, Olds were entrusted with arrangements. 403-556-3223.
Filkohazy -- Julia 1917 - 2003
Julia Filkohazy of Bassano, beloved wife of the late Frank Filkohazy, passed away peacefully in Bassano on November 3, 2003 at the age of 86 years. Born in Hungary on March 19, 1917 Julia came to Canada with her family at the age of 13 and finished her schooling in East Coulee. Julia and Frank were married on March 19, 1934 in Drumheller and resided in East Coulee. They moved to Makepeace in 1950 and farmed until Julia retired to Bassano in 1974. She was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Church, Willing Workers, Royal Purple and a Charter Member of the Bassano Drop-in Centre. Julia loved her family, especially her grandchildren, gardening, playing cards at the Drop-in Centre and she loved to win. She will be remembered for her cooking, baking and her willingness to help others. Julia was predeceased by her husband Frank on April 22, 1967, her parents and her five siblings. She is survived by her loving family, daughter Marilyn Thew and her husband Melvin of Hussar; four sons, Frank Jr. of Calgary, Robert and his wife Arlene of Hussar, Ken and his wife Barb of Crossfield and Paul and his wife Janice of Bassano; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 6 from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bassano Rev. Bob Cruickshank officiated. Honorary Pallbearers were Wendy-Ann Fenton, Melanie Thew and Carey Taubert. Active Pallbearers were Glenn Thew, Brett Filkohazy, Clayton Filkohazy, Derrick Filkohazy, Jason Filkohazy, Trevor Filkohazy and Shawn Filkohazy. Interment followed at Bassano Cemetery. In memory of Julia, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Bassano Cemetery Fund, Box 229, Bassano T0J 0B0. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or 1-866-362-4652.
Landon -- Dylan Eugene - Born November 5, 2003 - Died November 7, 2003
Some people only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.
Dylan is survived by his loving parents Dana and Rhonda Landon; his big sister Kearra; his grandparents Marvin and Twylia Menssa, Doug Gilroy and Darcy Landon and Karen Ohlhauser; his great-grandparents Dwight and Carol Landon, Martha Ziegler, and George and Helen Gilroy. He is also remembered by many aunts, uncles and cousins. We would like thank everyone that has kept us in their thoughts and prayers, and thank you to all the doctors and nurses that helped us so much.
How very softly
you tiptoed into my world
only a moment you stayed
But what an imprint
your footprints have left
upon our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at Grace Community Church (across from Greentree School) on Thursday, November 13 at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Zion Cemetery. Reception will be at Zion Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dylan Memorial, in care of Grace Community Church.
MacCrimmon -- Maxwell J. 1919 - 2003
"Max brought out the best in everyone because Max gave everyone his best."
Max's family will miss our Dad and Grandpa/Poppa. He passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2003 at the Drumheller Regional Health Complex after what he said was a glorious and fulfilling life. He was the last member of the MacCrimmon family, homesteaders in Verdant Valley. Max was born there in 1919 and lived in Drumheller all his life with the exception of five years when he was serving with 3rd Division Field Park Ordinance (1941-46). Max worked for a short time at the coalmines and then Excelsior Motors for the next 35 years, retiring 1984. During retirement he enjoyed many motor-home trips with his brother Wally and sister-in-law Margaret. He was always ready to go, no matter where. His special weekend in later years was the Canmore Highland Games. He was always there for his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren experience life. Max survived by his daughters Margaret (Lyle) Dowling of Calgary; Wendy (Murray) Rowledge of Erskine; grandchildren Ron (Nadine) Dowling and Donna Tuttle of Calgary, Rhiannon, Sarah and Cody Rowledge of Erskine and great granddaughter Taylor Dowling. Max will be missed by his special friend and companion Marj Sallows and her family, sister-in-law Margaret MacCrimmon; several nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful caring friends. A Memorial Service was held in Drumheller on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 2 p.m. from the Knox United Church. Family is requesting in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation or the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements