Cunningham -- Maria March 2, 1906 - February 14, 2004
On February 14, 2004, Maria Cunningham, of Edmonton, passed away two weeks short of her 98th
birthday. Maria is survived by her children -- Henry 'Hank' (Kathleen) Cunningham of Wayne, AB, Bob (Gertie) Cunningham of Kinuso, AB, Chester (Zaida) Cunningham of Nestow, AB, Reva (Alex) Ziegler of Edmonton, AB, Karen Cunningham, of Calgary, AB, June Remi of Slave Lake, Len (Kim)
Cunningham of Carbon, AB, and Ken (Kathy) Cunningham of Sherwood Park, AB; fourty-one grandchildren; forty-five great grandchildren; thirteen great great grandchildren; her sister Bess (Bert) Draney of Red Deer, AB; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Walter; three children, Glenn Cunningham, Theresa Davies and Roy 'Sykes' Cunningham; two brothers, Pat Cunningham and Adophus Cunningham; and four sisters Flora Cunningham, Alexandra Cunningham, Helen Hodgson and Delia Gray. Prayers will be held at St. Albert Funeral Home, Hwy 2 & St.Vital Avenue on Friday, February 20, 2004 at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Albert Catholic Church, 7 St. Vital Avenue on Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 11:00am with Rev. Michael J. Troy CSSp officiating, Interment to follow at St. Albert Church Cemetery. Friends who so wish may make memorial donations directly to the Edmonton General Hospital, Continuing Care Centre, Unit 5AB, 'olden Milestone,' 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 0L4. St. Albert Funeral Home~Connelly-McKinley Ltd., 9 Muir Drive, (780) 458-2222
Catonio -- Mrs. Caroline Jean February 21, 1930 - November 21, 2004
It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Jean Catonio. Jean was born to John and Elsie Durham in Drumheller on February 21, 1930. her passing is mourned by her loving husband, Tony Catonio, brother Bill (Helen) Durham of Grand Forks, BC, twin sister Lil (Fred) Gilroy of Comox, BC, her two sons, Brad (Kelly) Catonio of Drumheller, Trevor (Debbie) Catonio of Drumheller, her grandchildren, Tony Catonio, Jennifer (Dennis) Olsen, Theresa Catonio, Chris Catonio, Kevin Catonio, Dylan Catonio and Brianna Catonio, her niece Elaine Brakes, and nephews Murray Durham and Danny Durham.
Funeral services will be held at the Knox United Church on November 25th at 2:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Alzheimeršs Society or the Drumheller Continuing Care Facility. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home. 403-823-2666.
Dropko -- Andrew (Andy) February 9th,1929 - November 19th, 2004
Andy passed away peacefully at his home in Rosedale with his wife Olga, nearby. He was a Husband, Father, Uncle, Great Uncle and Great Great Uncle and his only 'grandchildren' were his daughters' pets, a cocker spaniel named Taylor and a Persian mix cat named Ashes who came to live with them. Andy was often seen on the road to Wayne walking and talking with Taylor and he loved to have Ashes keep his feet warm at night while they slept.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Olga, his two children Drew and Romona; and his brother Albert (AI) and sister in- law Laurette Dropko of Edmonton survive him. His brothers' children; Contessa, Denise, Andre, Lise and their families, and his sister and brother in-law Mary and John Macy will sadly miss him. His niece Carol and her husband Brian Flinn and their daughter Tina and fiancée David Jones, as well as his niece and God Daughter Linda and her husband Brian Zacharuk and their daughter Mary and her husband Randy James, and daughter Marnie and Alfred, along with sons Dustin and Ryan Zacharuk are saddened by the loss of their Uncle, Great Uncle and Great Great Uncle. Additionally, he will be missed by his wifešs sister-in-Iaw Kaye Janswick and sons Klint, Greg, Shane, Todd, daughter Peggy and their families as well as many other relatives and countless friends.
Andy was born in Drumheller and lived his entire life in the Valley. He first followed in his father Victoršs footsteps by working in the Star Mine, then his natural charm took him on the road as a salesman for Conway Wholesale covering Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. He worked at the Napier Theater and Drive-In as well before beginning his 27-year career in corrections as one of the first guards at the Drumheller Institution. He also worked part-time at Excelsior Motors in the furniture departments and created their parade floats for a number of years. Then after retiring in 1991 from the penitentiary he was asked to come back to teach crafts in the workshop, which, for all whom knew him, was his passion.
Andy was a charmer who was always well groomed and is remembered fondly for the fantastic scent of after-shave that he left everywhere he went. He was most comfortable in his work boots, jeans and jean jacket and he will be well remembered for the Dentyne gum or candies he passed out to 'his girls' at the bank, stores, restaurants, clinic, hospital or when just meeting up with him on the street.
Andy delighted in taking his nieces Carol and Linda on trips with he and Olga when they were younger, and then later taking their daughters, his great nieces Mary, Marnie and Tina on vacations with his children. They traveled in his van fondly named Bondo Magic and later in the family campervan. His only request was that he get some time to whittle wood, look for rocks, and do some gold panning on their trips to B.C., California and Florida and all points in between and no one objected. In fact they had fun splashing around in the creeks with him.
Andy is probably best known for his drawings and work with juniper wood, rock hounding for petrified dinosaur bone and wood, creating jewelry from wood, deer horn and rocks he polished in his workshop, and most recently the eagles he carved from moose horns. He was a generous man who often gave most of his crafts away and was not afraid of hard work. He loved to tackle any fix it, draw it, create it, or build it challenge that his family and friends asked of him from making pterodactyl spoon racks, to Coyote towel holders to his Hoo Doo salt and pepper shakers to even building a miniature swinging bridge. He often painted store windows at Excelsior Motors for the holidays as well as the windows of his daughters' office in Calgary on occasion, and even played Santa Claus for the kids at the store. Andy passed on his love of rock hounding to his brother Al and great great nephews Dustin and Ryan. Al came down often from Edmonton to spend time in the hills gathering rocks for his own works of art and Dustin was learning the fine art of lapidary. Andy also shared his love of art with his niece Tina who studied it at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. He loved comics and constant doodling and was working on a collection of Hoo-doo-Kin cartoons where his main characters were Dinosaurs.
The younger Andy, #9, was a valuable member of the Midways baseball team who were 10 years Alberta champions in the summers and in the winters he played on the Drumheller Minors Hockey team. In addition to being an avid sports fan he was a fisherman who loved to fish with his children when they were younger to most recently with his nephew Brian and great great nephew Dustin. In the summer he could be found tending his garden and in the winter shoveling the snow in front of his house and carrying right on up the street practically to the top of the hill. He grew the best snow peas in the valley and as a lover of wildlife, while he was busy keeping them away from his garden, he was always making sure to feed the birds, bunnies and deer that came to eat in his luscious garden. He donated many hours and many of his creations to associations like the Drumheller & District Fish and Game Association and his Community where he called Bingo at the Rosedale Hall and even coached his daughter's baseball team. He was a longtime resident of Rosedale and will be missed by many.
It was Andy's wish that no funeral or memorial services be held and it is the families wishes that any tributes be made to Canadian Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes or the Heart and Stoke Foundation of Alberta.
Graham -- Vi
Vi passed away on November 19th, 2004 at Drumheller. Vi was born in Stettler and was raised on the family farm at Red Willow north-east of Stettler. Vi was predeceased by her parents Bill and Elsie Christians. She is survived by her husband Don of Drumheller and her brother Willy (Tina) of Camrose. Upon completion of her education at Red Willow and Donalda she attended the Lutheran College at Camrose where she graduated in business administration. Upon graduating she worked at the Imperial Bank at Donalda and Edmonton. She later worked for several companies related to the oil industry. In 1956 while employed with Wainoco, the oil refinery in Wainwright she met her future husband Don, who was with the RCMP. They were married in 1957. Following with Don's career they lived in Edmonton, Westlock, Drumheller and Calgary.
At Vi's request no chapel service will be held, Gisela Sorge of St. Magloire's Anglican Church of Drumheller will conduct a graveside service with prayers and remembrances at the Donalda cemetery where Vi will be buried. Brennen Funeral Home of Stettler are in charge of funeral arrangements.
Hansen -- Anastasia (Manila)
On Saturday, November 20th, 2004, Anne Hansen passed away at the Drumheller hospital. Her husband, Einar, and her brothers -- John, Nick, and Steve predeceased Anne. She is lovingly remembered by her daughters -- Ruby Zern of Calgary, Judy (Ted Kreczmer) Hansen of Calgary, and Sheila (Dave Muzzatti) Currie of Vancouver; sons -- William (Joyce) of Calgary, Lorne (Carol) of
Chilliwack, and Gordon of Drumheller; God son -- Ronnie Horvath of Red Deer; grandchildren -- Tammie Hammel, Teresa and Kevin Zern, Chyle and Chris Rozzler, Celia and D.J. Currie, Cody and Justin Hansen, Amber Guinn, and Devon Muzzatti; great grandchildren -- Chantel Zern, Chyle and Segar Hammel, and Sheldon Zern. Anne was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and moved to Dorothy where she met and married Einar Hansen. The newly married couple raised six children while farming in the Dorothy, Dalemead, East Coulee, and Hussar regions. They farmed until they relocated to Drumheller in 1961. Anne will be fondly remembered for her thoughtfulness, her kind heart, her sense of humour, and her passion for life. She will be truly missed by everyone. "When we come into this world, we cry and everyone rejoices. When we leave this world, everyone else cries but we rejoice." - Author Unknown
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. from Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel. Donations can be made to Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Anne's memory. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel. 823-2666.
Riedel -- Ivy Grace (nee Wilson) June 8, 1919 November 21, 2004
Ivy Grace (Wilson) Riedel passed away peacefully on November 21, 2004 at the age of 85. Ivy was born in Lucerne, BC to Andrew and Grace Evelyn (nee Kemp) Wilson on June 8, 1919. She had one younger brother, Charlie. At the age of 3 the family relocated to Jasper with the railroad, where Ivy lived and attended school. Following high school, Ivy had many jobs including working in a munitions Plant in Oshawa during WWII, gasing planes, housekeeper, nanny, cashier at Woodwards in Edmonton, AB, which is where she met and married Charlie (Carl) Richard Riedel in 1953. The couple moved many times in the first 5 years, finally settling in Aereal, Alberta (Rosedale) in 1959, where they raised their family. Carl worked as a welder and Ivy was a homemaker until Carlšs death in 1971. At that time Ivy became employed at the Corner Café where she worked until retirement. Ivy loved life, people and animals. She especially enjoyed her 10 grandchildren and the time she was able to spend with them. On September 29, 2004 Ivy welcomed her first great granddaughter Kylan Tappen. Ivy was predeceased by her parents Andrew in 1950, Grace in 1997, brother Charlie in 1971, husband Carl in 1971, Sister-in-law Dolly in 1999 and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Ivy leaves to mourn her daughter Brenda (nee Riedel) Tappen, sons Richard (Rick) Riedel (Sylvia) and Darren Riedel (Lucinda), her 10 grandchildren Tanis, Taryn and Trista Tappen, Tanner, Kelsey, Britta and Sydney Riedel, and Christopher, Kyle and Curtis Riedel, great-granddaughter Kylan, nephew Neil Wilson (Mary), great-nieces Niki (Geoff) and Marni, great-nephew Taggart, as well as her special friend Dorothy Walters. Ivy will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 26, 2004 at Knox United Church at 11:00am. Arrangements entrusted to COURTNEY-WINTER'S FUNERAL HOME. 403-823-2666.
Smith -- James November 22, 1919 - November 20, 2004
Jim passed away peacefully on November 20, 2004 at the Drumheller Continuing Care just short of his 85th birthday. He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Bessie, of 55 years; his son George; his daughter Darlene; his grandchildren Jason and Leanne, who gave him numerous hours of joy; numerous sisters-in-laws; and his brother-in-law and special friend, George Martin. Jim was born in Bervie, Scotland; the second oldest of six children.
The family moved to Canada when Jim was seven and they settled in the Springwater - Lloyd George area. He attended Lloyd George school until he went to work helping his father with farming and trucking. In 1941, he joined the armed forces under the RCEME, 2nd Armoured Tank Brigade. He proudly became Staff Sergeant and served i England, France, Holland and Germany. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to take over the family farm. Jim married Bessie Martin, August 3, 1949, and they raised two children.
Besides framing, he worked as an electrician, a mechanic and welder for two winters with his brother George in the Coleville area. In 1972, Jim, Bessie and George moved to Delia where he resided until recently. Jim volunteered generously over the years, helping anyone with electrical problems at any time of the day or night. He also became a Life Time Member of the Delia Legion and Elks. Jim never retired, but in his later years he loved gardening. His animals always held a special place in his heart. He remained ever faithful to his Ford and John Deere vehicles.
Jim was predeceased by his father George, his mother Christina, his brothers George and John, and his sisters Anne, Chrissie and Mabel. A special thank you to everyone who faithfully visited, phoned, sent cards and/or goodies and cared for him so patiently and lovingly. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 26th at the Delia Community Hall at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at he Delia Cemetery. Donations in Jimšs memory may be made to the Delia United Church or the
Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home. 403-823-2666.
Van de Ryse -- Elizabeth Aileen
Elizabeth Aileen Van De Ryse of Calgary passed away on Friday, February 20, 2004 at the age of 53 years. Elizabeth is survived by her brother Robert Van De Ryse (Noreen) and numerous nieces and nephews. Elizabeth is also survived by many more family and friends, too numerous to mention. Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents Ambrose and Margaret Van De Ryse. A visitation was held at Piersonšs Forest Lawn Chapel, 4121 - 17 Avenue S.E., on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at the Piersonšs Forest Lawn Chapel, 4121 - 17 Avenue S.E., on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 1 p.m. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in memory of Elizabeth to the Canadian Cancer Society, 2nd floor, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A2. Arrangements entrusted to PIERSON'S FUNERAL SERVICE Telephone 235-3602.
Klatt -- Ralph 1919 - 2004
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ralph Klatt, a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather at the age of 84 years. Ralph was born in Evansburg, Alberta on April 18, 1919 to Rudolph and Claire Klatt. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Frances of 61 years, his children; Marianne (Mike) Beaudet, Dale (Karen) Klatt, Joanne (Warren) Gawdun, Ken Klatt, George (Denise) Klatt and Barbara Klatt, 20 grandchil-dren, and 11 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son Richard in 1993, daughter-in-law Marjorie in 1997. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday February 18, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. from Courtney-Winter's Chapel In The Valley. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation (Acute Care) or charity of ones' choice, 351- 9th Street West, Drumheller, Alberta, TOJ OY1.
Metzger -- Catherine Nancy (Elsie) July 22, 1928 - February 11, 2004
On February 11, 2004 Elsie passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer. Elsie leaves to cherish her memory, her loving family; Doris Rousseau of Calgary, Gerald Pearson of Calgary, Roger (Lorraine) Pearson of Rocky Mountain House, Cathy Grabill of Rowley, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She enjoyed life to the fullest, playing bingo, and visiting with family and friends every chance she had. Elsiešs life was celebrated on Tuesday February 17, 2004 at Courtney-Winter's Chapel In The Valley at 2:00 P.M. Interment followed in the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Fun Team Hockey Association at 106 29th Street N.W., Drumheller, Alberta. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel were in care of arrangements.