Petrussa -- Louis John 1927 - 2004
Louis John Petrussa passed away in his sleep at his home on the farm on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at the age of 77 years. John Petrussa was born on January 4, 1927 in Big Valley, Alberta to Peter and Emilia Petrussa. He attended the Gopherhead School where he did very well as a student. After school he worked on the farm and also worked for Steffler Construction for one winter. On the farm, John worked along side his father and brother Ernie. In 1954, John and Ernie started seed growing and continued doing so for the next 50 years. John was married to Irene Lenkiewich on June 17, 1967 in Calgary, Alberta. In his younger years, John enjoyed flying and held his pilots license for a number of years. He was a large and long time supporter of the Big Valley and Byemoor communities, supporting many activities including curling and hockey. John liked to follow the Big Valley Oil Kings hockey team. He also gave generously to the Red Deer and Stettler Hospitals, and to S.T.A.R.S. One of Johnıs first loves was farming. His machines were his toys. He was proud of both his crops and his machinery, particularly the RED machinery, although he put up with the green. John, along with his brother Ernie are considered by many to be the grandpas of the seed growers and have been mentors for the younger generations, "both family and neighbours," who often sought John's advice, which he was only too willing to share. John was also very proud when he and brother Ernie received both the Big Valley Ag. Society Community Award and their 50-Year Seed Growing Pin this past January. Predeceasing John were his younger brother Gino in 1944, father Peter in 1958, niece Debbie Radke in 1960, mother Emilia in 1972, brother-in-law Joe Fodor in 1986, and brother-in-law Ray Radke in 1992. John is survived by his loving wife Irene of Big Valley; brother Ernie of Big Valley; sisters Anne Jones of Stettler, Lucy Steffler of Edmonton, Adeline Radke of Edmonton and Elsie Fodor of Calgary; brothers-in-law John Jones of Byemoor and Gerald Steffler of Ft. Saskatchewan; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of neighbours and friends. Prayers were held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 in the Christ King Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 with Rev. Fr. Paul Kavanagh celebrant. Miles Jones shared Words of Remembrance, the scripture reading were given by Teresa Blouin, Carrie-Lyn Jones and Dwayne Radke, the pianist was Joan Rushton and the Leader of Song was LeeAnn Kinderwater. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace", "Come With Me Into The Fields", "Seed Scattered And Sown, " and "How Great Thou Art." Honorary Pallbearers were all John's family and friends, with the active pall-bearers being Gordon Brown, Douglas Brown, Jess McKnight, Warren Jones, Adam Jones and Justin Jones. Interment was at the Lake View Cemetery, Stettler, Alberta. Following the service, family and friends gathered in the Stettler Community Hall for a time of sharing and light refreshments prepared and served by Bill's Catering of Big Valley. Memorial donations may be made to the Stettler Ambulance, S.T.A.R.S. or the charity of the donor's choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home. Stettler Funeral Home, 742-3422, entrusted with the care and arrange-ments.
BOHNERT -- William Carl July 13, 1939 - January 17, 2006
Willie Bohnert of Drumheller passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the Drumheller Health Centre at the age of 66 years. Willie is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sheila, family and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Wilma in 1971, and his father Charlie in 1973. He is survived by his wife Sheila; sisters Ellen (Paul) Mentzel of Rebera, New Mexico, Mary LeBeau of Rochester, AB, Carol (Ken) Bedell of Nanaimo, B.C., Betty (Clifford) Larsen of Standard, AB; and his brother Karl Bohnert of Edmonton, AB. Willie grew up in Redland, worked for several years in Rockyford and settled in Drumheller where he married Sheila. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, enriched each other's lives and enjoyed several happy years together. Many people will remember meeting Willie while he walked downtown to shop or just visit. He was a kind man who loved his woodworking projects and his garden. A memorial service was held January 21, 2006 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1455 - 4 Ave. N.W., Drumheller. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of your choice.
CALON -- Louise Frances 1930 - 2006
After a difficult battle at the Peter Lougheed ICU, and despite tremendous efforts from the staff, Louise Calon passed away peacefully on January 18, 2006. Louise was born on August 30, 1930 in Calgary, the first born child of Bill and Sally Grant. Seven years after her arrival, her beloved brother, Pat, was born. Louise graduated from St. Maryıs High School in 1948 and went on to the University of Calgary to become a teacher. She married Frank in 1954, and very quickly this city girl embraced a new life on a farm northeast of Drumheller in the Michichi area. Here, Frank and Louise raised seven children in a house full of love and laughter (and pets). Louise was always known for her enthusiastic charming wit, her kindness and generosity to family and friends, her love of music and reading, and her unfailing belief in God and the power of prayer. Louise leaves behind, Frank, her husband of 51 years, and her children, Kathleen Diggens (Brad), Danny Calon (Janne), JoAnne Zebedee, Patty Calon, Connie Cabrera (Dan), Wendy Dyck (Tim), and Mary Dommasch (Aaron), as well as thirteen grandchildren. A memorial funeral mass was celebrated for Louise in Drumheller at St. Anthonyıs Church on January 23 at 11 a.m. Donations in her memory may be made payable to the Calgary Health Trust noting that the funds are in support of the ICU at the PLC-Address -- Room 1032, Peter Lougheed Centre, 3500 - 26 Ave. N.E. Calgary, AB T1Y 6J4, Attn -- Barry Knapp.
SANDUM -- Helen 1938 - 2006
Helen Sandum (nee Sakundiak), beloved wife of Gordon Sandum, passed away January 16, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Helen will be greatly missed by her husband of 46 years and her children, Donna (Darryl) and Alvin (Kim); and her grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Justin, Ciara and Wacy. Helen was born in Medicine Hat on January 31, 1938. Two years later, December 1940, her mother passed away, she lived with relatives until she attended the Father Lacombe Convent school which she attended until grade six. She completed her schooling in Hussar and attended Business School in Calgary until she married Gordon on June 25, 1959. They continued to live and farm in the Duck Lake area. Helen loved curling, bowling and especially loved camping each summer at Pine Lake. She had a wonderful sense of humour, enjoyed her music and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Helen always had time to visit, had a great big heart, and considered her friends as extended family. Funeral Services were held on January 24, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Hussar Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Drumheller Health Centre for the CT scanner or to the Hussar Cemetery. Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
Allard -- Charles Paul
CHARLES PAUL ALLARD C.D. (CHUCK)
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Charles Paul Allard on May 30th at age 83 with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Joan and cherished father to sons Paul (Karen) of Calgary AB, Peter (Vicky), Perry (Sylvia), daughters Debbie (Lyle) and Charlaine. Beloved Pompa to Steven, Scott, Sandy, Kim, Jay, Sherry, Perry Jr., Shannon, Sherri, Corinna, Chrystal, Shyla, Rachel and 21 great grandchildren. He is
fondly remembered by his sister Bernice (Gordon) Pugh of Calgary, many nieces and nephews. Chuck was predeceased by his son Patrick, daughter-in-law Roxanne, grandson Sean, brother Edward and sister Celene. Chuck was born July 17th, 1920 in Drumheller, AB. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1940. While stationed in London England during WWII he met and married his wife Joan of 62 years. He later volunteered to serve in the Korean War. After his return he was posted to Camp Borden, ON. In 1955 he was posted to Soest West Germany, returning in 1957 to Winnipeg and his final posting with 10 Company RCASC. Retiring from the Armed Forces Chuck became senior lifeguard at the Central YMCA retiring after 10 years of service. Chuck was a life member of Rockwood ANAF 303. Chuck was an avid sportsman and excelled in hockey, baseball and his passion for golf earned him two holes in one. Chuck and Joan spent many happy summers at Lakeside Trailer Park, Winnipeg Beach with his faithful yorkie, Tigga. In respect with Chuck' wishes, palliative care were provided at home by the wonderful staff from the St. Boniface Hospital and Home Care services. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Thursday June 3rd at 2:00 PM at Rockwood ANAF, 341 Wilton, with Reverend Gordon Shields officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (949 2000. Wereschuk Funeral Home 582-0929
CRAWFORD-BROUGH -- Angeline (nee Orchard) 1914 - 2006
Angeline Crawford-Brough of Cochrane passed away peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2006 at the age of 91 years. Angeline was born May 10, 1914 in Vulcan, Alberta later residing in Lethbridge, Canmore, East Coulee, Drumheller, Olds, Calgary and Cochrane, Alberta. Angeline will be sadly missed by her son Dennis H. Crawford (Diane); daughter Dixie P. Trout (Tim); grandchildren Dennis Jr. (Lori) Crawford, Darcy W. Crawford, Kelly L. Trout; great-grandchildren Cole, Kyle, Braden and Jesse. Her brother Howard Orchard, Calgary, AB; sister and brother-in-law Evelyn (Ernie) Shire, Lethbridge, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Angeline was predeceased by her husbands Hugh Crawford in 1973 and Arthur Brough in 2000. Funeral services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAYıS Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Graveside service on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Drumheller Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stoke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14th St. N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6. Telephone -- (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2 Telephone -- (403) 205-3966. In living memory of Angeline Crawford-Brough, a tree will be planted by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W., CALGARY. Telephone -- (403) 241-0044.
BARNES -- Chester Thomas George January 13, 1930 - January 25, 2006
Chester Barnes long time resident of Drumheller passed away peacefully on January 25, 2006 at the Drumheller Health Center Acute Care. Chester was born in York Township, Ontario on January 13, 1930. Cheste's childhood and early adult years were spent in Ontario, however, in the 1950's he left Ontario and ventured out West. Chesterıs love of the outdoors, a passion for horses and desire to always put in full day's hard work drew him into the farming / ranching industry, where he worked as a ranch hand. Chesterıs work took him to many areas throughout southern Alberta; however, he eventually settled in Drumheller. Chester will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Kansus (James), son Johnny (Tammy), grandchildren Lauren, Logan, Lane, Teresca, and Jaylene, brothers Bill (Pat), Bruce (Marilyn), sisters Bernice (Walter), May (Fred), Joyce (Bill) and several nieces and nephews. Chester is predeceased by his mother Etta, father George, and brothers John and Wayne. A memorial service was held at the Drumheller Cemetery on Tuesday January 31, 2006 at 11:00 am. If friends/family so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations in Chesterıs memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Chapel, Drumheller (403) 823 2666.
BROWN -- Esther 1922 - 2006
Esther Brown of Drumheller passed away peacefully to be with her Savior February 1, 2006 at the Drumheller Health Centre at the age of 83. Esther was born April 15, 1922 in Three Hills, Alberta. She is predeceased by parents, William T. Evans and Jennie Evans, brothers Harvey and John Evans, and husband Ken Brown. Survived and missed forever by loving family -- brother Basil (Peggy) Evans; sisters Marjorie Kinsey and Ann (George) Smith; children, Lawrie "Lou" Brown, Darwyn (Roxy) Brown and Nola Brown; grandchildren Cameron and Landyn Brown; and many nieces and nephews. We are saddened by our loss but rejoice in the fact that she passed away peacefully and has gone on to her reward in Heaven. A very special thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Racz for her love and care of Mom, and to Dr. Douglas and the nurses for their compassion and gentle hands. Thanks, as well, to Jenny Dannhauer and Shirley Komarnisky for their love and support. A memorial service was held on February 6, 2006 at Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle in Drumheller. In lieu of flowers donations are requested for the Drumheller Health Centre and Living Memorial c/o Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle. Arrangements in care of Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home -- Drumheller-Hanna.
JENSEN -- Edith Leslie (nee Paul) 1920 - 2006
Edith Leslie (nee Paul) Jensen of Drumehller passed away peacefully on January 31, 2006 at the Drumheller Hospital Continuing Care surrounded by her loving family. Edie was born in Rosedale, Alberta in 1920. After attending Normal School in Calgary, she taught in Rosedale and then at Blue Spring School at Dalum, Alberta. She married Ove Jensen in 1943. Edie and Ove lived and farmed in the Dalum area until 2000 when they retired to Drumheller. Edie was predeceased by her parents George and Beatrice Paul, her husband Ove, daughter Lynne Ellen Wright, sisters Helen and Isabel (Joseph) Kormendy, and brother and sisters-in-law Arild and Glenys Jensen and Marie Jensen. She is missed and loved by her sister-in-law Gerda (Folmer) Rasmussen; brother-in-law Herluf Jensen; her children Joan Reiffenstein (Laurie), Susan Brown (Carson), and Albert Jensen (Cindy); her grandchildren Julie Eskeland (Jim), Katherine Reiffenstein, Lisa Brake (Damian), Warren, Colin, Logan, and Micalah Jensen (and their mother Hope), and Spencer Jensen; great-grandchildren Owen and Elena Eskeland; and her nieces and nephews. A funeral service celebrating Edieıs life was held at Bethlehem Luthern Church of Dalum on Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Dalum, the Drumheller Hospital Continuing Care (the staff of which always treated Edie with respect and compassion) or to a charity of choice.
MRAZ -- Joseph Michael 1934 - 2006
Joseph Michael Mraz, beloved husband of Carol Mraz of Brooks, Alberta, passed away near Brooks on February 3, 2006 at the age of 71 years. Born in Drumheller on February 21, 1934 Joe received his education there and worked throughout Alberta in the oil field industry. Joe and Carol Logan were married on December 2, 1967 in Drumheller and resided in Brooks. He belonged to the Brooks Fish and Game Association and the EID Legion. Joe loved his family, especially his grandchildren, fishing, gardening, hunting and playing crib. He will be remembered for putting his family first and for his loyalty and generosity. Joe was predeceased by his parents Annie and John Mraz, sister Anne Sugden, 2 brothers John and Mike and an infant great nephew Paul. He is survived by his loving family, wife Carol of Brooks; 3 children, Krista Kidd (James) and their children Erin and Shamus all of Brooks, Kathryn Mraz and her daughter Clare of Calgary and Joe Mraz and his son Riley of Brooks; brother Andy (Barb) Mraz, 2 sisters Mary (Larry) Craig and Margaret (Nick) Worobetz all of Calgary and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass services will be celebrated on Friday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Maryıs Catholic Church, Brooks. Rev. Father Vincent Tuan Ha Celebrant. Honorary Pallbearers are Blanche and Frank Laslo, Gwen and John Suchy, Lyn and Jim Tooke, Norma and Rand Berg, Audrey and Art Rushka and Karen and John Berry. Active Pallbearers are Gary Mraz, Aaron Suchy, Reid Berg and Ron Tooke. Family inurnment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Joe, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Brooks and District Fish and Game Association, Box 817, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B7 or Diabetes Association (Brooks and District), Box 187, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Brooks. Telephone Toll Free (866) 362-4652 or (403) 362-4636.
SCHREDER -- Rayma (Westeen)
Rayma (Westeen) Schreder passed away suddenly February 3, 2006 at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary at the age of 64. Rayma is predeceased by her husband, Malcome Schreder; her parents, Nels and Florence Westeen; four brothers, Robert, Kenneth, Bernard and Donald. She leaves to mourn three sisters, Wanya (Robert McPhee), Willa (Ed Hirsch) and Arda Robinson (Don Harrison). She also has three step-children, Arne, Terry and Rod; as well as six grandchildren. By special request, there will be no funeral or memorial service held. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Rayma's memory to the Acute Care at the Drumheller Health Centre, 351 - 9th Street N.W., Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1.
SHARPE -- Ethel Margaret 1917 - 2006
Ethel Margaret Sharpe passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital on February 1, 2006. She was born on February 5, 1917, on the family farm at Morrin to Edwin and Margaret Doan. Growing up she was an ³ace² pitcher for the famous Morrin Flyers softball team. Ethel trained as a teacher at the Calgary Normal School and taught in Morrin for six years before marrying Don, her husband of nearly sixty-five years. She was a devoted mother and doting grandmother. An active worker in the church and communities of Morrin and Munson, Ethel was a woman of many hobbies and interests. Among the pursuits that Ethel enjoyed, photography, gardening, local history, and travel ranked high. Ethel will be lovingly remembered by her family -- husband Don; children Alan, Sharon (Warren) Halligan, Connie (Fran) Lavoie, and Kathy (Ken) Aberg; grandchildren Adrien, Gregory, Kelsey Lavoie, and Tim (Kyla), Graham, Laura Aberg. A memorial service was held at the Morrin United Church on Monday, February 6, 2006. If friends/family so desire, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Drumheller Hospital or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home, Drumheller (403) 823-2666.