SIDDON -- Ronald Victor 1919 - 2006
Ron, 'Sid the Barber', was born on March 3, 1919, to Thomas and Mae Grant Siddon, in Olds, AB, and raised in Carstairs, AB. He passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of January 31, 2006, surrounded by family. Ron and Trudie celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary just three weeks earlier. With a wonderful party at Sunshine Lodge and many of their family home, it was a joyous occasion. Ron's faith in God and in the promise of eternal life enables us to entrust him to God's care.
He leaves behind to celebrate his life, a devoted family -- loving wife, Trudie; son Tom (Pat) and their family -- Charles (Nancy) Cole and Emma; David (Charlene) Stephanie and Ryan; Robert (Bonnie) and Alison; Elizabeth (Chris) Gorman and Katherine (Myles) Karn; son Darryl (Kristine) and their family -- Kari (John) Bott, Braedan and Jordan; Heather (Aaron) Ward, Nicholas, Jesse, Michael and Sasha; Jonathan (Kelly) Brittany, Noah and Aleisha; daughter Donna (Fred) Orosz and their family -- Paul (Lisa) Jozsef and Matthew; Janna (Kevin); daughter Elaine (Larry) Nielsen and their family -- Anika, Krista and Derek (Jolanda) and Kaeleigh; and his namesake, son Ronald (Melanie) and their family -- Jeremy (Danielle) Laura and Pauline. He also leaves two sisters, Irene (Steve) Shapka, and Evelyn Stiller, a sister-in-law Wyn Cowan, a brother-in-law, Bruce Humfrey and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his mother when he was only 3 years old, his father, a brother, Norman in infancy and one grandson, Edward, in 1971.
Like his father, Ron became a barber and spent his whole working career, 50 years, in Drumheller. He became very knowledgeable in the history of the valley, town and the mining communities that grew into an important tourist centre. He had many an interesting story to tell. He enjoyed his contacts with people and wasnıt afraid to dispense a bit of wisdom or advice along with a smart new look. It may have cost him a customer or two, but most came back for more. It was a satisfying occupation, making people look better going out than when they came in! Through the years, he took part and held office in, various organizations -- Junior Chamber of Commerce, Cub leader, Fish and Game Club, Dog Trials Club and was always ready to lend a hand wherever and whenever needed. He was a faithful member of St. Magloire's Anglican Church, serving in many positions including Warden, Vestry, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and by example, supporting and encouraging his family to grow in the church and deepen their faith. He had an avid interest in politics during the years Tom served in the Federal Government in several ministries and enjoyed discussing the Hansard reports he received regularly. Grandpa knew the best places to find dinosaur bones and petrified wood, so the grandchildren looked forward to summertime visits and hikes into the hills. He had a green thumb and loved sharing his abundance with others, especially tomato plants and clippings from his house plants, which we have all received. Dad enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting and finding crocuses in the spring. He even managed to find some last year, but this year weıll find them for him and carry on, knowing he is watching over us. He loved us all, family was of the utmost importance to him! The life of this honourable man was celebrated at St. Magloire's Anglican Church on February 3, 2006. The service was conducted by Rev. Mac Jones and included Dadıs favourite hymns and readings with children and grandchildren participating. Great-grandchildren led with the cross and followed the casket with his favourite flowers. Family and friends gathered to remember and thank God for His gift to us - Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. We'll meet again! Cremation followed and burial will take place at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to St. Magloire's or Sunshine Lodge would be gratefully accepted. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.
Rock of Ages
Teaching values, ethics, truths,
A fairness in the work we do.
Where strength and vigor never die,
A faith to follow; honor too.
Modest though his work might seem,
Steady as an oak, through ages.
Lives he touched in countless number,
Children, mothers, workmen, sages.
A zest for life and mother nature,
The daily news an urgency.
Picking bones and wood long ancient,
Fish and wildlife, setting free.
Spring brought out the sharpened shovel
To turn Godıs soil and string the rows.
Perennials and vegetables his passion,
Tomato sticks tied up with bows.
Respet for life and one-another,
Working hard since just a lad.
Now autumn rests the gardenıs glory,
Rock of Ages; Thatıs our Dad.
- Darryl B. Siddon
ZIEGLER -- Chris 1922 - 2006
Chris Ziegler passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on Saturday, February 4, 2006, at the age 83 years. Chris will be lovingly remembered by his sisters -- Martha, Shirley and Alice and brother Herbert as well as relatives and friends. Chris was predeceased by parents -- Phillip and Rosalie; brothers -- Gilbert and Albert; sisters -- Freda and Rosie and former wife Jane. A Celebration of Chris' life will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. If so desired, a memorial tribute may be made in Chris' name directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (The Tom Baker Cancer Center, 1331-29 St NW Calgary, AB T2N 4N2). To email expressions of sympathy -- firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading -- Chris Ziegler. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, 17 Avenue SE at Garden Road, (1.5 km east of 84th Street SE ) Telephone (403) 272 - 5555.
DOUGLAS -- Alice Maude (nee Rieger) 1924 - 2006
Alice Maude Douglas passed away peacefully January 24, 2006 in Drumheller Continuing Care. Alice was born January 20, 1924, in Delia, AB to Christine and Thomas F. Rieger. During her high school years, Alice played ice hockey, softball and helped edit the Delia High School yearbook while competing academically with her twin sister Evelyn. The twins graduated with honours from Delia High School in 1942. Alice and Evelyn then completed teacherıs 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. Alice and Evelyn taught at a number of rural one-room schools in Alberta and often shared the same teacherage. Aliceıs first teaching position was at Hayfield School near Beaverlodge, AB. This was followed by teaching positions at Rockyford Colony School, Majestic Lake School, Horseshoe Canyon School before moving to Calgary where she taught at Ogden School. After 14 years of teaching, Alice retired to devote her life to her family. She did some substitute teaching at Churchill School. Alice was very proud of her students and delighted in following their accomplishments. Alice 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. Auntie particularly enjoyed the many road trips with Alister which took them to see the area surrounding Drumheller and much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC. Alice will be missed by her sister Louise F. Smith in Ottawa, ON and cousins in Germany and England as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Alice will also be missed by her niece Margaret Giles and family. Alice will be intensely missed by her beloved nephew Stanley T. Bakgaard (Devra Rooney and Mia Maluchi of Portland, OR) and niece Wendy E. Bakgaard and her much loved nephew-in-law Tim Blumenschein of Calgary. Alice was predeceased by her dearly beloved husband Alister Douglas in 1996 and her beloved son William T. Douglas, her identical twin Evelyn M. Bakgaard, sisters Marguerite Dare, Violette Baskerville, Caroline (Bertha) Fraser, and her brothers Thomas F. Rieger II, Henry J. Rieger and W. C."Bill" Rieger. Alice's family extends their sincere gratitude to the wonderfully caring staff and volunteers at the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre for their tender loving care during Aliceıs last years. Thank you to Dr. Racz, Dr. Lister, H & H Optical and their staffs for their continued care and concern. Stan, Wendy and Tim thank all those who have been so caring and supportive to them over these past years. In lieu of flowers, and to honour Alice's passion for learning, donations in Aliceıs memory may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Canada (for research) 20 Eglinton Avenue W. Suite 1200, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1K8 (1-800-616-8816). Arrangements in care of Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home.
LACEY -- Gordon
Mr. Gordon Lacey of Innisfail, formerly of Drumheller, passed away January 10, 2006 at the age of 76. Gordon is survived by his wife Norma (Ulsanden) of Innisfail, AB; daughters Jody Koeing of Medicine Hat, Wendy Lacey of Calgary, and Bert Lacey of Rosetown, SK. Interment was held at Riverside Cemetery in Eastend, SK on January 16, 2006.
SIDDON -- Ron
A long time resident of Drumheller, Ron Siddon (Sid the Barber) passed away in the morning of January 31, 2006 at the Drumheller Extended Care Unit. Ron and Trudie were married in Drumheller on January 1, 1941, and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Ron operated Sid's Barber Shop from 1940 to 1990, being barber to many over the years. He was in his 87th year. A funeral service will be held in his memory at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 3, 2006 at St. Magloire's Anglican Church in Drumheller, with reception to follow. Trudie would like to invite all of Ron's many friends in the area to attend this special celebration of his life, at 2:00 PM. on Friday.
TODD -- Christene Helen
Christene Helen Todd passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital on January 29, 2006 in the loving presence of her family. Christene was predeceased by her husband Mr. Frank A. Todd and her son Dr. Edmund Todd. She will be dearly missed by her family -- granddaughter Zeta (Ayaz) Charania; great granddaughters Jenna and Aniqa. She is also survived by her brother Fred (Helen) Peterson; two special nephews Les Todd and Freddie Peterson; special nieces Fran Sterling, Terry Todd and several other special nieces. A doting wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Christene was a long-time resident of Delia. She was highly regarded for her gardening and cooking skills. Christene's funeral will be held this Friday, February 3 at 2:00 PM. at the Delia United Church with Rev. Travis Cannaday officiating. All are invited to the Community Hall in Delia following the service and interment for visiting and refreshments. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home of Drumheller (403) 823-2666 and Hanna (403) 854-2009. For more information or to send condolences visit www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.com
TRACH -- 'Betty' Henrietta Elizabeth (King) 1929 - 2006
"Betty" Henrietta Elizabeth (King) Trach was born November 28, 1929 in Delia, Alberta and passed away January 22, 2006. Her parents were Alice and Joseph Fulton. She was raised in the Delia area. Betty married Norman Cooper King. Betty and Norman had three children, JoAnne, Pat and Shelley. Betty is survived by her children JoAnne (King) and her husband Wayne Baird, Pat and Muriel King, and Shelley and Dale Morgan. Also surviving are her brothers Jim Fulton, Baxter (Alice) Fulton, Ken (Linda) Fulton; and sisters Isabelle (Bob) Sinclair and Marion (Alvin) Tario. Also surviving are her grandchildren Karen, Aaron, Patrick, Tom, Bob, Carly and Oliver and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Kelly Fulton. Betty was widowed and two years later married William Trach on July 27, 1968. They moved to Camrose and worked and lived there until they retired in Drumheller. After retirement they did some travelling and took numerous camping and fishing trips in the area. Bettyıs health had been poor for many years and was admitted to the Drumheller Nursing Home where she resided until she moved to the Didsbury Nursing Home to be closer to her children. Betty's funeral was held on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 11 AM. in the Courtney-Winter's Chapel in the Valley and was officiated by Father Wayne Poile of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church of Drumheller. Special musical selections included "Amazing Grace" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" After the interment at the Drumheller Cemetery the family warmly welcomed everyone to join them at the St. Anthony's Parish Hall at 1:00 PM for a time of refreshment and fellowship. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home of Drumheller and Hanna (403) 854-2009, www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.com
KVILL -- Floyd Victor Kvill
Floyd Victor Kvill passed away in the Drumheller Health Centre, Drumheller, Alberta on Thursday, December 8, 2005 at the age of 62 years. Floyd is survived by -- his mother Doris Kvill of Elk Point; two brothers -- Arnold Kvill and his wife Shirley of Heinsburg, Gordon Kvill and his wife Linda of Spruce Grove; one sister-in-law Barbara and her husband Gordon Welch of Lashburn; six nieces and nephews -- Roberta and Mike Garritty, Jodie and Dwayne Olekson, Brent Kvill, Ryan Kvill, Amanda Kvill and Felicia Kvill; as well as numerous other relatives. Floyd was predeceased by his brother Larry, his father George and his nephew Neil. The funeral service for Floyd was conducted from the Marwayne Community Hall, Marwayne, Alberta on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Harold Imes officiating. A eulogy was given by Dwayne Olekson and Mike Garritty. Hymns sung were 'Amazing Grace', 'How Great Thou Art', and 'The Old Rugged Cross', accompanied on the organ by Donna Eyben. Honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in Floyd's life. Active pallbearers were -- Roberta Garritty, Jodie Olekson, Brent Kvill, Ryan Kvill, Shawn Davis and Felicia Kvill. Interment followed in the Marwayne Cemetery. McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster administered the funeral arrangements.
MacKENZIE -- Margaret (nee Graham) 1915 - 2006
Margaret MacKenzie (nee Graham) born January 28, 1915 passed away January 17, 2006 in Calgary. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from Courtney-Winte's Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 23, 2006 at the Knox United Church at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jan Stevenson officiating. Interment to follow in the Drumheller Cemetery. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 823-2666.