MERKEL -- Violet Vivian 1925 - 2005
Vi was surrounded by her family and friends up until her death on December 27, 2005, at the Drumheller Hospital. Born May 15, 1925, at Drumheller, Vi was predeceased by her husband, Jake, in 1988. Vi is survived by her sisters, Grace Vincent and Gladys (Vic) Paterson, and brother, Frank (Dorothy) Keough. She is cherished and remembered by her daughters, Debby Hoffart of Penticton, and Trish (Don) Kerr of Victoria; sons, Dale and Dean (Bonnie) of Drumheller; grandchildren, Megan Mitchell, Lindsay and Amy Kerr, Chelsey and Anthony Merkel, Kimberly (Phillip) McDonald, Amanda Schmidt (Jeff), Michelle Schmidt (Scott), and Daniel White (Meghan); great-grandchildren Connor, Preston, Brooke and Kylie; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Merkel; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 1:00 o'clock at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Drumheller. Reception to follow at St. Anthony's Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association.
VREDEGOOR-DAMEN -- Hendrina 1913 - 2005
Hendrina Vredegoor-Damen was born in Bemmel, Holland on January 13, 1913, one of eleven children. Mom met Tinus (Martin) Vredegoor and married him on November 21, 1940. They proceeded to have a large family of seven children. She is survived by her children Maria Gammie (Ron Bigford), Martin (Norma) Vredegoor, Dianne (Ray) Gamracy, Agnes (Dan) Martin, Barney Vredegoor, Tony (Marilyn) Vredegoor and son-in-law Frank. This family tree grew into a forest of 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildrenS etcS we expect. Hendrina is also survived by one sister Dies (Dina) Peters in Belgium, and many extended family members in Canada and Holland. Great Grandma was predeceased by an infant grandson Scott in 1964, her husband Martin in 1984, son-in-law Jim Gammie in 1993, and daughter Ann in 2000 and 9 brothers and sisters in Holland.
Grandma always had an uncanny ability to see the light in everyone. She welcomed the world into her home, excepting of course if it was between 7
and 10 on Saturday nights after the puck dropped. It was impossible not to be touched by Tante Riek's spirit and genuine soul. Hendrina will be lovingly remembered and will bring a smile to our hearts for all 'The Days of Our Lives.' Funeral Services were held Friday, December 30, 2005 at 2:00:P.M. from St. Anthonyıs Catholic Church, with Father Wayne Poile officiating. Interment at The Drumheller Cemetery. A reception followed in St. Anthony's Church Hall. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice . Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements. 403-823-2666.
Kipling -- (Smith) Ethel - September 1,1915 - August 8, 2004
Following a short battle with breast cancer, Ethel passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital. She was predeceased by her father, Albert Smith and by her mother, Sarah Elizabeth Smith; brothers, Arthur and Johnny Smith; sisters, Jessie Burnet, Hattie Markley, Ida Hogen and Hazel Kipling. She is survived by her husband, Clarence; sons Gerald (Thelma) of Hudson Bay, SK. Lloyd (Karen), Dwaine (Betty) of Drumheller and daughter Lynn (Scott) Morphy of Saskatoon, SK, sisters Bessie Stephens and Dorothy Quakenbush, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. There will be a memorial tea at the Royal Canadian Legion in the Normandy Room on Friday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. Internment will be at Melfort, SK at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Drumheller Hospital.
Jeske -- Herman
Graveside internment at Drumheller Cemetery Wednesday, July 7 at 11 am for Herman Jeske deceased October 25, 2003. Courtney Winters Funeral Chapel officiating.
Rovere -- Pauline Mary (Azzano)
On June 29, 2004, Pauline Rovere passed away at the Drumheller Continuing Care Facility at the age of 93 years. She is survived by her son Ray (Maxine) of Sherwood Park, Alberta, 6 grandchildren, Darin (Maysa), Ryan (Natalie), Lance (Jody), Louis, Lynnell, Daryl, 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Pauline was born in Cusano, Italy in 1910 to Peter and Mary Azzano. When she was eleven years old, her family moved to Rosedale, Alberta, and Pauline resided in the Drumheller Valley all of her life with the exception of her winters spent with her daughter Marina in California. Pauline was predeceased by her husband Angelo, her son Rudy, her daughter Marina, and three brothers, Benjamin, Louis and Sylvio. Prayer Vigil was held Friday July 2, at 8:30 P.M. from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held Saturday July 3, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. from St. Anthonyıs Roman Catholic Church, interment followed at the Drumheller Cemetery where she was laid to rest beside Angelo. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Chapel were in care of the arrangements.
Stol -- Derek Myles
Derek Myles Stol passed away suddenly June 29, 2004 at the tender age of 19 years. Derek was predeceased by his beloved grandparents Klaas and Annemarie Stol. Derek is survived by his loving mother Nicole Stol (Mike) and beloved siblings Desiree and Mitchell (Mraz), Tammi, Tina and Kayla. Father Willi, Uncles Klaas and Hans Stol, Auntie Kim Stol, Michele Koster. Grandparents Ann Von, Charles and Darlene Von, Auntie Heather Franciotti, Uncles Chuck and Mac Von and numerous cousins and nephews as well as extended family
members and many lifetime friends who shared cherished memories of Derek. Derek was born October 10, 1984 in Drumheller. He attended school in Morrin. His passion was golf and he saved his money to invest in the best clubs available to improve his game. His other interests were hockey and skateboarding. At an early age he mastered the art of Lego building and 3-D puzzles. Like his Grandpa Stol and Uncle Klaasie, he had the gravel trucking business in his blood. Derek's life was celebrated at the Courtney-Winters Funeral Home, with internment following at the Drumheller Cemetery and luncheon at Midland Hall where family and friends shared special memories. If desired donations may be sent to the Drumheller Salvation Army.
Kolenz -- Frank
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time East Coulee resident Frank Kolenz on Monday, August 9, 2004. Frank passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife Edna by his side. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel of Drumheller. Please call 823-2666 for details.
Loblick -- Helen (Lena) - November 3, 1914 - August 1, 2004
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother, Helen Loblick. Helen was the first child of four born to Mike and Mary Krosby in Calgary, AB. A year later, in 1915, they moved to Rosedale, where Helen resided ever since. She was predeceased by her husband Herman Loblick in 1974, and her sister Pearl Panisiak in 1998, both from Rosedale. Helen leaves to mourn her only son, Jerry (Lynn) Loblick of Rosedale, her only grandchild, Tammy (Curtis) Lautermilch and two great-grandchildren, Kyle Halase-Lautermilch and Halle Bee Lautermilch from Drumheller. She also leaves to mourn her two sisters, Kay Williams of Calgary, AB, and Sophy (Frank) Baker of Invermere, B.C. Helen also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends to mourn her passing. A beautiful memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 6, 2004, at Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel with Pastor Warren Pearce from the Alliance Church. Following the service, we enjoyed a delicious luncheon at the Rosedale Community Hall. Thank you to the Rosedale community, to all our friends, neighbours and family who helped us during this very difficult time. In memory of Helen, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6.
Sweep -- Raymond Alexander 1907 - 2004
Raymond Alexander Sweep was born January 1st, 1907 in Tower City, North Dakota, USA. At the age of one year, he came with his family to Alberta settling in the Farrell Lake area in 1908. Ray spent his youth growing up in the Edgerton region returning to the Delia area in 1929 to work at the Imperial Ranch. Times were tough and for the next several years he worked as a farm labourer on threshing crews, as a bull cook, a fisherman and setting up farm machinery before settling back to farming at Farrell Lake in 1944. On April 17th, 1944, Ray married his true love Eileen and they resided in the area for 34 years raising their five daughters - Doreen, Lynda, Maryetta, Norma, and Edna. In 1978, Ray and Eileen retired from the farm and moved to Delia where they enjoyed town life for 17 years. Then in 1994, they moved to Hanna, taking up residence in the Parkview Manor. In 2000, Ray moved to the Hanna Continuing Care facility where he remained in good health until his passing. One of Rayıs greatest pleasures was to use his mechanical skills in helping his neighbours pull engines, overhaul tractor motors and fix lawnmowers. He was meticulous about doing a job well or not at all. He loved gardening and flowers and his yard awarded him many red ribbons over the years. Ray loved shuffleboard, horseshoes and making creative use out of anything at his fingertips. He was a good neighbour, faithful friend and totally devoted to his family. He leaves to mourn his passing, his daughters Doreen and Marcel, Lynda and Harry, Maryetta, Norma and Edna -- grandchildren, Rhonda and Dean, Raymond and Angie, Kurtis and Marjorie, Nadine and Neil, Kylie and Ryan and great grandchildren Darcy, Josie, Tyler, and Marenn. Ray was one of twelve siblings with one surviving sister, Florence Dmytruk of Calgary. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 in the Delia United Church with Harold Hunter officiating. Internment to follow in the Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Calgary at 3:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delia United Church or the Delia Senior Centre. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney's Funeral Service. 1-403-854-2009.
Aaserud -- Albert C. 1914 - 2005
Albert Aaserud, resident of Father Lacombe Care Centre in Calgary, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. Forever in our hearts, he is lovingly remembered by -- daughters Sharon Lejeune (René) and Dorothy Kempthorne (Gordon); grandchildren Léo Lejeune (Sylvia), Lisa Lejeune (Kevin Timanson), Todd Kempthorne, Katherine Kempthorne and Kristina Vimy (Aaron); great grandchildren Ariel Timanson and Christian Lejeune; sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Myrtle, parents Lena and Ole Aaserud, brothers Olaf, Berger, John and sister Anna, and grandsons Mark and Stephen Lejeune. Albert was born in the Craigmyle, Alberta district where he and his wife, Myrtle Moldon, farmed for 50 years. Service to the community included active membership and leadership in the church, Masons and R.E.A.L. With a passion for politics, he served as school trustee and 25 years as Counselor/Reeve of Starland Municipality. He will be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm for life, reflected by an encouraging, positive attitude toward people. Success in business was attributed to his ability to meet challenges and take risks. If ever there was an opportunity to play ball, play cards or socialize, Albert was there! The family extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the affectionate, devoted caregivers at Father Lacombe Care Centre. A memorial service was held on Mon. Jan. 10 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peters Anglican Church, 903 75 Avenue S.W., Calgary. Charitable donations may be made to The Father Lacombe Care Centre, East Wing, 332 146 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 2A3 or charity of choice.
Dart -- Richard (Rick) Burk February 12, 1952 - January 2, 2005
It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father, son, uncle, friend and coach, Rick Dart. He died after a heroic battle against cancer at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary, on the evening of Sunday, January 2, 2005. Rick was born in Drumheller and was raised on a farm near there. He moved to Calgary in 1971 and married Pam in Banff in 1974. A true craftsman, Rick worked in construction, most recently for Wescom Glass and Aluminum Ltd. As well as building, gardening, and cooking, Rick delighted in watching and coaching his daughters in the sport of fastball. He will be remembered for his honesty, hard work and sense of humour. Loved ones including wife Pam (Ball); daughters, Bre-Ann and Christie; and his mother Elsie (Balmforth) were by Rickıs side. His father John Dart predeceased him. A Celebration of Rickıs life was held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAYıS Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Byran D. Derksen officiating. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Rickıs name directly to the Rosedale Hospice, No. 900, 833 - 4 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 3T5 (telephone (403) 263-4525). His family would like to extend its thanks to the Foothills Medical Centre, Unit 102, Wescom Glass and Aluminum Ltd., the Calgary Public Library, and all of the family and friends that have graciously offered support over the last eighteen months. In living memory of Rick Dart, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary. Telephone (403) 256-9575.
Poole -- Doris Marie
Doris Marie Poole of Carbon, AB passed away January 9, 2005 at the age of 76 years. She is survived by her loving husband Pat; children Geraldine (Doug) Kraeker of Devon, AB, Sharon (Eugene) MacFarlane of Edmonton, Barry (Paula) Poole of Calgary, Brian (Lillian) Poole of Edmonton and Kenneth (Sharon) Poole of St. Albert, AB; three sisters Veda Laybourne of Coronation, her twin Dorothy Hill of Carseland and Joyce Berkholtz of Holden, AB; one brother Fred Compton of Victoria, B.C.; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Carbon Community Centre, Carbon, AB with Harold Hunter officiating. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation (1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6), or to the charity of choice. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds, entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-0018.
Marshall -- Arthur Thomas 1916 - 2005
The farming community of Delia lost one of its long time residents with the passing of Arthur Thomas Marshall at the age of 88 years. Art's influence in the community was evident as he operated Delia Farm Supplies for 59 years helping farmers with their equipment needs and providing mechanical services. His sense of responsibility to the community was always his prime concern ensuring farmers got the seed in the ground the cows fed and the crops in the bin. The wood stove and the kettle at the shop were always ready for coffee and conversation. He had a keen sense of right and wrong and was very outspoken in his beliefs. He was a man of his word and honest to a fault. Art attended school at Hillview and Georgetown until grade nine and then high school in Delia. He worked helping his dad on the farm and in the coalmine and later received his mechanics ticket in Calgary. In the later 30's, Art and Carl Albert purchased farm land south of Delia and farmed together until retirement. From 1940 to 1942 he was stationed in Hamilton, Ontario during World War II. His business career started when he purchased the operation Central Garage from Elza Long in 1945 taking over the John Deere Agency. He started and ran the UFA Bulk Fuel Agency in 1946 to 1959. Over the years he also sold Chrysler Products and Texaco Gas. In 1947 his brother Carl Albert joined in the business until Carl purchased his own farm outside of Delia. At that time the business name changed to A.T. Marshall Farm Implements. The business was incorporated to Delia Farms Supplies in 1965 and continued to grow. In 1969 he expanded to Hanna starting Hanna Farm Equipment, one of the only remaining service centers for the farming community. Art was born near Delia on the Homestead of his parents John and Jean
Marshall on April 14, 1916. He married Mary Ruth DeMott on October 23, 1948. After their marriage, Art began farming the Hudsonıs Bay Land near Michichi. Many happy hours were spent working the land with his favorite green machines. Their family consisted of six children and grew to include 12 grandchildren that he was very proud of. His interests later in life included visiting, coffee at Lukeıs, coffee at the Drum Co-op, playing crib with his grandchildren, watching baseball, doing whiz words, reading and keeping up with the ever changing practice of farming. Art was a devoted Catholic and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. Arthur Thomas Marshall of Delia passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 16, 2005 at the Hanna Long Term Care Facility. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Carol (Steve) Cooper, Bill (Jennifer), Amy (Stephen) and Allison Cooper; Tom (Helen) Marshall, Brett (Rhiannon), Jennifer (Pascal), Danny (Amber), and Taylor Marshall; Garett (Ronaye) Willington; Teresa (Gary) Gilson, Dennis, Kelsey and Lisa Gilson; Mary Ellen (Randy) Herzog, Ashley and Marcus Herzog; special aunt, Mrs. Francis Ambrogiano; his brothers Mike (Maude) and Carl (Florence) Marshall; sisters Anne McAuliffe, Mary Long, Edith Larson, Irene McKay, Kay Robertson, Lorraine (Ken) Cooney, Josie Roline, and Elsie Limpert; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Ruth in November 1980 and his daughter Anita in June 1957. He was also predeceased by his parents John and Jean Marshall and two sisters Violet and Jean. Prayer Vigil will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 7 p.m. from St. George's Roman Catholic Church (Hanna). Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. from St. George's Roman Catholic Church in Hanna. Donations may be made to Hanna Long Term Care for equipment purchases or St. George's Parish. Funeral Services in care of Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home, 854-2009.
Rempfer -- Virgil Jack 1937 - 2005
Virgil Jack Rempfer passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2005 after a long battle with COPD. Virgil is survived by -- his wife Anne, and children; Katherine and John of Carbon, Alberta, sister Leona (Dave) Palmer of Edmonton, nieces; Cindy (David) Roy of Wetaskiwin, Teri (Jeff) Egert of Pickardville, Alberta, and numerous other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father Emil in 1987, and his mother Freida in 2001. Virgil was born on March 13, 1937 on his parents farm west of Irricana, Alberta. He moved to Carbon in 1948 and has resided there since. Virgil worked in McArthur Coal Mine and was M.D. of Kneehill before starting farming full time, a passion that he held right up until his passing, when ill health prevented him from actively farming he continued to "supervise" the work. Virgil's hobbies included baseball and curling, and as Katherine and John became involved in activities, he enjoyed watching and encouraging them in hockey, volleyball, basketball, and 4-H. At Virgil's request, no funeral service will be held. A private family Committal Service was conducted by Rev. Harold Hunter on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. He was interred beside his beloved parents in Calgary. If so desired, a memorial donation may be made in Virgil's name directly to the Alberta Lung Association (P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 6K2), the Kneehill Ambulance Society or a charity of one's choice. 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.