Senior -- Mildred July 26, 1922 - February 3, 2005
Mildred, a resident of the Drumheller area for 76 years, passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital with her family by her side on February 3, 2005 at the age of 82. She was predeceased by her husband John, and her son Jack. Left to cherish her memory are her children Donald and Fran (Scott), Patrick and Janet (Craig); grandmother to Allen, Karen, Randy, Melony, Gyselle, Dawn, Tricia and Joanne; great-grandmother of nine; numerous nephews and nieces. Mom (Grandma) will always be remembered for her zest for life, wit and her love of family and friends. Her unfailing devotion and sense of humour has helped to shape our lives and will always be remembered. A memorial will be held on July 26, 2005 for family and friends. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Sunshine Lodge (698 - 6 Ave. East, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y5) where she was a resident, or a charity of your choice.
Soper -- Margaret "Ruth" 1922 - 2005
Margaret "Ruth" Soper passed away on February 3, 2005 at the Drumheller Health Centre. Ruth was born April 23, 1922 in Davidson, Sask. She settled in Drumheller in 1951 with her husband Frank. Ruth was very involved with her music and oil painting. For many years she enjoyed playing the organ for the Ladies of the Eastern Star, the Senior Citizen Home, plus filling in for any church needing an organist. Ruth was predeceased by her parents Sarah & Alex, brothers, Jack, Billy, sister Thelma. Ruth is survived by her loving husband Frank, daughters, Margaret (Pat) Schaffer, Patricia Rovere (Allan Brunsdale), Barbara Soper (Dave Sainsbury), son, Gary (Darlene) Soper, sister Eleanor Roszell, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Ruth were held Monday February 7, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. from the Knox United Church with Rev. Jan Stevenson officiating. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation. Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.
Windle -- In loving memory of John Patrick "Bubs" Windle February 26, 1925 - February 2, 2005
Jack passed away at the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born at Everett, Washington, USA and moved with his parents and three older siblings to Munson, Alberta in 1928 where his father had taken up homesteading and wheat farming. As the youngest in his family, Jack was nicknamed "Bubs", a name still used by old friends. He was raised and educated there for all his early years until 1941-42 when he attended college at Regina, Saskatchewan. He then enlisted in the Canadian Navy in 1943 during World War II and served on the corvette HMCS Matapedia (K112) as a sonar operator until 1945 when he returned home and moved to Drumheller, Alberta and worked in the Red Deer Valley Coal Mines, then on to employment for the Alberta Gas Trunk Line, Nova Corporation and TransCanada as Field Operator until his retirement in 1985. Jack loved reading books, especially biography and was an avid reader of newspapers. He was keenly interested in current events, enjoyed nothing better than a spirited discussion on politics. He would converse with friends and strangers alike. His quick sense of humour was a gift to all that knew him well. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and the Canadian Legion. He enjoyed golfing immensely and had been a long time member of Drumheller Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club and Nanaimo Golf Club. He also curled in both places. Jack was married to his first wife Margaret (Margie) Guterson for 38 years and raised a family of eight. He is survived by Patrick Windle (Sandy), Gregory Windle (Helen), Peggy Weddell, Dolly McArthur (Brian), Mary Greene (Bob), Trudy Greene (David), Jack Windle Jr., Connie Chunn (Ken). He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jack was predeceased by Margie, his parents Molly and Jack Windle, his brothers Jerome Windle, Jim Windle (Eleanor), and sister Catherine Evanson (Frank). In 1984 Jack married Annice Luck (Mahoney) and has lived in Nanaimo since that time. Jack liked to travel and after retiring in 1985 was able to indulge his passion for seeing far away places and golfing on motor trips across Canada and the USA. He also enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and southeast Asia. A celebration of Jack's life was held at St. Anthonyıs Catholic Church in Drumheller, Alberta on Monday, February 7 at 11 a.m. Thank you and gratitude goes to Dr. David Stronge for a long and supportive care. Also to wonderful nursing care at Travellers Lodge and Nanaimo General Hospital. Special thanks to Jean Ann Berring O.S.B. and friends at the Bethlehem Centre. All flowers are graciously declined. If so desired, donations may be made in Bubıs memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Shaw -- Norma (nee Cooper) 1932 - 2005
It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our wonderful mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother on January 18, 2005. Norma passed away peacefully at Cottonwoods Extended Care facility in Kelowna, B.C. surrounded by the love of her family. Her passing brought an end to her 50 year long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. Mom was born September 16, 1932 in Carbon, Alberta to James and Bessie Cooper. She was well known in the community and had many fond memories growing up there with her older twin sisters Jean and Joyce, and her younger brothers, Jimmy and later David. Later in life, Mom was an active participant in the 4-H Club in Portage la Prairie, the Anavets Club in Saskatoon and the MS Chapter in Kelowna. Mom had a quick wit and a comeback for everything and her sayings will live long in her family, friends and caregivers memories. She will also be remembered for her lively spirit and generous heart that touched many. Mom was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband John, in 2001 and her sister Joyce. She is survived by her sister Jean Watts (Lethbridge, AB); her brothers Jimmy Cooper (Ontario), David (Vancouver Island); her son David Horsley (Calgary, AB); daughters,
Cynde Fetherston (Winnipeg, MN), Lorena Wood (Kelowna, B.C.), and Ivy-Jean Horn (Kelowna, B.C.). Mom also leaves to mourn 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held in the chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2005 with Rev. Wayne Laurie officiating. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service. A private family interment will follow Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society of Canada (175 Bloor Street East, Suite 700, North Tower, Toronto, ON M4W 3R8). Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com. Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, B.C. (250) 762-2299.
Dobler -- Ron 1943 - 2005
Ron Dobler of Innisfail passed away on January 16, 2005 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital at the age of 61 years. Ron was born in Hildersheim, Russia on July 8, 1943. He came to Canada with his parents at the age of five and settled in the city of Drumheller. Ron joined the military at the age of 18 and spent the next 20 years in various provinces. After retiring from the Air Force, Ron managed a trucking company in Calgary. It was later in 1989 that Ron moved to Innisfail with his wife and two children to start his new career at the Bowden Penitentiary as a correctional officer. He loved to golf, fish and build whatever his wife needed. Ron was predeceased by parents Lydia and Christian Dobler and sister Lill Vassler. He is survived by his loving wife Sherry Dobler and children Tracy and Kevin Dobler, as well as sister and brother-in-law Colleen and Jack Kline, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all. A Celebration of Ronıs Life was held Friday, January 21, 2005 at 1 p.m. from the Metcalf Funeral Chapel, 4200 - 49th Ave., Innisfail, Alberta. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, Box 652, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 9Z9. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Metcalf Funeral Chapel, 4200 - 49th Ave., Innisfail, Alberta. Phone (403) 227-3123.
Payne -- Pearl Valentine (nee Murray) 1925 - 2005
Pearl Valentine Payne (nee Murray), beloved wife of Mr. Bernard Payne of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at the age of 79 years. Pearl was born on February 14, 1925 in Drumheller, AB. She received her education at the one room schoolhouse in Craighton School, Drumheller High School and Calgary Business College. Pearl worked as secretary for an accounting firm in Drumheller and was the private secretary for Calgary Transit System. Pearl married Bernard Payne on June 9, 1951. She was a member of the Kinette Club, the First Canadian Collector Club and the Southwest Seniors Club and enjoyed many winters in Arizona. Besides her beloved husband Bernard, Pearl is survived by her three sons and one daughter and their spouses, Dorothy MacKay-Holmberg and Brian Holmberg of Cochrane, AB, Doug Payne, Don and Janet Payne, and Dave and Melissa Payne, all of Calgary. She is also survived by her three grandsons MacKenzie, Daniel and Cade; and her great-granddaughter Chantelle MacKay; as well as her sisters Kay Whipple, Mona Tyler and Mavis McKay. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrewıs United Church (924 Heritage Drive S.W.) on Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Rod Sykes officiating. Graveside service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, #201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, telephone (403) 290-0110. The family wishes to thank Dr. John Van Goor, Dr. Quail, the staff at Forest Grove Care Centre, and the staff at Southwood Care Centre for the care given to Pearl. In living memory of Pearl Payne a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary. Telephone (403) 243-8200.
Powell -- Margaret Jean (Day)
Died in Drumheller at the age of 68 years after a brief battle with cancer. Jean was born as one of three siblings on a homestead in Bowell just outside of Medicine Hat and she had three aspirations in her life -- to become a teacher, get married and have a family. During her time she accomplished all three having convocated from the University of Calgary with a BEd and then heading north to the Yukon to teach. Although she spent just a short time there, she always reflected on her first teaching job with fond memories. It is when she moved back to southern Alberta that she had a chance meeting with her to-be husband Douglas at a dance in Jenner. It was love at first sight and within a year they were married and had two children, Craig and Carla. Jean and Doug had many adventures together including owning their own floor laying business and then switching to selling ladies fashions. Jean spent 35 years enriching the minds of young people through her love of teaching, with the last 20 years teaching English at the Big Country Education Consortium in Drumheller until her retirement. Those who were privileged enough to have her as a teacher would be hard pressed to find someone who had a truer love of English language and literature. Friends and relatives would also recall Jean as someone who always lent an ear or offered a word of advice when needed, could make a person laugh with her razor sharp wit or make their taste buds dance with one of her home-cooked meals. Jean will be sorrowfully missed by her husband of 38 years, Douglas and her daughter Carla as well as her brothers Donald (Freddie) of Calgary and Scotty (Colleen) of Edmonton. She was predeceased by her mother Margaret, father Stewart and son Craig; all of whom were sure to greet her on the flip side. It was Jeanıs request that there be no funeral as her life was celebrated every day by those close to her. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can donate to the charity of their choice in her memory. Arrangements are being made through Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Chapel in Drumheller.
Thomas -- Edna Lavella 1915 - 2005
Edna passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 20, 2005 in Lethbridge, AB. She was born Edna Lavella Lee on July 10, 1915 in Gopher Head, Alberta and was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 1987. She grew up in Big Valley and area. She then met the love of her life, Ralph Thomas, and lived in Rumsey, Morrin and then moved on to Rimbey with her family in 1960. Edna and family then moved to Calgary in 1970 and resided in this community for many years where she was very active with various clubs and the church. Edna will be sadly missed by her son, Robert Thomas and his wife Ellen and grandson Ryan; son Allan Thomas and granddaughter Danielle; daughter Trudy, husband John Harbidge, granddaughter Kelly and her husband Tim Siemens, and grandson Tyler; plus her goddaughter Arlene Hautzinger. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at
Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Dr. S.W., Calgary. Donations in lieu of flowers at the request of Edna can be made to 'Southwood In From the Cold' c/o Southwood United Church.
Sloan -- Violet Margaret 1916 - 2005
Violet (Vi) Margaret Sloan, 88, of Delia, Alberta, passed away on January 11, 2005 at the Drumheller Hospital after a sudden heart attack. Vi was born at the Morrison Farmstead in Delia on December 1, 1916 to Alex and Maria Morrison. Vi married William Howard Sloan (died September 7, 1996) in Delia on March 4, 1942. Predeceased by twin brother, Fred (World War II), and brothers Bob, Doug and John and sister Mary, Violet lived her entire life in the Delia area. Violet is survived by her brother, Alex (Viv) of Calgary and her four children -- Bill (Elaine) of Castlegar, B.C., Peggy (Lloyd) of Delia, Fred of Calgary, AB, and David (Linda) of Edmonton, AB. Violet is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A graduate of the Delia High School, Vi was active her entire life in Eastern Star, W.M.S., United Church, W.I. and C.G.I.T. Vi was an accomplished softball player (Alberta champions - Morrin Flyers - 1933 and 1938) and curler, and in her later years was noted for her numerous awards for handicrafts, gardening and baking. After marrying, Vi and Howard started their life together farming northwest of Michichi. In 1948, they moved to the Stuart Sloan home farm NW of Delia, where they mix farmed for 44 years. One of Viıs greatest wishes was that she could spend her entire life in her own home, a feat that she accomplished. Her garden, her plants and her craft projects kept her keenly interested until her final hours. Vi was a willing and active participant and volunteer in endless community projects and activities. Vi and Howard travelled extensively during their lifetime. Family was a special focus for Vi, and she spent much time every year travelling to visit family and partake in various family events, and for many decades hosted family dinners. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Delia United Church, S.T.A.R.S., Institute for the Blind, or any charity of your choice. A celebration of Vi Sloanıs life will be at the Delia Community Centre, on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Travis Cannaday presiding. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney - Winter's Funeral Home, (403) 823-2666.
Steward -- Melissa Nicole January 4, 1979 - January 11, 2005
Melissa left us suddenly in Edmonton, AB on Tuesday night due to an aortic aneurysm. She was warming up for one of her favorite sports, volleyball, with her fiancé Darrell and friends. Melissa loved all sports and camping expeditions with family and friends.Melissa was born in Drumheller and started school there. She graduated from Eckville senior high school in June 1996. Melissa took a year off from further education and visited family with her cousin Vanessa in Australia. Upon return, started her Biological Sciences Technologies course at Red Deer College for one year then transferred to NAIT and specialized in the Lab and
Research division. Melissa graduated with her diploma as a Biological Sciences Lab and Research Technician. She was currently employed at the U of A in the Pulmonary Research Group specializing in asthma. Melissa leaves to mourn her tragic loss, her fiancé Darrell Mackie of Edmonton, and their little dog Rascal; her mom and step-dad, Betty and Bill Bardenhagen of Eckville; her father, Don Steward of Drumheller; her brothers, Steven Steward of Red Deer and Jason Steward of Eckville. Also one grandparent, Shirley Steward-Hodgson of Drumheller. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends and co-workers, who all meant so much to her. She was pre-deceased by an infant brother, Wesley Steward in December 1980. Memorial contributions in Melissa's memory may be made to the S.T.A.R.S. Edmonton Base, or Red Deer Search and Rescue. Sylvan Lake Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
Sharpe -- Gordon Wray 1937 - 2005
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend Gordon (Skipper) on January 7, 2005 at the age of 67 years. Gordon passed away suddenly after a long hard fought battle with COPD. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his loving wife and best friend Clara of 47 wonderful years, children Candy (Dave) Hamm of Sudbury, Ontario, Doug Sharpe of Piers, Alberta, Lori (Mike) Ferner of Cochrane, Alberta, David (Phylis) Sharpe of Hamilton, Ontario, Darrell (Marlene) of Cochrane, Alberta, Bob (Debbie) Sharpe of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Sherry (Max) of Sudbury, Ontario, Ken (Arlane) Sharpe of Brooks, Alberta, 24 much loved grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, a brother Don (Sharon) Sharpe of Winnipeg, Manitoba, mother-in-law Marjorie Adams of Fenwick, Ontario, sisters-in-law Donna (Ken) Robbins of Fenwick, Ontario, Sharon (Murray) Robbins of Golden Valley, Ontario and Brenda (Larry) Frizzell of Arnestein, Ontario. Numerous nieces and nephews especially John (Linda) Sharpe of Lowbanks, Ontario and many friends. Predeceased by mother Myrtle and stepfather Ernie, brothers Garnet (Nancy), Howard (Alice), Roy, Gerald, Bob (Betty), Bill, father-in-law George Adams and grandson BJ Sharpe. Gordon moved his family to Brooks, Alberta in 1976 where he worked for Circle D, Smith Trucking and GN Transport before being self employed and owner operator of C&G Trucking of Brooks, Alberta. Those friends wishing to remember him please say a prayer for him in your place of worship. Gordon's wish was to be cremated with no service. Cremation took place on Monday, January 10, 2005. A family service will take place at a later date.
Tabert -- Charles Lawrence
Charles Lawrence Tabert of Drumheller passed away on December 31, 2004 at the age of 80 years. A graveside interment service for Charles will be held on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. If friends so desire, donations in Charles' memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to COURTNEY-WINTER'S FUNERAL HOME, 403-823-2666.
Treacy -- Frances Marie 1929 - 2005
It is with deep sadness our family announces the loss of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She passed away peacefully in the Drumheller Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer, on Saturday, January 1, 2005 at the age of 75 years. Frances leaves to cherish her memory -- her three daughters; Audrey Treacy, Linda Jackson, Karen Treacy; eight grandchildren, Audra Hiller, Chad (Charlene) Hiller, Trenton Jackson, Tyler Jackson, Natasha (Franco) Giammarioli, Natara (Dale) Cardinal, Kailee Klemmensen, Kooter (Craig) Kaiser; five great-grandchildren, Kallee, Nerissa and Hayden Cardinal, Franco and Angelina Giammarioli; mother Maggie Gregory; sisters Margaret Gibeau, Catherine Gregory, Marilyn (Bill) Holt, Barbara (Ray) Shoemaker, Theresa (Jim) Adams; brothers Ralph (Muriel)Gregory, Ronnie (Zinnia) Gregory, Gilbert (Karen) Gregory; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her husband Jack Treacy, her father Rex Gregory, son-in-law James Jackson, and grandson Kody Klemmensen. Frances was born in Bassano, AB on February 16, 1929, and lived in the Chancellor/Hussar district her entire life. In 1949 she married Jack L. Treacy and on July 8, 1999 Jack and Frances celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their immediate family on a memorable cruise. Frances has been an active member in the Hussar community all her life. She sold Avon for 30 years, was a devoted past matron of Hussar Chapter #92, a worthy Grand Matron of Alberta O.E.S., and a Queen of the Daughters of the Nile, Sakkara Temple #115. She enjoyed many good times traveling with these organizations. Throughout her life she showed love, kindness, patience, and giving. The coffee pot was always on when family and friends dropped in. She loved her pets; cats and dogs alike. Frances touched many lives with her hospitality and gentle nature. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A Celebration of Frances' Life was held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, Calgary, AB, on Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Hector Rose officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in Frances' name directly to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Fund (P.O. Box 70038, Bowness Postal Outlet, Calgary, AB T3B 5K3) or to the Canadian Cancer Society (2nd Floor, 215 - 12 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2). Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, 17 Avenue S.E. at Garden Road (1.5 km east of 84th Street S.E.). Telephone (403) 272-5555.
Jensen -- Margaret - September 28, 1919 - July 27, 2004
Margaret Jensen passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at the Strathmore Hospital at the age of 84 years. Margaret was born September 28, 1919 in Dalum, Alberta and spent the first 40 years of her life in the Dalum, Wayne and Lethbridge areas. She then moved to Standard, Alberta where she spent the last 45 years. She enjoyed traveling, dancing and visiting with friends and family. Margaret is survived by her son Wayne Jensen and daughter JoAnne Steinley both of Standard; grandchildren, Holly (Warren) Gelech and their daughter Erica of Sherwood Park, Randy Steinley of Calgary, Ferral and Robert Jensen both of Standard; sisters, Helen Edwards, Ingrid Funk and Marie Wright all of Lethbridge; brothers, Olav (Eva) Holm Nielsen of Delia and Andrew Holm Nielsen of Hanna as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Johanna and Niels Holm Nielsen, husband Ferral Jensen in 1973, sister Esther Potter and brothers Eric Holm Nielsen, Knud Holm Nielsen and Tommy Holm Nielsen. Private family services will be held at a later date. WHEATLAND FUNERAL HOME LTD. (Strathmore) in care of arrangements. 934-5666.