Parsons -- William Douglas (Bill) July 2, 1942 - February 4, 2004
Bill passed away peacefully in Calgary, AB at Glamorgan Care Centre after a lengthy struggle and illness. Bill served in the Army as a young man, then returned home to Drumheller and worked with McLeans Road Construction. Bill then moved to Calgary and worked as a heavy duty mechanic. In 1975 Bill was offered and moved overseas and worked in the oilfield industry, for many years, traveling to many different countries. He always loved to return home and tell his friends and family about his experiences. It was Billšs wishes to be cremated and laid to rest with his father, the late Jimmy Parsons, in Wardner, B.C. Memorial service to be held in Drumheller at a later date to be announced, for any close friends and family that wish to attend. Bill will be remembered by his family and friends. If anyone wishes to make a donation in honour of Bill, they may do so to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 - 11th Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5, 403-269-1319, or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta. The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. Mathew 25, verse 40.
Schinnour -- Rose December 1, 1933 - February 3, 2004
On February 3, 2004 Rose Schinnour passed away peacefully to her new home in Heaven, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Rose was born in Raymond, AB to Mike and Stella Bosnak. She was predeceased by her parents; four brothers, Pete Bosnak, Stan Bosnak, Frank Bosnak and John Bosnak. She leaves to grieve her only sister, Jagie Gibbons of Picture Butte, AB. Rose leaves to cherish her memory, her eternal loving husband, friend and fishing buddy, Vern Schinnour. She is also survived by her loving family, Rick (Joanne) Schinnour of Drumheller; Jackie (Brooks) Watts and Brighton Watts of Rumsey; Angela Schinnour of Drumheller; Terry (Wayne) Burton of Calgary; Kristen (Kevin) Thygesen and Aiden Thygesen of Calgary; Rob Wade of Vancouver; Sean Burton of Calgary; Cindy Schinnour (Doug Jannett) of Bakersfield, California; James Leonard, Ariela Leonard and Catlyn Leonard of Las Vegas, Nevada; Tammy (Andoni) Beristain, Devun Beristain and Mari Beristain of Las Vegas, Nevada; John (Beverly) Schinnour, Morgen Schinnour, Mason Schinnour; David (Tammy) Schinnour of Drumheller; Scott Schinnour of Calgary; Amanda Schinnour of Drumheller; Cathy (Rod) Morse, Courtney Morse and Ricky Morse of Drumheller. Rosešs life was celebrated on Saturday, February 7, 2004 with her family and friends at St. Anthonyšs Church. Father Daniel Stevenot, and Mrs. Mary Miller conducted a beautiful ceremony in Rosešs honour. Rosešs final resting spot is the Columbarium in the Drumheller Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Rosešs memory may do so to the Alberta Cancer Society.
Savoie -- John Edward Chase 1993 - 2004
Our whole community is sharing in the tragic loss of our beautiful boy Chase. He was born in Red Deer and later came to reside in Drumheller. He attended Greentree school where he had many friends. With boundless energy he embarked on many adventures. Chase enjoyed riding his bike, fixing and building things, playing video games, fishing, camping, cooking and spending time with his friends. Chase was a caring and generous boy with a fantastic sense of humour. He had a charm that touched everyonešs heart and a smile that will never be forgotten. He was also known as My Guy, Bud, Buddy, Fritz, Munchkin, Chay-Chay and Chaser. He will be greatly missed by his loving parents Adam Savoie and Gale Kelly; his siblings Chanteesa (Sis) and Kaizer (Little Bud); grandparents Pat Savoie, Bob Savoie, Shirley and Gunther Brau; Great Grandma Ivy Yakel; Great Grandpa Carson Kelly (Donna); as well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Petrie -- Hilda 1920 - 2004
Hilda Petrie of Midlandvale passed away peacefully at the Extended Care Unit of Drumheller Hospital on Friday, February 27 at the age of 83. Hilda was predeceased by her husband Karl, who passed away in 1978. Hilda is survived by six children -- Doreen and (Sandy Cummings), their boys Michael and Jason of Cochrane, Elsie and (Ed Ferguson), their daughters Cindy and Carrie, Barb Petrie, her daughter Mariah, John and (Kathy) Petrie, their boys Jonathan and Addison of Brooks, Robert and (Laurie) Petrie, their children Clayton and Jade of Red Deer, and Glen and (Tara) Petrie, their boys Tyler and Jake of Drumheller. Funeral services were held from the Courtney-Winteršs Funeral Chapel in Drumheller on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 2 p.m. If friends wish to make memorial tributes, they may be made to the Extended Care Unit of the Drumheller Hospital. The Petrie family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Vacy-Lyle and all of the staff at the Extended Care Unit for their loving care and attention they gave our mother for the past 15 years. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
Basarowick/Parsons -- Ernestine Margarite 1909 - 2004
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ernestine Basarowick on March 21, 2004. Ernestine will be lovingly remembered by her sons; Joe Parsons, John Parsons, Reg Parsons, Bobby Ball and their wives, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and church family. She was
predeceased by her son Bill, and former husband Jim Parsons. Born Ernestine Jutras; her family homesteaded in the Horseshoe Canyon area. She lived her whole life in the Drumheller Valley. Ernestinešs passions were her family, friends, and flowers. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Prayer Services will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. from St. Anthonyšs Roman Catholic Church. Funeral Services for Ernestine will be Thursday, March 25, at 11:00 A.M. from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made in Ernestinešs memory to S.T.A.R.S. or the charity of ones' choice. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel are in care of the arrangements. Many thanks for the wonderful care and support by Dr. David and Mary Miller, nurses and staff from the Continuing Care Unit and Helping Hands.
Pearson -- David (Dave) George 1924 - 2004
David (Dave) George Pearson of Carbon passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at the age of 80 years. Dave was born on February 18, 1924 in Delia, Alberta. He took all of his schooling at Enterprise Valley before going to S.A.I.T. in Calgary, where he studied Automotive Mechanics and Welding. He worked for E.O. Parry at Rumsey for a time before moving to Carbon in 1950 to work for Wright Motors. At this time he married Jean Spence of Michichi. In 1954 he purchased his own welding shop and operated it until 1963 when he sold it and went farming in the Hesketh area. He continued to farm until 1976 when he sold out and worked with Pat Poole in the carpentry trade until he retired. Dave was predeceased by his wife Jean; his parents, Ernest and Ethel Pearson; sister Doris; and brother Harry. He is survived by two brothers, Tony of Drumheller and Roger (Mary) of Delia; one sister-in-law, Rita McKinnon (Allen) of Standard; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 30, 2004, with internment at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Calgary and a memorial service in the United Church in Carbon at 2 p.m. with Harold Hunter officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation. Courtney-Winteršs in care of arrangements.
Siemens -- John August 1, 1922 - March 23, 2004
John Siemens of Drumheller passed away at the age of 81 years at the Drumheller Nursing Home. John was born in Friedensruh, Russia and came to Canada at the age of three with his parents and brother, Jake. John grew up on his dadšs farm in Munson, which he later purchased and farmed with his wife Beth and family. John also worked at the Atlas Mines in East Coulee, and after farming, worked with the local John Deere Dealership until his retirement. John then began a trophy business (Tower Trophies) that he operated out of their home on 10 St. East in Drumheller. John is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Beth of 59 years; his children Doug (Janis), Jim (Jacquie), John (Barb), Ed (Norma), Ray (Alexia), Marlene (John Affleck), and Aileen (Ed Jackson).
He also leaves to mourn 22 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, as well as his four brothers, Jake (Helen), Abe (Irngard), Ben, and Bert (Donna). John was predeceased by his mother Margaret, father John, step-mother Mary, and by his brother Ernie, granddaughter Jennifer Siemens, and great-granddaughter Allyn Church. John (Dad) was a loving, caring giving father. His faith in Christ has been left as a heritage to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This scripture verse in Proverbs 20:7 best describes our Dad -- 'The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.' A celebration of his life was held on March 27, 2004 at the Drumheller Fellowship Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 - 11 Ave. S.E. Calgary, Alberta T2G 0X5.
Vandale -- Doris J. 1928 - 2004
We are saddened to announce the passing of our much loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Doris J. Vandale, in Drumheller, Alberta on March 23, 2004 at the age of 76. Doris was predeceased by her husband Leonard Vandale in 2000. She will be always remembered by her loving family including Cindy (Dohn), Ruth, Donna (Gerry), Alex, Gordon (Yvonne), Richard (Judy), Susan (Brian), Eva, Tim (Marie), Remie (Irene); thirty grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marion, Enid, Nancy, Beth, Margaret and brother, Alfred. A Service to Celebrate her Life was held at Drumheller Church of the Nazarene on Monday, March 29, 2004 with Pastor Wayne McCrackin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doris Vandale made to the D.A.H.F. Continuing Care Centre, 351 9 Street NW, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1 would be appreciated. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES Drumheller 823-5151 and Calgary 1-888-216-5111 Entrusted with arrangements.
Gross -- Janet Ruth (Cole)
Janet Ruth Gross passed away on March 15, 2004 at the age of 48. She is survived by her loving husband Lyle and son Tyler. Janet is survived by her brother Bill (Patti), in-laws Shirley Jager, Darlene Ecklund (Ray), Roger (Gail), Eric (Marilyn), Perry (Marie), and special mother-in-law Annie Gross, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Mary (1984) and Hubert Cole (1987). Janet was born and raised in Craigmyle attending school in Craigmyle, graduating in Delia and married the love of her life, Lyle in 1976. They were blessed with one child, Tyler. Her greatest joy in life was Tyler and all his achievements.
Janet was employed at the nursing home for 29 years. She was a compassionate, conscientious care giver. Staff and residents looked up to her, as she always went beyond her duties. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an Educational Trust Fund set up in Tyleršs name with the Royal Bank of Canada, 102 - 2nd Avenue West, Hanna, Alberta T0J 1P0. Funeral services are being arranged through Personal Alternatives Funeral Service, Drumheller, 823-5151.
Jenkins -- Sally
Sally Jenkins passed away peacefully October 16, 2004 at her home in Bethany Harvest Hills, Calgary at the age of 86 years, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers. She is survived by her two daughters, Gloria (Pat) Kubinec (Three Hills) and Barbara Jenkins (Vancouver), two grandchildren, Darcie and Christopher Morrison (Calgary), and her very caring and loving companion for the last three years, Ida Spiegleberg. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, October 20th, 2:00 PM at Parkdale United Church, (2919 8th Ave NW). In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to -- Bethany Harvest Hills , 19 Harvest Gold Manor NE, Calgary, AB., T3K 4Y1 or Alzheimer's Society of Calgary, (#201, 222 58 Ave. SW, Calgary, AB. T2H 2S3. Personal Alternative Funeral Services Calgary 1-888-216-5111
McIlwrick -- Lena 1912 - 2003
Lena was born in Binscarth, Manitoba, on April 11, 1912. She married John McIlwrick and together they farmed in the Rutland, Saskatchewan district. Predeceased by John, on May 14, 1982, she is survived by the following -- Lena's first child Maurice (Phyllis), grandson Len McIlwrick (Dawn), granddaughter Brenda Blain (R.C.M.P. Constable Les Blain), great grandchildren Melissa, Logan, and Zachary. Grandson Dale McIlwrick MBA (Connie), great grandchildren Nicola, Samantha, and Mathew. Granddaughter Debora Langhan B. Ed. (Alan), great grandchildren Lyndsay, and Corey. Granddaughter Karin Kinney (Troy), great grandchildren Korbin, and Alyssa. Lena's second child Shirlie Ursu (Joe), granddaughter Ronda Jessop, great granddaughter Brittney, granddaughter Audrey Gottfried (Darwin), great grandchildren Sarah, Adam, and Rebecca. Lena's third child Charles McIlwrick (Gail), granddaughters Dr. Joann McIlwrick MD, FRCPC (Dr. Cory Toth MD, FRCPC), and author Jackie Johnson (McIlwrick) cert. HR. Admin. The location of Lenašs final resting place has not been shared with any of her family members mentioned above. Anyone able to provide details in this regard may contact Dr. Joann McIlwrick at email@example.com. Information regarding Lenašs younger children may be obtained from the obituary published October 2003.
Montgomery -- Murray Murdoch 1923-2004
Murray Murdoch Montgomery, of Rosedale, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2004 with his loving wife, Elene by his side. Murray was born on August 30, 1923 in a stone house (now a historical site) built by his father in the Mount Ptolemy district of Victoria, BC. He was the fourth of five children. Being a stonemason, his Dad took his family wherever he had work to do. In 1926, Murrayšs family moved back to Ontario. Here, his dad's work took them to London, Hamilton and Toronto areas where he worked on many of the churches and government buildings. He was also at Niagara Falls where the stone wall still stands.
Like his father, Murray made his living with his hands but his tools were paints and palette. Many of his paintings are in private collections throughout the world. In later years, he opened the Drumheller Art Gallery where as well as showing art works, he sold art supplies, books and did framing. Sometimes it was a meeting place for young and old to enjoy good conversation and friendly arguments. He also shared his talent with others and taught many Drumheller area people how to paint.
At age 17, Murray joined the Canadian Fusiliers. He took training in Vernon and Vancouver, after which he was posted to Aleutian Islands at Attu. When he arrived there, the Japanese had just left, leaving behind comfortable caves with matted floors, still stocked with food, rice oil and sake in niches carved out of the walls. These were great shelters from the howling North Pacific winds. When he came back to Toronto, he joined the Queen's Own Rifles as a Rifleman. He soon found himself in England and later on D-Day plus one, landed on the Normandy beaches. From France, he fought through Belgium, Holland and Germany.
During this time, he began exchanging letters with a young woman named Elene Madsen. Soon after he came back to Canada, they were married. They traveled to British Columbia where Elene had a teaching position, but ended up in the Drumheller Valley, first to East Coulee and finally to Rosedale where they set their roots. Murray enjoyed traveling and there were many a weekend when they would pack up their VW van and later, their camper and explored small town British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. He and Elene learned much about the area by visiting coffee shops and talking to the locals. He also enjoyed fishing, whether to local lakes or to Fort Frances, Ontario to a long-time friendšs cottage where they would catch walleye right off the dock and eat fresh fish for supper. His love for travel and discovery also took them to Chicago, Toronto, Mesa, Vancouver and Victoria. He and Elene toured the Alaska Highway with Chris and Karen Ostergard one summer and the next traveled to Yellowknife with Eleanora and Bill Vogt and friends. He also flew to Turkey with Jimmy Berlando, Mike Salvador and Frank Bernardo. He enjoyed watching birds and the bird feeder provided him with much entertainment as chickadees, nuthatches, finches and the odd blue jay fluttered and chattered over seeds and nuts.
Murray leaves to mourn his loving wife of 56 years, Elene, his son Loren, daughter-in-law, Janice, and precious granddaughter Jenna; brother Bill and Mira Montgomery, and nephew Jamie and Chizuru Montgomery and Sean; sister Ruth Haas; in-laws Bob and Edesse Madsen, Bill and Eleanora Vogt and nephews and nieces, Grant and Echo Vogt, Tiger and Errol, Lisa and Amber; Greg and Elaine Vogt, Hillary and Colleen; Terry and Pam Vogt, Sheena and Kyle; Suzanne and Darren McIntosh, Samara and Nikki; and Sheryl and Edward Loman, Justin, Jocelyn and Luke and many other relatives and friends.
The night Murray passed away, the Northern Lights danced in the sky, and the stars twinkled brightly. We like to think his soul was guided by that wondrous celestial show. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Pentelchuk -- Constantine 'Gus˛' June 3, 1930 October 7, 2004
Gus passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital with his daughters by his side. He was 74 years old. He is survived by his daughters, Colleen Pentelchuk (Duane Kadey) and Tammy Katyi, nee-Pentelchuk, (Jason Katyi), children of Myrtle Christensen, and his two precious grandchildren Emily and Michael Katyi. He leaves behind 2 sisters, Mary Bowles (Ontario) and Martha 'Marty' Christensen (B.C.), sister-in-law Elsie Pentelchuk, nieces Karen Ranville and Christine Pentelchuk, nephew David Pentelchuk and numerous other nieces and nephews across Canada. Gus was a strong, loving man who will be greatly missed by all those friends and family he has left behind. May he find peace with the Lord our God. Services and internment were held October 12th, in Hussar, Alberta. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to him. Donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 3Y6
Vaisnis -- Richard Alan April 11, 1955 - October 12, 2004
Richard Vaisnis passed away on October 12 in the Victoria, British Columbia General Hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Richard was born in Drumheller on April 11, 1955 and resided in Duncan, B.C. He leaves to mourn his passing -- his wife, Cindy, and four children - Scott, Danny, Samantha, and Kyle - of Duncan, B.C. He is also survived by his mother, Rae Vaisnis (Russell Styba) of Cowichan Bay, B.C.; two brothers -- Tim (Shawna) Vaisnis of Drumheller and Tony (Pat) Vaisnis, as well as nieces Susan and Kimberley, of Calgary, Alberta; one sister, Raelene Vaisnis of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Richard was predeceased by his father, Vit Vaisnis, in 1975. A memorial service will be held at a later date. No flowers, by request. If anyone so wishes, a donation may be made to the Duncan, British Columbia SPCA in Richard's memory. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 7550 Bell-McKinnon Road Duncan, BC V6L 6BI (250) 746-4646.