Bilinski -- Alberta Mae
Alberta Mae Bilinski passed away on Friday, November 26th, at the Andy Moog Hospice House in Penticton BC following a lengthy illness. Alberta was pre-deceased by her husband, Alfred Bilinski, on September 21st, 2004. She will always be lovingly remembered by her family; daughter Sharyn Pollitt (Mike - deceased), sons Garry (Sandy) and Brian (Ann) sister Bessie, sister-in -law Frances (Earl), 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Alberta was born and raised in Drumheller, Alberta and as a young adult worked as a teller at the Treasury Branch in Coronation, Alberta. She married Alfred ³Bud² Bilinski when she was 19 and they started a life together that lasted through 60 happy and successful years of marriage. They moved to Calgary shortly after the end of the Second World War and remained there until 1988 when they retired to the Okanagan. Alberta raised her own 3 children with love, kindness and care and went on to provide a loving home to an extended family of nieces and nephews who came under her care at various times. While she did work for several years in a pharmacy in Calgary as her children grew into adults, her true calling was that of a homemaker and no one could have done it better. When she wasnıt occupied with family responsibilities, Alberta spent her spare time sewing, crocheting, knitting and doing cross-stitch which will be remembered by so many who benefited from her skill and generosity. She loved to bake for family and friends and everyone looked forward to the treats she would deliver fresh and warm from her oven. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 6, 2004 at 1:00 pm at
the Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home in Drumheller, Alberta followed by interment of both Alberta and Alfredıs ashes in the Drumheller Cemetery. A reception will be held at the home of Alberta's nephew, Clifford Christensen, after the interment ceremony. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Hansonıs Arbor Funeral Chapels and Crematorium. Penticton, BC 250-492-4202. Family and friends are encouraged to make a donation to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Anderson (Smith) Georgina (Jo) Mary July 29, 1934 - November 30, 2004
Georgina Mary (Smith) Anderson passed away November 30, 2004 in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary at the age of seventy, with her children Tracy and Rick by her side. Georgina (called Jo by friends and family) was born July 29, 1934 in Carbon, Alberta to Katie and George Smith. After completing her schooling and while employed at AGT in Drumheller she met a handsome man named Robert (Bob) Cunningham Anderson, a man who would bring many years of happiness, love and laughter and someone she would create many great memories with. Jo and Bob began dating in December of 1954 and almost one year later were married on November 26, 1955 at the Knox United Church in Drumheller. On September 11, 1956 their first son Richard Dale was born followed by David Robert on September 25, 1958 and finally a daughter Tracy on March 22, 1963 who completed their family. While her husband Bob was employed with the Gas Company, Jo and their family made several moves, but always made any house a home. They lived in Two Hills, Rockyford, Hanna, Leduc, Morinville and finally back home to Drumheller, always meeting and making many friends along the way. During this time both Jo and Bob were involved together in many community events and organizations. Jo was a dedicated 'full time' mom who always had time for her three children and their activities, including hockey, figure skating and being involved with the Morinville Drum and Bugle Band as all three kids were 'in the band.' Once the kids were all grown and out on their own, Jo went back to work as a secretary for Prasco and then to B&E Refrigeration in Drumheller. In 1982 once Bob took early retirement, Jo decided to stay home also and spend some quality time with her husband. Bob had always been Jo's 'rock' and after his passing on May 27, 1986 some of her spark was lost, although she always had her children and grand children for love and support. Approximately 5 months after Bobıs passing Georgina suffered a major stroke that left her confined to a wheelchair. After trying to still live on her own for a while, Georgina eventually moved into the Drumheller Nursing Home to receive the care she needed. In June of 2001 her son Rick and grandson Chris moved her and her belongings to the Nursing home in Hanna where she could be closer to her children. Her 'tell it like it was' attitude, her smile and strength will be missed by all who knew her. Georgina leaves to mourn -- her son Rick and Deneen of Hanna and his children Christopher, Melissa and Ashley; her daughter Tracy of Hanna and her children Lindsey, Jason, Jennifer, Alisha and Jonathan; daughter-in-law Tammy of Pincher Creek and her children Heather and Dustin; great grandson Alexander, brother Chuck Smith of Onoway and sister Kathleen of Scotland. Georgina was predeceased by her loving husband Robert, parents George and Katie, son David, sister Kathy and granddaughter Nicole, and brother Malcolm Smith. Funeral services were held at the Knox United Church in Drumheller on Saturday December 4, 2004 with Rev. Stevenson officiating. The eulogy was given by Nick Helfrich, her brother in law. Pallbearers were Chris Anderson, Jason McLean, Dustin Anderson, Larry Helfrich, Tom Stokalko, Myron Kelm. Memorial tributes may be made to the HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF ALBERTA. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.
Bancroft -- Peter January 5, 1923 - December 4, 2004
With sadness the family of Peter Bancroft regretfully inform family and friends of his passing. He was born January 5, 1923 in Edmonton to Samuel and Gwen Bandcroft. In 1941 at age 18, he joined the RCAF and served overseas until his discharge in 1945. In 1945 he married his lovely bride Edith Louise Pattison. They moved to the Drumheller area in 1960 when Peter became manager of the unemployment office. He later served with the Drumheller Institution upon its opening in 1967 and retired in 1982. He was very active in the community with the Boy Scouts of Canada. He also was a member of the local Rotary Club. He was an avid photographer and the local theatre projectionist. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Edith Louise, his son Robert (Dawn) and daughter Judith, 4 grandchildren; Jordana, Renee, Brianne and Derek. Peter passed away on December 4, 2004 very suddenly at his home in Drumheller. At his request there will be no public memorial service. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the local Salvation Army.
Lammerth -- Ellen Dumille Othilie 1908 - 2004
Ellen Dumille Othilie Lammerth passed away peacefully on November 29, 2004 at the Drumheller Hospital. Ellen Nielsen was born the youngest of eight children on December 31, 1908 in Aalborg, Denmark. It was there where she married Martin Lammerth and shortly thereafter travelled to Wayne, Alberta to start a new life of farming. They had two sons, Eric and Frank, who helped with the family farm. In 1960 they bought the old Hiller farm in Morrin and continued farming there until they retired in 1969 and moved to Morrin and the boys took over the farm. Ellen was predeceased by her husband Martin in 1975. Ellen lived independently in her house in Morrin until she was 89 years of age and then moved into the Sunshine Lodge in Drumheller. Ellen was always known around Morrin and to family as 'Little Grandma' as she was small and always quick with a smile and a giggle. She held on tight to her Danish heritage and kept very involved with her family and friends in Denmark. She will always be remembered for her great cooking, knitting, sewing, and easy going attitude towards life. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, son Eric (Isabel), son Frank (Shirley), grandchildren, Len (Bonnie), Susan (Brian), Maureen (Bob), Leslie, Kathy, and three great-grandchildren Tim, Rick and Madison. A graveside service was held on December 2, 2004 for the immediate family at the Morrin Cemetery. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home were in care of arrangements.
Noble -- Catherine Ruth
On December 5, 2004 C. Ruth died at the age of 91 years. She leaves to mourn her loss and cherish her memory her sons, Larry (Laurie), Murray ³Rick² (Joan); daughter in-law, Cathy, previous daughter in-law, Margaret Ness; grandchildren, Wayne, Alan, Randy, Geoffery, Brad, Vicki, Sandra, Kevin, Christopher, Raelene; siblings, Ian (Gerta) Sallows, Garnet (Maureen) Sallows, Marge Sallows, Len Davies, Irene (Albert) Smeal, Jack Kundert; as well as many other relatives and friends. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Ben; son, Ken; brother, Bill; sisters, Alice Davies, Isobel Kundert. Cremation has taken place at Memories Funeral Home. An interment service will be held in the spring of 2005 in Drumheller, AB. Donations in Ruthıs memory may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2
Smith -- Lillian Elizabeth 1915-2004
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lillian Elizabeth Smith, beloved wife of John Smith of the Sunshine Lodge, Drumheller on December 1, 2004 with her husband by her side. Lillian is survived by her husband John, two daughters Susan (Monty) of Birch River, MB, Sandra (Garry) of Lenswood, MB, grandchildren, Kari (Rob) of LaRonge, Sk, Rhonda (Blair) of Winnipeg, MB, Trevor (Tara) of Petersfield, MB, Corinne (Barry) of Lenswood, MB, Carla (Bryan) of Thompson, MB, Gena (Scott) of Bowsman, MB, 8 great grandchildren, two sisters, Jean Dewsbury of Drumheller, Dorothy Robbins of Strome, and numerous nieces and nephews. Lillian was predeceased by her father Ralph Lyster, mother Ina Lyster, two brothers, Richard Lyster, and her twin brother Kenneth. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Knox United Church on Monday December 6, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.
Powell -- Michael 1917 - 2004
Mike Powell, beloved husband of Jeanette Powell, of Taber, passed away at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on Friday, October 15, 2004 at the age of 87 years. Mike was born in Taber on July 28, 1917 where he was raised and educated. On March 1, 1941, he married Jeanette Carley. For a number of years, Mike farmed in the summer and worked for the Town of Taber during the winter months at the skating rink and later was employed by McDonald Chev Olds. Mike also served on Taber Town Council for 21 years. He was an avid pin collector. Besides his loving wife Jeanette, Mike is survived by his three children, Judy (Jerry) of Drumheller, Patricia Powell and David (Shurron) Powell all of Taber; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers John Korsa and George (Carol) Korsa; by his sisters Ann Allen, Mary Peterson and Helen Peterson; his sister-in-law Olga Powell as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers George, William and Alex. Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, October 18, 2004 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Funeral Service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 - 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Jim Lockhead officiating. Interment followed at Taber Memorial Garden. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Taber Hospital Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Stanger -- Donald Norman 1952 - 2004
Donald Norman Stanger of Munson, Alberta died suddenly October 19, 2004, doing the work he loved. He was born in Drumheller on September 7, 1952, the eldest son of Ron and Marie Stanger. Don spent his early years in Munson and Drumheller and later attended SAIT where he received his Interprovincial License as an Automotive Mechanic He worked at various dealerships over the years including John Deere in both Drumheller and Hanna, but his real passion was for farming. He married his best friend Linda Willson in February, 1976 and from then farming and family became his life.Don was a member of the Drumheller Lions Club, a leader in the 4-H Lamb Club, and was actively involved in minor hockey as a supportive dad and coach both in Drumheller and Calgary. He played recreational hockey, loved waterskiing, was an avid NASCAR fan and loved vacationing with family and friends. Don is survived by his loving wife Linda, their children Jennifer, Darci, and Aaron, his father Ronald Stanger, brother David (Angie), sister Jeannette, and brother-in-law Jim (Veronica) Willson, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Don was predeceased by his mother Marie in 1997. As a husband, father and friend, There could be no one better. So committed, faithful and true, An inspiration to each of us. We will miss you dearly until Weıre together again. We love you, Your family and friends. Funeral Services for Don were held Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, Drumheller with Reverend Susan Matticks officiating. Donations in Donıs memory may be made to Drumheller Area Ambulance Society (c/o 351 9 Street NW, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1). COURTNEY-WINTER'S FUNERAL CHAPEL, Drumheller entrusted with arrangements. 403-823-2666.
Stroukel -- Clarence Rudolph 1932 - 2004
Mr. Clarence Rudolph Strouckel passed away in Rosebud, AB on February 29, 2004 at the age of 72 years. Clarence was born on February 25, 1932 in Schuler, AB. In 1946 Clarence moved with his parents to the Rosebud area where he lived and farmed until his passing. Clarence was an Honorary Life member of the Rockyford Knights of Columbus and a 40 year member of the Rosebud Lions Club. He leaves to mourn his passing, two sister; Phyllis (Albert) Nadon of Edmonton, Frances Strouckel of Rosebud, one nephew; Lionel, and one niece; Heather (Pierre) Rouleau, two great nieces; Sophie and Charlotte; two uncles Victor (Mary) Lang, Julian (Jean) Lang and numerous cousins. Clarence was predeceased by his parents; Karolina and Joseph as well as 3 brothers; Joe, Frank and Victor. Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 7:30 P.M. from St. Ritaıs Roman Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. from St. Ritaıs Roman Catholic Church with Father Dariusz Krzysztalowicz presiding. Interment to follow at St. Rita's Cemetery in Rockyford. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
Westnedge -- Valerie Anne (nee Charlebois)
Of Qualicum Beach, born June 10, 1946 in Drumheller, Alberta. Passed away peacefully February 24, 2004 with family by her side.
Val was raised in Carbon, Alberta by Dorothe and Bertram Charlebois. She trained as a school teacher and taught in the Northwest Territories where she met her future husband, John. On July 18, 1970 she married her best friend John Westnedge and courageously went on to become the mother of seven. She is survived by her loving husband John; her mother Dorothe; children Glen, Darren (Kiri), Nicky (Wayne Scott), Sarah (Don Erb), Jeff, Jenny and Kara; grandchildren Caelan, Lauren, Taylor, Kyle and Malachi; brothers and sisters Michael, Alberta, Robert, Elaine,Sam, Janet, Ellen, Rita, David and Richard. She will be sadly missed by extended family and friends. Valıs amazing spirit and zest for life were an inspiration to all. Her laughter was contageous. Her kindness was unstoppable. Her generosity was endless. She was a classy lady. She loved her family. Remember when we said, ³When we turn gray when the children grow up and move away, we wonıt be sad. Weıll be glad for all the life weıve had² and we will remember always. Friends and family were invited to attend the service on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 1 p.m., at the Church of Ascension, 887 Wembley Road, French Creek, reception to follow. Donations in Val's memory, in lieu of flowers, to B.C. Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, B.C. V8R 6V5, would be appreciated.
Toliver -- Paul 1917 - 2004
Paul Toliver of Rumsey, Alberta passed away on February 3, 2004 at the Drumheller Hospital. Paul (Pete) was born on November 21, 1914 in the Rumsey district to George and Edith Toliver. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers and sisters, Irvin, Obie, Vernon, Andrew, Helen, Hazel and John. He is survived by his wife Myrtle, children; Tom (Darla), Dale, Howard, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was raised in the Rumsey area, when the war broke out he volunteered for army. He served with the Royal Canadian Engineers overseas in England, France, Holland and Germany. Returning a year after the war ended to Rumsey, worked in the Leduc area running heavy equipment in the construction industry. He returned to Rumsey and bought a farm near his father's homestead where he resided farming and ranching until his passing. He enjoyed the outdoors, horseback riding to dances in the community, playing baseball, trips to the river, picnics, berry picking, trapping, hunting, fishing, and traveling with family and friends. He met all adversities in life with courage and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family and friends. Funeral Services were held in Rumsey on February 9, 2004 with Rev. Jan Stevensen officiating. Donations may be made to the Rom Baker Cancer Foundation. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
Graham -- Barbara-Lynn (nee Cunningham) 1968 - 2004
Barbara-Lynn Graham (nee Cunningham) passed away on Friday, January 2, 2004 at the age of 35 years. She is survived by her loving husband, David and son Steven. Barbie is also survived by her mother, Alice Cunningham; her brothers, Jim (Lynda), Raymond, Gordon (Judy), Cecil (Sharon); her sisters, Gail (Ron), Debbie (Brent), Donna (Rob), Laurie, Mary-Jane (Gilles); her in-laws, Jim and Jean Graham; brother-in-laws, Chuck (Wendy), Jim (Margaret), Rob (Rose), Duane; and sister-in-laws Jean (Terry), Dawn (Gord); as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Philip Cunningham, two sisters, Marion and Valerie, and a brother, David. Barbie was the youngest child in the family and was born on February 20, 1968. Barbie took her schooling in Drumheller and in 1986 married the love of her life, David. They were blessed with one child, Steven, who was born on January 17, 1990. Barbie's life was dedicated to her family and she took great pleasure in watching Steven grow up into a fine young man. Barbie (who was affectionately known as Billy) will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an Education Trust Fund set up in Steven's name with the Chinook Credit Union Limited, Box 2049, 294 Centre Street, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0. Funeral services are being arranged through Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel.
Schaber -- Ervin 1912 - 2003
Ervin Schaber of Drumheller passed away at the age of 91 years after a lengthy illness at the Drumheller Continuing Care Facility on December 29, 2003 with his loving family at his bedside. He is survived by his devoted wife, Doris of 63 years; his son Edward (Ivadell) Schaber of Provost; his daughter Evelyn (Herb) Wittchen of Drumheller; three grandsons, Clay (Catherine) Wittchen of Saskatoon, Tracy (Denise) Wittchen of Calgary, and Grant Schaber of Medicine Hat; two great-grandsons Perry and Branden of Saskatoon; as well as three half-brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. Ervin was predeceased by an infant daughter, his parents, and grandson Mark Schaber, two sisters and three half-brothers. Ervin was born at Grainger, AB on July 27, 1912, and married Doris Casebeer on November 8, 1940. They farmed in the Morrin district before moving to Drumheller in 1946. He was employed as a journeyman mechanic at various garages for 31 years before retiring. He was a life-time member of the Pioneer Acres of Irricana and restored vintage machinery. He enjoyed fishing, visiting and helping others. Ervin and Doris took numerous trips across Canada, U.S.A., and also to Hawaii and Mexico. A memorial service will be held at the Midland Community Hall, 133 - 1st Ave. N.W. on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S., 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Box 570, Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7, or a charity of one's choice. Personal Alternative Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.
Lennon -- Bob
Bob Lennon of Carmangay, beloved husband of Barbara Lennon, died in Lethbridge on January 1, 2004 at the age of 59 years. Bob is survived by his daughters, Deann (Pat) Lehouillier, Donna (Pat Carrigan) Lennon and Donna Jeanne Lennon; his grandsons Ray, Matt and Cam Lehouillier; his mother, Mary Lennon; his sisters Mary (Owen) Mailey and Dolly (Don) Chenard; and his brother John (Linda) Lennon. Bob was predeceased by his father, William Lennon. Cremation. A Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2004 at MARTIN BROS. MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 703 - 13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memoiral donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 209, 542 - 7 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2H1.
Mckinlay -- Ruth Jeanette (Roach) Atlanta - December 28, 2003
Ruth was born July 7, 1916. She was the daughter of Eugene Roach and Hannah (Yard) Roach of Trochu. Ruth is survived by one child, Gene McKinlay of Atlanta Georgia, two brothers Leroy Roach of Trochu and Bill Roach of Calgary, 4 grandchildren Ron, Don and Kerstie McKinlay of Atlanta and Syri of Lethbridge along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, beloved husband Bob, sisters Velma Hepburn of Trochu and Ruth Wooten of Oklahoma. Ruth spent most of her life in Drumheller and worked in various businesses during her working years. She was a member of the OORP and a member of the Eastern Star. Ruth will be missed so much by her family and by most that had the opportunity to work with or associate with her. She passed away peacefully after a brief hospital stay in Atlanta and got to enjoy Xmas with her family. At Ruth's request in lieu of flowers please donate to your chosen charity and say a prayer for her in your chosen house of worship. In respect of her request her ashes are to be sprinkled on her father's grave with no services. Ruth wanted to be remembered the last time you saw her.