Bruhn -- Winnie January 10, 1920 - January 13, 2004
Winnie was born in Carlshalton, Surrey, England. She came to Canada in August 1947 as a warbride and lived in Drumheller the rest of her life. She was predeceased by her son Raymond, June 8, 1950, and by her husband Ernie on May 21, 1989. She is survived by her daughters Faith (Ed), Lorraine (Keith); three grandsons, Kevin (Chris), Darren, Paul (Monica); three great-grandsons, Mathew, Lee and Kurt; and two great-granddaughters Desirie and Janelle; three sisters in England and numerous nieces and nephews. Winnie was loved by all who knew her. There will be no funeral service at Winnie's request. A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place, handled by Personal Alternatives. In lieu of flowers, a donation of your choice in Winnie's name would be appreciated.
Earl -- Dorothy Kathrine
It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Dorothy Earl on December 25, 2004 at the age of 92. She will be greatly missed by son Ted (Pam) Earl of Drumheller; daughter Lyn (Peter) Barnes of Sangudo; grandchildren, JoAnne Earl and Eric, Jackie (Jason) Ray, all of Yakama, Washington, Geoff Barnes and Allison and Gary Barnes, all of Edmonton; two great-grandsons, John and Michael Ray; as well as many nephews and nieces and friends. Dorothy was employed for many years by the Calgary Public School Board as a substitute teacher and full time teacher at Elboya Elementary School. In retirement she and beloved husband Charlie travelled wherever and whenever possible, covering most of the world. Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Charlie; her parents Arthur and Eva Hobbs; her sister Hilda; two brothers, Bill and Sid, and many in-laws. A memorial service was held December 30, 2004 at Christ Church, 3602- 8 Street S.W., Calgary.
Fraser -- Kenneth Earl 1920 - 2005
Earl was born December 27, 1920 at the Karas farm, a mile from where he and Bertha raised their family, and passed away quietly at home on January 1, 2005 with Bertha at his side. Earl is survived by his loving wife Bertha of 61 years; his four daughters Carol (Al), Linda (Jim), Diana (Bill), and Bonnie (Bev); his nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; also his sister Isabelle and her
family of Hinton, AB, and his sister-in-law Mavis of Lacombe, AB. Earl was predeceased by his only son, Allan Wayne; his parents Ross and Rebecca, and his younger brother, Russel. Earl was in the Canadian Army Internment Camp in Medicine Hat, AB from 1942 - 1944. He and Bertha were married in 1943. They returned to farm in the Hesketh area and farmed for 45 years. Earl worked in the coal mines during the winter. In Earl¹s later years he worked as a Commissionaire at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Drumheller Penitentiary. He was an Elks member for close to 50 years and was on the patrol team for 16 years. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Masons. Earl enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid reader. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 7, 2005 at 2 p.m. from Carbon Community Hall. Donations may be made to the Purple Cross (Elks). Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Simpson -- Almira (nee Dutka) 1932 - 2004
It is with deep sadness the family announce the passing of Almira Simpson on December 22, 2004 in Red Deer, AB at the age of 72 years. Almira was born in Shaughnessy, AB on August 28, 1932 to William and Angelina Dutka. She grew up in East Coulee, AB and received her education at the East Coulee School. Almira was part owner/operator of the then very popular Royalite restaurant and then in 1970 began employment at the T.R. Ross Nursing Home and Auxiliary Hospital. She also worked in the physio therapy department of the Drumheller Hospital before her retirement in 1994. The Christmas season was Almira¹s special time of year where she was well known for her superb pyrohy, studenetz, holupts, and various pastries which she enjoyed sharing with her family and friends. Almira was also known for her unusually hard work in her labour intensive home renovations and kept an
extremely well manicured home and yard where she was happy to host two separate family weddings. Almira spent many hours in the skies being flown by her brother in various airplanes of his to and from weddings and family visits in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and on occasion, ³just for coffee²! Her last trip was in a Lear jet bringing her home from St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, AB to the Red Deer Regional Health Complex in Red Deer, AB. Almira leaves to cherish her many fond memories, her loving daughter and best friend, Bonnie Freeman of Red Deer, AB; her loving daughter Karen (Dwain) Johnson of Sylvan Lake, AB; her daughter Leslie Ann Craig of Drumheller AB; her loving brother and pal Edwin Dutka of Calgary, AB; eldest brother Peter (Doris) Dutka of Edmonton, AB; and loving sister Helen Moses of Champion, AB. Also left to mourn her passing is her loving grandson Jimi (Michelle) Freeman of Calgary, AB; loving granddaughter Nita (Michael) Nelson of Sylvan Lake, AB; also four other grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; Almira¹s very special cousin Leona Hrom of Dauphin, Manitoba; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Two very special couples are left to mourn -- Lynn and Blaine Zacharuk of Drumheller, AB, and Bill and Mary Dickson of Canmore, AB. Almira was predeceased by her father William in 1963, and mother Angelina in 1962; brothers Adam in 1944 and Martin in 1989; and sister Jessie Anderson in 1998. A very special service will be planned for the spring of 2005 - announcement to follow - with a tree planting at the East Coulee Museum. Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may be made by contributions to the charity of one's choice. Wilson¹s Funeral Chapel of Lacombe, AB had care of cremation arrangements.
Szmydt -- Emmi March 19, 1923 - January 1, 2005
Mrs. Emmi Szmydt of Drumheller went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 1, 2005 with her loving family by her side. Emmi was born in Kubelki, Poland on March 19, 1923 to Lydia and Emanuel Distelberger. Emmi was the third eldest of seven children (three sisters, three brothers). Emmi came to Canada at the age of 26 and lived in Barrhead with her aunt and uncle Frohlich, this is where she met and married her husband Edward Szmydt in 1950. The couple then moved to the Drumheller Valley where Edward was employed in the mines and the C.N.R. and they raised their family of five children; Eileen, Anita, Irving, Erika and Randy. Emmi was a woman of great faith in the Lord, she took pride in passing her beliefs on to her children. Her church life and community in the Grace Lutheran Church were very important to her. Emmi¹s husband Edward passed away at the age of 44 years, leaving her to raise her five children on her own. Her life revolved around her children and she enjoyed every minute of homemaking. In Emmi¹s later years she enjoyed crocheting and babysitting, she received recognition for her fine handy work and various fairs at farmers markets. She traveled around Alberta to visit her family, and loved to go out for coffee with her many friends in town. Over the years Emmi often made cabbage rolls and donuts and thought nothing of it to go and deliver her homemade goods to people in town to enjoy. Her soft spot for little children found her sharing candies with them at every opportunity. She was
so thankful for the support of her friends during the past twelve years while she lived at Maple Ridge Manor 2. Emmi leaves to cherish her memory her loving children, Eileen (Remi) Boisvert, Anita (Don) Bruce, Irving (Dale) Szymdt, Erika (Randy) Newsham, Randy Szymdt, grandchildren, Sheri (Bob) Tegart, Michelle (Bryan) Kincheloe, Mark Boisvert, Angie (Mirza) Delibegovic, Heather Bruce, Pamela Bruce, Matthew Bruce, Shannon Szmydt, Cory Szmydt, Ryley Newsham, one brother Eric Distelberger, sister Martha Baron, and her Grace Lutheran Church Family. Funeral Service for Emmi will be held on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grace Lutheran Church with interment to follow in the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Fund Grace Lutheran Church in memory of Emmi Szmydt. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Homes are in
care of the arrangements.
Fraser -- Caroline 1920 - 2004
Caroline Fraser, our dear mother and bubbi (grandmother), made her crossing to eternal peace on January 1. Remembered for her beauty, great soul and spirit, intellect, kindness and generosity, Caroline will live on through her daughters, Morna and Michele Fraser, cherished granddaughters Alyssa and Jillisa, son-in-law Kevin Finn, and her former son-in-law, Marshall Hopkins. Caroline was born in 1920 in Delia, Alberta to Thomas and Christine Rieger. She will be deeply missed by siblings Violette Baskerville (Victoria), Bill Rieger Sn. (Rockyford), Alice Douglas (Drumheller), Louise Smith (Cambridge, Ontario) and many nieces and nephews. Caroline was predeceased by her former husband Allon Fraser, her sisters Evelyn Bakgaard and Marguerite Dare, brothers Thomas Reiger 11 and Henry Rieger, and nephew William Douglas. Caroline was a free sprit, unconventional, and non-materialistic. Blessed with a brilliant mind; her only truly valued possessions were her books. Her siblings remember that as a child, after she had devoured all the literature in the house, Caroline became absorbed in reading her way through the entire dictionary. In 1937, at the age of seventeen, Caroline was awarded one of only two provincial scholarships available to the University of Alberta. Caroline was gifted at mathematics, fluent in three languages, and in her masters thesis, translated the German philosopher Hegel into English. Caroline loved imparting knowledge and the joy of learning and spent many years as a teacher. She did graduate work in early childhood education and, after retiring, worked as a nanny. She was gifted in working with young children, and they flourished under her natural spontaneity, curiosity, and intuitive understanding. To her family and friends, Caroline leaves the most precious and lasting of legacies -- love that was freely and generously given, true caring for humanity, and a love of knowledge, beauty, truth, and justice. And now, the angels are singing sweetly. The stars are clear and bright. Shine on Mom, shine on Bubbi. We'll love you forever. In honour of Caroline, donations 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). A private memorial will be celebrated. For information please call 403-521-0256.
Fredrickson -- Allison Margaret
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Allison Margaret Fredrickson on January 19, 2004. For Funeral Arrangement details contact Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel in Drumheller. (403) 823-2666.
Gibson -- William Ashton 1919 - 2004
William Ashton Gibson of Carbon, Alberta passed away on January 12th, 2004 at the Drumheller Hospital. Bill was born on February 4th, 1919 in Carbon to William and Julia Gibson. He was predeceased by; his loving and devoted wife of 64 years Edna, daughters Marilyn Hay, Pat Stevenson (Tom), sons Larry, Bill (Shelia), Jim (Wendy) and Allen. Also left mourning are 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Bill started farming at an early age north of Carbon and continued successfully for 69 years. His time was divided between grain Farming and ranching. Bill looked forward to their annual trips to Calgary Stampede. And later on in life attended the Nationals Rodeo 15 times in Las Vegas. Curling and baseball were favorite sports in his younger years. Funeral Services were held at the Carbon Community Centre on January 17, 2004 with Rev. Rhonda Pigott officiating. Arrangements in care of Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel of Drumheller, AB. (403) 823-2666.
Halliday -- William Eugene Bogalusa
William Eugene Halliday, 71, a resident of Bogalusa, Louisana, summer resident of Delia, AB, died at 3 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2004 at LSU-Bogalusa Community Medical Centre. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of New Zion Baptist Church. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Gloria Halliday of Drumheller, AB, Donald and Heather Halliday, and Bobby and Barb Halliday all of Airdrie, AB; a daughter, Kathy Halliday Steeves of Kleefeld, MB; a sister, Genevieve Lindenborn of San Antonio, Texas; and eleven grandchildren, Jessica, David, Jennifer and Carmen Halliday, Benjamin, Nicholas and Sarah Halliday, and Jonathan, Teneille, Jody and Tracey Steeves. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert J. Holliday, Aubrey James Holliday and a sister, Jerry Revere Dack. Visitation was held at Crain Funeral Home from 12 noon Friday until time of the funeral service which was held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Gene Richards officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Varnado, Jo Jo Varnado, Jeremy Lindenborn, Bobby Halliday, Donald Halliday and Ronald Halliday.
Morgan -- Iris 1925 - 2004
Iris Morgan (Bidmead) passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at the age of 78. Iris was born in Hove, East Sussex, England on February 27, 1925, the youngest of five children. She played the piano in a musical family, as her father played the trombone professionally and her sisters and brother played an assortment of instruments, including the piano, trumpet, trombone and violin. If there was a piano around you could usually find her tinkering on it. With the breakout of WWII, Iris' sisters' Daisy and Lily worked in the forces, which left her at home to help her Mum run the family pub. There she met Bernard David Morgan, an Ex-RCAF navigator, who was working in the Merchant Navy. They married on March 20, 1948. They immigrated to Canada in 1953, settling in Calgary and their only child, Sharon, was born in the fall of 1954. Iris worked in Calgary for the Department of Defense. They moved in Calgary in 1967, when Dave became the Works Officer for the Drumheller Penitentiary. Iris got a job as the librarian at the Drumheller Composite High School. After Sharon graduated from school, she worked as a secretary for Canada Manpower. In 1974, Dave got transferred to the Bowden Penitentiary and Iris got a job there, as a supervisor in the office pool. In 1983 they both retired and returned to Drumheller to be closer to their family. Iris loved to knit, to play crib, and she devoted her life to the happiness of her husband, daughter and later the grandchildren. After Dave passed away in May of 1998, she moved in the Sunshine Lodge. She had a mini library there, and loaned out her books for the residents and staff to enjoy. She will be missed. Iris was predeceased by her husband, Dave, her parents, Alfred and Beatrice Bidmead, her sisters, Daisy, Lily, and Joan, and her brother, Harold. She leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jim Oster, of Hussar, and their children, Michael and Laura, as well as her sister-in-law, Bettie Bidmead of Chessington, Surrey, England and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held for Iris at the Chapel of Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home, with Reverend Jan Stevensen, from the Knox United Church, officiating, on Saturday, January 17, 2004. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the Sunshine Lodge. "If I could sit across the porch from God, I'd thank Him for lending me you." Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
Burt -- Earl 1920 - 2004
Earl Burt, beloved husband of 61 years to Elsie, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Friday, January 23, 2004 surrounded by his loving family. Earl was born on August 28, 1920 at Garden Plain, Alberta to Harvey and Rebecca Burt. Earl grew up in the Scapa area along with his two sisters and two brothers enjoying a youth full of hard work and adventure - sports days, pranks, building barns, playing baseball, operating a threshing outfit, trips to the States with Mother and Dad and so on. Not wanting to be a farmer forever, Earl left to work for the CPR at the Aluth Shop in Calgary when he was 20 years old. Two years later, Earl enlisted in the army on February 23, 1942 at Camrose. After brief training in Camrose and Calgary, he was sent to Camp Borden tank school in Ontario and then on to Camp Debert, Nova Scotia to train for the Governor Generals Foot Guards, 21st Armored Regiment 4th Division. While on 10 days leave, Earl traveled home by train to marry Elsie on August 25, 1942 and to visit with family before leaving for overseas in September. After tank training in England, the 4th Division landed in France on July 15, 1944 and moved through Belgium and Holland. Earl drove a tank and later a half track, escaping serious injury more than once. Over 3 and a half years later, Earl returned home safely on December 13, 1945 in Calgary. He was discharged January 6, 1946 and was ready to go farming and ranching. Earl and Elsie took up residence on the Borel place, six miles north of Craigmyle that spring - the beginning of 58 years of "life on the farm" together. In the first couple of years, Earl and Elsie learned that land alone could not profit enough, so they decided to raise cattle. Earl began with a few head of Angus and bought the first registered Angus cow in 1948. Through the years the registered herd grew and made some good showings at Bull sales and 4-H sales. Although they continued to mix farm, "Earl's cows" were always his pride and joy. Earl was fortunate to finish his work by feeding his bulls for the last time the day before he passed away. Earl had a passion for collecting things - he was always on the look out for a good book, old car parts, old tin cans and bottles and many other "treasures". He enjoyed reading, especially rural history books and he loved to share stories about his life and experiences with others. He was blessed with a sharp mind, good sense of humor, and an incredible memory for events, dates and names which made for a good story. Over the years, Earl was a strong supporter of community life, being involved with many clubs, associations, projects and work bees. He enjoyed a "drive around the block" to check the crops and visiting with good friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee. He attended every Remembrance Day service except one due to illness, and in recent years, he enjoyed visiting schools in the area with fellow Legion members around November 11th to talk about the war and the hard fought freedom that we enjoy today. He traveled back to Europe with Garry and Diane in 1985 to tour all the places he was at during the war and to visit the graves of fallen comrades at Canadian War cemeteries. Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle who was deeply proud of his family, so interested in their activities and accomplishments and also always there to support us all in many ways. Earl was a man of integrity, strength, example, generosity and always willing to lend a hand. He had a soft spot in his heart for children and young people. His memory will be cherished by all that knew him as a "one of a kind" and he will be sorely missed by all. He is survived by his wife Elsie, his son Garry (Maria) Burt of Edmonton and his children Aaron, Zachary, Matthew, Christopher and Shannon; his daughter Diane (Dale) Stuckey of Pincher Creek and their children Josh and Katie; granddaughter Carmen (Garry) Schneider of Drumheller and their children Barrett, Carissa and Brandon; granddaughter Carrie (Trevor) Georgsen of Hanna and their children Riley, Tanner and Parker; two brothers Bill (Augusta) and Harvey; brother in law Albert Delker, Sister in laws Violet Delker and Mae (Don) Weich, special family Reid (Joy) Jorgenson and many nieces and nephews. Earl was predeceased by his parents Harvey and Rebecca, his sisters Agnes and Olive, his daughter Sheila, grandson Kevin, and infant grandchildren Daniel and Julia. Funeral service to be held at the Craigmyle United Church on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Morris Bidluka officiating. Interment to follow the luncheon at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Calgary. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or to S.T.A.R.S. Courtney's Funeral Service entrusted with the arrangements.
BOBRA -- Patricia Diane
Patricia Diane Bobra of Drumheller passed away in Drumheller with her family by her side on Sunday, April 8, 2007 at the age of 51 years. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. from the Knox United Church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation/The Healing Garden. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
BOND -- John Raymond (Jack)
On April 3, 2007, Jack Bond passed away in the University of Alberta Hospital at the age of 78 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Rena of 51 years; two sons, Pat (Jan), Grant (Marquita); two grandchildren, Ryan and Devon; a twin sister, Patricia Carleton of Ottawa, Ann Rolls of Edmonton, Alf (Sharon) Watters of Edmonton; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Jack was predeceased by his brother, Jim Watters. A memorial service will be held at Connelly-McKinley-Edmonton Chapel, 10011 - 114 Street on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 1 p.m. with Father Michael Troy officiating. Cremation has occurred. In lieu of flowers consider a memorial donation directly to the Alzheimer Society Edmonton Chapter, 10531 Kingsway Ave. T5A 4K1. Connelly-McKinley Ltd., 10011 - 114th Street, 780-422-2222, to send condolences -- www.connelly-mckinley.com
FULTON Joseph J.
Mr. Joseph J. Fulton, a former longtime resident of the Delia area (Springwater) passed away April 10, 2007 at the age of 78 years. He leaves to mourn his daughters, Deborah, Heather (Allan); two grandchildren, Crystal and Richard; sister Isabell Sinclair of Delia, sister Marion Tario of Calgary; brother Baxter Fulton of Salmon Arm, B.C., brother Kenneth Fulton of Innisfail; numerous nieces and nephews. Joseph was predeceased by his wife Sheila, daughter Nancy, parents, sister Betty and brother Kelly. Service of remembrance will be held Friday, April 13, 2007 at 2 p.m. from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel. if friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Alberta Children’s Hospital. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.