Johnston -- Norman
Norman Johnston passed away on Friday, April 30, 2004 at the age of 71 years. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his three sons, Darren, Kevin and Lance Johnston; and two daughters Debbie DeMong and Marcy Walker; and wife and friend, Lois Johnston; plus three grandchildren Chad Moar, Breanne DeMong and Debrina DeMong. Norman was employed at the Correctional Institute of Canada in Drumheller for 27 years. He was one of the original group of Correctional Officers to be employed when the Correctional Institution opened in Drumheller in 1967. Norman also operated a small farm in the Orkney district. Norman Johnston loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was an outgoing man with a good heart. Funeral services will be held at the Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 7, 2004 at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery. There will also be a luncheon held at the Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tom Baker Centre or to a charity of one's choice.
Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
Brown -- Arthur 1917 - 2004
Arthur Brown was born in Calgary on August 31, 1917. He died peacefully on June 7, 2004 in the Drumheller Hospital of chronic heart failure and pneumonia. Arthur is survived by his loving wife Elaine; daughters Heather of Montreal and Janet Turner of Slave Lake; and son David of Drumheller; grandson Ian Turner; his twin sister Bertha McCracken (Gene) of Calgary; and brother William of Calgary; many nieces and nephews; and his buddy on the farm Marilyn Wattenbarger. He was predeceased by his mother Violet, father John, brother Hugh, and sister Margaret. Arthur farmed in the Verdant Valley area all of his life except for the four years he served in the Army Service Corp. in England, Holland, Belgium and France (1942-45). Arthur served on the Municipal Council of Starland for 22 years. He was first chairman of Sunshine Lodge, and on the Drumheller Health Unit Board. He raised turkeys for many years and loved to farm the land. He was a member of Knox United Church and an elder of this church for many years after the war, and adherent of the Drumheller Alliance Church for the past 15 years. His wish was to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Alliance Church (to be announced). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6. Personal Alternatives entrusted with arrangements.
Hingst -- Erwin Charles
Erwin Charles Hingst of Big Valley, Alberta passed away peacefully on April 4, 2005 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital at the age of 78. He is survived by his loving wife, Arlyne, of 55 years and by his nine children, spouses, 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother (Fred), brother-in-law (Bernard Hendricks) and survived by four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Erwin, a mechanic by trade started his career in the towns of Rockyford, Vulcan, and Beisker and ran his own service station in Drumheller until his retirement. Erwin and Arlyne then moved to Big Valley after retirement, where he continued his love for fishing, camping and gardening. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2005 at 1:00 PM at St. Anthony's Catholic Church (151-3rd Street West) Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to STARS, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta or the Peter Lougheed ICU Unit (3500-26 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6J4). Arrangements in care of Commemorative Services Funeral Directors (403) 265-1199 "Celebrating the lives of our community"
LaForge -- Eric Everett
It is with deep sadness and regret that the family of Eric Everett La Forge announces the unexpected passing of their father, son, brother and grandfather. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his son Cory (Chris), daughter Cynthia (Randy), and his grandchildren Derrick, Lexus, Haley and Tristan. He will be forever remembered and missed by his mother Lorraine, his brother Barry (Karen), his sister Marilyn (Bob) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Darwin, brothers Bob and Arnold, sisters Lori and Barbara, and granddaughter Keoma. Memorial services will be held in Drumheller at the Anglican Church on Friday, April 22 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Heart Fund.
Schaffer -- Corbett Alexander 1986 - 2005
Corbett was killed tragically on Monday, April 18, 2005. He was born in Drumheller on May 30, 1986. He has left behind a totally devastated family -- his loving mother Sharon and father Bill; his younger brother Matthew Schaffer, and special friends Marion, Joe and Ron; his adoring grandparents Alex and Dorothy Bergos; his very special friend Amanda Schinnour; uncle Grant (Tweet) Bergos; nieces Maria and Kia Alexis; uncles George (Margie) Schaffer, Pat (Marg) Schaffer; and many nieces and nephews. He is also remembered by his great-grandmother Ellen Porter. Corbett had legions of loyal and loving friends and his love for life and excitement was felt by all who knew him. He will be forever missed and always in our hearts. Funeral arrangements are scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2005 at Knox United Church at 2 PM. In lieu of any floral contributions, the family appreciates the thoughtfulness, but asks that further donations in Corbett's memory be made to The Drumheller and Area Health Foundation c/o Box 4500, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 and marked CT Scan.
Grinnell -- Brad
Brad Grinnell of Lethbridge passed away on April 19, 2005 at the age of 18 years as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He is lovingly remembered by his parents Ed and Marlene Grinnell of Lethbridge; two brothers and one sister, Clint, Ray (Krista) Grinnell and Erin Rutschke and their families; his special friends Angela and Randall, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his close family friends that loved him like a son and brother. Brad loved skiing and dirt biking, art, music and playing his drums. Brad was a caring, giving person who was loved by all who knew him. We would like to thank those who made every effort to save Bradıs life. the Drumheller Fire and Rescue, paramedics, staff at the Drumheller and Foothills Hospitals. Thanks to those who comforted and supported us during this difficult time. A Celebration of Life was held at the Church of the Nazarene, 627 - 6 Street East, Drumheller, AB on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 1p.m. with Pastor James Clark officiating. A graveside service was held at the Monarch Nobleford Cemetery on Monday, April 25, 2005 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to S.T.A.R.S., Box 570, 1441 Aviation Avenue Park N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7, and to the Drumheller Fire and Rescue c/o Town Hall, 703 - 2 Avenue West, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y3. Honoured to serve the family, CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1. Telephone (403) 381-7777.
Kakuk -- Rose 1920 - 2005
Rose Kakuk was born in Plunkett, Saskatchewan on February 12, 1920, and passed away on April 20, 2005. Rose was predeceased by her parents Joseph Farago and Rosa Kiss; brother Malcolm Farago, sister Ida Rakos, brother-in-law Paul Rakos, and husand David Kakuk. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her sister Ethel Wong and family; sister-in-law Rose Farago and family; Rakos family; children Donald (Georgina) Kakuk, Fay/Lillian Sykes and husband Wayne Carruthers, Brian (Tracy) Kakuk; grandchildren Lorri (Gary) Stahl, David (Heather) Kakuk, Albert (Pauline) Sykes, Alana, Bailey and Nicklas Kakuk; great-grandchildren Tyler and Brittany Stahl, Joshua and Benjamin Kakuk, Kalon, Kordell, Naomi, Merissa and Tenille Sykes; and many other relatives and friends.
Here is a poem by Rose:
To those I loved,
And those who loved me;
When I am gone, release me,
let me go.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that we had
so many years.
I gave to you my love,
you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown
But now itıs time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me if you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust;
Itıs only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart.
I wonıt be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come;
Though you cannot see or touch me, Iıll be near,
And if you listen with your heart you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear
And then, when you must come this way alone,
Iıll greet you with a smile and say
A note to all from Rose -- In the event of my death, I do not want a funeral, my body will be cremated and I do not wish a memorial service - no attendance please - just between me and my maker. No tears now, I had a good happy life. Bye bye till we meet again. I love you all - a Rose fades away.
Russell -- Mark Lance 1960 - 2005
Mark Lance Russell - son, brother, uncle, and friend. Born March 16, 1960 at Barrhead, Alberta, and called home on April 15, 2005 at the age of 45 years. Left to mourn his passing are his mother Kathleen Russell of Drumheller; siblings John Stirling of Ft. Assiniboine, Judith Anderson of Drumheller, Sally Russell and Ron of Lethbridge, Laine Sarka and Colleen of Red Deer, Penny (Francis) Leman of Delia, Jay (Marie) Russell of Crowsnest Pass; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mark was predeceased by his brother Rockford Culver; grandparents John and Cora Stirling; and his Aunt Belle Cline. Markıs wit and humour were evident from early childhood. His abiding love and appreciation of family were a constant in his life. He loved the Montreal Expos, Canadian politics, and especially theatre. Mark was an important player in the Alberta Theatre scene - being a triple threat as an actor, writer and director. Affectionately known as Sparky, Farkeyhouse, and Unka Mark, he was a wonderfully kind and compassionate person. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Mark spent the happiest part of his life in Lethbridge - doing what he loved best - theatre. It was his fondest desire to return there triumphantly some day. In his honour, his family and friends have planned a memorial service and Celebration of his Life to be held at the Yates Theatre in Lethbridge on June 11, 2005 at 1 p.m.
Sayer -- Patricia 'Elaine' (nee Benson) 1956 - 2005
It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our wonderful wife and mother on April 24, 2005. Her passing brought to an end a spirited and courageous 10 year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Brian of Drumheller, sons Jon of Drumheller and Doug (Holly) of Hussar; parents Stan and Ella Benson (Brooks), brothers Ken (Stella), Keith (Jessie) and Mark (Colleen); sisters-in-law Shirley Butterwick (Dan), Eileen Christensen (Lyle), Donna Tustian (Mark) and brother-in-law Bob Sayer. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Treena, Kyle, Greg and Leah Benson, Joe (Laurie) and Carmen (Sam) Butterwick, Laura and Greg Tustian as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Elaine was born January 27, 1956 in Brooks, AB and was raised on the family farm near Tilley. After completing high school in Tilley, she worked in Calgary where she was introduced to Brian. After their marriage on January 15, 1977 they moved to the family farm near Hussar to farm and raise a family; moving to Drumheller in 2004. She worked as a teacherıs aide in Hussar and later worked at Flower Abby and the Whistling Kettle in Drumheller. She also enjoyed organizing and volunteering for many of the community functions. Elaine was very supportive of her family interests, especially hockey, traveling many miles and making many friends along the way. She loved to shop and always seemed to find the right card to commemorate her friends and families special days. Her accumulation of ³stuff² and her ability to label every drawer and container was amazing. She was always making something to decorate the house or give away. We will all miss her generous spirit, her always-present smile and friendly voice. A Memorial Service will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Hussar, AB on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine's memory may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, CT Scanner Fund, 351 9th St. NW, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, Drumheller 823-5151
Winkelaar -- Florence Gloria (nee Hanson) 1938 - 2005
"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creatures, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
Florence passed away peacefully at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary on April 20, 2005 at the age of 67. She was born in Three Hills, Alberta and moved to Drumheller at an early age. After completing her education in Drumheller, she married Ron and moved to Calgary where they raised a family of seven children. Florence was a kind and considerate person and never missed an opportunity to help or say a kind word to someone. She was always available for charity work and supportive of many worthy causes. Her courage and sense of humour, even during her failing health, was truly an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She was predecased by her parents, brothers Ronnie and Arnold, and sister Shirley Boughton, and is survived by sisters Joyce (Jim) Kirkeby, Geraldine (Dennis) Clausen, and brother Gerald (Judy) Hanson. Florence will be sadly missed by her husband Ron, children Michele Radics (Chris Bencun), Andrew, Gerry (Joelle), Peter, Joanne (Steve Cranwell), Matthew and Keith. Also left to mourn her are brothers-in-law Jack (Iris) Winkelaar and Robert Boughton, and many other relatives. Florence dearly loved and cherished her grandchildren Kendra, Lukas and Mikayla Bencun, Jordan and Logan Winkelaar and Liam Cranwell. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Rosedale Hospice for their wonderful and compassionate care of Florence during her illness. Also, many thanks to her physician Dr. Lansing. At Florence's request there will not be a formal funeral service, but a Celebration of her Life will be held by family and friends. If friends so desire, a memorial donation can be made directly to the Hospice Calgary Society (Rosedale Hospice), 920 - 7A Street, NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3J3. HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES 'Heritage Funeral Home' Telephone 299-0100
Urban -- Filipina 1913 - 2005
Filipina Urban, aged 91 years of Drumheller and Canmore, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2005 at the Canmore Hospital. She is survived by two daughters, Christine [Sarna] of Banff, and Maria [Jablonski] (Frank) of Salmon Arm. She was blessed with three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Mike. She will be deeply missed and held in our hearts forever. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. by Father Daniel Stevenot. Interment followed at the Drumheller Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to COURTNEY-WINTER'S FUNERAL HOME. Tel. (403)
King -- Mary R. 1920 - 2005
It is with sadness the family of Mary Ritchie King (nee -- Barnes) announce her passing on Saturday, April 2, 2005. May, as she was best known, was born May 28, 1920 at Granum, Alberta, the oldest child of Robert & Jean Barnes. At an early age the family moved to Carbon, Alberta where her parents homesteaded and to this day the farm remains in the family name. She is lovingly remembered by her children Barbara Kohut of Calgary, Bob (Annette) King, of Olds, Shirley (Stan) Kurowski of Red Deer and Ted (Margaret) King of Red Deer. Her memory will also be cherished by her nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, her sister Cynthia (Art) Scheffelmaier, her brother Jack (Florence) Barnes and sister-in-law Evonne Barnes as well as many nieces and nephews. May was predeceased by her loving husband George King in 1979, her son-in-law Frank Kohut, her parents, a sister, brother and brother-in-law. Mom and Dad farmed at Carbon from 1946 -1973 when ill health forced Dad to retire to Drumheller. After his death she chose to relocate to Calgary where she has lived for the past 25 years. Mom enjoyed a good life, with her family being her major driving force and focal point. Her last years were spent at the Beverly Centre in Calgary where the staff, the choir, the activities and outings were the special people and events in her life. A funeral service will be held at the Chapel, Mountain View Memorial Gardens on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. ³"n life you walked beside us and cared for us along the way In death you are still beside us just in a different way!" Internment will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of oneıs choice. Mountain View Memorial Gardens are entrusted with the arrangements.