Mortensen -- Helen Irene (nee Gagstetter) 1920 - 2005
Helen Irene Mortensen (nee Gagstetter) born January 18, 1920 in Excel, Alberta, died July 1, 2005 in Drumheller, Alberta. She will be missed but forever remembered by her loving husband of 59 years, Tom; her two children Corinne (Drydale) and Allen; her grandchildren Logan (Michelle), Tod (Pam), Ward, Niels and Julia; and by her great grandchildren Chase, Colten, Reese and Kenna; as well as by her extended family (Niels Mortensen, Joe and Rosa Merkel, and nieces Linda, Sandy, Diane, Arlene and Maureen and their families) as well as her many friends and neighbours. Helen was predeceased by her brother Dick (Richard), her mother Merle Gagstetter, a baby Dick (Richard) Mortensen, her father Elmer Gagstetter, her sister Glenna Harper and her son-in-law Don Drydale. Helen lived most of her life in or near the Drumheller Valley and loved the beauty of the Valley with its hills, river and abundance of wildlife. They moved to Rosedale when she was a young girl and that is where she met Tom. They were married in Drumheller on October 12, 1946. They moved to Dalum in 1957 where they farmed until they retired to Drumheller in 1976. Mom loved to sing and was a member of a choir most of her life. She was very proud to be a member of the Passion Play Choir for several years. Helen was a doer and so was an active worker in many organizations such as C.G.I.T. The Womenšs Institute, The Ladies Militia, The Dalum Friendship Club, the Drumheller Hospital Auxiliary, and the Pioneer Trail Centre. She believed in doing what she could to help others and enjoyed being part of organizations that catered to others. In addition to her many organizations she loved to garden and raise plants. She also loved animals and helped raise and care for many over the years. A Service of Remembrance will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at 2 p.m. from Knox United Church. Donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home are in care of the arrangements.
Wilson -- John Alan 1958 - 2005
John passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2005 at his home in Grande Prairie, AB. He was born September 27, 1958 in Drumheller, AB. John loved fishing, family gatherings, making stained glass, playing the guitar and singing. Most of all he loved the rodeos. John had many, many talents. As a young man he worked at a body shop. He loved to fix automobiles and anything else that was broken. He was an excellent tradesman. John worked in the oil industry for many years and recently was employed at a welding shop in Grande Prairie, AB. His dream was to own a motorcycle and go touring. John leaves to mourn his wife, Doreen; daughter Tammy (Aaron); sons Tyler and Travis. He was the proud grandfather of twins Emma and Deklan. He is survived by his loving mother Nancy Burns (Harry); and his siblings Mary Ann Uhrich of Drumheller, Penny and Lorne Lenfesty of Drumheller; Connie and Charles Money of Crossfield, Pat and Brad Ford of Edmonton, Frank and Darlene Wilson of Drumheller, Richard and Debra Wilson of Edmonton. He is also survived by his uncle Lawrence Cayenne and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his infant son, Trevor, May 19, 1989 and his father George in 1977. John will be truly missed by all of those who loved him most. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Midland.
There's a garden where
the greenest grass
And brightest flowers grow.
A garden planned
by one who loves us
More than we may know.
Halahuric -- Pamela Jean
Pamela "Pam" Jean Halahuric passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2005, at the age of 57 years, beloved wife of Frank Halahuric of Medicine Hat.
Krill -- Alexander 1932 - 2005
Alexander Krill, born in Bellevue, AB, July 3, 1932, died July 6, 2005 in the Continuing Care at Drumheller Health Centre. At a young age Alex was injured in an accident on the railway and was unable to work. He lived all his life in East Coulee and there enjoyed fishing, playing crib and being with his friends, and was an avid reader of western books and loved watching old western movies. Alex was a kind gentleman who always thought of others and was very thankful for the help of his friends and neighbours who helped him with all his shopping and house chores. Alex was predeceased by his father, Peter and mother, Pauline, brothers Donald, Nelson, William and Jack, sisters Irene and Jean. He is survived by his brothers Melvin, Thomas and Robert, sister Joyce and sister-in-law Edith Suntjens, and many nieces and nephews. Cremation took place. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.
Moar -- Isabel
Moar-Isabel (Odermatt), our loving wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2005 at the Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care Unit. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, George, three daughters -- Carol (Earl) Stockman, Verna (Bob) Tullis, Marie (Fred) Jerred, three sons -- Bob (Marilyn) Odermatt, Bill (Ethel) Odermatt, Tom (Eunice) Odermatt, 16 grandchildren -- Theresa (Pete) Varga, Lyle Stockman (Iris Kulyk), Jason (Jill) Stockman, Michael Tullis (Wanda Reynolds), Monica (Don) Jordan, Tara, Jade and Darcy Odermatt, Tracy (Mike) Sanikopoulos, Tania (Tim) Sahar, Travis Odermatt, Nicholas (Tara) , Aaron and Michelle Jerred, Jessica and Tami Odermatt, and great-grandchildren Sam, Annette, Tea, Tymon, Brendan, Dominic, Vanessa and Rocco, her sister, Frances Law of Evansburg, AB, and brother Jim Swann of Payson, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Isabel was predeceased by her first husband Frank Odermatt (1964), parents Dena (Treslan), and Raymond Swann, brothers -- Gordon, Archie, Doug and Bruce Swann and sister, Gertrude Allinson. Isabel was born June 3, 1918 in the Beechy area where she and Frank farmed and raised their family. After Frank's passing, Isabel moved to Drumheller where she met and married George Moar. She loved visiting her family and friends back in Beechy, and particularly enjoyed going for coffee at the Drumheller Coop. She will be forever remembered for the twinkle in her eye when she was telling a story and her love of baking, the wonderful bread, buns, and cookies that we all looked forward to when we visited. We will all cherish our special memories of Isabel and will dearly miss her. A family prayer service took place on Sunday, July 10, 2005 at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Cronkhite -- Stephen Allan May 1, 1966 - June 26, 2005
Born in Edmonton to Bob and Betty Cronkhite, Stephen was the youngest of five children. He loved sports, music and camping. We lost him suddenly that Sunday, but his memory will stay with us forever. He leaves behind two children, Corey and Nicole of Drumheller; his sister Susanne (Stan); brothers David (Louella) and Bob (Linda). He is predeceased by sister Bonnie (Dave) and father Bob Cronkhite.Service was held Thursday, June 30 in Edmonton.
Petersen -- Fern Marion 1916 - 2005
It is with great sadness that the family of Fern Marion Petersen announce her passing at the Drumheller Health Centre on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at the age of 88 years. Fern was born in Mirror, AB on December 2, 1916 and came to Drumheller in 1926. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Knud V. (Pete) Petersen in 2001. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Lorraine (Bill) Hunter; her son Don (Lynn) Petersen; three grandchildren, Tara (Paul) Roett, Kirsten (Robert) Zimola, and Christopher Petersen; one great-granddaughter, Kathryn (Katie) Roett; one sister, Thelma Barnhouse; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Carl and Kenneth Martin; three sisters, Beatrice Martin, Isabel McLean and Phyllis Jensen. Funeral services were held Monday, July 18, 2005 at the Elim Pentecostal Church, Pastor Daniel Dannhauer officiated. Interment followed at the Drumheller Cemetery. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Sandberg -- Lorna Doreen 1939 - 2005
Mrs. Lorna Doreen Sandberg, beloved wife of Mr. Neil Sandberg of Red Deer, Alberta, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, July 11, 2005 at the age of 66 years. Lorna was born on May 18, 1939 at Drumheller, Alberta. In 1960, Lorna married the love of her life, Neil Sandberg. They spent a wonderful life together raising their family and later enjoying traveling together to Arizona for the winters. Lorna was a lovely and very special lady who was a true delight to be with. She had a heart of gold and deep compassion and sincerity for helping others, whether it was her family or her friends, their needs always came first before her own. Lorna was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend who placed the needs of her family above all else. She adored her family and doing special things for them. Lorna also loved playing in both bridge clubs and golfing. Lornašs true beauty and the love she shared with her family and friends will be missed more than words can express but her memory will remain cherished in their hearts forever. Lorna leaves to mourn her loss, her loving husband and best friend of forty-five years, Neil of Red Deer, her son, Alan of Calgary, Alberta and his children, Weston, Scott and Deanna and her daughter, Kim and her husband, Steve Van Tetering of Red Deer and their children, Janelle and Justin. She will also be very sadly missed by her mother, Lizzie Nelson, brothers, Bob (Audrey) Nelson, Jim (Judy) Nelson, sisters, Pat (Ken) Hatt and Wanda (Lyle) Peterson, sister-in-law, Jessie Nelson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear and loyal friends. Lorna was predeceased by her father, Lowell in 1985 and a brother, Ted in 1992. A Public Celebration of Lorna's Life was held at Sunnybrook United Church, 12 Stanton Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation was entrusted to the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, Memorial Donations in Lorna's honour may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 4730A Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X2. Condolences may be forwarded to the
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Forrest -- Donald Ivor 'Don' November 13, 1953 - July 19, 2005
Don passed away suddenly on July 19, 2005. He is survived by His daughter Karen (Clint) Nicholson of Hanna; his son Michael Forrest of Wainwright, Alberta; and 1 granddaughter Rebeka of Hanna. He will be missed by his two sisters; Ann Protasiewich and Lynn Siddal, both residing on the west Coast of British Columbia and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother. A celebration of his life was held at the Delia Community Centre on Monday July 25, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. If friends desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 105 7500 MacLeod Trail, SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0L9. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES 823-5151 entrusted with arrangements.
McCully -- Anne Simpson (Beaton) April 9, 1918 - July 23, 2005
Passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke last September. Predeceased by her first husband, James Ellerton; and son Darrel Ellerton. Survived by her husband John (Jack) and his family; sons, John Ellerton (Gail) and Robert Ellerton (Christine) and their families. Memorial service will be held in Delia at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations may be made in Annešs memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #107 - 1001 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria, B.C. V8X 4C9. Sands of West Shore 317 Goldstream Avenue Victoria, B.C. 1-250-478-3821
Cole -- Brandon Charles April 12, 1991 - July 28, 2005
Brandon Charles Cole was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 12, 1991 and was tragically and suddenly taken home to the Lord on July 28, 2005. Brandon is survived by his parents, Lana (Mike) Bramley and Bill (Patti) Cole and his siblings Dallas and Dakota Bramley and Christie Ann Greenwood; Grandparents Wayne Syms, Sharon (Phil) Paschke and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Brandon is predeceased by his Grandparents Hubert and Mary Cole and his Aunt Janet Gross.
Those who knew and loved him knew he had a heart of gold and a tenderness to him that most never saw. He deeply loved his family, especially his little brother and his new baby sister. He would regularly spend time between his Mom and Dad, his Grandpa and his siblings in Harmattan and his Dad and Mom in Rosedale. He knew how intensely we all loved him. Brandon was an active, curious young man with boundless energy, unless maybe there was work involved. Much to his parents chagrin, one of Brandon's favourite pastimes was playing video games. He also loved riding his horse, playing with his siblings and selling vegetables from his vegetable stand in the campground in Rosedale. Brandon most loved spending time with his Dad and Mom in Rosedale where he played with friends, swam in the river and generally just enjoyed being a teenager.
Tragically, there was also daily suffering in Brandon's life that only those closest to him knew of. The strength God gave him was necessary for him to be strong enough to endure the challenges, pain and suffering he lived with daily. We as his parents were so proud of his strength and his ability to stick himself out there and "Dance Like No One Was Watching." We told him all the time how proud we were of who he was becoming and how much he was loved by his family. Brandon was one of the lucky ones in that he had two moms and two dads who loved him and worked together to do what was best for Brandon. We would do anything for him, whatever it took. Whether spending time with his family in Harmattan or with his family in Rosedale, Brandon was always most happy when surrounded by those who knew and loved him.
Only a mom can pray daily for the Lord to bring Peace to her child,
only a mother could know the ache deep within watching her child suffer with pain and loneliness,
only a motheršs love can be strong enough to say
"Be at Peace My Son and Go with God."
We love you always and will see you again someday
As you have now paved the path for the rest of us to follow!
Not Yet Knowing
The words they fell so shattering
Upon my frozen ears
Yet spoke with words of wisdom
As I hid behind my tears
"Why are you crying, Mommy?"
Spoke with innocence of youth
Not knowing what will follow
Not yet knowing of the truth
Each Motheršs fear was realized
The walls came crashing in
And holding on to yesterday
Would only let them win
There's strength found deep within us
With that wešll see this through
And dreams of long tomorrows
Will keep me close to you
Not knowing what the future brings
Not yet knowing of the plan
We gently bow before you, Lord
And place him in your hand Mom 1995
Services were held at The Church of the Nazarene in Olds, Alberta on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Childrenšs Tumor Foundation (British Columbia Neurofibromatosis Foundation) at #203 1001 Cloverdale Ave, Victoria BC V8X 4C9. Phone 1-800-385-2263 or to the Alberta Children's Hospital.