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ALBERTA - Drumheller - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 61

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Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016, at 10:33 p.m.

Martin -- Jo Ann (nee Ohlhauser)

Jo Ann (Ohlhauser) Martin, 68, passed away on Monday morning, October 31, 2005 in the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Manteca, California, a victim of cancer. She is survived by her husband Tom (Marty) Martin and four children, Janis Ann, Susan Ivy, Thomas Edward, and Ronald Scott. She had six grandchildren and two-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her mother, Virginia Ohlhauser of Carbon; brothers, Kim and Archie Ohlhauser of Carbon, and Merle Ohlhauser of Livermore, California. Jo Ann was born in Drumheller, lived in and attended school in Carbon and Calgary. She married in 1957 and moved to the U.S.A. and has lived 48 years in California. A Celebration of Life was held for her at the Groveland California Evangelical Free Church at 10 a.m.

Applegate -- Stella B. 1913 - 2005

Stella B. Applegate, lifelong companion of Peter Christensen of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Rockyview Hospital on November 13, 2005 at the age of 92 years. Stella will be lovingly remembered by; her son, Richard "Dick" (Gerri) Applegate and Daughter Mary Christensen, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Canada and Denmark, as well as one great-great-grandchild, long time friend Gladys Mackenzie and many other relatives and friends. She is also survived by two brothers, Jimmy (Joyce) Kirkeby and Gordie Kirkeby. Stella was predeceased by six siblings.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bonavista Baptist Church (1507 Acadia Drive SE) on Friday, November 18, 2005 at 1:00 P.M. If so desired, a memorial tribute may be made in Stella's name directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association (#105, 7500 Macleod Tr. SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 0L9). To e-mail expressions of sympathy -- Subject heading -- Stella Applegate. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY. Telephone -- (403)272-5555.

Avramenko -- Victor 1936 - 2005

Victor Avramenko, beloved husband of Joyce Avramenko, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, November 10, 2005 with his loving family surrounding him.

Victor was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Canada in 1948. He was employed by SAIT for thirty-five years. Victor had widespread interests. He was a member of the East Coulee Mine Museum and East Coulee School Museum. He also held memberships at the Ukrainian Culture Centre, the Good Companions Seniorsı'Club and the Legion Branch #264. Victor is survived by his wife of forty-eight years; his sons, Victor (Teresa), Terry (Linda) and David (Sandra); and his eight grandchildren, Vanessa, Leilynn, Adam, Randal, Sheiann, Nicole, Deighten, and Russell. He leaves to mourn siblings, George (Martha), Don (Marlene), Dolly (Albert), Kathy (Don), and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Victor was predeceased by his brother, twin sisters, father and mother.

A Celebration of Victor's Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAYıS, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice #900, 833 - 4 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3T5 Telephone -- (403) 263-4525.

Jackson -- Lynn 1936 - 2005

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Lynn Jackson on November 7, 2005. Lynn was born in Alida, Saskatchewan on December 21, 1936 to Ed and Martha Jackson. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Cliff Jackson; grandson Jeremy; his parents, his brother Ken Jackson, and Ed and Carolyne's mom, Bonnie Smith. Lynn is survived by and leaves to mourn, his son Ed Jackson (Aileen); daughter Carolyne Ferko (Glen); his grandchildren Denise, Nikki, Monica, Sean, Darla, Travis, Danny, Brandon and Kyle; his brother Larry Jackson (Linda); sister-in-law Winnie Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lynn lived in Holyrood Extendicare in Edmonton for a number of years, and previously resided in Drumheller. Lynn was a loving Dad and Papa and enjoyed seeing his children and grandchildren any opportunity he could. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Memorial Service was held at Fellowship Baptist Church in Drumheller.

Blore -- Eric 1915 - 2005

Eric Blore passed away peacefully on November 19, 2005 at the Foothills Hospital at the age of 90 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Isobel McEwen, his brothers, Fred and William, and his daughter-in-law Diane. He leaves behind his sons; David, Alan (Jean), his granddaughter Kim (Andrew), and grandson Jason (Ann Marie), his brother Keith, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eric was born near Craigmyle, Alberta and was able to continue with his lifelong passion of farming until he was eighty-five. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge for many years. Being an avid curler he was a member of the Hanna Curling Club. Eric loved to tinker and could fix just about anything. We would like to extend our deepest thanks for the compassionate care given by the staff at the Foothills Hospital Unit 32 and to his caregivers at the Westview Lodge. A Memorial Service will be held at The First United Church in Hanna, Alberta on Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home entrusted with the Memorial Service.If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #100, 119 ­ 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 or S.T.A.R.S Air Rescue, P.O. Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM Directors. Telephone -- 297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial

Watson -- Debra Faye (nee McKenzie) 1954 - 2005

Debra Faye Watson (nee McKenzie), beloved wife of Bill Watson, of Calgary passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, after a ten-year battle with cancer at the age of 50 years. Debra was born on November 30, 1954 in Lethbridge, AB. She was a teacher in Airdrie and Springbank for twenty-five years. Besides her husband Bill, Debra is also survived by her daughters Morgan and Taylor. She is also survived by her mother Phyllis McKenzie of Lethbridge; her brother and sister-in-law Darrel and Pat McKenzie of Lethbridge; sister and brother-in-law Lorelee and Stan Marshall of Delia, AB; as well as several nieces and nephews. Debra was predeceased by her father Leonard McKenzie. Funeral Services were held at Parkdale United Church (2919 - 8th Avenue N.W.) on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 1:30 p.m with the Rev. Jan Craig, Presider. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Debra Watson, a tree will be planted by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., CALGARY. Telephone -- (403) 241-0044.

Church -- Virginia 1929 - 2005

Virginia Anne Church (nee Herd) of Drumheller passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at the Drumheller Health Centre on Friday November 25, 2005.Virginia is survived by her husband of 55 years Allan Henry (Harry) Church, her daughter Susan of Calgary, and sons, Michael (Ursula) of Stettler, Timothy (Kelly) of Red Deer, Christopher of Los Angeles, Roger (Gayle) of Drumheller, and Patrick (Elvis Hudson) of Calgary. Virginia is also survived by her sisters Elizabeth (Dave) Bowman of Prince George and Nancy Burrington of Saskatoon, and her brother Gordon (Eileen) Herd of Winnipeg, 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia was predeceased by her parents Janetta (nee Martin) and Gordon Herd, her infant son Barry, her granddaughter Allyn and her sister Netta.

Virginia was born on October 31, 1929 in Drumheller. She took her schooling in Drumheller and earned her teaching certificate from the University of Alberta in 1948. Virginia began her teaching career at the one-room Hesketh School and then at Beveridge Lake School in the Pope Lease district. Her passion for education was to be a constant through her life. It was also during this time that Virginia spent her summers working at the Buckhorn Guest Ranch near Pincher Creek. She loved dude ranch life, and it was from the Buckhorn that she bought her much treasured horse Pal. In 1948 she met local farmer Harry Church. They were married on July 1, 1950. Virginia was devoted to her family and the farm. Virginia was a substitute teacher in many of the local schools, and it was through subbing that she came to the career she most cherished, teaching at Hilltop School at the Drumheller Institution. It was a challenging and rewarding vocation for Virginia to pass on literacy and learning to those who needed a hand up. Another great passion for Virginia was the Anglican Church. She served in various leadership capacities with the Anglican Church Women and the Diocese of Calgary. She served on executive committees, attended local and national synods and loved her local church, Christ Church Carbon. Bringing the community together was very important to Virginia. She envisioned and led the district history book project. She also wrote a local news column for the Drumheller Mail for over 30 years. During the last year of Virginiaıs life she faced the challenges of declining health with much courage, dignity and her lifelong optimism. She continued to make friends with those who came into her life and particularly valued the caring and dedicated staff at the Acute Care Centre. To the end, Virginia was the pillar of her family and the source of much strength and wisdom. She will be missed.

Those wishing to pay their respects, did so at St. Magloire's Anglican Church (176 ­ 2nd Street West, Drumheller, Alberta) on Tuesday, November 29, 2005, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Funeral Service will be held at St. Magloire's Anglican Church (176 ­ 2nd Street West, Drumheller, Alberta) on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mac Jones officiating. Graveside service will take place at Mountain View Memorial Gardens (17th Ave and Garden Road SE Calgary) on Wednesday at 4:00 PM. Please meet at main cemetery gate. Condolences may be forwarded through If so desired memorial tributes may be made directly to Drumheller Area Health Foundation (c/o 351 ­ 9th Street NW, Drumheller Alberta, T0J 0Y1).

Edmonds -- Ada Eileen July 4, 1923 - November 22, 2005

Ada Eileen (nee Barber) Edmonds was born on the Tom Barber homestead near Sharples, AB on July 4, 1923, the only child of Thomas and Ada Annie Barber. She passed away peacefully in the Extended Care facility in Drumheller, AB on November 22, 2005. Eileen was predeceased by her first husband, Jesse Scarlett, in 1950; her second husband Bill Thorburn in 1964; and her third husband, Fraser Edmonds, in 1981. Eileen leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters and one son-in-law, Shirley Scarlett-Saunders of Calgary, and Judy (nee Thorburn) and Gordon Arvidson of Carbon; three grandchildren, Brenda (Patrick) Bratcher of Venus, Texas, Jason (Leeanne) Saunders and Scarlett Saunders of Calgary; six great-grandchldren, all of Texas, Trinity, Christian, Pat Jr., Brandon, Faith and Emmanuel Bratcher. Eileen is also survived by special friend Jim McEathron of Carbon; two sisters-in-law, Molly Scarlett of Nanton, Lily Hay of Calgary; one first cousin, Jim Barber of Drumheller; and many second and third cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral commemorating Eileenıs life was held on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 1 p.m. in the Carbon Community Centre, Rev. Rhonda Pigot officiating. Interment preceded at the Carbon Cemetery with Personal Alternative Funeral Services in care of arrangements. Please direct any memorial donations to the Extended Care Facility c/o Drumheller Area Health Foundation, 351 - 9th Street N.W., Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1.

Higdon -- Robert March 31, 1937 - November 22, 2005

Robert passed away peacefully in the early morning of November 22, 2005 at the Michener Wellness Centre. Robert was born in Cold Lake and spent most of his early years in Nacmine where everyone in the community knew him as Bobby. Bobby loved going to the 'drive-in movie' to play bingo which he and Mom did about three times per week. After many trips to the movies, Mr. Shapiro gave him a free pass, he thought he was very special. He had a good life and many good friends in Nacmine. In 1970 he went to live at Michener Centre in Red Deer where he met his other loving family. Bobby loved it there - everything from his church, dances, bus rides, and his crafts - he never missed one of them. Another passion of Bobby's was Pepsi and $5.00 bills. Bobby was predeceased by his mom and dad, Gus and Dorothy Higdon; his brother and best friend Douglas; and his sister Helen. He is survived by his brothers Melvin and Irma, Irvin and Helen; his sisters Margaret Hubbs, Bunny and Dale Hecktor; sister-in-law Donna and Carson Kelly; and brother-in-law Ron and Fern Rowe; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was loved by all and will be missed. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at the Michener Centre with burial at Carbon Cemetery with his parents and sister.

Huculak -- Paul Louis 1945 - 2005

Paul Louis Huculak passed away on November 23, 2005 at the Alberta Hospital, Ponoka. At 60 years of age, Paul lost his courageous battle with this lengthy illness. He is now at peace with the Lord, where we know he will be well looked after. Paul was born on August 10, 1945 in Camrose. He was a resident of Newcastle, and attended school in Drumheller. Upon completion of grade 12, Paul worked for CN, thereafter became ill at an early age in his life. As schoolmates will remember Paul, he loved all sports that included baseball, soccer and excelled as a hockey player. Paul is survived by two brothers, Steve of Drumheller, and Walter of Calgary. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Mary, as well as two brothers, John and William. Funeral Services were held in Ponoka on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 1 :00 P.M. Father Jim Corrigan presiding. Bowker Funeral Home Services were in charge of funeral arrangements. With family, Paulıs friends and caregivers from the hospital were in attendance, to give tribute and final blessings. Paulıs ashes will be interred within the family plot in Drumheller.

Metzger -- Shirley May

Shirley May Metzger passed away on November 28, 2005, after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 66 years. The loving wife of Dave for 47 years; mother to Tracy (Tara), Gerry, Vern, and Daryl; and beloved grandmother to Jason, Melissa, and Matthew; and a
sister to Jimmy Parker. Funeral arrangements will be made later this week. All donations can be made to the Cancer Society in Shirley's memory.

Irwin -- Lorna 1919 - 2005

Lorna Frances Lydia Irwin (nee Richards), beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister joined her Lord and Saviour on November 27, 2005 passing away peacefully at the Hanna Extended Care Complex at the age of 86 years. One of seven children born to Dwight and Mertie Richards of Arrowwood.

Lorna was born on August 8, 1919. Later Lorna married Lloyd Irwin in January of 1940 at Arrowwood, Alberta. She moved to Calgary in 1949 and lived there for 53 years before moving out to Craigmyle in 2003. Lorna spent the last two years of her life in Hanna at the Hanna Lodge and Extended Care Complex. Being born a farm girl, Lorna had a great love of nature and spent many hours in her garden and yard nurturing plants to life. Farming was always near Lornaıs heart whether it was visiting her sons and their families on their farms, walking through the crops taking samples of grain, or finding an unusual rock for her collection. Lorna had an unshakeable faith sustaining her through many times in life and was a dedicated member of the
Bethel Baptist Church in Calgary. She had a real passion for music and especially for playing the piano. But Lorna's greatest love of all was for her family whom she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with.

Lorna was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Irwin, her parents, Dwight and Mertie Richards and her brother, Gordon Richards. She leaves behind her sons; Gary and his wife Marilyn, and Byron and his wife Sandra. Lorna is survived by her grandchildren -- Leah Hunter (Jim Hunter), Brett Irwin, Shawna Johnston (Lee Johnston), Vance Irwin (Karen Irwin), and Maria Withey (Sam Withey); and eight great-grandchildren Grant, Mark, Paige, Justin, Spencer, Dylan, Tyler and Nolan. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Leroy Richards, Margaret Dumka, Erma Lawson, Don Richards, and Anne Kostenuk. We would like to extend our deepest thanks for the compassionate care given by the staff of the Hanna Dialysis Unit and her caregivers at the Hanna Extended Care Complex. Funeral services were held at the Arrowwood Gospel Church at 1 p.m. on December 1, 2005. Interment was at the Arrowwood Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. also on December 1, 2005. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hanna Extended Care Complex, Hanna, AB T0J 1P0. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family care of Byron Irwin, Box 45, Craigmyle, AB T0J 0T0.

McPhee -- Melville Anthony July 7, 1922 - November 30, 2005

Melville Anthony McPhee of Edmonton passed away November 30 at the age of 83 after a short but valiant battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Eva, his sister-in-law Nellie (Mrs.Wallace) McPhee of Westbank, B.C., his sister-in-law Kay (Mrs. Elmer) McPhee of Calgary, and many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews to whom he was a very special uncle. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary, brothers Alonzo, Wallace, Chester, and Elmer, an infant sister Margaret, and his sister-in-laws Mae (Mrs. Chester) McPhee and Ida (Smart) Nygaard.

Mel was born in Drumheller, where the family had recently moved so that his father could work in the coal mines. He grew up in Wayne. He left school in Grade 10 to help support the family and had a variety of jobs in the Drumheller valley. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1942, and served in the infantry with the Loyal Edmonton (49th) Regiment. He trained in Canada and England, saw active duty in Italy and Holland and was a veteran of the Battle of Ortona. After demobilization, he returned to the Drumheller area, then moved in 1952 to Elk Island National Park, where he worked for the Park Service. He married Eva Smart of Wayne in 1955. In 1956 they moved to Edmonton, where Mel went to work for the Alberta Department of Highways (later Transportation). He remained there for the rest of his career, retiring as a manager in the sign shop in 1981. He and Eva enjoyed a happy retirement, travelling and sharing their sociability and hospitality with friends and family. Highlights of his retirement were his three trips to Italy to revisit Ortona, and his involvement with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment ­ in particular, his countless hours volunteering at the regimental museum. He maintained contact with friends from his childhood in Wayne, and was instrumental in organizing a Wayne reunion in 1982, as well as the erection of a commemorative monument to the Wayne cemetery in 2004.

A memorial celebration of Mel's life was held Saturday, December 3, 2005 in Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mel may be made to St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital, Palliative Care, 10707 ­ 29 Ave., Edmonton T6J 6W1, or to the Museum of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 ­ 108 Ave., Edmonton, T5H 3Z9.

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