SCHAFER -- Agnes Evelyn (nee Nelson) 1918 - 2006
Agnes Evelyn Schafer was born June 25, 1918 in Delia, Alberta and passed away peacefully in Drumheller on March 16, 2006. Agnes is survived by her beloved husband Albert of 64 years, daughter Linda (Bud) Bryant of Drumheller, Gail (Richard) Olmstead of Craigmyle, son Rick (Laura) of Cochrane, 7 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren and many who to Agnes were her unofficially adopted. Agnes was one of 7 children and is survived by sister Ethel Devaleriola of Drumheller. She was predeceased by her son Gary, brothers Harry and Paul, sisters Alice McKeever, Gladys Patterson, and Melva Lynch. Agnes resided in the Delia Craigmyle area all her life and lived for her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. It is a comfort to know she has moved on to mother all those in heaven who went before her. There will be a graveside service for the immediate family on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 2:00 PM at the Delia Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at 2:30 PM at the Delia Community Centre to which all her family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salvation Army, Box 3097, 242 1st Street West, Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y0. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
BISWANGER -- Pauline 1946 - 2006
Biswanger, Pauline Frances (Doyle) passed away suddenly and peacefully in her sleep Sunday, March 26, 2006. Born May 8, 1946, Pauline grew up on a farm near Drumheller, Alberta with her three siblings Norma, Janet, and Jim. She moved to Calgary in the mid 60ıs where she met and married Brian Biswanger, who passed away after 33 years of happy marriage in 2000. Pauline is survived by her son Stephen, daughter Terri, and mother-in-law Margaret. Additionally she is survived by her grand puppy Bishop, her sisters Norma and Janet, their husbands Bob and Lyle and also a brother Jim and his wife Shannan. Pauline is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as a legion of friends she considered to be family. After years of creating her own crafts she and Brian decided to start the Festival of Crafts which they produced together for 17 years. After selling the Festival in 2003, PollieB (as she was affectionately known) retired to travel the world, shop, laugh, live, love and enjoy life to the fullest. PollieB found humor in all things. Her wit was one of her many incredible qualities and it will be one of the things most missed about her. She did not want a funeral, she wanted a party to celebrate her life so please join us on Friday, March 31, 2006 in the 'Palomino D Room' at the Round Up Centre, Stampede Park at 1:00 PM. Condolences may be forwarded to Paulineıs family through www.commemorativeservices.ca In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paulineıs name to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7; Telephone (403) 295-1811). Arrangements in care of COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES FUNERAL DIRECTORS. (403)265-1199 Calgary family owned and operated www.commemorativeservices.ca
RASMUSSEN -- Henry (Hank) 1929 - 2006
Henry Brogaard Rasmussen was born in Drumheller on January 18, 1929 and passed away on March 17, 2006 at the Drumheller Hospital. He was the eldest son of Evald and Anna Rasmussen. On April 3, 1952 he married Patricia Marie Church and together they raised two daughters, Wendy Marie Rosgen and Adrienne Laura Peake. Hank was the proud grandfather of one grandson, Bill Rosgen Jr., and three granddaughters, Martina, Whitney and Michelle Peake. His two very special sons-in-law spent endless hours helping to care for him in the hospital in the last six weeks. Both remember him as a good friend. Hank is also survived by his brother Paul Rasmussen and his wife Marilyn; his sister Inger Rogerson and her husband Murray; and his sister-in-law Gloria Rasmussen; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers Gunner and Gordon, parents Evald and Anna, and grandparents Peter and Laura Rasmussen. Hankss sense of duty was without question and he was a man of principle. He was a very moral man, who treated both men and women with respect, and he placed a high value on the sanctity of marriage. He was inordinately generous with his time and energy when helping family, friends and neighbours. His education was put aside at an early age for work, but he was well educated by continuous reading and had a photographic memory. The Rasmussen family farm was very important to Hank and he harvested most of the crop last fall. He had also attained a Vehicle Mechanicıs license in the early fifties. Over the years he raised cattle, pigs and horses and made a special home for each dog that found him. We pray we will remember Hank by emulating his best qualities. This should also mean that we will have a goal to work toward, and will enjoy our work as he did. A Memorial Service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum on Thursday, March 23, with Pastor Dan Hendrickson officiating. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home were in care of arrangements. If you make a donation to Cancer Research, 2nd Floor, 215 - 12th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A2, please remember Hank at that time.
STRACK -- Freda Lanore September 21, 1919 - March 25, 2006
Freda passed away in the early hours with her three children, Jacqueline Sand, Geraldine Price, and Charmaine Strack at her side. Along with her three daughters, Freda leaves behind to celberate her life one son-in-law, Alexander Price; and one brother, Bill Willard and wife Shirley. Grandsons -- Darrell and Elaine Sand, Troy and Julie Younglove and Damon Younglove. Granddaughters are -- Terry and Glen McNeill, Janet and Peter Riggs, Kelli and Clay Correia. Great-grandchildren are Clayton and Erin Hanner, Tina and Michael Riggs, Taylor, Katie and Griffin Sand and Caleb and Joshua Younglove. Also sister-in-law Blanch Scheuchner and many nieces and nephews. Fredaıs cremated remains will be laid to rest along with her late husband John J. Strack (November 20, 1913 - December 4, 1986) in a private family gathering at Queens Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta this coming summer.
TROUT -- Dixie Patricia (nee Crawford)
On March 22, 2006 Mrs. Dixie Trout of Wildwood formerly of Delia, passed away at the age of 56 years after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving family, husband, Tim; daughter, Kelly Trout of Calgary; and brother, Dennis (Diane) Crawford of Calgary. Dixie was predeceased by her parents, Angeline and Hugh. As requested by Dixie, no formal service will be held. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2 as expressions of sympathy. DRAYTON VALLEY FUNERAL SERVICES, Tinant Funeral Directors, in care of arrangements, (780) 542-5511.
HILDEBRAND -- Rolla August 6, 1940 - March 30, 2006
Rolla passed away peacefully after a year long battle with cancer, early in the morning of March 30, 2006 at the Three Hills Hospital. Rolla was born and raised near Brandon, Manitoba. In 1970, he moved his family to Calgary, Alberta, and resided there until he started a welding business at Carbon in 1976. Second to Rollaıs love for his family was trucking as he long-hauled until his illness last March. Rolla is survived by his loving wife Susan of 42 years and his four children, Dan, Duane, Sandy and Cheryl (Al) Harder, grand-children Amanda and Jason and great grandson Seth. Rolla will be dearly missed by us all, but the good LORD JESUS will care for him now.
HOFF -- Wayne July 15, 1950 - March 26, 2006
Wayne L. Hoff was born on July 25, 1950 in Calgary, Alberta and passed away at home peacefully on March 26, 2006. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Verna; and their son Shane and wife Shanon; daughter Brenda; daughter Melissa and husband Layton Rosin; three grandchildren, Cassidie, Lane and Taylor. Wayne is also survived by his parents, Otto and Norma Hoff; sister Sandra (Jerome); brother Randy; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Wayne attended school in Levelland from grades one to nine. In Levelland he made many friends and happy memories. He attended Carbon School briefly and then went to Bertram Drilling for a season. On October 11, 1969, Wayne married Verna Hagel from Beiseker, Alberta. Wayne and Verna began farming in the Carbon area the following spring. There they established their roots and raised their family.
Some of Wayne's most enjoyable summers were when he was racing his pony chuckwagon. He was very proud the first season because he was rookie of the year. He took great pride in running very competitively for many years. The highlight of his career was when he was able to drive a chuckwagon in Houston, Texas at the Astrodome. He loved those days. Wayne then decided to expand his second love of farming which he also took pride in. Due to health reasons he had to give up his love for farming in the late 90's and had to retire. Now he was able to devote his time and fun loving energy to his wife, kids, grandkids and everyone else who knew him. We could always count on him for advice, honesty and integrity and will never forget his fun-loving, witty ways. Wayne is a legacy in our family and we know he has touched many other people's lives. There will always be a piece of him in all of us. He will be greatly missed and always remembered!
A memorial service was held at the Carbon Baptist Church, March 30, 2006, with Harold Hunter and Pastor Richard Kauenhofen officiating. Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Home were in care of all the arrangements. If friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Wayne Hoff to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of their choice.
RUSSELL -- Margaret 1912 - 2006
Margaret Ellen Russell (nee Stephenson) of Drumheller, AB passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at the age of 93 years. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Norman, parents Arthur & Nina Stephenson, brothers George and Marcus, her sister Ruth, and her first grandchild Christopher.
Margaret, the oldest child of Arthur and Nina Stephenson, was born at her parentsı Verdant Valley home on June 11, 1912. After attending grade school, Margaret graduated from Calgary Normal School and took her first teaching job at Mount Carmel School. She also taught in Verdant Valley and Golden Grain. She took a position at the Drumheller School Division Office and later went on to teach at Drumheller Composite High School. Following her teaching career she founded the hairdressing shop - Marg's Coiffures.
Margaret married Norman Russell and they made their first home in North Drumheller and in 1938 their first son Arthur was born. In 1946 Craig was born and the family moved to her Uncle Craig Wilsonıs farm. In 1948 their third son Keith was born. Margaret enjoyed traveling and visiting with her many friends. She was an avid reader, a career woman and a community person. She did a host of volunteer work including time at the Tyrrell Museum and at the Central School Breakfast program. She was an active member of the Verdant Valley and Dorcas Womenıs Institute, the UCW and a long time member of the Knox United Church. Margaret served on the Board of Trustees at the Knox United Church for many years, serving as Secretary to the Board. Margaret also served as President of Unit #6 of the United Women's group and as President of the General UCW. Margaret also received a Life-Time Membership pin for her years of involvement with the United Church Womenıs group at the Knox United Church. Margaretıs service to the church was very much appreciated.
Margaret leaves to mourn in her passing her sons Art (Maureen), Craig (Janice), and Keith (Roxanne). Her loving grandchildren Trevor (Michelle), Karen (Mike), Jill (Derek), Laura (Larry), Calvin, and Colter. She is survived by her sister Louise Stevenson, sisters-in-law Isabel Bradford and Annie Russell and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Knox United Church, 195-3rd Avenue East. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Suite 400, 320-23rd Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0J2 or a charity of your choice. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. Funeral Services were held at the Church of The Nazarene, on Monday, April 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor James Clark officiating. Interment followed in the Carbon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Church of The Nazarene, Box 2760, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0. Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. 403-823-2666 www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.com
SCHABER -- Doris (nee Casebeer)
Doris Schaber (nee Casebeer) of Drumheller passed away peacefully at Drumheller Regional Hospital at the age of 90 years. Funeral to be held Saturday, April 8, 2006, 2 p.m., Midland Hall. Pastor Hunter presiding. Tributes can be made to S.T.A.R.S.
ALLEN -- George 1920 - 2006
Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:26
George Allen passed away in Hanna on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at the age of 86. He was born in Craigmyle on January 9, 1920, the second child of David Charles and Jo Anna Allen. George took his public schooling in Surprise School and then took up farming with his Dad. He joined the Delia Militia in 1940 and spent time in the Sarcee Training Camp. In 1948 he received his pilotıs licence from the Chinook Flying Service in Calgary and became a member of the National Flying Farmers Association from 1950 - 1965. George bought a small two passenger Champ and enjoyed flying around the country - dropping chocolate bars to the neighbourıs children, delivering baby chicks and taking people to the hospital. When he got his plane his Dad said, "I never thought I'd see a thing like this around here." George helped organize the Starland Seed Cleaning Plant and was President for 15 years. He was President of the Craigmyle Red Cross Society and canvassed the area for 60 years. In 2003 he received the Queenıs Golden Jubilee Medal for his many years of service. Georgeıs interests included playing the accordion, curling, playing chess and photography. He was a country man. He loved hearing the coyotes howl, the trains on the tracks, and the ducks and geese as they came back in the spring. He believed in the Christian faith and the risen Christ and is now home with the Lord. George was predeceased by his father David Charles, his mother Jo Anna Allen and one brother Richard William Allen. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Lily; son Richard; two sisters Kathleen (Howard) Paddock of Calgary and Joan Skoyan of Calgary; and one brother Ted (Kate) Allen; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Serivce was held at Craigmyle United Church, Craigmyle, Alberta on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 2:00 PM. If desired, donations in George's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta and NWT, or to the Canadian Red Cross Society.
BASAROWICK -- Joe 1914 - 2006
Joe Basarowick, born July 27, 1914 at Whitemouth, Manitoba passed away April 15, 2006 at Hanna Continuing Care in Hanna Alberta after a long courageous battle with cancer. Joe was a resident of the Drumheller Valley for more than 50 years. He was a heavy duty mechanic at Turner Equipment in the 50's, Double A Farm Equipment in the 60ıs and for 15 years with Pallisen Equipment. For 11 years, until his retirement in 1980 he worked maintaining graders for the County of Wheatland. He will be sadly missed by his son Roger of Cloverdale, BC; grandchildren Benjamin, Naomi, Heidi, Martha, Joseph, Sarah (Jason) and Aaron; two great grandchildren Kansas and Nova; one brother Nick in Minn. and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was predeceased by his wife Martha in 1979, two sisters Nellie and Tina in 1984, and sister Carrie and brother Stan in 2004. A Graveside Service will be held at the Drumheller Cemetery on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 2:00 PM. No flowers please. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, Calgary, (403) 215-5111 or 823-5151
RANKIN -- Frances Josephine (Fran) (nee DeCosta) 1928 - 2006
Frances (Fran) Josephine Rankin of Calgary passed away on April 16, 2006 at the age of 78 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Frances was born on March 31, 1928 in Drumheller, AB and moved to Calgary in 1966. She made a career as a telephone operator, twenty years with AGT, retiring from the T.A.S. Answering Service in 1994. She presided as president of the T.A.S. Operators Association for ten years. Frances was active as a volunteer for many years at her children's schools; working with the Cancer Society, Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, along with the Salvation Army. One of Frances' greatest achievements was her compassion, love and understanding for the less fortunate. Her shining achievement and proudest moments were the passion for her family, children and grandchildren. She was a divorced mother of three who raised her children with dignity and grace. A cancer survivor for twenty-five years, she proved any obstacle could be overcome. Frances loved gardening, reading, sewing, music, and needlepoint. Her greatest love and greatest weakness were children and animals. Her yard was the neighborhood playground. Frances is survived by her three children, Catherine and Robert Moseley of Calgary, Shawn Rankin of Edmonton and Tina Rankin of Dallas, TX; six grandchildren, Todd (Candice), Jody, Derek, Lianne, Julia Moseley and Porter Rankin; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Tom (Bertha), Angelo (Rita), Bruno (Alice) DeCosta; sister-in-law Florence Rankin; and many nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her brother Nino; sister Phylis; brothers-in-law, Frank and Bill; and her parents. "Itıs spring Mom your favourite time of year." A Celebration of Frances' Life was held at her home on Friday, April 21, 2006 from 2:00 PM. to 7:00 PM. Please phone 403-256-9575 for further details. A Private Graveside Service was held at the Drumheller Cemetery on Saturday, April 22, 2006. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Chinook Hospice "Gift in Kind." 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 4Y8 Telephone -- (403) 258-0040. In living memory of Frances Rankin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2S 2L5 Telephone -- (403) 256-9575.
SCHEIE -- Helen Eva (Bray) 1918 - 2006
Helen Eva was born July 18, 1918 at Mayerthorpe, Alberta. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Clarence; two sisters, Louise and Martha; and three brothers, Jack, Ben, and Wilfred. Surviving Helen are her three children, Dorothy of Calgary, Elpha (Vern) of Patricia, and Louis (Arlene) of Drumheller. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary of Rimbey and Jean of Calgary; one brother, Jim (Margaret) of Mayerthorpe; two half-sisters Anna (Johnny) of Greencourt and Myrnia (Eddy) of Rocky Mountain House; one step-brother, Emory of Edmonton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her extended family in Drumheller. Helen moved to the Camrose area in 1937. While working in the Camrose district, Helen met the love of her life and married him (Clarence) in 1939. Together they bought a moderate sized farm at Duhamel. Helen became and remained always as Clarenceıs faithful helpmate. When they retired in 1976 from farming and also from Clarenceıs rural mail delivery job they then moved to Rimbey where they bought a home in town and began to take life much easier. Going on bus tours and socializing with other senior friends at the drop-in centre filled much of their time. When Clarence passed away in 1990, Helen moved to Drumheller. She lived at the Sunshine Lodge accommodations until her passing. Helen remained active until she suffered a heart attack last summer. This took a lot out of her and more serious respiratory problems evolved. Helen was always a creatively ambitious person. For many years she sewed or made most of her own and her childrenıs clothes. She was pretty handy with a hammer and saw as well. Her grandchildren thought she was the fastest mitten knitter in the whole world. Helen had a very special love for babies. Holding the wee great-grandchildren on her lap always put her in seventh heaven. Two years ago Helenıs health began to gradually and steadily decline. This made it difficult and then impossible for Helen to correspond like she used to with old friends and relatives living not near. But these were always in her heart and mind up until she passed away on April 13, 2006. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Funeral Services were held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from Burgar Memorial Chapel with Mary Ann Pastuck presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are gratefully accepted to Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Lung Association or the charity of oneıs choice. Burgar Funeral Home Camrose in care of arrangements. (780) 672-2121