JACOBSEN -- Rodrick Michael May 7, 1951 - July 12, 2006
Rod Jacobsen of Drumheller passed away peacefully on July 12, 2006. He was preceded by his parents, Harry and Dodie Jacobsen. Rod is survived by his two daughters, Tammy and Crystal Jacobsen; as well as his granddaughter Brittany Alford. He also leaves behind his three siblings, Greg, Trish (Lindsay) and Gary (Glenda and Steven). Besides his loving children, Roddy will be forever missed by many family and friends. A memorial service will be held at the Dalum Church on the 20th of July at 2 PM.
BURNS -- Nancy February 12, 1932 - July 18, 2006
Mom went to be with her Creator peacefully in her sleep on July 18, 2006 with her loving family by her side. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her loving and devoted companion, Harry; her six children, Maryanne, Penny (Lorne), Connie (Charles), Pat (Brad), Frank (Darlene), Richard (Debra); as well as 19 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren; also her loving brother Lawrence (Sandy), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life was held on July 21, 2006 at the L.D.S. Branch in Drumheller. If friends so desire, donations in Mom’s memory may be made to the Dialysis Unit at the Drumheller Health Centre. “Run through the grass, Mom”
MAXWELL -- Annie 1938 - 2006
It is with great sadness that the family of Annie Maxwell “Best Mom in the World” passed away peacefully in the Drumheller Hospital. Annie died July 24, 2006 at the age of 68 years old. Annie was predeceased by her husband of 48 years in May of 2006. Annie is survived by his children Bill (Margit), Robert (Lenna), Laurie (Tom), and Lorne; as well as 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Our Mom, our children’s Grandma, was there for every moment in all our lives - she never questioned why, she was just there. We will miss her every minute of every day. Annie is survived by her sister Jeanette (Helge) and one brother Albert (Judy) along with their families. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 28, 2006 at the Grace Community Church, 1012 - 12 Ave. S.E., Drumheller, AB at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Lung Association or a donation of your choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
PEARSON -- Anthony “Tony” Carter 1925 - 2006
Born November 21, 1925, passed away in the Drumheller Nursing Home, July 17, 2006, at 80 years. Tony was born in the Delia area. He took all of his schooling at Enterprise Valley and Michichi, before going to the Technical Institute in Calgary where he received his motor vehicle mechanic certificate. He worked at E.O. Parry in Morrin and Rumsey, Alberta and met and married Julia Helen Marion Deeprose of Morrin on September 17, 1949 in Drumheller. They lived for a brief time in Rumsey and Morrin, before moving to Rockyford in 1952. Tony worked with Rieger’s Machine Shop in Rockyford as a jack of all trades mechanic for numerous years and could repair any piece of equipment given to him. He went on many trail rides in the Ya-ha-tinda region of western Alberta along with several friends, and was a renowned camp cook, as well as an avid hunter. Tony had a serious stroke in February of 2003, and spent time in the Foothills (Calgary) and Strathmore Hosptials, until being placed in the Drumheller Nursing Home, where he remained for the rest of his life. He is survived by one brother, Roger (Mary) Pearson of Delia, Alberta; two nephews, two nieces and their families; three cousins, David, Don and Lindsay Deeprose and their families; and lifetime friends Jacquie and Ernie Goddard of Rumsey and their families. He was predeceased by his wife Marion (November 1997); his parents, Ernest and Ethel Pearson; sister Doris; brothers Henry and David (Jean). Interment was held July 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Mountain Memorial Gardens east of Calgary on Highway 1A. A funeral service was held at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home in Drumheller, Alberta on July 21, 2006 at 2:00 PM. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home of Drumheller entrusted with arrangements. Donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care.
STRUBLE -- Harry Howard Born June 26, 1926
Harry, a long time resident of the Hanna, Drumheller area, passed away on July 21, 2006 in Drumheller. He was predeceased by his wife, Lois, his parents, Harry and Bessie Struble and his brother, John Albert Struble. He is survived by his two sisters, Nellie (Wardlow) of Mayerthorpe and Florence (Newsham) of New Westminster B.C. and numerous nieces and nephews. Harry was raised on the family farm, south of Hanna. He took over from his parents in 1956 and continued to farm there until 1967. He farmed briefly near Olds, then tried his hand at Real Estate in the Calgary area, where he met and married Lois. They moved to her family ranch in Montana in the mid 1970’s. After her death, he went to college in Great Falls and returned to Canada in the mid eighties. In later years, he lived and worked around southern Alberta working in the agricultural industry. Harry will be missed by his many friends and family members. His sense of humor was enjoyed by all. A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Drumheller on July 28th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association if you so wish.
CRAGG -- Joseph 1950 - 2006
Joseph Patrick Cragg passed away in Drumheller Hospital, August 29, 2006. Joe was born November 24, 1950 to Robert and Nora Cragg. He was raised in the Munson, Drumheller area on a farm. Joe worked the rigs most all his life, but his greatest love was music, especially country music. Wherever Joe was you could usually find him playing guitar and singing music to friends and family. He loved it. He had many “Gigs” with his dearest friends and second family, Bud and Shelly Bixby and family; who fondly nicknamed him “Uncle Buck”.
He will be missed and leaves to mourn his sister, Carol (Tom) Hampton, brothers Timothy Cragg and Melvin (Maureen) Cragg. He is also survived by a niece and nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Nora, and his brother Bob. Joe was just a great guy and liked to be the life of the party. Sadly he lost his battle with cancer. He will always have a special place in our hearts, and with love we “Bid” him farewell. The family expresses gratitude and thanks to Dr. Miller, the nurses and staff at the hospital. A “Special Thank You” to his friend Tom Steele. Services were held Saturday September 2 at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
POWELL -- Iris 1943 - 2006
Iris Powell passed away suddenly on August 29th after a 4 year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She leaves to mourn her husband, Wayne; son David (Lori), their children Tyson and Kassidy; daughter Kimberley (Greg Rietze) their children Jeremy and Kendahl; sister Linda, Auntie Ruth Lelond, and three nieces, Stacey, Jodi and Nicole.
Iris was predeceased by her parents Jean and Roy in 1958, and her uncle Wes Lelond in 1988. Iris was born in Brandon, MB and raised in Miniota, MB. She completed her LPN courses in Winnipeg and nursed in various hospitals around MB. She married Wayne on May 15, 1965. After moving to Alberta, in 1976 , Iris soon joined the Avon team. She began selling Avon in Drumheller and soon moved up the ranks to District Manager where she spent the last 20 years of her career. In August 2002, Iris was diagnosed with ALS. Although this disease brought with it many challenges, she faced each one with strong courage, determination and a real zest for life, not ever letting her physical disabilities rob her of the opportunities to spend with those she loved, especially her grandchildren. She was instrumental in bringing the annual Walk for ALS to Red Deer and was passionate in her pursuits to spread awareness of the disease.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 5226-51 Ave, Lacombe, Alberta on Wednesday, September 6th at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society of Alberta, Suite 400, 320-23rd Ave. S.W. Calgary, Alberta, T2S 0J2. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to email@example.com (Subject Powell). WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 or 403-843-3388. “A Caring Family, Caring For Families” www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
CASTONGUAY -- Norma 1939 - 2006
It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of our dear wife, mother and grandmother, Norma. She died suddenly on Friday, September 8, 2006 at the Drumheller Hospital. Mom was born May 28, 1939 in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. She grew up in Rosetown where she met and married Edmond.
Norma is survived by Edmond, her husband and best friend of 47 years; her daughters Corrine (Don), Bonnee (Murray), Sandra (Marty); and son Joe (Shawna). Mom was blessed with 10 grandchildren and they were the light of her life - Ron, Ryan and Shaun Collett, Nicole, Lindsey and Brendan Shanks, Mitchel and Jared Weymark, Cort and Rhylan Castonguay. She is also survived by her sisters Rita Ehr, Janette Sapsford and Mary Jensen. Brothers Ed and Rick Fahl. Welcoming Norma in Heaven are her two infant sons, her parents, Peter and Agnes Fahl, brother Harold, and sister Johanna. Mom’s personality and zest for life shone through many avenues from her colourful wardrobe complete with matching accessories, nails and lipstick to her beautiful yard that she and Dad loved to work on together to her immaculate home. Her job that she loved most was that of librarian at St. Anthony’s School that she held for 19 years where she was affectionately known by the staff and students as “Mrs. C”. After taking some time off from the work force she started helping out at the One Stop Paint Shop. She loved the customers, picking out colours and keeping the store in tip-top condition. She was very active in the community and volunteered with the CWL, the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary and the Passion Play choir. Mom also prepared the altar cloths and linens for the church for 37 years. She was an active bridge player, member of the Red Hat Society, and an avid card and board game player with her grandchildren and friends. She loved golf and making crafts for her family. Mom and Dad were able to spend many enjoyable winters in Arizona where they made many good friends and memories. She also loved entertaining in her home where she made you feel welcome anytime.
Prayers were held Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Norma to the Drumheller Hospital Foundation towards the purchase of the new ultrasound machine.
MERKEL -- Joseph Francis
Joe was born in Drumheller, AB on September 4, 1922 to John and Katherine Merkel. He spent his early years working in the mines in the valley and later trained to become a certified welder. He worked for Mannix and owned his own welding shops before moving out to the farm in the Wintering Hills area in 1952. He farmed and operated his own mobile grain cleaning business for many years before retiring to Drumheller in 1977. He passed away peacefully in Drumheller Hospital on September 6, 2006. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosa, of 62 years who was by his side through all the many moves, challenges and endeavors that life presented them with. He is also survived by his daughters Linda (Clifford) Christensen, and Sandy (Joe) Sinclair, grandchildren Sheldon (Katherine) Christensen, Wendell (Jodi) Christensen, Tara Sinclair, Tanya (Rad) Tulan and eight great grandchildren, Brett, Brandon, Jennaya, Jerad, Erin, Austin, Kalie, and Daran, sister Mary Gratz, brothers-in-law Neils and Tom Mortensen and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be forever missed by his family and friends. Memorial service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum, on Saturday, September 9, 2006, with Pastor Dan Hendrickson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to S.T.A.R.S.
PAVICH -- Karolina 1917 - 2006
After a long struggle, Karolina Pavich passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on September 9, 2006. Born in Liesek in the Republic of Slovakia, she is survived by her daughter Mary and her brother Martin. Karolina was predeceased by her parents Tomas and Anna Bucek, and by her loving husband Frank. She worked at the former Corner Restaurant and then at the T.R. Ross Nursing Home for a number of years. She loved her garden and flowers, along with reading. A prayer vigil will be held on Thursday, September 14th at the funeral home and funeral services will be held at St. Anthony’s Church on Friday, September 15th at 11 a.m. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
FERGEL -- Ilse Martha Ida February 19, 1914 - September 17, 2006
Ilse passed away in the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre. She was born in Germany, and came to Canada in 1954. Mom never let the speed bumps in life get her down. She made every hurdle in life into an adventure for us. Her children always came first; Gerhard (Dorothy), Helga (Herbert), Gisela (Roger), Horst (Imelda), Ursula (Mike), Monika (Jim); and numerous special grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ilse will be lovingly remembered by her husband Arno. In town she will be remembered for riding her bike with her dachshunds in a basket. Please contact the funeral home at 823-5151 for service information. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary (201, 222-58 Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2H 2S3) or to the Drumheller Continuing Care (351-9 Street N.W., Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y3). PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, 7016 Farrell Road S.E.
OFFIELD -- Elmer November 12, 1943 - June 1, 2006
Elmer is survived by lovely wife Louisa; two sisters, Janet (Norm Nicklom), Donna Smith (Robert); also brother-in-law Orvin (Jud Bossert); sisters-in-law Laura and Helen; also numerous nieces and nephews and best friends Gary and Shelby Martin, and other friends.
WILZEWSKI -- Hannelore Else (nee Mueller)
Hannelore Wilzewski passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on September 18, 2006, at the Drumheller Health Centre, at the age of 78 years. Hannelore will be lovingly remembered by her husband Frank; sons Hubert (Deborah), Reinhold (Esther) and their families; sister Cristal and family; other family members in Germany and friends. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Racz, Dr. Neffgen, Dr. Maseka, nursing staff at the Drumheller Health Centre and friends. In respect to Hannelore’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Drumheller Health Centre or a charity of the donor’s choice.
HILBORN -- Robert Henry (Bob) 1930 - 2006
Bob passed away in peace at home Saturday, September 9, 2006 after a two-year battle with cancer. Bob was born in Saskatoon, SK in 1930, grew up in Drumheller, AB and moved to the Comox Valley, B.C., in 1978. He was a past member of the Drumheller Sea Cadets, a former Cub Scout leader, and member of Toastmasters International and Canadian Power Squadron. He was chairman of the Union Bay Improvement District for several years and always took a great interest in the community in which he lived. Bob leaves behind his beloved wife, Kay, his children, David and Michael (Widmer), Deborah (Peter) Struk, Daniel, Danita (Mark) Jenken, Robert, Rodney, and Carol and stepsons Alan (Lonna), and Craig (Sandra) Rautenberg, brother Rick (Kathy) and sister Carol. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Jesse, Amy, Jacob, Krystal, Christine, Erin, and Christian. He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Roy, and his sister Gerry (Bob Hawkins). Bob will be sadly missed by all who knew him. There was no funeral by request. Donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Drumheller Fire Dept., Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay, B.C., or to the B.C. Cancer Agency.