EPP -- William (Bill) 1907 - 2006
Bill went home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior in his 100 year on September 27, 2006. Born in Rosthern, SK September 23, 1907 he lived his life as a farming man for many years in Saskatchewan and Alberta, then retired to Drumheller in the late 1960’s and worked in farming and various jobs in the community. He always supported many Christian organizations including World Vision, Gideon Bible Society, and Billy Graham to mention a few. Some may remember his Letters to the Editor in The Drumheller Mail. Bill leaves behind his beloved wife Mary; daughter Evelyn; grandchildren Susie, Blaine, Rob, Darin, Ken, Graham, Cheryl, Shauna, Trevor and Michelle; and numerous great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister Helen and brother Jake. Predeceased by first wife Susie, second wife Lillian, his three sons Elmer, Willie and Norman, three brothers and three sisters. Bill will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. A special thank you to all the staff at Unit #4 in Didsbury for all their love and care. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bill’s name to any organization of your choice. A funeral service will be held at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home are in care of arrangements.
LEONHARDT -- Jacob August 8, 1909 - September 27, 2006
Jacob was born in Calgary on August 8, 1909. The following summer his family moved to the Drumheller area and homesteaded a quarter section of land. A few of the many endeavors they undertook were; hunting, selling pelts, firewood, dressed pork and beef and other farm products in their fight for survival. A cave in the banks of Red Deer River served as their home for the next three years. Later they farmed near the Livingston School where at age 10 Jacob began his education. When his father passed away, this ended Jacob’s education. By age 14 he obtained grade 7 and took on the role of a man. On his 28th birthday, August 8, 1937, Jacob married Margaret Birkheim and they began their family of 12 children. The Church was their main social outlet and Jacob took great pride in various roles from planning the building, serving as an elder, decorating the Christmas tree to carving turkey for wedding receptions. As life became easier, in the Centennial year, Jacob designed and had a new home built on the farm. He and Margaret enjoyed tours of the West Coast, Alaska, Florida, Los Angeles, and the Maritimes. Once retired, in 1976 Jacob and Margaret moved to their “Dream Home” in Drumheller. The Pioneer Trail Centre became their entertainment as they looked forward to playing cards and shooting pool with friends. Life threw Jacob another curve when he was diagnosed with cancer. His drive and zest for life kept him with us until September 27, 2006. Jacob was proud to be a true pioneer of Alberta and at 97 he was the oldest living male Leonhardt. Jacob is survived by the everlasting love of his life, his wife Margaret; his loving family of 11 children, Gerald (Janice), Daniel (Maureen), Marjorie (Paul Turner), Genevieve (Munroe), Linda (Bob MacIntyre), Barbara (Allan Simpson), Harvey (Linda), Patricia (Jim Bechthold), Sharon (Thompson), Carmen (Gary Gutsche) and Alvin; 24 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; brother, Walter Leonhardt; sister, Amelia Walker. Jacob was predeceased by a daughter, Verna Ester in infancy in 1952; brothers, Herbert, Fredrick, Reinhart, Edward, August and Victor; sisters, Eugenia Lippolt and Alma Naffin. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 1:30 pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jacob to the Drumheller Cancer Clinic, 351-9th Street NW, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1 or the Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 620-2nd Avenue West, T0J 0Y3. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
MacISAAC -- Marion Louise (nee Smith)
Marion Louise MacIsaac passed away peacefully on September 27, 2006, one week before her 83rd birthday. Marion is survived by 4 sons, Meredith (Lynda), Terrence (Vivian), Mark (Vickie) and Kevin (Elaine); 7 grandchildren, Cinnamon (Dennis), Lorne (Kara), Keri, Jennifer, Gregory (Marlena), Michael and Bo; and 3 great-grandchildren. Marion is also survived by her sister Virginia Maitland and nieces and nephews. Marion was born in Camrose and raised her family in Drumheller before coming to Calgary in 1974. She was a proud member of the Mayflower Society and the Calgary Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Those wishing to pay their respects did so at a visitation at South Calgary Funeral Centre, 12700 Macleod Trail South (corner of Lake Fraser Gate and Macleod Trail) on Monday, October 2, 2006 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A celebration of Marion’s life will be held at South Calgary Funeral Centre on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Canadian Wildlife Federation -- 350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, ON, K2M 2W1 or to the charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via www.mem.com.
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O’BRIMCHAK -- Rita (nee Nahirny) Born November 11,1938 in Rochester, Alberta
It is with great sadness that Rita Bernice O’Brimchak, after a long and difficult illness, passed away on September 30, 2006. Rita was a deeply loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother; to her husband Johnny, two sons Douglas and Chris, daughter-in-law Nicole and granddaughter Camille. Her outgoing friendliness and warm support was known to many; those who shared her company were taken with her lively smile. Rita spent much of her life in the Drumheller and Morrin area and she was always first to lend a helping and tireless hand to strengthen her community; Rita could always be “counted on”. Rita is survived by her sister Vera and brother Ronnie, as well as a large and extended family. The family would like to express its deepest appreciation to the many that helped Rita through her illness. A Funeral service will be held at the Morrin Community Hall on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Drumheller Hospital “Heart to Heart” program. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
THOMAS -- Helene 1919 - 2006
Helene Thomas of Drumheller passed away on September 30, 2006 at the age of 87 years. Helene was born on May 11, 1919 at Tantallan, Saskatchewan to Albert and Alma Flamant. In 1941 Helene married James Russell Thomas at Battleford, Saskatchewan where they farmed until 1948 when they moved to Drumheller, Alberta where they purchased a dry goods grocery business. From there Helene ran a small grocery confectionery and then moved into retail. Helene was very involved in politics, sports and of course her church. She was an active member of the C.W.L. and the Royal Purple. Her biggest enjoyment later in life became her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Helene stayed very active in bridge, crib, and loved to watch her hockey. Helen was predeceased by her husband Russell in 1985, parents, Albert in 1977, Alma in 1979, brother Louis, sisters, Louise and Jeanne. Funeral Mass will be held Friday October 6, 2006 at 10:30 A.M. from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church with interment in Calgary at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 3:30 P.M. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666
TOFT -- Martha (nee Boe) 1919 - 2006
Martha passed away on September 28, 2006 at Wentworth Manor in Calgary at the age of 86. She was born on November 30, 1919 in Dalum. In 1942 she married Anton (Tony) Toft and they farmed in Dalum. They moved into Drumheller in 1942. She was predeceased by Tony. Martha leaves to mourn her sons Ken (Elaine), Gary (Valerie), daughter Sharon (Dale), 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchilren. Funeral services were held on Sunday October 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. If desired, donations may be made in Martha’s name to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Box 44 Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0 or a charity of donor’s choice.
MOLDENHAUER -- Lily Nielscina December 30, 1907 - October 6, 2006
On Friday, October 6, 2006 Lily Moldenhauer passed away at the age of 98 years. She is survived by her grandchildren, Donna (Jim) Furnell, Catherine (Roger) Bowering, Susan (Cal) Chromik and Richard (Kaj) Fearon; 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Frederick Moldenhauer; her daughter and son-in-law Helen and William C. Fearon. Please join us in a Celebration of her life on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton. Cremation has taken place. To send condolences, visit www.evergreenmemorial.com. EVERGREEN FUNERAL CHAPEL, CEMETERY AND CREMATION CENTRE (780) 472-9019
McGREGOR -- Anthony
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, son and brother, Anthony McGregor, on October 17, 2006 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. He leaves to mourn his loss his son Scott McGregor and wife Tanya, and their children Katie and Ashli of Victoria; a daughter Tracey and husband Dave Hill of Edmonton; his mother Gladys Conroy of Drumheller; sisters Sharon Krawec (Tom) of Edmonton, Maryanne Pugh of Drumheller, Jane Huculak (Paul) of Drumheller; and brother Joe Conroy and their families. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, a brother Michael and sister Rosalee. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 21, 2006 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Mario Basque officiating.
CAMPBELL -- Mathew Cecil “Bud” 1929 - 2006
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle on November 3, 2006, with his wife and daughter by his side. Mathew will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 39 years, Diane, his daughter, Kalinda and his son Jim (Tracey); three grandchildren, Chris (Khristy), Tanya (Thomas), and Jimmy; and three great-grandchildren, Abby, Aiden and Owen. He also leaves to mourn three brothers, Jim, Gordon and Charles; as well as numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his mother Mary, his father Mathew and two sisters, Joyce and Audrey. Mathew’s wish was to be cremated with no burial held. A celebration of Mathew’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at 2 p.m. in the Midland Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mathew’s memory to the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre, 351 - 9th Street Northwest, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1. Personal Alternatives entrusted with arrangements.
GUTWALD -- Mark Stephen 1959 - 2006
Mark Stephen, devoted husband, loving father and beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2006. He leaves to mourn -- his best friend, soul-mate, high school sweetheart and wife of almost 25 years, Dixie (nee -- LaBerge); three children he was so proud of, Stephen, Tyler and Danielle; parents, Patricia and Ralph Gutwald; brother Craig (Judy) Gutwald; sisters, Catherine (Pat) Bonneville, Shelley (Dale) Bergman, Licia (Steve) Pickup, brother-in-law Michael Szarmes, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mark will also be lovingly remembered by -- his aunts, uncles and their families as well as Dixie’s extended family. He is now with his sister Alyson in heaven.
Mark was born on March 13, 1959 in Edmonton, AB and grew up in Drumheller. In Calgary he resourcefully started out as a mechanic to support his young family. After he completed his apprenticeship, he also challenged all of the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) exams at one time to receive Master Auto Technician certification. His honesty, integrity and work ethic made it difficult for his customers to see him change professions when he returned to school (SAIT) at 37 years old. There he completed Electronics Engineering Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology. Mark’s creativity shone through in his exceptional cooking, his ability to fix and improve anything inside or outside the home, his love of music and his incredible artistic drawings and designs. A remarkable mind, his love of knowledge and truth - be it moral, spiritual or scientific - will live on in his children. Mark lived a simple life and loved nothing more than to spend time with his wife and family. From a romantic midnight walk to a game of Bocce in the snow, his children saw their parents have so much fun together - “they were like kids”. He loved discussions and long conversations where he could share his knowledge. He was always there when his family needed him. Mark’s quick wit and “punny” jokes (just like his dad Ralph) always made people smile and he always made an effort to make people feel good. He had a special affinity with animals and will be sorely missed by his “grandpuppy” Shyla. Mark’s main purpose on earth was fulfilled in raising his three children and they will never forget his wise teachings. He has left this world a better place.
A Celebration of Mark’s Life will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in Mark’s name directly to a charity of your choice. To email expressions of sympathy -- www.mountainviewmemorial.ca subject heading -- Mark Gutwald. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, 17 Avenue SE at Garden Road, (1.5 km east of 84th Street SE ). Telephone (403) 272 - 5555.
KIRKEBY -- James William 1923 - 2006
James William Kirkeby (Big Jim) passed away with his family by his side October 27, 2006. He was born in Dowling Lake, Alberta to Burt and Mary Kirkeby on May 6, 1923. He was the sixth of nine children. He leaves to mourn, his wife, Joyce of 46 years; his 10 children, Young Jim, Danny, Lynn, Leonard, Dale, Perry, Karen, Kim, Brent and Burke, together with their spouses and 25 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Dwaine and his daughter Dana. Memorial services for Big Jim were held on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Grande Cache Legion, Grande Cache, Alberta, with Pastor Brad Shellenberg officiating. Cremation preceded this service. In lieu of floral tributes the family suggests donations may be made to the S.T.A.R.S. Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation of Northern Alberta, Building #16, 29 Airport Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 9Z9, or the Grande Cache General Hospital, Box 629, Grande Cache, Alberta T0E 0Y0, in Big Jim’s memory. Grande Cache Funeral Services (780-827-4448) entrusted with all the arrangements. To leave a condolence online please visit our website at www.edsonfuneralhome.com. The Foothills Memorial Chapel.
McKAY -- Violet Catherine October 15, 1920 - November 6, 2006
On November 6, 2006 Violet left this earth to meet her creator. She leaves to mourn her daughters Gladys Chouinard and Rose Daniels, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, sisters; Margaret, Angeline, Lucy, Eva and brother Joe. Violet was predeceased by her husband John, son Alfred and grandson Patrick, brothers; Norbert and John and sister Harriet. On behalf of Violet’s family, sincerest thanks and appreciation to Carol Houghton, Dr. Miller and the residents of Maple Ridge Manor for their caring and friendship for these many years. A Memorial Service will be held on November 11, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel, Drumheller, Alberta.
MORGAN -- Jack 1955 - 2006
Jackie Morgan of Rosedale passed away suddenly at the age of 51 on November 5, 2006 with his loving wife, Lyne by his side in Hanna, Alberta. Jackie was the second youngest of six children born to Jack and Madeline Morgan of Rosedale. Jackie was born in Drumheller on September 12, 1955. Jackie married Sandra Jones in 1982 and together they had two sons; John born in 1984 and Justin born in 1986. On September 17, 2005 Jackie married Lyne Moore where they resided happily in Hanna, Alberta. Jackie enjoyed family gatherings which gave him the opportunity to express his love through his cooking the way his mother did, tinkering in the garage and visiting with friends over a few pots of coffee and enjoying all the kids of all ages, sharing his love of classic muscle cars, being with his dogs and camping. Jackie was best described as a “jack of all trades”. He liked to dabble in almost anything from building furniture to wiring things he shouldn’t have touched.
Jackie’s life will be celebrated by his loving wife Lyne of Hanna, Alberta; his two sons John of Drumheller and Justin of Edmonton, his first wife Sandra of Drumheller, step children, Travis (Robyn), Charity (Shaun) and Tiffany all of Camrose, brother Art Morgan and sisters Pat and husband Bill Mill, Carol and husband Lorne Hanson, Doreen and husband Tom Armstrong along with numerous nieces and nephews; in laws Raymond and Patricia Moore of Drumheller and by many extended family members and friends. Jackie was predeceased by his father Jack in 1986, his mother Madeline in 1983, his younger brother Michael in 1960 and his sister-in-law Marge Morgan in 2005.
A Memorial service will be conducted by Pastor Dean Kennedy of Hanna, Alberta on November 9, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Knox United Church in Drumheller, Alberta. Viewing will be held on November 8, 2006 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel, Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in memory of Jackie to the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 12834 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5V 9Z9 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.