Bertsch-Weigum -- Alvina Margaret 1912-2007
Alvina Weigum passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on February 1, 2007 at the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre where she spent her last 15 months. She was born May 25, 1912. In 1933 she married Arthur Bertsch of Rosebud, AB. He passed away in November 1966. Then in 1974 she married Geo Weigum of Wimborne, AB. He passed away March 2003. She is survived by her 2 sons; Ronald (Vivian) Bertsch of Drumheller and Llewellyn (Joyce) Bertsch of Edmonton. She has six grandchildren; Dawn (Rob) Bancroft, Cameron (Deanne) Bertsch, Brent (Jennifer) Bertsch, Jason Bertsch, Carmen (Dwight) Blade and Blaine (Heather) Bertsch and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was the last surviving child of Fred and Barbara Renn. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at the Drumheller Alliance Church. In memory of Alvina, donations can be made to the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre, 351-9th Street N.W., Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y1 or a charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
POWELL -- Marion (Barlow) 1914 - 2007
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Marion Powell (Barlow) on January 29, 2007 at 92 years of age. Marion was born April 5, 1914 in Springhill, Nova Scotia and moved to the Drumheller Valley at the age of 7.In her early 20’s while attending church she took notice of Ken Powell singing in the choir. The couple spent many dates on long walks and once in awhile a trip to the Horseshoe Canyon to take in the view. After a 5 year courtship, Ken became a bookkeeper in the mines instead of a miner because Marion had said, “I wouldn’t marry a man working in the mines”. They were married on June 25, 1940 at the Knox United Church. Five days after the wedding, Marion was asked to leave her job at the Town of Drumheller by the “City Fathers” as it was inappropriate for a married lady to fill a job that could be filled by a single woman. In 1947 the couple had their only child, Ross. She taught Sunday school at the Knox United Church, sang in the Church choir, and she was a member of the Eastern Star for 55 years. In 1963 Marion and Ken moved to the Lethbridge area until returning home to the Drumheller Valley in 1996. They were the cute elderly couple always walking downtown hand in hand.
Marion leaves to mourn her passing her devoted husband of 67 years Ken; son Ross (Jo-Anne); granddaughter Jolene (Darcy) Hems; grandson Dustin; and her pride and joy, great granddaughter Amanda. At the family’s request there will be no service. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
JACQUES -- Raymond Ernest 1940 - 2007
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ray on February 8, 2007 with his family by his side. Ray was born on January 17, 1940 in Cadillac, Saskatchewan. Ray attended school in Admiral, served 3 years at Camp Shilo in Manitoba, drove semi tractor trailers before moving to Moose Jaw. In 1963 Ray met Shirley Lynas, after a brief courtship the couple were wed in 1964. The couple resided in Moose Jaw where Darryl and Darla were born. Ray received his journeyman’s mechanics. The family moved to Lanigan, Sask., then on to Kimberly B.C. In 1973 they moved to Drumheller, AB. The couple had two more children, Kevin and Lorilee. Ray was employed with Corrections Canada, securing the position of Cxl, Cx3, Security Maintenance Officer and remained there until his retirement in December 1998. In his retirement he enjoyed mechanics, computers, tinkering in his garage, and passing on his knowledge to his children and grandchildren, whether they wanted to hear it or not. Ray was most content being at home spending time with his family.
Ray leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 42 years Shirley, his children, Darryl (Lisa), Darla (Rob), Kevin (Lois) and Lorilee (Clint), six grandchildren Ayrianna, Dallas, Brady, Austin, Dakota and Drayden, also mourning his loss are his half sisters, Irene, Verna, Donna (Rick) and Darlene (Don) step mother Vera Jacques, brother in law Murray McLelland, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Ernest and Leonora Jacques, grandparents Tom and Emma Moore, who raised him after his mother died in 1940, half brother Robert Jacques, infant grandson, infant niece, mother and father in law Jack and Margaret Lynas, sister in law Peggy McLelland (Lynas), and cousins.
Funeral Services for Ray were held Tuesday February 13, 2007 at 1:30 P.M. from St. Maglories’s Anglican Church with Reverend Mac Jones officiating, interment followed in the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation/Palliative Care or the charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winter’s Chapels are in care of the arrangements.
JOHNSON -- Marion Edna (nee McDowell) 1927 - 2007
Marion passed away peacefully on February 7, 2007 at the Dumheller Continuing Care Facility. Marion was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Marion is survived by brother Clifford, husband Clifford, sons Larry (Rini) and Don (Moira), and daughter Karen as well as her grandchildren Terrianne, Ryan, Robyn, Laura, Christopher, Daniel, Evelyne, as well as many nieces and nephews. Marion was predeceased by her mother, father, two brothers, and two sisters. Having just celebrated her 80th birthday, Marion lived a full life. Marion was born to Christina Kelso and Charles McKay McDowell on January 11, 1927 in Calder, SK where she grew up. Marion later moved to Edmonton where she worked for Eatons during the War. She then moved to Didsbury where she met Clifford. The two were married on August 18, 1951, enjoying 55 years of marriage. While their three children were at school, Marion helped run the family business “Johnson Radio”. She enjoyed golfing, skiing, camping, and her flower garden. Her latter years were spent residing in Drumheller enjoying all of her grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for Marion will be held on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 2 pm at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel in Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, the Johnson family request donations be made to the Drumheller Health Centre, Continuing Care Recreational Therapy Garden, 351-9th Street NW, Drumheller, AB., T0J 0Y1. Cards and condolences can be sent to 1422-4th Ave. SW, Drumheller, AB., T0J 0Y2. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
MACY -- Mary (nee Janswick) 1926 - 2007
Mary (nee Janswick) passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at the age of 80. Mary will be greatly missed by her husband, John, of 60 years of marriage; daughters Carol (Brian) Flinn, Linda (Brian) Zacharuk; granddaughters Mary (Randy) James (nee Zacharuk), Marnie Zacharuk, Tina (David) Flinn; great-grandsons Dustin Cole Zacharuk, Ryan Bradley Forest Zacharuk; sister Olga Dropko and her children Romona Marshall (nee Dropko), Drew Dropko; cousin Eva Danyluk; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and brother William. She loved being the cashier for the Napier Theatre with Bob Shapiro and her long career as a Manageress with Sears Drumheller, retired 21 years ago at the age of 59. Everyone who knew Mary was touched by her kindness, generosity, grace and sense of humour. Always young at heart, many friends of all ages were drawn to her and enjoyed sharing her greatest passions of cooking. She had a photographic memory of names, places and telephone numbers. She will be remembered by her family as the “Best Mom in the World”, we love you forever. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all staff at the Drumheller and Hanna Hospital Dialysis Units, and family physician Dr. Boris Nahornick. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, Friday, February 16, 2007 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Drumheller Dialysis Unit, or the Area Health Foundation Garden Project.
THORNTON -- Gary James
Gary James Thornton passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta on February 7, 2007 at the age of 31 years, losing his 10 ½ month battle with brain cancer. Gary was born on March 15, 1975 in Ormstown, Quebec. He then moved to Calgary, Alberta when he was 2 years old. Growing up, Gary was an exceptional hockey player and played at the AA level with the Calgary Royals. Gary also played lacrosse and baseball. Gary was an avid fly-fisherman, loved the outdoors and camping with his family. Gary met the love of his life Karen (nee Larson) in 1994. He attended SAIT in 1995 completing his Professional Cooking diploma. Gary and Karen were married October 7, 1995. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of 3 beautiful children -- Glen (Sept, 1997), Daniel (May, 1999), and Lillian (June, 2001). Gary’s priority was always his family; nothing made him happier than spending time with his wife and children. Gary worked at various cooking jobs, but changed careers shortly after moving to Drumheller, Alberta in 1997. Gary worked in oilfield construction for 2 years where he was known as “Cookie” and then had another career change and was a truck driver for Hi-Way 9 Express. Gary began his career at the Drumheller Institution in 2000 -- he worked as a kitchen steward for 1 ½ years and then completed his training to become a Corrections Officer, a job he loved with his whole heart. In the ten years Gary lived in Drumheller he was involved in Men’s Slow Pitch, Mixed Slow Pitch, an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, assisted with Rookie Fun Team Hockey, and was very active with UCCO at the Drumheller Institution.
Gary leaves to mourn Karen, his devoted wife of 11 years; his children Glen, Daniel, and Lilly; his parents Glen and Debra Thornton; his sister Wendy (Scott) Reynolds; mother-in-law Sharon Larson; sister-in-law Nancy (Doug) Woodward; and brother-in-law Mike Larson. He also leaves to mourn his niece Samantha Woodward, nephews Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Woodward, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his church family. Gary was predeceased by his father-in-law Don Larson in 1997. The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Parney, Dr. Roldan, Dr. Forsyth, the nursing staff of Unit 112 at the Foothills Health Centre , the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and the staff at the Drumheller Health Centre for the wonderful care Gary received throughout his illness. The family would also like to extend their appreciation and thanks for the never-ending support from the Drumheller Institution and Drumheller Co-Op over the past 18 months and for the unconditional love and support from our church family at Grace Lutheran and the support of our community.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Drumheller, 620 2 Avenue West on February 16, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund for children Glen, Daniel, and Lillian Thornton at any CIBC branch. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, Calgary & Red Deer (403) 823-5151
DEKEYSER -- Robert “Rupert” October 31, 1915 - February 3, 2007
Robert Dekeyser passed away on February 3, 2007 at the age of 91. He was born on October 31, 1915 in Rosedale, Alberta to Jules and Celina Dekeyser.Farming was the main occupation and passion of his life. Robert was predeceased by his brothers Albert and Fritz and stepsister Marcella Robert is survived by his daughter Sharon (Don) Wolf; grandchildren; Lisa and Celina; son Grant Dekeyser; full time caregiver Jean; best pal “Dudley” and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service was held on February 9, 2007 at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel. If friends and family so desire donations can be made in memory of Robert to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, #300, 1021 – 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0B7.
DOEL -- Beverly Ann September 17, 1955 - February 15, 2007
Mrs. Beverly Doel of Carvel passed away at home at the age of 51 years. Bev is survived by her loving husband Clifford of 30 years; her son Allan Doel (Shannon Burgess); her mother Irene Schmidt of Drumheller; her sister Maureen Schmidt of Calgary; as well as numerous other relatives and friends and especially all of her four legged friends at home. She was predeceased by her father Howard Schmidt in 2005. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 1 p.m. from Parkland Funeral Chapel, 3502-44 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB. Flowers are gratefully accepted. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the SPCA, 12251-67 St. N.W., Edmonton, AB T5B 9Z9 or the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 - University Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2. Parkland Funeral Services, Stony Plain, in care of arrangements. 780-963-2520. An Honored Provider of Dignity Memorials.
LLOYD -- Isabelle Mae (nee Burt)
Isabelle lost her battle with cancer on February 17, 2007 in New Mexico, U.S.A. Isabelle was born to Jean and Earl Burt, the oldest of eight children, in Drumheller, AB. Leaves to mourn her loss her husband Walter of Nestor Falls, ON; seven children, Donna (Gary) Niskala of Emo, ON, Jean (Mike) Dick of Devlin, ON, Crystal (Bruce) Fraser of Edmonton, AB, Willie (Susan) Lloyd of Westbank, B.C., Walter (Laurie) Lloyd of Toronto, ON, David (Glenda) Lloyd of Emo, ON, and James (Sheila) Lloyd of Abbotsford, B.C.; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Isabelle is survived by two brothers Robert and Mary Burt of Camrose, AB, and David and Bea Burt of Emo, ON; and five sisters, Tina and Jim Byrnes of Borrego, California, Eileen Oxbury of Drumheller, AB, Marilyn and Gary of Strong Quesnal, B.C., Elaine and Jim Macartney of Sherwood Park, AB, and Sheila and Dan Tabor of Drumheller, AB; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Service will be in Nestor Falls, ON.
TILLOTSON -- Antoinette 1932 - 2007
In loving memory of our dear mother Antoinette (Toni) Tillotson (nee Holowatiuk), born February 4, 1932 in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan. Mom loved her roses and raised many shrubs to perfection. She also loved to crochet and made dozens of beautiful Afghans to share with her loved ones. Mom loved life and made it to her 75th birthday, another milestone. She loved her daughters and grandchildren and would do anything for them. She was a good mother, grandmother and friend. She was fun to be with and always made things interesting. You would never know what would happen on the occasional outing, but that was just Mom. She is now resting with Jesus who we know is taking very good care of her. She will be greatly missed by us all. We love you Mom and you will always be alive in our hearts and in our souls. You will never be forgotten. Mom is survived by three daughters, Jennifer, Linda and Cory; five grandchildren, Michelle, John, Kenny, Caralee, and Angie as well as seven great grandchildren; Chelsea, Chloe, Kayla, Kendra, James, Megan and Joshua. You have touched all our lives Mom and we are all better for it. May you be happy in Heaven and surrounded by loved ones and angels.
A Service of Remembrance was held on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 2:00 pm from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel, Drumheller, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Antonette to the Drumheller Salvation Army, Box 3097, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0.
CALON -- Charlie
Charles Stephen Calon, of Drumheller, passed away on February 20, 2007 at the age of 78 in the Red Deer Hospital. He was predeceased by his mother Celestine, his father, Edward, his brothers George and Joe, his sister Mary, his brothers in law Don and Ray, and his sisters in law Louise and Jean. He is survived by his sisters Anne Milne and Celestine Harvey, his brothers Ed, Frank, Paul and numerous nieces and nephews. Charlie lived his life on and around the family farm in the Verdant Valley area. He excelled at being an uncle to his nieces and nephews who came to visit or to work with him on the farm. He enjoyed the company of his many pets including his cats, dogs and cattle. He loved a good argument, had a good sense of humor and was a character till the end. His family will miss him. A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, February 24, 2007 at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Drumheller.
CARRUTHERS -- Phyllis May (Peggy)
On Sunday, February 25, 2007, after a full and active life, Peggy quietly passed away in her 91st year. Beloved mother of Darlene (John) Caron of Guelph, ON, Phyllis (Herman) Nygaard of Gabriola Island, BC, Doug (Penny) Carruthers of Edmonton, and Bill Carruthers (Trish) of Munson. She was an inspiration to her nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Peggy will also be sadly missed by her sister Gertrude Carlson of Vancouver, and daughter-in-law Myrna Carruthers of Calgary, as well as her extended family, and many, many friends at Sunshine Lodge and beyond. Pre-deceased by husband Floyd T. Carruthers, parents William and Fanny Taylor, and sisters Cecily Hopkins and Gwendolyn (Billie) Flett. Peggy was born in Arnold, Notts., England, came to the area at age two, and went on to become an active sportswoman, golfer, hairdresser and community volunteer. Peggy’s legacy of selfless service included Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi and St. Magloire’s Anglican Church. Her contributions to the community were honoured when she was named Woman of the Year in 1975. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Peggy Carruthers will be held at St. Magloire’s Anglican Church, 176 2nd Street West, Drumheller, Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Magloire’s Church or the Kidney Foundation of Canada in Peggy’s memory.
EUCLIDE -- Regnier
Euclide Regnier, aged 81, beloved husband of Agnes for 60 years, passed away in Trail, B.C. on Monday, February 19, 2007. Leaving to mourn seven children including Anita (Phil) Shandera of Calgary, Morris, Robert, Carol, Donna, Howard and Dennis; 11 grandchildren including Nathan (Tanya) Shandera of Drumheller, Natalie Shandera and Nancy Shandera of Calgary. Also survived by three great-grandchildren, Samantha and Philip Jr. of Drumheller, and Austin of Calgary. Funeral services were held February 23, 2007 in Trail, B.C.