REGNIER -- Euclide
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.
SIMPSON -- James Arthur January 4, 1920 - March 1, 2007
It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Simpson announces his passing. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 63 years, Polly; their children, Jane Rosgen (Jerry), Inez Dahl, John Simpson (Lorna), Jim Simpson (Angela); 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren plus one on the way. Born in Edmonton, AB Jim was raised on the family farm near Delia, AB. After serving in the Air Force during WWII, Jim returned home with his bride, Polly. They took great pride in raising their four children and in farming for 60 years. During his years as a farmer, Jim also volunteered his time as a Cub Scout leader and baseball coach, contributed 62 years to the Delia Legion Branch #61 (including a term as President) and was an avid bridge player. After moving to Drumheller in 2005, Jim took joy in being able to spend time with his family and especially to be with his wife, Polly, who was the love of his life. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at the Delia Community Hall followed by lunch. There will be a private family graveside service prior to the funeral. The family wishes to recognize and thank Dr. Graham and the staff of the Drumheller Health Care Centre. If friends and family so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
ZILLI -- Katherine January 1, 1909 - February 28, 2007
Katherine Zilli, 98, passed away peacefully at the Pioneer wing of the Continuing Care Unit of the Drumheller Regional Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband Luigi Zilli, and recently her daughter Elizabeth Cook. Katherine is survived by her grandchildren Catherine Todd (David), Rob Cook (Janice), Jamie Cook (Eleanor); great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Robert Todd -- Jillian, Alex and Caitlin Cook; Brendan and Reagan Cook.
Our family is filled with awe at the remarkable journey through life our loving grandmother has traveled upon and it has “made all the difference”. She has borne witness to almost a century of world history and changes such as two World Wars, the Spanish Influenza epidemic, travel in space, heart transplants and the computer age. Her life is a symbol of the immigrant story which involves perseverance, hopes and dreams, and a tribute to the heartiness of the pioneer spirit. Katherine’s adventure as a young woman began leaving Poland, crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and arriving at Saint John, New Brunswick where she journeyed by train to Trail, BC. There she learned to speak English, fell in love with Luigi Zilli and moved to New Castle and then Midland to begin another chapter of her life as a homemaker and mother to daughter Elizabeth. Katherine worked joyfully in her garden of vegetables and flowers, filling her home with mouthwatering aromas of food cooking and bread baking in the oven. Family and holiday traditions were a very important part of Katherine’s life. Everyone that knew Katherine found her to be kind and fun loving. Her greatest virtue was the ability to love her family so completely and to leave us with many cherished memories. It is through her strength and loving devotion that we honour her legacy. Our grandmother’s journey is complete, but she will never be forgotten.
A Funeral Service was held on March 5, 2007 at St. Anthony’s Church. If friends desire, donations may be made in memory of Katherine to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Room 124, Professional Building, 430-6 Avenue SE, Medicine Hat AB, T1A 2S8.
BROWN -- Andrew (Andy)
Andy Brown of Carbon, AB, formerly Bassano, AB, passed away peacefully March 10, 2007 at the Drumheller Health Center with Maryanne at his side. Andy is survived by his daughters; Maryanne and Lester Stanvick of Carbon, AB, and Colleen and Melvin Newberry of Taber, AB. Grandpa will be remembered by his 4 grandchildren; Sandra Madder, Kimberly and Ashley Maerz, and Celina and Peter Newberry and 5 great grandchildren; Tristan and Trinity Madder, and Kendra, Denisha and Kadence Maerz. He is also survived by his brother, Earl Brown of Victoria, BC; 2 sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Andy was predeceased by his wife, Jean, on December 19, 2000, daughter Debbie on February 22, 1979, parents Peter and Annie Brown, four sisters and five brothers.
Andy was born in Swanson, SK on November 15, 1918 and raised in Birsay, SK. He served in World War II as a mechanic. He and Jean (nee Walton) were married February 16, 1946 and moved to Bassano, AB in July 1950 where he lived until December 2002 when he moved to Carbon to live with Maryanne and Lester. In Bassano, he worked for Grant Bodmer, Texaco, Buds Service and lastly John Bergan. Andy enjoyed many happy times fishing at Blood Indian. He was a life member of Bassano Lodge #55, Bassano OES, Bassano Elks, Brooks Legion and Al Azhar Shrine.
At Andy’s request there will be no formal service held. Memorial tributes may be made in memory of Andy to the Bassano Health Centre, Bassano, AB, T0J 0B0 or S.T.A.R.S., 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, AB, T2E 9Z9. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
HEPTONSTALL -- Dale Walter 1947 - 2007
Following a lengthy illness, Dale Hemptonstall, beloved husband of Kate Heptonstall, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the University of Alberta Hospital with his wife, daughter and sons by his side. Right up to the end, Dale was courageous, optimistic, and viewed each day with hope and positive thoughts.
Dale was born October 6, 1947 to Walter and Elsie Heptonstall. He was raised and educated in Drumheller. Dale loved his small town upbringing and was proud of his Alberta roots. As a young man, he worked throughout Alberta on various oil rigs. He was employed by McLean’s RV Centre and McLean’s Construction for 18 years as an RV mechanic, and assisting in the operation and maintenance of their trailer park and RV Centre. For the next eight years, until his health prevented him, he was employed by the Town of Drumheller as a Facility Attendant, working at the Town arena, swimming pool and Town facilities. He possessed a Journeyman RV Mechanic certificate, and in September 1991, was proud to receive a diploma with Highest Honors in Small Engine Repair. Dale was a real handyman. There was almost nothing he couldn’t fix. He especially loved fixing anything that had a motor. In his younger years he enjoyed camping with his four children and building go-carts and motor bikes. He was a lover of animals, especially his cat and two tiny dogs. His humour and wisdom were quite unique. There was nothing he loved more than the freedom of hopping of his motorcycle, speeding along the highway with the wind blowing in his face. One of his goals before he got ill, was to take his wife Kate to see the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, which they accomplished with their trips to Vancouver, Victoria and then to Nova Scotia and PEI, with several in-between trips to Las Vegas and San Francisco.
Dale was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Elsie Heptonstall. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and soul mate, Kate; daughter Carrie-Anne Dumont (Steve); sons Dale (Barbara), Scott and Terry (Mandy); his sisters Judy Lybbert, Debbie McKee (Paul); brother Jack; step-son Matt Patterson; good friend and sister-in-law Shannon Boyd and his grandchildren, who were so special to him, plus several nieces, nephews and in-laws, who thought highly of him. As per Dale’s request, he did not want to waste time with a funeral. He wanted to get on with the next leg of his journey ASAP! As in his life, we have honoured his wishes in death. If friends so desire, a donation may be made in Dale’s memory to the Organ Donation and Transplant Association of Canada, Box 36010, Lakeview PO, Calgary, AB T3E 7C3.
Dale’s family would like to thank the medical and nursing staff at the Foothills Hospital Transplant Program; the Foothills Day Clinic staff; Dr. Kelly Burak; Alexis Hunt; the medical and nursing staff at the Transplant Program at the University of Alberta Hospital and Dr. Elizabeth Racz, of Drumheller, for the excellent care Dale received during his illness and in helping him through his final journey. Arrangements and cremation are entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services. Email expressions of sympathy to firstname.lastname@example.org
McLEAN -- Anna (nee Warkentin) 1927 - 2007
Anna McLean (nee Warkentin) of Drumheller died peacefully surrounded by her loving family in the Drumheller Hospital, March 3, 2007, 79 years of age (80th year). Beloved mother of Sandy (Carol), Debbie (Serafino), Don (deceased) (Heather), Peter Wayne (Kathy), Lorne (Debbie), Beverley (Lanny) as well as 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Anna was born in Sunnyslope, AB on May 20, 1927 to Jacob and Justine Warkentin, the fourth of nine children. Her growing up years were spent in Munson and the Handhills until Drumheller became her home. Anna was predeceased by her parents, her husband Peter, her son Don, sisters Katie and Heidi, brother Irvine, and brother-in-law, Joe Gerodo. She is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth and Betty (Sam) as well as brothers, Nick (Jean), Jake and Ed (Shirley) and brother-in-laws, Joe Doshier and Doug Krasman.
Anna was never afraid of hard work. As well as working with Pete at the Red Head Service Station where she ran the restaurant, she also worked with Johnny Forgo at North Drum Grocery, for Roman Chamchuk at Roman’s Restaurant and finally, at the age of 62, retired from Garry’s Welding. Anna and Pete enjoyed being “on the go” whether it be garage sale-ing on a Saturday morning or travelling to Las Vegas and points beyond in their motor home. They spent many weekends with family and friends, camping, fishing and attending rodeos. If a casino was in the vicinity, they tried their luck there. It was all part of the fun. Anna had many talents and skills. Her famous bannock and bread was enjoyed by both family and friends. Her cookie jar was always full. Anna was a kind and gentle person who loved unconditionally her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her ability to see good in everyone combined with her non-judgmental attitude meant that she was loved in return. She will be missed by her many friends at Riverview Terrace as well as her host of friends in the wider community. Anna’s children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren were the most important things to her. “To love and be loved is the Greatest Gift of All and that is what she gave to us.”
A celebration of Anna’s life was held at Knox United Church, Drumheller on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 2 p.m. with Jerry Beskowine officiating. Following the service, lunch was served at St. Anthony’s Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palliative Care and Hemodialysis at the Drumheller Area Health Foundation. Winter’s Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. Phone 823-2666.
NOTLAND -- Olga Frances (nee Tomenchuk)
Olga Frances Notland (nee Tomenchuk) of Calgary AB, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, March 9th, 2007 at the age of 80. She will be dearly missed by family and friends within the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing community. She was predeceased by her daughter Alva in 1989, and her husband Alf, in 1998. She is survived by her daughter Silva May Notland and Grand-dog, Bear of Calgary, who miss her deeply. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 16th, 2007 at 2 pm, at the Bow Valley Christian Church -- 5300 - 53 Ave. NW in Calgary. Viewing to take place prior to the service at 12 pm.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Olga to the Bow Valley Christian Church “World Outreach”, 5300-53rd Avenue NW, Calgary, AB, T3A 2G8. Please make checks payable to the Bow Valley Christian Church with a memo directing the donation to World Outreach. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
WALKER -- Amelia (nee Leonhardt) 1915 - 2007
Amelia Walker (Leonhardt) of Drumheller died peacefully in the Drumheller Hospital on March 8, 2007 at 92 years of age. She is survived by her children Stan (Diane), Diane Winkler, Irene (Sandy Brown), Murray, Mary (Dennis McAreavy), Susan (Bruce Rees), and her brother, as well as 17 granchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and her brother, Walter Leonhardt of Calgary. She is predeceasd by her children Jeannette Valentini, Judy Marshall, Don Walker and her brothers -- Herbert, Fredrick Reinhardt, Edward, August, Victor, Jacob; and sisters -- Alma Naffin and Eugenia Lippolt.
Amelia was born on January 20, 1915 in Drumheller. She attended school in Drumheller and worked at a dairy until she married Bill Walker in 1941. She and Bill farmed in the Horseshoe Canyon area for 20 years where they raised nine children. They moved to Drumheller in 1961. Amelia was widowed for 31 years, later moving to the Manor and then finally into the Sunshine Lodge. She can be attributed to working hard for her children and teaching them many life skills and values. She took pride in cooking, making healthy home cooked meals. She had a pioneer spirit - growing a garden, raising chickens, canning, cooking and baking. She loved playing board games and card games. She took pride and loved seeing her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services to be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Thursday, March 15th at 2 p.m. The family thanks all the nursing staff at the Drumheller Hospital and the Sunshine Lodge for the dedicated care given during her stay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Centre or Sunshine Lodge.
EVANS -- Margaret
It is with great sadness that we announce Margaret Evans, formerly of Drumheller, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away at Linden on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the age of 92 years. She will be dearly remembered and missed by her loving children -- Ernie (Donna) of Sundre, Bob and (Betty) of Olds, Bessie Molsberry of Hanna, Peggy Oschatzchen and Ruth Hunter of Calgary and Eileen (Bernie) Casavant of Los Angeles as well as 27 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. Margaret lived in Drumheller for many years before moving to the Mountview Lodge in Olds, then the Linden Nursing Home where she received compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her memory, directly to Linden Nursing Home, Box 220, Linden AB T0M 1J0. A service of remembrance will be held at First Baptist Church, 5005 53 Ave. Olds, Alberta on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m.
NORMAN -- Anne (nee Menegozzo) March 5, 1920 - March 17, 2007
With great sadness we announce the passing of our Mom, Anne. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 17, 2007 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 87 years. Her faith in the Lord assured her that she would be resting in peace with her loving husband Austin. Mom was born in Kamloops, B.C. where her father was a founder of the Italian Community Centre. She moved with her family to the Bridgeland area of Calgary for her sixth year, then on to the Drumheller Valley for the next 80 years. The last six months of Mom’s life she spent at the Spruce Lodge Seniors Residence in Bridgeland. Her devotion to her family was loving, generous, and unconditional. She enjoyed and took pride in her garden and loved her twenty years of traveling with her husband Austin. They spent time in the “Snow Bird” areas of Tecopa, Nevada and Osoyoos, B.C.. The last 18 years Mom wintered on her own in the Osoyoos with her new friends. She always returned to the valley to enjoy the summer lifestyles and the hot temperatures.
Mom will be forever loved and dearly missed by her sons, Bob (Bobbie) of Airdrie, Don (Margaret), Barry (Catherine) both of Calgary, grandchildren, Lindsay & Kyle Norman, Kelly (Dave) Eaton, great grandchildren, James, Jessica. Mom is also survived by her younger brothers, Victor Menegozzo, Ivor (Ruth) Menegozzo of Invermere and Kamloops. She was predeceased by her loving husband Austin, sister, Liz Palese, brothers, Reno Menegozzo, Archie Menegozzo, Bruno Menegozzo, daughter-in-law Betty Norman, and niece, Lorenza Sands.
Funeral services for Anne will be held Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11:00 am from St. Magloire’s Anglican Church, 176-2nd St West, Drumheller, Alberta. If friend so desire memorial donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.
BOTT -- Bessie 1919 - 2007
Bessie was born March 31, 1919 in Houghton, Saskatchewan. Bessie passed away on March 28, 2007 at the Drumheller Health Centre at the age of 87. She is survived by her husband Clifford, daughter Judy Hunter of Drumheller, Alberta, Carol Brinson (Allan) of Aurora, Colorado, six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Bessie also leaves behind her sister, Ada and her brother Walter as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Bessie to the Drumheller Health Centre, 351-9th Street NW, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1. A Funeral Service was held on April 3, 2007 at 2:00 pm from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel, Drumheller, Alberta. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.