BIANOWSKY -- Norman William (In loving memory of)
1935 - 2007
Norman was born in Drumheller, AB on March 7, 1935 to Sophia and Anthony Bianowsky who were long standing members of the Newcastle area. He lived in Drumheller where he spent his whole school life and was married to Helen Parkyns. They resided in Drumheller for a number of years before moving on to different locations. Norman was predeceased by his mother and father, Sophia and Anthony Bianowsky and one granddaughter, Shawna Hiltermann, daughter of Debbie Stroud. He is survived by his only brother Elmer Bianowsky of Fannybay, B.C.; daughter Debbie Stroud of Cranbrook, granddaughter Brett; daughter Donna (Ken) Tzakis of Creston, B.C., grandchildren Elyshia and Travis; Cheryl (Bruce) Lggulden of Edmonton, grandchildren Shayna and Ryker; and son Blair Bianowsky of Slave Lake, granddaughter Alexis; and many other close family members who will miss him dearly.
With many family members at his side, at the age of 72, Norm lost his battle to cancer and passed away in Slave Lake, AB on May 5, 2007. Norm’s memorial was held in Slave Lake Funeral Home and he will be laid to rest with his parents in Drumheller. He will be missed by many and never forgotten. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Drumheller.
JACQUES -- Kevin 1978 - 2007
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Kevin Troy Jacques on May 31, 2007 at the age of 28 years. Kevin was born July 1, 1978 in Drumheller to Ray and Shirley Jacques. Kevin had a zest for life, and a great love of people. Kevin saw good in everybody; he wasn’t quick to judge; he had the ability, or maybe the gift, to take people at face value. That is a quality that not many of us possess. In that respect we could all take a page out of Kevin’s book. Kevin took great pride in his children, as he treasured every precious moment he had with them, he recognized that children were a gift, and not ever to be taken for granted or mistreated. Kevin had a real “need for speed”, as he spent many hours dirt biking and quading, and not always successfully. He had many spills evidenced by all the scars left, but none the less he loved it. As his family we will treasure the time we had with him.
Kevin leaves to cherish his memory, his special children, Dakota, Drayden, Desiree`; his mother Shirley Jacques; his kindred spirit Laureen Martin; brother Darryl (Lisa), sisters Darla (Rob), Lorilee (Clint), his niece Ayrianna, his nephews Dallas, Brady, Austin; uncles, aunts, cousins, a lifetime of friends, and the mother of his children Lois.
Kevin was predeceased by his dad Ray Jacques in February of 2007, aunt Peggy, nephew Cain, and his grandparents. Funeral services for Kevin will be held Thursday, June 7, at 1:30 P.M. at St. Magloire’s Anglican Church (Drumheller) with Rev. Mac Jones officiating, Kevin will be laid to rest with his dad at the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. or the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapels are in care of the arrangements.
KLIX -- Alwine E. (Ali)
Alwine E. (Ali) Klix, longtime resident of East Coulee went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on May 29, 2007 at the age of 89 years at the Drumheller Health Centre. Ali will be lovingly remembered by her family, children; Gertrude Drees, Wolf (Hedi) Klix, six grandchildren; Bernie (Sheila) Drees, Barry Drees, Brenda Drees, Chris (Nicole) Klix, Waylon (Lisa) Klix, Jeremy Klix, eleven great grandchildren, and many friends. Funeral services for Ali were held June 2, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. from the Grace Lutheran Church with Reverend Lloyd Huber officiating, interment followed in the Drumheller Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapels were in care of the arrangements. The family expresses their sincere thanks for the loving care Ali received at the Sunshine Lodge, Drumheller Health Centre, and her church family.
MOORE -- Roxie Laurine 1933 - 2007
Roxie Laurine Moore (Fraser) of Strathmore, Alberta (formerly of Rumsey and Olds) passed away peacefully at the age of 73 in Calgary on June 1, 2007 after a brief illness. Laurine was a very active community member, always willing to go the extra mile working with the various ladies groups and was very proud of her accomplishments and continued friendship within the Royal Purple. Laurine’s family moved to the Big Valley area in 1936 where she spent her early years at the Lone Tree and Big Valley schools. After completing her schooling she worked as a waitress at the Big Valley hotel. She then met Raymond in the late 1950’s and was married in 1958, moved to the Rumsey area where they farmed and raised their family until retiring to Olds in 1995.
Laurine was born in Athabasca, Alberta on June 19, 1933. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond, as well as her parents Neil and Margaret Fraser of Big Valley and her brothers Lloyd, Clair, Ralph and Austin. Laurine is survived by her children John (Elizabeth) Moore, Jim (Ellen) Moore and Bonita (Calvin) Murray, fifteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, brother Bob (Norma) Fraser, sister Viola (Roy) Needham, several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and numerous other loving family members. Funeral services will be held at the Rumsey Community Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 2:00 pm. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.
SINCLAIR -- Warren 1936 - 2007
Warren Sinclair of Linden, AB passed away peacefully on June 2, 2007 at the age of 70 at the St. Mary’s Seniors Centre. Warren is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna Sinclair; his daughter Brenda Steele, his daughter and son-in-law Laurel and Wesley Pierce; his six grandchildren and his great-granddaughter; his brother Robert Sinclair and his many nieces and nephews. Warren was born December 7, 1936 in Drumheller, AB and was raised and lived in Rumsey where he and Donna farmed until they retired and settled in Linden, AB. Memorial services for Warren Sinclair will be held at the Rumsey Hall on Friday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Prairie Winds Funeral Home of Trochu in care of arrangements. 1-877-607-3832.
BUDENSKI -- Dennis 1920 - 2007
Mr. Dennis Budenski, longtime resident of the Drumheller Valley passed away in Drumheller on June 16, 2007 at the age of 87 years. Dennis was born April 8, 1920 to William and Katherina Budenski, right in his grandmother’s home in Newcastle. Dennis took his schooling in East Coulee, after school, he joined the army, spending time at the internment camp in Suffield. It was there that he trained to become a cook. Upon his return, he worked for Miller’s Bakery in East Coulee, Commander Mine in Nacmine, then in the Atlas Coal Mine in East Coulee. Dennis married Annie Charleston on December 31, 1940, the couple had three children, which they raised in the Drumheller Valley. In later years, Dennis worked for Evans Construction in Saskatoon where he was the supervisor of the paving plant. He ended his working career with his son Bill at the Drumheller Radiator Shop as Owner/Operator, he was in charge of the welding shop. Dennis had a real thirst for knowledge, he studied engineering by correspondence, he took a welding course, as well as being a self taught artist who even delivered information speeches on art. At a rather late age, he became very knowledgeable in the world of computers, even educating his daughter. Dennis was very interested in photography, and classical music, especially Beethoven. He was also the president of the Allied Art Council and on the board of the Valley Bus Society. Dennis loved to read history books, he thought that you should learn something from whatever you read, and he also was the head geneologist for the Budenski Family Tree, and his passion was his tomato plants. Dennis was never bored in his retirement, he had so many pastimes to choose from.
Dennis was predeceased by his wife Annie on March 20, 1985, his parents, daughter-in-law Shirley, and three brothers-in-law. Dennis leaves behind, his children, William (Terry) of Chilliwack, Henry (Jackie) of Hinton, Ann Howells of Drumheller; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; best friend and companion, Ann Michielin (her son Rick and family); two sisters, Bernice Gilliespie, Alice Gordon; sister-in-law Margaret Nelson; good friend Mike Kochan; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a lifetime of friends.
Funeral services for Dennis will be held Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home, with interment to follow in the Drumheller Cemetery. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home are in care of the arrangements.
CAMPBELL -- Maureen 1931 - 2007
Maureen passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2007, at the age of 75 years. Maureen was predeceased by her precious mother Leola Borwick in 2003 and her father Charley Borwick in 1972. Maureen will live on forever in the hearts of her son Jeff (LeeAnn); her only grandchild Josh and his mother Bev Campbell. She will also be lovingly remembered by her brothers Don Borwick (Dorothy) and Ian Borwick (Kathy); and many nieces and nephews.
Maureen was born and raised in the Orkney district and completed her high school and achieved top academic standings at Drumheller High. During her high school years (1946-49) she lived in a dormitory where she made many life long friends. For several years Maureen lived with her family in Drumheller, Hanna, Coronation, Calgary and Orkney. In 1960 Maureen and her family moved to a farm in the Caroline area where they raised prize winning Suffolk and Hampshire sheep. In 1985 she moved to Calgary to be near her family. For the past eight years she lived at Carroll Place where she faithfully cared for her mother until Grannie’s passing. Maureen was an avid sports fan. She was especially interested in any game that her son or grandson played. She was a devoted football fan while her grandson Josh played for the Dino’s University of Calgary team. Grandma was always the first person in the stands, even for the warm-ups.
Maureen has requested a private family service. This will be followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Caroline Legion, on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial tributes may be made directly to Helping Youth Through Educational Scholarships “HYTES” a charitable organization that provides educational scholarships to youth in developing countries. Because of Josh’s involvement, education in Africa was a priority for Maureen, in particular her sponsorship of Moses, a young man in Kampala, Uganda. Helping Youth Through Educational Scholarships, 4676 Quentin Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2T-6E1, Tel -- (403) 252-7971 www.hytes.org. Forward condolences through firstname.lastname@example.org In living memory of Maureen Campbell, a tree will be planted in Fletcher Park Memorial Forest by McINNIS AND HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB, Telephone -- (403) 241-0044.
DICK -- Alexander William 1912 - 2007
Alex ( known by everyone as Dick) of Michichi, Alberta passed away peacefully in the Drumheller Hospital on the evening of Wednesday June 13th, 2007. Dick was born in the homestead shack at Gartley, AB. On May 22, 1912. His family moved 4 ½ miles north of the homestead when he was 7 years old, and he lived in that same house his whole life. He married Mary Watters in March 1941 , and they raised two daughters Carol and Beverly.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Mary, of 61 years in January 2003, his parents William and Mable Dick, and his brother Ed Dick. Dick is survived by his daughters Carol (Ted) Morris of Grand Forks, BC, and Beverly (Ron) Deitz of Calgary; four grandsons Todd (Liza) Trohan of Michichi, Corey (Tina) Trohan of Red Deer AB., Darren (Maria) Deitz and Jeff (Theresa) Deitz of Calgary. He is also survived by five special grandsons Taylor and Brett Trohan of Michichi, AB., Austin Trohan of Red Deer, and Nicholas & Noah Deitz, of Calgary, and one great-granddaughter Katelin Trohan of Red Deer., and his only sister, and last surviving member of the family Bernice Seitz, of Victoria, BC, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will also be sadly missed by his many friends and old neighbours.
Dad loved the farm and never wanted to leave. His happiest times were when he was with his family. He always enjoyed taking everyone out to supper at Fred & Barney’s, because he felt it was the one thing he could do for his family. It was hard to believe that Dad was 95 years old because his great grandsons kept him young. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and he loved to visit with people. He was a lifetime member of Pioneer Acres. He was a true farmer to the core, and he loved all animals, especially his two pet cats and housemates, “The Boys”.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, June 19 at Mountainview Memorial Gardens in Calgary with Pastor Harold Hunter officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all of Dick’s friends and relatives. Active pallbearers were his grandsons, Todd and Corey Trohan, Darren and Jeff Deitz, and his great grandsons, Taylor and Brett Trohan. Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 1825 Park Road SE, Calgary, AB. T2G 3Y6, or to the CNIB at 15 Col Baker Place NE, Calgary, AB. T2E 4Z3 Mountainview Funeral Homes, Calgary were in charge of arrangements.
DROPKO -- Drew 1963 - 2007
It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Drew Dropko on June 14, 2007 near Beiseker, Alberta at the age of 44 years. Andrew (Drew) Michael Victor Dropko was born on March 13, 1963, beloved son of Andy and Olga Dropko, Drew lived the majority of his life in Rosedale, he took all of his schooling in Drumheller. Drew was passionate about cars. Everthing from buying and trading cars, to driving them as often as he could, to attending car shows every year, to watching car racing and even being designated to drive for his friends. Drew was often seen washing his car (especially the lights), filling the tires or checking the oil or other fluids-he simply loved cars. Drew was an avid sports fan, he watched all the sports that he could find on the satellite, and he was a huge Eskimos fan and Boston Bruins fan right back to his childhood. Drew also enjoyed the CB radio as a teen and his music. He made many home tapes, all grenres for himself and his friends. There was nothing like KISS to Drew, he wore the t-shirts and caps showing his loyalty. Drew was a good friend, a teasing brother, a nephew who was close with his Uncle in Edmonton, and a loving son who cared for his mother for the past two years. Drew was predeceased by his father, Andy Dropko. He leaves to mourn his mother, Olga Dropko of Drumheller, sister, Romona Marshall of Calgary, Uncle Albert and Aunt Laurette Dropko of Edmonton and family, Uncle John Macy of Drumheller, Aunt Kay Janswick of Warman, Sask. and family, cousins, Brian and Carol Flinn of Chestermere and family, Brian and Linda Zacharuk of Drumheller and family. Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday June 23, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel are in care of the arrangements.
HAAHR -- Gerald Raymond December 11, 1943- June 16, 2007
Jerry Haahr, a resident of Drumheller, AB for 40 years, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2007 with his family by his side, at the Drumheller Health Centre, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Jerry was born in Empress, AB on December 11, 1943. He was raised in Acadia Valley, AB, where his family farmed and then later owned Haahr’s M&M Store. After some moving around, Jerry settled in Drumheller so that he could be near his mom. Here he married Virginia (nee Marshall) of Acadia Valley on March 8, 1969 and carried on to proudly raise their three wonderful children. He worked as a battery operator in the oil and gas industry for 20 years and then entered into semi-retirement, where he became a custodian at St. Anthony’s School.
Jerry will most affectionately be remembered for his love of sports, camping, music, crosswords and jigsaw puzzles, but above all else, for the love he had for his family and friends and the treasured time he spent with them.
He was predeceased by his father Viggo in 1962, great nephew Ryan in 1983, brother John “Jack” in 2001, father-in-law Jake in 2003, and nephew Patrick in 2006. Left to cherish the wonderful memory of Jerry are his loving wife of 38 years, Virginia; son Bart (Sheryl); daughters Shannon (Cory) and Jodi; six beautiful grandchildren, Taylor, Rory, Macy, Lucas, Kaitlyn and Hailey; his mother Ida; sister Caryl; his uncle Bill; as well as extended family and many friends.
A Prayer Service will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 7 p.m. at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home, Drumheller. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, Drumheller. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Alberta Lung Association. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home, telephone 823-2666.
MARTIN -- Edna Orma
Our beloved Mother, sister, grandma, great grandma passed away on June 10, 2007 at the Drumheller Continuing Care. She was predeceased by her husband James Henry Martin on July 5, 1966. Edna is survived by her sisters, Mabel and Ivy, two sons Greg (Bonnie), Rex (Noreen), three grandsons, Greg (Tara), Darren (Gina), Luc, one great grandson Jaden. Edna enjoyed gardening, growing cactus and geraniums. She was so proud of her “May Day Tree” in the backyard, she even made front page news in the Hanna Herald. Edna will be missed by her family and friends. Graveside services were held Friday June 15, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. from the Hanna Cemetery, family and friends gathered at the Doll Palace for a time of fellow ship and light refreshments. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. or Foster Children of Canada. Courtney-Winter’s were in care of the arrangements.