GIECK -- David 1916 - 2007
David Gieck of Drumheller passed away at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 91 years. David Gieck was born on February 13, 1916 in the hospital in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, his parents were August and Christina Gieck. In the first five years of his life he lived in Fox Valley, about 30 miles north of Maple Creek where his parents had a homestead. In 1921 he moved to Lodi, California with his parents. They worked in the fruit orchards in California, but in 1927 the family moved back to Canada, first to Acme, Alberta, where they farmed for two years, and then to Carbon in 1929, where they rented a farm about four miles west of town. Dave started school in California and was in grade 5 when they came to Canada. He attended Selkirk School in Acme for two years in a country school about 8 miles north west of Acme, also Avondale, about four miles west of Carbon and also the Carbon School. Dave was in grade 10 when he quit Carbon High School in 1932, and farmed with his brother August on a farm they rented in the Swalwell district.
On July 30, 1941 Dave married Rose Ohlhauser and they farmed together south of Carbon for 35 years. In 1963 they built a new house on the farm, and on August 1, 1974, they moved this same house to Carbon. Dave farmed another two years while living in town. They then sold the farm and retired. Dave loved sports, golfing, fishing, bowling and also gardening. His pride and joy was planting 200 gladiolus every year. He loved flowers and always had a display of various varieties.
He was predeceased by his wife Rose, who passed away on November 22, 1991 in the Drumheller Regional hospital with a massive stroke, his mother Christine in 1959 and father, August in 1959, also a sister, Lillian (Art) Nicher on September 2, 1997, a brother August (Martha) on February 13 (on Dave’s birthday), and one sister Martha Richardson in 2005 On December 7, 1996, Dave married Angela Maria Butt of Drumheller, Alberta and they took up residence in the new Condominium, the Keystone Towers in downtown Drumheller. Dave is survived by his dear wife Angela, one brother, Bert (Ester) of Calgary, Alberta, one brother-in-law Ed Richardson of Seattle, Washington, one step-daughter, Cathy (Bob) Chambers of Drumheller, Ed Butt of Fort McMurray, Tony (Cathy) Butt of Drumheller, and seven step grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Also many nieces and nephews, of special mention is Melody Lane, a niece, but more like a daughter` to Dave. She spent many of her summer holidays and even her pre-school years on the farm with Dave and his wife during his lifetime, she kept in touch with him regularly by telephone and visits.
Dave accepted the Lord Jesus as his Saviour on January 10, 1932 and was baptized that same year, joining the church and was a member of the Carbon Baptist Church until his death. He was active in church work during his life time while he lived in Carbon, as Young People’s President. Youth and part time adult Sunday School teacher, church clerk for 29 consecutive years, Deacon for 18 years, as well as chairman of the Flower on Hospital Committee. On behalf of the church he would visit the hospital patients and present them with a card and flowers from the church.Funeral Services for David Gieck will be held from the Carbon Baptist Church on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Richard Kauenhofen officiating. Following the service, interment to take place at the Fruedental Cemetery. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
PICKERSGILL -- Joanne Ruth 1953 - 2007
Joanne Ruth Pickersgill (Hall) passed away peacefully in the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary on Thursday, July 6, 2007 with her family by her side at the age of 54 years. Joanne was born in Drumheller on June 29, 1953. She grew up on the family farm north of Delia. She took her schooling in Delia as well. She worked for many years in Calgary for companies in the transport business. On November 14, 1985 Joanne married Dennis Pickersgill in Stettler. They have one daughter, Michelle Lynne, who was born on October 18, 1986. Joanne’s special love was of horses and her many, many camping trips with her daughter to Pine Lake. She belonged to the Fort Calgary Wheel & Runners Riding Club
Joanne is survived by her loving husband Dennis and her daughter Michelle (Aaron) of Calgary, her mother Charlotte Hall of Stettler, her sisters Viola (Eldon) Wilson of Stettler, Arlene (Don) Herzog of Delia, brothers Don (Bev) Hall of Delia, David (Barb) Hall of Camrose and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Joanne was predeceased by her father Ernie Hall in 2004. According to her wishes, Joanne was laid to rest in Delia with only her immediate family present. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. As an expression of sympathy, and in loving memory of Joanne, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd. Box 193, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 742-3315
STANFORD -- Harry September 15, 1916 - July 12, 2007
Harry Standford, 90 years old passed away on July 12, 2007. Harry was born in Andrew, Alberta and grew up on the family farm. He moved to Drumheller and started working in the mines. He worked at the Brilliant Mine from 1941 – 1958 and then the Hy-grade mine from 1961-1963; after working hours he would deliver coal. When the mines closed down he worked for the Town of Drumheller until 1971; was a janitor at Central School until 1980; caretaker and grounds keeper at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for many years. When Harry retired in 1980 he didn’t stop working. Working was a big part of his life up and until his 90th year. Many people knew Harry from his after hour jobs like; plowing gardens, cutting grass, building fences, painting, handyman work and wood working. Harry loved building his wishing wells, windmills and planters which are scattered all over the valley. Harry enjoyed the simple things in life like family, friends, exchanging old stories with Bessie, gardening, wood working, and good food. He loved garlic sausage, perogies, sauerkraut and cabbage rolls, just to name a few. Bye-Bye Harry.
Harry is survived by Bessie Verga, good friend and companion for 15 years; daughter Angie Mascot of Detroit, Michigan; son Doug Stanford (Carol) of Drumheller, Alberta, daughter Gerry Bone (Jim) of Kelowna, British Columbia and step-son John Celik (Diane) of Drumheller, Alberta and 13 grand children. A Memorial Service was held from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel on Monday, July 16, 2007 with Reverend Mac Jones officiating. Interment followed at the Drumheller cemetery. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
AUCKLAND -- Donald Edgar “Scotty”
Donald (Scotty) Edgar Auckland passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2007 in continuing care at Drumheller Hospital and Care Centre, after a long struggle with lung disease. He was 80 years old. Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life are; his beloved friend and companion, Dorothy; his daughters Caroline Auckland-Thompson (Bruce), two grandchildren Brianna and Evan and his brother Gordon of Graham, Washington. He will also be missed by a plethora of nieces and nephews from coast to coast. Scotty is predeceased by Irene, his wife of 43 years, who passed away in 1995. Her cremated remains will be buried with him in the Munson Cemetery. He is also predeceased by his sister Dora Semple of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Born and raised a prairie boy from Viscount, Saskatchewan. Scotty joined the Armed Forces in 1946 as an aero engine mechanic. Over the years he was able to see much of the world. He retired from the services in 1977 and remained in Belleville, Ontario. After Irene passed away, Scotty finally decided to move to Alberta where his daughter Caroline and her family were residing in Calgary. Scotty wanted to return to the prairie and has lived in Munson, Alberta for the last 8 1/2 years. A funeral service was held from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Skip McArthur officiating. If friends and family so desire, they may make donations to Drumheller Health Care Centre; Continuing Care Unit (351 9th street N.W., Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1) Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.
MADSEN -- Edesse Marie
Edesse Marie Madsen, beloved wife of Niels (Bob) Madsen of Drumheler, passed away peacefully, on July 17, 2007 at the Drumheller Health Complex at the age of 92. She is survived by her sister, Yolande Crory of Drayton Valley and brother Gerald (Jeannette) Rougeau of Innisfail. She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Lucina Rougeau, brothers René Rougeau and Armand Rougeau. Edesse will be lovingly remembered by her sisters-in-law Elene Montgomery of Rosedale and Eleanora (Bill) Vogt of Picture Butte. She was adored by and has a special place in the heart of many nieces and nephews. Edesse was born in 1915 in Quebec. Her family moved to Hussar, AB, where Edesse spent her childhood in the farming community. In 1963 she and Bob Madsen were married and continued to farm just north of Hussar until 1972 when they retired to Drumheller. Over the years Edesse enjoyed entertaining, camping and keeping in touch with family. Edesse also touched the lives of all who had the opportunity to know her. She will be forever remembered for the smile on her face and the twinkle in her eyes.
STREIT -- Mrs. Winnifred 1938 - 2007
It is with great sadness that on July 20, 2007 after a courageous fight with leukemia, that Winnie Streit, 69 years old, passed away at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary with her husband and family by her side. Winnie (Winnifred) Joyce Streit was born February 24, 1938, the 5th born of 6 to Roy & Fern Rounds. Married July 22, 1961 to the love of her life David Streit of Stettler.
Winnie leaves behind to mourn her husband, four children, their spouses, eight grandchildren, sisters Geraldine Barsness of Calgary and Marion (Paul) Eckes of Eckville, Aunt Sanny McCrady of Rimbey, sisters-in-law, brothers-in law, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She is predeceased by her father and mother, brother Gordon and his wife Grace Rounds, brothers Wilfred Rounds and Robert Rounds, brothers-in-law Erv Barsness, Arnold Anderson, father and mother-in-law -- William and Gertrude Streit, and brothers-in-law Gerry Streit, Donald Streit, and Bill Streit. Dave and Winnie have four children -- Brad Streit (Shelley Grollmus)of Calgary, Cindy (Ken) Redekopp, their daughter Lexi of Calgary, Mike (Rebecca) Streit, their daughter Carys and son Aron of Okotoks, and Greg (Kimberly) Streit, their son Kolton, daughter Sahara and sons Kinnkade, Kexton and Kedrixx of Red Deer & their chosen daughter Anne (Don) Basnett of Edmonton. When she fell in love with Dave, she was working at the radio station CKRD during the early sixties. Through out the years, whether they lived in Rocky Mtn. House, Peace River, Prince Albert, Sk, Drumheller (radio station and school) or Red Deer, Winnie always worked somewhere doing something she enjoyed. When they settled in Red Deer, she worked at the radio station again then moved onto work for the Red Deer Public School Board that she enjoyed for several years. An opportunity came for her to pursue owning her own business which she did with great passion by being the President of Allures Central Ltd. for 14 years until her retirement in the spring of 2003. Winnie was also involved with C.A.T. for many years for she loved music and musicals and was a great part of the AB Freestyle Skiing Club which she enjoyed with her children. Winnie was an integral member of the Laureate Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for the past 25 + years. Winnie’s greatest joy in life was spending precious moments with her 8 grandchildren and was well loved for her amazing birthday cakes that she made for each of them every year. She always made every occasion and holiday special for each and every one of them. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, experimenting making new things and travelling to many different places with her husband & family members. Winnie always tried to help others in many different ways. She touched the lives of everyone she met. Winnie never went to bed the same day she got up! She was a very busy, hard working lady. She was well loved by all who knew her especially by her children, their spouses and grandchildren. During the last few hours of her precious life, her loving devoted husband knew how to put a smile on her face by gently blowing a kiss to her then catch it quickly and gently place it on her lovingly. Funeral service will be held at the United Church in Stettler, AB on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of Canada in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd. P.O. Box 193 Stettler, AB TOC 2LO who are entrusted with the funeral arrangements. (403) 742-3315 E-mail condolences at -- firstname.lastname@example.org
VOGEL -- Lillian
Mrs. Lillian Mary Vogel passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Lillian enjoyed planting her flowers every spring, she loved her gardening. She was a wonderful homemaker, always welcoming her family with wonderful baking and meals. In March of 2003 dad passed away and shortly after that she began a courageous fight with cancer that she met with grace and dignity. Lillian leaves to mourn her passing her son Joe (Pauline), daughters, Judy (Dale) Berry, Faye Jackson, Joyce (Clifford) Ulsanden, Jane Seely, Mary-Agnes Vogel and Bill Smith; 11 grandchildren, and 7 great grand-children; two sisters; Lucille and Ruth. Lillian was predeceased by her husband William, a brother Joe and a sister Pearl. A Funeral Service was held from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor James Clark officiating. Memorial Donations, in Lillian’s name may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation in care of the Palliative Care Unit. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
WOOLSEY -- 1928 - 2007
Mr. Rowland Stewart Woolsey of Okotoks, Alberta, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2007, at the age of 78 years. He was born on October 30, 1928 at Penzance, Saskatchewan. Rowland is survived by his companion, Joyce Johnson of Okotoks, Alberta, two sons, Allan (Irina) Woolsey of Moscow, Russia, Rod (Charlene) Woolsey, a daughter, Karen (Colin) Trevors both of Red Deer, Alberta, ten grandchildren, Chelsea, Evan and Vanessa Trevors; Grant, Jeff, Carissa and Michelle Woolsey; Brianne, Tyler and Michael Woolsey and one great grandchild on the way. A Celebration of Rowland’s Life was held at Eventide Funeral Chapels, 4820 45 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial Donations in Rowland’s honour may be made directly to the Elks B.P.O.E. NO 54, (Children’s Fund), Box 448, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0 or to the C.C.M.H.B.I. Apollo Unit, Box 1000, Ponoka, Alberta, T4J 1R8. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Service and Cremation Providers -- EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222. “DOWNTOWN RED DEER”
JENSEN -- Stella Viola 1916 - 2007
Stella Viola Jensen passed away peacefully at Continuing Care, Drumheller Health Center on July 28, 2007. Viola was born on September 7, 1916 at Wolbach, Nebraska and came to the Dalum District with her parents in 1919, and has resided in the Drumheller area ever since. She treasured time spent with family and friends, reading, needle-work, crossword puzzles and travel. Viola is survived by her daughter Elsie (Thomas) Madsen and her grandson Dalton (Sylvia) Madsen. She was predeceased by her father Walter (1924), her husband Jens (1950) and her mother Anna (1961). Interment at the Drumheller Cemetery Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
TOFT -- Kenneth Randolf (Randy) February 14, 1965 - July 25, 2007
Kenneth Randolf (Randy) Toft, beloved son of Ken and Elaine Toft and brother of Rick Toft, passed away on July 25, 2007 at the age of 42 years. Randy was born in Calgary on February 14, 1965. He enjoyed music, cars, woodworking, and cooking. Randy was extremely proud to be a founding member of the local ‘80’s glam rock band “Hollywood”. He worked as a general contractor and took great pride in the design of his projects. His many accomplishments were achieved despite his daily challenges with arthritis. Randy was a people person, which helped him excel at his work and in life. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Those wishing to pay their respects did so on Monday, July 30, 2007 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. both at the address listed below. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Randy Toft, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone -- (403) 248-8585.
UTTLEY:Mrs. Alberta 1915 - 2007
Mrs. Alberta Uttley passed away at the Pineridge Long Term Care Centre in Stettler on July 20, 2007, at the age of 92 years . She was born on May 21, 1915, the third child of Dolly and Henry Swainston of the Stonelaw District.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Beverly Swainston (Carl) and 23 nieces and nephews and their families. She will also be remembered by many friends and neighbors. Alberta was predeceased by her husband Norman Uttley in 1970, by her Mother Dolly in 1927, her father Henry in 1974, her brother Purl Dallas in 1930, sister Merle Gamble in 1980, brother Fred in 1982, brother Carl in 1996, brother Glen in 1999 and sister Erma Trout in 2005.
Following their marriage in 1933, Norman and Alberta farmed in the Gopher Head District. Alberta fully embraced her task as a homemaker and farm wife - cooking, cleaning, gardening and milking cows which she did for many years. Following the sale of their farm, they moved to Big Valley where they established a Locker Plant and Grocery store. They operated this for several years and again Alberta worked by Norman’s side. In later years, Alberta did janitorial work at several businesses in Big Valley where she was a willing worker and did her job with diligence and dedication. She was very proud of the wonderful party hosted in her honor by Gulf Canada when she retired. Although Alberta was small in stature, she was indeed a force to be reckoned with. People in Big Valley will remember her determination to make the village “Dandelion Free”. She could be seen at all hours picking dandelion flowers to prevent them from going to seed. She could also be seen washing her windows, mowing her lawn and shoveling her driveway all with great determination and purpose. She was a faithful Avon representative for many years. She will be remembered for her hospitable nature always wanting people to stop by for a meal or coffee and to enjoy a piece of her wonderful lemon pie. During her brief time in the Pineridge Long Term Care Centre, Alberta received loving and expert care. Her family appreciated all the kindness and patience shown to her by her Doctors, Nurses and staff.
Her family would also like to acknowledge and extend a sincere Thank You to all of the wonderful friends, neighbors and acquaintances who took time from their busy lives to be there and support Auntie Alberta through the good times and the bad. Funeral services were held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. David Denholm of the Stettler United Church officiating. Alberta was laid to rest in the Lake View Cemetery beside her beloved husband Norman. Following the interment, family and friends gathered at the Brennen Funeral Home reception area where they enjoyed a light lunch and shared many stories of time spent with Auntie Alberta. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Pineridge Long Term Care Centre or to a charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd. Box 193, Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO, or you may e-mail condolences to email@example.com