GUPPY -- Margaret Edith 1908 - 2007
Margaret Edith Guppy passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care at the age of 99 years. Edith was born on June 28, 1908 in Regina, SK to James and Emma Stevens. She and her family moved to Drumheller about 1947, when her husband, Al, became Works Superintendent for the then City of Drumheller.
Edith is survived by her son, John (Edna Mae) Guppy of St. Albert, their children Robert (Rhonda) and grandchildren, Dailey and Kristen; Russell (Emily) and grandson, Joshua; and Jodi (Jamie Hodgson) and grandchildren Jimmy and Jena. She is also survived by Richard’s daughter, Charlene. Edith was predeceased by her husband, Albert, in 1978 and their son, Richard. She was the second of seven children and the last to pass -- Ormie, Lloyd, Roy, Tom (Clifford), Merle and Jean.
She was a nursing attendant and worked at the Drumheller General Hospital for many years. In her spare time she loved to do cross-stitch. Edith was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter No. 55. She also worked hard for her church, being involved in Anglican Church Women and The Altar Guild. Following a private family internment at the Drumheller Cemetery, the funeral will take place at St. Magloire’s Anglican Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 10.
COOK -- Eleanor (Ellie) 1949 - 2007
Ellie passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the age of 58. She left us after succumbing to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on July 25. She is survived and deeply missed by her soul-mate, Harold King, and many friends in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Also left to mourn are two brothers, one sister, one daughter and her partner, all living in Ontario. A memorial was held in Calgary, AB on July 31, 2007. Because of Ellie’s love of her animals, if so desired, a memorial donation may be made to your local SPCA in Ellie’s memory.
SHARPE -- Ellen 1914 - 2007
We are saddened to announce the passing of our mother Rebecca “Ellen” Sharpe on August 14, 2007 at the Sunshine Lodge, Drumheller, Alberta. Ellen was born at Munson, Alberta on January 13, 1914 where she lived all of her life. Ellen led the Explorers, C.G.I.T. and was the past president and member of United Church Women for over 65 years. She was predeceased by her husband Rod in 1998 and daughter Loretta in 1942. She is survived by one daughter; Janet (Paul) Benedictson of Strathmore, three sons; Rick (Anna) Sharpe of Drumheller, George (Heather) Sharpe of Munson, Doug Sharpe (Sharon Aldcroft) of Vernon, BC; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren; two sisters, Flora Nelson of Ridgeway, Ontario, Violet Cheslak of Calgary; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A Celebration of Life service was held from the Morrin United Church on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 2:30 P.M. with Reverend Mary Ellen Moore officiating. A family interment was held at the Munson Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Sunshine Lodge Fund in memory of Ellen Sharpe. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
VOLNEY -- John Paul (J.P.) April 25, 1932 - August 16, 2007
On August 16, 2007, John Volney passed away in his sleep, in the Red Deer Hospital, after a courageous struggle with cancer. John was predeceased by his wife Anne and sister Stephine. He is survived by his brothers Tony (Jean) and Joe, and by his sons Terry (Linda) and Allan (Delphine) and his grandchildren Teresa, Candice and Jason, and step-grandkids Jason and Steven; a large number of nieces and nephews and friends who all need a special place in his heart. At John’s request, a cremation will take place and no formal funeral service will be held. There will be a celebration of his life, on September 8, 2007 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Midland Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2.
The family would like to thank the many nurses and doctors who gave John support in his last days in the hospital. Thank you.
OAKES -- Maggie May Born June 3, 1914 - Died August 21, 2007 - Age 93
It is with sadness that we trust our beloved Aunt Margaret into God’s hands. She will be sadly missed by her sisters, Grace Vockeroth and Louise Pearson as well as her sisters-in-law Elaine Wilson, Verna May and Marjorie Boucher, and her numerous nieces and nephews and her grand nieces and nephews to whom she was a very special aunt. Funeral arrangements are with Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home in Drumheller. Services were held at the Delia United Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2007. Interment followed at the Delia Cemetery with lunch served in the Delia Community Centre. Donations may be forwarded in care of the Delia United Church.
TURNER -- Lorraine Marie November 5, 1935 - August 23 , 2007
Lorraine passed away in the Drumheller Hospital on August 23, 2007 with her family by her side, after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer.
Lorraine was born in Empress, AB to parents Nick and Frances Janser. The family lived in Mendham, SK where her father farmed. She started school in Mendham, then in 1945 she moved to Medicine Hat with her parents. She finished her education in the Hat. She figured beauty culture was to be her vocation, attending Jacobsens Hair Dressing School in Calgary in 1954. At the Calgary Spring Bull Sale she met Jack Turner. They were married on February 28, 1955. They lived on the farm south of Drumheller, where sons Dale and Bruce were born. On April 22, 1960 the family moved to the farm in the Craigmyle/Delia area. Son Darrell was the last addition in 1961. With Lorraine the glass was always half full, never half empty. She loved life. Her family came first. She was very supportive of the sports that we were involved in over the years including hockey, rodeo, fishing, hunting, etc. Lorraine was an excellent cook, usually enough for everybody. She was known for the handcrafted cinnamon buns and regular buns she baked. When she was asked for baked buns for a function in Delia the buns often never made it to the table. The lunch committee women usually hi-jacked them first. You gals know who you are. I think they planned ahead. Hobbies and crafts were her life. There were few crafts that she never mastered. Lorraine taught many hobby and craft classes over the years.
She is survived by husband Jack of 52 years; sons Dale and Mitch, Bruce and Brenda, Darrell and Cindy; four grandchildren; 25 nieces and nephews; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents Nick and Frances Janser; father-in-law Harry Turner; brothers Wendall (Bill) Janser, George Janser and John Janser. Also sisters-in-law Betty Janser and Rose Janser. Brothers-in-law Butch Turner and Don Turner, also predeceased her. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at the Delia Community Hall. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Interment was held in the Delia Cemetery.
GARDNER -- Kirk Joseph 1964 -2007
We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Kirk Gardner on August 28, 2007. Kirk was born January 22, 1964 in Mission City, B.C. He leaves to mourn his mother Velma, step-father Blaze; his sisters Leann from Winnipeg, Corrine of Drumheller, brother Rick (Sheila) of Drumheller. He was predeceased by his brother Greg and his father Joseph. Also left to mourn are Debbie Gerlach, Melissa, Megan, and friend Lisa and son Braden; Grandma Paullus, Uncle Clint (Marilyn), and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home. They are also in charge of arrangements. Interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery.
HIRSCH -- Edward Lloyd 1929 - 2007
Edward Hirsch passed away at the David Thompson Health Region in Drumheller with his family by his side on August 27, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 78. Left to mourn is his wife Willa; son Robin (Karen) of Calgary; daughter Kendel Ryan (James) of Red Deer; three grandchildren, Jason and Bradley Ryan and Jena Hirsch. Also survived by his brother, Mathew (Lila) of Medicine Hat. Edward was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch, two brothers Francis and Peter and sister, Gloria. Edward was born on the farm near Lampman, SK June 16, 1929. He moved to Rosedale, AB at the age 19, worked in the coal mines and decided that was not the life for him. He bought his first gravel truck in 1956 and that became his life as a trucker until he retired in 2004. As we travelled the many roads in Alberta, he would recall paving that road in what year it was first paved or re-paved. He made many friends in all walks of life throughout the years and will be sadly missed by all. By special request, there will be no funeral or memorial services held. Donations in memory of Ed can be made towards the Digital Ultrasound at -- Drumheller and District Health Foundation, Attn -- Linda Ames, Drumheller Health Centre, 351- 9 Street N.W., Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1.
ROSGEN -- Peter Allen
Peter Allen Rosgen passed away peacefully on the 31st of August, 2007 after a long battle with brain cancer, at the age of 62. Peter was predeceased by his father Wilfred in 1985. He is survived by his wife Barbara; mother Marie; children Mark (Brandi), Greg (Lynnette), Bradford, Kate and David (Meagen); sisters Lorraine (Bob) Gillis, Sharon (Tom) Seaborn and Dianne (Jack) Lowe; mother of his children Anne Rosgen. Peter also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Braelynn, Rhett and Alexa; many nieces and nephews; in-laws Svend and Marie Andersen; step-children Tracy (Tom) Christie and Steven (Tamara) Mirbach; their children Cole, Chase, Justin and Shae-Lynn.
Peter was dedicated to providing for his family. From an early age he worked along side his mother and father building the family farm, contributing to the Hereford industry world-wide. Peter worked laboriously towards being a progressive and successful grain farmer. Peter’s hard-work and dedication became evident in the 60’s when Rosgen Herefords began showing and selling champion stock and seed grains. Peter was very proud in 1974, placing Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and the high selling bull at the Calgary Bull Sale – all with three different bulls. Although there have been many more awards both for cattle and grain, Peter was most proud of the friendships created within the agriculture industry with his fellow breeders, farmers and neighbours. Peter eagerly organized many gatherings and parties, with his cherished family, friends and neighbours either at the Rural School, in the pasture or at his home. These friendships, achievements and awards were only second to his family. Peter taught his children to learn by “holding the flashlight” or working alongside. His children’s fondest memories of their father are set in the barnyard or on a tractor. Peter was most proud to claim the legacy that his father started was now in its fourth generation.
A celebration of his life will be held at St Anne of the Prairies, Roman Catholic Church in Trochu, Alberta, Saturday, September 8th, 2007 at 11 am, reception to follow at the Trochu Baptist Fellowship Centre. Prayers will be held Friday, September 7th at 7:30 pm at St Anne of the Prairies. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel, Three Hills, Phone -- 443-5111. Proudly serving the community for over 45 years.
MUSSELMAN -- Thelma Fern February 28, 1920 - November 4, 2006
Thelma Fern Musselman (Clausen) was born in Rumsey, Alberta. She was the third daughter of six born to Chris and Eulalie Clausen. When she completed grade 11 at the Rumsey School, Fern did housekeeping around the District and cooking for the Threshers with her sister Grace. She went to Calgary in 1940-41 and worked in a cafe with dining and dancing. She worked several other jobs but in 1948 she decided to take up hairdressing and moved to Edmonton. This is where she met Mel. After she graduated from hairdressing school she moved to Rumsey, living and working in a small two bedroom house she rented for $7.00 per month. In the spring of 1951 she and Mel started up the Victory Beauty and Barbershop in Drumheller where they also lived. Mel and Fern were married on November 8, 1952. Her daughter Gwen was born in 1957. In 1961 Fern and Mel built their house on 9th Street in Drumheller where they lived until 1986 when they moved to Red Deer, Alberta. Fern retired in 1970 at age 50. She loved to golf. She and Mel travelled south for 22 years during the winter months. Fern scored two hole in one’s and won several tournaments throughout the years. In 1983, 1984 and 1988 she became a grandmother to Jennifer, Justin and Jolene. Fern lived at Bell Manor in Red Deer for the last 22 years of her life. She enjoyed playing cards at the Golden Circle and Legion and attending family reunions. She travelled to Radium Hot Springs with her daughter and went golfing just last year. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and sister for her family. She will always be in our thoughts.
MUSSELMAN -- Melvin June 28, 1919 - June 5, 2007
Melvin Ernest Musselman was born in Glenside, Saskatchewan. He was the fourth child of thirteen children born to Olga and Perry Musselman. He went to school at “Happy Hollow” in Glenside for about 8 years, then the family decided to move to Crystal Springs in 1933. While the family travelled by the wagon to the new homestead, Mel, aged 14 helped the men herd the cattle, walking over 100 miles and sleeping under the stars. A few years later he left home to work in the hard rock mines in Flin Flon, Manitoba. His son, Don, was born in 1942. Mel then went into the army and applied to go overseas but was never sent and stayed in Canada until the end of WW2. He worked in the lumber industry in B.C., then went to work in Mayo, Yukon, under very primitive working conditions as a Dynamiter. He continued to work many different jobs including Truck Driver, Oil Rig worker and Miner. In 1948 he moved to Edmonton. While driving truck he was hit by a train and walked out without a scratch. Shortly after he was introduced to Fern, who was taking hairdressing. He decided to take up a safer career in Barbering in 1953, apprenticing in Hanna, Alberta and joined Fern at the Victory Beauty Salon and Barber Shop in Drumheller, Alberta. They married on November 8, 1952 and their daughter Gwen was born in 1957. In 1961 after building their home on 9th Street, Mel retired from Barbering and took up an active career in Real Estate. In 1986 they moved to Red Deer. In 1983, 1984 and 1988 he became a grandfather to Jennifer, Justin and Jolene. Mel was an avid fisherman and loved to camp and spend time with his family. He loved golfing, travelling south with Fern for 22 years during the winter months. Mel seemed to win most tournaments he played in and insisted he scored 3 hole in ones in his career (at least two are documented). He played golf with his daughter just last year in Radium Hot Springs. He enjoyed playing cards at the Downtown House and Legion and went for coffee at the Mall almost everyday. He was always on the move and continually involved in his family. He is predeceased by his son in 1998 and his wife in 2006. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, brother and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by his family and will always be in our thoughts.
Schnider -- Roy Henry February 5, 1925-September 3, 2007
Our dad and Grandpa passed away suddenly at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 82. He had been residing at the Cedars Villa Extended Care Centre. Roy was born February 5, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Henry and Mary Schnider. He grew up on a farm near Medicine Hat and thoroughly enjoyed the farming lifestyle. Later, while working the railroad in Vulcan, he met his future wife, Pauline Seminoff. They were married on November 2, 1946 until she passed away in February 1996, 50 years later. They lived together in Medicine Hat, Grand Forks, Riverbottom (Crownsnest Pass area), Calgary, and then Drumheller. Roy earned a living for his wife and four children by doing construction work and being an enthusiastic salesman for household and health products. Roy was very zealous in his ministry work as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as he loved talking to people about his hope and faith. He enjoyed attending his Christian meetings and associating with those who shared his beliefs. Upon retirement, Roy would often be seen still selling his products throughout the countryside. As a side hobby, he took pleasure in coin collecting, playing cards, and looking for the “next good deal”. He also liked to ‘cut a rug’, especially the polka. Roy was predeceased by his wife Pauline (nee Seminoff), daughter Shirley, father Henry Schnider and mother Mary (nee Settle). He is survived by his daughter Linda (Rio) Morelli, sons Don and Glenn, grandchildren April Morelli and Shane (Kim) Morelli, and one great grandson named Tyler. He is also survived by his sister Adeline (Roy) Farrington and their children, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.The memorial service was held on Saturday, September 8th at the Calgary Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate to the Alzheimers Society of Calgary - #201, 222 58 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2H 2S3
SKINBERG -- Barbara Ethel (McLaughlin)
Barbara passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on September 7, 2007 at the age of 94 years. Born at McLaughlin, Alberta, Barbara went on to graduate from the Royal Alexandra School of Nursing in Edmonton in 1935, first nursing in Wayne, Alberta and later at the Drumheller Hospital where she attended the births of many children. Barbara is survived by her children -- son Terry (Pat) and daughters, Lynn (George) and Bonnie. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and by her sister Marjorie Clarke. Barbara was predeceased by her husband Adolf and her son Roger, as well as siblings Alice, Gladys, Mary and Tom. The Funeral Service will be held at the Knox United Church, Thursday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. A sincere thanks to all the loving staff at Continuing Care and to Dr. Moshood and the caring staff at the Drumheller Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
SPAFFORD -- Irene (nee Ferrey) June 24, 1941 - September 5, 2007
Irene passed away on September 5, 2007 at the age of 66 years. She was born in Calgary, Alberta. Irene was the only child of Rita and Geoff Ferrey and lived her life in Drumheller, Alberta. In 1958 she married Ron Spafford and had four children. She is survived by her children -- Rick (Michelle), Kathy (Kirk), Debbie (Pete) and David (Darlene); as well as ten grandchildren -- Carly, Haily, Sarah, Josh, Lisa, Jordan, Ryan, Tyler, Melissa and Tanille. Irene will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many for her kind and generous ways. She was always there for her family and friends to lend an ear and offer heartfelt advice. A Funeral Service for Irene will be held at Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor James Clark officiating. Interment to follow at the Drumheller Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.