GOUY -- Ashley
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ashley Gouy of Carbon, Alberta, Funeral Services will be held from the Church of the Nazarene on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor James Clark officiating. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
SORENSEN -- Robert (Bob) Earl February 28, 1942 - September 27, 2007
Robert (Bob) Earl Sorensen passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on the evening of September 27, 2007. Bob was born February 28, 1942 in Strathmore, Alberta to Jens and Olive Sorensen and was followed two years later by the birth of his sister Karen. Bob attended school in Carseland and helped on the family farm. He later worked for the Wheatland County on the road crew and during this time met Sharon Teare. Bob and Sharon were married on April 4, 1964, in Strathmore, Alberta, and were blessed with three children, Tammy Marie (1965), Sherry Ann (1966) and Earl Andrew (1971). Bob started working for the Alberta Wheat Pool on October 25, 1965, training in Strathmore and later going on to manage elevators in Crowfoot and Bindloss before moving to Rosebud in August, 1973. Bob continued to work for the Wheat Pool until May, 1997, when MS forced him to go on disability. Bob was always very active in the community and was a member of many organizations over the years including the Elks, Lions, and the Heart-to-Heart Society.
Bob’s greatest inspiration was his family and he loved to spend time with his eight grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud -- Megan, Bailey and Ashton Kathol, Tyler and Shelby Jensen, and Benjamin, Ainsley and Graden Sorensen. Bob will be sadly missed by his wife of 43 years Sharon, his children Tammy (Mike) Jensen, Sherry (Don) Kathol, Earl (Glenda) Sorensen; his eight loving grandhildren; his sister Karen Sorensen from Delta, B.C.; his mother-in-law Marie Teare of Strathmore, AB.; his two brothers-in-law John (Dawn) Teare and Gaylon (Teare) of Calgary; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many special friends. Bob was predeceased by his dad Jens in 1976; his mom Olive in 1981 and his father-in-law Fred Teare in 1988. A Memorial in Bob’s honor was held at the Knox United Church in Drumheller, Alberta, on Tueday, October 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., followed by lunch upstairs in the Hall at the Knox United Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Bob be made to the Drumheller Heart-to-Heart Society, Box 162, Drumheller, AB., or an organization of the donors’ choice.
McGECHIE -- Robert July 17, 1929 - September 23, 2007
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Davies McGechie at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. Bob was born in Drumheller, raised in Rosedale and resided most of his life in Morrin. In his early years he worked in the Coal Mines near Rosedale, for Mark Sands, and E.O. Parry in Morrin, later he was the Imperial Oil agent in Morrin & Drumheller. Bob hauled gravel for the MD of Starland, drove school bus and was the Custodian of Morrin School for 15 years until his retirement. He took great pride in his community and served on council for 21 years, as well as being a Legion and Hall board member. He enjoyed driving school bus and transporting students and grandchildren on various sport & field trips. His greatest joy was being surrounded by his family and listening to the laughter of his loved ones.
His parents Alexander McGechie, Janet McGechie Palmer, stepfather Isiah Palmer and brother William McGechie predeceased him. His is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vella; son Gordon (Kim); daughters Sharlene Ryks (Len), Lynn Orr, Janice Brereton (Darryl), Ellie Rosgen (Jeff); step brother Howard Palmer (Lois); and grandchildren Shawn, Jamie, Robert, Wayne, Elyse, Whitney, Tyler, Chris, Stephen, Daniel; and great-grandchildren Kiera & Aidan. Extended grandchildren Wayne, Lenora, Angie, Stevie, Cameron, Shantel, Erin and Ryan. Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the Drumheller Hospital to purchase a Bear Hugger (patient warmer.)
Zacharuk -- Pete (Uncle Pete)
Pete Zacharuk (Uncle Pete) passed away on September 22, 2007 at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 86 years. Pete was born on July 17, 1921 in Drumheller and was raised and received his schooling here. Pete is survived by his loving wife Simone; sister Kay Squire (Ed) and sister-in-law Mary Zacharuk as well as many nieces and nephews. Pete was predeceased by his parents John and Annie Zacharuk, four brothers Mack (Amy), Bill (Mary), Steve (Frances) and Nick (Margaret) as well as one sister Mary. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation, Palliative Care Unit or the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church on October 4, 2007 at 11:00 AM with Father Mario Basque presiding. Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
FERADI -- Albert Martin February 22, 1929 - October 5, 2007
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Albert (Ab) Feradi of Hussar, Alberta on October 5, 2007 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, following a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barb (nee Moulton), his children and grandchildren -- Jim - Shawna Marie; Shelley – Josh, Bryce and Darby; John (Shawna Lee) – Jordan and Gavin. He is also survived by sisters Marguerite Feradi, Sylvia Kenzler and Frieda Feradi, brother Otto Feradi (Bertha); nieces & nephews. Born February 22nd, 1929 to Bernhardt and Marie Feradi in Stettler, AB, Ab was raised on the family farm before attending the agricultural school in Vermillion, Alberta. He settled in Hussar in 1951 working on area farms before venturing into the bulk fuel business with Imperial Oil in 1957. Ab married Barb in 1960, and shortly thereafter he was appointed the first manager of the Wheatland Co-op. After a short stint as manager of the Co-op in Olds, they returned to Hussar in 1968 as owners and operators of Feradi Auto Service Ltd, before retiring in 1997. Ab had a strong love of the community, volunteering tirelessly on countless projects in Hussar and area. He had a wide circle of friends and his unique sense of humor will be greatly missed. Above all else, his love and pride in his family, was unquestioned by all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held in the Hussar Community Hall on Friday October 12, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Village of Hussar First Response Team, Village of Hussar, P.O. Box 100, Hussar, Alberta, T0J 1S0.
SOWERBY -- Ryan Gerald 1972 - 2007
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ryan Sowerby on October 5, 2007 near Rosebud, Alberta. Ryan was born in Drumheller, Alberta on July 29, 1972. He attended Carbon School and continued on to college in Kamloops to earn a Small Engine and Marine Mechanics certificate. Ryan worked as a professional truck driver in the Drumheller area for many years. One of his proudest achievements was operating a Honduran bar on the island of Roatan for several years. Ryan was someone who could find the humour in any situation and made all around him appreciate the moment.
Ryan is survived by his fiancé Annick Girouard and expected child; mother Wendy Barber; father Brian Sowerby (Sheila); brothers Trevor (Lisa), Daniel (Ginette), Michael (Jennifer); and nephews and nieces Kyla, Addison, Justin and Avery; grandfather Len Davies, mother-in-law Ginette (George) Kelly; father-in-law Serge Girouard; brother-in-law Yan Girouard (Lilly); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Alice Davies and his paternal grandparents Jean and Leo Spitzig. In celebration of Ryan’s life an informal memorial luncheon will be held on Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Carbon Community Centre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made at any Alberta Treasury Branch under the “Baby Girouard-Sowerby” Trust Account.
BISHOP -- CLIFFORD WILLIAM May 8, 1930 - October 6, 2007
Clifford William “Bill” Bishop passed away suddenly at home on October 6, 2007. Bill was born on May 8, 1930 in Calgary, Alberta. His true passions in life were the love for his wife Kathleen, and his love of farming. Bill started farming in Balzac where he worked for his dad and then for Meredith Griffith. Bill married Kathleen Watt on October 30, 1951. Together they moved to Taber, Alberta where they started to raise their family and farmed for Jack and Ione Winkler. In 1967 they moved to the Hussar area where they lived and farmed for over thirty years. Bill is survived by his son Lorne (Orlene) Bishop, his two daughters Karen (Melvin) Sandum, and Jeanne (Willard) Treacy, his seven grandchildren Cass (Laura) Bishop of McKinney, Texas, Colby (Toshia) Bishop, Travis (Tara) Sandum, Kim (Larry) Stawnichy, and Angela, Christopher, and Russell Treacy, all of Hussar Alberta, his eight great-grandchildren Owen and Hannah Bishop of McKinney, Texas, Everett and Kylie Bishop, Katelyn, Jacquelyn and Marli Sandum, and Trinity Stawnichy, all of Hussar. He also leaves to mourn his brother Gordon (Shirley) Bishop, brother-in-law John Mosca, and sister-in-law Alberta Erickson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his wife Kathleen, parents Clifford and Catherine Bishop, brother Stanley, and sister Hazel. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. Memorial services were held on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the Hussar Community Hall at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made directly to the Hussar Cemetery Fund or the Hussar Campground Fund (c/o Hussar Village Office, Hussar Alberta, T0J 1SO), or to the charity of your choice. WHEATLAND FUNERAL HOME LTD. (Strathmore) in care of arrangements. 934-5666
GOUY -- ASHLEY MAY November 26, 1987 to September 29, 2007
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our daughter Ashley May Gouy of Drumheller, Alberta, passed away on September 29, 2007 at the Foothills Hospital, after a car accident. She is survived by her parents Sherry and Allan Gouy; brothers Shane and Justin; sister Crystal; her daughter Taylor; grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
NELSON -- RAYMOND WAYNE
On September 14, 2007 in the Cemetery in his hometown of Pilot Mound, Manitoba, Wayne was laid to rest. It was a private service with thirty one of his relatives and neighbours that he grew up with him in attendance. Wayne did not have an easy life and we are thankful that he is now at peace. Anyone wishing to donate in his memory are encouraged to give to the S. Albertan Brain Injury Society.
CLOUTIER -- Claude
On October 16, 2007, Claude Cloutier of Carbon, Alberta passed away at the age of 76 years. A graveside service will be held from the Drumheller Cemetery on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 10:00 P.M. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
VAN RIPER -- Olga
Olga Van Riper, aged 91 years of Claresholm, Alberta passed away peacefully on October 14, 2007 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary with family by her side. She is survived by her four daughters -- Eleanor (Dean) Bobocel of Kelowna, B.C., Ilene (Henry) Hall of Cochrane, AB, Doreen (Art) Jervis of Linden, AB, Iona (Jim) Geissinger of Ardmore, AB; fourteen grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Dorothy (Morrie) Hendrix of Keremeos, B.C., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Olga was predeceased by her husband Kennth (1996); two brothers Leslie and Clarence; three sisters Evelyn, Margaret and Helen. Services will be held at Claresholm United Church on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Oliver C. Seward officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance (1441 Aviation Park N.E., Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3M7) Arrangements entrusted to Leyden’s Funeral Home, 4079 Frist Street West, Claresholm, Alberta. Tel -- 403-625-3212.
VOCKEROTH -- Grace Muriel (nee Wilson) June 8, 1929 - October 22, 2007
Grace was born in Delia, AB to Scottish immigrants James and Grace Wilson, who homesteaded near Delia upon their arrival in Canada. Mom was the fifth of six children. They were raised and educated in Delia. After completing High School, Mom went to work in the local telephone office. During those years, she never turned down a game of softball or a chance to go to a Saturday night dance. She then moved to Drumheller and went to work in the telephone office there. She met Roy Vockeroth on a blind date in 1956 and they were married in May of 1957. They moved to Calgary and were blessed with their first child, Ricky Roy, in October of 1959. They returned to Drumheller in 1963 and Mom gave birth to her second child, Carol Grace, in December of that year. Dad worked construction while Mom looked after the house and children. They moved to the Doyle Farm in the Kneehill area in 1969 and spent five years enjoying the hard work and many rewards of country life with which they had both grown up. While Dad worked the land and raised livestock, Mom had a huge garden and large yard to keep her busy. She spent many happy hours sowing, weeding, watering and canning the garden. When winter hours kept her indoors, she loved to play cards with many friends, doing crossword or jigsaw puzzles, and cooking or sewing, all the things a Mother did. Many was the day when we kids came home from school to the smell of fresh baked bread or cookies, butter tarts or some other homemade goody. They then farmed the Cosgrave Ranch near Rosebud for a year before returning to Drumheller, when Dad started his backhoe business. Mom took over the role of Secretary and Bookkeeper until Dad’s retirement in 1991. She took great pride in her yard and garden in town as well, especially, the prestige of growing the finest tomatoes around. After Dad’s death in 1997, she moved to the Manor to live out her years, missing her garden, but enjoying her puzzles and cards, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her sister Louise Pearson; sister-in-law Elaine Wilson; son Rick and daughter-in-law Sandra; granddaughter Mandy; great-grandson Daenen; daughter Carol and good friends and cousin-in-law Arlene Turner; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends too numerous to mention. Mom was predeceased by her parents; her husband Roy; her grandson Danny; three sisters - Irene King, Darwina Imler and Margaret Oakes; one brother Bill Wilson; and many friends and relatives. Mom’s wishes were honored by cremation and her ashes will join Dad’s. There will be no service at her request. If anyone desires, Mom and family would be pleased if donations were made to S.T.A.R.S. in her name. S.T.A.R.S., Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park, N.E., Calgary, AB. T2E 8M7.
ALBERTS -- Vi
Vi Alberts of Drumheller, Alberta passed away peacefully at the age of 84 years. A Celebration of Vi’s life will be held from the Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor James Clark officiating. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
McCracken -- Katie
Katie McCracken of Carbon, Alberta passed away at the age of 89 years. At Katie’s request a Funeral Service will not be held. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
AMUNDSON -- Victoria Genevieve (nee ALTHOUSE)
On Sunday, November 11, 2007 Vickie passed away suddenly at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 85 years. She will be sadly missed by her family. She is survived by her daughter Betty (Bernie Carroll) and son Allan (Shirley), grandchildren Trudi (Tommi Bruce), David Tyndale (Tara), Vanessa Carroll, Jason (Shana) and Jaime (Duane Phoenix). Great-grandchildren Kayla, Isabella, Meaghan, Ethan, Devyn and Dylan. She is predeceased by her loving husband Oscar in 2001, parents Henry and Josephine Althouse, brother Carl, Victor, Henry and Allan, sisters Sophie, Mary, Francis and Ramona. Vickie was born in Yorkton, Sask. and grew up in Canora, Sask with her family. Vickie was very involved in Oscar’s career in road construction. If they needed a cook or a timekeeper in the camps, they could always count on Vickie for assistance. The men were glad to see her in the kitchen because she was such a good cook. In later years Oscar and Vickie became snowbirds and spent several months each year enjoying the warmer climate offered by the Arizona sun. She loved to get out in her yard and work in the dirt. Gardening was one of her favourite pastimes and her yard work was admired by many. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and friends. In lieu of floral arrangements, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
COFFIN -- Douglas Keith 1945 - 2007
It is with great sorrow that the family of Keith Coffin announces his sudden passing in the Handhills near Delia, Alberta, on November 9, 2007. Keith was born on March 13, 1945, in Hanna, Alberta. Keith leaves to mourn his loving wife, Marlene; daughter Jacqueline; son Fred; daughter Darlene; grandchildren Adrianna, Xiomara, and Verona; and sister Marian Bjornsson. Keith was predeceased by his father and mother, Sherbourne and Kay Coffin. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14, at the United Church in Delia, Alberta. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the name of Keith Coffin to the Diabetes Association (Foothills) G124, 2204 – 2nd Street SW, Calgary, Alberta
ADAMS -- Florence
Florence Adams was born November 12, 1923 in Delia, Alberta and passed away November 13, 2007 at Daysland Health Centre. She was predeceased by husband Joseph and infant son, Robert; brothers George, Stanley, Arnold, Albert and Howard Billings; sisters Jessie Pierce and Gladys Kinsey. Mourning her loss are her son Joseph (Alice) Adams; daughters Bonnie Adams and Wendy (Ron) Markovich; her grandchildren Jay (Holly), Rick (Carol), Doug (Tasha), Kevin (Janelle) Adams, Shane (Lisa) Markovich and Shannon (Kevin) Kuzyk; her great grandchildren Stefani, Ashlie, Cayden, Justin, Jarred and Ryelyn Adams, Taylor and Noah Markovich and Dylan, Jordyn and Devyn Kuzyk; her brothers Russell (Lill), Clarence (Sonja) and Gerald (Anne) Billings; sisters-in-law Hazel and Eileen Billings and Anne Bacon. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Sunday, November 17, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in Drumheller at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home (403-823-2666), fax (403-823-8309). Donations gratefully accepted to Daysland Hospital Foundation or Providence Place (Daysland).
BROWN -- George Vernon
It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Vern Brown, beloved husband of Verlien for 42 years, on November 1, 2007 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, at the age of 81. He was the youngest of eight children of Hugh and Minnie Brown and was born in Cereal, Alberta on Sept. 1, 1926. Originally from the Lanfine area (south of Cereal), the family moved to the Craigmyle area, and ultimately settled in the Hand Hills. Vern had farming in his blood and took great pride in his farm and cattle. Even after retirement, you couldn’t keep him from heading up to his nephew Reg’s to help however he could. A friend to everyone in the community, he was always ready to offer a hand when needed. For nearly 50 years he served on the board of the Hand Hills Lake Club, the first 34 as a director and the final 16 as President. He loved being involved with the local Hand Hills Stampede every June and took special delight in being involved with the building of the new Hand Hills Lake Club House in 1981/82. Vern had the honour of opening the Hand Hills Stampede in 1999 after stepping down from his post as President. He was also Chairman of the Bull Pound Breeders Co-op, Service Board member for Special Areas and the local foreman for numerous years, plus many more affiliations. Sports were a great passion for Vern, both as a player and spectator. He played hockey and baseball for the Hand Hills Broncs teams and was an avid curler. Another love of his was card playing. Whether it was whist night at a neighbour’s house or beating his kids at Crib, he was always ready to deal the cards. After his health started to fail him, first with cancer; several heart attacks; and a slight stroke, he and Verlien moved to Calgary in 2004 to be closer to family and doctors. They found a great condo community to welcome them and to ease the transition into city life. He was predeceased by his mother, father, and siblings. He is survived by his wife Verlien; son Brian, his wife Sandi and their daughter, Gabrielle; daughter Michele, her husband Ryan, and their children Madison and Matthew; daughter Tammy and her husband Jeff; brothers-in-law Clarence (Celia) Patzer and Ben Mammel; sister-in-law Beatrice Howg; many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank everyone who sent prayers and thoughts during this time, your support has been very appreciated. Funeral services were held November 8, 2007 at Mountain View Funeral Home.