SOLES -- Douglas 1925 - 2007
In memorium for the Rev. Douglas Albert Soles who passed away on December 4, 2007 at the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years,Kathy Soles; his children David Soles, Teri Soles (Walter Higgs) and Heather (Jack) Lambert. Doug is also remembered by his four grandchildren and many other family membersand friends. Many thanks to the wonderful staff of the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre for their love and care. A celebration of Doug’s life was held on Monday, December 10,2007 at the Delia United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the United Church of Canada, Mission and Service Fund, 300, 3250 Bloor St.West, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4 or to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 400, 110 Eglington Ave. West, Toronto, ON M4R 1A3.
PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, Calgary & Red Deer (403) 216-5111 or 823-5151.
BOYKO -- Randall Garry
Randy Boyko, aged 48 years, of McBride B.C., died in a car accient near Valemont, B.C. on December 11, 2007. Randy was born in Drumheller on June 30, 1959. He attended school in Drumheller, then moved to the Okanagan. He worked many years in Ft. McMurray, before moving to McBride in 2002. Randy was predeceased by his parents Olga and Metro Boyko; his two brothers Steve and Eugene. He is survived by two sisters, Matilda (Jerry) Megyesi and Bev (Art) Coles; and their families, all in B.C.; sister-in-law Dolly Boyko; niece Krista Boyko (Brian) and nephew Steven (Lesley) Boyko and their family, all of Drumheller. Interment will take place in McBride, B.C. at a later date.
DRAKE (Pozzolo) Irma Elizabeth
Irma Drake passed away in Drumheller on December 14, 2007 at the age of 65. She was predeceased by her husband Austin. Irma is survived by her daughter Janet (Darcy); four grandchildren Michael (Tammy), Melissa (Randy), Dylan and Taylor. She is also survived by five great grandchildren Derek, Austin, Brook, Jake and Andrea; and by two brothers Bob (Joyce) and Bill (Shirley); and numerous nieces and nephews. On Irma’s request there will be no funeral and an Interment will be held at a later date.
MONTPETIT -- Gilbert (Gil) Cornelius
It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Gilbert (Gil) Cornelius Montpetit. Born December 22, 1926 in Edmonton, AB., he passed away peacefully at home in Drumheller, December 15, 2007, just 7 days short of his 81st Birthday.
Remembering a Special Man
“Because of him our own small world will never be the same.
and our hearts are filled with love when people speak his name ...
But though his face may not be seen among us here today.
His love is felt in all the hearts
he changed along the way.”
He is survived by his loving wife Carol; his children and grandchildren -- Roxanne (Keith) and Colter Russell; Yvette (Barry) Dee-Harvey; Jackie (Ed) Joshua and Brandon Caswell; Lance (Elaine) Carlie and Dayna Montpetit; Michele (Daniel) Quinn and Jobi Lucas; step-daugters Colleen (David) Mitchell and Jessica Pennington; Maureen (Thomas) Amelia, Stephan, and Monica Behl; and great granddaughter Elise Miller. Gilbert was predeceased by his parents Con and Marie Montpetit, sister Julie Montpetit, son-in-law Arthur Dee, and granddaughter Erin Pennington. A long time resident of Drumheller, Gil co-owned and managed Whitlock Lumber for a number of years, before starting Gil Investments, building and renovating many homes and businesses, throughout the valley. He touched the lives of everyone he did business with. As an active member of the community he served several terms as a school board trustee, was a lifetime member of the Kinsmen Club, and a committed blood donor. Gil was also a founding member of the Lake Shore Dwellers Association for Fish Lake, where many happy years were spent, always welcoming any and all who stopped by to enjoy the hospitality. Gil’s greatest job in life was his family. His happy demeanor was evidenced by his constant whistling, as all who knew and loved him will fondly remember. He is gone but will never be forgotten.
A life well lived Gillie!!
At Gil’s request no service will be held, in honor of Gil’s love and enjoyment of birds and all wildlife, memorial donations may be made to -- Nature Conservancy Canada, 110 Eglinton Ave. W., Suite 400, Toronto, ON. M4R 1A. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) 1 Nicholas St. Suite 612, Ottawa, ON. K1N 7B7.
NOTTAL -- Armin December 27, 1914 - December 11, 2007
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Armin Nottal. Armin was born December 27, 1914 and passed away peacefully December 11, 2007 at the Drumheller Hospital with his daughter by his side. He was 92. Armin moved to Canada with his wife and daughter from Valchava, Switzerland in 1954, residing at Ghost Pine, Alberta. In 1971 Armin and Anna-Maria moved to Three Hills where they resided for 25 years. In 1996 Armin and Anna-Maria moved to Drumheller to be closer to their only daughter, Adolfina. In 2003 Armin became a resident of the Sunshine Seniors Lodge in Drumheller. Here, he was visited by his daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren and made many friends with the residents and wonderful staff. Armin is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Anna Maria Nottal and will be sadly missed by his loving daugther and son-in-law Adolfina (Fe-Fe) and Allen Avramenko of Rowley; his two loving grandchildren, Lisa (Mike) Brown of Calgary and Jason (Bonnie) Avramenko of Rowley; and three special great grandchildren Jake and Rhys Brown and Zoe Avramenko. At the request of Armin, funeral services were not held. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. “There is comfort in knowing that you will be spending Christmas with Mom this year. We all will miss you dearly, Till We Meet Again.” In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Sunshine Lodge would be appreciated.
ROBERTSON -- Elaine Viola
Elaine Viola Robertson (nee Bowes) was born October 24, 1949 as the first child of Ron and Viola Bowes in St. John, New Brunswick. She is survived by her husband Don and two children, John (Angele) and Laura (Chris); her mother Viola; sisters Shirley (Bill), Linda (Jerry); and brother Ron (Merna); her grandchildren, Katherine, Sarah, Steven, David and Sean; also many other brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. Elaine was predeceased by her father Ron (1956) and her nephew Darryl (2000). Elaine graduated from St. James Collegiate (Winnipeg) in May 1967. She immediately found good employment with Great West Life Insurance, all along dating a young fellow by the name of Don Robertson. Well, the two were soon wed at the Knox United Church in Winnipeg on March 29, 1969. Elaine was warmly welcomed into the homes and hearts of the Robertson family. Her two children John and Laura were born in quick succession. Don and Elaine then moved to Drumheller, Alberta in September 1974. They immediately loved the community, their new found friends, and settled in to make this their home. Don worked at the Drumheller Institution in the purchasing department, and Elaine was a “Dedicated” Stay-At-Home-Mom. She took much pride in her children and home, and dedicated herself to that purpose. Along the way she gathered many, many dear friends and acquaintances, and she never forgot them, especially at Christmas time through her many cards and letters. Elaine was diagnosed with cancer in December 1999. This was the beginning of a very long, and to say the least, arduous journey. Elaine met this with the same positive resolve as she lived her life with courage, dignity and belief. Elaine passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 14, 2007 with family by her side. Elaine touched many people’s lives and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
“To My Children”
My Life On Earth Is Truly Past
I’ve Loved You Both To The Very Last
Weep Not For Me But Courage Take
And Love One Another For My Sake.
ROSELYNN FANO ROBBS (NEE PATTERSON) February 18th, 1933 – December 11th, 2007
It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Roselynn Fano Robbs our mother, grandmother, sister and friend on Tuesday December 11th, 2007at the age of 74 years old.Mom was born on February 18th, 1933 in Redland Alberta. The eldest daughter of the late, John and Mary (Desautels) Patterson. Mom was raised on a farm in Rosebud, Alberta along with her five siblings. On August 15th, 1953 she married Albert Fano of Hanna, Alberta (predeceased her in July 1980) where she remained and raised her three children; Linda Hill of Calgary, Don Fano of Hanna and Marilyn (Eric) Gross of Hanna. Mom was always a friendly outgoing person and will be remembered for her bright smile and sense of style. Although an outgoing person, Mom was also a rather private person and enjoyed baking, puttering around her home and yard and doing the odd home repair.Mom lived with Lorne Robbs (predeceased her in August 2002) for many years to which Lorne became a stepfather and grandfather figure to her three children and grandchildren. She also raised four little white poodles that were very dear to her heart and she loved them all like children. Freeway, Sheba, Bo and B.J., which have all predeceased her. Mom was always a hard worker and most certainly a doer and not a sitter. She always gave it her best and with pride; whether it was working around the home or the years working as a waitress locally.
In addition to her three children Rose is survived by five grandchildren; Lorne “Chase” Hill of Calgary, Marissa Fano of Hanna, Paige Osborne of Taber, Jason and Darrin Gross both of Hanna; four great grandchildren; Bryann, Britney, Carter Gross and Darius Dool all of Hanna; four brothers Joe (Betty) and George (Fay) Patterson of Strathmore, Jim (Marg), Frank (Irene) Patterson of Rosebud, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom also had a good friend, Neil Foster of Hanna who will miss her companionship.
Mom was also predeceased by her father John, mother Mary, infant brother David and only sister Blanche (Myron) Manuliak.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt, sincere and humble appreciation to Dr. Walters, Ken Hansen and the staff of the Hanna Hospital; to the staff of the Brain Tumor Unit 111 and 112 of the Calgary Foothills Hospital, Neurosurgeon Dr. Elizabeth McCrae of the Foothills Hospital. Also we thank all those who came to visit Mom, near and far, during her long stay in the hospital, the kind gestures, prayers and conversations, the assistance to the family and just their overall kindness. That was all so greatly appreciated and shall always remain in our hearts.
A private graveside memorial was held on Friday December 14th. Flowers are very gratefully declined and those that wish may make a donation to the Hanna Hospital in Mom’s memory, or to a charity of their choice.
Mom was always a very healthy vibrant woman that took pride in caring for her health. Her sudden illness has left us breathless and her passing has left us with a great void. She will forever remain in our hearts and memory and will be so very, very deeply missed.
We thank all of you that have been a part of mom’s life…large or small.