SCHAFER -- Albert October 14, 1915 - February 22, 2008
Albert Schafer was born on October 14, 1915 in Delia, Alberta and passed away peacefully in Drumheller, Alberta on February 22, 2008. Albert is survived by his daughters; Linda (Bud) Bryant of Drumheller, Gail (Richard) Olmstead of Craigmyle, son; Rick (Laura) of Cochrane, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Albert was one of eight children and is survived by his sisters; Elsie Herman of Trochu, Freida Ruff of Campbell River, BC, and Alvina Ripper of Drumheller. He was predeceased by his son Gary, his wife of 64 years Agnes, mother, Elizabeth, father, Lorenz, brothers; Art and Eddy, sisters; Millie Rosin and Lydia Bauer. Albert resided in the Delia – Craigmyle area all of his life. He lived for his family, friends, farming and his animals. Albert’s favorite hobbies were hunting, music and playing cards all of which he enjoyed with many. Albert will be missed by all who knew him but comfort is taken in the fact that he has joined Agnes, Gary and many others. Once again he can enjoy his favorite pastimes. Happy Hunting Dad! A Memorial luncheon was held from the Delia Community Centre on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
SMOLIAK -- Gloria, Lillian April 25, 1940 - February 23, 2008
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend. Gloria Lillian Smoliak passed away peacefully on February 25, 2008 at the Drumheller Regional Health Complex at the age of 67 years. Gloria will be remembered and always loved by her mother Mary Kitt of Two Hills, AB., brother Loree (Yolande) Kitt of St. Paul, AB., two daughters Cathy (Charlie Hrabec) Smoliak of Drumheller, AB., Caren (Darcy) Thompson of Hesketh, AB and seven grandchildren, Maria, Emily, Kristian, Elizabeth, Kyle, Colton and Kelsey. Gloria will also be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Gloria was predeceased by her father Walter Kitt in May 2002. Gloria was born in Vegreville, AB April 29, 1940 to Walter and Mary Kitt. Gloria, along with her only sibling Loree, was raised in Two Hills. Upon graduation at Two Hills High School, Gloria quickly pursued her passions in the secretarial and office administration field by attending the Alberta College in Edmonton, AB. Gloria graduated with a Secretarial Diploma in 1959. While having an education/career to Gloria was important, she also realized her desire to become a loving, devoted mother. After the birth of her daughters, Cathy, in 1969 and Caren in 1971, she dedicated many years to being a full-time mother. Gloria did not return to the work force until she was certain her family was self-sufficient. In 1984, Gloria was employed with the Drumheller Composite High School. The teachers, support staff and students became her extended family as she gave the same dedication, loyalty and motherly regard to both daughters and work. It was evident Gloria took pride and joy in her work. In 2005, 20 years later, Gloria retired from the Drumheller Composite High School. Gloria will always be remembered for her giving nature and strong dedication to work and family. Gloria provided a stable background and steady influence throughout the years. We were truly blessed to have a mother we admired, respected and supported us to achieve our goals in life. A courageous woman, with a strong sense of family, will always be loved and remembered. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Nazarene on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm with Pastor James Clark officiating. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to email@example.com or mailed to 1125 Newcastle Road, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y2.
BELL -- Tyler Lynn March 6, 2008 - March 7, 2008
Baby Tyler Lynn Bell, cherished daughter of Mike and Courtney Bell of Drumheller passed away on March 7, 2008 due to heart complications. Although Tyler was with us for a very brief time, she will be remembered lovingly by her parents, Mike and Courtney; big sister Harper; grandparents, Pam and Terry Yemen and Joyce and Rick Bell; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
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GAYSE -- Alice Adelaide
Alice Adelaide Gayse of Sylvan Lake formerly of Drumheller passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on March 9, 2008 at the age of 89 years. The funeral service for Alice will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Drumheller. Please call the parish office or Sylvan Lake Funeral Home at 1-866-787-2151 for confirmation of date and time.¯ A complete obituary will follow at a later date. Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151
SMOLIAK -- Gloria, Lillian
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend. Gloria Lillian Smoliak passed away peacefully on February 25, 2008 at the Drumheller Regional Health Complex at the age of 67 years. Gloria will be remembered and always loved by her mother Mary Kitt of Two Hills, AB., brother Loree (Yolande) Kitt of St. Paul, AB., two daughters Cathy (Charlie Hrabec) Smoliak of Drumheller, AB., Caren (Darcy) Thompson of Hesketh, AB and seven grandchildren, Maria, Emily, Kristian, Elizabeth, Kyle, Colton and Kelsey. Gloria will also be fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Gloria was predeceased by her father Walter Kitt in May 2002. Gloria was born in Vegreville, AB April 29, 1940 to Walter and Mary Kitt. Gloria, along with her only sibling Loree, was raised in Two Hills. Upon graduation at Two Hills High School, Gloria quickly pursued her passions in the secretarial and office administration field by attending the Alberta College in Edmonton, AB. Gloria graduated with a Secretarial Diploma in 1959. While having an education/career to Gloria was important, she also realized her desire to become a loving, devoted mother. After the birth of her daughters, Cathy, in 1969 and Caren in 1971, she dedicated many years to being a full-time mother. Gloria did not return to the work force until she was certain her family was self-sufficient.Â In 1984, Gloria was employed with the Drumheller Composite High School. The teachers, support staff and students became her extended family as she gave the same dedication, loyalty and motherly regard to both daughters and work. It was evident Gloria took pride and joy in her work. In 2005, 20 years later, Gloria retired from the Drumheller Composite High School. Gloria will always be remembered for her giving nature and strong dedication to work and family. Gloria provided a stable background and steady influence throughout the years. We were truly blessed to have a mother we admired, respected and supported us to achieve our goals in life. A courageous woman, with a strong sense of family, will always be loved and remembered. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Nazarene on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm with Pastor James Clark officiating. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 1125 Newcastle Road, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y2.
Robinson -- Robbie (Richard Thomas) July 14, 1920 ~ March 16, 2008
Fondly known as Robbie, R.T. Robinson, Cap, Dad, Pop and Papa. Robbie is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Viola Rosella (nee -- Smith). Robbie was born in Drumheller, AB and was raised on a farm in Munson. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 - 1945. He was also a mechanic, a travelling salesman, and a licensed real estate agent for 50 years. Robbie was a born wheeler-dealer. He was one of the founding members of what is now known as the Calgary Real Estate Board and also the 400 Club. He was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #264, the A.U.U.C and the Danish Canadian Club. Robbie was predeceased by his siblings -- Bessie, Luke, Jo, Alice and Kay. Pop will be missed by his sons -- Tom, Garry (Madelon) and Cliff (Barbara). Papa will be missed by his grandchildren -- Kelly (Amanda), Kat, Shawn (Kirsten), Suzanne (David) and Brett; great grandchildren -- Talia, Neil, Theo, Nikolas and Patrick. Cap will also be missed by Vi’s siblings and numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones. Thank you to Dr. Anker and the wonderful staff of Unit 46 at the Rockyview Hospital for their care and attention. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #264 (1910 Kensington Rd NW Calgary, AB T2N 3R5), the Salvation Army (9618- 101A Ave, Edmonton, AB T5H 0C7) or Unit 46 at the Rockyview Hospital (7007-14 St SW Calgary, AB T2V 1P9). A Celebration of Robbie’s Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, Telephone (403) 272 - 5555.
MUELLER -- Harold
Harold William Mueller passed away March 20, 2008 at his home in Drumheller at the age of 81 years, surrounded by his wife Lorna and their five children. Through the last number of years and more particularly the recent months/weeks, Dad was challenged with advanced cancer. Despite his failing health, he never complained and was appreciative. Harold was born Feb 20, 1927 at the Conlin home in Ghost Pine Creek, Alberta. Harold married Lorna Anne Hoover from Delia on October 22, 1955, and recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary.¯ In his lifetime and throughout their marriage, Dads love for his family and 16 grandchildren was first and paramount. He will continue to be an influential mentor to their five children and immediate family members who include eldest daughter Elaine (husband Wayne; Brady Moses); son Darcy (wife Connie; Mitch, Kolton, Lincoln, Reagan); daughter Maxine (husband Dale; Darrel, Jason, Britney Alford); son Donald (wife Sheri; Zach, Taylor, Madi, Tatum); and youngest daughter Valerie (husband Rob Tinant; children Justin, Jesse, Brandi, Trennon).Harolds parents Robert William Mueller and Dianna (Gibb Hill) Mueller predeceased him in Jan 31/74 and Nov 10/67 respectively. Harold was one of five children and is survived by his two sisters Lois Steed (Muscatine, Iowa) and Dorothy Gilmore (Delta, B.C.) At very early ages, Harold's two brothers, Garnet and Donald passed away in 1919 and Mar 31/1937 respectively. Dads close cousin, Royden Fisher (Calgary) has been a valued and respected confidante and role model throughout his lifetime. The family farm, originally homesteaded in 1907 by Robert and Otto Mueller, has been successively farmed by Harold and Lorna, and their two sons/families (Darcy and Connie and Donald and Sheri). In recognition of this accomplishment, they jointly received the Provincial and Municipal Century Family Farm Award and celebrated this milestone in June, 2007 with family and friends. Since 1959 a truly valued working relationship and friendship has evolved with Frank Laslo when he began working with Harold and Lorna. Throughout his lifetime, Harold enjoyed participation and service towards Drumheller Co-op, Delia Masonic Lodge, Drumheller Stampede Barn, Ag Service Board, Planning Board and the M.D. of Kneehill. Harold will always be respected and remembered for his character and integrity, passion for farming, strong work ethic, fun loving, principles and values, philosophy and zest for living, positive attitude, genuine interest in others, progressive forward thinking approach, intrigue of farm machinery, thirst for knowledge, inquisitive nature, and his love to visit with absolutely everyone. All of Dads friends were extremely treasured and integral to his life. Genuine lifetime friend, Alex Bergos and brother-like friends Sandy Davie and Frank Laslo, were undeniably both admired and respected by Dad for their character, integrity and commitment. In recent decades, Bill Jones (deceased), Gordon Dodd (deceased) and Joe Demott have supplied Dad with endearing friendship, humor and comradery. Dads pallbearers represent some of the dear and respected families that he has had the opportunity to cherish and know. Harold lived his life in accordance with the principles of 'The Golden Rule.' (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you). He also firmly believed that you couldn't be a good boss until you could take the tool out of a mans hand, and show him how to use it.
On behalf of Harold, Lorna and family would like to especially acknowledge the timely, caring and thoughtful attention given to Harold and sincerely thank and mention Dr. D. Miller, Dr. L. Olfert, the staff from Home Care / Drumheller Hospital and Community Services, and Ray Ainscough /staff of Riverside Pharmacy. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, they may donate to the Drumheller Hospital Foundation - Cardiac Monitoring Fund.
TOBLER -- Alexina (Marion) May 23, 1936 - March 20, 2008
Marion went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2008. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. At her request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the friends of the Sunshine Lodge Fundraiser. Marion's family would like to thank those involved with the loving care that she received at the Acute Care, Drumheller Continuing Care and the Sunshine Lodge.
George -- Maxine Katherine George October 31, 1938 - March 22, 2008
Maxine Katherine George of Wintering Hills, widow of the late Randy George, passed away in Drumheller on March 22, 2008 at the age of 69 years. Born in Thelma, Alberta on October 31, 1938 she received her education in Cochrane. Maxine Jahn and Randy were married in Calgary on February 20, 1960 and they farmed in Gem, Alberta, until moving to their current farm in the Wintering Hills. She loved fishing and her time spent in Sicamous, British Columbia. Maxine will be remembered for her love and support of her family and for her love of the land. Maxine was predeceased by her husband Randy on November 13, 2007 and parents Max Jahn on April 3, 1980 and Katherine Jahn on March 28, 2004. She is survived by her son Bill and grandchildren Robyne and Randy; sisters Mary (Leo) Watrin and Betty (Bob) Baptie; brother Max (Sandi) Jahn and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 4th at 2:00 PM from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bassano, Alberta. Rev. Peter Baek and Rev. Hector Rose officiating. A private family inurement to follow at Bassano Cemetery. In memory of Maxine, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society #102, 1865 Dunmore Road S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8 or STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Brooks and Bassano. Telephone Toll Free (866) 362-4652 or (403) 362-4636.
Halahuric -- Simone Halahuric (Hanneuse) July 15, 1910 - March 18, 2008
Simone passed away March 18, 2008 in Edmonton at the age of 97. She is survived by two sisters, Maude & Ida of Victoria, BC and two sons John of Hussar and Frank of Olds.
Leonhardt -- Agnes
Agnes Leonhardt passed away peacefully at the Hanna Health Care Centre on March 28, 2008 at the age of 80 years. A Funeral Service will be held from the Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 12:00 P.M. Memorial Tributes in Agnes name will be accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (124-430 6 Ave S.E., Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2S8). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
Oleynik -- Tina - 1923 – 2008
Tina passed away at the Three Hills Continuing Care Centre on March 24th, 2008 at the age of 84. Tina was born on June 25, 1923 in Poland. She spent the war years in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1948. Tina and her late husband, Joseph operated the family shoe store and repair in Acme, Alberta. In 1959 the family moved to Three Hills and opened “Oleynik’s Footwear”. Tina was predeceased by her husband Joseph in 1990. She is survived by her loving daughters -- Helen (Tom), Joyce (Terry), Fran (Steve) and seven grandchildren -- Chris (Nicole), Brett (Rhiannon), Jen (Pascal), Danny (Amber), Taylor, Sarah (Glenn), Joe and two great grandchildren -- Keane and Ethan and all her special friends. “All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother” Abraham Lincoln Funeral Mass was held on Friday, March 28th, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Three Hills, Alberta with Father Les Drewicki officiating. Inurnment to follow at a private family gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapels, Three Hills. Phone 443-5509. Proudly serving our community for over 45 years.
Sandum -- Gordon
Gordon Sandum, beloved husband of the late Helen Sandum, passed away on March 28, 2008 at the age of 73 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Gordon will be greatly missed by his children; Donna (Darryl) and Alvin (Kim) and his grandchildren; Jennifer, Jason, Justin, Ciara and Wacy. Gordon was born in Bassano on February 24, 1935. He grew up in the Duck Lake area, attending school at the small rural schools. He married Helen on June 25, 1959 and they continued to live and farm in the Duck Lake area. Gordon enjoyed hunting, fishing, curling and watching his grandkids play hockey. He was a great supporter of the 4-H Beef club in Hussar and never missed a sale. He was a wise, caring man who was a farmer in the truest sense of the word. He cared about his land and his livestock. He had a wonderful sense of humour and loved reminiscing about the old times with friends and family. His family meant the world to him and they always came first. Funeral Services will be held on April 3, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hussar Hall. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Hussar Cemetery. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.
Wilson -- Margaret Lois (Doyle)
Our Mum, Gran, Auntie and friend, joined her daughter Corinne in heaven on March 29.2008. Margaret was the first daughter of seven children born to Alice E. Matheson and William P. Doyle in Dodsland, SK, Jan. 8,1920. She grew up in Hoosier, SK and began her life away from the family farm in 1937 in Vancouver. In 1939 she moved to Calgary, met Mervin Wilson and married in 1943. Together they raised six children -- Marilyn (Paul Dyck), Lenore (Peter Pfiffig), Corinne (Don Morris), Gerald, Sharlane Cressman (Clive Donaldson), & Laverne Cressman (Ruth Andres). They have welcomed and enjoyed 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In 64 years together she and Mervin were active community members, and traveled over 250,000 Km by motor home, collecting family, friends and genealogy info which produced 2 books. Her legacy to us includes a strong faith, love of books, music, the value of hard work, enjoyment and care of family and home, the joy and purpose of simple living, and a door always open. A service to celebrate her life will be held in Rosebud, the community she loved, on Thursday, April 3 at 12 p.m. , in the Evangelical Covenant Church (west side). In lieu of flowers donations to The Gideons, P.O.Box 3619,Guelph, ON, N1H7A2. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, Calgary & Red Deer (403) 216-5111.
BERDAHL -- Margaret (Peggy)
Margaret (Peggy) Berdahl, a long time resident of the Hesketh and Drumheller Area, passed away in the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the age of 91, following extended health problems. Peggy, the oldest of three children, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 19, 1916 to her parents Martin Sember (an early homesteader who moved west from his Ontario birthplace as a teen) and Rhoda (Comyn) (an immigrant from England) while on an extended visit to that Country. When Peggy was still an infant the family returned to the Hesketh area where she grew up. Peggy attended school at Appleyard, Lenox and Hesketh Schools, and also a short time at school in Calgary, before returning home, as a young girl, to help her parents. It was at this time that she met Gilbert Berdahl, a neighbouring farm hand. On December 18, 1937 they were married at the United Church Manse in Drumheller. They immediately started farming west of Hesketh, only two miles from the farm on which she had grown up and continued to farm there for 63 years raising a family of five children.
The expression “behind every man is a good woman”, was certainly true in Peggy’s case. Peggy was instrumental in their successful farming operation. She participated in every farming activity, and in fact, regularly took over the entire farm responsibilities. Whatever Gilbert did Peggy was right alongside helping him. They sold eggs, turkeys, chickens, milk, cream and garden produce. She made butter, separated cream, canned chicken and beef, and cured their own bacon. Peggy baked her own bread and had a large garden which supplied the family for the year. She picked and canned saskatoons and made chokecherry syrup. Gilbert & Peggy basically lived off the farm. Everything was homemade if possible. She did not have running water, until 1975 so Peggy carried water in for all daily needs including washing clothes and family baths. Mom was not a high profi le person but preferred to be the “worker bee” behind the scenes, content with the role. She was always one of the last ones to clean up at the end of the day or after an event. Although she was not recognized formally, she was known for her hard work by friends, family and everyone who knew her - church or community. She was always right in there, up to her elbows making it happen. Mom resisted many modern changes, such as the idea of women wearing pants; the new conveniences that made life easier for women such as microwaves, automatic washers, etc., and she could always “make do.” Her wants were few, her needs were simple. She was one of a few who was totally content with very little. Mom exemplified her strong Christian values through her dedication to Church, family and community. She totally accepted her husband as the “head of the household,” and accepted his decisions totally, even when she had other views of her own. Peggy encouraged and supported education and careers for each of the children. She had a humble and gentle nature - loved animals , especially cats and they loved her. She loved board games such as Crokinole, Scrabble, various card games and Bingo. As a young girl Peggy’s father gave her a new treadle sewing machine which she has always treasured, declining any attempts to get her a new machine later in years. She made her own wedding dress. Peggy was an exceptional seamstress and made clothes for herself and the children. She continued sewing things for her grandchildren, especially the girls. Peggy was able to continue her love for sewing at Sunshine Lodge where she did many alterations and repairs for the residents and staff, giving her a sense of usefulness and fulfillment. She felt a strong need to be “useful” to the end and continued to sew until about the last six months of her life when she became too sick to do so. Sacrifice was a key characteristic of her life. Peggy bought very little for herself, forfeiting conveniences and luxuries for basic farm necessities. Peggy enjoyed carpentry and built sleighs, a go-cart, shelves, storage boxes, doll cradles, toy boxes, seating benches and closets to name a few - all out of scraps of wood. Peggy was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for her legendary chocolate cake, cinnamon buns, pies, fried chicken and homemade bread.
Peggy and Gilbert moved to Sunshine Lodge in Drumheller on May 1, 2001, where they lived until she became hospitalized in December 2007 and had to give up their room there. It was then that she accepted the fact she was no longer able to care for herself. Peggy was then relocated to Continuing Care on February 19, to the same room which Gilbert had been only weeks earlier. Peggy passed away eight weeks later in the same bed her husband had been in, on the same day of the week to be reunited with her husband and other family in a better place. Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert Berdahl on February 6, 2008, Peggy is survived by son Gordon (Carol), daughter Carol (Russ Gill), daughter Elaine Berdahl, daughter Jean Hare, and son Dennis (Susan), 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, brother George Sember, sister Gladys Olson and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at Grace Lutheran Church, April 7, 2008 at 1 p.m. with Interment following, at Drumheller Cemetery. If you so desire, any donations may be made to the local SPCA, or Lutheran Womens Missionary League, Grace Lutheran Church.