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Sears -- E. Evelyn (nee Edwards) June 11, 1919 – June 30, 2008

With great sorrow we announce the passing at age 89 of our family matriarch and much-cherished mother, Evelyn Sears. Eldest daughter of pioneer farmers Bill and Elvena Edwards, Evelyn was born in a farmhouse near the Horseshoe Canyon, west of Drumheller, amid the great influenza epidemic of 1919. As a girl she rode horseback through the Canyon to a one-room schoolhouse, then later attended high school in Drumheller. As a young woman she was a regular participant at the district weekend Bowery dances, where she twirled to the tunes, prepared box lunches, and made many lasting friendships. In 1942, Evelyn married Jim Sears, a partnership which remained strong and durable until his death in 1980. Evelyn raised seven children, took in boarders and many “lunchtime kids”, cooked, cleaned, baked goodies with abandon, deployed an imposing array of organizing skills, and welcomed one and all to her lively home. In 1955 the family moved to Hanna, where she spent five of her happiest years. In 1960 Evelyn and Jim relocated to Calgary and put down roots in Forest Lawn. For the next three decades, Evelyn lived in busy contentment at home in a whirl of social activity, aided by a wide circle of relatives, friends, and neighbours. In 1991 she transferred her home and energies to the Whitecliffe Estates seniors’ complex in West Dover, where she found new friends and a happy schedule of frequent social gatherings. Evelyn delighted in visitors, plentiful meals and parties or get-togethers of any type. She loved dancing, old-time music, family singalongs around the piano on St. Paddy’s Day, humming in the kitchen and countryside outings. She also sent birthday and anniversary greetings far and wide throughout the year, taking much pride in remembering each person. Her membership in the Resurrection Choir at Holy Trinity Church and sixty-five years of service to the Catholic Women’s League were an ongoing source of real fulfillment. Fittingly, in 1968 she received the Calgary CWL Mother of the Year award. She enjoyed many events as a longtime member of the Greater Forest Lawn Seniors Association, and as a charter member of the Dovely Court morning coffee clique. An exceptionally caring woman, Evelyn saw goodness in everyone, lived her Catholic faith, was constant in her friendships and reached out to help others all her days. She instilled in her children the importance of family solidarity, positive attitudes, diligent studies, deep morals and a strong work ethic. She prized her siblings and her grandchildren, attended their milestone celebrations whenever possible and relished their many achievements. In addition to her husband, Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, two brothers in childhood and her children Beth and Roddie. She is survived by her children Gordon (Bobbie) Sears, Murray (Debi) Sears, Ellen (Don) MacCalder, Gerry (Mary) Sears, Marilyn (Rennie) Dove and Rosalee (Bob) Ford; three brothers and their spouses, three sisters, one brother-in-law and one sister-in-law, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and their children—all with a special connection to Grandma/ Auntie Evelyn. Prayers and a eulogy to celebrate the remarkable life of Evelyn Sears were held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Thursday, July 3 and a funeral Mass was held on Friday, July 4 at the same location. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

“Do not weigh heavy on her,

O earth;

She was not heavy on you.” M.V. Martialis ”

No flowers please. If desired, donations in the name of Evelyn Sears may be made to the Agape Hospice, 822, 420 – 9 Avenue S.E. Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0R9, or to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 -11 Avenue S.E. Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0X5. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at Arrangements are in care of PIERSON’S FUNERAL SERVICE. Telephone (403) 235-3602.

WASMANN -- Alice Patricia (Pat) June 2, 1919 - July 3, 2008

It is with great sadness and sorrow that the family announces the passing of their beloved mother, grandmother and sister. Pat was predeceased by her husband, Louis, her brother, Harvey Shepherd, sister-in-law, Monica Shepherd and brother-in-law, Charlie Lantz. She leaves to mourn her sons, Wayne (Margaret, Melanie and Christopher), Larry (Janie) and daughters, Linda (Mike, Erin, Oliver, Dustin and Quinn) McSwiney, Lana (Darcy, Joel and Riley) Emann. Also to mourn are her sister, Eleanor Lantz and brother, Ken (Ev) Shepherd. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Royal Purple of Canada. Pat enjoyed taking her turn as hostess at the Pioneer Trail Centre for many years. She enjoyed spending time knitting sweaters, mittens and touques for the grandchildren. She will be forever remembered as a loving grandmother who always took the time to care for her grandchildren. Pat spent many hours baking cakes and cupcakes with the grandchildren. Mom loved going for drives and out for supper with Kay Vickers. She also enjoyed many hours selling tickets with her long time friend, Ethel Moar. She will also be missed by her other numerous friends and family. Special thanks to Dr. Olfert, nurses and staff at the Continuing Care Unit at the Hospital, Carol Houghton and the Manor and Sunshine Lodge, for their excellent care of mom. Also, a very special thanks to Barb Neigum for finding the time to go visit with mom. There will be no service at mom’s request.

WINEGARDEN -- David Michael September 19, 1964 - July 1, 2008

David Michael Winegarden passed away quietly on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at his home in Big Valley, Alberta after a short four month struggle with cancer. David fought the disease with great courage, strength and dignity, never giving in to despair even when the outcome was inevitable. His remarkable strength and determination will live on as an inspiration in the lives of his beloved family. David began his pipeline career at 19 years of age and spent his life working for some of the biggest Pipeline contractors in Canada. Though David worked all across Canada, he spent most of his working life in Alberta, making many lifelong friends along the way. David was admired by many for his skill and professionalism; he loved the challenge of his work. Colleagues have commented that it was always a pleasure to work with him and have described David as a true gentleman. Quiet and modest to a fault, he never truly realized the impression he left behind. His legacy is greater then he could ever realize and he will truly be missed by all. David will be forever missed by his beloved wife, Linda and his children; Katherine, Hailey and Cody, his parents; Everett and June Winegarden of London, ON, his sister Cindy Armer of London, ON, his brother, Frank Winegarden (Diane) of London, ON, his sister-in-law, Heidi Stillinger of Brooks, AB as well as his nephews; Tyler and Cory Armer of London, ON and Jesse Stillinger-Dick of Brooks, AB. A Graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at the Drumheller Cemetery with Jerry Beskowine officiating. A reception to follow at the Drumheller Inn. A Memorial service will be held in London, Ontario on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Memorial tributes may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital (Suite 1502, 8215 112 street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements (403) 823-2666.

Appleton -- Merna Jeanette (Gabby) October 31, 1930 – July 7, 2008

She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend. Mom, Gabby as most of us knew her, passed to her destiny, and loved ones before her, surrounded by cherished family members Monday July 7, 2008 at the age of 77 years. Merna is survived by her 5 children. Debbie (Brian) Bertsch, of Drumheller. Joanne Appleton, of Calgary, Charlene (Tony) Tost, of Calgary, Mark Appleton (Kim), of Calgary, Dwyn-Anne Appleton of Spruce Grove, Grandchildren Casey (Sherri) Cindy, Tina, (Scott) Tammi, (Brad) Christopher, (Lynn) Jennifer, (Sean) Jolene, (Chris) Melissa, (Jordon) Great Grandchildren, Kelsey, Eddie, Mason, Decklin, Barett, Gabe, Mikayla, Sampson, Brandon, Wesley, Dusty. Mom was predeceased by Charles Newton Appleton, her only true love. Brothers Bill , Tom and Rob Innes. Parents, Tom Innes and Minne (Blakley), many special family and friends. Mom lived a life full of love, and she spread sunshine, warmth and her true devotion throughout her 77 years. She was born in Calgary, and moved to Vancouver through the depression and post War era. After the death of her mother, at the tender age of 9 she was sent to live on the farm in Stettler, with her aunt, she spread her wings, and settled in Red Deer, where she met dad. Mom and dad, lived in numerous towns and cities, before settling in Drumheller, to raise family, and imbed in the community, that they trusted. Mom was involved in numerous community organizations through the 45 plus years of residing in Drumheller. Mom was employed at the Fossil Museum, for several years enjoying meeting new people, and pursuing her interest in the history of the valley. She then spread her interest and was blessed with another passion, of reading, and became the librarian at Greentree School where she became a mentor to countless students, and fellow associates. Mum saw the majority of her grandchildren through the school, and was treasured by many through her love of books. It was common to see some handmade crocheted and knit items, her ability to create was impeccable. Her gentle hands, stitched miles and miles of creation, that was enjoyed by many. “Toques for tots” with frills, Pom Poms, Bells, Tassles and Whistles; the fresh warmth of a baby blanket, that all her grandchildren, great grandchildren and more, entered the world in. Afghans for all, not a table without a doilie, or doll without a dress. Her friends commented that she could stitch toilet paper, and make an original creation. All her cards and memories beautifully hand crafted in her fine art of calligraphy. Not an organization that she entered was without flare. Earlier in her life, she was involved in Explorers, CGIT, United Church Choir, and UCW. Later to deepen her passion in OES, in both Canada and the USA. The last few years she became more involved in the activities for seniors, having a larger social surrounding than most. Cribbage, bridge, card games and involvement with her peers, kept her very involved in the community and Pioneer Center. Gabby was a green thumb, winning gardening awards, prize vegetables, fruits and flowers enjoyed by all. She taught us all to garden, and utilize anything that could come from the yard. Her last few days were difficult, but surrounded by love, the precious poems, cards and artwork from her talented great grandchildren that adorned her room carried her through her path to the everlasting. We will all miss her, there will be a void, words seem so slight at this time, but her memory and teachings will keep us all strong. Mama, Gab, friend, we love you then and always.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Merna may be made to the Pioneer Trail Society, 160 3 Ave. West, Box 1857, Drumheller AB T0J 0Y1. PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES,Calgary & Red Deer (403) 216-5111

COSTIGAN -- Robert Lefley (Bob) December 16, 1923 - July 7, 2008

Robert Lefley (Bob) Costigan, beloved husband of Lois of Calgary, passed away on July 7, 2008 at the age of 84 years. He is survived by Lois, his wife of sixty-one years; his daughter Debra Lee and son-in-law Don Whalen; sister Gladys Keeble and family; brother-in-law Lee Green. Bob was a native Albertan having been born in Calgary on December 16, 1923. He lived in Morrin, Alberta for some time and received his education in Morrin, Drumheller and Calgary. During the Second World War he served in the RCNVR, as a telegraphist and for the main part of his working life worked in the oil industry; first with Royalite Oil and then with Gulf Oil. Bob retired in 1980. At the time of his passing he was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Bob was very active right up to his passing, in Freemasonry. His Masonic history dates from July 7, 1953, when he was initiated into Corinthian Lodge, No. 22, Okotoks. In 1963, he was it’s Worshipful Master and again accepted the position of Worshipful Master – just to help out – and occupied this position at the time of his passing. When Elbow River Lodge No. 180 was chartered in March 1959, he was one of the Charter members and became its Worshipful Master in 1965. District No. 6 elected him as DDGM in 1968-69. For a number of terms he was a member of the Board of General Purposes and acted as the Grand Master in June of 1978. In 1997, Bob was a Charter member of the Internet Lodge of Research and served as its first Immediate Past Master. Bob has been a constant supporter of the Order of DeMolay and holds the Legion of Honour and the Cross of Honour. He is a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite where he held the office of Commander-in-Chief and was the holder of the Honorary Inspector General of the 33rd degree. In Royal Arch Masonary, he was Grand First Principal for Alberta and was a member and held offices in the Royal and Select Masters, the Preceptory and the Shrine. Bob’s smile and happy disposition made him a friend of all who met him. He was always a full participant in any group that he belonged to and was always willing to take more than his own portion of the work. Bob took many photographs of events that he attended and shared them most freely. These will be the basis of wonderful memories of a great man for many years.

“Ceased to Labour:

Home -- At Rest.”

Funeral Services were held at KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 3704 – 37 Street S.W., on Saturday July 12, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service followed at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. To email expressions of sympathy --, subject heading -- Costigan. HERITAGE FUNERAL SERVICES “Heritage Funeral Home” Telephone -- (403) 299-0100.

Simpson -- Robert Allan November 10, 1954 - July 14, 2008

Mr. Robert Allan Simpson of Red Deer, AB, passed away suddenly at home at the age of 53, on July 14, 2008. Robert, born on Nov 10, 1954, fought a courageous battle with cancer in the short time he was diagnosed. Robert leaves to mourn his loss, his devoted wife, Donna Simpson and step children and 8 grandchildren Lorie Schultz - Calgary, AB. Bernie (Angela) Toews - Neilburg,SK Veronica (Dermot) - Edmonton, AB. Robert is survived by his loving parents, William & Eleanor Simpson of Bentley, AB and 7 brothers and sisters -- Mary (Curtis) Lund - Red Deer Pat (Larry) Ross - Bentley Gordon (Laurie) Simpson - Red Deer. Fred(Joanne)Simpson - Bentley. Kenneth(Mona) Simpson - Penticton, B.C. Leslie (Carol) Simpson - Blackfalds as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews and a host of wonderful friends. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a time of fellowship and remembrance at the Red Deer Funeral Home, 67 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2008. Cremation entrusted to the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, AB. If desired, Memorial Donations in Rob’s honour may be made directly to the cancer society in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at # 1 - 43 Nyberg Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4P - 1R5 or to email, the address is

CALDER -- John Andrew Sr. 1932 - 2008

CALDER, John Andrew Sr. passed away at the Foothills Hospital on July 18, 2008 at the age of 76 years. Jock will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Catherine of 56 years; children -- Linda Schaber (David Schellenberg), John Calder (Denise), Pat Calder (Susan), Susan Ballendine (Scott), Karen Calder (Rob Brandley), Sandy Rautenberg (Craig) and Ron Calder (Theresa Herron); 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and sisters -- Mary Jones, Vesta Guss and Doreen Mallory. Jock was born on February 1, 1932 in Wayne, Alberta. As a young man, he worked in the coal mines along side his father. At the age of 20 years, Jock met Catherine and they were married on June 21, 1952. They moved to Calgary in 1956 to raise their family. He worked for many years in the oil and gas industry. Jock had a passion for driving and at the age of 55 years, he began Jock’s Trucking, providing a service to the oil and gas companies in and surrounding the Calgary area. Being a family man and raising his 7 children gave him much enjoyment. He was a member of the Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society. Jock worked hard all his life and was very proud of his many accomplishments. The family would like to thank the staff at Aspen Lodge and the Foothills Hospital for their care and compassion. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend an evening of visitation at Mountain View Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24, 2008 from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, July 25, 2008 at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Memorial Donations may be made directly to the Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society - Attn. Linda Digby (PO Box 521, East Coulee, AB, T0J 1B0). Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, 1605 - 100 Street SE, Calgary, AB. Telephone (403) 272 - 5555.

HYRN -- Irene Loise (Adolph) December 8, 1925 - July 15, 2008

Born to Jacob and Anne Adolph in Saskatoon, Sask. Graduated from nursing school in Prince Albert, Sask. Married Andrew Hryn in 1949 and lived in Prince Albert until 1967 when they moved to Drumheller, Alberta. Irene is survived by two sons and one daughter -- Don (Kathy) Hryn of Calgary, three granddaughters, Andrea, Samantha and Nicole; Rob Hryn of Brooks, AB and grandson Ryan; Anne (Dave) Pascut, three grandsons, Dave and great grandson Merrick, Mike (Emelyn), Gregg (Jamey); sister Isobel McAvoy of Saskatoon, Sask and her brother Dr. Jack (Rena) Adolph of Saskatoon. Siter-in-law Beth Bovay Adolph and brother-in-law Jack Newman. Irene was predeceased by her parents, husband Andy, brothers George and Bud Adolph, and sister Jean Newman, also many brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law. At Irene’s request there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Offield -- Louisa Shophie (nee Bossert) June 10, 1948 - July 13, 2008

Born in Drumheller to John and Ester Bossert on June 10, 1948. Lucy passed away suddenly in her home on July 13, 2008. She is survived by one sister, Laura Bossert and one brother Orvin (Judy) Bossert and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all. Funeral service will be held at the Drumheller Salvation Army Church on Monday July 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Drumheller Municipal Cemetery. Coffee and lunch will be held in the church hall, for a celebration of Lucy’s life. Love always, the Bossert family.

Bond -- Rena Mary

On July 26, 2008, Mrs. Rena Mary Bond of Edmonton passed away peacefully at the Shepherd’s Care Kensington long term care facility at the age of 76 years. She is survived by her loving sons, Pat (Jan), Grant (Marquita); Two grandsons, Ryan and Devon; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Rena also leaves her sister Armida (Len) Doyle of Calgary, and her brother Dino (Barb) Guidolin of Drumheller. She was predeceased by her husband John Raymond (Jack) Bond on April 3, 2007. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1.

BLANCHETT -- Athena (Tina) Carmen December 11, 1984 - July 30, 2008

Our loving angel Athena (Tina) Carmen Blanchett passed away peacefully in our loving arms. A bright energetic pet crazy (Cosmo, Baby Petty, Pedro, etc.) who will be sorely missed by all. Our thanks go out to STARS, Drumheller Hospital, Dr. Freland and the fantastic TLC from the staff and I.C.U. nurses. We want to thank all the people who helped us through this trying time. You know who you are. Good night my kiddo. The family would ask concerned people, to help STARS out with donations.

DUFLOTH -- Carol

Carol Dufloth passed away on Friday, July 25, 2008 at the age of 62 years, beloved wife of Kenneth Dufloth of Medicine Hat. She also leaves to cherish her memory her three children, Karen Dufloth (Sean Taylor) of Gull Lake, SK, Glen Dufloth and Coleen Vodon both of Medicine Hat; five grandchildren, Coleen’s children, Aaron, Garison and Brooklyn; Karen’s children, Shena and Carson; her sister Barbara (Bill) Penner of Drumheller, and her brother Brian (Jody) DeFoor of Rocky Mountain House as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her parents Richard and Eveline DeFoor, her grandson Devan King and son in law Kevin Vodon. Interment to be held on August 9, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Drumheller Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Newcastle Community Hall at 1:00 p.m. Memorial tributes may be made to the Palliative Care Program c/o Medicine Hat Regional Hospital 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to -- subject heading -- Carol Dufloth, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence. Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.

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