Michael Joseph Redlak
Michael Joseph Redlak, of Edmonton, and formerly of High Prairie, passed away on Nov. 27 at the age of 75 years.
He is survived by his family: Linda (Dan) Tilleman of Calgary; Donna (Brian) Moreau of Montana; three grandchildren, Danny and Christopher Tilleman, Dawson Moreau; three sisters, Anne Hwozdecki, Olga Kostiuk and Helen Caryk, all of Edmonton; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by: his son Dale and daughter Frances.
Prayers were held Thursday, Dec. 2 at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church in Edmonton. Divine Liturgy followed Dec. 3 with the Very Rev. Don Bodnar officiating.
Cremation to follow at the Park Memorial Crematorium.
James Alex McLeod
James Alex McLeod was born on July 15, 1974 and passed away at his home in High Prairie on June 30, 2007 at the very at the very young age of 32 years old. He is gone but not forgotten. James was better known by his family and friends as Little Jim. Nothing was little about Jim. Little Jim was born in Edmonton on July 15, 1974 as the only son of James and Phyllis McLeod. He was survived by his two sisters: Debbie Hawryliw and Veronica McLeod. Later, to increase the siblings Phyllis added Samantha Kruger, Darryl Martin and Justin Martin. Part of Jim’s life included his eight nieces and nephews: Kimberly and David Cunningham; one great-niece, Alexis Rose, Nicolas and Miranda Hawryliw, Kevin and Teasha Kruger, Angel Martin, and a nephew he considered his very own, Ethan Martin. Our brother, our son, our uncle, our friend, our hero. Today, we remember his life. Jim loved anything to do with the outdoors: fishing, camping, power saws, quadding and fires. Any time Jim could sit outside by the fire with family and friends he took that opportunity. Roasting hotdogs, smokies, and anything that could be charred were his favourite. Another of Jim’s hobbies was reading about social history, world wars, and playing Risk. He always considered himself the master of Risk. All who knew him would have to rise to the challenge of a game of Risk. Jim loved celebrations, mostly because it was the traditional Ukrainian food. He loved to help make perogies and cabbage rolls, but he ate them faster than they could be made. Jim cherished his family more than anything in the world. He always called frequently, always was available if a niece or nephew needed to be babysat. Jim always said, “I love you, and give me a hug”. Those were the words that we will always remember. Some things that Jim remembered and cherished were: 1. Seeing and or/being in the mountains. 2. Grade 9 graduation. 3. Spending time with his nieces and nephews. 4. Cruising with loud music playing 5. Running power saws. 6. Family gatherings - Christmas was his favorite! 7. Participating in the Summer Games in Stettler, Alta. 8. Watching hockey. 9. Hanging out with his friends. What now. . .a new journey begins! We know we will miss Jim dearly, but his memories will live through us forever. His laugh, his smile, his big bear hugs, his endless stories, his crazy jokes, and his loud roar as he entered into any room. With that. . .live life like Jim would have! Laugh loudly, smile always and remember to say, “I love you and catch ya on the flipside.”
Richard Clarence McLean
Clarence and Kay McLean sorrowfully announce the death of their oldest son, Richard Clarence McLean, on Jan. 2, 2008. Richard was born on May 10, 1954 and passed away at the age of 53 years. He is survived by: his parents, Clarence and Kay McLean; two brothers, Randy (Kathryn) David (Cindy); nieces Tara and Chantell; nephews Scott and Mitchell; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by: his sister. Melanie; his grandparents; uncles Arnold Cowell, Gerald McLean, Arnold McLean, Brian McLean and Gordon Henschke. Richard will be sadly missed by family and friends. He always had a smile and a cheery word. A private family service was held on Wednesday January 9, 2008 at 2 p.m.
Gwen McLachlan was born in the High Prairie Providence Hospital April 3, 1952 to Clarence and Joyce McLachlan and passed away March 23, 2008 at the age of 56 years. Gwen lived with her parents on their homestead near Sunset House until the fall of 1954 when they moved to a quarter section of land 1 1/2 miles northwest of High Prairie. In 1955 Gwen endured the arrival of her twin siblings, Deb and Brian, who as young children, delighted in destroying Gwen’s toys. The years passed quickly and as adults the threesome became best friends. The McLachlan family suffered a deep loss in 1982 when Joyce passed away. Gwen cherished the relationship with Brian and Angie; Deb and Bruce. She was especially proud of her nieces Natalie, Sara and Gina, and her nephew, Max, and all their accomplishments. Gwen took all her schooling, Grades 1-12, in High Prairie. At the age of 18, Gwen left home to attend Vermillion College where she studied fashion design. In 1971 she returned home to High Prairie where she began working at Pleasant- view Lodge. A couple years after she started working at the lodge she took on the position of lodge matron at the tender age of 21. She remained at the lodge, and later on the seniors’ apartments, until a few weeks ago. During Gwen’s 37-year career she successfully ran the lodge with her characteristic quiet, calm but firm manner. She was an expert on building mechanical systems and oversaw several building expansions and renovations. Gwen, along with fellow lodge managers May Fidler and Gisele Letourneau, travelled for many months together to Red Deer College to take the Alberta Lodge Manager’s course. She was an active member of the Alberta Lodge Managers Society for several years. Heart River Housing administrator Pat Billings, says Gwen was an extraordinary shopper, always managing to seek the best price regardless of the item. Gwen was “boss to dozens of employees over the years and was pleased to help nearly 700 seniors make Pleasantview Lodge their home. Gwen was more than an employee or co-worker to those who worked with her. Former Falher lodge managers Lucine Bouchard and Gisele Letourneau recall their comradeship and have many wonderful recollections and souvenirs from the times they shared together. She was a dear friend to her colleagues: kind, caring, always supportive. She was a reassuring presence whenever she was near. On a fine June day in 1989 Gwen invited a fellow named Jim to go fishing with her. She landed more than fish that day! Gwen had met the love of her life, Jim Trevors. Jim fondly says Gwen had looked until she found the person who needed her the most. Gwen and Jim were quietly married in a small Las Vegas chapel Feb. 23, 1996. With their marriage, Gwen became step-mom to Jeff and Jackie. In 2006 Gwen and Jim happily attended Jeff and Andre’s wedding in Mexico. Gwen and Jim were even more thrilled when Jeff and Andre presented them with granddaughter Alexa in 2007. Earlier this year their joy doubled when Jackie and her husband Danny St. Germaine welcomed their baby son, Cole, in Montreal. All of her life Gwen had itchy feet - she loved to travel. She happily recalled her trips to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, Las Vegas, St. Pierre and Miquelon, the Grand Manan Island and the Maritimes. Her many road trips to visit family in Saskatchewan, British Columbia or to visit Deb, Bruce and the girls in Bow Island, Alta., were equally enjoyed and were always an adventure. The ultimate road trips were when she was able to go cruising the highways in her 1979 Corvette. Gwen adored her car. Gwen was a very artistic and creative person. She was a painter, a carver, a sculptor, a cook and a seamstress. Samples of her art are spread throughout the area. Gwen loved the outdoors and nature. She hunted, fished, skied, wind-surfed and was even part of a hot air balloon chase crew. She was an avid gardener and took great pride in planning, growing and maintaining her garden. She was the handiest woman around. Gwen was very capable of making any repairs to their house, cabin or vehicles - she was a mechanic, plumber, electrician, carpenter, roofer, house painter and flooring specialist. Angie recalls if ever she complained to Gwen about some needed repair that within the week Gwen would have it fixed or resolved in some manner. She never shied away from a challenge and no task was too great. Her skills were well utilized at their Joussard cabin. Over the years Gwen and Jim have worked hard improving their lake lot and cabin. Jim says their cabin was the place they would retreat to get away from the stresses of the work day. Gwen, Jim, family and friends happily gathered at the cabin often. Fish fries and blueberry pancakes made from fresh-picked berries were just a couple of the highlights. Gwen was a member of the High Prairie Art Club and in recent years was a very active member of the High Prairie Beautification group. While undergoing cancer treatments in 2005, Gwen passionately took on the task of painting the Nativity Scene in her garage. The Nativity Scene has been displayed in front of the Town of High Prairie office building each winter since. Whether it was helping to prepare for the Communities in Bloom judges or the winter Light-up celebration, Gwen was always there to lend a hand. Gwen truly knew how to enjoy life to its fullest. Her courage, determination and strength never wavered through her battle with cancer. Even though she was the one with the disease, she was the one comforting us without even knowing she was doing it. Gwen always had a smile and a positive attitude. Gwen will be forever loved and greatly missed by her husband Jim; stepson Jeff Trevors, daughter-in-law Andre and granddaughter Alexa; stepdaughter Jackie St. Germaine, son-in-law Danny and grandson Cole; her father Clarence McLachlan; brother Brian McLachlan, sister-in-law Angie and their children Natalie and Max; sister Deb Corraini, brother-in- law Bruce and their daughters Sara and Gina; and by her special feline friends, Jazz and Tom. Gwen is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Gwen will be sadly missed by each of us and the thought of not seeing her or talking with her feels overwhelming. But her presence is felt even more today than ever before. She will continue to shine her light in each and every one of us. She was a true inspiration to us and we are eternally grateful for her friendship.
Mary Ida Periard
Mary Ida Periard, of Saddle Lake, Alta., and well-known to many people in the High Prairie area, passed away in Saddle Lake Feb. 25, 2005, at the age of 70 years.
Mary was born in Saddle Lake Feb. 8, 1935.
A wake for Mary was held March 2 at the Ayiwakes Cultural Centre in Saddle Lake. A Mass of the Christian Burial was held March 3 at 11 a.m. at Ayiwakes Cultural Centre with Rev. Father C. Prosdocimo, O.M.I. and Rev. Father G. Laboucane O.M.I. officiating. Cremation followed.
Pallbearers were Clayton M. Shirt, Stacy Buchkowsky, Randy Collins, Raymond Shirt, Clayton Shirt, Tim Margetts, Darcey Shirt and Wesley Proch.
Mary Delphine Lauck
Mary Delphine Lauck passed away Jan. 5, 2006, following a lengthy illness since her 91st birthday Nov. 7, 2005.
She leaves to mourn: sons Donald (Pearl), David (Fran), Vernon (Jeanne), Dennis (Jackie); daughters Barbara Cookman, Joan Crawford, Judith Bayerle, Luella King (Doug), Mary Savill (Myler) and Wanda Gillespie (James); plus numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by: spouse Selmer (Sam); sons Harold, Doug and Kenneth; daughter Shirley; and one grandson, Denny.
Mary was born and raised in the High Prairie area. She was a pioneer of the Heart River and Banana Belt communities. She worked hard and endlessly in the years of raising 14 children with none of the luxuries of power and running water. Her children’s clothing were made by her hands and the good food they ate was grown on the farm in her large garden. Mary loved to cook and she excelled at it. She cooked in various oil rig camps, restaurants and lumber camps until her retirement at the age of 65 years.
In 1982, following the death of Sam, Mary moved to the Golden Age Apartments in High Prairie.
For the past 25 years her love of gardening was shown in her glorious flowers that grew every summer in front of her apartment.
She devoted her life to family and friends; her generosity knew no bounds.
This great lady will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Mary Diane Adams (nee Kozie)
Mary Diane Adams (nee Kozie) was born in Poland on Dec. 11, 1937.
At a very young age she moved with her parents to Germany and then in 1947 they immigrated to Canada. There they lived in the Gilwood area and Mary attended school in High Prairie. She worked at a local restaurant known as Alma’s Café and at a local grocery store called Farmers Trading. It was while working at Alma’s Café that Mary met her future husband, Don Adams. Don was in the gravel trucking business. Mary and Don were married in High Prairie on Jan. 27, 1956.
Mary left her work in public life to assist her husband with his business and to raise their family. Don and Mary retired from the trucking business in 1985 which enabled them to travel quite extensively until her health began to fail. During her life, Mary truly enjoyed her family, the many fishing trips and camping excursions and was always very supportive of all her children’s activities.
Mary was very active in the community over the years participating in the Catholic Women’s League, the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary (life membership) and the Ladies Legion Auxiliary. Mary was truly a recognizable face at the Town Office as she, for many years, assisted in manning municipal elections.
Mary passed away with her family at her side, on Dec. 20, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. She lived a life of faith and tremendous pride.
Mary leaves to mourn her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Don, and their three children: Donna (Jim) Smyth of Edmonton and their children Sherri, Jennifer and Brandon; Gary (Barb) of High Prairie and their children Shaun and Megan; and Larry (Darlene) of High Prairie and their children Stuart, Patrick and Sara; as well as her younger bother Jim (Florence) Kozie and his family of Red Deer.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Josephine Kozie.
In celebration of Mary’s life, a private memorial service was held on Dec. 22, 2005, followed by an open house at the Catholic Church Hall.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society or the High Prairie and District Palliative Care Society, Box 33, High Prairie, Alta., T0G 1E0.
Mike Marczyk, a long time resident of High Prairie, passed away at the High Prairie Palliative Care Unit on the evening of June 6, after a battle with cancer, at the age of 66 years. He is survived by: his wife, Marie; sons Michael (Laura) and Kenneth (Glenda); sister Gladys; grandsons Brandon and Cordell; granddaughter Katie and great granddaughter Zoey; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mike’s family would like to extend thanks to the hospital staff, Dr. Edwards and the many friends for the support they gave during his struggle. A very special thanks to Pastor Pat Duffin and his wife, Sheila. Mike requested that there be no funeral but there will be a private family scattering of ashes after cremation. He will be sadly missed by all.
Mackenzie Fraser Maurice Bruce
Mackenzie Fraser Maurice Bruce (Mac) was born in Red Deer on Nov. 18, 1961. He lived most of his life in Grande Prairie surrounded by friends and family. He passed away due to a car accident Dec. 22, 2005.
Mac is survived by: sons Cody (April) and Matthew, daughters Darci, Dallas and stepdaughter Nicole; grandchildren Jayden Mackenzie and Taylor Mackenleigh; brothers Chad and David (Denise) and sisters Ruth (Brian), Shelley (John) and Sam; stepfather Glen, Uncle Rusty and cousins Tyler and Robyn; nieces Toni, Teri, Jeni, Dawna, Krista and Kailey; nephews Kane, Taylor, Mason and Everette.
Extended families include the Sutherland family, the L’Hirondelle family and companion Rhegan Koshnysh and family.
He was predeceased by: his father, William (Bill) Bruce and mother, Judy Lee Olson.
Mac touched many people in his life and will be greatly missed by all.
A service was held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Oliver’s Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel at 3 p.m. Interment followed in the Grande Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Mac’s Kids.
Lyle Ernest Carl Fjeld
1957 - 2006
Lyle Ernest Carl Fjeld was born in Prince Albert, Sask. on Nov. 4, 1957, and died suddenly on March 13, 2006, at the age of 48 years old due to an industrial accident near High Prairie.
He was the eleventh child born to Nellie and Albert Fjeld. Lyle moved, with his family, to High Prairie in 1963 when he was six years old. Eventually, they settled on a small homestead west of town.
Lyle’s childhood consisted of survival in a household with lots of noise and activity - what you would expect with that many children underfoot. There were many hours of street hockey, with no street, only dirt and dust, with his brothers. Lyle learned how to take a transmission out of a car, taught by his older brothers, by the time he was nine years old.
In 1976, Lyle met his soul mate and love of his life, Charlotte Bean. They would have been married for 30 years this October 7, 2006. They had a unique relationship, but from the time they met, they were never far from each other and always holding hands.
In 1984 Lyle and Charlotte were blessed with their only child, a son, Dallas Kyle Fjeld. From the second Dallas was born, it was love at first sight for Lyle and there was an unconditional love and support for Dallas by his very proud father.
Lyle was a very dedicated and loving father to Dallas. He was very proud of all of Dallas’ accomplishments and especially proud when Dallas represented Alberta at the Winter Games in Greenland through his badminton skills. Lyle was Dallas’ number one fan and loved to watch Dallas play minor hockey and later on, play with the High Prairie Regals.
In the early 1970s, Lyle moved to Kimberley, B.C. to work because his brothers, Doug and Carmen, were working there. He then played for the junior hockey team, the Kimberley Knights, and made many good friends over the time he spent there. When Lyle returned to High Prairie, he played for the High Prairie Regals. Lyle liked to be in the middle of a tussle and even as a fan in Cranbrook and High Prairie, got escorted out of the arena a few times by the authorities.
Lyle loved hockey and was an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team. Over the years Lyle accumulated a large collection of Toronto Maple Leaf articles that were prominently displayed in his hockey room. One of the greatest thrills for Lyle, Charlotte, Dallas, and good friend, Pete DeJong, was their visit to the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto before the team located to a new facility. This was a dream come true for this loyal fan to watch a Toronto Maple Leafs game in the Gardens and as a bonus, get to see the Toronto Blue Jays in action. An unexpected meeting with Carlos Delgado, first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays at the time, at the convenience store next to their hotel, was a real thrill. Lyle talked about this trip for a long time after.
Lyle worked many years for Buchanan Lumber and then the Town of High Prairie. In 1997, Lyle purchased, and operated his own logging truck under the name “Dallas Trucking”.
Lyle’s first interest in the guitar was sparked by his cousin, Russell, when he would walk down to Russell’s and practice on the guitar for hours. After marrying Charlotte, Lyle became more serious about this activity so he learned to play guitar under the watchful eye of his mother-in-law, Iona. He was a quick learner and, again, practiced for hours. Lyle formed a band called Tracer which eventually evolved into “Blue Steel”. Blue Steel was entertainment in the community at many festive occasions including family weddings and reunions. On many occasions we were blessed with the announcement of “Elvis has entered the building”. Lyle would be dressed in full Elvis attire including the black hair, sideburns and curled lip.
Lyle loved to have get-togethers at his home with the band supplying the music for the evening and early morning hours. Much to the delight of nieces, nephews and friends, Lyle and Charlotte hosted an annual ‘mud bowl’ soccer event. Even the old time clock from the Sports Palace arena was on site. Everyone had fun and got dirty.
Lyle will be missed by all who knew him. He was a very unique and special person.
Lyle is survived by: his loving and dedicated wife, Charlotte; his son, Dallas; three sisters, Judy (Arne) Kuhn, Beverley (John) Baliski and Elda (Charles) Ireland; six brothers, Ron (Beatrice), Dennis (Valerie), Doug (Mae), Carmen (Velda), Reg (Cindy) and Rob (Tina); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by: his father, Albert; mother, Nellie; brothers Garnet and Clifford; and one sister, Norma, in infancy.
Lyle, you will be forever loved and missed.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the High Prairie and District Sports Complex Society, Box 2158, High Prairie, Alta., T0G 1E0.
Laura Lizee (Dion)
Laura Lizee, longtime resident of the High Prairie area, passed away on April 16, 2007, at the age of 98 years. Laura was born July 11, 1908 in Weedon, Quebec. She was the eldest of three children. A few years after her birth, the family moved to Gravelbourg, Sask. She was only 12 years old when her mother died of tuberculosis and Laura was left to help her father, Magloire Dion, care for her younger siblings: Henry, her brother (died 1990) and her sister, Yvonne Gauthier (Wilfred, deceased) resides in Portland, Oregon. In her late teens, she worked as housekeeper and nanny to a number of families. One of these families happened to have a son who fell in love with Laura. Lucien Lizee and Laura were married Jan. 31, 1928. Their first child, Andre, was born in April of the following year (died Oct. 7, 2005). In 1929, Lucien decided to move further west. So he, with his young family, acquired employment at St. Anthony’s Mission farm in Prairie Echo where the second son, Harvey (Rose) was born. Harvey died in August 1991. A short time later, his Excellency; Bishop Guy of Grouard, hired Lucien as his personal chauffeur; a job that many others where hoping for. The family then settled in Grouard where three more children were born including Guy (now living in Delta, B.C.); Joseph (Carmelle) from High Prairie; and Guylaine Hood (Bill) of Kelowna, B.C. When the opportunity was presented to Lucien, he purchased St. Anthony’s Mission farm, which he had been renting for several years from the Arch Diocese of McLennan/Grouard. There he resided until his death on Sept. 13, 1986. During their residence at the farm, three more children were born: Robert (Jacquie) of Edmonton; Roger (Marie-Rose) of High Prairie and Yvonne Savill (Jim) of Sherwood Park. In the fall of 1943 the house was destroyed by fire. After the new house was built, two more children were born: Monique (Gary) Perry (Monique died Sept. 28, 1987 and Garry on Sept. 8, 2001); and Dennis (Linda), also of High Prairie. Laura was an avid crocheter and quilter. She won many ribbons at the local fair for her creations. As the family grew she made afghans and quilts for her many family members. She was well known for her hospitality and you never left the house without something to eat, whether it was her freshly-baked bread or, her yummy Saskatoon pies. In 1992, Laura was encouraged to move to the Pleasantview Lodge, where she stayed for the next 13 years. There she made herself useful in many different ways. In 2005, a serious blood clot in her leg dealt the final blow to her mobility and Laura was then moved to the J.B. Wood Continuing Care facility. There she resided for the last 19 months of her life. Throughout her life, Laura gave of herself in the service and care of others; first to her siblings, then to her husband (married 58 years) and her children, her grandchildren, her friends and neighbours; as well as her co-residents at Pleasant-view Lodge; until finally her strength gave out and would not allow her to do anymore. Laura was predeceased by: her husband, Lucien; three of her 10 children including Andre, Harvey and Monique; two grandsons including Darrell Cox and Terron Savill; twin infants; and great-great grandsons Joshua and Nicholas Popp. She leaves to mourn: seven children, 32 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. On the morning of April 16, Laura quietly passed away in her sleep. God left her on this earth for as long as He could; just three months short of her 99 birthday. A celebration of Laura’s life was held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on April 21, 2007 with Father Tony Chakkunga and Father Abraham Srambical officiating.
Laura Arlene (Stewart) Johansson
1946 - 2006
Laura Arlene (Stewart) Johansson passed away in her home on Feb. 8, 2006 at the age of 59 years.
Laura was born on April 14, 1946 to Dorothy and James Stewart in High Prairie. She was raised on their farm in the Smoky River area along with her siblings Joyce, Karen, Rodney, and Mike.
Laura met the love of her life, Klas Johansson, and they married on April 8, 1967. They began their marriage building their homestead on Alder Ridge Road. They had four children: Vern, Susan, Judy, and. Jason. She worked hard alongside Klas on the farm, bringing in the crop and feeding the cattle and pigs.
In 1984 she was introduced to a young foster child named Lana, whom she immediately took into her heart and considered her a third daughter.
When her grandchildren began arriving, she was the happiest grandmother around. She went to work for the Best of Friends Daycare for a few years until her arthritis became too unbearable. Her life continued to revolve around her family and grandchildren, and her love for each and every one of them was astronomical.
Five years ago she suffered a stroke, and it was discovered that she had a chronic lung infection. She was sent home having to rely on oxygen to breathe. She made the most of each day and suffered in silence while giving her family and friends all the love and support that was needed. She loved her life on the farm and she knew that her loving family would take care of all her needs. She was always willing to listen and tried her best to help in any way that she could.
Laura leaves behind to mourn her loss: her loving husband, Klas Johansson; her five children including Vern (Cindy), Susan (Danny), Judy (Garry), Jason (Rianna), and Lana; her grandchildren: Matthew, Leeann, Erin, Nicole, Michel, Montana, Mackenzie, Nicole, Nicholas, David, Kristi, Jesse, and Echo; her two great-grandchildren Trenton and Cillian; her sister Karen (Ole); her brothers Rodney (Phoebe), and Mike (Betty); her Aunt Olive Heath; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was predeceased by: her mother and father; her sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Duane Lind; her mother-in-law Anna (Johansson) Polard; her father-in-laws Algot Johansson and Frank Polard; her brother-in-law Einer Johansson; and her great-nephew Travis Quartly.
The funeral was held at the High Prairie United Church on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Sharon McRann officiating. The eulogist was Albert Gannon. Shirley Johansson supplied the music. Pallbearers were her nephews: Ken Grotkowski, Allan McLeod, Ronnie Johansson, Dean Johansson, Larry Johansson, Lyle Johansson and honorary pallbearers were Kevin Backs, Josh Imrie, Trevor Barnes, and Sheldon Nyberg.
Interment followed in St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery in High Prairie.
Donations may be made to the High Prairie Palliative Care Unit as expressions of sympathy.
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Laura Edith Evans (nee Cook) passed away on Jan. 13, 2006, at the High Prairie Health Complex with her daughter and family friends by her side.
Laura is survived by: her daughter, Ellen Evans of Edmonton; sister-in-law Grace Cook of St. John’s; nieces Caroline Stewart of Beaverlodge, Alta., Donna (Ken) Stewart of Edmonton; Gwen Walsh, Cathy (Glen) Turpin of St. John’s; and two nephews, David (Verna) Evans of Three Hills, Alta. and Robert Cook of Dartmouth, N.S.
She was predeceased by: her husband, Archie; her parents, John and Edith Cook; and her bother, Allan.
Laura taught school for 40 years in Hanna, Notikewin, Manning and High Prairie. She was a member of the Royal Purple receiving her 45-year pin in 2005. During her time in the Royal Purple she served as Past District Deputy for the district covering Slave Lake to High Prairie. She also served on the Hospital Auxiliary for over 20 years.