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ALBERTA - Okotoks - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 40

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Thelma passed away at the age of 90 in the early hours of December 20, 2005 at the Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary. She was comfortably surrounded by family during her last days and her life had a peaceful ending.

Born May 5, 1915 to parents Otto and Edith Pearl Hillman in the Burnside District, near Portage la Prairie, MB, she lived in that area until age sixteen. Thelma then travelled west with her father in 1930 to Outlook, SK. After a short stay they travelled north to a homestead in the Loon Lake District. During that trip Thelma rode horseback and herded the livestock fording the Saskatchewan river in the process.

She was indeed, a pioneer.

Thelma worked very hard, alongside her husband, Ken, to make the family business, Johnson’s Resort, on Ministikwan and Fowler Lakes a successful entity. Thelma loved gardening and her flowers and always had a very soft spot for all animals, particularly her cats.

Throughout her life she faced many trials and chose to draw strength instead of despair therefore becoming the pillar of strength for her family. Thelma was a lady who opened her door for her friends and family and never thought it was too much trouble to whip up a meal.

Her priority was family and the love that they got from her is a reflection of who they are today. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and never missed a birthday or special occasion in their lives.

Thelma was successful in Las Vegas and enjoyed trips to Hawaii with Ken. Her life was faithfully recorded in a diary of many volumes.

Thelma resided in Okotoks, AB, near family, at the time of her passing.

She was predeceased by her brother Victor Hillman, daughter Carol Johnson, son Douglas Hannah and wife Terry and grandson David Hansen. Left to mourn are loving husband for sixty years, Ken Johnson; daughters, Dorothy (Allan) Hansen and Donna (Paul) Pospisil; grandchildren, Charlene (Dan) Hansen, Brian (Luanna) Hansen, Janet (Richard) Landry, Shawn (Joy) Hannah, Karla (Mike) Pospisil, and Natasha (Troy) Pospisil; great grandchildren, Danny, Shayne, Devin, Jestice and Journey. There are also several cousins in Manitoba as well as nieces and nephews throughout western Canada.

Thelma requested that her ashes be interred with her daughter, Carol, in Loon Lake, SK, during the coming summer.

Miss me a little … but not too much
Miss me … but let me go.

Email condolences to subject Thelma Hannah. Arrangements entrusted to Leyden’s Funeral Home, Reception and Cremation Centre, Calgary, AB Tel (403) 228 4422


Passed away suddenly while visiting family in Okotoks, AB. on January 1, 2006 at the age of 75 years.

Peter Byrne of Grand Falls-Windsor, pre-deceased by parents Samuel and Catherine Byrne, brothers Jack and Jim. Left with fond and loving memories are his wife of 53 years Allison (Hedges), daughters Beverley (Bert Anstey) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Bonnie (Darroch Vokey) of Carbonear, Joanne (Sean Byrne Hynes) of Burlington, ON, sons Edward (Madeline) of Mount Pearl, Peter (Louise) of Pasadena NL, and Paul of Okotoks AB, 12 grandchildren that he dearly loved and was so proud of, Brad and Brenda Anstey, Paul and Shelly Byrne, Peter (PJ) and Lisa Byrne, Heather, Renee and Glen Vokey, Jessica, Samantha and Sarah Byrne. Six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Allison, Brandon, Brayden, Bailey and Lorelai.

Brothers Patrick of Buchans, Sam (Margaret) of Lewisporte. Sister Ameila (Peter) Turrek of Winnipeg, also left to mourn are a large number of nieces and nephews family and friends.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday January 7, 2006 at 2 p.m. from The Cathedral Of the Immaculate Conception. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Winston Green of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Grand Falls-Windsor. No flowers by request donations may be made in his memory to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Dad will be greatly missed.

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1914 - 2006

Our father John Duffin, MD FRCS died peacefully at his home near DeWinton, AB, on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the age of 91 years.

John was born in Toronto July 19, 1914, where he spent his childhood. He graduated in medicine from University of Toronto (Alpha Omega Alpha) and worked and taught at the Banting Institute. While at U of T he met and married his beloved Lois Edith Phillips, our mother, who died in 2003. During the war years Dad served in Holland and Belgium as lieutenant and major with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and participated in the liberation of Ghent, Belgium. After the war, Dad and Mum moved to Calgary, where Dad became Director of Laboratories at both the Holy Cross and Colonel Belcher hospitals, spent a period directing the Red Cross in Calgary, and established a large and successful medical laboratory practice. Dad moved the family to a farm south of Midnapore in 1956, where we all subsequently spent many happy years raising and showing Arabian horses including many champions and national champions.

He will be remembered lovingly by son David and his wife Charlene, daughter Judy Ballard (Truro, NS), daughter Susan and son-in-law Tom Walter; son Tim and his wife Cathy, daughter Elizabeth Cooper (Ft. McMurray, AB); his brother Norman and sister-in-law Joan (Gig Harbor, Wash.); and his 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

We would like to express our love and appreciation to the caregivers who have tended Dad so well the last three years, most notably wonderful Emilia Cabanela.

Dad has requested a private family service. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111,

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In living memory of John Duffin a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Telephone: (403)256-9575.

FEBRUARY 7, 1940 – JANUARY 20, 2006

It is with sadness the family of Don Dennison announce his passing on January 20, 2006 in Okotoks, Alberta.

He will be missed by his daughter Diane (Jamie Leeco) Dennison, son Donald (Lisa) Dennison, sisters Christine (Pat) Mann and Charlene (Norm) Sangster, grandchildren Jessica and Jenna and Laura Dunnett, Don’s caregiver and friend. His mother and father, Osmund and Elsie Dennison, brothers Charles Dennison and Robert Dennison and sister Thelma Schuddemat predeceased Don.

A memorial service was held Friday, January 27, 2006 at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel in Okotoks.

Arrangements are in the care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd, 200 Woodgate Road, Okotoks, Alberta (403) 938-3111,

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1922 – 2006

Passed away peacefully on January 24, 2006 at the Oilfields General Hospital in Black Diamond.

He is survived by Edna Teipel partner of 42 years; son Fred (Terry) Stevenson; granddaughter Alison (Richard) Schofield and their children Jacob, Brandon and Nathan of Quesnel, B.C. as well as numerous cousins in Calgary and Saskatchewan.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 1 p.m. at the Snodgrass Funeral Chapel in High River with Pastor Art Siemens officiating.

If desired memorial donations may be made to the Oilfields General Hospital (Active Care), P.O. Bag 1, Black Diamond, Alberta, T0L 0H0. To email condolences please visit

Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (High River) 652-2222.


Edie passed away at Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary, Alberta on January 25, 2006.

Edie was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on August 23, 1927 and lived there until 1999 when she moved to Alberta to be near her daughter and family. Edie was always involved with community activities. She was a lifeguard at the Moose Jaw Beach and spent many days with friends at the Moose Jaw Aquatic Club. She owned her own grocery store when she was only 17. In 1947, she married Sidney Hill, a soldier who had recently returned home from war. They lived in Moose Jaw their entire married life and raised three children.

Edie was predeceased by her parents, Grace Spiller and Frank Spiller, her first husband Sid Hill and her second husband, Louis (Scoop) Lewry, two brothers William (Bill) Spiller and Mervin Spiller.

Edie will be missed by her daughter and two sons; Molly Sapergia of Okotoks, AB; Skip (Mariann) Hill of Estavan, SK; and Roland (Brenda) Hill of Berkeley, ON; six grandchildren Terry Lee (Randy) Heidebrecht, Cody (Lori) Sapergia, Shawna (Mike) Scott, Laurie (Rolland) Bouchard, Dan Hill and Marc Hill; six great grandchildren - Sage and Casi Heidebrecht, Shay Sapergia, Kaelie, Emily and Sydney Bouchard; four sisters, Francis (Fran) Jardine of Moose Jaw, SK, Doreen (Red) Ford of Thunder Bay, ON, Isabel (Bell) Selinger of Regina, SK, and Elizabeth (Beth) Sinclair of Prince George, B.C.; two sister-in-laws, Ethel Spiller of Red Deer, AB and Doreen Spiller of Camrose, AB; numerous nieces and many, many friends.

In memory of Edie a memorial service will be held at the Church of Christ, 901 James Street, Moose Jaw, SK on Tuesday, January 31 at 2 p.m. with tea to follow immediately after the service at the Timothy Eaton Building.

If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the CNIB, Blood Services of Canada or to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Arrangements are in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes Ltd. (Okotoks) 403-938-3111.

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