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ALBERTA - Okotoks - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 42

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Date: Friday, 29 July 2016, at 11:30 a.m.


Passed away quietly on March 5, 2006 after a long battle against lung disease.

He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 27 years, mother Helen Walker of Creemore, Ontario; father Robert (Shirley) of Tara, Ontario; sister Judith (Clayton) Graham of Ontario; niece Christine of Ontario and nephew Adam of Ontario as well as Elaine’s children Tim (Corrie) McLean of Calgary, Lisa McLean of Calgary, Joe (Marilyn) McLean of Vernon, B.C., Wanda (Scott) Moreau of Phoenix, Arizona, Tammy (Dale) Isherwood of Lethbridge and Shawn (Jerri-Lynn) McLean of Nanton.

Scott is also survived by grandchildren Jesse, Cary, Jennilee, Bobbi, Cole, Kadie, Shelby, Taylor and Brianne.

Scott was born in Midland, Ontario on July 8, 1957 and moved to Alberta in 1975.

Scott had many successes in the computer industry. He enjoyed camping, RVing and fishing until his health failed and prevented him from doing the things he loved. Scott cared deeply about his pets; Molly, Gizmo, Spike and Kooter as well as many others over the years. Scott also left behind many special friends, Terry Grant, Dewy Matthews, Julie McLean, Tim Carter and several others.

Elaine is very appreciative to the great people that Scott worked with.

Special thanks to the organ transplant team, University of Alberta Hospital ICU staff, Dr. Zibgawi and Dr. Chan from Calgary. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Snodgrass Funeral Chapel in Okotoks. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Organ Donor Foundation at To email condolences to the family please visit

Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home Ltd. (Okotoks) 938-3111.

1946 - 2006

John Cheesman, beloved husband of Sandy Cheesman of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2006 at the age of 59 years.

John was thought to be indestructible by most who knew him – loved by any that did. John worked every day of his life and helped anyone who needed it. He liked the simple things in life and will be forever missed by those who knew him.

Besides his loving wife Sandy, John is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Shannon, and Brian and Maryanne; eight grandchildren; David’s former wife Kelly; his mother Leone Cheesman; three brothers, Rick, Wade, and Stephen; two sisters, Laurie-Sue and Corrie-Lyn; and his mother-in-law Pauline Lowther.

Funeral Services were held at McInnis & Holloway’s Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 2:30. Forward condolences through

In living memory of John Cheesman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 3J3 Telephone: (403) 256-9575. You may wish to email your family and friends to let them know that the above obituary may be viewed on line at: for the next 30 days.

1911 - 2006

Janet was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 23, 1911 to Peter and Margaret (Scott) MacBeth and lived most of her life in the DeWinton area. She passed away peacefully at home on her 95th birthday.

She came to Calgary with her mother after the loss of her father in WWI. They settled on New Street in Inglewood, and Janet attended Col. Walker and William Haultain schools. In 1932 she married Walter Poffenroth and moved to the family farm in DeWinton where she remained except for the war years when Walter worked in the Turner Valley oilfields.

Typical of true prairie women, Janet enthusiastically adapted to the demands and rigors of farm life. Her determination and warm personality led to her active participation in the community, serving as president of the Ladies Auxiliary and also belonging to the famous DeWinton Ladies Sewing Circle for over 50 years. Janet was an avid curler and belonged to the old Victoria Park Curling Club. She loved the animals she worked with and in her later years became an interested bird watcher. Janet was a devoted mother and grandmother who had a great zest for life and people.

Janet is survived by a daughter Barbara (Keith) Groves; a son Robert (Donna) Poffenroth; four grandsons, Maury, Richard, David (Susan), and Corey (Melanie); five great-grandchildren, Samantha, Steven, Chloe, Alyssa and Arianna; a sister Margaret Marks; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1987; an infant son; brother Murdock McLellan; and sister Muriel Heaver.

Funeral Services were held at McInnis & Holloway’s Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Doug Powell of Okotoks United Church, presider. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Pine Creek Cemetery Society, P.O. Box 148, DeWinton, AB T0L 0X0.

In living memory of Janet Poffenroth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 3J3 Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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MARCH 31, 1939 - JUNE 29, 2006

Jean was a native Calgarian, and the firstborn child of May and Emil Deere. She had a brother, David, and a sister, Gloria, who predeceased her. She grew up in Renfrew, where she attended Stanley Jones Elementary School and Crescent Heights High School. Jean married Robert (Bob) Porter in 1955 and together they had four children. She was a skilled seamstress with a talent for interior design and gardening, and she made their little house a home. She was a stay-at-home mom until their divorce, when she went to work for Simpson’s-Sears in the drapery department. Jean was a gifted pianist, having achieved her Grade 9 level through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her children have many happy memories of listening to her play Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, interspersed with the pop tunes of the day. She played piano and organ for the LDS church for seven years when the children were young. Jean met Rodger Blackwood in 1970 and they married in the Northminster United Church on her 34th birthday. They, and the boys, moved onto the Blackwood homestead in Davisburg, south of Calgary. Jean jumped in with both feet, raising pigs and chickens and acting as bookkeeper for their family business Highwood Air Services. Jean and Rodger have one son together. Jean also took the opportunity to learn how to fly, receiving her private pilot’s license in 1981. She worked part time for many years as a dealer for the Cash Casino, and later the Stampede Casino where she moved up to Pit Boss. She worked for Government of Canada Health and Welfare, and then as an Employment Insurance Claims Investigator at the time of her retirement. After retirement, she volunteered her time with various clubs and organizations such as the Okotoks Elks and the Alberta Wheelwrights Association. In her free time, she spent time with the ‘girls’, the family’s Clydesdale horses. Jean is survived by her husband, Rodger Blackwood, her children Linda (Ron) Snoddon, Rob (Denise) Porter, Brad (Pam) Porter, Steve (Donna) Porter and Scott (Leigha) Blackwood; eight grandchildren Annalise, Rebecca, Emily, Sarah, Julie, Colin, Sydnee and Alex. Memorial service was held at Snodgrass Funeral Home in Okotoks on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 with Grant Hill presiding. Forward condolences through
Memorial tributes may be made directly to The Rising Sun Long Term Therapy Garden, P.O. Bag #1, Black Diamond, AB. T0L 0H0.


It is with great sadness the family of Ralph Edmund Fairbairn announces his passing on July 2 in Calgary. Ralph is survived by his loving wife Susan, sons Dennis and Rick and daughter Joanne. A private family service will be held at a later date. In memory of Ralph memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007- 1A St. SW Calgary, AB T2H 0G5. Arrangements are in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes (Okotoks) 938-3111. To e-mail condolences visit

1928 – 2006

Stanley Berry of Okotoks, AB passed away July 5, 2006 at the age of 77 years. Stanley was born in Strome, AB and helped his father on the family farm before leaving to work in the oilfields at 14 years old. He then tried his hand at truck driving. He finally found his passion when he began working for Alberta Light Horse and got a job with the Bohomolec family of Sundre, where he showed and contested Quarter Horses and helped with the cattle operation. He took pride in helping the family start a new horse ranch in the Crowsnest Pass by showing in halter, cutting and western pleasure classes. This is where he achieved a record in National Halter Competition by winning Reserve Champion in stallion, mare and yearling in the same year. After leaving the Pass, he moved to Okotoks where he began training horses and doing farrier work. In 1971, he met his wife, Paula Robinson and moved to Nanton, where they had Jesse (1977) and Naomi (1979). After suffering a heart attack, Stanley went to work for John Scott, where he was able to continue working with horses, cattle and appear in movies. After working with John Scott, he started a septic vacuum business in the Okotoks area. In 2001, he sold his business and moved into the Sheep River Lodge where he lived out his days. Stanley is survived by his two children, Jesse (Melanie) Berry and Naomi (Bill) Shields; grandchildren Austin Berry and Luke Shields; three sisters Anne Spiller, Dorothy Spiller and Elsie (Collin) Thorburn; one brother Maurice (Mary) Berry; and many nieces and nephews. Celebration of life service will be held at the Heritage Inn in High River, AB, Thursday, July 13 between 2 p.m. and 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, 200 Woodgate Road, Okotoks, AB T1S 1L2, (403) 938-3111. To email condolences, please visit


It is with great sadness the friends of Mrs. Boerschmann announce her sudden passing on June 9, 2006 at her home in Okotoks, Alberta. The love of Mrs. Boerschmann’s life were animals, she was very kind and patient in the training of many animals over the years starting back when she was very young, living in Germany during the war she trained many horses. Many of Mrs. Boerschmann’s special friends can remember her preparing special treats for their dogs such as slow roasted chicken breasts, she also bought apples by the case load along with carrots for her horses. Mrs. Boerschmann will be fondly remembered by her Daschaund “Tiki” as well as many other special friends. In memory of Mrs. Boerschmann a memorial service was held on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel (Okotoks) at 10 a.m. with The Reverend Doug Powell officiating. Arrangements are in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes (Okotoks). 938-3111.

1957 – 2006

It is with great sadness that the family of Doug Wilson announce his sudden passing on November 2, 2006 in Calgary at the age of 49 years. Left to cherish his memory is Rita, his loving wife of 24 years; sons Josh and Brandon; mother Marion Wilson of Calgary; brothers Donald (Beth) Wilson and David (Denise) Wilson both of Nova Scotia; sister Valerie Burrows of Calgary; mother and father-in-law Bernie and Helen Quesnelle of Sudbury, Ontario; sisters-in-law Susan Quesnelle of Calgary and Cathy Quesnelle of Nova Scotia; brothers-in-law Peter (Linda) Quesnelle and John (Amy) Quesnelle both of Kitchener, Ontario and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Doug was his father, Robert, in 2003. Doug was very active in the Okotoks community and devoted countless hours to minor hockey. He was also an employee with Petro Canada for 21 years and will be missed by numerous friends and co-workers. A memorial service was held Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at St. Patrick’s Church, 1414 Shawnessy Blvd. SW, Calgary at 2:00 p.m. If desired, contributions may be made in Doug’s memory to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6. Arrangements were under the care and direction of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) 938-3111. To email condolences, please visit


A former resident of Blackie, Ellard Robert (E.R.) Egeland, passed away at Creston Valley Hospital on October 28, 2006 at the age of 91 years. Ellard was born on March 4, 1915 in Elkhorn, Manitoba to Marcus and Lulu Egeland. He was the oldest of seven children and was raised on a farm in Acadia Valley, Alberta. At the age of 22 he came to the Blackie district where he met and married Jean Selma Willocks in 1938. He worked at various jobs until 1944 when he bought the Blackie John Deere dealership. He and Jean raised nine children. He moved to the Kootenay Lake area of B.C. in 1972 and married Margaret Eileen Bird in 1974. They operated the Gray Creek gift shop until Margaret’s death in 1981. Then Ellard moved to Riondel and worked in the cart shop at the Kokanee Springs Golf Resort from 1978 until 1994. His last move was to the Swan Valley Lodge in Creston. Ellard loved sports and organized, coached and played hockey, baseball, curling and golf. He was very active in the community, at one time the mayor of Blackie and served on town council for years. As a charter member he was instrumental in starting the Lions Club in Blackie and the Kootenay Lake Lions Club and the Blue Bell Manor Retirement Home in Riondel. Ellard is survived by his special partner: Lila Cook; his children: Bob (Linda) Egeland, Riondel, B.C.; Ray (Jean) Egeland, Blackie; Velma (Bob) Huntsberger, South Fulton, Tenn; Janet (Jim) Ellice, Blackie; Judy (Spence) Molyneux, Silver Valley, AB; Dan (Pat) Egeland, Rimbey, AB; Penny Egeland and Barry Montgomery, High River; Eric (Teresa) Egeland, High River; Cindy (Doug) McFadden, Nanton; 23 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother John Egeland, Acadia Valley and sisters Lois Barker, Edmonton and Eunice (Al) Harris, Sayward, B.C.; brother-in- law: Harry Simmons, Acadia Valley; and sisters-in-law: Eileen Yates, Airdrie; Ruth- Anne Egeland, Calgary; Kay Willocks, High River; Eve Jenkins, Calgary. Ellard was pre-deceased by his father and mother, Marcus and Lulu Egeland; his children’s mother: Jean Egeland; his wife: Margaret Egeland; his brothers: Norman and Gordon; his sister: Kelly Simmons; sisters-in-law: Twyla Egeland, Mary Willocks, Daisy Groeneveld; brothers-in-law: Ed Barker, Ted Willocks, John Groeneveld, Bill Willocks and Hugh Jenkins. A celebration of life service will be held at the G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel in Creston on November 18, 2006 at 11 am with Pastor Jim Reimer of Nelson officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Swan Valley Lodge Equipment Fund, Bag 1880, Creston, B.C. V0B 1G0 or Creston Valley Hospital, Palliative Care, Bag 3000, Creston, B.C., V0B 1G0.

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