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ALBERTA - Drumheller - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 64

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Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016, at 10:35 p.m.

CLIFFORD -- Verda May (nee Gore) 1909 - 2006

Verda May Clifford, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Saturday, February 18th, 2006, at the Hanna Health Centre, at 96 years of age. She was predeceased by husband Harvey in 1993, sisters Louisa Gore and Vietta Wacker, and brother Bill Gore. She is survived by her children, Vietta (Lloyd) Johnson of Cody, Wyoming, Glen Clifford of Delia, and Wayne (Maureen) Clifford of Calgary; her grandchildren, Mark (Shannon) Allan of California, Tara (Mike) Styers of Alaska, and Lauren and Kellen Clifford of Calgary; and 11 great-grandchildren. As Deliaıs oldest citizen, Verda was an active member of the social community, participating in activities at the seniorsı centre and the United Church. She displayed a zest for life, living in her home until just before her passing. She cherished time spent in the company of those she loved, her family members and friends. Verda exuded warmth and compassion for others and always strove to meet lifeıs challenges with a smile. She exemplified what it is to have a kind and giving spirit. Some of her passions in life were playing the piano, playing bridge with her friends, caring for her cats, and reading. Funeral services will be held at Delia United Church on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006, at 11:00 AM; Rev. Travis Cannaday officiating. Interment to follow at Moutainview Memorial Gardens in Calgary. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary.

FRANK -- Theresa (Terry) Valdine February 18, 1943 - February 15, 2006

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Theresa (Terry) Valdine Frank. She is survived by William (Bill) Joseph Frank, her beloved soul mate of 43 years. She is also survived by children, Val, Brad (Brenda), and Ray (Kathleen); grandchildren, Chris, Michael, Robyn, and Kathryn; sisters, Starr (Robert), Kim (Lenard), Ang (Randy), Linda, and brother Jeff (Cindy). Along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 20, 2006 at Wheatland Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM. Interment Strathmore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Terry, the family asks that you donate to Teen Challenge Of Alberta (Box 1000, Station A, Calgary, AB. T2H 3B7). WHEATLAND FUNERAL HOME LTD. (Strathmore) in care of arrangements. 934-5666.

NEWMAN -- Kenneth G. 1917 - 2006

The family of Kenneth G. Newman is saddened to announce his passing on February 15, 2006 at the age of 88. Ken was born on August 29, 1917 in
Hand Hills, Alberta to pioneer parents Albert Newman and Florence McIntyre and raised in the Hand Hills and Craigmyle, Alberta. Following his father's early death Ken was raised by his mother and older siblings, Lyd and Ethel, leading to very close and enduring relationships. He led a varied and interesting life of many occupations from cowboy, mail deliverer, soldier, taxi driver, school custodian, chicken and cattle rancher to civic politics. Politics was his primary vocation in life, serving the public for over 30 years. He became a member of council and then mayor of Jasper Place. Following amalgamation with Edmonton, he successfully ran for alderman and continued his life of public service into retirement when he took an even
broader approach serving on the Provincial Planning Board for 12 years. He also served as President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. A lifelong interest in boxing led to service with the Edmonton Boxing and Wrestling Commission, valued friendships and the judging of many bouts of his favourite sport. All sports were of interest and Ken fished and hunted into the last year of his long and productive life. He is survived by daughter Sharon White (Dean) of Strathmore and son Ken H. Newman (Joan) of Calgary, former wife Alice B. 'Dolly' Newman, grandchildren Dena Annand (Ritchie) of Calgary and David White of Baden, Switzerland, Jenne Newman (Jae Planidin) of Calgary and Sara Newman of Calgary, and brother Don (Elsie) Newman of Calgary. Also survived by step-children Sandy and Kenny Askin, Donna and Chris Grey, Ginnie Richardson, all of Edmonton; and Lori Baker and Ken Baker of Vancouver; and step grandchildren, Holly, Greg and Hunter Mailo; Ginger, Darrell and Hope Friesen; Keri and Matthew Marano; Kyle and Jenny Grey; Melanie and Jill Richardson, all of Edmonton; and Ricky and Spencer Baker of Vancouver. Ken was predeceased by his second wife Marian Richardson Newman in 1995, parents Albert in 1925 and Florence in 1987 and step-father Norman McRae, sisters Ethel in 1981 and Jenny in 2004, brother Lydston in 2006 and son Bryan in 1982. Funeral service will take place at St. Timothyıs Anglican Church on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 2:00 PM. in Craigmyle, Alberta. Memorial donations can be made to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, 339 - 50 Avenue SE, Suite 271, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2B3.

HERMAN -- Randy Martin January 19, 1952 - February 13, 2006

Randy Martin Herman, born January 19, 1952 in Drumheller, Alberta. Randy died peacefully on February 13, 2006 at Ridge Meadows Hospital surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Randy grew up in East Coulee, Alberta until the age of 19 when he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1971. Randy was in his 35th year of service at the time of his death. He loved the time he spent in all of the communities he found himself living and working in. He enjoyed the community aspect of policing and none did it better than he.

Randy was instrumental in the development of the School liaison program and worked closely with the students in dry grad, S.A.D.D. and I.C.B.C.ıs safety programs. For many years he was actively involved with the Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears and served as the Lieutenant Governor for the Pacific Northwest. Randy is remembered for his love and devotion to the R.C.M.P. auxiliary program and for the past years has devoted his time building the program to better the community. He was passionate about life and his family, but once a year hunting with his buddies took precedent against anything else. Randy's life personified courage, tenacity, stamina and dedication.

Randy is survived by his living wife Tammy, their two sons, Sheldon and Tyler; his mother Matilda Herman and his brother William Herman, both of Drumheller, Alberta. Also survived by his mother-in-law Jeannine Franklin, brother-in-law Daniel Franklin, and his sister-in-law Roberta Marochi. He is pre-deceased by his father William Herman in 1980 and his father-in-law Robert Franklin in 1998. The family would like express our sincere gratitude for all the loving care and support Randy has received throughout his illness by his wonderful medical team of doctors and nurses. A celebration of Randyıs life was held on February 20, 2006 at 14:00 hours (2:00 PM.) at the Maple Ridge Baptist Church on 22155 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge. Reception followed immediately after the service at the same location. The family respects the dedication, commitment and risk that the men and women of Ridge Meadow's Search and Rescue team take on a daily basis to serve their community. In Randyıs memory, the family hope to purchase a hovercraft and so in lieu of flowers, they are requesting donations to the Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Hovercraft Fund, located at 23598 105 Ave., Maple Ridge, B.C. V2W 1B8.

AULD -- Julie 1919 - 2006

Julie Auld (Marchuk) passed away on February 27th, 2006 at the age of 87. Predeceased by her only beloved son, Gerald Wayne in 1964; her loving husband John Miller Auld in 1990; her parents, John and Mary Marchuk; and her youngest sister, Rose Kidd, she is survived by one sister, Anne Kineshanko of Enderby, B.C. and seven Nieces and Nephews including her special Niece and friend, Kathy Teillet of Winnipeg. Her Close friend and
adoptive daughter Deborah Hardie of East Coulee, AB, her daughters and families. Julie, who was born in Bienfait, Saskatchewan on February 20th, 1919, attended Lignite Public School in Bienfait and married John Auld in Estevan, Saskatchewan on May 16th, 1942. She came to East Coulee with her husband and son in 1948 and remained a resident of the Drumheller valley until her passing. Her friendly nature made her well known and well liked in the valley, which was shown in her many life long friendships. She was employed at various business places over the years. In 1972, she accepted a job at Century Coal Ltd. and managed the East Coulee end of the business until her retirement in 1984.

At Julie's request, a small memorial service was held following her cremation. She was laid to rest beside her dear son and husband in the Drumheller Cemetery. Friends who so desire may contribute to STARS, Box 570, Calgary, AB T2E 9Z9. Courtney- Winter's Funeral Chapel was in care of Arrangements.

BACON -- George Robert 1921 - 2006

George Robert Bacon was born December 18, 1921 at Hesketh, Alberta, and passed away peacefully at Continuing Care in Drumheller March 2, 2006. George grew up in the Hesketh-Carbon area. George worked for Canadian Western Natural Gas at the Sharples Plant as a compressor mechanic for 15 years until his retirement in December 1986. George is survived by his wife Anne of 47 years; his two sons, Jim (Kathy) and Alec (Audrey); his sister Pat; grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude for all the loving care and support George received while in Continuing Care.

GRAHAM -- Grace Catherine October 10, 1936 - March 5, 2006

Grace Graham passed away peacefully on March 5, 2006 with her dearly loved husband and two children at her side. She was our dear wife, mother and grandmother, and great-grandmother. Grace was born October 10, 1936 at Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and passed away in Hanna, Alberta on March 5, 2006. She is survived by her beloved husband Lorne of 50 years; daughters Shirley Greer and Bernadine (Brenda) Fox, as well as son Cameron (Tammy); her grandchildren Jodie, Stacey, Tamara, and Nathan Greer; Daphne Graham and Wendy Gyoker; Colby and Connor Graham; and great grandchildren Kendra, Kaylea and Chloe Greer. She also leaves to mourn her sister Joan Dimmock (Jack) and family and her half sister Rhea Cole and family. She is also loved and missed by brother-in-law Cliff Graham (Margaret) and family; sisters-in-law Jean Caron and family and Helen Mickey and family. Grace was pre-deceased by her parents Arthur and Alberta (Babe) Halliday, son Kenneth Graham, brothers-in-law Art Mickey and Fred Caron; as well as son-in-law Bob Greer.

Grace's talents crossed over many fields of interest. Grace worked side by side with Lorne to make their life long farming dream a reality. She could and would do varied jobs on the farm from pitching hay to combining grain to cooking harvest meals. Her artistic talents included but were never limited to -- knitting, crocheting, painting, canning, baking, sewing; as well as playing the violin. She decorated many 'wedding cakes' for neighborhood weddings as well as silk flower arrangements for these and other occasions. She enjoyed gardening and had a love for animals. She could ride a horse and tractor well. Grace was a lifetime member of the Delia Royal Purple. A funeral service will be held at the Delia Community Hall on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 2:00 pm. If friends and family so desire donations may be made directly to Hanna Continuing Care, P.O. Box 730, Hanna, Alberta, T0J 1P0, 403-854-3331. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home, Hanna, Alberta, 403-854-2009.

BERTSCH -- Ella 1913 - 2006


Ella Bertsch was born July 20, 1913 on the family farm south of Carbon. Her parents, Jacob and Sophie Bertsch, along with her 10 older brothers and sisters had just moved to Canada in the spring of 1913. Ella grew up on the farm, attended the Freudental Baptist Church and went to the Mosher School. She was baptized along with her brother Otto and sister Hilda in 1930 in the Kneehill Creek by Rev. Itterman. Ella was very skilled at caring for other people and had many jobs using her abilities in this area. Her last place of employment was at the Drumheller Nursing Home where she worked with diligence and cheerfulness each day. Ella had a long and enjoyable retirement spending time with her many friends and her large family. Nothing thrilled her more than to be able to entertain, complete with a delicious meal. Ella passed away peacefully on February 18, 2006 at the Bethany Nursing Home in Red Deer. She was predeceased by her parents, seven brothers, four sisters, and 13 nieces and nephews. She leaves to celebrate her life, her sister Hilda Ohlhauser and her brother Otto, along with 19 nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends. Ella was completely dedicated to her Christian faith and to her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

BERTSCH -- Otto 1919 - 2006

Otto Bertsch was the 14th and youngest child of Jacob and Sophia Bertsch. He was born in the family farmhouse on March 11, 1919 and lived in that house for the next 77 years. Otto farmed the same land for more than 60 years and considered it a privilege to do so. On December 3, 1946, Otto married Gladys Ohlhauser and God granted them 54 years of shared life and love. Their last 4 1/2 years together were spent in Three Hills where they enjoyed many good friendships. Jesus was the Lord of Otto's life. He testified of that through his baptism in 1930 in the Kneehill Creek. He was whole heartedly committed to the community of faith he experienced in the Freudenthal Baptist Church and the Carbon Baptist Church. While he served in a number of capacities in the church over the years, it was using his tenor voice to glorify God in various quartets and choirs that brought him the most joy. The last few months of his life were spent in the St. Mary's Nursing Home in Trochu, AB. On March 9, 2006, two days short of this 87th birthday, Otto went to be with Jesus and the many dear friends who have gone before him. He loved his family dearly and so leaves to mourn his sister Hilda Ohlhauser, his daughter and son-in-law, Margo and Bill Baldwin, his son and daughter-in-law, Leland and Jennell Bertsch, four grandchildren, Myla-Rae and Correy Baldwin, Mia and Nathan Bertsch, and many other relatives and friends. We rejoice in our hope in Christ and celebrate a man who lived gratefully, contentedly, generously, and honorably. A memorial service was held at the Carbon Baptist Church on Friday, March 27, 2006. Memorial donations, if so desired, may be made to a Nigerian medical mission project (cheques payable to Carbon Baptist Church, Box 429, Carbon, AB) Mountain View Funeral Chapel Trochu entrusted with arrangements. Phone 403-442-4388, letters of condolences may be forwarded to:

BOYES -- Donald James 1926-2006

Donald James Boyes passed away on Sunday, March 12 2006 at the age of 82 years. Don was born in Drumheller and was one of seven children. Don enlisted in the air force upon his graduation to serve in the Second World War. After the war ended he attended Queens University to obtain a teaching degree. He married Marion Biggar on March 5, 1949 and they settled in Rockyford, Alta. where he was Principal and Teacher for 11 years. Don taught in several other areas before he settled in Edmonton. His main focus from 1978 onwards was working with Alcoholics Anonymous as a sponsor and to provide guardianship to a second family. He is survived by sisters, Cleona, Kay, Beverly and a brother Tommy Lee. He will be missed by his children, Alida, Dale, Donna, Daryl, Barry, Carrie, Kim, and Christina. He will be remembered by his AA Family. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday March 17, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. at South Side Memorial Chapel (8310 - 104 St. Edmonton). South Side Memorial Chapel. Patterson, Mittelstadt & Justik. Edmonton (780) 432-1601. To send condolences visit,

BRAUN -- Jamison July 18, 1978 - March 13, 2006

Jamison Braun passed away in Edmonton on March 13, 2006 at the age of 27. Jamison leaves behind a multitude of family and friends who will never
forget how deeply he touched their lives. He is survived by his wife Melissa (Urff), two beautiful sons, Jaxon and Mikal, mother Wendy Braun and her partner Dave Burroughs, brother Jesse Braun, his grandparents, Bernie and Gwen Braun, his aunt Shelley and her family, along with great-aunts, cousins and many friends. Jamison was a vibrant person who loved colour and he appreciated beauty in every form. This was expressed through his paintings and talented tattoo work. He appreciated the beauty of nature and loved the time he spent living with his mother and brother in Kananaskis Country. A small, private ceremony was held in Drumheller on March 18, following Jamison's cremation. The family would like to express their gratitude to family and friends for their loving support during this time of sadness. Special thanks to Barb Coney for the beautiful eulogy she shared with us in honour of Jamison's short time on this earth.

CHAMCHUK -- Roman February 13, 1926 - March 18, 2006

Roman passed away peacefully at Drumheller Continuing Care on Saturday March 18, 2006 with family by his side. Roman is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Gloria, and their daughters Connie Dahlby, Brenda Riddick and Roxanne Rowe. Roman was 'Umpa' to his five grandchildren ­ Bjorn, Ty, Cael, Brittany and Bob. He is also survived by his mother ­in- law Pauline Hamm, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Freeman and Olga Vessey, sister-in-law Elesha Vaughn and brother-in-law Roy Olesky, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Roman was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Anna and his brother Nick.

Roman came to Canada as a very young child and resided in East Coulee, where he received his education. Roman enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 18 and received his training in Nova Scotia. At the end of World War II he returned home and pursued his interest in business ­ purchasing Central Meat & Grocery which he owned and operated until 1962 when he came to Drumheller to operate first The Corner Grill and later Roman's Restaurant. Roman loved serving the public and the community and took great pride in providing what many considered some of the best food and service in the Valley. Being a member of the Kinsmen club gave him much enjoyment over the years. Roman also enjoyed the annual 'Big Game Hunt' which he looked forward to with great anticipation ­ the camaraderie he enjoyed with the boys always superseding the success of the hunt (or lack there of).

Funeral Services will be held at Knox United Church, Drumheller on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winters Funeral Home. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta or the Alberta Cancer Society. The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Drumheller Continuing Care and especially Dr. Nahornick.

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