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ALBERTA - Drumheller - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 81

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Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016, at 10:42 p.m.

ZIEGLER -- John 89 Years Young

It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our dear father, grandfather, father-in-law, and friend at the Norwood Palliative Care Centre in Edmonton on September 6, 2007. He will be dearly missed by his children and grandchildren, Johnny (Cory, Nicole, James) of Drumheller, Royce (Shirley, Clifford (Lori & Isabella)) of Edmonton. He was predeceased by his wife ďJoyĒ (nee Joyreene Blanchard); brothers Chris, Joseph (Joe), Robert (Bob), William (Bill) and sisters Helen Kennedy, Jessie Clement and Katie Suelzle. Johnís legacy to his family and his multitude of friends is the memory of a man who had a gentle giving spirit, was friendly and accepting, always willing to help, and always busy doing something. Graveside Service and Interment will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lone Butte Cemetery near Homestead Coulee. A Celebration of Life reception will follow at the East Coulee Community Hall to which all family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome to the Salvation Army, Box 3097, 242 - 1 Street West, Drumheller, AB. T0J 0Y0. To send condolences --

ALBRECHT -- Diana Linda 1942 - 2007

Diana Linda Albrecht passed away in Calgary at the Peter Lougheed Hospital September 11, 2007. Diana was born to Attilio and Val Saundino January 5, 1942. Diana was raised and went to school in Drumheller. She got her Christian education as a Catholic. Diana leaves to mourn her loving husband, Walter her lover for 43 years; and her two sons, Noel and his wife Katherine, and son Shawn; and she also leaves her sister Darlene Saudino, and four wonderful grandchildren, Cameron, Victoria, Brittney and Starla; as well as one great-granddaughter, Emily; two aunts and sisters-in-law; as well as brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews and many friends. Diana was predeceased by her father Attilio Saudino June 2, 1976 and by her mother Val on November 26, 1984, and by her mother-in-law Rosie Barbra October 25, 1984. Diana loved her grandchildren. Diana loved her flowers and she liked needle work. Funeral services were held at Grace Lutheran Church Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 2 p.m. Rev. Pastor Huber officiating the service. Arrangements with Courtney-Winterís Funeral Home. Instead of flowers, please make donations to the Heart and Lung Foundation. Thank you.


On September 10, 2007 Floyd Avramenko passed away at the Hanna Hospital surrounded by family and friends at the age of 64 years. Floyd was born and raised in the Rowley area. He was predeceased by wife Shirley Darlene Avramenko, parents George and Gertrude Avramenko and sister and brother-in-law Diana and Jim Montgomery. He leaves behind his siblings Bob (Frances) Avramenko, Ted (Geri) Avramenko, Annette (Dave) Plachner; his children; Helen Patterson (Jim McDonald), Daren Avramenko and Gordon (Susan) Avramenko. He also leaves his grandchildren, Sarah (Cory), Bradley (Emma-Lee), Danielle, Jessie, Stephen, Tanis and Austin and one great grandson, Dominik. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral Services were held from the Delia Community Hall on Friday, September 14, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. with Pastor Skip MacArthur officiating. Interment to follow at the Delia Cemetery. Courtney-Winterís Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.

HALLIDAY -- James F. (Jim)

Passed away Satuday, September 15, 2007 at the age of 65. He is survived by his wife Donna; son James (Tara); daughters Shauna (Lorne) and Jody (Brian); five grandchildren - Micaela, Abby, Kaileigh, Devon and Liam; his mother Julie; sisters Karen and Debbie; and brother Ian. He is predeceased by his father James. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. There will be a Memorial Luncheon Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Newcastle Hall.

JENSEN -- Herluf J. October 9, 1911 - September 9, 2007

The children of Herluf Jensen, wish to announce the death of our beloved father - who died quietly in his sleep, while in care at the Continuing Care Facility in Drumheller, AB. Herluf was born in Kimballton, Iowa, USA, immigrating to Dalum as a 15 year old lad, going on to farm successfully for some 60 years. With the help of hired help, Dad was able to continue to keep his Hereford cows, which were such a very important part of his life, Ďtil his 90th year. His commitment to church and community added balance to his life.

He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Anna Jensen, his wife of 62 years Marie, two brothers Ove (Edie), Arild (Glenys) Jensen, brothers-in-law Karl (Pearl) Rasmussen, Hertel and Holger Rasmussen, sisters-in-law Thora (Harold) Jorgensen, Ellen (Arne) Jacobsen, Inger (Alfred) Holmen, Esther (Thomas) Schultz. Left to mourn his loss are his daughters Joyce (David) Teskey, Eileen (Larry) Peltier, son Roland, grandchildren Mark, Paul (Sarah) and Karen Teskey, his sister Gerda (Folmer) Rasmussen, sisters-in-law, Margaret and Mildred Rasmussen, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and all of his friends of the community.

On Friday, September 21, 2007 we will gather at the Dalum Lutheran Church, to pay tribute to a gentleman, a caring steward of the land. Following the interment at the church cemetery, lunch will be served at the Dalum Community Hall. We the family, would like to express our sincere thanks, for all the loving care given to our Dad, while in care at the Sunshine Lodge and the Continuing Care Facility. Thanks to Dr. B. Nahornick who understood Dadís needs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dalum Lutheran Church or the Palliative Care Fund at the Drumheller Hospital. Arrangements by Courtney-Winterís Funeral Home.

RICHES -- Bert 1948 - 2007

Bert Charles Riches was born on December 9, 1948 in Calgary, Alberta and passed away on September 13, 2007. Bert will be lovingly remembered by his son Jared (Angie) Riches and daughter Anita of Middleburg, PA, his Mother Alice Riches of Airdrie, AB, Brother Bill (Jeanette) Riches of Red Deer, AB, Sisters; Pat (Glen) Waddell of Airdrie, Helen (Rick) Lohse of Ferintosh, AB, Theresa Paul of Blackfalds, AB. As well as his nieces and nephews; Colleen Riches, Wanda Bogdane, Doug Riches, Dan Riches, Wes Bogdane, Cody Paul, and Cory Paul. Bert was predeceased by his father Charles (Jack) Riches, nephew, Donald Riches, and wife Nancy Riches. Bert was raised in Rosebud and moved to Calgary and met wife and later moved his family to Standard, then moved to a farm at Rosebud. He loved his motorcycles, the Calgary Flames and his times with friends. Bert worked many jobs over the years; as Oil Field consultant, plumber, and pipe fitter. A Memorial Service will be held from the Rosebud Community Hall on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. Courtney-Winterís Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.

VanWERT -- Bev 1944 - 2007

Mrs. Beverlie (Bev) Anna VanWert, beloved wife of Bruce VanWert, unexpectedly passed away in Eureka, Montana, USA on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at the age of 63 years.

Bev was born into this world on February 1, 1944 in Coleman, Alberta, a daughter to Victor and Mabel Lilya. Following her primary schooling she went on to St. Paulís Hospital in Vancouver where she studied to become a Registered Nurse. This would prove to be her calling as she was devoted to her chosen profession for many years. On October 14, 1967 she married Bruce VanWert in Cranbrook. They resided in various communities and raised their family of two boys. Bev enjoyed her life and especially loved to travel! Lengthy vacations in Mexico were a must and she made sure to make the most of them.

The wonderful memories Bev has left will be cherished by her husband, Bruce and two sons, Kevin (Sharon) VanWert and Ian VanWert and Isabelle Ries; grandchildren, Rachelle & Natalie VanWert and Brett Sinclair; her mother, Mabel Lilya; sister, Donna (Keith) Hicks, Lanny and Brett Hicks as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. Bev was predeceased by her father, Victor Lilya.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13th Street S.W. on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 from 12 noon to 12:55 p.m. The Celebration of Bevís Life will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Barrett Scheske officiating. The family will privately gather at Hillside Cemetery on Thursday for columbarium placement. (If you wish, condolences may be expressed by visiting If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bevís name may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 124, 430 - 6th Ave. S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 2S8. Arrangements in care of Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, Medicine Hat, Alberta. 1-877-528-6455

RICE -- Ernest Clayton (Uncle Pete)

Born November 14, 1925 in Rumsey, Alberta. Deceased September 20, 2007. Predeceased by brothers Victor in 1944 and Glen in 1947; sisters Eileen in 1996 and Mildred in 2002. Survived by brothers Leonard, Claude (wife Annie) and Harvey, all of Beachy, Saskatchewan; nephews George Walters of Rumsey and Jimmey McClung of Grande Prairie; nieces Shiela Bohnert of Drumheller and Avis McClung of Grand Prairie.Uncle Pete was a free spirit but always there to help anybody who needed it. He worked as a farm laborer and in the saw mills at Winfield, Alberta. He liked to hunt, garden & travel. He was quite a story teller with a story for every subject. He liked socializing at bingos, auction sales and visiting antique equipment displays. He was a wonderful friend to everybody in the community and will be sadly missed by all his friends and family. Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements (403) 823-2666.

ROGERS -- June Rose

Passed away on September 17, 2007 at the age of 58 years. Born in Cobourg, Ontario, June 18, 1949. Happily married to Ernie Rogers of Drumheller, Alberta for 43 years. Lovingly remembered by son Dennis, daughter in law Monica, grandchildren - Bre-ann and Brandon of Strathmore; daughter Alana and son-in-law Dennis, grandchildren - Travis and Brooke of Strathmore; sisters Lorraine, Barb, Donna and Bonnie; brothers Edward and Wayne. Predeceased by brother Brian, parents Charles and Jean of North Bay Ontario.

STORMS -- Patricia Ann

Mrs. Patricia Ann Storms of New Norway, Alberta passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2007 in Camrose at the age of 50 years. Patricia leaves to cherish her memory her husband Ken; two sons Al Storms of Camrose and Larry Storms of New Norway and one grandson Justice. She is also survived by her parents Gordon and Fryda McPhee of Drumheller and her sister Carol McPhee of Drumheller. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. from the Camrose United Church (4829-50 Street, Camrose) with Rev. Dr. Alan Richards officiating. Cremation has taken place. If friends so desire memorial contributions may be made to a charity of oneís choice. Burgar Funeral Home Camrose in care of arrangements. (4817 -51 ave. Camrose 780 672 -2121 ďDedicated Service Since 1906Ē

VANSEN -- George 1917 Ė 2007

On September 18, 2007 George Joseph Vansen was called to be with the Lord. He was born November 17, 1917 in Stelarton, Nova Scotia and was the eldest son of Louis & Jeanne Van Volsen. At age of three Georgeís family moved to the Drumheller Valley where he has lived ever since. At a young age he worked in the coal mines in Rosedale where he met his soul mate Pat Hunter in 1936. In 1943 they were married & resided in Nacmine where he continued to coal mine. Following World War II the coal mines began closing down & George found work in Drumheller working at his brother in law, Alf Hunterís Service Station. In 1945 George & Pat took over ministering the assembly at the Gospel Hall & teaching Sunday School faithfully until spring of 2007. On December 27, 1946 George & Pat were blessed with one son, Doug. In 1957 George & Pat purchased the Pioneer Cycle Store from J.K. Adams where George repaired bicycles, sharpened skates & did locksmith work until retiring in 2005. George was predeceased by his parents, their son Doug, sister Margaret and brothers Albert and Louis. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Pat, his sister Georgina (Les) Gawdun, sisters-in-law Nellie Hunter, Florence Hunter, Winnie Hunter and Doris Van Volsen, brother-in-law Benny Broughton, daughter-in-law Donna (Ernie) Kline, grandson Ricky (Terry-Lynn) Vansen, great grandchildren Zachery, Tyson and Brooke-Lynn and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held from the Church of the Nazarene in Drumheller on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. with Harold Hunter officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation - Palliative Care. Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.

MARTIN -- Oscar 1918 - 2007

It is with great sadness the family of Oscar Martin announces in the calling of Oscar by the Lord to the great fishing hole in the sky. Oscar passed away September 28, 2007 at the age of 88 in Hanna. Oscar was born December 11, 1918 however his birth certificate said different, December 22, 1918. So he got to celebrate his birthday twice each year. Born to Dan and Sophie Martin, the fifth child, south of Hanna. At a young age Oscarís family moved to Huxley then to Trochu. However Oscar moved back to Hanna in 1941. So he spent most of his life in and around the Hanna area.

Oscar had many passions including gardening his geraniums and tomatoes, fishing at any of the local fishing holes after supper, on weekends, spring, summer, fall and winter. You could find Oscar at the Hanna pool hall most Friday evenings and Saturdays playing on pool table number two or three. He loved playing most card games however cribbage was his favourite. Anyone who came over to the house would be challenged to playing on the shuffle board in the basement. Oscar enjoyed many extensive holidays with family, friends and relatives around the world. He also had the gift of gab and a different sense of humour whether at the coffee shop, the gas station, mall, at any local function or over the fence. That was Oscar. Later in life Oscar could be found at the Hanna Canada Grey playing the VLTís, which some times got him into a bit of trouble. Gramps will be remembered by his grandchildren by his slobbery kisses and the constant whistling to an unrecognizable tune.Oscar only had a few jobs. His first job in Hanna was delivering milk. Then he started in the fall of 1942 a long career as a CNR car inspector at the Hanna shops, where he was employed for some 35 years. After his retirement he drove for the Hanna Co-op, then later delivered flowers for Ginnyís Flowers. Oscar loved to drive the highways and back roads stopping all of a sudden to discover and recover a tarp strap, tool, or whatever, that would have fallen off the vehicle. He was a man that lived through the depression of the 30ís so his possessions were of great value to him so it was hard to depart with his treasures. Oscar always had a room full of treasures. Oscar was a member of the Hanna Rod and Gun Club for many years. He was the chairman of the CNR Railway Car-Man Brotherhood of North America (RCBNA) from 1954 Ďtil his retirement.

Oscar and Ann were married October 31, 1943. They were blessed with two children, Glenda in 1949 and Murray in 1956. Oscar was predeceased by his parents Dan and Sophie, sisters Bertha and Martha, brothers Alberta, Ron (Reynold), Leonard and son-in-law Lyman Trout. Oscar is survived by his family, daughter Glenda Trout and family Cheryl, Kevin and Corry; son Murray (Karen) and family Elise, Heather and Jessica; by his sister Ella and brother Emil; a sister-in-law Tillie; and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral of Oscar Martin will take place at the First United Church in Hanna at 2 p.m. Friday, October 5. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to diabetes, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Cancer Fund. This was Oscar, and Oscarís life. Courtney-Winterís Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 823-2666.


It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of our son and brother Caleb Page. Caleb was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 29, 1987 and died suddenly near Drumheller, Alberta on September 28, 2007.Caleb is survived by the ďSunshine of His LifeĒ, Deanna Reinholt and loving Mom Marie Reinholt both of Drumheller, Alberta; sisters, Leah and Lori Reinholt of Edmonton, Alberta, Dad (Faja), Todd Reinholt of Vancouver, British Columbia and numerous friends and relatives throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Church of the Nazarene at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2007 with Pastor James Clark officiating.
In lieu of floral tributes, those wishing to do so may donate to The Mustard Seed Street Ministry at 102 11 Ave S.E., Calgary, Alberta.

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