Obituaries

SHANK

Clair Shank would like to advise everyone that his work here is done. On Friday, January 31, 2020, while in his 89th year, Clarence ‘Clair’ Rosario Shank took a call from a higher power to travel to an urgent appointment from which he will not be returning. He was sitting in his favorite chair watching the news at the Rocky View Lodge in Crossfield, Alberta when the call came in. As Clair was mostly deaf, his were the only ears the call was for. We know he is delighted to trade in his Alberta Government pension for a reunion with the absolute love of his life, Rosalind ‘Rose’ Shank (nee Benz), as well as his beloved siblings and other friends and family. Born in Athabasca, Alberta on April

HOLMES

Leslie ‘Les’ John Holmes of Bentley, Alberta passed away at the Bentley Care Centre on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 94 years. Les was born in Loverna, Saskatchewan on April 11, 1925, an hour after his twin brother, Lloyd. The family moved to New Brigden, Alberta, and in September, 1933 his father purchased the Co-op General Store in Bentley, which was sold to Les and Lloyd in 1959. In 1957, Les acquired some Hereford heifers from Gerald Wilson, and Lloyd purchased heifers from Louis Szasz. ‘Twin L Herefords’ was formed, and in 1959 they purchased a quarter section west of Bentley from Walter Stephenson. In 1983, the family celebrated 50 years operating the Bentley Mercantile

GIEBELHAUS

Reuben Edward Giebelhaus of Rimbey, Alberta went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Monday, January 20, 2020, just shy of 97 years. He passed away quietly at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre after courageously battling a relentless infection. Reuben was born at home on February 5, 1923, the first son of John A. and Elizabeth (Miller) Giebelhaus of the Martins District near Vegreville and Holden, Alberta. He farmed the Holden homestead in Beaver County along with his wife, Elsie (Fried) whom he married on November 7, 1947. In 2019, Reuben and Elsie celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. Reuben was a hard-working, industrious, God-loving man who adapted throughout his journey. He di

VIK

Bill Vik of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the age of 89 years. The following was written by Bill, himself: My Life by Bill Vik “I was delivered into this world on May 20, 1930 in the Taber Hospital to my parents, Joseph and Teresa Vik. My parents immigrated from Hungary. My grandfather was the first to arrive in the 1920s, followed by my father in 1926. My mother followed in 1928 with my brother, Joe and my uncle, John. They were sponsored by Ted Allen who owned a farm east of Taber on which my grandfather, my father, and Uncle John all worked. I do not recollect my early years on

MONTI

Lou G. Monti of Rimbey, Alberta passed away quietly and peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Thursday, January 9, 2020, two days before his 79th birthday. Lou will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend, Pam Davis; and his four children: Sherri (Don) Desrosiers of Salmon Arm, B.C.; Stacey Monti of Medicine Hat; Darryn Monti of Red Deer; and Larren (Kendall) Monti of Morinville, Alberta. He will also be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, other relatives, and many friends. With respect for Lou’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Lou’s M

LUCAS

Shirley Fay Lucas, affectionately known as ‘Ma’, of Rimbey, Alberta passed away quietly at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the age of 86 years. Shirley was born in Calgary, Alberta on February 8, 1933. As a youngster, she obtained her schooling in the Turner Valley, Alberta area, later moving to Calgary as a young woman where she worked for a time at the Land Titles office. In 1962, Shirley was united in marriage to Wray Lucas, and in 1965, together with their children, Linda and Guy, they moved to the Rimbey area to begin their adventure of farming. Shirley had a natural knack for the farm, and enjoyed absolutely everything about it. With Wray busy i