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  • HELM

    Thomas “Tom” E. Helm of Bluffton, Alberta passed away quietly at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Area Two on Monday, April 15, 2024, at the age of 82 years. Tom was born in Rimbey, Alberta and dedicated his life to mixed grain and cattle farming.  He lived and farmed on his parent’s original homestead in the Bluffton area.  Tom enjoyed the endeavours of raising Hereford cattle; and spent many years also raising horses, often using the horses to assist with the haying.  In his younger years, Tom took pleasure in trapping beavers, hunting, and other outdoor adventures. Tom will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his brother and best friend, Frank Helm of Rimbey; as well as several other family members; and many good friends and neighbours.  He was predeceased by his parents Ed and Hazel. A Graveside Service in Tom’s Honour was held at the Hoadley Cemetery, Hoadley on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.  If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta  T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late Thomas “Tom” E. Helm entrusted to the care of

  • CAMPBELL

    With sadness we announce the passing of Roderick T. Campbell of Bluffton, Alberta on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the age of 78 years. Roderick, or “Buzz” to all who knew him, was born in Fort St. John, British Columbia on October 25, 1945, to Colin and Anne Campbell.  He was the fourth child of eight children born to Colin and Anne.  Buzz met his wife Linda in 1967, and they were united in marriage in 1969.  They remained in Fort St. John, where they raised their two children, Jason and Stacy.  Buzz became a journeyman electrician, and worked for the IBEW at job sites all over British Columbia and Alberta in the more than 40 years that he worked for the union.  In 1980, the family decided to leave the Peace Country and moved to Summerland, British Columbia where they lived for the next 17 years.  In 1997, Buzz and Linda relocated to Bluffton, Alberta. Anyone who knew Buzz would tell you about his remarkable sense of humour, as well as his love for telling fantastic stories – and there were some good ones!  Coffee time (at least twice a day) was Buzz’s social time, and you could set your watch by him.  He was fiercely loyal, and would do anything to help a friend in need.  Buzz will be greatly missed by so many of his family and friends. Buzz is survived by his son Jason Campbell; his daughter Stacy Campbell (Keegan Andrews); his granddaughter McKaela Griffin (Jonathan); as well as four precious great-grandchildren Reilly, Emersyn, Silas, and Atlas.  He also leaves behind two brothers Dick (Sheila) and Dave; two sisters Helen and Arlene (Timber); along with several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends in Alberta and British Columbia.   Buzz was predeceased by his wife Linda; in addition to three brothers Andy, Sandy, and Don. With respect for the family’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Roderick “Buzz” T. Campbell entrusted to the care of

  • RETZLAFF

    With broken hearts we share the passing of Terence “Terry” D. Retzlaff of Rimbey, Alberta.  Terry passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at the age of 72 years. Terry was an incredible husband, dad, and grandpa.  He loved his family with all his heart, and they loved him immensely in return.  He worked with Alberta Parks for 42 years; and in his free time he enjoyed golfing, curling, camping, kayaking, and playing cards with his friends.  Terry was extremely outgoing and would talk to everybody; whether he just saw someone at random, or they were life-long friends.  He kept in touch with old co-workers and treated everyone with respect.  Terry also had a huge heart, and would always help anyone who needed it.  His family can’t express enough about the many wonderful attributes Terry possessed.  There simply is not a sufficient amount of words to express what an amazing, loving, and caring person Terry was.  He will be profoundly missed. Terry leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Deb; his son Grant Retzlaff of Rimbey; and his daughter Pam (Ryan) Shumski of Red Deer; as well as five precious grandchildren Mya, Morgan, Savanna, Xavier, and Zoe.  He will also be lovingly remembered by one brother Gary Retzlaff of Ontario; one sister Marilyn (Ryan) Gotzki of Calgary; in addition to his nieces; several other relatives; and many cherished friends.  Terry was predeceased by his parents Irene and Victor. With respect for the family’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  If desired, memorial donations in Terry’s memory may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, PO Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 6K2 (www.ablung.ca).   Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Terence “Terry” D. Retzlaff entrusted to the care of

  • ROSENKE

    Ramona J. Rosenke of Breton, Alberta passed away peacefully, holding her daughter’s hand, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the age of 68 years. Ramona loved her family and embraced an adventurous spirit.  Visiting the mountains in British Columbia, seeing the ocean in California, watching the birds in her bird feeders, and gardening every summer brought her immeasurable excitement and joy.  The moment you walked into Ramona’s home, the smell of sweet treats or canned preserves while she cooked warmly invited you in.  Whenever she hosted friends and family, her fondness for animals adorned her walls.  Safari-themed decorations, photographs of horses and dogs, along with her bird-chiming wall clock, gave a glance to the happiness that nature brought her.  Whether you knew Ramona for ten minutes or ten years, she greeted everyone with a smile.  The fun demeanour and enthusiasm that she brought to those around her will be greatly missed. Ramona is survived by her husband Bruce; and her children Carson (Salena) Rosenke, Carla (Darren) Muth, and Cory (Rosey) Rosenke.  She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren Gordy, Jessa, Reilly, Wyatt (Tara), Dawson (Hannah), Maximus, and Cadence; precious great-grandchildren Cassidy and James; and her siblings Angela, Roseanne, and Richard; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and many friends.  Ramona was predeceased by her parents Walter and Helen Erickson; her siblings Joyce Fox and Kenny Erickson; sisters-in-law Linda and Diana; and her brother-in-law Dennis. Ramona’s family will host a Celebration of her Life at the Breton Community Centre, 4715 – 50 Avenue, Breton on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.  If desired, memorial donations in Ramona’s memory may be made directly to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Suite 309, 1010 – 1 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7W7 (www.liver.ca); or to the Alzheimer Society, 306, 10430 – 61 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 2J3 (www.alzheimer.ca).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Ramona J. Rosenke entrusted to the care of

  • MULLIGAN

    With heavy hearts we announce the passing of David “Dave” Brian Mulligan of Rimbey, Alberta.  Dave passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the age of 84 years. Dave was born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on August 16, 1939.  Arriving in Canada in 1945 as a young lad of six years, he resided with his parents in Ontario.  At the age of 17, Dave joined the Canadian Air Force.  Shortly after, he was formally mustered – recruited and specifically selected into the military police force – which then lead to a career with the Calgary Police Service.  After a stint with the Calgary Police, semi-retirement brought Dave to the Rimbey area where he and his late wife, Betty, opened an accounting firm.  After Betty’s passing in 2001, Dave formally retired. Dave was privileged to find the love of his life, Vivian, and they were united in marriage on June 10, 2006.  They resided in the Rimbey area until recently, when health issues helped them make the decision to relocate to Olds, Alberta.  Dave was an avid floor curler and bowler, enjoying the activities at both the Rimbey and Buck Lake Seniors Centres that kept him busy for many years. Left to mourn Dave’s passing is his loving wife of 17 years, Vivian; his daughter Susan of Bermuda; his sister Maureen of Ontario; many extended family members; as well as his Buck Lake floor curling buddies.  We can never thank everyone enough for the care and concern shown by all during Dave’s illness. A Funeral Service Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Rimbey on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., with the Reverend David Holmes officiating.  A Private Family Interment Service will follow in the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey.  If desired, memorial donations in Dave’s memory may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, 1300–522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M5G 2R5 (www.diabetes.ca).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late David “Dave” Brian Mulligan entrusted to the care of

  • WOODS

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leslie E. Woods of Rimbey, Alberta on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the age of 74 years.  Her final moments were spent peacefully, with her loved ones at her side. Leslie deeply cared for her children and was fiercely proud of them, and always enjoyed sharing in their accomplishments and many adventures.  Her passion was in nurturing those around her, whether it was her family, friends, or the flowers in her garden.  Leslie was a lady who strived to selflessly help others throughout her life; and could always be relied on for support, encouraging words, a warm hug, a great laugh, and a hot cup of tea. Leslie is survived by her husband John Perry; and her loving children Jennifer (Mark) Resch, and grandchildren Keelan and Jonas; James (Michelle) Woods; and Veronica Woods; as well as Mike (Stephanie) Perry, and grandchildren Lily and Mia; and Robyn (Jason) Ainsworth, and grandson Cooper.  She is also survived by her sister Louise (Maurice) Lake; her brother Wes (Gail) Smith; and her high school pal Bonnie (David) Sheehan; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Leslie will be dearly missed, and will be remembered for the joy and happiness that she brought to others throughout her life. A Celebration of Leslie’s Life will be held at a later date.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Leslie E. Woods entrusted to the care of

  • WHILLANS

    Diana Mary B. Whillans of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Area Two on Monday, February 26, 2024, at the age of 80 years. Diana will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends.  She will be laid to rest with her parents in the Highwood Cemetery, High River, Alberta in the spring of 2024.  If desired, memorial donations in Diana’s memory may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association (Diabetes Canada), 1300–522 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario  M5G 2R5 (www.diabetes.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. God’s Garden Imagine the world as God’s garden, where beautiful flowers abound. And each day He gathers His blossoms.  His heavenly home to surround. He gathers a few tiny rose buds, earth’s precious wee babies so sweet. The large buds, earth’s children and teenaged, in heaven to God are a treat. Our adults, His blossoms so radiant.  With textures and colours untold. The flowers most full and most open, are earth’s precious aged and old. Its daily He gathers His flowers.  He lovingly forms His bouquets. That day, as He gathered His blossoms, your loved one was taken away. But remember the beauty and fragrance; the colours, the petals, the thorns For now in the glory in Heaven, your loved one God’s home does adorn. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Diana Mary B. Whillans entrusted to the care of

  • VAN ANKUM

    Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother John Van Ankum of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at the age of 86 years.  He will be deeply missed. God, church, and family were always the most important parts of John’s life.  His family will forever treasure their memories of a man who loved the west country, open fields, and the wide open sky.  John leaves behind his best friend whom he married almost 62 years ago on May 18, 1962, his loving wife Sonja; his children, son Arnie (Susanna) of Rimbey; son Barry (Cyndi) of Airdrie; and daughter Claudette (Mike) of Nanaimo, British Columbia; as well as his treasured grandchildren Tyrell, Hayden, Valerie, Ainsley (Joel), Joah, Jayce, Kate (Jay), and Elsa; and two precious great-grandchildren Malayah and Landon.  He is also survived by his brothers George, Arnie, and Jake, all of Drayton, Ontario; his sisters-in-law Audrey, Millie-Jean, Jayne, and Marlene, all of Drayton, Ontario, and Barb of Delburne, Alberta; and his brother-in-law Hank of Vilna, Alberta.  John was predeceased by his mother and father Janna and Arend; two brothers Alan and Hilbert; four sisters-in-law Jean, Margaret, Janneke, and Alice; and three brothers-in-law Arend, Bert, and Bill. "May the road rise up to meet you, John. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields… And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." A Service in Celebration of John’s Life will be held at the Hoadley Evangelical Missionary Church, Hoadley on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor William Knelsen officiating.  A Family Graveside Service took place at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey on Thursday, February 22, 2024. For those who wish to watch the live-stream of John's service, please visit this link hemc.church/live If desired, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta  T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com); or to the charity of one’s choice.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late John Van Ankum entrusted to the care of

  • FRY

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joanne “Josie” Fry of Rimbey, Alberta.  Josie passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the age of 70 years. Josie was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and spent most of her life in and around the Little Shuswap, Cranbrook, and 100 Mile House in British Columbia; as well as in Calgary, Alberta.  She showed people how much she loved and cared for them by either lending an ear to listen, or providing advice when it was needed.  Josie was intelligent, caring, loving, strong-willed, and never hesitated to make her opinion known.  She cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchild, always ensuring they knew that she was there for them. Although Josie spent the majority of her life living with chronic pain, she always tried her best to push through and enjoy her life to the fullest.  She enjoyed tropical vacations, golfing, playing pool, riding her motorcycle, and slow-pitch.  Her love for all animals, particularly dogs, was obvious by how much she spoiled her beloved Pomeranians and many other different pets over the years. “Josie will be dearly missed by all her friends and family, old and new.” Josie is survived by her loving mother Stella Vaughan; daughters Kim (Rob) Blondin and Cindy Doubt; her treasured grandchildren Terri, Cori, Jessica, Amy, and Emma; and her precious great-granddaughter Heaven.  She also leaves behind her siblings Glen (Robyn) Vaughan, Marilyn Walsh, and John Vaughan; her ex-husband Robert Fry; nieces Marsha and Karen; nephews Trevor, Stuart, and Mark; along with numerous cousins and special friends.  Josie was predeceased by her father Ken Vaughan; her grandson Jacob Doubt; an uncle Jerry Vaughan; and her niece Shannon Walsh. With respect for Josie’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held at this time.  In keeping with her love for animals, memorial donations in Josie’s memory may be made directly to the Central Alberta Humane Society, 4505 – 77 Street, Red Deer, Alberta  T4P 2J1 (www.cahumane.com).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Joanne “Josie” Fry entrusted to the care of

  • HOLMES

    With sadness we announce the passing of Keven Richard Holmes of Water Valley, Alberta, formerly of Rimbey, Alberta.  Keven passed away peacefully at the Olds Hospital and Care Centre on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at the age of 71 years. Keven was born on February 5, 1953 in Benito, Manitoba to Bernard “Bernie” and Madeline Holmes.  He spent the first seventeen years of his life on the family farm near Bowsman, Manitoba.  Keven moved with his family in January of 1970 to Airdrie, Alberta, where he began his career as a house builder and carpenter working with his dad.  He later formed Holmes Brothers Construction with his brother Garry, with many homes being built by the boys in the Airdrie, Sundre, and Rimbey areas.  On November 15, 1975, Keven was united in marriage to Lois Bartholow in Sundre, and it was here that their first two children, Chad and Angela, were born.  The family moved to Rimbey in September, 1979, where they were welcomed into the community and where their youngest son Curtis was born.  They enjoyed raising their three children in Rimbey.  After retiring from house building, Keven was the manager of the Co-op Service Station for several years.  He made two more moves, first to Wetaskiwin after Lois passed away, and then to Water Valley where he built a beautiful home on his son’s farm in 2021. Keven leaves to mourn, his loving companion Deb Lee; and his three children, son Chad (Tammy) Holmes; daughter Angela (Steve) Luchak; and son Curtis Holmes.  His grandchildren meant the world to him, and they will miss him dearly:  Megan, Emma, and Breanna Luchak; Curtis Glanfield; and Louella, Lily, Londyn, and Corben Holmes.  He was also very close to Deb’s family, Travis (Kristina) Lee; Macie Birdy; son-in-law Dino; along with nine grandchildren.  As well, Keven leaves behind his sister Daylene (Steve) Shaw of Black Diamond, Alberta; the Bartholow families; in addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends galore who knew what a wonderful, kind, and loving man Keven was.  He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Lois; sister Sherry; brother Garry; and Deb’s daughter Brenna Lee. A Celebration of Keven’s Life will be held in late June, 2024.  He will be laid to rest in the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey at a later date.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Keven Richard Holmes entrusted to the care of

  • HALL

    Douglas “Doug” Bruce Hall of Winfield, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Long Term Care on Monday, February 12, 2024, just shy of his 85th birthday. Doug was born in Eckville, Alberta and spent most of his adult life living in Red Deer and working for Canada Post.  He moved to Winfield in 1992 after he retired, and was soon joined by his best friend and companion, Annis Bovbjerg, to start building their retirement home together, and settle into their new community.  Doug had many hobbies over the years, but his most recent passion was building hot rod cars.  He would spend way too many hours at auctions, in car part stores, and scouring everywhere looking for car bits and pieces – that usually sat on the lawn much to Annis’ dismay!  Doug would spend hours out in the shop tinkering, fixing, upholstering (with Annis’ help), and painting to create some pretty amazing cars.  He was very proud of one car in particular; a 1938 Plymouth, four-door hot rod sedan in fire orange.  Doug would take this beauty to parades, local Show and Shine events, and take his family and friends out for a rip. Doug will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his daughter Kim (Hank) Leonhardt of Victoria, British Columbia; grandsons Eric (Alexandra) Roy of Montreal, Quebec and Joel Roy of Gatineau, Quebec; and great-granddaughter Leia Sandu-Roy; as well as his two stepdaughters Annette (John) Cusworth of Ladner, British Columbia and Rhonda Bovbjerg (Bill) of Langley, British Columbia; and grandchildren Riley Bovbjerg, Caitlin Cusworth (Jesse), and Natasha Cusworth.  He will also be deeply missed by many treasured friends, with extra thanks to his friends Albert Brandl, Kevin Johnson, and Judy Pentland who helped Doug so much during his final time.  Doug was predeceased by Annis; his parents Gladys and stepfather Lyle Fidler; and his siblings Dean, Alberta, Keith, and Mona. With respect for Doug’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Douglas “Doug” Bruce Hall entrusted to the care of

  • SCHEFFELMAIER

    As Written by Gwen Scheffelmaier Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, and sister Gwendoline “Gwen” Scheffelmaier (née Cole) of Sylvan Lake, Alberta passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Long Term Care on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the age of 94 years and 3 days. Gwen was born on February 2, 1930 in Coronation, Alberta, the daughter of Glen and Hilda Cole.  She attended the Bonny Doone country school to Grade 9, and then obtained her high school education by correspondence courses at her parent’s home.  During the teacher shortage, Gwen supervised school for Grades 1 to 9, riding horseback four miles from home.  She was married to her school friend and neighbour, Albert Scheffelmaier, on December 29, 1951; and to this union were born two sons Ken and Larry, and a daughter Connie. Gwen enjoyed participating in sports such as ladies softball, playing on the Silver Heights ladies team for many years.  She also took up curling when the Brownfield, Alberta rink was built.  Gwen worked with the Brownfield Ladies Aid Group that held meetings, strawberry teas, and made quilts.  When that group faded, she joined a group that made quilts for the Mustard Seed.  Gwen professed her faith in Jesus in her teenage years, teaching Sunday School and helping with Vacation Bible School. Gwen and Albert lived on their farm for over 60 years.  She loved gardening, planting trees, and landscaping the yard.  She also cherished the coffee times that were spent with neighbours and friends.  Gwen took pleasure in playing cards at home, or at the social events held in the Silver Heights and Brownfield areas.  She and Albert belonged to the New Dawn Club, where they played various games that usually ended with lunch. They also enjoyed every holiday trip; whether in Alberta, the United States, Jamaica, or Mexico.  Gwen and Albert moved to Sylvan Lake in 2011 to join some of their family; where they adapted well, meeting new friends and spending coffee time with them.  They also joined the senior’s club in Sylvan Lake and attended the Alliance Community Church, enjoying the fellowship of their friends there. Gwen leaves to mourn, her husband of 72 years, Albert; two sons Ken (Randi) and Larry; and her daughter Connie (Dan); as well as ten grandchildren Andrea (Kelly), Brett (Lisa), Jonathan, Rebekah (Charlie), Stephanie (Rolly), Sasha (Eric), Julia (Matt), David (Anita), Cody (Alicia), and Brandon (Chantell); and seventeen great-grandchildren Kendra, Kyle, Alexis, Brielle, Sophie, Keira, Ezra, Darius, Forest, Arwen, Willamina, Aries, Hunter, Blake, Keaton, Kaden, and Adley.  She also leaves behind her sister Evelyn Leskiw; and her in-laws Marie, Helen, Esther (Alvin), Don, Shirley (Bill), Linda (Leo), and Dianne; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends. Gwen was predeceased by her parents Glen and Hilda Cole; son-in-law Hugh Symons; parents-in-law Adolf and Molly Scheffelmaier; two brothers Art and Len Cole; several in-laws Bill Harding, Erv and Verna Altheim, Sam, Herb, and Richard Scheffelmaier, Jean Geddes, Russ Leskiw, and Myrtle and Islen Cole; along with her best friend Ellen Biette. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Gwen’s Life will be held at the Alliance Community Church, 4404 – 47 Avenue, Sylvan Lake on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Allan Richardson officiating.  She will be laid to rest in the Fairfield Cemetery, near Brownfield, Alberta at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations in Gwen’s memory may be made directly to the Brownfield Baptist Church, Box 28, Brownfield, Alberta  T0C 0R0 (www.brownfieldchurch.ca); or to the Fairfield Cemetery, c/o Hugh McLarty, Box 550, Coronation, Alberta  T0C 1C0.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Gwendoline “Gwen” Scheffelmaier entrusted to the care of

  • WOOD

    With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Norma Arlene Wood of Rimbey, Alberta.  With her family nearby, Norma passed away at the Taylor View Towers, Red Deer on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 90 years. Norma was born in Storthoaks, Saskatchewan and lived in various places in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Alberta before settling in Rimbey for the past 50 years.  She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cherished her family deeply.  Norma’s kind, generous, and caring qualities would always shine; especially when she was enjoying family gatherings and surrounded by those she loved.  Norma was also a loyal friend who appreciated any time spent socializing, dancing, at a party, or in a room full of laughter.  Whenever you were in her company, the ambiance was always comfortable.  She possessed a vivacious personality; that always radiated an upbeat, positive energy that was easily felt.  Norma also took great pleasure in activities like the theatre, gardening, floor curling, and games – especially the family favourite, Aggravation.  She was a faithful volunteer and an active member of her community who enjoyed several organizations and groups, such as:  the Leedale Ladies Club, United Church Women, Red Hatters, and the Seniors Drop-in Centre.  As Norma was always game for any new adventure, she also welcomed any opportunity to travel.  Norma maintained a pure joy of life, and her loving presence will be greatly missed. Norma is survived by her children Debra (Ray Cimolini), Denyse Wood, Donna Misner, Roger (Lynette Ziegler-Wood), and Deana (Peter Sweeney); as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Tyler, Kayla (Paul, Jay, and Kasey), Alexis (Ryan, Braden, and Lathan), Josh (April and Kailey), Mathew (Tanya, Autym, Shiloh, and Salem), Travis (Nikka, Ryett, and Luxton), Eric, Sam, Nick, and Charlie.  She is also survived by her brother Lorne (Shirley) Fleming; and a special friend Arnold Bergesen.  Norma was predeceased by her husband Mathew “Bud” Wood, her son Scott Wood, son-in-law Bob Misner, and her siblings Shirley and Lowell. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at the Rimbey United Church on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Marco Williams-Ste-Marie officiating.  Norma will be laid to rest in the Bradshaw Cemetery at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #100, 119 – 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta  T2N 1Z6 (www.heartandstroke.ca); or to the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division, 200 – 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta  T2E 2P5 (www.cancer.ca).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Norma Arlene Wood entrusted to the care of

  • HARTMAN

    With sweet memories we won’t ever forget, our hearts ache as we announce the passing of Shelly-Lynn Hartman of Bluffton, Alberta.  Shelly passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the age of 56 years.  With the wind blowing through her hair and the sun on her back, Shelly has gone riding… On September 30, 1967, Shelly was born to Floyd and Shirley Hartman.  Her arrival in this world was long-awaited, and they were so excited when she finally made her entrance.  The young family lived in Calgary for a time, relocating in 1976 to Hoadley, Alberta where they operated the Hoadley General Store.  Together with her parents and her brother Kurt, Shelly worked in the store as she grew up.  Along the way, Floyd and  Shirley purchased the Winfield Shop Right store, where again both kids helped with the day-to-day tasks of that business as well. Shelly attended the Bluffton School, relocating to the Bentley Christian Training Centre to finish her junior high and high school education.  She was a very determined and able person, and was very keen to achieve great things.  Whatever it was that she wanted to accomplish, she sure did!  As a young person, Shelly figure skated at a high level of competition, and taught skating lessons too.  She enrolled into a secretarial college in Regina, Saskatchewan, and that started a new adventure of employment opportunities that opened many doors for her.  Shelly worked a couple of stints at Circle Square Ranch in Halkirk, Alberta; she worked for a few newspapers, the Rimbey Record and the Ponoka newspaper as a photographer, reporter, and a typesetter; and she also worked at the Sundre Round-up paper as a typesetter as well.  The girl could certainly proofread and type!  Shelly was always looking for any new opportunities, and she absolutely loved to learn.  This desire then sent her to Red Deer College, where she took courses as an educational assistant. Returning back home, Shelly worked at the Bluffton School for a while, and it was during this time that she married and moved to Stettler, where her son Jackson was born.  Her aspirations to move forward in life enabled her to later return to Red Deer College to upgrade her studies in the line of social work.  Shelly further excelled in this endeavour, and took the bold step of moving with Jackson to Drumheller where she could perform her duties in the field of social work. Shelly then received an opportunity to further advance her education again, registering in many additional courses that would eventually gain employment as a probation officer.  This was truly Shelly’s passion.  Together with her son they embarked on a new journey, moving to Edson where she served in Alberta’s correctional services for several years.  As a probation officer, this was Shelly’s life’s work.  She found fulfillment in the profession, and she was good at it.  There were a couple of “near misses” that almost took her life, but that did not deter her.  She was an independent woman, and she loved that attribute in herself. As a mother, Shelly absolutely loved following Jackson around with all of his extra-curricular activities, especially when pursuing his passion for basketball.  She treasured having a house full of his friends, particularly when there was always a dinner table full of boys.  Shelly loved every second of being a great mom. Shelly was also an avid traveller, and loved to venture on trips – some destinations that were planned – and others where she was just “winging it”!  When Shelly’s mom passed away, they returned to Red Deer where she finished up her work for the government, and retired from the profession she always took the greatest pride in.  From time-to-time Shelly would bring out “the badge”… and what a smile that would give her! Upon her retirement, Shelly moved back to Bluffton where she found a new passion, her Spyder!  She purchased it outright after consulting with her brother and doing tons of research online.  She even took a course in Red Deer to become a full-fledged, and fully-licensed rider.  Shelly fell in love with letting the wind blow her hair back.  Donning black leathers and a purple dew-rag, with a phone full of her favourite Post Malone rap music, “Shel Storm” was reborn.   She travelled with her friends, Kim, Jodi, and Kristen, and nothing could stop her!  She loved her ride and loved hitting the open road, even if it was simply going to Bluffton for the mail!  She always joined in on family rides, and was thrilled to take her dad on Father’s Day for a “little rip”.  Shelly was so happy to transport her passengers whenever it was needed, but mostly, her little niece Meg was her constant companion. Shelly had every reason to be proud of herself.  This little baby girl that struggled her whole life with illness, accomplished many things in her short lifetime.  She became a mentor and a force to be reckoned with. Shelly will be forever remembered and sorely missed by many. May she eternally rest in peace. “We love you, “Shel Storm # 4”! Shelly leaves behind her loving son Jackson Alm of Red Deer; her brother Kurt (Kim) Hartman of Bluffton; and her father Floyd (Judy) Hartman of Bluffton.  She also leaves behind her niece, Kristen (Derek) Gully of Rimbey; her nephew John (Brandy) Hartman of Bluffton; as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews Nathan, Rebecca, Jordyn, Megan, and Cora; in addition to many additional family members and countless treasured friends.  Shelly was predeceased by her mother Shirley in 2018. A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Shelly’s Life will be held at the Hoadley Community Hall on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., with Kim Hartman hosting.  Shelly will be laid to rest, together with her mother Shirley, in the Hoadley Cemetery at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, #600, 3250 Bloor Street West, East Tower, Toronto, Ontario  M8X 2X9 (www.cpff.ca).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Shelly-Lynn Hartman entrusted to the care of

  • REGNIER

    Joseph Henry Regnier of Rimbey, Alberta, affectionately known as “Hank”, passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Thursday, January 11, 2024, one day after celebrating his 94th birthday. Hank is survived by his children:  Astella (Franklin) Warren, Beverly (Ron) Mundle, Glenda Regnier (Dean Loney), Ronald Regnier, and Lorie (Melvin) Johanson; as well as his very special friend Joyce Sherwood.  He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews, other family members, and dear friends.  Hank was predeceased by his father Hector; his mother Nora; his son Henry; one brother Alfred “Rawhide”; and his twin sisters Mary Stewart and Rose Stewart. “Dad, you would never say goodbye to us at the end of a phone call, or when you were leaving us after a visit.  When we asked you why, you said it sounded too final.  You leaving us in the early morning of January 11 was not a final goodbye, but a “see you later” until we meet again.  We know Henry was waiting for you to come meet him.” With respect for Hank’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Area Three, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta  T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Joseph Henry “Hank” Regnier entrusted to the care of

  • OSBALDESTON

    With broken hearts, but beautiful memories, the family of Kay Frances Osbaldeston (née Browne) of Rimbey, Alberta sadly announces her passing.  With her loving daughters by her side, Kay passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Long Term Care on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the age of 83 years. Kay was born in Rimbey on May 4, 1940, to Jack and Eva Browne.  She moved to Rimbey to work at the first telephone office in the community, helping her grandmother Ada Browne.  Kay met and married Cody Bengtson in 1961.   They made their home in Rimbey and were blessed with two daughters Brenda and Pam.  Kay was later united in marriage to Dave Osbaldeston in 1985.  Throughout her life, she was employed in some very interesting jobs; from cooking at the Auction Mart, as a desk clerk at the hotel, to managing the Grand Hotel.  One of her favourite jobs was working at Blooms Etc. flower shop, which she enjoyed very much.  Kay was hard-working, possessed a great sense of humour, could catch you off-guard with her witty comments, took great enjoyment in playing bingo, and most of all… loved and cherished her family deeply. She will be greatly missed. Kay leaves behind her daughters Brenda Lewis (Greg Conway), and Pam Elliot, both of Rimbey; as well as three treasured grandsons Cody (Rhea), Dustin, and Milton; and three precious great-grandchildren Jyden, Izzy, and Kinsley.  She also leaves behind three brothers Harold (Barbel) Browne of Calgary; Bill (Deb) Browne of Sorrento, British Columbia; and Vern (Val) Browne of Rimbey; a special niece, Dyanna, who spent many summers on the family farm with Kay; along with numerous additional nieces and nephews, several cousins, and many close friends.  Kay was predeceased by her parents Jack and Eva. A Celebration in Kay’s Honour will be held in the summer of 2024.  If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Area One, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta  T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Kay Frances Osbaldeston (née Browne) entrusted to the care of

  • BUSCH

    It is a sad time when you have to say goodbye to a very special sister and aunt.  Elaine Fay Busch of Rimbey, Alberta, formerly of Surrey and Kamloops, British Columbia, passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Long Term Care on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the age of 83 years. Elaine will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her two brothers and their families, Dwight Fraser of Rimbey, and his sons Garth and Gavin; and George (Linda) Fraser of Cold Lake, Alberta, and their family Stewart and Susie.  She will also be lovingly remembered by many additional family members, and several cherished friends.  Elaine was predeceased by her parents, John and Bertha; as well as both of her husbands, George Keeling and Rudy Busch. A Family Graveside Service to Celebrate Elaine’s Life will be held at a later date in the Bentley Cemetery, Bentley, Alberta.  If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and N.W.T., #306, 10430 – 61 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 2J3  (www.alzheimer.ca).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Elaine Fay Busch entrusted to the care of

  • WIEBE

    It is with great sorrow that the family of Angela “Angie” M.G. Wiebe of Sylvan Lake, Alberta announces her sudden passing.  Angie passed away, with her loving husband Jim by her side, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the age of 60 years. Angie was born in Invermere, British Columbia on July 7, 1963, and met the love of her life, Jim Hendrick, in 1981.  They were united in marriage in 1996, and would have celebrated 43 years of love and friendship on January 15, 2024.  Together with Jim, Angie spent many happy years living in the Vegas Valley in the United States, and travelling to Mexico and Belize. Angie will be lovingly remembered by her husband and best friend, Jim; her mother Marianne Wiebe; her sister Monika (Ernie) Rumsey; as well as Jim’s loving family.  She will also be greatly missed by her nephews Ryker and Greg; her niece Tara (Lyndon); in addition to several other family members; and many dear friends.  Angie was predeceased by her father Heinz Wiebe; and her mother- and father-in-law Connor and Mary Hendrick. In loving memory of Angie, a mass will be said at St. Stephen’s Parish in Old Chelsea, Quebec in the spring.  Memorial donations in Angie’s honour may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 880-5160 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec  H3X 2H9 (www.kidney.ca).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Angela “Angie” M.G. Wiebe entrusted to the care of

  • LUNDSTROM

    Surrounded by family, Clair Ellis Lundstrom of Rimbey, Alberta took his last breath on Monday, January 1, 2024, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre at the age of 86 years. Clair was born on March 1, 1937, in Rimbey, Alberta to Sven and Greta (née Norstrom) Lundstrom.  He started his schooling in a one-room schoolhouse at Harmonien, and then attended Grade 11 in Bluffton before graduating high school in Rimbey.  Following graduation, Clair joined his father Sven on the family farm east of Hoadley.  Together, Sven and Clair raised Hereford cattle and in later years they started to sell more grain.  Early in his farming career, Clair would venture to the Bluffton Creamery to pick up the milk cheque, and it was there that he met a bubbly blonde, Agnes Straarup.  They were united in marriage on June 29, 1960.  Agnes and Clair raised two daughters; with Candis arriving in 1966, and in 1968 Tanya followed to make the family complete. Clair was a kind, patient, and compassionate man, especially when it came to his animals.  There were several times when his daughters would get home from school and they would find their dad in the barn.  Clair would be found with a labouring cow’s head on his lap, and he would be stroking her head and telling her that everything was going to be fine.  When the cattle were ready to be shipped to the auction mart, Clair could pretty much load the truck by himself.  He would round up the cows and walk them down to the loading chute – he would never run his cattle.  There was one autumn when they had sold their cattle to a buyer in eastern Canada.  The train that was transporting the cattle to Ontario had derailed, killing most of the cattle.  Clair was upset about that for months.  He also had a soft spot for the family’s pets.  On one excursion to the vet in Rimbey, the family’s yellow lab, Max, got extra snuggles from Clair.  Since Max had never ridden in the front of the truck, and certainly had never been to town, with every passing mile he scooted closer on the seat towards Clair.  Then with every passing vehicle he would bark directly into Clair’s ear.   Upon arrival at the vet’s office, Clair said his right leg had fallen asleep from the weight of the dog cuddling on his thigh… and he could definitely hardly hear out of his right ear!  But he did say that Max was very happy and popular at the vet’s office! Both Clair and Agnes were very active in the community.  While Agnes tended to her activities with the Liberty Hall, the Springdale Ladies Club, and the Bluffton Parent/Teacher Association; Clair was not far behind her being “volun-told” to paint, clean, or repair something!  Of which he didn’t mind a bit! At the beginning of July every year, the family would go camping and hiking to British Columbia, mostly in the Yoho National Park area.  Clair would pick river rocks and driftwood for hours.  In the winter months, several families in the community would rent the pool in Ponoka, and they would all go swimming.  Clair was also an avid ice fisherman, and he would keep Agnes busy pickling fish.  He did not eat pickled fish, but he liked to think Agnes enjoyed pickling them!  One winter day when Clair and Agnes were out feeding the cattle, Agnes was chased onto the hay wagon by an angry cow.  Three weeks later they ate that cow.  Like a true Alberta beef farmer, Clair loved his steak and potatoes! As the girls left home and life became less hectic, Clair and Agnes took up golfing.  Most often they could be found at the golf course in Breton, and they loved to share their golf stories with their family.  While Agnes was curling in the winter, Clair was more than pleased to become the “official, unofficial coach”! Clair was completely in love with his grandchildren, and over the years he was their proudest spectator as he attended hockey games, baseball games, dance recitals, band performances, and cadet parades.  He took the greatest pleasure in attending birthday parties, graduations, and most recently, the wedding of his granddaughter.  He even attended the playschool’s, “Spring Fling”, to which he exclaimed he might never make that mistake again! Clair adored his grandchildren, loved listening to stories about the great-grandchildren, and he was so proud of them all! Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartache, when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that loved you, silent are the tears that fall. Living here without you, is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true. And when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return, when we are all together. But with the love in our hearts, you walk with us forever. Clair is survived by his daughters Candis (Richard) Edwards of Red Deer; and Tanya Lundstrom of Sylvan Lake; as well as four cherished grandchildren Jessa (Chris) Wilkinson; Kimberley (Dustin) Patapoff; Scott (Danika) Morse; and Carter Taylor; and three precious great-grandchildren Layne, Blake, and Ryder.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law Kenny (Lucille) Straarup of Calgary; a nephew Gary (Teresa) Barr of Edmonton; and close family friend Susan Grieshaber-Otto of Hoadley; in addition to many close cousins, nieces and nephews, and dear friends.  Clair was predeceased by his parents; and by his beloved wife and best friend of 63 years, Agnes, who passed away a few short months ago in September, 2023. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Valley View Manor and at Rimbey FCSS for their absolute care and compassion through these difficult few months. With respect for Clair’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  He will be laid to rest, together with his loving wife Agnes, in the Hoadley Cemetery at a later date.  With consideration for Clair’s love for animals… if desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to the Saving Grace Animal Society, Box 852, Alix, Alberta  T0C 0B0 (www.savinggracecanada.com).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Clair Ellis Lundstrom entrusted to the care of

  • PREGODA

    *PRE-RECORDED VIDEO DETAILS UPDATED* With broken hearts we announce the passing of Dennis Charles Pregoda of Bluffton, Alberta.  Dennis passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Monday, January 1, 2024, at the age of 83 years. Dennis was born in the Rimbey Hospital on October 30, 1940, to Charles and Charlotte Pregoda.  At the age of 17 years, he went to work on the drilling rigs for Petrolia Drilling at Cynthia, Alberta.  Dennis continued to work the rigs for about ten years from 1957 to 1967.  He bought his first quarter of land in 1963.  Dennis met the love of his life Phyllis Olesen from Rosalind, Alberta, and they were married in 1966.  Together they raised two children; Darla in 1969, with Doran following in 1972.  Dennis started employment with Christensen Diamond Coring in 1967, which took him on adventures all over the world.  His job also enabled him to work for them in the winter months and enjoy his passion for farming in the summers.  In the mid-1980s, Dennis and Steve Kenzle started up Kengoda Oilfield Services, which they operated until the Going, Going, Gone Sale in 2001.  Dennis also grew a remarkable collection of Caterpillar equipment over the years.  With his enthusiasm for the farm and his love for the land, Dennis retired to farming full time and continued to buy land and put up fences. “The history of the land is etched on the faces – and in the hearts – of the farmers who till it. Rest in peace, Dennis, amongst the winter wheat… ” Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis; his daughter Darla Pregoda (Darcy Allen) of Ponoka; and his son Doran Pregoda (Kendra Olson) of Bluffton; as well as one very special and precious granddaughter Ava Pregoda.  He will also be lovingly remembered by two sisters Dolores (Leo) Arsenault of Winfield; and Debra (Richard) McMechan of Bluffton; in addition to three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a countless number of close friends.  Dennis was predeceased by his parents Charlie and Charlotte; his sister Dianne Kenzle; two brothers-in-law Clifford Kenzle and John Stadman; and one sister-in-law Linda Roth. A Family Graveside Service took place at the Iola Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Dennis’ Life was held at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre, 5109 – 54 Avenue, Rimbey on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 12:00 p.m., with Life Celebrant Brenda Watts presiding. To view the pre-recorded video of Dennis' burial and celebration of life, please click on the following link: https://www.ofc-ltd.ca/funeral-service-videos If desired, memorial donations in Dennis’ memory may be made directly to the Iola Fairview Cemetery, c/o R.R. 2, Bluffton, Alberta  T0C 0M0.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late Dennis Charles Pregoda entrusted to the care of

  • HAYDUK

    It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Bonnie Jean Hayduk (née Hjelmeland) of Rimbey, Alberta, formerly of Alsike, Alberta.  Bonnie passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Long Term Care on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the age of 67 years. Bonnie was born in Innisfail, Alberta on April 1, 1956, to Stan and Ruth Hjelmeland.  She was a homemaker, and a devoted mother and grandmother.  Bonnie loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends.  Many happy days were spent with everyone she loved, going out for drives, and working in her yard and garden. Bonnie will be greatly missed by her four children Ryan of Wetaskiwin; Kiel (Darla) of Rimbey; Joy-Lyn of Calgary; and Holly of Acme, Alberta; as well as her nine treasured grandchildren Shai, Tayne, Trayse, Madison, Siane, Jaxson, Brylee, Mallory, and Keston.  She will also be greatly missed by two brothers Don of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; and Allan (Kim) also of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; and one sister Lorayne (Dennis) of Oliver, British Columbia; in addition to several nieces and nephews.  Bonnie was predeceased by her parents Stan and Ruth Hjelmeland. A very special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers in the Acute and Long Term Care areas of the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre.  Your kindness towards Bonnie will never be forgotten. With respect for the family’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  Interment will take place in the spring of 2024 in the Breton Cemetery, Breton, Alberta.  If desired, memorial donations in Bonnie’s memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta  T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com).  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Bonnie Jean Hayduk (née Hjelmeland) entrusted to the care of

  • SCHWARTZ

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Cyril Schwartz of Rimbey, Alberta on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at the age of 79 years. Bob was born in Claresholm, in southern Alberta, to his parents Cyril and Margaret Schwartz.  He worked at Safeway Shelter Systems in Claresholm for many years, before going to work for Lorne Russell at a time when they built the Stavely Auction Market.  He learned many skills from Lorne and respected him immensely.  In 1968 Bob bought the family farm from his dad where he and Gloria raised their three daughters and farmed it together until 1988.  He then rented a half section of land east of Stavely from his brother-in-law Wayne; and along with some additional land, he mixed farmed for about seven years.  In 1995 Bob then purchased a half section located west of Rimbey; and in 1997 he bought a quarter section at Winfield, where he and Gloria moved. He loved his cows/calves and putting up hay… it was his dream place.  Bob and Gloria retired and moved to Rimbey in 2011. For eight years they enjoyed spending three months a year in Mesa, Arizona, where they made many friends that are still treasured today.  Bob also loved their home in town, and he spent all his time improving, building, and fixing it for the enjoyment of their girls and grandchildren. Bob will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife Gloria of 59 years; his daughters Lori (Jay) Soukup, Debbie (Art) Wamsteeker, and Michelle (Pat) Burrage; as well as eight grandchildren Dusty (Krissy) Nieborg, Darby (Ellie) Nieborg, Corey (Jordan) Wamsteeker, Joel (Jill) Wamsteeker, Keely (Cahl) Sutherland, Erin (Randy) Maconochie, Josie (Joachim) Burrage, and Lacey Burrage; and four great-grandchildren Brynn and Emery Wamsteeker, and Paisley and Hayes Maconochie; along with two step great-grandsons Hawksley and Taves McCulloch.  He is also survived by his sister Pat (Allan) Fath; two brothers-in-law Wayne Schlosser and Clark (Ethel) Schlosser; in addition to many nieces and nephews, and their families, from both sides.  Bob was predeceased by his parents; an infant sister Yvonne; his brother and sister-in-law Pete (Delores) Schwartz; his sister-in-law Maxine Schlosser; and two nephews Gary Schwartz and Lloyd Schlosser. With respect for Bob’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  The family will celebrate his life at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations in Bob’s memory may be made directly to the Stavely Pro Rodeo Association, Box 187, Stavely, Alberta  T0L 1Z0; or by e-Transfer to stavelyprorodeo@gmail.com. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Robert “Bob” Cyril Schwartz entrusted to the care of

  • GURNETT

    It is with much sorrow that we announce the passing of our cherished father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, John “Jack” Gurnett, of Rimbey, Alberta.  Jack passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Monday, November 13, 2023, at the age of 96 years. Jack will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his loving children Heather, Gordon, Susan (Tom), Ted (Mayi), Karen, and Joanne (Miles).  He will also be lovingly remembered by eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as several additional family members; and many close and treasured friends.  Jack was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Gurnett; his loving wife of 71 years, Margaret in 2021; two sons James and David; and his granddaughters Silk and Jessica. A Family Graveside Service in Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held at the Hoadley Cemetery on Thursday, November 16, 2023.  If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late John “Jack” Gurnett entrusted to the care of

  • SKEELS

    With broken hearts the family of Delmer Skeels was left to say goodbye, upon his unexpected and sudden passing at home on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the age of 86 years. Delmer was born in the Bentley General Hospital on June 30, 1937, to his parents Lester and Alda Skeels.   He was brought home to the farm where he resided for the next 86 years.  As a youngster, Delmer enjoyed life on the farm with his parents and siblings Louise, Gerald, and Thelma.  He always had a variety of animals to care for and nurture.  Delmer attended school to Grade 8 at the Monte Vista School, riding to and from class on horseback.  His education was complicated by health problems and hearing loss. As a young man – along with farming – Delmer did some carpentry work with his uncle Harold and Harold’s sons.  In addition, he broke numerous horses to ride, and milked a countless number of cows.  Delmer switched wells at the Rimbey Gas Plant for a while, and he loved dancing – privileged to be the best man at six weddings!  In 1963 Delmer married Joyce Holosko and they moved about 200 feet into their new home.  They continued to dairy farm with Lester and Alda until 1970; venturing into beef cows, transplant heifers, feed horses, as well as developing a fine herd of commercial Simmental-Limousin cross cattle. Delmer enjoyed participating in amateur rodeo, and served on the Rimbey Rodeo Board for 20 years.  He also fulfilled roles with the Rimbey Agricultural Society and the Alberta Range Patrol program.  As a family they were actively involved with the Bluffton 4H Beef Club, with Delmer spending some time as both an assistant and as the club leader.  The Skeels Family was acknowledged with the Ponoka County Farm Family honour in 1987. As a young family, they enjoyed many memorable times with very good friends, the Riley family.  They also enjoyed more than 20 years of trail riding in the mountains with family and friends, particularly the Muller and Jaburek crews; and they are fondly remembered working cattle with special neighbours Bob and Donna Pecharsky.  Delmer even had a dandy fish pond built in the pasture to enjoy with his family – especially the grandkids! In 2007 Delmer semi-retired and sold most of the herd; blending the few remaining cattle with Dan’s herd, and he continued winter feeding right up until this year.  He has always enjoyed staying active on the farm.  Delmer and Joyce continued haying right into this year – in fact, he was hauling bales in October!  Well into his 80s, on Delmer’s bucket list was a bigger “manure spreader” – of which he finally got!  In June of this year, the Skeels family was recognized as a long-standing pioneer family of the Rimbey area at the annual Oldtimers Reunion. In later years, Delmer and Joyce were fortunate enough to take pleasure in many bus trips across Canada and the U.S.A.; creating many memories and friendships along the way.  Their recent favourite pastimes included eradicating gophers; and road trips out west looking for wild horses, which they did just four days prior to Delmer’s passing. “He was a farmer, hardworking – straightforward – social and caring… Delmer will be missed, but his memory will live on.” Delmer is survived by his loving wife and partner of 60 years, Joyce; his sons Stan (Vykki), Wes (Leslie), and Dan (Karen); as well as his grandchildren Mackenzie (Corey), Garren (Trinity), Kesler (Korah), Tyler, Jodi, Chelsea and her son Keaton, and Jessie.  He is also survived by his sister Louise Sanderson; his brother Gerald (May) Skeels; in addition to numerous additional family members; and many close and dear friends.  Special mention to Rick and Evelyn Sanderson for allowing Delmer and Joyce to use their children Crystal, Kim, and Tony as practice grandkids; and also to honorary grandson Gary Waldron.  Delmer was predeceased by his parents; his sister Thelma Galisky; along with many special aunts, uncles, other relatives, and good friends. With respect for Delmer’s wishes, an Informal Memorial Gathering will be held at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre, 5109 – 54 Avenue, Rimbey on Sunday, November 19, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If desired, memorial donations in Delmer’s memory may be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta  T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca); or to the charity of one’s choice.  Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Delmer Skeels entrusted to the care of

  • KREISER

    *PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE UPDATE* Dwayne Rodney Kreiser of Red Deer, Alberta passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at the age of 68 years. Dwayne will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters Trina (Scott) Segger and their children Reid and Elisabeth, all of Edmonton; and Amy (Dwayne) Folk and their children Rowan and Lucas, all of Edmonton as well.  He will also be lovingly remembered by his six siblings Rick (Diane) Kreiser of Foam Lake, Saskatchewan; Fred (Chris) Kreiser of Cochrane; Stan Kreiser of Edmonton; Kathy (Brian) Tennant of Bluffton; Murray (Deb) Kreiser also of Bluffton; and Keith (Dawn) Kreiser of Blackfalds; his sister-in-law Yvonne Lutz of Medicine Hat; as well as his nieces and nephews Glenna, Chad, Sheldon (Kelly), Derek (Tiffaney), Rachael (Lee), Stacy (Sally), Michelle (Chad), Tamara (Steve), Clint, Lindsey, Shayna (Cliff), Dustin (Trista), Bryce (Alix), Stephanie (Mike), Jenna Lee (Hayden), Jessica (Riley), and Melissa (Aron); in addition to his close friend Audrey of Red Deer; along with many other family members and friends.  Dwayne was predeceased by his parents, Arnold and Hilda Kreiser; his brother Lorne; and a nephew Darren. A Public Memorial Service in Dwayne’s Honour will be held at the Cadogan Hall, Cadogan, Alberta on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.  A Private Family Graveside Service will precede the service at 1:30 p.m. in the Cadogan West Cemetery.  If desired, memorial donations in Dwayne’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Dwayne Rodney Kreiser entrusted to the care of

  • WATTS

    With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Yvonne Evelyn Watts of Rimbey, Alberta. Yvonne experienced a decline in her health in recent weeks, quietly passing away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Friday, November 3, 2023, at the age of 89 years. Yvonne was born in Kelso, Saskatchewan on June 7, 1934, to Albert and Florence Pierlot. She was the third child of eight children raised on a pioneer farm through the Depression years. Yvonne’s family worked hard and continually aspired for a better life, eventually relocating and settling in Rimbey across the road from the Watts farm. Upon graduating high school in Rimbey, her plans of attending pharmacy school were soon derailed with the meeting of the love of her life, Bruce Watts. They were united in marriage shortly after on November 11, 1953. Yvonne and Bruce began a family and a farm. Together they raised their four children to understand the value of hard work, and the importance of a life full of experiences. Horsemanship, skiing, and enjoying the great outdoors of Alberta and British Columbia were their rewards. Sadly, Yvonne lost Bruce at a very young age, but through stoic vitality and perseverance she continued on. She raised their children with good sense and strength, and maintained the family farm for the rest of her life. Family, friends, her church, and the community were the cornerstones of life for Yvonne. She possessed a sense of duty and felt sincere enjoyment in helping others; volunteering was in her DNA. The United Church, Meals on Wheels, and checking in on countless friends and family filled her days. She will be missed by many. Yvonne is survived by her children LeeAnne (Tim), Collin (Nita), Lyle, and Cherie; her grandchildren Marnie (Keith), Sheleen, Michael (Suzanne), Remi (Alexis), Reed (Shenelle), Tommi (James), Lazlo, Liam, Hanna, and Robert; in addition to her great-grandchildren Evie, Holden, Emma, Katie, as well as a baby boy, and a baby girl. She is also survived by her siblings Brenda (Ron) Buffel, Lorne (Patricia) Pierlot, Blain (Colleen) Pierlot, and Mary Pierlot; along with numerous nieces and nephews; several other family members; and many dear friends. Yvonne was predeceased by her loving husband Bruce in 1975; her parents Albert and Florence; and four brothers Bud, Garry, Don, and Larry. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Yvonne’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Marco Williams-Ste-Marie officiating. A Family Interment preceded the service, at 11:00 a.m., in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Rimbey. If desired, memorial donations in Yvonne’s memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. *The pre-recorded memorial service video for Betty is no longer available for viewing. Please contact us for additional details. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Yvonne Evelyn Watts entrusted to the care of

  • COERS

    With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Carl Henry Coers of Rimbey, Alberta. Carl passed away surrounded by his family at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at the age of 91 years. With aching hearts we said goodbye to our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. After being born and raised on a farm in Holland and living through WWII, Carl’s adventurous spirit brought him to Canada in 1951. Once here, he worked his way across Canada as a farmhand, with a yearlong side trip to Australia to work on a cattle and sheep station. Carl eventually settled in Central Alberta with his wife and family. In 1972 he helped build the C+G Ranch and managed it for 20 years. Upon “retirement”, Carl worked for Monte Vista Farms, developing a very special relationship with the Pearman Family. When the time came for his “official retirement”, he moved into a consulting role for his son’s and grandson’s farms and continued on with his loves of travel, and spending time with friends and family. Carl will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his beloved wife of 58 years, Helen; his children Michawn (Martie) Giesbrecht, Shannon Coers (Rick Ritter), and John (Cathy) Coers; as well as four cherished grandchildren Kent (Tracy) Giesbrecht, Eve Coers, Anna Coers, and Kesler Skeels (Korah Anderson); and four precious great-grandchildren Emily, Ethan, Aevyn, and Tyler Giesbrecht. He will also be thought of fondly and dearly missed by his siblings Corrie Dunnink of Marathon, Ontario; John Coers of Maple Ridge, British Columbia; and Gyp Coers of Loenen aan de Vecht, Holland; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Holland; along with many close friends. Carl was predeceased by his parents; his grandson Shane Giesbrecht; five sisters; and one brother. “Your labour is done, Your home now is heaven; no more must you wait, Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, And we will close the gate.” Excerpt from the poem Close the Gate By Nancy Kraayenhof Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for an Informal Gathering in Carl’s Honour, as we remember his life well lived. Please join us at the Seniors Drop-in Centre, 5110 – 53 Avenue, Rimbey on Sunday, November 12, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation – Northern Alberta Chapter, 16007 – 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5V 1C7 (www.makeawish.ca); or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #100, 119 – 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 (www.heartandstroke.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Carl Henry Coers entrusted to the care of

  • FORD

    It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Shirley Alice Ford, of Rimbey, Alberta, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Long Term Care, at the age of 87 years. Shirley was comforted by her daughters at her side, passing away surrounded by love on Thursday, October 19, 2023. Shirley was born in Haliburton, Ontario on June 9, 1936. She was the first of twelve children born to Norman and Lenita Hirons. As a young woman, Shirley met Gerald Tustian at the race track in Fort Erie, Ontario, where Shirley was a cook and Gerald was a jockey. They were united in marriage and moved to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan where they lived in a little cabin that had no power or water. Through the course of several years, they raised three daughters Joanne, Lynita, and Sandra. The family relocated to Cochrane, Alberta, where they resided for many years before selling their acreage there and moving to an acreage at Rimbey. After 21 years of marriage, Shirley and Gerald separated. Shirley later married Tom Ford of Rimbey, and after quite a few years they also separated. Eventually Shirley and Gerald found their way back to each other, and they moved to their daughter and son-in-law’s farm near Rimbey. It was during this time that Shirley endured a bad stroke, but was able to go back home following her rehabilitation. Sadly, Gerald suffered a heart attack shortly after that, so Shirley then went to live with her daughter Joanne for many years. Shirley subsequently relocated to the Winfield Seniors Lodge where she was a resident for a time before moving into Rimbey Long Term Care where she resided until her passing. Shirley had many friends and possessed an amazing sense of humour. She absolutely loved her old cat, Booties, who was her cherished furry companion. Shirley is survived by her two daughters Joanne (Cliff) Reynolds; and Lynita (Roy) Stevenson; as well as four brothers Dale (Peggy), Garry, Terry (Lou Anne), and Bobbie (Debbie); four sisters Donna (Jon), Norma (Rick), Sandy (Bill), and Cindy (Jim); in addition to numerous nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends. Shirley was predeceased by her first husband Gerald; her daughter Sandra “Sandy”; her parents Norman and Lenita; three brothers Denny, Philip, and Larry; along with several close friends. With respect for Shirley’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. She will be laid to rest in the Bradshaw Cemetery at a later date. If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Shirley Alice Ford entrusted to the care of

  • BRUNET

    Fern Louise Brunet (née Carrington) of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the age of 85 years. With such heavy hearts we have had to say goodbye to our loving mom, grandma, and GG. Fern was a very kind, caring, and gentle soul that possessed a great sense of humour. She enjoyed books, puzzles, and playing games with her friends at the manor; but, her greatest love was spending time with her family. Fern was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and we are so grateful that we were able to have her in our lives. Fern will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her son Dennis (Kati) Brunet of Oliver, British Columbia; her daughter Donna (Louis) Regnier of Rimbey; as well as two treasured grandchildren Brandon (Ashley) Regnier of Edmonton; and Amber Regnier (Dan Horne) of Penhold; and four cherished great-grandchildren Cohen, Kinley, Rachel, and Rory. She also leaves behind to mourn her passing, her sister Patricia Schneider of Grande Prairie; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Fern was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Louis Brunet; her son Ronald; her parents, Alfred and Nora; and seven siblings. With respect for Fern’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com); or to the Rimoka Housing Endowment Fund – Valley View Manor Recreation, Box 740, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Fern Louise Brunet (née Carrington) entrusted to the care of

  • TAYLOR

    The stars shine brighter for those who leave us too soon. With heartfelt sadness we share that Tyson William Taylor passed away suddenly at his home in Rimbey, Alberta on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at the age of 21 years. Tyson’s light will forever shine among his family and friends. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his parents, mom Angela (Brian) MacDonald of Rimbey; and dad Jack (Shauna) Taylor of Rimbey; as well as his maternal grandmother Sheila Forsen of Rimbey; and his paternal grandmother Betty Taylor, also of Rimbey. In addition, Tyson will be greatly missed by his brother Dillon (Allison) Casey of Leslieville; his sister Shelley (Jeff) Stadnyk of Edmonton; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members, and many friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Lyle Johnston; and his paternal grandfather John Taylor. It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars. We love you, Tyson, to those stars and beyond… An Informal Gathering of Family and Friends to Celebrate Tyson’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Rimbey on Sunday, October 22, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Even if we only reach one life, we are embracing the light to help others. In loss, we find the courage and strength to create a brighter world. As a result, and in loving memory of Tyson, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, 303 Forge Road SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0S9 (www.aarc.ab.ca); or to any drug rehabilitation program of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Tyson William Taylor entrusted to the care of

  • BORTHWICK

    It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Annette Marie Borthwick (née Liner) at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Edmonton on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the age of 73 years, with her loving family by her side. Annette was born on December 28, 1949, to Harry and Marie Liner of Rimbey, Alberta. She was raised on the family farm until she married Jim and started a family of her own. Annette had a great love for family, and was the best grandma ever to her three grandchildren Hinton, Nathan, and Morgan. She had a passion for reading, home decorating, baking, and an infinite love of Christmas. Annette had a soft spot for neglected or abused animals, and saved any animal that she could give a better life to. She had two major careers after her children left home. Firstly, as an insurance agent; and after going back to school at the age of 52 years, she became the accountant/office manager for Millwrights Union 1460 in Edmonton, a job she loved until her retirement in 2012. Annette was the foundation of our family, forever Jim’s bride, our mom, grandma, and sister. We will cherish the memories of her kind heart, compassion, honesty, class, and wit. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends who knew and loved her. Annette leaves behind to mourn, her beloved husband and best friend of 55 years, James “Jim” Lynn Borthwick; her two sons Darrel and Jason; her daughter Bridget (Peter) Dry; her three grandchildren; and one brother Gord (Linda) Liner; in addition to several nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends. Annette was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Marie; and her sister Susan Nielson. A Family Graveside Service in Celebration of Annette’s Life was held at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Marco Williams-Ste-Marie officiating. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Annette’s memory may be made directly to the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 17904-118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5S 2W3 (www.albertaspca.org); or to any animal shelter of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late Annette Marie Borthwick (née Liner) entrusted to the care of

  • CHRISTENSON

    John B. Christenson of Rimbey, Alberta passed away quietly at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Long Term Care on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at the age of 77 years. John was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 15, 1946, to John and Dorothy Christenson. He settled in Rimbey and married his best friend Florence on November 16, 1980. Together they owned and operated Rimbey Pizza and Steak House for many years. Every Thursday’s lunch was their specialty of New York strip steak – which was also a betting day as to how many steaks would be sold for the lunch hour. John’s favourite pastime was to play a game of crib, which he usually won! He also enjoyed fishing and golfing, and he loved to be outdoors. John was a very generous and polite man, and he will be sadly missed and cherished by all. John will be lovingly remembered by his son Cory (Angela) Christenson of Calgary; and his stepdaughter Lisa (Paul) Poulsen of Rimbey; as well as four cherished grandchildren Connor, Camren, Brady (Kim), and Justina; and five great-grandchildren Archer, Kaydence, McKinlee, Rowan, and Braxton. He will also be lovingly remembered by his sister Lynn Klaver of Summerland, British Columbia; in addition to many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. John was predeceased by his wife Florence in 2012; his parents, John and Dorothy; and one sister Diane Foster. The family would like to thank all the staff at Rimbey Long Term Care for their hard work and dedication. With respect for John’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. He will be laid to rest at a later date in the Wilkie Cemetery, Wilkie, Saskatchewan. If desired, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made directly to Long Term Care at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Perhaps you aren’t ready yet to have to say goodbye… Perhaps you’ve thought of things you wish you’d said – well, so have I. For one thing, I’d have told you not to worry about me… I’m with the Lord in Heaven now – You knew that’s where I’d be. I’m sorry that you’re feeling sad for I’m so happy now… I’ve asked the Lord to ease the hurt and comfort you somehow. It’s hard at the beginning, but I know you’ll make it through. I hope it helps to know that I’ll be waiting here for you. “Our hearts are at peace knowing you were called home to heaven to be reunited with your wife Florence.” Cremation Arrangements for the Late John B. Christenson entrusted to the care of

  • GHESEGER

    Kenneth “Ken” William Gheseger Jr. of Red Deer, Alberta passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at the age of 76 years. Ken was born on April 25, 1947 in Lacombe, Alberta. He was known for living life to the fullest, and his favourite place to do so was in his boat. Ken loved boating at Gleniffer Lake or Gull Lake, salmon fishing in British Columbia, or fishing in any type of water with his family and friends. Many of his past employees would say that he would give the shirt off his back. Ken’s family would say that his homemade pepperoni, beef jerky, pork cutlets, and canning “care packages” were all made with love – as his printed notes on the package would express. All will remember Ken admiring a beautiful cut of meat that he made with pride and joy, when gathering at the storytime family suppers. Ken will be lovingly remembered by his partner Janet Lethbridge of Red Deer; his daughters Tracey Leavitt (Ivan) of Millet; Stacy Gheseger of Red Deer; and Ashley Lethbridge, also of Red Deer. He was a loving grandfather to Alannah Leavitt (Kyle) of Edmonton; and Nicole Leavitt (Tyler) of the County of Wetaskiwin. Ken will also be fondly remembered by his brother Keith (Barb) of Nanaimo, British Columbia; along with many cousins, additional family members, and friends. He was predeceased by his father Ken Sr. in 1994; his mother Clarene in 2009; his wife Kaye in 2015; and a sister Muriel Lynn in 1986. A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at By-the-Lake Park, 6128 – 56 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, Alberta on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest at a later date in the Bentley Cemetery, Bentley. If desired, memorial donations in Ken’s memory may be made directly to the Millet and District Historical Society (Charity), Box 178, Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0 (or by e-Transfer to info@milletmuseum.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Kenneth “Ken” William Gheseger Jr. entrusted to the care of

  • MELLON

    We are saddened to share that John C. Mellon of Lacombe, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at the age of 93 years. John was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 1, 1930, the only child of Edward and Alice Mellon. A mechanic by trade, John enjoyed many years in the automotive industry. He married his best friend Dorothy Gittins, and together they raised their two children. While their children were growing up, John was actively involved with Scouts Canada. He was also very committed to the Royal Canadian Legion, receiving many awards of recognition from both of these organizations. John will be lovingly remembered by his son Brian (Bernadette) of Edmonton; and his daughter Bonnie (Tom) of Spruce Grove; as well as four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other family members and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents; and his loving wife Dorothy in 2013. With respect for John’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. Interment will take place at a later date in the Bunker Hill Cemetery, Winfield. If desired, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #100, 119 – 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 (www.heartandstroke.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late John C. Mellon entrusted to the care of

  • LUNDSTROM

    With unending love in our hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce that Agnes Elise H. Lundstrom (née Straarup) of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, at the age of 85 years, on Friday, September 22, 2023, after battling several health conditions. Agnes was born in a farmhouse in the Last West District on September 13, 1938, to Danish immigrants Alfred and Mary Straarup. Shortly after her birth, the family returned to Denmark and remained there until WWII ended. Upon the family’s return to Canada, Agnes started her education at the Rimbey Elementary School and completed her schooling in Rimbey. Following high school, she was employed with Alpha Dairy in Calgary; returning to the Rimbey area to work at the Bluffton Creamery. It was during her years of working at the Bluffton Creamery that she met her lifelong soulmate, Clair Lundstrom, who farmed east of Hoadley. They were married on June 29, 1960. Agnes threw herself into farm life, working together with Clair and her in-laws to expand their cow/calf and mixed farming operation. In addition to farming, Agnes and her mother-in-law Greta Lundstrom grew a huge garden and preserved hundreds of canned vegetables and fruit every year. She prided herself on preparing meals for her family that were truly derived from “living off the land”. Agnes and Clair were blessed with their daughters, Candis and Tanya, who arrived in 1966 and 1968, respectively. During her time as a new mom, Agnes began partaking in events within the local farming community, especially at the Liberty Hall. Over the years, she became actively involved with the Liberty Hall Board, the Springdale Ladies Club, and the singing group, the Liberty Belles. Agnes loved the farming community, and she worked hard to contribute what she could to the community’s friendly and generous ways. As their daughters grew up, Agnes and Clair found time to add two more hobbies to their daily routine. During the summer months, they could be found on the “greens” at any one of the local golf courses; and during the winter months, Agnes was on the ice, curling. She became a curling enthusiast, with a competitive nature that helped their team land a position in the curling provincials one year. In 2004, with the completion of their child-raising years behind them and the arrival of their grandchildren, Agnes and Clair decided to leave the farm and retire to Rimbey. Agnes also loved living in town, as she enjoyed being able to surround herself with people and build a healthy social life. Everyone was always welcome at her kitchen table, as she served coffee and home-baked treats to family and friends several times a day. She also took great pleasure in hosting holiday events and preparing extravagant holiday meals. Agnes always made sure to add both the Danish, as well as the Swedish (Clair’s family) traditions to her holiday baked goodies. She also became the family’s official “hardtack” maker, which is a delicious Swedish oatmeal flat bread that everyone quickly devoured. Agnes loved her family and friends immensely, and leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and kindness. She will be forever remembered and deeply missed. Agnes is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 63 years, Clair; her daughters Candis (Richard) Edwards of Red Deer; and Tanya Lundstrom of Sylvan Lake; as well as four cherished grandchildren Jessa (Chris) Wilkinson; Kimberley (Dustin) Patapoff; Scott (Danika) Morse; and Carter Taylor; and three precious great-grandchildren Layne, Blake, and Ryder. She is also survived by her brother Kenny (Lucille) Straarup of Calgary; in addition to her close and dear friends, who she called her chosen sisters, Helen West of Edmonton; Helen (Carl) Coers of Rimbey; and Susan Grieshaber-Otto of Hoadley; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives; plus many additional friends. Agnes was predeceased by her parents; her sisters Anna Perry and Ellen McManus; and her brother Thomas. With respect for Agnes’ wishes, no formal funeral service will be held at this time. If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Food Bank, c/o Family and Community Support Services, Box 404, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyfcss.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Agnes Elise H. Lundstrom (née Straarup) entrusted to the care of

  • WOOD

    With great sadness we announce the passing of Jean Ellen Wood (née Hill) of Brooks, Alberta. Born in Lacombe, Alberta to Osa and Peter Hill, Jean passed away at the Brooks Health Centre on Friday, September 22, 2023, at the age of 94 years. Jean’s credo in life was, “You have to make things happen”. She lived her life to the fullest, filling each day with new adventures, and always with a carload of friends or her family along for the ride. Jean had a curious nature, and was a lifelong learner. She was a school teacher for many years, but throughout her lifetime her best lessons were taught by example. Jean was dearly loved and she will be deeply missed. Jean is survived by her five children Larry (Diana) of Mission, British Columbia; Barbara of Brooks; Roger (Teresa) of Fort Saskatchewan; Peter (Cheryl) of Markerville, Alberta; and Jennifer of Rimbey; as well as eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother Donald of Ponoka; many beloved nieces and nephews; and several cherished friends and acquaintances. Jean was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband John; son-in-law Fritz Lasanté; her grandson Jon Wood; in addition to numerous other well-loved family members and friends. With respect for Jean’s wishes, a private Graveside Service was held at the Lacombe Fairview Cemetery, Lacombe on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. If desired, memorial donations in Jean’s memory may be made directly to the Ellis Bird Farm, Box 5090, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1W7 (www.ellisbirdfarm.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late Jean Ellen Wood (née Hill) entrusted to the care of

  • BROWN

    It is time to say goodbye to a very special man. Elmer Richard Brown of Rimbey, Alberta was born on November 25, 1928, and passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on September 9, 2023, at the age of 94 years. Elmer was born on the family farm in the Forshee District, and attended Grades 1 through 9 at the Centreview School. He then travelled to Ontario in 1944 to play hockey and finish Grade 10. The following year, Elmer returned to Forshee and completed Grade 11 at the Rimbey High School. In 1946, he worked for Valley Service Garage and drove a delivery truck for Montalbetti’s. Elmer married Helen Rose “Rosie” Marek in 1951, where they lived in Bluffton before moving to Rimbey in 1952. He was employed by Barry Motors between 1952 and 1963, after which he joined Chevron Standard until 1965. That same year, Elmer and Bill McGeachy went into partnership at the Shell Service Station and Bulk Oil Agency. In 1966, Elmer and Rosie’s long-awaited daughter Tammy was born. Elmer had a rich tapestry of interests; from fishing, golfing, and baseball to dancing, singing, and playing the guitar. Among these, the family hunting trip each November held a special place in his heart, a tradition he eagerly awaited and participated in for over 50 years. Elmer was an individual of great integrity who marched to the beat of his own drum. He was a family man who enjoyed the simple things in life. Although private by nature, Elmer was active in the community and effortlessly connected with those around him. He had a huge heart and a great sense of humour. Elmer loved to use the term, “It’s a nothing” over what he felt was unimportant, yet always with respect for others’ perceptions. He continually took care of everybody and everything, no matter the circumstances. Elmer was organized beyond measure to make things easier for others. With a rhythm all his own and a heart that knew no bounds, Elmer lived a memorable life, sharing wisdom and lessons that touched many. A life of challenges – a life well lived. Elmer is survived by his daughter Tammy (Lyle) Matson of Bluffton; his most devoted, loving partner of 17 years, Katharina “Katie” Moser of Rimbey; and two cherished grandsons Jeffrey and Jared. He is also survived by his brother Pat Brown of Calgary; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, other family members, and many close friends. Elmer was predeceased by his parents Charles and Amelia Brown; his wife Rosie in 1997; three brothers Lloyd, Bruce, and Ray; and five sisters Alda Skeels, Linnie Pecharsky, Cora Allison, Eunice Young, and Elsie McGeachy. With respect for Elmer’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. He will be laid to rest in the West Haven Cemetery at a later date. If desired, memorial donations in Elmer’s memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Seniors Drop-In Centre, Box 1352, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0; or to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Elmer Richard Brown entrusted to the care of

  • WASYLYSZYN

    It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Barry Deane Mark Wasylyszyn. Barry died suddenly at his home in Rimbey, Alberta on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Barry was born in Smithers, British Columbia on September 11, 1953, the second child of William and Ellen Wasylyszyn. After graduating from the Houston Secondary School, Barry served in the Canadian Armed Forces. His love of woodworking led him to leave the military and pursue cabinet making. Barry designed and built many beautiful things; from jewellery boxes, cabinets, and tables, to houses that several people continue to enjoy today. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t craft or repair. Barry took great pride in his work, and it showed. He was always there when people needed help or advice. Barry had a deep love of family, and his kind heart will be sorely missed. Our memories of Barry are numerous and cherished, and will remain in our hearts. Thank you to Barry’s neighbours and friends in Rimbey and elsewhere for their friendship and support. With respect for Barry’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. He will be laid to rest at a later date. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Barry Deane Mark Wasylyszyn entrusted to the care of

  • OULTON

    With great sadness we said goodbye to our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Daphne Ann Oulton of Breton, Alberta. Daphne passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Rimbey, Alberta on Friday, September 1, 2023 at the age of 90 years. Daphne was born on July 30, 1933 in Haynes, Alberta. Later, her family settled on a farm outside of Breton on Funnell Road. Daphne met the love of her life, Lyle Oulton, and they were married on August 18, 1952. The newlyweds settled in the Carnwood, Alberta area, at the teacherage provided by the school that Lyle worked for. Eventually, they relocated to Breton to raise their family on the Oulton family farm south of Breton. Daphne worked as a waitress, a retail grocery store clerk, and was the playschool teacher for many years in Breton. Over the early years of the oil boom in the area, Daphne was host to many oilfield workers and their families who were boarders in her home. During his high school years, Richard Dominy also stayed with the family while he attended the Breton High School, and he became a close, lifelong friend to them all. Daphne also worked the federal census many times. She was a Royal Purple member for 25 years, and sat on numerous boards and committees; some of which included the Funnell School/Community Hall, as well as the Breton Museum. Daphne loved square dancing, playing cards, quilting, and scrapbooking. She also loved to socialize, attend live jam sessions, and was always willing to support her community. Additionally, Daphne enjoyed travelling as much as she could. Above all else, Daphne’s greatest loves were her family, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren. Daphne will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her sons Wesley (Susen) of Olds; and Eldon (Shelley) of Breton; her treasured grandchildren Teagan (Allen) Goodsell of Leduc; Amanda (Christopher) Rolston-Mahon of Breton; Lexya (Kurt) Hansen of Breton; Chelsea (Bryan ) Kreil of Breton; Tyrel (Paige) Oulton of Rimbey; and Riordan Oulton, also of Breton; as well as her cherished great-grandchildren Brayden, Aspyn, Rylin, Alexander, Oakley, Patrick, Haylee, Coralena, Carter, Ava, and Sterling. She will also be sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many close friends. Daphne was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Annie Westling; her loving husband Lyle; her son Milton; and her siblings Mabel Zackurak and Theo Westling. A Public Funeral Service in Celebration of Daphne’s Life will be held at the Breton Community Centre, 4715 – 50 Avenue, Breton on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Gooderham officiating. Interment will follow in the Breton Cemetery, Breton. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Daphne’s memory directly to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 – 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8 (www.stollerykids.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late Daphne Ann Oulton entrusted to the care of

  • JACKSON

    Suddenly and sadly, our beloved Jesse R. Jackson of Rimbey, Alberta was taken from us far too soon at the young age of 27 years. He was doing what he loved, just as the beautiful sun was setting for the evening on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Forever race the rain, Jesse. Ride the wind. Chase the sunset. Jesse was born in Wainwright, Alberta on December 2, 1995. At the age of ten years, he moved with his family to Rimbey where he completed his schooling. Jesse possessed an enormous passion for life that encompassed anything to do with bikes, trucks, heavy equipment, fire trucks, and fishing. Jesse enjoyed his occupation as a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield industry. He especially appreciated anything that was built out of yellow iron! As long as it was a hefty piece of extra large equipment, he was thrilled! Jesse was also a dedicated member of Ponoka County Regional Fire Services, volunteering for the Fire Department in the Rimbey area. He respected his fellow firefighters, and strived diligently to obtain his Fire and Rescue qualifications and licensing. Mostly, he was excited to finally be able to boast being allowed to drive the pumper truck – or anything else that was big and available that he could get his hands on! In Jesse’s free time, he looked forward to the opportunity to venture out for a day of fishing. It was being in the comfort of nature, with a fishing rod in his hand, that he was the happiest. Nor could a day end until Jesse witnessed or imagined the splendor of a magnificent sunset. His greatest love above all was for his family, especially his son Dawson who was the biggest and brightest sparkle that completely filled Jesse’s heart. While Jesse is riding with the angels, he will be greatly missed by those he has left behind: his parents Brian and Cathie; and his son, Dawson, who Jesse adored with unending love and attention; as well as his partner Kiera Davick; longtime best friend Travis Adzich; his brother Clinton (Cassandra) and their daughter Lucy; and his brother Cody. Jesse will also be greatly missed by his maternal grandparents Tim and Sara Herman; his paternal grandparents Harold Jackson and Dale Baldwin; in addition to several extended family members; his cherished fire department family; and many close and treasured friends. A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Jesse’s Life will be held at the Co-operators AgRim Centre, 4905 – 48 Avenue, Rimbey on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., with Chris Chabot hosting. Sharing time together in an arena filled with dirt, while wearing jeans, a buckle, and a pair of old boots, is an honest tribute to the down-to-earth, kind, and generous man that Jesse was. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory directly to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 – 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8 (www.stollerykids.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Jesse R. Jackson entrusted to the care of

  • WINTERHALT

    On Sunday, August 13, 2023, Kathleen “Kay” Winterhalt (Fernie, née Danser) passed away in Ponoka, Alberta at the age of 93 years. Kay was born in Clive, Alberta to Harold and Eileen Danser. She was the first of nine children raised near Clive and Forestburg, Alberta. As a youth, she enjoyed fishing in the Chain Lakes region with her siblings. After Kay married Ernest Fernie (Aspen Beach, Alberta) in 1948, they moved with the military several times; beginning with Greenwood, Nova Scotia in 1954, Penhold, Alberta in 1962, and then Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1965. They retired to Red Deer in 1967, and relocated to Ponoka in 1970. Following Ernest’s death in 1978, Kay met and married Peter Winterhalt in 1990. Together they built homes, travelled, and spent many wonderful years fishing and camping, and working at the Rimbey Curling Rink. When Peter returned to Saskatchewan, Kay remained in Rimbey and was active at the Seniors Drop-in Centre and the Rimbey United Church. She resided in her home with the help of her dear friend, Bernie Wolkowski, until the age of 85 years, when illness forced her to move into the seniors manor. Kay is survived by her four children Robert Fernie of Clive; Jim (Lorna) Fernie of Lacombe; Bruce Fernie also of Lacombe; and Christine Anne Fernie (Les Johnson) of Rimbey; as well as five grandchildren Kiel Fernie (Trina) of Kelliher, Saskatchewan; Stevie Fernie of Yahk, British Columbia; and Janice (Clayton) McAreavy, James Fernie, and Leah (Terry) Willerton, all of Lacombe; and seven great-grandchildren Ireland, Alexa, Connor, Wyatt, Mathew, Wyatt, and Cassidy. She is also survived by three siblings Donna (Max) Solbrekken; Dale (Lorraine) Danser; and Wayne (Linda) Danser; in addition to several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends. Kay was predeceased by her first husband Ernest Fernie; three young sons; her parents; two brothers Bud and Donald; and three sisters Audrey Bennett, Adele Reynolds, and Deborah Anne Danser. With respect for Kay’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service in Celebration of her Life will be held at the Rimbey United Church on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Marco Williams-Ste-Marie officiating. Kay will be laid to rest at a later date in the Lacombe Fairview Cemetery, Lacombe. If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Rimbey United Church, Box 7, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyunitedchurch.org); Rimbey Seniors Drop-In Centre, Box 1352, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0; or to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service Arrangements for the Late Kathleen “Kay” Winterhalt (Fernie, née Danser) entrusted to the care of

  • FRASER

    It is with love and sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Bert” Dixon Fraser of Bentley, Alberta. Bert passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at the age of 50 years. Bert was born in Bentley, Alberta on August 17, 1972, the youngest child of Ellen “Jean” Fraser (née Mulloy) and Gordon “Frank” Fraser. If you needed anything fixed, he was the person to go to. Bert was a “jack-of-all-trades” kind of guy, a millwright by trade, and a remarkable person who possessed a great sense of humour that could make anyone laugh. He graduated from the Bentley High School in 1990 as class president, and following graduation worked at the Bentley Ski Hill, Esso, and at Valley Steam Ltd. In 1999, Bert was blessed with his daughter Paige and they relocated to Blackfalds, Alberta. In 2003, he endeavoured upon his own pressure washing company, Wash Wizards, and operated this business for many years. Bert moved back to Bentley a few years ago and worked at Teamworks Fabricating Ltd. He enjoyed many other ventures in his lifetime, but his extensive knowledge of farming, animals, heavy-duty and electrical repairs, as well as his technical expertise in arcade machines kept him active. Bert also owned a unique Coca-Cola motorhome which he took great pleasure in keeping in top-notch shape. He always loved a good project to keep him busy. It was a rare occurrence if Bert didn’t know how to fix something; however, he would always find the answer. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Bert is survived by his loving daughter Paige and her son Lincoln; and three brothers Scott (Yvonne), Jack (Cheryl), and Lorne. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews Madisson (Rick) and their daughter Parker; Westin (Abreena) and their children Saige and Nash; Lee (Justine) and their son Nolan; Wyatt (Lindsay); Lucas; and McKenzie (Randy) and their daughter Revi; as well as several extended family members and many dear friends. Bert was predeceased by his father Frank in 1998; and his mother Jean on July 13, 2023. A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Bert’s Life will be held at the Blindman Valley Agricultural Centre, Bentley on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Brian Allan officiating. Interment will follow in the Bentley Cemetery, Bentley. If desired, memorial donations in Bert’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Robert “Bert” Dixon Fraser entrusted to the care of

  • LACZO

    With the heaviest hearts we announce the sudden passing of Mark Joseph Laczo of Bluffton, Alberta on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at the age of 55 years. Mark was born on February 16, 1968, to Rosemarie and Dale Laczo in Rimbey, Alberta. He spent most of his life in Bluffton; a life that was a testament to his passion for farming, and an unwavering love for trucks, race cars, and his family. From the earliest age, Mark could be found on the farm, riding his motorbike and 4x4ing down at the river, and in any mud pit he could find. Mark worked as a directional driller on the oil rigs for many years, where he enjoyed his work and made many lifelong friends, all while still running his farm with the intention of returning to farming full time. Yet it was his enthusiasm for big tractors and farm equipment, big trucks and race cars that truly defined his character. Mark spent countless hours at Central Alberta Raceways, where he was the go-to guy for the racetrack for many years. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand, and his presence and spirit will be dearly missed by everyone in the community that he served with love and dedication. Beyond his passion for farming and racing, Mark was a devoted husband and loving father to Jessi, who was the light of his life, and with whom he spent many afternoons on various adventures around the farm. Mark will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife of 26 years, Donna; his daughter Jessi; parents Rosemarie and Dale; and his sisters Angela (Neil) of Hussar, Alberta; and Roxanne of Austin, Texas. He will also be lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews, many extended family members, and a giant circle of cherished friends, neighbours, and acquaintances. A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Mark’s Life was held at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre, 5109 – 54 Street, Rimbey on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Marco Williams-Ste-Marie officiating. If desired, memorial donations in Mark’s memory may be made directly to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, #100, 16812 – 114 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3S2 (www.muscle.ca). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Mark Joseph Laczo entrusted to the care of

  • FINNEN

    On Friday, July 28, 2023, Aubrey John Finnen of Rimbey, Alberta passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre at the age of 77 years. Aubrey was born in Crystal City, Manitoba on April 29, 1946, the first of four children of Wilfred and Rose Finnen. The family moved many times between Manitoba, Ontario, and B.C. Aubrey attended thirteen schools in twelve years! The family finally settled in Calgary, residing right next door to a pretty girl, Mary, and her family. Aubrey and Mary’s first date in August, 1967 blossomed, and they were married on August 24, 1968. They remained in Calgary where their son Matthew was born in 1975, followed by their daughter Laura in 1977. They then made the decision to buy a farm west of Rimbey in 1981, in hopes of providing a better life for their family. Besides running a small cattle operation, Aubrey worked as a carpenter and handyman. He took great pride in his work, and there was little he couldn’t build or fix. Aubrey was a principled man who didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion in hopes of creating change. His letter writing was legendary. He also held a great sense of humour, often having those around him laughing – sometimes in wonderment at how he came up with things! He will be greatly missed. Aubrey will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Mary; his children Matthew (Lesley-Ann) of Edmonton; and Laura (Derek) Middleton of Blackfalds; as well as his cherished grandchildren Caitlin, Marley, and Clara. He will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings, several nieces and nephews, other extended family, and many friends. Aubrey was predeceased by his parents, Wilf and Rose. With respect for Aubrey’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A Family Gathering will take place at a later date. Aubrey will be laid to rest at a later time in the Columbarium at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey. If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to Family and Community Support Services, Box 404, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyfcss.com); to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com); or to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Aubrey John Finnen entrusted to the care of

  • HERBERT

    Barbara “Barb” A. Herbert of Winfield, Alberta passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the age of 74 years. Barb is survived by her son Patrick (Theresa) Herbert of Edmonton; two grandchildren Katarina and James (Julie); and one great-grandson Xavier. She is also survived by her niece Gina Gibson; and many close friends and neighbours. Barb was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 1997; and her brother Mel Richardson. With respect for Barb’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. If desired, memorial donations in her memory may be made directly to the Central Alberta Humane Society, 4505 – 77 Street, Red Deer, Alberta T4P 2J1 (www.cahumane.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Barbara “Barb” A. Herbert entrusted to the care of

  • MILLAR

    Gordon “Gord” Kennedy Millar of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, after a short battle with leukemia, on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the age of 88 years. Gord was born on October 8, 1934 at Foster’s Nursing Home in Olds; the third child of Charles E. and Doris (neé Botham) Millar. He spent his early years near Sundre until the Millar family moved to Banff in 1936. Gord attended elementary school in Banff and spent much of his time in the mountains skiing, horseback riding, and fishing. In 1947, the family relocated to Calgary where he finished his schooling and started working for Canadian Pacific Railways as a messenger between offices along the line in Calgary. Growing up around horses, in his late teens and early 20s Gord had the opportunity to work as a trail hand with his father, Chuck Millar, a well-known guide and outfitter in the Canadian Rockies. In the mid-50s, he returned to the mountains to begin working as a timekeeper for Parks Canada in Banff National Park at Lake Louise. When the Lake Louise office closed and moved to Banff, Gord moved to Banff as well and continued working until his retirement in 1991. Since childhood, Gord’s greatest love was cars! Before he retired he built his home at Gull Lake, Alberta, with the most important part being a garage big enough for his ’80 Trans Am, ’89 Firebird, ’81 El Camino, and many more over the years. At family gatherings the question was always, “I wonder what kind of car Uncle Gordie is driving these days?” Gord moved to Rimbey in the early 2000s, and yet again bought a home based on the size of the garage that came with it! He spent the last years of his life at the Valley View Manor in Rimbey where he met his partner, Sandy, who was a great companion until his death. Gord is survived by his son Tom Millar; his sisters Gertrude Wiechula of Calgary, and Gail (Sig) Seidel of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and his brother George (Betty) Millar of Nelson, B.C. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Paul, Wendy, George, Ken, David, Colin, Nola, Jeannie, and Christel; as well as several cousins and many friends. Gord was predeceased by his parents Charles “Chuck” and Doris; and his sister Gwendolyn Bradley. A public Memorial Service in Celebration of Gord’s Life will be held at the Seniors Drop-In Centre, 5110 – 53 Avenue, Rimbey on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend George Bradley officiating. Interment will follow later that day in the Red Deer Cemetery, Red Deer. If desired, memorial donations in Gord’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Gordon “Gord” Kennedy Millar entrusted to the care of

  • HOUGHTON

    With sadness we announce the passing of Ivan Wesley Houghton of Rimbey, Alberta. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was born on July 4, 1927, and passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at the age of 96 years. Ivan was a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of lots of them! From a pack-horse guide in B.C., to seismic and relief drilling of landslides for the railway and roads, Ivan eventually settled for farming in the Rimbey area. To supplement the farm income, he worked for CWS Petro Services running maintenance crews, and later, operations in the oil and gas industry. With retirement, Ivan and Annie moved into Rimbey to enjoy many years of trips, golfing, family gatherings, and friends. He lived out his days in their retirement home until his heart finally slowed him down. Ivan passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre with his life-long companion Annie by his side. Ivan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, Annie; three sons Wes (Doris), Jim, and Bill (Lorena); as well as six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews, other family members, and many cherished friends. Ivan was predeceased by his parents William and Henrietta; his grandson Ryan; four brothers Ted, Gordon, Allan, and Vern; and two sisters Freda and Stella. A public Funeral Service in Ivan’s Honour will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Rimbey on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Father Leon Kler officiating. Ivan will be laid to rest in the Columbarium at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey at a later date. If desired, memorial donations in his memory may be made directly to Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Box 404, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0; or to the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, c/o the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Ivan Wesley Houghton entrusted to the care of

  • FRASER

    Our loving mom, Ellen “Jean” Fraser (neé Mulloy) of Bentley, Alberta passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at the age of 88 years. Jean was born at home on June 16, 1935, on the family farm near Rosalind, Alberta. She was the youngest of four children. Mom went to school at the Heather Brae School and then attended high school in Rosalind, from which she graduated in 1953. Following graduation, Jean studied at the University of Alberta to become a teacher. She taught school in Bawlf, Alberta (Grade 3), and also in Armena, Alberta. In 1955, Mom married our dad Frank in Camrose, and they moved to Bentley in 1956. Mom was a homemaker and taught kindergarten. When they started Valley Steam Ltd. in 1969, she took care of dispatching trucks and looked after the company books. Upon selling the business, Jean became the Co-operators agent in Bentley. Later, they purchased their farm and raised cattle. After Frank passed away in 1998, Jean built a new house and moved to Bentley. Some of her interests included sewing, painting, reading, and playing the piano and organ – either at church or at home. Anything she ever tried, she did well. Mom was also very proud to be of Irish descent. Jean is survived by her four sons Scott (Yvonne), Jack (Cheryl), Lorne, and Bert; as well as her grandchildren Madisson, Westin, Lee, Wyatt, Lucas, McKenzie, and Paige; her great-grandchildren Saige, Nash, Lincoln, Nolan, Parker, and Revi; in addition to several nieces and nephews, extended family members, and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband Frank; her parents DeWitt and Matilda Mulloy; brothers Pat and Dave; and her sister Margaret. A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Marco Williams-Ste-Marie officiating. She will be laid to rest with her husband Frank in the Bentley Cemetery, Bentley at a later date. If desired, memorial donations in Jean’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Ellen “Jean” Fraser (neé Mulloy) entrusted to the care of

  • FELDER

    With great sadness we announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of Josef “Joe” Leo Felder of Bluffton, Alberta at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton on Friday, July 7, 2023, at the age of 73 years. Josef, or Joe as most knew him, was born in Switzerland on September 6, 1949, to Hermann and Katharina Felder. He moved to Canada in 1972 to work for a couple of years, and then went back to Switzerland. It was when Joe was back in Switzerland that he realized Canada was his home. He returned a short time later, and went to work as a farmhand in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. In 1977 Joe leased a farmstead south of Sylvan Lake, and with 35 cows he started his dairy farm. Not long after, in 1979, he purchased land in the Bluffton area and built his own farm – expanding his herd. Joe and his wife Karen opened their business, Rimbey Implements, in 1990 in Rimbey; they then established Future Ag in Red Deer in 2000. Joe will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his loving wife Karen; four sons Sepp (Maria), Tony (Rebekah), Robert (Cassidy), and Markus (Ronette); and his daughter Melissa; as well as many cherished grandchildren. He will also be forever remembered by his family in Switzerland: his brother Peter Felder (Monika Meier); four sisters Katharina Tschannen-Felder, Hedwig (Christian) Mollet-Felder, Frieda (Fritz) Keller-Felder, and Gertrud (Alfred) Gäumann-Felder; and his sister-in-law Heidi Felder-Leuenberger. In addition, Joe will be greatly missed by several nieces and nephews; many treasured friends and neighbours; and by an abundance of people whose lives he touched. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Hermann; and one brother-in-law Willi Tschannen. A Public Funeral Service in Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre, 5109 – 54 Street, Rimbey on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Mark Schultz officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Hoadley Cemetery, Hoadley. If desired, memorial donations in Joe’s memory may be made directly to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 – 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8 (www.stollerykids.com). Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Service and Burial Arrangements for the Late Josef “Joe” Leo Felder entrusted to the care of

  • LENTZ

    On Wednesday, July 5, 2023, Verna Doris Lentz of Red Deer, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre at the age of 89 years. Verna was born on May 18, 1934 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. She worked as a cashier for many years at Debaji Foods in Wetaskiwin, and took great pleasure in selling her perfectly-crafted lawn ornaments at the local Farmer’s Markets. Verna is survived by her family: two sons Keith (Arlene), and Kevin (Cathy); in addition to her cherished grandchildren Jennifer, Jason (Tara), Alyssa (Matt), Kyle, and Travis; and treasured great-grandchildren Carter, Justin, Owen, Dylan, and Caleb. She was predeceased by her loving husband Harry; two infant children Marsha and Kenneth; and her parents Ed and Anna Lentz. The Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at the Red Deer Hospital Palliative Care Unit, as well as to the comforting No One Dies Alone (NODA) program volunteers. A Private Family Gathering to Celebrate Verna’s Life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest with her husband Harry in the Peace Hills Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Wetaskiwin. If desired, memorial donations in Verna’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page. Cremation Arrangements for the Late Verna Doris Lentz entrusted to the care of

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