John Wasylyk

John Wasylk

John Wasylyk passed away Thursday March 16th at the age of 83. John lived and farmed north of Kinuso, AB since 1953. He was a loving son, brother and uncle. He was preceded in death by his parents Alex and Annie Wasylyk, and his brother Victor. He is survived by his sister Elsie (Ray) Duchesneau, 3 nephews and 2 nieces and their families. Funeral Services are to be held Monday March 27th, 2017 at St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church in Kinuso, AB at 1:00pm – burial and lunch afterward.




Walter Spilak

Born March 12th, 1940 ~  left us peacefully on February 19th, 2017
Walter is survived by his wife Judy, sons Brad wife Diana and Darrin wife Janelle.
Grandchildren Jordynn, Dylan, Kyani & Holden
Great Grandchild Addie
Service will be held at Vanderwell Place March 4th, 2 pm
Celebration of life to follow at the Slave Lake College Gym
Donations if you so desire can be made in Walters memory to the Gilwood Golf and Country Club

As I sit in heaven
And watch you everyday
I try to let you know with signs
I never went away
I hear you when you’re laughing
And watch you as you sleep
I even place my arms around you
To calm you as you weep
I see you wish the days away
Begging to have me home
So I try to send you signs
So you know you are not alone
Don’t feel guilty that you have
Life that was denied to me
Heaven is truly beautiful
Just you wait and see
So live your life , laugh again
Enjoy yourself, be free
Then I know with every breath you take
You’ll be taking one for me
Author unknown

To Live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die….


Larocque, Faye-Ann

Passed: January 17, 2017
Faye-Ann Larocque On January 17, 2017, Mrs. Faye-Ann Larocque of Slave Lake, formerly of Lafond, passed away at the age of 43 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 7 years, Dave; loving parents, Nick & Aggie Kumpula of Lafond; sister, Jo-Layne (Cory) Bromberger of Lafond; many people who had the privelege of loving and receiving love from her, including: Candace Cardinal (Kyle), Johnny (Becka) Kumpula, Chris (Jen) Brideau, Lucien (Melrose) Roux, Darcy Aldrich & her Spacil brothers; godchildren, Alexis, Melanie, Alanna, Nicholas & Kennedy; numerous nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Randall Cardinal Kumpula. A Celebration of Life was held Friday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Centennial Seniors Centre, St. Paul. Pastor Kelly Sibley officiated. Cremation has taken place. If desired, donations may be made to your local school breakfast/lunch program. To send condolences online, please visit


Shivak, Dennis

Passed: January 12, 2017
Dennis Shivak On January 12, 2017, Dennis passed away at the age of 61. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Ivan (Linda); grandchildren, Devin Shivak and Laila McGill; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard, Marcel (Arlis), Carol (Rene) Drotar, Jerry (Jackie), Tim (Lana Haynes), Darcy (Rosemarie), Jeannette (Don) Davidge; brother-in-law Jim Vaughn; numerous relatives and friends. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Theresa; son Kelly; and sister Denice Vaughn. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, 10821-96 Street, Edmonton. Cremation followed the service. For those who so choose, memorial donations may be made to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (Edmonton & Area Chapter), 5215-87 Street, Edmonton, T6E 5L5. To send condolences, please visit


McCotter, Richard John

Passed: December 06, 2016
McCOTTER, Richard John “Rick” On Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Mr. Rick McCotter of Flatbush, AB passed away at the age of 69 years. Rick is survived by his loving wife, Joanne, of 50 years; two sons: Wade & Randy; two grandchildren: Brett & Kash; three brothers: Bob (Pat), Wayne, Bill; two sisters: Shirley (Al), Twila; one sister-in-law, Anne; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents: John & Shirley; one brother, George. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Flatbush Complex, Flatbush, AB. Anyone who so wishes may make a memorial donation directly to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2 or Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1502 College Plaza, 8215-112 St., Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8 or Charity of Choice. Send condolences to Prairie Sunset Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006 Greta Budgen & Garry Coderre, Funeral Directors


Labby, Gary James

Born: November 10, 1946
Passed: December 24, 2016
Garry James Labby Born November 10,1946 lost his battle to cancer and joined the angels Dec 24, 2016. God saw you getting tired. When a cure was not to be, He closed his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me”. In tears we saw you sinking. We watched you fade away. Our hearts were almost broken, you fought so hard to stay. But when we saw you sleeping so peacefully and free of pain, We could not wish you back to suffer again. So keep your arms around him Lord, and give him special care. Make up for all he suffered and all that seemed unfair Unknown Author Garry is survived by his loving wife Sharon, his son Blaine & wife Jodi, daughter Janelle & husband Darrin, and the lights of his life his grand babies Kyani, Holden, Mackenzie & Linden. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Widewater Complex on February 4th, 2017 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to Norwood Palliative Care Unit, 10410-111 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3A2


Seppola, Arlin “Kim”

Passed: December 31, 2014
Arlin “Kim” Seppola 1952 – 2015 Arlin “Kim” Seppola passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the age of 62. He is survived by his loving family; his wife Ann, children Colin, Ryan and Dean, daughter-in-law Wanda, grandson Owen, mother Patricia and brothers Dana and Chell. A celebration of his life was held at Greenfield Community League, 3803 114st, NW Edmonton, on Friday, January 16. Memorial donations can be made to the donor’s charity of choice.


Nipshank, Georgina

Passed: November 04, 2014
Georgina Nipshank January 21, 2015 On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Mrs. Georgina Nipshank, formerly of Smith AB, passed away at the age of 74 years. Georgina is survived by her husband Gordon Nipshank of 49 years; children Rick Brule, August Nipshank, Brenda Schmidt (Jason), Allen Nipshank (Mary-Lou), Bruce Nipshank, Leon Nipshank, Dwayne Nipshank, and Debbie (Shaun) Johnson; grandchildren Jared Schmidt, Tanya Schmidt, Damon Johnson, Melina Cardinal, Tara Cardinal, Jeremy Nipshank, Nicholas Nipshank, and Ashton Johnson. She was predeceased by her parents Roque and Celestine Brule; son Dean Nipshank; siblings Joseph, Peter, Veronique, Albert, Flora, Felix, Anna, Rene, John William, and Margaret; Grandson Kelly Johnson; son-in law Tim Schmidt. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan 28 at the Bethany Christian Church with Pastor Joe Mrak officiating. Pallbearers were: Ernest Brule, Kirk Nipshank, John Schell, Damon Johnson, Floyd Ellison, Henry Bellrose. Honorary Pallbearers were Ashton Johnson, Nicholas Nipshank, and Jared Schmidt. Donations may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation at Funeral arranged by Strome Memorial and Funeral Services.


Sloan, Kenneth Murray

Passed: November 04, 2014
Kenneth Murray Sloan 1944 – 2015 Our family would like to express our appreciation for the prayers, thoughts, and deeds during Kens long illness and at his gathering in the memory of his life. We would like to sincerely thank family, friends, and our community for their support with gifts of food, flowers and donations. Thank you Kinuso Senior Citizens Club and others for providing and serving the bountiful lunch. Thank you Donna for doing the eulogy, and your special insight into Kens life. Special thanks to EMTs , nurses , doctors and the staff of Slave Lake Hospital for their compassionate care and understanding during his illness. At times it went above and beyond the call. We thank everyone from our hearts, Sharon and family.


Hastie, Andrew Glenn

Born: March 06, 1995
Passed: July 27, 2015
Andrew is survived and loved by his parents Mary and Scott, his sister Shannon, brother Jeff, grandparents Iris and Albert Swidinski and Betty Wilson, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Andy had an infectious exuberance for life and loved spending time with his family and hanging out with his best friend Harley. Andy, although we shared in the warmth of your presence for too brief a time, you kept it burning always with the hardest flame. Your fierce integrity and determination were an inspiration to all who knew you; as son, brother, friend… A free spirit, you touched so many lives in your fearless ascent of life’s mountains; the wild valleys and rocky summits of this earth are poorer for your absence, as are we. As we remember you always, it’s in the knowledge that the pain of our loss, while deep, is also bittersweet; it shows us what was on the inside, and we see that we could never have the words for what you meant to us. Until we meet again, Andrew… In lieu of flowers, please make donations to or your favourite children’s charity.


Hunt, Marvin LLoyd

Born: April 28, 1931
Passed: July 22, 2015
Marvin Lloyd Hunt was born April 28th 1931 and passed away July 22, 2015. He was the youngest son of Harry and Glennie Hunt. Predeceased by his parents and In-laws Ernest and Louise Roe, wife Doris Hunt(Roe), son Bruce Hunt, Daughters Diane (Sandul), Glenda and grandson Byron. His sisters Marjorie Gallagher, Ella Sloan, Evelyn Robinson, Irene Eckert and brothers Norman Hunt, John Hunt and George Hunt. Marvin leaves behind his friend and close companion Ila Sawchyn, son Blair and his wife Doreen, son Darcy and his wife Kathy, daughter Patti and her husband Chris (Halldorson), daughter Barb Hunt and Ernie Samuelson along with 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Marvin was best known for his hunting and trapping abilities, endless storytelling and his willingness to help others. He was a man of honour and will be missed by all. Forever in our hearts, Dad. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the funeral services, shared stories and gave support during this time. Thank you!


Strebsky, Tomas

Passed: June 30, 2015
Tomas Strebsky of Smith, Alberta passed away Tuesday June 30th, 2015 at the age of 54 years. There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday Juny 8th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Westlock Memorial Hall. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. (780-349-3474)


Delaney-Courtorielle, Jean

Passed: June 06, 2015
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jean Delaney-Courtorielle June 6, 2015 in Slave Lake Alberta. Jean was predeceased by her Brother -William (Bill) Fraser, her Mother- Joyce Fraser, and her Father- Peter Fraser. Jean is survived by her husband Wade Courtorielle, her son Clay Delaney ( Lisa ) 5 Grand Children, 2 Sisters Debbie Hurrie (Gordon) & Patti Boston, 2 Brothers Russell Fraser & Gregory Fraser. As well as Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces & Nephews. A Service was held at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake Alberta on June 12, 2015 at 2.00pm. Luncheon to follow at The Royal Canadian Legion. Memorial Donations in remembrance of Jean to STARS ( Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Strome- Funeral Director Strome Memorial & Funeral Services Ltd. Athabasca, Alberta 780-675-9801 Memorial Tributes at


Hansen, Ronald Fredrick

Passed: May 29, 2015
Long time resident of Slave Lake, Ronald Frederick Hansen, passed away at the age of 69. He will be greatly missed not only by his family, but many people in our community. Ron moved from Genesee to Slave Lake for a two week job in 1965, but must’ve enjoyed his time here as he ended up spending 50 years here! Ron was active in the community starting with stock car racing in the early years, participating in hockey, and being a minor hockey coach for many years. Aside from being a plumber/ business owner, Ron was an Elks member and volunteered on the Slave Lake Cemetery committee. Ron spent most of his life dedicated to his family, but also had interests in classic cars, professional hockey and movies. He was often seen barbequing steaks during Elks events, and spent his days working, cruising town, and being out for his usual coffees. His sarcastic personality, boisterous laugh and big smile will not easily be forgotten, and will be greatly missed by the people who knew him and loved him. Ron leaves behind a loving family who will miss him greatly. Children: Carole (Greg), Don (Stacey), Kyle (Camille), Kris, Jennifer (Frazer), and nine grandchildren: David, Alyssa, Dylan, Colten, Cassidy, Avery, Luca, Finn, Heathe. He also leaves behind siblings: John, Philip, Cara-May, and their families. Ron is predeceased by his wife Peggy (1997), father Eijler (1974), mother Muriel (2000), brother Dennis (1957), and brother Paul (2010). The memorial for Ron took place June 8th, 2015 at the Gathering Place in Slave Lake, Alberta. The family wishes to express deep gratitude for the many people who attended his service, and for all the kind words and actions spoken to them.


Kubel, Allan Thomas

Born: December 21, 1941
Passed: April 27, 2015
Allan Thomas Kubel, a long time resident of Slave Lake passed away on April 27, 2015. He is survived by his wife Judy, sons Greg (Tammy) and Doug, daughter Lisa (Troy) 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Allan was predeceased by parents Thomas and Mary, his brother-in-law Leroy Brong and Father-in-law Edward Brong. Born at Peace River on December 21, 1941, Al was an honorary member of the Slave Lake Petroleum Association as well as an active hunter, fisherman and golfer. Funeral services were held on May 6, 2015 at the Gathering Place with Pastor Pretty officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Chapel of Memories Funeral Homes. Donations can be made to the S.L. Curling Club. Special thanks to the Petroleum Association for the generous donation to the Curling Club, and to Rachel Dunlop for the Powerpoint presentation. Also to Blaine and Joy McGregor for their help and friends and neighbours for the food and flowers


McDonald, John “Keith”

Born: June 25, 1919
Passed: April 22, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Mr. John “Keith” MacDonald of Drayton Valley, formerly of Lodgepole, Alberta passed away at the age of 95 years. He leaves to mourn his loss and cherish his memory, two daughters; Shirley (Verne) Evans of Calgary, Marion (Lyle) Sunderman of Slave Lake, five sons; Keith (Terry) of Entwistle, Rod (Vicki) of Drayton Valley, Noland (Sheila) of Edmonton, Marlin (Teresa) of Drayton Valley, Kenton (Barb) of Drayton Valley, sister Faye Warner of Campbell River, brother Dale (Sharon) of Penticton, 21 grand children, 32 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, as well as numerous relatives and friends. Keith was predeceased by his wife Eva, parents; Hugh and Lillian, brothers; Charles, Richard and Bill, sisters; Irene and Martha, granddaughter Shari and great grandson Daniel. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the MacKenzie Centre, Drayton Valley. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation (CT4DV), 4550 Madsen Ave., Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1N8. Drayton Valley Funeral Services in care of arrangements 780-542-5511 Condolences:


Malone, Ernest Arthur

Born: 1951
Passed: March, 2015
Ernest Malone passed away at the Slave Lake Hospital-Extended Care. Ernest is lovingly remembered by his wife Emma of many wonderful years of marriage his 5 sons Arthur(Judy), Richard(Trudy), Barry(Sharon), Robert(Laura) & Kevin(Lisa) and 2 daughter’s Marie(John) & Grace(Wayne), 29 Grandchildren, 66 Great Grandchildren & 9 Great – Great Grandchildren. Ernest was born in Linfield, Alberta (near Barrhead), moved to Fawcett Lake with his dad at the age of 14 where they trapped and farmed, we call this homestead the Meadows. Ernest loved being out in nature, hunting, fishing, trapping & farming. Ernest married Emma and they made their first home in Smith. Later moved to Widewater where they farmed mink for a couple of years, then returned to Smith. After that they spent time in Wabasca where they owned & operated a store & coffee shop. They once again returned to Smith where they continue to raise their children. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethany Christian Church in Smith, Alberta. We as a family would like to acknowledge the Staff & Dr.’s Hamden & Martin at the Slave Lake Hospital for all their loving care to Ernest over the past year. Ernest and Emma were able to spend their last weeks together as the first couple to be together in the Extended Care Unit. Ernest has gone to be with his Saviour & is no longer suffering. He lived a wonderful life and was ready to leave his earthly home. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Society. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474


Carperter, June Leila

Born: 1951
Passed: March, 2015
On April 10, 2015 June Carpenter passed away at the age of 83 years. Left to cherish her memory are her loving children and their spouses; Ken (Tracey), Janice (Dean), Bill, Susan (Gerry), Nancy (Orin), and Carol (Blaine), Jean, fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and one great, great granddaughter as well as many other friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her husband Dave, her brothers Mort, Lloyd, Ralph, Ross and Doug, her sisters Bernice and Ruth and her daughter-in-law Kathy. June was born on June 21st, 1931 in Wapella, Sask. to Margaret and Mortimer Montgomery. In 1950 she met Dave Carpenter and they married on March 24, 1951. In 1964 the family moved from Weyburn to Slave Lake where June proceeded to become involved with the community while continuing to raise her family. Over the next 50 years June lived in the Slave Lake area with her favorite place being Assineau Campground where she enjoyed many summers sitting by camp fires with her family and friends. Her family would like to mention their appreciation to Doctors Keaveny and Martin, the nurses at the Slave Lake Hospital and the staff at Vanderwell Heritage Lodge. “June, your spirit will run beside us and your voice will be on the wind until we no longer exist.


Belcourt, Mike Gary

Born: 1951
Passed: March, 2015
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Mike Gary Belcourt,of St Albert ,Formerly of Slave Lake, at the age of 64. He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Mike (Charlene) Julia (Ryan) Tina (John) 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, 5 siblings, Gilbert (Sharon) Gloria (Carl) Doug ( Eleanor) Connie (Dennis) Stephanie (Kevin), as well as numerous relatives and friends.
Mike was a long time resident of Slave Lake and will be remembered by many and missed by all who had the opportunity to work with and get to know him.
A celebration of life will be held at the Friendship Centre in Slave Lake Alberta, on March 27 at 2:00 p.m.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the Sturgeon General Hospital. Your caring support for Dad will always be remembered.


Auger, Martin Francis

Born: 1933
Passed: February 09, 2015
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith…
2nd Timothy 4:7
…See you later, for in Christ there are no goodbyes


Rea, John Patrick

Born: March 27, 1937
Passed: February 08, 2015
It is with great sadness that the family of John Patrick Rea announces his passing, on Sunday February 8, 2015, at the age of 77 years.
Pat will be lovingly remembered by his children, Mark (Dawn Allison), Marty (Gwen), Jacquie and Mike. Pat will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, his siblings Susie, Mike and Kaye, and their extended families.
Pat was known for his love of horses and the open road. He was a truck driver at heart and carried out his passion throughout his life. He had a wide circle of friends who will miss him dearly.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Pat to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Written Tributes may be made to


Weinrich, Jeffery Adam

Passed: December 31, 2014
In Loving Memory of Jeffrey Adam Weinrich May 21, 1983 – December 15, 2014 Jeff is survived by his wife Dawn, sons Adam and Cooper, parents Valerie and Jack, brother James (Kelley), nephew Degon and niece Breanna, as well as many other family members. Jeff started working in the family business at the age of 15. He continued to work alongside his parents and brother for the next 16 years, helping to build the business to what it is today. Jeff and Dawn met in school and were high school sweethearts. They married on August 23, 2003 and settled in Hondo, AB not far from the farm where he grew up. Their marriage was one made of a true fairy tale. It truly was a perfect matching of souls. Jeff was elated to have a son; on July 11, 2004 Adam was born. A second son followed many years later. Cooper was born September 1, 2010. Jeff loved his little family and was always eager for all of them to experience the outdoors. Boating, fishing, and quadding were just a few of the activities they all shared a love for. He was always ready for a good time. He will be deeply missed by his extensive family, friends, and co-workers.


Cyr, Lionel Dennis Joseph

Passed: December 31, 2014
Lionel Dennis Joseph Cyr April 4, 1927 – December 25, 2014 It is with great sadness that the family of Lionel Cyr announces his passing after a courageous battle with a brain tumour. Lionel passed away at the Slave Lake Hospital on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the age of 87 years surrounded by his loving family. Our family would like to extend our sincerest thanks & gratitude for the wonderful loving care & kindness we all received during the time Lionel was here in the Slave Lake hospital. Lionel was born in Fairydell near Legal, AB – he moved to Slave Lake with his parents Rene & Gracia Cyr and his siblings in 1947, where he resided for most of his life. There he met the love of his life – Rita Labelle, shortly after moving to Slave Lake & they were married on Sept. 11, 1950 and thereafter had 5 beautiful children together. Lionel loved his family, camping, fishing, gardening, woodworking & animals – especially dogs and little children who were just as fond of him as he was of them. Lionel will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 64 years – Rita and his children – Len Cyr, Fay (Alvin) Sand, Janet (Gunther) Schutterle, Robert (Gail) Cyr, Grace (Kevin) Rock and by his seventeen grandchildren and his twenty-four great-grandchildren. He will also be forever remembered by his brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews, numerous relatives and dear friends. A Funeral Service in memory of Lionel was held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Peter Celestin Catholic Church in Slave Lake, AB with Father Jeyapaul officiating. Lionel was cremated and interment will be at a later date. Donations gratefully accepted in memory of Lionel to the Slave Lake Hospital Auxiliary 309-6th Street NE, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A2.


Broad, Cathy Ann

Passed: December 31, 2014
Cathy Ann Broad July 6, 1957 – December 31,2014 Cathy Ann Broad, 57, of Slave Lake, AB passed away December 31, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born to Fred and Mary Wright, July 6, 1957 in Bath, NB. She married Terry Broad on July 23, 1976 and they lived in Moose Mountain, NB, before relocating to Slave Lake, AB in 1988. Cathy was loved and cherished by many, the giver of hugs and snuggles. She was a generous, beautiful, caring person with a huge heart. Cathy had a passion and a great deal of pride for the Church she attended and the Sunday school lesson she taught every Sunday. She is in the hearts of many and will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends who stood by her side. Cathy is survived by her four loving children, Clinton (Laura), Shawn (Danielle), Kylie (Craig) Dombrosky and Wesley Broad. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Josh (Olivia), Dalton, Mitchell, Gillyan, Hayden, Lucian, Kaleb, Oliver, Kassidy, Kolby, Kaden, Haylie, Harper and one great-granddaughter, Addison. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to: Slave Lake Wesleyan Church, 321 5th ST. NW Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A1 Services were held at the Gathering Place January 9th at 1pm.


L’Hirondelle, August Victor

Passed: December 04, 2014
AUGUST (Augie) VICTOR L’HIRONDELLE October 15, 1947 – December 4, 2014 It is with a deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Augie L’Hirondelle on December 4, 2014, after a brief illness. He leaves behind his best friend and wife Lori; his sons, Kelly (Cindy) and Marc (Kristy), and stepson Dan Sawchuk (Rebecca); his grandchildren, Austin, Brody, Emerson, Makinlee, and Brant; his bothers Butch and Bernie (Trish), and his sisters Janette Adam (Rod) and Joyce L’Hirondelle, along with many dear aunties and uncles, nieces and nephews.. Big Butch, you were like a brother to him. Also missing him are his 12-Step family, too numerous to mention, and all of his adopted kids. Augie loved the outdoors and he shared that love and respect with his boys and their friends. Augie was pre-deceased by his parents Isobel and Firmien, his sister Joanne, his Granny Julia Nash, and his stepson Grant. Although Augie was born in High Prairie, he lived most of his life in Slave Lake, where he grew up on the lake, married, and had his family. After recovering from a rig accident at 18, Augie worked up between High Level and Rainbow Lake, away from home. He found an opportunity, became a plumber, and owned Augie’s Plumbing for several years. He started with the Alberta Government in 1987, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. In 1996 Augie changed some things in his life. He started guiding with his good friends Weldon and Marilyn Prosser for Northern Wilderness Outfitters, and also drove bus for the Slave Lake Wolves Hockey Club. Both experiences brought him great joy and serenity. Other happy memories he often spoke about included bringing the Arctic Winter Games to Slave Lake in 1994, and his experience with the games themselves; and running the canteen for Minor Hockey and his love of the hockey moms. He also loved his Alcoholics Anonymous family and was an active member who shared his experience, strength and hope with all who would listen. In 2001, he met Lori, and they married in 2006. After retirement, he moved to Boyle, his little piece of heaven, and resided there until his passing. As per his wishes Augie was cremated and we will be celebrating his life on the weekend of June 20th in Boyle and when the water is flowing, he will be where he wanted to be. To my sweet, sweet man, I was honored and proud to be your wife and blessed to be your friend. To have our relationship for the 13 years that you were in my life, will never be forgotten. You were patient with me and so very good to me. I will miss you with every inch of my being and I am so grateful to have experienced the love you gave always. Until I see you again. Love you big, big bunches, forever. Lori Athabasca Community Chapel in care of arrangements (780) 675 3996


Bellerive, Marcel

Born: April 03, 1921
Passed: November 13, 2014
Marcel Bellerive April 3, 1921 – November 13,2014 The Family of Marcel Bellerive are deeply saddened to announce his peaceful passing on November 13, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta. Marcel lived his 93 years of life with much enthusiasm and spirit. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, socializing, watching sports and fishing. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he enriched with his genuine love. caring, and kindness. We have lost someone very special. Marcel is survived by his loving son Brian (Margaret); grandchildren Kelly (Cindy), Brianna (Rollin), Marc (Kristy), & Ryan and great grandchildren Austin, Brody, Makinlee, Emerson & Brant. Also left to cherish his memory are sister Antoinette, and brothers Paul, Albert, & Aram (Donna) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents George & Anna Bellerive, his wife Denise, his daughter Lorraine; brothers George, Lawrence, and Charlie as well as sisters Aurea & Alberta. A tribute to his life took place at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014. Cremation at Edmonton Crematorium.


Sloan, Glen

Passed: November 10, 2014
On Monday, November 10, 2014 Glen Sloan of Slave Lake, AB passed away at the age of 93 years. Glen is predeceased by his wife of 69¾ years Rema Sloan. Glen is survived by his daughters Linda (Leonard) Lafrance, Joan (Harold) Evenson, Gayle (Dave) Laing, Irma (Ron) Hunt, 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, brothers Leo (Viney) Sloan, Laurence (Evelyn) Sloan, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Kinuso Senior’s Center in Kinuso, AB. Mission View Funeral Chapel Ltd. Lac La Biche were in care of funeral arrangements. Toll free 1-866-623-1815 To send condolences please visit


Warman, James Harry Thomas

Passed: November 04, 2014
James Harry Thomas Warman July 3 1950 – November 4, 2014 It’s with great sadness we announce the passing of Jim. He passed away peacefully at the age of 64 from his 18 month battle with cancer, with his family by his side. He leaves behind his wife Debbi, son TJ (Keli) grandson Keegan, close friends Greg Gramiak and Dennis Garon, many other friends and his SL Ford Family. Jim will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather, mentor and loyal friend. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not meant to be. He put His arms around you and whispered. “come home with Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove He only takes the best.


Cornell, Loren George

Passed: November 04, 2014
Loren George Cornell Mr. Loren Cornell, formerly of Kinuso, AB and Fawcett, AB passed away and went to be with his Lord on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 in Nanaimo, B.C. at the age of 91 years. Loren is survived by one sister, Ruth; one brother, Douglas; eight nieces and nephews: Karl, Laura, Marilyn, Terry, Dennis, Eldeen, Jamie and Kathy, as well as other relatives and many friends throughout Alberta and B.C. He was predeceased by his wife, Mavis in 1997. On Saturday, February, 7, 2015 a Graveside Service will be held at the Swan Valley Cemetery, Kinuso, AB at 1:30 P.M. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 3:00 P.M. in the Kinuso Senior Citizen’s Complex, Kinuso, AB. with Pastor Ken Stange officiating. Anyone who so wishes may make a memorial donation directly to The Good Samaritan Society, Wexford Creek, 80 Tenth St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 0A8 Send condolences to Prairie Sunset Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006 Greta Budgen & Garry Coderre, Funeral Directors


Persson, Landon Christopher

Born: Sept. 03, 2011
Passed: October 29, 2014
In Loving Memory of Landon Christopher Persson Sept. 3, 2011 – Oct. 29, 2014 He will forever remain in the hearts of his Mommy and Daddy Coralee & Gunner Persson, his little sister Logan Persson, Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.The Persson & Schmode Families would like to thank everyone for their endless support throughout this very difficult time. We deeply appreciate all your expressions of sympathy, thoughts and prayers. It is difficult to find words to express how thankful we are for all the love and care that was shown. We are so grateful for family, friends and our whole community for their support and friendship. Thank you to everyone who dropped by, brought food, flowers, cards, all who initiated and supported Landon’s fundraiser, food caterers, and helpers, the ladies who pampered us, housecleaner and Pastor Leigh. We thank you all so very much for your kindness.


Gladue, Jonathan James

Passed: October 04, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jonathan James Gladue, beloved fiance, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, at the age of 24 years. Jonathan will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jonathan is survived by fiance Maggie, son Drayten, stepdaughter Layla, parents James A. Gambler and Allison Gladue, sisters Felicia (Ben), Cathy (Mark), nephews Aiden and Bentley, grandmother Thelma Gambler, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Jonathan is predeceased by grandparents Billy and Marie Gladue, James H. Gambler, uncles Glen, Clarence, Lawrence and Joseph Gladue, aunties Josett, Baby girl Gladue, and Beverly Gambler, and child Jayden Gladue.


Schmode, Dustin Brady

Passed: October 01, 2014
Dustin passed away suddenly on October 1 in Faust, Alberta at the age of 20 years. Born and raised in Slave Lake, Dustin is survived by: Mother (Donna Mae Kuhberg) – Daniel Kuhberg, Lyndon Kuhberg, Lexus Kuhberg Father (Trever Basil Schmode) – Taylor Schmode, Grandparents – Carl Kuhberg, Carol Thera, and Phyllis & Ron Grocholski, Aunties – Anna Kuhberg, Mitchell Mitchell, Jody Kuhberg, Cousins – Christopher Lafoy, Cory Lafoy, Brandon Mitchell, Mandee Mitchell, Carleen Lehr, Cora Turco, and numerous extended family and friends. Dustin is pre-deceased by Grandfather (Basil Schmode) Grandmother ( Eilleen Kuhberg) Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. October 9, 2014 at the Abundant Life Worship Center (109 3rd Ave NE, Slave Lake). Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


Raessler, Mary

Passed: August 18, 2014
On September 15th, 2014 Mary Raessler of Westlock, AB passed away at the age of 101 years. She is survived by her children Leo (Margaret), Patricia Miller, Rheta (Marc) Lapierre and David (Carol); 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Guy. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Donations gratefully accepted to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Canadian Red Cross or Charity of One’s Choice. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.


O’Malley, Alice Louise

Passed: August 18, 2014
Alice Louise O’Malley (nee Penner) passed away on September 18, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Alice was born on April 5, 1928 in Elbow, Saskatchewan, and was one of 13 children. She married Patrick O’Malley (died 1961), and had 1 daughter, Dianne Barnes. Alice is survived by: her sisters Dorothy Fortier, Elsie Ophus, Joyce Rempel, and June Carlson; her brothers Jim (Jean) Penner, Jerry Penner, and Bill (Sandy) Penner; her daughter Dianne Barnes; her grandsons Barry (Etzy) Barnes and Robert (Jennifer) Barnes; as well as numerous extended family members and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at the Morinville Legion (10120 101 Ave, Morinville, AB) on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please join us!


Berg, Ruth Merlene

Born: July 01, 1922
Passed: August 18, 2014
Ruth Merlene Berg. Ruth was born on July 1 1922 in Enchant, Alberta, the daughter of shopkeepers Robert and Elna Thwaites. The family moved to Enilda while she was in elementary school where Ruth met and married her childhood sweetheart George Berg, on October 4 1942. They were married for 71 years until George passed away on March 10, 2014. Left to mourn her passing and carry on her legacy of love are Marge Rennick of Slave Lake, Karen Graham (Ken) of Burlington, Ont, Audrey Parkins (Ed) of Rimbey, David Berg (Elaine) of Edmonton, daughter-in-law Betty Minnes of Spruce Grove and foster son Elvis Glenn. She leaves 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Ruth was predeceased by husband William George, son Ronald William, grandson Geoffrey William, son-in-law Willis Rennick, and infant granddaughter Brandi. Ruth was always very active in church life, teaching Sunday School for most of her life. Her 71 years as wife and homemaker with George found them living most of that time in Enilda employed by the Northern Alberta Railways or Bissell Brothers Lumber and then retired. The past 6 years have been spent in Slave Lake on Martenview Farms enjoying farm life and family. Ruth’s warm kitchen always included the coffee ready, the cookies fresh and an invitation to “stay to dinner”, maybe enjoy a game of Scrabble later. Celebration of Ruth’s life was held on August 25, 2014 at the Abundant Life Assembly in Slave Lake with interment in St. Mark’s cemetery in High Prairie.


Nowochin, Clarence Gerhardt

Passed: August 11, 2014
Clarence Gerhardt Nowochin passed away in Slave Lake on August 11, 2014 at the age of 80. He was predeceased by his parents Emma and Charles, brother Edwin, son David and life partner Anita. He was survived by his 2 sons Dale (Janice) of Slave Lake, Dan (Brenda) of Wetaskiwin, 5 grandchildren Josh (Randi), Danica, Steven (Mellissa), Scott (Sasha), James, 7 great grandchildren, his brother Ken (Donna) and sister Alma and many nieces and nephews. Gathering in his memory will be Saturday September 6, 2014 at 2:00 at St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church 508-7 St. NE. Interment will be in Wetaskiwin, AB on October 3. Donations can be sent to Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Willis, Robert

Passed: July 28, 2014
With saddened hearts the family of Robert Willis of Hondo, AB announces his passing on Monday, July 28th, 2014 at the age of 86 after a brief battle with cancer. He is pre-deceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Isabel; his second wife, Mary (Peggy), and grandson Mark. Left to mourn him are his children: Edie (Marvin), Dale (Carol), Wendy, and Roberta (Les); four grandchildren Rhonda, Brent (Britney), Daniel, Ashley (Stephan); one great grand-daughter, Ariah, and numerous other relatives and friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Bethany Christian Church in Smith, AB. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton AB T6G 9Z9. Send condolences to: Prairie Sunset Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006


Robinson, Robert (Bob) George

Passed: July 28, 2014
Robert (Bob) George Robinson, a long time resident of Kinuso, Alberta passed away suddenly on August 7, 2014 at the age of 65. Bob was born on April 19, 1949 in High Prairie, Alberta. He is survived by his wife Wendy and three children, Robert Jr., Laura and Clayton, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Also left to mourn are his nine siblings and their families. Bob was predeceased by his parents George and Evelyn Robinson of Kinuso as well as one brother Harold Dean. “You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he lived.” Bob would have liked the smile. Service to celebrate his life was held August 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kinuso hall. Interment at the Swan Valley Cemetery. If you so desire, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Swan Valley Cemetery.


Partington-Richer, Marilyn

Passed: July 11, 2014
Longtime Lakeside Leader Editor Marilyn Partington-Richer passed away on July 11, after a battle with cancer. She was 59 years old. Richer is being remembered as a rigorously positive personality, strongly devoted to her family and to public service. Her dedication to the betterment of her community was legendary.It was all the more impressive because she accomplished it in the face of a decades long affliction by multiple sclerosis. “She persevered where most people would quit,” says longtime friend (and Scrabble opponent) Marilyn Larivee. “Quitting wasn’t in Marilyn’s dictionary and she knew all the dictionary.” Richer took over as Leader editor in 1986, shortly after arriving in Slave Lake following three years in Africa. She had previous stints in journalism in Morinville, St. Albert and Rocky Mountain House. She had met husband-to-be Jacques Richer when she was studying journalism at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. It was his career in the oil industry that took the family to Gabon in west Africa and then to Slave Lake. She started as a reporter at The Leader right away, and fairly quickly made the jump to the editor’s chair, which she held for almost 20 years. “Over the years,” says Leader publisher Jeff Burgar, “I learned to admire Marilyn’s strength of character. Specifically, I was always amazed at her unwavering spirit as she dealt with not only the daily trials of life and work we all face, but her multiple sclerosis condition. Many people let disease define them. For Marilyn, it was there, but just something as normal as brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Life itself was far too important to live to let something like MS get in the way.” The job in those days was quite demanding, often requiring long hours, lots of staff turnover and the challenge of new technology, among others. She fairly quickly set an upbeat, uncomplaining, positive tone that was to last for her tenure and beyond. “Mar was the kindest, most caring boss out there,” says Kathie Millett-Suto, who worked under Richer as advertising manager for several years. “She never, never got mad and only saw the good in everybody.” Kim Wilde is another former Leader colleague and later friend. “Working with Marilyn was a wonderful surprise,” she says. “Upon interviewing me she saw potential in me that I certainly didn’t see in myself.” Richer took a similar gamble on an underqualified (but enthusiastic) reporter applicant in 1990 that has worked out pretty well. The Richer era at The Leader wasn’t all a bed of roses. She led the paper’s coverage of the lengthy and acrimonious Ziedler strike and never missed a beat on the 1988 flood story, even while being flooded out of house and home on 9th St. SE. When she retired in 2005, Richer left a smoothly running office, and for several years continued to contribute, offering articles, advice and encouragement to young reporters when the editor was off on vacation. One of them was Doug Beattie. “She should be an inspiration to us all regarding dealing with adversity,” says Beattie, now a heavy equipment operator in Fort McMurray. “To take a page from her most recent writing style, I am grateful to have met and worked beside her. She was in my thoughts daily as she battled and I will never forget her.” Outside of family and work, Richer had an impressive record of public service. She was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake, and served in it right up to the end. She served on the board of Slave Lake Victim Services and was also a strong supporter of the Northern Haven Support Society. She was also a justice of the peace for several years in Slave Lake. In that latter role, Jacques recalls, she “never said ‘no,’” to any request for her services. “But the Lord have mercy on anyone who had beaten his wife or a woman.” And let’s not forget about the Terry Fox Run! Richer was the chief organizer of that event in Slave Lake for two decades. The list goes on. She won a prestigious award from the regional Persons with Developmental Disabilities organization for offering regular employment at The Leader. She was also the local rep for an MS support society, recalls son Lenny, offering support and encouragement to other people who had the disease, and their families. “Don’t ever give up!” he says she told them. Richer’s dedication to community service received its highest recognition when MP Dave Chatters presented her with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. Richer was born Marilyn Partington in Unity, Saskatchewan, on Nov. 6, 1954. The fourth of five children and the only girl, Marilyn grew up on a farm near Evesham. Active in 4-H and other typical farm-community activities, she noticed the first symptoms of what would be diagnosed as MS during a school curling bonspiel. It got bad quickly, and put her in a wheelchair. But she refused to accept such confinement. “She gave credit to acupuncture,” says husband Jacques. “But it was sheer willpower.” That willpower was in evidence throughout the succeeding years. Jacques gives numerous examples of Marilyn refusing to be pampered or pitied, or even helped to get up when she fell, which she did quite often. She resisted a cane for years, he says; also the walker. The MS was always, there, but never did it get her down. It took cancer to do that. The latest bout of peritoneal cancer caused damage to the operation of her lungs and heart that she and her doctors could not overcome. Her heart gave out at 9:35 a.m. on Friday, July 11. Marilyn is survived by husband Jacques, son Lenny, daughter-in-law Jamie and grandchildren Kaitlyn and Liam; also her brothers Terry, Bruce and Arch. She was predeceased by her parents Tom and Anne Partington and brother Boyd. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for people to consider donating to the MS Society of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.


Fenton, Melvin Charles

Passed: June 26, 2014
On June 26, 2014 Melvin Fenton of Slave Lake, Alberta passed away at the age of 73 years. Melvin is survived by his son, James Fenton of Slave Lake, Alberta; and his brother Buster Fenton of Calgary, Alberta. He is also survived by many close friends. A funeral service was held on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Slave Lake Friendship Centre. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Athabasca Community Chapel-Dale Kapitaniuk Funeral Director in care of arrangements (780) 675 3996


Ingram, Beverley Gayle

Born: July 23, 1985
Passed: May 23, 2014
On May 28, 2014 Bev Ingram passed away after a brief illness at the age of 67 years. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 48 years Ron, daughter Leslea (Mike) Ciciarelli, son Gordon, grandchildren Kristine, Kendall, and Nicholas, great granddaughter Kylie, sister Elsie, brothers Bob, Marshall (Kay), sister Janice (Fred), brother Clark (Marion), sister-in-law Val, brother-in-law Murray as well as many other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her sister Sharon, brother Daryl, and infant brother Christopher. A Celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Gathering Place, 800 6 Ave NW, Slave Lake, AB. Donations in her memory may be made to the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake Box 1523 Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0 Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at


Crawford, Pamela Rose

Born: July 23, 1985
Passed: May 23, 2014
The family of Pamela Crawford of Kinuso is saddened to announce that Pamela lost her courageous battle to cancer on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the age of 28 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Chandler; partner, Chad Caron; mother, Janice Crawford; siblings: Jennifer, Dallas, Brandi, Alan, Danal, Blake and Craig; grandmother, Ruby Mandseth; along with nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends. She was predeceased by her father, Allen; and her brother, Samual Crawford. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Kinuso Ag Hall, 201 Centre Street, Kinuso, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Kinuso School Playground Account, P.O. Box 180, Kinuso, Alberta T0G 1K0. To send condolences please visit:


Jacobson, Garry Hans

Born: January 01, 1953
Passed: May 20, 2014
Garry Hans Jacobson (Jake) passed away Thursday, June 26th 2014 at the age of 78. Jake was born on March 1st, 1936 in New Westminster, B.C. He is survived by his wife Elsie and her grown children. He is also survived by his daughters Laurie & Tracy, Granddaughters Shayla & Allisse, his sister Mary Nelson (Jerry) of Port Alberni, B.C. half sister Shirley, special nieces Terrie & Sandi, nephews John & Jeff & numerous cousins. Jake was predeceased by his mother Cleo (Bobbi) Korpi, Stepfather Al Korpi, father Harry Jacobson & half brother Ricky Jacobson. Jake was raised in Port Alberni from the 1940’s to the 1950’s when he left to find work. He had a wide variety of jobs and businesses that he was very good at. He moved to Slave Lake about 30 years ago. Jake worked hard and lived life to the fullest. His family extends heartfelt gratitude to his doctor, nurses and staff of Slave Lake General Hospital for the wonderful care given to Jake in his last months. Jake has been cremated and as he wished, his ashes will be taken to Port Alberni, B.C. You will be missed. Love, your Sis.


Davison, Robert Andrew

Born: January 01, 1953
Passed: May 20, 2014
HERO: person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Robert, known as Andy, was that exact definition to his family. His fight for his life was like no other. He battled cancer for seven long years and tried everything in his power to stay here on this earth with his High School sweetheart and partner for life, his wife Dawna Lee Davison. They had three wonderful children; Geoff his oldest son married Amery and gave him two beautiful grandchildren, Ashlyn and Aiden; Carrie his middle daughter married Travis Dashkewytch gave him his three additional grandchildren, Carter, Kaylin and Gracie; Joni his youngest daughter makes him proud every single day and was widowed at a young age but gave him a son-in-law in heaven to go fishing with, Lee Erricson. Andy immigrated to Canada from England when he was three, and then lived all over the provinces of BC and Alberta. He became a Fish and Wildlife officer and served the province of Alberta well. He retired as a bear specialist and manager of his region. He was extremely skilled and his love for animals and the environment was like no other. He also did a six year stint as a Calgary Fire Fighter. Andy and Dawna retired in Campbell River in 2008, after falling in love with the community and the beautiful ocean. They sailed the waters here on the West Coast in their sailboat and the majestic, solemn coast seemed a peaceful place to spend the rest of their retired lives. They had many dreams of adventure that Dawna has promised to fulfill on their behalf. Andy was very passionate about helping young children and their families who are undergoing a health crisis with a child, and would like all donations and in lieu of any flowers to go to Cameryn’s Cause. Donations can be sent to the following address: Cameryn’s Cause for Kids Society #207-991 Alder St. Campbell River, BC V9W 2R1 Condolences can be left for the family at:


Chodwicki, Joe

Born: January 01, 1953
Passed: May 20, 2014
Joe Chodzicki, long-time resident of High Prairie, who passed away on February 22, 2014 at the age of 83 years young. As per Joe’s wishes of no funeral or celebration, none will be held. The step-children of the late Joe Chodzicki invite anyone wishing to pay their final respects, to the laying to rest of his ashes at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in High Prairie on June 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.


Armella, Michelle Leanne

Born: January 01, 1953
Passed: May 20, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michelle Leanne Armella, on Wednesday May 21, 2014 in Slave Lake, Alberta, after her courageous battle against cancer. Michelle is survived by her beloved spouse Tina Zettergreen; son Rory Armella (Karlie Scott); daughter Ashley Armella (Jamie Jackson); grandchildren Aubree, Jack & Alice; Mother Mary Oakes; Siblings Ray Waniandy, Diane Jones, John Waniandy, Shelly Dion, Kelly Malcolm (Leon); as well as many cherished nieces & nephews; Predeceased by her loving father Peter Loutitt, brother Richard Waniandy and sister Brenda Walker. The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the staff of the Slave Lake Hospital. Services were held Saturday May 31 at The Gathering Place


Rountree, Alwyn Ellen

Born: April 04, 1933
Passed: April 20, 2014
Alwyn Rowntree of Smith , Alberta passed away Sunday April 20th, 2014 at the age of 81years Alwyn is survived by her husband David: 1 son Fred Rowntree of Parrish, Florida: 2 daughters Barbara Drennan of Smith and Diana Thomas of Smith; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 2 sisters Eileen (Bud) Tighe of Red Deer and June Fowler of Red Deer. She was predeceased by her parents Harry & Ellen Richardson, brother Hugh Richardson and her uncle Fred Richardson. Alwyn was born at Carstairs, Alberta on April 4th,1933. She lived in many communities in Alberta until her and Dave settled on a ranch near Smith. Ollie suffered from a stroke in 2001 and then resided in the Long Term Care Facility in Athabasca. She passed peacefully on April 20th, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Monday April 28th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Flatbush Complex with Reverend Christobel Lines officiating. Donations gratefully accepted to CNIB or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta in c/o 10004-105 Street Westlock, Alberta T7P 1V2. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd.


Vanderwell, Robert Bernard

Born: August 27, 1942
Passed: April 19, 2014
On May 4, 2014, Robert Bernard Vanderwell, beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully from cancer in Slave Lake, Alberta at the age of 75 years, surrounded by family and friends. Robert was born in Edmonton on February 27, 1939. He attended Keephills School and worked on the family farm until the age of 14, when he joined his father and uncles in the family timber industry, operating a small portable sawmill, manufacturing lumber. Later on, setting out on their own, Bob and Barney started their own sawmill operation, Vanderwell Contractors Ltd., which has grown into a large successful operation to this day, one which Bob continued to enjoy visiting, encouraging and providing direction to in his retirement. Bob was well thought of, and will be deeply missed by his “employee family.” Bob met Karen on a holiday in Las Vegas in 1956 and they began dating shortly after in Stony Plain. They were married November 21, 1959 and they lived in Stony Plain until 1969, then moved to Peace River, and eventually settled in Slave Lake in 1972. Bob committed his life to his Lord and Saviour in 1978, and never looked back. Even with the demands of family business, he found the time to develop a passion for soul-winning with Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship, The Miracle Channel, and other charities where he served on various boards, praying for and exhorting us to “love one another.” Bob loved classic 1950’s vintage vehicles and enjoyed driving, purchasing and having them restored. He also loved Maui, and he and Karen spent many a winter there with old friends, making new friends, and hosting visiting family and friends. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be deeply missed and always loved. Bob leaves to lovingly cherish his memory, Karen, his devoted wife of 54 years; their children Laura (Jim), Ken (Arliss), Theresa (Richard), Lesli (Markus) and their families; his sister Dianne (John) and her family; Marion (Mike) and their family, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Barney and Margaret. Our gratitude goes to the staff at Slave Lake Hospital for their care and kindness. The service for Bob began with viewing from 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake. Funeral arrangements were by Slave Lake Chapel of Memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ben Sawatzky Foundation.


Sloan, Ella Louise

Born: August 27, 1942
Passed: April 19, 2014
Ella Louise Sloan was born on February 20, 1927 to Glennie and Harry Hunt. She was raised in Swan Valley along with her 7 siblings. She married Wayne Sloan in 1945 and together they raised a family of 8 on a farm nearby. She was always very active; she worked on the farm and drove the valley school bus, a job she enjoyed for 22 years. She had many interests including flowers, gardening, antiques, and music. She played numerous instruments and enjoyed going to dances, concerts, and festivals. She also loved horses. In 1973 she took part in the Klondike trail ride and rode horseback from Kinuso to Edmonton, camping along the way. Upon arriving in Edmonton, she rode in the Klondike Days parade. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She loved to have company and was always very accommodating. Ella organized a family campout that grew to include relatives, friends and neighbors. The Bash, as it was commonly known, became a highlight of Ella’s life and a tradition that continued for nearly 20 years. She enjoyed many years as an active member of the Kinuso Seniors Center. She was a strong supporter of the museum, and over the years she was involved with other organizations including the Swan Valley Ladies club, the 4 H Club, and the Ag society. Ella had a very generous nature, a great sense of humor, and a genuine love for life. She passed away March 14, 2014 at the age of 87. Ella is pre-deceased by her husband Wayne, her son Bert, sisters Evelyn, Irene, Marg; and brothers John, George, and Norman. She is survived by her brother Marvin (Isla), sister- in- law- Doreen, and brother-in-law George. Children: Jayne Smith, Marlene & Ron McLean, Milt & Pat Sloan, Judy & Warren Sand, Penny & Gordon Moody, JoAnne & Dave Huculak, Debbie Mills & Rodney Mcwaid, and Kathy Sloan. 21 grandchildren, 31 + great grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Gatzke, Kenneth Leroy

Born: August 27, 1942
Passed: April 19, 2014
Kenneth Gatzke left us peacefully at Vanderwell Lodge, Slave Lake, AB to join his beloved wife Gloria who passed away in 2009.He is survived by his loving daughter Cynthia, sister Clara Marks (Michael) and brothers Larry, Aaron (Nancy)and Terry (Heather), sister -in-law Lola and special friends Hazel and Otto Peter, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was predeceased by his daughter Aileen, parents Edna and August, brother David and sister-in-law Bertha.Ken was born inn Meadow Lake, Sk and grew up in Cold Lake and Lac La Biche, AB. After four years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he moved to Slave Lake where he met and married Gloria and both daughters were born. Both Ken and Gloria were very active members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the community.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vanderwell Lodge, 301 6 Ave NE. Slave Lake, AB, T0G 2A2 or the Royal Cdn.Legion, 400 Main St. NW, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0.In keeping with Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of his Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 6. Interment to follow.


Berg, William George

Passed: March 16, 2014
Enilda/ Slave Lake Pioneer William George Berg passed away on March 10, 2014 at the age of 93 years, Left to mourn his passing and continue his amazing legacy of love of life and laughter, are Ruth, his wife of 71 years, his children Marge Rennick, Karen Graham (Ken), Audrey Parkins (Ed), David Berg (Elaine) and foster son Elvis Glenn; 16 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. George was predeceased by son Ronald William, grandson Geoffrey William, son-in-law Willis Rennick and infant granddaughter Brandy. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George settled with his parents in Enilda in 1930, grew up there, and married his childhood sweetheart. He spent 29 years working as telegrapher and station agent for the Northern Alberta Railways, then as a bookkeeper for Bissell Bros Lumber in Enilda. The past six years he and Ruth lived on Martenview Farm in Slave Lake enjoying life to the fullest, working with cattle and sharing his positive outlook and sense of humour with all he met. Interment took place in High Prairie St. Mark’s Cemetery on Mar. 22, and celebration of his life was in Slave Lake on Mar. 23, 2014.


Attfield, Ethel

Passed: March 16, 2014
On March 16th, 2014 Ethel Attfield of Smith, AB passed away at the age of 90 years. She is survived by her children, Delhart of Smith, AB, Beverly (Gerald) Chambers of Slave Lake, AB and Sammy (Paula) Attfield of Slave Lake, AB; 12 grandchildren, Darren (Audrey), Devin (Virginia), Deneil (Jimmie), Jayde, Teena (Rod), Karie, Shellie, Darcy & Mitch, Ryan, Candace and Darcy; 20 great grandchildren and her sister Audrey and brother Wilbert. She was predeceased by her husband Kennis; one son Louis; daughter Darlene and her son-in-law Joe Key; daughter-in-law Elaine; and her grandsons Raymond and Brett. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Smith School with Pastor Bob Worrington officiating with interment in the Smith Cemetery. Donations gratefully accepted to Alberta Cancer Foundation or Smith Cemetery c/o 10004 – 105 Street, Westlock, AB T7P 1V2. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.


Yarosh, Brad John

Born: May 15, 1981
Passed: February 14, 2014
Don’t think of him as gone away – His journey has just begun, Life holds so many facets – This earth is only one. Think of him as living In the hearts of those he touched… For nothing loved is ever lost – and he was loved so much. Forever missed by family and friends


Dorken, Kimberley

Born: 1966
Passed: February 14, 2014
Kimberley Mae Dorken passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the age of 47 years. Along with her parents, Greg and Ellie Dorken, Kim’s memory will live on in the hearts of her special friend, Judy as well as her two sisters, Leslie (Randy) Zimmerman and Terri (Lee) Keinick. She will be forever remembered and loved by all of her many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, especially her loving auntie, Lynn Stride. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Tom and Anne O’Keefe, Richard and Lilian Dorken as well as numerous aunts and uncles. Kimberley Mae Dorken was born in Grand Falls, Nfld. on March 31, 1966, to proud parents, Gregory and Eleanor Dorken. She was raised in Nfld., Labrador, Slave Lake and Medicine Hat. Kim was a pleasure to be around! She was always happy and made a point of putting those around her first, especially when it came to her pride and joy… her black cat, Mick. She was quick to forgive, and never held a grudge with anyone about anything… no matter what! It was that same upbeat, positive attitude that helped her take home numerous bowling trophies over the years through Special Olympics. A come and go time of remembrance will be held in the coming months with further announcements to be made at that time. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.cook Those wishing to remember Kim may do so through a gift to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8. Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone toll free: 1-877-528-6455.


Johnson, Brian

Passed: February 11, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Johnson in Wabasca on February 11, 2014 at the age of 58. Brian was born in Edmonton Alberta and lived in Leduc until the age of 8 when he moved with his family to Slave Lake. His life careers included Oilfield Operator, Mechanic, and Plumber. Brian moved to Wabasca 17 years ago, where he found a community he wanted to stay in forever. Brian will be missed by his spouse, their son and step daughters. He will also be sadly missed by his 5 daughters and their families; his sister and two brothers. Brian had many friends in Wabasca who have expressed their sorrow at losing a good friend. A memorial took place on February 17, 2014 in Wabasca.


Copper, Donald ‘Wayne’

Born: August 24, 1922
Passed: February 05, 2014
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our beloved father, uncle, grandfather and friend passed away in his sleep on Feb. 5th, 2014. He was loved by many, cherished by his family and respected by everyone he called a friend. Please join us in a celebration of his life Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Hainstock Funeral Home, 9810 – 34 Ave Edmonton, 780-440-2999


Willis, Verna Willis

Born: 1919
Passed: January 27, 2014
Verna Willis passed away on January 27th, 2014 at the age of 94. She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2004, 1 grandson, 2 son-in-laws, 1 daughter-in-law, and 3 brothers. She is survived by daughters Evelyn Guenette, Arlene (Lloyd) Lafrance and Hazel Lennie, sons Gordon Willis, and Vern (Loretta) Willis, sister Jean Adams, fifteen grandkids, 36 great grandkids and 7 great great grandkids, numerous nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Bob Willis, sister-in-laws Laura Willis and Fay Matty. She resided in the Smithfield Lodge for 10 years and amassed many friends while there. She will be greatly missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Westlock Memorial Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Smith Spiral of Life Cancer Support Group c/o 10004 – 105 Street, Westlock, AB T7P 1V2. Bob Jones Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd.


Croswell, Mary

Passed: January 27, 2014
It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of “Peggy” Mary Croswell of Hondo, AB on January 27, 2014 at the age of 85 years. Peggy is survived by her loving husband, Bob Willis and his family; four grandchildren Maria (Ben), Hal (Miranda), Marty ( Leanne), Crystal; six great grandchildren Kathryn, Jamie, Emily, Evan, Dustan, Peggy Sue; one brother Bob (Ruth), one sister Linda (Larry), as well as numerous relatives and friends. Peggy was predeceased by her first husband Lloyd Croswell, one son Allen, and one daughter Faye. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 in the Smith Half Century Centre, Smith, AB at 10:00 am, followed by a Graveside Service at 11:00 am, with Pastor Ben Payne officiating, at the Hondo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985-124 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H9 or the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 11560 University Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 9Z9. Send condolences to Prairie Sunset Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006


Cumming, Glenna Mary

Born: October 21, 1962
Passed: January 09, 2014
On January 9, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer, Glenna Mary Cumming passed away in Edmonton at the Norwood Care Center. Glenna was born on October 21, 1962 in Lethbridge, AB. She is the fourth child of Alex and Mary Cumming. She received her elementary and secondary education in Lethbridge. She went on the obtain a bachelor in social work from the university of Lethbridge. Glenna worked in St. Paul, AB. as a social worker and also in Caroline, AB. as administrator for The Living Faith Bible College. In 1997, Glenna moved to Slave Lake, AB. to work with New Testament Outreach Ministries International. Glenna loved the north and gave her heart to the people in it. She had a wonderful sense of humor and cheerfully put her hand to every task. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends. Donations can be made to charity of choice.


Thomas, William

Born: April 18, 1932
Passed: January 02, 2014
William “Bill” Thomas passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Centennial Centre Acute Care facility in Ponoka at the age of 81.
Bill was born on the family homestead near Spirit River, Alberta on April 18, 1932. In 1944 the family moved to the Stony Plain area west of Edmonton where Bill finished his schooling.
Bill had a long and successful career in the Alberta oilpatch. He started off working on service and drilling rigs in 1949 before joining California Standard (Chevron) in 1951. His career with Chevron spanned 27 years, taking him to such places as Acheson, Red Deer, House Mountain and Zama, to name a few.
In 1964 Chevron moved Bill and his family to Slave Lake where he was very involved in community service groups as well as serving on town council for three terms and serving one term as Mayor of Slave Lake.
In 1978 Bill retired from Chevron and moved back to Red Deer. Bill then started a 20-year career in the well servicing business, co-founding Thomas Well Servicing in 1979. After selling Thomas Well in 1996, Bill continued to work in a sales capacity with several well servicing companies.
In retirement Bill faced several health challenges head-on with courage and determination. He will be missed by Shirley, his wife of 56 years; his sons Rod (Colette), Doug (Geri) and daughter Patsy (Serge); grandchildren Paula (Brandon), Randi (Sean), Kerri (Brian), Samantha, Sarah, Nicole, and Cedrik. Two sisters, Joyce (Ray) and Fern and brother Bryan (Mona) and sister-in-law Lois Thomas. Bill was predeceased by his parents John and Evelyn Thomas as well as a brother Ross Thomas.
Special thanks to the staff at the West Park Lodge (Red Deer), Northcott Care Centre (Ponoka) and the Centennial Centre (Ponoka) for the excellent care and kindness that was provided as well as his personal physician of 32 years Dr McIntyre.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Alzheimer Society at #105, 4419-50th Ave, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 3Z5 or the Lending Cupboard at 5406-43 Street Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1C9. A Funeral Service was held at the Sunnybrook United Church Wednesday, January 8. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street, Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1-800-481-7421.