Wade Richard McCotter
– June 23, 2020
Mr. Wade Richard McCotter, age 52, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2020 in Westlock, Alberta. Wade is survived by his sons: Brett and Kash; Mother, Joanne; one brother, Randy as well as other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father Rick McCotter.
Wade struggled for many years with POEMS Syndrome proving his strength and perseverance time and again, often with humor and a “no big deal” attitude.
Due to the current covid situation, a public Celebration of Life Service will be considered in the future. Wade was cremated as per his wishes.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Westlock Healthcare Center, the Cross Cancer Institute and the Pembina Lodge. Also, Dr. Coma, for his excellent care throughout Wade’s Journey.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Wade’s memory to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Suite 144, 5241 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8 or charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.psfh.ca
Prairie Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Services, A Division of the Caringroup, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006
April 7, 1953 – May 30, 2020
The death of Garnet Allison Hawksley of Slave Lake, Alberta and formerly of Summerfield, NB occurred on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Summerfield, NB. Born April 7, 1953 he was the son of the late Allison and Jennie (Forsythe) Hawksley. He was also predeceased by his wife, Brenda, infant brother, Bertrum; 1 nephew, Josh White; 1 brother in law, Bob Burlingame.
Garnet is survived by his 3 children, Shawn Hawksley, Anthony Hawksley and Regina Valiquette; 8 grandchildren, Chelsey, Morgan, Sam, Hayden, Steven, Trisha, Nick and Kaitland; 1 great grand daughter, Noelle; 3 siblings, Ronald Hawksly (Judy), Charlene Burlingame and Beatrice Hamilton (David) as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.
A celebration of Garnet’s life will be held at a later date. The interment will be in St. Barnabas Cemetery, Greenfield at a later date. Memorial donations made to Angels Anonymous would be appreciated. www.gibersonfuneraldirectors.ca (506) 392-1115
Larry Allen Knutson
Nov 2, 1945 – May 3, 2020
Larry Allen Knutson was born Nov 2, 1945 in Estevan, SK to parents Olaf and Clara (Gullickson) Knutson. He lived in Saskatchewan until 1971, when he married the love of his life, Anne (Bjorgum) They lived in Edmonton 1971-1986, High Level 1986-1994, then to Slave Lake in 1994.
Larry passed peacefully at home 5 am Sunday May 3, 2020 after a courageous 4 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Regardless of his circumstances he never complained and was an example of God’s grace in action. His life exemplified God’s Spirit through giving, helping, and serving his family, church, neighbors, and friends. He was a man who loved to work and construction was a passion. If there’s a tape measure in heaven, he’s surely cross checking cubits!
Through his many careers, he worked for Alberta Forestry (1986-97), Lacewood Homes (1976-1986, 1997-2007) and owned Big Fish Bay RV Resort (2007-2017) before retirement.
He leaves his loving wife Anne, two sons Shane (Lisa) and Cory (Crystal) and six grandkids who will miss him dearly – Justin, Julia, Ryan, Mitchell, Marley and Alana.
In the year 2000, he and his wife Anne found a new passion – serving and helping in a mission to the poor in Mazatlan, Mexico. Larry (aka Lorenzo) loved every moment he spent there…whether it was driving, building, or helping everyone he could with his endless talents.
He was the eldest of seven children, and was predeceased by his sister Sharalyn Durant (Keith).
He’s survived by siblings Julie (Larry) Koop, Laura (Dave) Docherty, Calvin (Bev) Knutson, Daryl (Debbie) Knutson and Donna (Steve) Johnson. His family extended as a young adult to include 4 surviving step brothers; Gilbert, William, Louis and Darryl. He is also survived by many cousins, also Anne’s caring mother Mildred, Anne’s siblings Grace, Paul, Fern, Janet and Sheldon.
He was predeceased by his parents and second mother Marge, and many beloved uncles and aunts. Three aunties remain to mourn his loss; Carrie Gullickson, Helen Holth, and Delores Sogge.
Larry lived to serve and to give and was a blessing to his church and community groups. The family is comforted with the many stories now being shared of how he impacted so many. He was always quick to lend a favour, a tool, kindness, or a well placed word of advice or encouragement. These traits live on with all those that he mentored as sons, employees, friends and neighbours.
It’s sometimes said that a life boils down to the “dash” between the years of birth and passing. If that’s the case Larry’s was certainly a line filled with love, family, service, and ultimately an unshakeable faith in the Creator who allowed us all to see a glimpse of Heaven by the work Larry did daily here on earth.
Gifts in his memory can be made to “Central Mexico Mission Society”. Memorial farewells to honor his life will be announced at a later date due to the Corona-19 pandemic.
Henrich August Turk (Henry)
May 24, 1931 – April 28, 2020
Henrich August Turk – known as Henry – was born May 24th 1931 in Kassel passing away April 28th 2020 in Williams Lake.
The fiercely independent pioneer, always marched to his own drum and never short of opinions, slipped away peacefully in his sleep two weeks shy of his 89th birthday.
He is survived by his wife Julie, step-children Charlie and Frances, son-in-law Michael, Cousin-in-law Margaret, nieces and nephews, lifelong friends and caring neighbours.
Henry immigrated from Germany 1955 with his cousin Herb (deceased) and Steve (deceased) forging a life-long friendship. And so Henry’s adventure began. Being resourceful he had to switch from his masonry trade due to lack of work in Edmonton and ending up in 1956 in Slave Lake being hired by Swanson Lumber Company as Millwright/Machinist looking after lumber mill equipment. This is where he met a very special camp cook Julie whom he married. This took him to various camps including Sweet Grass Landing in Wood Buffalo. From there they moved to Horsefly BC working for Sawrite Lumber Company owned by Gundersons until the company was sold. This brought him to Williams Lake, hired by Sam Ketchum, founder of West Fraser Company, where he worked for 30+ years till retirement.
In their little haven just outside Williams Lake, Henry was plenty busy, gardening, wood working, making whirlybirds, machinery fixing, canning, baking (German recipes), herbal treatments – in short no project was too big of a challenge for Henry.
Henry’s strong personality was legendary and for better or worse is missed by all.
Life celebration will be announced for Williams Lake and Slave Lake
at a later date.
Wilson, Sheila Ann (Mabley)
– March 22, 2020
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother Sheila who passed away March 22, 2020 at the age of 68 years with her family by her side.
Sheila is lovingly remembered by her three cats Fritz, JuJuBee and Marabelle. Her daughter Jenny (Michael) Garlinski, grandchildren Seth, Raymond, Margaret and her granddog Melvin. Her son Christopher (Amy) Wilson, grandbirds Rio, Guapo and Hector.
Her ex-husband/best friend/neighbour Frank Wilson. Also her siblings Rodney (Pat) Mabley, Lorna (Ron) Watson, Tim (Lynn) Mabley, John (Marilyn) Mabley and her numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
Sheila was predeceased by her parents Raymond & Audrey Mabley, Brother Harry, grandson Vincent and the best cat ever, Rachel.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the Slave Lake & Grey Nuns hospitals for their kindness, support and care shown to Sheila during her stay.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheila’s honour may be made directly to PKD Foundation of Canada. The family would also like to encourage everyone to sign up as an organ donor.
Arthur Frederick Boisvert
June 24, 1933 – March 8, 2020
Arthur Frederick Boisvert, 86, passed away on March 8, 2020, surrounded by his family at the Slave Lake Hospital. Art was born June 24, 1933 in Kinuso, Alberta to Benjamin and Vera Boisvert. He was the second youngest in a family of seven children. Art will be fondly remembered by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren and many dear friends.
Art will be best known for his passion for life, music, extensive jokes (some good, some not so good), his vast knowledge of local history, and pool. As co-owner of the Kinuso Mercantile he could always be found visiting with his customers, most of which were friends and neighbors. He was an avid small businessman and community booster who, over the years, worked to help develop and promote the Kinuso area. He loved listening to and helping family and friends, and would remind us that life is short and you must live it to its fullest. A few of his favorite quotes were “work hard and play hard”, “life is not a curtain call”, and “be happy, don’t worry”. He is survived by his daughter, Lorraine Boisvert of Slave Lake, daughter, Cindy (Len) LeBlanc of Slave Lake, son, Barry (Heather) Boisvert of Kinuso, and son Joe (Cindy) Boisvert of Slave Lake and his sister, Josephine (Dale) Cook of Calgary.
Mr. Boisvert is predeceased in death by his wife, Doris Boisvert (nee Seifridt).
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date due to the Covid-19 virus.
Joyce Madeline Ulm
– March 7, 2020
It is with great sadness in our hearts but gratitude for a lifetime of love that we say goodbye to our Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Joyce Madeline Ulm, who passed away on March 7, 2020 at the age of 69 years. Joyce will be deeply missed by her family: Four daughters, Diane(Kenny), Cynthia, Amy(Linc), and two sons, Guy Jr (Lindsey), Johan(Vanessa). All her Grandchildren and great grandchildren,. She is survived by her sisters, Rose(Dave), Val(Jim), Vicki, Maureen(Fred), Diana(Peter), Adrianne(Gerald), two brothers Arthur and Kevin. Also numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and fiends.
Joyce was predeceased by Father Cylde Ulm on March 12, 1975, Mother Virginia Ulm August 13, 1978, Son Sun Knudtsen November 20, 1990, Daughter Wendy Threadgould January 23, 2019.
There will be a celebration of life for Joyce on March 21 from 1: 00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Slave Lake.
The family would like to thank the Okotoks Country Hospice doctors nurses and volunteers for the wonderful care provided to Joyce.
September 29, 1928 – February 25, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Wood on February 25, 2020. He was a loving father and grandfather.
He is survived by his two sons Murray (Shannon) and Jim (Shelley) and four grandchildren Adam (Cassidy), Patrick (Ashleigh), Eric and Joe as well as two great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Tom.
Robert lived and worked much of his life in Edmonton. In his later years, Robert moved from Edmonton to Slave Lake. Robert was an avid sports fan, loving baseball and hockey. In summer, he enjoyed gardening (tomatoes). Robert was predeceased by his wife Patricia in 1999. His family will miss him greatly.
Respecting Robert’s wishes, there will be no service, but we invite you to remember this kind gentleman and celebrate his life in your own way.
Many thanks go out to the wonderful, caring staff at Vanderwell Lodge, the Slave Lake Long Term Care Centre and the Slave Lake Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Bourke and Dr Majeed. We are grateful for everyone’s kindness and hard work.
May 28, 1936 – January 20, 2020
Emil is survived by the Love of his Life, Wife of 61 years, Maxine; Their Children Brenda (Jim), Brian (Debbie), Kelly (Tracy), Diana (Brad), and Jamie (Marcy); Their Grandchildren Melissa Krasnikoff, Kaylee Hamson, Marlie Zachary, Kiall Persson, Gunner Persson, Jenna Persson, Joshua Persson, Mackenzie Persson, Tyler Carpenter, Jordynn Spilak and Dylan Spilak; and Their Great Grandchildren Zachary Krasnikoff, Noah Krasnikoff, Logan Persson, Parker Persson and Addie Spilak.
Words are few, thoughts are deep,
memories of you we will always keep.
In tears we saw you suffer,
we watched you fade away,
our hearts were almost broken
you fought so hard to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping
so peaceful free of pain
we could not wish you back to suffer once again.
We sat beside your bedside
our hearts were crushed and sore
we did our duty to the end
‘till we could do no more.
Your presence we miss
your memory we treasure
loving you always
forgetting you never.
Sad are the hearts that love you
silently tears will fall
living our lives without you
is the saddest part of all.
Our family chain is broken
nothing feels the same
but as God takes us one by one
Our chain will link again.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place – Slave Lake
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Landon Persson Memorial Fund.
March 12, 1946 – January 12, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Graham McCullough.
Graham died suddenly on January 12 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. He was predeceased by his beloved wife “Spike” (Eileen) with whom he travelled the world. The two of them enjoyed many exciting adventures which he loved to record with his camera and share with family members.
He is survived by his sister Mary Jane McCullough of Calgary, his brother Craig of Victoria, British Columbia and his brother Cam and sister-in-law Marnie of Winnipeg and his nephews Keith and Daniel and his niece Megan, all of Winnipeg.
Graham was born in Winnipeg on March 12, 1946. He was the oldest child in the family and took that role seriously, providing strong guidance and counsel throughout his life.
He possessed a keen and curious mind and was a voracious reader who possessed a great deal of knowledge on a wide range of subjects. If you needed help with a construction project, Graham was your man. If your dog was misbehaving, Graham could offer an easy solution, and if you needed a great recipe for tomato sauce, well, Graham could help with that too. He truly was a man of many talents.
Graham was an excellent student and upon graduating with a post-secondary degree in civil technology from the Manitoba Institute of Technology, he was instantly hired by Chevron. He moved to Slave Lake in the late 1960s and, except for a brief stint in Calgary, Slave Lake was his home from that time on. He loved the town and the people and was a long-time member of the board of the town’s library.
Over the years, Graham and Spike opened their home to a number of dogs they rescued from the the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake. Huskies, Afghans, mixed breeds, large dogs, small dogs, Graham and Spike didn’t care. If a dog needed a home, they opened their doors.
Graham’s death was sudden and unexpected and came as a complete shock to his friends and family. He will be missed by those whose lives he touched.
His family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Graham’s friends in Slave Lake who have been overwhelmingly generous, kind and comforting. We would like to particularly thank Graham’s dear friend Katrina for her help during this very difficult time.
As he made clear to us, Graham did not want a funeral service. However, if you would like, you are encouraged to make a donation in his name to the Slave Lake Hospital’s Auxiliary Box 1248 Slave Lake, AB. T0G 2A0
– January 10, 2020
Peter passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side after a steadfast journey with ALS on January 10th, 2020.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Margaret; children David (Virginia), Ian (Martine), Erin (Bruce) and six grandchildren: Emilia & Daniel Moore, Thomas & Adam Moore, and Miles & Nate Allarie. Sisters Penny (Jeff) Terrell, Jennifer Cowan, one aunt Betty Sunderland of England, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews in Canada, USA and England. He is predeceased by his parents Chris and Rhoda Moore, Infant brother Simon, younger brother James (Marjie).
Peter was born in England and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1949. They settled in Saskatchewan and later in Fort Macleod, Alberta. In 1962, Peter was already an engaged citizen, and had the honour of achieving the rank of Queen’s Scout and was selected to represent Canada in the World Scout Jamboree held in Greece. Peter’s passion to help others led him to get this higher education in the field of psychology at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta. His professional career included Social Worker, Businessman and Economic Development Consultant to various First Nations Bands in Northern Alberta. In addition, he served as Town Councillor and Mayor of Slave Lake and Vice-President of the International Committees of the Arctic Winter Games. Peter’s involvement in the Man Kind Project was one of his most fulfilling life experiences which enabled him to have a positive impact on many men. He was also passionate about sailing, hockey, cooking, and reading.
The family would like to thank the medical team for their support & care given to Peter: the homecare staff of Alberta Health (Sherri, Kirk, and Christina); Deb from the ALS Society; and Dr. Trent Dusang.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday January 24th 2020 at 11am at Our of Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish (13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to be made to the ALS Society at 5418-97th Street, Edmonton, Ab., T6E 5C1 – www.alsab.ca
GLENWOOD FUNERAL HOME (780)467-3337
Rodney Allen Porterfield
March 6, 1938 – December 30, 2019
A long-time resident of Peace River, AB passed away on December 30, 2019 in Slave Lake, AB at the age of 81 years.
Rod was born on March 6, 1938 at Spirit River, AB. He loved to golf, hunt and fish. After he retired he did woodworking out of his garage. Rod was predeceased by his mother Dora in 1954 and his father Jack in 1993. He is survived by his wife Ann, children Debbie Brown, Monell (Gerald) Phillips, Brent (Carolann) Porterfield and Joanne Grenier; sisters Carol Lindbloom and Joyce (Gary) Delfs.
Funeral services were held on January 4, 2020 in Slave Lake under the direction of Chapel of Memories Funeral Home.
If so desired, please make any donations in the memory of Rod Porterfield to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.
Robert Alexander GUST
April 20, 1943 – November 27, 2019
Robert Alexander Gust arrived in the world April 20, 1943 in Wetaskiwin, AB and departed a short time later from the same location 27,980 days later, on November 27, 2019. Gerry Lee and the Showdown Band played the Rodeo song which should have been called the “Bob Gust Song”. Dad worked in the forty below too many times and that’s what became our real-world education on Trucker Mouth. He was dedicated. He would get up at 4 am and was out the door, thermos of coffee and a carton of smokes in hand, stopping only long enough to be loaded and off again until the end of the day.
He has two sons, Sean and Leif, who also partook in the ritual of driving trucks. Our time behind the wheel, even added together, still did not match his 16k plus days of driving. After the arrival of new Gust’s into the the family, dad decided it was time for retirement.
Soon after, dad came for a visit to Lac La Biche to see his first grand daughter, Dayle. He was up at the crack of dawn, as usual, having a cup of coffee when he spotted his first love, a 1955 Monarch, out on the street. He flew out the door in his slippers to see it sitting a couple doors down and he circled it for over an hour. Dad came into the house a few times to see if anyone else was up in order to show us this car. Leanne was dragged out and told of the crazy story when dad bought his first car. It was a 1955 Monarch but a different color than the blue one sitting in front of them. He said one day he was driving down a dirt road having fun, flying over the cattle gates and one big bottom-out punctured the fuel tank. It burned to the ground after having owned it for three months. Leanne came in and made hot cakes for breakfast as dad still circling, waiting to see who would come out and give him hell for drooling over their car all morning. It was Sunday and no one was coming out of their house early. We finished breakfast and dad dragged us out again, to see the car and tell us why it was so special. We listened as he circled and Dayle asked her Grandpa if he liked his new car. He was not listening, so she put a set of keys in his hand. Dad looked at the keys…then the car…then Dayle…back to the car, and said, “what’s this?”. Holding the keys in the air, he was speechless. There wasn’t too many times that dad had been speechless, except the birth of the first Grandson, Gunnar.
Gunnar has the energy of Leif and Sean and the listening skills of Fred Gust, (Bob’s late father), who was by choice, deaf!. If Gunnar has any bad habits, it will be due to Bob’s babysitting, so Erma will have her hands full dealing with a double product of Bob.
These last few years, Bob had to once again learn to cook and clean after the sudden passing of his common law partner, Shirley Hill. With the added stress being taken on, the one thing he forgot to do was take care of himself. He had a stint at the Grey Nuns for a triple A surgery and had hoped to go home like he had, after his last surgery, a quadruple bypass over 7 years prior. Sadly no. We made all arrangements for him to be close to family, at Season Retirement Home in Wetaskiwin, where his two brothers, Stan and Ron Gust, live with their families. Dad finally realized that he might need hearing aids after not being able to hear properly since Nov. 1, 2017. When his sisters, Faye Badke, Joanne Anderson and Pauline Gust came to visit, he could actually hear them. We’re not sure how he made out that long without hearing aids.
Summer was slowly approaching and dad wanted to head back to Slave Lake for the summer, he had the garden, the apple trees, and Shirley’s plants to tend to. He was having issues with nose bleeds and we figured it was the medication for his heart, but no, Bob was now dealing with Cancer. He was back in Edmonton, where his doctors came up with a Battle Plan. Dad fought hard. We could see right to the end he was a Fighter. It was a few months after the last of the radiation treatment, that the cancer came back with a vengeance. We were with Dad when he went into the hospital and we sat by his side until the end. Uncle Ron was our saviour. Everyday dragging us out and making sure we were fed. It may have been tough to see and deal with, but for that brief moment in time we were the ones able to take care of him. Our Dad, a kind heart with a gentle soul.
To keep a promise is my lesson.
Thank you, Sean Gust
Baker Funeral Chapel, Wetaskiwin
780-352-2501 or 888-752-2501
Winston Sidney Statham
– November 15, 2019
It is with much sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Winston Statham of Flatbush, AB. He went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2019 at the age of 76 years.
Winston is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; five children and fifteen grandchildren: Darcie (Leon): Ryan (Neeltje) their children, Joshua (Maggie), Benjamin, Wyatt, Hendrik, Meshach, Bambina and Ryanna; Regan (Maureen) their children, Aleese and Ambrie; Devonne (Jonathan) and their children, Ellis and Arlen; Deneille (JC), their children, Dorian, Phoenix, Caiden and Isabella; three brothers: Malcolm, Graham, Clifford (Arlene); two sisters: Kathleen and Heather (Gary); along with numerous nieces , nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Sidney in 1980 and Isabella in 2017; sister-in-law, Christa.
A Celebration of Winston’s Life will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Flatbush Complex, Flatbush, AB with Pastor Harvey Penner officiating. Interment at Flatbush Cemetery.
Anyone who wishes to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers may do so to Pembina Bible Camp, R.R. #1, Dapp, AB T0G 0S0 or STARS 1441 Aviation Park NE Box 570, Calgary, AB T2E 9Z9.
Send condolences to www.psfh.ca
Prairie Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Services A Division of the Caringroup Westlock, AB 780-349-5006
Ivarene Joyce (Chambers) Eigler
January 14, 1932 – October 30, 2019
The family of Ivarene Eigler announces her passing away peacefully, with family by her side, on October 30, 2019 at Prairie Lake Seniors Community at the age of 87 years.
She is survived by nine children, twenty-five grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Albert and her dear son, David.
A Memorial Service for Ivarene was held on Monday, November 4th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Grande Prairie and was followed by a luncheon at the Sexsmith Civic Centre.
Her incredible sense of humour and her love and laughter will be missed.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742
Delphine Yvonne Hayes
– October 24, 2019
On October 24th, 2019 Delphine Yvonne Hayes of Smith, Alberta, passed away at the age of 82 years.
Delphine is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Orval; her sons: Hazy (Rose) and Pat (Carissa); daughters: Ruth (Wayne) Reay, Tickie (Ken) Gilmar and Jennifer Hayes; eleven grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren; as well as fourteen siblings.
A Literary was said on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Smith Community Complex, Smith, Alberta at 11:00 am with Reverend Ephrem Thomas, the celebrant. Interment following in the Smith Community Cemetery.
Friends who so wish may make memorial donations in Delphine’s memory directly to the Slave Lake Hospital Auxiliary (Palliative Care),
309-6th St. NE, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A2
To send a condolence, please visit our website: (www.psfh.com)
Arrangements entrust to Prairie Sunset Funeral Home, 9936-107 Street, Westlock, AB. 780-349-5006 (Greta Budgen & Garry Coderre Funeral Directors).
– October 3, 2019
With great sadness and even fonder memories, we said goodby to an incredible father, son, brother and friend on October 3, 2019. After an incredible fight with leukemia, Harley Rasmussen passed from this world after visits with friends, and family by his side. Harley was survived by two incredibly proud daughters Heather (Olivier) and Cathy, sisters Karen, Marilyn, and Wanda, mother Leona, honorary daughters Jennifer (Trevor, Daniel, and Kristen) and Nancy (Roy, Brandon and Hannah) and more friends then we may ever know. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada and Spiral of Life. Harley’s family would like to thank everyone for their support.
Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd.
Kenneth Arthur Thorburn
– October 2, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce that on October 2, 2019, Mr. Kenneth Arthur (Art) Thorburn of Kinuso, Alberta passed away at the age of 88 years.
Art will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his five children, Miles, Kelly (Grayden), Kerry (Garry), Gwenith and Mark, seven grandchildren, and seven great -grandchildren. Art will also be missed by his loving companion, Gloria Davignon and his brother Glen (Dorothy).
Art was pre deceased by Marina, his devoted wife of 43 years, his parents, and three brothers (Mac, Colin, and Lyle).
At Art’s request, he will be cremated and no service will be held.
Martin Lloyd Pendrak
– August 31, 2019
It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Martin Lloyd Pendrak August 31st, 2019 at the age of 47. Marty leaves to mourn his loss Fiancé, Angie McConaghy; daughter, Emily Pendrak; son, Evan Pendrak; stepson, Chase Beauchamp; father, Barry Pendrak; niece, Peggy-Sue Pendrak; and nephew, Dustan Pendrak. Predeceased by his mother, Faye Pendrak, sister, Crystal Pendrak, and brother-in-law, Chris Schlaht. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Smith Complex. A memorial trust fund for Emily Pendrak and Evan Pendrak has been set up at the Servus Credit Union Athabasca.
Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.
March 21, 1920 – August 21, 2019
On the evening of August 21, Annie Yarosh peacefully passed away in her sleep at the age of 99. Affectionately called Granny Annie by family, she always had more than enough time to help others. Her family was her life and we are all going to miss her dearly. Annie was born in Fort William, Ontario. She and her parents, Jack and Mary Misckow and her older brother John, shortly thereafter moved to Kinuso. Annie resided in Kinuso most of her life and raised a family of 6 children. Annie is survived by her 2 daughters, Judith (James) Prichuk, Janice (Dwayne) Davis and 1 son Donald (Irene) Yarosh, Grandchildren Dustin (Candice) Yarosh and Troy Yarosh, Great Grandchildren Brandon, Deegan, Adyson, Oliver and Oakley Yarosh. Annie was predeceased by her husband Harry, Daughters Lily and Bonita and son Harry Jr. and Grandson Brad Yarosh. Our family would like to thank Dr. Bourke, the Hospital Staff and Extended Care workers for all their professional care and dedication.
Bernice Eleanor Stertz (nee Shaw)
October 7, 1939 – August 19, 2019
Mrs. Bernice Stertz of Slave Lake, AB passed away at the Slave Lake Hospital surrounded by her family on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the age of 79 years.
She leaves behind to mourn her three children: daughter Mary Anne (Alan), their daughter Pamela (Cory) and Dallas; son Bryan and his children, Brian (Sherri) and their children; Hannah, Bryan, Teagen, Jace: Celena (Jason), and their children Paige and Xander: Amber and Tamika; daughter Betty – Jo (Kevin), and their sons: Freddy (Tonya), their daughter Zoey; Kyle; seven siblings: Larry (Lorraine), Yvonne (Baldy), Marie, Rose (Darcy), Glen (Zorra), Norman, and Leonard; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband George; son, Jason; grandson, Wayne; six siblings: David, Charlie, Virginia, John, Cecile, and Helen.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Peter Celestin Catholic Church, 200-3 Ave NW, Slave Lake, AB, with interment following in the Slave Lake Cemetery.
Arrangements in care of Athabasca Community Chapel 780-675-3996
Kenneth G. Halliday
April 26, 1933 – August 17, 2019
Kenneth Gerald Halliday, husband of the late Audrey Halliday of Ironmen Rd., Miramichi passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the age of 86. Born in Amherst, NS, on April 26, 1933, he was the son of the late Cecil and Marjorie Halliday. He was in the Armed Forces for over 25 years and retired as a Warrant Officer. He volunteered as an instructor at the YMCA in Edmonton, AB for Arobics. He owned his own business for several years, one being Guiding Light Boat Charters and Halliday Rentals in Slave Lake, AB where he had moved with his beloved wife Audrey to be near his grandchildren. Ken loved the outdoors guiding, hunting and fishing. His heart was being out on the water in his cabin cruiser with family and friends. He enjoyed going to Oak Point camp ground during the warmer months where he had a small paradise set up, home away from home. Ken lit up a room just by walking into it. Everyone who met him loved him. The family wishes to thank his many kind hearted devoted friends who took dad under their wings and cared for him over the past two years after Audrey’s passing. He is survived by his daughter, Patti Brown of Slave Lake, AB; son, David Halliday of Edmonton, AB; five grandchildren: Mark, Alicia, Kenny, Silkie and Destiny; seven great grandchildren: Hailee, Dylan, Elizabeth, Abigail, Rhys Jr, Braden and Jessica. By request there will be no visitation. A public memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Interment will be held in Miramichi at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone (506) 773-3492 or messages of condolence may be sent online to www.adamsfh.ca
October 11, 1932 – August 11th, 2019
Gordon Thomas was born October 11, 1932 in Edmonton, AB, passed away on August 11th, 2019 in Westlock, AB at the age of 86 years. He grew up in Bruderheim, AB moved to Edmonton, AB in 1942. In 1947 moved to Flatbush, AB to take up farming. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy; 2 sons Gordon (Monica) and George (Kathy); grandchildren Asahiyana, Diesel and Peyton and sister-in-law Nancy Thomas. He was predeceased by his parents George and Emile and brother Marvin. Gordon farmed most of his life in Flatbush. He worked sawmills in winter from 1947 at Flatbush, Spurfield, Freeman River, Timeu, Kinuso, Faust and Smith area. In summer he operated heavy equipment building roads at Strathmore, Calgary and the Flatbush area. He also owned and operated the H & R Block Franchise (1983) in Westlock for 16 year. He also voluntary work in Westlock for the F.C.S.S. (2000) Income Tax Program for 19 years. At Gordon’s request there will be no funeral service. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.
William Ronald Glenn
January 15, 1958 – July 26, 2019
Born January 15, 1958 in Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully at Hospice House in Kelowna on July 26, 2019 after a 3-year illness. Bill was predeceased by his father William, and is survived by his mother Elizabeth (nee: Walker), sons Lucas and Mathew, their mother Casey Anne (nee: Lowe) and siblings Dale, Laurie, Norman, and Dennis, their spouses, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. There will be a dinner gathering at the family home in Kelowna on Wednesday July 31, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. To reach as many of Bill’s family and friends as possible, celebrations of life will also be held in Innisfail at St. Mark’s Anglican Church on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. and in Slave Lake at the Abundant Life Church on Tuesday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m. For information please call (250) 212-8325.
Please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.
Kenneth Lyle Lafleur
– July 11, 2019
It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Kenneth Lyle Lafleur July 11, 2019 at the age of 65. Ken will be forever remembered by his wife Monika and his children James (Jenni) and Jason (Jenny). Ken will also be fondly remembered by many family and friends. Donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Canada.
In c/o 10004 105 Street Westlock, AB T7P 1V2.
Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium ltd, (780-349-3474)
– June 30, 2019
On June 30, 2019 Mr. Randy Denman of Bonnyville passed away at the age of 43 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Tanda; 2 daughters & 1 son, Kylee, Brittany & Thomas; mother, Carol; 2 brothers, Wayne (Karen Cooper) & Larry; sisters-in-law, Rhonda (Michael) Melnyk & Kerri Richard (Jamie Nimmon); mother-in-law, Linda Dukewich; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great nephews. Randy was predeceased by his father, Thomas; father-in-law, Joseph Dukewich; & niece, Nicole Richard.
A Memorial Service was held on Friday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, Bonnyville with Reverend Father Rene Realuyo officiating. Cremation has taken place. If desired, donations may be made to STARS Foundation c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1.
To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.
Joseph Paul Courtoreille – Aka Concrete Joe
November 7, 1954 – June 8, 2019
It’s with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Courtoreille on June 8th, 2019.
For over 25 years during good weather Except during hunting season) he could be seen leaving his concrete mark in and around Merritt. He was a hard-workin, generous and loyal man. He loved anything to do with the outdoors whether it was chopping his wood supply for the winter, hunting, fishing, golfing or watching his garden grow, the outdoors was Joe’s idea of heaven on earth.
Above all else Joe loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Kathleen Courtoreille, daughters Sabrina Courtoreille, Nicole (Bill) Mikkelsen, Katie Suvanto, and (loved like a daughter) Carrie Szabo, sons Paul(Shawna), Kristopher (Danielle) and Simon (Vanessa) His 15 beautiful grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews and beloved friends.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents Angelina and Joseph Courtoreille, his son Adam, and siblings Linda Dumont, Raymond, Gary and Barbara.
To the world you were husband, Dad, Grandfather: to us you were the world.
Services will be held at the Merritt Crossroads Church
July 13, 2019 at 11: a.m.
July 8, 1936 – June 2, 2019
It is with great sadness the family of Doreen Gibson announces her passing on June 2, 2019 at the age of 82 years. Doreen is predeceased by husband Jerry, sons Leslie and Colin and granddaughter Blaine; brothers Keith and Rick. She is survived by her sons: Moraye and Bruce (Laurel) and siblings Glen (Alice), Marge (George), Marilyn (Ralph), Joan (Marcel) and Larry, daughter-in-law Joy and nine grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.
There will be a funeral service held on July 18, 2019 at 11:00 am, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 18345 – 62B Avenue, Edmonton, AB. Luncheon will be held, then immediately after the family will travel to Slave Lake to lay Doreen to rest beside her husband Jerry.
July 10, 1934 – May 29, 2019
Doris Boisvert, long time resident of Kinuso Alberta passed away on May 29, 2019 in Slave Lake at the age of 84 years. Doris was born on July 10, 1934 in Ellscott, Alberta.
Doris was the co-owner and operator of the Kinuso Mercantile. Upon her retirement in 1994, she was involved in the Ladies Auxilary, crafting, spending time with family, and doing all the worrying for everybody.
She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Emily Seifridt, and her brothers Henry and Reinholdt.
She is survived by her sister Margaret Walker (Arnold), Husband Art Boisvert, children Lorraine Boisvert, Cindy LeBlanc (Len), Barry Boisvert (Heather), Joe Boisvert (Cindy), Sister in Laws Olga Seifridt & Lily Seifridt, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A funeral service for the late Doris Boisvert was held on June 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake with Reverend Blessing officiating.
If family and friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Swan River Cemetery, or the Stollery Children’s Hospital foundation.
Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of Chapel of Memories Funeral Homes.
May 21, 2019
Roy Otto Adam, age 74, a former resident Slave Lake, AB for over 40 years passed away after a brief illness on May 21, 2019 in Kelowna, BC. He leaves behind his wife Goldie; his daughter Tammy Torgerson, her husband Lance and children Blake and Halle in Kelowna; his daughter Jody Klatchuk, her husband Shaun and children Lexi and Kali also in Kelowna. He is survived by his brother Vernon of Medicine Hat, AB, sister Adeline of St. Louis, MO, brother Wil of Westlock, AB and ex-wife Marilyn of Lethbridge, AB. Roy was predeceased by his brother Gerry, mother Lydia, and father Otto.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Kelowna, BC on Saturday, June 8 2019 at 1:30 pm at the home of Lance and Tammy.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to BC Cancer Foundation www.bccancerfoundation.com or the Central Okanagan Hospice Association www.hospicecoha.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.
Linda Anne Saunders
1960 – May 17, 2019
Mrs. Linda Anne Saunders of Boyle passed away suddenly at the Boyle Healthcare Centre on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the tender age of 59 years.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and moving to Boyle, Alberta approximately 30 years ago, setting out at Skeleton Lake (Mewatha Drive) with her partner in crime Bill Robinson of over 25 years.
Linda is survived by her life partner Bill Robinson, her grandchildren; Devlin Ray, Ayden & Zack Robinson, Zane & Jacelyn Robinson, son-in-law Damon Rey, older brother Roy & Pat Saunders and their children; Levi (Dan) Saunders, Tanis Saunders & great niece Alana, younger sister Shannon Saunders and her children; Desiree Remillard, Nicholas (Tory) Saunders and two step-children Tyrell & Nathan Robinson, two special friends (That were partners in crime) Dallas Macaskill & Raynelle McNamara, as well as sister-in-law Sheila Robinson and brother-in-law Fred Mikalunas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins & great friends, too numerous to mention.
Linda was predeceased by her parents Don & Alice Saunders, her daughter Carly Alana Rey, her older brother Blair Saunders, brothers-in-law Allan & Donny Robinson.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Boyle Community Centre on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 – 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2C8.
– May 7, 2019
On May 7, 2019, Greg Eben of Slave Lake passed away suddenly at the age of 52. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna; 2 sons, Trevor (Jessica), Riley; 2 grandchildren, Jaxon and Hali;
parents, Alfred and Beverley; sister, Nadine (Duane) Verschoor; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of his life was held on May 24, 2019 at the Gathering Place with Pastor Pretty officiating. The family would like to
thank all the friends and family for their support and prayers, food and help with all the arrangements.
Lou Robert Foley
July 10, 1946 – April 11, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lou Robert Foley, a loving and devoted husband and father. Lou passed away on April 11th, 2019 at the age of 72, surrounded by his family. We take comfort knowing that he is no longer in pain and has moved on to a better place where he is undoubtedly back in fine form and talking the ears off all of our waiting family and friends that have passed on before him.
Lou was born and raised in the Kinuso and Slave Lake area, eventually going into the “Family Business” of forestry and wildfire management. With a career spanning over 40 years, he lived and worked in almost every corner of Alberta, making friends wherever he went.
Far from shy, Lou could always be counted on to offer up one of his smartass comments or good-natured jabs to anyone within sight or ear shot. Honest and kind to a fault, he was as open with his love and compassion as he was with his opinions. The impact he had on the people fortunate enough to know or meet him cannot be measured, each and every one of them having or sharing at least a couple of “Lou Stories”. He will be loved and missed by many.
Lou is survived by his loving wife of forty-eight years Sheila; two sons, Hudson and Jason; and his three granddaughters, Meaghan, Ciara and Fiona. He is also survived by his two sisters and their husbands, Patsy (Francis) Cyr and Doreen (Gary) Davis. He was predeceased by his daughter Trisha, mother and father Pat and Cecile Foley.
A celebration of Lou’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Lou Foley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES,
369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2,
Douglas Wayne Maitland
June 13, 1952 – April 2, 2019
Doug died peacefully at home with family by his side after a well fought battle with cancer.
He will be forever missed by his wife of 40 years Carol, sister Judy, daughter Reanna, son Andrew, daughter-in-law Tara and grandchildren Carson and Blake. As well by extended family and friends.
He will be remembered as a proud, independent man who worked hard and loved; his family, spending time in the shop creating amazing woodwork, travelling, and camping in his motorhome.
We would like to take time to express our gratitude for the doctors and nurses at the Slave Lake Healthcare Center as well as the wonderful home care nurses and aides that provided comfort and support to Doug during his last months.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday June 23, at 3:30 p.m. at 6 Willow Lane, Mitsue with a memorial at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments to follow.
Memorial donations can be made to the Slave Lake Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund.
Dale Allen Nestorovich
September 13, 1960 – March 4, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dale Allen Nestorovich on Monday, March 4, 2019, at the age of 58 years. Dale will be forever remembered by his wife Lori of 30 years, their daughters Sara and Amy, by his mother Elsie, and by his brothers Brian and Ray. Dale will also be forever remembered by his numerous cousins, uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, extended family and his many dear friends. Dale is predeceased by his father Roman Nestorovich as well as in-laws Lilly and George Bidniak.
Dale was born September 13th, 1960 in Edmonton and he lived in Camrose for 4 years when he was very young then moved back to Edmonton where he stayed until he moved to Widewater in July 2000. Following his Dad, Dale began working for AGT (Telus) while in high school then went to NAIT for Telecommunications and continued working until his illness.
Dale fought a hard battle with his illness and unfortunately, he could not fight anymore. His family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses in the Nephrology Department at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. His last days and his family’s last days with him were comforting because of their care. The family would also like to thank Simply Cremations in Edmonton for their respectful handling of Dale.
As per Dale’s wishes the family will be having a Celebration of Life on Summer Solstice weekend, his favourite holiday, on June 22, 2019 at 2:30pm in the Widewater Complex, Widewater, Alberta. Following the service, there will be a potluck supper and we encourage his friends and family to come and bring pictures of Dale to share. There is a campground next to the complex so please come for the weekend to remember Dale.
Agnes Jessie Seppola
December 21, 1921 – February 26, 2019
On February 26, 2019, Agnes Jessie Seppola (Beaupre) passed away with loved ones by her side at the Slave Lake Hospital at the age of 97 years. She was born December 21st, 1921 to Louise and Alfred Logan in Legal, Alberta, the second youngest of 12 children.
She is sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her son Ken (Cora), sister Beatrice, Stepchildren Jill (Jim), Leonard (Monica), Terry, Daughter-In-Law Doreen, Grandchildren Doug (Tammy), Kim, Nicole (Ian), Ryan, Desiree, Carson, Hugh (Jade), Robyn (Matt), Daniel & Luke, Great Grandchildren Sheron (Fred), Cody, Dylan, Taryn, Travis, Chase (Destiny), Caine (Chante), Chelsea, Brittney (Kelby), Ethan, Nolan & Ryder, Great Great Grandchildren Zoey, Kinsley, Aspen, Olive and Autumn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends and her beloved dog Maggie.
She was predeceased by her parents, Louise and Alfred Logan, 6 brothers, 4 sisters, Husbands Rosaire Beaupre and Leonard Seppola, sons Ron, Gary and Marcel and Daughter-In-Law Beverly Beaupre.
A funeral service was held at the Kinuso Agricultural Complex in Kinuso, Alberta on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 12 p.m.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations can be made in Agnes’ honour to the Slave Lake Palliative Care Society or the Alberta S.P.C.A.
Lesley Helen Geiger
October 21, 1947 – February 21, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I wish to sign off for Lesley Geiger. She was born October 21, 1947 and passed out of my life and into my heart forever on February 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. We were married April 3, 1972. Lesley came down with pancreatic cancer and was gone in two months. It was quick and she was heavily sedated the whole time.
I knew and was married to Lesley for 49 years and we had many adventures and experiences together and I will miss her horribly. She was a special person and her whole life was dedicated to helping others, with twenty years of working for the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre and for Slave Lake Native Counselling Service as a court assistance worker. She was awarded the Slave Lake citizen of the year and was also the Slave Lake scrabble champion.
When my job transferred me to Calgary and we moved to Strathmore and she hired on with the Strathmore Women’s shelter here in Strathmore. She worked as a counselor with battered women for about fifteen years, and she was a tremendous support for hundreds if not thousands of battered women. She was loved by all the women that she helped when these women were at the lowest point in their lives. Almost every time we went shopping she ran into former clients that would hug her.
This lady was my love and support for almost 47 years of my life, we worked together as a team and supported each other in good times and bad. She will leave a big hole in the lives of our three daughters Donna, Barbara, and Jennifer.
I am saying good-bye to my wife, friend, support and 100% of my life for 47 years of marriage, and two years of close friendship.
Good-bye my love, rest easy, you were loved by all that knew you. I will join you soon.
Edwin Klemens Hedrich
June 4, 1948 – February 7, 2019
Edwin Klemens Hedrich was born in High Prairie, Alberta on June 4, 1948 to Edward and Mary Hedrich of Faust, Alberta. He was the middle child and only son. He resided on the family farm until his passing.
On June 29, 1971 he married the love of his life, Audrey Banner. They have five children, four sons and a daughter. they celebrated 47 ½ years together. Edwin passed away peacefully at their home on February 7.
Edwin was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife Audrey, son Lorin (Lyanne), son Edward (Nadine), daughter Lori (Glen), son Joseph (Tara), son Milan (Sheryl), five grandsons, four granddaughters, sisters Irene and Laureen (Colin). Edwin also leaves to mourn numerous family members including precious nieces, nephews and friends that became his family of the heart. His family and friends will miss him deeply and cherish their memories of him. He will live on in their hearts forever.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Faust Multicultural Gathering Place on March 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Palliative Care.
Kay Ruxton of Fawcett Alberta passed away on February 3rd at the age of 89 years. She is survived by her children Allan (Pauline) of Westlock, Colin (Johanna) of Wembley, and Kathy GermAnn of Sylvan Lake; grandchildren Wayne (Kaila), Kayla (Andrew), Seth (Holly), Tamara, Fraser (Vanessa), Laura (Michael) and five great grandchildren, Noah, Carson, Paige, Kendrick and Allison; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Ken and her parents Charles and Ella May Watson, brothers Harold and Ivan and sisters Helen, Dorie, Alice, Shiela, Sylvia and Shirley.
The family would like to thank the many neighbours, friends and family who visited and helped her to stay on the farm that she loved so dearly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, STARS Air Ambulance, or SCARS (or other second chance animal rescue organizations)
A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at Fawcett Community Hall on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.
NIAWCHUK, Evelyn Loretta
With saddened hearts the family of Mrs. Evelyn Niawchuk of Slave Lake, AB announces her passing on January 24, 2019 at the age of 88 years.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, William; one daughter, Karen (Al); one son, Bill (Leona) two grandchildren: Stefanie
and Nickolas; two sisters: Teresa and Jean; as well as numerous relatives and friends. Evelyn’s family is respecting her wishes and no funeral service will be held. Anyone who so wishes may make a memorial donation directly to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Suite 144, 5241, Calgary, Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8.
Send condolences to www.pfsh.com
Prairie Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006
Greta Budgen & Garry Coderre, Funeral Directors
Jonathon “PEE WEE” Lukan
June 18, 1997 – January 4, 2019
With deepest sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Jonathon “Pee Wee” Lukan on January 4, 2019 at the age of 21.
Pee Wee will be missed every day by his dad John Lukan, Brother Jarred Lepertre (Syrena ), love of his life Maisey Brown, Mother Sandra Lepertre, Grama June Burkholder, Grand- parents Steve & Dianne Sound, niece Bradly Lynn, and many aunts uncles and friends. Pee Wee is now with Grandpa Johnny Lukan, watching over his dad & brother, two thumbs up and a pizza sub in his hand.
A Celebration of Life for Pee Wee will be held at the Slave Lake Legion hall Friday January 18. At 1:30 pm. A lunch and fellowship to follow.
A dearly loved husband and father, Mike Romaniuk, passed away peacefully from this life the evening of January 2, 2019 at Points West Living in Slave Lake, Alberta, following a gradual decline in health. He was always surrounded and supported by his loving family and caregivers throughout his time there, but especially so during the final days of his life.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of over 57 years, Barbara and their three children: Shane; Kim (Joanne Hunter) and their children Kyle (Brittney) & great-granddaughter Rhett, Stevie (Quinton) Warawa & great-grandchildren Myles & Emmy, Cathan (Sascha) Perry & great-granddaughter Remington, Cailin Perry, Kelvin (Kailynn Odegaard) Perry & great-grandchildren Sawyer & Nash; Shelley (Cory MacKenzie) and her son Justin Knahs. He is also survived by loving sisters-in-law, brothers-in law, nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eugenia and Ananij; brothers Mark and Hardy, two additional siblings – a brother and sister in Poland; and grandson, Jordan Knahs.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all the family & friends who have supported us during this time of loss.
Memorial donations may be made to ‘Friends for Learning Fundraising Society’ in Slave Lake. Dad was always an avid reader throughout his life and we think he would approve! Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.
May friends join the family in remembering Irene as the delightful woman she was. It is a year ago she passed away, on October 18, 2017. Irene always lit up a room with her vibrant spirit, ready laughter and eagerness for fun. Dad misses Mom daily and is lost without her but he is brave and soldiers on. We, “the children” miss Mom a great deal and try to overcome the sadness of not having her light our days and doorways, by striving to keep alive the feel of her presence and the memories of her beautiful leadership and support. She will be precious in our hearts forever.
Dad (Fred), Ruth (Garry), Carol (Allan), Lyle (Teeny), Leona, Lori (Randy), grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Charles Martin Hartman
It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Martin Hartman announces his passing on October 4, 2018 at the age of 90 years.
Charles was a loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Great Great Grandfather and Friend.
His funny, feisty, lovable personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children Ted(Patsy), Betty(Roland) Suzan(Harry), Stu(Kelly), Cindy. By his 15 grandchildren Quinten, Tyler, Jerod, Josh, Jennifer, Andrew, Bailee, Camille, Jade, Jessica, Corey, Madi, Nathan, Shane and Trent. By his 19 great grandchildren Tytan, Kadryn, Kennedy, Jacob, Nathan, Luke, Zach, Evvy, Hudson, Dominic, Deghan, Alex, Emmah, Aris, Keanna, Drake, Kinsley, Emma, Easton. And by 1 great great grandchild Baby Charlie. Charles was predeceased by his son Robert and grandson Lyndon.
A memorable service will be held for Charles Saturday October 13 at 2:00pm.
At the Community Christian Center in Slave Lake, Alberta.
Verna Bernice Tanghe
August 2, 1928 – September 16, 2018
Verna Bernice Tanghe, age 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday September 16, 2018 at her home at Points West, an assisted living facility, in Slave Lake, Alberta. She was the widower of Reginald Tanghe. They had shared 45 years of marriage together.
Verna was born on August 2, 1928 in Glenora, Manitoba to Philip and Goldie Mae Cuthbert. The family moved to Alberta when Verna was 9 months old, settling north of High Prairie where she attended school. Verna met and married Reg Tanghe in 1946. They settled on the family farm north of Kinuso. Verna’s days were filled with raising her family, gardening and working on the farm. After Reg passed, Verna moved into Slave Lake where she lived independently until 2016. Verna was a very family orientated person. She loved the visits with her children and grandchildren. Her family were her life.
Verna is survived by her 3 children: John (Karen) Tanghe, Brenda (Steve) Baron, Annette (Jim) Thomas, grandchildren – David, Wade and Robert Larocque, Jody (Jeff) Schmidt, Crystal (Ryan) Roe, Cory (Coralee) Tanghe, Marie, Mandi, and Kristi Baron, Andy (Shelley) Edwards, Robin (Monica) Edwards, Logan (Courtney) Thomas, Jenna (Jeremy) Tanghe, Joel Tanghe, Kassie Tanghe, Alexis (Doug) Wilgenbusch, Erin Wilgenbusch and Rachel and Sophie Wilgenbush. Great grand children Austyn and Addison Schmidt, Tielle and Koby Roe, Michael, Cayden and Hayley Tanghe, Summer and Tyler Edwards, Peyton Tanghe, Wade and Jase Brazeau, Lincoln Girard
Verna was predeceased by her husband Reginald, daughters June Tanghe, Marion Tanghe (Wilgenbusch) and Virginia Larocque, her parents and 9 siblings.
A graveside service was held for Verna at the Swan Valley Cemetery in Kinuso at 1:00 pm on Friday September 21, 2018.
Christopher (James) Moore
September 03, 1949 – August 31, 2018
James passed away on August 31, three days before his sixty ninth birthday. His death followed a recent diagnosis of lung cancer. His family is grateful that he passed in the comfort of his own home in Spruce Grove.
James was born in Smiley, Saskatchewan to Chris and Rhoda (Stansfield), who were then recent immigrants from England. He attended Walsh high school in Fort MacLeod, Alberta and graduated from Atwater High School in Atwater, Merced County, California.
He married Marjie Hamilton (daughter of Hector and Maggie) in 1972 in Fort MacLeod. They had two daughters, Lisa and Trish. The family lived in Edmonton and then Slave Lake where James established and managed the Nelson Lumber franchise in Slave Lake, and later became a shareholder the company. He was also active in the community, serving on Slave Lake town council as a young man and later volunteering with the Municipal Planning Commission for several years. After retiring from Nelson Lumber he moved with Marjie and Trish’s young family to Spruce Grove.
James is predeceased by his parents Chris and Rhoda, his wife Marjie and a brother Timothy. He is survived by Lisa (Ben Wickstrom) of Winnipeg, Trish (Kenny Riddell) of Spruce Grove, grandsons Camden and Declan, his brother Peter, his sisters Penny and Jennifer and his nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his friends, coworkers and hunting buddies (with whom he shared many epic trips into the bush) in Slave Lake, Edmonton and beyond.
James felt a profound connection to Alberta’s wilder places and was a dedicated moose hunter for decades. More recently, he owned a trapline with friends near Slave Lake and spent many of his happiest weekends there. He was also a student of history, an Oilers fan, a lover of rock n’ roll and a creative man with an inimitable approach to home design. He will long be remembered for his wide intellect and unique sense of humour.
A celebration of James’ life will be held at his home in Spruce Grove on September 29th. For details email Trish Riddell at firstname.lastname@example.org for event information. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Cross Cancer Institute or The Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake.
FISHER, Diane Elaine
August 23, 1949 – August 22, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of Diane Fisher on August 22, 2018, one day short of her 69th birthday.
Diane will always be loved and cherished by her three children, Darren (Michelle), Sheryl (Mike) Soloshy and Lana (Shawn) Spencer; seven grandchildren: Cassandra, Erika, Courtney, Andy, Jeff, Thomas and Sara; sister, Karen Fisher; brothers, Gary Binning and Duane Binning; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Diane was predeceased by her brothers, Gordon Binning and Keith Binning.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the St. Albert Home Care staff, Edmonton General unit 9Y staff and Dr. Peter Chung for their care and compassion for Diane.
Keeping with Diane’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private family service will be held at a later date.
To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.
Jacqueline Laurette Marie (Bosse) Prevost
June 10, 1948 – August 1, 2018
Jackie passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of August 1, 2018. Jackie was freed from her burden of pain when she went to meet her Lord.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Leonie Bosse, her sister Doris Bosse and her brothers in law Leo Bosc and Raymond Beauregard, as well as her niece Josie Bosc.
Jackie leaves behind her loving husband, Francois; her daughter Lynette; son Shawn (Barb) and grandsons Darin, Myles, John, Ben, Anthony, and Zachary, as well as her sisters Julie (Hector), Trudy, Corrine, Adrienne, Laurie (Morris) and many nieces and nephews.
David Andrew Shupac
July 4, 1948 – July 11, 2018
The family of the late David Andrew Shupac, wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many kindnesses, flowers, food, donations, cards, and the kind words spoken at David’s Memorial Celebration of Life, to our family regarding the recent passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and for the condolences and support that we have received.
We also send out gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Keaveny and Dr. Martin, the Nurses in the Palliative Care Unit, the Slave Lake Ambulance Attendants, the Barrhead Chemotherapy Nurses for the wonderful care and friendship during David’s time with you.
David will always be remembered for his positive attitude, warm smile, that twinkle in his eye, for his love of family, friendships, the bounty of nature that he so respected as he melded into the background with his passion for sharing with others, a brand new day in the Forest of Life…
Alvin (Al) Terrance Womacks
November 8, 1925 – June 18, 2018
Alvin Womacks was born in Gwynne, AB, the youngest of 8 children to Ned and Ruby Womacks.
Al is survived by his wife Peggy of 74 years, daughter Dianne Lemieux; sons Brian (Diane) and Dennis (Monica); nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He was predeceased by his son Garry, grandson Cory and great grandson Kaden.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, 6120 Hwy 2A, Lacombe, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lacombe Palliative Care Society, Box 5576, Lacombe, AB T4L 1X2. Condolences may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
Wilson’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements.
Phone: 403.782.3366 or 403.843.3388
“A Caring Family, Caring for Families”
Lesley Allison Frith
February 26, 1963 – June 11, 2018
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce Lesley’s passing on June 11 after a short battle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband, Gordon; children: Rob, David and Catherine; grandchildren: James, Emma, Ty and Brayden; brothers: Mark and Gary; sisters: Vannessa, Michelle and Amanda; and mother-in-law, Beth; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Please join us to celebrate the life of Lesley on June 30, 2018 at 11:00 am, at the Anglican Church of Canada, 6610 Poplar Drive, Grande Prairie.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com
Lloyd Eugene LAFRANCE
June 15th, 1936 – May 31st, 2018
Lloyd was born in Leoville, SASK and moved to Smith , AB in 1955 where he met and married Arlene. They were married in 1958 and spent the next 60 years together. They had five children, sons, Darrell, Mark, Terry and Greg and daughter Shalaine.
Lloyd had an interesting and busy life. A truck driver for the best part but tried many other interests. He believed his sons needed something to do as teen agers so purchased a service station. The boys loved it but it was not for Lloyd so made the big move to Westlock and back into trucking.
In 1984 he broke both of his legs in a work accident which changed his life forever. Not able to drive or work for some years and not able to dance anymore. He started a piloting business for a short time but ended up doing what he always had a passion for until he retired in 2000. After retirement he enjoyed delivering vehicles for Chev Olds in Westlock.
Lloyd and Arlene enjoyed five trips to Alaska, Yuma and many to B.C. with the motorhome. Camping with family and friends and his brothers cabin. Many hours coffeeing with Alby and his buddies.
Lloyd is survived by wife Arlene, sons Mark, Terry (Dawn), Greg, daughter Shalaine (Quinten), Teresa (daughter-in-law) grandchildren Paige (Brandon), Tess (Duncan), Tara (Alan), Jennifer, Ryley, Kierra and Jade; great grandson Ellis, two great granddaughters due this week, many special nieces and nephews and old buddies; brother Leonard (Linda) sisters, Theresa and Gayle (Bob), brothers-in-law Gord, Vern (Loretta), sisters-in-law Ev and Hazel. Predeceased by son Darrell, sisters Dolly and Corinne. There will be no funeral as per Lloyd’s wishes, a family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations gratefully accepted to Cancer Spiral of Life at Box 325, Smith, Alberta T0G 2B0. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.
Lillian Delphine Anderson
December 28, 1941 – May 25, 2018
Lillian passed away peacefully surrounded by the warmth and love of her family. Born in Canyon Creek, Alberta.
Lillian married her husband Elmer, together their love blessed them with 6 children. Larry (Lorrie), Kevin (Bonnie), Patty (Tom), Allen (Joanne), Gail (Ed). She shared her heart with 6 Grandchildren: Jacquelyn (Marc), Jamie (Doug), Christopher (Kristyn) Cole, Patrick, Andrew and 3 Great Grandchildren: Brooke, Isabelle and Nate.
She is survived by her sister Pearl, brothers Ron and Leonard along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Lillian was predeceased by her loving husband Elmer, son James, brothers Dennis and Don, Sister Eva Marie, parents Tom and Flora Willier, parents in law Edward and Rosalie Anderson.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Vanderwell Lodge, Dr. Bourke, Dr Marlii and the staff of the Slave Lake Health Care Center for their care and kindness.
A Celebration of life will be held for Lillian on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Royal Canadian Legion #110, 400 Main St. NW, Slave Lake, Alberta
Lillian requested in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Cross Cancer Institute.
Warren Benzy Lafoy
April 12 1962 – May 25, 2018
Until we meet again, remember these most
important things! Your family, have many good
friends, laugh, practice gratitude, don’t take
your health for granted, say ‘I love you’ – often.
Believe in something!
The Lafoy family invites you to celebrate the life of Warren.
1. Church Service – Friday, June 8th, 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Celestine Catholic Church, followed by refreshments at the Slave Lake Legion.
2. Memorial Motorcycle Ride – Saturday, June 9th, Slave Lake Legion, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Leo (Bud) Sloan
December 1, 1931 – May 22, 2018
Bud was born on December 1, 1931 in Kinuso, AB, the youngest of 11 children to Jesse and Nellie Sloan.
Bud is survived by his loving wife Viney of 67 years, along with their two sons Anthony and Kevin, one brother Lawrence, and daughter-in-law Lynda. He also leaves behind his six grandchildren; Terilyn (Mike) Ames, Andrea (Dion) Poitras, Thomas (Laurell) Sloan, Lisa (Mike) Young, Jeff Sloan, Stephen Sloan, and his nine great grandchildren Mikayla, Brayden, & Graisyn Ames; Sadie & Blaise Poitras; Bentlee & Knoxin Sloan; Mackenzie & Chloe Young.
Bud was predeceased by his son Terry in 2007 along with his nine siblings over the years.
For those who had the pleasure of knowing Bud, we can say with certainty that he was a hardworking, sociable man who always enjoyed being active and always wore a smile. He especially treasured time spent with his family and found immense joy in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bud will be remembered for his kindness and great sense of humour. When he wasn’t smiling or laughing he was whistling a cheerful tune.
Bud’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the caregivers and nursing staff at Points West Living, as sell as at the Long Term Care Facility in Slave Lake, AB
Please join us in an afternoon of celebrating Bud’s life on:
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Senior Citizens Drop In Center, Kinuso, AB
In lieu of flowers and in honour of Bud, if you so wish, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society would be kindly appreciated.
Gone, but never forgotten…..
Gladys Carrol Pearson
January 2, 1942 – May 15, 2018
Gladys, a lifelong resident of Canyon Creek, passed away peacefully in her sleep after enduring health complications over many years. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Gladys is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gilbert; son Brad (Marilyn), their children: Shaylene, Adam (Aubrie), Megan (Alex), Baili; Garth’s children: Laurell (Thomas), Brittany (Briggs); son Grant (Laurie), their children: Cody (Crystal), Craig (Alison), Joel, and Zoey. She is also survived by her beloved great grandchildren: Drayder, Hudsyn, Paige, Nicholas, Bentlee, Knoxin & Bekah. She was predeceased by her son Garth as well as both of her parents, Roscoe and Birdie.
Please join us to celebrate the life of Gladys on May 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gladys’ name to St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church, Slave Lake.
Ronald Bernard Joseph Sarrasin
April 25, 1959 – April 27, 2018
Ronald passed peacefully from this life after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last days of his life. Ronald was predeceased by his parents Alpherie Sarrasin(2014) and Claudia Sarrasin(2016) and sister Bernadette Sarrasin.
Ronald is survived by: his loving and dedicated wife Dora Sarrasin, three children; Stephane Sarrasin(Geminie) Slave Lake, AB, Justin Sarrasin(Danielle Townsley) Calgary, AB, Nataly Sarrasin(Jonathan Novak) of Melville, SK and 10 brother and sisters: Gerald(Jocelyne) of Red Rock, ON, Norman(Karen) of Nipigon, ON, Joanne(Maurice)Fortin of Nipigon, ON, Noella(John) Bouley of Thunder Bay, ON, Gisele Sarrasin of Thunder Bay, ON, Helene Sarrasin(Colin) of Thunder Bay, ON, Adele(Milton) Becker of Slave Lake, AB, Claude(Norma) of Bruderheim, AB, Rene Sarrasin(Susan) of Frankford, ON, Angele(Larry) Walton of Virden MB, godchild of Kimberly Wright of Nipigion, ON, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Service will be held Saturday,April 5th, 2018 at 11:00 am at St.Peter Celestine Catholic Church in Slave Lake AB.
In lieu of flower, perennial plants can be donated to St .Peter Celestine Catholic Church, or monitary donation may be made to Slave Lake Health Centre.
Marjorie Jean Moore (nee Hamilton)
June 28, 1951 – April 6, 2018
On April 6 2018, Marjorie passed away at home in Spruce Grove at the age of 67 years. Marjie is survived by her loving family James Moore, her daughters Lisa (Ben Wickstrom) and Trish (Kenny Riddell), her grandsons Camden and Declan, her siblings Dorothy and Ken, many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and their families. Marjie was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Jack and Earl and James’s parents Chris and Rhoda (nee Stansfield).
Marjie was born in Fort MacLeod Alberta to Hector and Maggie Hamilton (nee Murdock). She was the youngest of five children by many years and was the baby of the family. She attended F.P. Walshe High School in Fort MacLeod and married James Moore there in 1972. The two settled in Slave Lake for many years and raised two daughters, Lisa and Trish.
Marjie adored her children and her grandchildren Camden and Declan. She had an undeniable gift for working with children–kids with special need in particular–and touched the lives of many families through her work in daycares and schools in Slave Lake. She struggled with health problems in recent years but never lost her passion for children and her family.
Marjie will be remembered for her love of family and friends and as a voracious sports fan who loved curling, football and hockey.
Remembrance events will be held in the coming months in Spruce Grove and Fort MacLeod. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marjie’s name to the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation or the Edmonton Humane Society.
Conner Jamie Lukan
January 14, 1997 – April 6, 2018
Conner Jamie Lukan, born in Slave Lake, Alberta on January 14th, 1997, passed away tragically at the age of 21, while travelling with his Humboldt Broncos family on April 6th, 2018.
Conner spent his life doing what he loved, playing hockey. He grew up in Widewater & Slave Lake before moving away to Spruce Grove at the age of 13 to pursue his passion. Conner’s big heart, coupled with his pug nose and award-winning smile, made him loved by all who knew him. He loved golfing, spending time with his family, lake life, anything with a motor, and Tim Horton’s coffee.
Conner is survived by his loving family, parents Lorne & Robin Lukan, brother Kolby (Jayde) Lukan, Sister Kennedy Lukan, grandparents Robert & Janet Bottle and Diane Lukan. Aunts and uncles Jayna & Gregg McGloin, Tammy
(Greg) Lukan, Jeff (Breann) Lukan, and cousins Bryson & Brittany McGloin, Luke & Harlow Lukan-Kubel and numerous extended family. He is predeceased by Aunt Torrina Lukan, Uncle Jamie Lukan, Grandpa Billy Lukan, and his great grandparents.
A special thanks to all of the first responders on the scene, the community of Humboldt, and the Broncos organization for all of their support during this time.
Conner’s service will be held on Wednesday April 18th, 2018 at 1:00pm at The Gathering Place, with a luncheon to follow at the Multi Rec Centre in Slave Lake, Alberta.
1976 – April 1, 2018
Jason Daryl Abelson passed away suddenly at his home in Red Deer on April 1, 2018 at the age of 41 years. Jay is survived by his mother and father Karen and Daryl Abelson; his two younger siblings Heather and Ryan Abelson and his two daughters Sophia and Isabella Abelson-Scott. As well, Jay was supported by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his son, Kaden Abelson and grandparents Mary Duckett, Gertie and Austin Abelson. A Celebration of Life to reflect and remember Jay’s life will be held at the Deer Park Alliance Church, 2960 – 39 St. Red Deer, AB on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Blue collar attire suggested. For those wishing to do so, memorial donations in Jason’s honor may be made to the charity your choosing. Condolences to Jay’s family may be emailed to email@example.com
Meaningful Memorials Funeral Service
Red Deer 587-876-4944
Josephine Mary Robinson (Eliuk)
August 27, 1933 – February 14, 2018
Born in Vegreville, AB on August 27, 1933.
Passed away peacefully at the Age of 84 in Slave Lake, AB on February 14,
2018 after a very brave and hard fight with cancer. Josephine is survived by her daughter Janet and Robert Bottle, son-in-law Bill Carpenter of Penticton, BC.
Granddaughters Robin & Lorne Lukan, Jayna & Gregg McGloin, great grandchildren Kolby (Jayde), Conner, and Kennedy Lukan. Bryson and Brittany McGloin. Sister Connie & Ralph Bohnet of Edmonton, sister-in-law Ellen Robinson of Tofield, brother-in-law Robert Robinson of Red Deer, and sister-in-law Eunice Eliuk of Edmonton.
Josephine is predeceased by her loving husband of forty six years William (Buster) Robinson, daughter Kathy Carpenter, her brother George Eliuk, her parents Joe and Katie Eliuk, her parents-in-law William and Bea Robinson, sister-in-law Carol Robinson, brother-in-law Ronald Robinson, sister-in-law Mary Cebuliak, sister-in-law Kathy Wecker and nephew Bill Simon.
A very special thanks to Dr. T. O’Keeffe , Dr. J. Keaveny, Dr. F. Akwa and all the staff at the Slave Lake Hospital for the wonderful care that was provided and to all of the staff members at Vanderwell Lodge where she resided.
Celebration of life will be held in Slave Lake, AB, April 21,2018.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Gilwood Golf Club, Box 247, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0
June 30, 1956 – January 31, 2018
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Allan Robinson, from the Slave Lake/Athabasca, Ab area, at the age of 61. Allan passed in the presence of family on January 31, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. He has left behind to mourn, his son Jay (Kailyn) Robinson, daughter Lisa (Brant) Robinson, and his grandchildren Keaton, Jake and Sam. Along with his devoted girlfriend Sherry Horton, his sister Sheila (Fred) Robinson, and brother Bill (Linda) Robinson.
A celebration of life with be held at the Athabasca Multiplex at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday February 11, 2018. There will be a collection basket for Donations in Allan’s memory that will be given to the Westview Health Centre in Stoney Plain.
Robert Louis Jackson
January 11,1956 – January 23, 2018
It is with great sadness that we The Jackson Family announce the passing of our father Robert Louis Jackson (Ticko). Ticko was born, raised and resided in Slave Lake, Alberta most of his life and worked in the heavy equipment construction field. Ticko was a devoted father to 3 daughters (Lesley, Lisa, Jenna) and 1 son (Aaron) and a very loving grandfather to 4 grandsons (Jared, Raiden, Brody, Charles) and 3 granddaughters (Sierra, Keyanna, Aubree). Ticko was born to Charlie and Agnes Jackson in Slave Lake, Alberta on January 11, 1956 and had 5 brothers (Dennis, marcel, Jim, Joe and Ray) Jackson and one sister (Clarise Flinkman). Ticko was a fun, loving, hard working but humorous man who loved life and lived each day to its fullest and we will miss him dearly.
A celebration of life for Our beloved father will take place on Thursday, February 5th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gathering Place in Slave Lake, Alberta. A luncheon will follow from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake, Alberta.
FUELKELL, Maureen Ann c.s.c.
August 9, 1938 – December 31, 2017
It is with deep sorrow that the family of Maureen Fuelkell c.s.c.
announces her passing on Sunday, December 31, 2017. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her two sisters Kathy Iampen (Albert) of Beaumont, AB and Terry Vik (Haakon) of Wagner, AB, two sister in-laws; Janet and Birgit and her nieces, nephews and their families. Maureen will be especially missed by the close community she had within the Sisters of Holy Cross. Maureen grew up in Wagner and went to high school in Kinuso.
After training as a lab tech in Edmonton, she entered the convent at the age of 23 and was sent on mission to Haiti a few years later. She held a very special place in her heart for the people there, where she made her home for 54 years. After setting up the first Red Cross Blood Services in the region, she was instrumental in building a number of houses, schools, colleges and orphanages, as well as shelters for people that were affected by multiple disasters in Haiti. She would always return home to Wagner when her family needed her. During holidays in Canada, she greatly enjoyed visiting with family and friends and fishing on Lesser Slave Lake. She was a very strong and caring woman, who devoted her life to helping people and doing God’s work. Her family greatly appreciates how she was lovingly taken care of by the Sisters at the Pavillon Saint-Joseph and nurses in Montreal. Our heartfelt thanks to Claire Lanthier c.s.c., Raymonde Maisonneuve c.s.c., and her dear friend Kesta Occident c.s.c..
Maureen was predeceased by her father Bruno, mother Rita, brothers; Jim, Ben and Walter, and niece, Leslie. Her funeral took place on January 9 in Montreal and an intimate celebration of her life will be held in Edmonton, AB at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.remembering.ca
Oskar Nock passed away peacefully in his sleep at a care home in Red Deer on Dec. 9, 2017, at the age of 94 years, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
A long-time resident of High Prairie and Slave Lake, Oskar came to Canada from Germany in 1953. He initially settled in Marlboro, working at a sawmill and making a home for his wife Maria and son Max, who joined him in 1955. From there they moved to Athabasca where he joined the “power company”, a term he used for the various company names that started as Northland Utilities, and is now Atco.
He soon moved his family to High Prairie where he raised his son, and all too soon, lost his wife Maria to cancer. He was truly blessed when he met his partner, Tyja, in the early 1970s. He and Tyja spent over 35 years together. They moved to Slave Lake to finish his career as a linesman, and where he retired in 1987.
Both of them loved fishing in Slave Lake, and traveled together to Europe to visit family and friends. They were also blessed to have many close friends in Slave Lake and the area.
He leaves behind his son Max and his wife, Mary Ann, and their son, Sebastian.
Tyja’s family welcomed him into their lives and are still part of the Nock/Luttmer family as well, including grandchildren Jill, Kim and Dean and their families, and Tyja’s son, Bernie, and his family.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Oskar, his blue Chevy pickup no longer making its way to the hotel each morning for coffee with the guys, where they worked on solving the world’s problems, or more likely talking about hockey and football.
At Oskar’s request his ashes will be interred with Maria’s in the spring.
In lieu of flowers or cards, donations to the Alzheimer’s society would be appreciated at www.alzheimer.ca/en/ab)
I miss you dad, love you always, rest in peace. – Max.
Hal (Hallie) John Ketchum
May 4th, 1963 – November 15th 2017
With very heavy hearts we announce the sudden & unexpected passing of Hal, who succumbed to complications from bacterial meningitis. He was born & raised in Powell River, BC. At a young age, Hal ventured off to Slave Lake, AB, in search of work, where he also found the love of his & future wife, Julie. Together they raised a beautiful, close-knit family. Hal was a very hard working man, but family always came first. He did any odd job & traveled anywhere to support his family. He never complained, & was a man who never rested, as he had ambition and some sort of project going on. His homestead on the lake was Hal’s pride & joy, & he never stopped working at it. Hal was always the life of the party with his carefree attitude; he always just wanted to make everyone laugh with his jokes. As long as everyone else was having a good time, so was he. Hal would help anyone in need, because that’s just the guy he was. He had the biggest heart, despite his leathery biker appearance. Even though Hal’s life came to an end too soon, & there was much life for him still to live, he passed with a lot of good memories, proud moments, & accomplishments. We are so proud of the man our Hal was in our lives, a loving husband, dedicated father, almost grandpa, & an amazing brother, son, & friend.
Hal was predeceased by his parents; Victor & Betty Ketchum, his brother Arthur, & nephews; Rob Pequin & Keray Ketchum. He is survived by his wife Julie Ketchum, daughter Jennifer (Aaron) Boehm, son Curtis Ketchum, siblings; Theresa (Dave), Debby, Gordon, Ralph (Charlene), & Brian (Theresa)
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2017 at the Widewater Complex at 1:00pm-4:00pm; there will be a slideshow & eulogy, followed by an open mic for those who would like to speak in memory of Hal & a potluck spread.
We have been so blessed with the friends & family that have been here for us through this difficult time, and we would like to thank all of you for everything you’ve done & would be honored if you could come celebrate Hal’s life with us. Hal will be greatly missed by many, but never forgotten.
Cory Paul Womacks
June 27, 1975 – December 4, 2017
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our son Cory Womacks at the age of 42 years.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret, and stepfather, Ted Bouwmeester; his father Dennis (Monica) Womacks; sister, Rhianon (Randy) Scott; nieces Hannah, Isabella, Alissa, Abbi, and Sophia, and nephew, Jack; niece, Cassia (Joe) Davy and their son, Wyatt; stepbrother, Adam (Maxine) Bouwmeester and their children, Adian, Addison, and Logan; stepsister, Robin (Jeff) Holman and their children, Keaton, Libby, and Brenner; and grandparents, Peggy and Alvin Womacks.
Cory also leaves to mourn his loss, his fellow co-worker and lifetime friend, Dino (Gillis) Cuthbert. He was predeceased by his nephew, Kaden Abelson; uncle, Garry Womacks; grandparents, Emilia and Paul Mudryk; and aunt, Karen McKinnon.
Cory was born in Calgary and raised in Slave Lake, Alberta. He enjoyed many summers on the beach and spending time with Grampa Al and Gramma Peggy at their cabin. He graduated from Roland Michener High School, winning several awards including the Governor General Medal. Cory graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with distinct honours in his Bachelor of Science and Computers. He loved computers, playing the piano, Star Wars, and Star Trek. He loved Lego and the Oilers but most of all, he loved his family.
There will be a memorial service in the spring of 2018. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Plan Canada International, STARS Air Ambulance, or to Canadian Blood Services.
To send condolences or to share a memory, tribute or photo, please visit www.glenwoodmemorial.com
Margaret Eileen (Peacock) Boutilier
79, of Calgary Alberta, formerly of Slave Lake passed away quietly on November 9, 2017 in Morinville, Ab. after her battle with lung cancer.
She was born September 28, 1938 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Eileen (Pearson) and James Peacock. She is predeceased by husband John William Boutilier and brother William Peacock.
She is sadly missed by her children Donald,Angela and Juanita, their spouses Tim and Maurice, and her grandchildren Derek, Marlowe and Jagger.
Gordon Lillian Ingram
Born: November 08, 1967
Passed: October 30, 2017
A long time resident of Widewater passed away suddenly on Ocbober 30, 2017 in Widewater at the age of 49 years. Gordon was born on November 8, 1967 in Portage Ia Prairie, MB. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time on the water.
Gordon was predeceased by his mother Bev Ingram and survived by Ron Ingram. Leslea Ingram and his loyal companion Skitz. He is sadly missed by many friends and family members.
A celebration of Gordon’s life is being planned, to be held at a later date.
Irene Lillian Tanghe
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Tanghe, a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. On October 18, 2017, she died after a brave struggle with cancer. She is lovingly remembered by Fred Tanghe, her husband of 71 years; children: Ruth (Garry), Carol (Allan), Lyle (Christine), Leona , and Lori (Randy); grandchildren: Dana (Gil), Galen (Brandi), Jeff (Lindsay), Lisa, Sheri (Jason), Kirsten, Ryan, Denni, Devyn, Brant (Stacey), Scott (Jessica); great grandchildren: Brynn, Jaxon, Kayla, Skylar, Makenna, Samantha, Jace, Cruz, Sofia, Scarlett, Wyatt; two brothers: Ernest (Marilyn), Keith (Judy); one sister, Francis (Joe); as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Irene was predeceased by her Mom, Cora; one brother, Lawrence; and one sister, Gail.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 10004-106 St.,Westlock, AB.
Anyone who so wishes may make a memorial donation directly to Hospice at www.lightupyourlifesociety.org or STARS at 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 9Z9.
Condolences may be sent to www.prairiefuneralhome.com.
Prairie Sunset Funeral Home Div. of the Caringgroup, Westlock, AB, 780-349-5006. Greta Budgen & Garry Coderre, Funeral Directors.
Harold Frank Hedin
Harold Frank Hedin of Slave Lake, Alberta, passed away on October 01, 2017 at 4:31 pm at the age of 84 years. Harold was a strong man, a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife Hilda (Auger), his four children Leon (Gloria), Lana (Bernie) Gutowski, Ken, and Beverly (Dean) Finney all of the Slave Lake area, his eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Harold was smart and quick witted often brightening the day with teasing and laughter. His parents Fredrick and Eva (Hamelin) Hedin were one of the founding families in the area. Harold was one of seven children born in Canyon Creek. His is predeceased by his brothers Raymond of Calgary, AB, and Fred of Merritt, B.C. He is survived by his brother Robert of Victoria, BC, and sisters Rose from Calgary, and Eleanor and May of Edmonton. Harold & Hilda made Canyon Creek and then Slave Lake their home. He spent his youth serving his community as a fire fighter, laborer, fisherman, mill worker and serving Parks Canada until his retirement. Some of his more notable accomplishments and legacies include paving the way for many well known and loved scenic Slave Lake locations such as the Devonshire Beach road, the pathway to Marten Mountain Fire Tower and the hiking trails at Northshore and to Lily Creek. A private family memorial was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta. We will always carry your memory in our hearts.
Kaden Sean Abelson
Born: August 20, 1998
Passed: September 28, 2017
It is with profound and heartbreaking sadness that we share the sudden passing of Kaden at the age of 19. Kaden leaves behind his Mother and Stepfather, Rhianon (Womacks) & Randy Scott; sisters Cassia (Joe) Davy, Hannah Scott, Isabella Abelson-Scott, Alissa, Scott, Abbi Scott, Sophia Abelson-Scott and little brother Jack Scott; Uncle Cory Womacks; Grandparents Margaret (Ted) Bouwmeester; Dennis (Monica) Womacks; Don Scott; Great Grandparents Alvin and Peggy Womacks. Predeceased by Great Grandparents Paul and Emilia Mudryk.
Kaden is also survived by his adoptive father Jason Abelson; Grandparents Daryl and Karen Abelson
He leaves behind many relatives and friends that loved him so much. Kaden will also be missed by his Sport Chek family where he was very proud of his volunteering with JumpStart.
Kaden graduated from Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, AB. He has left a huge imprint on teachers, staff, classmates and his many friends.
Kaden was known for his incredible knowledge of sports. He would share it with you freely especially if you cheered for the Oilers! He lived each day to the fullest and truly had an amazing life.
We will miss you so much Coach Kaden.
Please consider donating to Stars Air Ambulance in Kaden’s name or contact Canadian Blood Services to donate in his memory.
(February 8, 1929 – September 22, 2017) was a Canadian teacher and politician. She was the first female Métis to receive the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, now the Indspire Awards, and the first Indigenous woman appointed to the Canadian Senate.
Louis Michael Carter Sr.
October 3, 1934 – September 22, 2017
passed away peacefully at his home in Slave Lake. He is survived by his sisters Doris and Audrey and his brothers Fred and John.
He was a loving father to John, Philip, Linda, Steve, Mike and Andrew. He cherished his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.
Christopher Thomas James
Christopher Thomas James, July 22, 1955 – September 20, 2017. With an extremely heavy heart the wife of Chris sadly announces the passing of her partner and husband of 38 years. After a battle with cancer, Chris passed away peacefully in the early morning hours with her by his side.
He leaves behind his wife Pauline and their two children, Paula (Sean) and Curtis. He is survived by his mother Joy, brother Robin (Sharon), sister Mary-Jo (Roger). He is also survived by his beloved granddaughter Sierra; daughter of Paula and Sean. He is Predeceased by his father Fred.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre, 1200 Main Street SE, Slave Lake, Alberta
In lieu of Flowers a donation in Chris’ name may be made to the Gilwood Golf and Country Club P.O. Box 247, Slave Lake, Alberta T0G 2A0.
Clarence Leonard Chmilar
a long time resident of Faust, Alberta passed away at home in Faust on
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at the age of 73.
Throughout his working years, Clarence worked in many different areas, but farming always held a special place in his heart.
Clarence is predeceased by his parents Sam and Rose(Mayko) and is survived by his three brothers; Allan (Pauline), Jim and Gerald (Donna) and by his children Stacey Bosse (Valmont), Kelly Donald (Jamie) and Shawn and his 7 Grandchildren.
Clarence will be remembered by many for his funny stories and contagious laughter.
A Celebration of Life for Clarence will be held in the summer of 2018.
Gerald Arthur Allarie
January 18, 1952 – September 10, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald “Gerry” Allarie announce his passing on September 10, 2017 after a brief battle of cancer.
Gerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years Bonnie, his son Bruce (Erin). “Papa” parents Pauline and Arthur Allarie, his sisters Lorraine Jex, Diane (Troy) Poliakiwski of Edmonton and his brother Phil (Joan) of Calgary. Gerald leaves behind numerous family members and wonderful friends.
A memorial will be held Saturday, September 16th at 11am at the Gathering Place 800-6th Ave NW, Slave Lake, AB.
Memorial Donations can be made to either: The Canadian Diabetes Association or Chrohn’s and Colitis Canada.
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.
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
To Live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die….
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
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 www.connelly-mckinley.com.
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 www.prairiefuneralhome.com 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
March 29, 1951-January 26, 2016
He leaves to mourn him his son Paul (Sandra), daughter Deanna (Blair), his girlfriend Jennifer and numerous family and friends. The date of his Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
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 www.outwardbound.ca 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!
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)
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: www.draytonvalleyfuneralservices.com
Malone, Ernest Arthur
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
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
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
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 www.parklandfuneralservices.com
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.
Weinrich, Jeffery Adam
Born: May 21, 1983
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
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.
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 www.missionview.ca
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 stollerykids.com 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.
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 www.prairiefuneralhome.com 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.
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.
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: www.prairiefuneralhome.com 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.
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 www.memoriesfuneral.com
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: www.connelly-mckinley.com
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: campbellriverfunerals.com
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.
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
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 southland.com) 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.
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
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.
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 www.prairiefuneralhome.com 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.
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 parklandfuneralhome.com. 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.
Passed: December 26, 2013
Respected community elder Henry Sinclair passes at 85 Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Lifelong Slave Lake resident Henry Sinclair passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. A member of a prominent and numerous family, Henry was one of 13 children of Alfred and Agathe Sinclair. According to his account in Pioneers of the Lakeland, he was supporting himself
by the age of 14, first by railroad, farm and sawmill work and later operating heavy equipment in the bush. Later he ran his own company, mostly building roads or logging. A man of many accomplishments, Henry served a term on Slave Lake Town council in the latter part of the 1970s. He was a charter member of the local Elks Lodge and played a key role in the establishment of the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, serving as its second president for six years. Other significant volunteer positions he held included a term on the Northern Alberta Development Council and president of the board of St. Peter Celestin Catholic Church. Henry married Edith Weaver of the Kinuso area in 1950, and together they raised a family of five children. A significant accomplishment in his life was beating what he called ‘TB,’ or tobacco and alcohol. Having achieved that, he said in the ‘Pioneers’ article, he found he had a lot more energy and time and interest in his community. The record speaks for itself. As a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Henry tried to help others wrestling with addiction. This was mentioned many times at his memorial service, held on Dec. 31 at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake. Many heartwarming stories of Henry’s interest in and concern for his neighbours, friends and relatives were related at the service. “Uncle Henry always cared about how I was doing,” said his nephew Wally ‘Button’ Sinclair, who read the eulogy. “I was so impressed with him when I was a little boy,” said Gord Sinclair, another nephew. “Uncle Henry would help anybody.” “He was a real gentleman,” said Allen, another nephew, from the Joe Sinclair side of the family. “We were always so proud of him,” said his brother Clifford. Henry was born in
1928, either in Old Town, or at Marten River, depending on the account. He grew up with an appreciation for hard work, education and respect, instilled by his parents. Henry was pre-deceased by his wife Edith, in 2002. He is survived by their five children, Donna, Joanne (Phil), Arthur, David (Julie) and Thomas. Also nine grandchildren – Ross, Joanna
(Geoff), Marcie (Martin), Aaron (Jenn), Ryan (Bobbi), Malory (Jason), Garrett, Jared and Phillip, seven great-grandchildren, sister Evelyn, brother Clifford as well as numerous relatives and friends. Prayers and wake were held at the Friendship Centre on Dec. 30, 2013. A memorial service was held at The Gathering Place on Dec. 31. Memorial donations
can be made to the Westlock Continuing Care Centre, at 10203-96 St. Westlock, AB, T7P 2R3.
Torrance, Donna Marie
Born: January 09, 1970
Passed: December 22, 2013
Donna Marie Torrance, 43, lost her battle with cancer on December 22, 2013 at the Slave Lake Healthcare Center. She was born January 9, 1970 in Melfort, Saskatchewan. Donna is preceded in death by her father William Leslie Torrance of Ridgedale, Saskatchewan. She is survived by her mother and step-father Ann and Ken Thompson of Slave Lake AB; her brother and sisters, Sonny (Jaime Trachuk) Kebel, Darlene (Colin) Hryniw and Kendra Thompson of Slave Lake AB; her brother, Mark (Michelle Kosteriva) Kebel of Vegreville AB; her brother, Kevin (Lisa Deacon) Gregory of Ottawa ON; her nieces and nephews, Kerri, Erik and Keigen Kebel, Katie and Ty Hryniw, Taryn, Taylor and Lauryn Kosteriva, Jack and Lizzie Kebel and other relatives.
Passed: December 09, 2013
On December 9, 2013 Leona Pollard passed away at the age of 74 at the University of Alberta Hospital. She leaves behind Len (husband of 54 years), children: Ken, Lorri (Caouette) and Brad (Wenonah) and grandchildren: Lauren, Zach, Ian and Kenton. A memorial will be held in the spring of 2014.
Passed: December 04, 2013
It is with great sorrow that the family of William E. Burton announce the passing of their beloved husband, father and grandfather. William (Bill) has been a member of the hamlet of Smith for the past seven years. William and his wife Donna celebrated fifty eight years of marriage before his passing on December 4, 2013. Bill is survived by his wife Donna Burton, daughters Lynn Burton (Dana) and Luanne Murphy (Gerhard), and many grand children and great grand children. The family is very appreciative of the special care William received at the Slave Lake Health Care Centre (hospital) by the many wonderful nurses, staff and doctors. Following Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
Passed: December 01, 2013
On December 1, 2013 Orest Sklar of Smith, Alberta, passed away at the age of 75 years. Orest is survived by his son Dwayne(Faith) Sklar of Smith; numerous grandchildren; his brother and 3 sisters: Sam(Paulette) Sklar of Edmonton, Pauline Lester of Toronto, Gladys Shymanski of Okotoks, Odeline(Pete) LaPosa of Calgary. Orest was predeceased by his wife, Louise on Nov. 22, 2013. A memorial service was held on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethany Christian Church in Smith and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WW Cross Cancer Institute. Athabasca Community
Chapel in care of arrangements (780) 675 3996
Born: March 20, 1931
Passed: November 30, 2013
Our thanks to our Heavenly Father for sharing with us our mother, grandmother, friend and neighbour, Lydia Hufnagel. Lydia is survived by Charlene (Travis) Braucht, Timothy (Meagan) Hufnagel, grandchildren: Kyle, Jamie, Tyson, Emma, Joshua, Benjamin and Hannah; sisters: Heady, Alma, Olga and Ruth and brother Edwin. She is predeceased by husband Joseph Hufnagel, brother Otto, sisters Frieda and Selma. Funeral to take place Dec. 13 at Swan Valley Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Memorial service Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Kinuso Seniors Drop-in-Centre
Passed: November 22, 2013
On November 22, 2013 Louise Sklar of Smith, AB passed away at the age of 76 years. Louise is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Orest; her 3 daughters and 1 son: Emily Desjarlais, Susan Wright, and Sharon Desjarlais, all of Prince George BC, and Dwayne(Faith) Sklar of Smith AB; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces
and nephews. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Bethany Christian Church in Smith. Cremation followed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Athabasca Community Chapel-Dale Kapitaniuk Funeral Director in care of arrangements (780) 675 3996
Passed: November 22, 2013
On Nov. 22, 2013, Sheri McLeod of Slave Lake, AB passed away at the age of 39 years. She is survived by her 4 children, Ricki, Layla, Riley and Samuel. Her mother Patricia McLeod, brother Randy McLeod, sisters, Lisa Keeley and Jennifer McLeod would like to thank Dr. Cernohorsky, and the nurses of wing 5E2 at the University of Alberta Hospital, and Dr. Martin and the nurses of the Slave Lake Hospital for their care and compassion. Thank you to Father Jaya Paul of St. Peter Celestin Catholic Church and family, friends and community members for the support, love and prayers . We are grateful for all the warmth and support given to help the family during this difficult time.
Passed: November 21, 2013
We sadly announce the passing of Veona Hughes, of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Veona passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2013, at the age of 53 yrs.Left to cherish her memory are a host of friends & relatives: husband, Timothy William Hughes and beloved children, Ryan Paul
Hughes (Jennifer Lynn Kruse) and Kelsea Rose Hughes; grandchildren, Emily Danielle Kruse Hughes and Joshua Ryan Anthony Kruse Hughes; sisters, Mary Ellen (Duane) Albers, Arlene (Dwain) Swedberg; brothers, Ed (Leslie) Ernst, Duane (Terri) Schultz as well as numerous other family members & friends. Veona was predeceased by her parents, Edward Walter Ernst and Mary Rose (Schulte) Ernst; brother, Dennis Larry Schultz and sister-in-law, Lisa (Duane) Schultz.A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Millet Community Hall (5107 – 50 Ave). Cremation has taken place. In Veona’s Memory,
tributes may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Baker Funeral Chapel, Wetaskiwin in care of the cremation arrangements. (780) 352-2501 or (888) 752-2501. Condolences: www.womboldfuneralhomes.com
Born: August 02, 1944
Passed: November 11, 2013
Born in Smith, AB , August 2, 1944, died on November 11, 2013 in a Vernon, BC hospice. He had cancer which consumed his body. He was always a cowboy, poet and photographer. He was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Margaret, also his older brother, Kenny. There are 3
brothers and one sister remaining. He had been married, had 5 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He lived with Marie in Enderby, BC for a very short time, about 2 ½ years. He has been cremated and his ashes will be taken to Smoky Creek, AB for burial in the spring. He always said Smith, AB was his home. If anyone asked him where he was from he always replied Smith, AB. As Bob wrote in his book, “Our birth date is our first mark on time. The date of our death determines the length of our lifetime.” He always wanted to go down east to see the Maritimes. Well Bob and I went there in May of this year. He took many pictures, I think about 1,000. A very quiet man, always trying to help others if he could. He wrote Empty Corrals Tonight, published in 2012.
Ramsay, William (Bill) Charles
Born: January 14, 1943
Passed: November 17, 2012
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of William Ramsay. A long-time resident of Smith, Bill, passed away November 17, 2012. Bill was born in Smith, Alberta.
Bill is survived by brothers; Fred (Alice), Albert (Iris), George and John (Cheryl) and numerous nieces and nephews.
The memorial service for Bill was held at the Smith Legion on Nov. 24, 2012.
Passed: November 10, 2013
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Vicky Brown. Vicky died on November 10th 2013, following a courageous battle with Brain cancer at the age of 16 years. Vicky is survived by; her dog Tito (Vicky’s baby), her parents Melvin & Michelle Brown and her little sister Kellie Brown. She is also survived by her grandparents: Marion Sowan (Romeo Chase) of Prince George B.C.; Stewart Swank (Cheryl Steele) of McLeod Lake B.C.; and Melvin & Linda Brown of Enderby B.C. A Memorial Service for Vicky was held at the Smith School on Saturday November 16, 2013 with Pastor Joe Mrak Officiating. In lieu of flowers donations to the “Kids With Cancer Society” will be graciously accepted.
Vicky was an amazing young woman. She loved the outdoors and was never afraid of a challenge. Vicky will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Vicky’s care and Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Harvey Strome (Funeral Director) Strome Memorial & Funeral Services Ltd. Athabasca Alberta – 7801-675-9801.
Passed: November 07, 2013
Joan Bachmier of Slave Lake, AB formerly of Westlock, AB aged 87 years left to fly with The Angels on November 7th, 2013. She is survived by her children, Peter (Ethel) of Westlock, AB and Michelle (Normand) of Slave Lake, AB; her grandchildren, Cathy, Candy, Colleen, Barb, Shaun, Shane, Sheldon, Deseree and Tannis; great grandchildren, Amanda,
Alex, Allan, Lindsay, Dominique, Bailey, Justin, Jaycee, Brayden, Faith, Shelby and Brody; great great grandchild Riley, her sister Patricia of England, as well as many relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, William Henry & Ellen Kitson of England, husband Peter Sr., daughter Patricia, brothers Jack & Wilfred and sisters Peggy & Mary. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 11:00
a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Slave Lake, AB. Donations gratefully accepted to Slave Lake Healthcare Centre Equipment Fund. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. 780-349-3474.
Passed: September 14, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Maurice passed away on September 14, 2013 in the Slave Lake hospital at the age of 73. Maurice was a long-time resident of Slave Lake however; he was born and raised on a farm in the Busby, Alberta area with his parents, brother and
sister. His generous heart, sense of humor and adventure are just a few of his characteristics that will be missed. Maurice is lovingly remembered by his wife of almost 38 years, Elaine. His children, Tom (Christina), Frazer (Jennifer), Anna Jean (Robert) and Nancy ( Hagen). His grandchildren, Levi, Kianna, Avery, William, Heathe, Jakob, Lydia, and Kaleb. His sister Phyllis and his brother Dennis (Rosalyn). Maurice was
predeceased by his father, George Ernest Ridley, his mother, Anna Margaret Ridley and his brother in law, Donald Cramer. Our family would like to express our appreciation to the staff in acute care, and Long Term Care at the Slave Lake Hospital for the outstanding care and compassion they gave to Maurice and our family over the years. We would also like to send thanks to all of our family and friends who were there to support our family during this difficult time. Your thoughts, prayers and help will never be forgotten. A memorial service was held for Maurice on September 20, 2013 at The Gathering place in Slave Lake.
Born: June 02, 1931
Passed: September 05, 2013
A celebration of life was held at family’s home 304 4th St. N.E. Slave Lake, Alberta A private family interment of ashes was held at Slave Lake Cemetery. Helen was predeceased by: Father – Paul Alexander Mother – Hettie Kamashoff Son – Philip McGinley Sister – Elsie Leaves behind to mourn her passing; Husband – Ray Daughter – Anna Beals (Danny)
Sister – Stella Boisvert Brother – Ed Alexander (Rosita) Grand Children – Jillian, Mitch, Katie, Laurren Numerous Nieces and Nephews Her companion Tippy.
Carperter (Robinson), Katherine Bea
Born: October 26, 1957
Passed: September 05, 2013
Katherine Bea Carpenter (Robinson) passed away in Penticton, British Columbia on September 5, 2013 at the young age of 55, after a very brave and hard fought battle with cancer. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 32 years; Bill Carpenter. They were married in Nisku, Alberta on March 21, 1981. Kathy is predeceased by her father, William Robinson and her grandparents, Joseph and Katie Eliuk and William and Bea Robinson. Kathy is lovingly remembered by her mother Josephine Robinson, her sister and her husband; Janet and Robert Bottle, her aunts and uncles; Connie and Ralph Bohnet, Ellen Robinson,
Bob Robinson & Kathy, nieces Robin and Lorne Lukan and Jayne and Gregg McGloin and their families. Brother & Sister in-laws Ken Carpenter & Tracy, Janice Carpenter & Dean, Susan & Gerry Rankin, Nancy & Orin Sand, Carol & Blaine Bittorf and their families. Kathy was born in Edmonton, Alberta on October 26, 1957. She graduated from high school in Slave Lake Alberta in 1975 and went on to train and work as an Accounting analyst for Precision Drilling in Calgary Alberta, a logistics coordinator for the CIDA in Indonesia, and finally as a chef in England, Calgary, and Penticton. Kathy’s love of life, friends and family showed in everything she did. She was loved by all who knew her for her generous
spirit, compassion, and thoughtfulness and never ending focus on making sure everyone around her were as comfortable as they could be. A professional chef and naturally caring person, she always made sure everyone had enough to eat and drink. And not just ordinary food, but wonderfully delicious dishes that everyone who ever tasted them, would
remember. The Memorial Service will be held at the Penticton, United Church at 696 Main Street, Penticton on September 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM with Reverend Laura Turnbull officiating. Interment at the Penticton Cemetery will follow at 3:00 PM. A Celebration of life will then take place at Bill and Kathy’s home at 1300 Naramata Road, Penticton, B.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Okanagan branch of the SPCA; 2200 Dartmouth Drive, Penticton, B.C., V2A 7W7, or the SOS Medical Foundation at the Penticton Hospital located at 550 Carmi Ave, Penticton, B.C. V2A 3G6. Condolences may be sent to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com.
Born: August 20, 1988
Passed: August 11, 2013
With Great sadness we lost a son, brother, uncle and friend. A life taken too soon will be greatly missed by many. Born and raised in Alberta he lived and worked all over the province making friends everywhere he went. Gone but never forgotten… xoxox
Mission View Funeral Chapel Ltd. (Funeral Directors Derrick and Nola Kruk) were in care of funeral arrangements.
Toll free 1-866-623-1815.
To send condolences please visit www.missionview.ca
Born: August 25, 1998
Passed: August 04, 2013
We would like to extend our most sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to every individual that was involved in the search for James and the aftermath. A special thank you to Alliance Church of Slave Lake. Pastor Tracy’s presence from start to finish was a comfort and a blessing in our time of need. We would not have been able to do this without his and the churches help. Thank you! Thank you to all the volunteers, the search and rescue teams, victim services and to each and everyone that donated food, blankets, lawnchairs, flowers and donations and a special thank you to Chapel of Memories for your help at this difficult time. We cannot express enough how grateful we are to each and everyone. To Big Fish Bay, owners and staff for all the help and accommodations and to
Roland Michener School for the reception. Thank you. Thanks to all!
Born: March 12, 1921
Passed: July 08, 2013
It is with deep sadness that the family of Margaret Louise Black announce her passing on Monday, July 8 at Slave Lake Hospital Long Term Care. Margaret was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on March 12, 1921 and resided there until moving to Slave Lake in 2009. She was
predeceased by her parents Robert and Elsie Breakell, her husband Reginald (1993), five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sons Bob (Dixie) of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Graham (Pearl) of Medicine Hat, Alberta, daughter Jane (Arnie) Dreger of Widewater, nine grandchildren including Lisa (Shane) Knutson and Sara Dreger of Slave
Lake and nineteen great grandchildren. A family memorial will be held in Medicine Hat at a later date. Donations to the CNIB would be appreciated by the family.
Born: July 16, 1938
Passed: July 04, 2013
BUTTERWORTH, Irene Agnes of Slave Lake passed away on July 4, 2013 at the age of 74. Irene was born in Liverpool, England on July 16, 1938 to Leonard and Florence Matcham. Irene is survived by her loving husband Richard, her son Dale (Robin), granddaughters Amanda and Taylor, sister Joan (Lawrence) Doyle, and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her sister Pat, and brother Alan. She will be remembered for her generosity and thoughtfulness towards others. A memorial service for Irene will be held at St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church, 508-7 Street NE, Slave Lake, Alberta on July 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.
Born: July 17, 1954
Passed: July 03, 2013
It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of Gladys Bur at the Cross Cancer Institute. Born in Abbotsford, BC, Gladys made her home in Slave Lake for 36 years. She is survived by her husband, Clarence; daughters Cheryl (Mathew) and Amanda (Wayne); grandsons Preston and Gavin; brother Will (Vi); sister Linda (Jim), and sister-in-law Tammy; numerous nieces and nephews; and great nieces and great nephews. The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the care, concern and dedication provided by everyone who helped Gladys over the years during her struggle with MS. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Slave Lake Hospital, the University of Alberta Hospital, and the Cross Cancer Institute for the care provided during her brief battle with cancer. Gladys’ funeral service was held on July 9th in Slave Lake, AB with interment at the Slave Lake Cemetery. Donations can be made in Gladys’ name to the Slave Lake Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund. PO Box 1248 Slave Lake, Alberta, T0G 2A2
Passed: May 19, 2013
On Sunday, May 19, 2013 Rema Sloan of Kinuso, AB passed away at the age of 87 years. Rema is survived by her loving husband of 69 ¾ years Glen Sloan, daughters Linda (Leonard) Lafrance, Joan (Harold) Evenson, Gayle (Dave) Laing, Irma (Ron) Hunt, 11 grandchildren,
26 great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, numerous nieces, nephews cousins and friends. A Celebration of Rema’s life will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Kinuso Senior’s Centre in Kinuso, AB.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta or Cross Cancer Institute would be appreciated. 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 www.missionview.ca
Hook, Eugene Loren
Born: October 09, 1961
Passed: May 03, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Loren Eugene Hook.He will be sadly missed by the Hook family and his many friends.
Passed: April 28, 2013
Longtime south shore and Slave Lake resident Peggy McVean passed away on April 28, 2013, in St. Albert, after an illness. She was 87. Christened Vivian June Watson, but always known simply as ‘Peggy’, McVean was a founding member of the Widewater Athletic Association and was notable for her many years of active involvement in that organization, as well as the local seniors group. “She really did dedicate her life to her family and the community,”says son Chris.Peggy was born in Vulcan Alberta in 1926, and moved to the Swan Valley with her family a few years later. After a short time there, the family moved again to Canyon Creek, where Mr. Watson set himself up as a mink rancher, a farmer and a drayman. “He had a team of horses,” says Chris,“and he hauled freight.” Peggy went to school in Canyon Creek as far as Grade 8, after which she found work at the local post office and store.When she was 16 she met Don McVean; they married three years later, in 1945. Together they raised three children – two boys and a girl.
They raised plenty of mink too, being part of that thriving industry that took advantage of the abundant fish in Lesser Slave Lake. Peggy and Don were founding members of the Widewater AthleticAssociation, putting down $500 of their hard-earned money along with some of their neighbours, to help establish the local ball diamonds. One of the legacies of that effort is the Widewater Sports Days, which celebrates its 54th year this June.
Harry Bartlett, the chief organizer of the current Widewater Sports Days, spent a lot of time in the McVean home when he was growing up, and remembers Peggy very fondly. “A kind-hearted lady,” he says. “The most wonderful smile, and laugh. Never, ever said a bad thing about anything.” Peggy worked for many years at the hospital in Slave Lake – starting in 1968 and retiring in 1990. Widowed in 1993, she spent a few years living at the Legion Manor in Slave Lake, during part of which time she worked part time at the Lakeside Leader. In 2006, she moved to a seniors’ residence in Villeneuve, to be closer to her sister. A funeral was held for Peggy McVean in St. Albert on May 4.
Passed: April 20, 2013
Charles Lennie of Smith, Alberta passed away Saturday April 20, 2013 at the age of 72 years. Charles is survived by his wife Hazel; on sone, Curtis (Kelly) of Devon and two daughters , Joy (Elden) Anderson of Smith, and Marcy (Kim) Nolin of Morinville; 12 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren; 4 brothers and 4 sisters as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Charles was predeceased by his mother Eva and his brother Bill. There will be a Memorial Service Saturday April 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Westlock Memorial Hall. Donations gratefully accepted to the smith Spiral of Life Cancer Group in c/o 10004-105 St. Westlock, Alberta T7P 1V2. Westlock Funeral Home &and Crematorium Ltd.
Passed: April 15, 2013
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved mother on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at the age of 88 years old.Our mother was a loving, loyal and caring woman who will be missed dearly. We hold comfort in knowing our mother now rests in peace.Lucy is survived by her two daughters, Helen (Nick) Hunchak and Irene (Dave) Geddes; her two sons John (Gladys) and Wally (Terry), 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Mom, you will always remain in our hearts, missed and never forgotten. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethany Christian Church in Smith, AB with Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul officiating with interment in the Smith Cemetery.Donations gratefully accepted to Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o 10004 – 105 Street, Westlock, AB T7P 1V2. Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd.780-349-3474.
Passed: April 09, 2013
Bill Baergen of Stettler passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2013, at the age of 77. Although he never lived in Slave Lake, Baergen had a firm family connection to the area; his wife Donna grew up in Widewater and they had spent part of every summer for at least the past 40 years enjoying their property on the river in Old Town Slave Lake. Baergen was a career educator. He taught in various Alberta communities, including
Hines Creek, Whitecourt and Stettler, where he eventually became a school principal, a superintendent of schools and after his retirement, a school board chair. Bill’s Master’s Degree thesis was on the early fur trade around Lesser Slave Lake. It amounts to a small book that was (and may still be) available through the Northern Lakes College library.
Bill’s interest in and passion for history was lifelong. He served for many years on the Central Alberta Historical Society, including a time as president of the provincial historical society. He was involved in that role with publishing several books. He also wrote a couple – ‘The Ku Klux Klan in Central Alberta’ and ‘Pioneering With A Piece Of Chalk’ (one room schools of 1885 – 1982). Baergen’s interest in history extended to
dramatic re-enactments of Louis Riel’s defence speech, which he performed twice at the Alberta Legislature.Other former (and possibly current) Slave Lake residents will remember Baergen as a tennis player and golfer. He also enjoyed basketball, curling, and in his youth growing up in Irma Alberta, baseball.He was an outdoorsman as well, a fowl hunter and an avid fishing boat captain, on Lesser Slave Lake and other bodies of water.
He was the holder of a Boone & Crockett moose record in 1976. Ole Seppola was the guide on that hunting trip, and cousin Lance Rensfelt served as ‘poet laureate,’ according to the family lore. As if that weren’t enough, Bill was also an amateur woodworker, with an estimated 100 deacon’s benches made.There were many other interests and accomplishments. Friends will remember him as a musician with a very good singing voice. A lover of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, he was a member of the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus in his student days and led many campfire family singalongs down by the river, usually
plunked out on his ukulele – always in the key of ‘D’. Baergen is survived by his loving wife Donna (nee Green); daughter Patricia (aka Rishya) of Proctor, B.C.; son Grant (Marie) Baergen and children Mikaele, Audrey, and Alexandre, and Marie’s son Matthieu and Vincent of Jonquiere, Quebec; son James (Monica) Baergen and their children Bjorn, Lucia
and Olin of Canmore, and many relatives and friends.At Bill’s request, no funeral service was held. If desired, donations may be made to the Diabetes Education Centre, in care of Brennan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, which is entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting our website at brennenfuneralhome.com.
Pollock, Matilda (Tillie)
Born: April 27, 1942
Passed: March 08, 2014
Tillie was a long-time resident of Kinuso, and her family is saddened to announce her passing on March 8, 2014. She was pre-deceased by her son Dana, Mother Mary and Father Dan Belcourt, brother Charlie Belcourt, sisters; Delphine Larson, Louise Sound, Dorothy (Dory) Urilch and Mable Legg, Elizabeth (Pet) Meredith. Left behind are her husband Rudy, sons; Randy and Davey (Rita), granddaughter Randi-Lee (Alaric), great grandchildren Johnny and Mia. Sisters; Audrey (Addie) Cloutier, Martha (Bob) Montey, Christine (Don) Daust, Joyce Belcourt, brother Walter (Doreen) Belcourt, Robert (Loretta) Belcourt, and numerous neices and nephews. Her family would like to thank Doctor Hamdan at the Slave Lake Health Care Centre for his wonderful care of Tillie. We would also like to thank all the nurses that treated her with love and respect. All the staff that cared for her were truly amazing. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Slave Lake Health Care Centre for new television sets in the rooms. Funeral services will be held March 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Centre in Kinuso.
Bland, Robert Lloyd
Born: June 02, 1959
Passed: Febuary 25, 2013
Bob was born June 2, 1959 to parents Lucille (Tena) and Harold (Keith) Bland at Rimbey Hospiital. Along with his two brothers Tony and Stacey he spent his childhood growing up in Rimbey.Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning Feb. 25-2013 of a
broken heart after the passing of his beloved Mother only 24 hours prior.
After completing high school Bob pursued his career in Auto Body where he would take over the family business along with brothers Tony abd Stacey untill spring of 1999. Leaving Rimbey he moved thronghout Alberta spreading his talents untill finally setting down in Slave Lake with his wife Sandy. Bob worked for Avalon Auto Body from 2001 intill his
passing. Bob had a passion for cats, loud music, a weekly game of golf and he especially enjoyed getting together with family and friends.
Bob leaves behind to mourn, his loving wife Sandy of 13 years and her two childern Alan and Chelsea. His childern Chris (Christie) and thier childeren Cameron, Nathan Preston and little Zoey. His daughter Dianna and her children Jasmyne, Jayden and Jordyn. Father Keith, Brothers Tony (Marnie) and Stacey (Tammy) as well as his nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
McCrae, Robert ‘Bob’ James
Passed: February 19, 2013
Mr. Robert “Bob” James McCrae of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tues., Feb. 19, 2013 at the age of 65 years.
Bob leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Cindy McCrae of Medicine Hat; his sons, Terry McCrae of Brooks and Jerry McCrae of Nelson, BC; one granddaughter, Brandy; one sister, Joyce Fenton of Sunshine Coast, BC; his nieces and nephews, Kandee McCrae and her
family, Aaron McCrae, Jason McCrae, Gary Fenton, and Cathy Fenton; as well as his best friend, Alex McCrae, the family pet. Bob was predeceased by one son, Stewart McCrae; his parents, Percy and Lorraine McCrae; one brother, Don McCrae; one sister, Linda McCrae;
and one nephew, Ryan McCrae. Bob was a business man with a strong will and could overcome anything that crossed his path. He had a great personality and loved to laugh. Bob was a dance instructor. He
enjoyed many activities including dancing, baseball, hockey, and golf, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends who will miss him greatly.
The Funeral Service was held in the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, on Sat., Mar, 2, 2013 with Bishop Jim Flemming presiding. Memorial gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7 Saamis Rotary Way SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4P3. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca or to firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading Bob McCrae.
McCullough, Eileen ‘Spike’
Born: October 20, 1936
Passed: February 18, 2013
Eileen “Spike” McCullough passed away in the early morning of February 18 from complications arising from a 16 month struggle with leukaemia.
Spike was born in London, England on October 20, 1936, the only child of Tom and Margaret Sprott and spent her formative years in Glasgow, Scotland and Ilford, Essex.
After attending Teacher’s College in Weymouth, England, Spike embarked on a teaching career which saw her working in England and Switzerland before accepting a six month contract to teach in Slave Lake. Spike arrived in Slave Lake in January, 1965. From London, England to Slave Lake, then a town of just over a thousand people. It must have been “love at first sight” as apart from two short absences she spent the rest of her life here. She taught in Slave Lake until the mid seventies and then switched over to office work. She also served four terms on the Slave Lake Library Board.
Upon retiring from the workaday world Spike devoted her time to volunteer activities helping out at the library on an almost daily basis and was a founding member of the local Animal Rescue Committee.
Spike is survived by Graham, her husband of nearly 40 years, relatives in the UK, her brother-in-law Cam McCullough and his family of Winnipeg and sister in law Janey Novokowsky of Calgary. She also leaves behind countless friends not only in Slave Lake but around the world from Australia and Jamaica to the UK. In keeping with Spike’s wishes she has been cremated and there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Spike’s memory can be made to either the Slave Lake Municipal Library or the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake.
Allen, Russell David
Born: April 02, 1939
Passed: February 08, 2013
Long-time resident of Slave Lake passed away on Feb. 8, 2013 in Slave Lake at the age of 73. Russell David Allen was born on Apr. 2, 1939 at Union Corner, Prince Edward Island.
Russell is survived by: wife Anne of 51 years, daughters, Brenda (David) Slave Lake, Carolyn (Joe) Slave Lake, and Cheryl of Chestermere. Grandchildren: Cory and Carlee Derkoch, Brett Sloat, and Dawson and Rylan Dashkewytch. Brothers: Everett, Stuart (Georgina) and Claude (Bettyjean) all of PEI and numerous nieces and nephews. Russell was
predeceased by his parents Ernest and Grace Allen.
Russell’s funeral was held on Feb. 13, 2013 and he was laid to rest at the Slave Lake cemetery. Donations in his memory can be made to Alberta Diabetes Association if one wishes.
Watchorn, Hilda Anne Agnes
Born: November 14, 1944
Passed: February 03, 2013
Hilda Watchorn, resident of Grande Prairie, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the age of 68 years.
Hilda was born in Berwyn, Alberta on November 14, 1944 and grew up in Fairview, AB. She graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic School in 1963 and continued her education in Edmonton. She received her Nursing Aide Certificate in 1965. Hilda married Bill Watchorn in July 1966 and they had three children; Wendy, James and Stephanie. Hilda volunteered with the CWL, Marriage Encounters, and various church functions. She worked at CJ Schurter School as an aide, then as a guard at the Slave Lake and Grande Prairie holding cells. She always had a pot of coffee on for friends and family when they stopped by.
Hilda will be sadly missed by her husband Bill Watchorn, daughter Wendy (Duane) Hodge, son James (Kym) Watchorn, daughter Stephanie (Geoff) Pratt; grandchildren Taylor and Brandon Hodge, Nicole and Sarah Watchorn, and Sebastian and Nora Pratt. She will also be missed by her siblings: Caroline (Louis) Kronast, Frieda (Mervin) Watchorn, Eddie (Dora) Lueken, Joe (Dorothy) Lueken, and Elsie (Gordie) Duvall; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and longtime friends.
She was predeceased by her parents August and Elizabeth Lueken and nephew Donald Lueken. A Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grande Prairie with Father
Albert Sterzer officiating.
In lieu of memorial donations, the family of Hilda asks that you give a hug where one is needed.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.oliversgrandeprairie.com
In memory of our baby Nixon Andrew Wood (courtorielle) The Courtorielle family wish to express their deepest appreciation to those who have offered such kindness, support and messages of sympathy and comfort in our bereavement. We especially would like to thank Brad and Diana Spilak for their generosity and thoughtfulness. An angel, in the book of
life, wrote down Nixon’s birth. Then whispered as he closed the book. “Too beautiful for
Gullion, Anne Frances
Passed: December 14, 2012
On December 14, 2012 Anne Gullion of Slave Lake passed away at the age of 94 years.
Anne is survived by 6 sons and 4 daughters: Rene, Dennis, Ray, Randy, Ronnie, Andre, Jeanette, Marina, Louise, and Margaret; 25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter; her sister, Julia. Anne was predeceased by her husband Sidney, in 1999; her son Melvin; 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
A funeral service was held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church. Cremation followed.
Born: September 03, 1942
Passed: December 03, 2012
Allan Zuberbier of Slave Lake passed away at his home on December 3, 2012, at the age of 70. He was a pioneer in the community, a father, a grandfather, a passionate businessman and an amazing inspiration to those that knew and loved him.
Allan was born in High Prairie on September 3, 1942 to Alpha and August Zuberbier. He was raised in the Slave Lake area. Allan married Anna Borzel on November 10, 1962 in Slave Lake. They had two children, David and Lisa, in 1967 and 1969 respectively.
Allan and Anna worked year round in the commercial fishery, and later as mink ranchers on the south shore. Allan always had a strong interest in electronics, and in 1975 earned his apprenticeship certificate as a Radio Technician. He trained under Clarence McLean at McLean’s TV in High Prairie, and later went on to open his own business (Al’s T.V. & Electronics Ltd) in 1975. Al was extremely passionate about his work. He and Anna had financial struggles along the way but with great determination they fought their battles and built their business into one of success. Al’s TV & Electronics Ltd. operated in Slave Lake over the years as Radio Shack, Ann’s Music Centre and the Hobby Spot. Currently it is the Source and a Telus dealer.
Even in his final days, Al was a committed businessman, coming to work almost every day, ensuring his venture was running smoothly and to his standards.
Al loved his animals and was never without a few. When life’s struggles hit him hard, he found great strength and companionship surrounded by them.
Al was predeceased by his loving wife Anna, his father August, his mother Alpha and his brother Lloyd (Denis). He leaves behind his daughter Lisa, her husband Kevin (Potter), grandson Raymond and granddaughter Katy of Slave Lake area, and son David and his wife Tracey McVeigh of Carleton Place, Ontario.
Al suffered many personal and health setbacks in his final years. He was a strong Christian and his belief in God guided him through his battles. Throughout it all, he was always positive, gentle and kind to all.
Cardinal, Gilbert Alvin
Born: December 24, 1949
Passed: November 06, 2012
A long-time resident of Slave Lake, passed away November 6, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 62 years. Gilbert Cardinal was born on December 24, 1949 in Calling Lake, Alberta, to George and Alice Cardinal.
Gilbert is survived by: his wife, Sandra; daughter Cynthia (Peter) Tierney of Austin, Texas; son Matthew (Elizabeth) Cardinal of Portland, Oregon; daughter Amanda (Ken) Miller of Mesa, Arizona; daughter Rebecca (Lee) Freedle of Gilbert, Arizona; 1 brother (Dean); 2 sisters (Theresa & Donelda); 11 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gilbert was pre-deceased by his parents Alice and George Cardinal, and his brother Ronald.
The memorial service for Gilbert will be held November 19 at Sun Valley Community Church in Tempe, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Iriwn, Edward (Jack) Copeland
Born: February 10, 1929
Passed: November 05, 2012
Jack, as he liked to be called, passed away at St. Martha’s Place Continuing Care in Banff, Alberta on Monday November 5, 2012.
Jack was born on February 10, 1929 in Brampton, Ontario to John and Violet (McCombe) Irwin. He was an avid sailor, pilot and downhill skier. His love of skiing and the mountains brought him to Calgary in 1963 where he worked as an electrician for Imperial Oil until his retirement in 1985.
He is predeceased by his loving wife Leona (Ushey) Irwin, his parents, his brother Robert, and sister Joan. Jack is survived and will be greatly missed by his sons Robert and wife Caralyn, Peter and his wife Jackie, and David, and his grandchildren, Caitlin, Megan, Johanna, Rainah and Julian.
We will miss your infectious smile, your wonderful sense of humour, your laugh, your love of ice cream and sweets, your amazing stories of sailing, flying, skiing, and travel adventures and most of all, your guiding words of wisdom. We Love You Dad.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church (711- 37 Street NW) on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Propp, Garry Cameron
Born: March 07, 1958
Passed: October 07, 2012
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Garry Cameron Propp at his residence in Slave Lake, AB on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the age of 54 years. Garry was born in Yorkton, SK and raised in Roblin, MB. He was the son of Joyce (Guenther) Propp and the late Elmer Propp.
Garry was a soft-hearted, gentle man. When he spoke, his words were sincere and always kind. He was never critical of others and genuinely saw the good in them. Although Garry’s life was not always easy, his thoughts were never of himself, but of those he loved. His warmth and humour touched all who met him and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Remaining to forever cherish Garry’s memory are his mother, Joyce Propp of Winnipeg, MB; daughter, Meagan MacKinnon (James) of Slave Lake, AB; son, Matthew Propp (Marie) of Camrose, AB; brothers, Robert Propp (Linda) of Sherwood Park, AB, Bruce Propp (Tess) of Penhold, AB and Mark Propp of Winnipeg, MB; sisters, Lynn MacKnight (Bob) of St. Stephen, NB and Lori Propp (Andy) of Winnipeg, MB; nieces, nephews, and his dog, Harley, who was always by his side.
A private burial will take place at a later date.
The family would like to thank family and friends for their kindness and support. For those who wish, remembrances to a charity of one’s choice, would be appreciated by the family.
Rest in Peace, Garry, you will be forever missed and always loved.
Online book of condolences http://www.memoriesfuneral.com
Born:May 17, 1920
Passed: May 30, 2012
Rose Prichuk passed away in the early morning of May 30 with family at her side. Rose was born in Scotland and served with the British Army during World War II.
After marrying her Canadian soldier, Fred, in 1945, Rose immigrated to Canada where she worked and lived on the family farm in Kinuso, Alberta. In the last year of her life Rose moved to St. Paul, Alberta.
Rose is survived by her children Charles (Frances), Theresa, Michael (Catherine), Anne (René) and James (Judith). Rose is further survived by grandchildren; Roseanne, Matt (Kate), Charles, Michael-Anne, Steven (Marlee), and great-grandchildren Brandon and Liam, Jadyn, Kamrin and Jackson.
Rose was predeceased by her husband Frederick and her son William.
With her increasing immobility, Rose was most appreciative of the help she received from family, neighbours and friends that enabled her to remain in her home until the last year of her life.
Her family would like to thank Dr. Senekal and the staff of J.P. DeCosse Auxiliary Hospital for the care that they showed Rose during her stay.
In accordance with Rose’s wishes her remains were cremated and a memorial will be held in Kinuso, Alberta, at a later date.
Nesselhauf, Hans Peter
Born:November 7, 1938
Passed: May 10, 2012
Hans Peter Nesselhauf of Slave Lake, passed away May 10, 2012, at the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre.
He was born November 7, 1938 in Fellbach, Germany.
A memorial service was held on Monday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake, Alberta.
Stephenson, Rodger Dean
Born: April 28, 1968
Passed: April 27, 2012
On April 27th we lost our beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend Roger.
He is survived by his loving wife Ruth and three children Samantha, Christine and Dylan, also his dad, two brothers, sister and a large extended family. He is predeceased by his mother (Teresa).
The funeral service was held at the Darwell Hall at 2:00 p.m. on May 5th, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any wildlife preserve or Canadian based charity.
Town & Country funeral services entrusted with arrangements. Phone 780-727-2791.
Sparks, Donna Lynn
Born: January 20, 1956
Passed: April 25, 2012
In the early morning hours of April 25th, a sister, a daughter, and an adoptive mother to many, passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Passed: April 25, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Albert went to be with the Lord in his sleep on Wed., April 25th, 2012. He was born to Rose and Joseph Brost of Westlock, AB. He is survived by his wife Louise, whom he loved and cherished for more than 53 years; his four children, Wayne (Teresa): Shannon, Joseph & Shelby; Corinne: Nicole, Danielle & Carl; Carolynne (Mike): Caylee, Sara, Jeannie & Richard; Barry (Jody): Avery, Ethan & Evan; seven great grandchildren; six sisters and one brother, Noella Rimmer, Mary Lorimer, Angela Cramer, Leo (Denise) Brost, Ida (Ray) Hamans, Diane (Bob) Croteau, Barb (Len) Landry and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Prayer Service was held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s RC Church (Westlock), where a Funeral Mass was held on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Sabinus Iwu smmm officiating. Cremation followed. In lieu of flowers, donations will greatly be appreciated to the Westlock Spirit Centre or charity of one’s choice c/o 10004 – 105 street, Westlock, AB T7P 1V2.
Westlock Funeral Home Ltd. 780-349-3474.
Heroux, Robert Joseph
Born: July 28, 1935
Passed: April 07, 2012
Robert Joseph Heroux, a long-time resident of Faust, passed away April 7 in High Prairie at the age of 76 years.
Robert Heroux was born on July 28, 1935 in Tangent, Alberta, to Benjamin and Florence Heroux.
He loved to travel in his fifth wheel. He was an avid curler and baseball player. He also enjoyed commercial fishing and was president of the Faust Harbour Authority for many years.
Robert is survived by: his wife, Nancy; son Bryan (Sandy) Heroux; daughter Charlene (Doug)) Hunt; and sister Theresa MacIntosh.
The funeral for Robert Heroux was held April 21 at the Faust Multicultural Gathering Place with Rev. Joan Schellenberger officiating.
Holt, Jean Milne (nee Parker)
Born: January 07, 1916
Passed: March 31, 2012
Born in Theodore, Saskatchewan on Jan. 7, 1916, Jean was the eldest daughter of Victor Wilbert Parker and Jean Milne Beattie.
Jean was predeceased by her husband Edward Holt in 1955 and her brothers Victor, Francis, Robert, and Hugh; by her sisters Allie, Grace, and Isobel and by her son Harry and daughter Fay. She is survived by her sister Patsy Martin of Armstrong, B.C. and her sons Edward of Salty Pines, Nova Scotia and Dan of Athabasca, Alberta and by eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
The Parker family moved from Saskatchewan to the Judah area of the Peace Country to homestead in 1930. It was here that she met her beloved Edward and they were married in 1933. Jean embarked on a life as a farm wife and mother to her four children.
Shortly after Edward passed away in 1955, Jean sold the family farm and moved into the town of Peace River.
There she embarked on her second career as newspaper reporter for the Peace River Record Gazette and later with the Medicine Hat News culminating with a long stint with a major daily newspaper out of Newport News, Virginia.
She retired back to Canada and lived in Slave Lake Alberta becoming an active member of the community and a prominent advocate for the betterment of life for seniors. Somewhat later she moved to Edmonton where she continued her activity on behalf of seniors.
Jean loved to travel and travelled extensively to parts of Europe, to Australia and New Zealand, and throughout the United States and Canada. She always wrote entertaining stories about her travels which she shared with her family. Jean lived a long, active, happy life and thoroughly enjoyed life.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held on April 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037-84 Avenue, Edmonton. The family regards this as a happy occasion and welcomes the wearing of bright spring clothing.
Passed: March 24, 2012
On March 24th, 2012 Joe Key of Fawcett, AB passed away at the age of 66 years.
He is survived by his mother Henriette, his son Jayde Key; his daughter Teena (Rodney) Pankonin; his 4 grandchildren, April, J.D., Corbyn and Jory, his favorite child Nuk and his special friend Marjorie Steele, as well as other relatives and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Darlene and his father Valois.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Flatbush Complex.
In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to Alberta Cancer Foundation or Multiple Sclerosis of Canada c/o 10004 – 105 Street, Westlock, AB T7P 1V2.
Born: August 13, 1953
Passed: March 19, 2012
It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and brother, who passed away March 19, 2012 at the age of 58 years.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Susan, mother Eva, children Aleana (DJ Golden), Erin (Ted Senecal), Samantha (Ron Wong), Shari (James Montalbo), Cheryl Zarski, Jamie (Mike Stoltz), brother Brian (Susanne), ten and one half grandchildren, 2 nephews and countless dear friends, including Kiko and Jake.
Sam was predeceased by his father Scotty. A Celebration of Sam’s life was held on Monday, March 26, 2012 at Camp Tamarack, Grande Prairie, AB.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Cross Cancer Institute, who cared so much for Sam during his time there.
Memorial donations in Sam’s honour may be made directly to Alberta Cancer Foundation, Attn: Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.memoriesfuneral.com.
Passed: March 09, 2012
“Everybody knows me!” Elmer Bellam was once heard to exclaim when a total stranger called out, ‘Hello Elmer!’ to him one day on the street in Slave Lake.
It wasn’t quite true, but close enough. Elmer was the ubiquitous street person, always around, usually friendly, very recognizable. He was a fixture on the streets of Slave Lake the past few years, and most people seemed to regard him rather fondly.
Last week, when rumours started circulating he had died, it seemed everybody was talking about it.
There had been rumours before – plenty of them – about Elmer dying, but they had never been true. Sadly, this time they were. According to his sister Judy Sirois of Slave Lake, he passed away March 9 in Athabasca, where he had been staying recently. He had turned 55 in January.
A funeral service was held for Elmer Bellam on Saturday, March 17 at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake.
Although many people ‘knew’ Bellam (properly spelled Bellehomme), they didn’t really know much about him. Did they know, for example, that he had played in two bands in High Prairie back in the 1970s and 80s?
“He was an excellent musician,” says Sirois. “Self-taught. He played bass and lead guitar and was also a vocalist.”
Born in Slave Lake in 1957 to Johnny Catt and Rose Bellehomme, Elmer was one of 12 children, four boys and eight girls. He lived in Slave Lake until the family moved to High Prairie in 1967.
After he grew up Elmer worked “off and on” Sirois says, including a stint in the oilpatch in Swan Hills in the 1980s.
“He was also a backyard mechanic,” she says. “I remember him fixing a few of my vehicles.”
He was a reader, says his sister. “He liked to learn.” He was a churchgoer too, at times.
Elmer was also married – three times. Sirois says he had three children with his first wife and three with his second.
One of his children died at a young age, and Sirois thinks he took it very hard – also the death of his mother, who took her own life.
“Some people can’t deal with trauma in their lives,” Sirois says. “It seemed like he blamed himself for that.”
Elmer lived in various places – often following his sister when she moved. Barrhead, Grande Prairie and Peace River were three of the towns he made his home in. He was living in Wabasca in the 1990s with his second wife and studying at the college there when their marriage ended. That was in 1998. In 1999, things took a serious turn for the worse.
Sirois says it was after receiving some medication at the hospital that her brother went into a coma for a period.
“When he woke up it was like he was drunk even when he was sober. He had to learn to walk and talk.” He lived with her in Barrhead after that for a while. His third marriage had begun and ended after only a few months, in 1999.
Elmer had been in Athabasca in recent weeks because, Sirois says, somebody who was looking after him had moved there. But he couldn’t be at their home when they were home, she says, “so he was still on the street.” He had spent a month in jail in Athabasca – she’s not sure what for – being released in early March. He was found dead on a doorstep. The exact cause of death had not been determined by press time.
Meanwhile, as noted, his death attracted a lot of attention in Slave Lake. He even had a Facebook page dedicated to him, called ‘Elmer from Slave Lake.’ It has a long and growing list of comments from people who knew him. One of them recalls when he appeared in the Lakeside Leader as ‘Good Neighbour of the Week.’
“Elmer had some kind of life,” says Sirois.
Larson, Calvin Roy
Born: April 23, 1954
Passed: March 07, 2012
After a courageous battle with cancer, Cal Larson passed away on March 7, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Camrose on April 23, 1954, Cal spent his life in the construction and building supply industry. For the past nine years, he took pleasure in working at Timberland Home Hardware in Slave Lake, volunteering with the Youth Justice Committee, and bringing laughter and joy to all who knew him.
A resident of Slave Lake since 2002, Cal and his wife of 40 years Judy had an eventful 2011, losing their apartment home in the May wildfires.
“To our great relief, when we returned to town we discovered we were home,” says Judy. “When Cal was asked about major decisions he had made in his life, he replied: ‘Marrying my wife and deciding to make Slave Lake home.’
“The hugs and shared laughter of dozens of friends, neighbours and colleges and the caring of a community were the things that mattered to him.”
Cal’s most fervent desire was to be home in Slave Lake when he passed – he did not want to be away from home or to die in Edmonton. Everyone worked to make that possible and his last months in palliative care were filled with continued visits. Every day friends stopped, visited and played cards. Towards the end they just came and quietly shared time.
Every week, individuals or groups would stop by to sing or play music for him. He said he was blessed to live in a community like Slave Lake where people understand that community is more than just living in the same area. For Cal, the community here extends past the town boundaries and encompasses all the people who we share our daily lives with.
Cal is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter Linda (James), son Jay (Kassandra), grandchildren Kassy, Phoenix and Caleb, sister Clara (Nick), brother Dwayne (Laureen), numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Cal was predeceased by his parents and one sister.
Family and friends celebrated Cal’s life on March 17 at the Alliance Church in Slave Lake. Cal asked that any donations in his memory be made to the Slave Lake Hospital Palliative Care unit, c/o Box 1248, Slave Lake, AB, T0G 2A0.
Born: November 27, 1927
Passed: February 20, 2012
Adam Ominayak, longtime resident of Slave Lake and Little Buffalo, passed away at the age of 84 years on Feb. 20, 2012.
Ominayak was born at Trout Lake on Nov. 27, 1927. He was a longtime carpenter and logger in northern Alberta. A devoted family man, his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Adam and his wife Catherine moved to Slave Lake from Wabasca in 1955 with their young and growing family. He took a job at the Swanson Lumber mill just on the west side of the little hamlet. Daughter Pauline Auger says he worked there for a time and after that as a logger in the area. Much later, when he was in his sixties, he took a job at Little Buffalo with the Lubicon Band, building houses and teaching band members carpentry skills. He worked there until he was 75 years old.
Pauline remembers her dad as a strong family man, a very hard worker and a very generous person. He maintained a huge garden that the kids had to work in during the summer before they could go play with their friends. Then in the fall, he’d give produce away to all the neighbours.
Ominayak was pre-deceased by his parents, Saraphine and Paul Powder, his sons John Charles Cardinal, Leonard and Bernard Auger, and his granddaughter Amanda Auger. He is survived by his wife Catherine Auger, children Joe, Jean, Leonard, Pauline, Ray, Donna, Michael, Mona and Wayne, plus numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at The Gathering Place, officiated by Steve Anderson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Bruce, Elva Belle
Born: August 14, 1935
Passed: December 30, 2011
Elva Bruce passed away in the Slave Lake Hospital on Dec. 30, 2011. She will be lovingly remembered and much missed by daughters Carol (Bob) Jamieson, Patsy (Ted) Hartman, Pam Denis (Frank Hutchison) as well as nine grandchildren; Jason, Colin, Jerod, Danielle, Josh, Curtis, Jennifer, Andrew, Brian and nine great-grandchildren; Jace, Jacob, Kennedy, Nathan, Luke, Zachary, Keanna, Drake, and Evvy. She will also be sadly missed by brother Ken, sisters Jean and Ellen, nieces and nephews and many she called friend. Elva was pre-deceased by her parents Waneata and Roy, her husband Gordon, and grandson Christopher.
A funeral service was held for Elva on Jan. 5, 2012 at The Gathering Place. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by The Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake or the Slave Lake Hospital Auxilliary.
Passed: December 29, 2011
Brian Nordbye of Slave Lake passed away on Dec. 29, 2011 at the age of 66 years, surrounded by the love of his family, after a three-year battle with cancer.
Brian was nearly a 40-year resident of Slave Lake, where he was a pharmacist and business owner, a family man and a community supporter.
Brian was born in Edmonton, Alberta and graduated from Ross Sheppard High School and then proceeded to the University of Alberta where he graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. After graduation he served his apprenticeship in Lloydminister, Alberta where he met his wife Joanne.
Marrying Joanne in 1967 they started their life together in Edmonton where their son Lee was born. Following this they moved to Peace River where they lived for five years and daughter Karen was born. A new adventure materialized in Slave Lake when they opened Slave Lake IDA Drugs in July of 1973.
Brian was passionate about family and loved his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family and friends to the fullest. There was never a question of his love. While he maintained 12-hour work-days in the store he still found time to participate in each of his children’s activities and the community events. Brian was always present at every milestone of his family’s life.
He thrived best when he was outdoors hunting, hiking, biking and taking photos. Whether it was Slave Lake, the vistas of the Rocky Mountains, or the wilderness of Africa, he captured a special spirit in each photo he took.
He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, businessman, and a man of integrity.
Brian will be remembered by his wife Joanne of 44 years; son Lee, wife Kim, grandsons Kieran and Devin of Fort McMurray, Alberta; daughter Karen, husband Mark (Massicotte) and grand-dog Bentley of Vancouver, British Columbia; very special cousins Wendy Spoulas of Lethbridge, Alberta and Christy Scott of Wendall, North Carolina; and many longtime friends. He was predeceased by his mother Marge and father Robert Nordbye.
Baird, Violet Lorraine
Born: November 13, 1936
Passed: December 21, 2011
It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear wife, mother and granny. Violet passed away on Dec. 21, 2011 at the age of 75 in the Slave Lake Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Grant and their devoted family; daughter, Sheila (Frank), two sons, Glenn (Maureen) and Doug (Connie), five grandchildren, Carla (Clayton), Joel, Jayme, Jayson (Kelsey) and Lyndsay (Brent), and great grandchildren Rhys, Kaizek, Dayven and Lexi. Violet was predeceased by her son Terry and her grandson Drew (Doug and Connie). She will also be sadly missed by her brother Stan, her sisters Catherine, Myfy and Dilys, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.
“Granny Purple” was an energetic, fun loving and athletic social butterfly. She lived life one way and one way only; at 100 miles per hour. She doted on her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In fact, she spoiled them rotten and she had a special way of making each one of them think that they were the favourite.
On behalf of Violet, her family would like to thank the staff of each of the following hospitals for their outstanding care and compassion: Slave Lake Hospital, Sturgeon Hospital, Royal Alex Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute, and particularly Dr. John Keaveny and Dr. Terry O’Keefe both of Slave Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2.
Celebration of Life service was held at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake, AB on Wed., Dec. 28.
Ophus, Donald Christian
Passed: December 19, 2011
It is with great sadness the family of Donald Ophus of Canyon Creek, AB announces his sudden passing at the age of 73.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Vivian; four children: Diane (Jerry), Joe (Linda), Julie (Lyle), Brenda (Grant); eleven grandchildren: Lisa (Cody), Rebecca, Tiffany (Mike), Jessica, Logan, Tyler, Stacey, Deanna (Nathan), Meagan, Darren, Jordan; two great grandchildren: Elizabeth and Benjamin; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
A memorial service was held at Widewater Community Complex, Widewater, AB on Monday, December 19, 2011. Cremation. Anyone wishing to do so may make a memorial donation to the Stollery Children’s Hospital, 1502 College Plaza, 8215-112 St., Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8.
Send condolences to www.prairiefuneral.com.
Prairie Sunset Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium, Westlock, AB 780-349-5006.
Born: July 31, 1918 Gildehurst, AB
Passed: December 16, 2004 Grande Prairie, AB
With great sadness, the family of George Felix Bellerose, 92, of Slave Lake announced his passing on Feb. 16, 2011.
George was born in Chisholm, Alberta, on Nov. 12, 1918, to Olivier and Philomene (Savard) Bellerose. George spent all his life in Slave Lake area and was always proud of his family and their extended families. He spent many years logging, trapping, fishing, hunting, reading, listening to music and we will all remember his special chocho to Blue Suede Shoes.
George and Mary Jane joyfully celebrated 70 years of marriage on Oct. 29, 2010 and an anniversary tea was held on George’s 92nd birthday. Left to cherish his many wonderful memories are loving wife Mary Jane, 90 years old and now residing at Vanderwell Heritage Place, and children Cecile (Mike), Larry, Henry, Dennis and Sylvia (Wilf), plus numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. George was predeceased by son Kenny in 1986 and brothers John, Eddy, Albert and Lawrence, sisters Mary, Victoria and Kathleen. His surviving siblings are Jean and Dora.
The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation to Slave Lake Hospital staff, ambulance attendants, Father Jeyapaul, Cliff Sinclair, extended family members and friends for all hospital supports, visits and phone calls, etc.
George was laid to eternal rest on Feb. 23, 2011 at the Slave Lake Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements were by the Chapel of Memories.
Passed: December 15, 2011
It is with sad hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Dennis Doering of Slave Lake, aged 62 years on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Slave Lake Hospital.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife Heather; children Ken, Dave, Steven (Tina), Marcy (Chris); grandchildren Preston, Brooklyn, Payton; his sister Carol (Ray), niece, nephew, many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Wally and Marge.
As per Dennis’ wishes, if friends and family so desire, donations in his memory can be made to St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church Building Fund, Slave Lake, 508-7 Street SE, Slave Lake, T0G 2A3.
Ulrich, Herbert Raphael
Born: October 03, 1948
Passed: December 12, 2011
Herbert Raphael Ulrich October 3, 1948 – December 12, 2011, resident of Villeneuve Alberta.
Herbert was born in Vienna Austria and was raised in Uranium City Saskatchewan, he spent many years in northern Alberta before settling down in Slave Lake. Herbert was an avid outdoors man who loved taking hikes, swimming, camping, and watching wildlife an scenery. His hobbies included photography, film, collecting stamps and coins, gardening and baking, Herb was known for his amazing pumpkin pies and cinnamon buns. He was always quick with a joke and enjoyed making people laugh. He was always there to help family, friends and neighbours and spent countless hours volunteering for various organizations in Slave Lake.
Herbert will be forever remembered by his loving children Carl Ulrich and Carla Ulrich as well as granddaughter Hailey Schock, sister Wally Pelissier, brother in law Dany Pelissier and neice Hedwig Pelissier-Feser as well numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved father Ralph Ulrich, loving mother Aloisia Ulrich and cherished niece Daniella Pelissier. Donations can be made in Herbert’s name to the Slave Lake Auxiliary Hospital. Herbert touched the lives of many with his trademark sense of humour and smile, he will always be remembered for his generosity, quick wit and zest for life.
Born: October 30, 1937
Passed: November 10, 2011
On Nov. 10, 2011, our beloved Jim was taken from us to a better place where he is at peace and no longer in any pain.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 52 years, Margueritte, his 5 children, Keray (Joanne) Rainer, Barb (Ken) Scott, Olga (Stewart) Fyfe, Kelly Rainer, Dawna Hall (special friend Bill), 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also leaving 2 brothers, Joe and Magnus (Agnes) Rainer, and 2 sisters, Marie Close and Agnes (special friend Cliff) Rainer.
Passed: October 28, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Barbara Miller (nee) McDonald, on Oct. 28, 2011 at the age of 61 years. Funeral service was held on Nov. 2, 2011 in Slave Lake, AB. Cremation followed.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Michelle (Rob) Zimmer, three grandchildren, Brad, Dustin and Marissa. Also one great-grandson, Adam, her sisters Fran (Len) Tees, Lorna (Clarence) McRee, her brothers Allan (Marlene), Kelly (Cathy), her special niece Jean (Gordon) Twin. Also her special friend Dennis Bellerose and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Predeceased by her parents, Bill and Annie McDonald, two brothers, one sister and her special nephews Dennis McDonald and Craig Griffiths.
Karpa, Stephan (Steve)
Born: February 18, 1921
Passed: September 30, 2011
Steve Karpa of Slave Lake, AB formerly of Kinuso, AB passed away on September 30, 2011. Steve is survived by his children; John (Marylene), Pelagia, Margaret (Brian) Bellerive, Antone (Gail), William (Julie) and Frederick (Michelle), 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, brothers William, Fred (Frances), Myron (Margaret), sisters Netti Chodzicki, and Mary (Walter) Stevenson, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Steve was predeceased by his wife Mary, parents John and Anna, brother Michael, brother-in-laws Victor Chodzicki and Anton Kirtio, and nephew Phillip.
The funeral was held in Kinuso, AB on Friday, October 7, 2011 at St. Felix Roman Catholic Church. Internment at Swan Valley Cemetery.
Passed: August 15, 2011
Ralph Gebers passed away on August 15, 2011 in Slave Lake, Alberta, surrounded by his wife and four girls after facing years of health challenges that he battled with courage, strength and a sense of humour.
To carry on his memory he leaves his wife of 25 years Rossanne, his four incredible daughters Amanda (Lowell) Matin, Katelyn, Shannon and Meagan and his mother Doreen and sisters Myrna Gebers and Jann (Gavin) Thulien. As well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and amazing friends.
He was predeceased by his father Myron (Mike) Gebers.
Ralph’s family would like to thank Dr. Kasavan and other doctors who provided care for Ralph over the years. We would also like to thank the Slave Lake hospital staff, EMT’s and Air Ambulance staff who have provided excellent care and support to both Ralph and his family. Thank you to all of our friends and family for everything that you have done for us. Ralph has left us with many great stories to share.
A celebration of his life was held on his 52nd birthday, October 14, 2011, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Didsbury, Alberta.
Mantei, Eleanor Gayle
Passed: July 02, 2011
On July 2, 2011 Gayle Mantei of Hondo, Alberta passed away at the age of 69 years.
Survived by her loving companion, Eddie Eleniak; two sons Kevin (Shauna) Ribling of Athabasca and Kelly (Annette) Ribling of Fort Mcleod; 4 grandchildren; Liam (Sara) Graling, Erin Ribling, Colton Ribling, Karlee Ribling, 1 great-granddaughter; Nevianna, and sister Sandra (Jerry) Neighbour of Bassano, Alberta. Predeceased by her first husband Leonard Ribling, her parents Dayle and Jeannetta McNamee, and 2 brothers Ronald and Reginald McNamee. Funeral service was held Friday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Smith Community Agriplex. Pastor Joe Mkar officiated. Cremation has taken place.Funeral service was held Friday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Smith Community Agriplex. Pastor Joe Mkar officiated. Cremation has taken place.
Yuill, Donald James
Born: February 22, 1928
Passed: June 13, 2011
Donald James Yuill, was born February 22, 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and passed away June 13, 2011 in Westbank British Columbia.
He was the son of the late Catherine and Harvey Yuill. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Eleanor (Pat) McKinnon of 60 years, children Debra Yuill, Sandra and Greg Ogrodnick, Barbara and Willis Hardie, and Jim and Xiao Yan Yuill, 9 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren, sister Inez Cairns, brother Jack and Iris Yuill and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Ross and Jean Yuill and Ross Cairns.
He owned Yuill Construction in northern Alberta. He also was a land developer. Don was a kind gentleman who loved his family and his grand dogs. Don enjoyed being a winter Texan for 12 years and his hobbies included genealogy, restoring antique cars and jeeps and flying his airplane.
A “Celebration of Don’s Life” will take place on Saturday, June 18th at 3:30 pm at Crystal Springs Community Center, 1850 Shannon Lake Road. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice Association #202 1456 St Paul Street Kelowna, V1Y 2E6 or to the charity of your choice.
Crowe, Clayton Wesley
Born: July 11, 1962
Passed: June 10, 2011
Clayton is survived by his loving wife Roselyn and precious daughter Brittany Rose. His adoring mother Doris Crowe, sister Debbie (Gordon) Theaker, brothers Dean (Kathy) Crowe, Floyd (Liberty) Crowe and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Gordon and brother Gary. The private burial took place at a later date at the International Cemetery New Tarnopol, Saskatchewan.
Hother, Stanley John
Born: September 18, 1928
Passed: May 02, 2011
On May 2, 2011, Stan Hother of Slave Lake, AB passed away at the age of 82 years.
Stan is survived by Rik, Diane, Lyndon, Sheldon, Morgan, Braydon Bassett, Chelsea VanRompaey and Arric VanRompaey-Bassett, 1 sister and 1 brother, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by his parents and 1 sister.
A graveside memorial service for Stan will be held at Fawcett Cemetery on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Potluck luncheon to follow at Fawcett Community Hall.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and all support staff at the Slave Lake Hospital as well as the Royal Alexandra in Edmonton.
Jones, Stephen Arthur
Passed: April 14, 2011
Following a lengthy illness, Stephen Arthur Jones passed away at home on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the age of 62 years. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Terry, and two daughters, Sandra and Sara. He will also be greatly missed by numerous relatives and dear friends. Stephen was predeceased by his parents Cyril and Dorothy Jones as well as a sister Sandra. Stephen was a well known and well respective business man for many years in Slave Lake.
A memorial service celebrating Stephen’s life was held at Memories Funeral Home, 13403 – St. Albert Trail, April 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985-124 St., Edmonton, AB T5M 0H9.
Born: July 9, 1956
Passed: March 21, 2011
It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Jon at the age of 54.
He is survived by his sons Chad and Dane; brother Randle; sisters Pat and Pauline, as well as numerous friends and relatives. He was predeceased by his sister Barb and his father Albert.
A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on April 8th, 2011 at Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton.
Born: August 05, 1955
Passed: March 19, 2005
It is with much sadness and profound sense of loss, that we, her Canadian family and friends, announce the passing of our beloved friend, who was also a kind and caring physician to many.
Joyce was born in England. She is predeceased by her mother, father and two brothers. She is survived by two nephews and a niece in England. Joyce fulfilled her desire to become a family medical physician graduating in 1957 at Britain’s Manchester University where she received specific training in pediatrics and general surgery. She also practiced in the Burn Unit of Boothhall, London.
Joyce came to Canada in 1962, practicing family medicine and general surgery initially in Kitimat, B.C. and then came to Alberta where she practiced in Galahad, Alliance, Slave Lake and surrounding areas. Arriving in Edmonton in 1972, she began her family medicine practice in West Edmonton. Although semi-retired in 2003, Joyce continued her practice part time through the Family Medicine Clinic in Devon Hospital, until she fully retired in 2008.
Joyce had a variety of interests throughout her life some of which included her beloved pets at home, the cultivation of many flowers on her acreage and interest in and support of the SPCA and concern for those less fortunate overseas, in third world countries. To this end, she adopted several overseas children.
Joyce made a huge impact in the lives of those who knew her as a friend as well as in the lives of her patients. She will be profoundly missed and remembered with love by many.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Edmonton SPCA, 13620-163 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5V 0B2 or the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, ON K2M 2W1. Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel, 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB with Reverend J.J. Trudeau officiating.
To send condolences, please visit www.westlawnmemorial.com
Adams, Dorothy Clara Jean
Passed: March 06, 2011
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Adams of Slave Lake, AB on March 6, 2011 at the age of 78.
Dorothy is survived by her children: Jerry (Diane), Linda (Jim), Freda, Grant (Brenda), Simon (Cassandra), Adrienne, Raymond (Ben); seventeen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters: Hilda (Gary), Mary (John) as well as other relatives and many friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Waldo; one son, Terry; two Aunts: Bella and Clara.
Memorial Service was held on Sat., March 12, 2011 at the St. Peters Anglican Church, Slave Lake, AB with Pastor Leigh Sinclair officiating. An inurement will be held at a later date. Friends who so wish may make donations to Slave Lake Hospital Auxiliary, 416-6 Ave. NE Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A2.
Screpnek, Michael Lee
Born: May 13, 1986
Passed: January 14, 2011
On January 14, 2011 Big Mike tragically passed away in a single vehicle rollover west of High Prairie.
Mike was born May 13, 1986, in High Prairie, Alberta where he lived most of his life. He worked as a tradesman and aspired to be a Carpenter. He loved hanging out with his friends, and all recreational sports and outdoor activities, particularly fishing and hunting. Mike especially loved his truck and could be heard all over town cruising in it. He was larger than life and made everyone around him feel good. We could always count on Mike for the best one-liners and funniest jokes. He looked out for everyone, and is now guarding us from above. Mike, you will be in our hearts forever!
Mike is survived by his Mother and Father, Tammy Calvert and Brian Screpnek; Grandparents, Cliff and Dorothy Calvert; Grandfather, Thomas Screpnek; Sisters, Necole Screpnek and Spouse Dennis McNabb, Jessica Brisson and Husband Ivan, and Katelyn Screpnek; Nephews, Connor and Gage McNabb, Niece, Sophie Brisson, and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elks Hall Downtown in High Prairie. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone who offered their love, help, and support during this difficult time.
Chapman, Lawrence Allen
Passed: January 10, 2011
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Larry on January 10, 2011, at Beiseker, Alberta at the age of 59.
He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Keith Burton in 1988 and is survived by his mother Phyllis Shkrabuik, father Archie Chapman, sisters; Sharon Chapman, Carol (Don) Mackay, Joyce Burton and by extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Blackfalds United Church, Blackfalds, Alberta on April 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Steen, Mary Elizabeth
Born: November 28, 1926
Passed: November 24, 2010
Peacefully with her family by her side, at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB on Nov. 24, 2010, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Steen, wife of the late Charles Steen of St. George, NB. Born at Bonny River, NB on Nov. 28, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Daisy Craig. A loving mother, grandmother and sister, she is survived by one daughter, Judith Koch of Maple Grove, NB, three sons; Robert Steen of Slave Lake, AB, Donald Steen of Quispamsis, NB and Wayne Steen of Fredericton, NB, eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, sisters; Florence Chambers of St. George, NB, Eileen McLellan of St. Stephen, NB and Shirley Hatt of L’Etang, NB and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Charles, she was predeceased by sisters; Mildred McDonald, Frances Justason and Edith Hamilton. Resting at the St. George Funeral Home & Crematorium 26 Portage Street, St. George NB with visiting on Fri. from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The service will be held from the St. George Baptist Church, St. George NB on Sat, Nov. 27, 2010 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Darren Millett officiating, followed by the interment at the St. George Rural Cemetery. In Mary’s memory, donations to the Eastern Charlotte Association for Community Living or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
Born: April 24, 1930
Passed: November 02, 2010
On November 2, 2010, Stu passed away surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Stu was born in Ogema, Saskatchewan and raised in Lloydminster. At the age of 16 he came to Slave Lake to work in the forest industry. After a short absence he came back to Slave Lake for good in 1949.
Besides raising a family here, he was involved in the community as a volunteer for almost 60 years. He received many awards for his involvement, the proudest of which was the five year cemetery beautification project along with having a street named after him.
At the time of his passing, Stu was the president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #110. He had also served the Elks Club for 37 years.
Stu is survived by his spouse of 17 years, Annie Aarts. His children, Deb LaFoy-Caissie (Ken); Bill (Darlene); Brian (Linda) Barry “Stu”; Warren; Darren: stepchildren Peter Aarts; Jim (Susan); Cindy Koroluk (Mike); Kevin (Louise), and the mother of his children Mary Lafoy. Sisters: Viola; Verna; Ginger. Brothers; Lloyd and Len. Predeceased by his mother Elizabeth, father Claire and brothers Delbert, Hobart and sister Velma. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Stu was buried in the Slave Lake Cemetary after a wonderful ceremony at the Gathering Place. Friends and family attended a luncheon at the gym at the Northern Lakes College where his life was celebrated.
The family requests that any donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Slave Lake Relay for Life.
Born: January 25, 1924
Passed: June 14, 2010
A pair of cowboy boots and a hat hung on a black horse, following August Schroder’s carriage on a journey to his resting place on the hill of Slave Lake’s cemetery.
Born on Jan. 25, 1924, Schroder passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on June 14, 2010, says Felix Schroder, the eldest son. August Schroder moved to Slave Lake from his native home in Wabasca in 1954 in order to start his job in logging camps.
The man would then spend several years in the Yukon and Northwest Territories to take part in seismic blasting operations during those decades of northern oil exploration.
Schroder was known as a family man who had a fond interest in horses. “In his younger years he enjoyed the rodeo and breaking horses,” his son says. “His passion was for horses.”
As such, Schroder’s family gathered at St. Peter Celestin Church on June 16 to see the man one more time before a pair of black horses carried him away to join his pre-deceased wife.
Felix Schroder says the horse and carriage is a tribute to his father. In line with an old Native tradition, the ‘ghost rider’ sat on the third horse that followed his carriage.
August Schroder is survived by his three sons, seven daughters, and their children and grandchildren. “He was a great father,” says Felix Schroder. “He had a big heart and would help anybody. He loved his children.”
Passed: April 16, 2010
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robin Kendall on Fri.,April 16, 2010, at 77 years of age.
Robin was predeceased by his wives, Jean (1972) and Gayle (1993). He is survived by his sons, Garry Kendall (Diane) and Mark Kendall; daughters, Vanessa Boswell (Cliff), Michelle Mrakava (Darren), Lesley Frith (Gordon),Amanda Philpott (Allan) andAngelineAnsell (Graham); his grandchildren, Allison, David, Catherine Frith;
Jonathan, Jared Zayaka, Stuart, Austen Philpott; Stephen, Brooke, Lucas Mrakava; Patrick, Jacqueline Boswell; Chelsie, Nikki, Laura Kendall; Jordan Kendall; and Johanna, Jack Ansell and greatgrantchildren, Emma and James Hickel.
A memorial service was held at St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, 132 Albert St., Airdrie, AB on Sat., April 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
O’How, Bertha Rosa
Passed: March 19, 2010
On March 19, 2010, Bertha Rosa O’How of Westlock passed away at the age of 76 years. A former resident of Slave Lake for many years, Birdie was born in Fulda, Saskatchewan as the sixth of 14 children of Mary and Joseph Bittman. In 1933, the family moved to Faust when Birdie was an infant. She attended school there through Grade 9, when she left school to help at home with cooking and raising her younger brothers and sisters. Her cooking expertise came in very handy when she worked at Powell’s restaurant, because it was there in the early 1950s that she caught the attention of Charles O’How when he came in for coffee and a piece of pie. The family lore has it that the pie impressed him so much he fell for the gal who made it. Charlie and Birdie were married on Feb. 9, 1952. Four children followed: Ken, Lorraine, Judy and Kelly. In the early 1960s the family moved to Slave Lake, where they lived up until Charlie and Birdie moved to Westlock four years ago. During that time, Birdie worked for many years at the local post office, also spending time working at the McLeod’s store and Granny’s Kitchen. It was at the restaurant she gained a reputation for her homemade soups and taught the local baker how to make lemon meringue pies from scratch. Birdie was an active member of the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary for many years; other activities included floor curling, camping, sewing, playing cards, crocheting and various other crafts. Birdie loved to dance and no matter where they were, she and Charlie would have a dance when a good tune was playing. In 2008 Birdie was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Mar. 19, 2010. Birdie O’How is survived by her husband Charles and their children Ken (Debra) of Slave Lake, Lorraine (Mike) Lyons of Slave Lake, Judy (Dale) Conrad of Edmonton, Kelly (Kim) of Westlock, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, six brothers and four sisters as well as numerous other relatives. She was predeceased by parents Joseph and Mary Bittman and brothers Henry, Edward and Alfred.
Passed: October 27, 2009
Long-time Slave Lake resident Isabelle Stuart passed away peacefully on Oct. 27, 2009 at the age of 94. Isabelle was born in Musselburgh, Scotland, on Dec. 9, 1914, and emigrated to Canada in 1963. She worked at the Slave Lake General Hospital for about 15 years until she retired. Isabelle resided at the Vanderwell Lodge until last year when she moved over to the hospital awaiting long-term care. Isabelle will be sadly missed by her daughter Frances (Charles) Prichuk, grandson Steven (Marlee) Adams, and her three great grandchildren, Jadyn, Kamrin and Jackson Adams. The family would like to thank the staff at the Slave Lake long term care unit, the Slave Lake hospital and Vanderwell Lodge for the care she received during her time with them. At her request, cremation was handled by the Chapel of Memories in High Prairie and a memorial service was held at the Swan Valley Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Slave Lake Long Term Care unit.
Ulm, Eugene “Arthur”
Passed: October 16, 2009
Eugene “Arthur” Ulm, suddenly passed away Oct. 16, 2009 in Vancouver B.C. at the age of 49 years old. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by mother (Ethel) – Slave Lake, AB; sister (Elaine Ulm) – Slave Lake, AB; brothers (Roy) – Vancouver, BC, and (Kennith) – Calgary, AB; sons (Dustin and Grant); daughter (Tianna); 6 nieces, 4 nephews, 2 great nieces, 2 great nephews, numerous relatives and friends. Arthur was also predeceased by father (Eugene Marvin Ulm) Apr. 2, 1984. The service was held on Oct. 24, 2009 at the Hondo Community Hall, interment at Hondo Cemetery.
Hurlbert, Hazel Virgina
Passed: October 13, 2009
Born Nov. 12, 1947 went into the Lord’s arms on Oct. 13, 2009.
Mourned by her loving daughter Lisa (Mike) and numerous relatives and friends. Predeceased by father Lawrence Bottle, mother Virgina Green, dad Gerald Green, kookum and mooshum.
Funeral was held Tues., Oct. 20, 2009.
Passed: October 01, 2009
Former Slave Lake resident Wyonne White is being remembered as a fun-loving person who “really enjoyed life,” and also as a hard and conscientious worker. White died a few weeks shy of her 61st birthday, on Oct. 1 in Camrose, of cancer. “She was a top notch person,” says M.D. #124 Reeve Denny Garratt, who employed White in the social services consulting firm he owned with Peter Moore. “She was a trusted employee and a good friend.” White, a native of Viking, Alberta, came to Slave Lake back in the late 1960s or early 1970s with her then husband Bob Welch, who worked for Forestry. That’s how Lou Foley of Smith got to know her. “She was a very fun-loving type of person,” he recalls. “We played a few jokes on each other over the years.” Such as? “One Hallowe’en we snuck up there and turned the power off on the pole.” White started her working career in Slave Lake at Canada Manpower, following which she was an office manager for Garratt and Moore. “She was the one that kept Peter and I in line, and she was good at it,” says Garratt. Moore recalls her as “a great lady,” who “was always concerned about others before herself. “She had a lot of friends around Alberta,” Moore says. An assistant manager’s position at the Northwest Inn followed the Garratt and Moore period; sales manager at the Sawridge Hotel came next, which led to her taking over the management of residential and commercial properties for the Sawridge Band. Along the way, White served a couple of terms as councillor for Improvement District #17 and the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, and also sat on the regional health authority board. After Slave Lake, she spent five years in Calgary as an office administrator for a concrete company. “Managing a hotel in Wainwright was her next challenge,” says an obituary submitted to The Leader last week, “and then it was off to Camrose where she spent her last two years. “One of Wyonne’s proudest moments was the time she spent in Thailand teaching English. She made many wonderful friends there and loved to talk about all of her memories of that time.” White was pre-deceased by her mother Florence and father Bill, brothers Bill Jr. and Raymond and sister Yvonne. She leaves to mourn her two sons and their families: Lance (Michelle), Zoe and Kaz; Justin (Lyn), Chase and Jackson; sister Beth and many other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held on Oct. 5 in White’s hometown of Kinsella. Donations in her name can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the cause of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.
Pall, Phillip Robert
Passed: September 2009
Mr. Phillip Pall of Slave Lake, Alberta, former long time resident of Surrey, BC passed away after succumbing to cancer at the age of 73 years. Phillip was born October 28, 1935 at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton to Sophie Pall. As a young child he was given up for adoption and ended up in orphanages all over the province finally ending up in a Salvation Army home in Calgary until his family realized he was there. At age 10 his Grandfather Michael Pall came for him and took Phillip back to Tomahawk, Alberta where Phillip lived with his grandparents, and then various uncles and aunts in the Tomahawk area. At age 15, Phillip struck out on his own working various jobs, farming and carpentry all over Alberta. He then joined the Canadian Peacetime Army Corp. serving in Europe touring Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, where he met his first wife Ursula. He drove a transport truck with Figeol Trucking in Edmonton for a number of years and hauled produce to Whitehorse.
Phillip also worked for Everall paving, for Vanderwell Contractors and ran the All-type Second Hand Store in Slave Lake. He was married twice, first to Ursula Pall from Germany (Marianne and Andreas); and then Vivian Diamond (Michael and Brian). He spent the last two winters in the Philippines with his friend Geraldine. Phillip is survived by his two wives, four children, Marianne Dueck, Andreas Pall, Michael Pall and Brian Pall; four grandchildren and numerous relatives.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 5th at 11:00 am at The Gathering Place, 800-6th Ave. NW in Slave Lake,Pastor Harry Pretty officiating. Cremation has taken place.
The Vanderwell and Pall families would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Slave Lake General Hospital for their kindness and care to Phillip during his illness. Service arrangements by Chapel of Memories Ltd. 780-523-3540.
Passed: August 23, 2009
On Sunday, August 23, 2009, Len Lafrance of Edmonton passed away at the age of 66 years.
Len will be lovingly remembered by his wife Lorna; sons: Mark (Kim), Dave (Vicki); four grandchildren: Megan, Matthew, Nathan and Adam; a sister, Louise (Felix) Foisy and a brother, Raymond.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 at Assumption Catholic Parish, 9040-95 Ave., Edmonton, AB at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 10985-105 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H9.
Passed: August 10, 2009
On Aug. 10, 2009 William (Bill) Harry James Rahn of Smith, AB passed away. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Myrna, daughters Mia and Laura Lee, sons Vernon (Patty) and Jim (Michelle), grandchildren Samantha, Shannah, Chaleen, Isabella and Jacob, great grandchildren Lukas and Malika.
A Memorial service will be held on Mon., Aug. 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake, AB.
Memorial donations gratefully accepted to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o 10004 105 St., Westlock, AB T7P 1V2, Westlock Funeral Home Ltd. (780) 349-3474.
Orr, Harvey “Skipper” Edward
Passed: July 29, 2009
Mr. Harvey “Skipper” Edward Orr, beloved husband of Mrs. Jessie (Betty) Orr of Blackfalds, AB, passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wed., July 29, 2009 at the age of 75 years. Harvey was born in 1934 in the small Hamlet of Timeu, AB to Sadie and Sylvester Orr. Harvey married the love of his life, Betty, and had two children, Jim and Jacki.
Harvey began his career in the oilfield where he worked for Shell Oil for 15 years, then moving to Slave Lake, AB where he and Betty owned and operated a Home Hardware store for 19 years. From there they eventually moved to Creston, BC where they enjoyed their golden years before settling in Blackfalds. Harvey touched the hearts of everyone he met and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife Jessie (Betty) Orr of Blackflads, AB, a son, Jim (Sandra) Orr of Calgary, AB, a daughter, Jacki (Terry) Torraville of Blackfalds, AB, brothers, Dave, Trevor and Harvey’s, three grandchildren, Dustin, Bradley, Chelsey and great grandson, Riley, many nieces and nephews and dear friends. Harvey is predeceased by his father Sylvester, mother Sadie, sisters Sadie and Jessie.
A celebration of Harvey’s life will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820 – 45 St., Red Deer, AB on Sat., Aug. 1, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Cremation entrusted to Central Alberta Crematorium Ltd., Red Deer. Donations in Harvey’s memory may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #101, 5208 – 53 Ave., Red Deer, AB, T4N 5K2.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com.
Misty Dawn Eliuk
Born: March 4, 2000
Passed: July 26, 2009
Loved you dearly, lost you so young.
It hurts so much to let you go.
The father stretched out his arms and held you near.
Peace be with you my little child.
Love you now and forever more.
Your loving dad, Terry
Passed: July 24, 2009
Just before noon on Fri., July 24, God quietly wrapped his arms around Claire Leblond-Richer and took her home. She was 95.
Claire was born on Feb. 14, 1914, in Ste. Agathe-des-Mont in northern Quebec. She was the seventh of 10 children, and in the late 1920s the family moved to LaSalle, a suburb on the island of Montreal.
Claire married William Richer in 1939 and the union resulted in two sons – Jacques and Rene. She worked as a payroll clerk at Dominion textiles, and later manager of a large and popular restaurant in downtown Montreal. She was widowed in 1973, and after she retired from the world of ‘busy’, would spend her days with a close friend busily window-shopping in the ever-expanding Montreal. In winter she would join the annual ‘cavalcade’ of Quebeckers that headed south to Florida, and in the summer, she’d head to Alberta to spend time with family.
In 1994, Claire pulled up her Quebec roots and moved to Slave Lake to be with son Jacques and family. She quickly developed friends in this community and was often seen walking with them to the (Sawridge Plaza) mall, checking for bargains or ‘hanging out’ and drinking coffee when she got there.
By this time our beloved Nanny had three grand-daughters and a grandson. Always the story teller, she would entertain them for hours with stories of days gone by, often while making a batch of her famous homemade soup, or playing cards. Soon there would be great-grandchildren with which to share her time and stories – and nearly two years ago she was blessed with the first of two great-great-grandchildren. Just over a year later the second great-great-granddaughter arrived, and her first road trip was to Slave Lake to meet and spend time with her dear Nanny.
Claire moved to Vanderwell Heritage Place in 1999, again enlarging her circle of friends. And four years ago she took up residence at the Slave Lake health care centre’s long term wing where she was often seen roaming the halls of the entire hospital – “singing for the old people,” she would say. And when it was time for mass back in long-term, she was always up front, helping the priest by singing part of the service – in Latin.
Claire leaves to mourn her passing: one son Jacques and his wife Marilyn; granddaughters Suzanne, Jacqueline, Diane and grandson Lenny (Jamie); great-grandchildren Cassy (Andy), Justin, Courtney, Josh, Shawn, Kaitlyn and Nikki; and great-great-granddaughters Kiana and Arianna. She also leaves one sister Beatrice (Marcel) Duhamel and their daughter Carole in Montreal; many nieces and nephews; and friends in Slave Lake too numerous to list.
She was predeceased by her husband William in 1973 and son Rene in 1978.
Funeral services were held Fri., July 31 at St. Peter Celestin Church in Slave Lake. Internment will take place later in Ste. Agathe.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to donate do so to a charity of their choice.
Zuberbier, Christopher Anthony
Passed: July 17, 2009
Christopher Anthony Zuberbier was born to Gwen and Randy Zuberbier on June 29, 1989. He weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces. His residence has always been in Widewater. Christopher attended kindergarten to grade 12 in Slave Lake and graduated in 2008 along with his brother Patrick and many others that he started school with. He was the recipient of the Jamie Luken scholarship which he accepted with great pride. He was also voted “most likely to become a millionaire” and we know that he accomplished this because Jesus has presented him with his gold crown in Heaven. He also completed his 1st year of heavy duty mechanics at the Fairview College last year with his brother and cousin Dallas. Patrick and Christopher were scheduled to complete their 2nd year this fall. During this time of schooling Chris developed and remained close friends with a lot of his classmates. They became a family and always looked out for one another. He was fortunate to be able to enrol in the RAP program in high school and was given the opportunity to work towards a trade in heavy duty mechanics. Schaeffer mechanical hired him in grade 10 and Shawn and Kevin became his mentors. He became a loyal and dedicated employee, the only problem was his paperwork skills. His time sheets were always late and it was obvious that pay was not his only reason for working. The Schaffer’s became a part of his family and he remained a loyal employee.
Christopher learned many skills from his father like carpentry, hunting, fishing and mechanics. His mother also assisted in providing him with life skills like cooking, cleaning and laundry. It proved to be important as it was a great requirement in the first year of college. Randy and Gwen instilled to the boys the value of respect, the significance of a hand shake and the comfort of a hug. Whether it was a “hello hug” or a “good night handshake” it truly was an example of respect. Christopher loved going and spending any holiday especially Christmas with Grandpa Lloyd and Grandma Chere. Shortly after graduation Christopher met the Love of his life – Kassi. He lost his ability to argue, drive fast and the decision of what tires to put on his truck. All indications were they would spend the rest of their lives together and showed a great deal of respect for each other.
The things that remained constant in his life were: The love for his family which was expressed with a hug and “I Love You Mom” the minute that he walked in the door….then he would ask what’s for supper? Food me up Mom….much to Patrick’s disapproval Mom would dish up his plate. The greeting of friends and family the second they drove into the yard….a handshake and a hug then the boys would insist on carrying our luggage no matter how big, heavy or how many there were. Gathering with his friends wether it was for an evening of watching movies or heading out on the quads and skidoos in the winter time. Christopher was predeceased by his Uncle Wade Zuberbier, Uncle Grant Zuberbier and Aunty Laurel Baldwin. He is survived by his Mother Gwen, Father Randy, Brother Patrick, Grandma Chere Zuberbier, Grandpa Lloyd Zuberbier, Grandma Margaret Parenteau, Grandpa Leo Parenteau and numerous Uncles, Aunts, and cousins.
God lent us Christopher for what we feel was a very short time but he made an impact that is worth more than an eternity.
Passed: July 11, 2009
Long time resident of Kinuso, Stanton Frederick Sheldon passed away at the Slave Lake Hospital on July 11, 2009 at the age of 88 years.
Stan is survived by his sister Nina Kenny and her family of Surrey, B.C.; his children, Jim (Cheryl); Ken (Jean); Brian (Amanda); Deanna; Joyce; Connie (Tom); Janet (Sid) and Brenda as well as 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Stan was predeceased by his wife, Elsie; parents, Fred and Lily Sheldon; brother, George and grandson, Nolan.
A service celebrating Stan Sheldon’s life was held in Kinuso, July 15, 2009.
Schoenknecht, Wade Wilbur
Born: June 27, 1969
Passed: July 03, 2009
Wade Wilbur Schoenknecht, born June 27, 1969, went to be with Jesus on July 3, 2009 at the age of 40. He leaves to celebrate his life, his partner Sheenaugh, three children: Kaylee, Wyatt and Dannie; parents: Joan and Larry; grandmother: Janet Jolliffe; sisters: Wendy (Chris) Wickman and their children Landen and Tegan, Jandi (Sly) and their children Cole and Gracyn, as well as his chosen siblings: Wayne, Jessi, Ashley, Vyrl, many aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and friends.
Wade’s celebration of life was officiated by Gilbert Connors on July 9, 2009 at the Smith Complex.
Durnin, Walter Fraser
Passed: July 02, 2009
Walter Fraser Durnin passed away July 2, 2009, in Ashcroft, B.C. at the age of 81.
Born in Saskatoon, Walter was the oldest son of Robert Wilbur and Queenie Vashti Durnin in a family of seven. Siblings were Jacqueline, Beth, Rodney, Robert, Frank and Judy.
Walter began teaching in a one-room school after graduating, then attended one year at Dalhousie University before moving west with his family. He taught in northern and interlake Manitoba, the Rainy River district in Ontario and the Peace Region in Alberta. While working he completed his B.A. and B.Ed., and advanced to become principal at many schools in the High Prairie School Division. These included E.G. Wahlstrom School during the early 1970s.
His career ended at the level of superintendent of Fairview School Division from 1974 – 82 and Northern Lights School Division in Saskatchewan from 1986 – 89.
Walter is mourned by his wife of 51 years, Joyce (nee Persson) Durnin; his children and grandchildren Margaret (Emma and Alysa) of Cache Creek, B.C., Katherine (Frances) of New York City, and Guy (Seth) of Cache Creek; his siblings Beth (Leon) Brandson of Selkirk, MB, Rodney of Ottawa, Robert (June) of Stratton, ON and Frank of Ogema, SK.
Walter was predeceased by his parents, Robert in 1974 and Queenie in 1980, son Robert in 2001, sister Jacqueline Burch in 1994, and sister Judy Beer in 1996.
Walter will always be remembered for his wide-ranging interests and knowledge, his devotion to family, his storytelling on our many family camping trips across Canada and his love of music and a good joke.
He chose to be cremated. A family memorial will be planned in the future.
Ostopchuk, Owen John
Passed: June 28, 2009
On Sunday, June 28, 2009, Owen John Ostopchuk of Slave Lake, formerly of Whitecourt, passed away tragically and unexpectedly in a boating accident at the age of 42 years.
Owen will always be loved and never forgotten by Lisa, his wife, best friend and love of his life since they were teenagers; son, Colten (17); daughters, Riel (14) and Paige (8), all of Slave Lake; his loving mother, Sharon of Whitecourt; maternal grandmother, Laurette Killaly of Edmonton; sister, Jacqueline Barber of Edmonton; brother, Aaron (Lisa) ; his nephew, Kobe Tschigerl and their children, Jenna, Logan and Sean, all of Whitecourt; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Predeceased by father, William (May 2009); paternal grandparents, Pearl and William Sr.; maternal grandfather, Steven Killaly; cousin, Mark Ostopchuk; and mother-in-law, Gayle Duncan.
Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Whitecourt. Reverend Limneo Zamora Jr. officiating with interment in Whitecourt Cemetery. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross Society, Water Safety Program, 9931-106 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5K 1E2.
To send condolences, visit www.parkmemorial.com
Vanderwell, Margarete Christine
Passed: June 26, 2009
Mrs. Margarete Vanderwell of Slave Lake, Alberta, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2009 at the age of 90. Margarete was born on Nov. 2, 1918 in Youngstown, Ohio to Michael and Marie Pall (Bachner). She married Barney Vanderwell of Keephills, AB in 1936. Margarete is survived by her brother, Mike Pall of Westlock, and her sister Sophie; two children – Robert (Karen) Vanderwell of Slave Lake, and Dianne (John) Vanderwell-Schmidts of Edmonton. She leaves to celebrate her life, six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces and many friends.
Margarete was predeceased by her mother Marie in Tomahawk, AB in 1931, her father Michael Pall in 1983, her beloved husband Barney in 1984, and her brother John Pall in 1969.
She enjoyed working/cooking in lumber camps with her husband, fishing with family and friends, and she especially enjoyed gardening and entering her items in local fairs and expositions where she won many ribbons and awards. Margarete was an Auxiliary member of the RC Legion, and also was involved and supported numerous non-profit organizations. She was a key character in seeing that the “Vanderwell Heritage Place” seniors lodge was built in Slave Lake, and she recently received the Northern Alberta “Ambassador Award” from the Canadian Paraplegic Association.
The family would like to express their gratitude and thank-you to Dr. Terry O’Keefe and Dr. John Keaveny, and the staff at the Slave Lake General Hospital for their care of Margarete.
The Service for Margarete will be held at The Gathering Place, 800-6 Ave NW, in Slave Lake, AB at 2:00 pm on July 7, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Paralegic Association (Alberta), 305, 11010-101 Street, Edmonton, AB,
Green, Robert Edward
Passed: May 27, 2009
On May 27, 2009, Rob Green of Slave Lake, AB passed away at the age of 31 years. Survived by his loving wife, Aimee; loving father, Wayne Green of Rocky Mountain House; one brother, Trevor Green of Rocky Mountain House. Memorial Service was held Thurs., June 4, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, Slave Lake. Pastor Tracy Ottenbreit officiated. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to STARS Air Rescue. —————- The sudden passing of local Forestry official Rob Green late last month has left a big gap in the Forest Protection offices in Slave Lake. The 31-year-old Green died on May 27th in a dirt bike crash near Slave Lake. “He was a professional forest officer,” says his boss Jim Lunn. “He was well-liked by everybody and respected by all his colleagues and all the stakeholders out there.” Green was Wildfire Operations Officer in the Slave Lake forest protection district, having taken over that job on June 1, 2008. As such he dealt with lots of contractors who would be marshaled during fire season. They helped to suppress fires – everything from helicopter companies to truck and dozer operators. “They all showed up and dropped off cards and things,” Lunn says. Green came to Slave Lake three years ago as a wildfire technologist. A native of Rocky Mountain House, he had worked the wildfire suppression field for the Alberta government – first in Rocky, later in High Level and then back in Rocky before relocating to Slave Lake in 2005. In a 2008 interview with The Leader, Green spoke of his enjoyment of his job. Here’s an excerpt from that story, written by Marilyn Partington-Richer: “It’ been good – lots of fun,” Green says of the new job. “It’s a well-oiled piece of machinery that everybody here set up. There’s a lot of good, experienced staff here.” Green credits his knack for being “in the right place, and lots of good opportunities when I was ready to move” for his quick trip to the top of fire suppression ladder. It’s a job without parallel, made even better because it’s a team that works quickly and efficiently “and brings everyone home safe.” According to the RCMP, Green was riding his dirt bike at the Flat Top track south of Slave Lake when the accident occurred. “The rider crested a hill as a grooming tractor was working the same area,” says the RCMP release. “The bike was airborne after cresting the hill and slid into the tractor after landing. The driver suffered chest injuries from hitting the tractor and he succumbed to the injuries later at Slave Lake Hospital.” Green was 31 years old, married, but without children.
Passed: May 19, 2009
Elsie Couturier passed away May 19, 2009 at the Westlock Extended Care Centre
Elsie is survived by her children Audrey (Deiter), David (Lyndele), Pauline Donald and Jeannie Titus.
Predeceased by Eugene Donald, Armond Couturier and 4-year-old son Clinton.
She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Respecting her wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Elsie’s life was held near Beaumont, AB, Sat., May 23 at 1 p.m.
Those wishing to make memorial donations in Elsie’s name are welcome to choose the Slave Lake Hospital Auxillary Memorial fund, The Slave Lake Dog Rescue Society, Box 136, Widewater AB, T0G 2M0 or the charity of ones choice.
van Boxtel, Anthony William
Born: May 23, 1963
Passed: April 28, 2009
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Anthony van Boxtel of Smith, Alberta on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.
Anthony passed away peacefully at the University Hospital in Edmonton with family at his side after a courageous battle with leukemia.
He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his father Antonius (Tony) and mother Cornelia (Corrie) van Boxtel of Smith, his brother Francis van Boxtel of Smith, his sisters Corina Langdon (Boyde) of Spruce Grove, Lucia Dixon of Smith, Angelina van Boxtel (Ron) of Smith, his nieces and nephews: Kassidy Langdon, Nikolas Langdon, Kyla Langdon, Dustin van Boxtel, Tara van Boxtel, Dayna Dixon, Taylor Dixon, and Mikal Dixon, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, and brother-in-law Tony Dixon.
Anthony attended Fairview College and the University of Alberta where he studied agriculture. He developed a special interest in soil science, crop science and botany. . Anthony worked for the local agricultural service board for several years. He enjoyed working outdoors and the opportunity to meet with people and talk “farming”. Anthony also worked for Ace Vegetation Ltd. in Nisku for many years. He was a licensed chemical applicator and worked throughout Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Anthony had many great stories to tell about his travels, and the people he met and worked with. In recent years, Anthony returned home to help his parents operate the family farm. He enjoyed his life on the farm. He was an early riser who liked to go for early morning walks. Anthony was an avid gardener who looked forward to each new gardening season. He was also an ardent hockey fan, and he loved to go fishing.
Anthony will be remembered by those who knew him for his kindness, his willingness to help others, his wonderful sense of humour, his love for his family, and for the special relationships he had with his each of his nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of Anthony’s life was held at the Smith Ag-Rec Community Centre on May 5 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a private family interment at the Smith Community cemetery.
The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to the staff of the University Hospital in Edmonton for all the care and kindness extended to Anthony and the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University Hospital Foundation, 1H1.91 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, 8440-112 Street, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2B7. Phone: (780) 407-7007 or email email@example.com
Termul, Jean L.
Born: August 31, 1932
Passed: March 31, 2009
Indeed, no doubt, that’s what life’s about.
Our Jean a busy bee, wow what a family tree!! Her heart made of gold, you knew, that not one would sleep in the cold. When life was unfair and your heart begins to tear, Jean would be there. Our Jean gave till she went without. She gave until she was completely worn out. No doubt, no doubt, Jean could not see others go without.
That’s what life’s about!
Our Jean would spend her money on those in need, she figured there was no room for greed. She could make someone’s life sunny with that funny stuff called money, Jean only took what she needed, so others she could feed. An honorable deed indeed, indeed.
That’s what life’s about!
Our Jean’s faith in the bible was tight, Jean thought those words of wisdom were alright. An noble book indeed. No doubt. Jean would read those words day and night, always using those words to make things right. Someday! Jean knew she would have to face that light, a new beginning in life’s flight, indeed, no doubt.
That’s what life’s about!
Our Jean loved her family with a glowing glee, as much as her herbal tea. Do not sorrow for me, the heaven’s I will see. Finally my soul set free. Jean will always be thankful for thee and never forget that family tree.
Indeed, no doubt, that’s what life’s about!
Love, your family.
Adamkewicz, Andrew Mike
Passed: February 23, 2010
Andrew Mike Adamkewicz of Slave Lake passed away at the age of 40 on Nov. 23, 2009. He leaves to mourn his wife Trish of 14 years, daughter Shanika-Marie, age 11 and son Kaylen, age 8. Andrew was pre-deceased by his father Mike and survived by his mother Betty, brothers Richard (Randi, Isaiah, Tessa) and Wesley (Isabelle). Here’s some of what son Kaylen wrote about his dad: “It was a sad moment when dad died on Tuesday night, 2009. Momstarted crying ever since. My dad was my fishing buddy. “P.S. We hope dad’s having fun.” And from his brother Wesley: “He probably has ten projects on the go. This is for certain from what we know. Now we know that he’ll be okay. My dad will probably have his tools close to where Andy will stay.” Andrew was born in Edmonton, but moved with his family to Slave Lake at the age of six months. He grew up and went to school there.
Passed: February 18, 2009
Gloria Gatzke of Slave Lake passed away at the age of 70 years on Feb. 18, 2009 in Edmonton.
Gloria is survived by her husband Ken and two daughters Cynthia and Aileen of Edmonton, her mother Margaret Stoney of Edmonton, six sisters Linda, Angela, Betty Jean, Edmonton, Gail, Slave Lake, Alva of Ft. McMurray, Alma of Ontario, five brothers – Maurice of Slave Lake, Billy, Alvin, Bernie and Bryan, all of Edmonton, plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by sister Patricia and two brothers Percy and Eugene.
A service of Christian mass was held on Feb. 23, at Slave Lake St. Peter Celestin Catholic Church, Father Jeyapaul officiating. Interment Slave Lake cemetery. In memory of Gloria, donations may be made to the Northern Haven Support Society of Slave Lake.
Gloria was very involved in the Slave Lake community. She was an active member of other organizations as well: Slave Lake Victim Services, Northern Haven Support Society, the Legion and the Native Friendship Centre.
The Victim Services where she volunteered as an advocate for victims. In this role she helped many people and being a kind and caring person she was always there to help.
The many hours of volunteer work that Gloria became a founding member of the northern Haven Support Society together with Linda Munroe and Evelyn Norberg.
Gloria was part of the team that worked to get a women’s shelter in Slave Lake. Her last task was selling lots of tulips last fall to support the women’s shelter. This spring we should see several thousand of red tulips in Slave Lake and they will remind us of Gloria. A special life has passed from our sight, but never from our hearts.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped and was there for the family.