Obituaries

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KERSCH, Dorothy Tena

 

Dorothy Kersch passed away peacefully in the morning hours of March 22, 2017 in Strathmore, AB. Dorothy was born on the Wilson Farm near Harris, SK, January 6, 1930. Dorothy, much-cherished wife, mother, grandmother and friend, will be lovingly remembered by her husband Mel of 65 years, daughter Maxine (Hugh), son Lee (Karen) and their families, extended family and friends. Dorothy created a loving home, welcoming people with a gentle smile, kind words and delicious meals. She loved to socialize but she also cherished her quiet times with family. She enjoyed reading or crocheting and sewing love & remembrance into every treasure she created. Words cannot adequately express our appreciation to those amazing people at Sagewood for their special care and kindness and we also send our gratitude to Dr. Gooden, who cared for Dorothy with such gentleness and compassion. Donations in Dorothy’s memory can be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association (#204, 2323 32nd Ave. NE, Calgary, T2E 6Z3. To send condolences, please visit Dorothy’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

 

An Angel
By an Unknown Author

 

An angel lived among us,
A gift from God above.
She showered us with kindness
And shared with us her love.
She cherished every moment
With the man who was her life;
Walking hand in hand together,
Facing life through joy and strife.

She loved her children dearly,
Each one a different way,
Nestled close within her heart.
Through each and every day.

She’s gone to live with Jesus.
But, she’s here with us, today,
Smiling down on every one of us,
And telling us she’s O.K.

Think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched
for nothing loved is ever lost
and she was loved so much.

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HUDSON, Valerie Kim (McLeay)
November 13, 1957 – March 15, 2017

 

Valerie Hudson, beloved wife of Richard Hudson, lost her battle to cancer on March 15, 2017 at the age of 59 years. She was a loving mother to Michelle Tanton and Melissa (Trevor) Muenchrath. The most amazing and caring grandma to Taryn, Zach, Makayla, Hailey, Shyann and Kinsley. She will be missed by family and friends who knew her. Valerie was predeceased by her parents Roy and Shirley, brothers Douglas and Dwain. The family wishes to thank all doctors, nurses, homecare, Rural Palliative Team, and Wheatland EMS for the care and support for Valerie and family. As per Valerie’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. To send condolences, please visit Valerie’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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KONDO, Echi (nee Takaguchi)
Dec. 02, 1927 – Mar. 15, 2017

 

A gentle soul is gone.
Echi Kondo, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will lovingly be remembered by her husband Lido; daughters Colleen Kondo and Sharon (Rick) Plante; and two granddaughters Niki Plante (Phil Diep) and Lauren Plante (Brendan Farris). Echi is also survived by brothers Harumi (Michie) Takaguchi, Robert (Judy) Takaguchi; sister Atsu (Jim) Hagihara; and sister-in-law Kaz Takaguchi. She is predeceased by brother Yosh Takaguchi.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Fanning for his care and compassion for Echi and to the Strathmore Hospital staff for their care and support during her stay last summer. We are also very grateful to the Bayshore Homecare ladies for their wonderful care and support. It was Echi’s wish for a private family ceremony. If family and friends so desire, in lieu of flowers donations can be made directly to the Wheatland Area Hospice Society (PO Box 2154, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1K2) or a charity of your choosing. To send condolences, please visit Echi’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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LOWTHER, Brian Robert George

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Brian Lowther. Brian is survived by his loving wife Marlyn, his children Desiree and Nathanael; his mother Madge; sisters Linda (Jim) Gowliuk, Ann-Marie (Cliff) William as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Brian’s family wish to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. E. Muller for his professional care over the years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (1 Bayside Pl, Strathmore) at 7:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Brian’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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PICHÉ, Norman Denis

 

Norman Denis Piché was born March 30, 1936 in Cadillac, SK and passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2017 in Strathmore AB. Norm grew up in Gravelbourg, SK where he met and married Aline Nobert on April 22, 1957. Together they moved to Calgary where he founded Dominion Rig Welders. They decided to call Strathmore home officially in 1986. Norm started another welding company upon moving to Strathmore, Target Welding Ltd. He retired from welding in 1998. Norm is survived by his wife Aline Piché, their four children; Marlene vanHaren (Jared and Deanne), Terrie Tarnowski (Tom) (Brandin and Jayden), André Piché (Darlene) (Quentin) and Vincent Piché (Melissa) (Luba and Lexx) and his brother Julien Piché. He enjoyed spending much of his time at the casinos in Calgary where he made many friends. Norm loved farm life, gardening and making conversations, with the girls at the Credit Union mostly. He was a beloved husband, father and Pépère and he will be missed by many. Per Norm’s wishes, there will be no service. To send condolences, please visit Norm’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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SCHMIDT, Douglas William
September 19, 1958 - Strathmore, AB
March 3, 2017 – Calgary, AB

 

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Doug Schmidt on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the age of 58 years.
Doug was born and raised in Strathmore, AB where he worked at the Western Feedlot, Strathmore Seed Cleaning Plant and UFA, until he started long-haul truck driving, which he did for over twenty-five years. Doug kept very active with sports, most notably: baseball, hockey and Tae Kwon Do, until his back injuries no longer allowed him to. Besides sports, he loved to spend his time camping, fishing, singing karaoke and playing pool. Most importantly he loved making memories with his daughters, Sonya and Megan. Doug will be lovingly remembered as an extremely kind man who always tried to make others laugh and put others before himself.
Doug is survived by his daughters, Sonya (Adam) Soch and Megan Schmidt (Jay Lowe); friend and mother of his daughters, Shelly Gardner; siblings, Lauri-Ann (Randy) Lowe, Janice Steinhubl (Rick Piche), Lorne Schmidt and Tammy (Daryl) Hawkins; nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Sarah, Rick, Shayna, Christopher, and Jamie; and great-nephew Axton.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Doreen Schmidt; brother Randy Simpson; nephew Kelly Lowe; grandpa Jack Issard; and grandma Rosie Issard, who was very special to Doug.
Memorial Services was held at the Langdon Community Church (23 Centre Street N, Langdon, AB) on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Doug Schmidt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

THIESSON, Nancy Louise (Bell)

 

Sadly, Nancy passed away at Strathmore Hospital Palliative Care Unit, on March 13, 2017 after a courageous 16 month battle with cancer. She will be missed by all who knew her. Nancy was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who were a part of her life, both past and present. She was full of enthusiasm and had a zest for life. Riding motorcycles, playing golf, skiing and gardening were some of her passions that she lived for. Nancy is survived by her husband Don Hoffman, sons Chris (Jennie) and Andrew (Jen) along with grandchildren, nieces, nephew, and one brother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (1331 – 29 St. NW, Calgary, AB. T2N 4N2). A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Strathmore United Church at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Nancy’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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NEWBON, Frida “Freda”
July 10, 1920 – Calgary, AB
March 7, 2017 – Strathmore, AB

 

Freda Newbon passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the age of 96 years.
Freda was born in Calgary, AB, and resided in Bridgeland for a large portion of her life. Freda later met her husband Ray who she was married to for fifty-eight wonderful years. She supported Ray and his construction and carpentry work while raising their son Raymond. Freda enjoyed gardening, crocheting, making things from scratch and will be remembered as being a good cook. She will be greatly missed by all her family and those who knew her.
Freda is survived by her son Raymond and daughter-in-law Paula Newbon of Standard, AB; Grandchildren Ashley Newbon and Matt Archer of Bonnyville, AB, Raelene Newbon and Chris Henshaw of Strathmore, AB, Alaina and Kane Weiwel of Carseland, AB; as well as her great-grandchildren Cole, Sienna, Brayden, Urijah, Skylar and Nixon.
Freda was predeceased by her beloved husband Ray; her sisters Pauline, Anna Marie, Violette; and her brother, Victor.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 2:00p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery, Calgary, AB. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
The family would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Sagewood for their warm and loving care.
In living memory of Freda Newbon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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Watson, Lorraine Ann
1960 – 2017

 

It is with sadness and a sense of peace Lorraine’s family announces her passing on March 3, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta. She was born in Virden, MB on July 19, 1960 to her loving parents Jack and Belle Stephenson. She was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her sons Jonathan and Shaun Watson, daughter Courtney Canivet, friend and former spouse Leslie Anthony Watson, sisters Joyce (Bob) Geldreich and Debbie (John) MacLaughlin, brothers Bill and David Stephenson, and extended family, including two grandsons and many nieces and nephews. Lorraine loved and was loved by her whole family. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all the staff at the Southwood Care Centre for caring for Lorraine. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Wheatland Funeral Chapel (202 Lakeside Blvd., Strathmore) at 1:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Lorraine’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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GILBERT, Rose Lilian
1926-2017

 

Our Beautiful English Rose Gilbert has happily re-joined her beloved husband Aubrey (Sam). Rose was born in Hamersmith, London England on September 5, 1926 and passed peacefully on March 3, 2017 at the age of 90, with family by her side. She cherished her 3 children: Colin (Sharon) Jeffrey (Brenda) and Janice (Walter Riewe) her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rose & Sam immigrated to Calgary in 1965, and had enjoyed living in Dewinton, Longview, High River, Okanagan Falls and Hines Creek before retiring in Strathmore. All who knew her loved her and spent many hours with her perusing photographs of her family, her gardens and her art work. To the end always a Lady, she will be remembered and missed. Thanks to the Doctors and staff at the Strathmore Hospital, Strathmore Handi-bus, Strathmore FCSS and Strathmore Legion, who made her last years more comfortable. Service and Celebration of Life to be held at Royal Canadian Legion, 230 - 2nd Ave Strathmore on Friday April 7th, 2017 between 12:30 and 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

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BROWN, Gordon Scott

 

Gordon Scott Brown was born on January 5, 1937 in Bassano Alberta. Gordon passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Strathmore Hospital on March 2, 2017. Gordon was pre-deceased by his beautiful wife Ellen on February 12, 2012 and numerous brothers and sisters over the years. Gordon is survived by his sons Randy (Jamie), Dale (Jill) and Murray (Daun). His grandchildren Cody, Cole, Kyle, Cameron, Niki and Chad, his great grandchildren Ryleah and Josh, his sister Ester Hood and brother Doug Brown. Gordon worked many jobs over the years in Hussar and surrounding area. His most recent job, we feel, was “Mayor of the Sagewood Agecare Center” in Strathmore. After a brave fight with cancer, we know Gordon is smiling down on us, and he is happy to finally reunite with the love of his life and best friend, Ellen. In lieu of flowers donations can be made directly to the Hussar Cemetery (P.O. Box 100, Hussar,Alberta T0J 1S0) or The Cancer Society (#200, 325 Manning Rd. NE, Calgary, T2E 2P5). Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd., Strathmore) at 1:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Gordon’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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MACDONALD, Lisa Dawn (nee Hartell)

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lisa Dawn Macdonald (Hartell) after a five month battle with cancer. Lisa was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 8, 1970 and passed away on March 1, 2017. Lisa is survived by her three precious sons, Tate (Taylor), Beau, and Slade; parents Bob and Yvonne Hartell of Strathmore; sister Lindy (Bjonna) Fuchs and their children Gunnar and Skylar from Peers, Alberta; brother Wace (Amanda) and their children Keeley and Jack from Empress, Alberta; father and mother-in-law, Alastair and Sharon; brother-in-law Matthew (Kerry) and son Georgie; and sister-in-law Jody (Michael) and daughter Meg, all from New Zealand. Lisa was predeceased by her husband, Hamish in 2007; grandpa Albert Desmet; grandparents Jack and Mag Hartell; and uncles Jackie Hartell and Robert Desmet. Lisa was a free spirit and she loved to dance, jog, and go camping. She married Hamish in 1993 and, shortly after, they moved to The Plains Station in TeAnau, New Zealand. After Hamish’s passing, Lisa and the boys moved back to Strathmore, Alberta. Lisa had many struggles in her life and she battled them hard. In the last two years she was back to her normal, fun-loving self. Unfortunately, her biggest battle with Leukemia was one she just couldn’t defeat, but she did put up a big fight. A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Cheadle Hall at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Wheatland & Area Hospice Society (PO Box 2154, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1K2). To send condolences, please visit Lisa’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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Watson, Lorraine Ann
1960 – 2017

 

It is with sadness and a sense of peace Lorraine’s family announces her passing on March 3, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta. She was born in Virden, MB on July 19, 1960 to her loving parents Jack and Belle Stephenson. She was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her sons Jonathan and Shaun Watson, daughter Courtney Canivet, friend and former spouse Leslie Anthony Watson, sisters Joyce (Bob) Geldreich and Debbie (John) MacLaughlin, brothers Bill and David Stephenson, and extended family, including two grandsons and many nieces and nephews. Lorraine loved and was loved by her whole family. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all the staff at the Southwood Care Centre for caring for Lorraine. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Strathmore. To send condolences, please visit Lorraine’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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WINTER, Beatrice Ann (nee Rattai)
Sept 3, 1947 – March 03, 2017

 

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Beatrice (Bea) Winter announces her passing on Friday, March 03, 2017, at the age of 69. Bea is survived by her husband of 48 years Keith, son Alan and her brother Ernie. Beatrice was an active member of multiple clubs and associations, holding a multitude of positions within them in the local area. Her unique skills and loving attitude will be missed by all who knew her. Bea grew up and lived on a farm for most of her life where she found great love in riding horses and taking care of the new baby calves each season. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Strathmore Civic Center (120 Brent Boulevard Strathmore) at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations go directly to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation (Phone: 403-270-3549, On-line: www.heartandstroke.ca, Mail: suite 200 119 14th St NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6) To send condolences, please visit Bea’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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PETERSON, Doreen (Dolly) Sylvia (nee Niles)
July 6, 1928 - February 18, 2017

 

To our beautiful and loving Mom: Thank-you for always being there for us; for your support, encouragement, patience, kindness, guidance, laughter and hugs. Thank-you for always believing in us and for showing us the importance and meaning of family. Thank-you for all of the love you shared with all of your children and grandchildren. We had so much fun and shared so many memories in your 88 years. Thank-you ;) We loved your stories: From the time you were born to Frank and Glendora in Leross, Sask. in 1928, to growing up with your 6 sisters and brothers (Hazel, Kitty, Stan, Francis, Roy, Yvonne), to your adventures in Kindersley, Beechy, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Calgary, and “The Farm”. We’ll always remember your baseball skills, your ability to run like the wind, your love of country music, and your excitement to watch the Flames. You loved to dance and we know you are once again dancing with the love of your life, Marvin Peterson. Your 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren are all so thankful for you in our lives and we will always support and love one another as you did for us. We love you forever and ever, Linda Michailuck, Nancy Chmilar, Burdine (Colin) Acheson, Billy (Joanne) Saggs, Lory (Jon) Ross-Hill, Dianne (Silver), The Petersons, your surviving sister Kitty Thomas, and all of our families, extended family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. A.W.Morrison and Eileen, Dr. J.Sie, Dr. G.Josef, Dr. A.Lukubisha, and Nicole. The family will be having a private gathering but appreciate your condolences. To send condolences, please visit Doreen’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca