Obituaries

PARIS, John Peter
August 28, 1925 - January 6, 2016

 

John passed away at Strathmore Hospital. He was born to Jean Pierre and Elizabeth of Langdon, AB. He started school in Langdon and, at the age of 10, the family moved to Cheadle where he continued his schooling at the Fairplay School and met the love of his life, Doris Drake. They were united in marriage on January 25, 1947 and spent 68 marvelous years together. John loved the farm and spent his life involved in agriculture, grain farming and raising livestock. He was also involved in real estate, eventually forming JonDor Real Estate. He devoted his life to his family and his community. John was the founding president of the Cheadle Lions Club, a long-time member of the Sodbusters, and an active supporter of his neighbourhood churches. Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife Doris; son Guy (Wendy); daughter Marlyn (David) Townsend; grandsons Jason (Kerri) and Douglas (Yolanda); and great-grandchildren Tia, Lucas, Alex, Isaac, and Reid. John was predeceased by his parents, sisters Martha (Rob) Jackson and Mary (Ed) Barlow, and brother in law Bob (Phyllis) Drake. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made directly to the Cheadle Lions Club Hospice Fund (Box 22 Site 3 RR1, Strathmore, AB. T1P 1J6). A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Strathmore Alliance Church at 11:00 a.m. To send condolences, please visit John's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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PETERS, Catherine Elizabeth "Betty"
September 26, 1919 – January 5, 2016

 

Betty passed away on January 5 with her nieces by her side at the age of 96 years. She is predeceased by her parents, Edwin Petroe and Mary Alice, brother Thayne, and sister Rosella. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. In her earlier years, Betty had a career in nursing for over 25 years. Later, she was a dedicated Legion and Ladies Auxiliary Member. Her final years were spent in the Manor and Strathmore Lodge. A memorial service was held on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Wheatland Funeral Chapel, Strathmore at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Betty's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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TURNER, Mary Theresa
January 25, 1926 – December 30, 2015

 

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mary Turner on December 30, 2015. She is survived by her husband Bill; her children, David (Mena), Joanne (Dean), Mike (Suzy) and Jocelyn (John); three grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick and Chris; two great grandchildren, Micah and Connor and one sister Gerri. Mary was predeceased by one sister and four brothers. A memorial service was held on Monday, January 4, 2016 at Wheatland Funeral Chapel, Strathmore, at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Mary obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

WYATT, Jean Louise (nee McAlaster)
August 1, 1929 - Kisbey, Saskatchewan
January 2, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

 

Jean Wyatt passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the age of 86 years.
Jean was a grand lady who loved everyone that she met and always had a smile for everyone.
Jean is survived by three children, Betty Walker, Dennis Wyatt (Peter), and Heather James (Bob); five grandchildren, William (Jayna), Matthew (Katherine), Andrew (Jessica), Tracey (Regan), Christopher (Tonya); six great-grandchildren Cooper, Everly, Ashley, Nolan, Jaxon, and Hannah. She was predeceased by her husband Rusty on December 30, 2011.
Funeral Services will be held at Lutheran Church Lord of All (112 Lakeside Blvd, Strathmore) on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice.
In living memory of Jean Wyatt, 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.

Thiessen, Bobbi Joanne (nee Kennedy)
October 23, 1970 - December 19, 2015

 

Survived by daughter Hayley Thiessen, son Joshua Thiessen. Mother Bette Kennedy (Atilio Pasutto), father Robert Kennedy. Sisters Shannon Hermanson (Joe Hermanson), Sherry Gaub (Don Fraser). Nieces and nephew, Joanne Hermanson, Bruce Hermanson, Tyla Gaub. Aunts Janice Fieger, Lynn Sturm, Gail Richardson, Dawn Ginther. Uncles Robert Sturm, Bob Ouellette, many cousins. Predeceased by grandparents Gladys and Bill Sturm, Alberta and George Kennedy. Aunt Rita Ouellette, Uncle Peter Sturm. B.J. fought a courageous battle with M.S. A lover of animals she cared for a great variety throughout her life time. A real athlete, successfully competing in the Alberta summer games in discus, shot put and baseball, coming home with several medals. She loved ringette, playing for the Heritage Ringers in Calgary for 3 years as a goalie. During this time the team competed at the provincial level and won the Air Canada golden rings, being the best team in Alberta.
B.J had many friends both young and old, always welcoming and eager to lend a hand. She will be missed by all who knew her and the special dog of her heart, Lola. Thank you to the staff at Sagewood Seniors Community for taking care of B.J. and sharing your love with her. In lieu of flowers if desired, B.J. has requested donations be made to the Strathmore Handi Bus and the Recreation Department at Sagewood. Memorial Tea was held December 21st.

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FAIR, Lorne Garry
1937 - 2015

 

Lorne passed away on December 18, 2015 at the Sagewood Seniors Care Centre in Strathmore. He was born in Calgary on March 22, 1937, the only child of Gladys (Parsons) and Leland Fair. When his father was in the Navy, Lorne attended grade one in Halifax. He spent the next year living with his Aunt Leila and Uncle Hugh Wilson on their farm near Mossleigh, Alberta and attended grade two there. He loved this time with his cousins in the country. When the war ended, he rejoined his parents in Calgary and attended several schools there before graduating from Crescent Heights in 1955. He worked for several oil companies, including Husky Oil, where he was a Landman for ten years. It was here in 1967 that he met his future wife, Lynne Mercer, from Strathmore who was working in the Geology Department. They were married on April 20, 1968 and both continued working for Husky until 1972. They left the city to begin a new venture of farming north of Strathmore, starting "from scratch" to fulfil a desire Lorne had for becoming his own boss. He designed and built a unique round barn and they started raising sheep and cattle, and ventured into a custom haying business. Being self-reliant and pragmatic, he also possessed skill in several trades and believed he could accomplish his dream with hard work and determination. He was a very practical problem-solver and could build or fix almost anything. With Lynne as his patient and faithful workmate, they farmed for over thirty-five years before retiring into Strathmore in 2007. They always shared a love of music. For many years Lorne was an enthusiastic drummer with dance orchestras, namely the "Valleau Combo" and the "Night Hawks", playing steadily both in Calgary and many surrounding areas. Lorne was predeceased by his parents, Leland in 1976 and Gladys in 1978. He is survived by his loving wife, Lynne; three children, Taralynn (Kim) Craig of Coaldale, Cindy Burgess of Calgary, and Gary (Olga) of Fort Saskatchewan. He has seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Burgess, Jacqueline (Dan) Burke, Rhéanna (Jeff) de Boer, Tamara (Troy) Craig, Gregory (Nicole) Craig, Brendan Fair, and Shannon Fair. He also has 5 great-grandchildren, Emily, Dustin, and Brenden de Boer, and Alex and Esme Burke. A Celebration of Lorne's Life will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Strathmore United Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Strathmore Handibus Association (680 Westchester Rd, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1J1). To send condolences, please visit Lorne's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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KRAHENBIL, Verne Kenneth

 

On December 14, 2015, Verne Krahenbil, of Strathmore, Alberta lost his courageous battle with ALS. Verne was born on April 24, 1949 in Estevan, Saskatchewan to Pastor Karl and Theresia Krahenbil. He grew up in Middle Lake, Saskatchewan and married Audrey Frederick in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan on September 23, 1972.
Verne spent much of his work career employed at CIBC, Alberta Wheat Pool and most recently Spray Air/Nu Vision at Carseland, Alberta. In past years. Verne was an active community member with the Carseland and Gleichen curling clubs as well as the Cluny Lions club. A lifelong Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, he also spent much of his time coaching his sons baseball team, camping, golfing, doing puzzles and most recently enjoying time with his grandchildren.
Verne is survived by his loving wife Audrey of 43 years; three children Cory (Lisa), Chad and Tarlynn; five grandchildren, Joel, Carly, Emery, Kieran and Easton; four sisters, Sylvia, Dorothy, Lois and Sharon (Ken) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, older brother Marvin, and infant brother Ronald. A memorial service was held Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Lord of All Lutheran Church, Strathmore, at 2:30pm. If desired, donations may be made to the ALS Society of Alberta.

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Kroon, Thelma Victoria, née Long

 

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Centre December 13, 2015.
Born July 14, 1919 in Winnipeg, MB, Thelma is survived by Gordon - her loving husband of more than 63 years, her children Gerry (Ruth), Gail (Bryan), and Gwen (Art), 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Thelma was kindness personified. She always loved to laugh and was able to do so, right up until the end. Her family is grateful for the many years they were able to spend with her, and she will live forever in our hearts.
A private memorial service is planned for the new year.

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LARSEN, Mary Jane (Hoeymakers)
January 9, 1953 – December 8, 2015

 

Mary was born in Chatham, Ontario on January 9, 1953. She is survived by her husband, Willy Larsen; son Mark (Ella) Larsen and their children Mia, Jerrette, and Tiffany; daughter Amy (Eric) Wiens and their daughter Sarah; daughter-in-law Christine Larsen; her mother Johanna Hoeymakers (nee Classen); brothers Henry and John (Linda) Hoeymakers; sister-in-law Bodil; and brothers-in-law Preben (Marlene), Peter (Michelle), Bjarne (Irene), Bent (Jocelyne), Alan, Tim (Sheri), Dale (Colleen), and their families. Mary was predeceased by her father, Peter Hoeymakers; granddaughter Allison Wiens; parents-in-law Kurt and Esther Larsen; sister-in-law Anna Topechka; and brothers-in-law Pete Topechka and Gary Larsen. She will also be dearly missed by her close friends Evelyn Good and Dianne Gould as well as the staff at Brentwood Elementary School. Mary loved to spend time with her grandchildren and paint and was active in Brentwood School and with the Girl Guides of Canada. A memorial luncheon for Mary will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Standard Community Hall at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Mary's memory may be made directly to the Autism Society of Alberta (174, 3359-27 Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T1Y 5E4). To send condolences, please visit Mary's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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MARCH, Eleanor May (Johnson)

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Eleanor, the first born daughter of Dorothy Myer and Clarence Johnson. After a yearlong heroic battle with cancer she passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. She was predeceased by her son David, both parents, and sister Joy. She is survived by the love of her life, Bill. Siblings Vernon, Will (Wendy), Minerva, Sherman, Ruth and Jim. Her daughters Christine (Pat), Dori-Lynn and foster son Jacob. Grandchildren Lytasha (Scott), Ashley (Ryan), Alora (Kevin), Juliana, Mitchell (Kris) and Izaac. Great grandchildren Daniel, Steven, Damien, Alexia, Dustin, Patrick, Conrad, and Dominic, as well as a large extended family, many friends and adopted family she gathered along her way. Eleanor was a guiding light who touched the lives of everyone she met. She lives on in our hearts, minds and family legacy that continues to grow. We intend to have a celebration of life in January, details will be on Facebook, anyone who would like is welcome to attend. The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers. To send condolences, please visit Eleanor's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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Morrison, Kenneth McLean

 

Ken entered his heavenly home on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Ken was born and raised in Kimberly, B.C, where his love for the mountains and Wasa Lake was nurtured. He began work with Calgary Power – Trans Alta at 18 years of age, and dedicated 41 years of service, both as a lineman and in managerial positions. Ken married Maxine Kurtz in 1954, and they shared 61 years together. Ken was a life member of the Lions Club, an avid curler, sports fan, and landscape painter. Ken is survived by his wife Maxine; children Randle (Ronna), Wayne, Donna (Don Drake); daughter-in-law Barb; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The family is appreciative of the extraordinary care that Ken received during his residence at Dawson Lake, Sagewood. A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Lord of All Lutheran Church, Strathmore, at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family are invited to join in this time of honoring and remembering the life of Ken. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken's memory can be made directly to the recreation department at Sagewood (140 Cambridge Glen Drive, Strathmore, AB T1P 0E2). To send condolences, please visit Ken's obituary at at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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Nelson,Harry Nelson (Terry)

 

Terrance Harry Nelson (Terry), 63, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Drumheller, Alberta after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Terry was born on August 21, 1952 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Donald and Hilda Nelson. His family moved to Calgary in 1954 where he later met, then married, his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Barbara, and started a family. Terry and Barb moved to Strathmore to raise their children, returning to Calgary once they had grown, and recently settled in Drumheller.
Terry worked for over thirty years in the automotive industry. He started his career in high school working for Grosser Automotive stocking shelves and finished his career as Sales and Marketing Manager Western Division for Napa Auto Parts Canada. Terry felt very blessed to have had made such amazing lifelong friendships.
Terry left loving memories with his adoring wife, Barbara; daughter, Tara (Carl) and son Danny (Trish). He delighted in his grandchildren; Shaun, Katelynn, Zander and Xavier. He is also survived by three brothers; Jack (Ruth) Nelson, Don (Jeanne) Nelson, and Ken (Marilyn) Nelson and a sister, Gail (Dwight) Gilmour; three brothers-in-law; Glenn (Darlene) Pearson, Jerry (Debbie) Pearson, and Tim (Karen) Pearson and a sister-in-law Shirley (Wayne) Desjardins; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Rockyview Alliance Church (6927 Rundlehorn Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta).
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Drumheller Health Centre for the amazing care and attention that Terry received in his last months. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Terry's name to the Coalbanks Unit of the Drumheller Health Centre The Drumheller Health Foundation, 351 - 9th Street NW,
Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y1 or www.drumhellerhealthfoundation.com.

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NIELSEN,Garry

 

It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Garry. He passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Center in Calgary on Nov. 21, 2015. Garry lived his entire life in the Chancellor, AB area. After high school, Garry attended Olds Agricultural School where he met the love of his life, Margaret. Garry spent his life farming and, in later years, doing woodworking and many forms of construction. Garry was always willing to offer a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was also generous to a fault. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life. Garry will be greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Margaret; daughter Kim (Truman) and their children Meryn and Thaya; son Roger (Sheri); daughter Kari; granddaughter Lacey (Andy) and their children Paige and Addison; grandsons Dalton and Tavish; granddaughter Kendall (Paul) and their children Shellby and Aurora; and granddaughter Kyra. He is also survived by his brother Allan (Judy); sisters May and Kay; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all of the staff on unit 38 at the Peter Lougheed Center for the care and compassion he received. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (Hussar) at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Camp Kuriakos (Site 8, Box 18, RR1, Sylvan Lake, AB, T4S 1X6), Samaritan's Purse (20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, Alberta, T3J 5H5), or to your local food bank. To send condolences, please visit Garry's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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SINGLETON,Margaret Jean (nee Bradley)
May 11, 1943 – Nov 19, 2015

 

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of their mother, grandmother and sister, Jean Singleton at the General Hospital in Strathmore, Alberta on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Jean was born in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Arnstein, Ontario. Jean married her teenage sweetheart and the love of her life, Lyal Singleton, on July 28, 1962. Together, they raised their son, Joe and daughter, Kathy. After raising her family to teenagers in Ontario, the family moved west to Alberta. After a brief stay in Calgary, Jean and Lyal moved to Strathmore in 1988. Jean enjoyed the company of family and friends and always had a house full. Jean's passion was traveling, especially east to visit family in Ontario. Throughout her life Jean took many different jobs from receptionist to construction worker, whatever it took to help provide for her family. Jean enjoyed fishing, quadding and long trips in their motor home with Lyal and their canine companion, "Missy". Jean treasured her family time and she and Lyal visited many wonderful places and attended several family reunions. She provided strong support to her children and then to her wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will all miss her dearly. Jean is survived by her son, Joe (Marilyn) and their children Troy, Jennifer (Alex) and their children Brandon, Kyla, Angelle, Emily, Logan and Chase; and daughter Kathy (Al). Jean will be greatly missed by her sisters, Marylou (Tony), Grace (Jim) and brothers, Richard (Gloria), Eddie (Eila), Roy (Bertha), Harvey (Linda) and Jack (Bonnie). Jean will also be missed by a host of extended family and friends. We have all been blessed for having had Jean in our lives. Jean was predeceased by her husband Lyal, sisters, Fern (Leslie), Joy (Andrew), Gloria (Harold), Christina (Jack) and brothers Gerald (Audrey), Clayton (Elsie) and Paul (Enid). Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the WHEATLAND FUNERAL HOME (202 Lakeside Boulevard, Strathmore, AB) Funeral services was held on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the Lord of All Lutheran Church (112 Lakeside Blvd. Strathmore, AB) at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3B 6A9).To send condolences, please visit Jean's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhomel.ca.

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HINES,George Edward
May 28, 1920 – November 5, 2015

 

Born in St. John, NB, raised in Lethbridge, AB; worked briefly in the Crowsnest and the remainder of his life in Calgary, AB. We didn't always agree on everything, Dad, but knowing that we were loved and that you knew that love was returned meant so much. From us to you Dad: daughter Georgia, son Mel, grandson Brett (Kelli), granddaughter Sara (Jodie), great granddaughters Brooklynn, Makenna, Brynn, Tegan and Chloe.....thank you. Survived also by sister-in-law Barb, niece Kathy and nephews Brad, Ted and families. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Georgina, brother Jim and former wife June. Goodbye and thanks to his Signature Park friends and staff, the staff at Swiss Chalet, Sunterra, Smitty's, Rockyview Hospital and most recently Chinook Care Centre for your care, kindness and laughs.
"A Meaningful Life"
is not about being rich,
being popular, being highly
educated or being perfect.
It is about being real,
being humble, being able to
share ourselves and touch
the lives of others.
It is only then that we
could have a full,
happy and contented life.
Will miss our Flames/Stamps talks, Dad, but will cheer them on.....even more loudly now. Dad's attitude, sometimes to a fault, was that if you couldn't give 110%, then don't do it. Once he realized that his body could no longer do that, he was done. He also knew how lucky he was to have the family, friends and health that he did have for 95½ years. Dad's quote for many years was "don't take any wooden nickels", but lately was simply....."anyway", meaning he had ended a discussion or a visit. So, Dad....."anyway" from all of us.....love you, miss you.....in our hearts always. Our Dad/Grandpa was cremated November 9, 2015. There will be a family gathering to scatter his ashes in the mountains at a future date. If you wish, please make donations to the Food Bank, homeless shelter or charity of choice. Condolences may be left at www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.