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SCHULTZ, Marvin Kenneth

 

With sadness and heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Marvin Kenneth Schultz on November 8, 2015 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Marvin was born on January 7, 1952 to Frieda (Vogel) and Edward Schultz in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the youngest of 5 children (Albert, Eileen, Robert and Linda). He was predeceased by his father, Edward Schultz, sister, Eileen, and mother Frieda Mattrick. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Margaret, and son's, Joseph, Collin and Jeff Schultz, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe & Cecile Parenteau of Oyen; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Anita & Brian Volk of Sherwood Park; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Leonard & Cathy Parenteau of Oyen; as well as his nieces and nephews. Marvin first met Margaret on a ski trip in 1986 and it has been an uphill adventure ever since. They were married in 1988 at St. Bernadette's Church in Calgary. They resided in Calgary until 1991 and then moved to Strathmore where they reside today. Their son, Joseph was born on May 7, 1992. At the time of Marvin's passing he worked for the Calgary Board of Education as a Facility Operator for 25 years. Marvin was passionate about his job and took pride in his work. He was an intellectual man and a skilled worker with a quick wit. Marvin was an active member and served on the CUPE 40 Union for many years with his last position held as the Chief Shop Steward. Marvin's main background began in Calgary where he worked as a Certified Journeyman Carpenter both in residential and commercial construction for many years. For those that knew Marvin he wore his heart on his sleeve. When he believed in something he would defend it to the end and would call a spade, a spade. This is what we admired and loved about him. His sense of humor was present in any conversation and always had people laughing and perhaps sometimes scratching their heads. His love was the outdoors which included, fishing and gardening and keeping a beautiful yard. He had a love for classic cars, reading, cooking and a desire and thirst for learning. He was indeed a handy man and could virtually fix anything. Above all and most important Marvin was a loving husband, father and friend who will be greatly missed by all. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone from the EMS, Doctors, Nurses and hospital staff at the Strathmore Hospital, Stars, and to all the Doctors, Nurses and staff in the CICU 103A at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary for giving such compassion and care to Marvin during this time. Thank you to Dr. Fanning of Strathmore for going that extra step to follow-up with our family during this difficult time. Your kindness is admirable and we thank you. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Lord of All Lutheran Church, Strathmore at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Dawn Nelson officiating. There will a luncheon immediately following the services. To send condolences, please visit Marvin's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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GINGRAS, Joyce Doreen (Ertmoed)
December 28, 1950 – November 6, 2015

 

Joyce was born in Calgary, Alberta to Harry and Shirley Ertmoed. She passed peacefully in the Bassano Hospital at the age of 64 years. She was predeceased by her father Harry, brothers Benjamin and Daniel Ertmoed, her second husband Joseph Dorion, father-in-law Maurice Gingras, and mother-in-law Odila Gingras. She will be dearly missed by her husband and soul mate Lionel Gingras. She is survived by her mother Shirley; brother Vance (Bitten) Ertmoed; her son Chad Jamieson; her daughter Gwen (Randy) Pepin; grandchildren Logan, Layla, Austen, Adrianna, Presley, Chase and Shania; her sisters-in-law Marie (Denis) Marcheterre, Monique (Willie) Harasym; brothers-in-law Paul (Sandra) Gingras, Robert (Caroline) Gingras; step-children Shane Gingras and Crystal Gingras; many nephews, nieces and their families, auntie and uncles, cousins, and friends. Joyce enjoyed her flower gardens, cooking, baking, rodeo, and her cats. We were all privileged to have Joyce, and she will always be treasured for her loving heart and will be dearly missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Lord of All Lutheran Church, Strathmore at 2:00 p.m. A private family burial to follow after luncheon at Ouellettville Cemetery, Cluny, Alberta. In lieu of flowers donations can be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association (P.O. Box 4700, Station South, Edmonton, AB, T6E 9Z9) or Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (Bay G 3851-21 street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6T5). To send condolences, please visit Joyce's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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Drake, Phyllis Ivy (nee Hartell)
July 17th, 1929 - November 8th, 2015

 

Phyllis Drake entered her heavenly home on Sunday, November 8th at 12:50pm. What a joy for her to be reunited with many of her family members, friends, dear husband, Bob Drake and her beloved Savior. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Keith Drake (Grace) and Don Drake (Donna); grandchildren Jenni Dirsten (Jeff), Tyler Drake (Jamie-Lee), Jordan Drake (Evelyn), Jocelyn Permann (Chris), thirteen adoring great-grandchildren and her sister Edna Vermont. Phyllis will always be remembered for her ever present beautiful smile, extraordinary gift of hospitality, ability to encourage and bring joy to those around her and her faith in Christ that was unwavering until her last breath.
Phyllis and her husband Bob, an inseparable team, were an active part of the farming community; living 63 years on their farm just southwest of Strathmore. They were very involved in the Flying Farmers Association and were founding members of the Alliance Church in Strathmore. As integral members in their community, they impacted many people and were a blessing to all those who had the privilege of entering their sphere of influence. A celebration service will be held on Friday, November 13th at Strathmore Alliance Church at 2:00 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to join this time of honouring and remembering the life of Phyllis. To send condolences, please visit Phyllis' obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

BEACOME, Catherine "Cathy"
May 20, 1927 ~ October 30, 2015

 

Cathy Beacome passed away at the Willow Creek Care Center in Claresholm on October 30, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Cathy was predeceased by the love of her life, Ken, on November 1, 2007. Born in Carseland, Alberta, she met and married Ken Beacome on December 15, 1948. They continued working in the Mossleigh area before joining Ken's father, Bob, to work on the family farm. Ken and Cathy also drove school bus for many years as a sideline to farming. In 1973, they bought the family farm located six miles south east of Mossleigh, where Cathy enjoyed vegetable gardening and tending to the farm animals, all of which she named with the exception of the chickens. She was especially passionate about everything to do with horses including horseback riding. Cathy could win the life championship of never wearing shoes to do all her farm chores. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home (1605 - 100 Street SE, Calgary) on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.

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BLANCHARD, Gerald
January 13, 1943 – October 27, 2015

 

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our dear husband and father Gerald Blanchard. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon; his children Lynda, Daniel, and Rashel; two grandchildren Hailey and Shaelee; brothers Laurent, Felix, Frank, and Richard; sisters Denise, Marie-Paule, Claudette, and Lilliane. He was predeceased by his parents Herman and Rose Elise, brother Gilbert, and sisters Agathe, Angela, Yvette, and Therese. To celebrate Gerald life, a memorial "Coffee Party" will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Lambert Village reception area (3 Parklane Way, Strathmore) at 1:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Gerald's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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STOCKWELL, Lorna Alice

 

After a life well lived, Lorna Alice Stockwell passed away peacefully at the Strathmore Hospital Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the age of 76. She was born July 9, 1939 in Vermilion, Alberta. She was predeceased by her husband Tom in 1987 and is survived by her children, Nelson (Rhonda) and Barbara (Herman); grandchildren, Brienne (Mitch) Chabot, Erin (Dotan) Stockwell, Alicea (Isaac) Praeker, Tanner (Kimberley) Stockwell, Francis (Jena) Praeker, Geordie Praeker, Cole (Breanne) Praeker; great grandchildren, Jack and Alexis Praeker , Reese and Madison Chabot and Brinley Stockwell and her Furry Friend, Canuck. Lorna is also survived by her sisters, Joan Roberge of Lloydminister and Alva (Harry) Creech of Vermilion as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lorna was born in Vermilion and raised in the Clandonald area, with the Allendale School situated in the same yard where they lived. Lorna and Joan's job in the winter was to head to the school early in the morning and light the fire in the pot belly stove so it was warm when the other students arrived. After graduating from High School Lorna worked as a telephone operator in Lloydminister and during this time she met Tom and they were married on July 2, 1957. They operated school buses in the Clandonald area and this is where Nelson Clifford was born in April 1959. Shortly after, an opportunity arose to purchase school buses in the Rockyford area, prompting the young couple to uproot and settle in their new community. Barbara Alice was born in May 1961 and from there their busy lives continued, raising their young family and operating their fleet of school buses with the greatest of commitment and care. They came to love Rockyford and area and were both involved in many activities. When Tom passed away in Oct 1987, Lorna continued to operate the business until 1999. At this time she sold the business to Southland Transportation, and moved to her retirement home in Strathmore. Lorna kept busy with a part time job and treasured travelling the world with Joan, visiting each of the continents and spending their winters in warmer climates down south. Lorna's greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, always going above and beyond and working behind the scenes to support and attend each activity, sporting event and special moments in their lives. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Manocha and the wonderful staff at the Strathmore Hospital for such excellent, loving care. Everyone was exceptionally caring and compassionate towards Lorna. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd Strathmore) at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made in Lorna's memory to the Cheadle Lion's Hospice Project (RR1, Site 3, Box 22, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1J6). To send condolences, please visit Lorna's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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CAMPBELL, Ramona (Mona)
August 11, 1950 to October 20, 2015

 

Mona, beloved wife of P. Jaye Campbell, passed away suddenly on October 20th at the age of 65. She is survived by her devoted husband P. Jaye Campbell; her treasured son Sean Ramsey; Aunt Genevie Dean "Auntie", cousin Faith Dean and Faith's daughter Crystal (Adam) Lajeunesse and their daughter Charlotte; sister Wanda (Mike) Martin, and nieces Kristen (Dwayne) Wilson and Heidi (David) Sudlow. Mona is also survived by her step-daughters Kim Campbell and Lynda (Gerry) Tribble, 3 grandchildren Brandy (Mike) Pollock, Nicole (Chris) Campbell, and Courtney (Jon) Leinweber and 3 great grandchildren, Maelin, Vicky, and Joe. She is predeceased by her parents Erma and Wilber Hogg and her uncle Don Dean. Mona was born and raised in Calgary and graduated from Bowness High School. She worked in accounting within the steel industry until she settled on a nursing career. She was a dedicated, caring nurse with a successful career with Alberta Health Services. Since moving to Strathmore in 1984, Mona enjoyed life on the ranch, surrounded by animals. She was generous to a fault with her time, resources and love. Since retirement Mona focused her time and energy on helping others. Donations in Mona's name can be made directly to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, T3B 6A9) or the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation (#200, 119-14 St. N.W., Calgary, T2N 1Z6). A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Lord of All Lutheran Church (112 Lakeside Blvd, Strathmore) at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow at Craigmyle Cemetery. To send condolences, please visit Mona's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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SIMONIN, Ronald Leslie
August 28, 1956 – October 26, 2015

 

It is with sad hearts that we announce Ron's passing. Ron is survived by his loving wife Lee (Coldwell) and daughter Bailee; brother Sonny (Chris); his sisters Linda, Dianna (Randy) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ron and Lee owned and operated their own grader business for twenty years and Ron was said to be the "best graderman in the country". He took pride in his work. Ron's family would like to join everyone for a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Strathmore Royal Canadian Legion at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Calgary Humane Society (4455 – 110 Ave. SE, Calgary, T2C 2T7) To send condolences, please visit www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

STOCKWELL, Lorna Alice Winnifred
July 9, 1939 – October 27, 2015

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Hope Community Covenant Church at 11:00 am. Please visit www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca to view Lorna's obituary and to send condolences.

ZARAZUN, Ernest "Ernie" James
September 12, 1944 – October 13, 2015

 

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ernie on October 13, 2015. Ernie was the youngest of 11 children born to Joseph and Pauline Zarazun. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Shirley; his children Tracey (Grant) Howse, Brenda (Reg) Chernoff, Melodie Ancheta, and Liana (Rob) Zavislak; grandchildren Matt (Shawna) Borg, Jeremy Borg, Kyle Allen, Breanna Zavislak, Jenna Allen, Brayden Zavislak, and Aliera Chernoff; great-grandson Jaxon Borg; sisters Josie Matsalla and Mary (Vic) Rieger; brothers Stan (Joyce) Zarazun and Adam (Bev) Zarazun; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Pauline and siblings Ed, John, Agnes, Carl, Vickie and Steve. A celebration of life will be held in Strathmore, Alberta on November 7, 2015, please contact Shirley for details. In lieu of flowers donations may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (1331-29 St. N.W., Calgary, T2N 4N2) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (#200, 119-14 St. N.W, Calgary, T2N 1Z6). To send condolences please visit Ernie's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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Sayler, Marjorie Alida
May 22, 1922 – October 8, 2015

 

After a life well lived, Marjorie Sayler passed away at the Strathmore hospital on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the age of 93. She was born on May 22, 1922 at New Norway, Alberta. She maintained exceptionally good health up to her final days without the need of medication. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and quietly remembered by her family every day. Marjorie Alida --- what a beautiful name, what a beautiful person. Those who knew her best will always remember her sweetness and gentleness. She had such a peace in life. When given adversity, she focused on the positive. Marjorie loved her family and friends; she enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and reading. Her hands told the story of how hard she worked. Her character was an amazing story of love, wit, wisdom, strength and courage. She loved to share stories of her childhood and youth. She had a strong faith in God and He gave her the strength and direction for each day. She was a devoted wife and mother. Marjorie was the last survivor of 10 siblings. She was predeceased by her husband Walter in September 2000 and is survived by her five children: Glen (Irene) Sayler, Don (Jill) Sayler, Joan (Kenton) Ziegler, Gordon Sayler and Darrell (Carol) Sayler, as well as six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at the Wheatland Lodge for providing such excellent, loving care during the past six years for Marjorie. Also, thank you to the medical staff at the Strathmore Hospital who attended to Mom. Everyone was exceptionally caring and compassionate towards her. A private internment service was held with the family at Rockyview Garden of Peace on Friday, October 9, 2015. In respect for Mom's quiet nature of never wanting to attract attention, there will not be a memorial service. To send condolences, please visit Marjorie's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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RANKINE, Robin Patrick
March 17, 1938 - October 7, 2015

 

It is with deep sadness that we announce his passing. Robin was born in Calgary and raised in the Ingelwood and Ogden areas and after marrying he spent time in Edmonton before moving back to Calgary where he lived in Fairview, University Heights, and Maple Ridge before settling in Strathmore with his family. Robin was a physicist, and spent most of his career with Western Research and Development in their Research Department. He was able to make a significant impact on safety in the Oil and Gas Industry with emphasis on the detection of Hydrogen Sulfide. Robin was an avid golfer, curler, as well as a tremendous fan of the Stampeders. He was formidable at anything he set his mind to. Robin is survived by his loving wife Elaine (Ferguson), daughter Laurel, son Lorne (Noreen), grandsons Jesse and Nick. He is also survived by his brothers Kirk (Rita) and Ian (Jeanette), his sister Heather and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Alex and Agnes, brothers Alex and Glen and brother-in-law Glen. Robin was very blessed to have wonderful people helping with his care in the later years of his life, and we would especially like to thank Kim Bartoshewski, Shaima Johnson, Dr. Manocha and the Meadowlark Care Home for their loving and gentle care. His family would like you to join us in "Remembering Robin" on Sunday October 25, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Strathmore Royal Canadian Legion Hall. In lieu of flowers, it is our deepest wish to have you share with us your memories and stories of your time with Robin. To send condolences, please visit Robin's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

RISSEEUW, Gerald "Gerry" Abraham
January 29, 1929 – October 4, 2015

 

Gerry passed away at Sagewood Agecare on Sunday October 4, 2015. He was a quiet man who loved his family, nature, dogs and the farm way of life. Gerry lived his entire life in the Strathmore/Gleichen area and was proud to be called a Farmer. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary; his children Bonnie (Gary) Wolf, Terry Risseeuw, Lorne (Linda) Risseeuw and Colleen (Greg) Romaniuk; grandchildren Tara (Derek) McTavish, Devon (Quinn) Wolf, Justin Wolf, Annaleise (Brandon) Wolf, Graham (Tanisha) Wolf, Leah (Brian) Romaniuk, Adam Romaniuk, Layne Risseeuw, and Shayla Risseeuw; great grandchildren Skylar, Taylor & Zachary Wolf, Dominic Wolf, and Jaxson McTavish; sister-in-law Eileen Risseeuw. He was predeceased by brothers John and Eric Risseeuw and sister Rachel Flowers. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Lord of All Lutheran Church, Strathmore at 11:00 a.m. Interment Strathmore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Strathmore Hospital Foundation (200 Brent Blvd. Strathmore, AB, T1P 1J9) or St. Michael's and All Angels Anglican Church (237–1 Ave. Strathmore, AB. T1P 1B3) To send condolences, please visit Gerry's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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HUXTED, Howard James
December 11, 1928 – September 17, 2015

 

Howard grew up on the family farm at Maple Creek Saskatchewan, until the age of 15. At this time, Howard left the farm with the neighbour boy and caught a freight train to Lethbridge, looking for work. They soon found themselves out of money and food. The boys found a dead calf, skinned it, and sold the hide to get enough money to rent a room and have a meal. After resting for a day, they went to the employment office and applied to be truck drivers, as they didn't want to farm anymore. The employment officer took one look at them and knew they were farm boys, so he sent them to a farm near High River to stook grain (currently known as combining). For the next few years, Howard worked on farms all over Alberta before coming to Strathmore. During the 1950's, he worked for M & M Drilling and spent the next 20 plus years drilling water wells and going north doing seismograph. In 1950, while working in the Wetaskiwin area, Howard met Harriet, and later married in 1951. The oldest child, Brian came along in 1952, followed by Kenny in 1955. Before Howard permanently settled back in Strathmore to raise his family, he lived in Leduc, Wetaskiwin and several other small communities and rounded out the family with Colin born in 1959 and Teresa born in 1964. Howard continued to work with M & M drilling except for a short stint with Grays excavating and the Town of Strathmore public works. He then decided to venture out on his own, at which time he set up a vacuum truck, which he worked for many years. After selling his vac truck and retiring for a few years, he decided he wasn't quite ready for the leisure life. He then purchased 2 gravel trucks, a bobcat and backhoe which he used on a job for the construction and twinning of Highway #1. When Howard decided he had enough of the gravel truck business, he was asked by mayor, Tom Gray, to help Strathmore with the residential garbage contract. After a few years of this, Howard and Harriet started travelling south to Yuma for the winters, leaving the family to look after things. In 1990 Howard retired completely, as this allowed him to setup and sell many acreages. They moved from 4th ave to the corner of hwy # 564 at Nightingale and moved on a mobile home. Years later, Howard decided he needed a shop, so he put the acreage up for sale and bought the property at manderly sod, where he added living quarters to the shop. In 1999, Howard suffered his first stroke in Las Vegas. This led to the sale of the acreage and moving to the Nightingale area once again, where family could help out. Howard and Harriet lived there together until Harriet's passing in October of 2002. Howard continued to live in the Nightingale home until his move to the Wheatland Lodge in January of 2013. While living in the Lodge, Howard befriended Alice Nichol, who became a very special friend. They were inseparable from the day they met. Up until the last few weeks, Howard was known for his pranks and jokes. Howard suffered a heart attack which led to his passing. Howard was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Harriet; mother Mable; father James; sister Joyce; son Brian; Grandson Brian Jr; and Great granddaughter Lincoln. Howard is survived by his sisters Irene Murray and Elsie (Milton) Henry; brothers Melvin (Charmaine) Huxted and Gordon Huxted; children Ken Huxted (Terry), Colin (Bonnie) Huxted, Teresa (Neil) Fuchs; daughter in law Linda Lothian; grandchildren Heather (Alex) Day, Rosemarie (Scott) Morrison, Laurel (John) Ferraz, Sean Michaels, Cody (Christine) Huxted, Kimberly (Graham) Fitzsimmons, Jamie Huxted, Lindsay Huxted (Cody), Kayla (Gordon) Davidson, Christopher Fuchs (Pauline); and great grandchildren Cymantha Lee, Natasha Anne, Seth, Holden, Shayana, Aryela, Kyle, Jaken, Blakelyn, Leah, and Damien. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Hope Community Covenant Church at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Howard's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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PETHICK, Judith Jeannette
April 4, 1945 – September 17, 2015

 

Judy passed away on Thursday, September 17 at South Health Campus in Calgary. She is survived by her only child, Wendy (Paul) Rubner; grandchildren Hailey and Amanda; beloved companion Robert Clermont; brothers Curtis (Vera) and Larry; sisters Diane and Shirley; and a great number of nieces and nephews. Judy was a prominent businesswoman in Strathmore for 30 years and owned Golden West Jewelry. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Lord of All Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. To send condolences, please visit Judy's obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.