Obituaries

Germaine Marie Goutier

On March 19, 2017, Germaine Marie Goutier passed away, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 53 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Germaine was born on Feb. 14, 1964. She grew up in Joussard and graduated from E.W. Pratt High School in High Prairie. She had a great presence as a 7-Eleven employee in Edmonton, and as a server in restaurants in Onoway and in the Lac Ste. Anne area. She will be sadly missed.
She is survived by: her two children, Amanda Kruper and Kathleen Kruper [Jordan Achty- michuk]; her parents, Camille and Antoinette Goutier; seven brothers and sisters, Charles, Denis [Marie], Paul, Marc, Angele [Chuck] Leganchuk, Joanne [Scott] Sware, Louise [Rush] McEachern; as well as several nieces and nephews; the Emack family and Kruper family; special friend Kathy Conley; as well as many numerous friends.
A remembrance and summer celebration of life will be held in her hometown of Joussard. The celebration with a casual social and lunch will be held at the Joussard Community Hall on June 24 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to the Barrhead Health Centre, 4815 51 Ave, Barrhead, AB., TN7 1M1.

 

 

Lydia Brilz

Lydia (Mazarchuk) Brilz was born February 25, 1938 and passed away on May 26, 2017 at the age of 79 years.
Lydia’s early years were spent in High Prairie until she moved to Calgary to begin her 40-year career as a legal assistant. It was there that she became the beloved wife of Edwin Brilz for over 52 years. Lydia was known for her dedication and precision
in all aspects of her life. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Lydia is survived by her sister Lillian (James) Hladky, her nephew David (Adrienne) Hladky and their son Elyas, her niece Karen (Allan) Gallant and their children Allison and Ryan, her Aunt, Ann Duban, and many cousins in both Canada and Ukraine. She is also survived by many of her husband Edwin’s family members.
Funeral Services were held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service followed at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment loans, #7, 3140 –14 Ave N.E. Calgary, AB T2A 6J4, Telephone: (403) 273-4426.
In living memory of Lydia Brilz, 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.
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Cecile Tanasiuk

Cecile Tanasiuk, of Kinuso, passed away May 17 in Edmonton at the age of 77 years, after a long battle with pneumonia.
Cecile was born on April 9, 1940 in High Prairie. She was the youngest child of Howard and Agnes Posey.
Cecile had a full life working hard on the farm, driving tractor, obsessing over her garden and crocheting afghans for her family and cooking for all of them. She was the master of the dill pickle. Cecile loved sports, both as a participant and a fan.
She is survived by: her husband of 58 years, Willie; her four children, Cindy [Darryl Shewchuk], Howard [Leslee Vance], Kim [Albert Bellerive], and Christine; her brother Dave Posey [Margaret]; sister Rose Marie; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at her farm with the date to be announced.

 

Gerald Louis Rich

Gerald Louis Rich passed away on May 10, 2017 at the age of 87 years, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 17, 1929.
Gerald is survived by: his children, Juanita [Laurence], Greg [Jeannie], Crosby [Linda], Cynthia [Ken], Mary Lou [Rob], and Shawn [Rhonda]; his 15 grandchildren, Christopher, Michelle, Shawna, Kristen, Roy, Chance, Mandy, Jody, Danielle, Jamie, Sydni, Mac, Nigel, Lyndon and Cameron; his 27 great-grandchildren Kesha, Kelsi, Ethan, Nancy, Caul, Naomi, Dadon, Shayce, Shadon, Kyle, Kindra, Cassie, Callie, Jordyn, Gracey, Ryder, Zandyr, Traxtyn, Scotlynd, Aria, Kirsten, Kaylee, Keira, Lauren, Myles, Maria, Nick, and Liam; and one great-great-granddaughter, Ryaen.
He also leaves to mourn: his stepchildren Doug, Sharon and Brian and their families; his brothers Ken and Purdy; and his close friend, Connie.
That is quite a legacy that he has left.
He was predeceased by: his wife, Lorraine; his mother, Lucille; his father, Gere; his grandparents, Ernest and Eldya; his granddaughter, Tracy; and his uncle, Louis.
Gerald was raised by his grandparents, Ernest and Eldya Rich, and aunts and uncles, and came to High Prairie from Yakima Valley, Washington when he was six weeks old.
Gerald attended school at Prairie Echo and Poplar View. He only completed Grade 8, but he was successful and hardworking and far surpassed his formal education in knowledge and ability. He was always a math whiz, calculating in his head.
When he finished school, his first jobs were the building of the Alaska Highway, mill work, tree cutting and seismic.
He married Louisa Hayden in 1949. They raised six children on the Rich homestead north of High Prairie and they purchased it in 1954. This land was originally homesteaded in 1913 by the Richs.
While farming, Gerald usually had other jobs to supplement their income, while Louisa looked after things at home. Some of Gerald’s jobs over the years were: cutting and hauling pulpwood in Peavine and south of Valleyview, Ike’s Garage, Prairie Farm Assistance, crop insurance adjuster, and Alberta Rural Development Association. He was on the Wheat Board, Alberta Development Board, Slave Lake Basin Committee and Farming for the Future.
Because of his love and interest in the beef industry, he became part of the Peace River Stockgrowers and later on the Prairie River Feeders Association. He was also on the Heart River Housing Foundation Board for many years and was part of the building committee for the current Prairie Echo Hall.
In the late 1960s, Gerald, along with partners Rollie Johnson and George Bennett, founded the Delta Livestock Company, which bought and sold cattle.
Gerald and his sons, Greg and Crosby, started Rich Livestock Hauling in 1986. They hauled cattle as far south as Brooks, Alta. and as far north as Fort Vermilion and into eastern British Columbia.
Gerald first farmed on the old Rich homestead but when the course of the West Prairie River was altered it causing flooding. He purchased land that was higher and drier from his uncle, Louis Rich. This land was located in an incredible wooded area known as the Pines. On the north end of the property, adjacent to the Pines, Gerald and Louisa built a beautiful log home and started spending more time riding horses and going on trail rides with their close friends, the McKnights, Laughlins, and the Jenkins.
Eventually, Gerald and Louisa divorced. After several years, Gerald remarried Lorraine Janelle Halldorson on June 29, 1988 in a little church near Drumheller that “fits 1,000 people, but only sox at a time”. They shared many interests and a deep love.
In 1992, Gerald learned of his biological father, Gere Conrad, who lived in Yakima Valley. At that time, Gere traveled to High Prairie to meet Gerald and his family. Later on in the same year, Gerald and Lorraine traveled to visit Gere and his family in Washington. At this time Gerald and Lorraine were semi-retired and spent many happy years doing the things they loved: snowmobiling, quadding, old time dancing, and time out at the lake in their Winagami cabin.
Gerald really liked to fish and purchased a boat. He was always looking for someone to go out on the water with him to fish. Gerald and Lorraine’s favourite pastime was traveling and purchasing antiques, often at auctions. Gerald could never pass up a good bargain. One time they had over 300 hurricane lamps that they had collected. That could have been because Lorraine’s favourite comment at an auction was, “Just one more bid, we might get it.”
They also spent many fun times with their good friends, Don Gordon and Ruby Calliou. Sadly, Lorraine developed dementia in 2009 and passed away in 2012.
After Lorraine passed away, Trapper, Gerald’s four-legged companion, was of great comfort to him. It was comical to watch Gerald and Trapper. He would set a piece of bacon on his knee, and wait to see what Trapper would do. As Trapper got closer, he would ask him, “You wouldn’t steal a senior citizen’s bacon, would you?”
At this time, Gerald sold his home and cabin and bought an RV trailer and started camping in Joussard. Gerald lived in the lodge for a short while but found it wasn’t for him, so he moved to Joussard and lived with Greg and Jeannie, where he enjoyed his cattle, time outdoors and time with Trapper.
Over the last weeks when Gerald was in the hospital, his children began to write down some of the lasting memories they had of their father:
* Dad worked hard all of his life and instilled a good work ethic in all of his kids.
* Moonshine adventures under the guidance of Mike Kushner.
* Gatherings and fun times with the Laughlin family.
* Meals and time spent with the Joe and Harvey Lizee families.
* Our first TV in 1964 when dad loved watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, and Ed Sullivan and Bonanza on Sunday nights. Hawaii 5-0 was another of his favourites.
* When the weather came on TV at supper time, the kids learned quickly to cease conversation at the table so that dad could check the forecast.
* His children always appreciated their dad’s humour. Lots of laughter remembered by all of them.
* Our world was much smaller back then and we had a close relationship with several of our nearest neighbors: Rosie and Bubbin Cox, Mike and Hilda Poloz, Nick and Mary Kosar, and the Marx families.
* There was always room for another person at the table and his kids always knew that if someone needed a meal or a place to stay they could bring them home. Some of them stayed and became a part of the family: Rick Jackson, Tom McNabb, Jerry Northcott, Roger Gauthier, foster children Angus Courtoreille and Gail Belcourt.
* His long stride and his quick step. It will be hard to fill his boots.
* Rogers’s Golden Syrup and margarine mixed together on his dinner plate and spread on bread for dessert.
* Joining him in the field for meals and always letting us dig behind his truck seat for a treat. Sometimes we would find a treat that we couldn’t have.
* When dad would give us tea he always gave us a choice of long tea or short tea.
* Phenomenal talent of stringing together colourful words not found in the dictionary, when working with the cattle.
* His self-taught building and repair skills.
* His beautiful blue eyes.
Gerald left this world a better place which is evident when you see his many traits within his children. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The funeral for Gerald Rich was held May 15 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in High Prairie with Rev. George Okoye officiating. Words of remembrance were delivered by Robert Nichol. The cross bearer was Kristin Rich; candle bearers were Michelle Smith and Shawna Billings.
Pallbearers were Jody Cox, Mac McCue, Nigel Nichol, Cameron Rich, Chance Rich, Lyndon Rich, Jamie Rich and Christopher Strebchuk. Honourary pallbearers were Sydni McCue, Roy Nielson and Tracy Rich.
Interment followed in St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church Cemetery in High Prairie.

 

Leona Marge Keshen

Leona Margaret Keshen, known to most of us as Marge, was born in Birch Hills, Sask. on July 23, 1937 to Emily McNabb.
Marge was raised by her grandparents and grew up as a sister to Emily and her siblings. She spoke often and fondly of her times and memories with this family.
Spending most of her childhood in Fenton, Sask., Marge often recollected her grandparent’s home and the chores she was assigned. As she grew older, her responsibilities increased. She often spoke of fitting her work on the farm and in the house around her school days and homework.
One of Marge’s chores was to make sure that the living room stayed clean, neat and ready for company. She and her younger nephews and nieces were not allowed to go into this room unless company was visiting. Many Sundays after church were spent in the living room with neighbours and their instruments playing and singing their favourite gospel songs. Learning to play the organ and learning these songs helped build Marge’s love for music.
When she was 15, Marge moved to High Prairie where her sisters, Val and Ethel, were living. Marge was hired at the hospital and enjoyed her many responsibilities. She loved to tell stories in particular about being involved in the delivery room.
Marge married Joseph Keshen on Dec. 7, 1953. She was 16 years old. In the years that followed, Marge and Joseph built their family starting with Leona in 1954 and stopping with Gregory in 1971.
Marge changed her career by working at the Park Hotel, Merner’s IDA and then finally the Medicine Bottle.
Marge was a busy lady, always working, raising her seven children and helping out Joe’s mother, Sophie, as she needed her. Her home was also open to a few extras who needed a home base while they started their working careers.
Marge appreciated her continued connection to Emily, meeting her brother and sisters that Emily had with her husband, Carl. Emily and Marge’s siblings, based out of Calgary, met often through the years by traveling back and forth. Marge’s family and Emily’s family were able to become close over the miles through these trips and numerous phone calls.
There were often family workbees making perogies, cabbage rolls and kinidely. When the kitchen wasn’t filled with family members, you would often find neighbours helping out. She taught her granddaughters to make all the cultural foods. She believed the traditions must carry on. Anyone willing to learn was welcome.
Even after her retirement from the drugstore, Marge’s door was open to many workbees for any upcoming family occasions.
Anyone who came to Marge’s door was welcomed with a spot at her kitchen table, a cup of coffee and a snack. That didn’t change, even in Marge’s last days in her home.
Marge passed away at the Royal Alex Hospital on April 5 due to complications from cancer. She was 79.
Marge was predeceased by: her grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth McNabb; her mother, Emily Von Ludendorf; and her husband, Joseph Keshen.
She will be dearly missed by: her seven children, Leona Hume- niuk [Carey], Butch, Terry [Lisa], Ronnie [Dianne], Charlene Martin [Keith], Gary [Barb] and Greg [Michelle]; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her brother and sisters; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other extended family.

 

Margaret “Ruth” Pratt

Margaret “Ruth” Pratt was born to Henrietta and Fred Jackson on July 7, 1928 in Edmonton.
She began her life in Clover Bar, Alta., near what is now Sherwood Park. The oldest of four children, Ruth learned early on that working hard was part of life on the family farm. As her sister Joanie tells us, Ruth was not just about hard work; she was also a fun big sister who could get into her fair share of trouble.
In 1946, she went to Vermilion College to study to be a domestic engineer, which meant learning to cook, sew and run a household, even though she already had a great deal of knowledge from helping with the household duties in the family’s Clover Bar home.
It was at Vermilion College that she met Frank Pratt. She would often tell the story of enticing him to ask her out by putting a bucket of fried chicken on her dorm window. Well, that young fellow took the bait, and he was hooked.
On Nov. 19, 1948, Ruth and Frank were married in her family’s Clover Bar home, a loving marriage that would last 68 years. Franks tells the story when they were dating of them sitting on her dad’s couch late one night. Ruth asked, “Are you going to marry me or what? Cause if you’re not, let’s go tell my dad right now!” At that point, I’m not sure if he was deeply in love or scared of Ruth’s dad, but one thing is clear: she knew what she wanted.
Soon after the wedding, they moved north to High Prairie to homestead near Enilda. To put this into perspective, she moved from the outskirts of Edmonton, from a home with running water, hardwood floors and electricity, to a log house where Frank was a key feature of the running water, since he was the one who ran to the creek to get it.
Three little boys soon followed: Richard, Lorne [Duff] and Kelly, who were born while the family lived in the log house.
As the log house filled with a growing family, Frank and Ruth decided to move to a new site, one that was closer to water and electricity, and had access to a better road to town to deliver cream and hogs. This certainly made life easier.
In 1954, they built a new home on the farm site where the Pratt Ranch sits today. With a new, larger house, Ruth and Frank added to the family as Martha, Dawna, and Lindsay came along. Lindsay clearly remembers his mom saying that she always wanted three boys and three girls, which is why he says he was named Lindsay.
Together, Ruth and Frank were a team, giving each other the confidence to build a family and a home, and not just a material home of walls, windows and paint, but rather, a safe place to raise a strong, hard-working family. Frank and Jim Stokes might have built the house and barn, but it was Ruth who made it into a home.
The farm expanded into a dairy farm, with Ruth and the children being instrumental in its management. Running a dairy farm was tireless work, even to the point where the cows had to be milked before Christmas presents could be opened. They built the dairy herd to over 100 cows, which meant that every day, Ruth was up at 4:30 a.m. with Frank to milk the cows.
As the family grew and ventured out into the world, Ruth and Frank diversified. In 1975, they sold the dairy cows and started a beef operation. My dad says Frank had to change because his workforce all disappeared in the same year: Rich to university and Duff and Kelly to play junior hockey. Poor Jim was trying to take the place of three younger men. Together, they continued to build the family farm and in 1994, the were recognized with the Edmonton Northland Farm Family Award, something they were both very proud of.
Life wasn’t all about work. Frank claims they danced in every hall from Dawson Creek to Oklahoma City, a tradition that carried on for years, even up until their last anniversary where grandpa “danced” with grandma in her wheelchair to the live band at the lodge.
Ruth also loved the trips to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, and the NFR in Oklahoma City. There were also the legendary bonfires on the sand bar of the river that possibly half of High Prairie attended. I heard that the next morning, the boys would sneak down to the river and find all the leftover beer stored in the cold running water. Not the breakfast I would recommend, but hey…
Ruth and Frank were also very involved in the community, as Ruth was a member of the Women’s Institute, Royal Purple, and when the girls and Lindsay began to figure skate, Ruth was an active member of the Figure Skating Club. Ruth made sure the kids understood the value of community. They always encouraged their children and grandchildren to step up and do what you can for your community.
Growing up, the Pratt children didn’t want for much, as the boys played hockey and the girls figure skated in the winter. The summers were spent riding horses and going for a swim at the river, which I heard, might have actually been their bath and quite possibly, a chance for grandma to put her feet in the sand and just relax for a time. Ever summer night after returning from the river, the family would build a fire in the backyard and make fried potatoes and roast hotdogs.
Ruth never did share Frank’s passion for horses, but she understood and supported him always. Despite this difference, she still drove a camper and trailer full of horses up and down the road with Dawna and Lindsay to show horses while grandpa stayed at home to work. Over they years, Frank tried to teach her to ride horseback, but it seemed that when the time came to learn, she would be pregnant. Heck of away to avoid learning to ride a horse.
Ruth’s health started to catch up with her in the early 1990s. She had difficulty managing the stairs so the family looked at adding a bedroom on the main floor, but because of the condition of the foundation, it was decided to build a new home with everything on one level and a larger, accessible bathroom. Rich took on the task to build the home but got a tremendous boost of help from many others including Lyle and Lindsay and many friends. Ruth again took a house and turned it into a home. Sadly, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995, but thankfully, the new house made coping with the disease a lot easier.
Grandma loved to garden, both flowers and vegetables. She believed that to get through the winter, she needed to can one jar of veggies and one can of fruit for each day of the year. She had many skills that she learned from her own upbringing and from Vermilion College, but also from trial and error.
She was a fabulous cook and baker. I remember she taught me to make cinnamon buns, mincemeat tarts, pies and fudge. Fudge was her specialty, and she could make a Divinity Fudge that would melt in your mouth. Through the years, my dad and I have tried to duplicate her expertise in making fudge and, well, let’s just say it turns out right once in a while and when it doesn’t, we sure enjoy eating the “mistakes”.
Although there wasn’t always a lot of money, the family always are like kings; everything was home grown, canned or homemade. Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and cinnamon bus were just a few favourites. Ruth’s home was always open to everyone. For many people, the farm was a place to come to find a sense of purpose, learning to make cinnamon buns, bake a cake, or have one of Ruth’s home-cooked meals. You felt needed and you left with a greater sense of self.
Ruth truly loved all her grandchildren but the ones that struggled or just needed that extra bit of help, she had a way to reach out and make them feel special, without making a public display of it. We always knew grandma had our back.
Many grandchildren spent their summer holidays at the farm, but it was never a “holiday” because we all got put to work. With grandpa, there were always cows to move or a calf to treat. But on the rainy days, we got to learn to cook from the best. With Grandma Ruth, it was all hands on deck, and learn by participation.
All told, Ruth could do it all: keep books, milk the cows, raise the kids, fantastic cook, and a great support to her husband and family.
Ruth was a fighter for herself and her family. She proved this in her battle with Parkinson’s.
She passed away on March 24, 2017. Her family was instrumental in the direction of her care and they fought for her as she had fought for them in their lives.
We, as a family, will try to carry on her legacy by striving to raise honest, hard-working kids who take responsibility for their actions, and always hold onto good memories.

 

Brett William Jackson

Brett William Jackson, of Edmonton, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 24 years on April 6, 2017.
He is survived by: his parents, Larry Jackson and Holly Hewko, of High River, AB; stepmother Cherie Jackson; surrogate parents Frank and Brenda Rooney; sister Ashlie; brothers David and Cole; lifelong friends Sheldon, Patrick, and Ryan; his dog, Tank; his grandparents, Don and Loretta Hewko, of High Prairie; his uncle and aunt, Dale and Laurie Cox, of Peace River; uncle and aunt, Kevin and Mickey Cox, of High Prairie; uncle and aunt, Doug and Cathy Hewko, of High Prairie; Uncle Donny Hewko, of High Prairie; Aunt Carol Mason, of Rothesay, NB; uncle and aunt, Jeff and Susan Irving, of St. Stephen, NB; Uncle Darren Jackson, of London, Ont.; uncle and aunt, Shawn and Vanessa Bower, of Sherwood Park, AB; and cousins Kimberly, Clinton, Dustin, Ryan, Kelly, Jackie, Tyler, Karleen, Adrienne, D.J., Megan, Becky, Lindsay, Mallory, Greg, Scott, Brooklyn and Beau; as well as numerous other extended family and friends.
Brett was predeceased by: his grandparents, Fred and Phyllis Jackson, of St. Stephen, NB; and his dog, Turbo.
He was born Feb. 19, 1993, and lived between High Prairie & Edmonton, with numerous stays in New Brunswick in between. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing hockey, soccer, ball hockey, swimming and karate. As he grew older and moved out to the yard, it was dirt bikes, quads, sleds, then turbo sleds, trucks, then bigger trucks, then Big Sexy.
Brett was an active member of Western Canadian Powerstrokes. He was a journeyman B-pressure welder, with numerous inspector tickets.
Throughout his life, his biggest asset was his beautiful smile and the twinkle in his eye. He thrived on being the go-to guy, anybody who needed anything knew to call Brett. His biggest passion was being a big brother, a great son, an awesome friend, and tire shine. He will be sorely missed by all.
The funeral service was held on April 11 at 2 p.m. Cremation followed in Westlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association or the Edmonton SPCA.

 

Dorine St. Pierre

It is with great sadness that the family of Dorine St. Pierre announce her passing on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the age of 56 years.
Dorine [nee Lacourse] was was born April 7, 1961, in McLennan. She was the third child of Emile and Jeannine Lacourse. For her first nine years of life she lived in Falher with her parents and older but much shorter sister, Diane. After their mother’s passing, the girls moved to Girouxville to be raised by their grandparents, Adolphe and Adrienne Lanctot.
Dorine is survived by: her loving husband, Gerry St. Pierre; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Ed Martel; nieces and nephews, Debbie and Ken Davio, Wendy and Norm Garant, Nancy and Joel Richard and Kim Martel; stepchildren, Anne and Cory Moreside, Suzanne and Chris Hills, and Roger St. Pierre; step grandchildren, Noah, Myah, Sarah and Alexis.
Dorine was predeceased by: her parents, Émile and Jeannine Lacourse; and her older brother, Daniel Lacourse.
After her high school graduation, Dorine began her career at ATB Financial which lasted over 25 years. She met the love of her life in 1982 and they had their first date on New Year’s Eve. They were married on June 16, 1984 in Girouxville. She was married to her soulmate for 32 years and they enjoyed many holidays together in Las Vegas and other tropical destinations. She loved Gerry with all her heart, he was her rock.
The couple moved to Barrhead, Alta. in 1987, which they have called home ever since. For a few years she had the pleasure of helping raise her three stepchildren: Anne, Suzanne and Roger. Many years later, they blessed Uncle Gerry and Aunty Dorine with four grandchildren: Noah, Myah, Sarah and Alexis.
We were fortunate to have had such a wonderful aunt, who spoiled us unconditionally despite our many antics. We always loved to test her limits by pulling pranks, such as tying elastic bands to the kitchen sprayer, which resulted in a wet kitchen and aunt. It was sure that whenever she left a freshly poured glass of red wine, Wendy would assure it was empty by the time she returned.
You could see the admiration she had for her big sister, Diane, and her brother-in-law, Ed, who always treated her like the little sister he never had. Even with the distance, the relationship they shared was strong.
We were lucky to spend many holidays with our aunt, such as Christmas and camping at the lake. She would always look forward to opening her home to the Martel invasion at Easter. Regardless if it was a holiday or a day at the beach, you could bet her makeup would be on, her hair would be sprayed in place and a few shots of perfume would be squirted.
Her love of children shined through when she finally found her passion working as a French Immersion educational assistant at the Barrhead Elementary School. You could tell she was well loved and respected by all the gifts that are displayed proudly around her home. We have been told by many people and can attest to it ourselves, that she was a sweet, quiet, kind-hearted soul.
We can not forget to mention her immense love for her fur-baby, Murphy, who will miss her dearly.
She will be forever missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing and loving her. Heaven truly has gained another angel.
The Funeral Mass was held April 18 at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Parish, Barrhead, Alta., with Father Johnny VC officiating.
Memorial donations may be given in Dorine’s name to the Dorine St. Pierre Scholarship Fund.

Chester Joseph Lysiak

Chester Joseph Lysiak passed away on March 27, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 66 years.
Chester leaves to cherish his memory: his partner and companion, Val Welling; his son, Christopher [Jessica] Lysiak and their children; his mother, Anne Lysiak-Gaetz; his sister, Janice Storowotsky [Jack Bunney]; and Val’s son, Corey [Corrie] Welling; his sister-in-law, Melinda Ly- siak; and very special nieces and nephews.
Chester was predeceased by: his father, Joe Lysiak; his brother, Tom Lysiak; his brother- in-law, John; and Val’s son, Ryan Welling.
Chester was a very hard-working man and loyal employee who took pride in his profession and was an outstanding mechanic. He also tried his hand at driving school bus for a few years before he became too ill. His love of animals was apparent to everyone, as he seemed to have a special bond with all furry creatures.
At Chester’s request, no formal service will be held.
Charitable donations in memory of Chester may be made to the SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, Alta., T1A 8E8, or to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alta., T1A 4H6.

 

Olga Mildred Wight

Olga Mildred Wight, beloved wife of the late Kenneth Wight, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Edmonton, at the age of 79 years.
Olga is survived and lovingly remembered by her three children: Carol [Steve] Schafer of Athabasca; Richard Wight of Spruce Grove, and Wesley Wight of Whispering Hills; seven grandchildren: Angie, Jessica, Tyler, Alison, Kenny, Carson, and Robyn; and five great-grandchildren: Bobby, Damon, Declan, Lorelei, and Lily.
Olga is also survived by her sisters, Nettie Wallace [Lafayette, LA], Anne Shantz [High Prairie], and Lily Siminiuk [Edmonton]; her brothers, John Litwin [Vernon, B.C.] and Steve Lytwyn [Edmonton]; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will also be missed and remembered by numerous other relatives and many friends.
Olga was born in High Prairie on Jan. 2, 1938. She married Kenneth Wight on April 27, 1956. They lived in Edmonton before moving to Athabasca in 1968. Together, Olga and Ken shared their lives with the community through their small business, Ken’s News and Confectionery. They joyfully retired when the grandchildren began to arrive to brighten their days.
Olga was predeceased by: her beloved husband, Ken, in 2008; her parents, Fred and Anna Lytwyn, of High Prairie; and sisters, Natalka Edlund and Mary Zylla.
A private family burial service was held March 18, with Rev. Al Plat officiating.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a memorial celebration of Olga Wight’s life on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex [Buy-Low Lounge, upstairs].
Donations in Olga’s honour may be made to Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village [LTC Music Program], Compassion Canada [Urgent Needs Fund], or the Athabasca Reformed Church (Building Fund).

John Wasylyk

John Wasylyk passed away on Thursday, March 16 at the age of 83 years.
John lived and farmed north of Kinuso since 1953. He was a loving son, brother and uncle.
He is survived by: his sister, Elsie [Ray] Duchesneau; three nephews, two nieces and their families.
John was preceded in death by: his parents, Alex and Annie Wasylyk; and his brother, Victor.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 27 at St. Felix de Valois Catholic Church in Kinuso, at 1 p.m. A burial and lunch followed the service.

 

 

 

 

Ron McKenzie

One of the most passionate and important founders of the Lakeland Eagles has passed away.
Ronald Francis McKenzie was 79. He served on the first executive and worked tirelessly for the team for many years, especially during the glory days of the late 1990s.
McKenzie always had the time to talk hockey and attended many out-of-town games besides others at McLennan’s H.W. Fish Arena.
McKenzie was born Dec. 3, 1937 and passed away March 15 with his family by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by: his wife, Donna, of 59 years; his children, Kyle, Laurel [Henri] and Heather [Raymond]; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lyle, Marilyn [Larry] and Hugh [Gail]; daughter-in-law, Sharon; as well as many dear relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by: his parents, Oscar and Kathleen; his son Darren; and his grandson Dean.
A celebration of Ron’s life was held March 25, 2017 at 10 at the Evergreen Funeral Home in Edmonton.
Ron’s urn was laid to rest following the service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in memory of Ron.

 

Augustine “Christine” Feschuk

On March 8, 2017, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, Augustine “Christine” Feschuk, passed away at the age of 96 years.
She will be forever in the hearts of her children: James [Marcella] Feschuk of Edmonton; daughter Donna Fes- chuk of High Prairie; daughter Joan Raynor of Edmonton; grandson Kyle [Christine] Raynor of Spruce Grove, AB; and great-grandchildren Autumn and Levi Raynor.
We are all so grateful that our mother lived a long life and was able to remain in her own home until she went into the hospital on Jan. 1, 2017.
Christine was born in 1921 to Cecile and Everett Stockman near Grouard. The family moved to High Prairie when she was a child and then settled in the Banana Belt [Stockman School District]. She met her husband, Jim Feschuk, who was from Meath Park, Sask. They married in 1949 and settled in High Prairie where she resided until her passing.
Christine was predeceased by her husband, Jim, in 1961. She had three small children to raise but met that challenge with hard work and dedication. She stayed true to her faith in God throughout her life and that is where she found her strength. She will be lovingly remembered by her children who are grateful to have had such a wonderful mom.
Christine enjoyed gardening, seniors’ bowling, activities at church, fishing, and travel. She had a sense of adventure and was never afraid to try new things.
She will also be remembered as someone who could be counted on and who was very accepting of all. Christine was the last of her generation from her side of the family, and with her passing, we are reminded it is the end of an era.
Christine was predeceased by: her brother Bill, [Olga] Stockman, of Faust, and their son, Dwayne Stockman, of Prince Rupert, B.C.; sister Ida [Ralph] Frazier, of High Prairie; sister Mable [Tom] Scott and their daughter, Elaine Scott, of High Prairie; bother Howard [Dorothy] Stockman, of High Prairie; and their sons, Ronald and Donald.
Services were held at High Prairie Bethel Baptist Church March 13 with Pastor Keith Williams officiating. The family is grateful for the love and support shown by everyone who attended and took part.
Christine will be remembered by: her sister, Ida [Ralph] Frazier’s children Tom [Penny] from Bon Accord, AB; Patty Frazier from Revelstoke, B.C.; her sister, Mable [Tom] Scott’s children Linda Tardif, of Fairmont, B.C.; Janet Wilder, of Fairmont, B.C.; Marilyn [Ron] Willier, of Sucker Creek; Jim Scott, of Calgary; and Christopher Scott, of Fairmont, B.C.; her brother Bill [Olga] Stockman’s daughter Karen Plante, of Prince Rupert, B.C.
She also leaves her niece Eileen [Gilbert] Desjarlais, of Edmonton; niece Alice [John] Kosik, of Meath Park, Sask.; nephew Jim [Audrey] Feschuk, of Prince Albert, Sask.; niece Mary Tobin, of Yuma, AZ; niece Suzanne Siwak, of Prince Albert, Sask.; niece Stephie [Frank] Korycki, of Prince Albert, Sask.; sister-in-law Helen Feschuk, of Prince Albert, Sask.; nieces Barbara Cantin and Elaine Feschuk, of Prince Albert, Sask; and Roderick Auger, of Grande Prairie, whom she fostered when he was a child.
She also was Grandma Christina to Noah and Aijha, the children of Andre and Nacera Meynen. of Sherwood Park, AB.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” [2 Corinthians 1:3]

 

Peter Dalton

Surrounded by loved ones, Peter A. V. Dalton of Enderby, B.C. passed away March 7, 2017 at age of 83 years in Salmon Arm, B.C.
Peter was born Oct. 22, 1933 in Edmonton to Joseph and Mathilde [nee Gagnon] of Joussard. Peter was the youngest of 10 children, all of whom predeceased him except for his sister, Emma Carrier, of Leduc, AB.
He was a career military man, entering the RCAF at age 17 and serving for 37 years, first as an enlisted soldier, then commissioned as an officer, rising to the rank of captain. Some of his military postings included Cold Lake, AB, Baden Solingen and Lahr, Germany, Holberg, B.C., Chibougamau and Valcartier, QC, Penhold, AB, and Beaverlodge. He also serve peacekeeping missions in Egypt, Cypress and the Golan Heights. He also worked in the Arctic on radar stations.
Peter was married Aug. 8, 1959 in Guy, to Gisele [nee Beaudoin, who died in 1995]; to Joyce [nee Doolittle] and is survived by his great love Cleo [Jones]. They were married in 2006 at Enderby, BC. They spent their winters in California as snowbirds winning shuffleboard tournaments.
Born to Peter and Gisele are Marc [Marlene], Danielle, Jacques [Janet], Suzanne, Michelle [Gilles] and David [Shelly], all who blessed him with 20 grandchildren.
Peter was always very active in his community, including Search and Rescue, hunter training instructor, cub and scout leader, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club, the Knights of Columbus and others. When there were not enough sporting activities happening to keep his children busy, he stepped in and helped organize, coach or referee them.
Peter was a member of the Metis Nation of British Columbia. He was taught to hunt by Mathilde and received his first .22 at age six. He attended a convent residential school from age 5-12, the year his mother died.
Peter always has a tremendous love for the outdoors and imbued a love for nature, camping, canoeing, hiking, sports and learning in his children. As a Search and Rescue member and trainer, he often helped find and track lost individuals.
Peter will be dearly missed by all who knew him and leaves behind a legacy of family, friends and accomplishments that will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peter’s name to the Shuswap Lake General Hospital.

 

Lewis Ramstead

Lewis William Ramstead, of Stony Plain, AB., and formerly of High Prairie, passed away on Feb. 20, 2017 at the age of 82 years, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 55 years, two sons, and numerous other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Mass was held Feb. 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Spruce Grove, Alta.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Royal Alexandra Hospital – Pulmonary Unit, 10240 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9.

 

Frederick Allan Rusaw

With sorrow, the family of Frederick Allan Rusaw announce his passing on Feb. 11, 2017 at the age of 72 years.
He is survived by: his children, Jim [Melody], Curtis [Shaunna], Gary [Shelley], and Annette [Richard]; his grandchildren, Chaya, Shauncel and Chole Rusaw, Megan Malone, Taylor and Kendra Rusaw, Rene and Regan Rusaw, Justin, Kayla and David Mayer; one great-granddaughter, Ivy; sister Trudy Ferguson; step-granddaughter, Carlie; close friends Wayne and Lilyann Pilkey and their family; nieces and nephews and many others who knew and cared about him.
He was predeceased by: his wife, Barbara Cline; brother and sister-in-law Ron and Isobel Gummow; sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Bill Whitecotton; brother-in-law Ray Ferguson; father Allan Rusaw; mother Hazel Mitchell [Gummow, Rusaw].
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in the summer of 2017 for family and friends. Date and location will be announced at a later date.
Rest in peace, Fred. We love you.

 

Charles Joseph Walter McLeod

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Charles Joseph Walter McLeod was born on Jan. 26, 1922 and passed away on Jan. 20, 2017 at the age of 94 years.
Charles was born in Grouard to John Jack McLeod and Nora McDermott. Charles was a wee baby. He liked to say he looked like a wee doll, thus his lifelong name Weedal as many called him.
In his young life, Charles lost his beloved mother, Nora, in 1929. Charles uncle Pat McDermott and his wife raised Charles for a few years, until Pat’s wife passed on. That was when Charles grandmother Koma took him in and raised him until he was 16 years old.
When he left his Kohkom he went fishing in Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories with his uncles. He fished in Northwest Territories for a few years. He lost his beloved Kohkom Aug. 22, 1955 at the age of 88 years.
Charles was always a hard-working man. He fished 82 lakes in Alberta, and in the coast of Prince Rupert, B.C. Fishing for a living was getting hard so he changed his career to truck driving and heavy equipment operator.
In 1960, after returning back to Grouard, he met and married Yvonne Cardinal on Sept. 20, 1961. The young couple then made their new home in Hay River, NWT where Charles was a grader operator. Together, Charles and Yvonne had five children: Eddie, Connie, Tanya, Tracy, and Charlie. Charles and Yvonne lived in Hay River until 1967.
Charles was a stepfather figure to Yvonne’s children: Fred, Loretta, Donald, Doug, and Anita. It was in September 1967 that his loving wife Yvonne was hospitalized and passed on Dec. 12, 1967.
Charles lived in Grouard until 1969, then moved to Gift Lake where he fished and logged until he gained employment with the Department of Highways in 1973. Here, Charles was a grader operator, as many will remember him faithfully keeping the roads in good condition. His beat was from Muskeg Lake to Highway 88.
Charles took holidays to go commercial fishing. One day Charles called in his hours to his foreman Jackie Bramwell. As Jack used to say, “It was always eight and two.” One morning Charles called Jackie for his hours and Jackie said, “What the heck is that rooster doing crowing in the background?”
In 1980, Charles and Linda started their life together. Ole Blue Eyes fell in love again. On Nov. 6, 1981 they tragically lost their son John Ryan at birth. In 1984, Charles little buddy Ryan was born, in 1985 their daughter Kelly was born.
In 1987, Charles retired from his years of service with Alberta Transportation. Charles was now able to fish all he wanted. He didn’t just sit back though, he took up making grave covers which kept him busy, teaching his sons Eddie, Charlie, and Ryan the trade.
Charles took pride in keeping his yard clean and the grass cut. He loved riding on his John Deere tractor.
In October 1991, Charles and Linda married, figuring it’s time to get married before the warranty ran out, so he said. Charles loved to tease his children and grandchildren, as they can recall many of his one-liner jokes. He was happy hearing them laugh. That’s how he was, with a glint in his eye and a quick smile and a by golly. This was good times with dad, never a dull moment.
Through the years Charles made many friends. If you were his friend you were his friend for life. Charles enjoyed talking to friends and family on the phone. He never said goodbye, it was always see you later. As Linda recalls, one day Charles was talking to his nephew Dorreum on the phone and he said, “OK, we’ll see you.” Well, Linda thought they were going to visit Dorreum and Jill got ready real quick. Charles asked her where she was going. She said, “Ma, I thought we’re going to visit Dorreum.” He said, “Oh, I just said that for a laugh.”
We could write a book about Charles and his jokes and antics. Charles will be dearly missed by many.
Charles was predeceased by: his grandparents, Myles and Charlotte McDermott; parents Jack and Nora McLeod; his seven siblings, Edward McLeod, Irene Plante, Vina Tocher, Violet McLeod, Buck McLeod, Roy McLeod, and Tony McLeod; his wife, Yvonne McLeod; his sons Eddie McLeod and John McLeod; his Chapan, precious Gracie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He leaves to mourn: his passing his beloved wife Linda McLeod; beloved children Connie McLeod, Tanya [Denis] Halcrow, Tracy McLeod, Charlie Cunningham, Ryan [Rachel] McLeod, Kelly [Rod] Anderson, and Hope Gladue; as well as 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
We have lost a great man, but heaven has gained an angel.
On behalf of the family, I would like to thank you all for your love and support during this difficult time.

 

Louis Maxwell Anderson

Louis Maxwell Anderson was born May 15, 1924 in Kapown, which is across the bay from Grouard, to Alice Supernault and Peter Anderson. He was third youngest in a family of nine children.
Because of an illness in the family and the loss of his parents, Louis ended up having to live with his brother George. In order for the younger kids to go to the Mission in Grouard, Uncle Ernie [one of Louis’ older brothers] converted the family to the Catholic faith. Louis attended the St. Bernard Mission from the age of 7-15 years.
After leaving the convent, Louis, as a teenager, ventured out to many places to work as a labourer wherever he could. He even ended up in Valemont, B.C. with some friends after they hobo’d a train.
Upon returning back to where he grew up, Louis met Clara Shaw in 1941 and they settled in Grouard. He worked for George Hopkins’ sawmill in the winter months north of Grouard. In the summer months, he worked hard at the planer mill to earn lumber which he moved to Peavine to build his home.
My mom, Vi, at the age of four, holds a memory of travelling with mom and dad, on a team of horses to many communities like Reno, Falher, Marie Reine and Harmon Valley. She remembers living in a grainery while mom and dad worked for the farmers during the harvest months. It was during this era six children were born.
Louis was known as the best pool shark in Grouard. The word was that no one around could beat him at this game. After living in Peavine, he would also play tournaments at Borsky’s Pool Hall in High Prairie. I wonder, where did he find the time to be a pool shark and to have all these kids? Uncle Claude remembers a time that Blackie Carifelle thought he was a good pool shark until he met Louis.
Louis always aspired to be a farmer. He had purchased a saddle horse in Grouard and acquired some cows which Uncle Leonard looked after and soon his farming career started. His cousin Laura Andrews was already living here in Peavine and told him how good the soil was. It was then he came to Peavine to scout out this land. He stayed at Joe Kappo’s during those times. He built his house/homestead and was helped by Pierre and George Andrews; and Robert ‘Chiboy’ Carifelle. He moved his family and his cattle during school holidays here before the house being finished and they lived in a tent.
Louis was a very hard working man, clearing his land with just an ax, eventually acquiring a power saw the next year. He did all of this with the help of his stepson, Fred. Together, they also built pastures because the cows had to come home. He also did pulpwood, trapped and commercial fished in Whitefish Lake with his son Lawrence, which was a side job for Louis.
It was during these years his family grew. Life was never easy during those times as there was no running water or power.
In 1957, along with Boo-Doo-Wah [Frank Noskey], Louis owned and operated a sawmill which was close to L. Lake. Although there were many trials and difficulties, they still maintained the sawmill for many years.
Louis lost mom in 1970 and was a widower for several years. He eventually met Mable, a beautiful and wonderful lady and for many years she helped him raise his youngest children.
We all remember dad for his stern, very strict, neat and tidy ways. All meals were eaten at the table together and no elbows on the table; no sleeping in at all. The older children had chores like hauling snow and water, chopping wood, feeding animals and milking cows which left not much time to play.
Louis was not one for a lot of attention and just led a simple life. However, he was a huge avid NHL hockey and North Peace Hockey League High Prairie Regals and Lakeland Eagles fan. We all know that he also loved reading his newspapers and journals.
Even though there was not much time to play there were many hilarious memories. Like the time Auntie Dorothy had a scar on her head from trying to milk a calf, only to discover it was a bull calf. It kicked her in the head. Auntie Thelma was taught by Louis to chop wood. She decided to do it her own way, only to have a piece of wood fly up and stick into her forehead. She, too, has a scar.
And when mom and dad were gone the kids always had their own little mini-rodeos in the barnyard. Auntie Thelma threw Auntie Sandra on a calf, she went shooting out of the barn while holding onto the calf’s tail. When it bucked her off she was still holding onto a piece of the tail.
Louis is survived by his children: daughter Violet [Peter Chalifoux]; daughter Thelma [Rocky Walker]; daughter Dorothy Anderson; son Lawrence Anderson [Gloria]; daughter Sandra [Kenny Cunningham]; daughter Eileen Dvornek [John]; daughter Lorraine Anderson; son Claude Anderson; daughter Sharon [Joe Cardinal]; son Glen [Charlene Anderson] and daughter Adele [James Ominiyak]. He also leaves a beautiful legacy with 41 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by: his parents, Alice and Peter; his wife, Clara; a stepson, Fred; his brothers George, Ernie, Joseph, Leonard, and Sammy; his sisters Amy, Lena, and Leonie; three infant sons; grandsons Darrel, Chris and Jeremy; and numerous little great grandchildren.
Louis left us all with great work ethic, values and morals, pride in our families and he was known to share whatever he could with family and neighbours.
It’s evident that dad left a great farming legacy through his sons and they are very proud to continue on this farming legacy. Uncle Boy has taken over dad’s cattle brand and it showed with some of dad’s personal artifacts like his existing fence, tools, saddles, etc. that his sons, grandsons and their friends proudly displayed at our dad’s Celebration of Life. Uncle Boy lovingly wears this brand on his necklace.
We honour you, dad, although we will truly miss you in our everyday lives. We know that you are with all our loved ones that have gone before. Today, dad, we don’t say goodbye, however, we say that we will see you again.
Dad, we love you. Today, we Close the Gate.

 

 

Ralph Joseph Walker

Ralph Joseph Walker, known as Pete to his friends, and even more lovingly as “The Don” to his family as he sat with his signature “Robin Hood” hat and his glass of whisky straight, left us to join his love and lifelong partner, Vera, on Dec. 11 at the age of 101 years.
Pete was born in Doland, S.D. on July 19, 1915 and immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of four. The family settled in the Salt Prairie district. It was there he met and married the love of his life, Vera Wolfe, in 1940. Together for 68 years, they had 16 children, three of whom died at birth, and 13 who are with us today, the youngest being 52. Over the years they were blessed with many grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pete lived a full life, imparted his wisdom and beliefs on as many as he could. His motto for a good life was “Family is everything”.
Pete lost his life partner Vera in 2008, as well as numerous other family members through the years.
A celebration of Pete’s life was held Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie. Interment followed at Grande Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Unit 109, 10126-120 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8H9.

 

William Fredrick Kaiser

William Fredrick Kaiser was born on April 23, 1937 in Berwyn, Alta. to parents Elmer and Mary Kaiser.
William was the second oldest of three children. Margaret, his older sister, was unable to say William and he became known to his family as Bud; however, to his friends he was known as Bill.
Bill was very dedicated and hard working man. Some of the many places that Bill worked over the years included a logging camp in Revelstoke, B.C., a power line company in Grande Prairie, a sawmill in Fairview, Alta., and UFA and Shell Bulk in High Prairie. He then moved to Snipe Lake where he lived with Chester and Shirley Banner for a period of time.
In June 1980 Bill married Karen Kile from Amisk, Alta. They settled down on the homestead that Bill had purchased in Snipe Lake. There, Bill and Karen had two children, Grace Mae Ann in September 1985 and Aaron Mark in March 1987.
While they lived in Snipe Lake, Bill worked for a time at Helmer’s Autobody Shop and Bohn Oilfield. In the winter of 1991, Bill and Karen moved their family to Enilda where he resided up until his death. The first few years that they lived in Enilda, Bill worked at the Bissell sawmill, then commuted weekly while working at Vanderwell’s sawmill in Slave Lake.
Bill started working for Tolko Industries in High Prairie as their sawfiler from when it first opened in 1996 until he retired in 2006. As many know, Bill enjoyed working with wood and would do little or big jobs for people within the community. One of the last jobs he lent expertise and time to was this church with Pastor Chris Hicks.
There are so many stories that can be shared about Bill and his life. There are a few ones that stand out to his family the most. His big sister, Margaret, would take care of his hair styling needs. On his 70th birthday, Bill’s hair was all wind blown so she came over and combed and styled it for him. This was not the first time – most any family occasion you could find Margaret tending to Bill’s hair.
Bill also would make Sunday morning pancakes that started when his children were young. Grace and Aaron would make special requests to the type of animal they would want that week. This tradition carried over to his grandkids as well.
During the time Bill and Karen lived on the farm, Bill aspired to build a log house. By the time they sold the farm, the log house was half built.
Karen said that Bill was quite the romantic as well. One Mother’s Day he stopped on the side of the road to pick some flowers for her. Of course, these beautiful flowers were dandelions!
Another highlight of the family was going for sleigh rides on the cutter he had built. Bill will be forever remembered for his campfires with cowboy coffee, his shepherd dog named King, his own crossbow, homemade wooden spoons and many years of going to the Elks Pro Rodeo with Grace and Aaron. The one thing that Bill cherished the most in life was his grandchildren: Seth, Alexander, Liam, and Talia.
Bill’s health had declined rapidly within the past couple months. He was admitted in Grande Prairie Hospital, where he passed away on Oct. 5, 2016 at the age of 79 years.
Bill is predeceased by: his parents; his brother-in-law Roy Stirling; brother Walter Kaiser; sister Margaret Elliott; son-in-law Patrick O’Rourke; and niece Heather Stirling.
Bill leaves behind: his loving wife, Karen; daughter Grace; son Aaron; grandchildren Seth, Xander, Liam, and Talia; sister-in-law Betty; brother-in-law Jim; nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous friends.

 

 thelma-faye-payneThelma Faye Payne

Thelma Faye Payne [Beamish] of High Prairie, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Sept. 14, 2016 after a brief illness at 88 years of age.
Faye was born April 6, 1928 in Shoal Lake, Man. and was one of 11 children. Faye met Jerry Payne in High Prairie when they were still in school. They were married in 1949 and together they raised three sons: Pat, Gordon and Marty, at their farm south of High Prairie.
Faye was known for her hard work and dedication to her family. Her cooking, canning, and apple pies will not be forgotten by any who had the pleasure of sampling them. She also enjoyed horses, her flower beds and vegetable garden.
Faye was predeceased by: her husband, Jerry; and her son, Pat.
Faye is survived by: her sister Evelyn [Jimmy] Babkirk; her sons Gordon and Marty and their families; along with numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to thank Faye’s friends and neighbours at the Golden Age Apartments in High Prairie for their caring and friendship. She valued this very much in her time there. We would also like to thank the staff at the Chapel of Memories for their assistance and professionalism during a difficult time.
Faye was adamant about not having a funeral service. At her request, her ashes along with those of her son Pat, will be buried next to her husband Jerry’s on the family farm overlooking the river valley in the spring.
Faye was a very kind loving woman who is missed by many.

 

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Ted Crawford passed away on Sept. 15, 2016 at the High Prairie Regional Health Complex at the age of 69 years. He had a double lung transplant on Oct. 20, 2005 and after about 11 years they started to fail. Often, he did not feel very well.
Ted was born on a farm at home in the Banana Belt where his aunt Margaret Crawford attended his birth. He was born on April 12, 1947. He grew up on the family farm and went to school in the Banana Belt. It was a small one-room school with one teacher.
After many years in the Banana Belt his family decided to move to Dawson Creek, B.C. where Ted’s father was employed. Ted and the rest of his brothers and sisters went to school there. When Ted was old enough he went to school but worked in Woolworths store after school and on weekends.
As he grew older he decided to work in a sawmill where he worked one winter. There, he learned to run cats and worked on many construction jobs. He worked on a pipeline that went to Prince Rupert, B.C. After that he had many jobs and worked south of Fort Macleod, Saskatchewan and northern British Columbia.
He worked for about 15 years for Caribou Construction in Peace River. He also worked in the Northwest Territories and the Arctic where he moved camps, and hauled oil across the tundra and ice. He also made landing strips for planes to land that hauled men and freight.
He also worked on the construction of High Prairie water holding dam near the airport.
He married Maxine Graham on April 28, 1984. They had one daughter, Velda. He farmed and raised cattle in the Gilwood area for 35 years.
Ted always liked horses and liked to do riding. While he was farming he drove school bus for 12 years and after hauled logs.
Ted was predeceased by: his father, Theodore Crawford; and sisters Jean Lazarko and Beverly McDermott.
Ted leaves to mourn: his wife Maxine; daughter Velda Pearson [Dusty]; and grandsons Earl and Tyler; his mother, Marie Dayus; sisters Phoebe Stewart [Rodney], Kathy McMillan [Scott], Tammy Venini [Dale]; and brothers Bill Crawford [Emma], Dan Crawford, and Tom Crawford; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Ethel Methel-tangheae Tanghe

Ethel Mae [Cuthbert] Tanghe was born on Feb. 2, 1919, in Baulder, Man., the eldest of 11 children, to Thomas and Goldie Cuthbert.
When she was nine, her family moved to the Peavine area to escape the dustbowl conditions of Manitoba. Ethel [Betty] attended the newly-constructed Heart River School through Grade 3, but then stayed home to help on the farm, assisting her dad on the crosscut saw and getting the cows in.
As a teenager, Betty got a job working in a cafe near High Prairie for $5 a month. Later, during the Second World War, she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corp, being trained in Edmonton, and stationed in Red Deer, where she worked as a switchboard operator, and waited on soldiers in the mess hall.
In 1950, Betty married Bert [Joe] Tanghe. They had a daughter, Judy, in 1956, and a son, Howard, in 1958.
For most of their married life, they farmed in the Kinuso area, but they also drove school bus and took care of mink.
Betty loved gardening, crocheting, cooking, and even oil painting, which she took up in her seventies. She spent a lot of time with her family, and was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.
Betty died at home at the age of 97 years on Sept. 15, 2016, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Betty was predeceased by: her daughter, Judy; her parents, Thomas and Goldie; her brothers Armandy, Mark [Gwen], Melvin, Percival, and Murril; and by her sisters Elsie [Raymond] and Ruth [Lawrence].
She is survived by: her husband, Joe; her son, Howard [Melinda]; her brother, Phillip [Vergie]; her sister, Verna [Reg]; her grandchildren, Rhonda, Dylan, Emmanuel and Olivia; her great-grandchildren Alicia, Samantha, Amanda, and Hailey; and her great-great grandchildren Janessa and Ariella.

 

sam-petersSam Peters

Sam Peters was born in Barnes Crossing, Sask., to Isaac and Helen Peters, on Dec. 30, 1944. He passed away June 15, 2016 in High Prairie. He was 71 years old.
Sam was the second in a family of 11. After Sam was born, his parents moved to Warman, Sask., where he went to school until he was in Grade 3. At the age of 11 his parents moved to Coaldale, Alta. where his dad got him and his older brother a job milking and feeding cattle in winter and hoeing sugar beets in summer.
In 1964 he went to Saskatoon, Sask. for Christmas where he met the love of his life, Vivian. A year later they married, and moved to Taber, Alta., where he continued to farm.
Sam worked long, hard hours seeding and irrigating corn, sugar beets, and grain for low pay. In the summer months in the evening and on weekends he would hoe sugar beets for some extra money. In the winter months he fed cattle in the feed lot and fixed equipment. He always worked with scrap metal.
In 1966 their first daughter, Hayley, was born. In 1967 their second daughter, Ronda, came along, then son Gerry was born in 1970.
In 1973 he bought his first truck, a three-ton IHC. He enjoyed it so much that he bought the second truck, a five-ton IHC. These trucks hauled peas, corn, and sugar beets right off of the fields around Taber and area to the cannery and sugar factory located in Taber.
In 1975 he quit farming and started out on an adventure all his own. He bought an acreage and continued hauling produce in summer months and working on scrap metal recycling.
In 1979 he bought three new IHC gravel trucks and a huge loader. “Sam Peters Trucking” was born. He began loading and hauling gravel for MP Crushing in Lethbridge. Later on, his trucks were part of a project to repave the entire Highway 3 from Taber to Lethbridge.
On evenings and weekends he would load up the whole family, the children in the sleeper of the truck, and Vivian in the passenger seat, and would haul topsoil and gravel to other customers. He was always busy, but enjoyed taking the entire family along.
While the trucking was going on he also had an auto wrecking yard running. He had a team that would rebuild vehicles in his shop. He would take such ugly old vehicles and turn them into beautiful machines. He would do the mechanical, a friend and co-worker would do the painting, and his mother-in-law would do the interior work.
He also experimented and designed many machines designed to deal with scrap car bodies and unwanted appliances and other such metals. During the course of his life he built two car crushers, one appliance baler, three flatbed tow trucks, a couple of shears, etc. He would take trailers that were inexpensive and useless and turn them into trailers that are still working today.
It was so amazing to watch him work. He could see what he wanted to do in his mind and without a blueprint or anything he could build it. The amazing thing, no matter how impossible it seemed to us, when it was done … it worked!
In 1983 Delynn was born.
In 1986 he came to Valleyview with his gravel trucks to participate in a government stock piling project. Although everything went wrong, he fell in love with the north country.
In 1988, he organized a convoy of equipment and people, mostly family, to tour the Southern Alberta countryside cleaning up scrap car bodies from dump sites. He was in Stettler, Drumheller, Champion, Carmangay, Vulcan, just to name a few. His convey was quite the sight, about a quarter-mile long. It consisted of a crane for crushing [smashing] cars, a huge loader, semis, trailers, trucks, campers, and tow trucks. As a family this was one of our biggest adventures. We all loved it.
Then in 1990 he moved to High Prairie. He continued on with the scrap metal recycling business adventure as “Big Meadow Salvage”. He continued creating machines to do the job better and to be able to haul more.
More than anything, Sam loved his family. He treasured special occasions and just waited for everyone to be at home at the same time. He loved the noise, he loved to wrestle, he loved to laugh and joke with everyone. He did everything in his life with the intention of making it better for his family.
Sam accomplished many amazing things in his life. He wanted to accomplish so much more.
Sam was predeceased: by both of his parents; his brothers Ed and Jim; and his sister, Norma Jean.
He leaves behind: his wife, Vivian; his daughters Hayley, Ronda [Tracey]; his sons Gerry [Joy], Delynn [Richa]; his grandchildren Vivian, Troy [Shannon], Jazz, Rickylynn, Jesse, Wilsyn, Ryder, and Dax; his great grandchildren Eldon, Sierra, Serena, Daniel, Maria, Kylee; and his good friend, Shyam.

Sam Peters was born in Barnes Crossing, Sask., to Isaac and Helen Peters, on Dec. 30, 1944. He passed away June 15, 2016 in High Prairie. He was 71 years old.
Sam was the second in a family of 11. After Sam was born, his parents moved to Warman, Sask., where he went to school until he was in Grade 3. At the age of 11 his parents moved to Coaldale, Alta. where his dad got him and his older brother a job milking and feeding cattle in winter and hoeing sugar beets in summer.
In 1964 he went to Saskatoon, Sask. for Christmas where he met the love of his life, Vivian. A year later they married, and moved to Taber, Alta., where he continued to farm.
Sam worked long, hard hours seeding and irrigating corn, sugar beets, and grain for low pay. In the summer months in the evening and on weekends he would hoe sugar beets for some extra money. In the winter months he fed cattle in the feed lot and fixed equipment. He always worked with scrap metal.
In 1966 their first daughter, Hayley, was born. In 1967 their second daughter, Ronda, came along, then son Gerry was born in 1970.
In 1973 he bought his first truck, a three-ton IHC. He enjoyed it so much that he bought the second truck, a five-ton IHC. These trucks hauled peas, corn, and sugar beets right off of the fields around Taber and area to the cannery and sugar factory located in Taber.
In 1975 he quit farming and started out on an adventure all his own. He bought an acreage and continued hauling produce in summer months and working on scrap metal recycling.
In 1979 he bought topsoil and gravel to other customers. He was always busy, but enjoyed taking the entire family along.
While the trucking was going on he also had an auto wrecking yard running. He had a team that would rebuild vehicles in his shop. He would take such ugly old vehicles and turn them into beautiful machines. He would do the mechanical, a friend and co-worker would do the painting, and his mother-in-law would do the interior work.
He also experimented and designed many machines designed to deal with scrap car bodies and unwanted appliances and other such metals. During the course of his life he built two car crushers, one appliance baler, three flatbed tow trucks, a couple of shears, etc. He would take trailers that were inexpensive and useless and turn them into trailers that are still working today.
It was so amazing to watch him work. He could see what he wanted to do in his mind and without a blueprint or anything he could build it. The amazing thing, no matter how impossible it seemed
to us, when it was done … it worked!
In 1983 Delynn was born.
In 1986 he came to Valleyview with his gravel trucks to participate in a government stock piling project. Although everything went wrong, he fell in love with the north country.
In 1988, he organized a convoy of equipment and people, mostly family, to tour the Southern Alberta countryside cleaning up scrap car bodies from dump sites. He was in Stettler, Drumheller, Champion, Carmangay, Vulcan, just to name a few. His convey was quite the sight, about a quarter-mile long. It consisted of a crane for crushing [smashing] cars, a huge loader, semis, trailers, trucks, campers, and tow trucks. As a family this was one of our biggest adventures. We all loved it.
Then in 1990 he moved to High Prairie. He continued on with the scrap metal recycling business adventure as “Big Meadow Salvage”. He continued creating machines to do the job better and to be able to haul more.
More than anything, Sam loved his family. He treasured special occasions and just waited for everyone to bthree new IHC gravel trucks and a huge loader. “Sam Peters Trucking” was born. He began loading and hauling gravel for MP Crushing in Lethbridge. Later on, his trucks were part of a project to repave the entire Highway 3 from Taber to Lethbridge.
On evenings and weekends he would load up the whole family, the children in the sleeper of the truck, and Vivian in the passenger seat, and would haul e at home at the same time. He loved the noise, he loved to wrestle, he loved to laugh and joke with everyone. He did everything in his life with the intention of making it better for his family.
Sam accomplished many amazing things in his life. He wanted to accomplish so much more.
Sam was predeceased: by both of his parents; his brothers Ed and Jim; and his sister, Norma Jean.
He leaves behind: his wife, Vivian; his daughters Hayley, Ronda [Tracey]; his sons Gerry [Joy], Delynn [Richa]; his grandchildren Vivian, Troy [Shannon], Jazz, Rickylynn, Jesse, Wilsyn, Ryder, and Dax; his great grandchildren Eldon, Sierra, Serena, Daniel, Maria, Kylee; and his good friend, Shyam.

 

 

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Yvonnette Comeau [L’Heureux] was born in North Battleford, Sask. on Aug. 6, 1920 to Beatrice and Napoleon L’Heureux.
When she was nine years of age she moved with her family to Driftpile. Yvonnette went to school at the Peace River Mission [St. Augustine] for two years and continued on at the Donnelly Convent. She furthered her education in Edmonton at the McTavish Business College taking secretarial and bookkeeping.
After finishing her education, she was then hired by Mr. and Mrs. Windsor at their store in Driftpile as assistant postmistress. She also took care of the welfare returns and learnt how to grade and buy furs.
On April 14, 1942 she married the love of her life, Lucien Comeau. They made Joussard their home and raised a family of seven children: Paul, Raymond, Jeannette, Denise, Roger, Beatrice and Gaby.
Over the years she was involved in many aspects of the community. She worked part time at the Joussard School as substitute teacher, secretary and librarian. For 20 years she was also the secretary for the Joussard Advisory School Board.
Bookkeeping was her thing; she did this for the Joussard Sports Committee and St. Anne Catholic Church. She was the organist for the church in 1939 and played until she moved from her home in 2011.
She moved to St. Albert and Edmonton in 2011 where she lived in a senior’s home until she fell sick in December 2015 and moved in with her daughter Denise and family. She lived with them for nine months until sickness forced her to be hospitalized at the University of Alberta Hospital on August 30, 2016. She passed away on Sept. 22 at the age of 96 years.
Yvonnette was predeceased by: her husband Lucien; son Raymond; her parents Napoleon and Beatrice L’Heureux; her brothers Ephreme, Robert, and Roger; son-in-laws Dale Vance, Doug Lauck; and daughter-in-law Marge Comeau.
She leaves behind: her children Paul [Lorene] Comeau of Joussard; Jeannette Vance of St. Albert; Denise Blaikie of Edmonton; Roger [Bev] Comeau of Nanaimo, B.C.; Beatrice [Graham] Holmes of St. Albert; and Gaby Comeau of Grande Prairie; her sister Frances Beach of St. Albert; as well as 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren with one more great-great-granddaughter on the way.
This is the legacy of Yvonnette Flore Marie Comeau, one of the last pioneering women of our day.

 

mr-daviesLeigh Homfray Davies

With heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss, the family of Leigh Davies [born Feb. 22, 1945] announces his passing on Sept. 19, 2016 at the age of 71.
Leigh will be lovingly remembered by his cherished wife Judy, together for 54 years; his daughter Becki and husband Jaret [Cardinal], their children Adam and Mya; his son Nathan and wife Dena [Foo], their children Bryce and Erika; his son David and wife Jellyrose, their children Aiden and Alijah; and his three brothers and two sisters.
Leigh’s family would like to thank friends, former students and colleagues for their support and thoughtful messages.
We would like to thank Dr. Robin Laughlin, his staff and the High Prairie Hospital staff for their compassionate care and the support shown to our family.
A celebration of Leigh’s life will be held on Oct. 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Prairie River Junior High School in High Prairie.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made at any TD Branch or through an email transfer to donations@leighdavies.org to help create the
Leigh Davies Memorial Scholarship.

 

Shaudrey-hedrichirley [Hayes] Banner

Shirley Belle [Hayes] Banner, born Sept. 11, 1930, and a long time resident of the High Prairie area, passed away at the age of 86 in Fairview on Sept. 13, 2016 after a brief illness.
Her family misses her deeply and cherishes their memories of her.
Shirley was born to Gordon and Margaret Hayes on the family farm north of Fairview. She was the youngest of four children and enjoyed being outdoors with all the wonders that farm life offered.
On Nov. 7, 1947, she married the love of her life, Chester Banner. They raised seven children together, while living in Peace River, Eureka River, Worsley, Fairview, Valleyview and Snipe Lake. From Snipe Lake they moved to Enilda and then Kathleen, where they resided for many years before relocating back to Fairview. They were married 64 years, until Chester’s passing in 2012.
Shirley was an avid knitter and faithful traveling companion to Chester as they put on many miles spreading the word of God. Shirley is fondly remembered as mom, grandma, or friend by many of the people she came to know on these travels. She will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Shirley was predeceased by: her husband Chester; daughter Alice; son-in-law John Kuriga; parents Gordon and Margaret Hayes; sister Alice Dettling; and brother Gordon Cecil Lemna.
She is survived by: her children Loraine [Bud] Watchorn of Whitelaw, Alta., Audrey [Edwin] Hedrich of Faust, Ralph [Peggy] of Red Deer, Carol Kuriga of Whitelaw, Richard [Theresa] of Bonnyville, Gorden [Hydee] of Spruce Grove; son-in-law Lavern; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-
grandchilren; and three great-great-grandchildren; her brothers Archie [Betsy] Hayes of Fairview, and Doug [Gerry] Hayes of Penticton, B.C.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to honour Shirley is at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2016 in Fairview

 

Hahenry-mcdermottnk Gordon McDermott

Hank Gordon McDermott passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at the age of 69 years, after a long battle with cancer.
Hank was born on Dec. 20, 1946 in High Prairie. He was raised on the family farm near Banana Belt, went to college in Grouard to be a forester, drove truck and owned his own trucking company in the 1980s. He then moved into working as a welder and mechanic at Prairie Truck and Trailer in 1993 and worked there until 2008 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and the battle began.
Hank started the Night Ryder Band in 1968 and played around the Peace Country for many, many different functions, weddings, fundraisers and rodeos. He loved to talk about the sea of cowboy hats dancing to his music.
Hank also was part of a special group of quadding friends that he was with most weekends for many years. He also had a special love and patience for his grandchildren whom he enjoyed to tease and spend time with.
Hank is survived by: his loving wife, Marge; and his children Mark McDermott, Kelly [Paula] McDermott, Vonda McDermott and Barry McDermott; stepchildren Tiara [Darryl] Huber and Rae-Lyn Rasmussen [Jason Payne]; and grandchildren Cody Mineault, Dylan McDermott [Morgan Gaucher], Shelby McDermott [Dallas Fowler] and Alison McDermott [George Bradshaw)] step-grandchildren Lance Huber [Ashlee Cowie], Angie Huber [Darcy Gavine], Joshua Huber, Joel Huber, Colton Sandboe [Sydney Williams], Danyka Sandboe, Cassie Payne, Colby Payne, Keydon Payne, Jaden Payne and Jaylynn Payne; special great-grandchild Chet Dylan MacKenzie Fowl- er; step great-grandchildren Fisher Gavine, Gibson Gavine and Finley Gavine; family members David and Barb McDermott, Ardith and Pete McCann, Debbie Spreen and Gene Goertzen, Connie and Ron Senkoe, Harold Henderson, Joan and Ed Ragan, Donna and Jack Minsky; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Hank was predeceased by: his parents, George and Gladys McDermott; and one sister, Barbara.
A celebration of Hank’s life was held Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Grande Prairie Alliance Church.
In Hank’s memory, his family would ask that all your gracious gifts and/or lieu of flowers be made to assist patients of the Cancer Clinic with expenses they are faced with when undergoing treatment: Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Re: Cancer Clinic Social Work, 10409 98 St. Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2E8.

 

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Louise Hyndyk

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Louise Alma Hnydyk [Lemay] at the age of 69 years on Sept. 8, 2016.
Louise was born to Henry and Helen [Bedard] Lemay in High Prairie on March 25, 1947. Louise attended school in Big Meadow, High Prairie and McLennan. She later attended SAIT in Calgary in a medical records program.
Following her education, Louise was able to travel, including trips to California, Mexico and France. One trip was taken to Quebec and Berlin, New Hampshire, with her mother.
Louise worked at medical records in High Prairie, Edmonton and Two Hills hospitals where she enjoyed her productivity and made many friends.
In Two Hills, she met David Hnydyk as a patient. This led to a romance and marriage in 1988. Louise retired from work at the hospital in Two Hills in 1995. Louise and David enjoyed life in Two Hills with work, travel, family and friends.
David was of great help and support to her until his sudden passing July 20, 2010. Following David’s passing it was difficult for Louise to maintain her home in Two Hills so she made the big move back to her home town of High Prairie where she was able to obtain residence in Pleasantview Lodge. She enjoyed numerous friends and found a strong support network. She appreciated the food, the activities, the individualized support, time for her faith, and the friendship.
In August, Louise’s health took a turn. Her mobility decreased and she became hospitalized. Her immune system was struggling to a point where the Lord took back. She rests in peace. Louise was determined not to end up in a nur
sing home and her wishes were realized.
Louise was predeceased by: her parents; her husband, David; and her sister-in-law, Lorraine Lemay.
Louise leaves to mourn: her brothers Robert [Janet], Paul [Myrna], Leo [Leona] and Arthur [Carol] Lemay and their families; her stepchildren Matthew and Davina Hnydyk; two step-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Shirley [Hans] Bernard and families; Paul and Agnes Bedard; and numerous other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held in High Prairie at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. and an internment at the Two Hills Cemetery Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Donations in honour of Louise may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

 

 

Joseph Olanskyjoe-olansky

Eulogy by
Bradley Tannahill
& Jessica Tannahill

Many of you are here to honour a man who you knew as a friend, a peer, a neighbour, a co-worker, a husband or a dad. You may have known him as Joe, Joseph, Big Joe, or Grumpy Gramps, but to us he was known as grandpa.
Our grandfather was a man who was strong-willed, stubborn, a jokester, clever, family oriented, opinionated, witty, and he had integrity and character. He was also one who always had a story to share or a joke to tell, and never took life too seriously.
He was born as Joseph Olansky on July 3, 1933 in the Radway Hospital. He was the youngest of eight children of Annie and Michael Olansky. He is survived by: his sister, Olga; and is predeceased by: his mother and father; two brothers [Steve and John]; and four sisters [Mary, Diane, Helen, and Kay].
Grandpa lived in Waskatenau, Alta. from 1933-59. He then moved to Radway, Alta. where he and grandma resided until 1965 when they moved to High Prairie.
Prior to moving to High Prairie our grandfather worked for the county of Thorhild, Alta. working in the Northpoint Coal Mine and on a bridge crew. He later farmed for six years with his brother-in-law Bill Clare in Radway. From 1963 until his retirement in 1994, our grandfather worked for the provincial government in transportation as a grader operator.
While residing in High Prairie, grandpa got involved with sports and the community. He was a member of the Pioneer Thresherman’s Association, High Prairie Elks and the High Prairie Golden Age Club for many years. As an avid hockey and baseball enthusiast, he umpired for the High Prairie fastball league and coached minor hockey. He was also involved with the High Prairie Regal hockey club. You could often find him at the entrance of the arena selling tickets and greeting everyone who came in.
Another place you could often find our grandpa was on Friday and/or Saturday nights bartending various events. Later in life, grandpa also participated in the senior games in both floor curling and bocce ball.
Between 1956-57 our grandfather Joe meet our grandmother, Alicemary Clare, and they married June 27, 1959. They were blessed with five children: Michael, Elaine, Beverly, Robert and William. And they were also blessed with six grandchildren: Bradley, Talon, Justin, Jessica, Chad and Kyle.
Playing cribbage was a big part of our grandfather’s life. In our family, cribbage is a generational game – our grandfather taught his children as well as us grandchildren. We hope to teach his one-day great-grandchildren the game just as well as he taught us.
We want to thank you all for coming. Your attendance here speaks volumes about the impact that this wonderful man had on all of us. As grandpa has laid his final hand of crib we would like to leave you all with these words, “Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the present. What the caterpillar perceives is the end; to the butterfly is just the beginning. Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
The funeral for Joe Olansky was held Sept. 7 at the High Prairie Legion Hall with Rev. Leon Cadsap officiating. The eulogists were Bradley and Jessica Tannahill, William Olansky was the urn bearer. Honourary pallbearers were Bradley Tannahill, Justin Olansky, Chad Olansky, Talon Olansky, Jessica Tannahill and Kyle Olansky.
As a tribute to Joseph, contributions can be made to the STARS Air Ambulance and/or the High Prairie Regional Hospital Palliative Care Society as expressions of sympathy.

 

keith-stewart-2Richard [Keith] Stewart

Richard [Keith] Stewart was born Sept. 12, 1940 to Pearl and Jack Stewart in High Prairie. He grew up on a farm 3 1/2 miles south of High Prairie with his two sisters, Marilyn and Linda.
When he was 18 he and Bill Gustafson hitchhiked to Fort Nelson, B.C. There he got a job working for his uncle Walter Williscroft working on a bridge crew on the Alaska Highway. He worked there until 1963, then returned to High Prairie.
Soon after returning to High Prairie, he met Faye Imes from Spirit River, Alta. After a three-month courtship they were married March 28, 1964. They lived in town until 1977 when they moved to the farm four miles south of High Prairie. While living in town they welcomed three little boys into their lives: Darin Keith on Sept. 20, 1966; Kelly Dean on Aug. 27, 1968; and Kenneth Daryl on Oct. 18, 1971.
After 1964 Keith worked hauling freight for Grimshaw Trucking, and hauling drilling mud for Walter Chudoba. Then he and Murray Couch operated the BA, Gulf Oil, now Petro Canada bulk fuel station for over 20 years.
Keith then worked for the I.D. [now Big Lakes County] for several years. His last job was at the Monahan Ford towing business with Bob Langenhahn for several years. He always did a little farming on his days off so he had a very busy life. As well as his work he enjoyed many years coaching and driving his boys and many others to and from hockey games.
Keith loved his home on the farm and was always busy with his boys, work and his yard. Keith and Faye also enjoyed 17 winters in Arizona away from the cold. He did truly love his winters in Arizona. He enjoyed the warm weather and the social life. He was always happy visiting and telling his little stories.
Keith and Faye now have three lovely daughters-in-law: Valerie [Darin], Natascha [Kelly], and Jennifer [Kenny], and six wonderful grandchildren: Dean, Dallas, Seriena, Natalie, Vanessa and Rebecca.
Keith enjoyed life. After he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer he said, “I’ve had a good life, what more could I ask?”
That was Keith, always positive no matter what the situation. His kind, caring positive way plus his big smile will be with us always.
Keith was predeceased by: his parents, Jack and Pearl Stewart; and one sister, Marilyn.
Keith passed away peacefully in the High Prairie Hospital with his wife Faye, and sister Linda, by his side on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the age of 75 years.
A celebration of Keith’s life was held Aug. 29 at the High Prairie Elks Stampede Hall. The eulogist was Kelly Stewart, and soloist Don Imes. Pallbearers were Darin Stewart, Kenny Stewart, Dallas Stewart, Kelly Stewart, Dean Stewart and David Kocon.
A private family interment occurred at the High Prairie and District Cemetery.
Donations may be made to STARS and/or the High Prairie and District Palliative Care Society as expression

 

Neil HolmesNeil Holmes 2

Neil Holmes was born Sept. 10, 1940 in Yellow Grass, Sask., and passed away Aug. 21, 2016 at the age of 75 years.
Recently of High Prairie, and formerly of Red Deer and Drayton Valley, Alta., Neil was initially from Weyburn, Sask.
Neil was predeceased by: his parents, Frank and Ida; brothers Clarence, Ron and Lyle; sisters Lois, Audrey, Cheryl and twin sisters Doreen and Dorothy; three sister-in-laws and three brother-in-laws.
He is survived by: his loving wife Judy; son Allan [Cheryl], daughter Jody [Kelly], daughter Lisa [Darrell], and son Travis [Jennifer]; eight grandchildren including Andrew, Chelsea, Zane, Vincent, Brayden, Justin, Braeden and Abby; sister Lorraine; brothers Gary [Deloris] and Dennis; sister-in-laws Sandra [Torgy] and Penny [Lynn]; and brother-in-laws John [Carrie] and Denis [Kathy]; and several nieces and nephews.
Neil was a hard worker and provided well for his family. He enjoyed life, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed sports, boxing, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Blue Jays. A highlight in his later life was when his friends Kenny and Al, of Red Deer, took him to the Grey Cup in Regina. The Riders were playing and they won, which made it extra special.
There are many memorable memories.
Neil will be sadly missed; he loves us all as we love him.
Jody, Lisa and Judy were with Neil when he peacefully passed. There is no more pain, no more suffering.
Cremation has taken place. As per Neil’s wishes, there will be no service at this time. Burial will take place at Weyburn at a later date.

 

 

Donald Victor AdamDon Adamss

Donald Victor Adams was born on Jan. 26, 1932 in Calgary and passed away on Aug. 20, 2016 at the age of 84 years.
Donald
was the fourth of seven children born to Victor and Flora Adams. He lived his early years in the district of Home Glen, west of Wetaskiwin. The family moved to Spruceview, west of Innisfail, in 1945. He grew up on the family farm, eventually leaving school in Grade 8 to work with his father driving school bus and delivering freight around Innisfail and Calgary.
Too young to drive, he would dodge the neighbour’s wife who would call the sheriff. Each time the sheriff would let him off with a warning and a reminder to try harder not to get caught! His days of eluding the neighbourhood busy body were over when he purchased his own truck and began hauling gravel.
His “never stop working” attitude carried him north, all the way to the Peace Country where he met Mary Kozie working in a cafe. Don must have said something pretty special to get a woman like her to marry him, or it could have been his clever sense of humour and quick wit, but he did it somehow and they were wed in January of 1956.
They didn’t think things were quite tough enough trying to run a gravel truck in the ‘50s and decided to have three children to add to the excitement. Thus Donna, Gary and Larry were born. Mary showed her dedication by staying in a small trailer they towed behind the gravel truck, raising children and making meals until Don bought a lowboy and started Adams Transport Ltd. With this company, he began hauling equipment all over the north. Mary became bookkeeper, dispatch, answering service, cook – anything that needed to be done – as they raised the kids. He worked as smart as he did hard, establishing a reputation of reliability and quality work. In 1985, at the age of 53, he was able to sell the business and retire.
Don approached his retirement much the same way he approached everything, never afraid to try something new. He and Mary would travel the south in their motorhome, making many lifetime friends as they did. In classic Don style, when stopped in the middle of the desert with other RVs coming and going, he would set up a “Don Adams custom made” campsite, complete with fake power and water hookups. It amused him to chat with people and agree to let them on the wait list for his spot, before quickly letting them in on the joke.
Don eagerly spent time with his eight grandchildren, teaching them to play pool, darts, quad, and of course, fish. He always had as much or more fun than the kids! More recently, he found joy in his two great-grandchildren; laughing at their antics or sitting with them with on his knee – just like he did years before with the grandkids, less one Lazy Boy recliner that packed it in years before!
If you knew Don, you knew he loved to fish. He fished lakes, streams and the coast whenever he could. Being on the ocean in a 14-foot aluminum boat near a pod of killer whales just made it a better day for him!
Don didn’t know it at the time, but when he purchased a beautiful recreational property at Shaw’s Point, right on the shore of Lesser Slave Lake, he, along with Mary, created a special place for family and friends that continues to create cherished memories each year.
Don’s children and his grandchildren have spent countless hours on the water, the beach, and around the fire pit. Don would have his jet boat on the water, towing anyone brave enough to climb into a tube or a pair of skis and see how long they could hang on; or simply sitting quietly with lines in the water, telling the grandkids to stop scaring all the fish away! Family and friends were always welcome to come and sit by the fire, share stories, a drink, and a laugh.
His love for the outdoors took him many hidden away places: hunting, jet boating trips up the river, and to the dunes in Arizona, to name few. His sense of adventure and never quit attitude fueled his creativity. He could build or fix anything and came up with many creative and simple solutions to problems that would stop others in their tracks. Don just never quit – on the job, on his family, or on that big fish [mounted in the cabin!]. It didn’t matter what it was, he got it done and did it well.
Don was an amazing man, supportive to family and friends, always willing to help out in any way. His hard-working attitude took him many places, meeting many great people and living a life full of adventure and special moments most never get. He had a mischievous look to go along with his pranks and could always be counted on for his quick wit and sharp comebacks. Don leaves his family here and you don’t have to look far to see glimpses of him passed down through his children and theirs, carrying on what he stood for.
He blessed our lives and left us with many memories to cherish.
Don was predeceased by: his loving wife, Mary; parents, Victor and Flora Adams; and a sister, June Dvornek.
Don’s memory lives on in the lives of his children: Donna [Jim] Smyth, Gary [Barb], Larry [Darlene]; and eight grandchildren including Sherri, Jenna [J.J.], Brandon [Alex], Shaun [Nicole], Megan, Stuart, Patrick, and Sara; and two great-grandchildren, Caellum and Collins.
A celebrant of Don’s life was held Aug. 26, 2016 at the High Prairie Legion.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the High Prairie and District Palliative Care Society as expressions of sympathy.

 

JohJack Gordonn “Jack” Gordon

John “Jack” Gordon, a long time resident of High Prairie, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2016 with his family by his side.
Jack was born in 1936 on a small farm in Swan River, Manitoba, to John and Charlotte Gordon. He was the youngest of six children, Bruce, Frank

, Agnes, Mary and George.
His sister Mary recalls going to town to see her baby brother for the first time. Baby Jack was sleeping in a dresser drawer because no more cribs were available.
Jack stayed on the farm till 1958, when he decided to join his brother George in Alberta.
There he would start working for Square M Construction Company. His first job was working on the TransCanada Highway in Banff, where he would learn to operate the dragline.
Later working in Golden B.C., he would travel back and forth by train.
Jack
also worked on the Jasper Highway between Lake Louise and Jasper.
The Dunvegan Bridge was another project he was proud to say he helped build.
In the late 1960’s, Jack would come to work in High Prairie, where again he would operate the dragline to straighten out the East Prairie River to prevent flooding of local farmland.
Soon after he would meet the love of his life, Linda Fisher and in 1969 the couple got married.
Three years later, Jack purchased a backhoe to start his own business, and was now expecting his first child.
Jack and Linda would have three children, Mike, Willy and Laura.
They would raise their family on the outskirts of High Prairie, while enjoying the finer things in life, like hunting, fishing or just spending time as a family.
At one time Jack owned his own plane, which he loved to take friends for a buzz over the town.
Over the years, Jack would support his family and friends in anyway possible.
He always took pride in his work and needless to say, was very good at it.
Those that had the privilege to know Jack, knew that whenever he was around, there was never a dull moment.
Jack is survived by his sisters Agnes and Mary, his wife Linda, their son Mike (wife Lisa, daughters Sarah, Amy and Paige), their son Willy (wife Kristie, daughters Anna and Jessica) and their daughter Laura (husband Ross, sons Jordan and Cody).
He will be greatly missed but the memories of “Jack Gordon” were always good ones and will never be forgotten.
A celebration of life was held at the Roman Catholic Church on July 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm.
The Family of Jack Gordon would like to thank everyone who were able to attend and for all the support they received from family and friends.

 

JameJames Millier OBITs Carlyle Miller

James Carlyle Miller, known as Lyle, was born May 3, 1938
in a cottage hospital in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan to John and Mary Miller.
He was raised on the homestead near Holbein, Sask.
Lyle helped his mother and started going to school at the great old age of eight in the Rich Valley School north of Shellbrook.
His father passed away when Lyle was very young.
His mother married again, to Jack Penner and gave Lyle some siblings, twins Austin and Leona and another brother Marvin.
While growing up, Lyle’s family moved to several different towns including Shellbrook, Holbein, Barrhead, and Minberg, and finally going to school in Shellbrook.
He kept himself entertained by riding horses through the community pasture and listening to the battery-powered radio.
There were many days when his Aunt Alisa would complain that he had run the battery low.
Lyle played cylinder records on the old gramophone and often talked about how he would get a good tune going and then lift the receiver on the old (telephone) party line and have people wondering where the music was coming from.
When he was 18, he started to work for the National Grain Company painting and repairing elevators.
Next, he went into construction of the grain annexes, moving throughout Alberta and ending up in Hythe.
After that, he worked in several sawmills in the winter time and for farmers in the summer, then going back to work constructing the elevators for Alberta Pacific.
In 1963, he went to work for United Grain Growers as a grain buyer, staying there for five years.
He had four sons from his first marriage, Carl, Allen, Earl, and Lyndon.
That marriage broke down and Lyle went on with his life meeting the love of his life, Pearl in 1971, and marrying her in 1973.
They had three sons, Les, James and Gerald.
In 1973, Lyle moved his family to Kinuso for two years where he cut tamarac fence posts to support his family, earning the nickname “Tamarac”.
People didn’t know his name and needed to call him something.
In 1975, he moved the family to High Prairie where he worked for farmers and Buchanan Lumber.
The family lived in several different places around High Prairie until 1988 when he bought the family farm and lived there ever since.
He worked for Winagami Lake Provincial Park for nine years and then went to work for High Prairie recreation board until his retirement at the age of 70.
Lyle loved peopled and enjoyed making them laugh.
He enjoyed music, farming and cutting fence posts and fire wood.
His children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly and were very precious to him, gave him lots of pride and joy in their lives and accomplishments.
To each and everyone of you know that your father, grandfather loves you very much.
Lyle leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Pearl, sons Carl (Cathy), Allen (Wendy), Earl (Agnes), Lyndon, Les (Angie), James (Martha) and Gerald (Doris), 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and four great-great- grandchildren.

Joe LizeeColorJoe Aime Lizee

Written July 13, 2016 by his loving godson Rick Laliberte.

It is truly an honour to be able to share this celebration with all of you here today, and on behalf of the family, I would like to thank and welcome everyone present as we go down memory lane.
We are here to remember Joe’s life and a lifetime of memories that he has gifted and given to all of us.
My name is Rick Laliberte and I am Joe’s brother-in-law, second youngest brother to Carmelle, and also blessed to have them as my God parents.
Joe a son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather (or otherwise known as Pepere), great grandfather and a friend.
There wasn’t any one of these areas that he did not excel at.
In reality he was incredible and amazing at all of them, family, friendship and a strong faith were everything to him.
He had an ability to love unconditionally, never seeking or asking for anything in return and because of this it made it so easy to admire and love him back.
It’s hard to believe that someone with so much love could love even deeper, but that day happened when Joe, low and behold met this cute little brunette, my sister Carmelle, and after very little running she knew he was the one. By the way thank you for bringing him into our lives.
Their love flourished and on November 7, 1959 they were married. Exactly 9 months and one day later their first son Aime was born. The funny thing is Joe used to always say that he couldn’t believe that he had wasted one whole day.
Joe and Carmelle proceeded to have four more children and they would each like to share a short message in memory of their dad to all of us.
Aime would like to share with us that the most enduring memory of his Dad that he valued and uses daily in his life was his impeccable behaviour as a gentlemen, he treated the woman that he loved so much with total kindness and respect. Dad did this so naturally each and every day with mom. He believes this to be a truly admirable trait and wishes to carry it on for his Dad; Gentlemen Joe.
Joel the second oldest would like to convey with us, that he will always remember Dad’s undying love and unlimited devotion for mom.
Joanne would like to share with us how Dad always told her that no matter how old you are you will never be too old to sit on my knee.
Diane, the youngest of the two girls says; My Dad our Pepere, because everyone called him Pepere, even herself sometimes, she tells us her fondest and most memorable memories are every day that they spent together, every Friday night with his grand children, and every weekly lunch. In short every day spent with Dad and Mom has become her most memorable moments.
Camille the youngest of the boys and girls, would like to say; My father was a man of simple things, simple pleasures and simple wants. Never asking for much in return. The simplest thing he would do, was the way he loved his family, his grand children, his friends but most of all our Mom.
Fifty six years later they are even more in love with each other than when they first met.
They did everything together and Joe was always the true gentlemen, whether it was doing up her seatbelt, sliding in her chair at meal time, listening to her even when she thought he didn’t hear or walking on the beach holding hands at their lake lot.
He loved his times at the lake and couldn’t wait for his next fish fry or company to visit. He enjoyed playing cards for hours but especially enjoyed spending all of his time with the love of his life Carmelle and they were inseparable. At times when Carmelle may have gotten angry or upset, he had a calming way to him and wasn’t confrontational, his ability to be a great listener was uncanny and because of this they never did have too many conflicts.
Joe was a man of few words; and I quote “If you’re talking, I guess I don’t have to”. He truly was a great listener though and Carmelle loved this dearly about him. Sometimes he may have been too good of a listener, because it seemed that every time he would get tangled up with his brother-in-law Kenny, or to most of us, Uncle Kenny, he would get talked into doing just about anything.
Because of this they shared many adventures, from car racing to patching up an old boat with duct tape and wire and then taking it out on the lake as it took on water like crazy.
Joe never thought he’d make it back to shore.
Another memorable adventure they shared and a few of us kids were able to witness it while we were fishing on the shoreline one day, Joe and Kenny were on the lake again, this time in a canoe, well they capsized the canoe and Joe began to panic, he believed he was drowning.
He flopped around in the water in total fear and after a short time Kenny finally yelled at him to stand up, so he did, well the water was only waist deep.
Joe was a strong but very compassionate man, he worked and was dedicated to whatever job or task was in front of him.
He was an inventor and never backed away from a challenge. If it could be taken apart Joe always tried his best to fix it and most times succeeded.
He farmed for twelve years at Big Prairie near his parents homestead and in 1973 moved his family into High Prairie where he worked as the seed cleaning plant manager, until he retired.
This wasn’t enough though, he was also the caretaker for the cemetery for 35 years and volunteered countless hours to the church, doing repairs or whatever was asked of him. Father Tony once told him “for every good deed he did he was collecting air miles to heaven” well I think he had his air miles a long long time ago.
Joe was also a very kind and loving son, he loved his parents but truly had a special relationship with his Mom (Laura).
He loved her dearly and she held a very special place in his heart. His strong faith in God and the church helped him get through her loss. Most of all, as we take this trip down memory lane. I think he loved life, he loved hugging, giving one or getting one, there was never a wrong time for a hug.
He loved laughing, I don’t think I have ever seen a man cry so much, but they were almost always tears of laughter.
He was always smiling, almost glowing especially around family and friends, a sign of how happy he was. I always admired Joe because he seemed to live a stress free life.
I am sure that wasn’t the case but he sure hid it well.
He had a wit or for better words, a sense of humour that would sneak up on you. Often he would sneak some little saying into the conversation and as it went on, a few seconds or minutes later you would realize what he had said and burst out laughing. Except for Diane, it usually took her a little longer.
He even was able to sneak his wit unto Carmelle, I recall one time when she was doing her spring cleaning, she was working in her kitchen and getting rid of things she didn’t use anymore.
While she was doing this, she was kind of talking to herself and Joe just happened to walk by and said something in passing.
Well it wasn’t’ until a few minutes later that she realized what he said and broke out laughing.
She then proceeded to tell him how silly he was and they had a good laugh together.
Now keep this story in mind and it has meaning a little further along. One thing for sure he truly made us laugh, but enjoyed it even more so. The proof in this is when his daughter-in-law Marilyn came into his life, she could make him laugh for hours.
I am sure there were many tears of laughter during these visits and I am sure he looked forward to the next one so he could do it all over again.
Another time that comes to mind when he had tears of laughter was at a family function. We were all camped at Shaw’s Point and having a great time.
As the evening proceeded somehow Joe had lost his drink and because he already had a few he was having some difficulty saying “I lost my drink, I lost my drink”.
He looked for it everywhere and I am not sure if he ever did find it.
This relates back to when Carmelle was cleaning her kitchen and throwing out all the things she didn’t use anymore. Well Joe must have found what he was looking for that night because he would not let her throw it away.
Joe was a very proud man, he was kind and caring with a gentle soul. He was especially proud of his children, grandchildren and of course his great-grandchildren.
He was blessed having them and watching them grow and who they are today.
In this past year Joe and Carmelle truly enjoyed time with their newest great-grandson Zachary, and Tracy and Randy made sure they would get to see them often.
Little Zachary even paid Joe a visit before his heart surgery and I know seeing his smile and hearing his laugh meant everything to Joe.
But then of course so did all his family.
Here is a story that comes to mind about Joe and being Pepere, when Tracy his granddaughter was little she often stayed with Joe and Carmelle at the lake. Well, Tracy had this game called Snakes and Ladders and just ,loved to play it with Pepere.
Of course being the great Pepere he was he couldn’t say no, but after hours and days of playing it, it was weighing thin on his nerves, but he still would keep on playing.
So when it was time to leave the lake and head back to High Prairie, of course Tracy wanted to bring the game so she could keep playing with her Pepere.
When Carmelle asked him if she should bring it, he quietly and discreetly said “Bury it in the sand”
Unfortunately, there was a time when life wasn’t so easy.
In 2009 Carmelle was diagnosed with heart trouble and had to undergo surgery.
The surgery was successful but the recovery was difficult.
This was when Joe truly stepped up to the plate, he gave 200% for her and never left her side.
His support and love was a perfect example of how great a man and husband he truly was.
This was made even more incredible, cause in 2001, 15 years ago Joe had struggles of his own. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and then later to be found liver cancer.
Well God obviously wasn’t ready to take him yet and he beat the cancer and was able to help Carmelle and be with her and us for another 15 years.
Now just two weeks ago Joe had to undergo heart surgery of his own and of course Carmelle never left his side. They truly loved each other and were always there for each other. Well, Joe’s surgery was a success, but unfortunately some things are not in our control and God had made his decision and had other plans for Joe.
Are we sad? Of course we are, we are heartbroken. Are we angry? A little, we have all suffered a great loss, we have that right to these feelings. It is a part of grieving such a wonderful person in our lives.
But we can also celebrate, trust in our faith and most of all never ever “forget”, every special time and memory that Joe has gifted to us all. If I may quote Joe’s grandson Donald.
“Dear God another angel comes to sit at your side. Take care of him. We will miss you Pepere.”
In closing Joe Aime Lizee, was born on July 22, 1933 in Grouard, Alberta. He passed away on July 9, 2016, in Edmonton, Alberta.
He was predeceased by his parents Lucien and Laura Lizee, 3 brothers, 1 sister and Mederic and Lilian Laliberte. His legacy, leaves behind his loving wife Carmelle, 5 wonderful children, Aime, Joel, Joanne, Diane and Camille. Also 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

 

DDenis Peyreenis Lawrence Peyre

Denis Lawrence Peyre, of High Prairie, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on July 18, 2016. He was 73 years old.
He is survived by: his wife of 42 years, Jackaline [nee Fisher]; son Brent Peyre; daughter Trisha [Robert] Gr
aham; granddaughters Carys and Emerie Graham; and brothers Lorne [Karen], Wayne [Liz], and Jim [Maryann]. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
Denis was born on April 10, 1943 in High Prairie, to Edmond Peyre and Violet Ersson. His early years revolved around the family farm, where his lifelong love of agriculture and quality farm equipment began.
Denis attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in Business in 1973. That May he has hired by John Deere and started training at their Parts Warehouse and Sales Division in Edmonton. Four months later he was transferred to Ontario as a territory manager near Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto.
When the opportunity for a John Deere dealership in High Prairie came about in 1975 he decided to go for it. Denis and Jackie made the move back to their hometown where the community openly welcomed back their local boy, knowing that he would be committed to providing them with the best quality of service possible.
Peyre Farm Equipment Ltd opened its doors August 1975. In 2005, he amalgamated Peyre Farm Equipment with his brother, Wayne, and added the High Prairie dealership to Deerline Sales’ Barrhead and Westlock line up.
In 2009, Deerline Sales merged with Martin Equipment/Martin Motor Sports forming MMD Sales Ltd. with the John Deere side operating as Martin Deerline. Last August, Denis celebrated his 40th year with John Deere and opened the impressive new High Prairie location of Martin Deerline. He had said he was proud to have been able to ‘operate in the same environment for 40 years, although it would be great to be starting in year one again’.
Denis towered over most at 6’6” with intense eyes, a powerful handshake and deep voice. He was a keen listener, observant and a thinker – always able to see the ‘Big Picture’. He loved fun and his booming laugh was infectious. Family, community and friends were very important to Denis. His door was always open and was the kind of guy you could go and talk to for advice. It didn’t matter the type of person you were; Denis had the gift to deal with all and make everyone feel important and heard.
‘No matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend’.
On July 25, 2016, family and friends attended a celebration of Denis’s life at the High Prairie Rodeo grounds. It was a beautiful day in remembrance of a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by many.
Memorial donations may be made to: High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary Society, Box 535, High Prairie, AB TOG 1E0. Funds will be used for equipment or projects supporting the new High Prairie Health Complex.

 

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Ernest J. Bertin

Ernest J. Bertin was born on May 20, 1932 and passed away July 14, 2016 at the age of 84 years.
Ernie was born in New Brunswick, the son of Arthur and Mary Bertin.
He was predeceased by his wife Kay.
Ernie worked all over Canada as a welder in construction and later as a contractor. He loved Alberta and also loved traveling. His favourite was music. He played guitar and was an accomplished musician, playing many instruments in bands all over the country.
He was instrumental in forming the senior hockey league in High Prairie.
He will be sadly missed by his children: Danny, Theresa and Veronica; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; his brothers Ray, Clifford and George; and his sisters Agnes, Adelia and Theresa; and his many, many friends.

 

 

FrancisDowGeorge Francis Dow

George Francis Dow was born on March 30th, 1941 in High Prairie. He was the second of eight children born to Eddy and Addy Dow.
Francis, who passed away July 4, 2016 at the age of 75 years, lived in Faust as a youngster until 1947 when the Dows returned to Kinuso. Francis met a lovely, young teacher from Saskatchewan in 1963. Miss Natalie Ossadchuk and they were married July 24, 1965. They made Kinuso their home.
For many years Francis played, drums, saxophone and accordion with the Kodiaks. Francis was very involved with the community. He had worked with Scouts and Cubs, spent many years on the chamber of commerce, and devoted six years on the village council.
Francis’ real commitment was to the Kinuso Volunteer Fire Department. Francis spent many hours working at the old fire hall. He never complained when the call came in the middle of the night to head out to a fire, and then head out to work with no sleep in the morning.
Francis worked in the hardware department at Kinuso Mercantile. Anyone who frequented the store knew if you needed it Francis could find it. He enjoyed helping and visiting the customers and he loved the people he worked with. In 2006, at the age of 65, Francis retired after 50 years of great service at the store.
Francis was a family man and spent as much time as he could with his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. Family was very important to Francis. During his early years of retirement came the grandchildren and that became his passion. Chasing squirrels in the trees, eating ice cream on his swing or finding a piece of gum in his pocket, a grandchild was right by his side.
Retirement was something Francis looked forward to, however his struggle with Parkinson’s disease made that very difficult at times. Being Francis though, he took on this struggle with the same strength, love and smile that made him the wonderful person that he was.
Francis memory will go on in the lives of: wife Natalie; son Terry [Angie] Dow; and daughter Tammy [Adrian] Plante; his six amazing grandchildren Bryce, Kayley, Landen, Lexi, Shayla, and Isabelle; his sisters Dianne [Gerald] Doerksen, Doreen [Ron[ Beaupre, Marilyn [Eldon] McDonald, and Karen [Vic] Abel; his brothers Larry [Esta] Dow, Jim [Laurel] Dow, Donald [Betty] Dow; sister-in-law Jeanette [Burnice] Bamping; and the many nieces and nephews he loved so much.
Francis was predeceased by: his loving parents, Eddy and Addie Dow; father and mother-in-law William and Mary Ossadchuk; brother and sister-in-law John and Audrey Kulchysky.
Forever a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
We love you, Francis.

 

BrunerRobert O. Bruner

We have lost a part of us, it is with great sadness we say goodbye to Robert O. Bruner, on a whisper, your journey home to Hilda, you are together again. Bob passed away July 31, 2016. He was ninety- three and a half years old.
Robert Orville Bruner was born January 16, 1923; the youngest son of ten children born to Halsey W. Bruner and Enda Jane McAffee in Spooner Wisconsin. He was born nearly two months pre-mature at two and a half pounds and was never expected to survive. His mother Edna died three weeks after he was born. With a strong will to live, family to care for him he lived the longest of all of the Bruner children. He was pre-mature enough that he was fed the water off soaked grain; he could not yet digest milk and was carried around on a pillow. His sister Flora looked after him around the clock, though she already had a family of her own. He surprised everyone as he grew and thrived with a determination that is rare.
He was raised on a farm and his father a farmer and blacksmith with small children still at home married a teacher named Marie Hilmer. Bob immigrated to Canada when he was four with his father, step-mother and two older sisters Bell and Jennie.
They came by train from Spooner Wisconsin, for a new life with boxcars full of livestock and machinery and homesteaded one mile east of Enilda, Alberta. His father Halsey was very much a craftsman who could look at something and build it. Bob followed in those footsteps and learned from his father to respect and utilize the land and resources around them.
Two log homes, barns and other necessities were built from logs off the land they homesteaded. Bob farmed along with his father, mixed farming of livestock and grain, this over the years turned into primarily a hog operation.
They had a small saw- mill and a thresh machine and worked with their neighbours so everyone could get their crop harvested.
He walked to school to Enilda and fondly remembered his first teacher E. W. Pratt. Bob loved learning however; due to his father’s age and illness he took over the farm completely when he was fourteen therefore was unable to finish school. He went to grade seven but had always dreamed of getting his high school diploma.
Homesteading in those years was hard but Bob with a love for animals and respect for the land, persevered. Bob, Jennie and Bell went to school, worked on the farm and became an integral part of the Big Meadow and Enilda community. Growing up with values of honesty, integrity, a strong work ethic and faith he was always looking after family and friends.
Bob had an interest in music and loved to dance. He played for dances in the community having a talent for many instruments; guitar, banjo, mouth organ, accordian and his favorite the violin. When he was not playing he was always dancing. He grew up with the strong responsibility of community; was on many boards and organizations; and held several positions over the years. He was on the United Church board and shippers association for many years. Probably the longest running was the United Church board which also included care and maintenance of the Big Meadow and High Prairie churches.
As he grew older he built his own house, again with the trees on the land and continued farming while looking after his parents. He had decided he would need a home to bring a bride to someday.
Many of his skills were self-taught and he had an eye for detail and a need for perfection. He was never one to sit, he was always doing something. He loved working with wood, and like his father could look at something, draw a blueprint and create it.
The necessity of building things turned into a hobby as time went on.
As a young man Bob ended up in hospital. He woke up after hernia surgery to see this blonde angel. He always said he thought he had gone to heaven; and Bob married this angel, a beautiful nurse named Hilda. Hilda came from the Gillwood area, her mother passed when she was quite young so she looked after her brother and father. This was a bond between them, coming from similar backgrounds and having responsibilities at a young age of caring for family. Hilda would travel by train to Enilda and they would visit friends and dance the night away at the many dances, socials and pot luck suppers that took place in those years. Bob would travel to High Prairie by train or horse and buggy to see Hilda as well. They were older than many of their friends when they married as they were focused on caring for elderly parents and making a living.
After three years of this and writing letters back and forth, Bob asked Hilda if she would spend the rest of her life with him. They married November 28, 1958 and had their reception at the home of a dear friend Donald Barnes. Within the year a daughter was born named Madonna.
Farm life was hard work, but full of love, laughter and happiness. Everything was done as a team from farming and chores to fishing, traveling and dancing. Square dancing, round dancing and ballroom dancing were hobbies and family time. Much time was spent within the community functions, occasionally a hockey game for Bob and Madonna to enjoy. There was skating on the creek that Bob flooded or cross country skiing to find the perfect Christmas tree on the land that Bob cleared, farmed and passionately loved. Bob had an amazing sense of humor and was a bit of a social butterfly; Hilda however is much shyer. Bob loved to laugh and have fun; however was always making sure everyone was cared for and looked after. Holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving meant sharing with not only family but those around him.
There were many meals and celebrations that included neighbours or elderly people who did not have family close.
Camping was a favorite holiday and often ended up in British Columbia visiting with friends and relatives. He creatively built their first camper, and being the perfectionist he was, made sure the trim on the camper matched to a tee the color of the truck.
When Madonna graduated nursing they would travel to visit wherever she was living ; while Madonna lived in Toronto there were regular trips there and new places to see. Their travel often involved family and friends.
Bob and Hilda continued farming and the busy pace of their lives. The eighteen hours a day involved in mixed farming was tiring, Bob developed angina and decided to rent out the land and find something less stressful to do, but he also needed a way to make a living.
He had always wanted to finish high school so at the age of fifty-eight Bob went back to school at what is now Northern Lakes College to do upgrading; he received his high school diploma.
Well the learning bug had grabbed him and since he already did a lot of carpentry for himself and others and had a knack; off to challenge the apprenticeship board he went. He ended up with his Journeyman Carpentry and Journeyman Residential Electrician credentials. The new barn then turned into a complete carpentry shop. He worked for many years at that and had more work than he could keep up with; as his work was impeccable. Bob and Hilda continued to dance and travel to jamborees and go camping in the summer, and in the winter besides dancing and bowling in the community he took up cabinet making as a “hobby”. Many of the family members have complete living and bedroom furniture custom made for them. He was a perfectionist at restoring antique furniture and enjoyed bringing life back into the wood.
In 1995 Bob and Hilda sold the beloved farm and moved to High Prairie where there was less upkeep of the property. They continued to have fun and travel; and of course Bob continued to work doing carpentry and electrical until he was eighty-six years old, an amazing career.
In 2008 Bob and Hilda wanted the security of having their family close, his arthritis in his back, knees, shoulders and hands were getting bad. His daughter and her husband moved back to High Prairie to be close and help out. Sadly after getting over a bout of harsh chemotherapy to deal with prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s developed and the fun loving ball of energy found living independently more than he and his wife could manage on her own.
Bob and Hilda lived with Madonna and Derek until after three years of complete care at home, Bob moved to J. B Wood Nursing Home where they came daily to see Bob.
All of Bob’s siblings have passed away; he has numerous nieces and nephews that unfortunately do not live close. Almost all of his friends have died before him; he used to say the disadvantage of living longer was to lose those you love. His love for family and life has been instilled in those around him. Bob was a gentle loving man, full of smiles, laughter, hugs and music which played daily in his room at J B Woods. He had patience and generosity of time and love that friends and family were fortunate to enjoy. A love for nature and animals gave him peace. He had strong faith and is a true humanitarian that few could match.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Halsey and Edna Bruner, his step mother Marie, brothers Lee, Dan, and Herb; sisters Lola, Flora, Helen, Irene, Bell and Jennie; his loving wife Hilda eight months ago in November, 2015.
He leaves behind their daughter Madonna Bruner-Penner and son-in-law Dr. Derek Penner of High Prairie, Alberta. Nieces Darlene (Jim) Handschuh, Bernice (Gerald) Lang, and Jane (Juergen) Stolte all of British Columbia. Numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews from Alberta, British Columbia and through-out the United States.
As their wish a Memorial service for Bob and Hilda Bruner will be held Thursday August 18, 2016 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in High Prairie at 1:00 pm. Reverend Sharon McRann officiating. Private family interment at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the High Prairie Palliative Care Society as expressions of sympathy.

 

Anne Anne BeamishBeamish [Kosar]

With heavy hearts the family of Anne Beamish [nee Kosar], of High Prairie, announce he
r sudden passing of heart failure in Sherwood Park, Alta., on June 26, 2016 at the age of 86 years.
She was predeceased by: her husband, Wessely Harold Beamish, and life partner Gordon Rich; parents Nick and Mary Kosar; siblings Matthew Kosar, Helen Kosar, Rose Lizzee, and June Godberson.
Anne is survived by: her son Doug Beamish [Bev] and grandchildren Dwayne Beamish and Dawn Kennedy; son Lloyd Beamish and grandson Christopher Plante; daughter Shirley Rothwell [Doug] and grandchildren Michael Rothwell, Nicholas Rothwell and Nicole Cox; daughter Wanda Sparrow [Kelly] and grandchildren Matthew, Paige and Paris; and son Shawn Beamish [Christine] and grandchildren Nathan, Noah and Annika; and 11 great-grandchildren. Anne is also survived by her siblings Olga Babkirk, Mary Geale [Chuck], Elsie Montgomery [Bill], Minnie Proc [John], Roger Kosar, brother-in-law John Godberson [Heather] and numerous nieces and nephews.
Anne was born on her family homestead north of High Prairie March 27, 1930, and always had a love for the farm. Anne worked 30 years in the High Prairie Hospital making many friends and touching many lives. She loved her work, especially the maternity ward and time spent with babies and new mothers.
Of all her passions, her greatest was her family and grandchildren, which were her pride and joy. She was an avid gardener and supported her family with meals from the garden and canning throughout the year. Her meals were renowned and sought out by family and friends.
Anne enjoyed many long tea parties in her kitchen, sharing life’s journey with friends and family, discussing the latest news and laughing until her stomach hurt.
The natural beauty of a flower, the perfume of a rain storm or the majesty of a sunset was her joy. Her energy was boundless, and her strength and perseverance through tough times continues to be inspirational to her family and friends. She was rich with love and will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A celebrating of Anne’s life was held July 7 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

 

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Gwendolyn Rookes

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Gwendolyn Mae Rookes [nee Smith] passed away with her family by her side at the age of 82 years.
Gwendolyn, who was born on Aug. 19, 1933, has gone to be with the love of her life, William Roy Rookes, who passed away on Oct. 31, 1993.
She leaves behind her three children; Ron [LeeAnn], Linda Byram [Ron], and Devin [Alvina] as well as 10 grandchildren, their partners and 22 great-grandchildren to carry on her legacy. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A celebration of her life was held July 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Drayton Valley Funeral Services – Tinant Chapel with Pastor Lorne Trudgian officiating.
Interment will follow at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation [CT-4-DV] 4550 Madsen Ave, Drayton Valley, Alta. T7A 1N8, or to Serenity House 4552 Madsen Ave, Drayton Valley, Alta T7A 1T2.

 

P19_Eleanor BarnesEleanor Barnes

On Monday, July 4 at 5 p.m. a most wonderful, positive, beautiful light shone around us for the last time.
Eleanor [Graver] Barnes passed away at the Peace River Hospital at the age
of 92 years.
Eleanor was born on Feb. 25, 1924 in Winnipeg, Man. She was the baby of the family, the only girl surrounded by three older brothers: John, Wilfred, and Harold.
She grew up to be a spirited young woman, skating with her brothers every winter on the outdoor rinks, and following her brothers into the army during the Second World War. Her attitude was, “she was a proud Canadian, and if her brothers could do it, so could she”.
As soon as she turned 18 she quit high school in her final year to join the army.
She became a teacher in the Women’s Army Corps, where she traveled around Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta just so that she could be a part of the movement her brothers were all fighting for.
After the war ended, she returned home to her parents in Winnipeg to complete her high school diploma. Education was and always has been extremely important to Eleanor.
She continued in her studies at university, studying art and dance around the world, in London and France, and Vancouver Island. She was a spunky and vibrant young woman, independent and full of ambition to see the world and succeed in her careers.
Eleanor later became the social director of a hotel on Vancouver Island and that turned into a traveling position as the choreographer and host of social events at multiple army points including St. Jean d’Uberville, Quebec where she entertained and partied with the likes of Maurice Richard and other Montreal Canadiens.
From there she joined the famous Ice Follies – what later became the Ice Capades, and travelled through Chicago, New York, and all of Canada as the lead choreographer and ice dancer. The girls used to call her “Teach” as she was the eldest of the group. Her final performance was in St. John’s, NL, where the group went on hiatus.
She returned home to Winnipeg, but not for long. She was offered a job teaching English in Russia, so she jumped on a plane and headed out for the summer. Touring through Russia, Ukraine, and Finland, she was able to also return back to Paris and London to visit her friends.
Eleanor was then offered a job in Vegreville, Alta., as a social worker for the Alberta government. She traveled all around northeastern Alberta, and began working in Viking. It is here the young and vibrant Eleanor met her match. Const. John Gerald Barnes asked Eleanor out for coffee, and that was that. Gerry and Eleanor were married in Winnipeg in 1962, and moved to Calgary, where Gerry was transferred to with the RCMP. They had three beautiful children: Trevor, Margaret and Robin.
While living in Calgary, Eleanor took some time to raise their three children, but managed to stay busy by volunteering for multiple organizations, and also by always being the perfect host for friends, family and visitors. Eleanor and Gerry were famous for their get-togethers and that reputation followed up once they moved up north!
Plans to homestead in the High Prairie area took shape in 1967. The family packed up the car, with all the pets in tow, and moved up to Gerry’s last post with the RCMP to Manning in 1969-72. Upon Gerry’s retirement from the RCMP in 1972, the family moved to be near the homestead in High Prairie.
Eleanor returned to work in 1973 with Preventative Social Services, while Gerry got
to realize his farming dreams. The final move onto the homestead in Sunset House in 1978 and the Crazy Man Creek Ranch became a reality.
Eleanor was a hard-working woman all her life. She was passionate about helping people. She worked throughout northern Alberta with many First Nations and Metis communities with Alberta School Food Services until she ‘retired’ at the age of 66.
Upon her ‘retirement’ she started working with CUSO and Canadian Executive Services Organization where she was able to travel and volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She hosted countless international guests, included Oliver, a Ghanaian Chief, and countless students studying English in Canada as a second language. She worked as an ESL teacher for Fairview College – now Northern Lakes College in Peace River from 1990-93.
Eleanor was offered a position in Africa, but turned it down so that she could care for Gerry when he was diagnosed with cancer. Gerry passed away in 1999, but Eleanor did not slow down. She just kept on living for both of them. Traveling to celebrate all of her milestone birthdays – her 80th in Mexico, her 85th in Hawaii and Germany.
Most recently, in 2013, at the age of 89 she was asked to represent the Remaining Veterans and was flown to Normandy, France, as one of six veterans asked to represent Canadian veterans from the Second World War at the opening of the Canadian Center Museum in Juno Beach. The Canadian government honoured her and her brothers, along with all the other veterans of the Second World War.
Even into her final month on this earth, Eleanor was volunteering for Veterans Affairs, visiting veterans in hospitals, working with their families to make sure they were comfortable and had access to everything they needed. She was a proud veteran for our country. We are so proud of all she achieved.
In her final few years, Eleanor found herself flying south for the winters, and living in Edmonton and St. Albert, but always returning to the homestead for the summers. She loved her fireplace, her bicycle, her plants, and most of all, her view of the trees and creek.
It is important to speak about Eleanor’s role as a grandmother. She was the epitome of the best grandmother, to her nine devoted grandchildren. A true inspiration to them all, encouraging them all to study at college or university, and many following in her footsteps studying fine art, and a few also inspired by her life to travel the world. Few grandchildren in this world have the opportunity to be as close to their grandmother. She was a part of every life milestone, from births to every birthday, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, graduations, moves, trips, break-ups and make-ups. She was the most accepting and caring grandparent.
For those of you who knew Eleanor, you all know what a positive spirit she was, not just for her family, she always had a smile and always had time for everyone she met. She taught this to her children and her grandchildren, and her legacy will live on through us.
Eleanor leaves to mourn her loving family: son Trevor Barnes [Tammy] and his four daughters Taylor, Tanner, Taryn and Teagan of High Prairie; daughter Margaret Jones [Bruce] and her three children, Jeffrey [Jasmine], Justin, and Jessica [Brayden]; as well as great grandson Barrett of Rocky Mountain House; and daughter Robin Barnes [Darcy] and her two children, Lyndsay of St. Catharines, Ont. and Brett Sprado of Peace River; and stepdaughter Janice Cartwright [Bill] and step granddaughter Quinn [Richmond]; brother Harold Graver of Victoria; many nieces and nephews and the related Graver and Barnes families.
Eleanor was predeceased: by her husband, John Gerald Barnes; her parents; and her brothers, John and Wilf.
A celebration of her life will be held Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Triangle Hall. Donations may be made to the Peace Palliative Care Society, the Human Organ Procurement Program C/O The University of Alberta Hospital Foundation or Peace River Rotary House.
Thank you to everyone who played a part in Eleanor’s life, a wonderful journey and to those who have helped us all through this difficult time. Special thanks to her dearest friends Sue Long, Betty-Lou Munro and Dorio Lucich, the Jacobsen Woods family as well as the medical staff; nurse angels Pat, Caroline, Margo, Pam and many others, lab and X-ray techs and family friend Pam Schipholt, of the Peace River Hospital and Dr. Welch and Dr. Mochinsky.
Many will feel her loss, and she will be dearly missed by us all but always remember, “Smile – it’s contagious.”

 

JennyDJenny Dlugosz

Jenny Dlugosz
was born on Dec. 27, 1966. She passed away on May 5, 2016 at the age of 49 years.
Jenny was born in McLennan and lived on the farm in Guy for three years. She moved to High Prairie in 1969 with her parents, Mary and Kizic, where she lived for the rest of her life.
She loved music, dancing and doing crafts at Marigold. She worked at Marigold all of her life, it was her second home, the staff and individuals were her best friends. She had many workers she worked with who were all dear to her; she was always eager to go to work. Her happiest time was on Mondays, this was when she could go bowling with all the nice ladies.
Jenny leaves to mourn her loving family: her mother, Mary; her two brothers, Bob and Jerry; sister-in-law Gayle; nephew Mason; aunt Sophie Dlugosz; cousins Richard Dlugosz and Roger Dlugosz; uncles Mike Falebrenza, Steve Falebrenza and Eillen Worbitz of Spruce Grove; and aunt Lillian and uncle Bill Goryniuk of Smoky Lake.
Jenny was predeceased by: her loving father, Kizic; brother Tom; and uncles Nick, William and John Falebrenza.
“We all love you Jenny, may you rest in peace. For in our world you were one of the best. You’ve left us many precious memories.”
Jenny’s funeral service was at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in High Prairie on May 13. Interment was in the Guy Cemetery.

 

Shirley KaP19_Shirleysinec

Shirley Kasinec passed away at the age of 78 years on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Stony Plain, AB.
Shirley was born on Aug. 28, 1937 in Birch Hills, Sask. Her family moved to the High Prairie area when Shirley was around nine years old.
Shirley married Andrew Kasinec on Sept. 29, 1955 and they had four daughters. They farmed outside the High Prairie area until moving to Stony Plain in 2004.
Shirley will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her four daughters: Arlene [Owen Ingram], Regina [Curtis Baraniuk], Shari; and Wendy [Michael Polushin]; five grandsons, Shawn [Julie], Michael [Christie], Adam [Jill], Christopher [Cailee] and Dylan; and three great-granddaughters, Taylor, Anessa and Madison; as well as her great-grandson, Wes- ton; her sisters Opal and Marjorie and their families; as well as numerous relatives and close family friends.
She was predeceased by her parents: Nels and Olia; and sisters Annie, Cora, Dorothy and Vinnie; as well as brothers Bud, Floyd, Vic, Lester and George.
Shirley was a dynamic person with interests in history, baking, reading and traveling.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time with special consideration to the staff at Good Samaritan Care Centre in Stony Plain for the compassionate care they extended to Shirley and her family.
A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 52515 R.R. #15, Stony Plain, on July 3. Cremation has taken place. A slide presentation and luncheon was held at the Stony Plain Senior Citizens’ Drop-in Centre July 3 following the service.

 

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Pamela Bissell [Sproston]

Pamela Mary [Sproston] Bissell was born Oct. 30, 1924 and passed away on May 27, 2016 at the age of 91 years.
Arriving from England to Pier 21 in 1925, then traveling by train to northern Alberta to live and homestead on an undeveloped tract of land, to graduating from the University of Alberta in 1946, and being the recipient of the President’s Gold Medal in nursing, to traveling the world, and retiring to White Rock in 1997, Pamela has done it all.
Pam leaves behind: her daughter Sheila [Grant] of Surrey; son Lindsay [Arla] of West Kelowna; granddaughter Megan [Dennis] of Edmonton; grandson Mark [Alexa] of Toronto; aunts and cousins in the United Kingdom and France; and Bissell relatives in Canada, and the USA.
Pam cared deeply for others and would go about her daily activities smiling, cheery and looking for the best in everyone. She instilled in us the importance of keeping connected with friends and relatives, and the art of the handwritten letter. She loved researching genealogy on her computer and watching British shows. She was so looking forward to the arrival of her two great-grandsons.
Thank you to everyone who touched Pamela’s life in many different ways, we will not forget you.
Donations in Pam’s memory may be made to the Clinical Chair in Aging and Research, Office of Advancement, Faculty of Nursing, 3-141 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave., University of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1C9. Cheques payable to the U of A.
A service will be held at a later date in High Prairie.

 

Kryzalka,JohnJohn Kryzalka

On May 7, 2016, John Kryzalka of Edmonton, formerly of High Prairie, passed away at the age of 85 years.
John is survived by his two sons, Dennis [Chris] and Edward [Lois]; daughter, Tammie; three grandchildren, Katrina, Natalia and Jonathan; one brother, Alex [Olga]; niece, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Harry in 1970; his mother, Julia in 1991; and sister, Maria of Ukraine in 1928.
The funeral service was held May 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue in Edmonton with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, Alberta and NWT Division, #307, 10109 – 106 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3L7.
Photos, memories and condolences may be graciously shared through www.parkmemorial.com.

 

AllenSmithAllan Smith

Allan Smith, a long-time resident and businessman of High Prairie, passed away on April 9, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 78.
Allan was born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Meadow Lake, SK. His family moved to Edson, and later Hinton in the 1940s. In the 1950s, the Smith family settled south of High Prairie in the Banana Belt.
Allan and his young family moved to High Prairie in the 1970s. During this time, Allan had his own welding truck and later opened the first Allan’s Welding Shop in 1981. In 2003, along with his sons, he opened the new and larger shop and expanded the business to include a transport trucking company and coach line service. They opened Riverside Liquor store in 2010.
Allan is survived by his wife Margaret of 57 years; their four children: daughters Rhonda DeLorme [Blaine Tchir]; Shelley Griffiths [Geoff]; sons Rodney [Michelle]; Kevin [Danielle]; and eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
He is predeceased by his parents Floyd and Ida, sister Hazel Horosko, brother Ken, and son-in-law Terry DeLorme.
Funeral services were held April 23, 2016 at the Church of the Nazarene, High Prairie. Interment took place at St. Mark’s Anglican cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on his behalf.

 

DuncanCharles B. Duncan

Charles Bruce Dun- can was born on Nov. 18, 1946 and came to High Prairie after a long and successful career as a carpenter. After receiving his BA degree from the University of Guelph in 1983, Bruce went on to become a certified Red Seal journeyman carpenter in 1987.
Bruce’s work and volunteer activities took him across Canada and around the world. He taught carpentry programs to youth and adults in several communities in Ontario, as well as Atikameg and Loon Lake before eventually making his way to High Prairie.
Bruce’s carpentry skills also took him to Fort McMurray, the Bahamas, and Nicaragua where he volunteered his skills to help build houses for displaced residents.
Bruce was a tireless volunteer, especially when it came to programs for children. He quickly developed a strong rapport with the students when he arrived at E.W. Pratt as an educational assistant in the fall of 2015. Bruce shared his considerable knowledge, life experiences, and wisdom, leaving students with powerful life lessons that they valued and respected.
Anyone who knew Bruce quickly discovered that not only was he exceptionally well- read, he also loved to discuss and debate local and global issues with anyone up for the challenge, and that challenge was considerable given his intelligence, wit, and teasing nature.
Bruce passed away suddenly on March 16 and will be sadly missed by dear longtime friends Robert and Christine Bolduc of Manitoba, his E.W. Pratt family, and friends and acquaintances in Ontario and Alberta.

 

EhmanSheila Ehman

It is with great sadness that the family of Sheila Maureen Ehman announces her passing.
Sheila, 66, died March 14, 2016 at the High Prairie Hospital after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Sheila was born Dec. 9, 1949 in Holdfast, Sask., one of seven children born to Maureen and Arthur Ehman. She moved to Edmonton in the early 1970s, where she attended the University of Alberta. Following that, she worked at a variety of jobs in Edmonton and around northern Alberta until returning to college and receiving a diploma in Journalism from Grant MacEwan College in the late 1980s.
Sheila worked as a reporter in North Battleford, before becoming an assistant instructor/editor in the Journalism program at Grant MacEwan for seven years; a job she both loved and excelled at performing.
Unfortunately, program restructuring and cutbacks ended her career at the college and she moved to High Prairie in 1996 where she worked for a few months until returning to Holdfast to help care for her ailing father. A year later, she returned to High Prairie where she remained, working in a variety of local businesses over the next 20 years until retiring from The Bargain! Shop in the fall of 2015.
Sheila had a gifted intellect, was a natural born story-teller, music lover and a talented writer and artist with a huge heart and a friendly word for everyone she met. She was generous to a fault, stubborn, determined and feisty; a free-spirited adventurer who blazed her way through life on her own terms.
She was a fierce defender of the underdog and always willing to help anyone in need, a staunch friend and a devoted family member who loved her siblings and their families passionately, and who never failed to brag about the accomplishments of her nieces and nephews, of whom she was very proud.
Her love of nature, of all creatures great and small, her enthusiastic and unwavering support for her beloved Saskatchewan Roughri- ders, her lifelong love of reading and literature, even as she struggled with failing eyesight, and her ever present and quirky sense of humour were well known to her friends and family and will be sorely missed.
Like a soft breeze on a spring day, Sheila touched many lives with her quiet warmth and caring ways and her memory will linger forever in the hearts and minds of all who knew her. Small in stature but mighty in spirit, with an indomitable will, this Unsinkable Molly Brown of a woman was a fighter to the very end.
She will be missed more than she could ever imagine. Rest in peace, Sheila, and know you were deeply loved.
Sheila is survived by: her brothers, Dan [Barb], Donald, Wayne [Diana] and Kevin [Elvie] Ehman; and her sister Kathy [McDuffie]; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by: her parents; and her younger brother Pat, who died this past October.
Thank you to Dr. Laughlin and the caring staff at the High Prairie Hospital, to Palliative Care Services and to the Chapel of Memories for all their help and support.
At Sheila’s request, there will be no service.
A joint internment for both Sheila and Pat will be held in Holdfast on July 9.

 

ByronOBITByron Mark Konelsky

Byron Mark Konelsky passed away suddenly on Feb. 11, 2016.
He was predeceased by: his grandparents, father, and three brothers; Jerry, Jack [Dawn], and Vern.
Born on Jan. 5, 1966, Byron was the eighth and youngest child of Mary and Alec Konelsky. Having been born and raised in High Prairie, Byron was given many opportunities to participate in activities that he loved. He belonged to several youth organizations, including Cubs, Scouts, figure skating, and swimming. Byron was very proud of the medals he had won in swimming competitions.
Byron was a great hockey fan. His nephew Darin’s team, was the only team that he loved more than the Edmonton Oilers. Being an Oilers fan made it easy for people to buy gifts for Byron. You could buy him anything, as long as it had the Oilers logo written on it.
As an adult, Byron worked at Marigold. Joanne, Donna, and the Marigold staff were his second family.
Some people may not know about Byron’s generosity. He supported Animal Rescue groups, and he loved being Santa all year long…but without the red suit. Byron would go toy shopping with his mom, and he would buy a gift for a boy and one gift for a girl. Then as he was walking home he would give the gifts to the first boy and girl that he met on the street. He loved to see the kids’ excitement when he asked the parents if he could give their child a toy! There are a lot of kids who may have received their first Tonka truck, or Barbie Doll from ‘Santa Byron’.
Byron is survived: by his mother, brothers Dan [Madeline], Lorne [Gloria], Wayne [Mary], sister Marilyn [Ed], and numerous nieces and nephews.
“It’s not so much that you lose someone you love, it’s someone who loved you unconditionally that makes it so difficult.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sports Palace April 22 at 2 p.m.

 

francisstoutFrances Christina Stout

Frances Christina Monica Stout, of High Prairie, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2016 at the age of 82 years, surrounded by her family.
Frances is survived by: five children; Debra [George] Angus, Sandi [Douglas] McNaughton, Kevin Stout, Keith Stout and Ken Stout; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; by brother James Ganje; and sister Helen Arney.
She was predeceased by: her husband Glenn in 1997, just shy of their 40th wedding anniversary; and one daughter, Brenda Nawrot in 2012; her brothers Michael and Larry Ganje; and sister Eugene Ganje.
Frances was born in Lampman, Sask., Dec. 26, 1933 to Anna Marie [Wock] and Jacob Christ Ganje. She was raised in Bienfait, Sask. until her marriage to Glenn Stout on June 13, 1957. After moving around Alberta for Glenn’s job in the oilfield, they finally decided to settle in High Prairie in 1973. That is where they owned and operated G&F Construction for many years.
Frances was a home body. She loved raising her children as well as taking in children who were in danger, usually babies who needed safe and warm arms. She never turned a child away. The children would always have a full belly, clean clothes and were all loved.
When asked if she would do anything different in her life, she swiftly answered ‘No’, the children were her life. Mom was a selfless woman who gave so much of herself and asked for nothing in return. A wonderful woman with such a kind and tender heart, we miss her dearly.
Funeral services were held on March 11, 2016. Cremation has taken place. Mom is forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Thank you to Dr. R. Laughlin, Debbie Isert, the Palliative Care Unit, and the Chapel of Memories [High Prairie Ltd.], all of High Prairie and the many friends and family who were so gracious during the loss of our mother. Your kindness and generosity will not be forgotten.
Donations can be made to Stollery Children’s Hospital, 8440-112 Street Northwest, Edmonton, T6G 2B7.