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Jennie Fern Toews Obituary

Death was the result of cancer, which she quietly fought for many years. The song “My Jesus I Love Thee” was a comfort to Mom when she realized the battle would soon be over.

Her childhood was spent in the Linden, Alta., area with two sisters and four brothers. Jennie was a determined red-haired girl who loved schoolwork, baseball and skating. In her youth, she worked at an egg grading station and also at the Linden post office. She gave her heart to the Lord as a young girl and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, being faithful until the end.

She married Wilbert Toews on Oct. 10, 1958, sharing life for over 64 years. Their first home was in Linden. They moved to Pincher Creek in 1968, among the first families to call this new congregation home. They raised five children on the old home place, a farm just out of town. She worked alongside Dad on the farm and in the community, striving to be a friend and help to everyone they met.

Mom took meticulous care of anything entrusted to her, whether it was a puzzle box, a garden or a child. She worked tirelessly for the good of her family, providing us with a secure and orderly home. Most importantly, she taught us the way of Jesus which was so precious to her.

Mom took a keen interest in the details of people’s lives and wasn’t afraid to start a conversation. She was a list keeper, a diary writer and a note taker. An avid reader, she kept a list of every book she read and appreciated a good story or laugh.

In the last years, Jennie enjoyed living at the Crestview Lodge and interacting with the residents and staff there. She loved having coffee, doing the Daily Jumble in the newspaper, and the competitive games of Scrabble and Upwards with her friends. Her grandchildren meant the world to her and she checked in with them often. We all want to meet her in Heaven.

Those left to treasure memories are her husband, Wilbert Toews; children Lorraine Unruh, son-in-law Jeff and Darci Dejax, Galen and Gwen Toews, Kelly and Joanne Toews, and Kendall and Marla Toews; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. One brother, Leroy and Marianne; two sisters, Audrey Toews and Darlene Reimer. Two sisters-in-law, Ruby and John Hendrickson, and Dianne Reimer. Dad’s family: Susanna Reimer, Irma and Irvin Megli, Eldon and Lorna Toews.

Those gone before include her daughter Donna Lynn Dejax; son-in-law Merle Unruh; three brothers, Gerald, Reg and Ellis; six brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.


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Donald David Rouleau Obituary

Left to cherish Donald’s memory are siblings Joan Brees (Hugo), Ken (Cindy Johnson), Kathy Lynk (Con) and Gerry; aunt Winona Rouleau, nephews and nieces, and cousins.

Donald was born in Pincher Creek, Alta., to F. David and Bernice Rouleau, where he resided his entire life. He worked part time in the family newspaper business (Pincher Creek Echo) during high school.

After graduating from Matthew Halton High School, Donald’s work interests included a long stint as a projectionist at the local theatre; management in the Heritage Inn (Pincher Creek and High River); and King’s Restaurant (Blairmore and Pincher Creek); and salesman at Sears in Pincher Creek before his health declined.

He served as a member on the Group Youth board and was a member of Citizens on Patrol (COP).

A graveside service for Donald will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Pincher Creek on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at 2 p.m.. A reception at Eden’s Funeral Home (966 Elm St., Pincher Creek, Alta.) to follow.

Donations may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, in Donald’s memory.

Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation: 100-119 14th St. N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.


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Taralyn Layton Obituary

Tara was a wife, sister, fur baby mom, niece, friend, and most importantly an auntie, which she took great pride in.

Tara was born in Lethbridge, Alta., on April 19, 1979, to Pat and Gordon Allred and big sister Jaime. She grew up on a farm at Twin Butte. She loved animals and always had a pet that she adored and took pride in caring for. She thoroughly enjoyed travelling, camping, and just being at home with her fur babies.

Her life was made complete when she married her best friend, Aaron, on Aug. 27, 2022. He was the love of her life and he loved and cared for her deeply throughout the time they had together. They complemented and enjoyed one another, always putting the other first.

Tara’s biggest love besides Aaron was family. Jaime was her rock and they looked after one another after their mom’s passing. They always had one another’s backs and loved each other unconditionally. Jaime’s children were the light of Tara’s life. Courtney, Tasha and Tyler were her sunshine. She cherished them and was so proud to be their auntie. She would move mountains for them and was always there when they needed her.

Tara loved her fur babies; her dogs: Tess, Maggie and Buddy; and her cats: Bandit, Boots and Sam. She also loved doing crafts and cooking. Being home and being a wife was the icing on the cake. Tara had many hardships over the years but always fought hard to overcome them. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone that needed her. She will be missed not only by family but by the many friends she made.

Tara will be reunited with her parents, Patricia and Gordon Allred; her grandparents, Victor and Elmire Sulava and Byron and Mildred Allred; her niece and nephew Caitlin Rebecca Hay and Coal Armstrong; as well as her aunt Angela Sulava and uncle Brent Gunderson.

Tara has left to mourn in her passing: her loving and devoted husband, Aaron Layton; her sister and brother-in-law, Jaime and Jaret Armstrong; her nieces Courtney Allred and Tasha Hay (Glenn Walker) and nephews Tyler Hay (Brie Wilson) and Jesse Hale. She also leaves behind her stepmom, Janet Allred, and in-laws Bryan and Linda Layton and Chris Layton, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Tara will be forever loved and missed by so many.


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Sandra Radford Obituary

Sandra valiantly battled her cancer with courage and strength but was overcome on Jan. 2, 2023, while in the comforts of her home and surrounded by her loving family and close friends. She was blessed with 60 years of a wonderful life.

Sandra Lea Rogers was born on July 3, 1962, in High River, Alta., to proud parents Benjamin and Nadine Rogers. Along with her seven siblings, she was raised with a great appreciation for family, community and the little pleasures that most take for granted in this world.

She had many talents and interests but Sandra really excelled in her creativity; she crafted amazing art pieces and jewelry, displaying them at various flea markets and fairs. Always up for a good contest, she also enjoyed fishing for giant sturgeon in our northern lakes, but her greatest joys were those cherished moments spent with family and friends. She is now gone from our eyes but she will remain forever in the hearts and minds of those who loved her dearly.

Those left to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life include her devoted husband, Glen Radford; her beloved children and stepchildren: Steven (Mellisa) of Viking, Vernon Earp of Medicine Hat, Tyler Earp of Hillcrest, Kyle Radford of Medicine Hat, Stacy Earp of Glasgow, N.S., and Bobbie Radford of Viking; her precious grandchildren: MacKinna, Kaylee, Dayveen, Tearin, Shelbie, Rosa, Gregory, Sadi, Ragnar, Sawyer and Masion; her siblings: Melvin (Shannon) of High River, Doug of Patricia, Alta., Kenny, Glen and Fay (Jim) of Longview, Marilyn of Radium, B.C., and Ronda (Gerald) Clark of Medicine Hat; as well as her many extended family members and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Benjamin and Nadine Rogers.

No funeral services will be held. A gathering of family and friends will occur in the spring. Donations in memory of the late Sandra Redford may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society ( and condolences may be registered at


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Ken Murray Obituary

He met his wife of 49 years at the University of Lethbridge and after graduation they settled in Pincher Creek, where he taught for 30 years.
Ken was a teacher, mentor, coach, father figure and sometimes goofy older brother to many students. He was a versatile teacher with a particular love for science. Ken could be counted on to fill any teaching role, and also gave back to his profession by serving on local and provincial committees of the ATA.

After retirement, he served six years as a school trustee, even as he began to travel and enjoy the snowbird life in Tucson, Arizona.

Ken was diagnosed with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy) in 2019. Movement became difficult, but he never complained nor lost his sense of humour. With the help of OT, ST and home care, Ken was able to remain at home until his passing.

He died peacefully at sunset on Dec. 31, 2022.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Jean, daughter Jenn and children Jordan and Sophia, daughter Marcia (Chris) and stepchildren Josh and Abby.

Ken is survived by sister Brenda and family, brother Warren, sisters-in-law Audrey (Jim) and Maggie (Rick), brothers-in-law Jack (Susan), Doug, Richard (Denelle) and George (Cate), and many nieces and nephews.

He will be remembered by many close and caring friends and colleagues, as well as former students who are still wondering how he could spot them 20 points in badminton and still win. Ken was noted for his love of pranks, love of sports, love of fishing, love of family and love of friends. He will be missed.

A celebration of life will be held on June 10, 2023. Further information will be provided when arrangements have been finalized.
Memorial donations can be made to the Windy Slopes Health Foundation, PO Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0 (website:


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Alexander Gordon Russell Obituary

A proud and independent man, Alex was a loving husband to Margo and a devoted father to Alexandra. He wore his heart on his sleeve and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need; always thinking of others. Struggling with health issues over the past few years, Alex faced his challenges with grit, determination and thoughtfulness.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soulmate, Margo, and his precious daughter Alexandra; two daughters from a previous marriage, Marla and Mida; his sister Betty (Don) Bauer; nieces Tracy and Karen and their families, as well as his cousin Pat, who he reconnected with after 60 years. Other surviving family members reside throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

Alex was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Flora Russell, and numerous extended family members.

Alex was born and raised in Claresholm, Alta., and spent his formative years acquiring entrepreneurial skills that included learning to drive at the tender age of six (sitting on telephone books to see), whilst his father picked mushrooms on the side of the country road; delivering milk as a young boy in town using a horse and buggy; and working at the local movie theatre with his aunts. When he wasn’t working, he was running, riding his bicycle, swimming in the creek or playing baseball.

After high school, Alex continued his hard-working ways and worked for many years for Safeway Shelter Systems in Claresholm building manufactured homes; ultimately progressing to purchasing manager. When the company closed their doors, Alex was able to transition easily to working full time in the farming and ranching industry for many years — a lifestyle he thoroughly enjoyed.

Alex and Margo met in Stavely and, desiring to be closer to the mountains, moved to Pincher Creek — an area where Alex felt content and at peace. They raised their daughter and the menagerie of horses, dogs and cats on their acreage. Being retired, Alex was able to build and fix things in his Quonset and spend time driving his daughter all over the country for 4-H, school sports, dancing and community volleyball. He also supported Margo with her career and numerous adventures.

Alex, you will be sorely missed and our lives feel empty without your loving and protective ways to guide us forward. We will miss your many stories about childhood and growing up and your ingenuity in solving any problem, as well as your sharp wit, humour, and most of all your love. We are blessed to have had you as a husband, father and best friend.

A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and support staff at the Claresholm Hospital, Fort Macleod Health Centre and Lethbridge Regional Hospital in their loving care of Alex.

If you so desire, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Alex’s name.

It all started with a smile and a wave … Love you forever Alex.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home



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Gwenda Stockinger Obituary

Survived by her loving husband, Joseph, of 61 years; daughters Laura-Mae and Sandra and twin son Glen; caring nieces and nephews that were part of her world; Laura-Mae’s family in Australia that she did not have the pleasure of meeting but loved from afar; as well as the many who were like family and called her Grandma or Auntie.

In Gwen’s immediate family, she was the last of the Meddins line. She was predeceased by her mother, father, three brothers and two sisters, as well as her son Neil and son-in-law Alex (Laura-Mae).

She led a long and full life. Her last seven years were in the care of the wonderful staff at Vista, who were tremendous.

After moving from Medicine Hat to Pincher Creek in the early ’70s, she made this her home for over 50 years where she raised her family.

Gwen was active in the church as a Sunday school teacher, but was best known for her baking and jam-making skills as well as her vegetable gardens. “A grand homemaker.”

Love you dearly, Mom. You will be so very much missed by all.


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Bree Burns Obituary

Bree was born on Feb. 14, 1977, in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Bree is survived by her father Larry Burns, mother Michelle Montgomery (Burns), stepfather Frank Montgomery and brother Dane Burns, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Bree had an exuberant personality and passed way, way too young. She will be missed tremendously by all who knew her. Love you always!

Cremation has taken place. There will be a come-and-go celebration of life at the Ramada Inn, Pincher Creek, on Dec. 3, 2022, from 1 to 5 p.m., with luncheon provided. Ashes will be interred at the Fairview Cemetery in Pincher Creek on Dec. 3, 2022, at noon with family and close friends only.



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Obituary for Sally Boerema

Sally was born in Evans City, Pennsylvania, to Bruce and Myrtle Sutton on Nov. 23, 1951. She enjoyed her childhood with her siblings, Susan, Wayne and Wendy. From a young age, Sally learned of the love of Jesus and built a faith that never wavered throughout her life.

After graduating from high school, Sally attended Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was there that Sally met the love of her life, Melvin Boerema. Mel and Sally were married on Aug. 10, 1974, and moved to Sand Lake, Michigan.

Sally married Mel knowing that he was going to work as a minister with Indigenous people with North American Indigenous Ministries. In the spring of 1977, a year after the birth of their first daughter, Sonya, Mel and Sally moved to Agassiz, British Columbia, to work with the Sto:lo people on the Seabird Island First Nation. While living in Agassiz, their second daughter, Amanda, was born.

In 1979, Mel and Sally moved to work with the Nlaka’pamux First Nations in Lytton, B.C. Mel and Sally welcomed their son, Daniel, while living there. In 1989, the family moved to Vernon, B.C., where Mel and Sally worked with the Syilx Okanagan people and ran a wilderness camping program, Kla-How-Ya Wilderness Trails, for Indigenous youth.

When Kla-How-Ya Wilderness Trails found a new home in the foothills of Alberta, Mel and Sally moved to Pincher Creek in 2002. Mel and Sally found their heart’s home with the Blackfoot people of the Piikani Nation and became involved in the Lighthouse Church there. Sally found joy in teaching cooking and baking to girls in the community, sewing with her friends, and serving through the church.

One of Sally’s greatest joys was being a grandmother, and she delighted in her grandchildren, Sena, Soren, Violet, Nicola, Juliet and Vanessa. She was a creative and connected grandma, always finding crafts, cooking challenges and adventures to share with the kids and offering unconditional love, support and snuggles.

Sally is survived by her husband of 48 years, Mel Boerema; her daughters, Sonya (Troy) Bradley, Amanda (Tim) Doling; her son, Dan Boerema; and her grandchildren. She is also survived by her father, Bruce Sutton, and her siblings Wayne Sutton and Wendy Barkley.

Sally was predeceased by her mother, Myrtle Sutton, and by her sister Susan Emelander.

A wake was held for Sally at the Lighthouse Church on the Piikani First Nation on Sunday, Nov. 20, and Sally’s funeral was held at Creekside Community Church in Pincher Creek at on Nov. 21.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes



Obituary for David Neil Heppner

David was born on May 1, 1938, the son of Joseph Cornelius (Neil) Heppner and Beulah Winifred Moton, and was raised on the farm near Pincher Creek, Alta. While working in Pincher Creek he met his future wife, Margaret (Betty) Hann, and they married in 1959. In 1972 the family moved back to the farm south of town and David split his time between farming and working in construction throughout Western Canada.

David sold the family farm in 1989 and semi-retired, after which he continued to be a common sight at auction sales and garage sales for several years, continuing to accumulate many “treasures.”

David is survived by his children: Honesty Heppner of Pincher Creek, Murray Heppner (Marie) of St. Albert, Christina (Danny) Murfin of Millet, Alta., and Michael Heppner of Pincher Creek, along with six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

David was predeceased by his parents and two half-sisters: Marie (Harold) Lunn and Daphne (Conrad) Brown; his half-brother Leonard Heppner and a granddaughter, Catherine Heppner.

The family would like to thank Laverne, Crystal and all the staff at Vista Village facility for their outstanding and compassionate care over the last few years of David’s life.

A family graveside service will be held in Pincher Creek at a later date. To forward condolences, please go to Eden’s Funeral Home (

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Good Samaritan Vista Village facility ( in Pincher Creek, or alternately to the Alberta Alzheimer Society (


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home


Obituary for Joseph “Joe” Henry Snider

Joe was born in Weston, Ont., and moved to Alberta in 1974, went back to Ontario where he met Crystal and moved to Pincher Creek in 1989.

Joe loved the outdoors and for the majority of his working life he worked at various jobs where he could enjoy the outdoors.
Joe loved to work with wood and always would surprise people with small homemade gifts.

Joe had an old soul, he was sensitive, kind and generous, caring, a loving brother, uncle and friend. He devoted a lot of his time to making sure everyone was OK.

Joe most recently realized that he loved to travel with family to warmer climates and was in his element when he was standing on the beach looking out at the ocean.

Joe is survived by his three sisters and one brother, eight nieces and nephews, 11 great-nieces and nephews. Donna (Danny) Jensen, Karen (Frank) Dykstra, John (Terry) Snider, Cheryl (Mike) Riopel. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Lois Snider, and by our sister Jackie Snider.


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Obituary for David Friesen

Born in 1929 to David and Agatha Friesen on a farm near Altona, Man., he grew up in a small farming community. One of his first jobs was to work for the Manitoba Hydro company and then at 18 he joined the RCMP.

One of his first postings was to Cardston, where he served with Rufus Goodstriker. He fell in love with beautiful foothills and surrounding mountains and vowed to retire in this area.

He was predeceased by his sisters Esther and Ruth, and his wife, Pat.

He is survived by his sister Alma Park, who is 94, and by his two daughters and their spouses, Shannon and Gordon Culham and Trish and Gerald Golbeck. Dave has four grandchildren, Cara and David Culham, Ryan Beckett and Jacquie Eden, as well as five great-grandchildren, Matthias, Markus and Eva Eden, and Katelyn and Braxton Livingstone.

All his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were able to visit him in the last two weeks before he passed.

Dave served with the RCMP for 25 years, spending most of his service time in the Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories. He became involved in his community wherever he lived. He also empowered the local Inuit people, helping to install the first Inuit justice of the peace during his time in Coppermine. He and Pat also initiated an Inuit co-operative for the selling of their artwork and furs.

Dave’s favourite sports were hockey, curling and golf. He even made a rough course on a sandbar in the Arctic when he and his wife, Pat, would golf on weekends.

After retiring from the RCMP, Dave served as president for several community sports organizations, the Yellowknife Curling Club and Golf Course. He coached the Cowley Lundbreck Weasels hockey team, co-founded the Livingstone Landowners Association, and served with the Cowley Lions Club as president and then as Lions district governor.

He was granted an outstanding citizen’s award this year by the Pincher Creek MD for his legacy in seeking justice for the Indigenous school children at Lower Post residential school in British Columbia.

Dave loved the great outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He took up saw-sharpening and framing as hobbies when he established his retirement home on the Dunmoovin Farm in the Porcupine Hills.

In his later years he enjoyed spending his winters in San Carlos, Mexico, and in helping his daughter Shannon on the farm cutting grass and making deer sausage. He will be fondly remembered and ever missed by his family.

He lived his life in fulfilling the motto on his RCMP uniform, written in French as “Maintiens le Droit,” which means to “maintain or uphold the right.”

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at the Dunmoovin Farm.


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Obituary for John Dolman

Predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Jacomina (Iet) Dolman (née Berends), and brother Berend Dolman (Jannie Dolman), John leaves behind his sister, Henny Wiarda (Lub Wiarda), his three daughters — Elizabeth Dolman (David Green), Yolande Dolman (Mark Taylor) and AJ Dolman (James Moran) — and two grandchildren, Alexandra Taylor and Dylan Moran-Dolman.

He was the former owner of the Blue Mountain Motel (Pincher Creek), Dolman’s Blue Place furniture store (Lundbreck) and numerous other businesses and farms over the course of his career.

John immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with Iet and their two young children in 1960. Their third daughter was born in Canada. John was deeply impacted by the events of World War II, in his childhood village of Beekbergen.

He and Iet had an insatiable sense of adventure that caused them to relocate to many different places, moving every couple of years.

An ardent capitalist, his greatest legacy and deepest regret were having raised a family of dedicated socialists. He loved jazz music, animals, and acts of charity and inclusion when no one else was looking. He was a wonderful dancer, a charming businessman, and secretly a bit of a dreamer. He will be deeply missed.

The family is particularly grateful for the work of Dr. Tobias Gelber and the staff at Vista Village.

Memorial service to be held at Eden’s Funeral Home, 966 Elm St., Pincher Creek, Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.


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Margaret Smith Obituary

Our mom was born in Winnipeg and always loved the big skies of the Prairies. She married Clarence Smith secretly in 1949, in her last year of training at the Royal Alex, because it was frowned upon for the student nurses to get married.

They settled in Pincher Creek, where Margaret worked as a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital and where her six children were born. She used to joke about being in the throes of labour by herself because the nuns had gone to vespers.

After 20 years in Pincher Creek, she and Clarence, along with the two youngest children, resettled in Medicine Hat, where Clarence founded the Cypress View Vet Clinic with Dr. Alan Bergen. Margaret joined the Victorian Order of Nurses.

She decided to take a degree in nursing from the University of Lethbridge in 1985, claiming that she had to “keep up” with all the degrees of her children. She and Clarence made several trips to China, where Clarence taught animal husbandry and Margaret taught English. They drove to El Salvador with the Pastors for Peace. They visited Jamaica, where they supported the Blossom Garden Children’s Centre. They also supported the My Father’s House orphanage in Bucharest, Romania.

After Clarence died in 2001, she remained active in Unisphere and Blossom Gardens and donated to many charities as well as the United Churches in Pincher Creek and Medicine Hat. She delivered for Meals on Wheels for years until it was suggested that she may be a menace to the public on the road.

Our mom and dad were committed admirers of Tommy Douglas and, in particular, universal health care. They believed that society must create a floor of medical assistance below which no person can fall. They taught us to share what we have with those in need.

Margaret’s immediately succeeding generation (all pretty grey ourselves) are Arnold (Peggy), Richard (Pat), Marjorie (Dale), Dorothy, David (Val) and Noreen (Roger); along with beloved son-in-law Russ.

A celebration of life will be held when the weather gets warmer and when we can schedule her six children, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren to converge in one place.

Our entire family wishes to extend a very sincere “Thank you” to the many people who have helped us care for Mom over the past several years. She was blessed to have both friends and family nearby, but special thanks must go out to the walkers and companions from Extended Family Services who helped her get her daily “fresh air and exercise.” The incredible staff at River Ridge helped Mom (and us) through her last days with grace and dignity. Prior to that, Meadowlands provided the difficult transition from independent living to memory care.

You have made this journey with Mom a journey that we could bear. We will remember your kindness and consideration always.

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Funeral arrangements entrusted to Grace Memorial Affordable Burial & Cremation

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Obituary for Genevieve Ellis

Gen, as she was known by everyone, was born in Sydney, N.S., Oct. 27, 1921. She grew up in a large family in Newfoundland.

She served in the RCAF WD during the Second World War and was eventually stationed in Alberta. Gen married Scott Ellis in 1945 and moved to High River. While living on the family farm, the Little Bow Sewing Circle and School were especially important to her. In High River she was incredibly involved in the St. Benedict’s Anglican Church, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71, and the Highwood Golf and Country Club communities.

She was well known for her skills at playing bridge, cribbage, poker and mahjong. Gen was an excellent knitter and seamstress. She was also famous for her baking and dressing in costume. Her friendships crossed all age levels — she enjoyed everyone and having fun. Gen was able to celebrate a life well lived last Oct. 27 when she became a centenarian.

In 2013, at the age of 92, she lost most of her possessions in the horrendous flood in High River and moved to Pincher Creek to be closer to her daughter Margaret. We were always proud of how she adjusted to her new environment.

She is survived by children Doug (Sue), Margaret (Dave) and Rick, and sister Mary M. Atterbury. She was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Phoebe Chipman; siblings Maude, Provie, Azeriah, Mary, Annie, Belle, Bill and Bud; granddaughter Brooke; and great-grandson Sam.

The family wants to thank the staff at Vista Village in Pincher Creek for Gen’s recent comforting care as well as Dr. T. Burton and Home Care. We also want all her many friends to know how she valued your friendship over the years and involvement in her life.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the High River Legion Branch 71 or the Good Samaritan Vista Village, Pincher Creek.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes


Obituary for Joanne Heaton

Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, David Heaton, and children Rob Heaton and Nicki (Todd) Goodreau. Joanne has 11 grandchildren, Geoffrey, Taylor, Trevor and Alley (Goodreau), Emilie, Natalie and Noel (Heaton), Allissa, Nicolas, Josh and Jayson (Heaton), and one great-grandson, Theo, and niece Christine Lank.

Joanne was predeceased by her son Kevin Heaton, sister Isobel (Ernest) Lank, and parents Robert and Alison Day.

Joanne always had great excitement for fashion and developed her skills for trends while working at Ruffles. Always dressed to the nines and happy to help anyone pick out a new outfit or two. Fashion she enjoyed but she loved her grandchildren, always excited to watch them compete, or to share a story with them gave her great pleasure.

Joanne was always happy to help others in the community, from getting them to an appointment, dropping off food, or simply having a visit to brighten up someone’s day. Joanne’s commitment to her faith led her to volunteering on various committees and helping in the faith community.

A service will be held at a later date.

In Joanne’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta to help with research. To donate, please visit the website, or alternatively mail to: Alzheimer Society of Alberta, #40, 1202 2 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0E3.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home


Obituary for Kathleen Elaine Hagglund

Kay ranched with her husband, George, in Gladstone Valley, west of Pincher Creek, where they raised their family of three children. Kay passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Feb. 19, 2022, at Vista Village in Pincher Creek.

Kay was predeceased by her father, Jack Kettles; her mother, Agnes Kettles; and her husband, George Hagglund.

Kay is survived by her sister Susan (Bruno) Yagos, sister Nancy (Ernie) Schatz, son Christopher Hagglund, son Karl (Treena) Hagglund, daughter Cathy (Kevin) Grypuik; granddaughters Tanya, Marissa, Rachelle and Lana; great-granddaughters Aleaha, Sophia, Elena and Alexis; nephews John, Brian, Kevin, Jeff and Greg.


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Obituary for Brent Gunderson

He leaves to mourn his wife and best friend, Winn Gunderson; his mother, three brothers and one sister; Winn’s family of seven sisters and two brothers and their husbands and wives.

Brent has too many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews to list. He always got a kick out of having the kids around and loved it when they came to visit.

Brent was born in Fort Macleod on Oct. 4, 1959, but it was when the family moved to Beaver Mines in the ’70s that he found his home. Brent met Winn when they were teenagers, and that’s what made up his mind to plant his roots in Pincher Creek and Beaver Mines, cementing lifelong friendships along the way, including his “pizza-betting sports buddy” and his “texting buddy.”

Brent learned to ski at Westcastle, learned to fish in Beaver Creek and the many other rivers and mountain lakes nearby, and made his Bubba and Poppa proud by becoming an avid hunter. Brent worked several jobs, but loved his last the most — being in the MD grader. He cherished the wonderful friends he made while working there.

Brent had a real soft spot in his heart for animals. First Rocky, then Miki, were constant canine companions, and he always surrounded his heart and home with numerous cats. He took great pleasure in watching wildlife and feeding the hummingbirds.

Brent never wanted a fuss made over him. That is why, honouring his wishes, there will be no service. There will be a celebration of his life sometime this summer.

Please, instead of flowers, Brent would want you to make a donation, if you wish, to the SPCA.

Obituary Edward Lindsell Pincher Creek

Obituary for Edward Lindsell

Ed, born Nov. 15, 1936, grew up in Portsmouth, England. His education led him to sail on the RMS Queen Elizabeth I as a steam engineer until he met and married the love of his life, Linda. In order to be closer to his growing family, he joined the Portsmouth City Police and served four years as constable.

Together, Ed and Lin immigrated to Canada with two young children in tow, a move Ed described as being one of his smartest decisions, second only to marrying Lin. They settled in Pincher Creek in 1969, where Ed worked for Shell Canada, and their family grew to include two more children. In “retirement,” Ed began his most favourite job, driving school bus.

Ed loved playing tennis, badminton and squash with anyone brave enough to stand on the other side of the net. Their love of hiking had Ed and Lin trekking the West Coast Trail, and summers were spent exploring and camping in Waterton. Their travels took them to far-off places, like the Cook Islands, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East and South America to name a few. Born to show off, Ed was also a famous actor with the Windy Hollow Players and his children were so proud to watch him perform on stage.

Ed is survived by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Linda. He will be missed by his four children: Andrew (Sandra) of Claresholm, Pippa (Brent) of Lethbridge, Catherine (Pat) of Lethbridge, Ian (Barb) of Coleman, as well as his grandchildren: Logan, Colton (Deanna), Mikayla (Alex), Austin; Jocelyn (Cody), Kyla (Brett); Kyra, Sydney, Michael; Alicia (Tony), Eddie; and six great-grandchildren. Ed was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother John, Logan’s wife Kayla and their unborn child Effie.

Instead of flowers, kindly support the Windy Slopes Health Foundation in Ed’s name (PO Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0).


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home


Obituary Allan Reed Pincher Creek

Obituary for Allan Reed

He is also survived by his daughter, Linda Mckinnon (Donald); grandchildren Douglas Mckinnon (Josee), their children Colson and Gwendolyn; granddaughter KaSandra McKinnon; brother Roy Reed (Diana) and sister Ruth Campbell (Bill); plus numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Jim Reed, and his sister Jean Negenman (Joe).

Allan was born Aug. 19, 1936. He was raised on the family farm and lived there most of his life.

At an early age his exceptional skill working with his hands became evident. He became a brilliant mechanic and welder and loved to spend time in his shop repairing, improving and inventing things. He often stated that he never ever regretted his lifestyle and was proud to be a farmer.

He married Sandra Moritz in 1973 and they worked and played and enjoyed their time being together for nearly 49 years.

They raised their daughter, Linda, on the farm and after she graduated high school and left home, the two of them travelled extensively and also spent many delightful winters in Arizona.

He was known for his infectious laugh, his determination, integrity, kindness, and his ability to fix and improve anything. He always seemed to have a reason to smile.

Allan loved being surrounded by family and friends. He enjoyed curling, bowling, golf and riding his bike. He learned how to barbecue a mean prime rib and was often asked to use this skill.

One of the best decisions he made was joining a group of like-minded individuals and helping form and grow the Heritage Acres Farm Museum, where he spent many a happy hour over the last 30-plus years.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later time.

Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Heritage Acres Farm Museum, PO Box 2496, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home