The Brooks Bulletin would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to those in our community who have recently lost loved ones.
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Verlin Christian Kading – Verlin was born in Bassano on October 9, 1931 to Chris and Laura Kading of Cessford. He was predeceased by an infant sister Bernice in 1919, and his adoptive sister, his father Chris in June of 1953 and his mother Laura in September of 1967. Verlin took his schooling in a one room school starting Grade 1 at the Pandora School and his Junior High School including Grade 9 in Cessford. When people complain of walking uphill both ways to school, Verlin really did. Verlin batched in a shack with John and Bert Coultis. He took over the family farm following his father’s passing, partnering with his mother until her passing in 1967. In April of 1954 he married the love his life Alene McLean in Calgary, where they remained married for 64 years until his passing. They enjoyed working the farm together and raising their three children, seeing each marry and proceeded to enjoy their six grandchildren. Verlin so appreciated Lila’s husband Larry Bird and Lowell’s wife Vione as both were a great help over the years. Having no siblings Verlin built a great relationship with Alene’s 4 sisters and their husbands. Not one to travel far from home he, Alene, Earl and Lila took his mother “home” to Wisconsin for a visit with the Kading relatives. Verlin enjoyed working for and within the Cessford community and was an active member of the Berry Creek Community Club for many years, where he was active in building the new community hall and helping with the Cessford/Duchess sports days at Emerson Bridge. He curled at Pollockville in the early years with Fred Seefeldt, and Frank & Don Nester, battling lots of opponents and at times snow drifts. Verlin was musically inclined playing the guitar and the harmonica. Verlin had a heart attack in 1980 and then would rather stay home and work then to travel very far. He enjoyed his family, farming, seeding, combining, haying, his horses, dogs and his chickens. In 2009 Verlin and Alene were awarded and celebrated the 100 year farm family award in the special areas #2; awarded to the descendants of the pioneers who remain on the original home quarter that was settled. Verlin remained on the family farm until 2013 when in March he was dealt a massive stroke and in July of that year entered Hanna Long Term Care, where he remained until his passing June 14, 2018 at the age of 86. Verlin is survived by his wife and best friend Alene, son Earl, daughter Lila (Larry) Bird and son Lowell (Vione), his six grandchildren Monique (Jason) Conners, Krista Kading, Erika (Robin) Lacelle, Logan (Whitney) Bird, Charmayne (Treveor) Toole and Stacey (Logan) Girletz, his seven great grandchildren Ember, Lillie and Clara Conners; Lexi Bird; Addison, Lydia and Gauge Lacelle, and numerous extended family members. A great person, he will be remembered and missed by his family and all who knew him.The Memorial service will be held at Thom’s Funeral Home in Duchess, Alberta, Saturday June 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm with lunch to follow. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hanna Long Term Care Centre by mail to: 904 Centre Street N, Hanna, Alberta T0J 1P0 or the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation online at http://www.heartandstroke.ca. For further information, to leave a message of condolence or to light a candle in memory of Verlin, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
KLEIN – Valerie Lavonne Klein of Patricia, passed away in Patricia on June 17, 2018. For funeral service information, to leave a message of condolence or to light a candle in memory of Valerie, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
SCHMITKE, Warren Steve
July 15, 1952 – Calgary, Alberta
May 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Warren Schmitke of Calgary passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the age of 65 years.
After graduating from Brooks Composite High School, Warren attended Classes at the University of Lethbridge. He later was employed by Esso, and worked in the Ft. Sask. area, then took a posting in Norman Wells, NWT where he resided for 20 plus years. After leaving Esso, he was involved with the Historical Society in Norman Wells, and acted as Curator of the Museum there, along with having the local Bus contract, and took on a few other roles as local Magistrate and Sheriff. He had a great love of antiques and especially pottery and glassware and was very knowledgeable in them. He will be missed greatly.
Warren is survived by his brother Roger. He was predeceased by both his parents, Emmanuel and Gladys Schmitke.
A Celebration of Warren’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7, Tel; 403-295-181; www.stars.ca. A special Thank you to Mary and Paul, his very dedicated care-givers who helped him so much over the past few years.
In living memory of Warren Schmitke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.
1931 ~ JUNE KELLN ~ 2018
June Ramona Kelln of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Walter Kelln, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the age of 86 years. June leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Linda (Lindsay) Fraser of Coaldale, Brenda Bray of Medicine Hat, and Cathy (Lester) Janke of Brooks, and their families, Kevin (Marcia) Fraser of Airdrie, Tammy (Trent Froom) Fraser and children Abbie, Iain, and Courtney Froom of Lethbridge, Kimberly (Ray) Henry and children Rhett and Leighton of Airdrie, Kaylee Bray of Red Deer, Chris Bray (Sherry and children) of Petawawa, Ontario, Nolan Janke of Calgary, and Bryce Janke of Medicine Hat; her brothers-in-law, Elmer (Lillian) Kelln of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Wilfred (Val) Knaus of Strasbourg, Saskatchewan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. June was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Edwidge McKay; her husband, Walter; her in-laws, Adam and Anna Knaus; her brothers, Joe, Don and Ray McKay; her sisters, Yvonne Kellner and Evelyn Warren; her son-in-law, John Bray; and her grandson, Jason Bray. At June’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. A private family interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Memorial gifts in June’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 220, 6223 – 2 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1J5, or to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation, Renal Department, 666 – 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to email@example.com subject heading June Kelln. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.
In Loving Memory
Andrew John Van Oene
November 12, 1945 ~ May 25, 2018
Andrew John Van Oene, aged 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones in Hinton, Alberta on May 25, 2018 after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Andrew was born on November 12, 1945 in Deloraine Manitoba. He was predeased by his parents Roy and Gladys Van Oene. Andrew is survived by his children Evelynn (Michael) Bell, Jody Beck (Ron Taylor), Carla (Kristopher) Rebman, Amber Van Oene, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild, his loving partner Kenna Frizzell, her 4 children and their 9 grandchildren, his siblings Clifford (Virginia) Van Oene, Hazel (Russell) Charles, four half-brothers Eldon, Ron, Rick, Lyle, their spouses and numerous nephews and nieces.
The Roy Van Oene family moved to Patricia, Alberta in 1956 where Andrew attended Haddington School and later graduated from Duchess Senior High School. After receiving his 1st Class Journeyman Welding Ticket from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, he worked for his mentor and close friend, Whitey Norden, at the Tilley Welding shop. His welding career spanned over the next 50 years, taking him all over most of Canada. He provided guidance and mentorship to many members of the welding community over the years and was a well-regarded co-worker and friend. His words to live by were “Stand by your co-workers”.
Andrew Van Oene family resided for many years in Tilley, Alberta, raising their four daughters. Andrew is remembered for many contributions to the community, St. Jude’s parish, the Tilley volunteer fire department, coached minor league baseball, and president of the Tilley Curling Club. He was awarded a 25-year pin from the Governor General for volunteer firefighter. He later moved to Hinton and in 1992 he began working as a Pipeline and Facilities Inspector until his retirement in 2015. The family of Andrew Van Oene would like to express their gratitude to all the staff at the Hinton Hospital for their professional attention and care.
Foothills Memorial Chapel – Edson Funeral Home have been entrusted with the care and arrangements ~ 780-723-3575.
The Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion EID #63, 235 – 3 Street West, Brooks Alberta, on July 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #249, 250 Pembina Ave, Hinton, Alberta on July 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm.
In memory of Andrew, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the STARS Foundation 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570 Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 or online https://foundation.stars.ca/AB-tributegift
Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.foothillsmemorialchapel.com
Duckett – Wes Duckett of Taber, beloved husband of Melissa and father to a son Kip, passed away peacefully at the Taber Hospital on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at the age of 43 years. Wes was born in Calgary on October 17th, 1974. He graduated from Strathmore High School in 1993. Wes then moved to Brooks, to work with his family, running Kinbrook Island Campground and Race Trac Gas Station. In 2004 Wes began his career with Newalta as the Sandwash Plant Operator in the Brooks facility. He was promoted to Operations Supervisor in 2012 and then in 2014 he was promoted again as the Branch Manager for Taber, Hays and Brooks facilities. After 9 years of dating Melissa, he finally tied the knot on July 3rd, 2010. Wes enjoyed spending time with his family, going on bike rides and quading in the mountains. He will always be remembered for his contagious laugh, his sense of humor, and his hard work ethic. Wes was predeceased by his mother; Florence Duckett in 2010. He is survived by his wife Melissa and his young son Kip of Taber; father, Harold “Butch” Duckett of Duchess; brother, Leigh and his wife Robin and their two children Shawn and Kayla all of Duchess; father-in-law, Peter Thompson and his wife Candice of Bassano; brother-in-law, Kevin Thompson and his wife Tennille and family of Maple Creek, SK. and nephew, Anthony Thompson of Bassano. Wes’ family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Taber Hospital for their great care and attention they gave to Wes in his last few weeks of life. The family would also like to thank Newalta for their continuous support to Wes and his family throughout this difficult journey. A Family Graveside was held on Thursday, June 7th at 2:00 PM from Brooks Cemetery. Rev. Don Philip officiated. A gathering of Wes’ family and friends was held at Wes and Melissa’s home in Taber on Saturday, June 9th. In memory of Wes, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Taber and District Health Foundation, for Palliative Care, 4326 – 50th Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to:
SMITH FUNERAL HOME LTD. AND CREMATORIUM
Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca
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Duckett – Wesley Allen Duckett of Taber, beloved husband of Melissa Duckett, passed away in Taber on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at the age of 43 years.
For updated Funeral Service announcements please visit www.sfh.ca
Maclean – Clifford Maclean of Bassano passed away at Bassano Health Centre on June 1, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Memorial Services for Clifford will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 8 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bassano. Reverend Peter Baek Officiating. In memory of Clifford, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to Bassano Health Centre. For further information, to leave a message of condolence or to light a candle in Clifford’s memory, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
STRINGER, Vicki Lee
Vicki Stringer of Cranbrook, B.C. passed away suddenly at the Cranbrook Health Center May 29, 2018. Vicki was born in Hanna, Alberta on November 24, 1977.
Vicki was predeceased by her grandparents Cecil and Mary Stringer and Charles and Rose Irwin. She is survived by her parents Len and Sandra Stringer, brother Laverne and two sons Blake Stringer and Braydon Vandenbilche, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Vicki had a big heart and was always willing to help someone out. She had a real love for animals, especially dogs.
Cremation will be left to Mark’s Funeral Home in Cranbrook. A family memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
RICHARD JOHN MILLER
May 6, 1966 – May 29, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Miller at the age of 52 years on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Drayton Valley Hospital with his family by his side.
Richard leaves to cherish his memory children Ty and Krista, his mother Winnifred, 3 grandchildren Karter, Faith and Wyatt. Also surviving are siblings Bev, Audrey, Debbie, Russell, Sandra and Teresa as well as numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his father Felix.
A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 1 pm from Drayton Valley Funeral Services-Tinant Chapel with Pastor Randy Rye officiating.
If friends so desire memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Brazeau Foundation c/o Shangri La Lodge, 5208-47 Ave Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1N7.
Drayton Valley Funeral Services are in care of arrangements. Call 780-542-5511.
Online condolences www.draytonvalleyfuneralservices.com