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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POTIUK – Roselyn Dell Potiuk, of Brooks, beloved wife of the late Vernon Potiuk, passed away in Calgary at Peter Lougheed Centre on January 21, 2018 at the age of 68. Roselyn received her education at Kinneburgh School near Grassy Lake and Brooks and afterwards Roselyn moved to Taber. Roselyn met Vern while residing in Taber and they were married June 24, 1967. Their daughter Bonny was born in Taber and shortly after the family moved to Bassano where John was born. In 1973 they relocated to Brooks where they lived, worked and raised their children. Roselyn was a hard worker and in 1995 she moved to Calgary where she was employed with Kal Tire, she sold corn and was a partner in Extreme Pita. Roselyn move back to Brooks in 2005 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Family meant everything to Roselyn and her grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She loved to attend all their events and was their number one fan!! She also spent hours every night “yit yatting” on the phone with her siblings and father who all meant so much to her. In 2012 Roselyn was the recipient of a single lung transplant which enabled her in 2015 to make the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii with her family and it was one of the great highlights of her life. She enjoyed watching Oak Island and Gold Rush on television and spending time with grandkids, crocheting and crafting. Roselyn was a wonderful cook and made the most amazing cabbage rolls and perogies. She had collected many things including Barbie’s, Beanies and salt and pepper shakers. She enjoyed camping, fishing and had a fondness for butterflies. Roselyn was predeceased by her husband Vern (1992), her mother Connie and sister Carolyn. She is survived by her loving family; son, John and his wife Kelly of Brooks and their children Brooke and Rylee; daughter Bonny and her husband Cory of Duchess and their children Spencer (Kayleigh) and Chandra; father Walter Sanderson(Nadene); siblings, Linda Schroeder (Herb), Marilyn Smith(Leo, pre-deceased), Betty Martyn(Geoff), Robert Sanderson(Gloria), Wayne Sanderson(Bev), Gerry Sanderson(Deb), Geri Mccafferty(John) and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and an abundance of friends. In memory of Roselyn, if family or friends desire, donations may be made to Alberta Lung Association. A Celebration of Roselyn’s life was held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 29 at the Duchess Community Hall, Pastor Mike Boschmann officiated. For further information, to light a memorial candle, leave a donation or message of sympathy, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
The Life of Harold Heinrichs
Harold was born, June 11th, 1944 to Ben and Helen (Edwards) Heinrichs in Brooks, Alberta. He spent his first 6 years on Harry Veiner’s farm where his father was a hired hand and supervisor due to his ability to speak Russian, English and German. Harold loved being on Veiner’s farm and had many happy memories of playing in the fields, taking care of animals and having the freedom to roam with his friends. Since Harold’s dad wanted to buy property and needed to make more money, he took a job elsewhere; however, this meant Harold had to move into the town of Brooks. As a farm boy at heart, this did not sit well with Harold. Fortunately, 3 years later, Harold and his brothers Bernie, Harvey and Neil, along with his parents, moved to the rural property just across from what is now, Smith Trucking. Harold loved growing up in the country and thrived looking after goats, geese, ducks, chickens and his dogs. He also helped with the market garden but was much more interested in hunting ducks, geese and fishing for the Northern Pike in the lake which was situated in front of their house. At 16 years of age, he welcomed his sister, Brenda Heinrichs (Haley). When he was 19, he moved to Edmonton where he worked at a dry cleaners for 2 years with his friend, Richard Bronstein. After living a meager lifestyle, Harold realized he needed an education and enrolled at SAIT in the Petroleum Technology Program where he achieved marks that made Harold and his parents proud. Upon graduating, he moved to Calgary and then secured oilfield positions in Wetaskiwin and Fort McMurray. Here he began to explore his love of canoeing, building canoes and navigating wilderness areas starting with a number of journeys in the LaLoche area. After 7 years of saving money and training young people in the field, he decided to attend the University of Calgary. Harold LOVED university! He took classes that interested him in areas from theology to physiology and after a 4 year period, he graduated with a degree in Psychology achieving high honors status. From there he procured a job at Hull Home which was a facility that helped children and teens recover from mental illness and behavioral challenges. As he said, “This was a dream job because I got paid to play with kids and take them fishing, camping and adventuring.” It was at this facility that Harold met Dani Gibson, moved to Turner Valley and got married in 1977. They went on to have Kaelyn Heinrichs (Quinton) who was born shortly afterwards. Unfortunately, Hull Home did not provide an income substantial enough to provide for a family so Harold took a job in Drayton Valley testing wells. Two years later, Ryan, his son, was born. When both his father and mother, Ben and Helen (Edwards) Heinrichs, were killed in a car crash, Harold was devastated and started to reevaluate his life. In 1981 Harold, Dani and family moved to Saskatoon where Harold was enrolled in the Masters of Psychological Research Program. While he enjoyed the research and study, he wasn’t sold on a career in this area. Instead, without any real experience, he started a construction/renovation company which he worked at for 3 years. During this time, Dani and Harold separated. When renovations and construction seemed to take him away from his children during the summer months, Harold reassessed his life again and decided to go back to university and become a teacher. This is where he met Kim Heinrichs (Kawula). They were married in July of 1987. Harold was a teacher in Blaine Lake and Christopher Lake Saskatchewan for 2 years and in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan for 8 years. He also taught Grade 5 at Holy Family Academy in Brooks, Alberta for 1 year and took term positions in Duchess. Harold was very well-liked by students and made a real effort to involve himself in extracurricular activities. In August of 1996, Harold and Kim, Alora and Kaelyn settled in Brooks on the same property Harold had grown up on. He added to the existing mobile home park, became a landlord, designed and built a beautiful, artistic home and created a natural paradise for the family beside the lake he used to love as a kid.
Harold and Kim enjoyed 32 and a half wonderful years together. They thrived in the outdoors with their family – canoeing, wilderness camping, fishing, hunting, quadding, snowboarding, skidooing and experiencing world travel adventures. Most of all, Harold would agree, Kim and Harold experienced more love than could be fathomed. In 1996, Harold and Kim welcomed Alora Heinrichs (Wipf) into the world and created more extraordinary memories with her, Kaelyn and Ryan and extended family.
Harold Heinrichs was an intellect, animal lover, gardener, adventurer, hiker, artist, self-taught master builder, hunter, highly skilled navigator, touring cyclist, canoe builder, canoe instructor, carver, dancer, blues music lover, jewelry maker, hair stylist and chef. His specialty was making bread and cinnamon buns and roasting pig. Nothing stopped Harold from learning or attempting a project or embarking on an unmapped journey.
Most importantly, Harold Heinrichs was an amazing man! He was a fun, involved, caring dad, loyal friend and an outstanding, loving, kind and connected husband. His grandchildren, Willow and Saxon Quinton and Rio and Isla Heinrichs, adored and looked up to him. Colin Quinton, Amy Heinrichs (Potie) and Ryan Wipf, the spouses of Harold’s children, saw Harold as a father figure and mentor. Andreas Iwanegbe, a close friend of the family, became like a son to Harold over the years and remembers Harold’s life-giving smile as his award-winning trademark.
Harold passed away at home peacefully on Tuesday, January 13th surrounded by the love and care of his wife, children and grandchildren.
We will miss Harold but know we are ALL better for sharing life’s adventures with him. We are so grateful for the positive and inspirational influence he has had on our lives.
To Celebrate the Life of Harold Heinrichs the following Services are Planned in Brooks:
• Harold requested that people wear bright colors or outdoor wear or hunting gear
Friday, January 26th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church 6:30 P.M. – Praying of the Holy Rosary
Friday, January 26th at Trinity Lutheran Church 7:15 P.M. – Prayer Service with Reception
Saturday, January 27th, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
10:00 A.M. Live Blues Music
10:30 A.M. The Holy Mass
11:30 A.M. History and Stories about Harold Heinrichs
Noon Harold’s Favorite Pizza Lunch
• Harold stated that, instead of flowers, he would like people to make donations to the Tom Baker Cancer Facility in Calgary, to the Canadian Cancer Society or to their local hospital. He felt good knowing that other patients, like him, would benefit from the generosity of his family and friends.
For further information or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010. 04p
GREEN – Virgil Harold Green, 81, has made his final ride into the sunset on Thursday, January 11, 2018, leaving behind his loving wife of 48 years, Carol (nee Hemsing).
Born in Crossfield and raised in Madden, Alberta, Virg was the son of Virgil Green Sr. and Mary (Brandon). Virg was a long-time resident of Nanton, and Brooks, before retiring in Turner Valley.
Virg received his education on the “road of life”. He took on jobs ranging from farming, grocery clerk, gas jockey, bar tender, rig worker, and owning his trucking company. He was a master tradesman, with immeasurable skills in problem-solving.
Virg had a passion for horses and rodeo, riding broncos in the Calgary Stampede, Hand Hills and Dog Pound Rodeos. He was an expert truck driver. An avid camper, he especially loved to sit around the fire. Virg had a great passion for his dogs. He was an avid reader of many genres of novels.
He leaves behind his wife Carol, his sons Terry (Donna) and Virgil (Sheroma); and his grandkids Raegan, Emiya-Lei, Jack and Rhys. He is also survived by his uncle Bruce Brandon, his half-siblings Lyle Green and Evelyn Chapman and the S.B. Hemsing family. He was predeceased by his brother Dale and half-brother Billy.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association would be greatly appreciated.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 on May 16, 2018 at the Christ Church in Millarville, reception to follow. 04p
April 29, 1950 – December 29, 2017
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Paulette Marie Clark (nee Heck). Paulette left us peacefully, with her family at her side. Paulette was born, in a neighbor’s house, two months premature, kept warm on an open oven door and taken to the hospital in a shoe box. Perhaps it was this unique beginning that forged Paulette’s humble loving manner in the service of all those around her. Paulette’s greatest joy came from her family. She is survived by: husband of 46 yrs. Neil, children Carla and Ian, mother Frieda, siblings Ron, Kieth, Colleen and Darryl. Paulette loved planning, organizing and reveling in the love, laughter, and joy of family gatherings. And it is her genuine heartfelt laugh that will continue to be heard in the hearts of all those fortunate enough to know her. As Paulette wished a celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, in Kindersley Sask. 04p
Wald – Ted Wald (The Bear) of Brooks, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Rosehaven Care Center in Camrose, Alberta on January 15th, 2018 at 84 years old. Alzheimer’s disease slowly took our dear Dad, Grampie, Uncle, Brother and Friend. Ted was a big-hearted man who loved his life and the people in it. As a young man he took over The Blue Hawk Farm from his Dad to do grain and cattle farming and raise a young family. He then moved to oilfield trucking and consulting in Grimshaw, Alberta and later in life to Brooks. Ted enjoyed raising Belgian horses and many varieties of cattle, always taking the night shift during birthing season. A real passion was making harness and he blessed many around him with his leatherwork. Ted also enjoyed leading trail drives, participating in parades with his horse and wagon teams, the chuck wagons, watching sports, reading Louis L’Amour, playing cards, cooking, and being with his grandkids and his dogs. The Bear was always there to lend a hand to family and friends. He was recently pre-deceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan (Evans). Also in memory are his parents Frank and Pearl Wald, his sisters Eleanor Coates and Florence Quinney, and his brothers John, Frank, Dick, Dune, Jack and Herman Wald. Ted was very loving and proud of his three children, Rosalie Wald, Richard Wald (JoAnn), and Donna Drader along with his grandchildren Taylor Wald, Jamie Wald, Hannah Drader and Rocan Drader. His remaining immediate family include his sister Rose Sheehan and brothers Ed, Bud and Hubert Wald and many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 26th at 2:00 PM from Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooks. Rev. John Theiss officiating. Interment at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Ted, if friends desire, memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 14925 – 111 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 2P6. The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses in Brooks and Camrose and the Rosehaven Care Center in Camrose for providing such tender and compassionate care.
Cremation is entrusted to Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks.
JUSS – Clifford Juss
Born September 18, 1952 passed away December 7, 2017. Clifford was born and raised in Brooks, Alberta worked for the EID before moving to Strathmore and worked at Cattleland since.
Predeceased by parents Leo and Julie, brothers, Eugene, Grant, Cliff’s wife Barb. Survived by one son Junior, daughter Vanessa Johnson (Joel), two grandchildren, Emma and Katelyn, five brothers Lionel (Val), Dan (Brenda), Paul (Janice), Richard, Malcolm (Ginny). Three sisters Joanne Grove (Tom), Laurie Neufeld (David), Marlene, many nephews and nieces.
The family would like to express gratitude to the various doctors, nurses and caregivers in Calgary, Strathmore and Vulcan who cared for Cliff during his illness. Special thanks for the love and support of staff and caregivers at AgeCare Seton for being his family away from home and bringing out the best in him during his final years. Memorial Service for Clifford Juss will be held Jan 27, 2018 at 2 pm at Strathmore Full Gospel Church, 50 Maplewood Drive, Strathmore, AB. 04p
April 29, 1950 – December 29, 2017
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Paulette Marie Clark (nee Heck). Paulette left us peacefully, with her family at her side. Paulette was born, in a neighbor’s house, two months premature, kept warm on an open oven door and taken to the hospital in a shoe box. Perhaps it was this unique beginning that forged Paulette’s humble loving manner in the service of all those around her. Paulette’s greatest joy came from her family. She is survived by: husband of 46 yrs. Neil, children Carla and Ian, mother Frieda, siblings Ron, Kieth, Colleen and Darryl. Paulette loved planning, organizing and reveling in the love, laughter, and joy of family gatherings. And it is her genuine heartfelt laugh that will continue to be heard in the hearts of all those fortunate enough to know her. As Paulette wished a celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, in Kindersley Sask.
HEINRICHS – Harold Heinrichs of Brooks, beloved husband of Kim, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2018. A full obituary will be made available once finalized. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. For further information, to light a memorial candle in memory of Harold, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Kam – Helen Mary Louise Kam of Brooks, beloved wife of Joe Kam, passed away in Brooks on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at the age of 76 years. Her life began on April 19th, 1941 in Shaunavon, SK. born the oldest of 6 children: Ida Hagg, Omer Charest, Gladys Harty, Valerie Haag and Pauly Holst. Helen attended the University of Calgary and acquired her Teachers Certificate in 1960. Helen’s love affair with Joe began when he spotted her in Bowman’s Cafe and they knew immediately that they would be wed. The marriage took place June 9th, 1962 in Rolling Hills, AB. Joe and Helen eventually settled in Brooks in 1973, where they raised their 3 children Jackie DeBlasio, Richard Kam and Laurie Anne Miller. Helen had a strong love of business, gardening and was a talented seamstress. She was always available to support others in need. Her smile and laughter will sadly be missed by her family, friends and the community in which she called home. Helen was known for her love of family, travel and dancing and was predeceased by her parents Fernand and Laurencia Charest. Helen is survived by her loving family, husband Joe of Brooks; their daughter Jackie DeBlasio and her husband Gord and their children Rocco and Dana all of Brooks, son Richard and his wife Brenda and their children Jordan and Jenna all of Brooks and daughter Laurie Anne Miller and her husband Rod and their children Sophie and Chloe all of Calgary; siblings, Ida and Roy Hagg of Brooks, Omer and Bev Charest of Brooks, Gladys and Richard Harty of Medicine Hat, Val and Monfred Haag of Rainier, and Pauly and Henry Holst of Lethbridge and numerous other family members. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Rev. Raul Hernandez Celebrant. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. Funeral luncheon to follow at St. Mary’s Parish Hall. In memory of Helen, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Charity of Choice.
Anderson – Ronald Clifford Anderson of Brooks, beloved husband of Carol Anderson, passed away in Brooks on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Ron was born to Fred and Olivia on November 20th, 1931 in Scandia, Alberta on the family farm, the third of five children. Ron will be forever loved by his wife Carol (nee Gilroy) of 56 years. He will be greatly missed by his three daughters, Karen Rath (Kelly) and sons Lucas and Eric; Charlene Anderson and her children Larissa Ongoma (Alex) and Selah and Midori, Kristin Ramer (Jeremy) and Evangeline and Ezra, Elise Bates (Caleb) and Havilah, and Charis, Micah, and Eden; Shannon Brandt and sons, Evan and Madison. Ron is also survived by his sister Virginia Hildenbrand, brother Kermith Anderson (Marie) and sister Elaine Murphy, as well as his much-loved numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his younger brother Douglass Anderson. Ron, Carol and young family moved from Scandia into Brooks in 1965. Ron, however, continued to work with his father, brother and nephews on the family farm until he retired. He enjoyed creating many beautiful pieces of art whether it be through welding, wood-working or story-telling. Ron played competitive baseball in his early years and had a love of sports, which also included: golfing, fishing and curling. He and Carol were active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooks. Ron will be best remembered for his genuine friendliness and love for people; he was humble, approachable and kind. Ron’s Celebration of Life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooks on Friday, January 19th at 2:00 PM with Reverend John Theiss officiating. Interment will be at Scandia Cemetery. In memory of Ron, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Charity of Choice.