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FISHER, JAYCEE JAMES
January 26, 1957 – March 21, 2018
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jaycee at the Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, BC after a valiant and courageous fight with cancer.
Jaycee was born in Brooks, AB to John and Gladys Fisher. He was raised in the Cessford area, moving to Brooks as a young man to work in the oilfield industry. Jaycee met Maxine Hauck in 1977 and so began their life together. They were blessed with two sons – Justin in 1979 and Travis in 1981.
In late 1993 Jaycee, Max and the boys moved to BC, residing in the Surrey area. Jaycee worked for various companies throughout the years, spending the last eight years with CTDI.
In the spring of 2017 Jaycee was diagnosed with lung cancer, after a 10 month battle he succumbed to the cancer surrounded by his beloved family. He leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life, Maxine, their two sons Justin and Travis, his daughter-in-law Crystal and four grandchildren, Shyla, Tanner, Bella and Kylee. He is survived by five siblings, Ken(Donna) Sayers, Linda Fisher, Shirley Heck, Frank Fisher and Dennis Fisher. Also in-laws, Norbert and Madelene Hauck, Eric(Tracey), Allan, Gerry(Theresa), Lyle, and Darrel(Alicia). Numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Jaycee was predeceased by his parents, John and Gladys and a brother, Bobby.
Jaycee was a very special man, a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. He lived his life to the fullest and touched so many people during his time here with us. He was a great storyteller and loved to make us all laugh. He leaves an amazing legacy behind, we were all very lucky to have had Jaycee in our lives and as much as he will be missed, he will remain with us in spirit.
A Celebration of Life for Jaycee will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1 to 5 pm.
If desired, donations may be made in his honor to the Cancer Society.
GODOR (September 7, 1933 – March 26, 2018) Zoltan Godor of Duchess, AB, passed away in Brooks on Monday, March 26 at the age of 84 years. Born in Hungary, Zoltan met his wife Anna and was married on February 21, 1953. In 1954 they welcomed their first child, Zoltan (Junior) and seeking a better life, in 1957 he moved to Canada with his wife and son. In 1960 his daughter Susan was born and the family moved from Brooks to Calgary in 1964, where they would raise their children. In 1992 they moved from Calgary to Bassano where they retired. Zoltan’s wife Anna passed away in 2013 and a few years later Zoltan moved to Duchess where he resided until his passing. Zoltan was an exceptional carpenter and showed a passion for many sports, such as soccer, football, hockey and boxing. He enjoyed the great outdoors and spent leisure time camping, hiking, and riding his bike. Family and friends were of great importance to Zoltan, particularly all his grandkids, Stephen Hoefling (wife Suzanne & great-granddaughter Emma), Matthew Hoefling (wife Julia), Daniel Hoefling (wife Jamie), Louis Godor (wife Malesa and great-granddaughter Charlotte), and Mitchell Godor; he loved his grandchildren so very much. He is also survived by his son, Zoltan Godor, daughter Susan (Barry Hoefling), and a brother, Joseph (in Hungary). He was predeceased by his wife Anna in February 2013. A funeral service for Zoltan will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Thom’s Funeral Home at 1:30 pm, Rev. Alvin Penner Officiating. For further information, to light a virtual candle, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Zibell – William “Bill” Alfred Zibell of Bassano, beloved husband of the late Betty Zibell, passed away at his home in Bassano on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at the age of 78 years. Bill was born at Mrs. Sarah King’s home in Brooks on January 6th, 1940 to Wilhelm and Ida Zibell of Patricia. He attended his first year of schooling in Millicent, Alberta in 1946 and continued his schooling in Patricia until 1955 when Bill’s family moved to Brooks, where he finished his schooling in 1958. He worked for Richman’s Grocery Store, Marshall Wells Hardware Store after school and T.R. Baxter Construction, during summer holidays. Following graduation, Bill worked for Jacobsen Construction, T.R. Baxter Construction, and Carlson Brothers Trucking. He married Betty Carlson on January 7th, 1961 in Brooks. Bill bought his first truck in 1964 and started Zibell Trucking, hauling gravel. In 1972, Bill acquired a gravel pit to enhance the business. The family moved to Bassano in 1974, where he continued operating the company, with his sons joining in the family business in later years. Zibell Trucking was very much a family operation, with Betty being the King Pin of all business transactions and Bill looking after the operation of machinery, road and gravel operations. Bill enjoyed visiting with all of his customers, equipment sales people and people in the community, many of whom he considered very good friends. His hobbies were woodworking and ironwork. The coffee was always on at the shop and there was always soda pops ready at the house for anyone who stopped in for a visit. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Betty in 2013, father Wilhelm in 1955, mother Ida in 2004 and brother Arlie Karl Zibell in 1977. He is survived by his sons, Bill Jr. and his wife Dallas and Brad and his wife Shelley; two granddaughters Hailey and Kayla and three great grandsons. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 6th at 2:00 PM from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bassano. Rev. Ken Wells of St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Brooks officiating. Interment at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Bill if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Bassano and District Health Foundation, Box 120, Bassano, Alberta T0J 0B0.
“So Long White Mack, it has been a very good ride.”
Cremation is entrusted to Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks.
WADDLE – Dean Waddle
1954 – 2018
Dean Harlan Waddle, beloved husband of Connie Waddle, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the age of 63 years.
The Funeral Service was held at the Vauxhall Community Hall, 417 – 4 Street North, Vauxhall on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Connie, Dean is survived by his son James (Krista) Waddle of Medicine Hat and thier children Alexander, Nicholas, Amera and Aries; daughter Sheila (Robert) Stemberger of Mundare, Alberta and their children Mya, Owen and Adam. He is also survived by his mother Patricia Waddle; brothers Lyle Waddle (his son Shawn), Lane Waddle and Keith Waddle; in-laws Robert and Arlene Smith and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Harlan Waddle.
Dean was born in Taber on April 18, 1954. He married the love of his life, Connie Smith on August 24, 1974. Together they lived in Scandia where they raised their family. He loved to travel and go on adventures. He especially loved to scuba dive, sail and enjoyed being outdoors. Dean loved spending time with his friends and family telling stories and having a drink of tequila.
When Dean worked, he worked hard and when he played, he played hard. He lived life to the fullest. Although we will miss him dearly he will no longer suffer from chemo cold and he can finally have a good steak and a drink. We want to raise a glass and toast your amazing life.
Love you darling, Adios, til we meet again.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dean’s name may be made directly to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
MEYER (October 28, 1970 – March 22, 2018) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michelle Meyer of Brooks, AB on Thursday, March 22 at the age of 47 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 2 pm at Thom’s Funeral Home and Reception Centre in Duchess, AB. For further information, to light a virtual candle, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
PIPER (Oct 3, 1955 – March 23, 2018) Jacoba G. Piper passed away in the early morning of March 23 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary at the age of 62. Jackie was born in Taber, AB to Chris and Baya Bronk as the eldest of five children. She and her siblings were raised on a large berry farm in Abbotsford, BC. The Bronks’ migrated to Lumby, BC where Jackie began to raise her two daughters, surrounded by family. Every day, she would wake up with the dawn to milk cows, manage other animals, and do chores. She was very proud of placing in a 50 mile mountain endurance race with her horse. Always the entrepreneurial spirit, her first business off of the farm was Shera-Lees Fabric and Yarn Bin. She did custom sewing and made many dresses and costumes for her girls Lisa and Sheryl. Jackie and the girls moved to Clearbrook, BC in the early 80’s where she was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Fraser Valley College with a diploma in Criminal Justice. Life led her back to the family farm, so she followed her parents and siblings to Rainier, Alberta in 1986. She was lucky enough to find love and married Alfred Piper. Jackie and Al always had their door open to stray teenagers, family, and friends who needed a refuge. Her creativity had a broad range, seen throughout the farm. Adventures over the years included raising animals, breeding dogs, hunting and fishing. Ever in search of a good opportunity, she did catering, pig roasts, and was part of a pilot truck company. Jackie also worked off the farm at the Brooks Auction Mart. Jackie gave nearly a decade of full time nursing care to family and friends with terminal illnesses in her belief of family responsibility: not looking for, nor receiving any awards or gratitude for her efforts. Through it all, she and Al were ongoing caregivers to her daughter Sheryl through her illness, until her passing in 2015. Al and Jackie spent several summers running the concession at Kinbrook Lake and are now known for ‘Outback Country Kitchen’ restaurant in Duchess. Jackie found a lot of pride in making people smile with her cooking and creating a menu for special occasions. Through all of life’s losses, Jackie’s health became frail. Her tenacious nature kept her fighting until her body could no longer. Jackie will be deeply missed by her loving husband Alfred Piper, daughter Lisa (Michael) Paul, and her only sunshine angel granddaughter – Makayli. She is predeceased by her daughter Sheryl Pearce and sister Nancy Bronk. The extended families of Piper, Bronk, Johnson, and multitude of dear friends will sorely miss her bold and vibrant spirit. A graveside service will be held at the Brooks Cemetery on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11 am. Lunch to follow at Trinity Lutheran Church hall. For further information, to light a virtual candle, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
LANDIS (June 23, 1949 – March 19, 2018) It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Barry Dean Landis, 68, of Bassano, Alberta. Barry left us March 19, 2018, at the Foothills Medical Centre, with close family by his side. Barry was born in Havre, Montana June 23, 1949, to Bert and Jean Landis, while they were working at the Q Ranch. Barry spent his entire life in the Bassano area working for XL Ranches, Pete Steinbach, and later for Joey and Trish at Snake Lake Ranches. Throughout his life he had many successes with leatherwork, was a very gifted welder and fabricator, and much of the equipment and other ironwork he built is still in use today. Barry also had an endless knowledge of farming and livestock, making him a valuable source of advice at any time. Despite having childhood polio, scoliosis (which resulted in a year’s stay at the children’s hospital), and a few other unfortunate mishaps, you would never have heard a complaint, as he remained forever grateful, gentle, and kind. Barry greatly loved visits from the kids, friends, and family; He was always ready to tell stories, catch up on their lives, and share his wisdom. He had a pure heart of gold and will be missed dearly. Barry is survived by his son, Spencer Clulee, brother Earl (Lorna), sisters: Anita (Roderick) Roen, Donna (Don) Mowat, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held in the spring when the snow has melted and the grass is green. For further information, to light a virtual candle, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
DAVIDSON – It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Brent Lee Davidson. Brent passed away at his home with his family at his side on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at the age of 57 years. Brent was the first born to Douglas and Margarett Davidson on March 30th, 1960 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. He grew up with 2 sisters, Gaylene and Colleen as well as his Uncle Darrel, who was more his brother and definitely his best friend. Brent spent his youth in and around Lampman, Kenosee Lake and Estevan, until 1975, when his mom, dad and sisters moved to Brooks, Alberta. Uncle Darrel followed shortly thereafter. Brent married the love of his life, Sheryl Galbraith, on April 6th, 1985 and together they had Dustin Nathaniel on March 15th, 1988. Brent went to work in the oil patch in 1977 working in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Texas. April 14th, 1988 a tragic work accident left him a paraplegic, but alive. Brent being Brent, someone who always played the cards he was dealt, moved forward in life with Sheryl and son Dustin. With his motto being “Breath In, Breath Out, Move On“ he continued to enjoy spending time with family and friends, be it modified snowmobiling, traveling, hill climbs, fishing, playing cards and games as well as going to as many races as possible in Estevan and Minot North, Dakota. Brent returned to work dispatching in the oilfield in about 1992, then in 1994 he became part owner of New Wave Marine Ltd., until 1998. He then followed his heart and returned to the oil patch with Cansco, until complications from his accident forced him to retire in 2009. Brent was predeceased by his father Douglas (2007), granddad Nat Davidson (1999), grandma Edna Davidson (2008), grandfather (Daddy Frank) Frank Thompson (1992), grandmother Leana Thompson (2002) as well as his uncle Darrel Davidson (1995) and Darrel’s wife Karen (2006). Brent is survived by Sheryl; their son Dustin; Mother Margarett Davidson; sisters Gaylene and Colleen (Bud Roguski); niece Brittany, nephew Brady along with extended family and friends in Saskatchewan and in the United States. At Brent’s request there will be no funeral, but a Farewell Gathering on March 23rd from 2-4pm at 911 – 2nd Ave West, Brooks. Interment will be in Souris Valley Memorial Gardens in Estevan, Saskatchewan at a later date.
Cremation is entrusted to Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium in Brooks.
Donovan – Leanne Marie Donovan, aged 72, passed away on Wednesday, March 15th, 2018 in Stony Plain, Alberta, after a lengthy battle with her health. Leanne was born on August 3rd, 1945 in Bassano, Alberta, daughter of Fern and Paul Donovan. She spent her childhood in Patricia, Alberta attending schooling in Duchess, Alberta with her eight siblings. After attending nursing school in Calgary, she moved back to Patricia, where she married her childhood friend, Andrew Van Oene on January 17th, 1964. They resided for many years in Tilley, Alberta raising their four daughters. Leanne devoted much of her time at St. Jude’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the RCIA and catechism programs. In 1992, Leanne and her daughters moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where she attended Red Deer College and graduated with a Rehabilitation Practioner Diploma. Her career, until retirement, was spent at the Mitchner Center, caring for adults with developmental disabilities. She spent her retirement in Stony Plain, where she resided with her daughter and family. Leanne is survived by her children Evelynn Bell (Michael), Jody Beck, Carla Rebman (Kristopher) and Amber Van Oene; 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild; siblings, Ilene Dixon, Joe Donovan, Karen Grabham, and Beth Toly. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 23rd at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Brooks. Rev. Raul Hernandez Celebrant. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Leanne, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Guthy Jackson Foundation online: guthyjacksonfoundation.org or by check The Guthy-Jackson Research Foundation, Inc., Post Office Box 15185, Beverly Hills, California 90210.
JERSAK – Mary Cecilia Jersak of Brooks, beloved wife of the late Joseph Adams and Albert Jersak, passed away in Brooks on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Mary was born in Edmonton on February 27th, 1930 to James and Maggie Swain. She received her education in Calgary. Mary married Joseph Adams and resided in Sundre for a time and then settled in Brooks. Joseph passed away in 1990, and she was remarried to Albert Jersak. Mary worked as a cook at the truck stop on the highway outside Brooks and later as a custodian at a number of schools in the area. The most important job of all for Mary, was that of mother and grandmother to her family. She enjoyed drawing, crocheting and needlework. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren. Mary would say “she chose to have a large family because growing up she did not have much family.” Her family and friends will fondly remember her for her cooking, baking, gardening and beautiful blankets she hand made. Mary was predeceased by her husbands, Joe Adams and Albert Jersak; stepdaughter, Jo-Anne Ensminger; daughter Linda Gold (Adams) and great granddaughter Katherine Faye Ditto. She is survived by her children, Gaylene Thompson and her husband Robert, Wayne Adams and his wife Tammy, Bruce Adams and his wife Susan, Dale Adams and his wife Josie and Hazel Jensen and her husband Raymond and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and other family and friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 AM from Smith Memorial Chapel. Rev. Ken Wells officiated. Interment followed at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Mary, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to charity of choice.