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GOSTOLA – Lucas Eugene Gostola of Duchess, Alberta passed away Dec. 18, 2017 at the too young age of 20 years. Lucas was born April 13, 1997 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With great sadness he leaves his twin sister, Amy, older brothers Jesse and Stephen, father Dan and mother Shirley behind. Lucas will be greatly missed by maternal grandmother Audrey Stephens, residing in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sk., and many uncles, aunts and cousins from various parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Australia… who have many fond and humorous memories of him. Lucas and family lived in Saskatoon until he was 8 years old then moved to Duchess, Alberta. This small village is a community full of warm and caring people that was perfect for a growing family. Lucas not only made lots of friends but was also considered part of the family to many. Construction and mechanics were his favorite classes in high school; going to the 2015 provincial skills Canada competition and winning the ‘safety award’ for outdoor power and recreation equipment was a proud moment for the family. Working as a mechanics helper at Smith Trucking was an enjoyable learning experience. Afterwards, he worked for Savannah oil field as a deckhand and learned a new lifestyle that he often talked about. To know Lucas was to dearly love him. He truly lived in the moment. He had such a love for discovery, experiencing, understanding, and rejoicing in life. One of Lucas’ best accomplishments was being who he was, a mischievous, kind-hearted, funny guy who was always able to lighten the mood wherever he went. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on January 27th at the Duchess Hall with Pastor John Theiss officiating. For further information or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
SWANSON – Blaine Allan Swanson of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of Laurie passed away at Foothill Medical Centre on January 2, 2018 at the age of 63. Blaine was born on October 26, 1955 in Shaunavon, SK. His family lived on the family farm south of Vidora, SK before moving to Cardston, AB. From there, Blaine’s family moved to Brooks. He was a hard worker and spent his career in the Oil Patch. Blaine is survived by his wife Laurie; daughters, Jade Martinez (Seve), Jennise Swanson, Kathy Swanson; step-daughter, Jennifer Wiseman (Luke); grandchildren, Alexis and Liam; sisters, Norma Galloway (Bill), Linda Chamberlain (Tim), Gayle Christmas (Ray), Colleen Swartz (Reg); brother, Lorne Swanson (June); mother in-law, Gerry Johnson; brother in-law, Tim Johnson (Leanne) and sister in-law Marissa Stolson (Darcy), and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Eric and Ruby; father in-law, Garry Johnson and stepdaughters; Michelle and Christie. Blaine will be remembered for his love of family, his generosity and zest for life. Memorial Services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooks on Monday, January 8th at 2:00 PM. Reverend John Theiss Officiating. Graveside service to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Blaine, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to Brain Injury Canada.
KASTAN – Christopher Kastan of Brooks passed away at Foothills Medical Centre on December 20, 2017 at the age of 60 years. Chris was born at Toronto on Jan 8, 1957 to Clement (deceased 1969) and Lavina (deceased 1990). He attended junior and senior high school in Courtenay, B.C. and enjoyed playing basketball. He joined the Armed Forces (1976-1979) following in the footsteps of his mother and his uncles. Chris was adventurous and served in the 5th Airborne. He spent some time in Europe and joined the Navy in 1980 sailing all around the world. He brought back memorabilia from Hong Kong, Peru, New Zealand, Hawaii, with his last posting being in Victoria, B.C., on the Oriole. Chris then got a release from the Navy in 1990 and pursued his interest in History; studying at the University of Victoria. He was a strong man, an avid reader with an enquiring mind, a kind heart and a sense of humour. Chris moved to Brooks, Ab in 1998 where he worked at JBS for 19 years but collapsed while at work on Dec 18th, from a heart attack, passing away on Dec 20th in Calgary. He will be remembered by his sister Laura and her husband Pat Childs of Brooks, 4 nephews, one niece and their families. Chris was a caring man and left a final gift of organ donation….he will be missed. No formal services will be held although in memory of Chris, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to STARS Air Ambulance or a charity of choice. Cremation arrangements in care of Thom’s funeral Home and Reception Centre. For further information, to leave a message of condolence or to light a memorial candle in memory of Chris, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
WILLIAM (BILL) SPENCER COFFEY 1952 – 2017 It’s music to me
We are sad to announce the passing of Bill Coffey on December 14, 2017. Bill will be missed by his brothers: Bob (Deanna) of Red Deer, Glen (Candie) of High River, his sister Jeanne Brummund (Bill) of Keremeos,B.C., and his nephews Jay and Derek Coffey. Bill played with several bands in both Brooks and Medicine Hat. He will be missed by his close friends in the music and dart communities of Medicine Hat, especially Billy Jones, Brian Bowery, Jocelyn Hodel and Ali Sellin who were like family to him. Others will remember Bill from his years in the Brooks Horticultural Station as a shipper-receiver and safety officer. He was also involved with the computerized weather data collection system, which led to his attending Medicine Hat College where he completed the computer technician program. After graduation he worked at Hat Computers, then Memory Lane Computers, and finally with Prairie Rose School Division, the job he held until his retirement. He was involved with the initial computer networking of the schools. Bill was predeceased by his parents James Earl and Helen Victoria. Bill will be remembered for his passion of collecting vintage Fender Amps. As we all know, he could easily be talked into collecting other brands as well. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in the spring. Once the date is selected we will let everyone know. Every song becomes a memory.
To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: email@example.com subject heading: Bill Coffey, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence. Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.
Janke – Alfred Janke of Brooks, beloved husband of Freda Janke and the youngest child of Jacob and Lydia Janke, passed away in Brooks on Friday, December 8th, 2017 at the age of 84 years. Alfred was born in Norton, Alberta on August 28th, 1933. He received his education at Krauss School a half mile from where he spent the first 19 years of his life and he often shared many special memories of growing up in that area and attending school there. Alfred went on to work at the Dominion Glass Factory in Redcliff and B.C. Pea Growers in Medicine Hat, but it was the fall of 1952 when he helped harvest at Robert Seefried’s in Bowell, that he met his future wife Freda Seefried. And although Alfred was already farming west of Brooks, Freda joined him after they were married on June 9th, 1956 in Medicine Hat and they started their life together. They welcomed two daughters, Carol in 1958 and Kathy in 1963. They raised their daughters and continued farming in the close-knit community of Antelope Creek, until they retired in 1995 moving into Brooks after building their retirement home. Alfred always enjoyed curling, playing cards and getting together with neighbors and friends. In 1973 Dad became a star, when he played a role in Richard Burton’s Documentary called “The Last Spike”. After retiring, he took up wood working and golf, spent more time playing the guitar and mouth organ as well as singing and enjoying coffee with friends and relatives, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and especially his three grandchildren. Alfred was a member of the Brooks Seniors Outreach, Prairie Pioneers, The Warblers and remained active in the Brooks Evangelical Free Church, which he helped build. Alfred and Freda often enjoyed singing at Church in the Newbrook Lodge, Sunrise Gardens and Orchard Manor in Brooks. In the earlier years they travelled to Disneyland and after retiring took many bus tours venturing as close as Calgary, Lethbridge and Rosebud, Alberta and as far as Minot, North Dakota, Branson, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada. Dad had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He was an excellent husband, father, grandfather, and Alfred was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Alfred is predeceased by his parents three sisters, Emma Janke, Christina Kelm and Irene Seefried; four brothers, Gustaf, Arthur, Reuben and Emil Janke. He is survived by his loving wife Freda of 61 years; two daughters Carol Janke of Brooks and Kathy (Brian) Chornoby of Medicine Hat; 3 grandsons, Brandon, Tyler and Jamie Chornoby; one brother, Jack Janke and numerous other family members. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 1:00 PM from the Brooks Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Garth Everett officiating. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Alfred, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Brooks and District Health Foundation for Dialysis Machine, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3.
Anderson – Clifford Nathaniel Anderson of Brooks, beloved husband of Doris Anderson, passed away in Brooks on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at the age of 94 years. Clifford was born on July 16th, 1923 in Bardo, Alberta to Bersvend and Anne Anderson. Clifford married Doris Axelson on June 17th, 1952 in Scandia. They farmed in Bardo until 1962, when they moved to Rimbey, Alberta. Clifford and Doris moved to Scandia in 1964, where he farmed until 1971. He then became employed with the EID as a Ditch Rider in Scandia and then moved to Tilley in 1974, where he continued working for the EID. Clifford worked for the Eastern Irrigation District for 20 years and retired in 1992. He was a leader in 4H and held many positions in his Church. Clifford will be best remembered for the love he had for his family, his ability to invent or fix anything and all the good times spent at the lake. He was predeceased by his parents, Bersvend and Anne Anderson, brothers, Allen and Phillip Anderson, sister Bernice and his great granddaughter Lily McColl. Clifford is survived by his loving wife Doris; children, Clarice Anderson, Roger Anderson (Joan) and Ardis Anderson (Irene); 7 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Irene Anderson and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 PM from Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. John Theiss and Rev. Dwayne Schaaf officiated. Interment in Scandia Cemetery. In memory of Clifford, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, 4837 – 52A Avenue, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1W5.
VAN BERGEN – William (Bill) Van Bergen of Brooks, Alberta, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on December 1, 2017 at the Brooks Health Centre at the age of 78 years. He was born to the late John and Phyllis Van Bergen, February 10, 1939, in Gem, Alberta. Bill attended school at the Gem School and later at SAIT College and Fairview College. Bill married Charlotte Harder in 1964, in Gem and they lived together in Bassano, Rosemary, Gem, DeBolt, Fairview and Vegreville before retiring in Rosemary. Bill and Charlotte have been privileged to live at the Newbrook Lodge for the past 1½ years where they have received exceptional care and comfort. Both wish to express sincere thanks for this time of blessing to all of the staff and their dear friends. Bill was an instructor at Fairview College and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of students. He was fond of delivering computer courses to the elderly. Bill was a true pioneer, having broken prairie sod near Gem. He also broke land near Debolt, Alberta. He was passionate about farming. Until his health failed him, he still kept his “hands on approach” by operating equipment for his nephews Wilfred and Weston Harder. Bill leaves his love and partner Charlotte of over 53 years. Bill was very blessed and is survived by three children: Philip and (Leanne) Van Bergen of Beaujour, MB.; Floyd and (Christine) Van Bergen of Wembley, AB.; and Carla Stiles and Andrew Sorg, of Calgary, Ab.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Betty, Dorothy, Mary and Martha. Bill loved his family dearly. A Celebration of Life was held at Thom’s Funeral Home at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 5, Pastor Daryle Fox Officiated. Graveside Services were held at Gem Cemetery. In memory of Bill, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Bible Society or the Brooks Health Foundation. For further information, to leave a message of sympathy or to light a candle in memory of Bill, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Scheuerman – Della Jean Scheuerman of Brooks, beloved wife of Laverne Scheuerman, passed away in Brooks on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at the age of 82 years. Della was born in Brooks on April 2nd, 1935 to Lee and Gladys Genge. She attended school in Bow City, Gem and Brooks. Della married Laverne Scheuerman on September 6th, 1953 in Brooks. They resided in Medicine Hat for a while but mostly lived in the Brooks area. Della was a stay at home mom while her kids were growing up and ran a day home, and worked for the Country Oven Bakery for 3 years. She loved to read, knit and crochet. Many new moms received gifts of handmade baby blankets and outfits. Della loved a good cup of coffee and spending time with friends and her door was always open for friends or family to stop by. She was a member of the Brooks Evangelical Free Church for 65 years, holding many teaching positions and leadership offices. Della was also President and Secretary of the Women’s Ministerial Service, a member of the Pioneer Girls and member of the Challengers for over 20 years. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips with Laverne to the East Coast and to Nashville, as well as a family cruise to Alaska and a Christmas trip to Mexico. Her family was very important to her and she loved “collecting” great grandchildren. Della was predeceased by her parents, Lee and Gladys, siblings, Rena, Elva, Leone and Jack and grandchildren, Patrick and Jennifer. She is survived by her loving husband Laverne; children, Colleen (Dick) van Nieuwkerk, Bernice (Rod) McDonald, Terry (Eileen) Scheuerman, Ken (Reta) Scheuerman and Michael (Rym) Scheuerman; her grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister Betty, numerous extended family and many friends. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 4th at 2:00 PM from Brooks Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Garth Everett officiated. In memory of Della, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Room 124 Professional Building, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 2S8 or Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3.
Cremation is entrusted to Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks.
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ELDER – Betty Sofia Elder, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, friend and all around hip lady passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Monday, November 27, 2017. Betty was 94 years old in body but was much younger in spirit. She kept her impish grin and youthful sense of humour right into her last hours. Betty is pre-deceased by her loving husband, David Elder; an infant son, Ronald Wayne Elder; her special senior suitor, Denver Wagar; her parents, Oscar and Arvida Erickson; her siblings, Gus Erickson, Esther Thompson (George), Ray Erickson (Marie), Elsie Miller (Ray) and Hugo Erickson (Irene); treasured in-laws Bill (Phemia) King and Jean Alderson; son-in-laws Rick Kunz and Jim Cunningham and granddaughter Charlotte Fortney. Betty took care of her own, instilling a deep sense of family into the many that came forth from her. She was the matriarch of a large sometimes dysfunctional brood, one that she was very proud of, loved fiercely and that loved her fiercely in return. Betty was a proud mother and is survived by 8 children – Dorothy (Jim), Tom (Gun-Britt), Faye (Richard), Jim (Suzette), Marie (Tom), Shirley (Keith), Donna (Wes) and Janice (Paul); 21 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Betty hailed from Amulet, SK., but called Brooks her home for more than 30 years. Betty’s brood would often converge in Brooks for holidays, family gatherings and camping adventures. Memories of times together at the lake and farm will be deeply cherished by those who love her. Betty was a music enthusiast and could often be found singing or taking in music. She was a dedicated and loyal friend, making it a priority to visit those she cared about, always wearing her fanny pack, pushing her walker from place to place as she made her rounds about town. Affectionately known as Boom Boom Betty, or Leaping Lena, she will be remembered for her playful nature, her kind heart, her amazing buns, her dazzling smile and the twinkle in her sparkling blue eyes. Her playful nature came shining through in all that she did, whether that be in the way she broke forth into song, her teasing amidst a game of cards, her quick wit or her zingy one liners. She was the first to let out a giggle, or even a full belly laugh, never taking herself too seriously. Betty was lovingly remembered at a service at the Lutheran Trinity Church on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 10:00 am. Rev. John Theiss officiating. There was a private family-only graveside service at Brooks Cemetery, followed by a social/luncheon at the Brooks Legion. In memory of Betty, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Brooks Long Term Care Residents Comfort Fund, Brooks Health Center c/o Therapeutic Recreation Dept., Bag 800, 440 – 3rd St. East, Brooks, AB, T1R 1B3. Funeral arrangements entrusted to:
SMITH FUNERAL HOME LTD. AND CREMATORIUM
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May 23, 1920 – November 2, 2017
Dorothy of De Winton passed away at the South Campus Hospital in Calgary November 2, 2017. She was born May 23, 1920 in Ainsworth Nebraska and moved with her family to the Brooks area in 1931. This is where she attended the country schools. Dorothy graduated from Olds School of Agriculture in 1939.
Dorothy married her sweetheart Jim Airth on February 14, 1943. They farmed at Madden and finally settled on their new farm at De Winton in 1949. Together they built up their beautiful farm and raised cattle. Dorothy was active in the De Winton community, & belonging to the “sewing circle”. She supported and always attended the Olds College Alumni. She attended the annual reunion in July.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Jim, 3 brothers & 1 sister. She is survived by her sons Bob, Ian and daughter in-law Donna, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives.
At her request, a private family graveside service will be held at Brooks Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with Jim.
Friends wishing to remember Dorothy could to make a donation to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (Bay #2 1216 34th Ave NE Calgary AB T2E 6L9). Condolences may be left for the family at www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home – Okotoks.