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Wife, Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Sister, Aunt and Friend – This is who she was:
Wangsness – Jean Mary Wangsness (Schmidt) was born October 9, 1930 in Coronation, Alberta. She passed away peacefully on July 29, 2014, at the age of 83, with Winton and all of her daughters at her side. They would have celebrated their 65th anniversary in November. Jean was the second child of Henry & Emily Schmidt. She grew up in the Talbot area and attended Talbot School. Her and her brother, Henry, rode a horse to school and back every day (probably up-hill both ways). She was always a very good student and whenever the teacher had to leave the one-room school house, Mom was in charge of the students. What a job that must have been! Mom worked hard all her life. She helped with the milking & hauling water on the stone-boat, as well as doing most of the inside chores whenever Grandma Schmidt was sick. They always had a large garden as well as an apple orchard, which had to be tended to, and to Grandpa Schmidt’s high standards. Their only entertainment was playing cards and going to Sports Days and Community Dances. While attending High School in Coronation, she stayed with Granny Whitcom (Schmidt), who lived across the street from the school. It was at this time, during WWII, that she became a Cadet. After High School she went to live with Mary & Will Deausy to be their nanny. The Deausy’s became life- long friends, visiting and camping with Mom and Dad many times over the years. Mom and Dad met at a function in Coronation and were married on November 7, 1949. Through this marriage they were blessed with seven children. Over the last 64 years, they have lived in Coronation, Throne, Duchess, Irvine, Innisfail and Brooks. Dad and Donnie Paugh were always friends & neighbours, so when Donnie got married to Vi, Dad rode the train out to Nanaimo to be the best man at the wedding. They have also become life-long friends of Mom and Dad, and they have done a lot of traveling together and camping over the years. Their longest trip was with their motor-homes down to Palm Springs, with Donnie and Vi leading the way and Dad & Mom following as close behind as possible. Mom was the “Mother of all Berry Pickers.” When she got into a berry patch, she wouldn’t leave until the last berry was picked. We spent many a week-end picking berries, wishing we were anywhere else. When we were young, they raised pigs and chickens, as well as having a large garden. There was no freezer at that time so everything had to be pickled or canned, even the chickens! Grandma and Grandpa always had a large garden (grandpa, the kids, grandkids & great-grandkids all liked to raid it, she would just smile!) She loved to bake pies, tarts, cinnamon buns and even after her grandchildren & great-grandchildren were born, she would always make sure she baked their favourite deserts when she knew they were coming. She did a lot of knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting. Everyone in the family has received quilts, doilies and afghans that she has made. She loved reading, working on puzzles, and visiting. She always had time for family and friends, whether it was a phone call or a visit. As mentioned before, Grandma & Grandpa enjoyed camping, whether it was with friends or family, they were always on the go with the “Drifter” mini-home (loved that mini-home, many memories for all of us!) Some summers the grandkids were fortunate enough to travel along with them on their holidays for a week, spoiled by Grandma & Grandpa. After retiring, they went on a few bus trips, some bigger trips they took by bus were to the Canadian East Coast and Branson, Missouri. Playing cards was another great love of hers. As one of her grandchildren, while playing cards, grandma was always trying to help you out by having a peak at your hand (discreetly). When Grandma and Grandpa lived in Innisfail, garage sales were their favourite pass- time. I’m sure we all got in on a garage sale or two with them. Grandma could always be found in the book section. Grandpa thought he was getting a deal and Grandma would say that he bought another box of junk. Grandma would smile and Grandpa would giggle. Going for a drive & ice cream was always a treat, if one of the great-grandchildren decided that they didn’t want what they got, grandma would trade with them & everything would be alright. Grandma always spoiled the grandchildren & great-grandchildren, even when the parents said no. Jean will always be remembered and loved by her husband, Winton, her daughters TRUDY (Gary) Koleyak & their children Michelle (Darrell) Elsbett & Tracie (Brad) Ion, EMILY Elliott (Greg) & her children Curtis (Tammy) Elliott, Kim (Chris) Grubisic, & Jody Elliott, LORRIE (Greg) Franz & their children Kevin (Nicole) Franz & Tara (Blake) Brown, RENIE (Brian) McAmmond & their children Colin McAmmond & Sheldon (Jenn) McAmmond, TAMMIE (Lyle) Ebelher & their children Alicia, Temara & Clayton Ebelher. Rounding out the family are 22 great-grandchildren; Brady & Tori Elsbett, Decker, Jordie & Payton Ion, Courtney, Colby & Ryan Elliott, Cole Elliott & Isaac & Bensen Grubisic, Jayda & Sienna Elliott, Tanner & Jaden Baumgarten & Kaycee Brown, Christopher, Mason & Tristan Franz, Aubrey, Devon & Dillon McAmmond. Jean will also be mourned by her brothers Henry (Betty) Schmidt, Pete (Alaline) Schmidt, her sister Annette Barnes, her brother’s in-law and many nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by their sons, Ralph 1951, Winton 1959; her parents Henry & Emily Schmidt; her sister, Wilma Glasier; Winton’s parents, Joseph and Anna Wangsness and all of Winton’s siblings. Wife/Mom/Grandma/Great-Grandma she was the soul of our family, she was strong, loving, kind, always made sure that everyone had everything they needed, she was a go-getter, never taking a break until she was satisfied that others were taken care of. She taught us all a lot & we will never forget it. We know that she will be looking down on all of us always & protecting the future she helped grow. Grandma will live within us always & forever, through our hearts, stories, memories & our smiles & laughter. Thank you Grandma for all the life lessons. Graveside services were held on Saturday, August 2nd at 1:00 PM from the Brooks Cemetery and luncheon at EID Legion. Rev. Kathleen Jones officiated. In memory of Jean, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3. Funeral arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS, ALBERTA. Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
WANNER – Robert Ralph Wanner
1941 – 2016
Robert “Bob” Wanner passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, SK on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the age of 75 years.
Bob’s memory will be forever cherished by Lucille, his wife of 53 years and their children, Monai Wanner (Ken Chipley), Lance (Barbara) Wanner and Tania Scholz (Kent Mehler); grandchildren, Jade Chipley (Ryan Biletsky – Nate & Emma), Hunter Chipley, Laici Scholz (Will McGarvey), Lexci Scholz (Cole Presley) and their father Quinton Scholz. He is also survived by his sister Carol Dressler; brother-in-law Ron Lalonde and sister-in-law Karen (Dale) Dieterle, as well as in-laws, Arnie (Barb) Zimmerman, Ian Kilpatrick, Marilyn (Geo) Brown, Adela (Orville) Kittelson, Cyrilla Zimmerman (Dennis Schafer), Derm (Dawn) Zimmerman and Amelda (Tom) Mossing, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Edith Wanner; sister Marlene Lalonde; brother Lorne Wanner; parents-in-law, Theresa and Marcus Zimmerman and in-laws, Elsie (Max) Ripplinger, Paula Zimmerman, Norman Zimmerman and Eileen Kilpatrick.
A private family service of remembrance was held in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, with Doug Third officiating. Bob was laid to rest in the Columbarium at the Estevan City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Asthma Society of Canada, 124 Merton Street, Suite 401, Toronto, ON, M4S 2Z2 would be appreciated by Bob’s family.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, SK. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.hallfuneralservices.ca
Warnock – Richard Alexander Warnock of Tilley, passed away peacefully on Oct 6th, 2007 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Richard was born in Neepawa, Manitoba on January 13th, 1947. He is survived by his loving wife Susan of 22 years and his four beloved sons Troy, Trent (Carol), Todd (Chantel), Trevor (Crystal); six loving grandchildren Taylor, Kolby, Keegan, Logan, Lacey and Bradon; elder brother Mickey (Joyce); three sister-in-laws Kathy (Brian), Diane, Jeannette; aunts, uncles; nieces, nephews, and his many wonderful friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 13th at 3:00 PM from Smith Memorial Chapel. Rev. David Glawe officiated. In memory of Richard, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, #102, 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Mrs. Kelly Wasiliew, beloved wife of Mr. Les Wasiliew of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, April 14th, 2007 at the age of 46 years. Kelly also leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Jessica Ross and Corri Ross (Chad); one brother, Tim Koch (Carol); four step-children, Curtis, Cody (Mandy), Mitchell, and Jessi; three grandchildren, Trey, Bradley, and Abby; as well as numerous other family and friends. Kelly was predeceased by her mother, Daphne in 2005; and one brother, Patrick in 1968. Kelly, with the support of her family and friends, fought a courageous battle with cancer and was the inspiration of a successful fundraiser for the Cancer Society. She was a wonderful mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend and was also a wannabe dart player and golfer. At Kelly’s request, no formal service will be held. Those wishing to remember Kelly may do so with a gift to the Medicine Hat Cancer Centre, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject-heading Kelly Wasiliew. 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.
Mr. Lionel Watson, beloved husband of Mrs. Clara Watson of Medicine Hat, passed away on Saturday, January 27th, 2007 at the age of 79 years. Lionel also leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Heather (Steve) Kowitch of Medicine Hat; one son, Jack T. D. Watson of Medicine Hat; two grandchildren, Kyle Watson and Colby Bolton; two brothers, Jack (Pat) Watson of Coronation, and Glynn (Helen) Watson of Ladysmith, British Columbia; two sisters, Iris (Jake) Penner of Calgary and Annie (Marvin) Johnson of Marwayne, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lionel was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Nancy Watson. Lionel was born on March 15th, 1927 at Veteran, Alberta where he was raised. Following graduation from high school at Coronation he became employed in the oilfield industry where he continued to work for the next forty years. Lionel married Clara Hunter on May 5th, 1956 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was very dedicated to his family, friends and work. Lionel was a Life Member of the Masonic Order, Shrine, O.E.S. the Loyal Order of Moose and the Elks. The Funeral Service will be held in WESTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 101 – 6th Street SE, on Thursday, February 1st, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. with Gary W. Goran officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Family Plot at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Mr. Lionel Watson may do so with a gift to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102 – 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1Z8. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to email@example.com, subject-heading Lionel Watson. 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.
1965 – 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Henderson Watson on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the age of 49 years. Doug was born in Surrey, British Columbia on December 25, 1965 and later moved to Golden, British Columbia with his family in 1972. In 1985, he met the love of his life, Joann Feuz, and in 1995 they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Shania. Doug was an extremely talented and successful entrepreneur whose strength, determination and never ending optimism allowed him to achieve great success – no task or job was unattainable. His business, Sandman Picker Services, was one of his most proud endeavours. Doug worked hard and played harder, and his zest for life allowed him much enjoyment with car racing, sledding, riding his Harley and attending his rock concerts. A recent family move, to their new home on an acreage in the Blackfalds area, was to be the beginning of the next chapter of his life. Doug is survived by his loving wife, Joann; daughter, Shania; mother, Eileen Watson; siblings, Sherry (Don) Stewart, Debbie Budden (children: Tyler, Alicia, Madison), and Justin (Rita) Watson (daughter Aryana). Doug is predeceased by his father, Stan Watson. He will be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many good friends. As Doug would say….”WTF?” A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at the Golden Civic Centre, 806 – 10th Avenue South, Golden British Columbia, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations in Doug’s honour may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation at www.heartandstroke.com. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Ashley Paton, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
Watts – Cheryl Ann Doris Watts of Brooks, beloved wife of the late Mike Watts, passed away peacefully in Medicine Hat on August 10th, 2005 at the age of 53 years. Born in Calgary on August 5th, 1952 Cheryl received her education there. She moved to Brooks in the late 1970’s and worked a variety of jobs before working for Mike’s Body Shop. Cheryl Beaudry and Mike Watts were married on June 8th, 1981 in Brooks and resided here since. She loved her family, camping, singing, and her dog D.D.. Cheryl will be remembered for her sense of humour, straight forward attitude and for her down to earth forgiving personality. She was predeceased by her husband Mike on April 13th, 2002, parents Mae and Leo Beaudry and 2 sisters Pat and Diane. Cheryl is survived by her loving family 2 sons, Sean Acheson and his wife Kaori of Edmonton and Michael of Brooks; daughter Michelle of Brooks; 2 brothers Barry Beaudry of Calgary and Kim Beaudry of Calgary and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 20th from Smith Memorial Chapel. Rev. John Theiss officiating. In memory of Cheryl, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Arthritis Society, #200, 1301-8th Street SW, Calgary T2R 1B7. Condolences to the family can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or (866) 362-4652.
WATTS – Donald Gordon Watts, beloved husband of the late Nellie Anna Watts (nee Mitchell) faithfully completed life to join her for eternity on May 28, 2006. Donnie was born October 5, 1911 in Namaka, AB, the fourth of eight children of Carman and Mary Watts. As a young man he worked on ranches and farms until he became famous for his mechanical abilities which then became his life’s work. Donnie spent many years as “The Baler Man” at the Duchess garage. Donnie and Nellie raised their family in Duchess and later moved to Claresholm where Donnie was the maintenance man at the Safeway Shelter System factory until his retirement. Over the years Donnie served his Lord in the fellowship at Duchess Mennonite Church and the Faith Community Church in Claresholm. His godly life and wisdom were a blessing to all who knew him. Left to miss their dad are six surviving children: Ramona (Corne) Plett; and Judy (Ron) Friesen of Lethbridge, AB, Irma (Dan) Salzmann of Creston, BC, Ethel (Lloyd) Watts, Carman (Bonnie) Watts, Pauline (Ross) Allsop of Lethbridge, AB, 17 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren, two surviving siblings, Ivy Bogstie of Gleichen, AB and Rueben (Dorothy) Watts of London, Ontario and three sisters-in-law Margaret Watts, Hazel Dearing and Doris Mitchell. Dad was welcomed to heaven by his Lord and Saviour, his beloved wife Nellie, his son Marshall and wife Cheryl, and son-in-law Delmore Bast, along with other relatives and many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Donnie Watts to the Duchess Mennonite Church. The funeral service will be held at the Duchess Mennonite Church on Friday,June 2, 2006 at 2:00pm.
Waugh – Douglas Edmund Waugh of Brooks passed away in Brooks on January 29th, 2008 at the age of 77 years. Born in Calgary on April 3rd, 1930 he received his education in Brooks. Doug worked in the oil field and later farmed near Millicent. He was a member of The Brooks Gun Club and also loved collecting various guns. Doug loved his family, coffee buddies and traveling. He was predeceased by his parents Anna and Joseph and a brother Robert. Doug is survived by a sister Margaret Lewicky and her husband William of North Vancouver, British Columbia; 3 nieces and numerous other family members. Mass was celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 5th from St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rev. Avinash Colaco Celebrant. Interment followed at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Doug, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wayne Charles Andrew Boreen passed away peacefully December 25th, 2008 at Fort McLeod Extendicare Fort McLeod, Alberta at the age of 72 years.
Wayne was born November 13th 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He came to Canada at 6 months of age to the Churchbridge, Saskatchewan area.
Wayne is survived by his daughter Shelley Morrison (Alfred) Tilley-Brooks, Ab., daughter Rhonda Boreen Lethbridge, Ab., son Darren Boreen Lethbridge, Ab., ex-wife Norma Boreen Lethbridge, Ab., sister June Taillieu (Godfrey) Winnipeg, Mb., sister Diane Blakely Regina, Sk., brother Arlen Boreen (Stella) Fernie, BC., sister Karen Carriere (Laurie) St. Albert, Ab., and brother in law Gary Vanderhaege Esterhazy, Sk., 10 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wayne’s greatest joy was his grandchildren and his great granddaughter. He loved hunting, fishing and camping in his younger years. He could always be found watching sports, he especially loved hockey, baseball and Canadian football.
Wayne was predeceased by his father Hugo Boreen 1984, his mother Edna Boreen 1996, sister Marlys Vanderhaege 1997, brother in law Keith Blakely and brother in law Dwayne Nerbis.
Cremation in care of Eden’s Funeral home Fort McLeod, Ab. Memorial service to be held at a later date.