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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Wells, Beryl, (Betty)
Born in Oxford, England in August of 1916, Betty passed away peacefully on the morning of July 17, 2007. She was pre-deceased by her first husband Ken Southern in 1944 and her second husband Cecil Wells in 1993. Betty was a war bride spending the early years of her married life in Port Arthur, Ontario. Following her marriage to Cecil in 1947, she spent several years in Chile before she and Cecil moved to southern Alberta in 1954. They left many friends behind when they retired to Victoria in 1982 to be closer to family.
Betty is survived by twins Susan (Hillicke) and James, (Muriel), Southern, sons Andy, (Shelly) & Mark, (Denise) Wells, daughter Heather, (Sid), (Weiss), 8 grand children and 3 great grand children.
Many grateful thanks to the staff of Resthaven Lodge for their thoughtful and loving care over the past years.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Sidney on Friday, July 27 at 1:00 P.M. in the afternoon with a reception to follow. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC in Victoria.
Wennekers – Anthonious “Tony” Wennekers of Rolling Hills, beloved husband of Mary passed away at his home on October 12th, 2015 at the age of 70. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 17th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brooks. Interment followed at Rolling Hills Cemetery. For further information please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com/obituaries or if you wish to leave a charitable donation, write a condolence message, send flowers or light a memorial tribute candle in memory of Tony. Arrangements in care of THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE. For further information please contact us at (403) 501-1010.
WENZEL – ALVIN GUSTAV
Mr. Alvin Wenzel of Medicine Hat, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Erna Wenzel, passed away on Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, at the age of 76 years. Alvin leaves to cherish his memory four sons, Gregory (Pam) Wenzel of Cochrane, Ronald (Cindy) Wenzel of Fort Saskatchewan, Laurence (Carol) Wenzel of Cochrane, and Andrew (Lori) Wenzel of Medicine Hat; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Jordan, Anthony, Tanner, Cindy, Melissa, Jarred, and Jackson; two sisters, Irene Waldo of Calgary and Lorraine (William) Seba of Wakaw, Saskatchewan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry (Lorretta) Light of Winnipeg, Betty Finzel of Palm Coast, Florida, Mae Rakai of Medicine Hat, George (Pearl) Light of Selkirk, Manitoba, Ruth (Ted) Grimm of Medicine Hat, and Al Stewart of Calgary; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Alvin’s family wishes to sincerely thank the staff of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for their outstanding thoughtfulness and kind attention to Alvin’s needs. The family also would like to recognize Dr. Jeffery Bratvold for providing superlative care and compassionate support to Alvin and his family. The Funeral Service was held in SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, on Monday, December 18th, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Loren Hosfield officiating. Interment took place in the Family Plot at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Mr. Alvin Wenzel may do so with a gift to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the Charity of One’s Choice. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject-heading Alvin Wenzel. Funeral arrangements were 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.
WENZEL – ERNA LILLIAN – Mrs. Erna Lillian Wenzel, beloved wife of Mr. Alvin Gustave Wenzel of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, January 9th, 2006 at the age of 71 years. Erna also leaves to cherish her memory four sons, Gregory (Pam) Wenzel of Calgary, Ronald (Cindy) Wenzel of Fort Saskatchewan, Laurence (Carol) Wenzel of Rocky Mountain House, Andrew (Lori) Wenzel of Medicine Hat; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Jordan, Anthony, Tanner, Cindy, Melissa, Jarred, and Jackson; two brothers, Henry (Lorretta) Light of Winnipeg, George (Pearl) Light of Selkirk; three sisters, Betty Finzel of Palm Coast, Florida, Ruth (Ted) Grimm of Medicine Hat, Mae Rakai of Medicine Hat; sisters and brother in law, Irene Waldo of Calgary, Lorraine (William) Seba of Wakaw, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Erna was predeceased by her parents, Gustav and Paulina Light; one brother, Robert Light; one sister Erma Jonason; and one grandson, Christopher Wenzel. After a lengthy, fearless and courageous battle with cancer, our dearest Erna was given her rest on January 9th, 2006, at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Erna was gifted to our world in Winnipeg in 1934 where she was the sixth of eight children blessed to Gustav and Paulina Light. Erna was raised on her family’s farm that hugged the banks of the Red River near Selkirk, Manitoba. It was here, as a young, spirited and beautiful woman, that Erna developed her utmost appreciation for nature and the simple things of life. Erna further developed a deep respect for others, a relentless work ethic, and a love of cooking, with Erna’s most endearing quality of all being her unselfish nature, as she always placed the satisfaction of her family, friends, and others before that of herself. Erna and her beloved Alvin Wenzel were married in Calgary in 1955. Their love and devotion to each other grew for over fifty years and remained unyielding, and to this day it has never broken. They were blessed with four boys and Erna’s constant guidance as well as unconditional love ultimately led to all their successes. Over the years the family resided in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on the family farm near Selkirk, Manitoba, the town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, and the town of Brooks, Alberta. Along with being an adoring mother and meticulous homemaker for the four boys and Alvin, Erna was also a cook for the Nipawin Hospital and the Brooks Health Centre before her retirement in Brooks in 1994. Erna was known and respected for her commitment to her career and going well beyond the call of duty by further volunteering her time and returning to the hospitals to lend a kind strong hand to the staff and the patients that needed extra help. Soon after her retirement in Brooks, Erna and Alvin moved to Medicine Hat where Alvin resides today. Erna’s greatest love was the gathering and company of her family and friends. She was renowned for her cooking abilities and she always prepared the most delicious meals. Erna’s genuine love for all things in nature was most evident in some of her favorite pastimes that included; just being in the wilderness and enjoying the wonders of nature, fishing, gardening, helping others and reading. Erna’s family wishes to sincerely thank the staff of the Palliative Care Team at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for their outstanding thoughtfulness and kind attention to Erna’s needs. The family also would like to recognize Dr. Jeffery Bratvold and Dr. Gaylord Wardell for providing superlative care and compassionate support to Erna and her family. The Memorial Service will be held in SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Friday, January 13th, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Shane Andrus officiating. Interment will follow in the Family Plot at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy those wishing to remember Mrs. Erna Wenzel may do so with a gift to the Medicine Hat Palliative Care Society, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to email@example.com, subject-heading Erna Wenzel. 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.
WESTER – Gertrude (Gertie) Ruth Wester passed away peacefully at the Orchard Manor in Brooks, November 1, 2007 at the age of 96 years and one month. Gertie was born on October 1, 1911, on the family homestead farm near Viscount, Saskatchewan. Her early education was at Logan Rural and Viscount High schools. She took her teacher training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1931 and 1932, plus summer school and night classes. Gertie spent over 28 years enjoying teaching, mainly primary grades at Logan, Lypton, Kelliher, Drake, and Haultain schools in Saskatchewan. Gertie retired from teaching in 1962 and married Ralph Wester, a widower farmer from Tilley, Alberta. They lived in Saskatoon for a time and then moved to Tilley and then on to Brooks. They enjoyed over 30 years together until Ralph passed away April 13, 1994. Gertie later moved back to Saskatoon and then returned to Brooks in May 2002 to reside at Orchard Manor. Gertie was predeceased by her husband Ralph, her parents Clara and Olaf Haugrud; brothers Clifford, Ebert, and Roy Haugrud, sister-in-law Inga Haugrud, step daughter-in-law Jeanie Wester and step great granddaughter Karlee Hayworth. Gertie is survived by two sisters-in-law , Anne Haugrud and Norma Haugrud, both of Saskatoon, four step children, Odd Ralph (Althea), Norman (Anne) , Arne (Bessie)Wester all of Tilley and Evelyn (Clifford) Skanderup of Brooks, 13 step-grandchildren, numerous step great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Gertie was dearly loved by all and will be deeply missed, but she is now in her Heavenly Home, where for sometime she has longed to be. She received excellent care the last five and a half years at Orchard Manor. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. from the Brooks Evangelical Free Church. Pastors Andrew Berg and Garth Everett officiated. Interment followed at the Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery, Tilley. Pallbearers were Lester, Curtis and Dale Haugrud, David and Lyndon Wester and Darren Skanderup. In memory of Gertie, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to The Gideons, Box 85, Gem, AB. T0J 1M0. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Brooks. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
WESTON – Lorne Weston, Cowboy, Trucker & Woodcarver passed away peacefully in Brooks on October 25, 2003. Survived by his only daughter Delane Rae Weston and his only granddaughter Micaela Bree Ainsworth. Also by his bothers Edward, Howard and Norman and their families. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Lorne gave us the gift of himself and that gift will live on in the memories of his family and his many friends. There will be no service and flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Foundation, if desired. There will be a gathering to celebrate Lorne’s life at the Royal Canadian Legion in the Shuffleboard Court room in Brooks, AB, Thursday, October 30th at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Wetherelt – Coleman James Wetherelt of Lethbridge, beloved son of Lynn Tobler of Duchess, fiancé to Amber DeCecco of Lethbridge, brother to Brad Tobler (Robin) of Brooks and brother to Jodi Pisarewski (John) of Grasslands passed away in Lethbridge on May 30th, 2014 at the age of 23 years. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 5th at Thom’s Funeral Home and Reception Centre in Duchess. Pastor Nathan Ramer Officiating. Graveside Services will follow at Duchess Cemetery with a luncheon afterwards at Thom’s Reception Centre. Arrangements in care of THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE. For further information please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Wetherelt – Coleman James Wetherelt of Lethbridge passed away at his home in Lethbridge on May 30th, 2014 at the age of 23 years. Coleman was born in Brooks on June 30th, 1990 and received his education in Duchess. He worked a variety of jobs related to hospitality and was known for his big heart and friendly personality. He loved all kinds of animals and enjoyed spending time traveling and playing hockey. Coleman moved to Lethbridge in 2008 where he stayed busy with work and his hobbies of hockey and mixed martial arts fighting. Coleman will be sadly missed and remembered for his love of life and family. He was predeceased by his grandfather; Donald Sillito, grandmother; Gladys Turner and uncle Archie Miller. He is survived by his loving family; mother Lynn Tobler of Duchess, fiancé; Amber DeCecco of Lethbridge, sister; Jodi Pisarewski and her husband John and their daughters Shae-Lynn and Katie of Grasslands, Alberta, brother; Brad Tobler and his wife Robin and their children Ashton, Aiden and Nash of Brooks, father Ray Wetherelt of Hanna and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 5th at Thom’s Funeral Home and Reception Centre in Duchess, Pastor Nathan Ramer Officiated. Pallbearers for Coleman were Alex Timko, Rondell Sidoo, Josh MacLean, Tory Albers, Austin Albers, Steven Preete, Bruce Preete and Brock Leavins. Interment followed at Duchess Cemetery. In memory of Coleman, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program. Arrangements in care of THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE. For further information please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Whewell – Elly Marie Whewell of Brooks, died peacefully at the Brooks Health Centre – Long Term Care Unit 4 on April 3rd, 2008 at the age of 90 years. Born in Sjovegan, Norway on October 23rd, 1917 she moved with her family to Saskatchewan when she was 8 years old. Elly married Carl Whewell and moved to Brooks in 1966. She moved to Villa 4 in 1986 and resided there until she was placed in Long term care a few months ago. Elly enjoyed watching sports and game shows. Curling, hockey, baseball and Wheel of Fortune were among her favorites. Her past times also included knitting and visiting with her friends. Elly’s friendly nature and quick wit will be remembered by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband Carl; parents; 2 sisters Gunvor Cheyne and Signe Needham; brother Meyer Pedersen; 3 nephews Bob Henderson, Wayne Cheyne and Jim Needham and a niece Vicky Bentz. Elly is survived by her loving family, 2 sisters Milley Henderson and her husband Ed of White Rock, BC and Bertha Bentz of Brooks; brother Melvin Borge and his wife Valerie of Brooks and many nieces and a nephew. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11th at 2:00 PM from Smith Memorial Chapel. Rev. John Theiss officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are all of Elly’s friends from Villa 4. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Elly, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to charity of choice. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
White – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daryl White in Brooks on August 10th, 2013 at the age of 66 years. Daryl was born on February 3rd, 1947 and was raised in Saskatoon where he met and married Marylea Pope, before settling in Brooks in 1975. From an early age Daryl was involved in the restaurant industry, owning and managing many establishments over the years. He is probably best known for his banquets while with the Tel Star and burgers and blizzards at the Dairy Queen. Daryl was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was very active in the community, spending many years in the Kinsmen Club, playing Oldtimers hockey, and serving as Justice of the Peace. In later years, he took great pleasure in boating with his grandkids. Daryl also loved to travel, especially cruising. He loved a good joke and took great pride in his family’s accomplishments. Daryl will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched. He was predeceased by his parents Allan and Connie White. Daryl is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Marylea; son David (Carrie) White; daughter Joelle (Neal) Church; five grandchildren, who meant the world to him: Aleigha, Cohen, Hayden, Ethan and Avery; sister Marlyn (Dennis) Lamb; niece Michelle Lamb; stepmother Doris White and numerous other family members. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 16th at 2:00 PM from the Brooks United Church. Rev. George Edmonds officiating. In memory of Daryl, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary and the Brooks Hospital for their loving care and support. 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.