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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White – Wanda Irene White of Brooks, beloved wife of the late Robert Tait White, passed away in Brooks on November 18th, 2006 at the age of 79 years. Born in Orion, Alberta on January 11th, 1927 Wanda received her early education in the Orion/Manyberries area and later in Medicine Hat. She attended the University of Alberta where she met her future husband, Robert. They were married on September 25th, 1950 in Medicine Hat and resided in Brooks since then. Before losing much of her eyesight to macular degeneration, Wanda loved reading, baking, weaving, gardening and many other activities. She was a member of the Alberta Library Board (1986-1991), a Lieutenant Governor appointee to the Shortgrass Library System Board, a member of the Brooks Library Foundation board, the winner of the “Deserving Trustee Award” by the Alberta Library Trustees Association for 1997, and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for “outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta”. She was also a long-time member of St. Alban’s Anglican Church. Wanda will be remembered by many for her hard work on behalf of libraries, her sense of humour, (and her great pies!) She was predeceased by her husband Robert on March 4th, 1999. Wanda is survived by her loving family, 2 sons Tait and his wife Mary of Brooks and Rob and his wife Dawrung of Pattaya, Thailand; 2 grandchildren James White, Sheena (Rob) Irwin both of Calgary. A private family service was held on Friday, December 1st in Brooks. In memory of Wanda, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks Public Library, Box 1149, Brooks T1R 1B9, The Brooks & District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, T1R 1B3, or the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29th St. NW, Calgary, T2N 4N2. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
WHITFORD – Georgina Catherine (Boyd) Whitford age 68 years of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Surrounded by her family Geogina passed away on May 18, 2014 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was born September 22, 1945 in Quesnel, B.C. Mom enjoyed solving her puzzle books, playing board games, crocheting and doing jigsaw puzzles. She loved being in the company of her family.
Georgina is survived by her children Gregory, Clifford, Walter (Heather) Ronald and Sandra (Eddy). Also left to mourn her passing are her sisters Rose Went and Cheryl Boyd, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Hilda and George Boyd.
As per Georgina’s wishes cremation was held and a memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Medicine Hat Hospital, especially Dr Ahmad and the nurses in the dialysis unit for mom’s wonderful care.
Margaret G. Whitford (nee Clark), passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary at the age of 85 years. She is survived by her son Brian (Sandy) and daughter Barbara (David) Braun; grandson Joe (Brandy), granddaughter Kim (Kevin), grandsons Rick (Heather) and John (Lorinda); great grandchildren Kirstie, Charlize, Max, Abigail and Cooper; sister-in-law Elise Clark, nieces Toni (Jan) and Nadine; and Birk, Doris Goetz and Wolf from Germany. At Margaret’s request, no service will be held. A private family inurnment will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.
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Whitrow – Christopher Lee Whitrow formerly of Yellow Grass, Sask. passed away at his home in Duchess on April 25, 2015 at the age of 39. Chris was the Captain of the Duchess Fire Department and owner of Ripsaw Oilfield; a downhole oil tool business. He enjoyed spending time quading and competing in demolition derbies. Chris was a talented singer and musician who performed regularly in a band with his friends. He enjoyed all things outdoors and especially spending time camping and fishing with his children. He is survived by his 3 children; daughter Jayna and sons Jayden and Nathan all of Duchess; mother Anne Scrupps and her husband Tim of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.; father Rex of Yellow Grass, Sask.; brothers Shawn of Weyburn, Sask. and Dustin of Edmonton; sisters Samanthia-Joe Whitrow of Edmonton and Ashley Whitrow of Foam Lake, Sask.; grandparents Poose and Isabel Withrow of McTaggart, Sask. and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Memorial services were held at 2:00 pm on April 30 at Duchess Community Hall. Graveside Services were held at Duchess Cemetery. Members of the local fire departments served as honourary pallbearers with Reverend John Theiss Officiating. A Celebration of Chris’s Life was held at 2:00 pm on May 2 at McKenna Hall in Weyburn, Rev. John Ferrier Officiated. In support of Chris’s boys, if family or friends’ desire, a trust fund has been setup at TD Bank in Brooks or donations may be made to Duchess Fire Department. Arrangements in care of THOM’S FUNERAL HOME. For further information on donations or to send condolences please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Mary Jane Wickert
Jane Wickert of Tilley, beloved wife of the late “Doc” Wickert passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Jane is survived by her loving family; children Wayne Jr. and his wife Cindy of Swan River, Manitoba, son John and his wife Irene of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, daughter Amy Buday and her husband John of Tilley, son Casey and his wife Alyce of Duchess and daughter Barb Gabruch and her husband John of Consul, Saskatchewan, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Jane was born in Michigan in 1928. She had a twin sister, Mary Jean and an older sister Betty. Jane obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Michigan State in 1949. She met Wayne Wickert at the Michigan State Health lab where they were involved in making vaccines. They married in 1951 and lived on the army barracks at Michigan State University while Wayne completed his Veterinary Medicine degree. Because Wayne was also a veteran of WWII, he was part of the G.I. College Bill that gave war vets a free College education. Their first 3 children – Wayne Jr., John and Amy – were all born while Wayne was attending Michigan State.
After graduation in 1958, the family moved to Reading, Michigan, where “Doc” and Jane set up his veterinary medicine practice and had another child – Casey. During the summer of 1962, Doc and Jane went on a trip to experience the Calgary Stampede and view the Rocky Mountains. It was during this trip that Jane found relief from allergies that she’d been suffering with for her entire life in Michigan. The open land and clean air were a huge relief. After that trip, her words to Doc were, “I’m moving to Alberta. You can come if you want.” In June of 1963, the family and all their worldly possessions loaded into a van – 4 kids, 2 dogs and a cat – pulling a cattle squeeze that held their beds. First stop was Calgary, where Doc started his work as a government district veterinarian and their fifth child was born – Barb. When he was transferred to the Brooks office in 1966 they moved to the farm south of Tilley.
It didn’t take long for Jane to realize that both she and her husband didn’t know much about farming. And, since she was on the farm while he was at work all day, it was in her best interest to learn. In the end, it’s been Jane and the kids that have run the farm, while Doc tended to the government vet work.
Jane would happily spend hours on the farm tending the flood-irrigated fields and ‘playing in the mud’. The cows were her ‘girls’ and would follow her from one field to another when she called them. As part of her love of the wide open lands that are southern Alberta, if you ever drive by the Wickert farm, you’ll notice there are no trees around the house or yard. That’s because Jane says, “Trees just block the view. I want to see my cows, I want to see the sky and I want to see the weather that’s coming.”
Jane has been involved in the Tilley and Brooks community for many years. She has been a member of the Tilley County Club ladies group forever. In the 1990s, she taught math upgrading at the Brooks Campus of Medicine Hat College and also became a world traveler with her sister, Jean. She and Jean went whitewater canoeing over the course of several summers, including a 3-week trip on the Nahanni River in the Yukon. They visited orphanages in Romania and India as part of a group of grandmas who wanted to hold babies; they travelled to the Galapagos Islands and the Antarctic just because they wanted to. In more recent years, she has been a volunteer for victim services and at Tilley School in her daughter’s classroom. Through all of this, she has continued to work on the farm. Finally, Jane loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enormously. Her spirit and strength will be missed by all of us.
It was Jane’s wish that no funeral or memorial be held. If you’d like to make a donation on her behalf, the following are some organizations that she donated to: SPEC, BAPS, the Women’s Shelter and STARS. The family wishes to thank all of those who came to her assistance, especially those who were first on the scene and were told by Jane “Don’t you dare tell my kids!”
Jane died doing what she loved – farming.
The following quote from H.S. Thompson describes how Jane embraced life to the fullest:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of dust, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
Wickert – Wayne Albert “Doc” Wickert of Tilley, beloved husband of Jane, passed away at Sunrise Gardens in Brooks on February 19th, 2015 at the age of 93. Doc was born in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan on March 20th, 1921 and when he was still young they moved to Michigan. He attended East Tawas High school in East Tawas, Michigan and during World War 2 he fought and received a Purple Heart for his efforts during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war Wayne attended Michigan State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and became employed with the Michigan Department of Health where he made vaccines for Pertussis and Smallpox. It was while working there that Wayne became acquainted with a fellow employee named Jane and on March 17th, 1951 they were married. They moved to Canada in 1962 and he was employed as a Federal Veterinarian. They moved to a farm near Tilley in 1965 and it was there he developed a love for horses. Doc enjoyed playing baseball, blacksmithing and breeding and raising Quarter Horses. He was a story teller and had been a member of Brooks Dinosaur Toastmasters for nearly 40 years. Doc resided on the farm until moving to Sunrise Gardens in May of 2014. Doc was predeceased by an infant son, parents Ezra and Pearl, sisters Millie and Norma and brothers William and Warren. He is survived by his loving family; wife Jane, children Wayne Jr. and his wife Cindy of Swan River, Manitoba, son John and his wife Irene of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, daughter Amy Buday and her husband John of Tilley, son Casey and his wife Alyce of Duchess and daughter Barb Gabruch and her husband John of Consul, Saskatchewan, 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunrise Gardens for the love and care they showed Doc over the past 9 months. In memory of Wayne, if family or friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada online at www.cysticfibrosis.ca. Memorial Services were held on Monday, February 23rd at 2:00 PM from THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE, Pastor Nathan Ramer Officiated. For Further information please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Widholm – Memorial Service: Lars Widholm a longtime resident of Dawson Creek, B.C. passed away on February 11th, 2005 in Dawson Creek, at the age of 76 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 26th, 2005 at 1:00 pm from Reynars Funeral Chapel, Reverend Alf Widholm will officiate; interment will be at a later date. For friends so wishing donations may be made in memory of Lars, to the Tsunami Relief Fund for Sri Lanka, C/O Dawson Creek Community Church & Missionary Society, attention Dr. Varadarasa. Memorial arrangements are under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium Dawson Creek, B.C.
Wiebe – Walter Wiebe of Brooks passed away on Friday, March 24th, 2006 in Brooks at the age of 100 years. Born on August 28th, 1905 in Stadtfelde, Westprussia, Germany. Walter immigrated to Canada in 1952, and had several jobs throughout Alberta during those first years. In 1960, Walter was able to buy a farm in Rosemary and enjoyed many years there, raising crops and hogs. Upon retiring, he moved into the Playfair Lodge in Bassano where the staff gave him excellent care. In 2005, Walter’s failing health forced him to move into Brooks Nursing Home and later to Orchard Manor in Brooks. He was predeceased by his parents, Heinrich and Emilie Wiebe, two sisters, Elisabeth Wiebe and Kate Regehr. Walter is survived by one brother, Heinrich and family, all of Germany, niece Ursula (Frank) Brunner of Calgary, and nephew Karl (Frieda) Regehr of Rosemary. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 30th at 2:00 PM from the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Reverend George Baerg officiating. Active Pallbearers will be Karl Regehr, Gordon Regehr, Dirk Regehr, Norman Regehr, Frank Brunner and Jeff Brunner. Interment to follow at Rosemary Cemetery. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wiebe – Kathe Wiebe (nee Claassen) passed away peacefully in Brooks on April 11th, 2006, three days short of her 96th birthday. Born April 14th, 1910 in Palschau, West Prussia, Germany Kathe was the second youngest of five sisters and had a happy childhood, enjoyed many youth get-togethers, and loved music. Her family attended the Mennonite Church and there she was baptized upon her confession of faith. At the age of 21 Kathe married Kurt Wiebe and moved to a farm in Schonsee. They were blessed with one daughter and four sons. Soon difficult war times started and brought many hardships. With the help of MCC the family was able to immigrate to Coaldale, AB in 1951. They worked hard in the sugar beets and enjoyed the friendship of friends and fellowship in church. In 1956 they bought a farm in the Rosemary area and were again welcomed by the church and the community. Kathe enjoyed her many grandchildren, was very active in the church’s Ladies Aid, was an excellent homemaker, and loved gardening. Her husband Kurt passed away in 1982 and shortly after she moved to Rosemary Villa where she continued to enjoy her hobbies and companionship of the other ladies. In 1996 Kathe moved to the Brooks Lodge and later to Orchard Manor. The family will be forever grateful for the excellent care and the loving compassion she received there, and wish to express a special thank-you to all the staff. She will be greatly missed by her family, Marianne (Walter) Regehr, Horst (Hannelore) Wiebe, Helmut (Irma) Wiebe, Eckardt (Ute) Wiebe, Karl (Annie) Wiebe; 21 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17th at 2PM from the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rev. George Baerg officiated. Active Pallbearers were Kathe’s grandsons. Interment followed at Rosemary Cemetery. In memory of Kathe, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, 76 Skyline Crescent NE, Calgary T2K 5X7. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wiebe – Karl Heinz Wiebe of Hays (previously Rosemary) passed away in southern Sudan where he was serving his Lord. He passed away on September 25, 2007 at the age of 69. Born in Schonsee, Prussia, on October 20, 1937, Karl and his twin brother Eckardt were the youngest of 5 children. In May of 1951, with the help of MCC, he and his family immigrated to Coaldale, AB where they worked in the sugar beet fields. Later, in 1956, the family moved to Rosemary where he met and married Mary Anne Dyck on March 11th, 1962. Karl and Mary Anne lived and worked on a dairy farm outside of Rosemary where he was active in church work and enjoyed singing in the choir. They were blessed with 5 children and 7 grandchildren before Mary Anne passed away in 2000. Karl found happiness with his 2nd wife Annie (Riva) Wiebe whom he married on September 18th, 2004. The family continued to grow with the addition of 4 more grandchildren and Karl continued to give freely to anyone with a need. On August 30, 2007, Karl left for the Sudan to help people there to grow their own food. While there, God called him home and he will be missed by his wife Annie, children: Leo (Donna), Marietta (Frank), Linda, Cathy (Gerald) and Lawrence, his grandchildren, and a large extended family. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 2nd at 2:00 PM from the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rev. Roy Hewko officiated. Interment was held in Romogi, Southern Sudan. In Memory of Karl, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Cal Bombay Ministries Inc., P.O. Box 22021, 794 Colborne Street East, Brantford, Ontario N3S 7V1. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652