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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ANDERSON – George Vincent Anderson, beloved husband of the late Edith Anderson, passed away peacefully in Brooks on November 19th, 2003 at the age of 84 years. Born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on May 21st, 1919 he received his schooling in the Maple Creek area. George and Edith were married on July 25th, 1940 in Red Cliff and resided in the Duchess Community until moving to Brooks. He worked as a mechanic with Ford and later Modern Auto until retiring in 1984.
Andersen – Wayne Andrew Andersen of Brooks passed away at Brooks Health Centre on March 12th, 2016 at the age of 85. Wayne was born at Cereal, Alberta and raised on the family farm. He received his education in Calgary and spent many years as a surveyor. Later in life Wayne worked in the financial services industry selling life insurance and even spent a year as road manager for Raveen the Hypnotist. Wayne was a self-taught pianist who beautifully played music by ear. He was also an accomplished organist and was known as “the Piano Man” at Newbrook Lodge. When Wayne retired to Brooks from Calgary he and his wife Lillian were welcomed into Brooks Evangelical Free Church.
Anderberg – Violet May Anderberg of Calgary, beloved wife of the late Donald Anderberg, passed away in Calgary on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at the age of 89 years. Violet was born in Chailey, Alberta on January 20th, 1925. She married Donald Anderberg on January 19th 1946. Violet will be remembered as Auntie Vi to nearly everyone who knew her, her door was always open and a bed ready for anyone who was weary, and open arms for anyone who needed comfort. She was enormously proud of her vegetable and flower gardens and yard. Many for her family and friends shared the bounty of her harvests over the years. Violet cherished her family and relatives and it was important to her to stay in touch.
Amulung – Willem (Bill) Amulung was born November 14, 1914 in Middelstum, Gronigen, The Netherlands. He was married to Jeltje Heerema on May 25, 1939 and together they operated a dairy farm at the edge of Middelstum until coming to Canada in 1953. After brief stops in Caroline and Iron Springs, they moved to Rolling Hills in the spring of 1954 and in 1955 purchased the NE1/4-34-14-13- W4 where he resided until his death. This quarter became the heart of a successful dairy farm. Bill knew that success of any farm does not stop at the farm gate and spent many years as an active delegate to the Central Alberta Dairy Pool as well as a local promoter of Unifarm. Bill was very strong willed all his life and while his health permitted was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, Rolling Hills Seniors Center and the Brooks Genealogy Society. His greatest passion however was his music and he played numerous instruments.
ALLEN, Alma Janet
1927 – 2014
Alma Janet Allen (Both) (Meyer) passed away peacefully October 2014 in Calgary, AB at the age of 87 years.
Alma was born and raised in the surrounding area of Govan, Saskatchewan. She was blessed with grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins who were involved in her childhood. She attended school in Dunkeld, Saskatchewan and upon graduating she began her teaching career.
Allen – Annie Peterina Allen of Brooks passed away in Brooks on October 6th, 2006 at the age of 92 years. Born in Earling, Alberta on June 4th, 1914, Annie received her education in Whitlaw, Alberta. Annie married Everett Allen in 1933 in Medicine Hat and moved to Brooks in 1939. She worked for Carol’s Fashions and other retail stores in Brooks. Annie was a former member of The Order of Royal Purple.
ALLEN – Norman Dwayne Allen was born in Medicine Hat, AB on Oct 22nd 1934. He married his wife, Isabelle (nee Roth) on September 10th, 1957 and they have four children. Dwayne holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Alberta. After a rewarding career with the Government of Canada as an Electronic Engineer for the Department of Transport in Ottawa, he and his wife Isabelle retired to the beautiful shoreline of Chase BC in 1992. There, Dwayne found the space and time to pursue his passions for music, golf and art.
Fleury – It is with great love that we announce the passing of our Mom, Alice Mary Fleury, beloved wife of the late Clifford Fleury, of Brooks, at age 105 years. Alice Blais was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 17th, 1904. Alice moved to Alberta in 1917. She met Clifford Fleury at a dance, just before Christmas in 1925 and they were married at St. Mary’s Cathedral, in Calgary, on February 15, 1926. Their family was complete with six children, Theresa (Boswell), Robert, Elaine (Orlita), Laurier, Leonard, & Adrien. They lived in Gleichen, Alberta until 1944 when they moved to Brooks. Their house was faith filled. Alice took her turn cleaning the Catholic Church (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), often with Adrien along for help. She was always busy baking for the church bake sales, sewing clothes for her six kids and doing books for their business. All six kids would have new clothes to start school, all home made. While in Gleichen, Sundays would begin with Mass and all the family relatives, from three farms nearby, would gather after church for lunch, which Alice prepared on Saturday. Up to 15 people attended always ending with home made layer cake or jelly roll. She always loved music, sang in the church choir for years, played in a local 5 person orchestra and played for community dances. While taking piano lessons, she developed a passion for music of all kinds. She passed that passion on to her children. Ragtime Marches were her favorite, playing them well into her 90’s, and even played one on her 100th birthday. In her later years Alice & Cliff played duplicate bridge weekly with a club in Brooks. After Cliff’s passing, Alice continued to play, now in her late 80’s and early 90’s, with her granddaughter, Leanne, as her partner. She hated to miss bridge and rarely did, even if it meant climbing out the window of her room and down a ladder, at the Newbrook Lodge, when the doorknob broke. Alice’s husband, of nearly 65 years, Cliff, passed away in January, 1991. She chose to not remain in their home and moved into the Newbrook Lodge in March. She kept herself busy, hooking rugs for the next annual tea & sale, playing cards or sitting at the piano playing her favorite tune. She remained in the Lodge for the next sixteen years, enjoying every minute of it. When the time came that she required a higher level of care, at the age of almost 103, she moved into the Orchard Manor in February 2007. She was unsure whether she could get to know and love the staff there as she did at the Lodge. It took very little time to discover that she could and did love the staff at the Manor in the same way. She considered herself Blessed to have such wonderful care in both facilities. Alice was easy to love. Always positive, never complained, always saw the sunny side of everything. As her health failed, and she was confined to her bed, she dealt with it with such patience, as she waited to join her Lord. In her 105 years she taught so many, so much. We are eternally grateful. Alice was predeceased by her husband Cliff; her parents, Arthur & Anselmie Blais; her brothers Archie (Mary), Leo (Lois) & Eddy; her sisters Sister Mary Bathilda, Rita (Al), Clara (George); her brother-in-law Joe Voermans; her sons Laurier & Robert; her daughter-in-law Lorraine; son-in-law Eric Boswell and great grand daughter Robin. Alice is survived by her sister Loretta Voermans; her daughters Theresa Boswell and Elaine (Mike) Orlita; her sons Leonard (Gladys) and Adrien (Laura); daughters-in-law Mary Fleury and Mandi Fleury; 23 grand children; numerous great grand children and 5 great great grand children. Honorary Pallbearers will be Cliff Fleury, Elaine Orlita, Theresa Boswell, Robert Fleury, Laurier Fleury and those waiting for Alice. Active Pallbearers will be Leonard Fleury, Adrien Fleury, Allan Boswell, Rene Fleury, Len Orlita and Wade Fleury. Prayer Vigil will be held Sunday, August 16th, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. with Deacon Bob Wilson officiating. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, August 17th, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with Father Avinash Colaco officiating. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made “In Memory of Alice Fleury” to the Cliff & Alice Fleury Scholarship Fund at St. Joseph’s Collegiate, 408-1st Street West, Brooks, Alberta T1R 0V8 or Stars Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Alcock – Deborah Hazel (Alcock) Axworthy of Brooks, passed away with her husband Alvin Axworthy and daughter Elisse Flahr by her side, in Medicine Hat on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at the age of 51 years. Deborah earned her wings, she fought hard and stayed strong through her battle with cancer. Heaven not only gained an Angel, but a wife, mother and daughter. Deborah loved to go camping and fishing with her husband, friends and family. She worked many years for Sanjel in Brooks and she enjoyed her work with many great co-workers. Deborah had 4 grandsons, that she enjoyed, and they kept her on her toes when they’d visit.
ALBERTSON – LOUISE ELLA 1921-2005
Surrounded by family, Mom/Grandma passed away gently at Cochrane Bethany Care Centre on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005. She was born in Kincaid, Saskatchewan. As a young lady she taught school in rural Sask., married Mel Albertson in Swift Current and subsequently moved to Alberta. She lived and taught school in Brooks, Alberta until her retirement in 1975. Louise enjoyed her retirement years in the City of Calgary near her daughters.