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Wiebe – Gloria Faye Wiebe passed away in Brooks on January 30, 2009 at the age of 55 years after a courageous battle with cancer. Gloria was born on February 24, 1953 in Brooks, Alberta. She married John Wiebe on February 27, 1971. They moved from Brooks to Pine Point, NWT for several years and then returned to make their home in Brooks. Gloria worked in various jobs throughout the community, most recently at the Brooks Post Office. Gloria & John moved to Medicine Hat in 2000 where she operated a restaurant. In 2006, they moved again to Burstall, Saskatchewan where she owned and operated a convenience store and gas bar. Gloria is predeceased by her niece; Christine Smith (1996), father; Ken Smith (1998), son; Corey Wiebe (2003) and nephew; Shane McLaren (2007). She is survived by her loving husband John, her son: Darcy of Strathmore, her special granddaughter; Payge Bratt of Strathmore, mother; Martha Smith of Calgary, sisters: Linda Kranz (LeRoy) of Comanche, Iowa, Lois Cox (Ed) of Glenifer Lake, Terrie Smith of Calgary, Donna Gelineau (Ian) of Leduc and brothers; Jack Smith (Lorna) of Brooks, Gordon Smith (Karen) of Dawson Creek, B.C., Dennis Smith (Lorraine) of Red Deer as well as various aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and other family members. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 5, at 2:00 PM from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Brooks. In memory of Gloria, If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the either Canadian Cancer Society for brain cancer research, #102, 1865 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 1Z8 or Brooks and District Heath Foundation for Palliative Care, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Telephone 403-362-4636 or (866) 362-4652
Wiebe – John Wiebe was born on March 6, 1927 in Milden, Sk. to Peter and Katharina Wiebe. He passed away in Brooks, Ab. on March 6, 2015. He was 88 years old. At two years of age, he moved with his parents and older sister, Mary, to Gem, Ab. The following year, his parents purchased a farm in the Rosemary area. Two sisters, Margaret and Edna, joined the family. John attended the Clemenceau School located 1 ½ miles west of the farm. He also attended Menno Bible School in Didsbury, Ab. He had a happy childhood and youth, helping his father on the farm. He also worked for the C.P.R., the Hironaka family, Peltzer’s Potatoes and his brother-in-law, Jake Eckert, in Duchess. In 1961, he moved with his parents to the village of Rosemary. In 2009, he moved to Sunrise Gardens in Brooks where he resided until his passing. John was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Katharina Wiebe, sisters, Mary Wiens and Margaret Eckert and brother-in-law, Albert Bittner. He is survived by his sister, Edna Bittner; brother-in-law, Jake Wiens; brother-in-law, Jake Eckert and nieces and nephews, Loreen (Harold) Forrest; Ernest (Kathy) Wiens; Richard (Esther) Wiens; Larry (Susan) Wiens; Lillian (John) Duenk; Eric (Sheila) Eckert; Ron (Bonnie) Eckert; Janet Loewen and Bob Bittner and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. at THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE in Duchess. Interment at Rosemary Cemetery with Rev. Jake Unrau officiating. In memory of John, if family or friend’s desire, memorial tributes may be made to Sunrise Gardens Social Club or Sunrise Gardens Recreation Program by calling (403) 794-2105. For further information or to send condolences or flowers please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
1944 – 2015
Mr. Norman Eugene Wiebe of Red Deer, Alberta, (formerly of Brooks, Alberta) passed away peacefully with his wife, Pat and his best friend, Marvin Seely by his side, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the age of 70 years. Norman was born at Brooks, Alberta. It was there he was raised and also received his education. Norman spent his life working in the Oilfield Industry with B.J. Well Services and Nowsco, before his retirement. At an early age, Norman learned to cook and bake which was a lifelong passion of his. He loved gardening and spent many wonderful hours of enjoyment tending his garden each year. Although he lived his life with many health struggles; Norman always pursued his dreams and maintained his cheerful disposition and positive attitude throughout. He strived for professionalism and success in all areas of his life. Norman will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pat; his son, Darryl Wiebe of Dawson Creek, British Columbia; his mother, Alameda Wiebe of Brooks, Alberta; and his four granddaughters, Micayla, Shayda, Jadyn and Ryleigh, all of Beaumont, Alberta. He is also survived by his brother, Weldon Wiebe; as well as numerous other relatives and many dear and faithful friends. Norman was predeceased by his father, Nicholas and a sister, Shirley. Honoring Norman’s wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. Interment will take place at the Brooks Cemetery, Brooks, Alberta, at a later date. If desired, Memorial Donations in Norman’s honor may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Alberta and N.W.T. at www.kidney.ca; to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta and N.W.T. at www.heartandstroke.ab.ca. or to the Salvation Army at www.salvationarmy.ca. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Maryann Hansen, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
Wiebe – Mrs. Alameda Selma Wiebe of Brooks, beloved wife of the late Nicholas Wiebe, passed away in Brooks on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at the age of 97 years. Alameda was born on November 13th, 1917 in Loyalist, Alberta to Willemeda and Anton Dofher. They lived there until the first part of October, 1922 before moving to Cluny in the spring of 1923. In October, 1930 Alameda’s family moved to Wanham, Alberta. Alameda went back to Cluny in August, 1937 to visit friends and got a job working for Mrs. Sietz. In February 1938, they hired Nick Wiebe, who Alameda married on February 14th, 1939 and had 3 children, Weldon on August 9th, 1940, Shirley on September 23rd, 1943 and Norman on December 12th, 1944. They moved to Brooks on September 1st, 1951 and Alameda moved into the Newbrook Lodge on September 2nd, 2004 and had resided there since. She is predeceased by her husband Nick on October 12th, 1974, her daughter Shirley on November 23rd, 2005 and son Norman on April 13th, 2015. She is survived by her son Weldon and his wife Joan of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta and daughter-in-law Pat Wiebe and other family members. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at 1:00 PM from Smith Memorial Chapel. Mr. Jim Ramsay officiating. Interment to be held at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Alameda, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Newell Foundation, 500 – 3rd Street East, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1P6. 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.
Wiens – Mary Wiens, beloved wife of Jacob Wiens of Brooks passed away in Brooks on December 1st at the age of 81 years. Born to Peter and Katharina Wiebe on January 9th, 1926 in Milden, Saskatchewan, Mary moved to Gem at the age of 3 with her parents and her brother John. After one year, they moved to Rosemary where two more sisters Margaret and Edna were born. Mary attended Clemenceau School until Grade 8. The next two winters were spent at MBI in Didsbury after which she took a sewing course in Coaldale. Mar was baptized in 1944 by C.D. Harder upon confession of her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Rosemary Mennonite Church until her passing. Mary and Jacob became engaged in 1945 and were married on September 30thof that year. They were blessed with four children Loreen, Ernest, Richard, and Larry. They purchased a farm 3 miles north of Rosemary in 1951 where they lived and farmed for 36 years. Loreen, Richard, Ernest and Larry have many fond memories of being raised on the farm. In 1987 Mary and Jacob purchased a home in Rosemary and enjoyed 17 years there. Three years ago, they moved into the Newbrook Lodge in Brooks. Mary was a dedicated wife of 62 years. She worked hard on the farm providing the best for her family. She enjoyed cooking and baking, crocheting, embroidering, making blankets and participating in the Countess Verein, the Christian Women’s Fellowship and the Gideon’s Auxiliary. She was very proud of her family and she made sure to introduce them to everyone she came in contact with at the lodge. She always showed great interest in what her children and their families were doing. She was predeceased by her father Peter, mother Katharina, and one sister Margaret Eckert. She is survived by her husband Jacob; sister Edna (Albert) Bittner; brother John; brother-in-law Jacob Eckert (Delores); four children Loreen (Harold) Forrest, Ernest (Kathy) Wiens, Richard (Esther) Wiens, and Larry (Susan) Wiens; 12 grandchildren Eldon, Roxy (BJ), Kyle (Amy), Dustin (Lindsay), Amy, Denise, Randy, Brendan, Stephanie, Tara, and Daniel; 3 great-grandchildren Wyatt, Leah, Stella and numerous nieces and nephews. We Love you Mom and you will be dearly missed. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 6th from Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rev. Roy Hewko officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are all of Mary’s Granddaughters. Active Pallbearers are Daniel Wiens, Randy Wiens, Brendan Wiens, Dustin Wiens, Eldon Forrest, Kyle Forrest and BJ Grove. Interment to follow at Rosemary Cemetery. In memory of Mary, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Gideon Bible Society P.O. Box 85 GEM, Alberta T0J 1M0. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
WIENS – Jacob Wiens, beloved husband of the late Mary Wiens, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2017 at Sunrise Gardens at the age of 95 years. He was born to Heinrich and Aganetha (Siemens) Wiens on Oct. 15, 1921 in the village of Karpovka, Memrik, South Russia. Shortly before his third birthday, he immigrated with his parents and younger sister, Helen, to Canada. They arrived in Herbert, Sask. on Sept.1, 1924. After living in Monitor and Provost, Ab. where brothers Jerry and Henry were born, they settled in Springridge, Ab., in the fall of 1927. Siblings Bill and Hilda completed the family. Dad completed Grades 1 to 7 in the Ewelme school and in April 1936 the family moved to Lathom, Ab. Dad was 14 years old. He and his dad loaded most of their personal belongings, machinery and livestock onto a boxcar. When they reached Lathom the boxcar was unhooked on a siding. After they were somewhat settled in their new home, his father returned to get the rest of the family. They travelled for four days – his mother driving a team of horses and a loaded wagon and his dad with the hayrack and five children. During their absence, a neighbor came over to see who had moved in. He said to dad that they should return to where they had come from or else they would starve. Needless to say, dad was very relieved when everyone arrived safely. Dad completed his Grade 8 in Lathom and then, at the age of 15, went out into the workforce. He worked for a number of farmers in the area for the next few years. Dad had a strong Christian faith. He was baptised upon his confession of faith in June, 1943 in the Rosemary Mennonite Church where he was a lifelong member. He attended Menno Bible Institute in Didsbury, Ab. in 1943/44. In Feb. 1944 during his second year of MBI dad received his call to alternate service. After completing his duties in Seebe and Whitecourt, he returned home. Mom and dad announced their engagement in April, 1945 and were married on Sept. 30, 1945. Mom and dad lived in various places in the Rosemary area. In 1953, they purchased a farm north of Rosemary where they raised four children. He especially loved harvest time. In 1987, they retired from farming and moved to the village of Rosemary. They enjoyed their retirement, doing some travelling and staying active in the church and the Gideons. Dad handed out many Gideon testaments to Grade 5 students. When mom’s health began to fail, they moved to the Newbrook Lodge in Brooks, Ab. After mom passed away in 1997, Dad moved to Sunrise Gardens where he was well taken care of. The family would like to sincerely thank the caregivers there for the love and attention they gave our dad. Left to mourn his passing are his loving children: Loreen (Harold) Forrest, Ernest (Kathy), Richard (Esther) and Larry (Susan), 12 grand-children, 17 great-grandchildren, brother Henry (Erna), sister Hilda (Bill) Hubert, brother-in-law Jake (Delores) Eckert , sister-in-law Edna Bittner and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Mary; parents Heinrich and Aganetha Wiens, brothers Jerry and Bill, sister Helen Baergen, sisters-in-law Margaret Eckert, Irene Wiens, Mary Wiens and brothers-in-law Frank Baergen , John Wiebe and Albert Bittner. The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 20th at the Rosemary Mennonite Church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Frank Krulicki officiating. Burial will take place in the Rosemary Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Gideons International in Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, ON N1H 6T9 or on-line at email@example.com For further information or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.
Wigemyr – Verna Agnes Rose was born in Brooks on July 29, 1938 and passed away in Brooks on January 30, 2008 at the age of 69 years. Verna was raised in Tilley and resided there until she met Tor and married on November 3, 1956. They lived in Wardlow for a short time and then moved to Tilley until 1965 when they moved to Brooks. Verna was best remembered for her love and dedication to her family. She enjoyed her time with friends, travelling, crafts and golf. Verna was predeceased by her husband Tor on April 9, 2000, son-in-law Kelly Leavitt, brother Marvin Hellmer of Tilley and sister Angeline Zahenaiko of Rolling Hills. She is survived by her loving children, Lonnie and his wife Oddie of Brooks, Ben of Brooks, Ray and his wife Kelly of Nanton, Charlotte Leavitt of Brooks and Sherry Turuk and her husband John of Brooks; 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; sisters Rita LaPointe of Calgary, Sylvia Brost (Harvey) of Medicine Hat, Ellen Cyr (Armand) of Grand Prairie, Bernice Neilson of Chilliwack, Joyce Timko (Martin) of Tilley and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 4 from the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. John Theiss officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Janais Turuk, Alisha Olandesca, April Heidenger, Colleen Wigemyr, Sheena Irwin, Tara Irwin, Tyler Leavitt, Gerwin Van Den Hoek and Meghan Kloepper. Active pallbearers were Robert Irwin, Bill Irwin, Thomas Wigemyr, Kyle Wigemyr, Shawn Hekob, Joel Olandesca. Cremation to follow. In memory of Verna, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to STARS,.1441 Aviation Park NE Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.
Wigemyr – Susan Eileen Wigemyr of Bassano, beloved wife of Blaine Wigemyr, passed away in Calgary on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the age of 53 years. Born in Brooks on September 26, 1963 to John and Eileen Ostafichuk, Sue received her education in Duchess. She worked a few jobs before settling in Bassano working at the feed mill. She spent 33 years living in Bassano where she became a loved member of the community. Sue always kept a positive outlook and found enjoyment in life’s simple pleasures. She adored and delighted in the company of her nieces and her family. Sue is survived by her husband Blaine of Bassano; parents John and Eileen Ostafichuk of Imperial Colony; maternal Grandmother Emily Riste, sister Sonja Schock, her husband Tracey and their children Nicole (Goddaughter to Susan), Maddison, Paige and Brooke as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other family members. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 PM from the Bassano Community Hall. Rev. John Theiss officiating. In memory of Sue, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either, Diabetes Association (Brooks and District), Box 187, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3 or STARS, Suite 100, 1519 – 35th Avenue East, Edmonton International Airport T9E 0V6.
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WILFLEY – James (Jim) Arnold
September 2, 1926 – March 7, 2008
James (Jim) Arnold Wilfley passed away peacefully, at home, on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the age of 81 years. Jim as born in Portland, OR pm September 2, 1926.
Jim’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook ensured he accomplished many great things in his life. But if you asked him what he was most proud of, he was sure to say “his family”. He liked nothing more than to spend time conversing with family and friends about any topic under the sun, but especially about what the kids were up to, business and politics. Jim was raised by his grandparents JC and Minnie in Brooks, AB, where he excelled in school and sports, notably hockey and baseball. After Jim graduated from Brooks High School he completed a two year diploma program at Olds Agricultural College. Jim had great success in his careers with Massey Ferguson and Atco before founding Lakeside Farm Industries (Brooks, AB) in 1966. Inside of five years Jim and his partners had grown Lakeside Feeders into the largest feedlot in Canada, and for the next twenty-one years they continued to expand and innovate. Jim also found time to establish and nurture two family enterprises in Windermere, BC that provided endless enjoyment because of the opportunity to work along side his children. The cabin at Fairmont, BC, and watching his grandkids play sports or instruments were special to Jim. He enjoyed golf with the family at Windermere, Earl Grey and Arizona in his retirement. Jim did have a great life with many adventures and accomplishments, but he knew that what made his life truly special were family and friends.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Gail, of fifty-two years; his children, Susan (Dan), Doug (Fiona), and Bryan; his grandchildren, Lana, Drew, Holly, and James; and his sister Shirley of Medicine Hat, AB. Jim was predeceased by his sister Joyce (Ken) of Colorado.
Jim’s wishes that there be no services will be honoured. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family wishes to thank the palliative home-care team for their support.
In living memory of Jim Wilfley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.
WILKIE – James Findlay Carnegie Wilkie, of Brooks passed away in Brooks on January 27th, 2005 at the wonderful age of 94 years. Jim was born in Scotland and arrived in Canada with his mother Eliza and brother Fetus in 1914. Jim attended schools in Cassils, Brooks and later the Olds School of Agriculture, which resulted in him being involved in the automotive industry for many years. He worked in Brooks, Coleman, Creston, B.C., Calgary and finally returning to Brooks in 1964, where he remained. Jim worked for many years as a guard for the Brooks RCMP and was truly proud of this association. He was also an avid Rodeo fan, was instrumental in setting up and being part of the Coleman Rodeo in 1948 and had many longtime friends associated with this sport. Jim was also a long standing member of the Brooks Masonic Lodge. He was predeceased by his wife Edna, youngest son Neil and brothers Fetus and Ron. Jim leaves behind his son Jim, and Don and their families, many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister-in-law Jessie, numerous nieces and nephews who aptly named him their favorite Uncle and innumerable friends throughout the Province. Jim was so very proud of his Scottish heritage and equally proud to be a Canadian. All friends and relatives are invited to a graveside service at 1:00 PM from the Brooks Cemetery on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005. Reverend Ken Wells of St. Alban’s Anglican Church officiating. In memory of Jim, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4500, Edmonton T6E 9Z9 or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #124, 430-6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2S8.
People are of two kinds,
And he was the kind I’d like to be
Never lied to a friend or foe,
Never rash in word or deed.
Quick to come and slow to go
In neighbors’ time of need.
Never rose to wealth or fame
Simply lived and simply died
But the passing of his name
Left a sorrow far and wide.
Now may the warming love of friends
Surround you as you go,
Down a path of love and laughter
Where happy memories grow.
Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or (866) 362-4652.