Roy Flewelling (1915 - 2003)

Roy Flewelling was born in Consort on February 17, 1915 and spent his youth here. After he and June were married, they spent some years here before moving away. Roy passed away January 4, 2003 in Grande Cache.

Roy leaves to mourn his memory and celebrate his life, his wife June of 59 years; daughter Alice (Ian) McDonald; son Jack (Anna) Flewelling; brother Gordon (Winnie) Consort; four grandchildren, Don (Brandi) McDonald, Christie McDon- ald, Kelly (Cornelia) Flewelling, Chalice (Ian) Stewart; four great-grandchildren, Brooke, Trace and Ella Stewart, and Gavin Flewelling; and also many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Annie Mae and father, Jack; three sisters, Ina, Dorena and Hazel and an infant son, Roy.

A Memorial Service was held Janury 11th at 2:00 p.m. in the Grande Cache United Church. Donations may be made to Grande Cache United Church, Grande Cache General Hospital or the charity of choice.

Stephen Anthony Miller (1929 - 2003)

Stephen Anthony Miller passed away on the 6th of January, 2003 in the Coronation Health Care Centre at the age of 73 years.

Steve was born January 16, 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to the farm in Altario when he was a few months old. Steve was the youngest in the family; he grew up and farmed on the home place until his move to Provost in 1999. He attended Blarney School close to his home. Steve was a member of the Altario Lions Club for many years. He enjoyed farming, his many friends and helping others in the community, whether it was making sausage, working cattle, silaging or supplying many of us with radishes from the Hutterites. Steve's ready smile, sense of humor and his memory of people made him friends wherever he went.

Predeceased by his father Steven Miller; mother Barbara; brothers John and Edward; sister Mary Dolan; brothers-in-law Barney Dolan and Leo Schulmeister; Steve is survived by his sister's Barbara Schulmeister of Castor, AB and Catherine (Merritt) Kropinske of Consort, AB; brother Andrew of Red Deer, AB; sister-in-law Annette Miller of Red Deer, AB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Steve's memory to S.T.A.R.S., or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Research Dept. and would be appreciated by the family.

Agnes Marie Kreiser (1920 - 2003)

Agnes Marie Kreiser of Youngstown passed away peacefully at the Palliser Nursing Home in Hanna, Alberta on January 4, 2003 at the age of 82.

She was born at the Altario Hospital on July 16th, 1920, the second oldest child of Mary and Michael Kuczma.

Agnes married Joseph Kreiser of Cadogan, Alberta on July 10th. 1937 and they had four children, two boys and two girls. While raising the children, she still found the time to be Joe's Girl Friday in the family business, Kreiser's Service. She kept the books, answered the phone, ran the post office and for years wrote up the Altario News for the Consort Enterprise. Agnes continued to help her mother in the Alberta Hotel in Altario, and was hostess to Joe's many business contacts, as well as occasionally playing the piano with the Kreiser boys old time orchestra when they played for nearby dances.

Tragedy struck the family in 1952 when her 9-year old son Garry died suddenly of meningitis. They continued to live in Altario untill the fall of 1959, when the family moved to Youngstown where Joe had taken up employment with the Special Areas. Agnes went right to work again. She cooked and waitressed in Dale's Esso for six years and then took a job at Pleasant View Home, and then the present Youngstown Home as an institutional aide. She was employed there for a number of years until her retirement in 1985. During this time, Agnes wrote the exam and received her professional cook's papers. She was very proud of this accomplishment, especially that the certificate was good for all of Canada.

Agnes was an avid gardener,seamstress, babysitter,amateur barber,church organist and a wonderful cook. She was always on the go, whether to a curling game, a rodeo, a bingo game, a coffee session, a shopping excursion, a Las Vegas or Hawaiian holiday, a camper trip to Capt, Ayer Lake, a musical "jam session" or to a visit wiht family and friends.

Agnes was predeceased by her son Garry in 1952, her husband Joe in 1982, her grandson Micheal Patrick in 1997, her special friend, Jack Willet in 1988 and one sister Mary, as well as several sisters-in-law and brother-in-law.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Donna (Don) Patrick of Courtenay, BC, and Judy (Terry ) Logelin of Youngstown, and Brian (Eleanor) Kreiser of Youngstown, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Greg (Glenda) Patrick, (Cody) of Fort Worth, TX, Glenn (Lori) Patrick (Ainslay, Lorenn and Delaney) of Edmonton, Brenda (Brian) Pouteaux, (Dwight and Joey) of Calgary, Janice Pfitzer (Ben and Leah) of Kingwood, TX, Jolene (Lany) Ellis of Calgary, Dean (Vicky) Kreiser, (Patrick of Rockhampton, Australia), Myles (Kandie) Kreiser, (Scott) of Sherwood Park and Richdale, Jeffrey Kreiser of Youngstown, Barry (Lana) Kreiser, (Simon and Grace) of Didsbury, and Robin Kreiser of Calgary.

She is also survived by five sisters, Frances Nelson of Calgary, Lillian Kortgaard of Coronation, Anne (Willard) Sawyer of Calgary, Helen Anderson of Hardisty, and Jean (Pete) McKay of Edmonton, one brother, Alexander Kuczma of Youngstown, three sisters-in-law, Hilda Kreiser of Cadogan, Dorothy Herbers and Joan Semchuk of Edmonton, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill Lindsay (1925 - 2003)

Family and friends gathered in the Sportex Hall on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 to say 'Farewell' to Bill Lindsay. Some 300 people filled the hall and remained after the service to visit over lunch, served by the Lions and Neutral Valley/Little Gap neighbors, and remember Bill with stories and laughter.

Bill was born September 13, 1925 and died January 31, 2003 in Consort, Alberta. He was predeceased by his wife Alice and their son, John. Also by his sister Joan and her husband Stan Sortland, his brother, John Alton (who everyone called Jack) and his brother-in-law Bud MacArthur.

He is survived by: his son Donald; his son Robert and wife, Carol, their daughter Rhea and her son Rowdy, their sons Rod, Shawn (and his girlfriend, Audrey); his son Leland and fiancéé, Liz; his daughter Helen, her husband, Dennis Hahn and their daughters, Brooke, Josie and Lacy; his son Steven; his sister Myrna MacArthur; his brother George and his wife Bertha; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill and Alice farmed and ranched in the Neutral Hills all their lives. They raised their family there and made a success of most everything they attempted.

Bill helped everyone he could, family, friend or stranger. He went through hard times and knew what it meant to get a hand. It wasn't that he couldn't say no. He just didn't want to.

Bill had a saying, "You should not try to do everything in one day, but you should do something everyday." That he did.

Gregory's Funeral Homes Ltd. of Provost were in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made Consort Health Centre, P.O. Box, 310, Consort, Ab. T0C 1B0 or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Walter Maron

Walter Maron passed away on February 8, 2003 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Edmonton at the age of 80 years.

He is survived by two brothers, Henry of Consort and Ernhart of Edmonton, and one sister, Amelia Lang of Sherwood Park, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Johanna in 1999, brothers Leo, John, Harry and Fred and sisters, Della Suchotzky, Lydia Mulback and Erna Munn.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor George Friedrich officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ellerslie.

If desired, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Hospital 10707 - 29 Ave., Edmonton, T6J 6W1, or to the Parkinson's Society of Alberta, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton T5K 0L4.

NOTE: Walter lived in the Neutral Valley district, north of Consort, in the 1940's when his folks, Mr. and Mrs. John Maron Sr. and family moved into that area.

Arthur John (Red) Manion (1927)

Arthur John (Red) Manion of Youngstown passed away at the Big Country Hospital at Oyen, Alberta on January 28, 2003 at the age of 75 years, following a lengthy illness.

Red was born near Little Gem, Alberta on April 10, 1927 to Arthur and Olga Manion. He attended Kinear School, l1 mile south and ½ mile east of Hemaruka, and also attended school at Hemaruka, before taking Grade 10 at Youngstown. As a young man, he worked as a trucker with his father. Later, he became a driller on oil and gas drilling rigs for contractors such as BMG Drilling, where he also had his own water truck.

He met June Cox, a nurse at the Calgary General Hospital, and they were married in 1954. In 1957, Red and June moved north of Youngstown, where Red worked as a battery operator and hauled oil for Charter Oil Co. After building a house and moving into Youngstown in 1960, he hauled water, oil, sand and gravel, and also did cementing.

He enjoyed goose hunting, baseball, curling, and golf, and attended the 50 Plus Club. He was involved as a volunteer for community projects such as the skating and curling rinks, and sold numerous types of tickets for fundraisers over the years. He was also a member of the Youngstown Elks B.P.O.E. #563.

Arthur is survived by his loving wife June; daughter Charlene (Bill) Dunbar of Irma; daughter Marilyn (Ken) Johnson of Youngstown; son Grant (Evelyn) Manion of Youngstown; two granddaughters Crystal and Stephanie Dunbar, and two grandsons Mark and Craig Johnson. He also leaves a brother Lawrence (Audrey) Manion of Wetaskiwin; two sisters Noreen (Richard) Kary and Sheila (Bill) Taylor of Calgary; an Uncle Clarence (Jane) Mellom of Red Deer; an Aunt Norma Evans of Sherwood Park; six nephews, four nieces, and many cousins. Predeceasing him were his father Arthur Austin Manion (1982), mother Olga Mathilda Mellom (1996), and nephew Kevin Manion (1990).

A service of remembrance for Red was held Feb. 4th at Youngstown Community Hall. Officiating was Bill Armstrong. The organist was Myrna Lyon. Special Music was I’d Rather Have Jesus, sung by Ron and Karin Armstrong. Congregational Hymns were “The Lord is my Shepherd” and “Just a I Am”.

Pallbearers were Robert Blagen, Bob Kary, John Laughlin, Dale Logelin, Miles Manion, and Terry Schetzsle. Honorary Pallbearers were Arthur Anhorn, Bill Cummings, George Hettler, Walter Hunter, Joy Kleven, Ralph Peterson, and Marcel Sabourin.

Following the interment at the Youngstown Cemetery, family and friends were invited to a luncheon hosted by the Youngstown Gospel Chapel Ladies at the Youngstown Community Hall.

Memorials may be directed to the Youngstown Cemetery Association, Box 44 Youngstown, Alberta T0J 3P0 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. Jim Degenstien

Mr. Jim Degenstien of Consort passed away in the Consort Hospital on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 following increasing poor health. He was 74 years of age.

Left to mourn his loss is his loving companion, Bernece Mouly of Consort and her family. Jim leaves three daughters, Anna (Brent) Grocock, Susan (Graham) Hager, Carol (Kim) Bosch and one son, Brian Degenstien; eight grandchildren, Mark, Stephanie and Brennan Grocock, Chris, Sandy and Shelby Hager and Calee and Kassidy Bosch.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held in Provost on Saturday, February 8, 2003 from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Jozef Wroblewski officiating. Interment followed.

Memorial donations may be made to the Consort Health Centre, Acute Care, Box 310, Consort, Ab. T0C 1B0, or the Canadian Diabetic Association.

Owen Richard Pilsworth (1957 - 2003)

Owen Richard Pilsworth passed away suddenly on Friday, January 31, 2003 at the age of 45 years.

Owen was born on April 5, 1957 at the Coronation Hosptial to Terry and Rhoda Pilsworth. He was a little brother to Nora and Brian. Owen attended Coronation School from Grades 1 to 12.

As a young child Owen loved the open spaces that farm life had provided for him. He would spend hours walking through the pastures with a smoke gun or a bow and arrow looking for the perfect target, whether it be a tree or that unsuspecting gopher.

After Owen was finished school he worked at Corvet Construction, drove tank truck and then he started his life long career as a battery operator working his way up to assistant foreman.

On June 30, 1984 Owen married his loving wife Annette and they were blessed with three children: Sean (17), Kirk (15), and Erin (12). Predeceased by his parents Terry and Rhoda, grandparents and sister in law Sophie; Owen is lovingly remembered by his wife Annette and their three children Sean, Kirk, and Erin; sister Nora (Ritchie) Webb and their children Shauna (Lance) Hayman and their son Braedon, Colleen (Chad) Tabish and their daughter Shaelynn, Teresa (Ken) Chapman, David Webb and Kelly Webb; brother Brian (Linda) Pilsworth and their children Dale, Lisa, and Lana; sisters in law Karen (Harlan) Rachar and their children Hilary and Kelsey, Paulette Klein (Bill Radke) and their daughter Teri, Lucille (Delmer) Tweit and their children Kevin and Shahin Bazylinski, Travis and Loranne Tweit, Dave and Charmaine Hollings and their children Hayley and Chloe; brothers in law Arnold Stang, Melvin Stang (Barb Winters), and Gordon (Carol) Stang and their children Cara, Dustin, Dylan, and Mykayla; father in law and mother in law John and Tillie Stang.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. in Trinity United Church, Coronation, Ab. with Rev. Mervyn Penfound officiating. Linda Pilsworth gave a loving tribute in memory of Owen. Margaret Merchant played the organ and Linda Osetsky played the piano for the congregational hymns "Amazing Grace", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" as well as for the solo "Beyond The Sunset" by Ed Rye. A special recorded selection by Vince Gill "Go Rest High On That Mountain" was played. The active pallbearers were Owen's three children Sean, Kirk and Erin Pilsworth. The honorary pallbearers were "All of Owen's Special Friends". The interment took place in the Veteran Cemetery, Veteran, Alberta.

Following the funeral service family and friends gathered together in the Coronation Community Hall for a time of fellowship and light refreshment with the luncheon prepared and served by the Trinity United Church Women and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Women's League.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Owen's memory to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Coronation Health Care Complex Foundation or to the Coronation Community Hall Fund and would be appreciated by the family.

Marlene Heck (1950 - 2003)

Marlene was born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan on February 25, 1950 to Tillie and Joe Walz. She was the eldest of five children. At a young age, you could see that Marlene was blessed with special personal qualities - creativity, leadership, thoughtfulness, and a genuine care for people. Marlene developed these qualities over her life through her interests, relationships, and challenges into a personality that you couldn’t help but admire.

Marlene leaves her loving husband Lloyd, her children: Trevor and Teri Heck; Trina and Richard Heron; her grandsons: Vince Heck and Matthew Heron; her granddaughters: Chloe Heck, Abby Heron and Morgan Bast; Marlene’s mother Tillie Walz; and her sisters and brothers: Diane and Larry Fletcher, Brenda and Randy Friedt, Barry and Donna Walz, Don and Roxie Walz and their families; her mother-in-law Bertha Heck; and all Marlene’s in-laws and their families. Marlene will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.

Marlene passed away at Provost on February 18. Her funeral was held on February 22 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Provost, with interment at Provost Cemetery.

Victor George Stables (1921 - 2003)

Victor George Stables was born at Altario, Alberta on July 19th, 1921, the second of eleven children born to Frank and Clara Stables. He lived and worked most of his life on the farm, where he enjoyed all of the aspects of farm life. Vic was a hard worker, but always had time to enjoy the company of others; in fact, a trip to town for the mail could take up most of the day (and night)! The only time he was away from the farm for any length of time was during the War. He enlisted in 1942, and was part of the Loyal,Edmonton regiment.

He was stationed in Wainwright and Port Alberni, B.C. for basic training and to wait orders. In 1945, just when the war was ending, his regiment was sent to Belgium and Holland to help enforce the Armistice.

In February, 1946 he was discharged and returned to the farm where he spent the following fifty-two years, with the exception of some work in logging camps during the winter months. In early 1998, he moved to the Consort Seniors Lodge, living there until 2000. At that time, failing health necessitated a move to the Consort Long Term Care facility, where he passed away on February 14, 2003.

Active pallbearers were David Stables, James Marcinek, Ernie Dewald, David Marcinek, Frank Stables and Todd Stables.

Honorary pallbeares were Stephen Johnston, Clarence Grobel, Glen Vert, Alex Makranoff, Keith Cald- well, Dennis Vert, Donald Cameron and Val Dewald.

Cremation, with interment to follow at a later date in Altario Cemetery.

Following the service, family and friends joined in the Church Basement for a time of fellowship and refreshments.

If friends desire, memorials may be made to the Consort Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 310, Consort, Ab. T0C 1B0.

Mrs. May MacDonald

Mrs. May MacDonald of Big Valley passed away peacefully at the Stettler Hospital on February 25, 2003.

She will be sadly missed by Ollie, her loving husband of 58 years and one son, Ronnie (Laura) MacDonald, and three grandchildren, Jay, Rick and Wes, as well as one special great grandchild, Christian, all of Edmonton. She is also survived by her sisters, Grace Richardson of Consort andBess Courtemanche of Edmonton, brother Albert Caswell of Red Deer, sister-in-law, Margaret Caswell of Wainwright and numerous friends and relatives.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Mildred Caswell, her sisters Myrtle Caswell, Rose Danard and brother, Frank Caswell.

As requested by May, there will be no formal funeral or memorial service and no flowers. Cremation will take place. A special thanks to all May's friends for their support and kindness. Thank you also to Dr. Heaven and all the nursing staff at Stettler Hospital for all of the loving care that May and her family received.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Stettler Hospital Palliative Care Unit, in care of Brennan Funeral Home (2001) Ltd., P.O. Box 193, Stettler, Ab. T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with all arrangements.

Florence Babcock (1912 - 2003)

Florence was born on May 14, 1912 in Davenport, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Her parents Gustav and Dorthea Mohr immigrated to Canada with their four children when she was only six weeks of age. They settled on a farm east of Gooseberry Lake. Florence had an older sister Gertie and two older brothers, Gus and Albert. Her childhood was a happy one growing up on the farm and attending Neutral Hills School. In spite of the hardships of the early days on the prairies, she recalled a wonderful childhood walking or riding horseback to school, dancing at the many school dances and swimming at the east end of the Lake. Friends she made as a child were kept for life.

In 1985 she moved to the Neutral Hills Manor, at the Consort Lodge. She enjoyed the residents and staff at the lodge as she became involved in the activities there. A special bond developed with the other manor residents where coffee was always at 10:00 and 3:00 sharp and visitors were always welcome. There will be an empty chair at coffee with "the girls."

Florence will be remembered for her kindness, her laughter and her gentle spirit. She was a dedicated member of the Knox United Church in Consort and lived her life by example. She was a wonderful, loving Mother and Grandmother who will be sadly missed.

Florence passed away February 16, 2003 at the Consort Health Center following a brief illness. Predeceased by her parents, brothers Gus and Albert Mohr and sister Gertie Beaumont, niece Shirley McCullough and husband Leo. She leaves to mourn two sons, Leonard and Marilyn Babcock, Brian, Roberta, Caitlin and Michael Babcock, daughter Joan, Guy, Jody, Aaron and Christopher Day as well as many nieces and nephews.

A family memorial service was held February 21st at Knox United Church, Consort.

Julian Mervyn Samuel (1944 - 2003)

Julian Mervyn Samuel was born in Peshawar, Pakistan on August 10th, 1944; the son of a pharmacist, Cecil Samuel and his wife Lily Samuel. He was the last in line of four kids, Sylvia, Cecil, and Julia.

At a young age he went to boarding school in the Himalayan Mountains at Lawrence College in Murree, Pakistan. After boarding school, Julian met his future wife, Dorothy Quadros. Dorothy and Julian were married in Rawalpindi, Pakistan February 25th, 1974. By the end of September 1978 there were 3 kids on the scene.

On May 29th,1982 the Samuel Family left Rawalpindi, Pakistan for a place, 5000 miles away, down highway 12 past Red Deer, past Stettler, past Castor, past Coronation and even Veteran, called Consort. Consort was home till 1995 when Julian tried to retire to Medicine Hat.

We are all going to miss discussing world affairs, history and getting his side on any debate imaginable. Or old stories from Pakistan, getting in trouble with his sisters or Uncle Salim, or for that matter stories from Alberta getting in trouble with Steve, Don and Jack Sumner.

Julian will be well remembered in the Consort and Veteran communities, where he established the Lucky Dollar Stores and later ran Consort Work & Leisure Wear. They were a vital part of the community, always ready to help out at local events, with school, church and organizations. The children excelled at school and sports and they all definitely left their mark on Consort. When the family moved in 1995, they left behind many friends who mourn their loss.

Julian passed away March 6, 2003 in Pakistan and the funeral and interment were held there March 10th at the same time as the Memorial was held in Edmonton where Pastor Zahirddn conducted the service at the Asian Christian Church at 7 p.m.

Ron Annett (1932 - 2003)

Ron Annett of Aransas Pass, Texas died in hospital on March 8, 2003 after several months of ill health. His loving wife and three daughters, four grandchildren, one great-grandson, two brothers and several nieces and nephews survive him.

Ron was born December 23, 1932 in Consort, the fourth son of Ross and Lenore (nee Thomas) Annett. He received his elementary education and most of his junior high education in Consort. He attended the Ravenscourt school in Winnipeg for grade nine and returned to Consort to complete high school. He was enrolled in the University of Manitoba for a short time.

He was married in 1951 to Myrtle Halisky, who had come to Consort to nurse in the local hospital. Throughout their married life, Ron and Myrt lived in many different places in Canada and the United States and had lived in Aransas Pass for the last ten years.

His parents Ross and Lenore, his brother Bob and sister Carol predeceased Ron.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Myrtle, their three daughters, Lynn of Los Angeles, California, Janice, of Reno, Nevada and Elaine of San Jose, California and their families. Ron also leaves his brothers, Jack of Edmonton and Bill of Daytona Beach, Florida.

A private service was held in Aransas Pass and cremation followed.

Robert Elton Davis (1934 - 2003)

Robert Elton Davis passed away on Monday, March 10 in the Red Deer Regional Hospital at the age of 69 years.

Rob was born January 20, 1934, the fifth child of eight born to Henry and Marie Davis of Nose Hills. Rob went to Nose Hill School and then to Wheatridge. After his school years, Rob worked for many of the neighboring farmers and also drove gravel truck prior to marriage.

Rob farmed and drove school bus for many years. Throughout his life Rob was active in ball, hockey, golf, fishing, hunting, camping and vacationing. All of these activities were enjoyed with family and friends, creating many fond memories to last through his retirement. Rob resided on the farm until his passing.

Predeceased by his parents, Henry and Marie; brothers Archie, Leslie and Donnie; father-in-law Wilson Johnstone; Rob is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; sons, Lee (Valda) and Harley (Carrie); daughters Kathy (Lee) Suntjens and Stacey (Neil) Liknes. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Janna (Trevor) Wittmack, Matthew and Lauren Davis, Trisha Suntjens, Nathan, Anthony and Christopher Liknes and great grandson, Payton Davis; brother Pat (Joanne) Davis; sisters, Alice Beebe, Mary (Ernest) Monagle and Dorothy (Bud) Devy; sisters-in-law Dorothy Davis and Gene Davis; mother-in-law Zita Johnstone; brother-in-law Harvey (Sandra) Johnstone and daughter-in-law Charlene.

Funeral services for the late Rob Davis were held on Friday, March 14, 2003 in the Veteran Community Hall.

Oleva Lorine Gulbraa (1915 - 2003)

Oleva Lorine Gulbraa (nee Liknes), formerly of Irma, Edmonton and lately of Wainwright, was born February 10, 1915 at Monitor and passed away suddenly on March 29, 2003.

She is survived by her children, Sigmund of Edmonton, Edythe (Pat) Robinson of Wainwright, JoAnne (Nelson) McRae of Edmonton and Anne (Bonny) Gulbraa of Irma; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Also mourning her passing are two sisters, Laura (Jack) Seatter of Westlock, Lillian Rac of Edmonton and two brothers, Albin (Alice) Liknes of Westlock and Leonard Liknes of Monitor; as well as many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and friends.

Oleva was predeceased by her husband, Berge in 1970, four sisters and one brother.

The funeral was held Thursday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Sharon Lurtheran Church, Irma with Pastor Bart Eriksson officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, Sharon Lutheran Church - Irma or the Peace Lutheran Church, Wainwright.

James Clarence Adams (1920 - 2003)

James Clarence Adams was born February 22, 1920 to James (Jim) and Ann Adams who were both born in Ontario and had come west in search of work. They met, married and then raised their two sons Clarence and Ross on the SE 2-32-5-W4, five miles from Sedalia.

Clarence attended Butte Vale School. In 1937, the family had a sale, and left for Chesley, Ontario where they bought a small farm. World War II broke out and Clarence joined the army. He fought in the Aleutians Islands (off Alaska). Following discharge Clarence returned to the family farm at Sedalia. Here he and Agnes, who were married in July 5, 1960, raised their two children John and Deidra.

He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years. Clarence retired in 2000, in Consort. Although his farming days were behind him, his large garden was never far away. His kids and grandchildren were always put first before anything else. He loved spending time with the grandchildren and later on with his great granddaughter. He taught them card games, monopoly and how to ride a bike. The kids learned pretty quick that he got cranky when he lost at crib. But whether it was throwing a ball back and forth in the yard or playing crib, he always had time for the “kids.” He also enjoyed playing crib with his friends. After his two hip replacements the grandchildren thought Clarence would not be able to catch them when they were misbehaving but they were wrong!

Clarence passed away March 29, 2003 at the Consort Health Centre.

Clarence is survived by his son John of Grande Prairie, daughter Deidra of Alsask, her children Jacki, Savannah, Russell and great granddaughter Kearstin; sister-in-law Irene Adams of Oyen, nephews Gary and Ken and nieces Rhonda and Loreen.

He was predeceased by his father James (1960), mother Ann (1973), wife Agnes (1982), and brother Ross (2001).

Funeral service was held April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Sedalia Community Hall with Rev. Roger Kett and Jessica Motherwell officiating.

MacLean’s Funeral Home of Oyen in care of arrangements.

Harmen (Harm) deHaan

Harmen (Harm) deHaan died Friday, March 21, 2003 at his residence in Red Deer in his 57th year. He was the son of the late Jan and Jantje deHaan.

Harm leaves behind his daughter, Tammy-Lee Brannan (Jimmy); brothers Mel (Eileen), Willy (Joan), Corny (Annette), Tinus (Jackie); and one sister, Renee. Two grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and friends also survived Harm.

A memorial service was held at the West Park Church of the Nazarene, Red Deer on Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Jeff Baker officiating.

"Happy" will be laid to rest with his parents in Quyon, Quebec.

Yvonne Weller (1942 - 2003)

Yvonne Weller of Ardrossan, quietly passed away on April 12, 2003 after a courageous four year battle with cancer.

She leaves behind her best friend and husband of 41 years, Bob; her mother Lea Wilson; her children, Dean (Joanne) Weller, Leanne (Warren) Brown, Cheryl (Ron) Jost; grandchildren, Dayna, Brendan, Riley, Taylor, Shaylin, Tyler, Joel and Kiera; sister Helen (Henry) Kroker; brother Robert (Louise) Wilson; sister-in-law Vera (ben) Lockhart; and brother-in-law, Ken (Lorraine) Weller. She was predeceased by her father, Edgar Wilson in 1960.

Yvonne's caring and loving ways were well known to family and her many friends from community, church, teaching, Daybreak Group and social functions. Although Yvonne had a long and respected career in teaching, her real passion was home and family. Through the years, Yvonne enjoyed camping, curling, dancing, skiing (?) and treasured friends.

The Rt. Reverend John Hamilton conducted a funeral liturgy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sherwood Park on Thursday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m. Interment followed in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery.

Peter William Formanek (1919 - 2003)

Peter William Formanek was born in Wiste, Alberta on February 12, 1919. He passed away peacefully at Consort Hospital on April 8, 2003.

Pete farmed in the Naco area until 1933 when he moved to the Pemukan area to continue farming until his passing. On June 22, 1957, he married Emelia Miller and to this union one son and two daughters were born.

Pete's greatest joys in life were his family, pets, summer fallowing and watching the Oilers Hockey games on T.V. He looked forward to spring planting and the challenge of calving out cows. In the fall he had the joy of taking off a good harvest. He enjoyed the challenge of finding the perfect bull or cow to fit his herd.

Pete is survived by his wife, Emelia, son Greg and daughters, Darlene and Michelle; sister Kate Bosh; brothers-in-law, Alex Miller (Shirley), Jack Miller (Mabel), George Miller, Herman Miller (Linda), Ray Miller (Elsie), Pete Miller (Ruby), Con Miller (Marcella); sister-in-law Rose Cromwell, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Katherine, parents-in-law, Henry and Pauline Miller, sister Annie Dickeson, brothers Joe and Frank, sister-in-law Anne and brothers-in-law Jack Dickeson, Mike Bosh and Murray Cromwell.

A Vigil Service was held on Thursday, April 10, 2003 with Peter Tyliszczak officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, April 11 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Consort with Father Mark McGee officiating.

Mrs. Amelia Lang

Mrs. Amelia Lang of Sherwood Park Care Centre, passed away on April 21, 2003.
She is survived by her children, Irvine (Rita) of Ardrossan, Donald (Audrey) of Westlock, Edward (Wilma) of Guelph, Ontario, and Allan (Beverly) of Sherwood Park; 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; also her brothers, Henry Maron of Consort and Ernhart Maron of Edmonton. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, five brothers and three sisters.

The funeral was held on Thursday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sherwood Park Care Centre, 2020 Brent- wood Blvd., Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Margaret Cook (1905 - 2003)

Margaret Cook passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 in Buena Vista Nursing Home, Kerrobert, Sask., at the age of 97.

Margaret Allen was born in Liverpool, England, December 9, 1905, the eldest child of John and Emma Allen. In 1913 the family moved to Canada and settled on a Dairy Farm south of Saskatoon. 1914 saw the family move again, to the homestead south of Court, Sask. Here Margaret, two brothers and two sisters grew up. They attended Antelope Park School.

Margaret worked for several women in the district before her marriage to Albert Cook, April 25, 1927. To this union, six sons were born. It is interesting that all six of her boys also attended Antelope Park School.

Margaret worked very hard on the farm; she always had a big garden, baked bread, canned fruit, and all the other things necessary to run a home, yet always had time for tea, to visit and babysit. She loved to go to the country dances and Christmas concerts. She will be remembered as a great lady by all who knew her.

Predeceased by her parents, John and Emma, brother Dick, sisters Jean and Mary, husband Albert, three sons, George, Joe and Dave, she will be lovingly remembered by sons, Ab, Bert and Helen, Alfred and Fern, daughter-in-law Myrtle, brother Ted and Amy; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 19 from All Saints Anglican Church, Loverna, Sk., with the Rev. Jim White officiating.

Donald Dale Toombs(1929 - 2003)

Donald Dale Toombs, age 73, a resident of Sutherlin, Oregon, passed away Friday, April 11, 2003 in the Roseburg V.A. Hospital.

He was born December 25, 1929, in Regina, Sk. He moved with his family in 1934 to Spokane, Washington. Don joined the U.S. Army in 1946. He was united in marriage to his wife Julianna Marie (Evenson) in Red Deer, Alberta in 1966. They were married for 28 years before she passed away in 1994.

Don was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. (Veteran of Foreign Wars) and the Eagles Lodge Aerie #2 both in Spokane. He was also a member of the Sutherlin Christian Assembly.

Don loved golfing, square dancing, being a square dance caller, fishing, writing poetry and woodworking. He will be remem- bered as a social butterfly that enjoyed people, and a jokester that liked a good laugh.

Survivors include brother Paul and wife Mary Kay; children Darrold and Harvey Toombs both of Spokane; Sherry Bradley and husband Roy of Sutherlin, Oregon; Kathy Scriven and husband Dale of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; Darren Toombs and his wife Suzanne of Saskatoon, Sk.; 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also prede- ceased by his parents Edgar Frank and Clara Bell (White) Toombs; siblings Homer, Cecil, Lola Lutz, Eva Anderson, Claud, Frank and Dale.

Funeral Services were held in Sutherlin Oregon and Interment was held in Stavely, Alberta.

John (Jack) Watkin Pell (1906 - 2003)

John (Jack) Watkin Pell passed away on April 22, 2003 at the Coronation Health Center, Coronation, Ab., at the age of 97 years.

Jack was born March 27, 1906, the youngest child of Watkin and Gertrude Pell, at Qu'Appelle, Sk. He moved with his parents and older sister, Winnifred, to the farm at Monitor in 1916.

Predeceased by his wife, Athelia in 2000, his sister Winnifred Brocklesby in 1979 and sister-in-law Lelia Etson, brothers-in-law Bill Brocklesby, Fred Mayguard and Don Penner, Jack will be lovingly remembered by his children: Noel (Norma) Pell of Slave lake, Merle (Barry) Olson of Edmonton, Roland (Sharon) Pell of Red Deer; nine grandchildren, Darla, Janell, Tyler, Todd, Troy, Shawn, Bob, Rick and Tim, and five great grandchildren; brother-in-law Frank (Isabel) Etson of Stettler, sisters-in-law, Beryl Fenner of Devon and Donna (Alex) Krause of Spruce Grove, and special friend, Brien (Elaine) Mouly of Kirriemuir, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at the Knox United Church - Rev. Jack Schulze officiating.

Alex Worobo (1924 - 2003)

Alex Worobo passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 24, 2003 at Consort Health Centre.

Alex was born June 12th, 1924 at Pemukan to Sam and Martha Worobo. He took his schooling at Basin Lake School and later farmed with his dad until his dad passed away in 1945.

Alex is survived by his loving wife, Madeline of 54 years; daughters Linda, Brenda (Warren) Meers, Caroline, Sharon (Corey) Bergman; grandchildren Dawn and Kirk Meers and Erin Bergman.

Alex was predeceased by his father, Sam, in 1945, mother Martha in 1974 and half-sister Alice Zingle in 2000.

As he is no longer with us, he is with us in our hearts and memories. He is our Guardian Angel, who will be watching over us until we meet with him again. We love you always and forever.

A private funeral service was held at Gregory's Funeral Chapel, Provost on Tuesday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Gerrit Kamp- hius, United Church Minister officiating. Musical duets were by Pat and Charlotte Gilmer. Honorary pallbearers were all of Alex's relatives. Interment was at Lake Road Cemetery - Consort.

Ann Kuczma

With great sorrow, the family announces Ann's passing at the age of 78 years, after a brave struggle with cancer.

Ann was born in Altario to Michael and Mary Kuczma and spent her adult life in Calgary. She was 'Mom' to everyone who knew her, always there for support and a hot meal. She loved to dance with Wilfred and together they loved to spend time at the cottage, camp in their motor home - but mostly she enjoyed her family.

Ann was so creative, always sewed, crocheted, knit, did needlepoint, petit-point, oil painting and many other crafts. Ann also did hours of volunteer work.

She is survived by her loving husband of fifty-seven years, Willard; children, Diane, Donna (Stephen) Peake and Robert; grandchildren, Donna Widdifield, Debbie Miljak, Stanley and Scott Peake; and great grandchildren Kara, Kurtis and Kendra Zacharias, and Samantha Miljak; sisters Frances, Jean, Helen and Lillian; and brother Alec; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Agnes Kreiser.

The funeral was held in the Crowfoot Chapel of McInnis & Holloway, Calgary on May 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Helen Ione Hauer (1930 - 2003)

On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, Helen Hauer of Edmonton passed away peacefully at the age of 73 years. She is survived by her children, Gloria Jean Mac- Naughton, Cheryl Hauer, Alicia Dodge, Sheila Hauer, Lonnie Hauer; eight grandchildren, Kristina, Travis, Shawna-Fay, Corey, Michael, Ryan, Lindsey, Jesse; one brother Clare ( Irene) Redel; two sisters, Shirley (Gus) Hemke, Donna Black.

Helen Redel was born at Consort, the daughter of Art and Gail Redel. She attended school at Willow- brook and Consort and took her Grade 12 in Red Deer. She attended the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 1950 to 1951, to become a teacher. She taught three months in Compeer and one year in Monitor before she married Orland Hauer on October 18, 1952. They had five children who, along with their mother, remained in Edmonton and district.

A memorial service was held on Monday June 2, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton with Rev. Norman McDonald officiating. Cremation has taken place.

Don Loyal Schooler (1939 - 2003)

Don Schooler of Drumheller (formerly of Hanna) was born February 27, 1939 in Consort and passed away May 5, 2003 at the age of 64 years following a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beverley of Drumheller; children Bradley (Pam) Schooler of Rimbey, Dawn Schooler of Camrose, and Heather Schooler of Red Deer; grandchildren Brent Schooler of Rimbey and Karly Schooler of Red Deer; father, Loyal Schooler of Consort; siblings, Shirley (Dan) Mohl of Hanna, Bob (Judy) Schooler of Lethbridge, Karen Kropinske of Edmonton, and Fred Schooler of Consort. He is also survived by his parents-in-law Albert and Ada Kohsel of Drumheller; in-laws Andrew (Carol) Kohsel of Calgary, Karen (Gordon) Prichard of Kelowna, B.C., Elaine (Ray) Gordon of Stettler, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Don was predeceased by his mother Viola Schooler, brother-in-law Ernest Kropinske, an aunt, Rosemary Kelts, three aunts and four uncles of the Grande Prairie-Sexsmith family and two cousins.A celebration of Don’s life was held on May 10th at the Hanna United Church with Pastor James Clark officiating.

Margaret Veronica Nelson (1913 - 2003)

Margaret Veronica Nelson, born on October 10, 1913 at Monitor, Alberta , passed away June 3, 2003 at the Richard Parson’s Auxiliary Hospital in Red Deer, Alberta where she had resided for the past seven years.

Margaret was the second child of Dan & Johanna Nelson and received her education at Berryfield, minor country schools and Monitor High School. Her ambition was to become a nurse but the depression in the 1930’s made that dream impossible. She worked as a housemaid in the thirties and sometimes did not get paid any wages. She never complained about that as she felt sorry for the people who were doing their best to get by on so little. Margaret was a tireless worker and gave her best to whatever job that she tackled and was generous to a fault. In 1942, Margaret moved to Edmonton where she made her home for many years. Through friends, she acquired a position with Alberta Government Telephones where she was employed for 27 years. Those were very happy years for her. Margaret was an avid reader and used to say that she kept the Edmonton Library in business. Her favorite poem was “What is so rare as a day in June.”

Margaret was predeceased by her mother in 1923, sister Jean in 1927, father, Dan Nelson in 1956, sister Edith Edwards in 1982, brother Bob Nelson in 1993 and brother Jim Nelson in 2002. She is survived by one sister, Martha Gathercole, 10 nieces & nephews and their families, and two sisters-in-law, Frances & Terry Nelson. Margaret was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all her friends and family.

Mabel Josephine Hornett (1916 - 2003)

Mabel Josephine (Johnny) Hornett passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on Wed., May 28 following health adversities that she faced with an inspirational and positive attitude.

Mabel was born in Veteran on April 29, 1916 to Elling and Anna Johnson. The family moved to a farm near Millet when she was six. After high school in Millet, she attended college in Outlook, Sk. She then completed the nursing program of the Royal Aexandra Hospital in Edmonton in 1939. She went on to postgraduate training in Psychiatry and midwifery and worked in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Montreal and finally New Brigden. While working as District Health Nurse at New Brigden, she met and married Ralph Hornett in 1944. They moved to a farm near Alix in 1948 and resided there until 1997, at which time they moved to Red Deer.

Mabel is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Ralph Hornett and will be dearly missed by her children: Ed and Pat Hornett of Alix, James and Phyllis Hornett of Red Deer, Bette Jo and Mark Dickie of Lacombe, Donna Jean and Terry Zelisko of Sherwood Park and David and Joan Hornett of Bentley. She will be well remembered by nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and her four sisters: Evelyn, Irma Helen and Irene. Her son, Dennis, grandson Michael and her brother, Earland, predeceased her.

The funeral was held from the Alix United Church on Monday, June 2, at 2 p.m. Cremation.

Wilf Hayworth (1928 - 2003)

Wilf was born June 1, 1928 and passed away peacefully at his home on the farm three days shy of his 75th birthday on May 29, 2003.

Wilf, or Cork as he was known to so many, was raised on the family farm one mile east of what would later be his own farm. He was the youngest son and second youngest child born to Bill and Della Hayworth. With four older brothers and two sisters, there was always plenty of activity. He attended both Hope and Buttevale Schools.

On December 14, 1957 he married Janey Taekema and together they raised five children. The farm and the cows were his life and you couldn’t pry him away from it for any length of time. For a number of years, they milked quite a few cows and, with lots of cream on hand, he would dig out the ice cream freezer and turn out homemade ice cream for the kids and neighbors to enjoy. His culinary skills also included his own recipe for “Brown Sugar Candy,” which was a real treat.

Most knew of Cork’s love for his quiet Simmental cows, which he had turned into pets by leading them around with a bucket of chop. It took him quite a while to convince Randy that this was a better way to deal with the cattle than using bikes or quads.

He always had a thing for John Deere tractors and was quick to let anyone know that “the green paint” was far superior to any other make. His sons-in-law presented a challenge, as they were not as convinced of this as he was.

His grandchildren ranged in age from 22 years all the way down to 10 months. They were a delight to him and he would always stick up for the most mischievous one, perhaps reminding him of himself as a child.

Earlier this year, he decided that maybe Randy was finally old enough to take over the farm and so began the process of retirement. Unfortunately for him, his retirement was cut short, but many happy days were spent visiting with family and friends in his final weeks.

His memory will be cherished by his wife Janey; daughters Julie (Mike) Senkiw, Glendi (Jeff) Day; sons Linn, Randy (Carrie), Ardell (Tera); grandchildren Leanna (Kyle), Landree and Ryan Senkiw, Jared, Josh, Jamieson and Jordana Day, Dallas and Ocean Hayworth, Levi, Keegan and Keely Hayworth. He is also survived by brothers Arnie (Joyce), Ray (Martha), Bud (Lil); sisters Ida Mae Mitchell and Lil Schroeder and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Della (1972), Bill (1980), sister-in-law Audrey (1984), brother Rueb (1994), and brother-in-law Norman Mitchell (2000).

Funeral Service was held Tuesday June 3, at the Sedalia Community Hall in Sedalia, Alberta. Following the interment, family and friends were invited to a luncheon hosted by the Sedalia Community Club at the Sedalia Community Hall.

Vera Ruby Johnson (1918 - 2003)

Vera Radefeldt grew up in the Little Gap area. She was born at Consort on September 7th, 1918, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Radefeldt and attended Neutral Valley School. After her marriage to Clarence "Clink" Johnson, they farmed in the Provost area. Vera passed away at Provost on May 24, 2003.

Left to mourn her passing are her son (Garry) Donna and daughter, Shirley Brundige, granddaughters: Lana (Jason) Hudon, Roxanne (Regan) Daley, Trudy (Steve) Makar, Laurie (Ian) Burwash, great grandchildren: Cydnie, Mariah and Ryder Hudon, Ryan, Jarett and Alissa Makar, Kelly, Janene, Craig and Chad Burwash, great great granddaughter, Brookelyn McConnell; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Also left are two sisters-in-law, including Gladys Radefeldt of Consort.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Lena Radefeldt, her husband; her brothers, Reuben, Walter, Fritz and Ed, and sisters, Zelda Johnson, Hedvic Searle and Helen Young.

The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 29th in Cadogan Community Hall with Jack Walters officiating. Interment was in Cadogan West Cemetery.

Robert Stanley Howe (1921 - 2003)

Robert Stanley Howe of Red Deer, beloved husband for 58 years to Doris Howe, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on June 12, 2003 at the age of 81 years.

Stan was born at Castor on June 18, 1921 and came to Consort on February 4, 1957 to work for Alberta Pacific Grain Co. Len Day was manager then. Stan lived in the office at the elevator while Doris and family stayed in Castor until the middle of March, as they did not want to move the children in the middle of the school term. To quote from The Sunny Side of the Neutrals: "We found a little house beside the Full Gospel Church with no water nor gas, three small bedrooms and a little kitchen - this for seven people! Mr. Cross had a fire going, the house was warm and there was a big pot of soup on the back of the old kitchen stove. It was a welcome treat at the end of a long day".

Stan and Doris fitted right in to Consort, becoming active in sports, church and various organizations. They made many friends and were sorely missed when they retired to Red Deer some years ago.

Besides his wife, Stanley Howe is survived by: five sons and four daughters-in-law, one daughter and one son-in-law: Earl (Karen) of Brooks, Russell of Lac- ombe, Glenna (Larry) Mack of Grande Prairie, James (Marline) of Leduc, Lee (Brenda) of Medicine Hat, & Gordon (Lianne) of Cold Lake; 10 grandchildren: Tamara, Candace, Carla, Tabitha, Travis, Bradley, Curtis, Robert, Sierra, & Colton; 2 great-grandchildren: Alex & Alyssa; one brother, Bill of Castor; and many nieces & nephews.

Stanley was predeceased by his father, William Howe, his mother, Christina Howe & 3 sisters, Dorothy, Elsie and Edith.

A Memorial Service was held in the chapel of the Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 - 67th Street, Red Deer, on June 16, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. Leanne Hall of the Gaetz United Church officiated. Tributes were given by Tamara Robbins, Curtis Howe and Earle Howe.

. Cremation has taken place. E-mail condolences may be sent to: condolences @reddeerfuneralhome.com and will be forwarded directly to the family.

Robert Malcolm McNeill (1913 - 2003)

Robert Malcolm McNeill, familiarly known as Bob, passed away in the Stettler Health Centre on Monday, June 9, 2003 at the age of 87 years.

Bob was born August 15, 1913 in Consort, the only son of pioneer homesteaders Malcolm and Emily McNeill. He grew up on the farm southeast of Consort with his three younger sisters and attended Consort Consolidated School. During the 1930's, his family relocated to the Nevis district. While working on a threshing crew in the rainy Creek district southwest of Bentley, Bob met Marjorie Carritt and they married on January 21, 1941. They lived in Bentley for 11 years and in 1952 they moved to Erskine, where they lived until moving into Heart Haven Senior's Lodge in Stettler in 1995.

Bob was a community-minded person and because he was so handy with a wrench, a trowel, a shovel or a hammer, he would always be found helping with construction or renovation projects such as the Erskine Senior's Centre, the Erskine United Church and served on the Church Board for several years. He was an avid reader and was very knowledgeable about the world we live in, but one of his greatest passions was steam engines.

Although he was a second generation Canadian, Bob was very proud of his Scottish heritage and was well read on anything to do with Scotland's history and traditions. He believed that every good Scotsman should know how to weave, so he took up this hobby in laters years and could often be found sitting on the bench of his loom, weaving blankets, rugs or napkins, some incorporating the McNeill tartan.

Predeceased by his parents, an infant sister and brother, sister Eva Volker, brothers-in-law, Howard Volker, Don Volker and Claire Stevens; Bob is survived by Marj, his loving wife of 62 years; four sons, Royce (Lynne) of Stettler, Duncan (Marleen) of Erskine, Greg (Gailan) of Nanton and Cam (Sandra) of Erskine; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Stevens and Pearl Volker, both of Stettler; sister-in-law Muryelle Sandrock of Ottawa; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Homewith the Rev. Garth Bogart of Erskine United Church, officiating.

Interment took place in the Erskine Cemetery with Robin, Kevin, Donnie, Ryan, Bob and David McNeill being the active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were "All Bob's Family and Friends".

Following the service, family and friends gathered in the Erskine I.O.O.F. Hall for a time of sharing and light refreshments prepared and served by the Union Hall Club.

Memorial donations may be made to the Erskine United Church or the Erskine Cemetery, c/o Stettler Funeral Home.

Charles (Crossley) Fawcett (1930 - 2003)

Charles was born October 21, 1930 in Consort, Alberta. He was the eldest of five sons born to William Cornelius and Florence Allison (Crossley) Fawcett. Charles’ grandparents, Charles Adam and Christina (Simkin) Fawcett had emigrated from Palouse, Washington to Consort in 1908.

Charles was raised on the family farm. After graduating from Consort high school in 1949, Charles completed a two-year agricultural course at the Olds School of Agriculture. He also finished a six-week welding course at SAIT and welded for Dominion Bridge in Calgary before returning to Consort to live the rural lifestyle he loved.

In 1953 Charles met Donna McNally of Major, Saskatchewan. They married November 21, 1953 and began their life together on the family farm. They had a family of three children—Lynda, Joanne, and David.

Charles was a practical man who loved and respected nature. Stewardship of the natural environment (land, water, vegetation, and animals) was important to him. Cherished by Charles were his independence and freedom and he worked to maintain both. When interests and issues were important to him, he followed his convictions regardless of personal cost.

Charles passed away peacefully at home May 31, 2003. He was predeceased by his parents Neal and Allison, baby sister Jean, niece Debra, and brother-in-law Ken. Charles is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters Lynda (Dave Wilson) and Joanne (Rick Momney) of Edmonton; son, David, of Consort; brothers and their wives Keith & Inge, Don & Laura, Doug & Adah, Alan & Janice; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The funeral service was held from Knox United Church, Consort on Thursday, June 5th at 2:00 p.m. with Susan Bowyer officiating.

Irene Viola Todd (1907 - 2003)

Irene Viola Todd passed away in Stettler on Saturday, July 5, 2003 at the age of 96 years.

Born May 7, 1907, Irene came with her family from Summit, South Dakota to the Provost, Alberta area in August of 1910. She received her schooling there.

Upon her marriage to Edward C. Todd, Irene resided in Monitor, Veteran, Hackett and Stettler. She was employed at the Stettler Hotel from 1954 to 1969 and has been a resident of the Stettler Nursing Home since late 1993.

Irene was predeceased by her husband, Ed, in 1965; parents, sisters and brothers. She is survived by her son, Maurice (Lucina), grandson Michael and granddaughter Debbie, all of Calgary; her daughter, Eunice (Art) Kirr of Edmon- ton, grandsons, Kevin of Fort McMurray and Brian of Ed- monton; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2003 from the Stettler United Church.

If friends desire memorial tributes may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation, c/o Stettler Funeral Home Ltd., Box 1780, Stettler, Ab. T0C 2L0.

Stettler Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Edith Evelyn Ley (1909 - 2003)

Edith Evelyn (Edie) Ley passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2003 in the Coronation Health Care Centre at the age of 93 years. Edith Evelyn Ley was born August 5, 1909 to Albert and Jane Caseley at Caseleyville, Ab. She got her education at Pleasant Heights School. She grew up in a large family, so her household tasks started at an early age. After completing her schooling, she worked for different neighbor ladies especially at harvest time cooking meals for threshers.

In 1931 she married William (Bill) Ley and moved to the Kirkpatrick Lake District where they enjoyed farming and started a family. In 1938 they bought and moved to the George Ley farm in the Leeds District where they raised five children.

In 1974 they bought a house in Veteran where they enjoyed their retirement years.

Edith enjoyed her flowers in her yard and loved taking care of them. She belonged to the Veteran Senior’s Club and enjoyed the weekly card games. Her hospitality was always open for a cup of tea and homemade cookies, which many people enjoyed.

In June of 2002 Edith moved to the Long Term Care in Consort due to failing health and in January of 2003 she moved to the Assisted Living in Coronation until she passed away at the Coronation Health Centre on July 1, 2003. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Edith was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1999; son Earl in 1998, son Harvey in 1987; grandson Robert in 1992; her parents; five brothers Harry, Edwin, Albert, Victor, and Cecil; four sisters Irene, Lucy, Edna and Ina. She is survived by two sons Wesley of Veteran, Marvin of Edmonton; one daughter Leona of Calgary; one grandson Garry (Terra Lynn) of Red Deer; one sister Marion (Maurice) Lamontagne of Coronation; two sisters in law Dorothy Caseley of Leslieville and Sadie Caseley (Alex) of Coronation, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Edith (Edie) Ley were held on Friday, July 4, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. at the Veteran United Church in Veteran, Ab.

Thelma Ovedia Bogen (1910 - 2003)

Thelma Ovedia Bogen was born on September 21st, 1910 at Grand Forks, North Dakota and passed away peacefully on July 14, 2003 at the age of 92 years, at the Provost Nursing Home, where she had resided for the past 16 years.

Thelma was the eldest of thirteen children born to Ole and Tilla Hanson.

She lived most of her life in the Monitor district and attended the Neutral Hills School. She married Anders Bogen on July 14, 1929. They had one son, Arnold.

Thelma loved to knit and many of her gloves, mittens, socks and blankets were given to family members to enjoy. She was a wonderful cook and many joyful family gatherings were found around her table, where no one went away hungry. She always produced a large garden which she shared with friends and relatives. Thelma was an active member of the Monitor Com- munity Club until she suffered a stroke in 1977; then she moved to the Consort Lodge. She moved to the Provost Nursing Home in 1987.

Thelma is survived by one son, Arnold and his wife Margery of Monitor; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, one brother Olaf of Castor, six sisters, Edith, Elsie, Anna, Deloris, Bernice and Lillian.

She was predeceased by her mother, Tilla in 1957 and her father, Ole in 1962, her husband, Anders in 1986, one infant brother, Olav, four sisters, Gladys, Mable, Orda and Lillian.

She was predeceased by her mother, Tilla, in 1957, her father, Ole, in 1962, her husbands, Anders, in 1986, one infant brother, Olav, four sisters, Gladys, Mable, Orda and Ida.

Thelma was dearly loved and will be sadly issed by her friends and family.

The funeral was held Friday, July 18th at 1:00 p.m. from Knox United Church, Consort with the Rev. Donna Jacques officiating.

Lyal N. Merriken (1921 - 2003)

Federalsburg, Md. - Lyal N. Merriken of Federalsburg died Monday, June 23, 2003 in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. He was 81.

Mr. Merriken was born Dec. 28, 1921 in Veteran, Alberta, son of LeRoy Sipple and Ellenor Olsen Merriken.

After graduating from Federalsburg High School, classof 1939, he attended the University of Maryland and graduated in 1944 with a degree in electrical engineering.

He joined the U.S. Navy May 20, 1944 and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was discharged May 23, 1946.

He returned to Federalsburg in 1963 and worked at Airpax Cambridge until his retirement Dec. 31, 1986.

While living in Federalsburg, Mr. Merriken attended the Union United Methodist Church and later attended the Shore Harvest Presbyterian Church in Easton. He was very active in Boy Scouts and Little League for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Marie Kleist, on April 29, 1997.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marilla Settle, whom he married March 8, 1947; four sons, Kenneth B. Merriken of Columbia, S.C., Brian N. Merriken of Salisbury, Walter L. Merriken of Warrington, Va., and Marcus D. Merriken of Federalsburg; three daughters, Rebecca M. Stefanski of Alexandria, Va., E. Dee Merriken of Easton and Mary Waltenberger of Federalsburg; a sister, Jean M. Andrew of Federalsburg and 10 grandchildren.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 27th in Concord United Methodist Church, Federalsburg with the Rev. David Heistand officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Concord Cemetery, Federalsburg.

Donald Gordon McArthur (1946 - 2003)

Donald Gordon McArthur of Brooks, passed away in Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary on Thursday, July 31st, 2003 at the age of 56 years.

Born in Vulcan, Ab. on August 28th, 1946, Don lived in Millicent, Idesleigh and Consort before moving to Brooks in 1983. Don enjoyed working with cattle and horses, and tried his hand at raising chinchillas, until a fire put an end to that.

Don was an advocate for improvements for persons with disabilities. He firmly believed that all people are worthy of respect, dignity and inclusion in society. Don was an original member of the Brooks Diabetic Association, Persons with De- velopmental Disabilities Provincial Board and was a board member of the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities, Brooks Municipal Planning Committee. His hobbies ijncluded working and playing with computers and playing chess.

Don was predeceased by his mother, Clara, stepfather Steve Harahus and a sister, Judith. He is survived by two sisters, Eilleen Bullard and her special friend, Gilbert Van Straten of Botha and Jackie Vanderloh and her husband, Win of Medicine Hat, special friends, Bill and Eva Kennedy and Bill Green and numerous other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 8th from Smith Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Theiss officiating.

James Ballentine (1930 - 2003)

James (Jim) Ballentine passed away on September 5, 2003 at the Peter Lougheed Center after a long and courageous battle.

Jim began his journey on February 20, 1930 in Veteran. He graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary where he met his wife and life partner, Kathy. Their life journey took them across Canada from Calgary to Toronto, back west to Edmonton and finally to their roots in Calgary. Wherever they landed, they touched lives and made lifelong friends. Jim enjoyed a long and productive career in the pipeline and construction industries. He spent countless hours with a variety of volunteer organizations and enjoyed a passion for politics and sports.

Jim leaves behind Kathy, his wife of 50 years; one daughter, Kim Burkholder (Joe, Casey, Brady); one son, Scott (Joanne, Dylan, Mitchell); sisters Jean Stead- man and Betty Matterson and their families.

The funeral was held on September 11 at Southwood United Church, Calgary with the Rev. Drew Strickland officiating.
"Jim was a gentleman and a gentle man."

Laury Scott (1923 - 2003)

Laury "Bud" Scott was born in Consort Hospital on January 29, 1923. He was a big baby and grew to be a big man. He was the second child of Harold and Dora Scott, having an older brother, Charlie. Eleven years after Bud was born, a little sister, Mary, completed the family.

They spent their growing up years on the farm north of Consort in the Neutral Valley district, but when the Second World War was on, both boys joined up. After basic training, Bud went overseas and trained in the Devil's Punch Bowl, near Godalming and Hazelmeer in England where he learned to ride motorcycle as a dispatch rider behind the lines. From there he was sent to Belgium going by boat both in and out of Oostend. He also served in Holland and was five miles out of Nijmegen when the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. Along with others, he signed up for the Japanese theatre, but the war finally ended there in August of 1945. Bud came home on the Ile de France and started guarding Prisoners of War in Lethbridge and Kananaskis. He (along with other soldiers including Jack Sumner, also of Consort) escorted train loads of German prisoners to eastern Canada where they boarded ship for home. On one of these winter trips, they were in a serious train wreck in Ontario, but managed to complete their mission.

After Bud was discharged, he returned to Consort where he worked with several local people - worked and drove truck for Lorence Robinson, skinned Cat for Ralph Denney and also helped with Denney's Cafe, then set up a shoe repair and leather working business with his friend, Oswald Wiest. He worked as a climber and helped string telephone, and telegraph lines on the Edmonton/Calgary corridor for CPR. He worked with Consort Electric for many years helping Pat wire buildings around here or wherever needed. He also sold trees for Prairie Nurseries and tried his hand at other different things. For some years he worked at Dome Petroleum when the plant was first built east of Gooseberry Lake and went to such places as Fort St. John when they needed someone to test wells. When he moved into Consort, from his cabin at Gooseberry Lake, he set up a honey business and extracted large quantities of honey into barrels for export.

Bud was always ready to help out wherever he could and had the ability to figure out how to fix most anything. In the years immediately after the war, he lifeguarded and instructed swimming clas- ses at Gooseberry Lake for the government-run School of Community Life. Later, after he contracted polio in the summer of 1953, he remained in Banff following his treatment at the Banff Springs Hospital, and became a lifeguard and maintenance man for the Banff Cave & Basin. This training put him in good stead when Consort opened their swimming pool twenty-five years ago. Bud had useful knowledge and assisted at the pool right up to this year.

He loved kids and enjoyed working with the young people at the pool. He was always pleased when they included him in their year-end party. He helped out with some of the field trips and campouts with the Consort Boy Scouts. When the first arena was built he was the maintenance man, sharpening (and tightening) many skates. For his work with young people, he was given the Volunteer of the Year award from the Minor Sports Association.

His nieces and nephews filled a spot in his heart and they liked being around him, as well. Although he never married, he had the pleasure of watching these young people grow up and take their place in the world.

Bud loved sports of all kinds. As a kid he played ball and hockey, but his great love was skiing in winter and swimming in summer. When they couldn't get to Gooseberry Lake, Bud, Charlie and Mary would walk half a mile to the grade on a hot summer's night to swim and dive in that murky water. Skis were expensive, so Bud's dad made them by planing down and shaping the wood, then boiling it in water until it was soft enough to put in the home-made press to turn up the tip. If there wasn't money for bindings, Bud made them from old pieces of leather and fashioned what metal fittings were needed at Dad's forge in his blacksmith shop. Necessity was a fine teacher. (It's interesting to note that Elwood Williams still has his skis built by Dad).

When the first old 6-hole golf course at Gooseberry Lake was laid out, Bud helped and was a pretty good golfer driving the ball just like he handled his life - straight down the middle. He bowled the same way.

In the years when he lived at the lake, many kids were taught how to water ski as Bud patiently pulled them, even going so far as to mount a special pole for a hand-hold on the side of his boat until they gained confidence. Young folk migrated to his cabin every Sunday for fun and food.

Bud enjoyed the outdoors; he was a bird and big game hunter, as well as having a trap line when he was young and could get around. Fishing provided hours of pleasure for him as he would go with the Kropinskes to northern lakes and in the winter, Bud, Harold Shannon and others seine fished through the ice at Wabamun and other lakes.

As the years slowed him down, he took up other hobbies such as looking for coins at old rodeo or sports grounds and spent many happy years accompanying Oz and Annette Wiest on their Sunday outings. In the cooler days of the winter, he learned to carve decoys, mainly from instruction books, which showed feathering and color blending and he used knowledge gained from his years of studying nature. His carved birds can be found in many homes and he had a table at the Lions Gun & Hobby Show right up until this past year.

Bud passed away August 31st at his home in Consort from congestive heart failure. His health was also compromised with diabetes and for some years he had been suffering post polio syndrome. Life was getting increasingly difficult for him, although he had enjoyed getting around on his electric scooter and used it to go downtown for coffee with his friends every day.

At Bud's request, there will be no funeral. His ashes will be scattered somewhere in the hills where he spent so many happy hours picking berries and studying wildlife. Although there will be no monument in a cemetery to record his passing, there are countless stone cairns that he built around the country, that will bear mute testimony to his life.

Left to remember him are his brother, Charlie (Mavis) of White Rock, B.C., sister Mary Readman of Consort, nieces and nephews, Carol (Dave) Bruha, Consort, Sharron Scott, Greg (Shirley) Scott of Calgary, Gael (Bob) Lehman, Alberta Beach, Jackie (Arthur) Chin, Ono-way, Janice (Larry) Lewsaw, Camrose; Charleen Weston, Gary (Shelly) Scott, Paul (Caroline) Scott and Donna (Len) Miller in B.C., one sister-in-law, Kaye Scott, Edmonton, a number of great nieces and nephews and a host of friends whose lives he touched along the way. He was predeceased by his parents and one niece, Lorraine Scott.

If friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Consort Swimming Pool, c/o The Village of Consort, P.O. Box 490, or to the charity of ones choice.

Frances Letniak (1932 - 2003)

A memorial service was held in the Loyalist Hall on Friday afternoon, August 29th for Frances Letniak, who passed away in Red Deer on August 26, 2003 at the age of 70 years.

Her brother, Walter, gave the following eulogy:

Frances was born on September 22, 1932 at Lac Canard, Alberta. Her parents were Frank and Justyna Linkewich. She was predeceased by her mother on November 28, 1973 and her father on December 6, 1986.

Frances came from a family of twelve children. She was predeceased by sister Mary and husband Eugene Milan, brother Joseph Linkewich, sister Pauline and husband Andrew Zuk, brother Joe and wife Stella Linkewich, brother-in-law Stanley Gadowski, brother Peter Linkewich, sister Rosie Krukowski and brother Mike Linkewich.

She is survived by sister Annie Gadowski, brother Walter Linkewich and wife Violet, brother John Linkewich and wife Bonnie, brother Kasy Linkewich and wife Lil, and sister-in-law Margaret.

Frances is also survived by loving husband Dan, to whom she was married for 53 years. She leaves her children Roseann and husband Dal Chernask and two grandchildren Tanya and Tyson of Campbell River, B.C., Frank and wife Bernie Letniak, Wayne and wife Barb Letniak and three grandchildren - Melonie and husband Kurt Sortland and great grandchild Daphne, Sherri and husband Mark Mohr, and Jackie all residing in the immediate area, and youngest son Ed Letniak of Edmonton.

In 1944 Frances moved to Edmonton with her family where they lived for a few years and Frances attended St. Clare's School.

Then in 1947 the family moved to a farm about five miles north of Sedalia, Alberta. Here she finished her schooling and helped her parents on the farm. It wasn’t long after when dad had to polish up the old shot gun.

It wasn’t long after when Dan Letniak came along and convinced Dad to put the gun away and as a result they were married on July 1, 1950.

After the wedding they moved to a farm near Loyalist, which is just a few miles south of here.

Frances and Dan worked hard on the farm. They raised grain, vegetables and also cattle until they retired.

After farming Frances worked for Jack Newsham at the Consort Hotel. Then in 1977 Frances and Dan moved to Veteran where Frances got involved in hotel management; working at Veteran, Coronation, Youngstown, and Compeer. She retired from the hotels in 1985 and became involved with the Craft Shows, which kept her busy crocheting and baking.

Candles and flowers formed the setting for Fran's picture and after the service, a favorite song, "Holes In The Floor Of Heaven" (Steve Warriner) was played. Following this, lunch was served by the family to the large crowd of friends and neighbors who had gathered to pay their last respects.

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Myrtle Gertrude Glasier (1914 - 2003)

Myrtle Gertrude Glasier passed away July 25, 2003 in Peace River at the age of 89.

Myrtle was born in Consort on March 25, 1914, the third daughter of Ernest and Annie Glasier. Her parents came from Chatham, Ont- ario in 1908 to farm and settle in the Consort area where they raised twelve children. In 1934, in the years of the depression and severe drought conditions in central Alberta, they sought greener lands and moved to Peace River and began farming in Three Creeks.

Myrtle did not move with the family, however and remained in Consort where she worked as a nurse at the Consort Hospital. In the war years, she moved to Edmonton and for a while worked as a manager/receptionist at the Guest Hotel. From there she moved on to become an assistant in an Edmonton dental office. Then, in 1956 she began working as a nurse and caregiver at the School for Deaf children in Edmonton and remained there until her retirement in 1979. She then moved north to Peace River to reside in the house in town which had been the retirement home of her parents.

Myrtle is survived by brothers Lloyd and Wendell (Penny), Three Creeks, Neil (Olga), San Diego, California, Allen, Prince George, B.C., sisters Helen Robin- son, Edmonton and Edith Tucker, Mexico City and more recently Peace River.

She was predeceased by her parents; brothers Gomer (Consort), Forest (Brownvale area), Ivan (Peace River) and sisters Verlyn Hruby (Chicago) and Muriel Twiner (Toronto).

A celebration of Myrtle's life was held at St. Paul's United Church in Peace River on July 28 conducted by Betty Lou Munro, followed by interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Peace River.

Brent Hugh Dempsey (1961 - 2003)

It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of Brent Dempsey on September 8, 2003. Brent is survived by his devoted wife: Diane, step-son, Travis and daughter, Delray; his parents, Hugh and Edna; brothers Jack (Lori), Karl (Marcia) and sister Beverlee (Gary); aunts, uncles and numerous treasured nieces and nephews.

Brent was born on New Year’s Day 1961 at Consort. He attended schools in Veteran, New Brigden, and Cereal. On October 6, 1990 he married Diane Gilbertson (nee Todd) and humbly accepted care for her son, Travis, to this union a daughter, Delray was born in 1992. Brent always liked to do things in a big eventful way. Delray had to make a grand entrance into the world following a fire in the family home. There was not much damage done but there was a big mess to contend with before coming home with a new family member. Diane recalls how their family was always busy doing something, going places, visiting family and friends and traveling on holidays. There never seemed to be enough hours and days in the weeks because they were so filled with pastimes. Family holidays included trips to Yellowstone National Park, Disneyland, Glacier National Park, Vancouver, Waterton, Fair- mont, Panorama, Salmon Arm, Fort MacLeod, Ed- monton, Calgary and Medicine Hat.

Brent was employed with Sam's Trucking from 1979 - 1989 in Consort, Alberta and Estevan, SK. From 1989 to his passing he was employed with Big Country Waste Management Commission (Youngstown). Brent was also an active member of the Youngstown volunteer Fire Department which he joined in 1989 when he moved to Youngstown and also served as a member of the Special Area’s Board Fire Department. He was an avid member of the volunteer Fire Fighters Association for 13 years, his service continued into the final moments of his life. Brent’s passions included hunting, fishing, golfing, skiing, skating, swimimg, white water rafting, snowmobiling, quading, playing “Mr. Fix it”, socializing and a host of other activities. His greatest love was to laugh in the company of family and friends (Brent was a big kid at heart and loved to show it). He always had a smile on his face and possessed a fun loving attitude. He celebrated life to the fullest and focused on people’s good qualities and was known for lending a helping hand for those in need.

Both Brent and Diane were Baptised in 2000 as a testimony for their love for the Lord. His commitment to his faith showed in his compassion as a family member and friend. He cherished each moment life had to offer and treated others with fairness and respect. He was often offering help when it was needed and wasn’t afraid to accept it when he needed it. Brent was a loving husband, father, and true friend. He will be greatly missed and his memories will forever linger in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Marie Anita Joanne Fookes (1956 - 2003)

Marie was born in Consort on December 23, 1956. She was one of nine children, the fifth daughter of Charles and Lillian Jarratt. She grew up on a farm near Sedalia where she spent much of her childhood caring for her younger siblings and helping with chores. When she was twelve, the family moved to Bentley where Marie completed her High School, Graduating in 1974.

During High School, Marie was academically inclined, preferring English and Social Studies over Math. As a teen, she enjoyed playing baseball and listening to the Beatles who sang her favorite song, "Hey Jude". After receiving her High School diploma, she attended nursing school in Ponoka and two years later graduated as a psychiatric nurse. Marie became a devoted employee at the Alberta Hospital, Ponoka, which started her career for twenty-five years.

Marie met her husband, Dave, in Ponoka during her nursing training and they were happily married in 1981. They had three daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Jackelyn and most recently a granddaughter, Shelby Genesis. Although Marie spent much of her time at work and running errands, her priorities were her husband and children. She spent countless hours driving her daughters to dance practice and festivals, as well as piano, soccer and baseball. Marie always enjoyed recitals, festivals, vacations, camping and other family outings. Time spent with her family was precious because she wanted to make memories that would last forever for her children to cherish.

She was diagnosed with cancer in March 2002 and put up a great fight until August 26, 2003 when she passed away at the Lacombe Hospital. Only 46 years old at her passing, Marie will be forever remembered as a very dedicated mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, co-worker and friend. Her memory will remain in the hearts of many forever.

Marie is lovingly remembered by her husband, Dave, of Ponoka; daughters Jennifer, Jessica and Jackelyn of Ponoka; granddaughter Shelby; mother Lillian Jarratt of Lacombe; sisters Jean (Leo) Papa- dopolous of Edmonton, Gwen (Greg) Hodge of Edmonton, Cynthia (Jim) Raabis of Bentley, Esther (Sven) Larsen of Sylvan Lake and Edna Jarratt of Lacombe; brothers Roger Jarratt of Lacombe and Dan (Alethia) Jarratt of Vancouver; mother-in-law Eleanor Aucoin of Calgary, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Tina Hagens (1911 - 2003)

Mom was born on August 8, 1911 in Ihausen, Germany, the youngest child of a large family. At a very young age, she was afflicted with whooping cough, and her parents were informed that she probably would not survive. With her strong will and determination for life, she did survive. This attribute served her well through many more health problems she had throughout her long life.

In 1929, her mother and father decided to leave their native land and travel overseas to Canada to try their hand in the new land of opportunity. They travelled by steamship and the trip was long. She always told us that her only memory was of being very seasick the entire journey until she saw the Canadian shoreline and the city of Halifax. From there they took the long and arduous train to Esther where other members of the family, who had arrived the previous year, took them to their newly established home. It was a dusty, dry environment, much different than what they had left behind, but they were willing to endure the hardships with the hope of better times ahead.

In 1941, she married John Hagens and their married life began. Three children were born in the ensuing years, John in 1942, Maryanne in 1945 and Erwin in 1949. Through good and bad times, Mom always managed to keep us very well cared for with good food from a great garden, good clothes both homemade and store bought, and a loving and comfortable home. During this time, she also gave her father, who lived with us until his passing at age 94, her undying love and care.

In 1989, her husband passed away and until his last day, she was his number one caregiver. After his death she managed her home and garden by herself for several years but eventually it became more than she could handle, and we encouraged her to move to the Senior Citizens Lodge in Oyen. After a time there, it became necessary due to health problems and the curse of aging, to have her cared for in the Oyen Extended Care facility where she resided until her passing on August 27, 2003 with many family members at her side.

During her lifetime, she was blessed with eleven grandchildren whom she cherished. Mom spent a lot of time with the grandchildren while they participated in various events in town such as swimming lessons, hockey, and other after school functions. They remember with fondness Mom’s great tea parties and card games that she and the children enjoyed so much as well as great caring and compassion as only a grandmother can dispense.

She lived to see the arrival of ten great-grandchildren that she was able to hold and hug and have pictures taken with, including the youngest which was born in February of this year.

She leaves to mourn her loss and to remember her life, her sons John (Carol), Erwin (Carol); daughter Maryanne (Albert) Jackson; grandchildren Tammy (Tom) Compagna, Jackie (Trent) Niwa, Derek (Melanie) Hagens, Dana (Jason) Duchscherer, Kendra Hagens, Wanda Jackson, Dwayne (Charlotte) Jackson, Glen (Alynn) Jackson, Preston (Sarah) Hagens, Ryan Hagens, Farrah (Dean) Williams; great-grandchildren Dustin Jackson, Nicole, Kelsey and Claire Compag- na, Savannah andJory Niwa, Triston and Mackenzie Duchscherer, Raelynn and Dawson Jackson.

She is survived by a brother Bill in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, as well as many other relatives. She was predeceased by numerous family members.

Funeral Service was held Monday, September 1 at the New Brigden Community Hall. Celebrant was Bonnie Burke.

The funeral service was held at the Church Of The Open Bible in Ponoka on Saturday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Spence Laycock giving the address and Andy LeBlanc giving the Life Sketch.

Joseph Mitchell Shaw (1922 - 2003)

Joseph Mitchell Shaw was born in Consort on August 10, 1922 and passed away in Vermilion on September 10, 2003 at the age of 81 years.

A Memorial service was held in the First United Church, Vermilion on September 13th at 11:00 a.m. wityh the Reverend Anne McGrath officiating.

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph and mother, Mary; wife Annie and sister Jean Vivian.

Left to mourn are his children, Ernie Shaw and Ian (Sandra) Shaw, all of Clandonald and Mary (Mike) Green of Cold Lake; grandchildren Joanne, Kyle, Amanda and Tanner Shaw and Jennifer and Robert Green; sisters Ina Shaw, Annie Hutchinson and Isabell Etherington, all of Vermilion, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean Morland (1908 - 2003)

Born Jean Bogle in Durham, Grey County, Ontario on April 9, 1908. Here Jean spent the first eight years of her life, then in 1917 the family came west to a homestead at Major, Sk. There were no boys in Jean's family and at the age of 12, Jean became the hired hand; she hauled grain with a team and wagon, plowed with a six horse tandem on a gang plow, harrowed, floated and cultivated on the breaking.

Jean took her Grade 4 to 8 education at Summit Park School, and her High School in Major. Following this, she went into Nurse's training in Moose Jaw, but found she was too sensitive to the suffering of others. She entered Teacher's college in the fall of 1929. The next year she began teaching in the Summit Park School. Shortly after starting teaching, Jean met Harry Morland and on July 19, 1932 Jean and Harry were married.

In 1935, Jean's father died very suddenly and Harry and Jean moved to the Bogle farm where she spent the next 64 years. Jean was wife, hired man and best friend to Harry. Over the next few years she became mother to five children: Louise, Keith, Noella, Grace and Bruce. Jean was a very caring person, her neighbours were always welcome, the door was always open and the table was always full. No one left Jean's kitchen hungry. Her family, friends and neighbours were her life.

Jean was a very talented lady. She made most of her children's clothes, seldom using a pattern, using the catalogue to have the kids pick out what they wanted and she would make it. It wasn't until the children were grown that any of them visited a barber. She cut everyone's hair and gave her girls perms. Harry never visited a barber in all the years they were married. For many years, Jean cut hair and gave perms to many people in the community.

Jean was an avid gardener, growing a big garden well into her eighties. Jean's garden fed her family and anyone else who needed it.

As her family moved on, married and had their own children, Jean didn't have any time to feel any empty nest syndrome. Just about the time that Bruce was married, Joanne Schan came to live with them and she became a very important part of the Morland family. When Joanne married Don Harder and moved out, Gordon McNeill came to live with Jean and Harry. Gordon and his family have since remained an important part of the Morland family. Other very close extended family members included George and Elsie Edmonds and Garth and Betty Dickson.

Jean served on the Summit Park School Board as a secretary and trustee for 22 years. She was an active member of the Major United Church, acting as choir leader, teaching Sunday School and singing in the church choir for many years. She was also a very active member of the U.C.W.

When the Major curling rink opened, Jean took up the sport with great enthusiasm and continued to curl in the Ladies bonspiels until she was in her late 70's. She has since enjoyed watching all of the curling on T.V.

Jean's grandchldren were especially important to her and she stayed in close contact with all of them. She particularly enjoyed having the grandchildren spend time with her and playing such games as crokinole and scrabble, although hardly anyone ever beat Jean. The grandchildren always said that grandma used some pretty suspicious words.

As arthritis made Jean slow down, her family and their visits became so important to her. Harry passed away in March 1999 and the following September Jean moved into Pioneer Haven. Then in 2002, she moved into Buena Vista, where she passed away quietly September 26, surrounded by her family.

Jean was predeceased by her parents, James and Mary Bogle; her sisters, Bessie Bogle and Ruby Morland, as well as two brothers-in-law, Hayton and John Morland. Jean is survived by her five children and their families, Louise and Mac Henderson, Noella and George Umphrey, Bruce and Shirleen Morland, all of Major, Sk., Keith and Brenda Morland of Luseland, and Grace and Ralph Wiest of Consort. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, seven adopted grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Betty Morland of Winnipeg, three nephews and a large number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves many cousins and other members of her close extended family.

Burtrum Arshel Jorgenson (1925 - 2003)

Burt passed away suddenly in a tragic farm accident doing what he loved to do - working with his family. He was 78 years of age and extremely active in all aspects of the farm, family and social activities.

Burtrum Arshel Jorgenson was born on July 20, 1925 at the home of his grandparents, Duke and Caroline Garbutt near Sedalia, Alberta. He was the third child born to Alfred and Vera Jorgenson. As a boy, he loved growing up on the farm. Farming, love of the land and this universe were his true passions.

In 1950, Burt married the love of his life, Shirley Hewitt. Together they farmed through good years and bad, raised six children and watched with pride as their family grew. Burt loved to work with his sons and daughters and taught them everything from life skills, to farming, driving and to enjoy the little things like listening to the birds and studying the stars in the sky. Family was of the greatest importance to him - he was so proud of his family of fifty and with every new addition, whether it was a new baby or the marriage of a grandchild, he welcomed them with open arms. Most of all, he passed on his love of music, not only to his family, but to all who were privileged to listen to him play and sing.

The background of his musical life began as a little boy who learned to play the violin from his father, Alf. Through the years, his selection of instruments expanded to include alto sax, piano, clarinet, tuba and bass guitar. We would watch with amazement as he could make a tune from almost anything he put his hands on, including a blade of grass. His musical career took a new twist, when at the age of 11, he was paid 25 cents to play for a dance in New Brigden with his sister Blanche on the piano and he and his Dad on violins. The family, including Fred, jammed together for years. Later on, Burt, his brother Ralph and their wives, Shirley and Marvel, along with good friend Nelson Bingeman formed the well-known band called “The J’s”. Burt’s ability to play by ear gave him the opportunity to join in on any “jam session” and “sing song” that came his way.

He was a member of the New Brigden Drama Club for years - acting, singing and directing music. He had an incredible ability to harmonize. His 66 years of entertaining with music started and concluded in New Brigden. His final gift of music was enjoyed by many as he provided entertainment for a function in New Brigden on October 25, 2003. The beautiful sound of his music will be remembered forever by thousands of people.

Combined with farming and music were his many, many other interests and contributions to his community. He loved participating in and coaching baseball, hockey and curling. He was highly involved in getting power, telephone and natural gas into this area. He spent many years running the snow plow, was a member of the Ag Service Board, Unifarm, Highway 41 Association, VIDO research group, Alberta Pork Board and was an examiner for the Green Certificate Program. His deep involvement in agriculture gained him the prestigious recognition of being inducted into the East Central Alberta Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was also chosen to be a part of the selection committee in choosing last year’s recipients for the Province of Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.

As busy as he was, Burt loved spending time with his twenty-two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In earlier years, pig trips were turned into a day of learning. Interspersed with learning were treats of ice cream, lots of songs and endless games of “I Spy.”

Family was of greatest importance to him as he participated in some small way in as many of their activities as possible. He was a pillar of strength, not only to his family, but also to neighbors, nieces and nephews, who often called him for advice. He would always take the time that was needed to help others. He loved a challenge and lived each day to the fullest. His strength to survive was evident through the poorest of farming conditions, family tragedies and the devastating pig barn fire - he persevered and carried on.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley; his children Gary (Gloria), Irvine (Patsy), Joyce (Keith) Radcliffe, Lloyd (Sandra), Joanne (Kevin) McBain, Karen (Lyle) Smigelski. He also leaves to mourn twenty-two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Fred and Ralph (Marvel); brother-in-law Fred Tye; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Vera; sister Blanche Tye; sister-in-law Margaret Jorgenson; nieces Sandra, Debra and Maxine; and nephew Ralphie.

Funeral Service was held Saturday, November 1, at the Oyen Royal Canadian Legion Hall.

Sydney George Wall (1917 - 2003)

George Wall passed away October 23, 2003 in Hardisty Hospital at the age of 86 years.
An evening, "Remembering George", was held at the Hughenden Community Hall starting at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 28th. Family members welcoming friends and relatives included: Margaret; David and Louise, Michael and Christopher Wall, Fernie, B.C.; Joan and Tom, Ryan, Patrick and Kathleen Connelly, Kelowna, B.C.; Patricia and Tom, Gillian, Pamela and Blair Mackie, Hughenden; Kathleen, Paul and Mary Bunner, Edmonton.

Sydney George Wall, was born in London, England on January 24, 1917. He was the second child born to Sydney and Nellie Wall. In 1920, Granddad Wall became seriously ill and was advised to come to Canada to convalesce. They arrived in Canada and stayed with Granddad's brother, Tom Wall, who was living south of Czar on the Jesse Little place which is currently part of the Todd ranch.

Dad and his sister, Nellie, attended school at Good Luck. In the winter of 1921, they moved when Grandmother and Granddad Wall went to work for a farmer named Jack Smith, whose farm was located where Russell Jones's ranch currently exists.

In 1923, the family moved again when Granddad Wall rented a farm from Arthur Holtgren. This farm was located on a section that is now part of the Hope ranch.

It was the mid-1950s that Dad and his friend, Kenny Anderson, joined together in a partnership known as Anderson and Wall Feedlot. That feedlot was a labour of love for Dad. He had cattle, horses, tractors, machinery, a milk cow and manure on his boots. He continued in the cattle business in some manner or other until his death.

During those years in Hughenden, he and Mom had a busy, active life. They raised us kids in a way that serves as a model for raising our own children. They were enthusiastic travellers who visited every continent on earth. They supported community activities and events. There were no fans more loyal to the Hughenden Jets than Mom and Dad and it was his lasting pride that he had two Grandsons who played for the team. But perhaps their greatest passion was for music and dancing.

Dad described his family's account in the early days of this country with these words:

"I now have lived more than fifty years in the beautiful country within sight of the Neutral Hills and have enjoyed every part of that life."

Dad had a long, good life which he enjoyed with Mom and our family. He lived in the place he loved, with the people he wanted to be with. The world is a better place because of him and we will all miss him dearly.

Catherine Kropinske (1925 - 2003)

Catherine Kropinske passed away on December 4, 2003 at the Consort Hospital at the age of 78 years.

Catherine was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 14, 1925 to Stephen and Barbara Miller. She took her schooling at the Blarney School near their home at Altario. She lived and worked in Castor for about ten years at the Castor Hospital and Lodge.

In 1966, Catherine went to Edmonton and earned her certificate in hairdressing, and opened a business in Consort. On April 8, 1972, she married Merritt Kropinske and they lived and farmed south of Consort where she also ran her salon.

Catherine loved her family and friends and made sure she was always in touch, never forgetting an important date or event. She had a ready wit and enjoyed playing cards, gardening and cooking, along with visiting. Whenever anyone was in need of help she was always there. Her religion and her church were a very important focal point in her life.

Catherine was predeceased by her parents, Stephen and Barbara Miller, her sister, Mary Dolan and her brothers John, Edward and Steve Miller; her brothers-in-law, Barney Dolan and F. Leo Schulmeister. She is survived by her husband, Merritt; her sister, Barbara Schulmeister; her brother, Andrew Miller; and sister-in-law Annette Miller. Many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews will remember her fondly.

As a young person, Catherine could be found milking cows, gardening, canning, sewing, baking or helping neighbours. She found pleasure in her work. My mom, who boarded at her home, remembers her as slipping over to Barbara's across the pasture, half a mile away to help with her nieces and nephews, baking bread, scrubbing floors, helping with wash (scrub board style) or making sausage. The little ones looked forward to her coming with excitement as her pockets could hold anything from a newly sewn dress, to freshly baked cookies or some darned socks. Their smiling faces were the highlight of her life.

On many a Sunday afternoon, my mom and Catherine would walk a couple of miles to visit Mary Sieben, a shut-in. She would invariably have saved a dollar for stamps so Mary could continue her letter writing.

Travelling by horse and buggy she would never miss a choir practice at Albert Vogel's. The little church of Mount Carmel would ring each Sunday morning with the beautiful hymns which had been well prepared.

After leaving home she did what she liked best, visiting at the hospital as she worked in the hospital and nursing home in Castor for 10 years. She was always interested in a person's physical welfare.

Merritt and Catherine were married in April of 1972 and lived in Consort where Catherine had her hair styling shop in their home. After building a new house, complete with a hair salon and moving to the farm, she and Merritt had a large garden. She was always one to give her best and friends and relatives would leave the farm laden down with quality produce.

Children had a special place in her heart. She was always excited when the school students would come on tour to hear the "bee" story and carry home a sample jar of fresh honey.

For a number of years, Merritt and Catherine would host a pot luck supper for the neighbours when they finished harvesting. This was a special time as they prepared for this event.

Her love of travel took her to Nashville, Tennessee, the Black Hills of South Dakota, Alaska and the Fort McMurray Oil Sands, with many visiting trips in between. Merritt accompanied her to Disneyland for their 20th anniversary and on trips to the United States to meet relatives. Her last major trip was her first by air, to Toronto.

She was friendly to all and took a great interest in family relationships. She had few close relatives in Canada, but when she travelled, she always wanted to stop and visit a second or third cousin, leaving a small remembrance and a promise to phone.

Church was of utmost importance to her and she was especially pleased to see the completion of the new church.

Her tremendous memory for dates, names and events was evident. She did not need a history book to relate some incident or give a run-down of families and the part they played in her life and the community.

She may have missed her vocation as a meteorologist as, after her daily phone salutation, you would have a detailed weather run-down for the day, as well as road conditions.

She was also a reporter, not needing any files. In three minutes after being introduced to an individual, she would have memorized their birthdate, family, medical history, station in life and given her best recipe for making cabbage rolls.

She loved playing games. If you were not acquainted with all the rules, you could be assured that you would be by the end of the game.

Until recently she visited with her neighbours while cutting their hair. She was always interested in what one was doing - the newlyweds - the new baby - the graduate - how grandmother was doing - what was planned for an anniversary - the price received for crafts, or where everyone was going for holidays.

Early morning, late evening or anytime-of-the day visits, with her bubbly conversation and smiles, will be greatly missed.

Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, December 9th in the Corpus Christi Catholic Parish Church with Father Paul Kavanagh as celebrant.

Jim Marr Barber (1917 - 2003)

Long-time resident Jim Barber passed away December 17, 2003 in the Consort Hospital from complications following a fall and broken hip. He was 86.

The funeral was held from Knox United Church, Consort at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 19th with Susan Bowyer officiating.

Jim Barber was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and neighbour. He was a proud family man, loved horses and sports, and always stayed true to his farming roots. His passion for life, and laughter was contagious and brought happiness to everyone around him.

James Marr Barber, the son of Phineas Marr Barber and Euphemi Jean McIntosh, was born on March 03, 1917 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Brother to nine girls and three boys and twin to Dolly Dorothy, Jim spent the first 30 years of his life on his parent’s farm in Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan. From an early age, Jim developed a passion for horses and spent much of his life riding. After quitting school in grade eight, he started to work and drive horses in the field for his family and neighbours.

One of Jim’s great adventures in his youth was a three month wagon train journey. In spring of 1934, at the age of 17, Jim was asked by Mac McDonald to help him move his struggling farm from southern Saskatchewan to northern Alberta. Because work was so scarce in Stewart Valley, his father, PM, allowed Jim to leave home for the summer. In early June, he departed Stewart Valley as part of a penniless wagon train that took nearly three months to reach its final destination north of Peace River. Along the way, they relied on the kindness and generosity of the communities that they traveled through. The little income they had was earned using their horses. They towed model-T’s out of the ditch, pulled railway ties out of the Athabasca River, and traded trained horses for green ones. Jim spent the fall and winter of 1934 working in western Alberta and, like many other young men during the depression, spent time in the soup kitchens of Edmonton and Calgary. In the spring of 1935, he returned home aboard a freight train that was engineered by his brother in-law. And when he finally arrived back home, he was barely recognized by his own family because he was black with soot from the coal engines. Other highlights from Jim’s early years include working on a local threshing outfit, working for George Smith as a hand, and working as a hand at the Matador Ranch.

In the middle of the 1940’s, PM decided that he wanted to take up ranching in Alberta. In the fall of 1946, Jim’s mother Jean, brothers Charles and John, and sister Betty moved to Consort to start the cattle ranch. The next spring Jim and PM caught the train to Consort and were reunited with the rest of the family. Shortly after, Jim saw a beautiful young woman named Bernice Hanson for the first time while she was helping her father drive his sheep to market. Jim had found his reason for attending Monitor dances every Saturday evening. Rumour has it, though, that he was a bit too frugal to pay for her to get into the dances. Despite his thrifty ways, and to his great fortune, Bernice still agreed to marry Jim when he proposed. It must have been his ability to cut-a-rug on the dance floor that won him Bernice’s heart.

Jim and Bernice were married on March 17, 1948 and settled on 13 quarters of land seven miles southeast of Consort. Starting in December 1948, Jim and Bernice spent the next 40 years raising a rambunctious family of nine. Although raising a young family wasn’t easy for Jim and Bernice, life around the farm was full of stories, playful curiosity, love and laughter. The door to the Barber house was always open; neighbouring kids were as welcome and almost as numerous as their own.

Jim lived a full life and enjoyed the company of the many friends and neighbours. He loved to sit and BS with friends over a drink. Throughout the years, his morning phone calls with George and Arnold were always a welcome occurrence and allowed him to keep up on local news, weather, and cattle prices.

Jim made his living by ranching, farming, driving a school bus, and witching wells on the side. One of his greatest enjoyments was working with his dogs: Rover and Tippy. In the mornings, he would walk out the door and shake his milk pail to signal the dogs to bring the cows in from the field. His interest in cattle and near obsession with horses started at an early age and continued throughout his entire life. Jim’s old crooked saddle spent most of its time on his favourite horses: Vic and April. Jim could never understand why other people didn’t like his saddle. But when you tried to ride with it, it became clear. Jim always had his right stirrup longer than the left which meant that you were only ever halfway on the horse. To this day, no one in his family has been able to balance the saddle.

He shared with his family a passion for hockey, baseball, fishing, and curling. He also shared a competitive streak that shone through in many of these sporting activities. If you’ve ever been fishing with Jim Barber, you know that he always caught a bigger fish that got away. In fact, he was convinced that the person who caught the biggest fish of the day had actually hooked the one that had broke his line earlier. He applied this same logic when curling. If his shot was wide, then someone else must have moved the broom. He also loved to play cards and rarely played whist without a lively round of table-talk.

Jim’s passion and encouragement for his children when they were playing sports didn’t always end with support alone. As a goal judge at his boy’s hockey games, he was often the only person ejected from the game for heckling the opposing team’s goalie or arguing calls with the referee. On at least one occasion the following announcement was heard over the Sportex loud speaker. The game will not resume until Jim Barber has left the arena”.

Jim’s biggest joy in life was his family and he was always watching the comings and goings from his spot by the window. Whether it was spending time playing baseball with the kids, playing horseshoes, telling stories, riding horses, playing cards, passing time around a campfire, or simply watching Hockey Night in Canada, Jim always gave and received great pleasure from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. If you were sitting near him at the dinner table, you learned early-on the importance of guarding your plate. He was either sneaking food that he didn’t want onto everyone else’s plate or stealing something that he enjoyed. He sure loved to “put one over on you” especially if it was before noon on the 1st of April.

Every child that grew up in the Barber household had their own personal story told by grandpa. Grandpa’s trick when he wanted to take his own afternoon nap was to ask the kids if they wanted to hear a retelling of wild adventures about living in the hills with the coyotes. This gave him the reason that he needed to sneak off and shut his eyes for a while; the kids always got a great story, but when they came tip-toeing back down the stairs with-out grandpa's company, it was clear that the story was over for now and that he was fast asleep. These stories, an elbow in the ribs, and the relentless teasing will be fondly remembered.

Jim Barber is survived by his wife Bernice; his siblings Edith, Chuck (Helen), Lyle (Hazel), Betty (Donald) Day; his children Gary (Valerie), Wayne (Callie), Carol (Bob), Betty (Dwight), Dianne (Brian), Gerald (Stacy), Phil (Pattie), Brian (Darlene), and Laura (Leo); his grandchildren Dana (Greg), Daryl (Stacey), Rod, Jim (Katherine), Shawn (Audrey), Dallas (Shannon), Jay, Tammie (Mike), Kyle (Janelle), Rhea, Ken, Kris (James), Karla (Clayton), Jason (Christen), Kory, Tyler, Nichole, Brooke, Travis, Amber, Erin, Bailey, Jesse, and Jordie; his great-grandchildren Daniel, Meagan, Garret, Rowdie, Mason, Keatz, Sawyer, Hunter, and Ethan; and a vast extended family.

Myda Alvina Wade (1910 - 2003)

Myda Alvina Wade passed away at the Consort Health Centre on Monday, December 30, 2003 at the age of 92 years.

Myda was born October 25, 1910 in Griggs County, Hannaford, North Dakota, the eldest child of Severin and Gunda Nelson. Her parents moved to Canada and homesteaded south of the town of Loyalist. She attended Silverdale and Broadview Schools in the area, until her parents died and she moved to Edmon- ton. Here she finished her education and went to Normal School, graduating in 1929. Myda had left part of her heart here and she came back to the area, where her first school was Cop Hill, west of Sedalia. She also taught at Sounding Valley, Willow Brook, Rae and in Consort. Teaching was a very big part of her life.

In 1940, Myda married Edgar Wade and to this union one daughter, Bonnie, was born. Myda lived on the Wade farm until 1991, when she moved to an apartment in the Consort Lodge. In 2000, she moved down the hall to a room in the Lodge, until entering the hospital on December 15th, 2002.
She was very involved with the old Social Credit Party as Constituency Secretary for quite a few years. She was also correspondent for the Seniors Drop In Centre and worked getting people to travel on the Old Handi Bus to Rosebud and various places. She enjoyed working at the Information Booth for many years. Myda loved gardening, crocheting, baking and reading.

Predeceased by her parents, Severin and Gunda Nelson in 1918 and 1920; husband Edgar in 1984; granddaughter Connie in 1983; sister Norah in 1927 and brother Hartwick in 1995; Myda is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Joe) Sansregret; grandson Jason (Dana) Sansregret and great grandchildren, Cole and Sage; sister Esther Kogsted of Calgary and brother Bob (Maggie) Nel- son of Calgary; four nieces, Thelma, Kelly, Donna and Anne and two nephews, Eric and Vic.

Funeral services for Myda Wade were held in the Knox United Church, Consort on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Stone officiating. Myda's daughter, Bonnie, gave a loving tribute in memory of her mother. Carol Ness played the organ for the congregational hymns, "In The Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus", led in song by the Knox United Church Choir.

The active pallbearers were Mike Charbonneau, Jason Sansregret, Eric Wade, Russell Maron, Vance Pelkey and Ed Feil. The honorary pallbearers were "All Those Present", as everyone was very special to Myda. The interment will take place in the spring of 2003 in the Lakeroad Cemetery, Consort.

Following the funeral service, family and friends gathered together in the Knox United Church Hall for a time of fellowship and light refreshment with the luncheon prepared and served by the Knox United Church Women.