Funerals

Robert Bowers Suitor

Robert Bowers Suitor
October 16, 1958
February 24, 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert Bowers Suitor after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 55. He is survived by his loving wife Paulette, his daughter Tanya (Joel) Long of Calgary, Step Sons Derek (Lenka) Broda of Ottawa and Nathan Broda (Stephanie Price) of Calgary as well as his four grandchildren, Jillian Long, Benjamin Long, Taylor Broda and Avery Broda.

Robert was predeceased by his parents Charlie and Mary Suitor; brother Sam Suitor; sister Eileen Yates and sister-in-law Maureen Suitor.  Rob leaves to mourn his passing, his brother Joe (Selma) Suitor; Dennis (Darlene) Suitor and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Rob had a larger than life personality that touched everyone he met.  His remarkable adventures and subsequent stories were always entertaining and never needed any embellishment.  Family and friends were extremely important to him.  He loved to laugh and make people laugh.  He was never afraid to strike up a conversation and loved to share his advice with anyone who would listen.

Rob had a great love of the outdoors and spent many hours guiding on the Bow and fly fishing with so many of his friends.  When he could no longer pilot the river with his drift boat, he bought a boat for the lake and named it Family Matters.   He spent countless hours making sure everyone had a chance to go for a ride.

The last few years Rob also found a true love for camping and could hardly wait for the camping season so he could spend time with Paulette and their three dogs enjoying the summer months. He never failed to meet a new friend at every campground they visited. 

The light of Robs life were truly his grandchildren.  Rob never missed an opportunity to tell you about their latest accomplishments.  He was so proud of "his Jillian" and never wanted to miss Bens hockey games during the winter months.  Last January he had the chance to take them to Disneyland where they spent seven magical days and the memories that were made will live on in their hearts forever.  With his grandchildren Taylor and Avery living in Ottawa, visits were more limited due to the distance, but he was adamant that it was quality over quantity that mattered. 

The family would like to express a sincere heartfelt thank you to the incredible people who work at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic and those at the Foothills Hospital.  It takes a special group of people to be able to do what they do every day and provide the compassionate care that was always given to Rob and his immediate family.  A special thank you to those people near and far who sent their prayers and thoughts during our familys difficult time.

In lieu of flowers donations would be greatly appreciated to the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic, 1331 -29th Street NW, Calgary, AB  T2N 4N2. 

A Celebration of Rob's Life will be held on Monday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the High River United Church, 123 Macleod Trail South. To send condolences and view Rob's Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com.  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

"If there's ever a day that we can't be together, put me in your heart and I will stay there forever" ~ Winnie the Pooh

GRANT, Norman Edward

GRANT, Norman Edward
1924 – 2014

 

Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday January 19th, 2014, at the High River Hospital at the age of 89. He is survived by his daughter Arlene, three sons Berle(Sue), Lynn(Terry), and Darrell(Dominique). Six grandchildren, Jacki, Jesse, Jason, Valerie, Taylor, Julien and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother in-law and sister in-law Bob and Sheila Rowland, sisters in-law Iris Gordon, Betty Rowland, Pat Grant and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins here and in Scotland. He was predeceased by his wife Bernice, his brother Allan Grant and sister Elaine Bird.

Norm was born September 29th, 1924 in High River, middle child of Ada and John Grant. He farmed in the Gladys area, worked for the M.D. of  Foothills and was trucker/owner of tank trucks in the Breton and Grande Prairie areas. He moved back to High River in 1995 to retire. Norm enjoyed working on his acreage, gardening, woodworking and spending time with family and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of the High River Hospital 2nd floor for their excellent care of Norm over the years.

A funeral service will be held at the Highwood Memorial Centre on Monday January 27th, 2014, at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to STARS (1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570 Calgary, AlbertaT2E 8M7 or www.stars.ca) or a charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com . Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes High River, AB 403-652-2222

STEVENS, Francis “Alvin”

STEVENS, Francis “Alvin”
1925 – 2014

Passed away peacefully on Friday January 17th, 2014, at the High River Hospital. Alvin was born in Blackie, AB and raised on a farm near Mossleigh, AB. When he was finished with farming he moved to Mossleigh and operated the Sunshine Service Station for many years. He was a mechanic, tow truck driver, school bus driver, or whatever was necessary. When the station was sold he operated Mossleigh Equipment with Bob Beagle. When he decided to retire he moved to High River, AB. He lived in a few different places before he finally moved to the High River Hospital second floor. He enjoyed his search a word and jigsaw puzzles.

Alvin is survived by many nieces and nephews Linda (Marvyn) Frey of Calgary, David  Stevens of Okotoks, Robert (Jackie) Beagle of Mossleigh, Gary (Barb) Beagle of Calgary, Shirley Beagle of Calgary, Tom (Sherry) Frank of Twin Falls Idaho and Ken Frank of Havre Montana.

He was predeceased by his parents Chauncey and Grace Stevens, his sister Bernice, brother Leonard and sister Helen. Now the family will be together again in heaven.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful staff on the second floor of the High River Hospital. Over the years they took very good care of him.

A funeral service will be held at the Highwood Memorial Centre(Rotary Room) on Saturday January 25th, 2014, at 2pm. Memorial donations may be made to the High River Hospital Foundation(2nd Floor) 560 9th Avenue SW High River AB T1V 1B3 or www.highriverhealthfoundation.ca . To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com . Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Homes High River 403-652-2222.   

Thrift, Gail

Gail Thrift of High River, Alberta passed away on October 16th, 2013 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital at the age of 63 years.  Gail was born in Oshawa, ON and is survived by her husband, Rick of 36 years; son Cameron (Brenda) and granddaughter Addison of Calgary; brothers Don (Julie) Lyons and Glen Lyons of Ontario.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the High River Christian Reformed Church,  450 Macleod Trail SW, High River, Alberta, T1V 1B5

In lieu of flowers, please give a loved one a hug.

To send condolences and view Gail’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Allister Gordon Jones

Allister Gordon Jones

January 12, 1923 – September 10, 2013

Allister Gordon Jones – known as “Gordon” to all – died peacefully on September 10, 2013 after a brief stay at the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks, Alberta. Gordon was 90 years old.

Gordon was born on January 12, 1923 on a farm outside of Bangor, Saskatchewan, a Welsh community established in 1902. The second oldest of ten children born to Daniel and Lydia Jones, Gordon worked hard on the family farm throughout the depression, and continued to help his family as much as he could when the family moved to Saskatoon in the mid-1930s.

In 1941, soon after turning 18, Gordon visited a Royal Canadian Air Force recruiting office. This proved to be a defining moment in his life. Although it took three or four times to pass the medical, Gordon was accepted and soon was deemed the ‘desirable type of material’ for a Canadian fighter pilot.

During basic training, he met his beloved wife of almost 69 years, Linora Frances Randle. The two were married on October 26, 1944 in High River, Alberta. After the war, they established a farm east of High River and together raise five children: George, Barbara, David, Mary-Ellen and Darcy.

During the war and throughout his life, Gordon imparted his knowledge and passion for flying to many. Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, he was responsible for training Commonwealth airmen.

Gordon and Linora farmed and ranched together for 40 plus years in the High River area.  Gordon was very involved in his community with Rotary, Curling, Golf, Alberta Flying Farmers as well as the MD of Foothills.  Gordon served for 15 years with the MD as Reeve, Deputy Reeve and Councilor.

A Celebration of Gordon’s Life will be held on Friday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the Nanton Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alberta.  To send condolences and view Gordon’s Tribute page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals (Craig Snodgrass) of High River 403.652.4242.

Bews, Thomas Philip

Bews, Thomas Philip
March 26, 1925 – August 24, 2013

Philip Bews of High River passed away on August 24, 2013 at the High River Hospital at the age of 88 years.  Philip is survived by his wife Nellie; daughter Alice (John) Weston of Malaysia and son Jack (Rhonda) Bews of High River; grandchildren John Philip Weston, Shaelynn Nicole Bews and Cody Austin Bews.  

Philip was born in High River, Alberta to John & Alice Bews and completed all of his schooling in the area.  Philip married Nellie in 1956 and they lived on the family homestead where Philip was born.  They raised their children and ran a mixed farming operation up until their retirement when they moved into High River.  Phil was looking forward to the 100th Anniversary of the Bews homestead next year.

Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church in Okotoks (338 Ave. and 32nd Street East, Okotoks).

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the High River Hospital (2nd Floor) 560 9th Ave. SW, High River, Alberta, T1V 1B3 or the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.  To send condolences and view Philip’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Nelson, Roy Arnold

Nelson, Roy Arnold
May 19, 1933 – August 21, 2013

Roy Arnold Nelson born May 19, 1933 in High River, Alberta and passed away August 21, 2013 at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary at the age of 80 years. He is survived by one sister Rita (Stan) Fisher of Pincher Creek, Alberta, one brother Warren (Rae) Nelson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, one sister-in-law, Wilma Nelson of High River, Alberta, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by three children David Nelson of Cayley, AB, Cindy (Clarke) Peterson, of Osoyoos, BC, and Sandy (Myke) Antaloczy of Golden, BC.   Roy had 8 Grandchildren and 7 Great-grandchildren. Roy was pre-deceased by his wife Vivian and two brothers Leonard and Vern Nelson.  Roy had a good life growing up in the Meadowbank Community.  Later moving to Didsbury, AB, where he worked for the Department of Highways.  Now with wife and 3 children, he moved his family to High River, where he began his career, working for the town of High River, Alberta.  Roy worked his way from the bottom up.  With a shovel all the way to town foreman.  He served the community with pride and dedication for 31 years.  After retiring, he continued to work for Environment Canada another 10 years. When he finally decided he would retire to the farm at Cayley, where he loved to be. Roy took pleasure with his wife , Vivian playing Old Time music for dances held in the Memorial Center in High River with "The Jorstad Orchestra" for many years.

We will all miss him here.  Until we meet again.  Always remembered.

Husband, Father, Brother and Friend.

Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.  At Roy’s request no service will be held.  To send condolences and view Roy’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Steeby, Madeline Mae

Steeby, Madeline Mae

July 26, 1936 – August 12, 2013

Madeline Steeby of Vulcan, Alberta passed away on August 12th, 2013 at the Vulcan Community Health Centre at the age of 77 years. Madeline is survived by her daughter, Sharon of Calgary, and son Scott (Tanya) of Vulcan; grandchildren Tristen, Kian, Jaxon and Keslar; and sister Pearl.  Madeline was predeceased by her husband, Darrel, and her sister Lillian. Madeline was born in Vulcan, where she spent about 65 years, living on the farm where she grew up. Madeline loved her farm and her community, her children and grandchildren, pets and flowers. The 10 years she spent off the farm was spent with her love Darrel, travelling around the States, nursing and enjoying their 30’s. A Celebration of Madeline’s Life will be held at the Nanton Baptist Church on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Center, 131 – 29th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2. To send condolences and view Madeline’s Tribute page, please visit www.lylereeves.com. Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403-652-4242.

Malmberg, June Paula

June Paula Malmberg

June Paula Malmberg
June 30, 1916 – June 3, 2013

 

Mrs. June Malmberg passed away peacefully on June 3, 2013 at the Madison Manor in Nanton, Alberta at the age of 96 years.  June was predeceased by her beloved husband Earle Malmberg in 1980 and their son Randy Malmberg in 2008.  June is survived by her children Don (Lana) Malmberg, Barbie (Wayne) Green, Cindy Malmberg and daughter-in-law Fiona Malmberg.  June will be lovingly remembered by 8 grandchildren, Shannon (Liv) Eymere, Kelly (Llana) Malmberg, Eugene (Shawna) Malmberg, Brad (Ramone Lasso) Malmberg, Chris (Lisa) Malmberg, Grant (Dawn) Green, Anje (Shawn) Miller, Cory (Karle) Green as well as 18 great grandchildren.  She is survived by sisters-in-law Lucy and Marj Malmberg, many nieces and nephews and their families and one cousin Dona Edgar.

June was born on the farm at Glenview, Alberta to parents Ferne & Don Baker and was raised there with her siblings Duane, Barbie and Betty.  June married Earle Malmberg and they farmed and raised their family in the Herronton district.  After Curley’s death in 1980, June lived in High River and Calgary before moving to Nanton in 2012.  A life well lived and well loved, June had wonderful world travels and pursued many interests such as golfing, bowling and drawing.  She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of The American Revolution.  Her legacy is love of her family and her strong spirit of independence and determination.

The family wish to thank the staff at the Madison Manor in Nanton for their care and compassion to June and her family over the last year.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o Tom Baker Centre (1331 – 29 St. NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2) or the Madison Manor (Box 1180, Nanton, AB, T0L 1R0).  A Celebration of June’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the High River United Church.  To send condolence’s and view June’s tribute page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (403.652.4242)

Germaniuk, Grant “Zac”

Germaniuk

Germaniuk, Grant  “Zac”
April 8, 1956 – May 10, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Zac Germaniuk on May 10, 2013 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary at the age of 57 years.  Zac is survived by his wife Shirley; daughter Kayla; brother Jeff (Shelley); brother-in-law Norm (Lina) Johnston; nieces Narda Germaniuk, Alexis (Darren) Germaniuk-Malin, Lana (Kyle) Germaniuk-Ryks, Krista  Johnston (Chris).  Zac was predeceased by his parents Barney and Charlotte; daughter Jessica and Shirley’s parents Clint and Nettie Johnston.

Zac was born in Edmonton and later moved to Calgary. He graduated from Henry Wise Wood, where he made lifelong friends. During his high school years he enjoyed competitive swimming where the nickname “Zac” was given to him. It was in the Trade Winds Bar that Zac and Shirley met in 1977. The romance blossomed and they were married in 1981. It was in 1994 that joy came into their lives when their daughter Kayla was born. Zac was a business entrepreneur that allowed him and his family to enjoy travelling to many parts of the world.  He was very passionate in all aspects of life; whether it was his cars, wine, golfing, fishing, skiing, playing his sax, cooking, friends   or his family, he loved them all. He was filled with endless stories that could liven up any crowd. Zac was a generous, funny, caring, honest and reliable friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

 

“Life is either a daring  adventure or nothing”

Helen Keller

 

The family would like to thank Dr. Brad Davies, Dr. Daniel Heng, Dr. L. Girard, Dr. E. Dixon, and Dr. Juan Sabogal Olarte and the staff of Unit #102 (Foothills Hosp.)  for their support and compassion during this difficult time.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Alberta Cancer Foundation (Bladder Cancer) www.albertacancer.ca (710-10123 99st, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3H1).  A Private Family service will be held with a public Celebration of Life at a later date.  To send condolences and view Zac’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

 

CHRISTIE, Patrick Gary

Christie, Patrick Gary
April 11, 1964 – May 4, 2013

Patrick Gary Christie of Calgary, Alberta formerly of Medicine Hat, Alberta passed away on May 4th, 2013 at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary at the age of 49 years.  Patrick is survived by his mother Tressa Christie; sisters Shawn (Larry) Matthews of High River, AB; Cindy (Dana) Smith, of Vernon, BC; brother Kelly Christie of Edmonton, AB; niece Kara Matthews and nephews Gary Matthews, Jamie Edison, Colin Smith and Ethan Christie.  Pat was predeceased by his father Gary (2010) and his brother Kirk (2012).  Pat was born in California where he spent his early years and then moved with his family to Brooks, Alberta and eventually to Medicine Hat, Alberta.  He loved music, especially playing his bass guitar, and was not shy about sharing his opinion of both.  Pat’s life was forever altered by a traumatic brain injury in 2000.  Although he lost many things as a result of the injury, he never lost his love for life, or his ability to laugh.  He will be forever missed.  A Memorial Service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat, Alberta, time and date to be announced.  Memorial Donations can be made to the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, 46 Street S, Ponoka, Alberta, T4J 1R8.  To send condolences and view Patrick’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Shilson, Tyler Robert

Mr. Tyler R. Shilson passed away on April 22, 2013 in High River, Alberta at the age of 32 years.  Tyler is survived by his parents Bob & Debbie; brother and best friend Chris and his faithful dog Dakota; Grandpa Day; Uncles Jim (Pat), Norman (Kathy), Ronnie (Sandy); Aunts Caryl (Allan), Ann, Shirley, Mary-Ann, Donna (Greg) and numerous cousins.  Tyler was predeceased by his Gramma Day; Grampa and Gramma Shilson, Aunt Arlene, Aunt Bev and Uncle Robin.

Tyler was born in Lahr, West Germany.  He attended schools in Calgary, AB., Orleans, Ont., and Winnipeg, Man.  Tyler spent 3 years with the Calgary PPCLI Army Cadets While in school.  Tyler’s lifelong employment was on the oil rigs which he completely enjoyed.  He gained many friends here, experienced different environments and enjoyed it all.  Tyler loved the outdoors; fishing, camping and dirt biking.  Tyler’s love of family and friends was very apparent.  He will be remembered by all who knew him.

If desired Memorial Donations may be made to the High River Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71, 25 Veterans Way 8th Ave. SE, High River, AB, T1V 1E8.  A Celebration of Tyler’s Life will be held on Sunday, May 5th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the High River Royal Canadian Legion.  To send condolences and view Tyler’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Meston, GordonElliott

Gordon Meston passed away at the High River Hospital on April 17, 2013 at the age of 75 years.  Gordon is survived by his loving wife Frances; children Randy (Kirby), Colleen (Ron) Slavik, Scott (Nola); grandchildren Keylan Meston, Ria Meston, Casey (Travis) Mytz, Kyle Slavik, Krista Slavik, Curtis Slavik, Levi Meston, Brodie Meston, Chet Meston and Peyton Meston and one great-granddaughter Leighton Mytz; brother Allen (Sylvia) Meston as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.  Gordon was predeceased by his parents Alexander and Georgina Meston and brother Grant.

Born on a small farm near Lestock Saskatchewan on July 9, 1937, Gordon Elliot Meston began his journey through life. Gordon was the eldest son of Alex and Georgina Meston.

Gordon's first job was with the Department of Highways in the Lestock/Leross districts. He then went on to work in Regina as a welder. Needing a change, he purchased a semi and this started his trucking career

Gordon married Frances Faye on November 29, 1958 in Regina Sask. They started their family having three children Randy, Colleen and Scott . 

In 1971, he moved his family to Calgary where he sold his semi and starting working as a welder in many remote locations including the Queen Charlotte Islands, Northwest Territories and United States building some of the first service stations, pipelines and tank farms. Still trucking in his heart, in 1982, Gord, Fran and the boys purchased a trucking company which became Meston Livestock Transport, and is still owned by the family today. With many years of hauling livestock, Gord made many friends in the agricultural industry. Gord always loved the farming and ranching life style. He made this dream come true by purchasing seven quarters of land near Stettler spending the summer haying and tending to the cows. Not one to sit idle, another goal was to own a team of horses. Gord and Fran joined the Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association. They would travel the country doing parades with his stage coach and racing his beautiful team of whites that were a force to be reckoned with. During the winter, Gord and Fran would pack up and head south, soaking up the sun and enjoying time with family.     

Brown, Dolores Marie

Mrs. Dolores M. Brown passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 23, 2013 at the High River Hospital at the age of 80 years following a long battle with cancer.  Dolores is survived by her children Greg (Dianne) of Swift Current, Sask., Jim of Longview, AB., Brian (Freda) of Tanzania, Africa, Brett (Kelly) of High River, AB., Sherry (Don) of Calgary, AB., Colleen (Don) of Longview, AB., Wayne (Val) of Calgary, AB., Don (Sandy) of Lloydminster, AB.; siblings Peggy (Albert) of Stettler, AB., Loretta (Paul) of Lethbridge, AB., Linda (Rick) of Red Deer, AB. as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Dolores was predeceased by her husband Sydney James Richard Brown in 1986; parents Cecil and Maggie Darby; brothers Dick and Donald and sister Lucille.

Dolores was born on the farm near Redvers, Saskatchewan and graduated high school from Wilcox, Saskatchewan.  Dolores married Sydney in 1958 and they moved to Calgary where they raised their children before moving to High River in 1979.  Dolores worked at the High River Hospital for many years before moving back to Wilcox, Saskatchewan to work in the archives at Notre Dame while her grandson was attending school.  She moved back to High River in 2004 where she remained until her passing.  Dolores’ life was dedicated to her family and her friends, especially her babies.

Memorial Donations may be made to the High River Community Cancer Centre (560 – 9th Ave. SW, High River, T1V 1B3).  A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 29th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in High River.  To send condolences and view Dolores’ Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (403.652.4242.)

FENTON, Andrew Charles

Andrew Charles Fenton
April 17, 1974 – April 13, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Andrew Charles Arthur Fenton announce his passing on April 13, 2013 in Fort St. John, B.C., 4 days before his 39th birthday.  Andrew was born at Napanee, Ontario on April 17, 1974.  Andy will be lovingly remembered by his mother and father, Andrea and Charles (Dick) Fenton; sister Erin (Sam) Walter; nephew Evan Salisbury; nieces Carli and Megan Walter.  Andy will also be missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins and his many friends.  A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nanton Baptist Church (2410 26th Ave., Nanton, AB).  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mental Health Services Alberta, Box 1000, Ponoka, AB, T4J 1R8 or the charity of your choice.  To send condolences and view Andy’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

Coote, Elizabeth Joan

Coote, Elizabeth Joan
October 23, 1952 – April 13, 2013


Elizabeth Coote of Cayley, Alberta passed away at her home on April 13, 2013 at the age of 60 years.  Elizabeth is survived by her husband Rod; sons Oliver and Morley (Jasmine); grandchildren Lileata, Hunter and Baby Coote; mother Mary Guest of Mission, B.C.; sisters Mary Lou, Barb, Bev and Pat as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Elizabeth was predeceased by her father Harry Guest and niece Rio Guest-Bond.

Elizabeth was born in Mission, B.C. where she attended school and graduated Mission Senior Secondary High School.  She also attended UBC, Trinity College, Fraser Valley College and Olds College; Elizabeth always said that she earned her degree in Living The Hard Way.  Elizabeth was an avid and competitive swimmer through her teenage years.  At 15 years old she held the B.C. Junior Butterfly stroke record for many years with the Mission Marlins, this was one of many accomplishments within her swimming career.  Elizabeth married Rod in 1981 and they lived and farmed in the Cayley area raising their two sons Oliver and Morley and during this time Elizabeth worked as a Para-Professional at the Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks.  Elizabeth loved Highland Dancing, Hiking, Swimming, Birding and virtually anything outdoors.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Lung Association www.ab.lung.ca or to STARS www.stars.ca .  A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the High River Full Gospel Church (1802 – 9th Ave. SE).  To view Elizabeth’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (403.652.4242).

Osberg, Robert

Osberg, Robert
August 19, 1939    - April 12, 2013

Robert Osberg passed away suddenly at his home in Black Diamond, AB on April 12, 2013 at the age of 73 years.  Rob is survived by his loving wife Diane; his children Brad (Julianne), Scott (Sandra), Kris (Sheri) and Tracy (Stephane).  He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren who will forever miss their “Papa”.  Rob will also be remembered by numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Rob lived his life with passion.  And one of his greatest passions was teaching.  His first career as a Jr. High School teacher spanned almost 3 decades.   When not in an actual classroom, Rob loved to take the kids into the great outdoors for a taste of X-country skiing or winter camping.  After retiring, Rob found success and fulfillment as an artist and working cowboy poet.  But he never stopped teaching.   Through SAIT Continuing Education, Elderhostel Canada and as an individual, Rob designed and taught courses on subjects as diverse as Photography, Edible Wild Plants, Wood Carving and Line Dancing.    Always restless in his curiosity, Rob considered it a gift to learn something new and an even greater gift to then have the opportunity share it with others.  

First and foremost, Rob loved his family and friends.  A kind and good-humored  father.   A devoted husband.  Rob took immense pride in his wife and children and spared no efforts to give them his personal best in every situation.  He was there.  Always.   Beaming at every band concert, football game, swim meet,  dance recital and graduation.   Family vacations were many, memorable and often filled with hilarious outtakes.  And despite the frenzy and noise that is a family of six, Rob always seemed to know when someone needed him, all to themselves, just for a while.  Just to be Dad.   When the grandchildren arrived, Rob was in his element for nothing made him happier than having a houseful of noisy, energetic and, above all, curious children. 

 With a large and diverse social circle, Rob and Diane adored spending time with their friends.  A perfect evening for Rob was a little good food, a lot of good conversation and maybe a dance.  Or 12.   For Rob loved to dance.  He preferred country music, but he could dance to anything.  And he did.  He danced through Life.  

A Celebration of Rob’s Life will be held on Friday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Turner Valley Elementary School (114 Royal Ave., Turner Valley).  To send condolences and view Robert’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Sheep River Public Library  -  www.sheepriverlibrary.ca .   Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242 .

JOHNSTON, John Garfield

JOHNSTON, JOHN GARFIELD

June 25, 1923 to March 28, 2013

John Garfield Johnston passed away peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital surrounded by his family on March 28, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Garfield was born and raised in Manitoba where he spent most of his adult life working as a Certified Prospector for mining companies in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario & Quebec. He had the distinction of being one of the few cross Canada Certified Prospectors. During WW2 he was stationed in England and fought in Belgium and Holland and had the opportunity to revisit the area in 2010.

Garfield spent his last years at the High Country Lodge in Black Diamond where he enjoyed spending time with his large family and his many friends.

He is survived by his brother Robert Johnston, his step-sisters Florence and Marion, his sister-in-law Catherine Johnston McClain and his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father John Harvey Johnston, his mother Lawla Miller, step-mother Mary Margaret Johnston, brothers Thorbin, Claude, Arnold, step-brother Robert Sinclair and sisters Colleen and Muriel.

A Special Thanks to the staff of Unit 93 at the Rockyview General Hospital for the care and attention given to Garfield.

Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 101 Sunset Blvd., Turner Valley on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.. Arrangements entrusted to South Calgary Funeral Centre & Crematorium, 12700 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta Telephone 403-297-0711

 

AUNE, LANCE THORVALD

Lance Thorvald Aune
July 17, 1960 – March 5, 2013

Lance Aune passed away suddenly on March 5, 2013 at the High River Hospital at the age of 52 years.  Lance is survived by his wife Anna-Marie; his mother Joan Aune; sister Coral and brother Kirk.  He will be sadly missed by his niece Izabella and nephew Maxx; parents-in-law Mary and Ernie Plante and sister-in-law Michelle Plante.  Lance was predeceased by his father Harold Aune and grandfather Gunnar. 

Lance was born in Kimberley, B.C. where he attended school and married Anna-Marie.  They moved to High River in 1990 where Lance operated Lynx Masonry.  Lance loved hunting, fishing, skiing, camping with family and friends and just hanging out in the backyard.  Lance will also be missed by his dog Charlie and his many, many friends.

A Celebration of Lance’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 3:00 p.m. at the Highwood Golf & Country Club in High River.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heaven Can Wait (mail to: Box 6131, High River, AB. T1V 1P7).To send condolences and view Lance’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

AUNE, LANCE THORVALD

Lance Thorvald Aune
July 17, 1960 – March 5, 2013

Lance Aune passed away suddenly on March 5, 2013 at the High River Hospital at the age of 52 years.  Lance is survived by his wife Anna-Marie; his mother Joan Aune; sister Coral and brother Kirk.  He will be sadly missed by his niece Izabella and nephew Maxx; parents-in-law Mary and Ernie Plante and sister-in-law Michelle Plante.  Lance was predeceased by his father Harold Aune and grandfather Gunnar. 

Lance was born in Kimberley, B.C. where he attended school and married Anna-Marie.  They moved to High River in 1990 where Lance operated Lynx Masonry.  Lance loved hunting, fishing, skiing, camping with family and friends and just hanging out in the backyard.  Lance will also be missed by his dog Charlie and his many, many friends.

A Celebration of Lance’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 3:00 p.m. at the Highwood Golf & Country Club in High River.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heaven Can Wait (mail to: Box 6131, High River, AB. T1V 1P7).To send condolences and view Lance’s Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com .  Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.