DrumhellerMail

Thu07312014

Last update04:45:12 PM

Back You are here: Home Obits Obituaries

Obituaries

GORDON Scott Douglas

GORDON Scott Douglas

GORDON, Scott Douglas
December 31, 1969 - October 25, 2013


With deep sorrow and heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Scott Douglas Gordon at his home in Surrey, BC, due to heart failure. Scott was raised on the family farm near Carbon, AB. Always willing to lend a hand, he proved himself a worthy asset to the daily operations. He participated in the 4H program and enjoyed riding his dirt bike as well as playing minor hockey in Beiseker. It wasn’t long before he developed an interest in mechanics and could often be found tinkering on one of his cars or helping Dad perform repairs on some piece of machinery. Scott attended Carbon School in his elementary years and went on to graduate from Acme High School in 1987, before moving to Drumheller to seek full time employment, which he found at the Ralston Plastic Factory. He remained there for several years before being drawn to the west coast, God’s country as he called it. Taking up residence in Abbotsford, BC, he would meet his future wife, Denise Anthony. They married in 1994. Scott adored her daughter, Brooke, and adopted her as his own before fathering twin boys, Kyle and James. He continued the remainder of his career as a finishing carpenter in the lower mainland and Kelowna area. Scott was a hard worker who took pride in his accomplishments and would often send pictures of his latest work back home. He had a big heart and challenged life head on through any hardship that may stand in his way of providing for his loved ones. Scott was predeceased by his father Jack in 2010. Scott leaves to mourn his mother Bonnie of Drumheller, AB, his wife Denise, daughter Brooke, grandson Zachary, sons James and Kyle of Abbotsford, BC, brothers Colin (Treena), of Blackfalds, AB and James (Amanda), of Drumheller, AB, nephews Joel, Anthony, Caleb and niece Paige, aunt Dixie (Ken) McLeod of Delta, BC and countless cousins, friends and extended family. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Knox United Church, 195 3rd Ave E., Drumheller, AB., with Reverend Jean Udall officiating. Donations may be made in Scott’s memory to the Heart and stroke Foundation 200-119 14th Street NW Calgary, AB T2N 1ZK. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).

(BIRKHEIM) LEONHARDT Margaret Katherine

(BIRKHEIM) LEONHARDT Margaret Katherine

(BIRKHEIM) LEONHARDT, Margaret Katherine
February 6, 1919 – October 24, 2013


Margaret was born in Krimm, Russia on February 6, 1919. At 6 years of age her family came across the ocean by steamship liner where they settled on a farm north of Delia. She spoke German, learning the English language at school.  Margaret left school after completing grade five to help her parents with work in their boarding house. She obeyed her parents without question, washing dishes, cooking meals, doing laundry, and cleaning house. When Mom became old enough she worked as domestic help for a family in Drumheller and then at E.A. Toshach’s Clothing Store, sending her pay cheque home to help out her parents. At 18 years of age, on August 8, 1937, Margaret married Jacob Leonhardt. After living with her family for five years, they developed a farmstead south of Drumheller in the Churchill Community where they raised 12 children. Margaret worked alongside Jacob and supported his goals. Besides managing a busy household overflowing with children, she helped with farm chores and delivered eggs to many customers who became friends. She made the old farmhouse more livable by using her artistic talent to paint patterns on the worn out linoleum and embroidered flour sacks to make tablecloths and dresser scarves and sewed dresses for her girls. She loved having company drop in, even unexpectedly, and was skilled in preparing delicious German dishes, succulent roast beef, and fried chicken. She shared her flair for baking pies, angel food cakes and moist fruit cake at church and community gatherings. She enjoyed singing in the choir and serving in the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She was a gentle woman and a hard worker. She loved visiting and cheered up many people with her hospitality and caring words. Her faith in the Lord saw her through many difficult situations. Life became a little bit easier in 1967 when Margaret and Jacob moved into a new home on the farm with running water and indoor plumbing. Then on 1976 they retired to their dream home in Drumheller. They liked playing cards, bowling, dancing, and hanging out at the Pioneer Trail Centre. Much spare time was spent creating fifty three beautifully done needlepoint pictures to give to loved ones. They enjoyed tours of the West Coast, the Maritimes, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, and Los Angeles. In 2004, failing health prompted a move to the Sunshine Lodge. Margaret and Jacob loved each other passionately during their sixty nine years of marriage. They passed down to their children the drive to succeed despite overwhelming setbacks and demonstrated the importance of family unity. In the latter years Margaret slowly slipped behind a secret veil of senile dementia. She faded from our grasp in small stages until she broke free from the earthly vessel which she inhabited on October 24, 2013. Margaret is survived by her loving family of 11 children: Gerald (Janice), Daniel (Maureen), Marjorie (Paul Turner), Genevieve Munroe, Linda (Bob MacIntyre), Barbara Simpson, Harvey (Linda), Patricia (Jim Bechthold), Sharon Leonhardt, Carmen (Gary Gutsche) and Alvin, as well as 23 Grandchildren and 33 Great Grandchildren; one brother, Edward Birkheim, three sisters: Freda Jones, Agnes Hay, and Isabel McMurray. Margaret was predeceased by; her husband Jacob at 97 years in 2006, a baby daughter Verna Esther, grandson Jason Leonhardt, great grandson Ethan MacIntyre, son-in-law Allan Simpson, and while still in Russia, two sisters Annie and Molly in their infancy. Funeral Services will be Monday, November 4, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church at 1:00 P.M. If friends so desire, instead of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made in honour of Margaret to the Area Health Foundation 351-9th Street N.W., Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1 (Continuing Care Unit). Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).

PETERSON Foley Cyril

PETERSON Foley Cyril

PETERSON, Foley Cyril
September 25, 1927 – October 25th, 2013


With great sadness and thankfulness for a long life well lived, the family of Rev. Foley Cyril Peterson announces his sudden passing, peacefully at home, on October 25th, 2013. Foley is lovingly remembered by his wife, Noreen; his children: Lionel (Nicole) Peterson, Howard (Debra) Peterson, Nancy (Gary) Lindseth, Neil (Larisa) Peterson; his 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; Noreen’s children: Shauna, Scott and Shannon; and Noreen’s 4 grandchildren; as well as his brother, Virgil (Peggy). Foley was pre-deceased by his wife Vivian in 1992, and brothers Garet and Maynard. Foley was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on September 25th, 1927 and spent his formative years in the Saskatoon area. He and his young family later moved to Alberta where in 1961 he answered the call to ministry with the United Church of Canada. His ministry lasted over 30 years and took him to the communities of St. Paul, Mannville, Killam, Athabasca, Creston, and Drumheller. His zeal for work and life in the church was matched by his enthusiasm for sports and outdoor activities, but his greatest love and pride was always reserved for his family. A Funeral Service will be held at Highlands United Church 11305 – 64 St., Edmonton on Friday, November 1st with Rev. John Burrill officiating. Visitation for those wishing to pay their respects will begin at 1:00 pm with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm. Lunch and a time of fellowship will follow. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Box 457, Drumheller AB  T0J 0Y0; or to the charity of one’s choice. To send condolences or to share a memory, tribute or photo please visit www.evergreenmemorial.com