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WALUSHKA, Alexander Nicholas

November 1, 1925 - December 19, 2014

Alexander Nicholas Walushka passed away in Palliative Care in the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the age of 89 years. Dad (Al) was surrounded in his final week by his family and loved ones. Al was born in Wayne, Alberta on November 1, 1925 and lived there until 1940 until his family moved to Drumheller. In 1944, at the age of 17, he served 2 years during WW II attached to Regina Rifles Regiment. He served with Canadian Occupational Forces in Belgium, Holland and Germany. After WWII he attended SAIT and over his working life, achieved 4 journeyman trade certifications as an Electrician, Refrigeration, Power Electrician and Appliance Technician. He married Mary Kurczaba on February 23, 1952 and they moved to Lacombe in 1953. In 1954, he opened  his own electrical contracting business,  Al’s Electric, operating  for 16 years of successful operation before joining Calgary Power Ltd.  Al was an  active community member serving  many years and positions in Lacombe organizations; United Church, Kinsmen Club, Scouting Association, Minor Hockey, Minor Baseball, Lacombe Chamber of Commerce,  Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion and the Housing Authority. He was a long term blood donor supporting the Canadian Red Cross. Al took pleasure in assisting elderly neighbors with shopping, snow clearing and other odd jobs. He volunteered at Camp Alexo with the installation of power for low income family children. In addition to his many achievements over his life, Al was recently most proud of being recognized in 2013 as Lacombe  Big Brother of the Year. He always put family first. He loved music, hiking, travelling, wood working, computer activities, community service and camping. Al was predeceased by his wife Mary and will be lovingly remembered and missed by his 4 children Glen Walushka, Trish (Brian) Grose, Lynda (Daryl) Hand and Anne Peck, his 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Al also leaves to mourn his partner and friend of many years, Doris Ahlquist, her large family and their friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. McKibbin, Dr. K. Unger and all of the staff of the Lacombe Hospital for the excellent care Al received during his final days there. The Walushka Family and  the Ahlquist Family invite relatives and friends to a celebration of Al’s life at a memorial service at St. Andrews United Church in Lacombe on Tuesday December 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm and following after the interment, a time for fellowship and refreshments in the St. Andrews Auditorium.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca. WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements.   




GOUDY, Donald James Frederick (Jim)

Jim, or Diamond Jim as some knew him, passed away peacefully in the Drumheller Hospital with his family by his side.  Jim is survived by his children, daughter Tracy-Lee Shannon, son Greg Goudy, John Goudy (brother), Jesse Samuel (grandson), Melissa Samuel (granddaughter), Amanda Goudy (granddaughter) Tyler Goudy (grandson), one great granddaughter Emily Samuel, and his loving wife Darlene Von. Dad was always there and happy to get involved in any project that was undergoing.  He especially liked to give his worldly advice.  Even though Dad was ailing near the end he under took a major project of building a rather elaborate model railway which takes up ¾ of his basement.  He gave in every way to all those close to him.  He was a very generous man and will be missed by us all.
“Dad you will always be in our hearts”
If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Lung Association (C.O.P.D.) Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. from The Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Glenn Reeder officiating. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements (403 823 2666).    




December 15, 2014

Inez Bereski of Drumheller, beloved wife of Don, passed away after a short battle with cancer on December 15, 2014 at the age of 64 years. Inez was born and raised in Drumheller, AB. She was the daughter of Adeline and Florio Contenti. She married her high school sweetheart on January 18, 1969. They owned and operated a successful plumbing and heating business for 35 years, until retiring a couple years ago. John Florio was born to them on May 4, 1969, almost 4 years later Christine Dawn was a welcomed addition. Inez loved to be outside with Don in their yard, doing gardening and tending to their flowers. Long walks and bike rides were a common activity. Her family was the most important thing in the world to her, particularly her grandchildren. They would light up her world, and she was still full of smiles and hugs for them right up to her last day. Besides her loving husband Don, Inez is survived by; her mother Adeline Contenti, her daughter Chrissy (Cliff) McDougald, son John Bereski, grandchildren: Matthew, Connor and Delaney McDougald, sisters Adele (Alan) Sigfusson, Laurie (Kim) Crosbie, brothers Rocky (Stacey) Contenti and Mark Contenti as well as numerous nieces, and nephews. Inez was predeceased by; her dad Florio (Dud) Contenti, brother Johnny Contenti and daughter-in-law Rachelle Bereski. An informal gathering of friends and family will be held at the Midland Hall, Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M., to share stories and laughter. A family service has already taken place. Donations may be in honour of Inez to the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Road Northeast # 200, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403) 823 2666.                      

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