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KOESTER Richard (Dick) Anton

KOESTER Richard (Dick) Anton

KOESTER, Richard (Dick) Anton
December 9, 1926 - September 4, 2013

 
Dick passed away peacefully Wednesday September 4, 2013 at age 86, after suffering a stroke. Dick was born December 9, 1926 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  His family moved here in 1929, settled in and began farming in Rockyford, Alberta. He married the love of his life Esther (“Honey”) on January 17, 1950. He leaves behind his loving wife Esther of 63 years.  His 5 children: Glenn Koester (Lois), Dianne Shymanski, Mary Marshman, Robert Koester (Jacqueline) and Karen Koester (Robert Kloppenborg).  His 13 grandchildren: Brenda Struiksma (Paul), Terryll Koester (Mykella Hekkanen), Ian Koester (Natasha), Robin  Stirler (Jonathon), Carrie Sine (Greg), Lorelee Shymanski, Tracy Keith (Duncan), Kathy Herriot (Lance), Craig Marshman, Kim Salt (Ben), Ronnie Koester (Jayne), Darcy Koester (Megan) and Julie Wallace (Grant).  His 15 Great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn & Riley Struiksma, Thea, Griffin & Sienna Koester, Evan & Brady Sine, Adam & Matthew Shymanski, Jackson & Brooklyn Keith, Josie & Jenna Herriot, Dustin Koester and Tessa Wallace. His sister Annie Dopking, sisters-in-law Tillie Koester, Irena Hagel, Irene Krenzel and Sara Krenzel, his brother-in-law Albert Krenzel and wife Millie. He was pre-deceased by his parents Mary Ann & Joeseph Anton Koester, 7 brothers and sisters, his first born son Brian and two sons-in-law Billy Shymanski & Dwayne Marshman. Dick had farming in his blood; he began as a young man farming with his brothers and never really stopped.  His last venture forth was a drive through the countryside; doing what he loved – checking crops and making sure his sons were getting harvest underway. In 1978 Dick & Esther moved into town when he then began his second “round” of farming as a crop adjuster for AFSC.  He met many people and made many more friends along the way.  When he retired from AFSC he continued to sell hail insurance well into his early 80’s. Dick was a Charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Monsignor Killen Council #3004 as well as a 4th Degree Knight of the Father Doucet  Assembly #006. He was a life-long supporter of the Rockyford community and St Rita’s parish. Some of his favorite pastimes were: camping, travelling, curling, golfing, buying 50/50 tickets at the arena while watching his grandchildren (and the Cook girls) then great grandchildren play ringette and the odd game of hockey.  He always enjoyed a good story and a hearty laugh. A prayer service was held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at St. Rita’s Parish (Rockyford) at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at St. Rita’s Parish (Rockyford) at 11:00 a.m. The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations may be made directly to the” White Rose” Program at the Foothills Hospital (c/o Calgary Stroke Program, Greatest Needs, Foothills Medical Centre Site Office, AC136 Special Services Building, 1403 – 29th Street N.W., Calgary, T2N 2T9 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). To send condolences, please visit www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

SHAPKA Marjorie Lemay

SHAPKA Marjorie Lemay

SHAPKA, Marjorie Lemay
1923 - 2013


Marjorie Lemay (Marj) Shapka passed away peacefully in her sleep at the tender age of 90 years. Predeceased by her husband Nick in March, 2012, Marj spent her final months in continuing care, battling acute onset dementia. It was that fight to which she finally succumbed on Sunday with family by her side. Marj wore many hats throughout her long and fruitful life and she was a woman of countless skills. In her (limited) spare time, Marj loved to knit and sew. She was constantly working on some new pattern - be it socks for one of her sons, baby clothes for a new arrival, a shirt or a sweater for one of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family dinners on the Shapka farm were legend and usually meant a bounty of fresh produce from Marj’s garden. More importantly that also meant fresh dessert, uncompromisingly made from scratch. Oatmeal & raisin cookies, moko cake, angel food cake - there was always something for everyone’s palate. Being the wife of a farmer, Marj’s job was never easy. She raised three sons and ran a tight household, sometimes single-handedly while her husband worked the fields and managed his many other responsibilities. But she was never one to complain – Marj loved Nick passionately and she was immensely proud of her life, her boys and the families they went on to make for themselves. Marj will be greatly missed.  She is survived by her three sons Bob (Patty), Bruce (Lynda), and Bill; her grandchildren Carly Mueller (Ron), Chris, David, Paul, Tim, Lyndsey Gell (Ryan), Mark, Tessa (Jack MacIsaac) and Jacob; as well as her many great grandchildren, Zachary, Alexander, Marshall, Cole, Colleen and Landon.  Marj is predeceased by brothers Jack and Robert Taylor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Marj’s name to a charity of your choice. Respecting Marjorie’s wishes, a small and informal Graveside Service will be held at the Drumheller Cemetery on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Please contact the family if you would like more information. Thank you to the staff at the Sundance Unit of the Beverly Care Centre Midnapore in Calgary and to Dr. Dan Botha for their care and compassion. Messages to the family may be left at www.southcalgaryfuneralcentre.ca
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BROWN Margaret Kathleen (Peg)

BROWN Margaret Kathleen (Peg)

BROWN, Margaret Kathleen (Peg)
July 9, 1920 - August 30, 2013


On Friday, August 30, 2013, Peg passed away at the age of 93 years.  Peg was predeceased by her husband Carson, her parents Olive and Fitzwilliam Hill, and her son-in-law E. Paul Wyndham and great-grandson Gabriel Wyndham. Peg is survived and lovingly remembered by her 3 daughters, Joyce (Gary) Lyons, Beverly (Bruce) Bidnoff, Patricia Wyndham, 2 sons, Michael (Audrey) Brown and Neil Brown. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly and was extremely proud of. A memorial to honour Pag and celebrate a life well lived will be held at the Chapel in the Drumheller Hospital Continuing Care Centre at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Drumheller Continuing Care Centre for their compassionate and professional care given to our Mom during the time that she resided there. It was always a comfort to us knowing that she was being looked after with such care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta & NWT, Room 124, Professional Building, 430-6 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 2S8. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.