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Samel Ludwig, Teri Kay
January 5, 1961 -  January 23, 2014

With heavy hearts the family of Teri Kay Samel Ludwig announce her passing after a courageous 2 month battle with cancer at age 53. Teri was born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan on January 5, 1961 and was the first child of William and Georgie Samel.  As the mines closed, the family moved back to East Coulee where Teri grew up.  She attended the East Coulee School until Grade 6 and then was bussed to Drumheller to complete her school years. Growing up in East Coulee she was a tomboy, playing hockey, ball, football, jumping boxcars and jumping off the East Coulee Bridge into the river.  She was an active teen and loved life and adventure. During her high school years she met Joe Conroy of Drumheller and they married. They raised 3 wonderful kids together. Tanya was born in 1979, Jamie in 1981 and Joey in 1983. Although Joe and Teri went their separate ways… they remained friends over the years! Teri moved to Langley, BC and started on a new Journey in her life. She was able to travel and see the beauty of Canada while employed with West Coast Amusements.  Although she has been away from this group for years she gained life long friends! Teri moved back to the Valley and worked with her sister Tracy in her businesses. She was always the first to be hired and then fired and rehired. Teri was an amazing bartender and bouncer at their family business in Rosedale, Lonestar Saloon & Gedos, but selling Wedding Gowns at Tracy’s Boutique….not so much!! In 1999 she met Rick Ludwig in Stettler and in 2005 they married and made Stettler their home. Their families blended well together. Teri and Rick were always together and they were the biggest supporters of each other. They loved the Pool League and she enjoyed watching him play ball. The friendships they found within the community were very important to her! In 2012 she created the Online Community, Stettler Bidding Wars, and with this she found her passion. She welcomed her members into her home and heart! She will be deeply missed by her husband Rick Ludwig of Stettler, her daughters Tanya Conroy  (Dennis), Jamie Conroy (Tom) and son Joey Conroy and her grandchildren Michelle, Georgia, Johnny and Thomas, Rick’s children, Tasha and Cerone and their kids Logan and Cheyanne. As well she will be missed by her father Willie Samel, brothers Michael and Willie Samel Jr. and nephew Treighton and her sister Tracy Symowoniuk (Mike).  As well, she will be missed by aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Teri leaves us to be with her Mom, Georgie Samel and brother Scott Samel, grandparents John and Margaret Vasko, Uncle Larry Vasko, Uncle Peter Currie and Auntie Sandy Andrews and Grandma and Grandpa Currie. Teri’s life was rich with family and friends and she will always be in our hearts!!  God speed Teri and see you on the other side! The family would be honored if you would join them in celebrating Teri’s life at the Stettler Legion Hall on Saturday, February 1st from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the AB Cancer Foundation at the Red Deer Clinic or a charity of your own choice. Stettler Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

FRASER Mary Fairlie

Fraser, Mary Fairlie
August 1 1937 - January 24, 2014

Mary Fairlie Fraser beloved wife of Francis Fraser passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Mary was born on August 1, 1937 in Scotland. She immigrated to Canada in 1955 working as a nanny after training and working as a children’s nurse and governess in Scotland. She had an immense love of children and will be missed by the children she has cared for throughout the years. Mary was a proud mother of three children. Mary was predeceased by her son Ian (Brenda). She will be sadly missed by her; daughters Joyce (Robert) and Caroline (Eric deceased 2008) and grandchildren: Matthew (Kandyce), Branden (Ashley) Brittany (Kyle) Cory, Dallas, Andrew, and great grandchildren: Landon, Grayson, Samuel and her sister Elma. Mary was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Mary Thorburn and sister Christine. A Celebration of Mary’s life will take place at Knox United Church at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 31, 2014, Drumheller Alberta. There will be tea and coffee at the Mason lodge in Drumheller, AB. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta children’s hospital 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW Calgary, Alberta Canada T3B 6A8. The family wishes to thank Dr Maseka and the staff at the Drumheller hospital, and the friends and caring neighbors who have shown their support through this difficult time. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666)..


December 11, 1944 - January 18, 2014

Joan (Newton) Michaylow of Olds, Alberta, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2014.  She is lovingly survived by John, her husband of 47 years.  Joan was born in Drumheller on December 11, 1944.  She lived with her family on a farm on the top of the Red Deer River banks near Tolman Bridge until 1950 when the family moved to Rumsey so she could start school there.  Some of her fondest memories were of time spent at the Rumsey and Morrin Schools where she made lifelong friends.  Being the youngest child, and the only girl, Joan was greatly loved, cherished and protected by her three older brothers. She moved to Olds in 1963 and started working in the dental office with Dr. Hertz until his passing.  She worked in a ladies clothing store called the Betty Shop, at the Treasure Chest Jewellery Store and the Saan Store.  Joan then found her dream job working for Home Hardware and she was with them for 29 years. Joan married John on July 9, 1966.  They lived in Olds for 26 years until 1989 when they bought a quarter section of land west of Olds where they raise buffalo.  Joan loved the farm life, hand raising a baby orphan buffalo, raising goats and spending time with her beloved cats. Joan loved to garden and was happiest when spring arrived and she could be in the garden centre at Home Hardware.  Joan never forgot her Rumsey roots and was a proud supporter of the Red Deer River Garden Club.  She was involved in the activities of the Rumsey community and was more than willing to pitch in and lend a hand whenever she could. Having no children of her own, her nephews and nieces were very special to her.  They included her in every occasion they could.  They are Keith Newton (Randi, Michael,) Cindy and Jim Krywcun (Derek, Claire, Dallas,) Debbie Newton, Darcy and Donna Newton (Kali, Tessa, Brenn,) Denise and Mike Daniels (Colten, Shaylee,) Brian and Amanda Newton (Brianna, Ashton,) Teddy and Cherilyn Michaylow, Christopher and Janet Michaylow (India & Maddox,) Dustin Michaylow.  She is also survived by two brothers, Dave (Judy) Newton, Trevor (Mary) Newton and by her brothers and sisters in law, Ted (Marilyn) Michaylow, Mike (Lucy) Michaylow, Lillian (Marvin) Vetter, George Michaylow, Jean Horyn and their children. Joan was predeceased by her parents, George and Margaret Newton, her brother, Allan, her brother-in-law, Wally and her sister-in-law, Rose. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #105, Olds with Harold Hunter officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Olds Hospital Airbed Fund or S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610