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KLIMEK, Joseph


KLIMEK, Joseph

March 9, 1917 - August 11, 2012

Joseph Klimek of Drumheller, beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, passed away peacefully August 11, 2012 at the age of 95 years. Joe was born March 9, 1917 in Fir Ridge, Saskatchewan to Anton and Katherine Klimek. After grade school, he worked on the family farm before moving to Southern Ontario to work on farms harvesting tobacco and fresh produce. He then pursued a career in hard-rock diamond drilling in Ontario and Northern Quebec for several years. He then returned to Toronto working for General Motors and Bendix Eclipse, then enlisted in the Armed Forces where he contributed to the war efforts by securing the waterways of the Welland Canal. At war’s end he came to Drumheller and began working in the coal mines where he met and married Helen Leonhardt March 22, 1946. After the mine closures in the early fifties, Joe started his own construction company retiring in the early 80’s. He continued working, even into his 90’s, doing projects he loved including building a family home. Besides his loving wife Helen, of 66 years, Joseph is survived by 2 daughters, Carolyn Gingera, Innisfail, AB, Darlene (Doug) Johnson, Lacombe, AB, 2 sons, Dwight (Margo), Red Deer Lake, AB, Myles (Stacey), Calgary, AB, 6 grandchildren Christine (Dallas) Gustafson, Ferintosh, AB, Jennifer (Marcel) Mahnkopf, Edmonton, AB, David Gingera, Edmonton, AB, Laura Gingera, Tofield, AB, Samantha Klimek, Calgary, AB, Grayson Klimek, Calgary, AB, and 3 great-grandchildren Brenden and Carter Gustafson and Biancia Mahnkopf and 1 brother Stan Klimek, St. Catherines, ON as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Joseph was predeceased by his parents Anton and Katherine Klimek and 3 sisters and 6 brothers. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church, 620-2nd Avenue West in Drumheller, with Pastor Curtis Boehm officiating. Private Inurnment at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to The Stained Glass Memorial Fund in memory of Joseph Klimek at Grace Lutheran Church, 620-2nd Avenue West, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y3.


COYLE, Eva Johnston (nee Blanchett)


COYLE, Eva Johnston (nee Blanchett)

October 21, 1915 - August 8, 2012

We are mourning the loss of our Mother, sister, Grandmother and friend. Eva Coyle passed away with her daughter at her side on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in the Drumheller Hospital after having hip surgery. Eva was born at home on the farm at Didsbury, Alberta, October 21, 1915. The family moved to the Orkney District in 1917 where she lived until her marriage to Harry Coyle on October 31, 1933. Eva and Harry left the Orkney District and moved to Drumheller in 1939. Eva was predeceased by her parents, her husband William Henry (Harry), two daughters (Patricia and Ellen), three brothers (Frank, Jim, Doug), two sisters (Dorothy, Jessie), two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Eva is survived by her daughters, Eva May (Bill) Anderson, Ita Jeanette Bulechowsky, 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren 9 great-great-grandchildren, 1 brother (Bill Tom), 3 sisters (Mary (Steve), Gladys (Gord), Edna (Gordie) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, 2 sisters-in-law (Jean, Hilda (Jimmie)). Eva was a loving, caring and generous soul who will be sadly missed by all. She is with God and family now and free of the pain she suffered so bravely. May God keep her until we meet again. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 16 at Courtney-Winters Funeral Home from 7-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 17 at Knox United Church, 195 3rd Avenue East, Drumheller at 2:00 p.m. with Jerry Beskowine, LWL.  Lunch to follow service at church hall. Tributes to Eva can be made during the lunch. In honour of Eva’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, 351 - 9th Street NW, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1 or STARS Foundation, 1441 Aviation PK NE, Box 570, Calgary, AB T2E 9Z9. 

JOHNSON (Hillcox), Lois Marjorie


JOHNSON (Hillcox), Lois Marjorie

January 13, 1930 – August 8, 2012

After a very short but courageous battle with cancer, Lois went to be with her lord and saviour on August 8th.  She leaves to mourn her beloved husband of almost 45 years, Robert Johnson; children Wayne Telford (Irene Huk) of Edmonton, Karen Telford of Edmonton, Wendy Benzon (Greg) of Drumheller and Kevin Johnson (Anna Marie Dunlop) of Edmonton; grandchildren Darren Davey of Edmonton, Lindsay Snow (Ryan Nicolson) of Edmonton and Ty Benzon of Drumheller; sisters Ruth Lupul (Tony) of Edmonton and Evelyn Jaster (Harvey) of Port Dover, ON, sisters-in-law Helen Sukanen of Outlook, SK, Mavis (Gil) Gagne of Edmonton, brother-in-law Glen (Isabel) of Dryden, ON as well as many other family members and friends.  Lois was predeceased by her parents John & Beulah Hillcox, daughter Darlene Telford and sister Beatrice Hyska.  A private funeral service was held on August 11.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lois to Gideons International in Canada, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 7A2.