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SOPER, Frank

SOPER, Frank
May 4, 1919 - May 15, 2010

Franklin Elmer Soper passed away May 15, 2010 at the age of 91 in the Continuing Care Facility at the Drumheller Health Complex. He was born on May 4, 1919 on the farm in Simpson, SK to Steve and Matilda Soper. Frank remained on the farm until he married Ruth Stueck in 1942. He volunteered to serve his country during World War II and was in active duty in Europe between 1943 and 1945 as a “LAC” in the Royal Canadian Airforce. In 1950, he moved his family to Drumheller, AB. He enjoyed having his family with him. He was a private person and didn’t speak of his accomplishments, such  as taking flying lessons at age 60. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, in 2005. He leaves behind his four children: Margaret (Pat) Schaffer, Edmonton,AB; Patricia Rovere (Allan), Surrey, BC; Gary Soper, Moyie, BC; Barbara (Dave) Soper, Grande Prairie, AB; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his sister-in-law, Eleanor Roszell of Regina, SK. Frank’s family would like to acknowledge Dr. Nahornick and Dr. Maseka along with the staff at the Sunshine Lodge, Home Care and Continuing Care for their exceptional care and compassion over the past four years. Interment to follow at a later date.  

SULLIVAN, Michael Jerome


SULLIVAN, Michael Jerome
September 29, 1936 - May 7, 2010

Michael Jerome Sullivan passed away on Friday, May 7, 2010 at the age of 73 in Drumheller AB.  Michael was born in Calgary Alberta, September 29, 1936.  After High School he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of 18.  There he trained as an Air Traffic Controller.  After basic training in Clinton Ontario, Michael was stationed at Gander, NFLD; Comox, BC; Holburg, BC; Prince George, BC; Edgar, ONT; Barrie, ONT; Metz, France; Germany; Raymore, ONT; Sernnette, QUE; Sioux Lookout, ONT; and Penhold, AB.  He retired from the military in 1968.  After Michael retired from the military, he worked for CPR at their Alyth Shops in Calgary as a Machinists’ helper for ten years.  Michael then joined the Core of Commissionaire in Calgary where he worked in various locations including the York Hotel, The Telus Building and the Foothills Hospital until he retired.  He was preceded by his mother and father William Ambrose and Esther Mary (Lesson) Sullivan and by his sisters Josephine Ryerson and Loretta Ward and by his infant sisters Mary and Mary Linda.  Michael was survived by his three sisters; Marie and Kent Burren of Delburne, Shelia and Bill Clapham of Calgary; Eileen and Bob Smyth of Craigmyle and numerous nieces and nephews.  Michael will be buried with his parents at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta.          

DIETRICH, Jeanette Dorothy


DIETRICH, Jeanette Dorothy (nee Hendricks)
November 18, 1932 - May 6, 2010

With much sadness the family of Jeanette Dietrich, announce her passing on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the age of 77 years. She grew up in Rockyford, Alberta. After school she      was employed at the Municipal District Office for 1 ½ years. Her office career was cut short when she met and fell in love with her soul mate Ed Dietrich. They married in 1953, moved to Lomond and farmed there for three years. In 1956 they moved to Rumsey where they farmed for 31 years, raised their four children and enjoyed living in a community where good friends, special memories and lasting friendships grew.  Jeanette worked side by side with Dad on the farm and still maintained her role as a homemaker/mother. In 1987 they sold the family farm and retired in Rumsey for 5 years then moved to Drumheller. Jeanette once off the farm had time to explore the work world and began working for the Co-op selling flowers, canvassing for different charities and working the elections; all brought her more joy  and fulfillment. After Dad’s passing in 2003 Jeanette continued to reside in Drumheller. Family was very important to Jeanette and as a result her family has stayed strong together with love. Jeanette was a fun loving person who made a personal connection with all who met her, young and old. Jeanette enjoyed gardening, knitting/crocheting, sewing, dancing, marbles, cards, curling (in her younger years), behind the glass curling (in later years), spending time with family and friends. Jeanette was predeceased by her parents, two sisters Marie Brosseau and Rita Hendricks. She will be greatly missed by her children Gordon (Brenda) Dietrich; Diane (John) Celik; Darlene (Nicky) Sereda; Sharon Martin (Frank) all of Drumheller; her brother Norm (Mary) Hendricks of Strathmore; brother-in-law Clarence (Bernice) Brosseau of Three Hills; sister-in-law Kathryn Dietrich of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister-in-law Jean Forester of Calgary; 14 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at The Drumheller Alliance Church in Drumheller on Thursday, May 13 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Drumheller Hospital or Stars. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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