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JOHNSON, Herbert

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June 7, 1933
- December 18, 2009

Herbert Johnson of Rosedale, Alberta passed away on December 18, 2009.  He was born in Walsh, Alberta on June 7, 1933. Herbert received his education in Walsh and Irving, Alberta.  Following his schooling, he worked a short time in British Columbia in the mines and then returned home to farm with his parents.  In 1958 he met and married Gloris Betker.  They left the farm and moved to Medicine Hat.  In 1964 the family moved to Lyalta, Alberta where Herb was employed as an elevator manager for Alberta Pacific Grain and then Federal Grain.  In 1972 the family moved to Eckville, Alberta where Herb worked at the Alberta Wheat Pool elevator.  In 1974 Herb became employed with the Fire Insurance Company as a fire inspector and the family moved to Drumheller.  Approximately two years later he went to work at the Alberta Government weigh scale.  When the Highway Patrol and the weigh scale amalgamated Herb then worked as a special constable with the Highway Patrol until his retirement in 1993. Herb was very talented with wood working and built some beautiful pieces of furniture.  He played banjo in a country band,”The Wheatland Old Timers” for many years.  He was a man of many talents and had a great sense of humor.  He will truly be missed by all. Herbert  is survived by his wife Gloria; three sons: Darwin (Cathy), Wesley (MaryAnn) and Kevin (Cindy);  four grandsons, Barry, Bradley, Jerad  and Jason; one great grandson Aedyn Tyler;  his sister Evelyn  Jans; two brothers: Leonard Johnson and August Johnson; sister-in-law Betty and Lawrence Weibe; brother-in-law Wally and Gladys Betker, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Herbert was predeceased by his parents August and Christina Johnson; his sister Carolyn Bezler and his brothers-in-law Raymond Jans and Wilbert Betker. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. from Courtney-Winters Funeral Chapel,  199 -2 Street West, Drumheller, Alberta. If friends desire, Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

HAAHR, Ida Mary (nee Vice)

haahr-ida-mary.jpgIda died peacefully on December 6, 2009 at her home at Parkland Place in Melfort, SK at the age of 97 years. She was born May 25, 1912 in Cornwall, England and immigrated with her family to Canada, and settled in Cereal, AB when she was 2 years old.  In 1937 Ida married Viggo Haahr and they made their home at Acadia Valley, AB.  They had 3 children: Caryl, Jerry and Jack. During their years at Acadia Valley they farmed, ran the telephone office and owned and operated Haahr’s M & M Store. Viggo died in 1962 and in 1967 Ida relocated to Drumheller, AB to care for her aging parents.   Ida worked various jobs until she was 75 years old; many will remember seeing her at the Greyhound Bus Depot.  Ida remained living in her own home in Drumheller until 2008 (at the age of 96) when she moved to Melfort SK to be near her daughter in-law, Virginia and granddaughters, Shannon and Jodi, at which time Ida transitioned into Long Term Care. Ida was predeceased by her husband, Viggo; daughter, Caryl Lavine; sons, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Haahr, John Lewis ‘Jack’ Haahr;  grandson, Patrick Lavine; great grandson, Ryan Tremblay; sisters, Edna Davis, Doris Stanway, Carrie Llewellyn; brothers, Jack Vice and Lewis Vice. She leaves to mourn her passing: her brother, Bill (Dawn) Vice; daughter in-law, Virginia Haahr; grandsons: Peter (Cindi) Lavine, Bart (Sheryl) Haahr, John (Jodi) Eliason; granddaughters: Debbie Lavine, Christine Lavine, Shannon (Cory) Cadrain, Jodi (Colin) Romanow, Sherry Eliason; great grandchildren: Alysia, Stephanie, Vanissa, Logan, Jesse, Dylan, Taylor, Rory, Macy, Kaitlyn, Hailey, Abby and Hayden;   as well as many nieces and nephews.  Ida will forever be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. Thank you to the staff at Parkland Place, as well as to Drumheller and Melfort hospitals, Nirvana Assisted Living and Sasko Park Lodge for the kind and considerate care given to Ida over the past 2 years. A private service will be held in Ida’s memory at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Fedusiak Funeral Chapel & Crematorium of Melfort, SK  (306-752-3838)    50p

KELLY, Donna Jean (nee Fidler)

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On January 05, 2009 our Dear Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother Jean passed away. Words cannot describe the loss and sadness Jean leaves behind. However this sadness and loss is tempered by our certain knowledge that our beloved Jeannie/Mom/Grandma is in a better place where there is no pain, no sadness, and no sighing. In addition to Jean’s sister Margaret of Arborg MB., and her brother Alban of Selkirk MB., Jean leaves behind her husband of 47 years Brian, her children; Dawn, of Sydney NS., Karen McKinnon of Drumheller AB., James of Meleb MB, and Llynne of Calgary. Jean also leaves behind Grand-children Ayla Kelly of Meleb, Donna Archer of Arborg MB, Hailey and Kelly Archer of Calgary AB. Plus, Karen and Gordon’s son Alex (AJ) McKinnon of Drumheller AB. In addition Jean also left behind 3 Great-Grand-children Natalie, Avery, and Miles. Jean was born in 1943 in North Selkirk MB. After school Jean was employed in various jobs such as the Booth Fish Plant, and Brown’s Bread, amongst others. In the summer of 1961 Jean met her future husband Brian. Jean and Brian were married on September 07 1962. Jean and Brian then lived for 9 years in various artic assignments such as Chesterfield Inlet, Fort Churchill, Baker Lake and Norman Wells NWT. It has to be said that Jean took to, and enjoyed living in the artic where she could interact with her Inuit friends on a daily basis. In 1970 Jean and Brian moved to Rainbow Lake AB which was then a small isolated oil industry town in the high north-west corner of Alberta. It was about 1969/70 that Jean’s Rheumatoid Arthritis began. Jean raised her four children as well as three of her grandchildren all the while in pain that most people would have been crippled by. However as time went on the physical costs of constantly battling the rheumatoid arthritis took its toll. Sadly by the summer of 2008 our Jeannie was going from one illness to the next, finally on January 05 2009 the good Lord released our Jean from her pain. Our Jeannie/Mom/Grandma is loved, and sadly missed.