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MCILVANEY Minnie

MCILVANEY Minnie

McIlvaney, Minnie
September 16, 1916 - December 3, 2013


Minnie McIlvaney (born Wilhelmina Antonia Schollen)  September 15, 1916 Drumheller, Alberta  - December 03, 2013 in Coquitlam, BC. Minnie was a person of great strength and always had a smile on her face. Her family was a unique source of pride and joy. She was a wonderful mom and grandma (The best according to Adrienne). This beautiful girl fell in love with Bennie McIlvaney, a handsome young man coming back from the war and she married him in 1946. The couple moved to the West Coast to raise their family of five children which grew to nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Peter (Anne), Bernie (Judith), Jim (Cécile), Chris (Lee), Mary (Norman)(Lorne); Grandchildren: Eric, April, Sara, Jenifer, Adrienne, Jessica, Renee, étienne, Monique; Great grandchildren: Logan, Rebecca, Francesca, Macey. There is nothing Minnie enjoyed more than having people around, listening, chatting, laughing, having a glass of wine and cooking a big batch of spaghetti for everybody. Over the years, she welcomed many people in her life and was an attentive friend. A lady of great generosity, she never hesitated to help people who she knew were struggling.  Minnie loved music and had a wonderful voice. She was the soul of the party. She also enjoyed dancing in her younger years. A good knitter, she did what grandma’s are expected to do and knit many blankie and sweaters for her grandkids. Well read, she kept an eye on the news and knew where the world was at. She had an opinion on many topics and liked good conversation. About ten years ago, she lost her sight but kept reading with audio books. After the death of her beloved Bennie in 2009, her health declined. She spent the last years of her life in Lakeshore Care Home. On December 3, she decided that it was time for her to go…and she went without any fuss.  She will be missed a lot.

CHAPELSKI Emil

CHAPELSKI Emil

Chapelski, Emil
November 6, 1944 - November 23, 2013


Emil Chapelski was born on November 6, 1944 in Myrnam, Alberta and raised in Vegreville. By the time he was a teen his father Matt, had passed away and he was the man of the family. Married with a child on the way by the age of 20 (precocious was “one” of the words used to describe him) Emil, accompanied by his wife Wendy hit the road for the bright lights of Toronto and then Vancouver as a banker with the CIBC. Banking was glamorous business for a young prairie man who spoke only Ukrainian until he started elementary school. However, a banking career seemed to consist of curling bonspiels and three martini nicotine fuelled lunches and Emil yearned for more intellectual pursuits.  At the age of 30, with 3 kids, a dog, and a mortgage, Wendy went out to earn a living in order to put Emil through law school. Emil graduated as the Gold Medallist of the inaugural class of UVic law school. Emil and Wendy then returned to Alberta to raise their young children close to their extended families and settled in Drumheller in 1979.  There, Emil practiced commercial law for almost 20 years before being stricken by a massive stroke likely accelerated by the three martini lunch lifestyle and cigarettes. However, several years before the stroke, Emil became a friend of Bill W’s and he had even (finally) quit his 3+ pack a day habit. There were some sweet days for Emil and Wendy during that time period, except of course, for the tragic loss of their youngest child Scott at age 19. The stroke left Emil paralysed on the right side and unable to speak or write. However, with God’s grace he could still play a mean game of crib, re-program the clocks for day-light savings time and take immense delight in the arrival of his six grandchildren who loved to play with his cane and scooter. With Wendy’s leadership, they travelled, socialised, volunteered and LIVED notwithstanding his immense handicaps. No one was braver or showed more grace than Emil during the last 18 years except his wife Wendy. We lost Mom to cancer last year and Emil’s world became quite narrow, especially after falling and breaking his hip. It was just a matter of time before Emil would be freed from his earthly limitations and have the opportunity to join his high school sweetheart again. That occurred on November 23, 2013 in Lloydminster. We learned more about courage and acceptance from Dad after his stroke than we could have ever learned from him before. Emil lost his own father at a young age, suffered through many struggles before finding sobriety, then lost a son to a car accident. Subsequently he lost his speech, his ability to write and finally his mobility. Despite all of those challenges, he did his best to share love, friendship and lots of laughter. We are proud to be his children. Emil is survived by his sister Emily Samoil, brother in law Barry Wilinski, and their respective families, many nieces and nephews and his children Shelley Chapelski (Merle McKenzie) and Mark Chapelski (Sandra). He was “Gido” to his grandchildren Alex and Emily McKenzie and Matthew, Nicolas, Anna and Josh Chapelski. Emil was predeceased by his son Scott and wife Wendy (Wilinski) Chapelski.  A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 23, at the Knox United Church, 195 3rd Avenue E, Drumheller, AB, with Reverend John Crowdis officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada, Suite 105B, Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 3K8 in memory of Wendy and Emil Chapelski.

HOOVER Arthur Murray

HOOVER Arthur Murray

HOOVER, Arthur Murray
August 3, 1952 - December 2, 2013


It is with sad hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Art Hoover on December 2, 2013. Arthur Murray Hoover was born August 3, 1952 in Hanna, Alberta. He lived and farmed north of Delia all his life, excluding Grade 12 in Red Deer and 2 years of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Art was a Journeyman Water Well Driller and operated his own Water Well Pump Service. The past few years Art rented out his crop land but continued a cow/calf operation. He was an active member and director of the Alberta Surface Rights Board for 35 years. Rural communities thrive because of volunteers and he tried to do his part by serving on many local boards and committees. Art was very active on the Delia Agricultural Society as a director, treasurer and president. A true believer in the 4-H program, Art was a leader for 30 years, as well as a very proud 4-H parent.
Art leaves to mourn his beloved wife Pat, stepson Marcus (Stacey) of Coleman, AB, daughter Stephanie (Jeff) of Calgary, AB, daughter Melissa of Edmonton, AB, Granddaughters Sloan and Hadley and Faithful dog Emma. Sister, Karen (Geoff) of Lethbridge, AB, brother Stephen (Linda) of Delia, AB, brother Barrie (Janice) of Delia, Aunts and Nieces and Nephews. Pre-deceased by his parents Helen in 2002 and Howard in 2012. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Delia Community Hall. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).