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SKOMAR Joanne Edna

SKOMAR Joanne Edna

SKOMAR Joanne Edna
July 13, 1961 - October 26, 2013


It saddens our hearts to have to announce the passing of my loving daughter, our sister Joanne who slipped away suddenly on October 26, 2013 at 8:20 p.m. in the Emergency Room at the Drumheller Hospital in the company of her sister Janice. Joanne was born on July 13, 1961 in the Drumheller Hospital. She lived in East Coulee until 2012 at which time Joanne and her mother moved together to Drumheller. Joanne schooled in East Coulee until Grade 3 then finished her education in Drumheller. She worked numerous jobs including the Co-op Cafeteria, the East Coulee School Museum with Toni and Andy and with Canalta Hotels for the last twenty years. Joanne enjoyed life. She spent her free time rug hooking, taking photos, walking her dog, drinking coffee, visiting with her many friends and spending quality time with her family. Joanne was predeceased by her father Fred Skomar, her grandparents Robert and Emily Ellis, her dear nephew Jarrett Bosch, two aunts, Joan Albright and Grace Stewart, an Uncle Neil Stewart and cousins Linda and husband Wes Selby. Joanne leaves to mourn a devoted mother Joyce Skomar, a loving sister Janice and her husband Richard Bosch of Drumheller, a wonderful nephew Connor Bosch of Drumheller, her youngest sister Julia and her husband Lucien Perrault of Kindersley, SK, and the love of her life her dog Sparkie. Joanne will be fondly remembered by her Uncle Raymond Albright, her cousins Robert (Louisa) Albright, Ryan (Christine) Albright and special cousin Emily Fleming and son David all of Calgary, AB and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Joanne leaves behind her bestest friend Leona and her husband Jamie and their two sons Peter and Johnny Ehrman and many dear friends. Joanne’s family would like to give a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Olfert for doing his best to save her and to Cindy Gerodo and to a nurse Janice for being there for us at the hospital. Joanne requested a private graveside service which took place on November 2, 2013. Thank-you to Courtney-Winters Funeral Home and especially to  Lisa for all her care and concern. Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Drumheller SPCA/Humane Society.

JOPP John (Jack) Charles

JOPP John (Jack) Charles

JOPP, John (Jack) Charles

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our husband, father and grandfather John (Jack) Charles Jopp on October 27, 2013 at the Foothills Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his wife Margaret of 52 years, his son Camden, daughter-in-law Amy and his 4 wonderful grandchildren, Caitlyn, Sarah, Dallas and Cami as well as the many friends he has made over his 75 years. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 620 - 2 Avenue West, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y3. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 620 - 2 Avenue West, Drumheller.

BERLANDO Joseph

BERLANDO, Joseph

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Joseph Berlando. He left this world suddenly and peacefully on October 28, 2013.  He is pre-deceased by his dear wife, Maria (Wally).  He is survived by his sons Timothy, Robert, Edward and Brian (Kim), and by his beloved grandchildren Michael, Lauren, Corey, Ryan, Danielle and Benjamin.  He was born in Drumheller, the son of hard-working immigrants. His first job was in the coal mines of Rosedale, alongside his father.  He became a teacher and worked in tiny Wayne, Alberta at his first job, where he then became principal of the school.  He subsequently continued his teaching career in Lethbridge, but found his true calling in his career at the Alberta Teacher’s Association in Edmonton, where he worked for over three decades.  He was deeply committed to teaching and the teaching profession, and took immense pride in the bargaining that he did to help give the teachers of this province a better life, working long hours to come to fair agreements time and again.  Even after his retirement, he continued to work for the Alberta Retired Teacher’s Association for several years.  After Wally passed, he spent his final years in Calgary.  Aside from his love for his family and his job, his great passion was music. Almost every weekend after work at the coal mine, he would be found playing his sax or clarinet for dances, sometimes with Wally joining as guest vocalist. He continued to play in bands throughout his career, and well into retirement.  Even when his vision started to fail him, he still would play his clarinet by ear, and even joined a band through the CNIB in Calgary once he moved there. We will dearly miss his sentimental heart, his prowess at cribbage (several of his grandkids learned to be card sharks with his help), his love of good food and drink, and chuckling at his snoozes in his comfie chairs over the years. Special thanks to Rob’s partner, Tracy, and to the staff at the McKenzie Towne Retirement Residence  for the care and concern they provided to Joe while he resided in Calgary. Please join us to celebrate his life at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, the Prayer Vigil to be held Sunday, November 3, at 7 pm and the funeral mass on Monday, November 4 at 10 am. Father James Hagel is the celebrant.  Flowers gratefully declined.  If you wish, donations in memory of Joe may be made to CNIB 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3