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JACKIW Leo Alexander

JACKIW Leo Alexander

JACKIW, Leo Alexander
December 23, 1931 – January 12, 2014


Leo Alexander Jackiw of Calgary passed away Sunday morning, January 12, 2014 at the age of 82 years.  Born in Drumheller on December 23, 1931, Leo grew up in nearby Rosedale, an only child of Galician-Ukrainian peasants Oleksa and Marja (nee Tymczij) who immigrated to Canada in 1926. Leo worked as a coalminer for a time, like his father, until he graduated from the University of Alberta in Civil Engineering in 1954. His profession has taken him to Montreal, Calgary, Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World projects, and eventually to Fort McMurray.  Leo married Grace (nee Burke) from Portage la Prairie, MB in 1961 and is survived by his three children Gregor and Mark of Calgary.  Some of Leo’s talents and passions were the Ukrainian Choir, drawing, woodworking, hunting and fishing, stamp and coin collecting, boxing, antiques, gardening, investing, and his bluebird nest-box trail he started after retirement for the Calgary Area Bluebird Trail Monitors Conservation Program.  At Leo’s request no formal funeral service will be held.  He will be laid to rest with his parents at Drumheller Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff at Southwood Care Centre. Condolences may be shared with Leo’s family by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In lieu of flowers, donations in Leo’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

MYERS/GARGARO Janet Yvonne

MYERS/GARGARO Janet Yvonne

MYERS/GARGARO, Janet Yvonne
October 31, 1959 - January 1, 2014

Janet Yvonne Myers/Gargaro of East Coulee, Alberta “Our Princess became a star in the night skies” January 1, 2014. Her battle with cancer was no surrender but an unfair fight. She was born to the late Joe and Jenny Myers, October 31, 1959 in Canmore, Alberta. Janet left behind her partner and best friend, Leo. She will be dearly missed by her family. Her brother, Joe, along with his daughters Angela, Tammy, and Mercedes, his son, Timothy and many grandchildren. Her brother David, and his sons Chris and Davie, and his many grandchildren. Her sister, Debbie, and her husband, Jerry and son, Adam. She will be sadly missed by Mary Sweeney, Janet’s best friend. All of our children and grandchildren were as hers. Words cannot express the love and caring she had for each and every one of them. Janet was a rare and special person. You knew it while in her presence. She had a multitude of friends and an ability to extend herself to others. She took great care in the nurturing of her friendships. She had a wonderful sense of humour and radiated kindness, intelligence and a great wit. Janet will be with each and every one of us through our lives as she lives on in our hearts. At Janet’s request, no funeral or memorial will be held. Just  look up into the night skies - the brightest star will be winking back at you.

THOMPSON Viola (Hewson)

THOMPSON Viola (Hewson)

THOMPSON, Viola (Hewson)
September 9, 1917 -  January 9, 2014


Viola (Hewson) Thompson of Drumheller passed away peacefully on January 9, 2014. She is lovingly survived by her five children: Nora Palmer of Drumheller, Linda Robertson (Mike) of Katy, Texas, Harry Hewson (Lynda) of Stettler, Willa Dumka (Don) of Calgary, and Julie Latter (Terry) of Calgary, as well as 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband’s: Marshall Hewson (1979) and Sam Thompson (2008). Viola Crouse was born September 9, 1917 in Richdale, Alberta and grew up in Craigmyle with her parents and two sisters, Lillian and Willa, all who have predeceased her. In 1939 she attended the Alberta Normal School in Calgary where she received her teaching certificate. She taught at Sentinel Hill School northwest of Delia where she met Marshall Hewson, a local farmer. They were married in 1941 and settled on the family farm where they raised 5 children. In 1975 they retired to Drumheller. After Marshall’s death she married Sam Thompson in 1980 and together they enjoyed travelling extensively. She was always in Eastern Star, both Delia and Drumheller United Church’s CGIT and activities in her communities. Viola loved to play cards, garden, sew and was still knitting mitts for everyone at age 95. She always loved to bake and entertain company, and she was a founding member of the Passion Play Choir. She was very proud of her children and delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Knox United Church in Drumheller at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers Memorial tributes may be made to your choice of Knox United Church 195 3 Avenue East Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y4 or The Salvation Army PO Box 3097 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0. The family greatly appreciates the care given to Viola by her staff of Hanna Longterm Care, Hillview and Sunshine Lodges. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).