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Condolences to the family of LLOYD HALSTEAD



April 14, 1932 - April 16, 2016

With much sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of Dad, Lloyd Halstead on April 16, 2016 at Three Hills, AB. Lloyd was born April 14, 1932 and lived most of his life at Carbon on the family farm. In 2011 he moved from the farm to Three Hills. The Carbon Community was a big part of his life being involved in Carbon Lions Club, curling and just helping where he could. He is survived by his daughters Sharon and Dixie, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Darleen, son-in-law Ian Appleyard, his parents Leo and Ethel (Wright) Halstead and his brother Keith. A Celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Carbon Community Centre in Carbon, AB. Following the service there will be refreshments, reminiscing. If friends so desire, memorial contributions can be made to Three Hills Palliative Care or Carbon Library or a charity of your choice. At this time we would like to say Thank you to the staff at Three Hills Long Term Care for the excellent care Lloyd received. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).

Condolences to the family of FRIEDA BERTSCH



March 20, 1930 - April 16, 2016

Frieda Bertsch (March 20, 1930 – April 16, 2016) of Hesketh, Alberta, beloved wife of Adam Bertsch, passed away peacefully at the age of 86. She was born in a little farm house near Hesketh, to Edward and Emilie (Heinrich) Freitag. She lived there her whole life, except for the 4 years that she was in Edmonton to attend CTI Seminary College. In 1960, she married the man across the road, Adam Bertsch. They farmed just north of Hwy 9 for a number of years. While there, they had two boys born to them; Timothy Adam born in 1963, and Allan Adam Edward born in 1965, both of whom died at about three months of age from a heart issue. In 1966, they adopted an infant son who was born in December 1965, who they named Neil Adam. They sold the first farm, and moved north of Hesketh to the old Sigmund farm in the fall of 1967, where Frieda spent her days gathering eggs and milking cows before heading out with the school bus to deliver kids to school in Carbon. In 1968 they adopted a newborn daughter, who they named Charlene Sylvia, who later died in a snowmobile accident just after her 7th birthday in 1975. Through all the trials, she held close to her faith and continued to attend the Zion Baptist Church on Hwy 9, where she helped out in any way she could. Frieda was a Sunday School Teacher, helped with Awana, and Vacation Bible School. She would gather kids from her community, until the back of the pickup was stuffed full, and would head to VBS. In 2001, she retired from driving bus, and received an award for 35 years as a school bus driver from the Golden Hills School Division. Frieda really enjoyed that job, most days. Frieda enjoyed painting pictures and adding colour to black and white wedding photos for lots of people in the community, as well as macramé and playing the card games Rook and Pit. Southern Gospel music was their joy that they shared together and they would travel to various concerts, and even made it to Tennessee in the fall of 2011. Adam and Frieda would sing together in the car and at church, at friends’ weddings, and other celebrations, accompanied by granddaughter Kelisha on piano when available. Frieda and Adam were also active members of Rural Crime Watch for many years. Beside her loving husband of 55 years, Adam Bertsch, Frieda is survived by son Neil (Lonna) Bertsch, three grandchildren, Kelisha Bertsch, Chancelor (Karlyn) Bertsch, Kaitlyn (Landon) Hill, sister in law, Lenora Freitag, and four Albright nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her father and mother, brother, Arthur Freitag, bother in law, Albert Albright and sister in law, Loretta Albright (nee Bertsch). A funeral service will be held Thursday April 21, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. from ZION BAPTIST CHURCH, (west of Drumheller, just off of Hwy 9 on Range Road 22-2) with Rev. Leon Cymbaluk officiating, interment to follow in the Zion Church Cemetery. If Friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Westview Care Community. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of TOM RICHARDSON



July 2, 1939 - April 4, 2016

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Dad, Grampa, Great-Grampa, Uncle, Brother, and friend – Tom Richardson. Dad passed away quietly on April 04th/2016 at the Foothills Hospital surrounded by family. Dad was 76 years young. Dad was born July 02/1939 in Brandon, Manitoba, the eldest of four children, to Thomas and Beatrice Richardson. Dad attended school in Brandon, completing grade 8. He finished grade 9 by correspondence, following an accident that claimed his father’s life. Dad assumed the farming duties previously held by his father while he was also trucking gravel from the pit on the family farm. In the early 1960’s, Dad became employed with Federal Grain elevators in Brandon. In 1961, Dad met Marie Marcin at a barn dance. They were married in August of 1963 and continued to live in Brandon. Sherry was born in November of 1964, and Lisa was born in September of 1967. A few years later the family moved to Govan, Saskatchewan, where Dad became the manager for the Federal Grain elevator. Shortly thereafter, Dad began working as an Agent for Imperial Oil, also in Govan. Tracy was born in April of 1970, and Patti in March of 1972. In 1975, the family relocated to Drumheller, Alberta, as Dad was transferred there with Imperial Oil. He and Mom continued with Imperial Oil until the late 1980’s. However, together they formed Richardson’s Bulk Sales in 1981. They kept Richardson’s until they sold the company in 1991 to their son-in-law, Jim. Dad then obtained his real estate license before going to work with Schwann’s Canada a few years later. His employment with Schwann’s saw Dad relocate to Memphis, Tennessee, for a couple of years. But, his true calling of driving truck for a living saw his return to Richardson’s, this time working for Jim instead of the other way around. Dad continued to drive truck until his health problems in 2012 became too great, and forced Dad’s retirement. Dad loved to drive truck. One of Dad’s favorite past times was watching sports. He watched every possible sport on TV. And, when he was horizontal on the couch, with eyes closed, as soon as someone would try to change the channel, he would say “I was watching that.” Dad also took a lot of ribbing over his two favorite teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Eskimos. But, don’t kid yourself, as much ribbing that he received was as much ribbing as he would hand back out. Dad was an accomplished curler in his day. While residing in Saskatchewan, Dad skipped one team to the Northern Saskatchewan Provincial semi-finals, having been beat out by Rick Folk, who went on to win the Provincials that year. Dad also curled for a number of years in the Super League in Drumheller. He played baseball, slowpitch, and bowled. Dad was an avid golfer for many years, enjoying every round he played. Not only for the sport of golf, but also for the social aspect of the game. Just last week, Dad was making plans to head out to Fairmont Hot Springs, one of his most favorite places to be, so he could start swinging the sticks. In November of 2013, Dad moved into the Sunshine Lodge. While apprehensive at first, he soon became fond of the staff and residents alike. He enjoyed participating in Bingo games, cards, shuffleboard, and “happy hour”. Dad is leaving to mourn his four Daughters, Sherry (Jim), Lisa (Curt), Tracy, Patti (Ted). Dad is also leaving to mourn our Mom, Marie; Grandchildren Jasmine (Kevin), Jordan (Mathew), Brandon (Megan), Mitchell, Brett (Brittney), Nikki, Steffanie, Savanna; Great-Grandchildren Riley, Zoe, Alexis, and Bennett; Sister Bernice, Brother Bob (Denise), Brother Donnie (Darlene); numerous special nieces and nephews and their families, as well as many special friends. Dad was predeceased by his parents. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, April 09/2016, at 1:00 pm, at the Church of the Nazarene, with Reverend Harold Hunter officiating. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to either STARS air ambulance or the Sunshine Lodge in Drumheller. Arrangements were entrusted with Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in Drumheller.