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CANNINGS, Mary Jean (nee Wood)

March 31, 1930 – August 11, 2014

Mary passed away peacefully at Agape Hospice in Calgary, Alberta, after a long fight against multiple myeloma. She is survived by her husband Edwin Cannings of Airdrie, daughter Sandy Duncan of Phoenix, Arizona, and son David (Linda) Cannings of Edmonton, Alberta. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Michael (Carrie) Duncan of Athabasca, Jodi (Ryan) Paulgaard of Airdrie, Donny (Krista) Duncan of Swift Current, SK, Jennifer (Ryan) Hoople of Edmonton, and Sherri Cannings of Edmonton. Mary was also blessed with 10 great grandchildren: Lucas, Jake, Hailey and Steele Duncan, Karley and Carson Paulgaard, Graison and Gage Duncan, and Addison and Avery Hoople. She will also be missed by her sister in law Joan Datchko of Houston, Texas, brothers in law Sidney (Dorothy) Cannings of Bowden and Raymond (Sylvia) Cannings of Carbon, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Isabella Wood (Elliot) and her older brothers, Albert Wood and John Wood and her husband, Donald Milton. Mary was one of the first married women to graduate the Calgary General Hospital nursing program in 1952, where she was her class valedictorian. She enjoyed a fulfilling nursing career throughout Alberta – after which she went back to school to the University of Alberta to get her bachelor degree in Nursing (Public Health) and she later went on to teach in that program. She then left that vocation to work with Ed building homes in the Edmonton area. Mary and Ed made the decision to retire at the age of 50 – they wintered in Phoenix and spent the rest of their time with friends and family at their home in Carbon, Alberta. Mary enjoyed golf, reading, travelling, her time in Phoenix and spending time with her friends and family. In 2000, Mary’s true passion came to fruition – the Wellness Centre was born. She lobbied the Alberta Government and local health regions to come up with the funding to provide wellness services to the Kneehill area: Carbon, Acme, Linden and Torrington. She led a dedicated group of volunteers and medical professionals to care for the rural people of this area – she identified the need for health services for Albertans living in rural areas, and worked to provide this service for them. Mary continued with this work until shortly before her passing, and she will be sorely missed by her Wellness Centre colleagues. A memorial service will be held at the Acme Community Hall on August 25, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to: Kneehill Area Wellness Centre, PO Box 2847, Three Hills, AB  T0M 2A0.




August 2, 1920 - August 6, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom, Nonna and Biz Nonna, Oliva (Olive) Rovere on August 6th, 2014 at the age of 94. Olive was born August 2nd, 1920 in Cusano, Italy to Virginia and Santo Sist.  In 1942, she married Giovanni (John) Rovere and together they had four children.  After the war they decided to move their family to Canada and in 1950 Olive and the first three of their children joined her husband in Midlandvale, Alberta.  In 1955, their fourth child was born, being the only true Canadian.  Olive and John became Canadian citizens five years later, believing it to be an honour and a privilege.  It was important to them to work hard to make a good life for their family.  Olive was well known for her wonderful meals, her talent as a seamstress and her green thumb.  After her husband’s passing, she found a love for fishing which led her to be known, far and wide, as the fisherwoman of the valley.  At the age of 65 she took on the challenge of learning to swim, helping the women to win “the battle of the sexes” at the local pool.  In 1987, Olive moved to the Manor where she lived for 22 happy, carefree years.  As her health slowly declined she moved to the Sunshine Lodge, Hillview and onto Continuing Care where her love of, and luck at bingo followed her. Olive will be sadly missed by her sister Olympia; her children Rita Balachandran, Renzo (Karen), Renata Oman, Richie (Cate); her grandchildren, Colette Oman, John Rovere (Bhari), Holly McDonald (Bob), Paula Rovere and Vincent Rovere (Anna); great grandchildren, Jacob, Joey, Erin, Jack, Katie, Jamie and Brendan. Viewing and Prayer Vigil will be held at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes, Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. with Funeral Mass taking place on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. from St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, luncheon to follow the interment service. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the charity of ones’ choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.




March 30, 1927 - July 25, 2014

Walter Barabash was a genuinely happy man; he rarely went a day in his long life without spending as much time as he could outdoors; and he never wore a shirt whenever possible. Unfortunately, since suffering a stroke in December 2010, Dad was trapped indoors with not much to be happy about and he was constantly clothed. It is with sadness that we, his children, announce that Walter is gone but also with acceptance as he lost his spirit and his ability to pace, fish, build, fix, drive, shovel, climb, and whistle on that sad day in December. He did not; however, lose his sense of humour or his ability to accept life as it came. Walter passed away peacefully on 25th July in Drumheller, AB. More importantly, he lived a good life for over 87 years. Walter married Doreen Lowry on 25 July, 1953 and they raised their family in Grande Prairie, AB. Dad packed up and moved to Drumheller in 1999, after Doreen passed away, and it was there that he met Josephine Smith in 2002. Left to remember Walter are his children and grandchildren: Mike and Gaye Barabash, Tom, Simon, & Roy (Grande Prairie); Delores McKone (Drumheller); Janice and Dennis Mayer, Allison, Doyle, Shalon, Daryl, & Dwayne (Cranbrook); and Rae Barabash and Philippe Lusson, Emilie, Dante and Mateo (Clyde); his companion Josephine Smith of Drumheller; his younger brother Joseph and Lorraine Barabash of Calgary; numerous inlaws, nieces and nephews. At Walter’s request there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to The War Amps in memory of Walter. You can read a full obituary about Walter by visiting the
following website: www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca