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RASMUSSEN, Margaret Thora

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RASMUSSEN, Margaret Thora
January 9, 1924 - June 22, 2011


It is with sadness, yet with the joy and respect deserving of a good life, well lived, that we share this news with you.  Margaret Thora Rasmussen died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Drumheller on Wednesday June 22, 2011. Margaret was born in Innisfail, Alberta on January 9, 1924 to Thomas and Disa Sveinson, the second of 6 children. The family farmed in Markerville and Margaret’s undeterrable spirit and drive was formed at an early age when her father passed away when Margaret was 7 years old. Margaret was educated in Markerville and Dickson High School after which she attended Calgary Normal School and received her teaching certificate. Margaret taught school in the Markerville area until her husband to be, Hertel, returned from service in WW II. They married in 1947 and settled in Dalum where they farmed for 45 years, retiring to Drumheller in 1995. Margaret was a beloved teacher and active member of community organizations in both Dalum and Drumheller. Margaret will be lovingly remembered for her kindness and willingness to take on the tasks of bringing happiness to her family, her friends and her community. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Hertel in 1998. She is survived by her four children Gerald (Maryann) of Dalum, Howard (Carrolle) of Lethbridge, Douglas (Margaret) of Calgary and Debra Lee of Calgary, six grandchildren Jason, Jeffrey and Jillian of Drumheller, Glen of Mission B.C. Ashley of Lethbridge and Melissa of Calgary and 9 Great Grand Children. Margaret is predeceased by her brothers Cecil, Ralph and Norman Sveinson, sisters Agnes Bardenhagen and Shirley Dent.  A Funeral Service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum on Saturday June 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Chapel, Drumheller.  www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca
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SLIWINSKI, Frank

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SLIWINSKI, Frank
March 9, 1923 - June 20, 2011


With great sorrow and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Frank Sliwinski on June 20, 2011 at the age of 88 years. Left to mourn are his wife of 65 years, Aleksandra; four daughters; Barbara (Ted) Heck, Jane (Glen) Henderson, Helen (Edward) Lawrence, and Judy (Robert Jackson) Sliwinski, 6 grandchildren; Patrick, Christopher, Laurie, Geoffrey, Larson, and Kira, as well as, 5 great-grandchildren; Allie, Sophie, Ella, Addison, and Olivia. Frank will be greatly missed by his family and friends and remembered most for his great conversations, his love of learning, and his tinkering with automobiles. Frank was born in Laszczyn, Poland on March 9, 1923 and met his wife in Germany during WWII. They were married in Hanau, and immigrated to Belgium where Frank worked in the underground coal mines. Here he developed black lung. In order to provide a better life for their family, they immigrated to Canada in 1954. Frank taught himself English through friends and by reading many, many books. His love of reading fuelled his wisdom and knowledge. Using his broken English, Frank found work as a coal miner in East Coulee, Alberta, which further contributed to his black lung. This was where his family first put down roots in Canada. Later, they moved to Drumheller, and Frank worked as a school custodian and a correctional officer at the Drumheller Penitentiary until his retirement in 1986. During his retirement, Frank and Aleksandra travelled to many warm, southern destinations and basked on sunny, sand beaches. In 2007, after 50 years in Drumheller, they left many friends and acquaintances and moved to Victoria, BC where Frank enjoyed the mild weather. No words can describe how much he will be missed. By request, there will be no service. Online condolences may be left at sandsfuneral.com (Colwood, Victoria, B.C.).

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SOLOSKI, Mary

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SOLOSKI, Mary
November 12, 1931 - May 30, 2011

Mary Soloski (nee Holowath) passed away in Red Deer, Alberta at the age of 79 on May 30, 2011. Mary was born on November 12, 1931 in Beynon, Alberta to Pauline and Harry Holowath. She attended business school in Calgary where she met and later married Rudy Soloski in 1955. They lived in Calgary, farmed in Rumsey for a few years and later moved to North Battleford, Sask. where Rudy owned and operated the Roxy Photo Studio. In 1974 Mary began work at the Battleford’s Union Hospital as a ward clerk and retired in 1994. Shortly after, Mary retired to Red Deer where she was active in the ‘buddy reading program’ at Dawe Center; assisting seniors providing rides and doing errands; and taking part in St. Mary’s Parish activities. Mary was predeceased by her husband Rudy in 1983, her father Harry in 1950, mother Pauline in 2000. She is survived by son Michael (Kathy), son Brian, daughter Patricia, son Allan, daughter Janet; two grandchildren, Aaron, Klea. Mary is also survived by sister Stella (Al) Cassidy of Stettler, brother Fred (Pat) Holowath of Rumsey, sister Rose (John) Grant of Stettler as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in Red Deer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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