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Laura M. Pennock of Rumsey, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2013 at the age of 91 years. Laura was born in Morrin, the eldest of 11 children, to George and Mary Storch. She attended Hillsgreen School to Grade Nine. She was the first girl in the grain club in Alberta where she won a scholarship to go to Olds College for one year. She married Harold in June of 1944. They lived at Morrin on the farm until 1957 when they moved to Rumsey. Laura took pride in every job she was offered and never turned anyone down whether it was housecleaning, boarders, catering or plucking over 5000 chickens in a season. She was a Brownie Leader for years. She taught many people to crochet, knit, drive, cook, etc.  All of her children were taught all of her good qualities. She had an honorary life membership of the Alberta Horticulture Association.  She enjoyed gardening and raised many vegetables and flowers. Her hands were never idle, always a pair of knitting needles or crochet hook between those worn fingers. If you were ever in her house in Rumsey  you would remember her awards.  She had many and was proud of them. She was an avid spoon collector, never bought any yet knew the origin of every one. She loved to play cards and started her day with a few games of solitaire. She belonged to the Rumsey Red Deer River Garden Club for many years and took many entries to the shows. Laura loved her sports. She was a member of the Morrin Flyers fastball team, curled, loved watching the chuckwagons, and was a faithful Calgary Flames fan. Many clubs benefitted from her membership, leadership and participation. Laura is survived by her family: Elsie (Erick) Hatt, Stephen (Wheng), Michael (Anabel) Bon Bon, Carl and Jaiden,  Mary (Trevor) Newton, Darcy (Donna) Kali, Tess and Brenn, Doris (Lorry) Cawiezel, Craig (Lori) Travis and Brittany, Lyle (Laura) Cera and Zachary, Lee and Skylar, George (Cher) Pennock, Alan (Darlene), Jordan, Ryan and Tyler, Margaret (Len) Sharpe, Jeff (Kim), Haylee, Katrina and Abram, Krystal (Hugo) Trevino, Julia and Aidan, Alicia (Brad) Greene and Kailey, Gene (Betty) Pennock, Katie and Holly. Her sisters and brothers: Alma Tolman, Helen Steen, Elsie Larose, Betty Jorsvick, Linda Helmer, Brothers, John and Richard Storch, Sisters-in-law Irene and Mavis Storch, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Laura was predeceased by her loving husband Harold, son, Gerald, her parents, George and Mary Storch, brothers, Colin and George Storch and sister, Clara Montgomery. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Rumsey Community Hall. Rev. Harold Hunter will officiate. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S., 1441 Aviation Park N.E. Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7

MERKEL Herta Anne

MERKEL, Herta Anne
February 14, 1916  - July 6, 2013

Herta Anne Merkel was born February 14, 1916 in Travers, Alberta and passed away July 6, 2013 in Drumheller, Alberta. Predeceased by husband Emil John Merkel and parents Robert and Bertha Patelski. Survived by sons Larry, Brian and Darryl and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom had a great faith. She was a member of the C.W.L St. Anthony’s Church for 67 years. Mom loved her family and friends, flowers, animals and nature  in general and could often be seen tending her flowers in her yard. As per Mom’s request, there will be no funeral mass. There will be a grave side service for her family presided over by Father Mario Basque. A time of fellowship for family and close friends will be held at Mom’s house. Family friends will be notified of the time and date by phone. Love you Ma Bear. R.I.P.
     Your son, Darryl Thomas Merkel


ULSANDEN, Clifford
October 31, 1940 - June 30, 2013

It is with great sadness to announce Cliff Ulsanden passed away suddenly, but peacefully, after a brief illness on June 30, 2013 at the age of 72. Cliff was born in Drumheller and lived his entire life in the valley. In his early years, Cliff enjoyed cruising in and and working on his many different cars which he owned at the time. In 1969 he began working for the town of Drumheller and remained there until retiring in 1999. Cliff was an avid fisherman for most of his life and enjoyed countless fishing trips with friends and family over the years. Cliff also had a great love for music and collected albums from the 1950s to present day. His true passions, however, was working at beautifying his yard which he especially enjoyed in his retirement years. Cliff had a friendly and outgoing personality and always enjoyed sharing stories and just chatting in general with friends and neighbours. Cliff was predeceased by his father Clarence (1969) and mother Olga (1982). Cliff is sruveed by his loving wife Joyce of nearly 40 years and loving son Glen. Also survived by his sisters Norma (Innisfail) and Clara (Calgary) along with numerous nieces and nephews. The Ulsanden family would like to thank the many friends and neighbours for their overwhelming support during this difficult time. As per Cliff’s wishes, no service will be held.