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GOUGE John Wilson

Gouge John Wilson
July 1, 1926 - March 5, 2012

John Wilson Gouge passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 5, 2012.  John was predeceased by his brother Jesse and is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Pat,  beloved sister Anne, son Bill, daughters Patsy (Cal), Joan (John), grandchildren Sam (Ayala), Peter (Kathy), Melissa, Jill and Todd and great grandchildren Noah, Kiara, Madison and Reide.  He will also be dearly missed by sister-in-law Joan, brother-in-law Bill (Marilyn), and nieces and nephews Michael, Charlie, Cathy, Ted, Maureen, Dana-Jean, Richard, John and Neil.  John first knew Pat in Drumheller, Alberta where he was born.  They later reunited at UBC, where he graduated in Chemical Engineering.  John served in the Canadian Army and had a vibrant working career, working for Cominco (in Trail and Montreal), the BC Research Council, Stanford Research, BC Hydro and McMillan Bloedel. John was a fantastic family man and loyal friend, full of fun and enthusiasm and unwaveringly supportive.  He was an avid boater and fisherman and the family spent many years afloat.  His years volunteering at church and in the community led him to being honored with one of the 75 Achiever’s Awards in West Vancouver in 1988.  John will be profoundly missed by the numerous people whose lives he touched.  The family is very grateful to Dr. Robert Scott and the outstanding staff at Evergreen Care Home.  A memorial service was held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 885 22nd Street, West Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday March 10th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with reception to follow at the church.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Food Bank or Covenant House Vancouver would be appreciated.  For those wishing to share a memory of John, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com. Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221.

BERTAMINI Marko Arturo

BERTAMINI Marko Arturo

BERTAMINI, Marko Arturo

It is with great sadness and heartful sorrow that we grapple with the shock of losing Marko Arturo Bertamini - a beloved son, husband, father, brother, nephew, uncle and friend. The world was better because he was in it. Mark leaves behind his loving wife Paula and his “best bud” and son Parker, who were his rocks. He is also survived by his mother Arlene, three brothers, two sisters and plethora of family and friends. Mark was a man of great heart, integrity and pride. He was born in Drumheller on March 2, 1964 and passed away at the Grey Nuns hospital in Edmonton on March 10, 2012. He was surrounded by his family and guided into heaven by his grandparents and father, Arturo. In keeping with Mark’s wishes, his life will be celebrated with a private family service. His memory may be honoured by donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Mark loved his family, his life and Louis Armstrong’s “It’s a Wonderful World”. Please think of him the next time you hear it. The family greatly appreciates your thoughts and prayers. His spirit lives on through all he touched.

SENGAUS Stella Elizabeth

SENGAUS Stella Elizabeth

SENGAUS, Stella Elizabeth
March 24, 1930 - March 5, 2012

Stella Elizabeth Sengaus of Rumsey, AB passed away peacefully on Monday, March 5, 2012 in Three Hills, AB. “Granny” will be lovingly remembered by her family: sons David (Donna), Dan (Louisa), and Rick. Grandchildren Dustin (Andrea), Devon (Nadine), Travis and Angela, and a great grandson Jacob. She is also survived by her sister Doris Potter, sisters-in-law Lillian Sjogren, Alice Sjogren and Jeanne Sengaus, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Ivar and Inez Sjogren, her brothers Allan and Charles and her beloved husband Willie Sengaus in 2003. Mom was born on the family farm north of Rumsey on March 24, 1930, the third of four children. She attended Thompson school and as a young woman worked for Albert and Anne McNaughton and at AGT in Stettler, AB. She then met the love of her life, Willie Sengaus and they were married on July 9, 1951 and shared over 51 years together, raising their family and enjoying their grandchildren. Their home was a gathering spot for friends and family for any occasion. Mom was an avid and competitive curler and rarely missed a bonspiel in the area. Even in her later years, she always watched the Scotties and the Brier on TV and has several notebooks full of stats and other curling trivia. Mom enjoyed various crafts and taught many classes thru Further Education or in her home -- paper tole, beadwork, silk dyeing etc. She macramed hundreds of lawn chairs and did silk floral arrangements for countless weddings. Mom also had an exceptionally “green thumb” -- her garden was a labour of love year after year. Upon retiring from gardening, all effort and energy was put forth into her flowers and yard -- she especially had a love for begonias and roses -- and her flower beds and lawns were kept in meticulous order. Upon leaving the farm in 2010, she still tended to various pots on her balcony at the Chateau in Three Hills. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Rumsey Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Three Hills Palliative Care. Kneehill Funeral Services in charge of arrangements. 1-403-442-2123.