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Last updateWed, 24 May 2017 12pm

Condolences to the family of John (Jack) Neilsen




John (Jack) William

Born September 17, 1933
Passed May 17, 2017

John (Jack) William Neilsen of Drumheller passed away at the age of 84. He was predeceased by his father Aage Neilsen-Degnegaard, who emigrated from Denmark to work the mines in the Drumheller area, and mother Jane Ellswith Degnegaard, whose family emigrated from England to work the mines, and brother Fred of Kelowna. Jack was a musician and an athlete who played and coached baseball and Junior hockey for many years. He loved the valley and one of his favourite memories was when he and his brother would fish the Red Deer River which ran past their home, and take their catch home for their mother to prepare for the evening meal. Jack was a social worker for the Alberta Government for many years and was always kind and respectful to everyone who he came in contact. He was a devoted church and family man and was a graduate of Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho. Remaining are Jeanette (Jan), the love of his life, his son Bradley (Michelle), his granddaughter Katie and grandson Chad. We wish to thank the Countinuing Care staff at the Drumheller Regional Health Center for their excellent care. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1455-4th Avenue N.W., (just off the Dinosaur Trail in Midland).

Condolences to the family of Sylvia Kempling




June 12, 1926 ~ May 18, 2017

Sylvia Kempling of Drumheller, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Tom Kempling, passed away peacefully with family by her side, on May 18, 2017 at the age of 90 years old. Sylvia was the first born child of Edward and Catherine Pickard on June 12, 1926, in Calgary, Alberta. She attended school in Calgary, and was quite adventurous as a youth, enjoying speed skating and a bike trip to Banff. She worked as both a clerk during World War ll for the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, and as a secretary for the Calgary Seed Branch. While living in Calgary, she attended Central United Church, where she was a member, and was involved with youth groups. Along her path, she met a handsome farmer from the Drumheller area, the love of her life, Tom Kempling. They were married August 14th, 1953. Tom brought Sylvia to Drumheller, and built his bride a new home, where they resided, farming for many years. In 1956, they welcomed their daughter, Loralee Ann and in 1959, their son, Steven Thomas. With her family complete, Sylvia enjoyed trips to Calgary, visiting her parents, going to the zoo, Heritage Park, Bowness Park, and camping in the mountains, memories which were captured by Tom with his love and eye for photography. As a farm wife, Sylvia loved baking, gardening, sewing, crocheting, curling, bowling, and was always game for a round of crib or cards with friends. She always liked to look her best, adorning the latest fashions, which she wore on her tall frame, with style and grace. She and Tom enjoyed travelling, England, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the US were some of their most memorable holidays. Sylvia was a member of the Munson Women’s Institute, Rebecca Lodge, the Anglican Guild, Farm Forum, Homestead Museum, and Pioneer Acres. Sylvia is survived by her daughter, Loralee (Dave) Dedul, son Steven Kempling, grandchildren Lisa (Kevin) McKenzie and their children Megan and Kelvin, Wendy (Chris) Walsh and their children Coyne and Opal. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Pickard, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Sylvia was predeceased by her parents Edward (Ted) and Catherine (Cathy) Pickard, her brother Ken Pickard (2016) and husband Tom (1998). A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home, in Drumheller, Alberta with Pastor Scott Gamble officiating. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation (Continuing Care Recreation Department). Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at the Drumheller Continuing Care and Recreation Therapy Departments for the time, love and special care Sylvia received over the last 22 years.

Condolences to the family of John (Jack) Gallagher



John (Jack)

December 3, 1932 ~ May 17, 2017

Mr. Jack Gallagher, a longtime resident of the Drumheller Valley, passed away on May 17, 2017 at the age of 84 years.
Jack was born in Drumheller in 1932. He grew up in Rosedale, the middle child of John and Hilda Gallagher. He had two sisters, Irene and Hilda. Jack left school in grade 11 to work on the railway as a telegrapher, which he enjoyed for several years. When he was 21 he went back to school to obtain his grade 12, then he attended N.A.I.T.’s Chemical Technology Program. He got a job with Atomic Energy in 1959 in Chalk River, Ontario, he worked there for the next two years. He went back to school at the U. of A. to get his Bachelors of Education degree. Jack met his wife, Margaret while at AECL and they married in 1962 and moved to Calgary. He completed his B.ED. and worked at Sunnyside and Banff Trail Schools. Two of their children were born there, Robbie in 1963 and Christine in 1965. In 1967 the family moved to Fort McMurray, their third daughter, Shelley was born there in 1967. The family then moved down to Drumheller in 1969 where Jack took a job with Corrections Canada at the Institution. Their fourth and last daughter, Jackie was born in 1971. Jack was a truly good man, kind, intelligent and a voracious reader. He will be missed. He leaves to mourn; his wife Margaret, four daughters; Robbie, Christine, Shelley, and Jackie, numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a lifetime of friends. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.