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Condolences to the family of Willa Martha Isabelle Hirsch



Willa Martha Isabelle

July 17, 1936 - March 14, 2018

It is with great sadness to announce that Willa Martha Isabelle Hirsch passed away peacefully at home at the age of 81. Willa was born in Drumheller to Nels and Florence Westeen and was one of 8 siblings. She was predeceased by her husband (Eddy) and will be lovingly remembered by her sister Arda Robinson, children Robin (Karen) Hirsch, Kendel (James) Ryan, three grandchildren Jason (Diana), Brad (Teresa) Ryan, Jena Hirsch and two great-granddaughters Kaylin and Madison Ryan. Willa worked at the Drumheller hospital for many years in x-ray and purchasing. She lived in the valley most of her life except a few years in Calgary where she got married to Ed Hirsch. Being an avid reader, incredible painter and artist as well as a formidable card player kept her busy. She was well known in her community and was loved by many friends. There will be no service as per her request. Donations can be made to the Heart to Heart Society at the Drumheller Health Center 351- 9th Street N.W., Drumheller T0J 0Y1. Willa, you were the best Wife, Mom, Grandma, Sister and Friend. We will all miss you!

Condolences to the family of Terence Anthony Hodson



Terence Anthony

March 24, 1935 - January 15, 2018

Terence Anthony Hodson passed away peacefully on January 15, 2018 in the Hanna Long Term Care Centre, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Terry as most knew him, was born March 24, 1935 in Birmingham, England to Albert and Lizzie Hodson. At the age of 15, Terry came to Delia to live with his Aunt Julia DeMott. After finishing his schooling in Delia, he worked for Butcher and Packer Supply in Calgary. He eventually returned to Delia working at the Delia Co-op, for Larken & Issac’s, and Gibson’s Farm Store before moving over to Delia Farm Supplies. In 1972, his mother Liz moved to Canada and they spent good years together prior to her passing. Terry was a friendly face at the shop for years before retiring at the age of 65 years to enjoy travelling. Terry made many trips back to England, nearly every two years. He also travelled to Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, and Canadian destinations including the Maritimes. One of his favorite trips was to Australia to visit his cousin John Anthony and family. An avid coin collector, Terry always took the time to order special coins from the Royal Canadian Mint for all of his relatives. These are a special treasure for them to remember; especially at Christmas time. Terry was a life long member of the Legion, the Elks, and Masonic Lodge. He was always ready to volunteer in his community and held the position of cashier at Delia Elks Bingo nights for many years. He also volunteered with the Delia Volunteer Fire Department and the Delia Curling Club. Terry is survived by his many cousins: John Anthony, Mary and Jim Pearson, Carmen Davis, Dianne Meyer, Fred and Jerry DeMott, Brenda Harper, Carol Cooper, Tom Marshall, Garett Willington, Teresa Gilson, Mary Ellen Herzog and their families. He is preceded in death by his parents (Albert in 1957 and Liz in 1988) and infant sister Marjorie (1933). The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Hanna Extended Care Centre for the excellent care and attention Terry received during his stay. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hanna Legion Branch #25, Box 1407, Hanna, AB, T0J 1P0, or the Hanna Ladies Auxiliary, Box 23, Hanna, AB, T0J 1P0. At Terry’s request, his ashes will be taken back to England to be buried with his family. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018, 2:00 P.M. (Terry’s Birthday) at the Hanna Legion. All are welcome. Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent or viewed at, 403-854-5956.

Condolences to the family of Helen Elizabeth Roppel



Helen Elizabeth

1924 - 2018

Helen passed away peacefully at the Sunrise Village Nursing Home in High River, Alberta on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the age of 93. Helen is lovingly remembered by her children Wesley (Lyn) Roppel of Surrey, Charlotte (Bob) Hedin of St. Paul and Darryl (Tammy) Roppel of Rockyford; her grandchildren Scott Roppel, Lisa (Vern) Boudot, Jennifer (Michael) Barbieri and Candace (Byron) Bader; and six great grandchildren; James, Jadyn, Logan, Sophia, Theoren and Harrison. She is also survived by her brother David (Wendy) Podborski of Nova Scotia, in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Passed before her was her loving husband Harold, who she shared 64 wonderful years of marriage, two cherished grandchildren Jeanine and Jordan Roppel, her brother Victor Podborski, and sisters Olga Stusick and Margorie Poole. Helen was raised in Rockyford and lived there most of her life. She worked as a Telephone Operator after High School until she married the love of her life Harold Roppel in 1946. They spent their life farming in Rockyford on the Roppel Family farm. Helen enjoyed belonging to the Ladies Aid of the United Church, Ladies Auxiliary, Girl Guides Association, Home and School Association and was Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, for two terms. In 1959 she was selected as Grand Representative for Utah for a four year term, which she really enjoyed and spoke of fondly. Helen was an avid gardener and won several awards for flowers and garden produce at the annual Rockyford Fair. She had a large, beautiful flower garden on the farm and continued to love her flowers when she moved from the farm to town. Helen was a very talented Artist and enjoyed painting portraits and scenic pictures. She took great pleasure in playing her favorite old time songs, on the organ, by ear. Helen enjoyed visiting and was a gracious hostess who always made you feel welcome. In the fall of 2002 Helen and Harold sold their home in Rockyford and moved to The Courtyard in Strathmore, AB, where she continued to reside until September 2017. In her 93 years, Helen saw many changes. She never thought she would see a solar car or the Olympic torch in person. She had a wonderful sense of humour which she carried with her until the end. Helen reminded family, during our last visits, “don’t shed any tears, I have lived a wonderful life and was blessed with a beautiful family. Remember all the good times we shared.” She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We will treasure and always remember the good times. It was Helen’s wish that no funeral be held. To express condolences, please visit: