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Condolences to the family of Shane Greg Bulechowsky



Shane Greg

December 31, 1959 - June 6, 2018

Shane suddenly passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Shane will be deeply missed by sons, Chris and Shawn; his loving brothers and sisters. Service will be hld Saturday, June 16, 2018, 321 Starmine Drive, Rosedale, Alberta or Badlands Community Facility (BCF), Drumheller, AB, weather dependent.


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Condolences to the family of Sarah (Sally) Steel Wolf



Sarah (Sally) Steel

December 26, 1923 - June 6, 2018

How do you put 94 years into words?

On June 6, 2018 Sally Wolf took her final breath. Sarah (Sally) Steel Wolf was born in County Durham England on December 26, 1923. At the age of 5 she travelled with her parents, George Harold Steel and Lizzie Hannah Steel, sisters Annie and Isabel to Canada. Within a short time in Canada they settled in the Drumheller Valley, a valley she loved all her life. Even in later years when her eyesight was poor she still loved to look out at the hills. In 1940 she met the love of her life, Waldemar Wolf. They dated for a short time and were married on May 1, 1943 in Medicine Hat as that is where Waldemar was stationed in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1945 they started farming in the Michichi area, moved to Verdant Valley to the Wolf farm at the top of the Clark Hill. Tim was born in 1947 and Jennifer in 1952. In 1958 they had the opportunity to purchase a farm in the Munson area and jumped at the chance. In 1962, Becky was born and their family although spread out was completed. Sally enjoyed farming and did everything that was expected of her and more. They had a large circle of friends who meant a great deal to Sally. She enjoyed curling and especially golfing. She had the skill of straight shots and dead eye putts. Waldemar convinced her to make her first trip to Hawaii in 1981. Continuing from there, three months a year were spent in Hawaii until 2010, she loved sharing her Diamond Head View with all who came to visit. In 1991, they completed their new home in Midland and moved to the beautiful spot along the river. After Waldemar passed in 2011, Sally spent time in Sunshine Lodge, Hillview Lodge and then Coalbanks Extended Care. The family would like to thank Dr. Liknes, as well as the nurses for their outstanding care. You made mom’s final days so much better. Thank you to all the Drumheller Health Care staff for the special care and kindness over the years. The ladies from Helping Hands were a great support to Sally during the last years. She loved visiting and spending time with them either at “exercise class” or reading. Sally leaves behind son Tim (Rory) Wolf, daughter Jennifer Wolf, daughter Becky (Bill) Kowalchuk. Grandchildren: Kelly (Shelly) Wolf, Avy (Corey) Wolf, Cameron (Colleen) Robb, Pam Robb, Brent (Jody) Robb, Michelle (Shawn) Jacobs, Dean Davison, Lindsey (Travis) Nemeth, Travis Kowalchuk, Jared Kowalchuk. Great Grandchildren: Lukas & Kade Wolf-Bernard, Zane Wolf, Dustin Robb, Zayden, Ryder, Navara, Raven & Violet Robb, Wyatt & Mason Robb, Sawyer & Beckett Jacobs, Archer & Beau Nemeth. Sister, Hilda Halase, Brother-In-Law, Vic Verstrepen as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Thank you to Tanya Lerke and Ben Chiuppi, you were very special friends to Mom. Celebration of life will take place on July 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Munson Community Hall. Donations can be made to the Munson Community Association Building Fund. Funeral arrangements by Courtney-Winters Funeral Home.

Condolences to the family of Ralph Charles Svatos



Ralph Charles

May 26, 1932 - June 5, 2018

Ralph Svatos passed away peacefully June 05, 2018 at Continuing Care in Drumheller, Alberta at the age of 86. Ralph was born May 26, 1932 at Bracken, Saskatchewan. Ralph is predeceased by his mother Anna “Minnie” (Kleespies), father Frank Svatos, wife Verna (Ostrander), brothers Edward, Lawrence, Joe, sister Katherine as well as two sons, Douglas and Kelly. Ralph is survived by his children Graham, Donald, Gary, Sandra, Jerry (Nancy) and grandchildren Ryan and Jessica. He is also survived by Verna’s brothers Nelson (Myrtle) Ostrander, Wayne (Hazel) Ostrander and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad had a rough beginning in life with his mother’s passing when he was 3 years old, the family moved to Oyen during the economic depression of the 1930’s to live with his Uncle Joe. From there on, Dad lived with and worked for other farmers in the area while his father was always working away as a carpenter throughout the Oyen area. Dad started a trucking business hauling grain, lumber, coal, livestock, and gravel. Dad met Verna Ostrander, a nurse in Oyen, whom he married in 1956. Over the next ten years, the couple had seven children while Dad continued trucking and expanding his farm. The burden of supporting a large family forced Dad to work very hard and learn how to get by with little resources. Later in life, Dad would often reminisce about his trucking days such as when his farm was hailed out and his 1956 Dodge three ton with a 354 Hemi saved him from losing everything he worked for. Dad was a humble and honest man much like the many lifelong friends he had in the Oyen area. The Svatos family moved to Drumheller in 1972 where the kids attended school but continued to farm south of Oyen, eventually buying farmland in the Craigmyle area and farming both locations. There was always something happening at home where everyone was welcome and usually there was extra kids around. Dad and Mom enjoyed trips to Vegas and Reno as well as the occasional trip out to B.C. and Saskatchewan. Ralph did not have many summer hobbies, but he enjoyed visiting with friends, attending auction sales and having coffee with the usual group at the Co-op and IGA in Drumheller as well as his friends at Yavis’s Restaurant and the Longbranch Saloon. Dad was always happiest when walking into his wheat fields with heads of wheat going through his fingers, the combines running and the grain trucks full. A memorial service will be held for Ralph at 2:00 PM on June 23rd, at the Oyen Seniors Recreation Centre in Oyen Alberta (219 2nd Street West) with lunch to follow. MacLean’s Funeral Homes of Oyen are in care arrangements.