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Condolences to the family of Eileen (Evans) Casavant



Eileen (Evans)

January 27, 1945 - April 19, 2018

Eileen (Evans) Casavant passed away on April 19, 2018, ending a two-year battle with colon cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 54 years, Bernie Casavant and two loving daughters, Denise
(Raymond) Manning and Vicki (Mark) Manning and their
respective children, Chaz Casavant (Vicki’s son) and Katie and Brooke Manning (Denise’s daughters). She will be dearly missed by her siblings,Ernie (Donna) Evans, Bob (Betty) Evans, Bessie Molsberry, Peggy Oschatzchen, and Ruth Hunter. Born and raised in Drumheller, Eileen
attended Drumheller Composite High School and is fondly remembered for her long ponytail and for being a high school cheerleader. She married her sweetheart, Bernie Casavant, in May 1964 and raised her two daughters
in Drumheller. Eileen’s first job was at the Alberta Treasury Branch, then she spent many years in Administration office at the Drumheller Penitentiary.
Before moving to Los Angeles, CA, Eileen was an integral part of the local D.A.R.T.S. organization. She enjoyed being involved in the Drumheller community and enjoyed bottomless cups of coffee at both The Corner Café and Yavis’ Restaurant. Eileen was a long time member of the Drumheller Library Board as well as assisted in several productions put on by the Kaleidoscope Theatre group. Eileen and Bernie moved to Los Angeles in 2002 where they began a new business with their eldest daughter and son-in-law until they retired in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Eileen was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Throughout her illness, her trust in the Lord was evident in her positive attitude and ever present smile. Eileen was able to remain in her home, cared for by her loving family, until her quiet passing on April 19, 2018.

Condolences to the family of Karl Bund




June 26 1920,
Spitz bei Deutsch Goritz, Styria, Austria
April 09 2018,
Calgary, Alberta,Canada

With much sadness, we announce that our dear Dad and loving Opa passed away peacefully on an early spring day in April with his children by his side. His 97 years on this earth were filled with the love of his family and the company of many good friends along the way. Karl was born an only child and spent his formative years under the good care of his paternal grandmother in Austria. He immigrated to Canada at the tender age of 16 to help with the family farm in southern Alberta, working alongside his parents with all that farm life entails. Karl was a proud Canadian and answered his country’s call into the Canadian Armed Forces as a young man who knew very little English, but with his jovial demeanour and his infectious outgoing personality, he quickly made friends while stationed at Currie Barracks in Calgary. After the war he returned to the family farm and having worked diligently to save enough money, he was eventually able to purchase land and a homestead of his own in the same rural area. He returned to Austria for a visit in 1949 where he met Josephine Marie Graf. The two were married the following year in Delia, Alberta and started a family while running their successful mixed farming operation which continued on for 50 years, most certainly due to Karl’s love of the land. Being an only child, Karl wanted nothing more than to have a large family. His children and subsequent grandchildren brought him an immense amount of joy and he cherished the large family gatherings where all five children and their families could be together at the farm. Family meant everything to him. Karl was a willing and eager conversationalist – no topic was off limits and he would and could talk to anyone about anything. His children fondly remember having rousing conversations and family debates while helping with the many farm chores. In his later years while working briefly at the Royal Tyrrell Museum as a Commissionaire he was able to further exercise his customer service skills. He delighted in meeting new people from all over the world. Karl was active in his community, serving the church in The Knights of Columbus for 50 years and helping neighbours in the wider community when needed from barn raising’s to fixing telephone lines. Karl and his wife Josephine Marie had many friends whose company was heartily enjoyed with good food and good times. Karl was also very musical and played both the guitar and the accordion by ear. His children and grandchildren had the privilege of listening to their Opa play his accordion for them while they danced around the room on many occasions. Such special memories for all of us. Karl’s love of music continues to live on in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Karl Bund is predeceased by his wife, Josephine Marie Bund and survived by his greatest joys, his children Anne (Don), Heidi (Michael), Mona, Rose (Bill) and Tony (Theresa), his grandchildren Brendan, Hayley (Justin), Dylan, and Logan, and by his wee great-granddaughter Josephine. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (151 3rd St. West, Drumheller, AB) on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. A family burial will follow at the Delia Cemetery. A light lunch will be served afterwards in the Delia Community Hall (Delia, AB). The family would like to thank the staff at Tudor Manor, Okotoks, AB for their care and compassion as our Dad lived out his final years. A special thank you to the staff at the South Health Campus, Calgary, AB for their care and respect in Dad’s final days. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to any of the following; The Brenda Strafford Foundation LTD, 4628 Montgomery BLVD NW, Calgary AB T3B 0K7; The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta & NWT Room 124 Professional Bldg, 430 6A AVE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2S8; South Health Campus 4448 Front ST SE, Calgary, AB T3M 1M4 or to any charitable foundation supporting long term care.

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Courtney-Winters Funeral Home, Drumheller AB Canada. 403-823-2666. Condolences may be sent to

Condolences to the family of James Harold Macdonald



James Harold

July 25, 1943 - April 14, 2018

Jim Macdonald (Jimmy Mac) passed away suddenly at the age of 74 in the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. He was born and raised in Drumheller, where he was known for his athletic abilities, particularly as a defenseman for the Drumheller Miners, where he was drafted for a farm team in Saskatchewan. Preferring the small-town life in the Drumheller Valley, he quickly returned, married and started a family of his own. Jimmy was a very hardworking man who held many different jobs. Predominantly, he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction and oil field industries. He spent many years working away in Fort McMurray and northern Alberta, and further afield in all four western provinces, NWT, and the Yukon. He was very proud of his work in the oil sands and proud to be a Union man of the Local 955. Following retirement, Jimmy returned to the Drumheller Valley in 2008 to be nearer to family. He settled into a little trailer in Wayne and got himself a little white dog, named Buddy, whom he loved more than anything! Buddy was treated to his own Buddy burgers and Dairy Queen ice creams. Jimmy and Buddy cruised all over town in his white GMC truck, and they were known to almost everyone in town – young or old. Although Jimmy was a huge animal lover, he also loved to hunt. It was a past time that he enjoyed with many friends and family. He proudly taught his grandsons how to shoot whilst still being respectful to the animals and nature itself. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and frequently attended their hockey games and had just gotten the pleasure of seeing his first great-grandson play. To know Jimmy Mac, was to love Jimmy Mac. He was a one of a kind guy with a great sense of humour, and family and friends were extremely important to him. He had a daily routine which began with coffee with his sister, Bonnie and Karen Dumancic. Then, it was straight to Yavis’ for breakfast with the coffee gang, and then to Brent Aagaard’s shop for a friendly chat. His afternoons were spent visiting his friends at his favourite local pubs. He always had his finger on the pulse and knew all of the daily happenings in Drumheller! He also spent a great deal of time maintaining the Wayne property, feeding the birds, deer and wildlife, mowing the grass, ploughing the snow, and spending quality time with the entire family tending the garden. He was an immense help to Bonnie – doing whatever was needed, and all of his friends and family knew that no matter what, they could always rely on him for his help and support because despite his tough guy persona, he had a heart of pure gold. He always said, “Old people, little people, and animals – that’s what makes the world go round, and us guys have to look out for them.” Jimmy is survived by his children: Debbie (Ben) Wurz; Cindy (Tim) Bagley, Jim (Kathy) Macdonald; former wife, Eileen (Alex) Cysouw; and sister: Bonnie Polych. He had four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Brady (Cindy) Bagley and sons, Travin and Braisen; Cordell (Shae) Bagley and daughters, Hayley and Brinley; Chantell (Dan) Selk and children, Kasyn, Kingsley, Kaleston, and Kruzland; and Chaylea (Jeremy) Wurz; niece: Melody Polych; aunt: Oriole O’Dwyer; and cousins: Diane, Corinne, Dave, Gary, Loreen, and Don; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Gloria and Harold; his Granny and Granddad Saunt and his Granny and Granddad Mac; brother-in-law, Allen; Uncle Jim; Aunt Cynthia; Uncle Bill; Uncle Harold; Uncle Obb and Aunt Aggie; and cousins, Gloria and Bobby. The family would like to thank the timely response of the Drumheller EMS team and Rosedale Fire Department, as well as, the medical team at the Emergency department of the Drumheller Hospital and the STARS rescue team that transported Jimmy to the Calgary Foothills ICU, where Jimmy and our family received excellent care and support in the final hours of his life. With their help,he passed quietly and painlessly, like he would have wanted. At Jimmy’s request, there will be no funeral service. Flowers are declined and donations (if desired) can be made to the Drumheller & District Humane Society or STARS.