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Condolences to the family of Diane Mary (nee Wright) Litwin



Diane Mary (nee Wright)

June 7, 2018

Diane Mary Litwin (nee Wright) of Rockyford beloved wife of Myron Daniel Litwin passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on June 7, 2018 at the age of 53 years at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary surrounded by her loved ones. Diane was a beautiful person whose presence impacted anyone who crossed her path. Her kind spirit and an appreciation for people of all walks of life. Diane loved the outdoors; fishing, camping, travelling and concert going. One of the greatest joys of her life was her two grandchildren. Diane endured a long battle with M.S. and despite the complex nature of this disease, she remained strong and positive for everyone she knew. Besides her loving husband Myron Litwin, Diane leaves to mourn; 1 daughter Sasha (Jaime) Boyko, 2 grandsons Max and Sam Boyko, 3 sisters; Debbie (Dallas) Hawkins, Darlene (Mike) Rowe, Christine (Brian) Chayer, 2 brothers; Edward (Deb) Wright, Glen Wright. Diane was predeceased by her parents; Clinton & Opal Wright, sisters in law; Dawn Litwin, and Colleen Wright, mother-in-law Sylvia Deschambeault. A Celebration of Life service for Diane will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Nacmine Community Hall, 119 3rd Street, Nacmine, Alberta at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made in loving memory of Diane to M.S. Society, Central Alberta Chapter, 105 4807 50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4A5. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Irene Cooper




June 25, 1924 - June 2, 2018

In loving Memory of Irene Cooper 1924-2018

It is with sadness that the family of Irene Cooper announces her passing on June 2nd 2018, at the Drumheller Health Centre, with her son Paul and daughter-in-law Sheila, by her side. Irene, who was born in Drumheller on June 25, 1924, lived her entire life in Drumheller. Her English immigrant parents, Elijah and Sarah Williams, resided in the Midland area for a number of years. In the late 40s Irene and Tom DeCosta were married and their son Paul was born a couple of years later. Irene worked at the Corner Cafe; the original Co-op; the downtown Locker plant; Weiner’s Mens Wear; and finally worked more than 25 years in the Saan Store ladies department. It was there that Irene had the most contact with Drumheller and area ladies. In 1962 she married Lawrence (Larry) Cooper and they took up residence in Drumheller on 3 St SW and enjoyed living there until Lawrence’s passing in 2015. They had the pleasure of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2012, which was a memorable occasion for their family and friends. Irene was predeceased by her mother Sarah; her brother Ted; her father Elijah; her sisters Estelle and Doreen; and her loving husband Lawrence. She leaves to mourn her son Paul/Sheila DeCosta; her grandchildren Darrin/Meghan, Deanna DeCosta; her great grandchildren Danika and Lukas, Jamie and Andrew; her nieces Irene Kohut and family; Carolyn Braunberger and family; and her nephew Ted/Gail Rounds. The family wishes to thank the kind staff of Sunshine and Hillview Lodge, who cared for Irene over the past three years. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Beach and Dr. Mateer as well as to the nursing staff of the Drumheller Health Centre for their tender compassionate care of Irene in her final days. As Irene loved social gatherings and visits from family and friends, a service in memory of her life will be held in mid July 2018 at St. Magloires Anglican Church in
Drumheller, Alberta.

Condolences to the family of Melvin Samuel Hansen



Melvin Samuel

June 18, 1928 - May 30, 2018

Melvin Samuel Hansen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 30th, 2018, 19 days before his 90th birthday. Mel was born June 18th, 1928 in Drumheller, AB to Thorvald and Christine Hansen, the fourth of five children. He spent the first eight years of his childhood in the farming community of Dalum. Then the family moved to Munson in 1936 where his parents purchased a section of farmland. This became the future home of his own family after he purchased the farm from his Dad. Mel meet the love of his life, Pearl Minnie Benyk in the spring of 1953 and wedding bells rang August 12th, 1953 at the Knox United Church in Drumheller. They celebrated and cherished 64 years together. Mel loved all aspects of farming, including milking cows, raising hogs, cattle, horses and grain. As well as being a successful farmer he also was an excellent carpenter, welder and electrician. He had a creative talent to fabricate useful objects out of just about anything. When Mel and Pearl decided to stop actively farming in 1975 they pursued quarter horse and thoroughbred racing. His numerous passions of life were the foundations for his own children, especially anything related to horses. This included his roles of farrier, 4-H leader, horse breeder and racehorse owner to name a few. Other interests included skiing, snowmobiling, curling, cribbage and cards, and outdoor activities. Following retirement and their move to High River in 1988, golfing became another source of shared enjoyment. All of these endeavors created long lasting friendships and joy. Mel had a quiet faith of service for others including being a blood donor for many years and lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it. In 2001, they relocated to Three Hills to be closer to their family, which now includes 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. His life personified a devoted husband to his surviving wife Pearl, a wonderful father to His son Mark (Penny), and daughters June (Sam) Currie, Terri (Todd) Pitts and Karen Anderson. He was predeceased by Karen’s loving husband Tom, brother Gordon, infant brother, sister Marilyn Parker and her husband Morris, and brother-in-law George Danyluk. He is survived by his 95-year-old sister Levonne Danyluk and numerous extended family members. Mel will be celebrated, missed, and remembered by all who knew him. His peace came from knowing his Heavenly Father and the anticipation of being reunited with the rest of his family one day. His Celebration of Life will be held at the Knox United Church in Three Hills, Thursday, June 7th at 11:00am. Lunch will follow at the Three Hills Community Center. A private family interment will follow after the luncheon at the Munson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Mel’s charities of choice: The Alberta Children’s Hospital or STARS.