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Condolences to the family of Paul Calon



Paul Joseph

September 23, 1933
- February 17, 2018

Paul Joseph Calon of Drumheller, Alberta beloved husband of Barbara, passed away on February 17th, 2018 at the age of 84 years. He was born to Celestine and Edward Calon on September 23, 1933. He was the youngest of 9 children. Paul took his schooling at Gartley and Livingston. He worked “up north” doing seismic and later learned to weld which led him to work on the construction of the Drumheller Penetentiary. Paul’s true passion was farming. To him, farming was a labour of love. He loved family and had a wonderful sense of humour. His hobbies were photography and listening to classical music. He loved and took delight in spring crocuses and wildlife in the coulee. He was a member of many organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Verdant Valley Home and School Association, Verdant Valley Ag Society and the Starland County Service Board. He loved attending Provincial Service Board Tours. Paul was a dedicated volunteer. He was a mainstay at the Passion Play, helping with the construction of structures and during show seasons, helping to park tour buses, never missing a show year after year. Besides his wife, Barbara, Paul is survived by his children Christine (Bill) Pickering, Tim (Kelsey) Calon, Lisa Lovsin; and 6 grandchildren, Willy Pickering, Charli, Andi and Paige Calon, and Kate and Erica Lovsin. He also leaves behind one sister, Anne Milne, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Association of Canada or the Drumheller Area Health Foundation. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, with Father Fernando
Genogaling officiating, a time of fellowship and light refreshment will be held at the St. Anthony’s Church Hall. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Clarissa Krabsen




May 28, 1922
- February 17, 2018

Clarissa Krabsen (Bain) passed away February 17, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 95 years. Born at Port Arthur, Ontario, Clarissa met and married Lowry Krabsen on
December 31, 1943 prior to his service overseas as a navigator with the RCAF. Following the war, they
returned to farm in the Rosebud area. Clarissa fully embraced farm life. She loved her garden and always had a hot meal on the table for family and friends. Widowed in 1979, Clarissa left the farm and moved to Drumheller, then Strathmore, and Prince of Peace Manor, Calgary. Clarissa was predeceased by her husband Lowry, twin brother Clarence Bain (1943 Sicily), brothers Wallace, Lorne and her sister Nellie. She is survived by her sisters Ida Crocker (Ottawa) and Gladys Beggs (Sarnia) Ontario. Clarissa will be remembered for her deep love of family. She leaves to grieve her four daughters: Nancy (Colin) Berrett of Calgary, Janet (Walter) Bolinger of Strathmore, Judy (Howard) Barber of Vernon, B.C., Gwen (Robert) Bolinger of Gleichen and a son Gary (Bev) Krabsen of Rosebud. Remembering with love their Grandma K are grandchildren Ryan (Julie) Berrett, Mark Berrett (Candice Horne), Howard Bolinger (Jayna Holroyd), Nicole (Rick) Armstrong, Kirsti Barber (Dylan Cooper), Sarah Barber, Isaac (Sylvia) Bolinger, Emily (Kyle) Corner, Andrew Bolinger (Karen Choi), Amanda Ezekiel, Aaron Krabsen (Blaine Peterson) and Garrison (Joanna) Krabsen. Grandma K is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Strathmore United Church at 2:00 pm. Clarissa will be laid to rest beside her husband Lowry in the Drumheller cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation (351 - 9th Street NW, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y1). To send condolences, please visit Clarissa’s obituary at

Condolences to the family of Carson Craig Kelly






Carson Craig

November 29,1932
– February 3, 2018

Carson Craig Kelly, age 85, of Red Deer, Ab passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018 at Extendicare Michener Hill with his family at his bedside. He was predeceased by his late wife Donna (Higdon, nee Combs), daughter Shannon, step-son George, first wife Lillian (Root). Carson will be forever remembered and always loved by his daughter Kim (Dean); sisters Sheila Cassidy and Aileen Ohlsen; brother-in-law Dale Combs; grandchildren Nicole (Jeff), Alisha (Joel), Kevinee (Charlie), Tasha (Michel) and Nicholas (Kristina); and 8 great-grandchildren Peyton, Greyson, Paxton, Ethan, Carter, Brooklyn, Tyree and Draiton; as well as many extended family and friends. Carson was born to Evelyn (Chinnery) and William Kelly in Innisfail, Ab on November 29, 1932, where he lived and helped on the family farm. At the age of 15, he started on the drilling rigs in Redwater, AB, which turned into a lifelong career taking him all over Canada, Saudi Arabia and on the North Sea. He met and married Lillian in 1956. Carson and Lil eventually moved to Wayne, AB where they enjoyed their acreage and raised their children. They spent most of their time helping Lil’s parents, Ralph and Flo, raise and train their thoroughbred race horses and enjoyed their time on the racetrack. Carson moved Lil and his girls abroad to Stavanger, Norway in 1975 for a year while working on an offshore drilling rig. After Lil’s passing in 1976, Carson remained in the Drumheller Valley. He continued in the oil patch until the mid 1980’s. Carson was never happy sitting around, so he started on the Bleriot Ferry in 1988 where he worked for 10 years. He always enjoyed visiting with the tourists and promoting the Valley. He met and married Donna in March 1997. They lived near family in Nacmine, Ab for many years. Carson kept busy as a Commissionaire at the penitentiary and the Royal Tyrrell Museum until he was 80. Carson moved to the Red Deer area in June 2015 after the loss of Donna to be closer to family. He very much enjoyed his time having the opportunity to watch his great-grandchildren grow. His last few months were spent living at the Extendicare Michener Hill in Red Deer. Carson will be remembered for his light heartedness, wit and sense of humour. His innate qualities of hard work, strength and perseverance will always be an inspiration to those he leaves behind. A Special thanks to the staff at the Extendicare, Sandi Engi, and Dr. Rautenbach for helping to make Carson’s remaining months comfortable and happy. A private interment will be held at a later date. If desired, donations can be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services.