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Condolences to the family of Wilfred George Craig Russell

 

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RUSSELL
Wilfred George Craig

January 26, 1946 - May 18, 2019

Wilfred George Craig Russell (Craig) of Drumheller, Alberta passed away at home with his family at his side on Saturday, May 18 at the age of 73 years. Craig was born January 26, 1946 in Drumheller, Alberta; the second of three sons, to Norman and Margaret Russell. He was brought home to the family farm, north of Drumheller, where he proceeded to spend the majority of his life. His love for farming and classic cars started as a child: pouring over vehicle and farm machinery brochures. He spent his primary school years in Munson and graduated from Morrin School. From there he went on to Olds College where he received his Agricultural Diploma. Craig was adventurous and never afraid of a challenge; he went on from college to run a garage, manage a ski hill and race stock cars in between farming. During his early 20’s he backpacked for six months across New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Upon his return to Canada he met and fell in love with his bride of the next 45 years: Janice Marie Berg. After their marriage on January 26, 1974 they commenced farming North of Drumheller. Five years later they welcomed their first daughter, Jill; with daughter, Laura and son, Calvin following close behind. Unstoppable: Craig raised his children, ran a growing farming operation, initiated a hot air balloon company, flew an ultralight plane and learned to sail. He welcomed with open arms and quickly befriended his children’s spouses: Derek, Larry and Kassandra. His grandchildren Daniel, Addison, Emilia, Anna, Elyse, Everly and Esmae were the light of his life. He embraced new roles as ‘Papa Pirate’ and enjoyed watching dance recitals. In Manitoba, he was a proud hockey, figure skating and swim team chauffeur and cheerleader. Welcoming Craig in Heaven are his nephew Christopher Russell, parents Norman and Margaret Russell; in laws Charlie and Mrytle Berg and brother-in-law Ray Berg. Left to mourn are his wife Janice; children Jill (Derek), Laura (Larry), Calvin (Kassandra), six granddaughters and a grandson. His brothers Arthur (Maureen) and Keith (Roxanne) and numerous nieces and nephews. Neigbours across the country in Drumheller, AB; White Sands (Stettler), AB; Westlock, AB; Radium, BC; and Pilot Mound, MB will miss their visits with Craig. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Badlands Community Facility, 80 Veterans Way, Drumheller, AB at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019. To celebrate Craig’s love of classic cars the family invites all to bring their antique vehicles to park in the designated parking area by the cenotaph. Craig encouraged his wife’s passion for art and wished that donations in his name be made to the Canadian Badlands Artist Association, Box 836, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0. For Pilot Mound and area residents, donations can be made to the Pilot Mound Millennium Recreation Complex or Pilot Mound Swimming Pool (Municipality of Louise, Box 310, Crystal City, MB R0K 0N0). Live streaming will be available at https://vimeo.com/event/7707

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Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.


Condolences to the family of Alice Corine Christensen

 

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Alice Corine

May 7, 1935 - May 19, 2019

Alice Corinne Christensen of Hanna passed away peacefully in the afternoon of May 19th, 2019 at the Hanna Health Center at the age of 84 years. Alice was born May 7, 1935 in Dickson, Alberta to Evelyn and Anna Petersen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Dickson Lutheran Church. She grew up with her three sisters Louise, Eunice, Helen and parents as they farmed in Dickson, Alberta. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Norman, four children; David (Sheila), Grant (Linda), Wanda and Duane (Kathy) and eight grandchildren; Krysta, Michael, Trevor, Brittany, Derek, Sean, Alicia and Chad. Alice was predeceased by her parents, Evelyn and Anna Petersen, her three sisters Louise Gregersen, Eunice Nelsen, Helen Thompson and brother-in-law, Ellwood Thompson. As a young adult she worked as a stenographer in Edmonton and Calgary. She treasured her time at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose, Alberta where she attended for one year. In 1956, she met Norman Christensen in Calgary and they were married on November 10, 1957. Norman and Alice lived in Calgary until July 1958 when they moved to Dalum to work for John Holmen. In the spring of 1960, they started farming Norman’s parents farm in Dalum. They farmed in Dalum until 1977 and then moved to Fort St. John, BC where they farmed for just one year. In 1978, they moved to Hanna and continued to farm and became a part of the Scapa and Hanna community. In December, 2000 they moved off the farm and retired in Hanna. Alice was a devoted and loving wife to Norman for sixty-one years. Alice loved her four children, David, Grant, Wanda and Duane dearly and modeled kindness, gentleness, a strong faith, resilience and hard work as they grew up on the various farms. She was an exceptional Mom and cared deeply about each of them. Alice was overjoyed when Sheila, Linda and Kathy joined the family and welcomed her daughter-in-law’s with open arms of love. Alice was a dedicated and active member of the Hanna Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was relentless in her devotion to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Women’s (RLCW) group and spent countless hours making quilts, volunteering and helping out whenever she could. Alice loved the rural life, gardening, baking, sewing, doing handiwork and held leadership roles in both the church and the 4-H sewing club. Family and her faith meant everything to Alice. She adored and treasured each of her eight grandchildren. The funeral service for Alice will be held on May 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hanna
Redeemer Lutheran Church. Donations in memory of Alice Christensen can be given to Hanna Redeemer Lutheran Church (Box 746, Hanna, Alberta, T0J 1P0) or a charity of your choice.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd. trusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-854-5956, www.hannafuneral.ca

Condolences to the family of Peter Abramenko

 

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ABRAMENKO
Peter

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Abramenko of Rumsey, Alberta on May 6, 2019 at the Foothills Hospital at the age of 85 years. Peter was the 4th child of Flora and Peter Abramenko. Peter was involved in farming at a young age and worked for local farmers in the area for additional sources of income. He
also experienced working in a sawmill, a grain elevator construction worker, an oil rig hand and a bartender in
various hotels in the area. The sudden loss of his father in 1954 devastated the family. With few resources and fewer options, he, his mother and younger brother faced the challenges presented to them and continued to farm
uncertain of the future. In 1962 Peter married the love of his life Darlene Riggs. Sons Mark and Shawn were born in 1964 and 1967 respectively. Peter was happiest on the farm and the joy of spring calves and all the things spring brings. As spring moved into summer it also brought the Rumsey Parade, something that was a highlight to him and his family since they usually were participants. He enjoyed life and was fondly referred to by his sister Mary as Peter Rabbit and lovingly remembered by the rest of Mary’s family as Rabbit. He was the social butterfly of the family and loved to visit and reminisce of times past. Travelling was one of Peter’s passions. He loved the N.W.T. and Alaska, travelling there three times as well as Australia twice with his son Shawn via a motorcycle. He was amazed at what he saw on his trip to Churchill and all of its wonders. He was a deeply caring and giving person. He will be missed beyond measure. Peter will be lovingly remembered by his sons Mark and Shawn (Theresa); grandchildren Crystal, Leteisha, Kayden and Danica and numerous nieces and nephews. Peter was predeceased by his wife Darlene, brothers Nick & Bill, sister Mary and his parents Flora and Peter. Memorial donations may be made to: Medicine River Wildlife Centre, Box 115, Spruce View, AB, T0M 1V0 403-728-3467. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Rumsey Community Hall, Rumsey, AB. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetltd.ca