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Last updateSat, 15 Jun 2019 10am

Condolences to the family of Peter Abramenko




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

Condolences to the family of Betty Rew



July 2, 1926 - May 8, 2019

Betty Read was born July 2, 1926 at the High River Hospital to Anthony and Catherine Read. In 1928 the family of four including brother Jack Derry, moved to Craigmyle and opened up the Read Hardware store. Betty attended the Craigmyle School for all her schooling. In March of 1944 she had to quit school and run the hardware store as both her parents were in hospital in Hanna and her brother was serving overseas. She had to take one more course, French, the next school term to get enough credits to graduate. While taking this course she worked for Mr. Innes at his grocery store in Craigmyle. Upon getting her credits it was off to Calgary to attend nursing school. She quickly made a lifelong friend, Elsie Hayes, and also discovered nursing wasn’t for her. She soon got a job at the Royal Bank in Calgary. With luck, she was transferred out to the Hanna branch and was back home again. Betty boarded in Hanna while working at the bank. In 1954 she was the first employee from the Hanna branch to be promoted to a supervisor’s position in the Calgary office. Betty was engaged to Ken Rew at this time and her heart kept her in Craigmyle. On July 12, 1954 they were married at All Saints Anglican Church in Hanna. Betty was a town girl and life on the farm would prove interesting but she took it all in her stride. John was born in 1957 and Linda was born in 1960. Her life was spent taking care of her family. She was a member of the Eastern Star for 63 years and was a dedicated member of All Saints Anglican Church. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Catherine Read, her brother, Jack Derry and her husband, Ken Rew. She is survived by her two children, John (Joanne) and Linda (Lyle), numerous nephews and nieces and their families and many friends. Funeral Services for Betty will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Craigmyle United Church, with lunch to follow in the church hall. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Craigmyle Historic Society. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Chase Russell Bartman



Chase Russell

It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we say goodbye to our Chase. He was born in Brooks, Alberta on November 15, 1984 and grew up on the farm near Bassano. He took all of his schooling in Bassano and Rosemary, graduating in 2002. He obtained his Journeyman Certificate for Heavy Equipment Technician in September 2006. This became his career and passion, which he continued to pursue. He purchased a small farm near Hussar in 2006 and spent many hours working on vehicles there. He was a dedicated Dad to Chance and Carley and enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Bassano 4-H Light Horse Club and the Hussar Lions Club, enjoyed hunting, mud bogging, his Harley and hotrods, snowmobiling, and was a two-time ice racing champion – a “Redneck Gearhead” through and through. Chase is survived by his best friend and partner, Brianne Bancroft; his children Chance and Carley (and their mother Charlotte); father Marty Bartman (Darlene); sister Shalyn Bartman (Brad) and their children Jessie and James; step brothers Cody Thompson (Traci) and their children Riley and Scott, and Tyler Thompson (Riley); grandmother Mary Bartman; grandparents Ken and Angele Stewart; aunt Shelly Bartman (Dave), aunt Lynn Penner (Don); uncle David Russell (Connie) and their daughters Amanda Russell (Steve), Shannon Russell (Mark) and their children; Rob and Dawn Bancroft; his closest buddy Paul Bentley (Trish); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Chase was predeceased by his mother Faye Bartman (nee Russell) in 1994; grandparents Cecil and Margery Russell; and grandfather Don Bartman. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Hussar Community Hall at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Hussar Lions Club (Box 8, Hussar, AB, T0J 1S0).
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