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Last updateMon, 14 Oct 2019 1pm

Condolences to the family of Gary George Francis Sr. Grimsdale



Gary George Francis Sr.

October 22, 1944 - Montreal, Quebec
August 11, 2019 - Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Grimsdale Sr., on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the age of 74 years.
Gary worked in the printing industry, starting as an apprentice and becoming a Journeyman Pressman. Prior to his retirement he taught Printing and Graphic Arts at the Drumheller Institution in Drumheller, AB.
Gary is survived by his beloved wife Jane, their three sons, Gary Jr. (Erica), Jeffrey (Coralie), and Christopher (Joice); and grandchildren, Halee, Tyren, Chris, Charlon, and Jaya. He is also survived by sisters, Maureen, Gail, and Susan (Peter); nieces and nephews, Peter (Jackie), Brenda (Darrell), Tracey (Kevin), Robyn Lynn (Richard), Heather (Ian), Scott (Diane), Julie (Mike), Wendy (Bruce), Shannan (Cory), Mitchell, and Ryan. Gary was predeceased by his sister Audri.
A small private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Breath, the Lung Association at, or to the Peter Lougheed Intensive Care Unit, through
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We would like to thank the staff in the Intensive Care Unit at the Peter Lougheed Centre, and particularly the Doctors and Nurses for their professional and compassionate care.
In living memory of Gary Grimsdale, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE NE, Calgary, AB, T2A 3V9, Telephone: 403- 248-8585.
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Condolences to the family of Josefa - Josephine (Gangle) Zipper



Josefa - Josephine

August 9, 2019

Josefa Zipper died after a brief hospital stay Friday,
August 9, 2019 at 4:00 a.m.
She will be remembered and missed by her son Alois Zipper, daughter Mary Stuber (Wayne), grandchildren Grant (Rachelle) Stuber, Shannon (Shawn) Mann, Amy (Blair) Rasmussen and Russel Stuber; her great-grandchildren: Nicole Stuber, Savanna Stuber, Mitchell Mann, Mackenzie Mann, Maddison Mann, Mikayla Mann, Mya Mann, Lyndsey Rasmussen and Jessica Rasmussen; her sister Aloisa Shandl as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband and partner Anton Zipper 1977, parents Alois 1931 and Maria (Hofman) Gangle 1970, older sister Sofia Hass 1986 and nephew Lois 1974.
Josefa was born in Austria in 1924 where her family ran
a farm and store. Josefa always loved school and when done the required grade eight, worked as an apprentice at cooking school where she learned to make the schnitzel, goulash, apple strudel and plum dumplings friends and family enjoyed over the years.
Josefa met Anton when he came back to Austria on holidays. He had emigrated to Canada in 1928 and homesteaded in Handhills. They got married here on Valentine’s Day 1951. Josephine and Anton spent the next three decades working hard together. A typical day started milking cows at 4 o’clock. Then doing chores for chickens, sows, pigs, turkeys and cows before waking us at seven for breakfast. Dad already had 2 fields worked when we went by in the morning on the bus. They taught us early to have fun working, talking and laughing as we fed pigs, carried water to chickens, shovelled manure for cows, took 1000 turkeys for walk, gathered eggs, separated cream, picked rocks and stacked hay by hand.
Sunday’s Josephine’s family spent going to church, resting or visiting with a group of neighbours. They had dinner parties, picked saskatoons, or went to the lake.
Josephine enjoyed helping at the Handhills Turkey Supper and Stampede, and Elmer School Christmas Concert.
Josephine’s favourite activity was staying home, loving it when neighbours dropped in to visit, have coffee and taste her baking.
Josephine really enjoyed playing cards with the Handhills Whist Club in the 70s.
As Anton slowed down and did less, Josephine continued to farm with her son. She has farmed until now, still running the combine last fall.
Josephine loved her grandchildren and enjoyed visiting and loved to get together on birthdays and holidays. She was especially tickled when they started helping seed and harvest.
We love you Mom, Grandma and Ohma.
Prayers for Josephine will be held 7:00 p.m., Monday,
August 19, 2019 at St. Georges Catholic Church, 608 1st Street West, Hanna.
Family and friends are invited to pay respects between 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 178 3rd Street West, Drumheller, AB.
Funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 178 - 3rd Street West, Drumheller, AB with Father Newton Rodriguez officiating. Please join us for lunch immediately following in St. Anthony’s Church Hall.
Interment to follow in the Delia Cemetery.
Flowers gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation, 351 - 9th St. NW, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1, because everyone in the Drumheller medical
system - doctors, nurses, and other staff, were so fantastic at caring for Mom. Thank you.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Shirley Rose Elsbett (nee Conners)



Shirley Rose
(nee Conners)

November 7, 1944 - August 2, 2019

Shirley Rose Elsbett (nee Conners) of Drumheller, AB, passed away peacefully August 2, 2019 at the age of 74 years. Shirley was born November 7, 1944 in Brooks, AB.
Shirley worked at the Drumheller Tourism Booth. She then completed her teachers assistant certificate to become a teachers aid at the Greentree School. Mom later worked at Co-op service centre and Extra Foods.
Mom was an avid gardener and quilter. She loved her dogs and cats and enjoyed bird watching.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Donna (Paul) Brink; sons Ken (Cathy) Elsbett and Doug Elsbett; grandchildren Sydney (Steve) Ross and Travis Brink; sisters Dorothy Osadczuk (Cleo), Betty Dickhaut, and Mary Conners; brother Fred (Judy) Conners; sister-in-law Ella Conners.
She is predeceased by her parents William in 1973, Nan in 1986 and her brother Bill Conners in 2001.
As per Shirley’s request, no formal service is being held.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666