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Last updateTue, 16 Jul 2019 4pm

Condolences to the family of Arnold Leon Rasmussen



Arnold Leon

September 11, 1926 - February 6, 2019

Arnold passed away quietly at the age of 92, on February 6, 2019 at Breton, Alberta. Arnold was born in Calgary and raised on the family farm near Standard, Alberta. The Farm meant a great deal to him and he was always welcomed “home” for visits by his dear nephew Brian Rasmussen (Shelley) and family. Arnold had a fine intellect and successfully applied his outstanding mechanical aptitude and ingenuity to a multitude of projects, business ventures and farming. If a machine that he needed didn’t exist, he’d design and build it. He also contributed greatly to his brothers’ racing endeavours, from the track on the farm to the Indy 500. He loved his pets and enjoyed his long time in the Breton area. He is survived by Gail, his loving wife of almost 39 years and by the children from his first marriage: Val Rasmussen, Gerri Rasmussen (Ulrich Hofer), Janet Rasmussen (Frank Albus), Brenda Scott, Blaine Rasmussen and Bev Brown (Gerry), 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Arnold is also survived by his sister Lois Paulson and brother Eldon Rasmussen (Dianne), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Arnold was predeceased by his brother Gordon Rasmussen and sisters Dagny Anderson and Lucille Fortier. At Arnold’s request, there will be no service. The family would like to thank the staff at Breton Long Term Care where Arnold spent his last few months after a long, healthy adventure of a life. Memorial Contributions may be made to Breton Long Term Care, 4919 49 Avenue, Breton, Alberta T0C 0P0. Photos, memories and condolences can be shared at Serenity Funeral Services:

Condolences to the family of Cecil Botkin




April 13, 1925 - February 16, 2019

Dad was born in Fillmore, Saskatchewan in 1925. He had 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Dad and Mom (Ida) were married for 69 years and had 4 daughters: Carol Drotos (Leslie), Darlaine Fuhlendorf (Arno), Linda Drotos (Joe) and Karen Smith (Paul). They had 9 grandchildren who Grandad loved immensely. They took them on holidays, fishing trips, and spent hours playing cards and just talking about their lives. My kids remember fondly an RV trip they took with them to Alaska. They also have many great-grandchildren who were the joy of his life. In their early days they had a dairy farm in Brooks and in 1973 moved to Carbon to grain farm. Then they retired to Drumheller and built and flipped 3 houses to keep busy and joined Pioneer Trail Centre where they had many friends. In 2011 they moved to Sunshine Lodge and after Mom died in 2014, Dad went to Hillview and then into Continuing Care. He was well looked after by all the staff and they made his final years pleasant. Thanks to all who did such a great job. There will be no funeral service.

Condolences to the family of Elsie Mary Littlejohns (nee Long)



Elsie Mary
(nee Long)

April 2, 1947 - February 1, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie after a courageous battle with cancer on February 1st surrounded by family and friends at the Saanich hospital in Sydney, BC. She was the oldest daughter of the late Ivan and Mary Long. She was a loving wife to Brian for 51 years. Elsie leaves her son, Richard (Kristina), daughter Jenifer (Dana), and granddaughters Breanna & Sage. She will be missed by her sisters Kay Richards (Doug) and Patty Blocksom (Terry), her brother Ken Long, sister-in-law Jeanette Rougeau and many loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. Predeceased by her brother Jim Long (Mickie). A special thank you to the Demman and Neal families for all of your help. As her kids were growing up, she was a dedicated parent, volunteer at their schools, hockey, and lacrosse. Elsie spent many years working at Sidney’s True Value Hardware Store, always with a smile and a helping hand. Elsie had a heart of gold, loved us fiercely and always gave the BEST hugs, especially to her granddaughters. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring, a date to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Elsie’s memory to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Care Unit (