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Condolences to the family of Alfred (Alf) Scharfl


Alfred (Alf)

September 21, 1946 – September 25, 2023

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of Alf Scharfl at Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre on Monday, September 25, 2023, at the age of 77 years.
FAMILY was everything to Alf, from horsey rides with the kids, jumping on beds, playing on the floor but most importantly supporting his wife and children in all that they did. Alf was a good husband, and he was a great provider with a very strong work ethic. Papa loved when the kids came around, it was his chance to give his wisdom on life, to teach life lessons and mentor them.
A family pastime at the Scharfl house was playing crib and everyone who wanted played. Alf was a heavy-duty mechanic by trade; however, he could fix anything and loved when there was a to-do list when he came to visit. He was a logical thinker and thought things through before acting. Alf enjoyed helping others - all you had to do was ask or if he saw a need, he filled it. He loved old western movies starring John Wayne and watching war movies over and over again. Alf was solid, a man with
no-nonsense advice. “Think, use your head”, “You go where the work is”. Alf’s wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren knew they were loved by Alf (Pa).
Alf is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Marge; his children, Tina and Dan; grandchildren, Shane (Krystal), Andy, and Madeline; great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Devon, Kiera, Cameron, and Isabelle; siblings, Ralph, Rudy (Marie), Whip, Vivian (Cliff), Louise (Tom), Lynda, Carol, Louis, Keith, and Denise; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Alf will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Alf was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Terri; siblings, Laraine and Kenny; sister-in-law, Maggie Northcott; parents, Alfred and Elda Scharfl, in-laws, Dan and Helen Cairns; nephew, Russell Scharfl and great-nephew, Ben Harty.
The family wish to acknowledge the excellent care provided to Alf at the Drayton Valley Hospital Acute Care.
A celebration of Alf’s life was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #269, Drayton Valley, 5204 51 Avenue, Drayton Valley on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
For those who so desire, memorial donations in honour of Alf may be made directly to Cause for Critters in Drayton Valley or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to
Arrangements in care of
Joelle Valliere and Terri Shimenosky at:
Affinity Funeral Service
5001 – 45 Avenue,
Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1L1

Condolences to the family of Gerald and Lorraine Foesier


Gerald and Lorraine

Husband, Dad, Uncle, Opa;
Gerald Patrick Foesier,
born December 28, 1942, died September 9, 2023.

Wife, Mom, Aunt, Oma;
Lorraine Victoria Foesier (McLean),

born May 24, 1940, died September 9, 2023.

Gerald and Lorraine lived the majority of their life together on the farm on Highway 56 near Rumsey and Rowley. Lorraine moved from Calgary to live on the farm with Gerald. In 1968, November 9th they were married. On November 9th they would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year. With all of the ups and downs on farm, family life, community, and church, both of them lived full lives right up until Mom went into long-term care in the Drumheller Health Centre. Dad still spent many hours visiting with Mom while she was in long term care.
Dad and Mom were always active in the Rumsey and Rowley community associations, crib, bingo, curling, Elks, Turkey bingos and Rodeos, the Catholic Church (K of C and C.W.L.), and the different crafts that they picked up from year to year, (quilting, wheat weaving, crochet, paper tole, rug hooking, string art, etc.…)
Sadly, their last few days were spent apart in different hospitals, both started having complications and passed away within moments of each other. Mom passed first and then went to gather Dad moments later. They both left this earth together.
Gerald is survived by a brother, Bernard Foesier and a sister, Marie Turnbull (Foesier).
Lorraine is survived by one sister, Mickie Korek.
Gerald and Lorraine are also survived by their three sons, Nellis (Gloria), Jeremy (Karhem), Chris (Anne-Marie), Gerald’s daughter Patti (Chris), grandchildren, great grandchildren and a large extended family.
A funeral mass for Gerald and Lorraine will be held at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 11:00 A.M., followed by a luncheon at the church hall. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in Lorraine’s name, Canadian Cancer Society in Gerald’s name, or S.T.A.R.S. in both their names.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Diana Winifred Brewitt


Diana Winifred

July 1, 1933 - September 23, 2023

Diana was born in Edmonton; her childhood years were spent in both Edmonton and Prince Albert. After graduating she worked odd jobs in Edmonton, eventually deciding to enter the nursing profession. She moved to Vancouver to begin her training, deciding after a few months that is wasn’t the career for her, she dropped out. At loose ends as to what to do and after a casual conversation with her dad where she flippantly said she was going to move to the US to which he replied you’ll never do that. She saw that as some kind of a challenge, so she applied for her green card and landed a job with a life insurance company in Santa Barbara, California. Her sister Sheila joined her and bought a house and spent 7 years there. She moved back to Calgary and raised her son Karl there, working at several different businesses. At one time transferring to Barry, Ontario with one of the businesses she worked for. Not really enjoying it there, she came back to Calgary and once again went to work at an insurance company where she stayed until she decided to retire. A visit to a girlfriend she had worked with whose husband was working on a ranch in the Hand Hills brought her to the Delia area. Deciding she couldn’t afford to retire in Calgary, she bought a small “fixer upper” house in Delia, never once suspecting what the next chapter of her life would hold. She embraced small town living and became active in all the activities, the senior’s group, local church and card parties. She was a member of the Eastern Star and formed many close relationships with her Eastern Star sisters. Serving as Worthy Matron for one year. Singing in the church choir she met a local farmer and as they say the rest is history. After eloping they lived in her house in Delia for a year. Then this city girl with enthusiasm and child-like wonder became a country girl and embraced all things country. For the next 25 years she lived happily in her little “House on the Prairie”, with her husband Don and her faithful dogs first Winnie and then Cocoa. Enjoying the rhythm of the seasons and the various wildlife the prairies bring. Wherever she went she brought joy and LAUGHTER and cultivated friendships.
Diana was predeceased by her parents and numerous other family members.
Diana leaves to mourn, her loving husband Don, her son Karl, numerous extended family, and a lifetime of friends.
Funeral services for Diana will be held Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at the Drumheller Community Church, the family invites everyone to join them for lunch after served in the church hall.
If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666