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Condolences to the family of Leslie Alexander Leonhardt


Leslie Alexander

September 18, 1962 - January 12, 2021

On January 12, 2021, Leslie Leonhardt was called to his eternal home while at the Continuing Care Centre of the Drumheller Hospital from complications related to dementia. He is survived by parents Ron and Helen Leonhardt, sister Lynn (Clint) Hemming, brother Gordon (Kelly) Leonhardt, sister Karen Leonhardt, numerous nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.
Born on September 18, 1962, Leslie’s life took a significant turn when at the age of 22-months he had major brain surgery, leaving him with epilepsy and a variety of physical and cognitive challenges. At the age of six, he began having Grand Mal seizures, which doctors struggled all his life to control.
Despite his challenges, Leslie achieved many things. He attended Verdant Valley School and then Drumheller Valley Composite High School, where he obtained a high school diploma with support from his teachers and parents. He attended a Vocational Training Course at Red Deer College, and the Western Industrial Training Centre in Edmonton. He also spent two years at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose. Leslie joined DARTS and worked at the bottle depot for several years, putting his math skills to use. He volunteered at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Drumheller Public Library.
Leslie was active in the 4-H Beef and Grain Clubs, taking part in public speaking competitions and attending various camps. He was baptized and confirmed in faith at Grace Lutheran Church, Drumheller, where he was active with the youth group, then volunteered as a greeter for more than 30 years. Leslie loved hockey, bingo, and walking, especially to Yavis’ Family Restaurant.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tlhape and Dr. Mpisi for the care they provided over the years. Special thanks to the staff of Stettler Continuing Care for helping Leslie transition to long-term care. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to the staff of the Continuing Care Centre in Drumheller (Victoria Lane) for their genuine and constant care for Leslie over the past two years, and for their support for our family in his final days.
Leslie’s family would also like to extend thanks to the Drumheller community for the support you showed him over the years. We know that so many of you watched out for Leslie. Countless times there were Good Samaritans – mostly unknown to us – who stopped to call an ambulance or cover him with a blanket or take him to the hospital. We have no way of knowing who all of you are, but you have shown what it means to be a community.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Lutheran Church (620 – 2nd Ave. W Drumheller T0J 0Y3) or to the Epilepsy Association of Calgary (316, 4014 Macleod Trail SE Calgary T2G 2R7).

Condolences to the family of Beth MacDonell (Heller)



October 12, 1927 - January 11, 2021

Beth MacDonell passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on January 11th, 2021. Predeceased by the love of her life, Bruce MacDonell (1995) and son Douglas James MacDonell (1973). She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Dianne Bergevin and Janet Steadman and her son, Dave MacDonell, as well as her sister, Edna Sparkes. Beth also had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought light to her life.
Beth was born in New Westminster, BC on October 12th, 1927. Her family moved back to Beaverlodge, AB where her parents were Pioneers of the Peace. She graduated from the RN program at the UofA Hospital in 1948, and from the BScN program in 1949. She was known for her passion and empathy in the over 20 years she was a public health nurse, focusing on genetics, even making cross stitch patterns for families who lost a child. Beth spent most of her life in the Drumheller area but recently moved to the Leduc area to be closer to family. Everyone who met Beth knew that she was special; she was incredibly kind, thoughtful, generous, and wise. It was best not to argue with her for she was as strong-willed as she was wise. Her strength, wisdom, and love lives on in all those who knew her and will continue to bring light to the world. She will be deeply missed.
No service will be held, but we welcome people to share memories and photos of Beth on
In honour of mom’s deep love of children, we have chosen Children's Hospital (Calgary or Stollery) or a charity that is special to you.

Condolences to the family of George Donald Naegeli


George Donald

November 11, 1953 - January 11, 2021

It is with profound sadness and deep regret that we announce the passing of General George.
He was born in Drumheller November 11, 1953 and passed away in Dawson City, Yukon January 11, 2021. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Glenda and her children, his daughter Dana and her children Jackson and Oakley, his brother Wyatt (Cora), his sisters Connie Campbell (Sandy) and Patty Naegeli, two aunts, one uncle and many cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews as well as his friends Jody and Randy, Scotty, Lorne, Bruce, Black, Rich and Kate. He was pre-deceased by his parents Tuffy and Iva and his younger sister Carol.
George was raised in the valley attending DCHS where he excelled in auto mechanics but found his way to the patch and eventually went back to school and obtained his pipe-fitting ticket. He truly did love the great outdoors and everything that it entailed - fishing, hunting, exploring, riding his Harley - and he particularly liked the north country, settling on a small acreage west of Dawson City. He was brilliant at math and was a voracious reader.
General George was a chip off Tuffy’s block and loved to give orders and had a zealous need to be right but we loved him any way. His passing has created a void in our lives that may never be filled. Rest easy George - shiny side up and between the ditches. We’ll catch you later.
If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the charity of their choice or to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in memory of Ryder Sam Northrup.
At George’s request (and frankly because of Covid) there will be no service but a Celebration of Life may be held at a later date.