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Condolences to the family of Lawrence John 'Larry' Sept


Lawrence John

November 17, 1932 - April 8, 2021

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mr. Lawrence John ‘Larry’ Sept at the Red Deer Hospice in Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the age of 88 years. Larry was born on November 17, 1932 in Leader, Saskatchewan, to Henry and Elizabeth Sept. Larry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend of many. He accepted the role of all these facets of life with love and passion. His greatest passion was his family. He proudly watched his children and grandchildren become involved in figure skating, hockey, baseball, or marching bands. He enjoyed camping, curling, travelling, card games and whatever sport was playing on TV. He was also a member of the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge. Larry and Marilynn were the life of the party and could cut a mean rug. They were often the first ones on, and the last ones off, the dance floor. Larry fancied himself as a pancake connoisseur. A typical Saturday or Sunday morning would have everyone waking up to the sweet smell of Fox Valley Sausage roasting in the oven and a vat of pancake batter on the counter. Family and friends can all recall congregating in the kitchen for this specialty breakfast; and he would not relinquish the flipper until the last of the batter hit the griddle. Larry spent most of his early working years as a Station Agent for the CPR, and was transferred between many locations across Alberta. He would pack up the family possessions in a Box Car, and they would magically appear in front of the next Station. This type of nomadic life resulted in an abundance of friends from all over. He transferred to Pan Canadian Petroleum in Drumheller, until his retirement in 1992. A final move was made to Red Deer in 2002. It’s hard to explain, in so few words, how loved Larry was. He was surrounded by a large number of family and friends. He was our example of how to love without judgment and how to love life’s simple joys; such as a Rueben and a beer on a hot day, shared with a smile. Life was good! Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Marilynn of Red Deer, Alberta; his children, Les (Pamela) Sept of Vernon, British Columbia, Sheldon (Heather) Sept of Lethbridge, Alberta, Lynn (Dave) Smith of Castlegar, British Columbia and Sandy (Darryl) Witcher of Olds,
Alberta; his fourteen grandchildren, his nine great-grandchildren and his great great grandchild. Larry will also be sadly missed by his brother, Henry (Blanche) Sept of Leader, Saskatchewan and his sister-in-law, Alma Sept of Calgary, Alberta; as well as numerous family members and dear friends. Larry was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Sept; his brothers, Ray and Alfred; his sisters, Esther Loewen and Emma Jackson and a son-in-law, Dick Thomson.

Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta.
If desired, Memorial Donations in Larry’s honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society at Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium,
6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.

Condolences to the family of Bessie (Elizabeth Irene) Smith (nee Martin)


SMITH (nee Martin)
Elizabeth Irene)

April 13, 2021

Bessie passed away suddenly and peacefully on April 13, 2021 at Drumheller Acute Care subsequent to her 94th birthday.
She has happily gone on to join Jim, her beloved husband of 55 years. She is lovingly remembered by her son George, her daughter Darlene, her grandchildren Jason
and Leanne, her sister-in-law Edythe Martin and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. We not only remember her quiet, shy manner but also her
wonderfully wry humour.
Bessie was born to Ed and Emily Martin at the farm south-east of Michichi----finally a girl after five boys. She rode horseback to attend a small country school (Nicolls) from Grade 1 to Grade 9. She attended high school in Drumheller and stayed at the dormitory. She studied to become a teacher in Calgary and returned to teach in the Starland Division at Handhills, Golden Grain, Munson and Lloyd George schools. On August 3rd, 1949 she married the love of her life, Jim Smith, moved to the Smith farm and stayed home to raise her 2 children. Bessie returned to teaching in 1962 at Majestic School and taught between there and Delia until her retirement in 1986. And yes, she could still remember most of her students. She and Jim moved to Delia in 1972 and she moved to Drumheller in 2004. In her retirement, Bessie was involved with volunteering at Riverview Terrace Condos where she lived. Bessie always loved music and playing her organ and keyboard (mostly by ear). She also loved to knit and made many baby sweaters and pairs of socks. Most of all she adored her grandchildren.
Bessie was predeceased by her parents, her five brothers (Oliver, Willis, Harold, George and Vernal) and four sisters-in-law (Edith, Muriel, Doris and Margaret).
A special thanks to her loving caregivers (Chris, Karen and Monica to name a few), her home care workers and nurses who she came to know and love over the years and the doctors, nurses, neighbours and friends who cared for her and helped her stay in her condo until the last day.
Due to COVID and Bessie’s wishes, there will not be a formal funeral service. Memories can be shared online at Courtney-Winters Funeral Home. Internment at the Delia Cemetery will follow at a later date.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Bessie’s memory may be made to STARS, Delia Cemetery Committee ( or a charity of your choice.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Vincent Clifford Maruzs


Vincent Clifford

February 3, 1958 - April 3, 2021

Vincent Clifford Maruzs, 63, of Carbon, Alberta passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Our hearts are completely devastated by his unexpected passing, and the lives of those who loved Vince have been changed forever. We have sadly lost a man who meant so much to so many people. Vince had the most kind, generous, and genuine heart. His presence in our lives will be deeply missed. Although Vince may be gone from us in body, take solace in knowing we all carry a piece of him with us in our hearts that can never be forgotten.
Vince is lovingly remembered by his mother Dorothy Maruzs whom he dearly loved, his children Ericka Anderson (Travis), and Logan Maruzs (Jessie) who all
meant the world to him as well as his granddaughter Alaina Anderson who was his most precious treasure on earth. Also left to mourn Vince are his three sisters,
Sandra Schneider (Rob), Karen Wells (Simon) and Kimberly Stuckless (Rick), as well as numerous other relatives, friends and neighbours. Vince was predeceased
by his father Vincent Maruzs Sr., his grandparents Vincent and Lydia Maruzs and Golsby and Jessie McCracken as well as his Uncle Fred Maruzs and Uncle Don Langley.
Due to current restrictions, a small private family service will be held to honour Vince’s memory. At a later date, when permissions allow, a Celebration of Life will be arranged for those who would like to come together and remember Vince.
We would like to encourage friends and family to share written condolences on Vince’s obituary page. This can be done by going to and searching for Vince’s name under obituaries. There will be an option to leave a message if you would like. The family would find comfort in any kind words or special memories you may have to share about Vince.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to S.T.A.R.S.