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Condolences to the family of Olga Ann Rowse (nee Sorokopud)


(nee Sorokopud)
Olga Ann

May 23, 1924 - November 14, 2023

With sadness but with gratitude for a life well lived, the family announces the peaceful passing of Olga Ann Rowse on November 14, 2023 at Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care at the age of 99+.
Olga was born in Probizhna, Ukraine (formerly part of Poland) on May 23, 1924, the daughter of Anton and Helen Sorokopud. In July 1928, at age 4, Mom travelled with her mother and older brother Joe from Ukraine to Canada via Copenhagen. The family landed in Halifax at Pier 21 and then travelled by train across Canada, landing in Drumheller where they joined her father.
Olga met the love of her life, Jim and they married in 1942. After a short time in Kingston, Ontario, while Dad was stationed with the Army Signal Corp during the War, they returned to Drumheller where they settled to raise a family.
Olga was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, and her son-in-law Mel Olsen. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Kelly), Jody (Mel), and Kathy (Lau), six grandchildren, Dennis, Erin, Cheryl, Bryan, Jim, Katelyn and nine (soon to be ten) great-grandchildren Emma, Gavin, Elliana, Ryker, Paxton, Cooper, Sophie, Rhett and Liam.
Olga was well known in Drumheller from her years working at Jimmies, Vickers and Scotia Bank. She was an active member of several community organizations, notably CWL (82 years), Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary, Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels and Passion Play. Olga was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish. In acknowledgement of her community activities, Olga was recognized as Drumheller Citizen of the Year in 2009.
She was an avid sports fan and followed her beloved Flames and Blue Jays as well as her grandsons (and later great-grandsons) watching their hockey games, sitting in numerous cold Alberta arenas, always cheering loudly.
After Dad passed away, Mom moved to The Cottages, Sunshine Lodge, Hillview and finally Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care. The family is grateful to her numerous caregivers over those years and are especially thankful to Rita, Angie, and Marcel Augey for their loving care.
Prayer Vigil will be held Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to Drumheller Area Health Foundation Continuing Care. 351 – 9 Street NW Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y1

Condolences to the family of John Wesley Goudy


John Wesley

October 10, 1936 - November 6, 2023

John Wesley Goudy passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home near Markerville on November 6, 2023. He went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 87 years.
He is predeceased by his parents, Laura Goudy (Croswell) and Myles Goudy and his brother James Goudy.
He is survived by Lorna Elizabeth Goudy (Hamilton), his loving wife of 61 years.
Lovingly remembered by his 4 children, 15 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
His oldest son, Wesley Goudy and wife Victoria along with their 3 children: Myles Goudy and wife Kori and 2 children, Elizabeth and Rebekah; Kristin and husband Francis Quinn; and Carlin Goudy;
His oldest daughter, Shaunah Coad and husband Bruce and 5 children: Kailynn Coad; Karl Coad and wife Sophia and 2 kids, Brielle, and Renley; Rachel Coad; Rebekah Coad; and Debra Coad.
His second daughter, Dawn Russell (Mitch, deceased) and 4 kids: Alexander Russell and wife Erika and 3 kids, Clara, James, and Benjamin; Matthew Russell and wife Vanessa; Mitchell Russell and Ashley; and Meaghan Russell.
His second son, John A. Goudy and wife Antonia and 3 sons, Josiah Goudy, Jacob Goudy, and John Alec Goudy.
The service will be held at the Nazarene Church in Drumheller tentatively on February 3 at 1:00 p.m.
John was born in Calgary, AB on October 10, 1936.
From a young age, John Goudy was no stranger to hard work. (a legacy he carried for the next 71 years). At 16 years old, he worked up in the harsh conditions of the northern Alberta logging camps and then ended up working for the Hudson Bay Company in Edmonton in the credit accounts department. Perhaps this lent to his impressive skill of calculating math incredibly quickly in his head, a talent that no doubt served him well throughout his life in business. He married his sweetheart Lorna E. Hamilton on June 23, 1962 in Edmonton, Alberta
where they lived for 8 more years and were blessed with 3 of their 4 children, Wes, Shaunah, and Dawn. Starting Inland Plastics in Olds in 1970, he then moved the fledgling company to Rosedale in 1971 where John and Lorna had their 4th child, John, and where he established the present day head office of Inland Plastics which within 5 years he had led into such profitability that distribution centers could be added in Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, and Chicago over the next 20 years. In recent years, he had up to 60 or more employees and continued to work up until his body would no longer allow it 6 weeks ago.
Although John was exceptionally gifted and hard working at his business, his deepest devotion was first to his Lord and Savior, Jesus, his family and his church. He will be missed by many in the Drumheller Nazarene church where he faithfully attended and served as a board member and Bible study leader for several decades, including those who grew to know and appreciate him through his attendance at, and support of the Nazarene camp Harmattan near Sundre. The extent of John’s vast generosity to multiple charities were little known to even his own children until his passing. This included support of charitable organizations, some of which were known
to be first on the scene with portable hospitals, shelters, food, water and supplies in response to the casualties of natural disasters and war torn zones worldwide. He has left a legacy of faith, generosity, strong work ethic, grace and forgiveness. He will be sorely missed.

Condolences to the family of Rene Omer Gaucher


Rene Omer

July 21, 1949 - November 4, 2023

Rene passed away peacefully at home in Morrin on November 4th at the age of 74. Rene was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Omer and Cecil Gaucher July 21, 1949. Rene lived and worked in the Drumheller area for many years where he was well known in the community and his familiar face around town will be missed by many.
Rene leaves to mourn his grandchildren Elizabeth and Connor Gaucher, Colton and Jessica Wolf, Caitlin (Devon) Heck, Nicole Wolf, Tanner Wolf, Tony and Terri Huxley,
his sister Louise Bouvier, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn Sandy’s family.
He was predeceased by the love of his life Sandy Wolf, his son Michael Gaucher, his parents, 2 sisters, and a brother.
Respecting Rene’s wishes, there will be no funeral service held.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Rene’s memory, please send donations to the ALS Society of Alberta.