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Condolences to the family of Lyle Peterson



Lyle was born September 7, 1952 at St. Mary’s hospital in Trochu to Albert and Henrietta Peterson. Lyle was the eldest of his 11 siblings. He was raised on a farm west of Trochu and attended Pontmain and Trochu Valley schools. He was an exceptional student skipping grade 3 and graduating from high school when he was 16 in 1969. He attended University of Calgary at the same age for a short time in the faculty of engineering.
Lyle was employed with Christie Brothers Pork and Jim Christie for two years and then worked with his father at Peterson Auto Body on the farm starting in 1972. Lyle attended SAIT and attained his journeyman autobody technician certificate. He went into partnership with his dad in 1980 and they went on to build a new modern shop in Trochu in 1981. In 1987, Lyle’s brother Brian became a partner in the business when they bought out the remaining shares from Albert. The business expanded to Drumheller and another shop there in 1992. Peterson Auto Body grew rapidly in 1998 and saw construction of a new facility in Drumheller.
Lyle married Wanda Nelson June 24, 1972 and this past year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have resided in Trochu since their marriage. They have two children Stephen and Christine.
Lyle was a member of the Trochu Fire Department for 13 years, a Boy Scout leader and member of Trochu Town Council from 1986–1992.
Wanda and Lyle enjoyed spending many summers camping in the trailer at Pine Lake. Unfortunately the Pine Lake tornado of July 14, 2000 put an end to that when Green Acres campground was destroyed. Lyle was not on site at the time, but was just down the road and was the first on the scene of the devastation. He assisted some of the injured prior to help arriving.
He enjoyed hunting, gardening, pottery club, and was an avid reader and crossword “cruciverbalist”. Lyle loved good food and prepared many “chef” dishes. He loved to travel and took numerous trips to Mexico, Penticton, and Jamaica to name a few. Lyle always very generously and anonymously donated to many organizations and causes.
Lyle lived a full life despite his early diagnosis of MS when he was 40 years old. He just recently retired from Peterson Auto Body in 2021.
Lyle is survived by his loving wife Wanda, their children Stephen (Diana) Peterson – grandchildren Brianna (great-grandchildren Arieanna and Leandra), Zach (Alana), Hayden and Regina. Christine (Clay) Colvin – grandchildren Grady and Freya. Siblings Mike (Pat) Peterson, Brian (Colleen) Peterson, Tim (Lara) Peterson, Donna (Lonnie) McCook, Bev (Brian) Meding, Rick (Tracy)Peterson, Joanne Peterson, Jim (Mel)Peterson.
In-laws Bob (Audrey) Nelson, Neil Sandberg, Jim (Judy) Nelson, Pat (Ken) Hatt and numerous nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Lyle was predeceased by his parents Albert and Henrietta, brothers Bob and Donald, nephew Adam Peterson and great niece Kenzie Ouelette, father and mother-in-law Lowell and Lizzie Nelson, brother-in-law Ted Nelson, sister-in-law Lorna Sandberg.
We all live on borrowed time. People come and go unexpectedly, we sometimes forget that nothing
really lasts as long as we hoped they would. Lyle you were a husband, father, brother, friend and our patriarch.
You cared so deeply for your family and friends and you will be missed by all who knew you.
Special thank you to Trochu Fire and Rescue and Three Hills Health Centre physicians and staff for their wonderful care of Lyle.
Funeral services will be held at Trochu community Centre on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 2 PM. In Lieu of flowers, donations to Trochu Fire and Rescue, Three Hills Health Centre Palliative Care, Trochu Food Bank or a charity of your choice are appreciated.

Sunset Funeral Service
Linden, AB 888-546-3903
Trochu, AB 403-442-2200

Condolences to the family of Larry Fred Smith


Larry Fred

December 6, 1940 - January 5, 2023

Larry started his life in East Coulee, Alberta, on December 6, 1940. He lived in East Coulee with his mother, Katherine, and older brother, Maurice. After a short time, they moved to Millerfield, near East Coulee. While there, they went to school in East Coulee, stayed in town on school days, then went back to Millerfield on
weekends. Later, Katherine married Everett, and the family moved to the Treacy Ranch, near Dorothy, in 1949.
Larry spent much of his life on the Ranch – in his younger days, he roamed the surrounding hills with Maurice, swam the river, explored the islands, and spooked the deer. He would help with chores – bringing in water and coal, helping to clean the barns, helping with the animals, gathering eggs, and occasionally milking cows. Controlling the gopher population was a regular part of a boy’s life on the ranch, which he and Maurice did often, along with riding horses around the valley and up “on top.”
Larry went to school in Dorothy, which only went to grade 11. His only job was at the Ranch. He spent many of his days checking cattle, pulling calves, mending fences, and servicing equipment. After Everett passed away in 1963, Larry took on duties as the lead hand on the Ranch and became a mentor and guide to his younger siblings, Edward, Willard, and Cyndi. His distinctive limp originated with an incident in 1966 when he was kicked by a horse while attempting to help it after a run-in with a porcupine. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, swimming in the river, or nearby dugout, bicycling, reading, and carving. He also built a log cabin that currently sits in the park at Dorothy. He loved animals, and at least nine working dogs and companions were part of his life at various times until he moved to Drumheller. He also adopted a couple of coyote pups, which he raised until they started bothering the cattle. Unfortunately, a choice had to be made between the cattle and the coyotes…
Later, the family welcomed foster triplets Rose, Anne, and Vicktor Mohr to the Ranch. Larry became their big brother and a significant influence in their lives. He was a proud uncle to Maurice and Thelma’s children, Clayton, Hope, and Clifford; to Rose and Michael Harrish’s girls, Paula, and Melissa; and a great uncle to Clayton and Merie’s girls, Katherine, and Lauren. The kids always knew him as “Uncle Bob” or “Uncle Bobby” … the nickname came about when his younger siblings couldn’t pronounce “Larry.”
He loved his days of working and living on the Ranch. Even after their mother’s passing in 1980, it was the centre of most Smith family gatherings until it changed ownership in 1989. After that, he went into a very active retirement, helping neighbours with farm and ranch chores, and helping to restore the churches in Dorothy, which remain local landmarks. He enjoyed visiting friends and family often and was a regular for coffee with other locals in Rosedale and later in Drumheller.
Larry passed away quietly at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital on January 5, 2023. A cowboy gathering will be held in the spring at the Dorothy Community Park.
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Tomi Jolene Berki (James)


It is with great sadness and heartache we announce the passing of
Tomi Jolene
BERKI (James)
- (Drumheller, AB)
June 29, 1979 - December 24, 2022

She is survived by her loving family:
Husband Darren and Son Keaton (Drumheller, AB)
Parents Frank and Edith James (Brooks, AB)
Brother Clifford James & Family (Endiang, AB)
Brother Travis James & Family (Endiang, AB)
and many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.
She was great Mom, Wife, Friend, Daughter, Sister, Aunt
and Community Volunteer.
God Bless You!

Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.