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Last updateThu, 25 May 2023 4pm

Condolences to the family of Melvin Edward Raugust


Melvin Edward

August 26, 1940 - December 17, 2022

Melvin was born to Edward and Matilda Raugust on August 26, 1940, the third of six children. He was raised on the Raugust farm in the Hand Hills.
Melvin married Frieda Marie Hiebert on November 7, 1965. They took over the operation of the family farm where they raised their five children: Patricia, Pamela, Tracy, Dean and Bonnie.
Melvin was a jack of all trades. He could fix or build almost anything and could often be found working in his shop.
In his younger years, he was an avid curler and spent many winter weekends curling in bonspiels. He also enjoyed evenings playing cards and socializing with many friends and neighbours. After retirement, he moved to the Drumheller area where he purchased an acreage that kept him busy year-round with yard work and general upkeep. He continued to commute back and forth to work on the farm with his son Dean. If Dad wasn’t busy, he wasn’t happy!
Throughout the years, spending time with his grandchildren was the most important thing to him. They brought their Papa so much joy! His passing leaves a large void as his teasing and laughter rubbed off on each one of them.
Melvin was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Tillie Raugust; sister Gladys Kern; wife Frieda in 2008 and grandson James Broom in 2014.
Melvin is survived by: daughter Pat Broom: Jordyn and Jacob; daughter Pam Guilloux (Larry): Taelyr and Brock; daughter Tracy (Mike): Shianne, Cooper and Easton; son Dean (Lorri): Reo, Sierra, Jory and Jade; and daughter Bonnie Farwell (Lance): Shaylen and Quinn; as well as four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at the Handhills Lake Club.

Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Patricia Anne Brown


Patricia Anne

March 18, 1934 - December 5, 2022

With heavy hearts the family of Patricia Brown announces her passing on Dec. 5 2022 at the age of 88 years.
Patricia was predeceased by her husband James Brown in 1997.
Patricia leaves to mourn her children Twyla (Joe) Eccleston, Arnold Brown, Bonny Brown, Sheila (Wayne) Bullen, Bruce (Teresa) Brown. 13 Grandchildren and 18 Great Grand-Children.
The family would like to thank Dr. Chetty and Dr. Mateer and the staff at Hillview Lodge for their excellent care of our mother over the past few years. A Celebration of life will be held in Spring 2023.
Prairie Rose Cremation and Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Vivian Bertsch



August 26, 1939 - November 26, 2022

Vivian Bertsch, a long-time resident of Rosebud/Drumheller area went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 26th at the age of 83.
Vivian was born August 26th, 1939 at Winnipeg, Manitoba to Lawrence and Jessie Henschel. Vivian was raised in River Hills, Manitoba with her siblings Joyce, Wayne and Myron. Vivian came to Edmonton to attend CTI where she met the love of her life, Ronald Bertsch. They were married on June 25th, 1960 and they raised their family while farming at Rosebud. Ron and Viv retired to Drumheller in 2004.
Vivian is predeceased by her husband of almost 61 years, Ronald.
Vivian leaves to mourn, her children Dawn (Robert) Bancroft, Cameron (Deanne) Bertsch, Brent (Jennifer) Bertsch and Jason (Ashley) Bertsch; her grandchildren Renee (Brad) Storch, Brianne, Derek (Karen) Bancroft, Emily, Erin, Kiara, Tavia Bertsch and Trent Fredrickson and her great-grandchildren Eden and Autumn.
Vivian also leaves to mourn her sister, Joyce, her nieces and nephews from Manitoba, her in-laws, Llewelyn and Joyce Bertsch.
Vivian ran the Rosebud Post office with Ron for many years. She was an active part of the Zion Baptist Church and Drumheller Alliance Church. After raising the kids, Vivian worked at the Rosebud Dinner Theatre and then was an educational assistant for many years at the Hillview Hutterite colony. Vivian was the heart of the Bertsch home, always preparing home cooked meals, baking bread and sour cream raisin pie. She always had the coffee on and a lunch ready.
The family would like to thank Dr. Blackburn and the staff at the Drumheller Health Centre, for their care of mom these past few years.
A celebration of life will be held for both Vivian and Ronald Bertsch at the Rosebud Community Hall on Saturday, January 7th at 2pm.