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Condolences to the family of Branko (Barney) Eli Popovich


Branko (Barney) Eli

June 6, 1926 - December 30, 2022

Branko (Barney) Eli Popovich, born June 6, 1926 in Drumheller to Eli & Mary Popovich, passed away December 30, 2022.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Milton Pope.
Barney played hockey for many years and later took up golf and curling. He was also an avid hunter and trapper, and a long-standing member of the Elks.
Barney received his plumbing and gas-fitting ticket and ran his own business for over 30 years.
Barney leaves to mourn, his wife Maxine of 70 years, son Warren (Linda), two daughters Brenda (Rod), Sharon (Randy), eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces & nephews.
In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Heart to Heart Society of Drumheller. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.
The family of Barney Popovich would like to thank the Continuing Care staff of the Drumheller hospital for the wonderful care they showed Barney during his stay in Victoria Lane.

Your kindness will not be forgotten.

Condolences to the family of Phyllis Augusta Anderson


Phyllis Augusta

August 31, 1925 - December 14, 2022

Phyllis Augusta Anderson of Drumheller and formerly of Rumsey, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Lennart Axel Anderson, passed away peacefully, on the 14th of December 2022, at the age of 97 years.
Phyllis was the third child born to Helen and Clarence Hogan, early pioneers of the Rumsey district. She was born at the home of her maternal grandparents, Hudson and Sarah Grant at Wetaskiwin, AB on August 31, 1925.
Along with her three siblings, brother Beverly, and sisters Shirley, and Mildred, Phyllis grew up on the farm about four miles southwest of Rumsey. She attended school at Two Valley View up to grade nine and then she started grade ten in Drumheller. Since her father needed help and Beverly was overseas at war, she left school to assist her dad on the farm.
Phyllis Hogan and Lennart Anderson were married on November 23, 1943. To this union five children were born: Larry, Kenneth Neal, Judy, Tom, and Jeff. Larry of Morrin, Judy of Edmonton, Tom (Karen Hansen) on the family farm in Rumsey, and Jeff (Deb Richmond) of Yellowknife.
Phyllis was predeceased by her siblings and joins her husband Lennart, her son Tom, and her infant son Kenneth in their heavenly home.
Our Mother had 8 grandchildren: Aaron (Jen) Carson, Jamie (Yvan) Goudreau, Marci (Jerritt) Nemetz, Chelsey Anderson, Justin (Kennady) Anderson, Wesley (Paige) Anderson, Casey (Ohmma) Anderson and Robyn Anderson.
Phyllis had 12 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. Aaron has four girls: Miranda, Katie, Piper, and Grace. Jamie has three boys: Tyler, Brayden, Kayle. Marci has three boys: Jake, Breck, and Loel. Justin has two sons: Mason and a new son Bennett born December 21, 2022.
Phyllis is also survived by a special cousin, Roscoe Grant who is 101 years old, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mother had many hobbies, some of which are: knitting, crocheting, reading, gardening, playing the organ for fun, bridge, curling and golf. She was also a member of the Rumsey History Book 11, which she really enjoyed.
Phyllis belonged to the Big Valley Order of the Royal Purple and served as Honored Royal Lady as well as the District Deputy. She belonged to the Rumsey Birthday Club, the Two Valley View ladies’ group, Rumsey Curling Club, as well as both school and church organizations.
Mother and Dad travelled to Iran, Sweden, Arizona, Hawaii, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Cuba, and Alaska.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. It will be held in the Rumsey Community Hall and our celebrant will be Reverend Mary-Ellen Moore.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations maybe made to Drumheller Area Health Foundation (Long Term Care), 351 9th Street N.W., Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1 or the Rumsey Agricultural Society. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.
“Rumsey was Mother’s home, and she loved her community dearly.”

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.