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Condolences to the family of Brenda Hampton



Brenda Joyce (Metzger)

March 20, 1950 - September 27, 2018

Brenda Joyce (Metzger) Hampton, beloved wife of Doug Hampton, passed away peacefully at home with her husband by her side on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Brenda was born on March 20, 1950 in Innisfail, Alberta to George & Olive Metzger. She was the oldest of five siblings. Brenda took her schooling in Innisfail and went into nursing after high school, becoming an R.N.A. She worked in Innisfail and Valley View and then moved to Drumheller. Brenda also worked at the liquor store in Drumheller and cleaned houses for several years. It was in Drumheller that she met the love of her life, Doug. They were married in the Rowley Church on April 26, 1980 and made their home in Rowley. Doug and Brenda loved to travel and took trips to Vegas, Port Angeles, WA, Mexico and the Dominican, to name a few. Brenda had an eye for decorating and she loved to garden. Her poor health started to take a toll on her and for the past several years she suffered greatly. Brenda was very passionate about her close friends and family and always regretted missing out on special gatherings due to her health. Although Brenda would likely tell you like it was at times, she was
always the first to give you a hug when she saw you and actually taught the rest of us the value of giving your loved ones a hug every time you can. She wrote the following poem a few years ago when her health began to fail. Brenda wrote from her heart and the helplessness she felt.

Like a bug on a microscope, underdiagnosed
You’re hoping & praying-
They’ll find the right host.

Look on your life-four years ago
I’d like to know what happened
Do you know?

She was at that party-did you talk to her
She laughed loud & hearty
Her world in a whir

Of doctor’s appointments-research for sure
At screaming at God-asking-
Is there a cure?

Your blood tests are normal-your x-rays are clear
The Doctor’s keep asking
“Why are you here”?

From May to September-I have been ignored
My whole body has changed
I look like a board!
But they will ignore that-it’s a new panic strain
We diagnose quite frequently
It’s all in your Brain!


Brenda was predeceased by her parents, George & Olive Metzger and her in-laws, Sie & Viola Hampton. Brenda is survived by her husband Doug Hampton; her siblings Jessie (Don) Davidson, Russell (Debbie) Metzger, Kathy (Dale) Layden, and Cheryl Metzger, brothers-in-law Tom (Carol) Hampton, Terry (Lucille) Hampton & sister-in-law Shirley (Kelly) Bremer & numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held for Brenda on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Sam’s Saloon (Rowley, Alberta) at 2:00 P.M. Memorial donations may be made in loving memory of Brenda to S.T.A.R.S., 570-1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 9Z9 or Rowley Community Hall Association, Box 14, Rowley, Alberta, T0J 2X0

“Rest in Peace Brenda”

Condolences to the family of Victor Verstrepen





April 23, 1938 – September 16, 2018

Victor Verstrepen was born April 23, 1938 and passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the age of 80, with his family by his side. Victor was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia to Victor and Denise Verstrepen. Vic moved with his family and two sisters, Leonie and Diane, to Rosedale, Alberta in October 1946. Vic married Delores “Suzie” Steel on June 20, 1959; Kevin was born 2 years later. Vic opened his own Autobody Shop (Riverview Autobody) in Nacmine, Alberta in 1967 where Vic and Suzie ran a very successful Autobody business until his retirement. He is survived by his only son Kevin (Jill) Verstrepen; granddaughters, Ashley (Matt) Rowland, Stacie (Evan) Pettis and grandson Corey Verstrepen. Vic has 4 great-grandchildren, Aiden & Jaxson Rowland, Abbie & Ashton Pettis; sister, Diane Weich; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Vic was predeceased by his parents; sister, Leonie; and spouse Delores “Suzie”. A private family service was held on Monday, September 24, 2018. He will always be in our hearts and greatly missed. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Condolences to the family of Alexander Shukys (Al)



Alexander (Al)

May 15, 1934 - September 16, 2018

“Al” was born Aleksandras Augustinas Sukys, the eldest of 6 children born to Vanda and Stanley in Kaunas, Lithuania. Leaving their homeland in 1946, and in a two year journey by horse and wagon, the family migrated to Canada to settle in the northern community of Sioux Lookout, ON. Here Al’s love of fishing, hunting and the outdoors was born. The passion remained throughout all of Al’s life. At the age of 18, Al enlisted in the army and was soon after dispatched to Korea. He was immensely proud of his time with the PPCLI and it was on his return to Camp Petawawa that he met his wife of 62 years, Shirley. They were married in 1955 and over the next 5 years, their family grew to include David, Donna and Wanda. While building their family, Al was also building his career as a power lineman with Ontario Hydro. With a demand for linemen in Alberta, Al ventured to Calgary to set up home and the family followed in 1966 to start a long history in Alberta. Al preserved his love of Lithuanian culture by serving as president of the Calgary Lithuanian Club for 2 terms. Through his efforts, he established the Lithuanian Youth Club which resulted in an annual National Camp and performing Dance Troupe. He dabbled in politics for a time and always maintained a strong interest for the welfare of Canada. He continued his career as a Power Lineman with the City of Calgary through to retirement in 1994 and soon after moved to Cambria, AB where he and Shirley lived out their years in the company of family and friends. Al is predeceased by his beloved wife Shirley, brothers Antanas and Roman. He leaves behind son David (Donna), daughters Donna, Moochie (Tim), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sisters Wanda (Terry), and Irene, brother Henry (Debbie) and many nephews and nieces. To the many professionals involved in Al’s care these past years – thank you! Your compassion brought much comfort on Al’s final journey. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Al’s memory, please consider a donation to the Drumheller Legion #22 Poppy Fund, Box 147, 295 Centre Street, Drumheller AB T0J 0Y0. It would mean very much to Al. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22nd at Courtney-Winters Funeral Home and followed by graveside prayers. 199 – 2nd Street West, Drumheller AB.