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Condolences to the family of Jenny (Joeanne Mary) Connell


(Joeanne Mary)

August 5, 1940 - May 11, 2024

Jenny (Joeanne Mary) Connell, 83, passed away on May 11, 2024 in Edmonton. Jenny was loved and touched the lives of many. She is survived by her 3 children, Stella, Peter and Rhett from two families + 6 grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.
Jenny was born on August 5, 1940, to John and Stella Sikora in Drumheller, Alberta. She was the oldest in the family of 7. She is survived by her sisters Lodja Sloan, Hellen Shiloff, Millie Boruk, and Carol Rippe. Her brothers Joseph and Stanley predeceased her.
She started school in Cambria, Alberta where she lived and then eventually finished her studies in Drumheller, Alberta. Jenny was a very adept student. She excelled at shorthand and typing and was awarded the Greggs shorthand pin for accuracy and speed.
Jenny married John Mraz in 1957. Their first child of four children was Mary, born in 1958 and passed away at birth. Stella was born in July 1959 and resides in Calgary, Alberta. Peter was born in January 1961 and currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shawna was born in March 1966 and passed away in January 1967.
After their divorce, Jenny married Henry Keith Connell and had three children. They eventually settled in Edmonton where all the children went to school. Shawn was born in December 1969 and passed away April 2002. Lara was born in early 1971 and passed away at birth. Rhett was born January 1972 and currently resides in Edmonton.
Jenny and Keith eventually moved to Hairy Hill, Alberta in 2002 where she resided until Keith’s passing in October 2021. While in Hairy Hill, Jenny resumed her love of gardening. She also loved her grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews. There was never a birthday that went by without either a visit from Granny or Auntie Jenny or a phone call and a birthday card.
Her sisters often shared stories of how fearless Jenny was in her youth. This involved settling some scores with some boys who were bullying her younger brother Joseph. It also included renting a house in Calgary, getting jobs with her sister Millie and some friends for the summer and assuming the role as the parent. All of this as a teenager.
Jenny was also known for her kindness and selflessness and her cooking. Her neighbors in the apartment where she lived in Edmonton before moving to Hairy Hill will tell you she always had a warm cup of coffee and a meal for anyone. She was always available to talk and lend a hand.
Jenny touched the lives of many people and will be missed by all.

Condolences to the family of May Lewis



June 25, 1927 - May 14, 2024

On May 14, 2024 May Lewis of Drumheller passed away peacefully at the age of 96 years.
May will be dearly missed by her loving daughter, Debbie (Allen) Rusnak; three grandchildren, Erin Rusnak, Scott (Sarai) Rusnak, and Derek (Amberleigh) Rusnak; and three great-grandchildren, Cameron, Thomas and Elliot. Predeceased by her husband, Derek in 1982; and all her siblings.
Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place in Drumheller cemetery at a later date.
Donations in memory of May may be made to Alzheimer’s Society.
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Condolences to the family of Virginia Doreen Christianson


Virginia Doreen
(nee Morse)

April 16, 1938 - April 21, 2024

Virginia Doreen (Morse) Christianson was born April 16, 1938 in Hanna, Alberta and passed away April 21, 2024 in Stettler, Alberta just a few days past her 86th birthday.
Virginia was one of six children born to Emertine and Fred Morse. The family moved to Drumheller where Virginia received all of her schooling.
She married Chris Christianson in 1955 in Drumheller where they lived for a short time and then moved to Stettler. Chris worked for Gulf Oil and Virginia worked at Bloke’s Bakery and a local grocery store. They welcomed two sons, Cam who was born in Drumheller and Rory who was born in Stettler.
In 1971, Chris and Virginia, together with their son, Cam, opened Stettler Mobile Home Sales and sold mobile homes and holiday trailers.
In 1980 they were selling real estate under the Canada Trust franchise for approximately three years. In 1979, they became partners in the Heartlander Motel and purchased the Crusader Motel in 1981. From 1983 to 1989 they managed the Heartlander until their retirement.
They purchased a beautiful home on a golf course and enjoyed the warm weather and golfing in Goodyear, Arizona for 21 winters.
Before heading off to Arizona for the winter, Chris and Virginia took great pride in the Drumheller Dragons Junior “A” Hockey Club and volunteered their time to help out at their home games.
In 2010 they sold the Goodyear house and resided in Stettler full time. They moved into the new Points West Seniors Facility in September of 2013. Chris passed away in November of that year and Virginia resided there, with her two cats, Spunky and Shadow, until her passing.
Virginia greatly appreciated the help from her sister, Mary Beler. From helping with Chris in the later years, to being the driver to appointments, shopping or visiting family, Mary was always available to lend a helping hand. They enjoyed many “happy hours” after their excursions.
Virginia’s grandchildren were important to her and she enjoyed attending hockey games, ball games and concerts.
Virginia was always up for an adventure. Chris and Virginia enjoyed travelling and visited the Canary Islands, several times to Hawaii and Las Vegas, Cabo San Lucas and Barbados over the years.
Virginia is predeceased by her husband Chris; parents Emertine and Fred Morse; brother Ron Morse; sister Lavonna Hubers and her faithful cat Spunky.
She is survived by her sons Cam (Sharlene) Christianson of Drumheller, Alberta and Rory (Lana) Christianson of Stettler, Alberta; grandchildren: Brooke (Stephanie), Blair (Kylee), Crystal, Chelsy (Jodie), Rory Jr. (Veronica), Kendra (Jordan), Braden (Megan) and Rayna (Travis); all of her great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Beler, Joyce Carlson and Donna O’Connor and her beloved cat, Shadow.
Special thanks to the staff at Points West Senior’s Facility and Helios Wellness Centre for the wonderful care that Virginia received.
Memorial donations in Virginia’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, #306, 10430 – 61 Avenue, Edmonton,
Alberta, T6H 2J3. Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium are entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please contact 403-742-3422.
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