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Condolences to the family of Eugene "Richard" Donais


Eugene “Richard”

September 22, 1956 - August 26, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family announces the passing of Eugene “Richard” Donais on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at the age of 63.
Rick was born in Drumheller, AB and grew up in Midland. The second of seven siblings. Rick was always willing to lend a hand to his family and many friends.
R.D., Ricky, Popeye, Captain or Jim were some of the nicknames he acquired over the years. In 1977 he started Verdant Valley Oilfield Services Ltd. with his dad. Later, Rick went to work for Precision Drilling.
Rick married Leslie Berlando in September of 1984. He is survived by both his parents, Eugene Sr. and Phyllis (Nonie) Donais. His wife, his son Eugene Donais Jr. and his daughter Natalie (Phil) Dompnier and his only grandchildren Davin and Brooklyn. His brothers Kim (Sheila) Donais, Dale Donais, Stanley (Sharon) Donais. His sisters Anna (Miles) Sweep and Sandra (Dan) Chambers and his baby brother Keith (Kimberly) Donais as well as his numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his niece Kala Donais, his father-in-law Eugene James Berlando and sisters-in-law Brenda Colberg and Beverly Brown.
Rick was so loved and will be missed forever. He had many passions in life: riding his Harley, driving his sports cars, his dogs, and spoiling his grandchildren. He was an incredible cook who enjoyed fishing, boating and spending time at Marie Lake. Rick’s big smile only matched his big heart.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held at an undisclosed location.
Donations can be made to the MS Society and Canadian Cancer Society.
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Monica Schwarz



June 30, 1928 - August 24, 2020

Monica Schwarz of East Coulee wife of the late Friedrich Schwarz passed away suddenly on August 24, 2020 at the age of 92 years.
Monica was born June 30, 1928 in Riseley, England. She moved to East Coulee in 1960 where she lived out the rest of her days. Monica was involved in the community working pancake breakfasts, bingo and many community events. Monica had a positive impact on all she knew and will be truly missed.
Monica is survived by her children; one daughter Margaret Trettin (Arnold Trettin-deceased), two sons Fred Schwarz, Gerhard (Christl) Schwarz, grandchildren Johanna (Mark), Monica (Brad), Stefan, Austin, Jason, Tommy, Dawn, Caitlan, Riley, one brother David (Margaret) Hulatt, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides her husband Friedrich Schwarz, she was predeceased by her parents Leslie & Elsie Hulatt, son Erwin Schwarz and sister Dawn Angus.
Due to the Covid 19 restrictions a private ceremony was held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes for family only.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of John Albert Barrie


John Albert

February 9, 1933 - August 21, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our Father and Barrie Family Patriarch, John Albert Barrie.
Dad was born on February 9, 1933 in Lacombe, Alberta and was guided by his parents Jack and Virginia while growing up in Nacmine and Drumheller. Graduating from Drumheller High School and subsequently the University of Alberta, he ultimately was accredited as a Chartered Public Accountant with which he established his own accounting business in Three Hills.
Business was one thing, family was most important. Especially with arrival of children; Michael (Margie), Joanne (Nick) Contenti, Dennis (Sheri-Ann), Shannon (Don) Marciszyn.
In retirement, Dad became very well versed in the kitchen and loved to cook. His green thumb in the garden developed to exceptional. It also allowed more time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
While he had an unbelievable love for them, his heart and greatest love will always hold true for our Mother.
In a match truly created in heaven, Dad married Margaret Winnifred Hunter. They have been married almost 63 years during which Dad has absolutely adored and revered her every day. The truest gift our father has provided for us is to demonstrate what enduring love looks like.
On August 27th, we will host a service at the Three Hills cemetery at which we will celebrate Dads life and reunite him with his parents. This service will be performed by Wheatland Funeral Home.
As circumstances dictate we will only be able to include immediate family. However, we would cherish the thought that all family and friends who will not be able to attend will recall a fond memory, smile and toast Dad in the next short while. That would be an exceptional gift to our family.
A perfect day for Dad would be gardening, thoughts of family and friends, a good meal, a wee dram of cognac, and a hand held with Mom.