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Condolences to the family of Robina Peterson (nee Hewitt)


(nee Hewitt)

February 27, 2021

Robina Peterson, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Prairie Lakes
Hospice in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 94 years.
Robina was born to Edward and Susan Hewitt in Michel, BC, on January 17, 1927. She had one sister Edith (deceased) and two brothers Doug (Esther deceased) of Fort Macleod, AB, and Bob (Marg) of Cowley, AB.
At approximately three years of age, Robina moved with the family to a homestead north of Cowley, which is where she grew up. Robina took grades one to nine in a one-room school called Olin Creek. She then finished her High School in Pincher Creek, AB, followed by teacher training in Calgary Normal School in 1944. Her first school was a one-room country school in Bawlf, AB, where she taught for six months. She moved to Hesketh and taught there for two years. This is where she met Jack and they were married in 1947. Robina and Jack were married for 73 years. Jack predeceased her by four days. They could not stay apart. She returned to teaching in Hesketh and Carbon, AB, before retiring in 1982. In 2013, they moved to Grande Prairie to be closer to family.
Robina is survived by her children: John, Harvey (Pat), Janet (Ken) Stevenson, Randy (Norma); grandchildren: Tammy, Carol, Jason, Terry, Luke, Ben, Chris and Jamie.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 12:00 pm with the Service to follow at 1:00 pm at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (10005 107 Ave.). The Interment will be held following the service at Carbon Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grande Spirit Foundation - Wild Rose Manor (9505 102 Ave., Grande
Prairie, AB, T8V 7G9).
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Condolences to the family of Reinhold "Jack" John Peterson


Reinhold “Jack” John

February 23, 2021

Reinhold “Jack” John Peterson, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 98 years.
Jack Peterson was born in Drumheller, AB, in 1922, to Jane Peterson (nee Cox) and Ernie Peterson. He was brought home to his father’s log house situated on the homestead he took out in 1905, when the Northwest Territories became Alberta. Alberta was one of the provinces that came into being at that time. In 1923, the family moved down to Hesketh, AB, where Ernie had a story and a half frame house built.
In 1927, Ernie moved his family down the Kneehill Creek to a house he built. It was from here that Jack started school, walking to the school in Hesketh. Jack claims it was uphill both ways and three feet of snow both winter and summer. The first school was in a room built on the north end of the hall. By the next year Hesketh School was built. It was in this room school Jack completed his schooling, graduating from high school. In 1933, Ernie had moved his family back to Hesketh. When Jack completed high school, he worked for farmers until 1945, when he took over his dad’s farm.
In 1947, he married Robina Hewitt from North Fork, AB. They had four children: John, Harvey (Pat), Janet (Ken)
Stevenson, and Randy (Norma). Followed by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In 1952, Robina and Jack became members of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Drumheller where they both filled many positions in the church, and have treasured the many friends they gained in the Drumheller church and sister churches. In Hesketh, Robina and Jack were involved in the community. Jack played on the Hesketh baseball team, and was leader of the Hesketh – Orkney 4-H beef club for a number of years. He was also Secretary Treasurer of the Hesketh Community Hall Association for a few years and the unofficial Mayor.
Robina and Jack travelled extensively, visiting family and friends. Jack accumulated numerous history books on his travels.
In the fall of 2004, Robina and Jack moved to Manor 1 in Drumheller. In 2013, they moved to Grande Prairie to be closer to family.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Robina Peterson; sons: John, Harvey (Pat), Randy (Norma); daughter Janet (Ken) Stevenson; eight grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
P.S. “This story is only guide, a short history of my life.” written by Jack.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grande Spirit Foundation - Wild Rose Manor (9505 102 Ave., Grande
Prairie, AB, T8V 7G9).
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Condolences to the family of Douglas Robert Siemens


Douglas Robert

September 4, 1945 - February 24, 2021

Douglas Siemens of Morrin, Alberta, beloved husband of Janis Siemens (Moe), passed away peacefully after an unexpected illness on February 24, 2021 at the age of 75 years.
Doug was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle & nephew. All who knew him can attest that he was a kind, strong man of faith who led a life of integrity. In all aspects of his life, whether as a husband, father, friend or a businessman, Doug would lead by example. He exemplified honesty & stood by his word.
Doug was born on September 4, 1945 in Drumheller, Alberta to John and Beth Siemens. He spent his early years in East Coulee where his father worked in the coal mines. Doug’s father eventually purchased the Siemens family farm west of Munson where Doug and his siblings spent much of their youth.
Doug attended business college in Calgary and, after completing his course work, moved to Morrin to begin a career as the Assistant Secretary Treasurer for the M.D. of Starland. Doug met Janis Moe during this time and they were married in September 1968. Moving up north a few years later, Doug took the position of Secretary Treasurer for the County of Grande Prairie. In 1981, Doug and his young family returned to Morrin to be closer to Janis’ parents, Oddie and Jennie Moe. Doug partnered with Larry Nielsen to form the well-known and successful business, Nielsen and Siemens Agencies Limited. After 16 years, Larry and Doug sold the business. Doug embarked on a home business, Doug’s Contract & Bookkeeping and provided accounting and tax services to local farmers and businesses. He also worked in Drumheller for Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) providing his tax expertise and, in more recent years, contracted out to NAPA Drumheller, operated by his son-in-law Trevor Woodford.
Doug’s home business was still thriving at the time of his passing and, even when in the hospital, he was trying to ensure that his clients knew that he would take care of them once he returned home. Doug took pride in his work and in his relationship with his clients. He, at many times, provided advice and services above and beyond what he was contracted for. He was a man of integrity and had a big heart. Doug felt privileged to serve his clients and the communities that he lived in.
As well as being a respected local businessman, Doug was actively involved in the community of Morrin where he, over the years, volunteered with the Morrin Fire Department, was Mayor of Morrin, treasurer of Blooming Prairie Lodge and treasurer of the Morrin Agricultural Society. Doug was also elected to Morrin council for a three year term as councillor. Doug proudly served the Morrin community and greater Starland and Kneehill county areas for over 50 years.
Doug wrote inspired music, and shared his love for music with his family and the community over the years. He played guitar, preforming with his children and grandchildren, singing for weddings, funerals and other special events.
Enjoying life, Doug could see that laughter really was the best medicine. He had a quick wit and would use his humor to lighten almost any situation. He always seemed slightly amused, and made people comfortable and feel welcome.
Besides his loving wife Janis, Doug leaves to mourn his children Gayle (Roger) Church, Susan (Trevor) Woodford,
Steven (Julia) Siemens and Jennie (Jason) Berge. He is also survived by his mother Beth Siemens and siblings,
Jim (Jacquie), John (Barb), Ed (Norma), Ray (Alexia), Marlene Affleck and Aileen (Ed) Jackson. Doug was also the proud grandpa for 14 grandchildren and loving uncle for numerous nieces and nephews.
Doug was predeceased by his father John Siemens, daughter Christine O’Brien and granddaughter Allyn Church.
Doug blessed many people with his kind heart and helpful nature. He considered it an honour to serve his family and community. There are very few people like Douglas Siemens in the world, and his passing leaves us with a hole in our hearts, but is filled with his song. In all things, he used his talents to bless many people. As an amazing man and earthly father, he demonstrated the love of our Heavenly Father.

Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements 403-823-2666.