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Condolences to the family of Clayton Bickford




February 18, 1954 - January 21, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Clayton Bickford at the Drumheller Health Centre surrounded by the amazing love of his family; his wife Coral, his son Sean, his daughter Kim, his sister Grace and his brother Howard on January 21, 2019. Clayton was born on February 18, 1954 at Bell Island, NFLD to Hubert and Violet Bickford. Clayton married Coral in 1976, they had two children, son Sean and daughter Kim. Clayton worked at Samuels Plumbing and Heating for 33 years, upon his leaving, he started up Bickford Heating and Air Conditioning. Clayton had a generous heart and a kindness about him, he was always willing to give whomever a helping hand. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and a lifetime of friends. Clayton leaves behind to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 42 years; Coral, son Sean (Shealyn) Bickford, daughter Kim (Chad) Moar, grandsons; Dylan & Zach Moar, and a granddaughter due in March. Sisters & Brothers; Bernice, Grace (Ken), Howard (Edna deceased), (Inez deceased), Linda, Rennie, Olive (Carl), Wilfred, Ruth (Ray), Sherry (Peter), Carl (Michelle), Clayton’s inlaws; Bev (Bob deceased), and Floyd (Shirley deceased), numerous nieces and nephews. Clayton was predeceased by his parents; Hubert and Violet Bickford. As per Clayton’s wishes there will be no formal funeral service. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army Food Bank, Box 3097, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y0 Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. We would like to take this time to thank all the professional caregivers and Dr. L.A. Olfert for the wonderful care they gave to Clayton, also we would like to thank Steve Huculak and Murray Williams for their love and support given to Clayton and myself through this journey.

Condolences to the family of Helen Emily Janiskiewicz (Janis) Graham



Helen Emily
Janiskiewicz (Janis)

July 1, 1925 - January 25, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother, Helen Emily Graham, at Bob’s and Darcy’s home in Morrin, Alberta on January 25, 2019 at the age of 93 years. Helen Graham was born July 1, 1925 to Peter and Mary Janiskiewicz on a farm near Glenbain, Saskatchewan. She grew up there on the homestead with her parents and 12 siblings, surviving the Great Depression together. Summer evenings saw the family out playing baseball. Mom trained to be a nurse during World War ll when many nurses and doctors were away serving in World War ll. She graduated from nursing at the Regina Grey Nuns Hospital, then worked as a nurse in Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Green Valley and San Francisco, California, and finally in North Battleford and Lethbridge, Alberta. She married Terrence (Terry) Compton Graham July 11, 1953 and they initially lived in North Battleford. They later moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. They bought a drugstore in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan in 1963 and called it Graham Pharmacy. They relocated and opened a clinic pharmacy at the Assiniboia Medical Clinic on June 1, 1987. They retired November 7, 1995 after 32 years of faithfully serving the people of Assiniboia and surrounding area. We lost Dad November 5, 1998 and Mom missed and loved him until the day she passed away. Mom remained in Assiniboia until September 2007 when she came to Drumheller, Alberta to live with Bob and Darcy. She then moved to the Morrin Blooming Prairies Seniors Fourplex for five years, close to Bob and his family. There she enjoyed supervising and participating in the landscaping, planting, painting, shovelling and weeding at Bob and Darcy’s new home. She also took pleasure in visits from her family and friends. She moved to the Sunshine Lodge in 2012, then to Hillview Lodge and eventually Continuing Care at the Drumheller Hospital. In her last couple of days, Mom came home to Bob and Darcy’s home where she stayed in her own bed from Assiniboia. We had the opportunity to be with her all the time, pray with her and Darcy sang to her some of her favourite hymns. Bob slept on the floor beside her on her last night, tended to her through the night and in the morning washed her and put a fresh set of clothes upon her. Bob went to make coffee and Darcy went to say, “good morning” but Jesus had come and brought her home to heaven. She leaves behind many dear and lifelong friends that she made in Lethbridge, Assiniboia, and Drumheller, along with her family: children Bob (Darcy) Graham, Donna (Gary) Befus, and Terry (Shelly) Graham, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her extended Janis and Graham families…all of whom loved and will miss her. There will be a Memorial Service at the Drumheller Alliance Church, on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. there will also be a gathering in Assiniboia this spring where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the charity of your choice. We would like to thank the healthcare professionals that have cared for our Mother and to all who have visited and supported her through the years. Finally, we want to thank Mom’s Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His comforting words: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25 ESV)

Condolences to the family of Viola Van Hecke




January 24, 2019

It is with great sadness that Leon Van Hecke and family announce the passing of Viola Van Hecke of Stettler, Alberta on January
24, 2019 at the age of 82. Viola leaves behind her loving husband of 59 years Leon, children Deborah (Rhys), Brenda, Beverly (Dwain), Brian (Connie), Mary Theresa, Bernice (Brett); her Grandchildren: Rhys, Alyssa (Mark), Lindsey (Jordan), Spencer (Thomas), Lucas, Dawson, Cassidy, Taryn; great grandchild Ava, sister Mary and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents Jack and Loretta Van Bavel and her brother Jim Van Bavel predeceased Viola. In 1959 Vi and Leon were married. Together they started farming in Baintree until 1966. In 1966 Leon and Vi moved from Baintree to Lyalta where they farmed until 1975. They then moved to Delia and farmed until they retired in Stettler. In Delia, Leon and Vi took up curling and enjoyed many bonspiels with friends they made and have today still. Vi had a love for flowers, and gardening gave her great enjoyment – but her real pride and joy was her family, which expanded to include Leon’s and Vi ‘s first great-grandchild Ava (Alyssa/Mark) in 2017. Vi’s family is saying goodbye to her in a private ceremony. Memorial donations may be made to STARS, Canadian Diabetes Association or to a charity of your own choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and the funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422.