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Condolences to the family of Ercole "Erc" Morelli



Ercole “Erc”

1932 - 2024

It is with deep sadness that the family of Ercole “Erc” John Morelli announces his peaceful passing, surrounded by family, in his home on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at the age of 92 years. Born in Drumheller, Alberta, Erc started work in the coal mines with this brothers, to help provide money for the family. He worked on farms stacking hay bales for a dollar a day, drove taxi, and delivered fuel and furniture. The stories he told us!
Erc met Faye, our mother from Wayne, Alberta, getting married in 1955, and started their family. With his wife and two young daughters in tow, Erc followed the rigs, roughnecking from town to town all over Alberta and British Columbia. In 1961, Erc and Faye settled in Red Deer, with a third daughter, and soon welcomed a son. Erc continued in the Oil Business until retirement.
Dad retired and so with mom, began their motorhome days with their dog Pilou. Wintering in their Phoenix condo, they hosted visiting family and friends for many years.
Dad, being an avid golfer, championed “eight” holes-in-one on the many golf courses covering both Canada and the U.S.
In 1993, after 38 years of marriage, we lost mom. After time, dad met Connie in Phoenix with a relationship lasting over 25 years until her passing in 2020.
A father figure to many, he will be remembered by all who knew him. Erc leaves behind his four loving children, Roxanne (Mike), Toni (Bob), Trudy, Vince (Holly), his six grandsons, Matthew, Clayton, Nicholas (Danielle), Ali, Michael, Tony, and his two great grandsons, Eli and Ethan, who were shining lights and a breath of fresh air to their Great Grampa. He will also be missed by his sister Rita in Calgary, Alberta, his sister-in-law Linda in Airdrie, Alberta, and Lenard and Terry in Beaumont, Alberta, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dad kept his connections to Drum with frequent family trips to see our grandparents and family.
Erc was predeceased by his dear parents, Nazzareno and Margherita, his brothers, Marcello, Alfonso, Mario, Rio, and his sister Annie.
Dad was a pioneer in the oilfield, a man of his word, and a true legacy of a father. He was our hero. We will miss him.
Funeral took place on February 2, 2024 at Sacred Heart Church, Red Deer, Alberta.

Condolences to the family of Darrel James Primrose


Darrel James Primrose of Rumsey, Alberta unexpectedly passed away at the age of 60 years old. He was a beloved partner, brother, dad, uncle and grandfather.
Darrel was born in Stettler, Alberta, to Ron and Carol (McNeight) Primrose. They lived in the Rumsey Community area during his early school years then Ron and Carol made the decision to move up to Camrose to join in the family farming operation of the McNeights’. He attended school in Camrose until his high school years where he then transferred to the Stettler high School to complete his education. In 1980, his mom and dad had purchased a farm in the Botha area. Darrel loved farming so he couldn’t be happier farming alongside his dad and Grandpa Don.
In 1989, Darrel married Nadine Turner and they were blessed with two sons, Garret and Justin. They lived in Rumsey in the early days while Darrel drove truck. Eventually, his passion to farm brought him back to his dads farm at Botha. They enjoyed many happy years there. Life brought on many changes that eventually brought Darrel back to us in Rumsey where he purchased an acreage in the Northwest corner and settled in driving truck with Hodge Brothers and later with Sharpe’s Trucking Ltd.
Darrel’s favorite hobby/passion were his trucks. He knew more about trucks, tractors, farm equipment than most of us. If you needed advice before buying something, we all consulted Darrel. His favorite was his Old Red, 1976 GMC 1500, 4X4. Darrel had a love for the outdoors, farm sales, snowmobiling, camping and 4 wheeling. To head out to the west country to eat a hotdog, sit around the campfire and be with his favorite people was his idea of heaven. He loved his hotdogs. He was that kind of guy that always had a story to tell to family and friends and to lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his loving partner, Christa Neufeld; sons Garret Primrose (Taylore) and granddaughter Hensley Primrose, Justin Primrose and stepson Jordan Verhoeven; sister Lori (Bob) Holm; nephews Stephan, Dylan, and Liam; aunts: Patricia (Charlie) Pierce, Irene Primrose and Myrna McNeight; cousins: Bradley Primrose, Greg Primrose, Shelley (Dave) Hodge, Connie Primrose (Jason Doyle), Brett (Brenda) Pierce, Wesley (Laura) Pierce and Jason Pierce, Darren (Sheila) Garbe and Susan Garbe. There are many more great aunts and great uncles plus several 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cousins. The family may be large but they were all very close so he will be sadly missed by all family and friends.
Darrel was predeceased by his father Ron in 1997; mother Carol McNeight in 1984; uncle Donnie Primrose in 2009; grandpa Donald Primrose in 2010 and grandma Helen (Clausen) 1987. Darrel’s grandpa Vernon McNeight passed away in 2001; grandma Isbele McNeight in 1977; uncle Ron McNeight in 2002; and aunt Shirley (McNeight) Garbe in 1980.
A Celebration of Life was held in Darrel’s Honor on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rumsey Community Hall, Rumsey, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that you donate to the Rumsey Fire Department, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice in Darrels’ memory. Condolences may be sent to the family, please visit Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements 403-742-3422.

Condolences to the family of John Robert Carls

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Mr. John Robert Carls of Drumheller, beloved husband of Inza Carls passed away after a lengthy illness in Red Deer, Alberta on January 22, 2024 at the age of 85 years.
John was born in Drumheller on August 24, 1938 to Frank and Anne Carls. He grew up in East Coulee, Alberta, taking all his schooling there. John married Inza Mattis in 1961 and they remained happily married for 62 years. John worked many years at the Cardwell Farms, moving to Westergard Motors obtaining his mechanics license, and moving on with Sandy Cunningham opening Tower Auto where he worked till he retired at the age of 65 years. After retiring he worked for Ace Reese and Cliff Young building window frames for display. John enjoyed many hobbies in his retirement, mechanical work, woodworking, and his “monster yard”. He was an active member of the Fish and Game Association. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and a lifetime of friends.
John leaves to mourn his wife Inza Carls, one son Wayne (Deanne) Carls, grandchildren; Nicole (Benjiman), Larissa (Code), Natasha, Nathan, Eric, Stephanie (Neil), great grandchildren; Emmalynn, Tayze, Rhiannon, Alexis, Peyton, Addy, Brooklyn, Presley, Parker, and Everleigh.
John was predeceased by his daughter Wendy (September 9, 1961 ~ December 20, 2004), his parents Frank and Anne Carls, his sister Louise (December 30, 2023) and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Service for John will be held Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 1:00 P.M. at the Rosedale Community Hall (Rosedale, Alberta). If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.
A very big special thank you to Scott and Penny Head, Bonnie and Cliff Young, Dale and Suzanne Sands, Dr. Olfert and the nursing staff at the Drumheller Health Centre, Barb from the Associated Physicians Clinic, all of the ICU nurses and Doctors at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, and to all of John’s friends for the support and friendships over the years. Bless you.
Inza and family