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Condolences to the family of Barry Byrtus



May 27, 2021

Our beloved and cherished Barry passed on May 27th, 2021 at the age of 54.
Barry was born and raised in Drumheller where he enjoyed the outdoors and had a great love of animals. After high school he moved to Calgary but after suffering a stroke, sold his house and travelled to Central America. He also travelled to Southeast Asia then canoed from Drumheller to Saskatoon, where he lived for several years. Another canoe trip led him to The Pas, Manitoba where he passed.
Barry is survived by his mother Nora, sister Shelley and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by his father John, and all four Grandparents. A service is pending when Covid restrictions have eased.

Condolences to the family of Jeanette Katherine Ellen (Uttley) Kowalchuk


Jeanette Katherine Ellen

February 15, 1930 - June 17, 2021

The family of Jeanette Kowalchuk is deeply saddened to announce her passing following surgery at the Red Deer Hospital on June 17, 2021.

Jeanette was born on February 15, 1930 in Big Valley, Alberta, the youngest of four children born to Bert Uttley and Blanche Grice. Growing up Jeanette lived in Alberta and British Columbia. On October 29, 1952, Jeanette married the love of her life, Bill Kowalchuk. The next sixty-two years were spent farming and lovingly raising a family at Rumsey then retiring to Trochu. Jeanette was a faithful member of the United Church where she taught Sunday School, enjoyed Seniors Drop In centres, loved music, travelling and their little dog Millie. Following Bill’s passing in 2015, Jeanette moved to Drumheller to live in the Sunshine Lodge and then Hillview Lodge where she received excellent care.
Jeanette is survived by her five children and their families: Dorothy Gwynn, Bill & Becky Kowalchuk, Marilyn & Harold Kenzler, Kathy MacDermid (Gordan Friedley) and John & Paula Kowalchuk. Grandchildren are: Heather, Erin (Ron), Lindsey (Travis), Travis, Jared (Emma), Ryan (Leah), Daniel (Julia), David (Jennifer), Brandin (Steph), Amanda, Kassidy (Kyler), Jayden and Kaley. Great-grandchildren: Archer, Beau, Hayden, Alina, Bronson, Carson, Devin, Claire, Jack, Owen, Adelyn and Henry. Jeanette is also survived by her sister, Geneva Balcom of Stettler and many nieces and nephews.
Jeanette was predeceased by her husband, Bill, her son in law Brian, her grandchildren: Brent, Katherine, Christopher and Morgan; a sister Wilma Spargo and a brother, Vernon Uttley.
Due to current restrictions, the funeral service will be immediate family only. The funeral will be held on June 25, 2021 at the Courtney-Winters Funeral Home Chapel with interment at the Rumsey cemetery. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 403-823-2666. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hillview Lodge in Drumheller or a charity of your choice.

The service will be livestreamed at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 25, 2021. Refer to website for further instructions.

Condolences to the family of Joseph "Joe" Rosso


Joseph “Joe”

September 17, 1937
Drumheller, Alberta
June 03, 2021
Calgary, Alberta

Forever in Our Hearts

Joe Rosso passed away peacefully, with his wife at his side, in Calgary on June 03, 2021, at the age of 83.
Joe was born in Drumheller on September 17, 1937, the second youngest of the seven children of Mary and John Rosso.
He grew up in Drumheller and excelled in playing hockey and baseball. Joe apprenticed to become a qualified welder and worked throughout Alberta for Alberta Gas Trunk Line Company. Joe relocated to Edson, the year before Joe and Lois were married when Joe was promoted to District Welder for the company. In 1974, the family moved to Calgary and a year later he ventured out on his own. Joe applied his trade across the country, working in almost every province and territory. Joe was known for his meticulous attention to detail and for never striving for anything less than the perfect weld. Those who had the pleasure of working with Joe would quickly learn his passion for getting the job done right, keeping the worksite in order and for ensuring no shortage of practical jokes across the miles.
Joe had a gift for making and fixing anything and whenever there was a problem or renovation required he was always the “go-to guy” for family and neighbours. In retirement, Joe and Lois explored all parts of Canada and the US and enjoyed numerous foreign destinations. Joe was always quick to share a joke, lend a hand, and to make sure you had a drink in your hand while enjoying some time by the fire (started with a blow torch) as the days wound to a close.
Joe’s family was important to him and he was much loved by Lois, his wife of 57 years, and their daughters, Jayne (Greg) and Stephanie (John) and grandsons Declan and Luke Jackson.
He is survived by his sister Ellen (Surprise, AZ), brother Ivan (Vernon, BC), sister Irene (Calgary), members of Lois’s family and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Steve and sisters Sara and Kathy.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for all the care and kindness that was shown to Joe at Cambridge Manor.
Condolences and memories may be shared and viewed on Joe’s obituary at
“Rosso, we love you and we are going to miss the twinkle in your eye.”