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Condolences to the family of Konrad and Irma Grabner

Grabner Couple

Konrad Werner Grabner
December 13, 1928 - March 12, 2024
Irma Pipke Grabner
January 24, 1934 - April 3, 2016
Together again!

Much loved by daughters Irene, Bernice, and Janet Grabner (John Dahm), grandchildren Jasmin Dahm (Travis), Eddie Dahm, Alex Grabner (Dan) and great-grandchildren Chloe, Brady and Kaleb.
Mom and Dad were born in Bavaria, Germany. They met at 18 and 24 years old and bravely decided to move to Canada in 1952 to start a new life. They were married in Calgary and raised their three daughters in the city. They bought the family home in Calgary in 1958. The large, beautiful backyard was their pride and joy. Mom and Dad had a great group of friends that they camped and played cards with. Paddling down the Bow River in their canoe was one of their favorite activities. The family has great memories of summer holidays in the Okanogan, B.C. Mom and Dad enjoyed travelling far and away with friends and family. There were also many pets that they adored and spoiled. Mom and Dad loved Canada and were proud to show it off to visiting family from Germany.
In 1997 Mom and Dad bought a wee miners house in East Coulee, as a summer cottage, to be closer to family in the Drumheller valley. For almost 20 years Mom and Dad enjoyed the Badlands. Dad loved hiking in the hills and swimming in the river with the grandkids. They had an apple tree at the cottage that gave Mom plenty of apples to make apple pies. Baking and flower gardening were her favorite hobbies. She quickly made friends with some lovely ladies in East Coulee. The cottage was sold in 2014.
After Mom’s passing in 2016, Dad continued to live in the family home in Calgary. In 2022 Dad moved into the Continuing Care at the Drumheller hospital. He enjoyed living his last years in Drumheller with a view of the hills from his window. The staff loved Dad and his quiet, gentle ways. We would like to thank all the staff in Continuing Care and the Drumheller hospital for taking such good care of our precious Dad. You are truly angels on earth.
There will be a private family service at a later date.

Condolences to the family of Wesley Mason

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April 21, 1961 - February 10, 2024

Wesley Dale Mason passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at the age of 62 years.  Wes was born on April 21, 1961, in Hanna, Alberta.  For the last several years he dedicated his career to STARS, raising money to support air ambulance services for the province of Alberta.  His work travels took him to several towns across Alberta, where he enjoyed visits with his many customers and friends.  As an avid sportsman, he enjoyed and excelled at many sports throughout his life, especially curling, basketball, baseball, golf, and ping pong, and he took up tennis and pickleball in his later years.  He was a dedicated fan to many Canadian sports teams and players.  He had a passion for classic cars, 70’s/80’s rock bands; he also enjoyed karaoke singing and socializing with friends and family.  Wes will be lovingly remembered by his sons Andrew and Steve.  He will also be sadly missed by his brother Barry (Dawn) and sister Lori and his nieces and nephews Laura (Billy), Kari, Jesica, and Jared, his great niece and nephew, Emma and Jack as well as his Aunt Vera, Uncle Jim and many cousins.  He is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Emma Mason.  If desired, Memorial Donations in Wes’ honour may be made directly to STARS.
The celebration of life will be held at Delia Community Centre on March 30 at 2pm.

Condolences to the family of Josephine (Jo) Lucille Smith

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Jo Lucille
June 23, 1931 - March 9, 2024

Jo passed away on March 9, 2024, in the Drumheller Health Centre after a very short stay at the age of 92 years.
Josephine (Jo) Lucille Smith was born in Winner, South Dakota, U.S.A. on June 23, 1931, to Joseph and Hazel Wempe.
She arrived in Canada when only a few months old. Her parents farmed in the Camrose, Alberta area, eventually settling near Kingman where Jo did most of her schooling. She ventured to Drumheller in December 1950 to find work. Here she met Charles Alexander Smith, working as his housekeeper caring for his two young children Shelley and Delbert. Charlie and Jo married July 4, 1952. To this union three more children were born Linda, Carol, and Donald. Most of their life was spent in the valley except when the family moved to Canmore from 66-81.
Jo enjoyed a variety of hobbies, but crocheting was a favourite, followed by the garden at the Sunshine Lodge, after she moved in there July 1, 2011.
Jo was predeceased by her husband, one daughter and three grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children; Delbert (Dale), Linda (Ernie), Carol, Donald (Bonnie), grandchildren, and numerous other family members.
As per Jo’s wishes there will not be any formal funeral service, if friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Sunshine Lodge Activities Fund, or the charity of one’s choice.
Jo’s family sends many thanks to the hospital staff and the Sunshine Lodge staff for their care.