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Condolences to the family of Gerald Curtis Hein


Gerald Curtis

August 17, 1948 - May 27, 2021

It is with tremendous sorrow that the family of Gerald Curtis Hein announces his passing on May 27, 2021 at age 72 years. After a courageous 15 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease Gerald passed away at Bethany Riverview in Calgary from Parkinson’s complications.
Gerald is survived by his partner of 26 years Ron of Calgary, son Kelly (Marsha) Hein of Strathmore, daughter Sonya Elias of Calgary, grandchildren Mateo Elias, Landon and Hayley Hein, brother Larry (Deb) Hein of Victoria B.C, sisters Arlene (Robert) Filkohazy of Hussar, Fay (Doug) Bangle of Strathmore, Debbie (Glenn) Laycock of Rosebud, Valerie (Maurice) Thevenaz of Drumheller and numerous nieces and nephews. Gerald is predeceased by his parents George and Ella Hein.
Gerald was born prematurely on August 17, 1948, in Bassano, Alberta at a mere two and a half pounds. He was nurtured to health by his grandmother Katie Rutschke, then joined his parents on the family farm east of Hussar, Alberta near the community of Duck Lake. Gerald
graduated from Olds College in 1968 with a diploma in General Agriculture and returned to the family grain and cattle farm to raise purebred Charolais with G & E Hein Farms. Dedicated to hard work on the farm, Gerald was also active with the Hussar 4-H Beef Club as a member and leader. He lived and worked in the Hussar area until 1991 when he relocated to Calgary in the community of Millrise. He worked for Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance, WCB, and the City of Calgary up until the time his health forced him into early retirement.
Gerald was well known for the immaculate care he took of his home and yard, he loved to joke and tease; his personality was infectious. This trait followed him into his care homes, Mackenzie Towne Retirement and Bethany Riverview, where he became a favourite of staff and residents alike. He knew his illness would rob him of his ability to play on the floor or take his grandkids to the park so he played with them every moment he was able to. It’s the only time his house was a mess and he had a huge smile on his face.
His courage to come out 32 years ago allowed people who loved him to fully know him and paved the way for others to live authentically. His passing will forever leave a void in our hearts.
In Lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The Parkinson’s Association Of Alberta (120, 6835 Railway ST. SE Calgary, Alberta T2H 2V6 or online at
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions a small family graveside service was held at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery on June 4, 2021 at 2:30 pm.

Condolences to the family of Gerald Robert Hotel


Gerald Robert

December 22, 1946 - June 4, 2021

Gerald Robert Hotel of Drumheller beloved husband of Patricia Hotel passed away peacefully with his family by his side on June 4, 2021 at the age of 74 years.
Gerry was born on December 22, 1946 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He spent his younger years on the family farm in Austin, Manitoba until his family moved to Portage la Prairie when he was nine years old.
Gerry found his true passion and calling when he started baking, he lived in many places honing his craft, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta, owning many bakeries over the years. In 1992 Gerry became employed by Freson IGA in Hanna and then Drumheller until 2009 as the Bakery Manager. In 2010 Gerry was employed by CSC Canada Food Services at the Drumheller Institution. Gerry always said, “as long as I enjoy going to work and am able, I will keep doing it”.
Family, especially his grandchildren were Gerry’s joy, his happy place. He loved to be busy, in his yard, outdoors and camping. Gerry will be dearly missed by his loving family and a lifetime of friends.
Gerry leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Patricia, two daughters Leslie (Darcy) Landon, Melissa (Jon) Samson, two sons Bradley Hotel and Jared Hotel, two grandchildren Brooklyn and Brody Landon.
Gerry was predeceased by his parents Robert Leroy and Violet Muriel Hotel, his sisters Anne Heath, Shirley VanRassel and Marsha Ducharme.
A private family service will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021 by invite only.
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements. 403-823-2666

Condolences to the family of Keith Edwin Rieder


Keith Edwin

September 4, 1946 - May 31, 2021

Keith Edwin Rieder passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on May 31, 2021 at the age of 74 years. Keith was born on September 4, 1946 in Oxbow, Saskatchewan to Phillip and Eileen Rieder. He grew up in Frobisher with his older sisters Sylvia, Phyllis and big brother
Lawrence. Keith’s oilfield experience started in Southeast, Saskatchewan at the age of 17 years old with Commonwealth Drilling. He later moved into oilfield maintenance, working for his brother-in-law Bruno, at Valleyview Oilfield Services in Oxbow before becoming a battery operator. Keith met his beloved wife Glenda in Alameda, Saskatchewan where they were married on August 25, 1967, starting a life of 53 years together. In 1972 they left Saskatchewan, for Brooks, Alberta along with their recently born first son Joel, to progress Keith’s career in the “Oil Patch”. Shortly after, in 1973 their second son Dana was born. Keith advanced his career in the oil and gas sector taking on various field leadership roles in Drumheller, St. Albert and Taber. Keith always found the time to support his boys in hockey and other athletic endeavors while holding them accountable to maintain good grades in school. He was very proud when they both went on to attend university, received degrees and established their careers. With his busy schedule he managed to fit in time with friends and enjoyed hunting, fishing and curling. Many memorable summers were spent camping and boating with the family over the years travelling around Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Keith’s love for the lake led him and Glenda to Stafford Lake, Alberta where they fulfilled a dream of owning a lake front property. The lake was the perfect place for family gatherings, having a cold Kokanee, retirement and to keep his five grandchildren Keagan, Greyson, Campbell, Daxton and Madison busy having fun. Keith always needed to be doing something and his passion for landscaping flourished at the lake. Over 14 years Keith and Glenda developed a beautiful lakeside retreat where many memories have been made that included their 50th wedding anniversary. The lakeside retreat also provided an ideal place for Keith to relax and unwind after his many cancer treatments over the past five years. Keith’s journey with cancer and life has ended and we are all so proud that he fought to the end and enjoyed life to the fullest. From his early years to his final day, Keith “Lived Life On His Own Terms”. He will be dearly missed.
Along with his wife Glenda Rieder, Keith is survived by his two sons, Joel (Karey) and Dana (Monica), five grandchildren Keagan, Greyson, Campbell, Daxton and Madison, sister Phyllis and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Phillip; mother, Eileen; sister, Sylvia; brother, Lawrence.
Those wishing to celebrate Keith’s life are asked to provide a donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o Jack Ady Cancer Center Lethbridge. Keith was very appreciative of the care that the many medical professionals provided throughout his fight with cancer.