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Condolences to the family of Lillian Shirley Anderson (nee Gogol)


(nee Gogol)
Lillian Shirley

February 14, 1930 - November 12, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lillian Anderson after a brief battle with cancer. Lil will always be remembered by her sons Kenneth (Bonita), Joseph (Debra) and Frank (Theresa); cherished grand children Kelly (Tom) Lesko, Cameron (Brittany) Anderson, Julie (Ryan) Mehler, Curtis Anderson, Caitlin Anderson, Michelle Schill; and her sister Carol (Larry) Kohsel. Lil was blessed with nine great-grandchildren: Emilia, Harper, Felix, Charlotte, Kasper, Brooks, Hadley, Ryder and Kohen. Lil was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 59 years, Floyd and infant daughter Roseanne.
Lillian was born in Bassano, Alberta February 14, 1930 and married Floyd in 1951. Together, Lil and Floyd raised their family on the farm at Rumsey. Life was very busy with three boys yet Lil and Floyd always found time to volunteer and contribute generously to the community.
They retired from the farm in 2000 and moved to Drumheller, reuniting with old friends and making new “condo” friends. Family, friends and hosting a good meal defined Lil and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a huge part of her life bringing her much joy.
Thank you to Dr. Olfert and Dr. Mateer and the kind and compassionate nursing staff at the Drumheller Health Centre who made Lil’s final days so comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Funeral Mass by invitation.

Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Freda Brewitt



August 23, 1929 - November 8, 2021

Freda Brewitt passed away November 8, 2021, at the Hanna Long Term Care Centre at the age of 92. She was born to Henry and Lucille Birkhiem on the family farm north of Michichi. She grew up there with her two brothers Walter and Jack. They attended school at Lloyd George until it closed and then went to Starland.
Mom started grade 10 in Drumheller and stayed at the dorm until Christmas. Being the country mouse, she never seemed to fit in with the city girls and absolutely
hated her time there. While home for Christmas she begged not to be sent back and shortly after went to work at the McCallister ranch at Big Valley. She loved working there and they became a second family to her especially after her mother died when she was seventeen.
In 1951 she married Ken Brewitt and moved to the family farm. She became a partner in all aspects of the farming operation; a true mixed farm. No job was too menial or hard to tackle. They became affectionately known as the egg lady or man to their many customers to whom they made weekly produce deliveries. At one time, they supplied eggs to three of the grocery stores in Drumheller and also to the hospital. Many of their customers became lifelong friends.
Mom loved to garden and spent many blissful hours in it. She really hated being indoors in the summer. Her love of growing things made a progression to showing them and she entered many of the local fairs. From here, she again progressed into judging after taking the necessary courses at Olds college to certify herself. For many years, she judged at various fairs all over Alberta. She enjoyed the travel and the people she met.
She was a lifetime member of the Sunbeam Ladies Society and had many friends there. They as a group kept our community together and entertained for many years.
Mom loved to cook and there were always cakes or cookies around and whoever showed up usually got coffee and a sampling.
Whatever dog we happened to have at the time became the center of the universe. A fridge magnet she had summed it all up - “this house is owned and operated solely for the comfort and convenience of the dog.”
Mom and dad were married 57 years. After he died in 2008, she remained on the farm until dementia began to take its toll and when she lost her driver’s license, she moved into Sunshine Lodge, then to Hillview and finally to Hanna Long Term Care. She rejoined Dad two days before what would have been their 70th anniversary.
She is survived by her son Donald and wife Diana, and grand dog Cocoa (Mom would love that part), nieces, nephews, and lifelong neighbors.
A graveside service was held on November 15, 2021, at the Delia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd. has been entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956,

Condolences to the family of Svend Aage Dahl


Svend Aage

July 4, 1932 - November 6, 2021

Svend Dahl passed away peacefully on November 6, 2021 at the Drumheller Health Centre.
Born in Drumheller, Alberta, Svend was the first child of Ejler and Signe Dahl (Lund). He grew up in Rosedale with his younger sister Mary and always enjoyed spending time in Dalum at the farm of his grandparents Laurits and Oline Jacobsen. He worked in a mine near East Coulee when he was a young adult. When his grandfather passed away in 1949, Svend and his Aunt Karen farmed the land with the helpful guidance from close neighbours. On May 26, 1956 Svend married Ruth Jensen and moved to the farm of his grandparents. They spent the first winter in Calgary where Ruth worked at the Motor Car Supply while Svend worked for a brick layer. The next spring they returned to their Dalum farm where they raised two daughters, Susan and Becky.
Svend loved the farm, the community, his friends and his family. His life in Dalum was exactly what he wanted. Svend enjoyed farming and driving around to look at the grain fields and countryside. Family vacations were so much fun but he was always happy to come back home. Svend spent many happy hours in his workshop making wooden gifts for family and working on his antique cars and trucks, always thinking about the vehicle that he wanted to get next. He had many interests but his visits with family and friends meant the most to him. Svend will be sadly missed by his family.
Svend is survived by his children Susan Adam and Becky Dahl, grandchildren Nadine Adam and Melanie Adam, great grandchild Amelia Weitzel, sisters-in-law Eleanor Jensen and Pauline Lund, step-sister Helga (Bob) Sanderson and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Ruth Dahl, sister Mary McKinnon, sister-in-law Rita Lund, brothers-in-law Leo Jensen, Ernie Lund, Jim McKinnon, and step-brother Harold Lund.
Due to the current guidelines, we will be having a small family gathering to honour Svend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Drumheller Health Centre, the Dalum Community Hall Association
or the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum.

Courtney-Winter's Funeral Home in care of Arrangements. 403-823-2666