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HALBERT, Joan Brown

April 14, 1931 – December 30, 2019

The end of a long journey has come for our beloved mother Joan Brown Halbert, of Nanton, Ab.   Joan passed away in the Claresholm General Hospital on Dec. 30, 2019 and her peaceful presence will be missed.  She was predeceased by her husband Charles A. Halbert (2002), and is survived by her 3 children, Karen Frances Powell of Bradford, Anne Buchanan Veres (David) of Nanton, and Michael Charles Halbert (Ruby) of Spokane.   Joan is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Michael, Marc, Matthew, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Justina, Shade, Franklin, Harold, and Sally Joanne, 3 great grandchildren, Jack, Julia, and Eden, and one on the way.

Joan was born and raised in Chicago where she grew up in a large extended family.  After graduating college and university she set out with a BSc. in Home Economics and went to work as a Dietician in High Point, North Carolina.  While vacationing soon after in Miami Beach she met her future husband Chuck.  The charismatic Canadian was living and working in Miami Beach and the couple married in 1956.

They relocated to Richmond, Virginia where Karen and Anne were born.  In 1964 the family moved to Canada to be near Charles’s family who had generations of roots in the Cookstown and Alliston, Ontario area.  Michael was born in Alliston and the family moved to Orillia in 1966 where they lived in a home on a hill overlooking 2 lakes.  Endless hours were spent together enjoying swimming and picnics at Bass Lake.

Joan and Chuck moved to Barrie in the early 90’s and Joan spent the rest of her career employed with Simcoe Community Services.  Here she taught special needs adults in an industrial kitchen how to cook.  Together they cooked and served food to hundreds of people.  Joan was loved by the adults she worked with, and by her coworkers.  She remained there until retirement at 65.

Joan was a loving and kind, generous and genuine, curious, bright and intelligent, funny and witty, hard working and reliable, and down to earth woman who made friends wherever she went.

Joan held a strong Christian faith and it gave the family great comfort to know that she knew she would rest in peace and paradise in Heaven at the end of her life.  She was a much loved and long-time member of the Bethel Community Church in Barrie.

It was within the Christian community where Joan made enriching and rewarding lifelong friendships.  During this time in her life Joan devoted many hours cooking in the church kitchen.   She looked forward to and enjoyed the camaraderie and socializing that came with volunteering and gathering.  Joan was part of an industrious group of women that made thousands of greeting cards for Christian fundraising.  She participated in countless events and especially those that needed a cook or kitchen help.   Joan thrived during these years and will be remembered for her easy going nature and her delicious and masterful soups.

In 2017 Joan moved to Alberta to live with her daughter Anne and son in law David.  In good health and happy during her golden years Joan enjoyed the simple things in life.  She loved to sit outside and soak up the sun.  Each day brought pleasure from the spectacular southern Alberta sunrises and sunsets, to the stars in the sky, watching horses and cows, and time spent with the family dog and companion Sok.

The family will gather privately in Barrie on March 8 to honor Joan.  Anyone who would like to be included please contact Sue or leave a message below.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on January 16th, 2020 | 6 Comments »

KNOWLES, Charles Ronald “Ronnie”

January 14, 1947 – December 28, 2019

Charles Ronald “Ronnie” Knowles passed away unexpectedly in Cochrane on December 28, 2019 at the age of 72.

Ronnie is survived by his loving partner Susan Calvert and her children, Justin (Jen), Okie, Skylar and his grandchildren Easton and Kacey. He is also survived by his brother Billy (Marg) Knowles and many, many friends that will miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Elaine Knowles of Meaford, Ontario. 

Ronnie was born on January 14th, 1947 in Ottawa, Ontario where he finished high school and later attended Louisiana State University. After university he spent his time travelling between Mississippi and Ottawa among other places. He had many adventures and finally settled in Waveland, Mississippi.

In 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, he move to Cochrane and loved being part of the Cochrane community. Ronnie volunteered with numerous events in the town of Cochrane. 

We will all miss him more than you can imagine! We’re so thankful for the many years and memories we have had with him! I know you are up there cheering on the Flames and the Saints during every game they play! We will deeply miss his loving smile and contagious laughter. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cochrane Lions Event Centre (109 Fifth Ave, Cochrane, AB) on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cochrane & Area Humane Society

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on December 30th, 2019 | 19 Comments »

FLECK, Mildred Agnes

August 12, 1927 – December 29, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Mildred Fleck passed away Sunday December 29, 2019 at Bow View Manor in Calgary at the age of 92.  She is survived by  daughters Karen Anderson (Larry), Glenda Ross (Don), and Joan Kronlund (Darren). Grandchildren Chandra Anderson, Cheryl Folstrom (Melvin) Linden & Bradley Kronlund and great grandchildren Kyle Anderson, Brett Seiders, Shayna & Owen Folstrom.             

At Mildred’s request no service will be held.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Lawrence (Larry) Slywka, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on December 30th, 2019 | 1 Comment »

BIRD, James Andrew

September 25th, 1972 – Thunder Bay, Ontario

December 22nd, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of James Andrew Bird. Beloved husband of Heather (nee Mitchell-Matheson) and loving father to son Andrew (Natasha) and daughters Ashleigh and Hannah, grandfather to Clayton, Mason, Noah, Keelan, Hunter, Kinley, Solis, Easton and Laykleigh. James passed away peacefully on December 22, 2019 at the age of 47 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

James was an especially hard worker, a talented tradesman and a proud former Canadian Armed Forces Service Member of the 2 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. He loved to golf, watch sports, travel, target practice and spend time with his wife, family, dog Chico and friends. James was a role model in everything he did, he was patriotic and valued tradition. James was patient and soft spoken yet had a quick wit and a great sense of humour. We will miss his laugh that would warm your soul and his immense wisdom that he brought into our daily lives. James loved the ones closest to him with his entire heart.

James is survived by his wife of 6 years, Heather; son Andrew (Natasha); daughters Ashleigh and Hannah; mother Janet (Carl); Father Jim (Debbie); half sister Natalie and half brother Ryan and many other family and friends. James was predeceased by his sister Jennifer in 2009. A very special thank you to James’ oncologist Dr. Jose Monzon, Dr. Shawn Loewen, Pauline Yaremichuk with Cochrane Home Care and the team at Dulcina Hospice for helping us through this most difficult challenge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to the Calgary Poppy Fund (

A Celebration of James’s Life will be held Saturday January 25, 2020 at the Lynx Ridge Golf Club in Bearspaw from 2:00-6:00 pm (8 Lynx Ridge Blvd. NW, Calgary, AB)

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019 | on December 24th, 2019 | 9 Comments »

MILLION, Gabrielle

March 24, 1922 – December 14, 2019

Gabrielle Million (nee Prudat) passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on December 14, 2019, in Cochrane, Alberta.  Gabrielle was born on March 24, 1922 at Mortlach, Saskatchewan.  She was predeceased by her husband (John Million), her parents (Anne Marie and Julian Prudat), her five brothers (Julian, Fred, Charlie, Paul, Joe) and four of her sisters (Marie, Margeurite, Adrienne, Toni).  Left to cherish her memory are her children, Louise, George (Dianne), Leona (Vern), her grandchildren, Tara, Rob (Cathy), Kerry (Melyssa), Shannon (Lee), Kelley (Edmund), Bart (Terri), Scott (Robyn), Rochelle (Ross), her great grandchildren, Anna Marie, Julia, Dagen, Broden, McKinnley, Madeline, Cameron, Avery, Samuel, Luke, Halle, Grayson, Avery, Gabrielle’s sister, Teresa, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Gabrielle was an avid gardener, quilter and volunteer.  She was very social and belonged to the Legion, Royal Purple and CWL.  She was involved with the Hospital Auxiliary, delivered Meals on Wheels and often visited shut-ins.  She loved family and worked tirelessly to help anyone who needed her at anytime.  The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Cochrane for their compassionate and dignified care provided to Gabrielle over the past three years.  A Celebration of Gabrielle’s Life will be held in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on December 17th, 2019 | 1 Comment »

JOHNSON, Lynn Richard

May 18, 1939 – December 13, 2019

With peace and solace, and joy that he’s at rest, Lynn Johnson passed away gently in the loving arms of his wife Elizabeth (Liz) Johnson, late in the evening on Friday, December 13th.

Lynn will be deeply missed by his wife Elizabeth (Liz); daughter Julie (Rick) and their children David and Victoria; daughter Tracy Lynn and her son James; step daughter Anita (Michael) and their children Leah and Joshua; his sister Carmine; many nieces, nephews, extended family and wonderful friends.  Lynn is predeceased by 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Lynn was born in Lacombe, AB and raised in Blackfalds, AB where he attended school. He also attended the University of Alberta. Lynn later lived in Ontario and Saskatchewan but he had to come back to Alberta to what he says is “God’s country”. Alberta has always been his home.  Lynn worked his life in mechanical sales and service, was passionate about music, and was an avid reader. Lynn was comfortable in his own skin and at complete peace with where he was in his life. His motto, which he lived, was “Don’t complain; don’t explain”.

A Celebration of Lynn’s Life will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 – 1 Street East, Cochrane, AB). For any musicians in attendance, please bring your instrument as an Acoustic Jam will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lung Association ( Special thanks to Dr. Frazer and the nurses at the Rockyview General Hospital’s outpatient Respiratory Clinic and Dr. Z. Ramji, our GP for 40 years.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on December 17th, 2019 | 6 Comments »

SALTER, Susan “Sue” Elizabeth

August 11, 1950 – December 2, 2019

With sadness we announce that Sue Salter passed away in Cochrane, AB at the age of 69. Sue will be missed by her husband Christopher “Sam” and sons Sam, Ben and Luke.

A Celebration of Sue’s Life will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Cochrane Alliance Church (902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane, AB).

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on December 6th, 2019 | No Comments »

GUTHRIE, Robert “Bob” Anthony James

May 28, 1942 – November 23, 2019

Bob is survived by his loving family and will be greatly missed by his wife Sharon; his daughter Sheila (Guy) Park; his daughter Sherry Guthrie and grandchildren Quinton and Avrey, and great grandsons Kaiden, Mason and Ashton; his brother David (Karen); and his brother-in-law Lyle MacCharles. Bob is predeceased by his brother John and his sister Myrna MacCharles.

Bob loved the Lord. His favorite chapter was Psalm 91.  Even with the onset of dementia he loved to hear the scriptures read to him and to pray together with his wife Sharon. Each time together was concluded by praying and quoting the verse: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer”. Psalm 19:14

The Guthrie family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Cochrane for the excellent care he received. They were like his extended family. To the Chaplains of Bethany who were faithful to visit and pray with Bob when he wasn’t able to attend the Chapel services, thank you.

Bob was raised on a dairy farm in Ontario. One of Bob’s greater loves was hockey; he playing in the O.H.A. Senior ‘A’, which is equivalent to the men’s Junior Hockey League today. He was drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks Farm System, at a point in his young life.

Bob had an extended career in heavy equipment sales; in the later years, Bob moved to Alberta where he started his own heavy equipment Sales and Service Company, which focused on mining and forestry.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Cochrane Country Funeral Home (#6, 402 Railway St. W, Cochrane, AB T4C 2B6) on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cochrane Bethany Long-term Care.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on November 26th, 2019 | 3 Comments »

CLAVEAU, Norah (Nonie) Mary (Fleming)

February 12, 1920- November 22, 2019

On a perfectly clear blue-sky mountain day – Norah Claveau passed peacefully and gently, surrounded by the love of her family.

Sous un ciel parfaitement bleu près des montagnes Norah Claveau s’est éteinte en paix et sérénité entourée de l’amour de sa famille.

Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1920 to Gladys and Michael Fleming, Norah’s life spanned nearly ten decades. She was witness to an unprecedented century of change.

Née à Windsor Ontario elle était la fille de Gladys et Michael Fleming. Sa vie s’est échelonnée sur une période de presque dix décennies. Elle a été témoin de presque un siècle de changements sans précédent.

An adventurer at heart, Norah lived in six provinces, the North West Territories and Africa. She continued travelling well into her 90s and in her lifetime visited all corners of North America, the UK, Europe including Russia and Karachi, Pakistan.  

Aventurière, elle a vécu dans six provinces Canadiennes, les Territoires des Nord-Ouest ainsi qu’en Afrique. Elle a continué à voyager même à 90 ans passées et dans sa vie à visiter tous les coins de l’Amérique du Nord, la Grande Bretagne, l’Europe, la Russie et le Pakistan.

Far ahead of her time in thought, Nonie had the ability to embrace every situation in life be it a celebration, a challenge or a new beginning with an open mind and sense of opportunity. No gathering was complete without her characteristic toast “Here’s to Life!”

Bien avant son temps elle a pu affronter toutes les situations de la vie; défis, nouveaux départs, célébrations ceci avec une ouverture d’esprit et de les voir non comme des problèmes mais plutôt comme de nouvelles possibilités. Tous les rassemblements étaient pour elle une raison de porter un salut « à la vie ».

Her family and friends remain to carry on the legacy of her gentle humor, wit, zest for life and fundamental respect for each person who crossed her path. Her children reflect her belief in the importance of a curious mind, education, individuality, family, being aware of your values and living them to the fullest.

Il convient maintenant à sa famille et à ses amis de partager ses legs d’humour, de joie de vivre et son respect profond pour chaque personne qu’elle a pu rencontrer. Ses enfants sont témoins de l’importance qu’elle donnait à un esprit curieux, à l’éducation, à l’individualité, à la famille ainsi qu’aux valeurs profondes et de la nécessité de les vivre pleinement.

Norah’s great love and husband of 55 years Adélard (Mac) Claveau was no doubt waiting to greet her with open arms to share in her next adventure! Also preceding her in death – her parents; her brothers Terrence and Paul (Connie) and sister Margaret (Bill).

Son conjoint Adélard (Mac) Claveau, avec qui elle a partagé 55 ans de sa vie, l’attendait sans doute avec les bras ouverts dans cette nouvelle aventure! Ses parents, sa sœur Margaret (Bill), ses deux frères Terrence et Paul (Connie) l’ont aussi accueillie.

Remaining to carry on Norah’s legacy are her children Margaret Claveau; Yvette Claveau (Janet Moynihan) her grandson Ben and Dr. Michel Claveau (Mireille Ménard). Also remembering her are her nieces and nephew Nancy, Wendy and Michael Fleming; Mario Ménard, Fabienne Boulanger – their children and grandchildren.  Members of the Claveau, Fleming, Ménard, Boulanger, Moynihan and Morgan families across Canada, the US and UK, will remember Nonie.  

Elle laisse dans le deuil ses enfants Margaret Claveau Yvette Claveau (Janet Moynihan) et son petit-fils Ben et Michel Claveau (Mireille Ménard). Elle laisse aussi ses nièces et son neveu Nancy, Wendy and Michael Fleming; ainsi Mario Ménard et Fabienne Boulanger leurs enfants et petits-enfants. Plusieurs autres membres des familles Claveau, Fleming, Ménard, Boulanger, Moynihan and Morgan gardent de bons souvenirs d’elle.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers who supported Norah during her final years.

La famille désire remercier tous les intervenants qui ont aidé et supporté Norah dans ses dernières années.

A service to celebrate Norah’s life will be held in the Chapel at the Bethany Care Centre 32 Quigley Drive, Cochrane on November 28, 2019 at 2:00p.m. An opportunity to gather and share a toast to her life will follow at Yvette and Janet’s home in Cochrane. Internment with her beloved Mac will take place this coming summer in Lac St. Jean, Quebec.

Une célébration funéraire se tiendra à la chapelle de Bethany Care Center 32 Quigley Drive, Cochrane le 28 novembre prochain a 14 :00. Un salut « à la vie » pour Norah aura lieu chez Yvette et Janet à Cochrane. L’inhumation des cendres de Norah ainsi que de son mari Adélard (Mac) aura lieu au Lac St. Jean au Québec l’été prochain.

Nonie loved nothing more than a glass of wine with family and friends in the outdoors surrounded by gardens and nature. She appreciated flowers most when they remained planted and growing! In honor of her keen sense of social justice and equity, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Calgary Alpha House Society.

Norah aimait beaucoup prendre une coupe de vin en famille et avec ses amis en plein air entourée de la nature. Elle aimait beaucoup les fleurs mais surtout celles qui étaient vivantes et dans le jardin. En honneur de son esprit de partage et de justice sociale un don à une œuvre de charité de votre choix serait une manière de commémorer sa mémoire.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Alison (Allie) Van Arnam, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on November 25th, 2019 | 6 Comments »

LAMBERT, Vernon Wilbur

July 17, 1930 – November 3, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce that Vern Lambert of Cochrane passed away at home, at the age of 89 years.

Vern will be forever loved by his family and many friends. He will always be remembered for his sense of humour, his great passion for all animals, amazing stories and his incredible gift to remember dates and times.

Vern moved to Cochrane with his family in 1951. Together with his brothers they built many of the homes in the Cochrane area. It was in Cochrane that he met the love of his life, Evelyn Beadle, and they were married in 1953. Ev and Vern lived in a house that they built next to Ev’s parents until they moved to their ranch in the Grand Valley in 1976.

Vern was predeceased by his wife Evelyn Lambert, his father Leroy Lambert, mother Daisy Lambert, brothers Gordon Lambert and Ray Lambert.

A Celebration of Vern’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 1 St E, Cochrane, AB T4C 1Z3) on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cochrane Humane Society.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2019, Uncategorized | on November 19th, 2019 | 3 Comments »