Archive for the 'Obituaries 2021' Category

WALLINDER, Skyler Damian Ross

March 27, 1997 – April 18, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing Skyler Wallinder on April 18, 2021 in Cochrane Alberta at the age of 24. Skyler was born in Kamloops BC on March 27, 1997, grew up in Calgary and Cochrane.  

Skyler was an adventurous, creative and active person. He graduated from Bow Valley High School in Cochrane, AB after which he attended the SAIT culinary program. He worked in a few different restaurants before exploring Australia for a year where he ultimately ended up doing charity fundraising work, which gave him a great sense of fulfillment. On return from Australia, he returned to his passion for cooking, where he could explore his sense of personal expression and creativity. He felt very strongly about mental health, especially within the culinary field and was always active in supporting his friends and peers.  

Growing up, Skyler was a competitor in middle distance running, rugby, wrestling, downhill ski racing, coaching younger alpine ski racers and speed skiing where he achieved 150 km/h and was ranked second in the world in his class in 2016.

Skyler is survived by his parents, Brad and Nina Wallinder, his brother Jacob Wallinder, and grandparents Roy Queen and Heather Wallinder. Skyler is predeceased by his grandmother Isobel Queen and grandfather Donald Wallinder.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to an initiative that is in development in Skyler’s memory for the benefit of mental health in the culinary field.

A Visitation with Skyler will be held from 1 pm – 3 pm on Sunday, April 25th at Pierson’s Funeral Home (4121 – 17 Avenue SE, Calgary).  Covid protocols will be in place with a maximum of 20 people in attendance at any time so will be on a ‘come and go’ basis. If you cannot attend and would like to leave a message for Skyler which can be written on his casket, please email your note to

A ‘Live Streamed’ Celebration of Skyler’s Life will be held on Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Due to restrictions attendance at the service is limited to 20 people and will be by invitation only. 

Use this link to attend the service virtually. (This link will be live at 12:45 pm, Tuesday, April 27th). Please note: A link to download a recording of Skyler’s service will become available approximately May 4th on this site.

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 21st, 2021 | No Comments »

MOORE-HARRISON, Katherine Elizabeth

April 13, 1957 – April 10, 2021

Katherine Elizabeth Moore-Harrison passed away April 10, 2021 just before her 64th birthday. She will be missed by all who had the luck to be part of her life.

Kathy is survived by her husband Jim; sons Glenn, Steven, and Kevin; her daughters-in-law Julie, Katrien, and Alanna; as well as her eight wonderful grandchildren who she adored – Austin, Samantha, Taylor, Grady, Emily, Kate, Parker, and Ainsley.

Kathy was a tireless worker, a successful business woman, a true friend to all who met her, and a loving grandmother.

This we know for sure – There is a large off-leash park above where Kathy has gone to meet her son Doug and throw the ball for all of her pups – Squab, Morgan, McDuff, Dutch, Vessa, Sophie, and Buster.  Maggie and Jim will join you one day.

Bye Kathy … Love you forever!

Honouring Kathy’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Calgary Humane Society

Arrangements entrusted to Lawrence (Larry) Slywka, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 13th, 2021 | No Comments »

CRIPPIN, Arthur Gerald “Gerry”

October 25, 1939 – April 11, 2021

Arthur Gerald “Gerry” Crippin passed away peacefully on April 11, 2021 at the Carewest Colonel Belcher in Calgary, AB at the age of 81 years.

Gerry was born in Vancouver, BC then spent his young childhood years on Texada Island. The Royal Canadian Air Force brought him to several interesting places working as an aircraft mechanic. One of his favourite postings was Germany, where in 1969 he met and married the love of his life, Angelika. They chose to settle in Canada, living several years in BC moving to Cochrane, AB in the summer of 1985 and that was then their forever home.

Gerry will be sadly missed by his daughter Tanya (Hauke); his granddaughter Mikaela; his grandson Logan; his brother Jack (Donna); his sister Beverley (Robie); and many nieces and nephews. Gerry was predeceased by his wife Angelika in 2011.

A private family gathering to celebrate Gerry’s life will take place at a later date. Gerry was very involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #15, therefore in lieu of flowers donations can be made to your local Royal Canadian Legion or support veterans by donating online to

Our family would like to thank the wonderful caring staff at the Foothills Hospital and the Carewest Colonel Belcher care home, and to all those who have expressed well wishes and condolences.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 12th, 2021 | 3 Comments »

STEIERT, Johannes “John”

March 13, 1934 – April 1, 2021

Johannes (John) Steiert passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the age of 87 years. John was born in Prelate, Saskatchewan on March 13, 1934 to Theresa Steiert. They moved to Evansburg, Alberta in 1936. He later moved to Water Valley to work in lumber camps.  In 1970 he began work at Spray Lakes Sawmill and later moved to Cochrane, where he stayed until his retirement in 1999. In 2009 he moved back to Water Valley.

John and Liz (née Vandeberg) were married in 1966 and had two sons, Murray and Alec.  John was predeceased by his mother in 1994 and his son, Alec in 2018.

John enjoyed his retirement, spending his time gardening, feeding the birds, and working in his small shed building things.

Arrangements entrusted to Bridget Halfyard, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 9th, 2021 | 4 Comments »

COOL, Isabelle Selina

October 12, 1927 – April 7, 2021

Isabelle Selina Cool was born in Calgary on October 12, 1927 and passed away on April 7, 2021 in her beloved hometown.

Isabelle was blessed with a full and wonderful life that was filled with love. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leonard. Len and Belle shared a home together in the Banff Trail area that allowed them to have an active social life with family, neighbours and many close friends. They had many adventures together and were able to travel the world always making new acquaintances along the way.

Isabelle was a loving and caring mother to her daughter Susan and was always supportive of her endeavours. She was a terrific mother-in-law to Sue’s husband Chris (Daniel) and readily adopted the entire Daniel clan as part of her own family. The two bright lights of her life were her grandsons, Christian and Stefan. She loved them so much and was extremely proud of her two boys, and would love to tell others about their accomplishments (because Grandmas are allowed to do that!).

Isabelle is also survived by her younger sister Yvonne (Hodak) and her three special nieces, Cindy (Pirt), Cathy (Hodak-Andersen) and Cheryl (Madden), as well as her brothers-in-law, David (Cool) and Keith (Parnell) and their respective families. Isabelle was blessed to have a lifelong friend in Connie Brooks. Belle and Connie walked many miles along the pathways of the Bow River and spent every Stampede together.

The last year of Mom’s life was difficult but it was made easier by the support and love that she received from the caring staff and Dr. Catherine McKenna at the Bow-Crest Long Term Care Home.

We will miss her dearly but we have so many wonderful memories of her which we will carry with us always.

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 8th, 2021 | 13 Comments »

MAY, Bernard “Bernie” Wayne

September 17, 1964 – April 4, 2021

With deep sadness we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Bernie May, in Strathmore, Alberta at the age of 56 years. Born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Bernie went to school in Landis, Saskatchewan, graduating in 1982. He worked for United Grain Growers for 17 years becoming a manager at Herschel and Davidson. Over the next several years he worked for a few other Agricultural Service companies.  

Bernie loved the outdoors; hiking in the Rocky Mountains and canoe trips in Western Canada. He enjoyed playing hockey and curling, and was an avid sports fan. 

Bernie’s proudest accomplishment was becoming a father; to Ruby Lynn in January 2007, followed by Winston Bernard in December 2008. His most cherished moments were spending time with his wonderful children.

Bernie is lovingly remembered by his children Ruby and Winston; his three brothers, Rich(Christa), Rod(Suzanne), and Brent(Erin); and his loving Mom, Karen. He was predeceased by his Dad, Garry.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta(100-119-14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6)

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 7th, 2021 | 7 Comments »


December 12, 1963 – March 30, 2021

Gabi Balan, 57, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Gabi bravely fought a serious medical condition while displaying courage and determination throughout. He was a devoted husband and loving father whom always put family first and fought to give his kids everything they wanted in life.

Gabi is survived by his beautiful wife, Daniela. He was an extremely proud father to Alex and Kevin.

Gabi lived an eventful and colourful life. A PhD, accomplished researcher, inventor, company founder, and a dedicated father and husband. His ambition and passion for engineering management took him across multiple continents and he worked on many large-scale international projects. His family will forever be proud of his many achievements and his scientific contributions will never be forgotten.

When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed producing and mixing electronic music, flying his drones, video editing, and watching movies alongside his wife and sons. His passion for life and wealth of knowledge left a strong impression on everyone he knew. His family and close friends will miss him dearly, and will always remember the positive impact he had on their lives.

The passing of Gabi has left an enormous void in our lives, we can’t imagine living without him, but we take solace in the fact that he lived his life to the fullest! Te iubim cel mai mult! Vei ramane in inimile noastre pentru totdeauna!

Love, Daniela, Alex, and Kevin.

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 3rd, 2021 | 15 Comments »

PETERSON, James Ronald

July 26, 1974 – March 28, 2021

In loving Memory of James Ronald Peterson 

Beloved father of Jace, Jamie (Keenen), Tamara, Christopher, and William Twoyoungmen; grandfather of Theo, and Angel Noah; son of Judy Rogers and Karl Peterson; brother of Rick Peterson (Tania); uncle of numerous nieces and nephews; nephew and cousin to many aunts, uncles, cousins from the Nichols and Peterson families.

James will fondly be remembered for his deep love of his children; and his extended family who he welcomed into his home as his own. James had an intense attachment to animals and was rarely seen without a dog’s tail wagging beside him. He could pick up his guitar and strum his tunes with ease. His love of the outdoors had him live most of his life in the country where he felt great joy in his attachment to nature.

James, you will be sadly missed by your children, family, and friends and forever held in our hearts until one day we meet again.”

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on April 1st, 2021 | 3 Comments »

LEWIS, Norman “Norm” Richards

December 7, 1937 – March 21, 2021

“Behind every great man, is a better story”

Norm’s ability to make friends, sing songs and tell stories was second nature to him. His charisma and personable ways were always a draw in any room. It is hard to summarize a man that has done so much in his life and who means so much to so many, but if you try, start with “love”.

Born December 7, 1937 in Llandrindod, Norm grew up in Builth Wells as the fourth child of six siblings. Norm’s pride of country never faded and stemmed from his youth in Wales. Though Norm sought new adventures and relocated to Canada during the 70s, his Welsh pride and patriotism were a defining trait his entire life.

“Businessman, new in town, want to meet a girl for companionship and friendship”, Norm wrote in a Calgary Herald classified ad in 1981. After years in Yellowknife, building choirs, and businesses, Norm was looking to settle in Calgary where his friends Charlie and Theresa were based. Norm’s ad caught the attention of a visiting Colombian woman, his soon-to-be wife Melba Lewis. From their first date and for the rest of their lives they would be together and love each other deeply. They went on to have five children together: Norman, Howard, Gwyn, Richard and Paul, whom they loved and lived for. The love in the Lewis house was beyond measure, and it would grow even further with the introduction of Norm and Melba’s granddaughter Kiana, and their daughter in law Jennie.

The doors to the Lewis Household were always open, Norm was always welcoming, and he loved the company. There was always laughter, joy, and singing wherever Norm went. No matter where he was, the good times came with him and he shared his joy of life with all.

Those who knew Norm as a loving husband, father, grandfather, sibling, and friend, all feel a great pain in his loss. Though we are all devastated, Norm leaves behind the legacy of a great man. Once, Norm was asked how to live a good life, his response was “make and keep good friends”. You are our greatest friend Norm, and we will always keep you in our hearts. We love you, and may you rest in peace until we are together again.

An online Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. MST (mountain standard time). Please join our family as we honour our beloved Norm. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Calgary Poppy Fund

A Memorial Service was held on April 1st. A recording of the service is available for download for a period of 2 weeks starting April 9th, for those wishing to download a copy.

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on March 26th, 2021 | 31 Comments »


May 29, 1935 – March 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, papa, brother and uncle. Tom passed away peacefully on Saturday March 20, 2021 at age 85.

Thomas Christopher was the eldest son born to Chris and Rita (Inge) Lashmar, on May 29, 1935 after his mother made the long trip to Calgary AB in the mail truck from their family farm on the Fallen Timber Creek. Tom attended Graham and Cremona schools before working on the CPR and then Alberta Water Resources, returning home whenever he could from far distant places on Fridays to take part in his favourite pastime – dancing. Then one weekend at a dance in Dogpound he met Evelyn Kinch and after a short courtship they were married in Cochrane on November 11, 1961. After a short period of freedom and time for fishing, berry picking and ball games, they raised four sons.

Tom had a passion for farming, treating all of his cows as pets, and drove school bus for 40 years in his spare time. When he retired from bus driving, he was picking up and dropping off the grandchildren of the kids he had driven to school when he first started. He was an old time country music lover, playing the guitar and fiddle every chance he could, an avid fisherman known for his “7 cast – 7 fish ” method and couldn’t wait for his yearly trips to Fairmont with family and friends to soak in the hot tub. Tom will be remembered for his infectious smile, generosity, kind compassionate spirit, and dearly missed by his family, friends and many people whose lives he touched.

Tom is predeceased by his parents Christopher and Rita Lashmar and brother Alfie. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Evelyn and sons Darcy (Crystal), Stephen (Anna), Michael (Dawn), Justin and grandchildren Kylie (Ryan), Jadon, Emma, Calleigh, Dawsyn, Kohen, Elijah, Leiloni, Jonas, Nora and Isacc. Brother David (Sharon), as well as all of the in laws and outlaws on both sides of the family, nieces, nephews, family friends and neighbours 

Due to covid concerns, private funeral services will be held for immediate family only, with Live Streaming for those who wish to attend virtually. Interment of ashes to take place at Big Prairie cemetery at a later date for everyone interested to attend.

Sincere appreciation to the Olds and District Hospice Society, and special thanks to the staff and nurses at Olds Seasons Encore for making Papa’s last days comfortable. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Olds and District Hospice Society

An online memorial service was held on Friday, March 26th.

The service was recorded and is available for downloading until April 14th through this link.

Arrangements entrusted to Alison (Allie) Van Arnam , Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2021, Uncategorized | on March 24th, 2021 | 14 Comments »