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BAYERLE, Karen Anne (nee Henderson)

January 13, 1955 – February 11, 2019

Karen was a true born-and-raised Calgarian. She loved the mountains and all activities you could do in them. She was an avid hiker, biker, skier, and wine lover.

For the last 6 years Karen spent most of her time with Bruce Shultz and his family – Meagan and David (Amelia and Harrison), Kate and Brian, and Candice and Adam in Fernie, BC as well as Lake of the Woods, Ontario. Travel was her passion and she was able to visit many parts of the world throughout her life and especially in her retirement.

Karen suffered a stroke in July of 2018 and, while she did her best to find the positives in life, this was a radical adjustment for her to make. She died suddenly of heart failure at the Halvar Jonson facility in Ponoka where she was doing extensive rehabilitation in the hopes of rejoining her family and friends and being as independent as possible.

She is survived by her father Jack and her sister Deborah. No funeral is planned, at Karen’s request, but there will be a celebration of Karen’s life in the spring. You are welcome to make a charitable donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation in memory of Karen at

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

BUTLER, Richard Kenneth Roy

April 13, 1953 – December 26, 2011

Rick – husband, Dad, brother, uncle, and friend to absolutely everyone who met him, left us suddenly while doing what he loved most – skiing with his beautiful daughters in Kananaskis. Rick was born and raised in Edmonton, graduated from the University of Alberta and married Gwynneth Penny, “the most beautiful girl in the entire school” in 1978. Rick loved Gwyn more than anything and most importantly, told her and everyone else that fact every day.

Rick held a number of senior government roles throughout Canada’s North from Yellowknife and Iqaluit to Whitehorse. Rick and Gwyn returned to Whitehorse after spending a year travelling the world; Corrie and Marni were both born there. In 2002 and after a time in Revelstoke, BC, they moved to Cochrane where Rick was the CAO of the Calgary Regional Partnership.

In 2010 Rick was elected Councillor and Deputy Reeve for the County of Rockyview. He threw himself into that role with the passion and enthusiasm he exhibited for everything in his life. Even the most hardened critic could not doubt that here was an honest and dedicated individual who truly cared about his constituents, who inevitably, became his friends.

No one could resist Rick’s enthusiastic and exuberant personality – along with the laughs, the hugs and the sound effects. He listened in such a way as to make everyone believe that this was the most important conversation and this moment was all that really mattered.

He had a passion for planting trees on ‘the land’ and would spend hours, days – entire weekends tirelessly nurturing and moving his seedlings. Rick planted thousands of trees and could be seen any time of day or night, in any weather, watering his beloved trees wearing his rubber boots, his housecoat and his cowboy hat complete with ear phones duct taped to his head so they wouldn’t fall off! He planted out of faith – “faith is planting a tree that you will never sit in the shadow of.” Rick was not tethered to traditional time, and so, there are still 1500 trees to plant!

Rick will live on in the hearts of his best friend and wife Gwynneth, his daughters Corrie and Marni, his siblings and their spouses: Barb Butler, Gail and Don Campbell, Shirley and Monte McIntyre, Rob Butler and Tannis Hushagen, the entire Penny family, his many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Rick believed that moderation was for monks; to enjoy the full flavour of life take big bites. He did and we love him for it.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be held at Bearspaw Rock Point Church, Corner of Lochend Road and Highway 1A on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 1:30. To respect Rick’s commitment to sustainability, rather than flowers, those who wish can donate to a leadership trust fund administered through the Communities Development Society. For details on donations, contact

The family extends thanks to the Nakiska Ski Patrol, EMS, STARS and the staff at the Foothills Hospital.

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on December 29th, 2011 | 18 Comments »

LARKIN, Henry M.

June 8, 1921 – December 12, 2011

Born in Montreal, June 8th, 1921, passed away peacefully at the Bethany Care Centre Cochrane, December 12, 2011. He enlisted in the Grenadier Guards Jan ’41 and while serving overseas was posted to Military Headquarters where he met his wife to be Violet (Gustman) of Claresholm who was serving with the C.W.A.C. They were married in Montreal, August 30th, 1946. Henry operated a Massey Ferguson/General Motors dealership at Delia, AB from 1952 t0 1967 and then was employed by the Alberta Government from 1967 to 1969. Henry has requested donations in his memory be made directly to the Canadian Legion Branch 264 Calgary in lieu of flowers. No funeral services has been requested.

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on December 20th, 2011 | 3 Comments »

CONLIN, Donald Robert

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January 15, 1951 – November 29, 2011

Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Don is survived by brothers: Alan (Dayle), Colin (Deanna), and Brian, nieces Samara (Jordy) & Savanah (Ben) as well as relatives from the Moore family. He was predeceased by his parents Robert (1975) and Agnes (1999). Don was employed at the University of Calgary for over 35 years and will be sadly missed by his co-workers. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Monday, December 5th, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch No. 285. 9202 Horton Road S.W., Calgary, AB from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association:
1400-522 University Ave. Toronto ON M5G 2R5 or

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on December 1st, 2011 | 7 Comments »


December 8, 1950 – November 25, 2011

Judy Newman was born in Calgary December 8, 1950. She grew up in the city but soon started to travel the world. While living on the island of Sumatra with her family she discovered a love for the arts, particularly painting. It was there she started to paint and this would later become her business. Judy was an incredible artist. She had a passion for painting and other things in her life; her family and her dogs. The love of Judy’s life was her German Sheppard Taffy; which the family got while living in Halifax. Some of Judy’s other fur family were Penny, Sammy and Shadow. She also kept Christine’s dogs Oreo, Wrigley, Traveler, and now baby Pixel tight in her heart. I cannot forget to mention Stormy the neighbors Dalmatian here in Cochrane as well. He was also part of her extensive fur family. Judy settled here in Cochrane and this became her favorite place out of all the places in the world she had been. She was a vibrant member of the arts community as well as a volunteer for the RCMP Victim Assistance unit for many years.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Judy’s name may be made directly to the Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Point, Cochrane, AB., T4C 0A3

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on December 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment »


January 28, 1920 – November 8, 2011

Mary passed peacefully away on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 91 years of age. Survived by her son John (Sandi), and daughter Darlene (Thomas), three grandchildren: Geoffrey (Christine), Brandi (Kevin), and Garin (Stacy), as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. Divine Liturgy will be served at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 729 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. with Reverend Serhiy Harahuc officiating. Interment to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 729 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, AB. T2E 6X2.

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on November 10th, 2011 | No Comments »

SEMCHUK, William (Semi)

April 29, 1929 – November 5, 2011

After a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s, Bill passed away peacefully in the loving arms of Diane his wife of forty-four years. He leaves behind his sons Blair and Brandy (Bernadette), grandchildren Zaciary and Emma, his brothers Walter (Pat) and Gary, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends. His love of golf and bowling led to many lasting friendships. Bill was born in Wayne Alberta to Cornelia and Thomas Semchuk. After moving to Calgary he joined the Calgary Fire Department, a career that spanned thirty-eight years, retiring as Division Chief in 1989. The family extends their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff of the Bethany and Father Lacombe Centres for their devoted care of Bill for the past four years. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch #285, 9202 Horton Rd SW. Calgary, Alberta from 2 – 5 P.M.. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bill’s memory, may be made directly to the Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, Box 136, 440-10816 McLeod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta T2J 5N8

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on November 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

TANNAS, Lily Cornelia

May 5, 1927 – November 2, 2011

We say goodbye to our beloved mother who passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Mom was a genuine, sweet, simple, loving soul. To know her was to love her – a kind caring, thoughtful, true friend to all. Lily grew up on a farm in Standard. There she met the love of her life, Don, and they had 63 cherished years together. They raised 6 children on the farm in High River, later moving to Water Valley where they spent the last 40. Lily was active in the Lutheran Church. Her greatest accomplishments are her kids, her cherished grand children, and great grand children. They all have special grandma memories to carry forward through their lives. A celebration of Lily’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, George Fox trail & Hwy 22, on Friday, November 4th, at 1:00 pm. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Lily’s memory may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 43015 George fox Trail, Cochrane, Alberta, T4C 2E6.

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on November 4th, 2011 | 5 Comments »

BUCKLER, Ellen Elizabeth

June 21, 1925 – November 1, 2011

Ellen Elizabeth Buckler passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 86 years of age.  Predeceased by her husband Henry in 2002, son Thomas in 1957, and brother Phil in 2010.  Lovingly remembered by her six children: Hellen Buckler, Valerie (Lloyd) Marshall, John (Reet), Tim, Charlie (Kim), and Victor (Charlene).   Eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, two brothers: Sidney Norris and Robert (Mavis) Norris as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends.  Visitation will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday November 4, 2011 at Cochrane Country Funeral Home, 402 Railway Street West, Cochrane.  A celebration of Ellen’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 First Street East, Cochrane on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm.  If Friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ellen’s memory may be made directly to St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 First Street East, Cochrane, Alberta, T4C1Z3.

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on November 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments »


April 19, 1920 – April 17, 2011

Sidna passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the age of 90.

“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.”Sidna is survived by her six children, David (Marlene) Sprlak, Steve Sprlak, Linda (Sid) Gregr, Rick (Shelly) Valentine, Harvey (Randy) Valentine, Kathy Valentine. Sidna is also survived by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as her great, great granchild.

Sidna’s family would like to thank the hardworking nursing staff at the Bethany Care Centre in Cochrane. We would especially like to thank the nurses taking care of Sidna in her last hours, we are forever grateful.

Published in: Obituaries 2011 | on April 19th, 2011 | 2 Comments »