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JOHNSON, Alberta “Rose”

June 25, 1929 – December 17, 2013

Rose passed away quietly on December 17, 2013 at the age of 84. Rose is survived by her son Keith and Peg Johnson, daughter Roseanne Matthews and son-in-law John Christensen, daughter-in-law Jacquie Hunt, grandchildren Amanda Matthews, Cole Johnson, Brett Hunt, Leanne Johnson and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers; Ivan, Robert, Allan Haga and sisters; Ardell Atkins and Betty Colwell. Rose was predeceased by her son Carey, brothers Lawrence, Vernal and Omer Haga. Friends and family will be welcome to attend a celebration of her life in the New Year upon announcement. Inquiries can be directed to
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes in Rose’s memory may be made to Parkinson Alberta Society 102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB. T2H 1Z6

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on December 19th, 2013 | No Comments »

JOHNSON, Otto Vernon

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August 27, 1925 – November 25, 2013

Vern Johnson of Cochrane, AB passed away peacefully of old age on Monday November 25, 2013 with his family by his side at 88 years of age.

Vern is survived by his wife Laura Johnson (nee Penrice), four daughters and their families: Linda and Fritz Kobza of Canal Flats, BC; Charlotte Henson of Cochrane, AB;
Catherine and Derek Green of Billericay, Essex, UK; and Ingrid Johnson and Cory Rushford of Calgary, AB. Vern is predeceased by his eldest daughter, Carolyn Stefanson.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren and their families: Christopher and Kristen VanderHorst (Olivia); Neil and Kimberley VanderHorst (Emma, Rebecca, Claira, and Grace); Sigrid Stefanson and Brad Sawa (Bergi and Bjorn); James Henson and Leah Kemppainen; Nicole Henson and Shaun Cockburn; Ian Tuckey; Owen and Andrea Tuckey.

Vern Johnson was the oldest of seven children born to Swedish immigrants on 27 August, 1925 in Eriksdale, Manitoba. He joined the army as a trooper at the age of 17 in 1942, served on the home front as a radio operator in armoured cars, and later transferred on to the Air Force in 1943. Vern certified on aerial and was commissioned in November of 1944 as a Pilot Officer and sent to pre-flight school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After the war, Vern worked with the CPR as an agent operator (telegraph) and re-joined the military in March of 1956 as a Lieutenant and served in Search and Rescue in Manitoba and Labrador. He retired as a Captain in 1974 finishing his career in Air Traffic Control.

Vernon and Laura married February 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and this was their 68th year of marriage. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors and never said no to a good game of curling or cribbage.

A celebration of Vern’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No.15, 114 – 5th Avenue West, Cochrane, with a Reception to follow. Graveside service and interment will commence at 2:00 P.M. at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (Lower Springbank Road and the corner of 17th Avenue S.W. Calgary).

In lieu of flowers, If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Vern’s memory may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund – #1, 4539 – 6th Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 3Z6 or

Published in: Obituaries 2013, Uncategorized | on November 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment »


Mrs. Korczak
February 24, 1914 – October 28, 2013

Julia passed away surrounded by her family at the Bethany Care Center in Cochrane, AB on October 28, 2013. She was born in Poland on February 24, 1914. With her husband Stephen they left for France in 1938, where they farmed and their only child Stan was born in 1941. The family immigrated to Canada in 1955 and settled in Calgary. She is lovingly remembered by her son Stan (Marcia), two grandchildren Leanne & Andrew and 1 great granddaughter Chantelle. Julia spent her last 6 years at the Bethany Care Center in Cochrane where she was very content. Special appreciation and thanks to all the nurses & staff at the Bethany for all their care and compassion.
There will be a celebration of Julia’s life at the Bethany Chapel, Cochrane on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Please join the family afterwards in the private hall for a light snack and to share memories. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Julia’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1 or

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on November 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment »

LAING, Stewart Sanford

May 12, 1961 – October 7, 2013

Stewart Laing of Jaffray, British Columbia and Hanna, Alberta, passed away on October 7th, 2013 at the age of 52 years.
He was born to Doug and Anna Laing May 12th, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta. Stewart graduated from Cochrane High in 1979 and SAIT Polytechnic in 1987. He was married to Annie Laing on September 12th, 1987. Stewart is survived by his wife, Annie, and children; Megan and Stephanie, mother, Anna, brothers; George and Roger, and predeceased by his father, Doug, and brother Gordon.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 – 1st Street East, Cochrane, Alberta on Friday October 18th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers please make all donations to Engineer’s Without Borders Canada,, as Stewart’s daughters were heavily involved in the organization and he had a strong belief in their work.

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on October 11th, 2013 | 16 Comments »

THACKER, Gerald (Jerry)

Mr. Thacker
February 3, 1952 – September 28, 2013

Father, brother, companion, grandfather and good friend, passed away suddenly enjoying the great outdoors, which he loved. Jerry will be sadly missed by his children: Joel ( Sheena and granddaughter Avery ), Katie and Karlie Thacker; his companion of many years Lisa Beitschat, sister Jeanette McMahon and Doug Howard, brother Don Thacker; as well as his nephew Frank ( Liana ) McMahon and niece Carey Thacker.
Please join us for a celebration of Jerry’s life at Shank’s South, 9627 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, Alberta on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jerry’s memory may be made directly to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6, or .

“Tough, Fearless and Kind”
We will Miss you JT.

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on October 1st, 2013 | No Comments »

HACKMAN, Alice Rae (nee Wenger)

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August 10, 1937 – September 14, 2013

With love and sadness we announce the peaceful passing, due to Parkinson disease complications, on September 14, 2013 with husband and daughter at her side. She will be lovingly remembered by her family including husband Lowell, daughter Corrine (Richard) and sons Kim (Kelly) and Quinton (Annie). Rae had six siblings including Carol, Donna, John, Rowland, Colin and was predeceased by her sister Gwen. Her grandchildren Courtney, Chelsea (Tyler), Lindsey, Ben, Marissa, Charles and Thomas and great grandchildren Ava and Ethan were an essential part of her life. They helped the sun break through the clouds of Parkinson’s. She always enjoyed spending time with and preparing meals for her large extended family and friends. There was always room at Rae’s table.
Rae was a registered nurse and combined career and family as a working mother. Her nursing experience led her to administrative positions in a nursing home and the Sisters of Providence retirement facility in Edmonton, a position she remembered fondly as highly rewarding.
Music was a great joy throughout her life. Rae and Lowell always enjoyed the fine arts together and sang with the Richard Eaton Singers in Edmonton. A highlight was a choir tour to the Netherlands. In Cochrane she continued to enjoy music in her church and family life.
Rae and Lowell were married for 54 years and retired in Cochrane where they enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time entertaining family and friends. Another important part of her life was her volunteer work in the area of mental health.
Rae was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and battled it courageously. As a result, she became actively involved in the Parkinson society and the support group in Cochrane. She was also a willing participant in research projects and an active fundraiser for the Parkinson Alberta Society. Her involvement in the support group was an important part of her social circle as were the UBJ’s (unencumbered by jobs) of the Foothills Mennonite Church where both Rae and Lowell were active members.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Rae’s life will be held at Foothills Mennonite Church, 2115 Urbana Rd. N.W. Calgary, AB. on Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes in Rae’s memory may be made to Parkinson Alberta Society 102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB. T2H 1Z6 or Mennonite Central Committee Alberta (MCCA) #210, 2946 – 32 Street N.E., Calgary, AB. T1Y 6J7.

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on September 20th, 2013 | 3 Comments »

TOULGOET, Alexander Andrew

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November 25, 1920 – September 15, 2013

Alexander Toulgoet, husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the Peter Lougheed Center on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Loving remembered by family Andrea (Jim Oram), Arlene Grindley, Alberta (Brian Chikmoroff) and Adele Toulgoet; grandchildren Essya and Michael Chikmoroff and brother Patrick Toulgoet. Alexander was predeceased by his wife Annie; brothers Emile, George and Arthur; sisters Anne Toulgoet and Irene Simpson; and son-in-law Robert Grindley. Born at home near Cochrane, he was raised in Calgary where he attended St Joseph’s and St Mary’s Boys School. Alexander worked in their family business until he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 where he trained to become an airplane mechanic. He was stationed at Torbay in Newfoundland and in 1944 he was transferred to Vancouver Island to Sydney and Comox. Alexander worked for CPR first as a fireman and then an engineer; in 1959 he joined Canada Post as a letter carrier until his retirement in 1983. Alexander and Annie were married in 1948 and with their extended family enjoyed many years of camping, card nights and square dancing. Dad and Mum had great adventures traveling with Andrea and Jim to Ireland, France, Australia, Japan, Caribbean, Europe, and several trips to Hawaii and Alaska.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dawes and the staff of Unit 43, the Physio team at PLC. There will be no formal funeral service, as per Alexander’s request, cremation has already taken place. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Alexander’s memory may be made to The Alberta Lung Association, Suite 208-17420 Stony Plain Rd NW Edmonton, AB T5S 1K6,

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on September 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

WHITTLE, David Arnold

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December 5, 1930 – September 16, 2013

Our beloved Dave passed away September 16, 2013. He leaves his wife of 58 years Janette, daughter Debbie, son Kevin, grandchildren Steve and Angela, brother Ray (Marilyn), sister Joan (Steve), and many nieces and nephews.
Dave was born and raised in Cochrane, spending his entire life here. He attended U of C in 1949, and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts. He worked at the Jumping Pound Gas Plant for three years, during this time, he played fastball for leisure. After games, he would frequent Hart’s Drug Store for milkshakes. It was there that he met Janette Fenton. They were married in 1954.
With the sudden passing of their father in 1956, he and his brother Ray took over the family business, Whittle Implements Ltd., and they ran it until 1978. Dave was always most satisfied when he worked with his hands. In 1979, he purchased Cochrane Upholstery, which he owned and operated until he retired in 1998. Sport was a large part of Dave’s life whether it was hockey, fastball, curling or golf. In later years, he enjoyed the corner table at Tim Hortons with his friends.
A Celebration of Dave’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 First Street East, Cochrane on Monday September 23rd, at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Chinook Intercare Hospice for their compassionate care during Dave’s final days. Those wishing to make memorial tributes in Dave’s memory, may direct them to The Tim Hortons Kids Camp,1 Tim Hortons Dr. and Hwy #40, P.O. Box 117, Kananaskis, Alberta T0L 2H0,

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on September 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

RASMUSSEN, Joan Isabelle

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January 21, 1923 – September 5, 2013

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Joan Rasmussen was born in Portage la Prairie, MB on January 21, 1923 and passed away peacefully in Chilliwack, B.C., where she had lived for the past year and a half, on September 5th, 2013. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Bill and is survived by her children: Carla Turner (Sally Hatcher) of Calgary, Bob Harris (Betty) of Portage la Prairie, MB., Keith Scott (Diane) of Richmond, BC. ,Wendy Heise (Allen) of Edmonton and Kevin Scott (Deneen) of Chilliwack, BC. She is also survived by 3 stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and one sister, Edythe Moore (Cameron) of Canal Flats, BC. Joan lived in Edmonton until 1976 when she moved with Bill to Calgary, and later to Cochrane where she lived for over 30 years. She was a founding and active member of Cochrane Alliance Church. She held the position of “sunshine lady” for over 20 years. Joan could always be counted on when a volunteer was needed and many in the congregation were the happy recipients of her delicious pies. She loved her church and church family with a genuine passion. Joan had many interests and pleasures in life. She and Bill camped most weekends for many years and saw much of Alberta and British Columbia. She loved the outdoors and animals, particularly dogs and horses. She was an avid reader for most of her 90 years. Above all, Joan was a loving, gentle, and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was generous to all – her family and friends – and will always be remembered this way.

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at Cochrane Alliance Church
902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane on Saturday, September 21st , 2013 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail, N.W., Calgary T3B 6A8, , or The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 8215-112 street, N.W., Edmonton T6G 2C8,

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on September 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

CHARTIER, George Stuart

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May 22, 1958 – August 8, 2013

George passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta following a long battle with cancer at 55 years of age.
George is lovingly remembered by his wife Bonny, sons; Greg (Chelsey), and Keith, granddaughters: Georgia, Lydia, and Sierra, brothers; Bob, Maurice, Wayne, and Chris, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of George’s life will be held at the Cremona Community Hall, 302 Center Street, Cremona, Alberta on Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 1:00 PM.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in George’s memory may be made to Camp Kindle, 609-14th Street N.W., Suite 302, Calgary, Alberta T2N 2A1,

Published in: Obituaries 2013 | on August 12th, 2013 | 7 Comments »