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STEPHENS, Dr. Stephen F.

August 23, 1944 – November 14, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Stephen F. Edwards, a much-loved husband, and father on November 14, 2014. He passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital with his wife and daughter by his side, at 70 years of age. Stephen was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and went on to graduate with his PhD. in Psychology from Texas Tech University. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jane, and his daughter, Laurel. Stephen and Jane’s extended family and friends in Texas and Colorado, will remember him fondly.

A reception to celebrate Stephen’s life will take place at the Beaupre Community Hall (, on Wednesday November 26th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Stephen’s memory may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.

Published in: Obituaries 2014, Uncategorized | on July 19th, 2018 | 8 Comments »

SCHMIDT, Edward Joseph

Mr. Schmidt Photo
August 22, 1934 – December 11, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce Ed’s passing on December 11, 2014 at 80 years of age. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Joyce, and their sons, Todd, Brent (Sheri), and Trevor (Mona) and his special grandchildren; Cole, Madi, Morgan, and Kieran.
Ed is survived by sisters; Kate, Evelyn, and Ann, as well as by his brothers; Tony (Irene), Ralph (Sonia), and many nieces and nephews.
Born on a farm in Minton Saskatchewan, Ed was known by many for his incredible work ethic and his love for his family above all else. Ed loved sports and always enjoyed a game of pool or cards, but he was most happy in the company of family and friends.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church ( 128 First Street East, Cochrane ) on Thursday, December 18th , 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with a luncheon to follow.

Please address any donations in Ed’s memory to CHAPS (Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society) .

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on December 15th, 2014 | 11 Comments »

ROSS, Heather Lee

Heather Ross Colour
October 7, 1956 – December 4, 2014

Heather Lee Ross passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 4th at the Foothills Hospital Calgary surrounded by her family. Heather was born on October 7, 1956 in Edmonton and adopted by her loving parents, Howard and Sonia Ross of Calgary.
Heather is survived by her son Jason Ross, her mother Sonia Ross, her brother Michael Ross, sister Debbie Gibney and her husband Dave. She is also survived by her nieces; Michele, Adrienne, Hailey, Kimberley, Meaghan, and Jacqueline. Heather was predeceased by her father Howard and her brothers Colin and Stephen.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1331 – 29st Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2
Heather will be remembered for her love of nature and the outdoors, her sense of humor and her selfless giving.

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on December 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


January 9, 1931 – December 10, 2014

Anne passed away on Wednesday, December 10th, at the age of 83. She is survived by her loving husband Rudy, and their 5 children; Charlotte Mikalson, Janet (Randy) Penner, Randy (Dawn) Wiens, Trevor (Brenda) Wiens, Suzanne (Randal) Nickel, and 10 grandchildren as well as a circle of other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Foothills Mennonite Church, 2115 Urbana Road, N.W., Calgary on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
If friends so desire, Memorial Tributes in Anne’s memory may be made to: Mennonite Central Committee of Alberta, (MCC),

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on December 12th, 2014 | 5 Comments »


February 21, 1964 – December 6, 2014

With sorrowful hearts, we announce that Karel Sedlecky, age 50, of Cochrane, Alberta, was taken from us suddenly on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 6:20 pm, in Cochrane, Alberta.

Karel was born in Decin, Czechoslovakia (present day Czech Republic), on February 21, 1964, to Alena Sedlecka and Karel Sedlecky. Karel was married to Karen on August 22, 2003 in Calgary, Alberta.

Karel immigrated to Toronto, Canada, from Czechoslovakia in 1986 with his life long friend, Jaroslav Kislinger. Fifteen years later, touching both minds and hearts along the way, he followed his dream to move West to Kelowna, British Columbia. He owned and operated his own business there for several years, before aspiring to obtain his MCSE Certificate through an extended program from the University of BC. It was there in the classroom, in 2001, where we found each other, fell in love, and never let go.

Our beloved Karel was a talented author and artist with heartfelt passion for people, and our two beautiful Bernese Mountain Dogs, Misha and Chinook. He had countless certificates of achievement, including his MCSE, A+ Certification, Certified Mechanic, Certified Forklift Operator, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and most recently became a valued member of the Super Sales Agents team at WestJet Airlines. There was nothing he did not excel at. Karel made the world beautiful and happy. I often called him ‘My Shining Star’ for exactly that reason. Karel made a tremendous, lasting impact on everyone who knew and loved him.

His love of friends, family, fun, and laughter will forever be remembered with utmost affection. He loved travelling, sunshine, Caribbean blue waters, driving, exotic sports cars, airplanes…he was a very gentle, diplomatic and caring man. He befriended many, and was always ready to help when needed, no questions asked. The void he leaves is irreparable. There will never be another like him. I love you ‘infinity’. I’ll never let you go. Sedlecky heart

Heartfelt thanks to all doctors, nurses, paramedics and staff at our Cochrane Urgent Care Centre for working tirelessly to save Karel’s life. We know that he was given the best care and chance possible. To our dear friends and family in Canada and Europe, most sincere love and thanks for all of your help and support in this devastating time.

Karel is predeceased by Alena Sedlecka (mother), and is survived by Karen Sedlecky (spouse); Myles Sedlecky (stepson); Gerard Malhiot (father-in-law); Doril Malhiot (mother-in-law); Joanne Malhiot (sister-in-law); Denis Mayit, (brother-in-law); Elaine Kessy (sister-in-law); Karel Sedlecky (father), Dana Holodova (stepmother), Milan Holoda (brother), Daniela Holodova (sister).

Please follow ‘Karel Sedlecky Memorial’ Facebook page to receive updates on venue information and the date for our beloved Karel’s Summertime Celebration of Life in Cochrane. A separate celebration will be held for our dear friends and family in Czech Republic. In light of Karel’s love for animals, donations can be made to Cochrane & Area Humane Society,

Published in: Obituaries 2014, Uncategorized | on December 12th, 2014 | 3 Comments »


February 20, 1917 – November 16, 2014

Eleanor Rushworth passed away on Sunday, November 16th, at the age of 97. She was predeceased by her husband, Roy Rushworth, parents (Mary and Patrick Will, pioneers who came to Alberta from Scotland), first husband, Leslie Gush in 1982, and brother, John Will.
Over the years, Eleanor was an active member in the Calgary community who never forgot her country roots. She often reminisced about her beloved pony that she rode to school for many years.
Family and friends would like to thank the staff at Carewest Colonel Belcher who gave Roy and Eleanor wonderful care during their stay at the residence.
A Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery, 3219 – 4th Street N.W. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. for both Eleanor and her husband Roy Rushworth.

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on December 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

HUNT, Kerry Rhindress

April 16, 1963 – November 28, 2014

Born on April 16, 1963 in Summerside, PEI into an air force family, Kerry spent his younger years in Moose Jaw, graduating from Riverview Collegiate in 1981. He attended art school at Grant McEwan College in Edmonton, lived in BC for a time, and settled in Cochrane, where he called home. Kerry struggled with Type 1 Diabetes. On Friday November 28, 2014 his illness finally took him.
Kerry Leaves to mourn his mother Norma Hunt Schwartz of Kimberley, BC and his brother Brian. Kerry was predeceased by his sister Kelly in 1975, his father Rhindress “Red” Hunt in 1982 and his stepfather Norm Schwartz in 2005.

Kerry will be missed by many friends from across Western Canada. He was a beloved son, brother, friend, artist, musician and sports enthusiast. He has been a member of the Cochrane Home Hardware family for many years. He spent every Monday night with his “brothers from another mother” faithfully watching football, cheering on the Chicago Bears. It was a select few that Kerry chose to hold close to his heart. For those who had the opportunity to know Kerry personally, we are all a little better for it.

Not always a man of many words he often expressed himself through his art. He touched many lives through his love of art and music. His paintings are known to many, displayed at Olive ‘R Twist and in the homes of many friends and family. You can spot his pieces right away as they have a unique, vivid yet abstract character to them. A piece of Kerry went into every one of his paintings. It’s comforting knowing that we will always have these, a little piece of Kerry, to remember him by. In our loss, heaven has gained another angel. Rest In Peace Kerry. You will never be forgotten.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Kerry at The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 15, ( 114 – 5th Avenue West, Cochrane ) on Sunday, December 7th , 2014 at 5:30 pm

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on December 2nd, 2014 | 6 Comments »

JOHNSON, Fred Theodore

November 13, 1945 – November 24, 2014

With profound sadness, his family announces the sudden passing of Fred Theodore Johnson at the age of 69. Born Nov 13, 1945 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, he passed away Nov 24, 2014 in Cochrane, Alberta. Lovingly remembered by Gloria, his wife of 47 years, his children Bill (Kim) Johnson of Cochrane and Debbie (Jim) Scott of Sundre, Fred will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Tyson and Jennifer Johnson; Shayelyn, Briley, Tayanah and Haydyn Scott.

Fred is also survived by his mother, Mary Johnson of Lacombe and sister Bev (Keith) Robertson of Seba Beach; brothers-in-law; Dave (Ann) Beattie, Bob (Carmen) Beattie and Tim Beattie; sisters-in-law; Marion Fenton (Bill Bachynski), and Linda Hoomana, as well as many nieces and nephews. Fred’s father, Roy, predeceased him.

On Saturday, November 29 at 1:00 pm, please join the family to remember Fred at The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 15, (114 – 5th Avenue West, Cochrane ).

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for memorial donations in Fred’s memory to be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, (1-888-473-4636) (100 – 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6),, Alberta Cancer Society, (1331 – 29st Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2),, Calgary MS Society, (110 Quarry Park Blvd SE #150, Calgary, AB T2C 3G3),, or a charity of your choice.

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on November 25th, 2014 | 22 Comments »

O’GORMAN, Dr. John Joseph

March 21, 1927 – October 27, 2014

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Dr. John O’Gorman, a much-loved husband, father and grandfather on October 27, 2014. He passed away at home with his family by his side. John was born in County Limerick, Ireland and went on to graduate from the National University of Ireland and Liverpool University Medical School. In 1969, John and his family emigrated from the U.K. to Canada where he pursued a career in Public Health until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his life, John shared his passion for golf, horses, tennis and gardening with his family.
His honesty and integrity will be a legacy he leaves behind. His gentle, kind and modest nature will be sorely missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara and his children, Richard (Carole), Timothy (Krista) and Judith. His seven grandchildren will miss him dearly. John’s extended family in Ireland will remember him fondly. To honour John’s wishes, a private family service was held.
“And I found with the break of dawn, you and the song had gone, but the melody lingers on.”-Irving Berlin

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on October 31st, 2014 | 18 Comments »

KOLLER, Ruby Mabel

May 8, 1927 – October 17, 2014

Ruby Koller passed away October 17, 2014. She will be greatly missed and remembered by her son Darrel Koller, Daughter-In-Law Pauline Koller & George Vigneault, 3 Grandchildren; Genene & Craig Sholdice of Calgary, Jenna Koller of Calgary, Kyle and Pam Koller of Sylvan Lake, 4 Great Grandchildren; Jaylan, Tristen, Austin and Brooklynn, as well as 13 Nieces and Nephews as well as numerous great Nieces and Nephews.
Predeased by her husband Oren Koller, Son Garlan Koller, and Grandson Jason Koller, her parents, 4 brothers and their wives, 5 sisters and their husbands, Oren’s parents, his sister and husband as well as 2 nephews.
A graveside service will be held for family and friends at Rocky View Garden of Peace Cemetery ( corner of 16 Avenue N.E and Garden Road N.E., Calgary ) on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM. A reception to celebrate Ruby’s life will follow at the Garden of Peace Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruby’s memory may be made to DIABETES ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA, Canadian Diabetes Association
204-2323, 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3

Published in: Obituaries 2014 | on October 21st, 2014 | 5 Comments »