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KOROL, Orville Bruce

July 18, 1936 – September 6, 2020

The nightmare that is 2020 gets even worse.  After suffering a major stroke August 31, our precious Orville peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Sunday, September 6, surrounded by his wife Eunice and his two children Bruce and Rosalyn.

Orville Bruce Korol was born in Mannville, Alberta to Joseph and Helen on July 18, 1936. A self-made man, Orville went from farming to working at Shell for over 25 years which he followed up with a successful consulting business. In the midst of that he married the love of his life, Eunice, in Edmonton in 1971. They went on to have two children, Bruce and Rosalyn, makIng cherished memories for several decades.  Among other things, Orville will be lovingly remembered for his stoic and calm demeanor, his unwavering faith, and his love for his garden, playing the stock market and the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Left behind are his wife Eunice, his two kids Bruce and Rosalyn (Jeff),  his greatly adored grandchildren – Cora, Josie, Callum, Larissa, Henrietta and Lydia – as well as brothers Allen (Lorena)(Costa Rica) and Kenneth (Maghnild) (Norway) and his sister Margaret (Waslow) Waldowski (Spruce Grove) and a countless number of friends and family.  

A special thank you to the Foothills staff and in particular, Orville’s nurses in his final days, Scott and Carlos, who provided such excellent and attentive care.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Orville’s honour may be made to the Mustard Seed.

Given current Covid restrictions, a scaled-back celebration of life will be held for family and friends at RockPointe Church -Bearspaw, on Sunday, September 20. Registration required

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on September 16th, 2020 | 4 Comments »

PROCTOR, Brayden James

In Loving Memory of:

Brayden James Proctor

Aug 28, 1994 – Aug 18, 2020

Born August 28, 1994 in Ft Nelson, BC to proud parents Kent & Jennifer Proctor. Brayden is survived by his grandparents; Ernie & Maxine Kemsley, Galin & Bobbi Proctor, parents; Kent and Jennifer (Kemsley) siblings; Karissa & Sean, Uncles; Jim (Sheree), Troy (Sandy), and Jaydee (Melissa), Aunt; Lesley (Jason) and cousins; Jacqueline, Lauren, Chace & Kaleb. Brayden is predeceased by grandparents; Verna & Barry Gibson.

Brayden spent his early years growing up in Ft Nelson, BC surrounded by lots of family & nature. Brayden became obsessed with fishing at an early age & could often be found casting his rod in a snowy back yard! He also loved water & would strip down at any chance & jump in, no matter how cold, whether it be a kiddie pool, lake or ocean! In 2002 the family moved to Ft Saskatchewan, AB. 

Brayden loved sports from an early age as well. He played T-ball, gymnastics, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, badminton, rugby and football and has remained active as an adult.  Brayden was loved by coaches for great heart and determination. 

Brayden graduated from Fort Saskatchewan High School in 2012, with the support of family traveling from near and far. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in International business at Macewan University in Edmonton.  

After a couple of visits to Germany as a teen, he returned to Germany a third time for a semester studying abroad.  He had become proficient in the German language after studying it in highschool, university and spending several months there.  After graduation, Brayden quickly established a successful career in sales, before resigning to hit the road again in 2018.  He loved to travel.  He loved to experience new culture and new cuisine.  He traveled across Eastern Canada and the UK connecting with old friends overseas whenever possible.

He then returned to Alberta to be with family and began his banking career with ATB Financial.  He quickly purchased his first home and renovated his cozy condo in downtown Calgary, to his standards.  He took pride in his new home and it’s appearance and decorating, like he did in his wardrobe, always dressing for success.

Brayden was a loyal and supportive friend with a big heart, and so proud of his friends and family member’s achievements.  Always looking to bring friends and family together and build memories.  As a best man, or in a wedding party overseas, attending performances, fundraisers, often helping with organizing or volunteering.  

He was self-less and volunteered a great deal.  For political campaigns, business and entrepreneur team competitions, charities, and coaching sports like hockey and lacrosse.

He loved his family & was the catalyst for events to be together in new and interesting places.  A terrific conversationalist, he could talk for hours about sports, politics, finance, current events, culture, religion or geography.  Always engaging and thought provoking.

He was incredibly proud of his younger siblings Karissa & Sean, never wanting to miss an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments. Brayden loved to be outside enjoying nature by visiting his parents in the Shuswap & hiking in Kananaskis.

Brayden made the world a better place for his family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Service to be scheduled at a future date in Ft Saskatchewan, AB

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Brayden’s memory to:

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on September 8th, 2020 | No Comments »

BIRKETT, Martha Ann

1960 – 2020

Our dearest Martha.  Grandmother, mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, and healer.  Medicine woman, abundant with inspiration.  

She had the ability to touch and capture your heart with enduring empathy.  Loving unconditionally and consistently.

Supporting so many in her magical ways; exemplifying love and strength.  Tender yet strong.

Fairy godmother to children.   Especially her grandchildren where her purity radiated.  Protector and champion of the innocent and vulnerable.

Her thirst for adventure.  Her fearless exploration of life in the determined way she wanted to live.  A graceful balance of strong will and compassion.        

She has transcended the physical world to carry on her mission in more powerful ways than ever possible.  She is free and her work continues.  As the eagle soars high above, her spirit is much stronger than it could be before.  

Dearest Martha.  You will be missed.  We will cherish your wisdom and magic.  We remember you laughing, radiant and gorgeous.  We remember you smiling, dancing and free.

A Ceremony to Honour Martha’s Life will be held at the Birkett Ranch (272240 Grand Valley Road, Cochrane, AB) on Wednesday, September 09, 2020. Viewing will commence at 11:00 am with the ceremony starting promptly at 12:00 noon. Those attending are invited to wear white or light coloured clothing to honour that Light that is Martha. We also invite you to bring your favourite flower to leave for Martha that we will spread on the land that she loved. A private family interment will take place at Cochrane Cemetery, following the ceremony.


Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on September 5th, 2020 | 74 Comments »

RUITER, William (Bill) John

October 14, 1956 – August 31, 2020

With sadness we announce that Willian (Bill) Ruiter of Bragg Creek, AB passed away in Calgary, AB at the age of 63 years.

Bill is survived by his siblings Mary (Owen) MacNaughton and Peter (Malerie Rose) Ruiter, and nieces Jessica and Jennifer.  He is predeceased by his parents Anna and Rinse and his brother Arnold.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at a later date.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on September 4th, 2020 | 21 Comments »

ULRICH, Gertrud (Trudy)

February 28, 1934 – August 25, 2020

Gertrud (Trudy) Ulrich was born in Toggenburg, Switzerland February 28, 1934 to Gertrud Kunz and Ernst Frei. Trudy met Jürg (George) Ulrich in 1958 and were married in 1960. She was a devoted wife to Jürg (George) Ulrich for 60 years. Her life was dedicated to her husband, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren who she built her life around. She was also involved and active in her church and a friend to many others.

Trudy passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years on August 25, 2020.  She is survived by her husband Jürg (George) Ulrich, son Martin Ulrich (Wendy), grandchildren Joel Ulrich (Jessica), great grandchildren, Madison, Ava, Presley and Hudson, and Hannah Wollin (Robert), son Bernhard Ulrich (Val), grandchildren Stephanie Martin (Scott), Andrew Ulrich, Miranda Cooper (Nic) great grandchildren Ellie, Leopold and Levi, and Elarah McConnell, son Stefan Ulrich (Carma), grandchildren Carlina Ulrich and Amy Ulrich. She is survived by her siblings Ernst Frei (Emma), sister Ruth Oettel (Berndt) and sister Esther Bösch (Ueli) as well as many other relatives and friends in both Switzerland and Canada.

Trudy was gifted in areas of bread baking, knitting and other handwork. Her “zopf” (braided bread) was an anticipated treat at every family gathering. She enjoyed making children’s quiet books for years. Those creations reflected the things that she valued and appreciated most about life including nature, animals and simplicity.

Trudy was devoted in her faith and prayed for as many as 250 people daily from memory including family members, friends from her church and from the community. It was her wish that all come to know Christ as their personal Savior and live life honoring to the Lord.

Trudy will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

A private service will be held Monday, August 31, 2020 by invitation only.

Please see here the Live Stream of the Celebration of Life Ceremony for Trudy Ulrich, scheduled to start at 1:15 pm Monday the 31st of August:

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on August 27th, 2020 | 5 Comments »

CAMPBELL, Mary Cecilia

January 21, 1928 (Wandsworth, England) – August 15, 2020 (Canmore, Alberta)

Devoted wife of Douglas. Loving mother to Anne and Linda. Mother-in-law to Bill and John. Adoring Nana (aka, affectionately, The Fierce One) to Russell, Phillip, Sean, Patrick (Leila) and Alex. Great-grandmother to Mason and Henry. Aunt to Andrew and Margaret. The only child of Edith and William Cook. A life well lived. A family well loved.

Mary passed away peacefully, in the company of Anne and Linda, on August 15, four months after her beloved Douglas (husband, dance partner and hiking companion of 62 years).

We thank the Bethany Cochrane for their exemplary care.

Mary was our rock. She was old school; determined, non-complaining, adventurous, smart, witty, a cornerstone of the family. She valued education and made it accessible to her children and grandchildren.

Mary was passionate about her English heritage, immensely proud of her Canadian citizenship and embraced New Zealand as a home away from home. She corresponded with countless friends around the world and welcomed many a weary traveller.

She was not afraid to make her feelings known. Her forthright views emboldened family members to live in a strong, honest, fearless and caring manner. She left no room for ambiguity and addressed any wrongs that she felt needed righting.

With the eyes at the back of her head, Mary kept the grandchildren in check. They were in awe of Nana. She was “as old as her tongue and a little bit older than her teeth” and could drink scalding hot soup because of her fireproof staircase.

Mary loved a good bargain, the discount and story often valued more than the purchase. She could knit and sew and, whilst hated to cook, put on a Saturday English tea which was a family favourite. She was a stickler for English grammar, loved Scrabble and crossword puzzles, and enjoyed a good joke, especially a rude one. She set a strong pace but always had time for a good cup of tea, from fine bone china, steeped in a teapot, NEVER from hot water poured over a teabag in a cup.

Mary and Doug were a team. They were enthusiastic Canmorites, active in town life and supporters of many charitable causes, particularly those benefitting the local community.

A team briefly parted, now reunited, on a new adventure, and forever in our hearts.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on August 24th, 2020 | 13 Comments »

MCLEOD, Vern Edward

May 1, 1950 – August 13, 2020

Vern Edward McLeod, peacefully passed away August 13, 2020 at the age of 70, with his wife Lynn by his side. Vern is survived his loving wife Lynn, of 23 years, his brothers Larry (Nat) and Alvin (Lynne), his children Leigh-Anna, Eryne (Mark), Kyle (Mikelah) and Chelsey (Bryan), and many grandchildren, as well as many extended family and friends. Vern was predeceased by his parents Florence (Brownell) and Melville McLeod.

Vern was born May 1st, 1950 in Carmangay, Alberta. He grew up a country boy and has always been known as a true cowboy. His parents were some of the first people to bring Charolais cattle from France and Vern often recalled raising and showing their prize cattle.

Horses, roping and playing a guitar was his passion and nothing was impossible. He mastered them all; from raising and training Quarter Horses, to rodeo, teaching roping clinics, getting together with friends for a music jam session, there was nothing he couldn’t accomplish. He had a love for the outdoors and surrounding himself with people.

Vern was also a very handy man and worked in construction as a crane and cat operator prior to starting his career in the Calgary Fire Department. He served with the Fire Department for 22 years and retired in 2010 as a Lieutenant. Not one to sit around, Vern continued to work part time as a Safety Inspector in the Oil and Gas industry.

Vern spent his time using his incredibly talented skills to build himself a wonderful life with the people he loved, including building his dream house, barn, large work shop, and roping arena that he used for teaching many people the fine sport of roping. He was always ready with his guitar to sing songs for everyone who visited and was incredibly talented in the kitchen. He would create new recipes all the time and was very well known for his delicious pancakes.

Vern soon found the beach life and enjoyed spending time at their Mexico condo. Vern’s zest for adventure was plentiful, from quading to deep sea fishing, whaling watching and body surfing. He was everyone’s friend and sidekick.

Celebration of Life in Honour of Vern E. McLeod

Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 1 pm

McLeod Ranch

Celebration will start promptly at 1 pm
Please sign the registration book upon arrival
Be prepared for the weather as this is an outdoor event
Seating Space is limited with minimal parking area
Zoom live streaming will also be available

Due to health restrictions, please note the following:
Bring your own lawn chair, mask (if you wish to wear one) as well your drink of choice as we will be raising our glasses in a salute to Vern.

Please confirm by emailing,  whether you will be attending in person or over Zoom.  Include in the email every person’s full name and phone numbers (AHS requirement). An email response with directions to the property will be sent on Friday. Zoom session instructions will be included.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made out to:

Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, 2234 – 30 Ave NE, Calgary, AB  T2E 7K9

The family would also like to express their gratitude to the Doctors, Surgeons and Nurses of the Foothills Hospital ICU that took wonderful care of Vern.

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on August 19th, 2020 | 33 Comments »

HENRY, Larry Vernon

The Life of Larry Vernon Henry

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Larry Vernon Henry, a loving husband, and father of five, passed away peacefully at the age of 81, surrounded by his family.

Larry Vernon Henry was born on October 29, 1938, in Raymond, Alberta to Vernon and Ella (Court) Henry. As a small boy, he moved around a lot with his family until they settled in southern Alberta.

In grade twelve, Larry met Catherine Johnson and they became best friends and sweethearts. On August 28, 1958, they were married and started their life together in Calgary, Alberta. Larry worked at the Hudson Bay and Catherine was a teacher. Together they raised two sons (Michael and Cameron) and three daughters (Laura, Leslie, and Patti).

Larry worked his way up into management and the family moved throughout British Columbia and Alberta before settling back in Calgary, Alberta, where he worked at the Hudson Bay at Market Mall. When he retired at the age of 62, they moved to Cochrane, Alberta where they began to travel around the world. In 2004, they served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the Manilla Temple in the Philippines for eighteen months.

Larry had a great passion for life. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, and backpacking. He was dedicated and faithful to the church where he served as a Branch President, Bishop and most importantly as a Sealer in the Temple. But what Larry treasured most was his family. He was a pillar for our great big family and enjoyed Sunday dinners even as the family grew to over thirty people. He felt blessed to live so close that he was able to be around his grandchildren. Whether it was listening to them sing in choirs or play in multiple school bands or playing sports like basketball, volleyball, rugby and wrestling. He was a devoted fan and a great cheerleader. He loved when his great grandchildren visited and yelled down “Poppa” from the top of their stairs.

He was a wonderful, generous man who was an amazing example of honesty, integrity, hard work, and commitment. He was known for his willingness to impart many life lessons, give strong hugs, and dish out no thank you helpings. He had a quick wit, infectious smile, and a kind and compassionate spirit.

We are sure that he is having a wonderful reunion with his Mom and Dad, siblings and friends that have gone before him and they have already put him to work in heaven!

He is survived by his loving wife Catherine Henry and his five children: Laura (Clarke) Bullock, Leslie (Jonathan) Crapo, Michael (Diane) Henry, Cameron Henry, Patti (Kris) Nielson.

He is also survived by his three younger siblings, seventeen grandchildren plus their eight spouses, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life for Larry Henry will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm MST

Please join us for a Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 6002 4860
Passcode: Henry

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on August 14th, 2020 | 9 Comments »

Bernice Milbrandt

December 22, 1933 – August 02, 2020

Bernice Milbrandt (nee Chromik) of Cochrane, Alberta passed away August 2, 2020. A Visitation will be held for Bernice at Cochrane Country Funeral Home on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A private interment will be held August 7, 2020 at the Daysland Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Tammy Ellison Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

Linda Jones (nee Barkley)

August 23, 1953 – July 03,2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Jean Jones announces her passing on July 3, 2020, at the age of 66 years.

Linda, a native of Stratford, Ontario, moved to Alberta after marriage, and spent many years in administration at Cochrane High School, where she made countless valuable friendships which continue to this day.

Linda will be forever remembered by her children, David (Kristian) and Michael (Tara), her sisters, Sharon and Wendy, her grandchildren, Atticus, Sawyer, Isaac and Adelaide,  and her many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Linda was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Elma, and by her brothers, Doug and David.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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

Published in: Obituaries 2016, Obituaries 2020, Uncategorized | on July 10th, 2020 | 11 Comments »