Obituaries

08/10/1961 - 09/06/2021
October 8, 1961 – June 9, 2021 Daniel James Wathen was born on October 8, 1961, the second child of Betty Wathen and the late Gordon Wathen. He was a resident of the Buffalo Lakes, AB area, and pas
02/09/1995 - 03/06/2021
John Sawatzky was born to Andreas and Maria Sawatzky on September 02, 1995 in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. When John was 4 years old his family moved to Winkler Manitoba where he spent most of his
31/07/1980 - 08/06/2021
July 31, 1980 – June 8, 2021 It is with great sadness that the family of Jennil Alacar announce her passing on June 8, 2021 at the age of 40 years, at the QEII hospital. Her memory will be forever
01/06/1941 - 07/06/2021
June 1, 1941 – June 7, 2021 It is with heavy heart that we say Farewell to Darlyne Inez Simpson (Howatt). Darlyne had a love of making jewelry, making masks and crocheting many things..cat mats, r
12/03/1946 - 26/05/2021
March 12, 1946 – May 26, 2021 It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of George Maynard Schonnop in Calgary on May 26, 2021. He was our brother, uncle, brother-In-Law, husband and s
24/03/1984 - 02/06/2021
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Michael George Netzel on June 2, 2021 at the age of 37 years. Michael was born on March 24, 1984, the son of Kevin and Beatri
18/12/1998 - 02/06/2021
Sebastian Harry Gregory Heemskerk, of Grande Prairie, Alberta, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Grande Prairie at the age of 22 years. He was born December 18, 1998 in Vernon, BC, where he
25/05/1948 - 16/05/2021
Roger Bailey May 25, 1948 - May 16, 2021 Roger was born May 25, 1948 in Kingston Ontario and passed away with his family at his side on May 16, 2021 at the age of 72 years. Roger was very well known
19/04/1932 - 26/05/2021
April 19, 1932 – May 26, 2021 With saddened hearts we announce the passing of Charles Wagar on May 26, 2021 at the age of 89 years. Charles was born April 19, 1932 in Bluffton, Alberta. He was rai
15/02/1926 - 25/05/2021
Helena Buhler February 15, 1926 to May 25, 2021 Age 95 In the early morning hours on May 25 God reached down and welcomed Helena Buhler our mom, grandma, and great grandma to heaven. Helena was full
03/06/1938 - 22/05/2021
June 3, 1938 – May 22, 2021 We are sad to announce the passing of Eric Hulan, husband to Lyla, his wife of 59 years, and father to Audrey Walsh, Vincent (spouse Erin Lynch) and Vance Hulan (spouse S
15/07/1954 - 23/05/2021
July 15, 1954 – May 23, 2021 With heavy hearts we mournfully announce the passing of Edward Charles Ferguson. Born on July 15, 1954, Edward passed away on May 23, 2021 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at
28/09/1957 - 15/05/2021
September 28, 1957 – May 15, 2021 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dwight Marcel Bessette. The family and friends are shocked and saddened by this recent loss. There are no words
21/05/1957 - 11/05/2021
May 21, 1957 – May 11, 2021 Elmer Clyde Loyie was born in Canyon Creek on May 21, 1957 to Mary and Fred Loyie and passed away on May 11, 2021. Growing up, Elmer was an athletic, outgoing and determi
Born 25/06/1950
June 25, 1950 – May 16, 2021 Marian Diana Beck passed peacefully at the age of 70 on May 16, 2021 in the QEII Hospital with family by her side, after a brief battle with cancer. Diana was born on t
07/10/1952 - 15/05/2021
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Gloria Ruth Sutherland. Gloria passed away at the QEII hospital in Grande Prairie, AB on Saturday, May 15, 2021 after a longtime battle wit
09/06/1953 - 16/05/2021
June 9, 1953 - May 16, 2021 Clyde Robert Blackburn the 3rd was born in Ottawa, ON, to Pamela and Bob (Clyde Robert) Blackburn on June 9, 1953. Clyde was the eldest of four children, his sisters are R
10/05/1948 - 17/05/2021
May 10, 1948 – May 17, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother Pat. She was born May 10, 1948 in Grande Prairie, Alberta and p
04/11/1958 - 11/05/2021
It is with profound sadness that the Family of Gilles Syrenne announce his passing on Tuesday May 11, 2021 in Grande Prairie AB. Gilles was the 3rd of 7 children born to Aurel and Jeanne Syrenne on N
02/10/1950 - 28/03/2021
October 02, 1950 – March 28, 2021 Angella Perry passed away on March 28, 2021 at the age of 70 years, after a short battle with liver cancer. Angella was born in McLennan, Alberta to the joy of Je
19/07/1938 - 07/05/2021
July 19, 1938 – May 7, 2021 at the age of 82. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother. She passed away unexpectedly at the QE II Hospital with daughter Kathy and granddaughter
12/07/1936 - 04/05/2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Emily Hudson on May 4, 2021 in Duncan, B.C. Emily was born July 12, 1936 in Ksituan, Alberta, one of eight children born to Ahafia and Feodor Y
07/05/1959 - 01/05/2021
It is with heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Maurice R. J. Nault, born May 7, 1959, in St. Pierre Jolys/St. Malo, Manitoba, who passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, May 1, 2021,
25/05/1948 - 25/04/2021
Ada Rae Dol died peacefully April 25, 2021 at the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital. Rae was born May 25, 1948 in Lacombe, Alberta. Daughter of Irene and Martin Lattery. Rae lived and grew up in the
Passed 23/04/2021
Bill Beckett died quietly at home on April 23 at the age of 70. He was born in the late summer of 1950 and grew up on the family farm near Biggar, SK. He loved his family, always being grateful for th
22/07/1954 - 26/04/2021
Colin was born on July 22, 1954 in Minnedosa, Manitoba and passed away on April 26, 2021 in Grande Cache Alberta. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, nephew, brother and uncle. Colin will b
27/07/1952 - 14/04/2021
It is with open loving hearts that we share with you that our beautiful one Bill Walker is carrying on with his journey beyond the veil into all that is love and light! William Thomas Walker arrived
14/10/1988 - 10/04/2021
Jolleen was born in Surrey, B.C to her mother Tracy Vance on October 14, 1988 at 12:15pm. Some childhood favorites that transpired through the years included writing, drawing, animals & playing dres
07/04/1943 - 17/04/2021
April 7, 1943 - April 17, 2021 Age: 78 Leo will remain forever in the hearts of his family and friends. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Ruth, and his children, Shawna, Shayne, Shannon, and Lu
09/08/1953 - 10/04/2021
August 9, 1953-April 10, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Larry Glenn Stewart. Larry began his life in Vancouver, B.C. on August 9, 1953. He was the youngest o
07/02/1947 - 15/04/2021
07/02/1947-04/15/2021 Following a morning surrounded by family, love and friends with his favorite music playing, Tom Bryant passed away on April 15, 2021 at the age of 74. Tom will be lovingly reme
19/09/1956 - 12/04/2021
In Loving Memory of Cheryl Marie Carriere September 19th, 1956 – April 12th, 2021 It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of, Cheryl Carriere. Cheryl was born September 19th, 1956 in E
07/06/1976 - 12/04/2021
With heavy hearts, we the family of Scott Vokey, announce his sudden passing on April 12, 2021. Scott was known as a skilled craftsman of all things wood, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a lover of
15/03/1924 - 12/04/2021
March 15th, 1924-April 12th, 2021 Age 97 Elmer Orvel Sanders passed away after 97 years of devoted service to his family, faith, and friends. As a farm kid from southern Saskatchewan, Elmer came fro
16/06/1938 - 05/04/2021
Barbara Ann Duce left this earthly realm April 5, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. She was 82 years young. She married Gordon Duce in 1957 and they lived together in Calgary, Balzac, Breton, a
13/11/1965 - 11/04/2021
It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we announce the loss of Tony, a great man and loving, respected family member. He passed away unexpectedly in Grande Prairie at the Queen Elizabeth II Ho
04/03/1952 - 07/04/2021
March 4, 1952 – April 7, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Sharon Marie Halladay at her home in Grande Prairie at the age of 69 years. Sharon was born on Ma
30/01/1995 - 18/03/2021
January 30, 1995 – March 18, 2021 It is with great sadness that the family of Dillon Wade Sawan-Schoendorfer announces his passing on March 18, 2021 at the age of 26 years. Dillon was a great fat
28/07/1934 - 09/04/2021
The family of Dave Whelan announces the passing of their father, who peacefully departed on April 9, 2021 at the age of 86 years at Central peace Health Complex. A Celebration of Life will take place
31/10/1953 - 07/04/2021
Today an angel went to heaven. After courageously fighting colon cancer since 2014, Linda passed away at Points West Hospice within 24 hours of moving in. Until then she was at home. She never complai
17/02/1944 - 30/03/2021
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Bernard Gerald Edwards in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the Grande Prairie Care Centre at the age of 77 years. Our Father spent most of his younger ye
10/10/1943 - 01/04/2021
October 10, 1943 - April 1, 2021 Donna Belle Coulter (MacDonald) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie due to complications of diabetes and dementia at the age of
30/01/1932 - 25/03/2021
It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved father, Jean Roch Belzile on March 25, 2021, at the QEII hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He lost his bravely fought battle with Pa
05/01/1943 - 11/03/2021
Dave was born on January 5th, 1943 in Stellarton, Pictou Co., Nova Scotia. Dave, at the age of 18 years old, met his soon to be bride Marion Crosby. They were married 5 years later and started a famil
22/07/1949 - 27/03/2021
“Having a place to go, is called a Home. Having people to love, is called Family and to have both is called a Blessing” – Pope Francis Maria it is wonderful to recognize how much your life has l
13/02/1940 - 23/03/2021
February 13, 1940 – March 23, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we mournfully announce the passing of Evelyn Margaret Taylor (Nee Kaut, Nee Grams) of Grande Prairie, Alberta. She passed away on Marc
29/12/1933 - 18/03/2021
December 29, 1933- March 18, 2021 Boyd Cain, resident of Spirit River, Alberta passed away peacefully on Thursday March 18, 2021 at the Central Peace Health Complex at the age of 87 years. Boyd was
10/10/1933 - 21/03/2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Ronald Jerome Mayne of Clairmont Alberta on March 21, 2021 at the age of 87 years. He was born to parents Garfield and Mabel Mayne,
08/02/1983 - 01/06/2019
On February 8th, 1983 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Joshua Lamont Anderson came into this world with a mighty roar. He had a deep and loud cry that caught the attention of every nurse on the floor. As
30/12/1968 - 10/03/2021
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we sadly announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother, Randy Thomas Marion at the age of 52 on March 10, 2021 at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Randy wa
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at http://www.afsrb.ab.ca/  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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