Obituaries

Passed 27/07/2021
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Tina Ann Wardrobe (Dettling). On July 27, 2021 Tina went to be with her Saviour in Heaven, at the age of 57. She fought a long battle with canc
25/04/1949 - 27/07/2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Leonard Yaceyko, resident of Grande Prairie, Alberta, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the QEII Hospital. He left this world surrounded by h
31/10/1939 - 25/07/2021
October 31, 1939 – July 25, 2021 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Wiebe. He died in the Grande Prairie QEII Hospital after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. John
14/12/1985 - 19/07/2021
December 14, 1985 – July 19, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that the family of Liza (Lisa) Dawn McDonald announces her passing on July 19, 2021, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton after a lo
03/09/1960 - 12/07/2021
September 3, 1960 – July 12, 2021 It is with heavy hearts and much love that we announce the passing of Darren McCann, much too soon, at the age of 60. Darren was born in Lethbridge but raised in E
04/10/1929 - 19/07/2021
It is with very heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great grandfather, and the patriarch of our whole family. Joseph Ivan Rukavina died on Monday, July 19 at the age of 91
04/02/1959 - 13/07/2021
It is with sadness that the family of Delma (Baby) Pielak announce her passing on July 13, 2021. She will be missed greatly by her husband and best friend Clayton Pielak, and her family and friends;
04/07/1956 - 18/07/2021
July 4, 1956 – July 18, 2021 Craig was born in Vancouver, BC on July 4th 1956 and passed away with his family at his side on July 18th 2021 at the age of 65 years. He was dearly loved and will be g
18/12/1943 - 13/07/2021
December 18, 1943 - July 13, 2021 There was once this young ranch hand...who jumped off a load of hay to pick up a stray bale. Broke his leg and went to the hospital. He got a get-well card from a
14/05/1948 - 24/06/2021
May 14th, 1948 to June 24th, 2021 Terry was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick to Horace and Marguerite O'Leary she spent her early years in New Brunswick and in the late 1950's the family moved to S
06/12/1947 - 13/07/2021
We are sad to announce that Andre left this material world, we are certain, however, that he is happily reconnecting with old friends and family and greeting them with his famously firm handshake.
05/11/1930 - 09/07/2021
November 5, 1930 - July 9, 2021 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Rose Snow (nee Tokar) at the age of 90 years. Rose was predeceased by her husband, Robert in 1997 and her younges
09/06/1946 - 24/12/2020
June 9, 1946 – December 24, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Oakford of Grande Prairie Alberta, on December 24, 2020 at the age of 74 years old. Marie was born i
28/10/1929 - 05/07/2021
With sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of Lucy Wardill. Lucy passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 91 years. Lucy was born in Wayne, AB to Fre
17/08/1972 - 01/07/2021
It is with heavy hearts that we sadly announce the sudden passing of our baby brother Everette Sheldon Gouchey on July 1st, 2021 at the age of 48 years old. Everette “Against the Wind” described
22/10/1959 - 29/06/2021
October 22, 1959 – June 29, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Glenn McAllister on June 29, 2021, at the age of 61. Glenn was born on October 22, 1959, in Wain
01/02/1940 - 24/06/2021
February 1, 1940 – June 24, 2021 Sharon Price, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Grande Prairie, Alberta with her loving family by her side. She was born February 1, 1940 in Brandon,
15/12/1995 - 03/07/2021
With great sadness and profound love, the family of Caitlin Kris Wageman announces her passing on July 3, 2021. Caitlin passed away peacefully at home after just 25 years on this earth. Caitlin had a
08/05/1957 - 27/06/2021
Albert Patrick Rupert, age 64, passed away peacefully on June 27th 2021, at his home in Clairmont, AB. He was born on May 8, 1957 in Wetaskiwin, AB to Lauri and Wilf Rupert. He is survived by his lo
20/08/1994 - 24/06/2021
With unbearable sadness we announce Aaron’s unexpected passing June 24, 2021. He was born in Grande Prairie August 20, 1994, to Tanis and Gerry. Aaron enjoyed sports, loved to draw, and sing, music
09/02/1988 - 23/06/2021
February 9, 1988 - June 23, 2021 With broken hearts, we announce the tragic loss of Curtis Attilio Day at the age of 33. Curtis grew up in a small town, Kitimat BC and this is the one true place he
19/01/1946 - 23/06/2021
January 19, 1946 - June 23, 2021 Bye dear…I love you - Val Terry passed away at home after a short battle with cancer, peaceful and comforted by the presence of his wife and children. He was dear
27/07/1973 - 18/06/2021
July 27, 1973 – June 18, 2021 It is with profound sadness that the family of Scott Shewfelt announce his sudden passing at home on June 18, 2021 at the age of 47 years. Scott will forever be in t
18/07/2000 - 10/03/2021
July 18, 2000 – March 10, 2021 Katia Dawn Dorathea Johnson of Grande Prairie, Alberta passed away on Wednesday March 10, 2021 at the age of 20 years. Katia was born July 18, 2000 at 4:44am fast a
16/10/1929 - 19/06/2021
October 16, 1929 – June 19, 2021 On June 19, 2021, Freda Louise Tarrant of Grande Prairie (formerly of Edmonton and Camrose) passed away at the age of 91 years. Freda is survived by her daughters
16/06/1947 - 16/06/2021
June 16, 1947 – June 16, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Hujdic, (74), of Huallen, Alberta. Bob passed away on his 74th Birthday June 16, 2021 due to Esoph
01/01/1961 - 12/06/2021
January 1, 1961 – June 12, 2021 Marney Nimmo resident of Grande Cache died on June 12, 2021, at the age of 60. A caring and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, Marney was born to Mi
11/05/1941 - 11/06/2021
It is with broken hearts that the family of Marjorie Patricia Desroches announces her passing on June 11, 2021 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the age of 80 years. Marjorie was born in Radway, Alberta
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
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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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