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LEADBEATER, Betsy Celia Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014
Red Deer Advocate Red Deer
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LEADBEATER (Reierson)
Betsy Celia
1916-2014

"Always a lady, forever a diplomat"

In loving memory of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother who passed away February 26, 2014 at the Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson BC. She was born November 2nd,1916 the youngest of 7 children, to Norwegian homesteaders, Tolef and Marie Reierson, in Scotsgard, Saskatchewan. Betsy grew up in Scotsgard and graduated from high school in 1933. She went on to study nursing in the Regina General Hospital and graduated in 1939. In 1941, Betsy was awarded the Carss Scholarship and attended McGill University in Montreal. She graduated with distinction and returned to the Regina General Hospital to become an instructor at the nursing school and later on, a supervisor. Betsy was proud to be a nurse and lived a life of caring for others. September 14, 1944, Betsy married Reverend Thomas L. Leadbeater in Regina Saskatchewan. She continued her nursing career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then in Victoria B.C. Betsy and her husband were in parishes in Pittsburgh, Victoria and Nelson BC, as well as Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer (Pine Lake). She always remained a prairie girl at heart. She and Thomas returned to Nelson in June 2012 and took up residency at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community. Betsy is survived by her husband, Ven.Thomas Leadbeater(98), her beloved sister Agnes Reierson(100), as well as her three children: David and Graeme(Shannon) and Betsy Anne(Leon) DeClercq. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her Funeral service will be held at St. Saviour Pro Cathedral, Anglican Church, Nelson B.C. 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1st 2014. The family wishes to thank the very caring staff at Mountain Lakes, especially those in Lombardy Cottage and of course Dr Trevor Janz. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to St. Saviour Pro Cathedral Anglican Church (Building Fund), 701 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L1T3. Betsy's spirit and grace has touched us all. She will always be remembered, loved and missed.
Arrangements are
under the direction of
THOMPSON FUNERAL SERVICE LTD.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca
BRISEBOIS, Dennis Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014
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BRISEBOIS
Dennis
July 13, 1954 - Feb. 27, 2014
Dennis John Brisebois, formerly of Drayton Valley, passed away peacefully in Red Deer on February 27, 2014 at the age of 59. Born in Edmonton, Dennis and his family moved to Slave Lake when he was still young. By the early 1960's they settled in Drayton Valley, where his father established Brisebois Bros Construction. The oldest of five kids, Dennis took the role of Big Brother seriously, and throughout his life, never stopped being there for friends and family whenever they needed him - regardless of the circumstance. Service and a celebration of his life will be held in Red Deer, March 8, 2014 at the Red Deer Legion at 1:00 p.m. Dennis is pre-deceased by his father and mother, Conrad and Thora Brisebois of Drayton Valley; his grandmothers Ethel Thomson and Alice Starling, also of Drayton Valley. He is survived by brothers David and Gerald of Red Deer and Dan (and Leslie) of Cold Lake; sister Laurie of Red Deer; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles throughout Alberta; and anyone during his life fortunate enough to call Dennis a friend.
BRAGG, Norris Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014
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BRAGG
Norris
With sadness we announce the passing of Norris Joseph Bragg on February 26, 2014 at the Ponoka Hospital. Norris
was born Aug 24, 1925 and grew up in the Elkhorn area. He worked throughout Alberta as a grain buyer for the Alberta Wheat Pool from 1950-1984. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Frieda, daughter Wanda (Arlo) Beck, son Bill (Maureen), step-son David (Karen) Lawrence, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Norris was predeceased by his first wife Elsie, five brothers, two sisters and step-daughter Marie Dickinson. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Ponoka Funeral Home (5115-50 Avenue, Ponoka) with Pastor Dick Duffin officiating. Norris' family would like to thank the staff at the Red Deer Hospital and Ponoka Hospital for their wonderful care. Donations can be made in his memory to your local SPCA or the charity of your choice. To express condolences to Norris' family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
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BUCHANAN, Andrew Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014
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BUCHANAN
Andrew
Oct. 27, 1923 - Feb. 25, 2014
It is with great sorrow that the family of Andrew Mark Buchanan announce his passing at the age of 90. Andy will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Grace Buchanan. Born in Birnie, Manitoba. Residing in the Red Deer area since 1975. Honourably served our country in WW2 with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 1942-1945. Andy was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Lynne Buchanan. Survived by his sons, Blair (Jackie) Buchanan, Ron (Darcy) Buchanan; daughter, Debbie (Wes) Neal; grandchildren, Tanus Smith, Melissa (Erik), Alyson, Andrew and Brittney Buchanan, Jason and Jeffery Neal, Bryce Buchanan; great grandchildren, Ashleigh, Joshua, Brandon and Sylis Smith as well as our newest Gift Vincent Bruce Aguilera. At Andy's request, no Funeral will be held. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca
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BODWELL, Joseph Kenneth Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014
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BODWELL
Joseph Kenneth
1935 - 2014
Joseph "Joe" Kenneth Bodwell of Red Deer, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Joe's life will be held in the Tuscany Room of the Sheraton Hotel, 3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.. Condolences to Joe's family may be emailed to meaningfulmemorials@yahoo.ca
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Red Deer 587-876-4944
BODWELL, Joseph Kenneth Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014
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BODWELL
Joseph Kenneth
1935 - 2014
Joseph "Joe" Kenneth Bodwell of Red Deer, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Joe's life will be held in the Tuscany Room of the Sheraton Hotel, 3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.. Condolences to Joe's family may be emailed to meaningfulmemorials@yahoo.ca.
MEANINGFUL MEMORIALS
Funeral Service
Red Deer 587-876-4944
BODWELL, Joseph Kenneth Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014
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BODWELL
Joseph Kenneth
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joe Bodwell on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the age of 78 years. Joe will be sadly missed by Darlene, his soul mate and best friend of 56 years, their four children and their grandchildren: Lorri (Ron) Hortobagyi, (Elise and Stephanie); Joanne Courtice (Dale Vold), (Wade); Lucinda (Craig) Sheardown, (Cooper and Jake); Brad (Shauna) Bodwell, (Jordyn, Taylor and Colton). He will be lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters from the Bodwell and Johannson families, numerous family members, as well as by many treasured friends. Joe was born to be a farmer. He grew up on his family farm in the Springvale district east of Red Deer and he and Darlene went on to purchase the farm from Joe's parents in 1967. He continued his passion of farming long after moving into Red Deer in 1998. He was in the fields cultivating this past fall and still checking farm machinery magazines this month. Joe was very proud to farm alongside his son, Brad. Joe was an avid curler in leagues and bonspiels, also curling competitively for many years. He served as President of both the Red Deer Curling Club and the Farmers Bonspiel. Joe was also very involved with the Red Deer Exhibition and its transition to the Westerner Exposition Association, of which he was a Board Member for many years. He was also instrumental in starting the Agri-Trade Exposition in Red Deer. Over the years, Joe and Darlene took many wonderful holidays, enjoying lots of laughs with family and friends. In later years, they spent several winters travelling to Arizona and eventually bought a winter home there where they continued to enjoy their friends as well as the game and camaraderie of golf. Joe was a warm, vibrant, fun-loving person who loved life. People were drawn to Joe's contagious smile and sense of humour. In keeping with Joe's wishes, a Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's name may be made directly to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre, 3942 50A Ave., P.O. Bag 5030, Red Deer, AB T4N 4E7. E-mail condolences for the family may be forwarded to: meaningfulmemorials@yahoo.ca

You placed gold on my finger
You brought love like I've never known
You gave life to our children
And to me a reason to go on.
You're my bread when I'm hungry
You're my shelter from troubled winds
You're my anchor in life's ocean
But most of all you're my Best Friend.
Goodbye my Love

MEANINGFUL MEMORIALS
Funeral Service
Red Deer 587-876-4944
GROSS, Donald Allen Monday, 24 Feb 2014
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GROSS
Donald Allen
It is with overwhelming sorrow and sadness that our loving husband, father, brother, uncle, son and hero has left this world to join his family in Heaven. Don was born in Magrath, Alberta on February 22, 1948 and passed away in Red Deer, Alberta on February 24, 2014. Don was predeceased by his parents, George and Irene; brothers, Darrel and Bryan; great niece, Cari Smith; and his great nephew, Chance Goacher. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, to whom he was her husband and hero; sons, Darren (Allison), Michael and Travis; 2 granddaughters; sisters, Joan (Terry) Browning and Janice (Laurie) Butler; brother, Gary (Denise); sisters-in-law, Debrah Weeteringen, Barb Smart (Steve) and Sharon (Billy) Jones; brother-in-law, David Smart; 28 nieces and nephews; 24 great nieces and nephews; as well as extended family members, colleagues and many close friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 08, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer. It is our wish in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Don's honor may be made directly to the Red Deer & District SPCA, 4505 - 77 Street, Red Deer, AB T4P 2J1.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting
www.reddeerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements entrusted to
RED DEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM
6150 - 67 Street, Red Deer.
Phone (403) 347-3319.
WILL-WATSON, Bonny Sunday, 23 Feb 2014
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WILL-WATSON
Bonny
Devoted mother and active
community member

Bonny Will-Watson, 70, peacefully passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer on Sunday February 23rd, 2014 in Lexington Kentucky with her family by her side. Born August 5th, 1943 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, she was the eldest daughter of the late Phil and Agnes Lessoway. Bonny married her first husband David Will in 1963. They moved to Red Deer and worked together growing their hotel businesses and raising their two children. Bonny later married Bill Watson of Calgary, Alberta. They moved to Kentucky in 2006 where they spent their final years together until Bill's passing in 2010. Bonny was a lover of animals - large and small, an active member of her community, and a devoted mother. Her zest for life and her positive spirit will be missed by all who knew her. She had the unique ability to help people believe that they could accomplish anything. She was immensely proud of her children and grandchildren. They were the pride of her life. Bonny is survived by her two children, Darcy (Janet) Will and their children Ashley, Lauren, and Andrew of Red Deer, Alberta and Samantha Will and her husband Chris Baccari of Lexington, Kentucky, and her first husband David Will (Denise Town). She is also survived by her siblings, Laverne, Ron, Dale and Mary-Rose Lessoway, and sister Joan Topilko. She was preceded in death by her second husband Bill Watson and her sister Marian Lessoway. The family will be privately celebrating Bonny's life on the farm in Lexington, Kentucky in the spring when the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the new foals are running. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a local animal shelter in her name, as this would make Bonny smile.
RILEY, Cheryl Sunday, 23 Feb 2014
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RILEY
Cheryl
Oct. 27,1950 - Feb. 23, 2014
On February 23, 2014, Cheryl passed away peacefully with her family at her side after a long battle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband of 36 years Eldon, Parents; Edwin and Violet Kisinger, daughters; Alissa (Steven), Aleigha (Jared), and Nana's precious grandchildren; Austin and Olivia, Joshua and Katelyn. She was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, moved to Calgary then to Red Deer where she met Eldon. They married and raised their two girls. During that time, she worked at AGT, later Telus, then at Vital Documents until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surviving that battle, she spent her time being with her family and friends, camping at Wilderness and volunteering with victims services. Cheryl always had a positive attitude, she loved being with her family and friends. Over the years, she volunteered with the Brownies/Girl Guides and the Red Deer Royals. She was an avid camper and enjoyed travelling. Cheryl was an accomplished crafter, enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, crocheting and was the ultimate organization queen. A memorial service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer, on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Cheryl's name may be made directly to the Cancer Center, Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, 3942-50A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4E7.
Condolences may be forwarded
to the family by visiting www.eventidefuneralchapels.com
Arrangements entrusted to
EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL
4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer.
Phone (403) 347-2222
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