In Loving Memory of
Joey Allan Knutson


Born: January 4th, 1977
Passed Away: April 19th, 2022


Joey Allan Knutson, he was the living embodiment of his favorite hero, Superman. Strong, smart, charming, and of course an awesome sense of humor. He loved to help those in need and would step up to protect those he loved. He enjoyed gaming, playing his guitar, camping with his family, collecting memorabilia, and cheering for his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills. He was an unforgettable man, anyone who met him instantly liked him. His wit and sense of humor were unparalleled, and he was hands down the best chef around. He would chat daily with his cousins, and sometimes would spend long nights hanging out with them, it brought him so much joy to be so close to his family. He also loved spending his days with his best friend and beloved partner, Alanna. Even though they never got to grow old together, the love they shared and the time they spent with each other will forever remain in her heart. To his son, Shay, he will be remembered as the hero he was, a shining example of a true man. He and his brothers, Trevor, Travis, Justin, and Robert had the greatest adventures; they will always cherish and smile back on those memories. His dad, Keith, will always be proud of the amazing son he was. On April 19th, 2022, Joey got to be with his beautiful mother, Arlene, as he crossed over the Bifrost into Valhalla. All his friends and family will miss their gentle giant. Even though he is no longer amongst us he will remain with us forever, in memory and love. The afterlife is another adventure awaiting, and just as he wrote in his song " And through it all, I'm still standing tall".


Public Viewing

April 25, 2022
2:30 pm ~ 3:30 pm
Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel
5016 47 Avenue
Bon Accord, Alberta


Celebration of Life

April 26, 2022
11:00 am ~ 4:00 pm
Londonderry Hall
14224 74 Street
Edmonton, Alberta


David Ruptash
1929 – 2022

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that the family of David Ruptash announces his passing on April 3, 2022 at the age of 92 years. David was born in Hairy Hill, Alberta and passed away in Edmonton, Alberta.

David is survived by his lovely bride Ann of 69 years, sister in-law Fran, sons Tim Ruptash, Joe (Colleen) Ruptash, Dave (Sharon) Ruptash, Dean (Denyse) Ruptash, Lori Ruptash (daughter in-law), Jay (D’Anne) Ruptash, Casey (Carol) Ruptash and daughter Judy (Bernie) Rodrigue as well as 24 Grandchildren and 26 Great Grandchildren.

David was predeceased by his son Perry Ruptash, his sister Arlene and brother in-law James Lastiwka, brother Orest Ruptash and his parents Violet and Steve Ruptash.

Dad lived a full and happy life with the love of family and family gatherings at the top of his must have list. Beyond his storytelling, he was the self-appointed family historian. His life beyond family was as a mentor, volunteer, salesman, administrator, negotiator, financial advisor and board member of many organizations. His one passion was the privilege and honour of serving on the Edmonton Police Commission and was proud to be on the committee that would see Edmonton having its first police helicopter.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all the Doctors, Nursing staff and support staff of the Grey Nuns Hospital, Palliative Care Unit.

The family would also like to thank the staff of Rivera Riverbend Retirement Residence for their compassionate care of dad and their ongoing care and attention for mom.


Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 14, 2022
at 3:30 pm
Park Memorial
9709-111 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta.


To view a livestream of the Funeral Service please visit
and select “Webcasting” from David Ruptash Book of Memories.


Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of David Ruptash
directly to a Charity of your choice.


David William Thomas Andrews
April 11, 1945 ~ March 22, 2022

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our father, David William Thomas Andrews on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta. David was born April 11, 1945 in England to William and Irene Andrews.

David will sadly be missed and forever lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn; his sons, David (Tracy) and James (Reesa); his grandchildren, Taija, Bryce, Breanne (Tyler), Theodore and Zach; siblings, Harvey (Lois), Wendy, and Gary (Sharon); as well as numerous extended family and friends.

David was predeceased by his parents, Irene Rose and William (Bill) Francis; and sister, Joan.


Celebration of Life

The immediate family will be holding a celebration of life at a later date.


Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice.



Michel Barabash
October 6, 1926 ~ March 11, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family of Michel Barabash announce his passing on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the age of 95 years.

Michel is survived by one sister in-law, one brother in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Michel was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Barabash (nee Trenchie); parents, Andrew and Anna Barabash; brothers, Walter and John; and sister, Maria.

The family would like to thank the staff at Miller Crossing for their compassion and care provided to Michel during his time with them.

Michel will be inurned alongside his wife at
St. Michael's Cemetery in Edmonton at a later date.




Therese Marie Lavoie (nee Lafrance)
December 21, 1929 ~ March 8, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Therese Marie Lavoie on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 at the age of 92 years.

Therese was born in Lafond, Alberta on December 21, 1929. She was the 7th child of Joseph and Marie Lafrance’s family of 11. She loved being on the farm, she enjoyed helping her mother washing clothes, gardening and sewing. One of her fondest memories growing up was helping her older sister Yvette bake large batches of bread.

At the age of 20 she decided to travel to Edmonton to visit her sister Ida. During her stay, Ida mentioned that the Grey Nuns at the General Hospital were looking for a housekeeper for their private quarters. With Ida’s referral mom was hired as their private housekeeper. It was there that she met our father Xavier Lavoie, he was known as “X the orderly”. After a brief courtship they were married on October 26,1949 in St. Paul, AB. Their life was busy raising 12 children, 9 sons and 3 daughters. The family has grown to include 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Once their children were raised, they spent several years volunteering at the Catholic Renewal Centre in downtown Edmonton where they met many wonderful people. They filled their time attending prayer breakfasts, seminars and retreats; it was a huge part of their lives until Dad’s health declined. Mom’s focus and dedication turned to taking care of Dad. There isn’t any doubt in our minds that she made all the difference in the quality and longevity of his life. Our father rallied all his life through sickness, sadly Dad passed away with mom at his side, on July 29, 2007.

Mom was a natural caregiver, she went above and beyond to help any of her extended family members that came into the city. Helping others gave her great pleasure, yet she never expected anything in return. She never wanted to impose or be a burden. Raising such a large family with Dad’s health issues meant she had to learn to drive, at a time when very few women drove in the city. Anyone that knew her, knew she loved to drive, she knew every nook and cranny of this city.

As she reflected on her life she shared; “The lord blessed me with a large family and it did wonders for me, I see that I was destined to be a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

Mom, we will see your reflection and hear your voice echo in the things you left behind, in the memories that will touch us when we least expect them, in the stories you shared, in the family traits you passed down and in the love that will keep you close to our hearts forever...we love love you and we will miss you....

Therese leaves to mourn 9 children, Andre (Tina), Paul (DR), Maria (Lorrie), Lucie (Bruce), Francois (Mile), Bernard, Dominique, Angele (Pat), and Antoine; 22 Grandchildren and 22 Great Grandchildren; daughter in-law, Myra; her brothers, Robert Lafrance and Albert (Renee) Lafrance; sisters, Annette Blanchette and Denise Joly; sister-in-laws, Agnes McDonald and Marie McDonald; as well as numerous extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Xavier Lavoie; sons, Jean Louis Lavoie, Alphonse Lavoie and Arthur Lavoie; her parents, Joseph and Marie Lafrance; brothers, Leo-Paul Lafrance, Luke Lafrance and Henri Lafrance; sisters; Gertrude Tremblay, Yvette Tremblay, Sr. Ida Lafrance.

Special thanks are extended to the staff at Kipnes for their kindness, care and compassion.


A Mass of Christian Burial

March 17th, 2022
at 11:00 am
St John Bosco Catholic Church
13503 - 40 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

This service will be streamed online by St John Bosco Church at the below links;


Evergreen Memorial Gardens


Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to

Kipnes Centre for Veterans
4470 McCrae Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6M8
or a charity of your choice.

5016 47TH AVE, BOX 727, BON ACCORD, AB, T0A 0K0 

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