Category: Obituary (Page 1 of 35)

O’Neil Richard Chevalier

November 16, 1939 ~ July 4, 2024

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts the family of O’Neil Richard Chevalier announce his passing on Thursday, July 4, 2024 at the age of 84 years. O’Neil is survived by his wife Simonne Chevalier (nee Boddez), children Renee (Jim), Joel (Jackie) and Maurice (Beth), 7 grandchildren, Sarah, Maya, Olivia, Adam, Jose, Owen and Jorja; as well as numerous extended family and friends.

O’Neil was predeceased by his parents, Odelie (nee Cote) and Ubald Chevalier and siblings Maurice and Rene.

Funeral Mass

Friday, July 12, 2024
at 9:30 am
St. Albert Catholic Parish
7 St. Vital Avenue
St. Albert, Alberta

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in memory of O’Neil to
St. Jean Baptiste Rebuild Fund
Donations can be made by e-transfer to Reference: Church Rebuild O’Neil.

Lawrence “Larry” Jesse Bourque

November 25, 1960 ~ June 14, 2024

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness the family of Lawrence Jesse Bourque announce his sudden passing on Friday, June 14, 2024 at the age 63 years. Larry will be forever remembered by his daughter Miranda and her children; step-daughter Rebecca and her children especially his favorite granddaughter and apple of his eye Leilah; older sisters Linda and Peggy; younger brother Mark; youngest sister Dorothy; 10 step brothers and sisters on the Quintal side; the Landstroms family who raised him; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends in Edmonton and Lac La Biche.

Larry was predeceased by his mother Margaret Bourque-Quintal; father Clarence Frederick; brothers Clark and Keith; and sister Rhea.

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Mission View Funeral Chapel
133 Sentinel Drive
Lac La Biche, Alberta

Charles Stuart Watt

August 5, 1983 – July 3, 2024

Charles Stuart Watt passed away comfortably and peacefully with family at his side after a brief, unexpected battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at the age of 40 years. Charles is remembered for his kindness, his loyalty to his family, and his sense of humour. After a childhood spent in Lethbridge with his parents Tom and Brenda and younger brother Brendan, Charles attended the U of A for Engineering where he met his wife, Lori. In his personal time, Chuck was a family man, being a proud father to his son Gregory and daughter Rachel. He was also a Kendo enthusiast in his spare time. In the months before he passed, Charles spent many happy hours with the newest addition to their family, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Stella. Charles is survived by his wife, children, parents and brother. Charles will be greatly missed by his family, friends and coworkers.

Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 19, 2024
at 1:00 pm
St. Albert Community Hall
17 Perron Street
St. Albert, Alberta

David Arthur Metrunec

1948 ~ 2024

It is with great sadness that the family of David Arthur Metrunec announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the age of 75 years. Dave will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters Andrea Bell (Norm Williams) and Corina Metrunec (Dave Sherwin); grandchildren Ethan Bell, Cody Bell, Kaylin Bell and Gavin Sherwin, as well as cherished family and friends.

Dave was predeceased by his wife Maisie Metrunec (nee Zelasek), parents Mike and Pearl Metrunec, Maisie’s parents Paul and Elsie Zelasek; siblings Janie Metrunec, Walter Metrunec, Ernie Metrunec, Lorraine Pszyk and Larry Metrunec; Goddaughter Tracy Murphy, and nephews David Pszyk and Dale Pszyk.

Memorial Service
Thursday, May 30, 2024
at 1:30 pm
Sturgeon Alliance Church
4910 – 52 Street
Gibbons, Alberta

Following service all that wish to attend the burial please join the procession to
Gibbons Memorial Gardens
4212 – 51 Street
Gibbons, Alberta

Refreshments to follow the burial at
Gibbons Legion, 5027 – 50 Street, Gibbons, Alberta.

Therese “Tress” Fay Halonen

January 14, 1958 – May 13, 2024

On May 13th, 2024 at the age of 66 years, Therese (Tress) Fay Halonen passed away suddenly at her home in Westlock, AB. She was born January 14th, 1958 in the old Radway hospital and named after one of the nuns who was working there. Her mother, Annie Zaplotinsky, often recounted how Tress stubbornly entered the world as a breech baby. At the time, who knew that Tress’s headstrong arrival would foreshadow the tenacity she brought to the rest of her life.

Tress was creative and hardworking. She was always proud that as a teen she was chosen to spend the summer of 1975 working in Waterton National Park as part of the National Parks Conservation Corps for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. After graduating from highschool, she spent most of her life working various jobs and raising her family on an acreage near Abee, AB. After retiring, she moved to Mexico for a short time, returning to be closer to her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and had various hobbies relating to crafts and natural health.

Tress is predeceased by her parents, Victor and Annie (nee Lega) Zaplotinsky, her siblings Shirley, Leonard, Vicky and Gail, and her daughter-in-law Cathy Litwin-Halonen.

Left to mourn are her children Erin Halonen and Tylor (Charissa) Halonen; grandchildren Dylan and Tyson Halonen; as well as numerous extended family and friends, who may find solace in knowing that Tress has now found the peace she strived for throughout her life.

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” ~ Psalm 139:9

A cremation has taken place and a private inurnment will be held at a later time.

May Pearl LeDrew (nee Hedin)

May 1, 1938 ~ May 21, 2024

On Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 the world lost a loving Mother and wife. May Pearl LeDrew, at the age of 86 years. She was a wonderful mother who was always there when we needed her the most, offering support, wisdom, and love in abundance. A friend to many, she was a cherished member of the community in Edmonton, leaving behind a legacy of kindness and strength. She was an avid walker, and spent many hours visiting neighbors on her walks. Her kindness touched more people than we will ever know. She was a dedicated wife, who made a loving home where love was cherished. May is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Gerald; her two sons Bryan (Jane), Lance (Larissa); grandchildren Vaughn, Amanda and Chantell; younger sister Rosemarie; older brother Robert; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no formal service, as cremation has already taken place. Inurnment to take place at a later date.

Muriel Joyce Johnson (nee McKersie)

January 22, 1931 ~ April 24, 2024

Joyce came into the world on January 22, 1931 a cold wintry day in Estevan, Saskatchewan, the second of 3 children born to Gavin and Bertha (nee Battersby) McKersie. She attended school in Roche Percee and one year at Estevan Collegiate. Growing up on the farm she liked all the animals. When she was very young her mother once found her sleeping at the barn door with a batch of piglets. Winter time found her and friends sliding down the snow banks or skating on the river. Summer was also a fun time with swimming, berry picking, catching gophers or climbing the huge rocks around the farm. She met George after he was discharged from the army and they were married in December of 1947. Their marriage was blessed with four children Linda, Pam, Gene and Heather. Joyce was an active member of the United Church while living in Bienfait. She taught Sunday school, explorer leader, superintendent for many years, UCW member, was on the church board (holding the Treasurer position for 20 years). She was also the Secretary and on the Planning Committee for the World’s Day of Prayer. Joyce was also an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary Legion for over 50 years and received one of their highest awards, a Meritorius Medal. While also living in Bienfait, she served as town alderman and volunteered on many community functions. She also taught preschool skating skills in the winter as Bienfait had an indoor arena. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting and camping. She moved to Estevan to be closer to her husband, George, when he was in a special care home, she helped plant flowers in the courtyard at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Even when she lived in the lodge in Gibbons, Alberta she helped with the gardening. She was very active, walking around town and enjoying coffee with her friends. She also found time during all of this to work as a receptionist at a local doctor’s office, worked as a telephone operator (back in the day) and worked in the local hospital.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children Linda Mason, Gene Johnson and Heather Gonas (Mike); son in-law, Tim Sieben; grandchildren Beckey (Randy), Gavin (Trina), Teena, Kevin, Chelsea (Troy), Melanie (Michael), Alexis, Amy (Darrell) and Adam; ten great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; brother, Walter of Canal Flats, BC; as well as numerous extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband George Johnson; parents, Gavin and Bertha; daughter Pam; son in-law Deane; daughter in-law Debbie; and older brother Fred.

Memorial Gathering
Saturday, May 25, 2024
1:00 pm ~ 2:00 pm
O’ Sterra Campsite
#4 River Road
Estevan, Saskatchewan

Inurnment will be held following gathering at
Souris Valley Memorial Gardens
Estevan, Saskatchewan

Jane Ann Marko

January 17, 1953 – March 5, 2024

Jane Ann Marko of Edmonton, Alberta passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the age of 71 years.

Jane is survived by her daughters’ Sheri, Christa, and Angela; grandchildren Jaimie, David, Alyssa, Tiel, Seth, Taiven and Adarius; great grandson Rowan; sister Linda (Edward) and brother Ron.

Jane was predeceased by her parents’ Andrew and Pauline Marko, sister Rosemarie Kaban and brother Terry Marko.

Debora Helen Yeo (nee Ahlsten)

On Friday, April 12, 2024, as the sun rose, Debora Helen Yeo (nee Ahlsten) took her last breath surrounded by her children and husband.

Debbie was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and granny who loved her family more than anything. The oldest of five, she learned how to command attention and keep the peace. She lived her life in service to her family and her mom. Always trying to make sure everyone was happy and taken care of. She had an opinion and let you know what it was. Listening to people vent was one of her superpowers, and advising whether you wanted it or not was guaranteed. Her happiest places were summers at the Lake, and winters in Mesa, Arizona. Spring was her favourite time of year. Pointing out that the trees had been budding in the last couple of weeks with an excited tone in her voice. She loved the outdoors when she got outside, and the sun on her face when she eventually stepped off the deck. Debbie was obsessed with the weather and possibly missed her calling as a meteorologist. She loved to garden and plant flowers. Often entering into a competition with the grandkids to see whose flower pot would grow to be the prettiest by the end of the summer. Behind the camera capturing endless photos. Reading and gaming were the hobbies that she spent endless hours doing over the last few years.

The grandkids, Autumn, Tadhg, Logan, Brayden, Megan, Chloe, and Evelyn, called her Granny. They shared a connection with her that will transcend their lives, even in her absence. Her children Kelli (Scott), Lindsey (Brian), and Matthew (Brigitte) kept her on her toes and challenged her, but she loved them with all her heart. Her husband, Tim, was her companion, friend, pain in her butt, and finally her exceptional caregiver.

Stubborn, fierce, a scrapper, and a never-give-up attitude is how we would describe her the best over the last few years. She gave it her best fight right up until her final days. She exceeded all expectations set by the doctors and spent her final years doing things her way. Debbie rallied and travelled from her palliative care bed to be by her mom’s side for the final 4 days of her mom’s life. She was predeceased by, her mom, Olga Helen Ahlsten, on April 10, 2024. The loss she felt and the energy she expended being by her side proved to be too much, and she followed her mom to heaven two days later. Her siblings Judy (Kyle), Willie, Beverley, and Joanie (David) have lost their big sister and their mom in a few short days. Her nephews Rob (Jaime), Adam, Scott (Jaclyn), Alex (Taylor), Parker, and Zach have lost their Auntie Debbie and their grandma.

Our family has suffered two terrible losses, but know that they are together and watching over us. We also take comfort in that Uncle Ron, Curtis, and other friends and family who have left before Mom and Grandma are showing both of them the ropes. The two of them are probably driving everyone crazy.

She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

Our family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the staff of Unit 43 at the Grey Nuns Hospital for the outstanding care Mom received.

Celebration of Life

An informal celebration of life will be held on
Sunday, April 28, 2024
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
at the Dew Drop Inn
4539 49 Street
Gibbons, AB

Please arrive anytime as there will not be any formal service.
This is a gathering to celebrate her life.
Food and nonalcoholic refreshments will be served.

Please think of your favourite memory of Debbie
to share with us on an index card.
These memories will be collected and collated with photos
in a book for the grandchildren.

If you have any photos to share or if you wish to share your memories in advance please send them to

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.

David Brian MacDonald

March 30, 1950 – April 5, 2024

David Brian MacDonald, of Cardiff, Alberta, passed away Friday, April 5, 2024 at the age of 74 years.

He was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Edith (nee Mahar) MacDonald.

David or Brian, depending when you met him, was born March 30, 1950. He is the third oldest in a family of 13, a much beloved brother.

Moving around as a child from one end of Canada to the other, he eventually met his love, Janet Helmeczi and they married May 19, 1972. Shortly after had two children, Katrina and Kelsey. Moving around often in the province of Alberta the family finally settled in Cardiff.

David, a Jack of all trades and a master of most, would often help friends and family. Be it car issues, construction or even a place to stay, David was your man.

The MacDonald/Mahar sense of humour is legendary and wasn’t lost on David. He always had a smile, laugh, and a quick reply. He could always make you smile, which made it such a pleasure to be around him.

David is remembered by everyone who knew him but especially his family his wife Janet; his children Katrina (Jason) Brown and Kelsey (Alex Miledis) MacDonald; his grandchildren Evelyn, Vivian, and Darien.

Ever the big kid, David, well loved by all, was a special favourite with his grandchildren. His Christmas decorations and snow mazes/forts will always be remembered.

David travelled across North America in his career in construction. He made many friends wherever he was. He was renowned for his work ethic. He also employed many family members and became a mentor to many.

David leaves this world a little darker than it once was and will never be forgotten.

We’d like to thank Foyer Lacombe staff, friends, and family that have prayed, visited, and supported us in these final months. These efforts have given David and his family comfort.

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers please donate to SASHA (St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association)
or your favourite charity.

Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 20, 2024
at 10:00 am
Morinville Rendez Vous Centre
9913 104 Street
Morinville, Alberta
Bring your tissues and your memories to be shared with friends and family.

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