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Audrey Mae Hitman December 5, 1939 ~ March 1, 2019 Audrey Hitman of Camrose, Alberta passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the age of 79 years after a courageous battle with cancer. Audrey will be lovingly remembered by her children David (Noreene and family) Hitman, Kathy (Chris) Gerritsen, Sharon Thomson and Robin Hitman; grandchildren Kristen, Nicholas, Stephanie and Erik; siblings Gary (Susan) Johanson and Shirley Latimer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her parents Peter and Frances Johanson; and brother Kenneth Johanson. Audrey lived a full life as an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her whole life was dedicated to her community and she never missed an opportunity to lend a helping hand. She was a true inspiration as a foster parent for over twenty years and as a volunteer at the Camrose Food Bank and Camrose Crisis Line. In 2015, Audrey was nominated for a provincial Minister’s Senior Citizen Award and was recognized by the City of Camrose for her contributions to the betterment of the community. Audrey’s true passion in life was nurturing over one hundred international students who lived with her over the last thirty years. Countless hours were spent working on their English skills, helping with school assignments and teaching them to drive. She enjoyed spending her winters in the arena cheering on her Japanese hockey players. Audrey was blessed to be able to travel to many countries around the world to visit her “kids” and their families. Audrey’s favorite memories were the times spent at the cabin in British Columbia with her family. She was also the master of scouting out treasures at garage sales, loved singing along to Burton Cummings and Neil Diamond and could play a mean game of crib. Most of all, she adored her family and instilled strong values and traditions that have and always will be a big part of their lives. Her four grandchildren were the loves of her life. She cherished the time that she spent as their biggest fan at dance competitions and recitals, hockey, soccer and basketball games. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. A Celebration of her Life was held at Messiah Lutheran Church on Monday, March 11, 2019. If family or friends so desire, memorial contributions in Audrey’s memory may be made to the Camrose Food Bank or to the Cross Cancer Institute. To send condolences, please visit

Byron Olson November 26, 1935 ~ February 26, 2019 Byron Olson passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the age of 83. Despite a diagnosis of Early Onset Parkinson’s in his 40s, Byron’s mental resilience, perseverance, strength, and creativity allowed him to maintain a lifelong engagement with the theatre and a rich output of art and architecture. Byron was born on November 26, 1935 to Elmer and Cecelia Olson in Camrose, Alberta, the second oldest of five children. Byron graduated from the UBC School of Architecture and worked for the esteemed architectural firm of Erickson and Massey. He later established his own firm and became part of the innovative planning and design team of the Britannia Community Centre in Vancouver. He designed many public buildings and private residences in the Lower Mainland and the Kootenays, including the Kimberley and Sparwood Public Libraries, Trickle Creek Golf Clubhouse, and the Cranbrook Alliance Church. Byron’s love of wilderness and the environment informed many of his ecologically friendly designs. While at UBC, Byron was very involved in the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC). He was an accomplished mountaineer, enjoyed skiing, rock climbing and building cabins in unique and surprising places. He scaled Mount Waddington twice and was active in mountain rescue. Byron’s love of adventure and travel took him all over the world. In Byron’s later years, he dedicated more time to painting, drawing, and cartooning. He wrote many plays which were produced by Cranbrook and Kimberley Community Theatres. One of his proudest moments was winning Best Director in BC for his work directing the play Oleana at the Mainstage Festival (2004). Byron will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humour, and community engagement. His actions and the legacy of his buildings will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many. Byron is survived by his soul mate Penny Ohanjanian; daughters Oona (Jordan) and Rebecca and son Aaron; grandchildren Charlie and Benjamin; sister Donna (Bob) Luce; brothers Dr. Ted Olson and Daryl (Leslie) Olson; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a CELEBRATION OF BYRON’S LIFE on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Centre 64 in Kimberley.

Gwen Sandstrom June 27, 1945 ~ March 13, 2009 On the Anniversary of the Day You Went Away Today’s the anniversary Of the day that we lost you, And for a time it felt as though Our lives had ended too. But loss has taught us   many things And now we face each day, With hope and happy  memories To help us on our way. And though we are full   of sadness That you’re no longer here, Your influence still guides us And we still feel you near. What we shared will never die It lives within our hearts, Bringing strength and comfort While we are apart – Dennis, Connie, Krista and families

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service

The family of

Don Shott Phone 780-672-2121 “Dedicated service since 1906”

Gladys Juvernia Taranger Gladys Juvernia Taranger passed away after a lengthy illness on Feb. 28, 2019 at the age of 89 years at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. She leaves to mourn her passing brother Lawrence (Ruth); sister-in-law Angela; nieces Brenda (Tim) and Leah (Michael) and nephews Philip (Nimi) and Bruce (Lisa); as well as numerous grand nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her mother Agda, father Alfred and brother Milton. She served as a missionary in Ethiopia for 17 years, working both as a nurse and in literature translation. Since 1976; she lived in Camrose and worked at Rosehaven Home as a nurse for a number of years. The celebration of her life was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Wetaskiwin (4730-51 Avenue) on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Doug Gordon officiating. Interment was at Fridhem Cemetery in Ferintosh, AB at 2:00 p.m. for family. Donations in her memory may be made to the Baptist General Conference Canada, Canadian Heart and Stroke Association, Friends of Fridhem Association or the charity of your choice.

Alexsander Adolf Herman August 18, 1925 ~ March 3, 2019 Alex Herman was born August 18, 1925, and passed away peacefully on March 3, 2019 in Burnaby, BC. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family and friends. Alex is survived by daughters Doreen Regnier, Audrey Herman, Bernice Herman and Marilyn (Mark) Lyon; and sons Larry (Urte) Herman and Allan (Tammy) Herman; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers George (Phyllis) Herman and Nick (Marie) Herman; and sister Madeline Boser. Through his work in the construction industry, he worked and lived in many provinces, finally settling in Ft. McMurray and then the Camrose area. Alex will be remembered for his love of fixing and building things. He especially loved birds and was known as “The Bird Man of Camrose” for the beautifully hand-painted bird ornaments he made and sold at the local markets. After the passing of his wife Mary Herman, he relocated to Kelowna, BC, where he married Johanna Bratt who predeceased him in 2013. A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 22561 121 Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite bird sanctuary would be appreciated to honour Alex’s love of nature and birds.

…would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming love and support in the loss of our loved one. Sincere thank you to Father Joseph for the Divine Liturgy, Jerry Szott for the lovely prayer service, Audrey Hoynick and Susan Chromik for the beautiful singing, and the SWL for the lunch. Special thanks to Bart Orr and staff of Burgar Funeral Home for all their work and compassion shown to the family. Thank you to all who attended, sent cards, flowers, donations and food. It was much appreciated. – Linda Shott and family

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