Elsie Alexandra Halvorson nee Paukszto


Elsie Alexandra Halvorson nee Paukszto
April 2, 1929 to July 13, 2021

Elsie might advise us to teach the young people to learn financial care for themselves. She was a teacher, of course and a mom. Born in Scott, Saskatchewan of immigrants from Poland she learned English in school and then taught her parents and then everyone after, good grammar, spelling and pronunciation. Her siblings, Mary & Vito, share that care for clarity.

Mom went to ‘Normal School’ at the University of Alberta where teachers were created in those days. At the one room country Setting Sun School, outside Metiskow, Alberta, she met and married Bob Halvorson and they farmed, raised three adults, Susan, Barry and Bruce the middle kid who pre-deceased her in a farm accident.

Grief can cause change so the couple ‘retired’ to Edmonton where they invested in the building of a car wash and they built a new circle of friends with time to enjoy the coffee always available for guests and themselves.

Elsie, met a wide variety of people with her ability to learn and have conversation on finance, politics and sports. She saw Gretzy and the Oilers skate around with Edmonton’s first Stanley Cup. Her grand children seem to have carried on her interests, especially in enjoying time with friends and conversation.

We thank and esteem all the people who work with seniors. Jasper Place Continuing Care took the word care to mean physical care for sure. AND everyone spoke to her, teased her and make life more than bearable. Hug a care giver for us anywhere you find one. That would be the ‘in lieu of flowers’ part of this obituary.

Moises Alejandro Hernandez Ulaje

El Sr. Moises Hernandez padre de quien en vida fue Moises Alejandro Hernandes Ulaje (Q.E.P.D.)
Invitan a Usted, a la misa de honras qué se oficiará el día Miércoles 14 de Julio, a horas 7.00 pm en la Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. 11310 – 111 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0C9.

Hans Joachim Ruehl


Hans passed away after a battle with cancer on July 8, 2021. He is survived by his wife Erika, children Marcus & Marilyn and Pam & Troy and grandkids Malachi, Sophie, Hudson and Charlotte. He enjoyed many years of running businesses, including his most recent Harrier Hans courier company. He still enjoyed soccer, taking his grandkids swimming and going to the YMCA. As per his request there will be no memorial or funeral service held. He is loved and will be dearly missed.

Joyce Erlene Osness


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Joyce Erlene Osness on April 27th, 2021 at the age of 75 years young. Joyce grew up on the family farm in Pompeys Pillar, Montana. She immigrated to Canada in 1969 and spent the majority of her adult life in Edmonton, AB where she worked as an accountant and raised 5 kids before retiring.

Joyce leaves a legacy of her artwork for us all to treasure, she had an incredible creative flair and had a vision of her own, forging her own path. Often her creative inspirations came from nature, animals especially, one of her great loves. She loved and cared for many cats and dogs through the years. She also had an avid interest in politics, keeping herself informed of and carefully weighing the issues, at all levels in Canada and the US.

Our mother will always be remembered by her younger brother Richard Osness and her 5 children: Paul Watson (Sasha), Jennifer Watson (Bill), Chris Watson, Tim Watson (Olana), and Heather Watson. Joyce loved her 10 grandchildren very much who will also remember her: Zoey, Jade, Alick, Trinity, Savannah, Elora, Eden, Elijah, Teagan and William. She was predeceased by her parents Erling and Rose Osness, older brothers Pat Marang and Charles Marang (Carol).

The family would like to thank Simply Cremations for handling her final arrangements with grace, it truly did make a difference.

A celebration of life will be held on August 20th, 2021 in Edmonton, details to follow.

May she rest in peace and her perpetual light shine upon us.

Raymond “Ray” Arthur Hudson

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Raymond “Ray” Arthur Hudson made his last wildly inappropriate comment on May 24th 2021.
Born in Coaldale, Alberta on March 20, 1950, Ray leaves behind the legacy fitting of a great man, father, and grandfather. The eldest of six siblings of the late Kenneth and Florence Hudson, and is survived by two sons, Brad (Tara) and Colin (Ruselle) Hudson, of whom he was tremendously proud of, three grandchildren who were the only people who could ever successfully boss him around, and his brothers Kenny, Don (Anne), Hugh (Wendy), and Bruce (Naomi). He is predeceased by sister Linda (Les).
Ray was not one for travel, but he valued his relationships, and put greater emphasis on being a person who showed up for the people in his life. He maintained a correspondence with penpals Joy and Owen Bowers in New Zealand that dated back to his elementary school years.
Saying goodbye, however, was not Ray’s forte. In life, it was sneaking out from a party when no one was looking. That philosophy carried over in his passing, and was no more evident than in the case of learning of his grand exit, his good friend Jim Gormley remarked “Ray always said he would do anything to avoid giving my eulogy.”
Ray found great purpose in his work, no matter the employment, and made an impact wherever he went. He had an eye for process and logic (oftentimes his own), and for learning how things around him in the world worked. But to know him, he was more than any job or career. Infamous for his hesitation with the usage of patience and his near-biblical levels of candour, the larger truth was that he used the cover of cantankerous old man to protect something much gentler about himself, which his family often saw in him with his grandchildren. He loved fiercely and in no half measures. Coupled with his prolific vocabulary of profanity, one might argue that he loved four-letter words as much as he did his grandchildren, and took great joy in educating the Hudson family’s youngest generation on the alternative slang, despite pleas from their aggrieved parents.
A practicing Wiccan, Ray did away with a lot of traditionally Western approaches to end of life customs. He had emphasized to his family that in lieu of a funeral, he should be cremated and anyone inclined to do so could make charitable donations to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Everyone who remembers Ray is asked to celebrate his life in their own way and the family encourages you to share your own story about the beloved man we warmly refer to as “Mr. Asshole” below.

Ronald Arthur Hurst


Ron is survived by his long time partner Jo-Ann Ruff, his children Randy Hurst and his sons Soren and Ryder, Darrin Hurst and his children Josephine and Robin,Larae (Larry) Peppard and their daughter Analeigh, his step daughters Rachael (Graeme)Purches and their daughters Madison, Riley and Marina Coslovich, as well as his sister Myrna (Ronald) Krawchuk and their daughters Shelley, Debbie and Wendy (goddaughter) and his special brother Randy (Michelle)Ruff and their daughters Jaimie and Deidra, and sons, Travis and Tyler. He was pre deceased by his parents Alexander and Adeline and one brother Alexander.
Ron worked for many years in the oilfield industry and has acquired many friends and acquaintances. As per his wishes there will be no service but instead he would like you all to hoist a drink to him and wish him god speed.
The family wishes to thank all of those who have reached out during this difficult time.
Ron will be greatly missed by many.


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Allan Brown passed away June 12 2021, at the age of 70, after a long illness. He is survived by his only sister Brenda and one uncle and many cousins. The family members reside throughout Canada, U.S.A. and Australia. Allan was predeceased by his father Harold in 1972, and mother Ruth in 2008.

Allan drove a cab for several decades and enjoyed his job. Later in his life he enjoyed          driving his Ford truck which was his pride and joy.

A memorial service will be held in July and date has not been determined yet.

Many thanks to the staff at the Leduc Hospital for their help with Allan during his stay there.

May he rest in peace with the knowledge that he is loved and missed by his family.

Richard (Ron) Beland


Richard (Ron) Beland passed away peacefully in Athabasca, Alberta on June 14, 2021 at 81 years of age. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 56 years, Pauline; sons Ronald and Michael(Marnie); daughter Chantal(Dean); grandchildren: Ryan(Alicia), Richard, Acacia, Raeghan, Joshua, Zachary, Nathan, Logan and Dolly; great grandchildren: Wesley, Sophie and Raiyden; brother Neil Kennedy.

Dad was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1957-1967. In 1996, he retired from Edmonton Telephones to Island Lake, Alberta, where he loved life with family and good friends. Dad was an avid smoker, spending countless hours grinding and smoking meats until he perfected his recipes.

A special thank you to Dr. Burger and the medical professionals at Athabasca Hospital. A thank you to special friends at Island Lake who provided tremendous support to the family during this difficult time. Dad, you will be forever loved, dearly missed and never forgotten.

Charles Walton Youngs

Walton was one of three sons born in the town of Didsbury, Alberta to George and May Youngs. Upon completion of high school in that farming community, he started his first job with a survey crew. That job led to a life dedicated to the surveying and mapping fields, particularly with respect to the Public Service of Alberta. He qualified as an Alberta Land Surveyor in 1953 and a Dominion Land Surveyor in 1955.
Walton was appointed the Director of Surveys for the Alberta Government in 1964 and held that position until his retirement in 1983. During his career as Director of Surveys he was a member of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association and served as President in 1960. He was later made an Honorary Life Member of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association. He contributed in many ways to the Canadian Institute of Surveying, was a respected member of the Provincial Planning Board and served as Boundary Commissioner for Alberta.
Education for surveyors was a strong interest for Walton. He was instrumental in the development of the University of Calgary degree program in Surveying Engineering and was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Surveying Engineering at the University of New Brunswick.
Following retirement, he joined the International Federation of Surveying (FIG), when the Canadian Institute of Surveying was awarded the holding of the 1986 Congress of FIG. He served as Secretary-General of FIG for three years and Vice President of the Finnish FIG Bureau for three years following that. Because of his contributions, he was made an Honorary Member of FIG.
Walton lived a productive and happy 92 years. A former colleague described Walton’s qualities as “honesty, integrity, modesty and patience”, and his friends and family would strongly agree with that assessment. Walton was predeceased by his brothers Robert and Clarence, and his sisters in law, June and Eileen. He is survived by Doreen, his wife of 67 years, and his daughters Julia (Robert Seager) and Laurie (William Douglas); and his grandchildren Katie, Pamela, Robert, Matthew, Robyn and Scott; and five great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.
As were his wishes, there will not be a funeral service. Condolences may be forwarded through Simply Cremation.com

Scott B Johnson


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It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Scott Johnson at the age of 63 years following his battle with cancer.

He is lovingly remembered by his son Trent, brother Kim (Darlene), sister Jamie (Ed), numerous relatives, nieces, nephew and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Stan and Catherine Johnson.

Scott had a long successful career as a machinist. He was a thoughtful, kind man who was generous with his time and known to lend a hand. He enjoyed a good laugh and swap a story or two with friends, chat with neighbors, garden, he loved his vehicles (favorite was his 280z 2+2) and to spend time with his son and their dog.

The family would like to thank all the health care providers for their compassionate care in his final days.

At Scott’s request there will not be a service. He did not want us to grieve for him, instead, he asked we remember the good times and raise a glass in his memory.

A small private function will be held in his honour.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the charity of your choice.