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Christopher Francis Durante

August 18, 1983 ~ April 27, 2018


It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Christopher Francis Durante age 34 years. Christopher was a father, son, and brother. He leaves to mourn his daughters, Averi and Evelina; parents, Frank and Debbie; siblings, Marcus (Stacy), Gregory (Brittany) and Anna-Marie (Kyle Laird); mother of his daughters, Katie; as well as numerous extended family and friends. 


 Celebration of Life and Prayer Vigil

Saturday, May 12, 2018
at 11:00 am
St. John Bosco Church
13503 - 40 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta


Memorial Donations

 In Lieu of flowers the family will be taking donations toward a fund for Christopher's daughters at the Bank of Montreal.

If you wish to contribute please contact the girls’ mother, Katherine Durante.





Marianne Brigitta Ethier (nee Arbter)

June 28, 1958 - April 29, 2018

Marianne passed away Sunday, April 29, peacefully in her sleep, with her children and niece at her side, as she joined her mother, father, sister and countless other friends. Marianne is survived by her children, Jaimie (Colin) Ethier, Mandy (Greg) Ethier and Jon Ethier; her grandchildren, Mason (Dani) Konopacki, Brayden and Ford Mindus; her siblings, Sigrun (Bob) Jones, Fred (Trudy) Arbter, Will (Angela) Arbter; her favourite kitty, Cooper; and numerous nieces, nephews, countless friends and friends that were like family. She was predeceased by her parents, Leo & Hermine (nee Wimmeder) Arbter; and sister, Inge Jacobson.

Marianne was born in Lamont, AB and is the youngest of 5 children.  She spent her life working as a Paralegal in Edmonton, and surrounding area.  In recent years she took an opportunity to work in British Columbia, where she spent time with Mandy, Greg and Family.  Upon her return to Alberta she spent time with her family, friends, and working on various crochet projects.

Marianne acknowledged each person who visited and sent messages to her via text or family visitor with ‘Hi There.’ She was surrounded by so much love, admiration, respect, support, strength, humor, laughter and pride. 

The family would like to offer their many thanks and appreciation to the nurses and Doctors at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, that were a part of Marianne’s care team.  Their kindness, professionalism and caring made it easy to support Marianne and her end of life hopes and goals!


Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 5, 2018
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
12907 – 78 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

Memorial Donations
In lieu of flowers the family would like for you to share in the creation of a Memorial Garden being prepared for
Marianne Brigitta Ethier (nee Arbter)
by bringing a  perennial to be planted in the Memorial Garden.





Bernt Kennerfeldt

July 23, 1939 – March 20, 2018

As a loving husband, father and grandfather he will be best remembered for how he loved unconditionally.

Bernt was born in Stockholm, Sweden, when he was 15 he immigrated to Canada with his mother and built his life here. His passions included woodworking, golf, boats, music, dogs, nature, general tinkering, and whistling while he worked and don’t forget his wife of course.

His joy was his family, those who will be mourning his loss are his loving wife, Irene; his sons, Craig (Della) and Cory (Tomomi); his daughters, Janina (Riley), Marissa and Alisha (Elvis); his grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Ashley, Kyra, Kodee, Erik, Jordyn, Hinata and Olivia; as well as many relatives and friends.

Bernt is predeceased by his mother and father, Dagny and Sven.

He will be greatly missed….

To family and friends who would like to attend:

Memorial service
2:00 pm
Monday April 9, 2018
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Google Maps:
181 – 22560 Wye Road or
181 Wyecliff, Lakeview Estates Subdivision
Sherwood Park, Alberta






February 26, 1955 to December 30, 2017

Jerry was born Gerald Adrian Woolsey in Lacombe, AB to Hub and Verna Woolsey. He very much enjoyed growing up in small-town Alberta and always did a back-alley tour of his boyhood haunts when visiting his parents and brothers.

He showed early talent as a singer and his parents encouraged him in his love, allowing him to leave school in 1972 to join the band, Tacoy Ryde as their lead singer. The group lived and worked in Regina and Saskatoon for a few months before moving to Edmonton, their permanent base. Their first recording, a reggae project, was never released. Their second, with the band renamed JATO, was produced to appeal to the pop market. Two videos and several songs garnered some airplay on radio and Much Music before the band re-formed as Tacoy Ryde.

Jerry left his band brothers in 1988 to work full-time as a recording engineer. He'd started out at Bumstead Records, then worked with Goede Creative and Beta Sound Recorders for several years before freelancing with Mike Lent's 10th Street Studio, Blue Diamond Music, DanLyn Studios, Magic Music and more.

Jerry worked for over 45 years as a performing musician, session singer, engineer, producer and technician. He was a versatile vocalist in several styles, and years of playing flute, saxophone, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, timbales and drums equipped him well for recording. Known as one of the best and most patient of team players, Jerry was also a perfectionist, ensuring that every project was done to the highest quality and on time. He had extensive experience in engineering, editing, mixing and mastering for CD production, sound cutting, broadcast advertising and film and could fix anything. Jerry was always willing to share his skills and mentored many young recording engineers.

He recorded albums with over 200 clients including Tommy Banks and PJ Perry, Long John Baldry, Cindy Church, Maria Dunn, Valdi and Gary Fjellgaard, Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne, Dave Babcock, The Plain Janes, Duke Robillard, Jay McShann, Jack Semple, Marshall Tully, Steve Pineo, Stewart MacDougall, Doug Cox, Dan Sinasac, The McDades, Brad Bayley, Laura Vinson and Free Spirit, Kelly Alanna, Crystal Plamondon, Vernon Thomson and Suzi Ragsdale, Stony Plain Records, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and so many more. Over the years, his work garnered clients countless nominations and awards including three Junos.

Jerry worked in film post-production sound for years with clients including the National Film Board of Canada, LucasArts Entertainment, Northstar Entertainment, Karvonen Films, People and Peaks Productions, Alliance Entertainment, Frame 30, Great North, Kicking Horse, and other companies.

Film and video productions have included Maria Dunn's GWG Piece by Piece, Long Road Home, Wildie, Mountain Men, Mountain Mustang, Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Bye Bye Blues, Due South, The Diviners, The X Files, Jake and the Kid, Kung Fu - The Legend Continues, Lonesome Dove, Gang Aftermath, Alberta, A Centennial Forest History, Medicine River, Moccasin Flats, Blue Quills Acimowin, North of 60, Ordeal in the Arctic, The Outer Limits, Pigeons and Doves, and many more.

Jerry was a kind and loving husband and father. He is greatly missed by wife, Dawn; daughter, Adrianne; grand-daughter, Selina; sister-in-law, Laurie Nickerson; and nephew, Bryce. He is survived by his older siblings, Trevor (Fern) and Brian Woolsey and their families.

Jerry died on December 30, 2017 at the University of Alberta Hospital after a valiant two-year battle with cancer. A Celebration of his life will be held in the spring.

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Leah Jade Lavallee Matthews

July 12, 1999 ~ March 12, 2018

It is with broken hearts and great sadness the family announces the passing of Leah Jade Lavallee Matthews on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 18 years of age. Leah will be forever remembered by her boyfriend, Cole Jones; mother and step father, Laura Lavallee and Russell John; father and step mother, Percy Matthews and Valerie Thevarge; siblings, Chenelle, Shay, Gunnar, Hunter,   Jaxson, Simone, Nickolas, and Olivia; grandparents, Margaret and Carl Coates, Cornelia John, Laurie George; great grandmother, Mary Grant; as well as numerous extended family and friends. 

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, March 24, 2018
at 2:00 pm
St. Louis Parish Ctr
5011 - 49 Avenue
Bonnyville, Alberta




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