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Gerald “Jerry” Panas 

December 16, 1946 ~ May 5, 2018

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Gerald “Jerry” Panas on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 71 years of age. You will be forever loved by your daughter, Angela (Ken) Bechtel; and grand-daughter Kalei Leitch of Lethbridge, Alberta; fiancée, Ellen Trousdale-Ayers of Houston Texas, United States Of America; siblings, Dianne Cameron of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Danny (Heather) Panas of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ricky (Tina) Panas of Calgary, Alberta, Lenny (Josie) Panas of Edmonton, Alberta, Carol Panas of Wetaskiwin, Alberta; nieces, Tanya Panas of Angus, Ontario, Terry-Lynn (Brad) Andres of Lumby, British Columbia; nephews, Scott (Christina) Cameron of Edmonton, Alberta, Kirk (Liz) Cameron of Kelowna, British Columbia, Christopher (Joy) Panas of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Michael Panas, Calgary, Alberta; great nieces, Katie Stevens of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Meagan Andres of Lumby, British Columbia, Brooke Cameron of Edmonton, Alberta, Johanna Panas of Campbell River, British Columbia, Sophie Panas of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and newborn Katherine Panas of Niagara Falls, Ontario; great nephews, Tyler Andres of Lumby, British Columbia, and Ryley Cameron of Edmonton, Alberta; uncle, Walter Jacun, Edmonton, Alberta; as well as numerous beloved family and friends.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Bonnie; second wife, Marg; and parents, William and Nina (nee Jacun) Panas.

He met Bonnie Bechtel when they were both pretty young and they were very pleased to welcome Angela in 1970. He talked about Angela all the time despite having to spend long periods of time away working.  He was very excited when found he had a granddaughter, Kalei with whom he developed a strong bond. From the time she was a baby he always talked about her and carried her pictures with him everywhere he went.  

He met Margaret Cunningham whose sense of humour matched his own; together they shared a happy and loving relationship. Marg passed away in the early 2000’s and Jerry’s heart was truly broken. 

Jerry later met Ellen Trousdale Ayers, and they later became engaged. They were happy to accompany Angela, Ken, and Kalei on a Disneyland Cruise to the Caribbean. He was so very proud of his daughter and granddaughter. These were some of his happiest times. Jerry was known to call Ellen twice a day to check in with her and to say good morning and good night to her when they were apart.

Jerry left home at the age of 16 and worked on the highway that was built between Prince Rupert and Prince George. He had some awesome stories about the oil patch. During his career he drove from the Arctic Circle, to the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific to Atlantic. If you mentioned a city by name or the news brought up a new location he could invariably tell a story about that place, very seldom had he not been to the mentioned city.

Jerry’s work occupied a lot of his world and hours with the many great stories he told. In one of the stories he spoke of a time when he had just moved an oil rig in Alberta. On this move he and his swamper came across a guy who was stuck in the ditch with a huge car. Always willing to help someone, he asked his swamper to chain up the car and he would pull him out. So they pulled the guy out and were travelling along the highway having great conversation before they remembered the guy was still hooked to the chain. They had pulled him about 50 miles before they remembered. The guy was a little white knuckled when they finally stopped.

Another time early in his career he was working for an Alberta outfit moving rigs and he hadn't been paid for about 6 weeks. So he drove the truck about 200 miles, parked it in a truck stop and left it sitting at a high idle and “lost” the keys very quickly. Then he took a bus home; needless to say he never did receive his paycheque nor was he asked about the truck.

One of his siblings says he hated city driving though he never complained about it.

A long time friend of his stated that he was sure that he had spent years moving oil rigs around Alberta and B.C with Paps, he also hauled with LTL, West freight, Patterson Noble, and pipe for NIC before he purchased his own truck and made hundreds of trips from Alberta to Texas. He was accident free for nearly 55 years before retiring in 2015.

Jerry’s nephew recalls when he was three and Jerry bought him a lollipop that was bigger than he was; and it became a kind of a ritual between them after that. 

One of his nieces stated that he had picked her up on numerous trips (after she had lost her mom) and took her on some of his adventures; he would laugh at her when she was nervous while driving thru the tunnels. This effort he made for her meant so much to her as she was growing up without her mom; and she will never forget his kindness towards her.

Another nephew described how Jerry possessed all those things that money can't buy: manners, morals, respect, character, common sense, trust, patience, class, integrity and love. And he thought that Jerry’s legacy was that he was the one who wanted to ‘keep the family together.’

So we say to our dear father, grandfather, fiancé, brother, brother in-law, uncle, great-uncle, dear friend, and nephew...Gerald “Jerry” Panas We are going to miss you our dear one...who never said a bad thing about anyone; knowing how destructive criticism and negativity is, he never spread gossip; who didn't hold a grudge with anyone; whose wisdom surpassed all of ours in ways we may never realize; who cried openly in sad movies; who loved animals...especially little dogs.... (cats and all animals in fact); whose legacy includes a burning desire to love and accept each and every family member and in his humble way and with never ending humour had a way to endear others to him and to make others feel comfortable. You were such an intelligent and fine man Jerry Panas. Forever loved and sadly missed.

Celebration of Life
Saturday, July 28, 2018
at 1:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 86
5003 - 52 Avenue
Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Jerry's family would greatly appreciate your attendance at the service
and look forward to hearing the stories you have to share.



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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