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DONALD “DON” BAYDACK

Don passed away peacefully in Edmonton, Alberta on December 16, 2023, at the age of 75 after succumbing to the degenerative effects of frontotemperal dementia. He is survived by his wife, Gerri Tabak, and daughter, Micki (Lucas)
as well as his siblings, Rick, Len, and Donna along with their families.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Don was educated at the University of Manitoba where he achieved his Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Civil Engineering. Shortly after graduating, he joined his brother Len running a small engineering firm (Norenco), that was involved in municipal engineering infrastructure projects located primarily in Manitoba and later in Alberta but eventually expanded to include international projects in Africa and the Caribbean.

Don enjoyed adventures, especially travel. He loved working on international projects because, as a Project Manager, he was able to interface with the local stakeholders, provide consulting advice on their technical engineering problems and bring their project vision to fruition. These projects were often months in duration, but this time provided him with an opportunity to connect with the locals and gain a deeper insight into their culture, environment, and the people as individuals.

This interest in learning about different cultures led to a keen interest in travel, both for business and pleasure, often with Gerri and Micki accompanying him on many far-flung trips to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America…every continent except Antarctica! He relished adventures like traipsing into the Sahara Desert, exploring the Pyramids of Giza, camel riding and hiking with Micki in Petra and observing penguins in their natural environment in Patagonia, just to name a few of these adventures!

But Don also loved the water…being near it seemed to recharge him. Many good times were had in his early years at the family cottage at Falcon Lake Manitoba where he spent hours fishing, swimming and just “kicking back” on the dock with family and a can or two of beer! Visits to the cottage subsided
considerably with eventual moves to Alberta and the Pacific Northwest in the US, but he was able to teach Micki how to fish, a skill he was proud to pass on to her and an activity she enjoyed. 

Don will be missed fondly by Gerri (wife), Micki (daughter) and Lucas (fiancé), along with his siblings. As per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in Manitoba at a later date in a private celebration of his life.

Ella Mary Boucher (nee Powder)

March 18 1947 ~ December 12, 2023

With a deep sense of sorrow and loss, our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Ella Mary Rema Powder of Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at the age of 76 years.

Ella is survived by her siblings, Berniece Powder, Ken Powder, Sharon Anderson, Faron Powder and Claude Powder. She will be forever loved and remembered by her two daughters, Evelyn Powder and Cherilyn Boucher (Steve Badger); grandchildren, Daniel Berard-Powder, Damien Boucher, Dezmond Morningchild (Clarissa Lewis), Kaydence Morningchild, Illiyana Badger, Grayson Badger, Denayah Badger, Tamara Taylor, Tashina McKay and Tiarrah Boucher; as well as numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Ella was predeceased by her parents, Eva Poudre and Marvin Powder; siblings, Buddy, Emiline, Linda, Lyle, Ivan, Darlene and Edna; children, Genevieve, Tanya, John and Aaron; grandchildren, Tanya Boudreau, Aaron Jr. Whitstone, Monica Boucher-McKay and Sheila Whitstone; niece, Stephanie Dumais; nephews, Orville Powder, Ervine Powder and Kirk Powder.

Following service as per Ella’s wishes cremation will take place and she will be laid to rest at Northern Lights Cemetery in Edmonton, Alberta

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Miller Crossing Care Facility for their kindness, support and care shown to Ella Boucher during her time in their care.

Wake
Monday, January 8, 2024
4:00 pm
Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
10821 – 96 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

Funeral Service
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
11:00 Am
Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
10821 – 96 Street
Edmonton, Alberta

Gary David Pace

August 16, 1954 ~ September 17, 2023

Peacefully and surrounded by his family, Gary David Pace passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at the age of 69 years. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Sandra; his children, Robyn (Cameron) Jones and Ryan (Kandice) Pace. Gary will also be fondly remembered by his 6 grandchildren, Ethan, Andrew, Chloe, Logan, Ronin and Emry; his sisters, Ann (Leo) Gaudet and Cheryl (Al) Marcil; brothers, Wayne and Francis; mother in-law, Joy Abbey; as well as his extended family and friends.

Gary was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Sadie (nee MacIntyre) Pace.

Celebration of Life

Friday, October 13, 2023
at 5:30 pm
Rosslyn Community Hall
11015 – 134 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

Graeme Watson Mackay

1967 ~ 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Graeme on Saturday, April 1, 2023 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Graeme will be remembered and dearly missed by his mother, Lottie; his sisters, Sandra and Moira; niece, Kirsten; his children, Chayton and Megan; 2 grandchildren; along with numerous relatives and friends.

Graeme was predeceased by his father, Garry.

The Mackay family would like to express our sincerest thanks to the staff at Capital Care Norwood for the compassionate care they provided Graeme during his time there. A special thank you to Dr. Girard from Pilgrims Hospice Society and the staff from Home Care for the amazing help and care they provided during his final journey.

At Graeme’s request there will be no service.

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Graeme to
Norwood Palliative Care or Pilgrims Hospice Society.

Joan Marie Chatry ( nee Nichols)

April 15, 1948 – Feb 18, 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Joan Chatry announces her passing on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the age of 74 years.

Joan is lovingly remembered by her husband, John; three children, Allan (Kristen), Steven (Jaaki) and Christine (Jason); three grandchildren, Kaela (Liam), Samantha and Colin; siblings, Cathy, John (Annie), Patricia, David, Denise and Carol; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service

Thursday, March 2, 2023
at 11:00 am
St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Parish
7508 – 29 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta.

Memorial Donations

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
#306, 10430 – 61 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6H 2J3
or
a charity of your choice.

Brenda Louise Olson

January 10, 1954 ~ February 14, 2023

Brenda Louise Olson of Westlock passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 after a brief illness at the age of 69 years. She is missed by her daughter. Jennifer (John) Wolfe; her granddaughters, Dylanna Fisher and Kaelyn Fisher; her brother, Gary Olson; her sister, Debbie (Fred) Meldrum; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Martin and Ethel; her sisters, Arlene Dery and Marion Peterson.

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
at 1:00 pm
Fraternal Order Of Eagles #2102
23 Rowland Crescent
St. Albert, Alberta

Pearl Stella Stefanyk (nee Clark)

January 5, 1928 – February 3, 2023

On Friday, February 3, 2023 Pearl passed away peacefully at the age of 95 years at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans, following a short illness.

Survived by her two children; Marilyn (Rick) and Wendy; three grandchildren, Jamie (Cathy), Darcy and Justin; great granddaughter, Elizabeth; and her brother, Ed.

Pearl was predeceased by her parents, Alex and Anna Clark; husband, Henry “Hank” Stefanyk; brother, Donald Clarke; and son in-laws, Larry and Ernie.

Pearl was born in St. Paul, Alberta, and was raised on the family farm in Waskatenau, Alberta. She attended Mission Hill School in Hollow Lake. Later left the farm and moved to Edmonton to find full time employment. Several years later she met the love of her life and they were married but sadly it was for only a few short years as he passed away in 1972. She never remarried as she always said she would never find anyone as good as Hank was.

She was a hard worker and worked full time throughout her life at many jobs, and retired from Canada West Insurance at the age of 65.

She loved watching hockey (attended Justin’s games for many years cheering him and the team on) and was always rooting for the Oilers (and would comment that they better pull up their socks if they were losing). She enjoyed listening to Country Music, she would sing along, and loved dancing while she was still able to. She had the talent to draw free hand, and was very good at it. She tried all different kinds of hobbies over the years. She played cards with family and friends until her hands could no longer hold the cards.

She had many friends near and far. She was very social and always on the go. She would go for coffee with three different groups every day while she was healthy and still drove. She made friends wherever she went, and always kept in touch with everyone. She was always well put together, getting her hair and nails done, right up to her passing.

She was a very strong willed woman her entire life, and now she is at peace and is without pain. She will be forever in our hearts.

Special thanks to her incredible doctor, Dr. David Fields, and the staff at Kipnes Centre.

Also, to Rebecca at Fountain Garden Funeral Chapel, thank you for everything you do.

There will be no service as per her wishes. Cremation has taken place and she will be laid to rest with her late husband at a later date.

Rose Kathryn Paskowski (nee Lischka)

May 1, 1941 ~ February 7, 2023

Rose Kathryn Paskowski (nee Lischka) was born on May 1, 1941 in Lampman, Saskatchewan and unexpectedly yet peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at the age of 81 years at the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Albert, Alberta. 

Rose is survived by her daughters, Sherry, Cynthia (Curtis) and Susan (Kelly); grandchildren, Dennie, Ryan, Mitchell, Jenna, Maegan (Justin) and Alyssa; great grandchildren, Madison, Dylan and Henry; in-law, Joe, Yvette, Elaine and Benita; as well as numerous extended family and friends.

In passing Rose joins her husband, Gil; Infant son, Todd; parents, Joseph and Mary; siblings, Madeline, Josephine (Frank), Eva (Olaf), Nicholas, Donald and Wayne in God’s gracious and loving care.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff on unit 15 and Dr. King for mom’s gentle compassionate care during her short time at Sturgeon Community Hospital. 

Funeral Service

Friday, February 17, 2023
at 11:00am
St. Matthew Roman Catholic Parish
13131 – 86 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta

Memorial Donations
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to 
the Alberta Diabetes Foundation
8602 – 112 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E1
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/3248?v1=true

Debrah Maryann Belitsky

Dec 22, 1953 – January 11, 2023

Debrah Maryann Belitsky, age 69 years, passed away the morning of Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, after a long struggle with health issues.

Deb was survived by sisters, Linda (Mel) Warner and Sharon Belitsky; brother, Jeff (Krystal) Belitsky; nieces, Hillary (Kevin) Yaremchuck and Katie Belitsky; nephews, Dana Belitsky and David Seibert; and great nephew, Jackson Hunt- Seibert.

Deb was predeceased by her parents, Murray & Kay (nee Demchuk) Belitsky and sister, Gwen Belitsky.

Deb was born in small town Canora, Saskatchewan, the first child of Murray & Kay Belitsky. She lived on the farm for a short time before moving to Edmonton, Alberta where she lived her entire life. Deb spent several years with Henry Singer Clothing and recently retired from EPCOR Water Services. She enjoyed travel, especially her many trips to to Puerto Vallarta with family. Family and friends gatherings were most important to her. She was not a lover of dogs, but if there was a dog around, you could bet they would always go to Deb for a pet or a treat. Deb had a love for flowers, whether caring for summer pots or fresh cut flowers, she always had flowers around her. So no doubt she will be enjoying endless blooms in heaven.

Many thanks to the teams of Nurses, Doctors and staff at the University of Alberta Hospital for the care they provided Deb.

On behalf of our family, thank you all for your prayers during her time of illness.

Memorial Service

Sunday, February 12, 2023
at 2:00 pm
Kensington Community Hall
12130 – 134 b Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta

Memorial Donations

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donations to:
Canada – Ukraine Foundation https://www.cufoundation.ca/

Dale Avery Armstrong

October 31, 1944 ~ January 6, 2023

Dale Avery Armstrong passed away peacefully at the age of 78 years in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, January 6, 2023, surrounded by family. Dale was a devoted husband, father, grandparent and great-grandparent. Throughout his life, he impacted many people and he had a big and joyous presence that will be greatly missed.

Dale was born in 1944 in Mercoal, Alberta, on Halloween. Because he was a premature baby who required incubation, but was delivered at home, his parents improvised and surrounded him with hot water-filled whiskey bottles to keep him warm — something he liked to joke was the reason he had such a wild spirit.

Dale was part of a big family and grew up learning how to provide for them by fishing and hunting — activities he would continue to enjoy into adulthood. In 1956, Dale’s family relocated to Hinton, AB, so his father could work at the mill. It was there that Dale eventually met his wife Shirley, who he married when he was just 19. Together they had three children, Carrie, Kelly and Shawn. Dale and Shirley had a lifelong partnership filled with laughter, love and care. They were about one year away from celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary when he passed. 

Dale worked several jobs in Hinton — at the mine, mill and cement plant — and provided his family with a comfortable and enjoyable life. He passed on his love of the outdoors to his children, taking them camping almost every weekend and showing them how to fish. He also always filled their home with music, whether it was playing country and western records or singing while strumming on his acoustic guitar. 

In 1987, he started his own company, Shur-Line Painting, and took on contracts painting lines in parking lots and on roads. He and Shirley relocated to Edmonton, Alberta to run the business until he retired. After his retirement, the two were able to travel around in their camper, taking regular trips to British Columbia and through the USA. In recent years, Dale became a great-grandfather and spent much of his time with his large family (including his beloved dog, Bear). 

Dale was extremely resilient throughout his life and approached every situation with positivity and tenacity. In 2013 he underwent a double lung transplant. The surgery was risky, and that risk was compounded by his age — he was in his late 60s — but Dale greatly exceeded his doctors’ expectations. He not only had a successful transplant, but woke up from the procedure and was almost immediately sitting up and walking. He took full advantage of the new lungs — traveling, singing, golfing and going for long walks. 

One of Dale’s greatest abilities was the way he made every person he came across feel seen, acknowledged and important. Dale was deeply beloved not only by his family and friends, but also by the doctors and nurses who cared for him. He always kept a positive attitude and was known for his jokes and good humour. His delivery and contagious laugh would almost always get other people laughing, too. He was interested in everyone he met and he loved to spread kindness and help people. He would go out of his way to brighten anyone’s day if he thought they needed it. 

After his lung transplant, he would often visit the hospital just to chat with the nurses and to play music on his guitar for the patients. If he was driving and he saw someone having car trouble or who looked like they needed some help, he would always stop just to see if they needed a hand. He made the effort to connect with people — fostering long-lasting relationships or sometimes just briefly touching the lives of strangers with acts of kindness.

On the night that Dale was born, there was a rare full blue moon in the sky. And he left this earth shortly before a full wolf moon appeared. Shirley recalls the day she first met Dale, it was also during sunset, and some of the first words he said to her were: “the moon will be out soon.” Anytime we look at the moon, and anticipate its beauty, we will think of Dale and the beauty of his life. 

Husband to, Shirley; father to, Carrie, Kelly and Shawn (predeceased); grandfather to, Brett, Carly, Cara, Cavelle, Dylan and River; great-grandfather to, Ryder, Enzo and Onyx; Son of, Paul and Myra (nee Stanley) Armstrong (both predeceased); brother to, Donald, Dennis, Darlene, Delbert, Reginald (all predeceased) and Maxine.

Memorial Service

As per Dale’s wishes, he will be laid to rest alongside his son Shawn in Hinton. 

A small memorial service will be held sometime this spring.

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