In Memorium

The body of a town is made up of it’s houses but the soul is made up of the people who live there.

This page will be dedicated to those whose lives touched Gleichen and who’s passing will be missed by our community.

34 Responses to In Memorium

  1. ivy wigmore says:

    My father George A. Wigmore passed away in July, 1976. He was born in Barnstaple, England in May, 1896. He is buried in the War Veterans plot of the Gleichen Cemetary. He was drafted from Victoria to England to join the British Isles, as a Private in both World Wars. He was predeceased by his wife Rosa in 1999 and son John in 2001 and survied by sons Stan (Edmonton) and Richard (Ft McMurray) and daughters Ivy and Vina (Ft McMurray)

    While we lived in Gleichen, my dad was employed as a Bookkeeper for the local businesses: Lou Ng’s Store, InterNational Harvester, Post office with Mr. Kilcup, Elmer Crums Garage/Business and had many private clients both in town and on the Siksika First Nation.

    I have only one family group picture taken in 1973, which I still hang on my wall and it holds alot of good memories of life in Gleichen.

    • Judy Sauve says:

      would love your history in our new update of the Gleichen Call published in 1968 ,also your picture,either a copy or we can return your photo

      • Mavis Bogstie says:

        Hi, Judy – just trying to track down some of our old friends and spotted this. So glad to see you are both still in Jack’s childhood territory! When was the update published, or are you working on it? His mom is gone but lived to 93. Would love to hear how things are in your busy lives. We are retired and living in Vernon. Time flies when you’re having fun – right? :). Mavis

        • Judy Sauve says:

          Just noticed your good to catch up with friends. Do you ever come to Gleichen? We are still doing an update to the Gleichen Call and the Clunybook . It would be nice to have something about Jack’s family and his Mom .Can be sent to or mail to Gleichen and District Historical Society Box 69, Gleichen Ab. T0j1n0. Hope you are well as we are . We are retiring and looking forward to that. Still live on the farm Ken and Judy

      • ivy wigmore says:

        I will forward a picture, once I scan it. When is the new Update of the Gleichen Call published. Interested in obtaining a copy, if you can provide me information. Thanks

      • ivy wigmore says:

        please forward me an e-mail address and i can forward the Wigmore family picture, thank you

      • ivy wigmore says:

        can someone tell me if the new addition of the Gleichen Call has been released, if so i would really like to see or buy a copy of it. I grew up in Gleichen, from Grade 1 – 9 in the 1960’s

  2. monica zelinsky says:

    My mother Esther Zelisnky passed away January 18th. She lived in Gleichen for the last 5 years and survived by her husband Chipman Zelinsky and 3 children Andrea Ronalds Alex Zelinsky and Monica Zelinsky. She was and amazing woman who will be missed by many. She passed 6 weeks after finding she had cancer. She lived at 212 Haskayne ave. She spent most of her time outside in her gardens. Although she was not known by many who lived here there was a few people she talked highly about. She always told me I should move her as it was quiet and the people were so pleasant. I thought I would post here as the few that did not her may want to know of her passing

  3. Josie Mocnik says:

    Hi, I hope someone will remember me… I lived in Gliechen off and on some years ago with my family. My younger sister was born in Gliechen in 1964 (Gliechen hospital) on the reserve. Our house was in 1964-66 was north of main street, near the Holt homestead, I went to school with Patricia Holt. Second time around, we moved back and lived in house north of Gliechen school, across the alley next door to the Del Garcio, Tony and his wife and son and 2 daughters.. 1967-69. By then I had 4 sisters. I grew up with friends Judy Camps; Linda Camps…Cindy Spyra. Long time ago… I have been back for a visit in 2008. Can not believe how much has changed, but it was a wonderful feeling going down memory lane. Will never forget all the fun I had growing in a small yet a wonderful town with great friends. What can I say i was only 12 back then. I still have my school picture. Miss Haggarty was the teacher. On weekends we hung out at the corner store that had a juke box and a coke machine… Can’t remember his name … i think her name was Ming… What can i say its been long ago… I sure would like to know where all my friends had gone.
    Hope to visit once again. Josie Mocnik (maiden name)

    • ivy wigmore says:

      Hi Josie, I also lived next door to the Del Grecio’s in 1969. Hung out with Angel, Val McLeay, Jaqui Dunn, Clara Kilcup and Barb Stenhouse. Would like to know how to contact any of them, I tried faced, it didn’t work. We also use to go to the corner store “Jackie’s” his wife was named King. I believe one of them was killed in Calgary during a robbery at their home there. Do you have a yearbook from 1967 – 1970, should would like to find a copy of it.

      • Josie Mocnik says:

        Hi Ivy: Your name is very familar as so is Angel who had 2 brothers and an older sister. Barb I knew as well and her two brothers..I know there was more (big family). Jaqui I hung around with after I came back for a visit with Judy Camps & met Jaqui…then we were friends. Don’t know Clara or Val. Unfortunately don’t have a year book…all i got is a school class picture from Gr. 4…. I too tried looking up on social media. Of course they may have gotten married. The last place i ran into Barb was in Calgray in the 8o’s. She was working at Peter’s Drive-In on 16th Ave NE. Yes it was Jackie’s… haha Yes his wife was very young… for longest time thought it was his daughter. Frankie Del Grecio was in Herald papers 90’s was struck over the head with a hammer.. by an girlfriend’s ex. I believe Pasco had an accident in the Rodeo? Or was that his in-law Yule boys?? That’s all i got … so nice to have someone to share the past with. You can find me on face book…

        • ivy says:

          Hi Josie,

          thanks for the updated info. It’s so good when you know what has become of childhood friends. I didn’t know the information about the 2 DelGurecio brothers, last I heard in the late 90’s that Pascal was Managing a Hotel or Saddlery Shop in Strathmore. yes, I will check facebook for your name. what city are you in, you can also add me on facebook: ivy wigmore, fort mcmurray, ab…thank you for commenting on this page

          • josie mocnik says:

            I missed the part of King

            Hi Ivy… glad we are friends now on fb
            I reside in Wetaskiwin, Alberta –

            This Christmas you and I were both in Calgary visiting families. Caught that on fb! I was ill.

            I took my sister for her birthday to her birthplace. Wow the town has changed … looks bare 🙁

            Too funny had someone stop me and asked if i was lost. Said nope just recalling my days living here. And she gives me a wave and smiles!!

            *Mark and supporters keep up the wonderful work of bringing this town to life!!

  4. dale armstrong says:

    My wife and i are trying to find a lady named monica (last name unknown) who had a boyfriend named hamilton……they lived just across the tracks in gliechen…..can anyone help?

  5. Graham Powell says:

    I am a direct decendent of George Moss senior. My Grandfather was Charles Thomas Moss (George Moss’s Son and I think brother of George Sylvester Moss). I would like to have contact with any remaining relatives of the Moss family. Can anyone help?
    We may be ably to fill in a lot of missing information about our family.

    Charles Moss was killed in the 1st world war and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France. He never saw his son, my father. There is little information about the ancestory of my forefathers and would dearly like to fill in the gaps. I look forward to any pieces of information anyone can give. Thank you in anticipation.

    • Teresa Moss says:

      Hi Graham,
      I’m hoping that after so much time has passed since your original post, you somehow see this. My Grandfather was George Sylvester Moss. I’d love to get in touch and see what blanks we can fill in, in our family history.

  6. Admin says:

    Dear Friends and Family of Ejler Jensen,

    It is with deep sadness that we share with you Ejler Jensen’s passing on August 27, 2014 at 102 years of age. His transition was very peaceful. In the past several years, although bed-ridden, he was happy and content, spending much of his time reading his Bible, listening to gospel music and welcoming visitors. He loved small pleasures – fresh picked strawberries, Hawaiian chocolate covered macadamia nuts, brightly colored flowers. Your cards and letters, and occasional visits, were highlights of his days.

    Most of his life was dedicated to serving others – as a pastor, a hospital administrator, counselor. His focus was on helping others in any way possible. As a family it has been wonderful to see him open up and share his gentle, funny spirit as well as learn so much more about the man we call Dad. His trademark wave and ‘well hello there!’ would often lead into stories of his youth and family heritage. In his final moments, even though in a deep sleep, he lifted his hand and waved! He was a man of great courage, creativity and perseverance.

    Ejler was born on June 26, 1912 in Gleichen, Alberta, Canada to Danish immigrants Mette and August Jensen. His father August was a developer of irrigation projects for the Canadian Pacific Railways. Ejler spent his early years in the small prairie town of Standard where his family ran a livery stable and drayage business as well as the first auto sales business in the area, selling Fords. Ejler became well known in the area as a wrangler with great talent for breaking in horses.

    The Jensen family went from a hard but prosperous life to complete ruin through the Great Depression of 1929-1930, suffering near starvation and depletion of all their resources. The family became itinerant farm workers, living in a 12×12 shack, sleeping beneath horsehide robes during the frigid winters. They were occasionally visited by religious book salesmen and as a result of those relationships the family joined the Seventh-day Adventist church. The pictures and stories of mission projects all over the world captured Ejler’s imagination and he determined he would some day become a missionary.

    Ejler attended Canadian Junior College from 1936-1939. He expressed his love of music by playing drums in the college band and also enjoyed playing the guitar, violin and in later years, a saxophone. When his family emigrated to Modesto, California, Ejler transferred to Pacific Union College where he graduated in 1942. He met Iona Clark, the daughter of biology professor Harold Clark, at PUC and they were married on May 27, 1942.

    Ejler became a pastor and he and Iona spent their early married life in Nevada, Utah and then Alaska where daughter Linda was born. Ejler’s territory covered all of Alaska and he relied on veteran bush pilots for transportation. He survived several emergency landings/crashes and being lost in blizzards in the wild frozen wilderness.

    In 1948 Ejler’s dream came true and he and Iona accepted the invitation to become missionaries to Japan. Following a 3-week trip on a derelict freighter, they arrived in Yokohama. To receive Japanese residency permits they enrolled in language school and spent two years becoming fluent. In early 1950 they were asked to be the first missionaries to the island of Okinawa. They leased land in the village of Shuri and opened a small clinic with one nurse while they built a home and then a church. Post-war Okinawa was a land of deprivation and opportunity. It took many miracles to find building materials. In 1952 daughter Yvonne was born in a tiny Quonset hut on a military base. (Photo: one of his early baptisms, Enko Yokomizo)

    The clinic expanded to overflowing and at the end of the 1950s Ejler designed and built a new clinic; two years later it was expanded to a full hospital and now is the premier private hospital on the island.

    In 1960 the Jensens were asked to move to Tokyo where Ejler was administrator of the hospital and pastor of the church on the same property. After six years of service they moved to Penang, Malaysia to serve with the hospital and church community on the island. The Jensens returned permanently to the United States in 1969. Ejler worked for several years at the St. Helena Hospital in Deer Park, CA. He and Iona spent the rest of their retirement years in the Napa Valley.

    His two brothers Harold and Anker, his sister Alfreda and his wife Iona Clark predeceased Ejler. Daughters Linda Jensen and Yvonne Truby survive him as well as sons-in-law Lou Marines, Bill Truby and Fernando Canales, daughter-in-law Joann Truby, 4 grandsons (Fernando and Sylvan Canales, Bill and Brandon Truby, their wives Stephanie Canales, Pati Le and Amy Truby), 3 great-grandsons (Julian and Christian Canales, Jayden Truby) and one great-granddaughter (Rayne Truby). His ashes will be interred at St. Helena Cemetery in the Clark family plot in a private ceremony.

    Ejler loved his family and friends. Your letters, cards and visits over the years brought so much joy into his life. He has lived a very long life that inspires each of us. We are grateful he is at peace.

    With love, Linda and Yvonne

  7. ainsley Clark says:

    hi everyone this is a long shot but i am trying to find out history on my family ( clark)
    i no my grandmother worked in the postal office in gleichen alberta and i still own the family home my grandparents owned in gleichen
    my name is Ainsley clark , my dad is wayne clark and my grandmothers name is lucial M clark .
    she passed away in 1995
    if anyone has any information that could help a grandchild learn more about my family it would be awsome . thank you

    • mark says:


      The white house with the green trim right? I’ll poke a couple of old timers and see if I can get you some info.Anything in particular you want to know?


    • Anne hutton says:

      Ainsley,we stumbled across your comment….my name was Anne Clark….was your grandfather Leo Clark….if yes then you have cousins in Bc and Alta…..

    • Bob Wilson says:

      Hi Ainsley
      My name is Bob Wilson, I went to school with your father. Your Grandfather Leo worked at our family business, Wilson’s service as a mechanic. I haven’t seen Wayne in at least 20 years, is he still doing OK? As a kid, he had the nickname Greasy, because he was always helping his dad on cars, and got greasy. He was the fastest runner in our grade. We had lot’s of adventures together, especially after we were old enough to drink, but those stories shouldn’t be shared on the internet.

  8. Margret Cameron (780) 485-1701 says:

    REGARDING VALBORG HOLTON: A girl by the name of Valborg (we called her Vallee) lived with my grandmother near Stony Plain from the time she was 11 or 12 years old until she was in her twenties. She married a man whose last name was Holton. They lived in the Gleichen area. Valborg passed away a few years ago. We are trying to get in touch with any of Valborg Holton’s children to discuss the sale of mineral rights willed to our mother, Valborg, and Lawrence (the three children Granny raised) and which we now own in conjunction with them. If anyone knows how we could get in touch with any of the Holtons we would be most grateful.

  9. Margret Cameron (780) 485-1701 says:

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong as I have filled in my name and Email address, the two items that are listed with a red asterisk. Please let me know if you need more info.

    • mark says:

      I have the system set to moderate all messages once. That means once I approve a message from you it should allow you to post with out my approval from then on. We get 200+ viagra and assorted other spam messages a week so I had to activate the moderation function a few years ago.


  10. Frank McCracken says:

    Hello all. I would like to confirm a fact that I was given many years ago by a resident of Gleichen. Can anyone confirm for me once again that Gleichen had the distinction of being the #1 “Royal Canadian Legion” in Canada until the number 1 designation was purchased from Gleichen [many years ago] by the branch in Calgary that holds that number to this day?
    Thanks, Frank

    • Bob Wilson says:

      Hi Frank
      I don’t know about purchasing it, but, yes, Gleichen was Legion number 1. I always thought that Gleichen was forced to hand over the title. However it wouldn’t have mattered, as the Gleichen Legion is no more. I remember how mad I was, when they switched it. Gleichen used to be the end of the line for the railroad, and at one time was the biggest town in Alberta. Numerous floods, and fires caused the town to become a shadow of itself. The town was small when I grew up, but we still had a movie theatre, 3 restaurants, toy store, library, post office, 3 grocery stores, 2 convenience stores, 2 dry goods stores, a hardware, a Laundromat, meat market, 3 gas stations, 2 implement dealers, 2 car dealerships, bank, court house, barber shop, hair dresser, curling rink, Ice rink, AGT (now telus) office, Calgary power (now Transalta) office, CPR station, many churchs, a lumber yard, a masonic hall, the armory, electricians office, school bus barn, school, racetrack, fairground, RCMP barracks, fire department, Hotel with a bar and restaurant, the department of highways shop and yard, and many many more businesses. My dad told me they had the “old mans home”, a black smith and a swimming pool, when he was a kid. There was lot’s more, but that is all I remember him talking about. So, as you see, it was home to the first legion in Alberta, as they put it in a large community at the time.

      • Ian McKenzie says:

        Hope you read this, Bob Wilson. I am interested in the Legion numbering scheme. Can you contact me at . We have a Legion here, #9, which also claims to be the oldest.
        Ian McKenzie

  11. Craig Faryna says:

    Arloa Marjorie Faryna passed January 25th ( my sons birthday ), I am sure most of you forum readers all ready know this, I have posted a link to the obituary.
    Arloa was a big part of the community when I was growing up. My time in Gleichen 1962 to 1980, she was the Avon lady, treasurer for the rink, and a member of the ladies
    auxiliary, stay at home mom.
    Peter Faryna, has been moved to a dementia ward in south Calgary and otherwise in good health and for the most part happy. Monnie lives in Tuscany, Allan lives in his motor home with his wife and is enjoying retirement and bought the family home, Wade lives in Midnapore, I live with my wife Karin and our 22 year ols son Kyle in Beddington.
    Whe I lived in Gleichen I wanted to leave now that I live in Calgary I would rather be back in Gleichen.

  12. Louisa Albright says:

    Hello I’m looking for anyone who knew Samual and Georgina Duncan, they had three daughters, Georgina, Judy, and Levina they also had a son named Johnny who passed away when he was young. The Daughter Georgina will be 70 this year and I’m wanting to have surprise party for her and would love to get information and any one who knows her to possible come. Please help if you can.
    Thank you

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Louisa,
      I went to school with Judy and my mother and Father helped Sam with the wedding og Gina. I’m a friend of both Gina and Judy on facebook but I didn’t know that there was a birthday party for Gina a while back. Would have come. But I hope it was great.

  13. Renee Brattain says:

    I am researching my husbands side of the family. Here is the story.
    There was a family who lived in Gleishen, AB around 1906. The father was Cleve Combs, the mother Anna (Hunter) Combs. They were married at ages 19 and 20 in Nebraska on Nov. 21, 1906, after which they came to Gleishen. They lived in Stanford. He was from Indiana, and she was from Nebraska. His date of birth: 1886 – . Her date of birth Feb-8-1888. They had 3 children all girls. They were born between 1906-1909. The eldest was Eva, the next Pansy, and the baby was Annie Pearl. Anna became very ill and died after having Annie Pearl. She died 6 weeks later. Family rumor says that husband Cleve was away and didn’t know she died at first, as he was often away as a land inspector/surveyer for the railroad. He was unable to take care of the children, so the two oldest went into an orphanage. The baby was given to the Hoyt Shaw (mother’s maiden name was Dankworth) family, who in December 1909 placed her in the back of their wagon, nestled in the straw, to take home with them. They traveled some ways, and were relieved to see that she was still alive. The oldest child was adopted to a wealthy family, who years later, found out there was still a sister in the orphanage, and they adopted her too. Baby Annie Pearl was raised by the Shaw’s, married at 18, and came to the US in 1922. The story is that Mrs. Shaw died, and she wanted to be buried in Portland, Oregon, so that is why they came here. Annie Pearl finished her 2nd year of high school before she moved, and married James Remillard. They had 5 kids and my husband is a decendant of these. Would anyone be willing to look up in the cemetary, mother Anna (Hunter) Combs (2-8-1888 to 12-1909), and take a photo of the marker? Where would I find birth records from there? Or is there any mention of them in Gleichen family history books? Please help if you can. We are trying to research the Combs family.

  14. Bob Wilson says:

    Hi Renee
    I no longer live in Gleichen so I can’t get you a photo. But I looked in a history book of Gleichen, the Gleichen call, named after the newspaper. There is nothing on Combs, but there is an article on Hunters. It might be just coincidence, as not all of the dates work.
    It says George Hunter and his wife Maggie moved to Gleichen in 1906, originally from Inverness Quebec, they moved to Blackfoot Idaho, then Gleichen, they lived in Gleichen until 1911, then moved to Standard, and then back to Gleichen in 1912. They had a daughter called Anna. But this Anna married someone called JF Buster Roueche. It is possible that the original Anna was related to George Hunter, and he named his daughter after her. I know it’s a long shot, but the name Anna Hunter, moving to Gleichen in 1906, then to Standard (not Stanford) and back to Gleichen seemed like a clue. I know how hard it is too nail down everything about family trees.

  15. Hi Louisa,
    I went to school with Judy and my mother and Father helped Sam with the wedding og Gina. I’m a friend of both Gina and Judy on facebook but I didn’t know that there was a birthday party for Gina a while back. Would have come. But I hope it was great.

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