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Friday July 26, 2013

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 26, 2013.

With great sorrow, we announce the passing of JOSHUA ALLAN BURTON, age 23, of Leavitt, Alberta, on Monday, 22 July 2013.
While serving his God as a missionary for the LDS church in Coban, Guatemala, Josh received injuries in a vehicle accident. In the days that followed, Josh and his family were sustained by the faith and prayers of so many. Three days after the accident, God called Josh home.
Born May 28th, 1990 in Kingston, Ontario, Josh was the second of Allan and Heather Burton’s nine children. Family that survive Josh include his parents, Allan and Heather; his older brother Robert (Naomi, nephew Peter) and younger siblings Denning, Christian, David, Charity, Benson, Aaron, and Gabriel; his grandparents, Victor and Audrey Burton and Clayton and Marilyn Coulson; as well as many dear uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Attested to by all who knew him, Josh loved deeply and served willingly. When the accident occurred, Josh was on his way to help a family move their humble Guatemalan home to a safer location.
For Josh, “life is music,” and he spent much of his teenage years playing and composing for the piano. He also avidly participated in Cardston Community Theatre and Carriage House Theatre productions. He continually sought out the very best of what this life has to offer. Josh’s personal motto was “live life to the fullest” and he encouraged everyone around him to make the most of their lives.
In memorial of Josh and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the general missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Donations can be made at any LDS church building or by arrangement with the family.
For those who wish to know more about the message that Josh sincerely shared as a missionary, please visit
We love you and miss you Josh, but know we will be reunited as an eternal family.
The Funeral Service will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston West Stake Center, (Waterton Hi-way) on Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service.
E-mail your condolences to: Arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677

MR. KENNETH BURTON CRABB, beloved husband of Mrs. Clara Crabb, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the age of 76 years.
He is survived by three children, son Richard (Cynthia) Crabb and their children Jeannette & Maxwell, son Robert Crabb, daughter Cheryl Aske (John) and their children Brandon & Christopher, all of Edmonton, as well as many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Jeannette & Burton Crabb, one sister, Frances Gullekson and by his daughter, Catherine Louise.
Ken was born in Lethbridge on December 6, 1936. Where he attended school and married Clara for 52 years. Then the family moved to Edmonton where he continued to work for AGT until his retirement in 1991 when they moved back to Lethbridge.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M., with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.
In memory of Ken, contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7
Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium
2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1
Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403) 381-3128
Toll Free ~ 1-(888)-381-7778

MAY 5, 1922 ~ JULY 22, 2013
It is with great sadness that the family of Doris Watts announces her passing at Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 91. She went peacefully surrounded by her family.
Doris was born in Gilby, North Dakota, USA. Her family immigrated to the Milk River area when she was seven years old. While working at the C.R. Daniel’s Dairy Farm she met Graham Watts, whom she married January 30, 1946. After living in different locations in Alberta, they settled in Lethbridge, Alberta where they raised their family.
She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Doris enjoyed knitting afghans for all her family and loved to sew. She was involved with the McKillop UCW and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Left to mourn her passing are sons Keith, Norman (Cindee), Ron (Kelly), and daughter Janice; grandsons Bryn (Candice), Nyle, Zachary, and Joshua; great-granddaughters Aila and Alexandra; her sisters Vi (Gerry) Poole and Elaine Tully; brothers Gordon (Irene) and Mel (Shirley); sister-in-laws Kay Foss and Doris I. Watts, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.
Doris was predeceased by her husband Graham, infant son Richard, parents Clifford and Anna, brothers Clifton and Vern, sister Jean, brother- in-laws Ted Tully and Whyn Watts.
Many thanks are extended to the staff of 3C at Regional Hospital for the compassionate care during her last days. Also, thank you to the staff at St. Therese Villa and Gardenview Lodge for the caring ways and support during her time with them.
A private family graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, AB. The Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204 2323 32nd Avenue NE Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3
Send condolences at
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

1918 ~ 2013
Elide “Peef” Allison (nee Pavan), beloved wife of the late Bob Allison and daughter of Joe and Maria Pavan, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the age of 95 years.
Born in Lethbridge, Peef was raised on the Pavan Dairy farm just north of Lethbridge and continued to work at the farm with her 6 siblings upon the completion of her schooling. Bob went to work at the farm, met Peef and they were married in 1939. They moved into Lethbridge and eventually settled into their home on 12th St. B. Peef was employed in the home goods department of Eatons for 30 years. She enjoyed outings with their dance group as well as travelling, baking, sewing in addition to her extensive involvement with various activities at Southminster United Church for many years.
Peef’s family was very important to her and she especially enjoyed large family gatherings. She is survived by her daughter Bev (the late Gordon) Paterson of Lethbridge and son Bob (Marilyn) Allison of Kamloops as well as 5 grandchildren Jan (Andrew) Paterson of Bath, England, Eryn (Bill) Paterson of Calgary, Bruce (Stacey) Paterson of Meridian, Idaho, Blair (Stacey) Allison of Meridian, Idaho and Christa (Clint) Haywood Farmer of Kamloops and great-grandchildren Ty, Hunter, Spencer, Matthew, Ethan and Kate. Peef was predeceased by sisters Margueruite Gurr, Ginger Erickson and brothers Louis, Carl, Joe and Benny. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Myrt Allison, Liz, Lucy and Berniece Pavan as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Aldeen McKay.
Send condolences at
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

MRS. AILSA FIANDER-MORRIS (neé Macreadie), passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Friday, July 12th, 2013 at the age of 74 years after a brave struggle with cancer.
Born in Winnipeg, she lived in Glasgow, Montreal, and Dartmouth before moving with her 6 children and 2 cats to Milk River in 1977 when she married Robert Fiander, who predeceased her. A dedicated and loving mother, Ailsa found many ways to keep herself busy, including serving in the Canadian Army, working at McGill University, teaching, writing plays, books (Milk River’s “Search for a Town”), and newspaper articles, volunteering for the Galt Museum, being a County of Warner school trustee, a University of Lethbridge senator, and an EI Appeals Board chair for the Government of Canada. Ailsa highly valued education and public service, and loved learning about the world by travelling or meeting people from other places.
Her legacy lives on in her children: Deborah McLean (Lethbridge), Valerie (Gordon) Miller (Milk River), Kenneth McLean (Lethbridge), David (Joanne) McLean (Mississauga, ON), Glenn (Dana) McLean (Drayton Valley), and Kim McLean-Fiander (Victoria, BC).
She will also be missed by her grandchildren Jeralyn & Paul, Tyson, Kale, Zac (Shannon), Lindsay, Hilary, Connor, Spencer, Matthew, Michaela, and the children Kathy (Norb) Wallocha and Phil Morris) of her late husband, Steve Morris. She is also remembered by a special friend, Rose Mankow. We all love you.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street, Milk River on Tuesday, July 30th at 11:00 A.M. with Canon Allan McCuaig officiating.
Interment to follow in the Milk River Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7. Tel. (403) 327-5452.
Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium
2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1
Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403) 381-3128
Toll Free ~ 1-(888)-381-7778

1937 ~ 2013
MR. FRED BEDNARSKI of Coaldale passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday July 22, 2013 at the age of 75 years. Fred is lovingly remembered by his wife Deb and their 7 children.
A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held on Saturday July 27, 2013 at 1:00pm in the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 Street South, Lethbridge, with Pastor Al Litchfield officiating.
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In loving memory
Mr. Clark Goodwin of the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta passed away on July 20, 2013 at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary at the age of 75 years.
A husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend, he will be greatly missed. We can honour his memory if we all choose to live each day as a gift and be an inspiration to others.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life include his wife, Jane Goodwin of Frank, AB; his daughter, Roxanne Lea (Patrick) Andrews of Clive, AB; his granddaughters, Alexis Andrews of Lethbridge, AB and Heather Andrews of Clive, AB; his sister, Aliene O’Brian of Bradenton, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and all the special friends he made throughout his lifetime.
The Service of Celebration honouring Clark’s life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Crowsnest Consolidated High School (located on highway 3 east of Coleman) at 11:00 am with Rev. Janni Belgum officiating. Casual dress requested.
Condolences may be registered at
Donations in memory of the late Clark Goodwin may be directed to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.

1926 ~ 2013
Mrs. Joy (Lydia Dorothy) Plesko of Lethbridge passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 86 in the Medicine Hat Hospital. Joy moved to Medicine Hat to be near family in November 2012 due to failing health after being diagnosed with cancer.
Joy was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on October 3, 1926 to Walter and Florence Pearson. She moved to Lethbridge in 1944 with her parents. She attended Garbutt Business College for one year before she met and married Steve Plesko in November of 1946. Joy worked at Rylands as a secretary / bookkeeper for 3 years before starting her family. When her children were all attending school she began working at Eaton’s Mens Wear. She retired from Eaton’s in 1982 after 20 years of employment.
Joy was a very talented seamstress and skilled with a crochet needle. As anyone who was invited for Sunday dinners can tell you, Joy was also a great cook. She loved to be around her friends and family especially when it involved playing games.
Joy was very involved in her church. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and especially loved the decade’s long association she had with a singing group “The Oldtime Gospel Singers” which included her husband and very close friends. They would sing in church, retirement lodges and senior care facilities all around Lethbridge and area.
Joy loved the outdoors, especially camping at Waterton Lakes National Park and fishing in Cameron Lake.
Joy and Steve lived and raised their family in a home that Steve built on 5th Street South in 1950. In 2004 they moved to a condo and lived there until 2007 when Steve’s failing health made it necessary for them to move to an assisted living. Steve passed away in March of 2008. Joy then moved to “The View” until her recent move to Medicine Hat because of her own failing health.
Joy is survived by her three children: Ron (Michelle) Plesko, Carol (Rev. Ken) Roset and Rod (Anne) Plesko; seven grandchildren: Cherlynn (Ryan) Wiest, Kevin (Shannon) Roset, Jason (Kerry) Roset, Janelle (David) Haitel, Jennie (James) Peters, Ryan (Marleah) Plesko, and Fr. Marc Potvin; and 12 great grandchildren. Joy deeply loved and cherished the time she had with her great grandchildren.
Joy is also survived by her brother Lloyd Pearson, her sister Luella (David) Siray and brother in law Martin (Adele) Plesko as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Joy was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Steve Plesko and her parents, Florence and Walter Pearson.
Joy will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all of her family and friends.
A celebration of Joy’s life will be held at the Westside Community Church, 480 – McMaster Blvd West Lethbridge at 1:00pm on Monday, July 29, 2013 with Pastor Ken Roset officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Flowers are graciously declined. Memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit in the Medicine Hat hospital, 666 – 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6.
Send condolences at
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

1922 ~ 2013
MRS. MARIA SIKORA of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, July 19, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, July 26, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, led by Francis and Cybele Noronha.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13th Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Father Roque Pereira celebrant.
Send condolences at
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361  Fax: (403)382-3623 Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

Stilson (Pisko)
Loretta Ann Stilson passed away peacefully on Monday, July 23 at the age of 79. She was encircled in love by family and close friends during her last days and throughout her entire lifetime.
Loretta was predeceased by her beloved husband Gerald ‘Jerry’ Stilson, parents Anne Marie and Andrew Pisko, her brother Ed Pisko, her sister Florence Crilly and her lifelong friend, Laura Peake. She missed them greatly. Because of her faith, Loretta was comforted in knowing that she would be reunited with them in heaven.
She is survived by her children; Ted (Tania) Stilson, Ken Stilson, Leanne (Bill) Ambrus; and her most cherished grandchildren; Brittany, Michael and Jerrie Ambrus; Matthew and Dylan Stilson.
Loretta lived her life with grace, forgiveness and selfless, unconditional love. She was known for her deep faith, her incredible hospitality and her delightful sense of humor. One of her favourite words of wisdom was ‘don’t assume’. Friends and family were Loretta’s love and joy.
Loretta was an incredible and loyal friend to many people throughout her life. The family would especially like to thank her dear friends Shannon (George) Lomas, Bev (Dave) Potter, Lil (Bob) Parkyn and Stan & Joan Pisko for their endless support and devotion. They brought much happiness to her life and she loved them dearly.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Ireland and the exceptional palliative care team at St. Michael’s. You helped make her last days so peaceful, comfortable and dignified.
Thanks also to Father Francis, Father Kevin and Sister Ivy. We were all blessed to have your support during her journey.
Loretta will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of us.
An informal, come and go, tribute will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, July 26, 2013 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with Sister Ivy McCann saying a prayer and sharing a few of Loretta’s favourite Bible verses at 8:00 P.M.
A regular mass at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12th Avenue South, Lethbridge on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Francis Tran officiating, will be dedicated to the memory of Loretta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Crohns Colitis Foundation would be appreciated. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada, 3100, 246 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3C8.
Honoured to Serve
Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium
2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1
Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403) 381-3128
Toll Free ~ 1-(888)-381-7778
Elizabeth (Liz) Friesen
1936 – 2013

Elizabeth (Liz) Friesen, beloved wife of Clarence Friesen of Barnwell, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the age of 76 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, July 26, 2013 between
7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
 The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Alana Johnson officiating. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
 Besides her loving husband Clarence, Liz is survived by their son Garry
(Sherry) Friesen of Taber and family Kyilee (Jason) and Jolene (Ryan) Badura (their children Jaxson and Ally); daughter Sharon Kopp of Creston, British Columbia and family Terry and Corey (Darcy) (and their daughter Dallas); daughter Elaine (Larry) Oddan of Coaldale and family Bradley Dyck (his son
Carter) and Jennifer Ewing; son Douglas (Laurie) Friesen of Lethbridge and family Kassidee and Jordyn; son Allan (Julie) Friesen of Lethbridge and family Nikole and Kiana; son Albert (Jennifer) Friesen of Taber and family Wade and Troy; daughter-in-law Michele Harden of Taber and family Kennedy and Dwain; son Dustin (Leanne) Friesen of Taber and family Evan, Brooke and Lexi and numerous extended family members. Liz is also survived by two sisters Marge Friesen of Kenora, Ontario and Mary Ann (Harry) Harder of Steinbach, Manitoba; sister-in-law Anne Wall of Swift Current, Saskatchewan and numerous nieces and nephews.
 She was predeceased by her son Scott Friesen and a grandson, Dallas Friesen.
 Liz was born October 30, 1936 in Morden, Manitoba to Katherine (nee Dyck) and Peter Wall. On October 21, 1956 she married her best friend and soulmate Clarence and would have celebrated their fifty seventh wedding anniversary.
Together, they raised eight wonderful children.
 She passed away peacefully after almost five months of battling a very progressive cancer. She stayed strong and kept her sense of humour right till the end, with Clarence by her side, everyday, all day, supporting her.
She slipped away with the family gathered by her bedside, just the way she would of wanted it.
 No flowers at the request of the family. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Elizabeth¹s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
 Liz¹s family would like to thank everyone for sharing in her life. For the support shown over the last few months with food, cards, flowers, phone calls, the smallest touch and all the hugs. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses who cared for her during her illness.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.  


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