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Wednesday August 28, 2013


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 28, 2013.

BRENDA DONAUER-FOX
1953 ~ 2013
Brenda Donauer-Fox of Glenwood, AB beloved wife of Mr. Dan Fox passed away peacefully on August 26, 2013 at the age of 60 years.
Besides her loving husband Dan, Brenda is survived by her daughter Heather Donauer (Darren); son Bryce Donauer (Jasmine); step-daughter Katie-Jo Rabbit (Wayne); step-son Leon Day Chief (Jenn) and her grandchildren.
An Elder Service will be held from 3:00pm -11:00pm on Thursday August 29, 2013 at the home of Dan & Brenda in Glenwood, Alberta.
The Funeral will take place on Friday August 30, 2013 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with Rev. Terry Shillington, officiating. Inurnment to follow in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For those that wish memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care, 1400-9th Ave South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

CARVER, MARY SHIRLEY
Mary Shirley Carver passed away peacefully on August 19, 2013 at Kelowna, BC, at the age of 88 years.
Mary will be missed by her loving children: Maryanne (Alex) Reavie, Cheri (Jim) Murtagh, Greg (Deanna) Carver, and Todd Carver; grandchildren Liza (Trevor) Reavie, Joel Reavie, Andrew Carver, Cheryl (Gregg) Murtagh, Mathew Carver, Michael Carver, Nicholas Carver, Kurt Carver and Samantha Carver and their families. She also leaves the smile of her life, great grandson Nathan.
She was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 1989.
Mary was born in Mayfair, Saskatchewan, on May 25, 1925 to Mike and Mary (Moskalyk) Sapchuk. She spent her early years there before moving to Calgary during World War ll, where she was very proud to serve in Canada’s army. While serving she met Ralph Carver. They married and moved to Turin, Alberta, where they farmed until retiring in 1983 to the Okanagan.
A gathering in celebration of Mary’s life will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 165 Venus Road, Kelowna, BC.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation (designated to the children’s ward), 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9Z9 (or http://www.kghfoundation.com) would be appreciated.
Condolences may be left for the family through http://www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, Kelowna, BC 250-765-3147.

CRANE CHIEF
DANIEL JARVIS CRANE CHIEF, son of Vivian Crying Head and the late Roland Crane Chief, passed away in Lethbridge on August 22nd, 2013 at the age of 16 years.
A Candle Light Service will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at Henderson Lake (East Bridge), Lethbridge at 5:00 p.m. A Wake Service will be held at the New Life Fellowship Church, (Little Chicago), Blood Reserve on Friday, August 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. continuing all night at Vivian Crying Head’s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at the New Life Fellowship Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, August 31st at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Joshua Curly Rider officiating. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677
legacyfh@telus.net

EDWIN JESSE
1937 ~ 2013
Edwin Elden Jesse, loving husband of Evelyn Jesse, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 years on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Lethbridge, Alberta after a short battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn, 3 children Rik (Bronwyn), Terry, Debbie (Gary) and 5 grandchildren Bret, Alexandra, Marcus, Nicole and Jade. He is also survived by his brothers Eugene (Mable) and Harold (Marlene). Edwin was predeceased by his parents Emil and Katherina.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 1A129, 960 19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Edwin’s life between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the EAGLES HALL, 631 13th Street North, Lethbridge. A private family graveside service will take place in the Royal View Cemetery.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

LABUHN
SUSAN GAIL LABUHN, beloved wife of Harvey Labuhn of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on August 26th, in Kalispell MT.
Death abruptly intruded into a life in full-swing. That Suzie, she was a pistolero! She was also a wizard with words, so to sum up her remarkable spirit in a few paragraphs–without her help–is almost impossible. Along with that, she hated being the centre of attention. If attention suddenly swung her way, she’d crack everyone up with some self-deprecating remark and quickly change the subject while the rest of us were still giggling. Sorry Sue, both for the unwelcome attention and the clumsy words to follow.
Sue was born in Lethbridge on November 2, 1959, and lived in Lethbridge her whole life. In 1986 she married her wonderful husband, Harvey Labuhn, who now begins a tough road without his Sue–none of us can really imagine how much that must hurt. The two of them were famous for their “road trips”. She liked to pretend she was becoming more “spontaneous”–that she and Harv could just jump in the car and go wherever the spirit moved them… but we all knew better! Their wonderful, spontaneous road trips were so much fun as a direct result of all the careful planning she did in the background– and there was always the ‘security check-in’ just before they left town. She’d phone one of us and outline a schedule of dates and locations–just in case they attracted the attention of some wandering serial killer and unexpectedly went missing! She was having some success getting Harvey to slow down a bit and not work so hard, and they undertook so many adventures together! In particular, she loved getting Harv down to their place in Whitefish for a little R&R. It’s good to know that she spent her last days doing just that: enjoying life with the man she loved so very much.
There are many hearts aching for the loss of Sue. She leaves behind her father John Brooks, brothers Dale (and wife Sherry) Brooks and Brett Brooks and her sister Janet McDonnell –who would all tell you that although Sue was the youngest, she was the “toughest of them all”. Sue was very close with all of her family, including her mother-in-law Lisa Labuhn, Harvey’s sister Karin (and husband Tom) Seaman, and Harvey’s brother Roland (and wife Carolyn) Labuhn. Sue was especially close to her Mom, Joan Brooks, who passed away in April 2011. Not surprisingly, Sue was the bedrock source of strength for her family when Joan passed away, and for Harvey when he lost his dad Victor Labuhn in December, 1999. She was truly a “Rock of Gibraltar” for her family through some very tough times.
Sue was an active part of the lives of her big extended family too–so many nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts, and she connected with them all! Family roots and branches were important to her. In fact, she knew more about her great, great grandmothers and grandfathers than most people know about their first cousins! She was proud of her rich family history, and searched it all the way back to clans in old Scotland and those tough old Norwegians (a heritage she proudly claimed and lived!)
She was so good, at so many things, but always avoided recognition or praise for any of her achievements or contributions–so she’ll hate this next part. She was a gifted writer and published author, and did all the hard work it took to develop that talent. Most recently, she was completing a degree in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto and would often talk about how much she was learning by being able to connect with writers and authors from all over Canada. She was always surprised that she could “write with the best of them”, although that didn’t come as a surprise to any of us who had read her work, especially her powerful and evocative poetry. Sue was working on a book, although none of us have seen it. I hope there’s a chapter in it entitled “Sue’s Early Adventures In Volunteering” because that is some hilarious material! Seriously though, she did give back in so many ways to the community, most recently through a volunteer reading program with elementary school kids who were struggling with reading. She would get a light behind her eyes as she talked about those kids–especially the ones who were a bit ‘mischievous’ (not surprising to any of us who knew her that those would be the kids she connected with the most. Let’s just say she really “got” them). She was happiest in her flower beds, especially if there was a crow or two cawing overhead (she loved the intelligence and community of crows… did you know that crows have funerals when they lose one of their own? Sue did.) She could make flowers grow where others wouldn’t even try, and none of us will ever look at a black-eyed Susan blossom again without thinking of you, Sue. Finally, she was a remarkable, insightful, generous, hilarious, and loyal friend–and will be especially missed by “her bridesmaids”, Luch, Janie, and Shannon, who are proud to say they have been getting into all kinds of trouble with Sue since grade school. And yes Sue, we all forgive you for that bridesmaid’s dress you made us wear! Our hearts are aching, and we’d give anything for one more “bridesmaids weekend”, but we know you have some ‘mousing around’ to do. We love you, and oh my, how much we’ll miss you, Suzie Q.
A Funeral Service for Susan will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard Brown, officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
The family gratefully declines any flowers, but donations in Sue’s honour would be gratefully received in support of the reading program at Westminster Elementary School. Please direct the donation to: Westminster School, 402 18 S North, Lethbridge AB, T1H 3G4 (Please note on the subject line S. Labuhn Reading Ladies Memorial Project).
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
care@cornerstonefh.ca

McALPINE
MRS. HAZEL McALPINE, passed away peacefully at the Taber Health Centre on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the age of 92 years.
 A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.
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
care@cornerstonefh.ca

MICHAEL “MIKE” KEUL,
1957 ~ 2013
Mr. Michael “Mike” Keul, beloved husband of Mrs. Monica Keul, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the age of 56 years.
Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

RICK JOHNSON
passed away peacefully in Victoria on August 23, 2013.
He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Joan. He will be sadly missed by his children Sherry (Brent) Chiefbody, Clint, Brett, grandsons Clayton, Cameron, great granddaughters, Pheonix, Tyra, Victoria, Zaphonia and great granddaughter, Madison, Brothers Doran (Audrey), Jerry (Lorraine), Karl, Sandra (Neal) Heather, and brothers-in -law Ron (Betty), Bryan (Pat)
At Rick’s request there will be no service.

ROY THIELEN
1927 ~ 2013
Roy Alexander Thielen passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the age of 86. Dad was born at Allerston, July 24, 1927 to George and Katherine. After his parents moved to Milk River, he stayed on the farm until he purchased the former homestead of J.T. Heninger at Hay Lake in 1984 moving the family there. Dad’s passion was farming, whether it was watching the crops grow or watching the cattle eat. Over the years when his children were active in 4-H, he was always there to lend a helping hand. He coached the Masinasin Mosquito Baseball League for several years, coaching the team one year to Provincials. He was also a member of the Milk River Curling Club and enjoyed a few rounds of golf.
In 1989, they moved into Milk River where you would find him having coffee at the local coffee shops. In 2006, Dad moved into the Lodge. He would enjoy a good game of crib with whoever wanted to learn or hone their game and weekly bingo. Dad was a life time member of the Knights of Columbus and Elks Club.
Dad is survived by his wife Margaret, children Kim, Dolores (Duane) Pittman, Sheldon, Lavonne (Perry) Reese, Kelly and John; grandchildren Justin (Ricki) Pittman, Ryan (Sarah) Pittman, Kevin Pittman, Anthony Thielen, Brant Reese, Quentin Reese; great-grandchildren Rhett and Davey Jean Pittman.
He is also survived by his brothers Raymond (Ann) and Gordon A. (Pudge) (Maryetta); sister Gladys Strilchuk; sister-in-law Dorothy, brother-in-law Alec (Eileen) Kukucska as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Roy was predeceased by his parents George and Katherine, siblings Milton, Clifford, Caroline, Violet Hierath, Robert, brother-in-law’s Harold Hierath & Jim Strilchuk, parent-in-laws Andrew and Margaret Kukuscka and brother-in-law Andy Kukucska.
Vigil Rites will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321 Main Street North, Milk River.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, Milk River with Father Dominic H. Nguyen, celebrant.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, donations may be made directly to either Prairie Rose Lodge, 115 3 Ave NW, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0 or to a charity of your choice.
Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com.
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
http://www.mbfunerals.com

TAKAHASHI
JOSEPH HARUO TAKAHASHI, of Picture Butte, beloved husband of May (nee Shimbashi), passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Lethbridge, Sunday, August 25, 2013, at the age of 83.
Cherishing memories of his life are his wife of 56 years, his children: Doug (Judy), Sheila (Darrell) Burgess, Sharon (Darren) Neilson, and Wilma (Dave) Gathers. Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Candice
(Christopher) Mulley; Angela (Michael) Wynes and their children Brylie, Tyken, Meika, Takeo; Alana (Luke) Allred and their son, Tracen; Erika Takahashi; Jamie Takahashi; Jenelle Takahashi; Michael (Petrea) Piepgrass and their children Drew, Oliver, Macy; Kristi (Greg) Dupont and their son Elliot; Julia Burgess; Joseph Burgess; Jacqui (Raj) Sandhu; Brent Neilson; Craig Neilson; Blair Neilson; Troy Neilson; Nicole Gathers; Chay Gathers; and Blade Gathers.
He is also survived by siblings, Alice Omoto and John (Lucy) Takahashi.
Friends may meet the family on Thursday, August 29 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or at the church prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m.
The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, PICTURE BUTTE CHAPEL, 404 Willow Avenue. Interment in the Barnwell Cemetery at 2:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home Ltd.
703-13 Street North
Lethbridge, AB   T1H 2T2
Phone: (403) 382-3601
Fax: (403) 320-1492
Email:  condolences@generationsfh.ca
Sign guest book:  http://www.generationsfh.ca

WOOLFORD
MARGARET SMITH WOOLFORD passed away in Cardston on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at the age of 92 years
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Hill Spring Cemetery.
Email your condolences to:
legacyfh@telus.net
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677
legacyfh@telus.net

Jerry Sureman
1938 – 2013
 Gerald Norman Sureman, beloved husband of Minerva Sureman of Grassy Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the age of 74 years.
 Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403)
223-8778.   

Harold Tonge
1943 – 2013
 Harold George Tonge, passed away in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the age of 70 years.
 The Funeral Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 217 – 5 Street North, Vauxhall on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Alana Johnson officiating. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Harold is survived by three sisters, Shirley (Joe) Tokai of Picture Butte, Sharon (Ben) Bell of Red Deer and Donna Coss of Calgary; brother Howard
(Lana) Tonge of Ontario; brother-in-law John Kobal of Lethbridge; two uncles, Roy Peterson of Nanton and Lloyd (Agnes) Peterson of Calgary and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
 He was predeceased by his mother Tina Lowen, father Bert Tonge and stepfather Jake Lowen; grandparents Olaf and Elise Peterson; brothers Dale Tonge, Stewart Tonge, sister Joan Kobal and two nephews, John Kobal and Gary Tokai.
 Harold was born in Taber on June 5, 1943. He was raised in the Vauxhall area and eventually moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he has spent the past forty years.
 Harold loved taking out the boat to fish with his buddies. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching football and baseball. Harold will be sadly missed.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403)
223-8778.    

Else Koeck
1920 – 2013
 Else Anna Koeck, beloved wife of the late Frank Koeck, passed away in Coaldale on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the age of 93 years.
 Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.  

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