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Thursday August 29, 2013


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 29, 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.
The Funeral will take place on Friday, August 30, 2013 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with 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

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

FRASER
MR. ROBERT “BOB” JAMES FRASER, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, August 12, 2013 at the age of 68 years.
 A Celebration of his life will be held at Knox United Church – 4929 50 Ave, Taber, Alberta, on August 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Jim Lindemann 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

LABUHN
SUSAN GAIL LABUHN, beloved wife of Harvey Labuhn of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on August 26th, 2013 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 2010. 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.
Besides his loving wife Monica Keul, is survived by his daughters Kristy Keul and Sandra Keul (Michael Neville JR); his grandchildren Tristin Keul and Zachary Neville; his sisters Frieda Keul and Betty Keul and brother John Keul; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge with Reverend Bob Wallace officiating.
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

REX 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 Rex’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 years.
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

TILBE
Leonard (Len) Francis Tilbe born December 6, 1938 in Macleod, Alberta. Suddenly passed away August 25, 2013 in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 74 years.
Lovingly remembered and missed by his wife, of 54 years, Janet (Lubin), son Wayne of Fort Macleod, daughter Carrie (Rob) Sproviero, of Richmond, BC, grandchildren Joshuah Roy (Tanya), of CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Isabela & Anthony Sproviero, of Richmond, BC, and great grandchildren, TJ and Hailey Roy, of CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Smith, of Sundre, AB & brother Jim (Sharon) Tilbe, of Calgary, AB, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents Lillian Elizabeth & Ronald Thomas Tilbe, long time residents of Fort Macleod.
Len lived most of his life in Fort Macleod, except for three years as Post Master in Valleyview, AB. He was, in his youth, a Boy Scout, achieving the position of Queen’s Scout. He participated in Fort Macleod’s well being all of his adult life, as a Volunteer Fireman, to the level of Deputy Chief and long term Elks Lodge member, with upper positions of Exalted Ruler & District Deputy. He was ardent supporter and volunteer with the Girl Guides Camp Okeekun, completing his contribution there doing flood restoration work just days before his passing. He also served on the Economic Development Committee, for several years. Len was a tireless and devoted member and Director of the Riders of the Plains Commemorative Troup, dedicated to restoring the Historic History of Macleod through the 1884 NWMP Barracks restoration project. He was also involved with many other projects, too many to mention.
Len retired as Fort Macleod’s Postmaster in 2000, after a 34 year career, with Canada Post.
In his retirement he enjoyed camping with his RV, and renovating his home, which to some was known as the “Pinder House”, but was their home for fifty years. Len loved driving and put this love to work as a car transfer driver, for Scougall’s Garage.
A Celebration of Len’s life will be held at his home in Fort Macleod on Saturday, August 31st starting at 1:00 PM.
Donation, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Girl Guides of Canada, Chinook Area, Camp Okeekun, or to the Fort Macleod Fire Department.
Eden’s Funeral Home and Crematorium
2424 – 5 Avenue
Fort Macleod, AB
Phone: 403-553-3772
Email: condolences@edensfuneralhome.com
http://www.edensfuneralhome.com

Jerry Sureman
1938 – 2013
 Gerald Norman Sureman, of Grassy Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the age of 74 years.
 A private burial service will be held at the Saamis Prairie View Cemetery on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
 A reception will be held at the Grassy Lake Community Hall, Grassy Lake on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jerry¹s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Hospital, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.  

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