By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 19, 2013.
ALEXANDER “ALEX” PLYTKA
of Vulcan, passed away September 16, 2013 at Vulcan Extendicare at the age of 82 years.
Alex was born in Bellevue, AB, to parents Peter and Rose Plytka. After spending his youth in the Crowsnest Pass, he later moved to the family farm in the Alston district at Vulcan, AB with his parents and brother Steve.
Alex enjoyed visiting with his many friends and neighbors, always greeting them with a joyous smile.
Alex is survived by his faithful brother Steve, sister Mary Mazur and twelve nieces and nephews and their families. Alex was pre -deceased by his parents, sisters Sophie Olson, Helen Welechuk, Nancy Laforme and brother Joe Czak.
Celebration of Life Gathering will be held September 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Vulcan Victory Family Church, with Pastor Dale Wright officiating.
Private family inurnment Alston Cemetery, Champion, AB at a later date.
Tributes in Alex’s memory can be made to S.T.A.R.S., Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7.
Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633.
E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.
MR. HAROLD ASHMEAD, beloved husband of Mrs. Carol Ashmead of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the age of 78 years.
Harold is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol, his children: Heather (Michael) Melchior of Lethbridge, AB., Lorna (Ken) Dakus of Whitecourt, AB., and Mary (Murray) Driver of Grande Prairie AB., daughter-in-law Goldene Ashmead of Medicine Hat, AB., 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Carol’s children: Sheila (Al) Huggard and Michael Bakken of Valleyview, AB., four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents Glen and Estella Ashmead, two brothers Glen and Cliff, son Daniel and grandson David.
Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB or the Canadian Cancer Society, 317 – 10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.
Bernice Marie Beasley passed away at the Adapta Care Personal Care Home on Thursday, September, 12th, 2013 at the age of 102 years. Adapta Care was her home for the last 12 years and she received excellent care.
Bernice was born in Lethbridge on January 31st, 1911 to Wilfred and Anna Marie Beasley. She was raised and educated in Lethbridge. She was predeceased by both her parents and her only brother, Chess.
Bernice is survived by her niece, Kathryn Tanner and her two boys, Gregory and Martin Tanner, all of British Columbia.
Bernice entered the business world and her first employment was the Galt Hospital for a short period. She then secured a position with the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District. Later she applied to the Alberta Department Of Agriculture securing a position of Secretary Bookkeeper, attaining after a few years the position as Office Manager which she held for 45 years. She took early retirement from the government and took a position with the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District again handling their books for the next five years and then finally retired.
She was a lady of deep faith and convictions. She handled the books at St. Patrick’s Rectory for many years as well as helped the Clergy when they required someone to do their books. She visited parishioners in the hospital and those house bound who couldn’t get out. She brought much joy to many people’s lives, especially if they were in need of a friend or help. An unconditional true friend indeed.
She was an avid reader, a very good Bridge player and was in the same Bridge Club for 60 years plus. She was a Girl Guide Leader for many years and attended most of their functions when possible.
She travelled extensively with tour groups or simply on her own and was delighted to give a detailed account of her trips.
Bernice always enjoyed birthday celebrations, Christmas and New Year’s get togethers and many other functions.
She always said: Each day is a new beginning another chance to learn more about ourselves, to care more about others, to laugh more than we did, to accomplish more than we thought we could, to be more than we were before.
We wish to thank the staff of Adapta Care with gratitude for the excellent care and love Bernice received during the 12 years in their charge. We also wish to thank Fr. Francis for administering the spiritual needs for her journey to her eternal home, and to the doctors for attending to her medical requirements.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback Celebrant. Cremation to follow.
Oct.16, 1914 – Sept. 13, 2013 MRS. RUTH CULLEN, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 98 years.
Lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Judith Schebel of Sherwood Park, AB., and Barb (Bill) Yanko of Port Moody, B.C., grandchildren Dean (Lesley) Schebel, Stacey (Marie) Schebel, Melanie (Steve) Hayes-Richards, Tammy Yanko (fiancé Mike), Brent (Michelle) Yanko, and Jason Yanko. Great Grandchildren Tyler and Maddy Yanko, Ethan and Jessica Hayes-Richards, and Nicole Schebel. Special tribute to Rudy and Bette Zmeko, Bill Zmeko, Mariette Moroz, Joan Rowell, La Rene Phillips and the Steed family for their love and support to our beloved mother.
A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Terry Shillington officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
1917 ~ 2013
Dorothy Mueller of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Lloyd Mueller, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the age of 96 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.
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1950 ~ 2013
Mrs. Evelyn Negrych, beloved wife of Taras Negyrch and loving mother of her devoted daughter Laurel, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the age of 63 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.
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GERRIT JAN WITHAGE
April 6, 1923 – Sept 17, 2013
With thanks to God for a life well lived, we say goodbye to our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, GERRIT JAN (JOHN) WITHAGE.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hilda (Nauta) Withage; his children and grandchildren: Joyce (Henk) Thomas, Duane and Melanee; Marilyn (Neil Wismer); Donald (Kathy), Katelyn, Marcia, and his namesake Janessa; Michael (Pamela). He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Dena (John) Kooy. He was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Giduk and Gert Withage.
John was born on the family farm near Nobleford and lived and farmed there for 84 years. In 1947 he married Hilda Nauta and for the next 60 years they built their farm and their family. In 2007, John and Hilda moved to Regina to be near Don and his family, and the new Withage farm at Kronau.
A year later, when the Kronau farm was sold and everyone returned to southern Alberta, they moved to The View in Lethbridge. They enjoyed relaxing in their sunny apartment, and regular trips to Tim Horton’s.
John lived a rich and fulfilling life, made possible by a strong faith, a caring and supportive wife, and his family who made it possible for him to remain involved in his beloved occupation of farming all his life.
We will miss his cheerful smile, and his great ability to look forward. We were truly blessed by him.
A memorial service will be held at the MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 – McGill Blvd. West, Lethbridge on Saturday, September 21st at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3.
MRS. CAROL ELIZABETH HAYCOCK, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the age of 80 years.
Carol was predeceased by her parents Herbert & Mabel, brothers Charles & Stanley, sisters Isabel and Viola Specht of Winnipeg. Survived by her is her sister-in-law Terry of Calgary, two nieces and three nephews.
Carol’s career encompassed 38 years of service in the RCMP prior to her retirement in 1998. She leaves behind a legacy of close personal friends, in particular Mary & Gary Bourbonnie, Dot Vaughan, Elizabeth (Al) Bligh, Barb Forchuk. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her.
We wish to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of the St. Michael’s Palliative Care for all their compassion and care given to Carol.
Carol requested cremation.
A Memorial Tea for Carol will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 11:00 to 12:00 P.M.
In memory of Carol, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
On September 14, 2013, KEITH ALBERT HAZELL, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather left us to meet Jesus face to face. He was surrounded by the love, prayers, and presence of his family. He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Ellen, his sister Joan, and brother John, as well as his grandson Theodore Hazell.
He is survived by the only true love of his life Nova (Novie) Ruby Claireen Hazell, his son Jeremy (Faith) of Lethbridge, his daughters Anita (Roger) Nielson of Lethbridge, and Nicola (Raymond) Bergin of Lethbridge, as well as his grandchildren Julian (Stephanie), Tiffany (Brett), Dylan, Sean, Melissa, Brianna, Zachary, and Zeke and his great-grandchildren Caitlin, Mikayla, and Riker.
His passion for God and deep devotion to his family was an inspiration to everyone who encountered him. He was known for his sharp wit, sense of humour, and sloppy wet kisses. He had an ability to make everyone he encountered feel like family.
Keith was born and raised in a small village in England. In 1954, he had an encounter with Jesus at the Billy Graham crusade in London, which changed his life forever. It was during this time that he met his lovely wife Nova, whom he married on October 3, 1959.
While in England, Keith used every opportunity to further the Kingdom of God. He preached in open street meetings, led youth gatherings, was involved in several missions organizations, and served as a pastor before becoming a pioneer in the English house church movement.
In 1968, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, he moved with his family to Calgary, Alberta, where he was instrumental in the Jesus People movement that affected many people in the late 60’s and early 70’s. From there, he moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, to plant New Hope Christian Centre, which became a significant church in the city. He also started Chinook Christian Academy, one of the first Christian schools in Lethbridge. Keith then founded Life Links International, a group of churches and leaders that helped empower and equip churches across Canada, the United States, and the world.
Keith never lost his vision and passion for the nations. Around 1985, he began his itinerant and prophetic ministry, which has led him to impact churches and build communities around the world. In particular, his passion for believers in Taiwan and China allowed him to have a profound influence in those nations. In recent years, he has devoted much love and energy to the Relational Mission group of churches in England and Northern Europe, who loved and respected him.
Above all else, Keith loved his family dearly. He believed in each and every one of them, and supported them wholeheartedly. He will be deeply missed.
A Celebration Service will be held at the Victory Church, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Hwy # 3, Saturday September 28th at 2:00 P.M.
Donations can be made to Antioch International Christian Resources and will be given to Nova to distribute at her discretion to a number of causes and charities that she and Keith supported.
MRS. MADELINE LUKENDA, beloved wife of the late Mr. Steve Lukenda, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback Celebrant.
Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery
MR. DOUGLAS EUGENE MACDONALD, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the age of 85 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
Richard Arlin Hegland passed away suddenly in his Vulcan home on September 10, 2013 at the age of 64 years.
Richard is survived by his mother Agnes who was everything to him. During his life, but especially for the last 15 years, he lovingly devoted himself to her care and happiness and his presence will be sadly missed. Richard was a loving Uncle to Ginger and Gerald Deitz, Cory and Stacey Hegland and Jackie and Darin McKay and considered a surrogate grandparent by Nicole and Jaxson Deitz and Aliya Hegland. Richard is also survived by his sister Darlaine (Gary) Mahoney and their large extended family of children and grandchildren.
Richard was predeceased by his nephew Patrick Mahoney, his father Earl, brother David and cousin and best friend Barry Hegland.
Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Champion Community Hall.
Tributes in Richard’s memory can be made to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation 3100 Steward Green NW, Calgary T3H 3C8 or to the Vulcan Hospital Long Term Care Unit Box 299, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0.
Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca
1921 ~ 2013
Thekla Eva Ehnes of Lethbridge Alberta passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
Prayers will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00pm on Friday, September 20, 2013 in the FOREMOST HALL at Foremost Alberta with Father Fred Monk, celebrant. Interment will follow at Foremost Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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