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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 19, 2013.

ABLETHORPE, Barbara Jean
March 28, 1951- Stratford Upon Avon, England September 14, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Barbara Jean Ablethorpe, beloved wife of Leonard Ablethorpe of Frank, AB, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the age of 62 years.
Nothing was more important to Barbara than family and friends. She was attentive, understanding and always put others before herself. She will be missed by anyone who was blessed to know her.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband Len; daughters and sons-in-law, Odette and Jason Brown, Emma and Jarrod Babiuk, Erin Ablethorpe and Holly Ablethorpe; three grandchildren, Parker Brown, Lilla Brown and Charlotte Babiuk; her mother Daisy French; and three brothers and sister-in-laws, Paul and Vicky Proffitt, Robert and Marcia Proffitt and Stephen French. She was predeceased by her father Lenoard Proffitt.
A Celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels Ltd. 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbidge, AB on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Forward condolences through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Many thanks to the staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Center and the Chinook Hospice for their care and support during Barbara’s illness.
In living memory of Barbara Ablethorpe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. CALGARY, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
You may wish to email your family and friends to let them know that the above obituary may be viewed online at:
http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com

ASHMEAD
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.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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

BEASLEY
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.
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

DOROTHY MUELLER
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.
Dorothy was born in Bernard, Saskatchewan on May 8, 1917; she grew up in Moose Jaw and later moved to Lethbridge. In Lethbridge, she worked as an administrator for St. Michael’s Hospital from 1948 to 1977. On February 27, 1954, Dorothy married Lloyd Mueller and together they travelled the world; it was always interesting to listen to them recall their adventures. They loved golfing and curling together, they also enjoyed horse races and attending local activities. Dorothy lived a long life and will be well remembered by all who knew her.
Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband Lloyd (2009), her parents James and Isabel Smith, one brother, one sister; brothers -in-law Oscar, Ken, Ray, Rome, Andy and Fred; and sisters-in-law Grace, Elda, Kay and Vivian.
She is survived by brothers-in-law George, Dave and Laurie; sisters -in-law Violette, Irene, Joyce and Ruth; as well as nieces and nephews and their families.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.
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

LEISHMAN
FRANCES IRENE (WATSON) LEISHMAN, beloved wife of the late Wallace Leishman, passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 96 years.
Fran will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Norris (Janet) of Raymond, Kent (Janice) of Lethbridge, and by her daughter Mary Ann (Cameron) Platt of Lethbridge.
She is also survived by grandchildren: Chad (Theresa) Leishman, Kirsten (Hyrum) Erickson, Lindsay (Jared) Ord, Stephanie (James) Smith, Kelli Ann (Duane) Ellingson, Clark (Samantha) Platt, Brigham (Kristin) Leishman, Kate (Will) Waldie, Curtis (Ashley) Platt as well as twenty-seven great grandchildren and one sister, Ruby Hornberger Leavitt. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Fran was the fourth child of Alfred and Mary (Wilson) Watson and was predeceased by sisters Alta Pitcher, Kate Watson, Hazel Adamson, Norma Stanford Orr and by brother Harold Watson.
Fran was born on May 19, 1917 at the Watson homestead near Mountain View Alberta. She grew up in a loving pioneer family and felt fortunate to live and work in this beautiful part of the world. As a young lady, Mom worked as a cook on several haying crews (including the Birdseye Ranch) and as a chambermaid at motels in Waterton Park. The pay was low but the lifestyle was terrific. Mom married Wallace Leishman March 30, 1946. The family lived for a short time at Hill Spring, then moved to Cardston, and in 1952 to Lethbridge when Dad joined the Lethbridge City Police Force. After the kids were in school, Fran worked part time making chocolates in the basement of Stubbs Pharmacy. Christmas was a great time at the Leishman home because Beth Stubbs generously allowed her workers to take home any chocolates that had blemishes or imperfections on them – so there was always enough chocolate for everyone. She looked forward each month to meeting with her “club” ladies where they played games and performed service projects together.
Wally and Fran had the type of relationship most married couples desire but rarely achieve. Early in their marriage they agreed that the children would never see them argue. They achieved this lofty goal, although there was a time or two when their children remember Dad taking a long walk by himself. Their family has had the privilege of watching two best friends married for over 59 years unselfishly consider the needs and comfort of the other before considering themselves. Fran leaves a legacy of showing her progeny how life should be lived – with honesty, integrity, dignity, laughter and loving your children, really loving your grandchildren, and really, really loving your great grandchildren.
Friends may meet the family on Thursday, September 19 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 funeral service on Friday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, MOUNTAIN HEIGHTS CHAPEL, 175 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, with Bishop Robert Rice officiating.
Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
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

LEONARD SCHEIBNER
1926 ~ 2013
Leonard Vernon Scheibner of Lethbridge (Coaldale), beloved husband for almost 66 years of Mary Scheibner, passed away suddenly, but peacefully on September 14, 2013 at the age of 87 years.
Len was born in Bassano and grew up on the family ranch at Gem, Alberta. On finishing high school in Bassano, he attended Tech (SAIT) and qualified as a Journeyman Electrician. He married Mary Redekopp on November 26, 1947. Later they moved to Fort Macleod and then to Coaldale in 1951. Len had a varied work career ranging from electrical to telephone lineman to television at CJLH TV when it began broadcasting in 1955. From there his career took a different route through a short stint selling cars at Enerson’s and finally ending in the telephone sector working for Automatic Electric/Microtel/Novatel. His hobbies and interests were as varied as his work, ranging from hockey, amateur (ham) radio, bowling, horse shoes, woodworking, computer, to The Young and The Restless. Len had a long retirement spent with the love of his life, Mary, and their large extended family. His involvement with service began with his being part of the Civil Defense in Coaldale and continued through Rotary, Ham Radio Clubs, Seniors Group, Horseshoe Clubs, Church and helping his kids, grandkids, and great -grandkids with their various projects.
Besides his loving wife Mary, Len is survived by his son Larry (Virgen Napoles Alarcon), son-in-law Barry Morcom (Alma Lynn), daughters Diane Scheibner (Bill King), Debbie Middleton (Mark Giffin), Bonnie Hart (Patrick). He has been blessed with many grandchildren: Terry (Sandy), Heather (Ritchie), Avi, Amber (Jared), Arren (Buck), Brandon (Kim), Bryan, Raulito (Yunia) Sarah (Chris), Brenda (Aaron) and great-grandchildren: Rayna-Lynn (Trig), Kenzie, Kourtney, Owen, Maryssa, Emry, Calum, Armin, Gilbert, Lily-Anne, Katerina-Maria, Sebastiaan (Bas), Christine (Ineke), Willem, Isabella, and Oliver. Len is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mildred Scheibner, Doris Scheibner and Betty Scheibner as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Annie Belle, his brothers Maurice, Lawrence and Clarence, sisters Viola and Rosie and his daughter Norma.
A family funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS east of Calgary, 17 Ave. S.E. at Garden Road, 1515 100 Street SE, Calgary, with Pastor Michael Ward officiating. Interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 1302 – 4 Ave South, Lethbridge AB T1J 0R4.
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

LUKENDA
MRS. MADELINE LUKENDA, wife of the late Steve Lukenda, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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

MACDONALD
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.
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

HEGLAND
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

THEKLA EHNES
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.
Thekla was born on a farm near Krupp Saskatchewan and grew up in Prelate Saskatchewan. In 1938 Thekla came to the Faith area and lived with her sister Marge (Joe) Mitzel. On October 03, 1939 Thekla and Pius Ehnes were married at Faith Alberta.
An active life was enjoyed on the farm including farming, driving school bus, CWL, 4-H, gardening, playing cards, local reporter many years for the Bow Island News, entertaining and many visits from friends and family. Mom always enjoyed family gatherings and having her family around her.
Thekla is survived by her two sons and one daughter, Richard (Kathleen), Deborah Henderson and Bernard (Kary), daughters -in-law Christine Ehnes and Janet (Tom) Suley, her older sister Bertha Gust, as well as sisters-in-law Maggie Shade and Ruby Schaff, brother-in-law Gabriel Ehnes and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Grandma is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Patrick (Anne), David, Leslie (Alison), Gene (Jennifer), Dennis, Michele (Jon) Danielson, Christopher (Heather), Ashton, Tyler, and Tennille; great-grandchildren Aliah, Tyra, Keely, Claudia, Braydon, Drew and River.
Sadly, Thekla was predeceased by her husband Pius in 2005 and her two sons Edward in 1988 and Brian in 2010.
For the past seven years Thekla enjoyed her home at Martha’s House in Lethbridge, she will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
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.
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

VERNA-DAWN PURVIS
The family of Verna-Dawn Purvis is saddened to announce her passing on September 11, 2013 after a courageous battle with liver disease.
Left to mourn her passing are devoted husband Allan Purvis; daughter Alanna (Kelly) Johnson of Calgary; son Trent (Robyn) Matson and their children Spence, Mckay and Madeline of Lethbridge; stepchildren Lori (Jim) Thompson and their children Alyssa (Colin Lepp) and Brady of Taber; Trent Purvis (Vicki Moses) and his children Nick, Bella & Kyle of Lethbridge; Christie (Jason) Clarke and their children Carter, Jenna & Jordyn of Taber.
Verna was born at the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge on August 11, 1944 and grew up in Warner, Alberta. After high school, she attended Lethbridge Community College. Verna graduated with a diploma in Secretarial Sciences in 1961 as part of the first graduating class of LCC. She then worked at St. Michael’s Hospital in the admitting department, the University of Lethbridge in the library, and John Davidson School in Coaldale. Verna found her true calling in 1987 when she returned to school to study practical nursing. She graduated in 1988, and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the last 25 years.
Verna enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband Al. They spent time riding their horses, and relaxing on their acreage. The greatest loves of her life were her grandchildren. Gramma’s fridge was always stocked with a string of suckers for them.
A private family service will be held for Verna.

Bingo Ernst
1926 – 2013
 Lloyd John Ernst, beloved husband of Aiko Ernst, passed away in Taber on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 86 years.
 Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, September 19, 2013 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, September 20, 2013 between 12:00 P.M. and 12:40 P.M.
 The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.  

Boyce Gardiner
1933 – 2013
 Boyce Gardiner, passed away in Taber on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the age of 80 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.   

Gerald Svensen
1935 – 2013
 Gerald Ralph Svensen, beloved husband of Dolores Svensen, passed away in Taber on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 78 years.
 A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
 A reception will be held at the Heritage Inn, 4830 – 46 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, September 21, 2013 between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Besides his loving wife Dolores, he is survived by his children Perry
(Trish) Svensen of Calgary, Gale (Steven) Egeland of Taber and Garth
(Jocelyn) Svensen of Vegreville; Dolores¹ children Brad (Sue) Murphy of Taber, Guy Murphy of Taber, Barb Haynes (Dan Brandics) of Taber and Cathy Murphy (Roger Noble) of Coaldale; grandchildren Krista (Dale) Ruggles, Bradley (Janelle) Egeland, Lindsey Egeland (Stan Dearing), Grant Svensen, Ashley Svensen (Justin Olynyk), Tara Schmidt, Lee,  Jared and Tylin Haynes; great grandchildren Owen, Savanah, Tristen, Carter, Rachel, Emmett, Lexi, Kaylee, Blake, Lichelle, Alyssa, Dixon, Caiden and Conner. He is also survived by his sister Lynn (Otto) Kedl of Prince George, sisters-in-law Anne Svensen of Qualicum Beach and Donna Schafer of Innisfail.
 He was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Edris Svensen, his first wife Jan Svensen, brothers Ed, Donald and Jim Svensen, sister Dorothy Runte, brothers-in-law Gerald Schafer and Ernie Runte.
 Gerald was born in Edmonton on June 4, 1935 and was raised in Wetaskiwin.
In 1966 Gerald moved to Taber where he has resided until the time of his passing. He worked as a telephone lineman for AGT for nearly thirty years, retiring in 1987. Gerald enjoyed stock car racing, camping, traveling and working in museums, he was especially fond of the Scandia Museum. He was member of the Taber Lions Club for many years. Gerald and Dolores were also campground hosts at the M.D. Park for three years. Above all, Gerald loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who will miss him dearly.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gerald¹s name may be made directly to the HOPE Program, c/o Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program, 1403 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9 or to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca) or to the Lions of Alberta Foundation, c/o Ollie Borgedahl, 44 Straddock Crescent S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3H 2T2.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.  

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