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Saturday April 12, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 14, 2014.

BARBARA MONTGOMERY
1930 ~ 2014
Mrs. Barbara Montgomery, beloved wife of the late Mr. Joseph Montgomery passed away on Thursday, April
10, 2014 at the age of 83 years.
Funeral arrangements to 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

BIG SWAN
1952-2014
Pastor (Chief) Philip Evan Big Swan passed away suddenly with his loving family by his side and went home
to be with the Lord. Philip loved his children and raised them with the word of God.
He was an avid cattle rancher, horse breeder and loved to train quarter and paint horses with his brother
David. He worked with Native Counseling Services until his retirement and was recognized with Solicitor
General for his many endeavors within the Criminal Justice field. Philip was a Hereditary Chief who had a
heart for the Piikani Nation and was elected Chief in 1995. He was an ordained minister and co-pastored a
church in Standoff, AB. He would travel with his wife Delores, throughout Canada and USA ministering the
word of God and generated many friendships throughout his ministry.
Besides his loving wife Delores; he is survived by 6 sons; Shane, Kevin (Nadine), Evan (Ashley), Trey,
Braydan, Garrett McDougall; 3 daughters Shannon (Stanford), Krystal (Cameron), Tamara; 10 grandchildren;
1 great-grandchild; brother Maniel (Lyz); Sisters Valerie, Norine (Tom); 3 nephews Stephen (Candace),
Brett, Isaac; 2 Nieces Kimberly (John), Jheniel, Uncle James North Peigan, Auntie Hilda Big Swan,
numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Archie Big Swan Sr. and Nancy (nee
North Peigan); brothers Earl, Randall, David Sister Elizabeth, Nephew Noel.
A Wake Service will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. at EDEN’S FUNERAL
HOME-Fort Macleod, 2424-5th Ave.
A Funeral Service to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., at the
PIIKANI COMMUNITY HALL, Brocket, AB. Interment will follow in Brocket Cemetery, with a feast to follow at
the Community Hall.
Eden’s Funeral Home and Crematorium
2424 – 5 Avenue
Fort Macleod, AB
Phone: 403-553-3772
Email: condolences@edensfuneralhome.com
http://www.edensfuneralhome.com

HAYES
FERN EVELYN (BRANDON) HAYES, of Lethbridge, passed away with her family at her side on Monday, April 7th,
2014 at the age of 83 years.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South,
Lethbridge on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M., with Reverend Bob Wallace 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

JOHN BAIR
1924 ~ 2014
John William Bair of Lethbridge beloved husband of the late Donna Bair, passed away peacefully at Edith
Cavell Care Center on April 8th, 2014, three weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
John is survived by his 2 daughters Gayla (Stewart) Gilborn and Neva (Robert) McNab, grandchildren LaRae
(Wayne) Murphy, Jeff (Savannah) McNab, Ashleigh McNab and Karen Gilborn and eight great grandchildren,
Kasey, Leah, Brett, Madison, Shelby, Johnny, Sira and Jacob.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Donna, parents Leland and Ella Mae Bair, brothers Alva and Teddy (in
infancy) sisters Marjorie, Irene, Lena and grandson Layne Gilborn.
Dad married Donna Lind in 1946. He farmed east of Milk River with his brother Alva and later his nephew
Ron. The Bair brothers were known for being the farmers who seeded first in the spring and harvested
first in the fall. During his years in Milk River, Dad became very involved with the community. He was a
member of the Elks and a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver. Mom and Dad lived in Milk River
until 1970 when they moved to Lethbridge. He remained active on the farm until he sold it in 1990.
Dad lead a full active life with many hobbies including hunting, fishing and exploring the Milk River
back country. He was an excellent marksman, having twice won the Canadian Gold Shield for small bore
accuracy. He continued his shooting expertise as a member of the Lethbridge Black Power Club where he won
many awards including Frontiersman of the Year. He was also proficient with his Hawk and Knife.
Dad was a talented craftsman; for years he frequented craft sales in Alberta and BC where his deer and
log drawers were always popular items. Not many homes in this area are without at least one of John’s
deer!
Playing cards was a pastime Dad greatly enjoyed right up to the end of his life. Our Sunday get-togethers
always began with a hotly contested game of Canasta. He loved cribbage, especially when he beat his
nephew Reed Spencer.
Dad loved his family unconditionally and made friends wherever he went. He was likely the kindest man you
would ever meet and never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything.
At Dad’s request there will be no formal funeral. A private interment will be held at Archmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211 Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7, would
be appreciated.
Rest in Peace Dad.
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

JOHN ZDUN
1963 ~ 2014
Mr. John Zdun of Lethbridge, beloved father, brother, and son passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at
the age of 51 years.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014 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

JOHNSON
DONALD CHARLES (DON) JOHNSON, beloved husband of the late Ruth Leishman Johnson, of Magrath, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the Raymond Hospital at the age of 88
years.
Don is survived by his children, Donna (Robert) Fraser of Raymond, Brian (Barbara) Johnson of Magrath,
Shirley (Doran) Perry of Magrath, Carma (Melvin) Wong of Edmonton. Don was predeceased by his daughter
Carol in 1978.
He leaves to mourn 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; a brother, Jay Johnson; 3 sisters, Ida
Campbell, Hazel Coleman and Jean Schmidt.
Don was born in Blackie, Alberta, November 22, 1925. Father was a hard worker, friendly, sensitive, and
caring. He loved his family. He enjoyed his years working with youth. He served faithfully in many church
callings. He will be missed by many.
Friends may meet the family at the Garden Place Chapel, Magrath, AB (170 North Center Street) on Sunday,
April 13th, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. or at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service.
The Funeral Service will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel,
Magrath, AB on Monday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop John Balderson officiating. Interment in the
Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, Alberta.
E-mail your condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net. 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
legacyfh@telus.net

LILLEY
MAURICE WILLIAM LILLEY, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday,
March 29th, 2014 at the age of 72 years.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASILS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge on
Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., with Father Nathan Siray, Celebrant.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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

MAXINE WHEELER
1926 ~ 2014
Mrs. Maxine Wheeler, beloved wife of the late Mr. George Wheeler, passed away on April 7, 2014 at the age
of 88 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 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

MCNEELY
It is with great sadness in our hearts we announce the sudden passing of our Mother and Grandmother,
Gladys Mary McNeely on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge
on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Bob Wallace officiating. Cremation to follow,
with a private interment at a later date
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

RALPH J. FIX
1928 ~ 2014
Mr. Ralph J. Fix, beloved husband of Mrs. Grace Fix, of Lethbridge passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
at the age of 86 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW
CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB.
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

Egbertha Jonker-Van Rijn
1912 – 2014
Egbertha Jonker-Van Rijn, passed away peacefully in Taber on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the age of 101
years.
Her often expressed words ³why doesn¹t the Lord take me home²,  have been fulfilled and she is now
rejoicing in heaven. ³Blessed is the man who perseveres under temptation, because when he has stood the
test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him². James 1:12
A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Brian Kuyper officiating. Condolences may be forwarded
by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com&gt; .
Egbertha is survived by her three sons John (Martha) Jonker of Red Deer, Albert (Anne) Jonker of Purple
Springs and Okko (Audrey) Jonker of Taber, daughter Sybrich (Cecil) Dam of Niagra Falls, eighteen
grandchildren, fifty eight great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren of whom she was very
proud.  
She was predeceased by her husband Roelf Jonker, three children Sybrich, Tonnis and Egbert, grandson Ron
Jonker, great granddaughter Eisa Lodewijk, three brothers and three sisters.
Egbertha was born August 18, 1912 in Saaksum, Holland. She married Roelf Jonker on May 8, 1935. During
the war they hid two Jews and six young men for three years on their farm, as well as supplying food to
those in need. They immigrated to Canada in May of 1954 and made their home in Calgary, where again she
was very involved through her church in caring for people who needed help. In 1962 they moved to Ontario
where she lived until 1985, at which time she moved to Taber and has resided there until the time of her
passing.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.       

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