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Friday April 25, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 25, 2014.

ALICE BITANGO
1926 ~ 2014
Alice Mary Bitango passed away peacefully on April 21, 2014 at Good Samaritan Park Meadows in the company
of her family at the age of 87 years.
Mom was born in rural Seven Persons and resided there until age 15 when she moved to Medicine Hat. A very
hard worker she started working at age 12 doing housekeeping and various waitress jobs in Medicine Hat,
Milk River & Lethbridge.
She married Mike Bitango in 1948 living at The Research Station and Sunnyside area. She worked hard on
the farm, was well organized, and always had a coffee and dessert waiting for the many people that
dropped in. Working at Sunburst Ceramics, managing the Provincial Building cafeteria & selling
Nutrimetics she met and made good friends and shared many laughs. She worked until poor health forced her
to retire where she continued to enjoy her home in Lethbridge.
She is survived by daughters Dianne (Skip) and Carol as well as sister Emily Howkins, brother Emanual
Houff (Minnie), sister in law Violet Houff, and numerous nieces and nephews; also brother-in-law Francis
(Punch) Bitango and sister-in-law Lucy Pavan. She was predeceased by brothers Albert and Johnny, parents,
nieces, nephew and in-laws.
She will be remembered by the many friends she met while living in Sunnyside, Lethbridge, Legion Arms,
Garden View, Golden Acres and finally Good Samaritans Lodges. She always did her best, worked hard with a
positive attitude and enjoyed a good laugh and a good joke. She appreciated her close friends & family.
She is now resting in peace.
Many thanks to the staff at Garden View, Golden Acres, Good Samaritans and Gayle’s Apothecary who out did
themselves with their care giving. We thank them very much.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Golden Acres Lodge – Social fund, 1615 – 13th Street North,
Lethbridge, T1H 2V2, or Good Samaritan Park Meadows Lodge, 1511 – 15 Ave N Lethbridge, T1H 1W2.
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

ANITA MARGARET ROURKE
1945 ~ 2014
Vigil Rites will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at ST. CATHERINE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH,
762 Crescent Ave North, Picture Butte, AB.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 25, 2014 at ST. CATHERINE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC
CHURCH, Picture Butte AB, with Father Tomy Manjaly, celebrating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South,
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 9Z9.
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

ANTHONY “TONY” RAATS
1932 ~ 2014
Mr. Anthony “Tony” Hermanus Marie Raats of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Henny Raats, passed away
peacefully, with his family by his side, on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the age of 81 years.
Tony was born in Doesburg, Holland on August 19, 1932 to his parents Wilhelmus and Cornelia. Tony
followed the love of his life to Canada in 1953 and married Henny Vredegoor the following year. Tony and
Henny would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year in August. Tony was a proud man who
worked hard throughout his life to provide for his family. He worked for CP Rail, Lilydale, Swifts and
Canada Packers before retiring due to health issues. During his retirement he enjoyed fishing with
friends, restoring antique furniture and loved spending time with his family!
Tony is survived by his eight children Willie, Corrie (Rodney) Kneeland, Helen (Randy) Ruaben, Tony
(Juanita), Henry (Tiffany), Terry, Sylvia (Daryl) Tonin and Joe (Tara); fourteen grandchildren Kristy
(Chris), Neil, Richelle (Aaron), Nicole, Tiffany (Adam), Shanda (Cory), Dana, Chrissy, Tia, Taylor,
Dylon, Shalayne, Joey, Jaden, and Chloe; five great- grandchildren Taylor, Brynlee, Maya, Nico, Ainsley,
and his loyal companions Sable and Tootsie. He is also survived by two sisters, Toos Schilderman, Sr.
Corenelia; sisters -in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and their families. Tony was predeceased by
four brothers Gus, Frank, Will, and Kees; two sisters Joanna and Wilhelmina; father and mother-in-law
Anthony and Grada Vredegoor and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Tony was loved and will be dearly missed by all.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:00pm on Friday April 25, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4
St. South Lethbridge.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00pm on Saturday April 26, 2014 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH,
604 13 St. North Lethbridge, with Father Nathan Siray, celebrant.
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

BERRY
MYRON LOWTHER BERRY, passed away Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 at the age of 91 in Cardston Alberta.
He is survived by his loving children: Bryce (Margaret) of Logan, Utah, Maxine (Nolan Berger) of Rexberg,
Idaho, Myrna Remington of Cardston, Alberta, Thomas Berry of Aetna, Alberta, Lydia (Leonard Morton) of
Del Bonita, Alberta, son-in-law Timothy Elmer of Texas, his sister in-law Newana Berry and dear friend
Jean Tillman.
Dad was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Roma Maxine Low Berry, daughter Nona Berry Elmer, son-in-law Michael
Remington, grandson Ross Berry, his parents Thomas & Jane Berry, his brothers Mark and Morgan Berry, his
sisters Elizabeth Vair and Edythe Tiffenbach
Dad was born on July 11th, 1922 in Cardston, Alberta. He grew up on a farm 6 miles south of Cardston.
He joined the 49th Loyal Edmonton Regiment of Canada and was shipped overseas to England, Africa, and
then Italy where he was injured.
He met his eternal companion, Roma Maxine Low, after World War 2. They were married in Lethbridge on
August 23, 1947 and were sealed in the Alberta LDS temple February 22nd, 1955.
He taught his family the values of hard work, loving others, humor, tolerance, kindness, and the strength
the gospel brings to our lives.
Dad was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he willingly accepted
any call to serve. He loved and served in scouting for over 30 years. He served in many positions
including Sunday School, Elders Quorum, Bishoprics, High Council, Temple Worker, and being a faithful
Home Teacher. His favorite calling was Bishop of Aetna Ward for 5 years. He and his faithful companion
Roma served a full time mission to the Philippines Baguio Mission in 1980.
He loved fishing, scouting, camping, horses and his wagons, which many of his neighbors, family, friends,
and community enjoyed.
Dad was a loving, caring, generous and gentle man. He loved people and was kind and gracious to all. He
will always be remembered with great love.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Chinook Lodge and the many doctors and nurses for their
compassion and loving care.
Friends may meet the family at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 7:00 to
8:00 p.m. or at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service.The Funeral Service will be held
at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at
11:00 a.m. Interment in the Cardston 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

BRUCHET
MRS. CLARA BRUCHET, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the age of 93 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

CUTFORTH
IRENE MARTINA CUTFORTH, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the
Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the age of 96 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at THE KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, 5 Rocky Mountain Blvd West,
Lethbridge on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. with Mr. Terry Whitlock 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

DEBBY STEACY
1955 – 2014
We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our wife, mother and friend. DEBBY STEACY passed away with
her family by her side on Tuesday, April 22nd in Lethbridge. Debby is survived by her husband Graham, her
sons Jim (Brittany) and Sean (Ashley) and her daughter Heather, all of Lethbridge. She is also survived
by her parents Art and Shirley Borzel and her brother Andy Borzel, all of Calgary.
Debby was a successful athlete in a variety of sports including track and field, fastball and basketball,
enjoying success as a student athlete at the University of Saskatchewan and also on a national level. As
proud as she was of her many athletic accomplishments, her greatest pride and joy were her children. She
was always there for them, offering encouragement to each of them whatever their endeavours.
As a volunteer Debby spent countless hours working with Operation Red Nose and other activities in
support of the student athletes who were members of the U of L Pronghorns. When her family was younger
she was actively involved with their many school activities, as well as instilling in them a great sense
of pride in pursuing their educations.
Debby made friends wherever she went and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially by
her cats.
At Debby’s request there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Debby’s memory to the Orthopaedic Department at the Chinook Regional
Hospital in Lethbridge, would be appreciated.
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

FEDORKI
Elsie May Fedorki of Lethbridge passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the age of 94 years, beloved
wife of the late John Fedorki. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Joanne (Dave) Stalwick of
Medicine Hat and Lorraine (Terry) Seely of Lethbridge; her granddaughter, Jan Stalwick (fiancé Tom
Cairns); two sisters and her very dear brother, Joe. She was predeceased by her parents, May and
Alexander Paterson; her husband, John; one brother, and two sisters. A private memorial service will be
held at a later date. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net
subject heading: Elsie Fedorki, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of
condolence. Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE,
Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.

GIACCHETTA
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of THOMAS GIACCHETTA, one of the last pioneers of
the Readymade District. Thomas passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family by his
side on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the age of 88.
He leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law Georgina (Felix – deceased) Giacchetta, their daughter Diane
(Norman Sincennes) and their children Santina and Graysen, Marianne (Jim- deceased) Giacchetta and their
children Bruce (Wendy), Rod and Lori, as well as many extended family.
Thomas’s life journey was full of hardships and blessings. Thomas was born October 28, 1925 in Sessano,
Italy. At the young age of 10, Thomas immigrated to Canada to join his father. The first obstacle was to
learn a new language. The process began with a mile walk to and from a one room school. At home it was
listening to hymns and country songs, especially those sang by Wilf Carter. On Sunday, the farm was the
place to be for many Italian families with plenty of good food, homemade wine, a game of cards or a
competitive game of Bocce.
Thomas farmed with his father and later in partnership with his brother Felix for more than seventy years
until health issues prevented him from continuing. That didn’t stop him from supervising and whistling
while YOU worked. Farming had its trials too – droughts, hail and dust storms and financial hardships. To
this day, the farm remains International RED for the help the family was given many years ago.
Thomas was proud of his Italian heritage and helped to preserve it by helping to construct the Romulus et
Remus Italian Canadian Club, served on its Board of Directors and held the position of vice-president for
many years. He was a past member of the Readymade 50+ Club.
Thomas took great pride in ALL his nephew’s and niece’s accomplishments. You could find him at sporting
events, skating carnivals, and Christmas concerts. Thomas enjoyed his weekly lunches with his brother
Jim, which usually meant going for Chinese food and discussing the baseball game from the night before.
Thomas had a heart of gold, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. We would like to express our
sincere thanks to the Sunny South Lodge and St. Therese for the genuine care Thomas received while there,
to Drs. S. Low and E. Mueller for the excellent care you gave to Thomas as well as the kindness and
support given to our family. God Bless you all.
A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Ray & Ellen Wagner, Prayer Leaders.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513 – 23 Avenue, Coaldale on Saturday,
April 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Thomas Vadassery, Celebrant.
Interment will follow at the Coaldale Community Cemetery.
In memory of Thomas, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
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

HAROLD EZAKI
HAROLD EZAKI, beloved husband of Susie (Ichiko), passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s on April 22,
2014 at the age of 94 years.
Harold is survived by his wife Susie; children Sharon (Mike) Tamura, Ken (Charlotte) and Marlene;
grandchildren Michael (Darla) Tamura, Sheri (Brad) Rolfe, Jennifer Tamura (Andrew); great-grandchildren
Chelsea, Julie, Jaxon, Sydney, Nathan, Addyson and Grayson.
He was predeceased by his daughter Karen, his parents and brother Toyohiro.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 28, 2014 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15
Ave S, Lethbridge with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.
Koden and flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made in memory of
Harold to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, 1400 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
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

LYBBERT
PHILLIP GEORGE LYBBERT passed away in Raymond on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the age of 60 years,
beloved husband of Vikki Lybbert of Raymond.
The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE, 2 N 200 W, Raymond. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill
Cemetery, Raymond.
Friends may meet the family on Sunday, April 27 ONLY from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raymond Stake Centre.
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

MARIE LUCILLE VEDRES
(February 7, 1941 –
April 23, 2014)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother at the age of 73. Mom
passed away peacefully at home in her sleep.
She was predeceased by her husband Ralph, brothers Albert (Hanna) Groves, Arthur Groves, Maurice Groves,
John (Katie) Groves, Bill (Isabel) Groves, and by her sister Lyla (Fern) Huber.
She is survived by her two sons Darrell (Michelle) of Lethbridge and Rodney (Shannon) of Lethbridge, one
brother Melvin (Jean) Groves of Lethbridge and a sister-in-law Elsie Groves.
Marie was a Caretaker with the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic School Division for more than 25 years. Marie
and Ralph were married on June 21, 1958. She was well loved for her humor, respect and generous spirit.
She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother to Jaime, Joey, Nicky, Fayla, Tiana, Grayson and friend to
many. She especially enjoyed her time at the Norbridge Senior Centre making beautiful paper tole
pictures. Mom’s other love was singing in the St. Basil’s Catholic Church Choir for the last 50-plus
years.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge
on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., with Deacon Frank Peta officiating. Visitation will be held
prior to the service from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Cremation will 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

MRS. ELAINE ADAIR-SMITH
1947 ~ 2014
Mrs. Elaine Adair-Smith, beloved wife of Mr. Michael Smith, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at
the age of 67 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

ROHALY
ANDREW ROHALY, beloved husband of Louise Rohaly of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at the Chinook Regional
Hospital on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at the age of 81 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

Schmidt, Alexander
Member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union, Local 496, Calgary, passed away March 27, 2014. The
Officers, Members & Staff wish to express their deepest sympathy to the family.

SCOTT
IRENE SCOTT, beloved wife of the late Raymond Scott, passed away in Magrath on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
at the age of 85 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Welling Chapel,
Welling, Alberta on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church on
Sunday, April 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church on Monday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to
the Service. Interment in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, Alberta.
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

SHOUTING
JEROME SHOUTING passed away in Lethbridge on April 16th, 2014 at the age of 76 years.
A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, May 2nd from 7:00 to
11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Saturday, May
3rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
Email condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net
Legacy FUNERAL HOMES LTD., CARDSTON Assisting the Family. Phone 403-653-3222.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677
legacyfh@telus.net

TAJIRI
DR. NOBBY TAJIRI, beloved husband of Lily Tajiri, passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
Nobby is survived by his wife Lily and children: Joanne (Leon) Durand, Michele (Kevin) O’Riley, Alan
(Ivania), Mike (Debbie); grandchildren: Naomi (Brent), Caoilin, Evan, Erin, Erik, Brien, Blake and great
granddaughter Lyla.
Friends and family may pay their respects on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN
SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge.
A private family service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made
to the Alzheimer Society of Lethbridge, 402-740-4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9.
Koden is graciously declined.
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

TOMIC
MR. DUSAN TOMIC passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, April 21, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at ROYAL VIEW MEMORIAL
CEMETERY, Lethbridge Northside.

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