By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 13, 2014.
Valerie Christine Berns (Heater), beloved wife of Andy Berns of Lethbridge, passed away after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family by her side on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at the age of 50 years. Valerie was born September 9th, 1963 at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary Alberta to Reuben and Sylvia Heater. Valerie was the oldest sister to brother Glen Heater and sister Stephanie Bradley. Valerie had three children the oldest son Chris Berns along with his wife Brittany and grandson Brady. The middle Daughter being Tabitha Berns. The youngest daughter Tiffany Sommerfeldt with her husband Chase and Grandson Nixon. Valerie is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, brother and sister in law and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, in Valerie Berns memory all donations can be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Society Lethbridge, 2A #101, 960-19 Street South Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
CONINE, Clarence ³Al² died on Monday, August 11th, 2014 after a hard fought battle with multiple health issues and is now walking tall without pain. Remembered with love and always in the hearts of his wife Diana, sons Alan (Shelley) and Scott, and daughters Beth and Laura. He was so proud of his grandchildren Bradley (Kattie), Danielle, Dillon, Brent, Riley, Trevor and Carissa; their visits were highpoints in his week. Al is also survived by his sisters Evelyn (Irving) and Shirley, brothers Bob and Lee (Judy), and brothers-in-law Terry (Elaine), Al (Kathy) and Brian (Kathy). At Al¹s request cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to DENNING BROS. FUNERAL HOME (519 245-1023), share a memory at http://www.denning.ca.
The family of Anna Maria Rosita Guccione is grief stricken to announce that, on August 6, she passed away unexpectedly during surgery in Calgary. Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on August 13 at Martin Brothers followed by a funeral service at at 2 p.m. on August 14 at St. Basil’s Church in Lethbridge.
MR. RICHARD ALLEN WIEST, beloved husband of Mrs. Karen Wiest, passed away at the Calgary Foothills Hospital on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
1932 ~ 2014
Mr. William “Bill” Richards of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Cousins-Richards, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the age of 82 years. At Bill¹s request, a private family gathering will be held.
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1932 – 2014
Helen Neta Redekop, beloved wife of Henry Redekop, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the age of 82 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. A private burial service will be at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery prior to the funeral service. The Funeral Service will be held at the Coaldale Mennonite Church, 2316 – 17 Street Coaldale, on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Besides her loving husband Henry, she is survived by her sons Randy (Janice) Redekop of Vauxhall, Gary (Jackie) Redekop of Warner, Bruce (Monika) Redekop of Vancouver and Tim (Pat) Redekop of Retlaw; daughters Shelley (Brian) Coffey of Lethbridge and Terri (Irene) Redekop of Coaldale; cherished grandchildren Kerby (Kathrina), Mark (Natalie), Andrew (Richelle), Nick, Sarah, Brendan, Christopher (Kym), Emily and Marielle as well as five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Ann Martens, Ernie (Susan) Goerzen and Ricki Lane; special friend and sister-in-law Katie Goerzen; in-laws Ed (Liz) Redekopp and Karl (Ann) Redekopp; special friend Dee Field as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons Terence, Marvin and Lawrence; parents Anna and Henry Goerzen; sister Nell Enns; brother Hank Goerzen; brothers-in-law Rudy Enns and Bill Martens. Helen was born on May 27, 1932 in Harris, Saskatchewan, the fourth of six children born to Henry and Anna Goerzen. After a few years in Saskatoon, Helen¹s father bought a farm and moved the family to Vauxhall when Helen was eleven. The family attended Vauxhall Mennonite Church where they were all very involved in music and choir. Helen helped out on the farm until she left for high school at Rosthern Junior College. She had fond memories of her high school years, which included many antics and practical jokes. Immediately following high school, Helen attended Bible College in Didsbury for a semester. College life seemed too much an impediment to her education, so she moved back to Vauxhall and married Henry Redekop on April 29, 1951. The young couple lived in Lethbridge for a few months before moving back to Vauxhall to work on the Jake Schulz farm for a year. After a brief stint renting Henry¹s dad¹s farm, they eventually bought a tract of virgin prairie south of Vauxhall, where they settled their young family and started their own farm. The challenges of building a farm and raising a young family left little time for other interests, though Helen had an ear for music, an eye for art, and could perfectly recite many poems and passages of scripture she had memorized in grade school right into her eighties. Helen devoted herself wholeheartedly to her family, raising eight children. It was a dreadful blow when two of her sons were killed in separate accidents within two years of each other. Nonetheless, Helen fought her way through this tragedy with the same determination and perspective that characterized her entire life. Eventually, Helen and Henry moved to Lethbridge where Helen took up five pin bowling, a sport she enjoyed for many years. She also became an antique collector, and was a force to be reckoned with on Lethbridge¹s Saturday morning garage sale circuit. Helen even ran her own antique store, Ali Baba¹s Cave, for a time.
During these years, winters were often spent in Palm Springs or Arizona with other friends and family from Alberta. Helen had a sharp mind, a good memory and a great sense of humor to the end. Throughout her life, as more and more of her loved ones preceded her in death, she looked forward to being reunited with them. Her last word were, ³See ya later! (pun, pun)².
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Helen¹s name may be made directly to the St. Michael¹s Health Centre (Palliative Care), 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5 or to the Mennonite Central Committee, Suite 210, 2946 – 32 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 6J7. A special thanks to the Dr. Narula and the staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Unit 3C, especially Shanda and Alissa for their extra love, to Ruth Bates for looking after Mom¹s needs whenever we needed you over the last few years, as well as the staff at St. Michael¹s Palliative Care for their compassionate and wonderful care during Mom¹s last twenty four hours. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
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