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Monday, October 5, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 6, 2014.

ANNE SLEMKO
1922 ~ 2014
Mrs. Anne Slemko of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. John Slemko, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

CHRISTIANSON
CLARA ³PEARLE² CHRISTIANSON, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, den mother and friend passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on October 3, 2014 at the age of 77 years. As she was the first granddaughter, Clara was named after her paternal aunt Clara Coverdale and maternal grandmother Pearl Nasadyk. She would answer to Clara Pearle, Pearle, CP, Mom, Ma, Mama, Grammy and Gramma or Gramma PearleŠ. but no one dared to call her Pearlie (³the ³E² is silent!) Her little brother and friend Sue Sue were the only exceptions to that rule. Pearle is lovingly remembered by her son Dean Christianson (Tracey) of Castlegar BC and daughter Caren Christianson (with a ³C²) of Lethbridge, by her brother Allen Evans of Nanaimo and grandchildren Alyssa and Keegan of Castlegar and Isabella of Lethbridge. Pearl was born 2 months premature on December 22, 1936 and raised primarily in Foremost, Alberta. She came into this world fighting for breath, delivered and cared for by her paternal grandmother Isabella Evans. That fight and determination carried her throughout her entire life. Pearl moved to Lethbridge in 1967 with two kids in tow and a new path to travel. Knowing that the University of Lethbridge would be opening on the “west side” in the next couple of years, she was determined to get in on that and get herself ready to go back into the workforce. In 1971 the University opened and Pearl was there thriving and working in almost every area of Food Services. Along the way, she created and maintained many lifelong relationships and will be fondly remembered by staff, faculty, students and alumni alike. Some of these friendships overflowed into our home and they became a part of our family. Pearl loved to meet people and she made friends everywhere; on a greyhound bus, on a city transit bus, in the hospitalŠ wherever she was and wherever she was going. Remarkably, Pearle kept up with these friendships from her family, her hometown, from across the street, country or across the oceans, and never forgot a birthday. . She was Gramma Pearle for so many across the globe. With that said, Pearle’s memory is also cherished by Ken and Monica McClain of Lethbridge, Diane and Scot Barton of Stirling, Carlos and Sarah Qafaiti of Calgary, Khalid and Angie El Hilo of Singapore, Jennifer and Troy Millet of Calgary, James and Linda Baron of Coaldale and Sylvie and Paul Cormier-Smith of Lethbridge. Pearl is also survived by Diane, Grant, Keith and Norman Druhan and families, as well as Lynn Arnold of Lethbridge, her sister in her heart. In 2002, Pearl started her fight with COPD and for the following 12 years, fought harder than anyone could. She never lost her spunk, or her will to carry on with her journey, continued to tell you what she thought and called a spade a spade. If you loved her, she loved you back 100-fold and you felt the depth of that love. A special thank you to our very special Home Care family; Shalane, Barb, Colleen, Sherri, Mary, Nichole and more – Pearl loved you all and so appreciated your help and compassion in these final years. On Friday morning Pearl took her last breath while holding the hand of her best friend and daughter, Caren. The fight was over and she went peacefully on to an easier new journey. Thank you to Andrea on 4B, for those final hours with mom. Thank you to Dr Eric Wilde – we cannot express the gratitude we have for you. Thank you for believing in her strength and the love she held for so many. Thank you for being more than a doctor but also her dearly respected friend. Relatives and Friends are invited to a Celebration of Pearle¹s Life at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. A Private Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pearl’s memory to the Alberta Lung Association, 17420 Stony Plain Road N.W., Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K6.
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

KANA
NORMAN KANA, beloved husband of Isabella Kana of Coaldale, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at the age of 82 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South on Wednesday, October 8, 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

NELSON
ROY BALLARD NELSON, beloved husband of the late Claire Nelson, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, October 4, 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

George Andrekson
1933 ~ 2014
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Mr. George Andrekson, beloved husband of Mrs. Joan Andrekson, quietly passed away while surrounded by his family at St. Joseph¹s Home Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat at the age of 81 years. George was born on June 22, 1933 and raised on the family farm in Barons, Alberta. He attended Barons Consolidated School to grade 12 and then took a year of post secondary education at the University of Alberta. George and Joan were married on July 6, 1957 in Lethbridge and raised their children on the family farm. George was a kind, patient, trustworthy, humorous, quick witted man and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, camping and his favorite sports included curling, hockey, golf and baseball of which he enjoyed watching and was an excellent player in his day. He was a member of the Elks, Legion, the Barons Curling Club and served on the United Church board for many years. George loved his cows and was very proud of his farm. Besides his loving wife, Joan, George leaves to cherish his memory his three children: Jackie (Mitch) Mifflin, Brad (Leanne) Andrekson and Sue (Derwin) Larock; three
grandsons: Justin and Jeremy Andrekson, and Logan Larock as well as his step-grandchildren, Chad and Chelsey. George was predeceased by his parents, George and Seraphima; two sisters, Lydia Wolloschuk, Mary-Lou Baczuk and one brother, Alexander Andrekson. The Funeral Service will be held at the Southminster United Church, 1011 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations in George¹s name may be made directly to M.S. Society, 101, 1201 Kingsway Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 2Y2. Condolences may be expressed by visiting http://www.cooksouthland.com

Mickey Asplund
1962 – 2014
McDonald Reed Asplund, passed away in Taber on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the age of 52 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, October 6, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5314 – 54 Street, Taber on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Scott Olsen conducting. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com&gt; . Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Dan Jones
1924 – 2014
Daniel Max Jones, beloved husband of the late Antonia Jones, passed away in Taber on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the age of 90 years. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 324 – 2 Avenue, North, Vauxhall on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Vincent TuanHa celebrant. 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.

Richard Zelenka
1925 – 2014
Richard Zelenka, beloved husband of Gladys Zelenka, passed away in Taber on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, October 6, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Mokwadi Paymann T’dere Basele officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Besides his loving wife Gladys, he is survived by their three children Jim (Diane) Zelenka of Taber, Fred (Darlene) Zelenka of Lloydminster and Cheryl (Ron) Merkl of Taber; grandchildren Amanda Zelenka (Charles Charlton), Erin Zelenka, Clayton (Carmen) Zelenka (their children Kenny and Danica), Krystle (Shawn) Metcalfe (their children Lilliana and Gabriel), Serena Zelenka (son Luke) and Kelly Cardinal. He is also survived by his brother Dennis (Julia) Zelenka; sisters Mona (Ray) Ganton, Rene Colombo and Marilyn Zelenka; brother-in-law Bill Molnar and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Julia (nee Kiss) and Amil Zelenka; sisters Louise Molnar, Isabelle Dorion, Kay (Bud) Day and brother-in-law Keith Colombo. Richard was born in Taber on July 14, 1925. He grew up on the family farm south of Taber. Richard married Gladys Houdek on September 12, 1952 and together they raised three children, two sons and one daughter.They lived on a farm for ten years before moving into Taber. Richard worked as both a heavy duty mechanic and as a farm labourer. Richard started school in a one room country school. In the winter, the children were transported by a team of horses in a sleigh. His final grades were completed in Taber. He worked on the farm from an early age. When old enough, Richard drove his sisters to town. With eight siblings in his family, many happy memories were shared together. Sunday gatherings out on the farm, at his parents home, were special times. Richard always kept busy. He took great pride in the upkeep of his yard, as gardening held a special interest for him. He loved woodworking. (both indoors and out), making a variety of things, among them, clocks, lathe articles and several pieces of furniture. Richard was busy in the community as well, participating in the Alberta Moose Association, the Wadena Gun Club and the Royal Canadian Legion. Within the Moose Association, he held offices locally, provincially and internationally. He joined the Taber Moose Lodge #927 in 1960 and served in several chairs. This Lodge later amalgamated with the Lethbridge Moose Lodge #792. In 1986, he went to Chicago where he received the highest degree of merit in the Moose Association, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit.
Among Richard¹s many interests are a love of travel, playing crib, horseshoes, dancing, camping, fishing, calling bingo, playing cards with the boys and also spending time at family gatherings. Richard will be dearly missed. If friends so desire, memorial tribute¹s in Richard¹s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 (www. diabetes.ca) or to the Alzheimer Society, 402, 740 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9 (www.alzheimer.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Annie Wall
1943 – 2014
Annie Wall, beloved wife of Hank Wall, passed away in Taber on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the age of 70 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, October 10, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Harry Unger officiating. 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.

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