September 28th, 2016

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 7, 2014.

ANN SLEMKO
1922 ~ 2014
Mrs. Ann 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. Ann was born on October 22, 1922 alongside her twin brother, Larry. She was the youngest of seven children and grew up in Mundare, AB. She married John Slemko in July 1939, and together they moved to a farm in Coaldale, which the family still resides on.
Ann is survived by her daughter Sharon (Fred) Bobinec; sons David Slemko & Gerry Slemko; grandchildren Dale & Raylene as well as her great-grandchildren Casey & Cameron. She was predeceased by her husband John in 1993 and her son Brian Slemko in 2006. A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513-23 Ave., Coaldale, AB.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513-23 Ave., Coaldale, AB, with Father Newton Rodrigues, celebrating.

BURRIS
ERNEST EDWARD BURRIS, beloved husband of the late Helen Marie Burris of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at the age of 88 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating.
Interment will follow at Archmount Cemetery. In memory of Ernie, donations may be made to the Parkinson¹s Society, 1254-3rd Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 0J9, or 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

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. Mom 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, B.C. and daughter Caren Christianson (with a ³C²) of Lethbridge, by her brother Allen Evans of Nanaimo, B.C. and grandchildren Alyssa and Keegan of Castlegar, B.C. and Isabella of Lethbridge. Pearle 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. Pearle 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 “new 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 Pearle 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. Pearle 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. Pearle 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, Pearle 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 wonderful Home Care family; Shalane, Barb, Colleen, Sherri, Mary, Nichole, Terri and more – Pearle loved you all and so appreciated your help and compassion in these final years. On Friday morning Pearle 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 Pearle’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

ITAYA
SUMIYE SUMI ITAYA, beloved wife of Koji Roy Itaya, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Lethbridge at the age of 83 years.
She is survived by her 3 sons: Jim, Larry, and Glen. A private family service will be held at a later date. At the family¹s request, no koden or flowers.

MAWANI
SAMUEL MAWANI, of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at the age of 72 years. A Funeral Service will be held at the ISMAILI HEADQUARTERS JAMATKHANA – 4623 11th Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be held following the Funeral Service at the Rocky View Garden of Peace.
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

McKEAN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of ALIX JANAI McKEAN on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the age of 23 years. She will be forever missed by her beautiful daughter Avarie, her parents Flo McKean (Jim Bourret) and Greg McKean, her loving sister Kaley (Nolan Pelletier), Avarie’s father Brandon Rourke, his parents Rob and Debbie Rourke, his sisters Megan and Jen, Megan’s daughter Emmy as well as numerous extended family and friends. In keeping with the family’s wishes, a private service will take place.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any CIBC in the name of Antje Procee in trust for Avarie Marie McKean-Rourke.

NELSON
On Saturday, October 4, 2014, ROY BALLARD NELSON passed away at St. Michael¹s Health Centre at the age of 81 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Roy will be forever remembered by his children Paul (Gwen), Linda (Don), Rick (Karen), Debra (Bob), and Shawn (Deana), 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
He was predeceased by his wife and best friend Claire, his son David and granddaughter Kristina. Roy was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta on April 8, 1933. He attended school in Fort Macleod, Glenwood and Pincher Creek. In 1950, Roy joined the Royal Canadian Army, Special Forces for Korea and served 3 years. Roy moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1954 and this is where he met, fell in love with and then married Claire Adams. Roy and Claire together with their five children made their home in Fort Macleod in 1968. After this, they lived in many different areas across Canada and the US. In 1982, Roy and Claire returned to Fort Macleod where they raised their sixth and youngest child Shawn. While in Fort Macleod, Roy enjoyed working for Crestbrook Forest Industries. Once he retired he did various jobs and enjoyed both playing and watching golf as well as traveling with Claire. Roy was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. In 1996, Roy and Claire moved to Lethbridge to be closer to health providers for Claire. Roy was a diligent caregiver and devoted husband until Claire¹s passing in 2009. After this, Roy moved to Garden View Lodge where he met and enjoyed the company of many of the residents and staff. He loved watching golf, reading western novels and spending time with his family. Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all of the many friends and family who visited Roy over the years. The family would also like to extend a very special thank you to all of the wonderful caregivers at the Chinook Regional Hospital, St .Michael¹s Health Centre and the Palliative Care Team. A very special thank you to Dr. Smuts who is an incredibly caring, professional person. Roy and his family greatly appreciated all of her help and kindness. A small private Memorial for family and close friends to be held in Lethbridge.
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

REIMER
RENA REIMER beloved wife of Gus Reimer passed away at the St. Michael¹s Palliative Care on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the age of 75 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

ROBERTS
JEAN C. ROBERTS, passed away in Cardston on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the age of 89 years, beloved wife of the late Gordon H. Roberts. The Funeral Service will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Center (Waterton Hi-way) on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Kendall Hardy officiating. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, Alberta. E-mail your condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

VISSER
Mr. Hein (Henry) Visser of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the age of 73 years.
A Memorial Celebration of Henry¹s life is being planned. Details to be announced when completed.

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. Besides her loving husband Hank, Annie is survived by their three children Kelvin (Susan) Wall of Taber, Brian (Gloria) Wall of Taber and Connie (David) Hendricks of High River; grandchildren Breanne (Ryan) Poelman (their children Hayden and Zoey), Devon (Rachelle) Wall, Dylan Wall (Paige Giroux), Taylor Wall, Paige Hendricks and Alexis Hendricks. She is also survived by her siblings Mary Fehr, Susan Neustater, John (Judy) Reddekopp, Cornie Reddekopp, Helena (Howard) Sartison, Elsie (Rob) Fehr, Barb Quiring, Bernice (Herman) Goertzen and by numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents Andrew and Susan Reddekopp; brother Willie Reddekopp, brothers-in-law Abe Fehr and John Neustater; sisters-in-law Brenda Reddekopp, Sadie Reddekopp and niece Linda Fehr. Annie was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on November 23, 1943 and was raised in Rosenhauf, Saskatchewan. She did a lot of babysitting before she met the love of her life, Henry Wall. Annie married ³Hank² on June 29, 1963. They lived in Saskatchewan before moving to Alberta in 1966. She preformed various jobs throughout the years, including worked on farms until 1971 when they moved into Taber. Annie enjoyed travelling and enjoyed several trips. She loved to bake and did a lot of canning. Her family was the most important thing in her life and she especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Annie will be dearly missed. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Annie¹s name may be made directly to Myeloma Canada, PO Box 326, Kirkland, Quebec H9H 0A4 (www.myelomacanada.ca). Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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

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