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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 21, 2014.

1933 ~ 2014
Mrs. Jean Delilah Schmitt, of Milk River, beloved wife of Gordon Schmitt, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2014, at the age of 80 years. Arrangements to be announced when completed. Send condolences at

With gentle relief, the family of JAMES “JIM” ALBERT MOCH, sadly announce his passing on Saturday, October 19th at the age of 74 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Irene of 54 years and sons Trevor (Lisa) and Jason (Tina) and granddaughters Hazel, Zuri and Isla.
Also surviving are brothers, Bob (Phyllis), Garry (Gladys), sister Lynn Steedsman (Dave, deceased), sister in law, Phyllis Moch, numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, Art and Carol Ann Bedster. He was predeceased by his parents Ruth and Henry, brothers Richard and Ralph Moch and Ray and Ken Eiler. Jim was born in Maple Creek, SK and came to Lethbridge at an early age and was a proud resident of Southern Alberta all his life. He trained as a Power Engineer while at Lethbridge Power Plant, served as Supt. of Lethbridge Centre and retired as Supt. of Bldgs. and Grounds at the U of L. He was passionate about wood and proficient at cabinet making and has left many examples of his work for his family to enjoy. Jim possessed a quiet gentle nature and was very proud of his boys and their families. He enjoyed early retirement and travelled some to warmer climes and particularly enjoyed travelling to Arizona and all the friendships that developed there. While he struggled in recent years with dementia he still retained his quiet gentle nature. For the last four years he enjoyed the friendship of his Legacy Lodge family, both residents and staff who provided for his every need. Rest easy Jim, we will miss you. As a memorial to Jim, find a friend or relative, take a walk in nature and raise a toast to a life that was, and a memory that will live on with all of us. Cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with reverend Andrew Horne officiating. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society.
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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

SHIRLEY MOUNTAIN HORSE passed away in Cardston on October 18th, 2014 at the age of 77 years. A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, October 23rd from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, October 24th at 1:00 p.m. Interment in St. Catherine¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
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BETTY D. PALATE, beloved wife of the late John Palate of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the age of 87 years. Betty lived with her son Joseph and wife Charlene who loved her dearly. She lived a very active full life and enjoyed reading her bible daily, gardening, cooking and baking for family and friends. Betty had a tremendous love for everyone she met and prayed for them if they had a need. Betty will be sadly missed by her family and many friends, but has now gone to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A Celebration of Life will be held at VICTORY CHURCH – 1 mile east of Lethbridge on Highway 3, on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Ralph Molyneux 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

ROBERT JAMES ROWE, beloved husband of the late Esther Rowe of Lethbridge, passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the age of 80 years. In honouring his wishes, Robert and his wife Esther will be laid to rest 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

1934 ~ 2014
Mr. Roy Sterenberg of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Ann Sterenberg, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the age of 80 years. A Celebration of Roy¹s Life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at THE MIZ CITY CHURCH, 501 ­ 13 Street North, Lethbridge. Send condolences at

MR. JACOBUS “JAC” SCHRIJEN, beloved husband of Mrs. Astrid Maassen, of Nobleford, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at the age of 56 years. A visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Friday, October 24th, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M.

THORDIS TAYLOR of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Gordon Taylor, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the age of 94 years. A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.
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

1913 ~ 2014
It is with sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dr. Valerio “Val” Matteotti, beloved husband of Mrs. Flora Matteotti on October 19, 2014 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 101 years. Born in Italy on February 12, 1913, Val immigrated to Canada at the age of 10 years to join his mother and father who came to Canada earlier to establish a home. Val was raised in the Cardston area where he worked on the family farm and acquired his strong work ethics. Val left the farm and hitchhiked to the United States and worked as a bellhop and kitchen helper in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, saved his money, and returned to Canada to start his own farming business. In 1930, he had saved enough money to lease with the option to purchase his first farm. Val formed a partnership with his two brothers, and together were successful farmers. The partnership was later disbanded and Val formed the company Val Matteotti Ranches Ltd. Val and Flora were married in Italy in 1948, and when they returned to Canada, they worked side-by-side to make Matteotti Ranches one of the most successful farm and ranch operations in Southern Alberta. At one time, they owned and operated four large farms located across Southern Alberta, and Val spent his days going from farm to farm managing the work crews. In 1988, they sold their last farm, settled in Lethbridge, and began to successfully invest in Calgary real estate, but his love for farming and the land never left him. He became a legend in Southern Alberta for his strong work ethics, integrity, generosity and sense of humour as well as having an astute business acumen. There is not a single aspect of the Southern Alberta community that was not happily touched by the life of Val Matteotti. Education, Health Care, Youth Sports, Culture, Arts, Nature etc. ­ All elements vital to a vibrant and socially responsible community have benefitted from the generosity of Val¹s philanthropy. His special interests were in the areas of Youth Sports, Education, and Health Care, although he generously supported the Lethbridge Symphony, Allied Arts Council, Lethbridge United Way, Lethbridge Athletic Association, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge Minor Soccer, Lethbridge Minor Baseball, Lethbridge Slow Pitch, Food Bank, and many others too numerous to list. He supported both the Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge. Val was acknowledged for his major contribution to the college. In 1988 the college named their new gym the “Val Matteotti Gymnasium” and further honoured him by inducting him into the LCC Hall of Fame. In 1990, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the college, Val was named the Honorary Chairperson for the TEC 2000 Capital Campaign, and gave a generous leading gift to the campaign. He was also a huge supporter of the College Athletic Programs. The University of Lethbridge honoured Val with a special Faculty of Management Scholarship Dinner in the year 2000 and as a result, a series of scholarships were set up in his name. Val became Dr. Val Matteotti when he received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the U of L in 2004, an honour reserved for only a few very deserving recipients. Val was a generous financial contributor to many other university events, including the University Singers, Festival of Art & Song, Abbondaza, LINC Library Project etc. Val received honours from all levels of the government. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal 125 from the Governor General of Canada, marking the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. In 1988, Val received a special certificate of merit from the Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for his outstanding support of his community. In 2005, the Provincial Centennial Medal marking the Province of Alberta¹s 100th Anniversary was presented to him. He also received a certificate of merit from Premier Ralph Klein and his cabinet for his support of Health Care in Alberta. Val was given the prestigious and very rare Premiers Silver Medallion for his support of the Lethbridge community in 2005. In Calgary, Val and Flora were honoured with the Philanthropic Award in 2001, presented by the Alberta Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award was presented in Calgary by Mayor Dave Bronconnier. He also received awards from the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Kinsmen Pediatric Centre. The Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame inducted Val into the honoured hall on three separate occasions. 1995 a group of local business people started the Italian Open Golf Tournament with Val as a patron. Later, the tournament was renamed the Val Matteotti Italian Open Golf Tournament. The event sold out every year, it has raised over $1,200,000 for much needed health care equipment at the Chinook Regional Hospital. For over 27 years, Val donated trees to be planted in Henderson Lake Park to replace old or diseased trees. He was proud to involve students from the General Stewart Elementary School to help plant the trees and learn the importance of nature. One of Val¹s proudest and most cherished sponsorships was the Val Matteotti Golden Hawks AAA Bantam Hockey Team. They were the first sports team he sponsored and were always his favourite. He followed their progress every year, and was proud when he was told they refer to themselves as the “Matteotti¹s kids”. On April 27, 2014 Val was named as the inaugural Lethbridge Citizen of the Year, sponsored by the Lethbridge Herald and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge. He was extremely proud of this award, not only because he was the first person named as Citizen of the Year, but because the submission to the selection committee included submissions from the community, including many of the clubs and organizations he had supported over the years. That evening at the awards banquet, Val was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow. The Paul Harris Fellowship is a Rotary Club Honour, reserved for people of distinction. The same evening, Mayor Bob Tarleck presented him with the Keys to the City in honour of his exemplary contributions to the Lethbridge Community. We will miss Val and his generosity, but most of all we¹ll miss his presence in the community, his wisdom, sense of humour and storytelling. Besides his loving wife Flora of 66 years, Val is survived by his sisters-in-law Anne Matteotti & family, Alice¹s children, Henry¹s children, sister-in-law Wanda Lutterotti, nephew George (Adella) Lutterotti & family, nieces Alberta (late Frank) St. Amand, Nevis (Douglas) Goruk & family, as well as many relatives in Europe. Val is predeceased by his mother Teresa, father Angelo, siblings Henry, Alice and Guido. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 ­ 4 Street South, Lethbridge, led by Deacon Cliff Bogdan.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1101 ­ 4 Ave South, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Flowers are gratefully declined; those who wish may donate to the Val Matteotti Open, c/o Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960-19 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5. Send condolences at

MR. HENRY VISSER, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 at the age of 73 years, Henry is survived by his children Rochelle and Tania, seven grandchildren and three brothers. He was predeceased by his son Ron Visser. Born April 21, 1941 in Wolvega, Netherlands and coming to Canada in the early 1950¹s He worked as an autobody mechanic, truck driver and locksmith. Henry enjoyed his motorbike, model trains and his two pups. A memorial will be held at the Salvation Army Church 1302 – 4 Ave South, Lethbridge Alberta Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2pm

WATSON, Reginald James
It is with sadness we announce that Reg passed away peacefully in Sundre on October 16 at the age of 81, having suffered a massive stroke. He is survived by his best friend and partner Esther Johnston; his two daughters Leslie (Sandy) and Megan (Wayne) and their mother, Donna. Born in Pincher Creek, Reg worked as a civil engineer in Edmonton and then in Sundre until he retired. Reg was very involved in the Sundre community, an active Olds Grizzly hockey fan and a regular attendee at University of Alberta Alumni events. He enjoyed long walks with his dog Bogie at his farm. The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Calgary Foothills Hospital and Sundre Hospital. At Reg¹s request there will not be a funeral or memorial service. However an informal gathering will take place on Friday October 24 at Heritage Acres from 2-4pm to remember Reg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Reg¹s name.

1927 ~ 2014
Mr. William Malcomson, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Malcolmson, passed away on October 18, 2014 at the age of 87 years. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge, AB.
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