September 29th, 2016

Friday, November 28, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 28, 2014.

ANNETTE LONGPRE
MAY 18, 1919 ~ NOVEMBER 20, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our sister, aunt and friend. She passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 95 years. Annette was born to the late Alphie & Victoria Audibert in Excel, AB. She had a rich and long life with many chapters, entering the Ursuliane Order Convent at a young age. She went on to teach school in London, Ontario, Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, and Calgary. She is survived by her sister Rita (Tom) Wilson and their family; many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband Les Longpre; her brothers Paul, Albert, and Jack; sisters Lorrette and Cecile. Annette loved and was loved by many people and she will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer¹s Society Lethbridge Chapter, #402, 740-4th Ave South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

ELIZABETH N. (CARD) ROOD
1926 ~ 2014
Following a rich life, Elizabeth Rood of Lethbridge and Fort Macleod, Alberta, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2014 at the age of 88 years. As her mental clarity faded, Elizabeth was well cared-for at the Extendicare and Legacy Lodge cottages and her family extend most sincere thanks for the care and comfort that was provided by the generous staff. Elizabeth was born and raised in Holbrook, Massachusetts, a small town near Boston, and then earned her first degree at Radcliffe, the women¹s college of Harvard University. She moved to San Francisco to work in architecture and there she met and married Joseph Rood, and family followed. With a move to upstate New York, she extended her studies to earn a Master of Arts – Education at the University of Rochester. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1967 for the commencement of the University of Lethbridge where Elizabeth periodically participated as a student and occasionally an instructor. She worked for two decades as a teacher in Fort Macleod and was the reading specialist for the Willow Creek School Division, working with many children, including youth from the nearby Piikani and Kanai First Nations. A joy and convenience was the home that she designed and was built adjacent to the W.A. Day school, where she taught.
Elizabeth is predeceased by her husband, and son Andrew, and survived by her children John and Stewart (Dianne) Rood and Catharine (Felix) Wyss, daughter-in-law Terry Rood, and grandchildren, Neil, Keith, Andrew, Amanda, Joe and Danika. Following her wishes, a private family gathering will follow. To commemorate her lifelong commitment to learning and literacy, a scholarship is being established at the University of Lethbridge, the ŒElizabeth Rood Memorial Award In Community Literacy¹ – donations towards that scholarship are welcomed – http://www.uleth.ca/giving/make-gift (A735,University Hall 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta,T1K 3M4). Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

ERIC DELBERT NEILSON
(Dennise Two Spirit Sage Walker)
ERIC (DENISE) NEILSON, 59, of Calgary AB, passed away Saturday Nov 22, 2014 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. Born in Edmonton, Eric (Dennise) was adopted by May and Delbert Neilson and was raised in the Taylorville area. Eric (Dennise) married Marilyn Rice where they settled in Stirling, Ab to raise their 5 children. Eric (Dennise) served the community by volunteering as a member of the Stirling Fire Department and the Neighbourhood watch. Eric (Dennise) later became a massage therapist and continued her education in Intuitive Bodywork. Eric (Dennise) had many passions, some of which were, playing the Native American Flute and writing Stories. She was also a co-author of an international best-selling book, ³Inch by Inch; Growing in Life.² Eric (Dennise) was truly loved by all and will be greatly missed. Survived by Marilyn Neilson (former spouse). Children: Jeremie Neilson, Adam (Lisa) Neilson, Anna (Kip) Barnes, Leanne (Winter) Coburn, Luke Neilson and 11 grandchildren. Brother: Gordon Neilson. In honour of Eric (Dennise) there will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 29th commences at 10am in Stirling, Ab at the Stirling Community Centre (409 – 2nd Street, Stirling). Inurnment at the Taylorville Cemetery. E-mail your condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

EVA BLANCHE WATMOUGH
1928 ~ 2014
Mrs. Eva Blanche Watmough (Usciski) of Lethbridge passed away peacefully on November 22, 2014 at the age of 86 years. A Funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 28, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at
http://www.mbfunerals.com

FILIPAZ
LIDIA FILIPAZ, of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at the age of 82 years. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment to follow 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 care@cornerstonefh.ca

FRENCH
April 29th, 1927 – November 24th, 2014
GLADYS M. FRENCH, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at the age of 87 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

Fulton, Evelyn ³Darlene² of Vulcan, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the Vulcan Community Health Centre, on Sunday, November 23 , 2014 at the age of 74 years. Besides her loving husband Owen, Darlene is survived by her two children – Jason (Christine) Fulton, grandsons Kaiden and Tyler and granddaughter Emery and Deana (Scott) Campbell and grandson Colton, a sister Echo Paton, brother-in-law Vic (Gladys) Fulton, sister-in-law Helen Fulton and numerous nieces and nephews. Darlene was predeceased by her parents Budd and Mildred Crick, a brother Dusty and brother-in-law Wesley Fulton. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Vulcan United Church, Sue MacDonald, D.M. officiating. Tributes in Darlene¹s memory can be made to the Vulcan Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Box 299, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0. Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca

GREGORY BORTHWICK
1947 – 2014
After a lengthy illness, Greg Borthwick of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on November 23rd at the age of 67. He is survived by his son Scott, brother Jack (Irma), sister Kelli (Larry), his aunt Sadie, nephews and nieces Michael, Nicole, Rhonda and Robert. Greg was predeceased by his father and mother Bob & Ruth, brother Frank and sister-in-law Helen.
Thanks to the staff in ICU and 4A. A private celebration of Greg¹s life will be held at a later date.

HABERMAN
SHANE HABERMAN passed away suddenly in Edmonton at the age of 45 years, beloved father of Shyloh and Chautelle Haberman, and beloved son of Dr. Jack (Rita) Haberman and Diana (Steve) Petrik.
The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15 Avenue South, Lethbridge.

MARY VIVIAN BAKER
1924 ­ 2014
MARY VIVIAN (GARNER) BAKER, beloved wife of the late Wallace Richards Baker, passed peacefully on November 23, 2014 at the age of 89 years. She will be missed by her children: Grant (Hazel), Jolaine (Jim ­ deceased) McLaughlin both of Calgary, Ruth (Larry) Nilsson of Stirling, Glen (Judy) of Lethbridge, and Mark (Janice) of Pentiction, and her 16 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Lyman Garner and sisters Fanny Fletcher and Ruth Gibson. Born in Cardston, Alberta on December 19, 1924, Mom was raised on the family farm in Hillspring. It was in these formative years that she learned the value of hard work and became aware of her many talents. She married Wallace Richards Baker in 1944 and they eventually settled in the Wrentham area where they raised their family before retiring to Magrath. Throughout these years, she continued to develop those talents by using them to serve, not only her family, but all those with whom she came in contact. Since Dad¹s passing in 2005, Mom has lived at the Good Samaritan Society West Highland Centre located in Lethbridge. Here she received exceptional care from compassionate caregivers for which the family is most grateful.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE WEST STAKE CENTRE, 560 Highlands Blvd. W, Lethbridge. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment in the Magrath Cemetery following the service.

MAY SARUWATARI
1931 ~ 2014
Mrs. May Saruwatari (nee Nishiyama) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Sakae (Sak) Saruwatari, passed away on November 24, 2014 at the age of 83 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, November 28, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

ORICH
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, sister and “Mommy Orich”, DIANE ROSE (MERCER) ORICH, on November 22, 2014, in Calgary, AB., due to complications from cancer.
She is lovingly remembered by her two daughters Roxanne (Gerald) Remington and Tammy Orich of Lethbridge. Mom is also survived by her five siblings; George (Marj), Harold (Carol), Ken (Sandy) Mercer and sister Barb (Bill) Orich and families, special sister-in-law Gladys Orich and step-son Allan (Sharon) Orich. She had other children that she loved and considered her own; Danielle Bilodeau, Leah LaPierre, Mike Straga, Nicolle Lagasse and many others that she had loved and cared for. She also leaves her furball friends, Coco and Buddy. Mom was predeceased by her husband Billy and children Robert and Joely. A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. In memory of mom, please donate to The Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2M7 or to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5. Our family wishes to extend a special thank-you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Rockyview General Hospital ICU for their outstanding care and compassion.
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

SMITH
April 6, 1948 – November 19, 2014
JOSEPH DON SMITH, beloved husband of Mary Smith, of Nobleford, Alberta, passed away suddenly, on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at the age of 66 years. Besides his loving wife he is survived by his family; Rennie & Rita Smith of Stoney Plain, AB, Harold & Sylvia Boser of Sherwood Park, AB, Myrna & Phillip Stewart of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. His children Charlie & Gloria Smith of Regina, Sask. Jonathon Smith of Medicine Hat. Arthur (AJ) Smith of Calgary, Alberta. Rosalyn Smith of Calgary, Alberta. Ken & Elisa Rogers of Calgary, Alberta. Jenn Rogers & Joe Whalen of Nobleford, Alberta. Joe also leaves behind his precious Grandchildren, Morgan Phillips of Nobleford, Alberta, who was his little girl and Best Friend. Jazmin Smith, Christopher Smith, and Samantha Smith of Sask, Laura and Riley Rogers of Calgary, Alberta. As well as special friends whom were like family. Marlowe & Darlene Smith & Family of Lethbridge, Alberta. Dick & Olive Metz & Family of Coalhurst, Alberta. Many co-workers past and present, countless friends throughout Canada and U.S.A. At the time of Joe Sudden Passing he was employed by Marlowe Smith Trucking, whom he spent many great years working for. Joe Was the eldest of 4 children born to Charlie and Adeline Smith (Beck) of Altario, Alberta. He was predeceased by his parents, step dad, grandparents, many aunts, uncles. Joe loved living on the farm and fixing things, but at a certain age he decided to test his wings and started exploring Canada, ending up in Ontario where he stayed for some time before heading back to Alberta where he worked various jobs, but always went back to trucking. Joe resided in the Lethbridge area since the late 1970¹s and most of that time was spent driving truck. He had a passion for sharing travelling trucking stories throughout Canada and USA. And was extremely proud of the fact that he was able to put his toes in 3 Oceans. Joe loved to tease and or scare anyone, which usually ended up with him chuckling and saying ³Ha Ha Gotch Ya² Joe was always capable of making people smile and laugh. Joes presence will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May you continue on your journey ³Papa Joe² your memory will live on in our hearts forever. Love you and Miss You. A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Trevor Potter Officiating. Burial to follow at Archmount 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 care@cornerstonefh.ca

Dorothy Weir
1916 – 2014
Dorothy Rachael Weir (nee Wallwork), formerly of Bow Island, is now dancing with her Father God in fields of grace in Heaven, welcomed there by her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and rejoicing in the reunion with family and friends who arrived before her. Dorothy was born November 10, 1916, in her maternal grandparents¹ home in Medicine Hat and passed away November 20, 2014, in Bow Island at the age of 98 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. A private burial service will be held at the Bow Island Cemetery prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Norm Smith officiating. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Dorothy will be deeply missed by her three children Jim (Phyllis) Weir of Brooks, Roy Weir of Brooks, Merrilyn Strom (Stephen Smith) of Medicine Hat and daughter-in-law Laina Weir of Ames, Wisconsin; eleven precious grandchildren Kristene (Norris) Hirch of Bow Island, Jerry (Bonnie) Weir of Oliver, British Columbia, Tammy (Koos) Wysbeek of Lethbridge, Bonnie (Andrew) Payne of Carman, Manitoba, Loretta (Percy) Foley of Stettler, Rachel Weir of Brooks, Robert (Sarah) Weir of Brooks, Melanie Strom (James Karras) of Taber, Barry (Jennifer) Strom of Lethbridge, Oscar (Christy) Strom of Lethbridge and Kyle Strom of Calgary; thirty one great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Jim Wallwork of Bow Island, sister-in-law Lois Appleton of Taber and by numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.  She was predeceased by her husband Robert Weir; parents Marion (nee Pollitt) and Walter Wallwork; son Bill Weir and daughter-in-law Beverley Weir; son-in-law Barry Strom Sr.; great grandson Gabriel Strom; sister Lucille McDonald and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and family members. Dorothy grew up on the family ranch north of Bow Island. She loved the outdoors and as a child and young adult spent many hours outside helping her grandpa and then her dad. She rode her horse from the NA ranch to the one room schoolhouse she attended, although during the winter months the family moved into Bow Island and she attended the old brick schoolhouse there. Dorothy and Bob met at the John Neil ranch south of Burdett and they were married on September 21, 1940. In 1950 they moved to the Cowe¹s ranch north of Bow Island where they raised their four children along with sheep, cows, chickens, pigs. They moved to the farm closer to Bow Island in 1958. During that time Dorothy, while being the typical farm wife, raised her children, had a huge yard and garden, drove a school bus for seventeen years, was very involved with the Social Credit Party along with many other ventures. Bob and Dorothy sold the farm to their son, Bill, and moved into Bow Island where they janitored the elementary school for eleven years. Her beautiful yard in Bow Island was admired by many. After ³retiring² Dorothy decided, at the age of ninety, to become a Lethbridge Herald paper carrier, becoming the Herald¹s ³Senior² carrier and being interviewed by Global Television. The family moved Bob and Dorothy into the Pleasant View Lodge in October 2010 and in April 2012, Dorothy was moved to the Extended Care wing of the hospital where she lived until her passing. Dorothy accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior at the age of sixteen. She never wavered in her decision to follow Christ, remaining faithful in her bible reading, prayer time, church attendance and tithing throughout the years. Truly she was a Proverbs 31 woman. We, her family, will miss her tremendously but rejoice in knowing we will meet again and she is finally home. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Dorothy¹s name may be made directly to Cherry Coulee Christian Academy, Box 10370, Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Nita Hanzel
1921 – 2014
Minetta Mae Hanzel (nee Whitlock), beloved wife of the late Julius Hanzel, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the age of 93 years. The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. 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; . Nita is survived by three daughters, Charlane ³Chick² (Dave) Andres of Taber, Judy (Gary) Rogers of Peace River, Patricia (Jim) Takahashi of Lethbridge; grandchildren Russelle (Allan) Voth of Peace River, Lonny (Kim) Rogers of Peace River, Carri-Ann (Randy) Martens of Drayton Valley and by the great grandchildren Chantelle Voth, Brennan Voth, Avery Rogers, Lexi Rogers and Anna-Leigh Martens. She is also survived by her brother Bill Whitlock (Sheila) of West Kelowna, British Columbia and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Julius Hanzel; son Robin Hanzel; parents Allien (nee Stokes) and Lyman Whitlock; brothers Milton Whitlock, Jim Whitlock and sister Dorothy Jean Day. Nita was born August 20, 1921 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1960, she married Julius Hanzel. They remained in Taber where Julius operated a shoe repair store until he retired in 1993. Nita will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Nita¹s name may be made directly to the Clearview Lodge, 4730 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N6. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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