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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 10, 2014.

FENTON
CHRISTINE ELEANOR CRAWFORD FENTON (nee WHITE), beloved wife of Matthew Robert Fenton “Bob” of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Theresa Villa, on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at the age of 79 years. Eleanor is survived by her children; Gavin Fenton (Mary Jo) of Edmonton, Holly Fenton-Klima (Brian) of St. Albert, Melonie Jackson (Gary) of Lethbridge and Tara Groves (Don) of Lethbridge, sister Betty MacGregor (Bob) of Mississagua, ON and brother Doug Davis of Baysville, ON, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews, Reilly (Tiffany), Donovan (Erin), Caley (Cathal), Kyle (Lindsay), Ainsley, McGwire, Quinn, Gavin and Ella, Harper, Phinn, Wallace and Stephen. Eleanor was predeceased by her infant son Robert Scott, father James White, mother Bertha May (Dot) White, brother Russel White and sister-in-law Ann Davis. Eleanor was born and raised in Fernie, B.C. September 27th, 1935. She graduated from the Fernie High School and moved on to attend Henderson Business School in Calgary Alberta. She was a member of the Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT), as a volunteer for numerous years while in Calgary. She then worked in the insurance business until she married the love of her life “Robbie” on May 26th 1956 and they had 58 wonderful happy years together. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1962 where she resided until her passing. Eleanor and Robbie raised four loving children who were the focus of her life and gave her great pride and joy. This same love and joy extended to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her later years she enjoyed a part-time career in sales, and volunteer work with Lethbridge Musical Theatre as costume mistress for over 30 years. Eleanor was an avid sports person and pursued various sports including Basketball, Skiing, Skating, Racquetball, Bowling, Swimming, Golf and Tennis. She spent countless hours watching and traveling with her older children to swimming events, and then hours driving, watching and travelling with her youngest child to dance competitions and events. What Eleanor enjoyed most in life was her time with her family at the “Cabin” at Rosen Lake for over 70 years and traveling with her husband to Ireland to visit family there. The most amazing thing about Eleanor was her ability to connect and make friends with people no matter the situation, even in her last years at St. Therese’s. Eleanor will be missed and remembered by all who loved her and knew her. A special thanks to the staff and St. Therese’s for the kind and loving care she received, especially the caregivers in 1 west.
A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Terry Shillington 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

HYRONIMUS ³RON² WAGNER
1948-2014
It is with great sadness that the family of Hyronimus (Ron) Wagner announce his passing at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at the age of 66. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Salvador Ahumada, Celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

IRMA S. HOFER
1933 ~ 2014
Irma Susanna Hofer of Milk River, passed away peacefully at the age of 81 on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Coaldale Health Centre, with family by her side. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Aleta (Walter) Neufeld, Esther (Ken) Yakunin, Maryanne Henke and Steven (Kelley) Hofer and loved Grandma of Denielle (Chris) Moody, Breanne Neufeld (Steven Brown), Winston and Autumn Henke, Makenzie, Lincoln, Jaxon Hofer and great granddaughter Bentley Moody. Irma is also survived by her sister Sara (Hubert) Gray of Grande Prairie as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Irma was predeceased by her husband, Joe; parents Steve and Helen Laslo, sisters Helen Goodkey and Esther Laslo. Irma was born in Valleyview, Alberta on March 20, 1933. Along with her husband Joe, they farmed in Milk River for 55 years. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff at the Coaldale Health Centre for their exceptional care and love. Family and friends may pay their respects between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 12, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL. Interment to follow at the Mountain View Cemetery.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

JENNY NAJDA
1923 ~ 2014
Jenny Najda passed away peacefully on Friday, December 5, 2014. Born Genowefa Bozecka in the small village of Mieroniece, Poland on July 12, 1923 to Ignacy and Franceska Bozecki. She resided with her parents, brothers Stephen, Edward, Peter and her sister Mary until the age of sixteen when at the outbreak of the Second World War she was forcibly removed from her home and taken to work as a laborer in Germany. Her time during the war was marked with both overwhelming hardships and extreme happiness. While she suffered the harsh indignities of the war, she was equally blessed to have found lifelong friendships. Mom immigrated to Canada in 1947, which proved to be one of the best decisions in her life. After landing in Halifax, she traveled to Lethbridge with several other Polish women to their new home at St. Michael¹s General Hospital where they worked as uncertified nursing aides. Shortly after her arrival in Lethbridge, mom met the love of her life, Marian Najda, whom after a whirlwind courtship, she married on their third date. Mom and Dad endured many hardships during their early years, working sugar beets together throughout southern Alberta while trying to raise a young family. They settled in Lethbridge in 1951 where they built the house that they resided in until Dad¹s passing in 2006 and where their family was raised. Mom worked throughout her marriage as a nursing aide starting out at St. Michael¹s, then moving to the Galt Hospital and finally finishing out her career at the Auxiliary. She was passionate about all things in her life, and proved to be a fiercely proud and determined lady. She embodied the independent free thinking woman long before it became fashionable, and by example taught the virtues of strength and independence simply by living her life. Her retirement years were spent fishing and camping with Dad, cooking huge and delicious meals for the family, and volunteering for community groups too numerous to mention. And of course, there was always BINGO. It was often thought that her real career was playing BINGO, as she was a well known fixture at “Lucky¹s” Bingo Hall. After some 50 years of trying to win the “Big One”, she finally won the Satellite Bingo, which she never let anyone forget! Jenny especially enjoyed her grandchildren, and was the consummate grandmother, spoiling each and every one of them in her own special way. Her loving and generous nature will always be a cherished memory of her grandchildren.  She will be lovingly remembered by her family for her wonderful sense of humor and her laugh that would, and did, light up our lives. Jenny was predeceased by her husband and “sweetheart” of 58 years, Marian; her eldest grandson, Larry Tamaki Jr. She is survived by her children Henry (Debbie) Najda and their son Nathan Najda (Steph), Linda Tamaki and her children Jody (Mike) Pontillo & Travis Tamaki (Allison), and Joanne (Jim) Parkinson and their children, Matthew Parkinson & Nick (Chantal) Parkinson, and their daughters Reese & Taylor. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the administration and staff of Extendicare. We will be forever grateful for the care and compassion they showed Jenny and our family. Their efforts made her last few years comfortable and happy, and she truly enjoyed being part of their community. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, December 12, 2014 at ST. BASIL¹S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB, with Father Nathan Siray, officiating. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

KATELYN NEEDHAM
1995 ~ 2014
Katelyn Marie Needham of Lethbridge, beloved daughter and sister, passed away on December 5, 2014 at the age of 19 years. She is survived by her parents, Jason and Jo, 3 sisters, Shelby, Allison, and Olivia, and 4 brothers, Seth, Josh, Cody, and CJ. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

PETER SCHAFER
1930 ~ 2014
Mr. Peter Schafer of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Katharina Schafer, passed away on December 9, 2014 at the age of 84 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.
Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

PLUME
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Natalie Kimberly (Plume) Mills in Lethbridge on December 2nd, 2014 at the age of 41 years old. Natalie leaves to mourn her father Randy (Doreen) and her mother Lawana (Wayne Cook) Plume brothers Lenny (Judy), Shane (Joni), Jason, Mark & Jade, sisters, Stacey, Chasity (Barry), Cassie, Brett, Tiffany& Megan. Her paternal uncles Delbert, Ivor (Donna), Edward. Her aunties Teresa (Irwin) and Evelyn (Andrew). Her maternal uncles Joe (Donna), Ernest, Chris & Lucius. Nat’s auntie Lisa (Ken), her adopted children Bailey, Randi girl and numerous nephews and nieces. She also leaves behind her dog buster. A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. The Wake Service will follow at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Parish – Standoff, AB on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz Celebrant.
Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Standoff, AB
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

VASEK
BETTY JEAN “BJ” VASEK, beloved wife of David Vasek, of Lethbridge passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at the age of 71 years. She is the loving mother of one son, Steve (Laura) Shipley of Edmonton. She was predeceased by 2 brothers Ken and Allan Halvorsen.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In memory of BJ, donations may be made to the Army Navy & Airforce Veterans Club, 517 ­ 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0T9. St. Michael’s Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
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

Jake Unruh
1939 – 2014
Jacob David Unruh, beloved husband of Mary Unruh, passed away in Taber on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the age of 75 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, December 11, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Burial Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery (travel north of Vauxhall on Highway 36 almost seven kilometers, then head east on Township Road 140 just over one kilometer) on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 – 9 Street North, Vauxhall on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com&gt; . If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jake¹s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Henry Bekkering
1941 – 2014
Henry Bekkering, beloved husband of Hessina Bekkering, went to his eternal home on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, surrounded by his family on Vancouver Island at the age of 73 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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