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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 29, 2014.

Mr. JAMES EUGENE “JIM” GALLANT, beloved husband of Mrs. Dorothy May Gallant of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Thursday, December 25th, 2014 at the age of 78 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.
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GODDARD, Pamela Janet
May 22, 1939 – ­ December 19, 2014
Pam passed away peacefully December 19, 2014 at her home in Calgary after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her beloved husband, David, sons Andrew and Paul and her daughter Tracy were at her side to comfort her. She is also survived by her brother, John. Pam was predeceased by her parents, Edith and Edward, her brother Ron, her sister Peggy and her nephew, Peter. Pam was born and raised in Wolverhampton, England. She attended the Wolverhampton Girls High School, rising to the rank of Head Girl. She was accomplished in the sport of field hockey and played for the Tettenhall Ladies Club, Staffordshire County and the Midland Reserves. Pam captained the University of London Team and was awarded her full purple in short order. Upon graduation with a BSc (Hons), Pam taught at the Wednesfield Grammar School before accepting a position as a literature research scientist at a pharmaceutical company. Pam became the devoted mother of her three children after moving to Pincher Creek with her husband who practiced medicine there. Many happy years passed and under her gentle guidance, they all grew up to become fine young adults. In 1978 the family moved to Calgary, where Pam pursued her interest in creative writing, culminating in a diploma at Mount Royal College. She was an avid reader, cryptic crossword solver and a member of MENSA. Later on, she was blessed with the arrival of four beautiful grandchildren, Kylie, Sophia, Joshua and Michael to whom she was always their loving Nana. Pam was never happier than when she was given the task of babysitting, which she relished. Truly wonderful times were had and memories made both at home and on holidays to Disneyland, Fairmont Hot Springs and at the cottage on Salt Spring Island. David and Pam were able to spend time traveling to various places in the world as well as many weekends hiking in the mountains. They celebrated 50 years of happy marriage with the whole family in 2012. Pam was a beautiful, gentle, unassuming, kind and self-sacrificing wife, mother and grandmother. She will be loved and remembered in our hearts and minds forever. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate), on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
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MELVIN (MEL) JAY HEGGIE, passed away in Raymond, Alberta on Thursday, December 25th, 2014 at the age of 66 years, beloved husband of Terra Heggie. Friends may meet the family at the Raymond Stake Center, Raymond on Monday, December 29th, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Raymond Stake Center on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. Email your condolences to:

GARY KEITH HIRSCHE, passed away in Taber, Alberta on Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at the age of 78 years. He was the beloved husband of his best friend, Shirley Gorham Hirsche. Besides his loving wife Shirley, Gary is survived by their children Keith Hirsche, Lori (Martin) Emery. He is also survived by five grandchildren and one great grandchild with another on the way. Gary will be fondly remembered by his brother Ken (Marg) Hirsche, his sister Karen Liebelt and his brother in law Raymond Culler. Shirley`s sisters; Blanche Edgar and Carol (Harding) Atwood and numerous nieces and nephews. Family meant everything to Gary. He was predeceased by his parents George and Hazel Hirsche, sister Pauline Culler, sisters¹ in law Betty Hirsche, and Valerie Hirsche, and brother in law Lawrence Liebelt. Shirley`s family; Elmer Gorham, Kavaleen Oliver, Ruby Northey, Bob Gorham, Ruth Weiss and brother in laws, Tenny Northey and Art Christianson. Gary was born on July 22, 1936. He dropped out of school in grade 8 with the passing of his father and helped his mother work the farm. Gary was very good with his hands and liked taking apart motors and then put them back together again. He also loved reading. While farming Gary`s mother brought Shirley out to the field to feed the field crew. It was at this time Gary became smitten with Shirley. Shirley was a school teacher in Wrentham. They married in Magrath, Alberta on August 01, 1958 and were later sealed in the Cardston Alberta Temple for time and all eternity. In their early married life, Gary worked for different farmers in the Wrentham and Lethbridge area. While farming for Hugh Laycock, Gary was employed with the Lethbridge Armory as a military mechanic. In 1959 Keith was born. In 1963 they added Lori to their family. Gary was pleased with his little family. In 1965, they moved to Taber, where he worked for a couple of Service Stations. At this time Gary went to SAIT to get his Automotive Mechanic License while coming home on weekends. Gary later opened Gary`s Motor Sports where he serviced small engines while selling Suzuki motorbikes in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Gary and Larry Jensen opened a Texaco Station on the highway. Looking for a change he worked in the oil patch as a battery operator for Kaiser, Ashland, Amoco and Dome Petroleum. Gary also had a love for motorbikes. He and Shirley with their friends Scott and Lois Kinniburgh travelled many places together in Canada and the United States. He loved being with Shirley in the open air. Gary had a love for radio control airplanes. He spent his winters building and his summers flying. Gary started the Nighthawk Radio Controlled Airplanes Club in Taber and 30 years later it is still going strong. He taught people how to build and fly planes. His son in law also shared this passion and in his last four years they went out flying together sharing experiences and flying stories.
Gary was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He and Shirley served a mission at the Wyoming Martin Cove Handcart Mission. After returning home they served as temple workers in the Cardston Alberta Temple. He served in many other capacities always loving the people he served. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 54th Street Chapel, Taber, Alberta on Tuesday, December 30th at 1:00 p.m.. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 11:45 to 12:45 prior to the Service. Interment to follow at the Taber Memorial Gardens.
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PAUL JUHAR, beloved wife of the late Pauline Juhar, formerly of Sundial and Turin, passed away at the Edith Cavell Nursing Home, on Sunday, December 20, 2014 at the age of 86 years. A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
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JOSEPHINE KELLINGTON, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Therese Villa, on Friday, December 26th, 2014 at the age of 100 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

JANUARY 10, 1928 ­ DECEMBER 21, 2014
“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
Mary Klassen, dearly beloved wife of the late Jacob J. (Jake) Klassen, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Sunday December 21, 2014, at the age of 86 years. Mary (born Maria Krahn), the oldest of six children, was born in Neuendorf, Ukraine. She was baptized in 1943 and later that year began a long journey with her mother, siblings, aunts and cousins, arriving in Soest, Westfalen in 1945, where they stayed until they were allowed to immigrate to Canada. Mary and her immediate family arrived by the ship, Beaverbrae, in Quebec and took the train to Coaldale, Alberta, arriving in June 1948. Mary married her sweetheart, Jake, on September 17, 1950. Mary enjoyed her role as a nurturing mother and devoted wife. She helped Jake run his business, Klassen Construction Alta Ltd. Mary had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed preparing family dinners and always welcomed friends into their home. She was an active member of the Coaldale Mennonite Church and for many years, the Sunbeam Sewing Circle. Her interests included gardening, sewing, golfing and baking. In her later years she devoted much of her time and energy as a prayerful grandmother encouraging her family on their Christian path. Our dear, sweet mother, grandmother/Oma blessed us all with her kindness, graciousness and wisdom. Everyone who came to visit her in her home was offered some of her wonderful baking or cooking (zweibach, cookies, borscht). Mary is survived by her children ­ Alfred (Patrice) Klassen of Sherwood Park, Irene (Harry) Penner of Lethbridge, Norma (Don) Friesen of Burlington, ON; Grandchildren ­ Brent (Elisa) Klassen, Andrea (Brad and great- grandchildren Caleb, & Graham) Buechler, Bryan (Vanessa and great- grandchildren Genevieve and Henrik) Klassen, Alyssa (Adan) Zavala, and Olivia Klassen, Joel and Jeff Penner, Stephen (Janelle) Penner, Jessica (Kiley and great-grandchildren Kaden and Reise) Podhordeski, Adrien and Annika Friesen; brothers, Jake (Rita) Krahn, Henry (Trudy) Krahn, and sister Anne (Ferdi) Peters; brother in-law Gerald (fiancée Ralyn) Klassen; sisters in-law Nettie (Willie) Hildebrandt, Lydia (Jake) Retzlaff, Amelia (John) Dyck, Heidi (John) Retzlaff, Sara (Dave) Derksen, Kate (Dennis) Harder, Elizabeth, Susan and Hilda Klassen; and numerous dear cousins, nephews and nieces and all their children. Mary is predeceased by her parents David and Maria Krahn; her husband, Jake; brother David Krahn and baby sister Lena Krahn; parents-in-law Jacob and Aganeta Klassen; brothers-in-law David, Daniel and Henry Klassen; sister-in-law Linda Klassen; and nephew James Harder. We will dearly miss being together with our mom, grandmother/Oma but she will live in our hearts forever. Family and friends are invited to visit and share their memories at the viewing, Monday, December 29, 7 ­ 8pm at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 ­ 4 Street S., Lethbridge. Interment will be at the COALDALE CEMETERY on Tuesday, December 30 at 1:00pm for family and friends. Everyone is warmly invited to a Celebration of Life at 2:00pm at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316 ­ 17 Street, Coaldale, with Pastors Lillian Thompson and Werner Janzen officiating. If desired, memorial tributes may be made in Mary Klassen¹s memory to MCC Alberta, 210, 2946 ­ 32 St. NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7; the Chinook Regional Hospital (Heart Function Clinic), 960 ­ 19 Street S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5; or St. Michael¹s Health Centre (Palliative Care), 1400 ­ 9 Avenue S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5. Send condolences at

ROBERT CLARE MIFFLIN, beloved husband of Priscilla Mifflin of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at the age of 83 years. A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – 32nd Street South, on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. In memory of Robert, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #402, 740 ­ 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
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It is with great sadness that Our Creator called home one of His angels, DEANNA MARIE MOUNTAIN HORSE a daughter, mother, sister, auntie, cousin, best friend, grandma, at the age of 47 years.
She leaves behind to mourn her – loving mother Bernadine Mountain Horse and Harley Morning Bird (who raised her); loving sons Jack, Melvin and J-Bek; grandkids – Kingston, Kireese, Kingsley, Kinlynn and Mia; companion of Jerry Wells; brothers Michael (Joyce), Robin (Jolene), Timmy (Amanda); father Clarence Little Shields; aunties Pauline Steinhauer, Diane Bird, Carol Bird, Annie Davis, Betty Hoof; uncles Gordon Sr & George Plain Woman and the Plain Woman family (especially Big Gordie), Greg Plain Woman, George and Eddie Little Shields; nieces and nephews Tabitha, Renea, Miley, Alijah, Sharlee, Dakota; adopted niece Leah Crazy Bull; numerous other aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, & nephews.
Deanna was predeceased by her grandparents Louise & Jack Mountain Horse, Jim Plaited Hair, Nellie & Eddie Little Shields; aunties Nellie Plain Woman, Nellie Long Time Squirrel & Rosella White Feathers; uncles & aunties Joyce Plain Woman, Frank & Stella Prairie Chicken, Bernard Plain Woman, Lucy Prairie Chicken; adopted brother Cameron Crazy Bull. Deanna received her education in St. Mary¹s, Red Crow College (upgrading), Medical Training (First Aid), Computer Training; was employed at Whisper Creek and Waterton Bay Shore Inn. She had a passion for being outdoors – loved whatever sport she got involved with, loved going to Pow-Wows, spending time with the love of her life, Jerry Wells. She also loved spending time with family, especially her loving sons Jack, Melvin, and J-Bek. She loved to travel to United States and Canada to various Pow-Wows. Deanna was always busy – listening to music, spending time with family, making us all laugh up a storm, her laugh was one of a kind. Rest In Peace Deanna, you will be greatly missed by us all. The Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, December 28th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. continuing all night at Bernadine Mt. Horse¹s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to:

Nilsson – Jerry Ray Nilsson of Bassano, beloved husband of Theresa Nilsson, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 in Bassano at the age of 58 years. Jerry was predeceased by his parents Bert and Muriel Nilsson. Besides his wife Theresa, Jerry is also survived by his daughters Melissa of Edmonton and Amanda of Bassano; 4 sisters Sharon (Ken) Turnbull, Janet (Hal) Culler, Debbie (Ken) Brittner and Connie (Alan) Martens. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 30th at 2:00 PM from Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooks. In memory of Jerry, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either the Bassano and District Health Foundation, Box 120, Bassano, Alberta T0J 0B0 or Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division, 325 Capital Place 9707 ­ 110 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2L9. Funeral arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS, ALBERTA. Condolences may be forwarded through Telephone 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.

January 29, 1930 – December 22, 2014
Gordon Ogden passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014 at the age of 84 years. Gordon will be dearly missed by his wife Elizabeth ³Betty²; their seven children Valerie Stevenson (Craig), Veronica Clay (John), Janie Walton (Greg), Connie Adams (Gary), Barbara Blumell (John – deceased), Ramona Price (Richard) and Donald Ogden; 26 grandchildren and 52 great -grandchildren. Gordon was the oldest of ten children born to Tom and Della Ogden of Stirling, Alberta. Throughout his life, Gordon was very charismatic and enjoyed a great sense of humour. He possessed an extraordinary ability to make one and all feel welcome. Gordon had a joke and a smile for everyone he met. He was well loved and made many lifelong friends. Gordon and Betty have always been proud parents and close to their children. It has been an honour and a privilege for their children to be continuously by their dad¹s side caring for him this past month. Gordon is also survived by his siblings Wendall Ogden (Esther), Darla Fairbanks, Anita Stockton (Jack), Karen Buzunis (Con) and Sandra Snider (Grant) and many other relatives and friends. Gordon was predeceased by brothers Grant, Blair, Dwight and Arland. A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Bow Valley Chapel (2526 – 24 Avenue NW, Calgary) on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am, with a viewing at 10:00 am. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at

DONALDA JEANNE THOMA, beloved wife of Rolf Peter Thoma, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the age of 88 years. She is the loving mother of Michelle McCann, Kelly Thoma (Daniel Burgwal), Barbara-Anne Grizelj (Frank), and Brenton Thoma, all of Lethbridge. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Angella-Jean Williams (Kevin Dick), Michelle Thomson, April-Lyla Williams, Brittany Jeanne McCann, Colby Lee Irvine, Brody McCann, and Brandon Irvine; and seven great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her first-born daughter in 1982, Lyla Thoma.
We invite friends and family to celebrate the life of our beloved ŒJeanne¹, loving wife, mother, sister, aunty and Oma! Because you loved us with all your heart and soul, our lives will be forever blessed! We will always remember your strength and courage. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge.

1923 ~ 2014
Mr. Wilhelm Duda of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Elsie Duda, passed away on December 24, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when complete. Send condolences at

Abe Unruh
1929 – 2014
Abram Unruh, beloved husband of Helen Unruh, passed away in Taber on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the age of 85 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.

Frank Drach
1938 – 2014
Frank Drach, beloved husband of Verna Drach, passed away in Taber on Friday, December 26, 2014 at the age of 76 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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