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Saturday, January 24, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 26, 2015.

1934 ~ COOPER ~ 2015
Gary Robert Cooper of Bow Island, beloved husband of the late Marcella ³Lorraine² Cooper, passed away on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, at the age of 80 years. Gary leaves to cherish his memory his children, James (Susan) Cooper and their children, Jill (Todd) Regehr and their children, Avery and Owen, Lisa (Michael) MacLeod and their son, Bennett and Kevin (Janae) Cooper, Randy Cooper and his children, Nicholas Cooper and Carson Cooper, Valerie Cooper, Kathy (Wayne) Murray and their children, Graham Murray, Jordan Murray, Kailyn Murray, Garry Cooper and his children, Rebecca Cooper and Braiden Cooper and Robert (Laurie) Cooper and their children, Nicole Cooper and Tara Cooper; one sister, Mary McNab; one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Ron) Thorson; great aunt, Margaret (Bob) Cody; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his wife, Lorriane on March 7th, 2003; and his parents, Thomas and Lavina Cooper. Gary married his school sweetheart, Marcella ³Lorraine² Cooper in Medicine Hat on October 7th, 1954. After this, they began to farm in the Burdett/Bow Island area. A family oriented man, who was a member of the Bow Island Elks Club for 55 years and an active member of the Bow Island Curling Club, Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dancing, curling, and playing cards. After retiring from the farm to Bow Island, Gary filled his time by having a coffee at the Burdett Fire Hall or by playing cards or shooting a game of pool at the Golden Age Club. In recent years, Gary has enjoyed playing in cribbage tournaments and attending dances all over south-eastern Alberta, as well as taking in the various activities of his grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at ST. ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH, 139 – 2nd Avenue West, Bow Island, on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Sheila McLeod officiating. Memorial gifts in Gary’s memory may be made to Bow Island & District Health Foundation, P.O. Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0. Condolences may be sent through http://www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Gary Cooper. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, ³The Chapel in the Park², Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

AUDENART, MONTY
If you are reading this now, I have simply gone HOME. Come and help celebrate my life here on January 27, at 12pm at 8 Keast Way, Red Deer (LDS chapel). Of course there will be food (I asked for KFC but probably won’t get it), some good memories, and my family really needs your support. I was born on November 14, 1949 and returned HOME January 21, 2015. I was lucky to be adopted by Osh and Gladys Audenart and raised on a farm near Raymond, with my two great sisters Connie and Beverly. I attended school in Raymond and Magrath, and then served a mission for the LDS Church in Tahiti. I attended the University of Alberta where I graduated from dentistry in 1977. I practiced in Vermilion and Red Deer, and Nunavut, and offered my services to less fortunate people in Jamaica, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Russia and the Amazon. Sometimes my daughters came with me. It was a grand adventure. It never ever seemed like work. I served in the Church as a Branch President, a Councillor in the Bishopric, member of High Council, Stake executive secretary and Stake Director of Public Affairs. I joined Rotary in 1987, and served as Club President, District Governor, Rotary International Director and Vice-President, and a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, and lots of inbetweens. Rotary gave Liz and I , friends worldwide, and so many opportunities to serve the community and beyond. Rotary changes lives, including my own. I never seemed to be able to repay Rotary for all it gave me. I leave for awhile my eternal friend and wife of more than 40 years, Liz; my children Maurita and Scott Tollestrup, Jay and Amica (Antonelli) Audenart, Graham and Talia Audenart, Robin and Dave Kearl, Lisa and Sean Freeman, and Ryan and Jody Audenart; my sisters Connie (Andy) Blasetti and Bev (John) Mehew. Grieve abit, laugh a lot and keep a special place for me in your hearts. Remember always how God gave us Time enough to say goodbye. I will be a forever Grandpa to Mya, Kedan,Tagg, Payton, Berkeley,Osh, Gabby, Jack, Forrest, Aviana,Grayson, KK, Elle, Maeve, Willow, Crew, Aurelia, Mirra, Noa, and Cooper. Didn’t we have FUN! I’ve gone ahead to another playground and I will be waiting for you all there with all kinds of stories. Remember we are an eternal family. Some of you may think I left a bit early, but Mom always said it is more important how you serve in the time you have, than the years or the titles. I tried to be a good husband, father and grandfather. And I got plenty of fishing done in Corpus Christi and I released lots of fish for all of you. Catch a few Jay, I won’t be far away. In lieu of flowers you may donate directly to The Rotary Foundation. Their money never dies! (www.rotary.org). Messages of online condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca.
See you soon, but don’t rush!
Monty
Serving Red Deer and Central Alberta Since 1997
(403) 341-5181 & (888) 216 ­ 5111

BODNARUK
MARJORIE BODNARUK, beloved wife of John Bodnaruk of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the age of 80 years. A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Private family interment will be held prior to the Funeral Service.
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

DONALDA BROOKS
1938 ~ 2015
Mrs. Donalda Brooks of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Glynn Brooks, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the age of 76 years. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Baptist Ministries, 7185 Millcreek Drive Mississauga, Ontario L5N 5R4. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 ­ 5th Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

GENO GIACCHETTA
1937 ~ 2015
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Geno Giacchetta, of Readymade, on January 20, 2015, at the age of 77 years. Geno is survived by his sister Lillian Giacchetta (Gordon); brothers Tony Giacchetta (Helen) and Michael Giacchetta (Betty), as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his twin brother at birth; his parents Carmen & Mary Giacchetta; Sister Louise Gajdostik. His twinkling eyes, easy smile, and calm nature are what we will miss the most. A Visitation will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Prayers to follow at 7:00pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, January 26, 2015 at ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1513-23 Ave., Coaldale, AB with Father Roque Pereira celebrant
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up o-er wrought heart and bids it break”
~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

HOSKIN, Elsie
‘Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me’
Elsie Hoskin, formerly of Edmonton, passed away peacefully on January 19th, 2015, in Wetaskiwin, AB, at the age of 96. Elsie was born to Rose and Fred Harding on the family farm near Melaval, SK, and took her post secondary education in Regina. From there she held positions with the Imperial Oil Ltd. in Vancouver and then Edmonton, where she raised her family. Elsie excelled at sewing and leather tooling, and instilled a love of creativity in her three daughters. She enjoyed many years at her cabin at Ma-Me-O Beach, AB. She was always busy with local activities and cabin improvements. Elsie loved entertaining family and friends at the cabin. Guests knew a round of Canasta or a game of Scrabble were as much a part of the menu as Elsie’s delicious meals prepared on her wood burning stove. Elsie’s wonderful sense of humour and fun was enjoyed by all who knew her. She is survived by her three daughters, Patricia Christiansen of St. Albert, Donna Macklin of Lethbridge, Heather (Harold) Climenhaga of Edmonton; seven grandchildren, Bradley (Alexa) Medwid, Julie Macklin, Eric (Crista) Macklin, Ryan (Jolene) Medwid, Emily (Kevin) Brown, Natalie Climenhaga, Angela Climenhaga; six great grandchildren, Braelie, Milo, Rhys, Bryn, Atticus, Liam; her brother, Ronnie (Millie) Harding and numerous nieces and nephews. Interment will take place later in the spring. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Baker Funeral Chapel, Wetaskiwin (780) 352-2501 or (888) 752- 2501. Condolences: http://www.womboldfuneralhomes.com

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH “BETSY” VAN SETERS
1931- 2015
With deep gratitude for a life well lived, the family of Elizabeth would like to announce that she went to be with her Lord, suddenly at home, on January 21, 2015 at the age of 83 years. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 60 years, Hugo, and nine children, 26 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Betsy was born in Hornhuisen, the Netherlands on April 24, 1931. Bets lived her early years on a farm where she developed her love of gardening from her father. At the age of 18 she worked at the store of her future brother in law Neil Van Seters, where she met Hugo. They were married on April 20, 1954 and immigrated to Canada in 1957. They have lived in Lethbridge, Alberta ever since, raising 9 children: Casey (Martha), Nelly (Harold) Vriend, Gerald (Marg), Hugo (Shannon), Liz (Jack) Lodder, Aneta (Allan) Van Dyk, Joyce (John) Van Dyk, Ruby (Pete) de Groot, and Ron. Gardening and decorating were the loves of her life, and these along with her children and grandchildren filled her life with many blessings. Our lives are richer for the life she has lived. The grace of God given to us through Christ¹s resurrection has been her strength and it is our comfort. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord; they will rest from their labours, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelations 14:13. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Monday, January 26, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street S. Lethbridge. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 27 at TRINITY UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, 100-40 Ave N., Lethbridge, with Pastor Ian Crooks officiating.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Royal View Cemetery. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

KEN HALL
1935 ~ 2014
Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Hall of Coaldale, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Patricia Hall, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the age of 79 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at COALDALE UNITED CHURCH, 2022 18 St., Coaldale, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

KLASSEN
It is with great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of AUDREY KLASSEN, beloved wife of Abe Klassen, of Coaldale, Alberta and loving mother of Carol, Gail, Sherry and their families. Passed away on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at the age of 91 years. At Audrey’s request, no formal Funeral Service will be held. Cremation entrusted to CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME.
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

OLER
Terrance John (Persson) Oler will be sadly missed by his mother, Doris M. (Oler) Fletcher, brother to Ty (Debbie), Charlotte (Luke), Blair (Cathy), Dwight (Wanda), Shelly (Gary), Cindy (Glenn), Kevin, Troy, Carmon (Stan), Colleen (Wayne), Rita (Larry). Born in Victoria, raised in Rosemary, passed in California. Enjoyed family, friends, and politics. He would have expressed his gratitude to all who knew him for their part in his life. Heart attack. A memorial will be held at the end of March.

Schultz
Sept.10, 1924 Prelate, SK – Dec.1, 2014 Victoria, BC
Martha Helene Schultz (Heinzig), passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Dec.1, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Martha was predeceased by her husband Erwin in 2001, parents Ella and Fritz, all 13 brothers and sisters and grandchild Pamela. She is survived by her four children Deanna (Rod), Jim (Darlene), Shirley (Greg), Tom (Kathy), fourteen grandchildren Heidi, Lisa, Erika, Wendy, Kristy, Clayton, Laura, Kristen, Jennilee, Jeremy, Joel, Jarek, Mariola and Milena as well as thirteen great grandchildren, Nixxi, Ella, Justin, Caleb, Mason, Emma, Dustin, Christopher, Cody, Austin, Kira, Addison and Tyler. Martha grew up in Saskatchewan during hard times but enjoyed childhood with her siblings and cousins ­ resulting in fun family adventures and close relationships throughout her life. Married to Erwin in 1946, she lived in the Bashaw area, Olds, Vulcan, Ponoka, High River, 40 years in Lethbridge, Calgary and then finally to her dream location – Victoria. Martha was always part of the family businesses, even owning a little store in Ponoka called Martha¹s Variety and Gifts and in Lethbridge – Eastway Esso Restaurant. In Lethbridge, Martha was a long-time member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Martha loved people unconditionally, treasured her dear friends, had a special gift of hospitality and in turn was loved by all. She cherished her artistic endeavours, flowers and garden and the constant flow of visiting company throughout the years. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. If desired, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Martha¹s name. A Memorial Service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney, BC on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

STEENBERGEN
AUDREY STEENBERGEN, beloved wife of Hans Steenbergen, of Lethbridge, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital, with her family by her side, on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at the age of 86 years. She is survived by Hans, her husband of almost 60 years , her children: Jane (Ted) Hein, Art (Shelly) Steenbergen, John (Cindy) Steenbergen, Al (Charmaine) Steenbergen, Chris (Jackie) Steenbergen, Peter (Lorraine) Steenbergen, as well as, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Audrey is also survived by; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. She was predeceased by; her parents and 4 brothers. A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 9:00 -10:00 A.M.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, Nobleford, Alberta on January 26, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. with pastor Jim Zondervan 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

THOMSON
The McFadden and Thomson families announece with great sorrow the passing of Sheri Thomson, beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, on January 20, 2015. Celebration of Life arrangements will be announced when completed.

Mary Fehr
1939 – 2015
Mary Fehr, beloved wife of the late Abe Fehr, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 22, 2015 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 Tuesday, January 27, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, 5001 – 64 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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