September 26th, 2016

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 3, 2015.

CARRIE GAYE BALKHAM
1970 ~ 2015
Carrie Gaye Balkham passed away peacefully at 44 years of age on January 21, 2015 in Lethbridge, AB. She was a beautiful and dearly loved mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Carrie achieved her degree as a part of the Foothills Hospital final graduating class of 1995. Her career began with medical volunteer work in the Philippines, took her to hospitals in Texas and Calgary, and concluded with a rewarding tenure at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Actively supporting her fellow nurses, Carrie held the position of Secretary with United Nurses of Alberta Local 120 for 4 years. As deeply as Carrie loved her practice of nursing, she was equally passionate about art. As an artist, Carrie¹s talents included painting, photography and poetry. She was inspired by local artists and found expression through art to be therapeutic and rewarding.
Carrie is lovingly remembered by her daughter Taryn Balkham Gruninger, parents Stan and MaryLou Balkham, siblings Kelly and Garth Seitz (JennaLee and TaraLynn), Neil Balkham, Leith and Jim Damiani (Matthew and Erin), Dean Balkham (Christopher, Jason and Emilea), Shannon and Clare Watson (Jenae & Derrick Pritchard and Darcie Torscher). She was predeceased by her sister Peggy Korporal, as well as her grandparents Dave and Tillie Brown and Charles and Lena Balkham, and uncles Allen, Jim and Buster Brown and Raymond Balkham. The family would like to thank Dr. Ireland, Dr. Smutz and Dr. Brigdon, Pallative Care Nurses at St. Michael¹s Health Centre, Jack Ady Cancer Centre Nurses, as well as friends Sara, TK, Christine, Lynda, Tina and Susan who provided loving care and compassion during her illness.
A Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00pm, and a second from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Celebration of Carrie¹s Life will be held at 2:00pm on February 7, 2015 at EAGLES HALL, 631-13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB. Please bring fond memories and stories of Carrie to share if desired. Carrie¹s daughter Taryn was her greatest love, joy and source of pride. Carrie was the best mommy anyone could ever ask for. In lieu of flowers, contribution are being accepted towards a trust fund for Taryn¹s University tuition. Donations can be dropped off in person or mailed to the Royal Bank of Canada ­ Westgate Branch Transit # 00285, 336 University Drive West, Lethbridge AB, T1J 5C9. All other RBC branches would be happy to forward any donation to the Westgate branch. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

Clarice Louise DeMaere
Clarice Louise DeMaere, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the age of 85. Clarice was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Philip, and son-in-law, Howard Bouck. Clarice is survived by one brother, Norman Wold, of Grande Prairie, and one sister Loreen (Orlan) Berg, of Lethbridge.
Clarice is also survived and missed by her eight children. Her daughters: Judy (Graham) Smith of Kentucky, Maxine (Greg) Quesseth of Innisfail, Phyllis Bouck of Camrose, Colleen (Allan) Parent of Caroline, Beverly (Evan) Baum of Fort MacLeod, Sandra (Bill) Shapcott of North Carolina; and her two sons: Barry (Shannon) DeMaere of Sherwood Park and Ron (Liz) DeMaere of Lethbridge. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Lethbridge Christian Tabernacle (1819 – Ave N, Lethbridge). Viewing will be at 10:00, with internment to follow. A memorial service will be held at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Streets Alive Mission, 323 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 1Z9. http://www.streetsalive.ca

ELL, DELOYD
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of DELOYD ELL, on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the age of 74 years. Deloyd is survived by his loving wife and best friend Shirley. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Juanita (Tony) and Laurence (Theresa), three grandchildren, Christina (John), Nicole and Dillan. He is also survived by two nephews Wayne and Greg (Jean) and two great nephews Cory (Carmen) and Jeff and one great niece Shaylee. He was predeceased by his parents Laurence and Barbara Ell, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie (Sam) Hofer and Pauline (Tony) Miller and father and mother-in-law Doug and Fran Morrison. Deloyd was the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, Council #5726 and President for the 60 Plus Club. Deloyd loved spending time with his family aned will be sadly missed. “You will be in our hearts forever and we love you. Your struggle is now over, rest in peace.”
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Roque Pereira as Celebrant. In memory of Deloyd, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 ­ 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100, 119 – 14 Street NW. Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6
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

JACOB DYCK
1921 ~ 2015
Mr. Jacob Dyck of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Susie Dyck, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on February 1, 2015 at the age of 93 years. A Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:00pm, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the Coaldale Funeral Home, 1711, 20th St. Coaldale, AB. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30am, on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, 2114 18 St. Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Gary Burke officiating. Send condolences at
http://www.coaldalefuneralhome.com

JEAN MRAK
1951 ~ 2015
Jean Mrak of Coaldale, beloved wife of John Mrak, passed away after a brief illness at St. Michaels Palliative Care Unit on January 30, 2015 at the age of 63 years. Jean was born and raised in Foremost, AB. She moved to Lethbridge where she met her husband of 42 years. They moved to Coaldale 1983, where they raised their two sons. Jean loved running her Financial Advisory Business for over 20 years, and was a School Trustee for the Palliser School District from 2004-2013. Jean loved travelling with John and her family, whether it was a camping trip or an adventure to a foreign destination. Jean was proud of all her grandchildren and loved them dearly! Jean will always be remembered for her sense of humor, amazing smile and gentle spirit. Besides her loving husband John, Jean is survived by her 2 sons Brad (Nancy) and Joe (Laura); grandchildren Lucy, Jager, Kason, Charlie and Cora; 3 sisters Pat (Bob), Kay, Doreen (Clark); 2 brothers Gordon (Deborah), Ray (Faye). Jean was predeceased by her parents Edward and Pauline Taylor.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Jean¹s Life between 1:00pm ­ 3:00pm on Wednesday, February 4, at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, 2114 18 St., Coaldale, AB. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

KUNTZ
January 31, 1959 ~ January 30, 2015
ROBERT WILLIAM “BOBBY” KUNTZ , beloved son of Andy and the late Bev Kuntz, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at the age of 55 years.
Besides his father, he is survived by Sheina (Scott) Russell of Milk River, Renee (Sergio) Cattoni of Lethbridge, Kelly (Mike) Balaz of Lethbridge and aunty Pat and Colleen of Lethbridge. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Beverly, grandmother Dorothy McArady and nephew Rory Russell. Many thanks to the I.C.U. at the Chinook Regional Hospital.
A family gathering will be held at a later date.
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

MUELLER
MRS. CHERYLANNE MUELLER of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Roger Mueller, passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on January 31, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrant. Following the Funeral Mass, an interment at Archmount Cemetery will be held.
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

PARK
1976 ~ 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of JAY ALLAN STUART PARK, on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at the age of 38 years. Jay was born in Brooks, Alberta on December 3, 1976 to Judy and Byron and was raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was predeceased by his father Byron and his maternal grandparents, Marion and Harvey Kilfoyle. Jay will be sadly missed by his mother Judy, his stepfather Alan Hoard, his loving aunty Lee and Jay¹s faithful companion Rayne. He is also survived by his stepbrothers and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins near and far. Jay was a gentle soul who loved watching sports, camping, going to movies with friends, attending concerts and spending time with his family and friends.
A gathering to honor Jay, for all his family and friends, will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Northside Luigi’s Restaurant from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in his honour.
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

PLAIN WOMAN
SHYANNE LEE PLAIN WOMAN passed away on January 29th, 2015 at the age of 38 years.
A Candlelight Service will be held at Shyanne¹s residence on Wednesday, Feb. 4th at 5:00 p.m. The Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Friday, Feb. 6th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. continuing all night at Arnold Shouting¹s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Saturday, Feb. 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.
Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

THOMSON
June 16, 1956 – January 20, 2015
It is with heavy hearts and unthinkable sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of SHERI THOMSON on January 20, 2015 at the age of 58 years. Sheri was deeply cherished by her parents, Barbara and Barry McFadden, her children, Ashley and Justin Thomson, her brother Jon McFadden and lots of family and close friends. We are blessed to have shared a million beautiful moments, made vibrant by her joyful spirit, her kind heart, and her easy smile. She will be missed more than words can ever say.
Sheri was born and raised in Lethbridge and was very involved in the community. She was a talented actress who performed with Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Playgoers, and at the U of L. As Program Director of the Conservatory of Performing Arts, she prepared many young students to compete in the Kiwanis Music and Speech Arts Festival, and also taught Public Speaking at LCC. Never one to shy away from a new challenge, Sheri changed careers in mid-life and joined the family business, eventually becoming General Manager of McFadden Honda as a respected businesswoman. Sheri worked hard and played harder. Whether it was dancing barefoot in the grass at summer folk festivals, walking with her dogs in the coulees (no matter what the weather,) tending her flower garden or traveling the world, she seized every moment with boundless energy, child-like curiosity, and pure joie de vivre. Sheri spent her final days in Cuba on a dive trip with close friends and passed away suddenly in her quarters of natural causes. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 5th at 1:00pm at the Evangelical Free Church, 4717 – 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Pastor Ian Lawson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca).

TREBER
FLORENCE “BABS” TREBER, spouse of the late John Treber, passed away at the Clearview Lodge in Taber on Monday, February 2, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

John Kuntz
1946 – 2015
John Kuntz, beloved husband of Mary Kuntz, passed away in Calgary on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the age of 68 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com&gt; . Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Madeline Silver
1946 – 2015
Madeline Anetta Silver, beloved wife of the late John Silver, passed away peacefully with family by her side in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the age of 68 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, February 5, 2015 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 Madeline¹s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, #400, 740 – 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Rachel Bigelow
1931 – 2015
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Rachel (Rial) Bigelow in Medicine Hat on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5314 – 54 Street, Taber on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:00 P.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; . Rachel is survived by her children Judy (Jim) Sweeney of Redcliff, Brenda (Nick) Kutanzi of Taber, Audie (Cindy) Bigelow of Sandy Beach and Shane (Rhonda) Bigelow of Redcliff; grandchildren Jason (Sonya) Sweeney, Deanna Sweeney, Shila (Scott) Sowell, Trisha (Shand) Watson, Daniel (Kaydee) Bigelow, Scott Bigelow and Chelsey Bigelow as well as seventeen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Gene Myers and Esther (Len) Lazzari; sisters-in-law June Larsen, Audrey Bigelow, Irene Genert, Margaret Genert, Norma Genert and Lolly Genert; brother-in-law Albert Bigelow as well as many nieces and nephews that she held close to her heart.
Rachel was predeceased by her loving husband Cyril Bigelow; son Barry Bigelow; parents Christoff and Margaret Genert; father and mother-in-law Murrell and Daisy Bigelow as well as numerous brother, sisters and in-laws. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Rachel¹s name may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z3. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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