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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 12, 2015.

ABRAM “SLIM” ENS
1923 ~ 2015
Mr. Abram “Slim” Ens, beloved husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Ens, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on March 9, 2015 at the age of 91 years. Prayers will be held at 7:00 ­ 8:00pm on Friday, March 13, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316-17 St., Coaldale, AB with Pastor Lillian Thompson, officiating. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence

ALVIN VICTOR ERDMAN
July 28th, 1934 ­ March 5th, 2015
With great sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Alvin Victor Erdman, the eldest son of Victor and Hilda (nee Schumacher) Erdman and brother to David, Glenda and Carol. He was called Home to be with his Lord and Saviour at the age of 80 years. Alvin is survived by his loving wife Donna, to whom he was married for 55 years; four daughters, Maureen, Suzanne, Deanne and Michelle; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Matthew, Andrew, Shawna, Aaron, Spencer, Colby and Janelle; four great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many friends. Alvin was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and raised in Barons, Alberta. He attended Olds Agricultural College and farmed until 1966. When he relocated his family to Vernon in 1969, he started his own business, AE Contracting & Blast Rock which he successfully operated for nineteen years. After suffering some major life changing health challenges in 1988, he was forced to retire. A private Graveside Service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery will precede a Celebration Of Alvin¹s Life which will be held at Vernon Christian Fellowship, 4507-29th Street, Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Alvin to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan, P.O. Box 3619, Stn. Main, Guelph, Ontario N1H 9Z9. Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5, 250-542-1187

BEANE
April 6, 1934 – March 8, 2015
OREN ROBERT BEANE, of Lethbridge, beloved and devoted husband of 41 years to Shirley Yvonne Beane, nee Helmer, passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at the age of 80 years. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his sons Jeff (Cathy), Tim also known as Tiny (Heather), Rory (Pam), Michael and daughter Kelly Harris (Ben). He also was a wonderful stepdad to Karen Bader (Tom), Randy Horne (Sue) Jack Horne Jr. and Darren Horne. Also left to cherish his memory is brother Ivan (Gayle) of Utah, sisters Nita Van Ryn of Lethbridge, Sandra Patterson (Ben) of Nevada and Laurie Van Ryn (Glen) of Canoe, B.C. He had numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces who will all miss him. Oren was predeceased by his parents Ivan and Clara Beane as well as two infant sons Wade and Patrick. Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. with a Funeral Service to follow. A Graveside Service will follow the Funeral Service at Mountain View Cemetery, with refreshments and fellowship to follow at Cornerstone. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

DONNA DOROTHY GLOCK
1937 ~ 2015
Ms. Donna Glock of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 78 years old.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

ELKJAER
1922 – 2015
KETTY ELKJAER (nee OLSEN), of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Kaj Elkjaer of 73 years, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the age of 92 years. Besides her loving husband Kaj, she is survived by seven children; Liss (Don M.) Kundich, Kurt (Thelma) Elkjaer, Karin (Don) Fung, Linda (Bob) Copeland, Peter (Janet) Elkjaer, Sonja Sinclair and Darren (Carie) Elkjaer, grandchildren Robert, Marty, Monique, Shane, Stacey, Martin, Kathleen, Michael (deceased), Nigel, Justin, Ryan, Kerri, Scott, Tamara, Krista, Taylor, David, Jennifer, Daniel, Cayla and many great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren. Our parents emigrated from Denmark in 1950. They settled in Coutts in 1953 and started a poultry farm. In 1968, they retired and moved to Lethbridge, opening their home to many needy and homeless children over the years. Our mother always believed there was always room for everyone. “If there’s heart room, there’s house room.” Ketty enjoyed needlepoint and knitting. She donated hundreds of booties, mittens and caps to the hospitals for newborns and mittens and scarves for the Salvation Army. Our parents were married for 73 years and our grandmother said, “It would never last.” This was a statement our mother frequently told us, especially on their anniversary. They loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed travelling. Our mother was honoured with numerous accolades in her life, but one of the most significant was receiving the “Lady of the Year” award in 1977 by the Lethbridge Beta Sigma Phi. Mom has requested no funeral. In lieu of a service, we request that those of you who knew Ketty, please enjoy a cup of coffee, dessert and share memories with loved ones. Mom we love you and look forward to seeing you again.
…is Thursday good for you?
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

FOX
LEANNE EMILY FOX, daughter of Mary (Rex) Bird and Bill (Mary Jo) Rabbit passed away on Mar. 8th, 2015 at the age of 33 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Mar. 12th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary¹s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Friday, Mar.13th at 11:00 a.m. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

FRENA LANGILLE
(nee: Coccioloni)
April 25,1931- March 8, 2015
Our beloved mother, Frena Langille of Coleman, Alberta, passed away peacefully in the CNP Continuing Care Centre on March 8, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. She is lovingly remembered by her son Randy (Irene) and her grandsons, Robert (Lindsay) and Richard (Amy), her great grandson, Oliver Spencer, her sisters, Nata Milvain and Rosemarie, and her brother Joe, as well as many nieces, nephews and special friends. We wish to gratefully acknowledge to all who cared for her in her final days, especially our cousin Denise and niece Jennifer. Thanks to the palliative care team and Dr.’s Muscat & Coppens who treated mom with much care & compassion. Mom was born, raised and lived her life in Coleman. She was never blessed with good health but few knew it; she was strong and determined. She loved her family, gambling, bingo, cross word puzzles, lunch out with friends, a good laugh and good doses of quiet time at home! She was our very special “Noni” and we are thankful for the many happy memories! The Prayer Service honouring her memory will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Blairmore (13126-21 Ave) with Deacon Renso Castellarin presiding. The Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Ben Marino as Celebrant assisted by Deacon Renso Castellarin. The interment will immediately follow at the Coleman Union Cemetery. Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation, “Palliative Care Progarm”, Bag 1, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0 or to the Alberta Lung Assoc, Box 4500, Station S, Edmonton, AB T6E 9Z9. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.

GERALDINE (GERRY) MAY BUCHANAN
May 28, 1937 – March 7, 2015
With sadness and tears the family of Gerry Buchanan (Hart) announce her passing. Born in Lethbridge at St. Michael’s Hospital she passed away at St Michael’s Health Centre in the Palliative Care Unit after a lengthy illness. She is lovingly remembered and held dearly in the hearts of her beloved husband, friend, & soulmate Ted; daughters Penny (Peter), Crystal (Michael), Carol; grandchildren Haylee (Brody), Joel; great grandchildren Sawyer and Beckham; her siblings Sharon, Judie and family, Jack (Linda) & family; family of her brother Randall (Marion), family of her sister Barbara (Ian). Gerry was the third child of William and Gladys Hart. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brother Randall, sister Barbara, and her infant son Carey. Through the years Gerry and Ted had a great fondness for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, berry picking, hiking, cross country skiing and especially camping. Gerry’s enduring legacy will be the quilts she sewed with love in every stitch for her family and friends. The family are deeply grateful for the compassionate gentle care that their wife, mother, sister, grandma, aunt, friend received from the Palliative Care Team at St Michael’s Palliative Care Unit. There will be no funeral service. At Gerry’s request, her family will predetermine a date to celebrate her life at her favorite huckleberry picking patch. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Evergreen Cremation Services. http://www.evergreenfh.ca

GROSS
CARL “THE HULK OF RANDA” GROSS , of Raymond, beloved father of Irvin Gross, passed away suddenly after a tragic motor vehicle accident on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the age of 37 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

IONE (JOY) DROSTE
(HABERMAN)
January 1, 1941 ­ March 7, 2015
JOY passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital with her family at her bedside. The last three months were very hard on her and we want to thank the staff in ICU for the care and comfort given to her this past week. Besides her loving husband of 53 years Lorenz (Lorn) Droste, she is survived by her daughters Shannon Droste of Red Deer and Patricia (Gary) Derksen of Lethbridge; brother Jack (Rita) Haberman; sisters-in-law Elaine Schulz of Linden and Jean (Don) Smith of Edmonton; three nephews: Albert, Ron, and Tim Haberman and their families.
Joy was predeceased by her parents John and Mary Haberman. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge with Deacon Bill Young officiating.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2.

LIPPA
MARY JEANETTE LIPPA, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the age of 89 years.
She is the loving mother of Charles Albert (Karen) Lippa of Coaldale, Louie Leonard (Cathy) Lippa of Coaldale, Lillian Mildred Reilly of Lethbridge and Larry Robert Lippa of Coutts, Alberta, 11 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Jenny and Lillian, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Mary was predeceased by her loving husband Albert, her brother Orville, her grandson Murray, and her parents Charles Clarence Blue and Mildred Gladys Blue. Mary was born on February 18, 1926 in Port Alma, Ontario. Her family moved to Alberta in her early childhood, eventually settling in Carmangay. She moved to Lethbridge, where she met Albert. They married in February 1947, settled in St. Kilda, Alberta and raised their family. They farmed until they retired and moved to Lethbridge in the 70’s. Upon Albert’s passing in 2000, Mary lived with her son and daughter -in-law, Louie and Cathy. She then lived in Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale, before moving into the Extendicare Lodge. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Cornerstone.
A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME , 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, March 13th, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on March 14, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. with Glenda Wert officiating. Interment to follow at the Milk River Cemetery.
In memory of Mary, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

Meta Fritz
Mrs. Meta Fritz of Lethbridge, passed away on March 9, 2015 at the age of 93 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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RIKA BURGWAL
Rika Burgwal of Lethbridge, beloved wife of John Burgwal passed away after a lengthy illness at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Village on March 8, 2015 at the age of 81 years. Mom was a special lady whose caring and generous nature and smile touched many lives. She will be greatly missed, but lives on in our hearts and memories. Besides her loving husband John, Rika is survived by her daughter Tracy Cockerill, three sons Jay (Kylie) Burgwal, Tom (Sheryne) Burgwal, Dan (Kelli) Burgwal, grandchildren Cody (Mercedes), Brittany (Jason), Cheyenne, Shelbi, Chase, Blaize, Halle, Ryder, great grandchildren Madison, Maxtin, five sisters Truus (Gerry) Karperien, Tina Simmons, Diane (Stan) Lewicki, Ria (Dennis) Brady, Nancy (Darryl) Asplund, one brother Peter van den Hengel as well as sister-in-laws Sharon van den Hengel, Jean van den Hengel and Annie (Grad) van Gaal. Rika was predeceased by her parents Hendrika and Johannes van den Hengel, brothers Dave, Ted and John van den Hengel and sister Tony Husch. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March 28, 2015 at Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, 1904 13 Ave N. Lethbridge. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritans ­ Park Meadows Village, 1511-15 Ave N. Lethbridge AB. T1H 4W9. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated ­ 317 10 St. S. Lethbridge T1H 4W9. Thank-you to the staff at Good Samaritans Park Meadows. A special thank-you to the LPNs and the ladies of Cottage 7 for the care and love you’ve shown mom, as well as our dad, over the past 20 months. It was our second home and we will forever be grateful for all you’ve done.

ROSS REED WOOD
Aug. 3, 1950 – Feb. 14, 2015
With profound sadness the family wishes to announce the passing of Ross in Winnipeg with his family by his side. Ross was born in Lethbridge where he took his grade school and when the family moved to Powell River, he took his high school there. Ross graduated from the RCMP and retired after 35 years as sergeant. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Betty Ann, his children, Stacey (Graeme) Hay, and David (Mystie) Wood and his beloved grandsons Evan and Alex Hay. His mother Lee McColl and sister Laura and Kathryn and their children. Brother in law and sisters in law in Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his father Glen Reed Wood and his in laws Harry and Betty Ann Tordon. Ross will be remembered for his easy smile sense of humour and his dedication to the safety of the general public. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Gone, but not forgotten.

SHAYNE HAMILTON
1975 ~ 2015
Mr. Shayne Hamilton of Lethbridge passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the age of 40 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

VUCH
REDENTO VUCH, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Stefania Vuch, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at the age of 102 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.
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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

Winslow Elliot “Dutch² (Buckskin)
Spear Chief
Traditional Blackfoot Name – O’takohkitopii
(Rides Around)
February 9, 1980 – March 2, 2015
Our loving son, brother, father, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend, Winslow (Dutch), was called home on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the age of thirty five. Dutch was born to Monica Spear Chief and Leslie Buckskin Sr. on February 9, 1980 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. He was raised on the Blood Reserve in the Fort Whoop Up area. In his early years, Dutch attended the Lakeview Elementary School and Gilbert Patterson Junior High. In 2000, he completed his upgrading at the Mount Royal College and then attended the Red Crow Community College and completed several computer technology courses. In 2005, Dutch began the Criminal Justice Program at the Lethbridge College and due to health conditions, he regretfully withdrew from the program. Dutch worked with the Blood Tribe – Public Relations Department as a summer student and in 2009, he began his current employment at the Blood Tribe Youth Ranch. It was at the Blood Tribe Youth Ranch, Dutch found his true calling. He treasured working with the children and his co-workers became his second family, as Dutch had a unique relationship with each one of them. Dutch, his parents and brothers were active participants with the Sundance ceremonies which became second-nature for Dutch as he understood the values of respect for the traditional protocols. As a child, family members would volunteer to braid Dutch’s long, thick and beautiful hair at the Sundance while his parents were attending ceremonies. Several years ago, Dutch made the honorable decision of joining the Brave Dog Society and was an active member – as his older brother, (late) Leslie Jr., was before him. His children, Keenan and Kyann, were Dutch’s world. He tenderly took on the role of fatherhood with the birth of each of his children; they loved playing basketball with their father and enjoyed all the meals he lovingly prepared for them. Dutch’s hobbies included reading novels, writing short stories and movie plots and watching movies with his children. He also played guitar and was a well-known gamer! Dutch is survived by his children, Keenan and Kyann; his mother, Monica (Adolph); his brothers Foran and Bradley (Tracy); nephews, Nealim and Brayden; his aunties, Gertrude (Tom), Alma (Martin), Emma (Len), Gloria, Margaret and Carolyn (Kevin) Spear Chief and Marina, Geraldine (Ike) and Maryann Buckskin; his uncles Melvin (Merle) and Kelvin Spear Chief; Eric (Nina) and Jasper (Gabrielle) Buckskin. He was predeceased by his father, Leslie Buckskin Sr. and brother, Leslie Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Allan and Isabel Spear Chief and his paternal grandparents, Reggie and Gladys Buckskin. Also his aunties, Rita and Lorna Spear Chief, Freda Buckskin and numerous relatives. Kitaakitamattsin O’takohkitopii, Farewell Dutch, we’ll meet again… from your children, family members, co-workers and the “Fort Whoop Up Gang”. A Family Service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, Mar. 11th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, Mar. 11th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Mar. 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Paul¹s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

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