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Friday, March 27, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 27, 2015.

Gloria Bell

1958 – 2015

Ms. Gloria Dian Bell of Lethbridge passed away at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the age of 56 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Glenda Wert, officiating. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Colonel Hugh M. Miller (March 24, 1920 – February 08, 2015)

Hugh McRae Miller was born in Vancouver BC on March 24th, 1920 the second child of Albert James and Elizabeth Christina Miller, and brother if Ivah. His early days were spent on the family farm outside of the village of Champion, Alberta. For grades 1 through 9, he attended the one room Blouson school, and later he boarded in Champion to complete high school. With fresh memories of the Depression and the crop failures of the “dirty thirties” on the prairies, farm life was not appealing to Hugh. After a short stint as a reservist int he Vulcan-based company of the Calgary Highlanders, he enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force on January 2nd, 1941 to train as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Hugh recalled the year of 1941 as one of the most interesting, informative, and formative of his life. Basic training at Manning Depot at Brandon, Manitoba, brought an itchy blue uniform with many rules for it’s wearing, and he stood guard duty at the Moose Jaw airport during the interval before commencement of his aircrew training. He did well in his studies at Calgary Wireless School and might have done better if he had not had the temerity to challenge the instructor during the final examination. Gunnery training at Mossbank, Saskatchewan, was great fun for a former gopher hunter, whose familiarity with guns stood him in good stead. He made the top mark in his class, and was briefly a Sergeant before receiving an unexpected commission as a Pilot Officer. Posted to RAF Ferry Command at Montreal, Hugh was preparing for an overseas flight to England when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor lead to his diversion to 6 Bomber Reconnaisance Squadron at Aliford Bay on the Queen Charlotte Islands at the year’s end. During a leave from his posting in Aliford Bay, Hugh had the good fortune to meet Mildred (Pat) Patterson, and after a brief courtship, they were married in 1943. Daughters Bonnie and Magee were born in 1946 and 1949 respectively. During his 35 years in the Canadian Air Force, Hugh severed in the following squadrons: 6 BR Aliford Bay BC, 117 BR Sydney NS, 164 T Moncton, NB, 435 T Edmonton and 407MP at Comox BC. He took on instructional duties at the Air Radio Officer School at Clinton ON, and the Joint Maritime Warfare School at Halifax NS. Then he went back to school for a year at the RCAF Staff College in Toronto, followed by a year on Czech language training in Ottawa. Two postings as military attache to the Canadian Embassy in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the Cold War were a change of pace and provided many fond memories for later years. An administrative posting in Goose Bay, Labrador, prepared Hugh for appointment as Base Commander of CFB Toronto, where he concluded his service career. After his retirement from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel, Hugh and his wife Pat moved to a new home in Central Stanch, near Victoria, BC. He was then employed with the BC Corrections Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General, for ten interesting and active years. Hugh’s community service activities following his second retirement included appointment to the Central Stanch Police Board for 6 years, members of the Executive of the Broadmead Area Resident’s Association for 4 years, and President of the Ophir Place strata council during the often challenging remediation of their “leaky condo”. Hugh enjoyed his last year and a half of life at Berwick House Retirement Community immensely. He passed away peacefully and in the company of his family on Sunday, February 8th, 2015. Hugh is survived by Pat, his wife of 75 years, by his two daughter, Bonnie Hallett and Magee Miller, and his granddaughter, Alison MacRae-Miller. He was also close to his sister Ivah’s children, Doug Smith Roger Smith and Pat Smith-Allen and their families, many of whom still reside near his childhood home in Campion, Alberta. There was a celebration of Hugh’s life for friends and family at Royal Oak Burial Park Chapel on Friday, February 20th. Enquiries may be directed to Doug Smith at 403-643-2511


Ruth Evans

1928 – 2015

Mrs. Ruth Evans of Lethbridge, AB beloved wife of Mr. Gordon Evans, passed away on March 22, 2015 at the age of 86 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 27, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


WAYNE HOLLADAY GURNEY

1958 – 2015

WAYNE HOLLADAY GURNEY, beloved husband of Marilyn (Ehlert) Gurney of Magrath, passed away March 24, 2015 at the age of 56 years. Wayne was born December 4, 1958, the youngest of 5 children to Rose and Waldon Gurney. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, his children Waldon Wayne Gurney and Crystal Gurney, grandchildren Conner, Carsen and Amina, brothers Walden (Marilyn) Gurney, Brice (Linda) Gurney, sister Doreen Gurney and sister-in-law Roberta Gurney. He also leaves behind 11 step-children and 17 step- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Rose and Waldon Gurney and brother Briant Gurney. Wayne lived his life in Magrath, a farmer and entrepreneur, serving many in the community that he loved. He loved the outdoors, gardening, Halloween and his pets. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We loved Wayne and know he is in a more comfortable place now, free from pain. He was a good husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed. The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel, Magrath, Alberta on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Magrath Cemetery. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com


HANZEL

EDWARD JOHN HANZEL, of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the age of­­ 61 years. He is the loving son of Mary, brother of Dennis (Loretta), uncle to Ryan (Cindy) and Jewel (Travis) and great uncle to Matteo, Anthony and Chloe. He is also survived by his special aunt Mary Fury and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his father Mike and great nephews Max and Jack. A Private Graveside Service will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.
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


Ian Magnus Groundwater

1931 – 2015

Ian Magnus Groundwater, our beloved father and devoted grandfather, passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta, on March 17, 2015. Ian was born on October 2, 1931 in Winnipeg to Ian and Etoile Groundwater. He attended St. James Collegiate and the University of Manitoba. He went on to become a Chartered Accountant in 1956. In 1959, Ian moved to Edmonton where he started a family and a career, which spanned more than three decades across western Canada, in the building-supplies industry. In retirement, Ian pursued his passion for collecting vintage firearms and enjoyed his daily visits with friends at the Lethbridge Public Library. Ian will be lovingly remembered by his 4 children: John (Ann Cates) of Ashburn, VA, Nora Jane (Bryce Hawkings) of Calgary, Patricia Skwarchuk (Mark) of Kalispell, MT, and James (Tina Madden) of Toronto; and his 9 grandchildren: Brad, Kayley, Daniel, Laura, Sophia, David, India, Ivy and Levon. He is also survived by his sister Anne Hutchinson of Mississauga, ON. Cremation has taken place and a gathering in Ian’s memory will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Lethbridge Public Library, 810 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4C4. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


LITTLE BEAR

PHILOMENA LITTLE BEAR, passed away at the Cardston Hospital on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.
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


Helen Marion Oliver

1927 – 2015

Helen Oliver of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, with Canon James Robinson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, St. Augustine’s Anglican Church Renovation Fund, 411 11 St South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2N9. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


PANTHER BONE

PERCY PANTHER BONE, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the age of 48 years. We know he had many friends, so we are giving you all time with him at STREETS ALIVE MISSION, 323 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. An All Night Wake will be held at THE OLD SAIPOYI SCHOOL GYM, Stand Off, AB on Friday, March 27, 2015, beginning at 7:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, Alberta on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Pawel Andrasz O.M.I, Celebrant.
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


SEYMOUR

TIMOTHY ROBERT SEYMOUR, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the age of 57 years. Timmy is survived by his loving siblings; Gail (Bruce) Cameron of Langley, B.C. (children; Stephanie, Tynisha, Darcy Jr.),Russell “Terry” Ryder of Victoria B.C., Jo-Anne (Dave) Wiswell of Victoria, B.C. (children; Shelby and Baylee), and Dan (Anita) Ryder of Lethbridge, AB. Timmy was predeceased by his parents Norma and Ed Ryder, brother Steven Ryder and his birth father Russell Seymour. Timmy lived a joyful life. His tender spirit and cheerful disposition left a meaningful imprint on the hearts of every one who knew him. Timmy was born in Swift Current, SK, the second oldest of six brothers and sisters. He spent his early years growing up with his family there and his older siblings have fond memories of these times. In the mid 1960’s Timmy went into foster care in Saskatchewan where he was embraced by several families. Although we don’t know their names, we are grateful for their generosity towards this vulnerable, down syndrome boy. In 1969, Tim’s family moved away to Calgary, but in 1981 he was permanently re-united with his Mom, step Dad Ed and siblings Steven, Jo-Anne, and Dan when the Ryder family moved to Lethbridge. Tim’s brothers and sisters, their spouses and children; his aunties, uncles and cousins; and many extended family members have their own “Timmy stories” that they share when together and will keep tucked away in their hearts forever. For the last 20 years, Health Care Homes operators Dennis and Loretta Hanzel and their many kind-hearted staff have been part of Tim’s life either by providing respite care for his family on weekends, or by providing full-time care in a group home environment. Timmy has happily resided in his home on the south side for the last decade where he’s lived side-by-side with other disabled adults. He has been cherished and enjoyed by a team of caregivers, his “second family”, many of whom have known and loved him for many, many years. In particular, we express deep and heartfelt thanks to Janice Hubbard as well as Timmy’s many wonderful caregivers for their extraordinary and faithful care of him for so long. Even while infirm in hospital over the last three weeks, Timmy managed to win the hearts of many. We wish to sincerely thank hospitalists Drs. Coma and Orr, and the many nurses and student nurses who treated and gently cared for him during this fragile time. Thank you to all of you for your kindness and for sharing fun stories of Timmy’s reactions, smiles, and giggles while you attended to him. It meant a lot. Timmy, we all love you and will deeply miss you! Thank you for being part of our lives and for teaching us about the love of God – in the simplicity of laughing gleefully about “nothing at all”, through taking joy in the “little things”, and in just being together “in the present”. Jesus has gone to prepare a special place for you. Enjoy little buddy! An Open House will be held at Timmy’s Group Home – 2631 22 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 1:00 P.M to 3:00 P.M. All who wish to pay their respects are welcome. A Graveside Service will be held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park in Swift Current, SK on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. where he will be laid to rest with his parents and brother. Flowers are respectfully declined.
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


Barbara Simmons

1923 – 2015

Mrs. Barbara MacDonald Simmons of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Robert Simmons, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the age of 91 years. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00 and 8:00 pm on Friday March 27th, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB. In lieu of Flowers, donation can be made to The Lethbridge Society for Meals on Wheels, c/o LSCO, 500 11th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4G7. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


SOUP

RENNY WADE SOUP, beloved husband of Annette, passed away in Cardston, AB on March 23rd, 2015. A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, March 30th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Tuesday, March 31st at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Soup Family Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com


Hubert “Bert” Stubbington

1925 – 2015

Mr. Hubert Stubbington of Lethbridge, beloved companion of Ms. Mariel Selk, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Bert was born on March 22, 1925 in Empress, Alberta. In 1930 he moved to Glaslyn, Saskatchewan in a covered wagon. He attended school at Fernwood for four years and returned to Empress. In 1936, he returned to Glaslyn, Saskatchewan where he worked on many farms and ranches until 1939, when he then moved to East Coulee, Alberta where he worked in the coal mines. In 1942, Bert joined the Army and served in WWII. On D Day, he landed on Juno Beach and on July 25 he was taken as a Prisoner of War. In 1945, he returned to Canada and was discharged. In 1950, he re-enlisted, and in April of 1953 deployed to Korea. From 1954 – 1961 he served as Military Police Officer, and was then discharged. He was the Superintendent of security for the Edmonton Exhibition and Western Canada Racing Association. Bert served as a police officer over the years in various cities and towns, such as Athabasca, Sylvan Lake, and Warner. In 1974 they moved to Lethbridge and he worked as commissionaire and started volunteer work with neighborhood watch until retirement. Bert is survived by his daughter Sharon Fisette; sons Jerry (Carla) Stubbington, David (Karen) Stubbington and Daryl Stubbington; step-children Sharon (Steve) Ivanics, Marianne (Gary) Paskuski, Barry, Dave, Danny, Roger, Tom, Alan (Penny); sister Daphne Courtney; and several grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his three brothers Victor, Wilfred and Brian; his three sisters Margorie, Yvonne and Dorothy; step-daughter Kathy Selk Esslinger. A Private family Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in the Field of Honour. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Lynnda Anne Webb

1948 – 2015

Ms. Lynnda A. Webb of Lethbridge, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 66 years. Lynn was born on July 15, 1948 in Edmonton, AB. As a child, she lived all over Canada where she had fond memories growing up as an Air Force Brat. As an adult, she spent many years in Windsor, ON where she was blessed with her only son, Randy. She then moved to Lethbridge, AB to be closer to family, and made their home there. Many years were spent enjoying most of her time talking and bonding with her son and special daughter-in-law & friend Suzanne. Lynn also took advantage of her time spoiling her two precious granddaughters. These were the best years of her life, and endless memories will always be close to all who knew her. After retirement, Lynn flourished to find her own love which was to travel. She took many trips solo and discovered a passion and found serenity in her time away in her adventures and enjoyed being in the West Coast Sunshine. Lynn always made time to mentor many people who crossed her path. Through her wisdom and unconditional love, and at times used downright stubbornness. She will be missed by all who were touched by her many gifts. Above all, Lynn was truly a unique individual and for anyone who knew her for her; quirky sense of humor, “joie de vivre” will understand her well known phrase “not my circus, not my monkeys”. Lynnda Anne Webb is survived by her son Randy and his wife Suzanne; grandchildren Jayme and Kyra; two brothers George and Bob; nieces and nephew Vickie, Deryk, Haidee and Adrienne; best friends Cheryl & Bob and the whole Schram clan. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Club, 517 – 5 Ave South, Lethbridge. As a tribute to Lynn, please wear your sunglasses on this day. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

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