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Friday April 24, 2015


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 24, 2015.

ABEN
MR. HENRY CONRAD ABEN, beloved husband of Mrs. Agatha Aben of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the age of 86 years. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Kevin Tumback celebrating. A private Family Graveside service will be held 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


Thomas Band
1921 – 2015
Mr. Thomas Band of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Vera Band passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the age of 93 years.
Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

 CALF ROBE
MARVIN CALF ROBE
, husband of Teena, passed away in Calgary on April 21 2015, at the age of 44 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Sunday, April 26th from 7:00 p.m. continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Monday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m.
Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com


  CHRISTIANSON
JEAN CHRISTIANSON, passed away peacefully at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the age of 85 years. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Valerie (Shane) Pinnock of Lethbridge, grandson Spence (Kim), great-grandchildren Aimee and Cooper of Peace River, AB, granddaughter Allison (Travis) of Calgary, son Lawrie Gangur (Nicole) of Ottawa, ON, grandson Martin (Annie) and grandchildren Meika and Loic of Gatineau, Quebec. Her grandchildren were all very special to her. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Wilma Walton and Jack Puddicombe. She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was an only child. She was raised on the farm where she developed her love of dogs and had her own dog team. She moved with her family to Lethbridge as a young girl so that her dad could work as a guard at the POW camp here in Lethbridge. Mom worked at Sheffield’s and Sons for a few years and she owned Lorval’s Clothing in Lethbridge for a number of years. She enjoyed camping at Waterton, watching Blue Jays baseball games and just relaxing with her dog, Sassy, by her side. We are honouring mom’s wishes and no formal funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta – 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 4K1Honoured 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


 COTE
RICHARD COTE
, beloved husband of Bonnie Cote, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the age of 63 years.
A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at the COLLEGE DRIVE COMMUNITY CHURCH – 2710 College Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.
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


Annie Lelekach
1919- 2015
Annie Lelekach of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late John Lelekach, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Monday April 20, 2015 at the age of 95 years.
Annie immigrated to Edmonton in 1930 from Ostruva, Poland. She lived there a short time before moving to Seba Beach with her parents. She married Ed Gashnitz in 1936. They had two daughters, Shirley and Gladys. They moved to Southern Alberta in 1937 to work sugar beet fields. They purchased the Shaughnessy Restaurant. Later Annie worked at Yale Café on 5th Street. She met John Lelekach at Tony Knapek’s party and married him in 1951. Jack was born in 1954. They enjoyed farming and good neighbors at Turin before retiring to Lethbridge in 1984.
Annie loved to cook, play cards and occasionally go to the casino. She grew a huge garden and loved her flowers. Annie loved to spend time with her nine grandchildren.
Annie is survived by her 2 daughters Shirley Gruending and Gladys Hamilton; son Jack (Kathy) Lelekach; grandchildren Lonnie (Diane) Staples, Bruce Staples, Valerie Harris, Bonnie (Jon) Leech, Michelle (Robert) Scott, Darcy (Teresa) Granley, Brian (Dawn) Granley, Marisa Lelekach, and Jessica Lelekach; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband John, Annie was predeceased by her parents Mary and John Ogrodnik; brothers Fred (Edis) Ogrodnik, Steve Ogrodnik; sisters Martha (Mike) Psytoski and Anicia (Michael and John) Sapals; sons-in-law Bob Gnam, Bill Granley, Leon Gruending, Dick Staples and Clay Hamilton; and by John’s twelve siblings.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St S, Lethbridge, with pastor Eva Stanley officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Health Centre, 1400 – 9 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Robert “Bob” Lien 1942 – 2015
The loving Family and staff of Martin Brothers sadly announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Lien of Lethbridge, formerly of Warner, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the age of 72 years.
Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm with a Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011-4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Brian Magee, officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Archmount Cemetery.
No flowers by request, Memorial Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to S.T.A.R.S. Foundation – Calgary Base, P.O. Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7 or to a charity of your choice.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

MANY BEARS
ANNETTE (WHITE MAN) MANY BEARS, beloved mother of Stevie Many Bears, Grandmother of Treigh Black Plume and lifelong friend of Gus Many Bears passed away at the age of 54 years after a long battle with illness on April 19, 2015 at Peter Lougheed Hospital, Calgary, Alberta. The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blood Reserve, Alberta on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Pawel Andrasz O.M.I., Celebrant. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve, Alberta.
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

NILSSON
DEAN LEONARD NILSSON passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the age of 95 years. He is survived by his brother Garth (Nellie), sisters-in-law Irma Nilsson, Carole Turner, Doreen (Nick) Onofrychuck and brother-in-law Bill (Freda) Delmark as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife Shirley, parents Ray and Pearl Nilsson, sister Marge (Rex) Cahoon and brothers Byron and Bert (Muriel). The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Morris Fred Rachinski
October 24, 1935 –
April 16, 2015
“Uncle” Morris (Uncle Sam) passed away peacefully at St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Morris’s life began on the family farm in Clair, Saskatchewan where he was raised, educated and farmed till he was 40. At that time an allergy prevented him from full time farming so he decided to move to Lethbridge to help his sister Olga and Jim with their hotels. An independent spirit soon took Morris on a path through many jobs, from the oil field to welding to still helping his friends in the Burdett/ Bow Island area with harvesting. Uncle Morris purchased his home on 20 Street North in 1981 and there developed the heart of our street. His giving nature, kindness and true friendship will never be forgotten. The degree of a true legacy can be measured by the many friends and family that truly cared and loved this gentle man. From his family to his neighbors here and in Clair, to his hunting and fishing buddies, his co-workers to the farmers he helped with harvesting, and to anyone else who knew him, he will be missed. His true love for his animals over the years was remarkable as they became his most treasured possessions.
Morris is survived by his sisters Olga Pawluk, Jean Balaski; brothers Nick (Dorie) and Metro Rachinski; sister-in-law Mary Lou Rachinsky; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and their families. Morris was predeceased by his parents Anne and Anton Rachinski and siblings Pauline and Alex Yanish, Johnny Rachinsky, Marie and Harry Shupak, Pauline Rachinski, and Nick Balaski.
Morris’s celebration of life memorial will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge.
In honour of the compassionate and loving care it is requested in lieu of flowers donations in Morris’s memory can be made to the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, 1400 – 9 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


SOMMERFELDT
MARCIA JANE (FOOKS) SOMMERFELDT, beloved wife of Dr. T. Drew Sommerfeldt, passed away in Lethbridge at the age of 61 (July 5, 1953 – April 22, 2015). She is survived by her five children and her thirteen grandchildren: Cori (David) Anderson (Dashiell, Camilla, Miles); Steven (Christie) Sommerfeldt (Mackenzie, Tanner); Amy (Brian) Purnell (Jack, Mark, George, Henry); Julie (Matt) Christensen (Hailey, Samuel, Nathan, Isla); and Kaitlan Sommerfeldt. She is also survived by her mother, Georgia Fooks, her sisters, Shannon (Rob) Mossey and Lori (Dan) Williams and her brother Scott (Colleen) Fooks. She was predeceased by her father, Norman Fooks. Marci attended BYU and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in Family History. She was an avid genealogist and spent many hours searching out her ancestors. She loved to be in the mountains and hiked for many years with the Mountain Mommas. An accomplished pianist, she attained the ARCT, the highest diploma accreditation from the Royal Conservatory of Music and taught piano for many years. She loved to sew and quilt and many of her family and friends are recipients of her handiwork. She also displayed several quilts in art shows in Southern Alberta. She travelled extensively, including hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru and a safari in Africa, as well as motorcycle trips throughout North America. She was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and her faith was the foundation of her life. She was a fun-loving and energetic person, much loved by her large family and many close friends. She bravely fought a 21 year battle with cancer with optimism and perseverance. She will be greatly missed. Friends may meet the family on Friday, April 24 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE WEST STAKE CENTRE, 560 Highlands Blvd. West, Lethbridge, with Bishop Kent Earl officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7.

STOCKDALE
VICTOR ROBERT STOCKDALE passed away in Cardston on Wednesday, April 22nd , 2015 at the age of 94 years. Friends may meet the family at the LEGACY FUNERAL HOME (107 – 6th St. W. Cardston) on Sunday, April 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. prior to the service. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TEMPLE STREET CHAPEL, in Cardston, Alberta on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in the Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Sherwood Park, Alberta on Tuesday, April 28th at 11:30 a.m.
Email condolences to:
legacycardston@gmail.com

Nancy “Ileen” Sumner
1931 -2015
After a brief illness Ileen passed peacefully on April 20. She was born in the old Galt Hospital on February 4, 1931 to Wilfred and Polly Firth (nee Watmough). Her first home was in West Lethbridge where the present University of Lethbridge now stands.
A Memorial Reception will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, April 24, 2015 at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #4, 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. South, Lethbridge (Use the North Entrance). Interment to follow in Mountain View Field of Honour.
In lieu of flowers, Ileen has requested that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

SUURD-LIDSTER
JESSE SUURD-LIDSTER, beloved husband of Amanda Suurd-Lidster, of Lethbridge, passed away at a young age suddenly at home on Wednesday. April 15, 2015 at the age of 29 years. Besides his loving wife Amanda, he is survived by his six year old son Sean Suurd-Lidster, parents Gerard Lidster and Jean Suurd as well as extended family members. Jesse was liked by all. He loved to laugh and had a wonderful sense of humour. Although he was born in Coaldale, he spent 25 years in Coalhurst. He moved his young family to Lethbridge, AB, where they lived until his passing. He will be sadly missed by his family, all of his close friends and extended family. The Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Amanda & Sean at Box 923, Coalhurst, Alberta, T0L – 0V0.
“He will never be forgotten and will always be loved.” “Until we meet again.”
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


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