By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 1, 2015.
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. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Martin Brothers Funeral Home, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Canon James Robinson officiating. Internment will precede service at Mountain View Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make a donation in Tom’s, memory to his favorite charity, the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation, 4 Queen Street South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3R3 or via http://wp.srcf.ca. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
BETH CLAIRE (CONRAD) FISHER OF LETHBRIDGE
Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Beth passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the age of 75 years. Born in Lethbridge to the late Roy and Lois Conrad on March 21, 1940, she was raised on a ranch west of Claresholm in the Porcupine Hills. After graduating from high school in 1958, she completed a degree in education at the University of Alberta where she met and married her lifelong companion and love, Jim. They were married in the Cardston temple for time and eternity in 1964. Throughout her life she taught school, ranched, farmed, gardened, picked berries, made pickles and maintained a healthy habit of daily walks; things just tended to grow around her. She raised crops, cattle, sheep, chickens, children, dogs, cats, pigs, a horse, a row of asparagus, a pheasant named Phineas and a beautiful rose garden. She contributed to the community as county councilwoman, member of the library board, school board trustee and the president of both the local and provincial Alzheimer’s society. As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was a conscientious visiting teacher, Primary president, Relief Society president, nursery assistant, and missionary in the Canada Montreal mission with her husband Jim in 2003. During her retirement, she and Jim traveled all over the world, from Alaska to the Great Barrier Reef to the Holy Land. Beth is lovingly remembered by her husband, James Fisher; her children, Carolyn (Steve Arthur) Fisher, Kathryn (Josh) Molcak and Michael Fisher; her grandchildren, Geneva Fisher, Kieran Fisher Arthur, Riley Molcak and Avery Molcak; her sister, Bernice (Marvin) Miller; her brother, Marvin (Judy) Conrad; her sisters-in-law, Wylene McConkey and Connie Shields; along with nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She always had a straight-shooting dry sense of humour, coupled with kind and gentle words of encouragement. She will be greatly missed. Friends may meet the family on Wednesday, April 29 from 10:00 to 10:50am at the Forestry Avenue LDS Chapel, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge. The Funeral Service will follow at 11a.m. with Bishop Michael Evans officiating. The interment will follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. The family would like to thank the medical team and staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit who provided great comfort and care to Beth during the last months of her life.
ALICE “LUCILLE” HANCOCK BROWN, beloved wife of the late Morris Brown, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre on Saturday, April 25, 2015 surrounded by family. She leaves to mourn seven children: Marilyn Bailes, Darrel (Jeanne) Brown, Sandra Thom, Karen (Wayne) Lindwall, Colin Brown, Rick (Shelley) Brown, and Cyndee (Fred) Mandeville; 15 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by Morris’ sisters Marjorie Brown and Vivian Davies. Lucille was predeceased by her husband Morris, son Billy, parents Joseph and Grace Hancock and her six siblings. Lucille and Morris were married December 12, 1940 and they farmed and raised their eight children on the Milk River Ridge south of Raymond. They sold the farm in 1993 and moved to Lethbridge and resided at Parkbridge Estates until December 2010. Lucille resided at Alberta Rose Lodge for 3 1/2 years and then St. Michael’s Health Care Centre for the last 13 months. Lucille and Morris enjoyed camping and spent many family holidays in Waterton Lakes National Park. They also spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. They also had the opportunity to vacation in Hawaii and enjoy an Alaskan cruise. Mom spent many hours crocheting and quilting. She was a great cook and her buns, cinnamon buns and pies, were to die for, as were her homemade chocolates. Special thanks to the Staff at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre who took such good care of her and loved her like family. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. Interment to follow at the Archmount Cemetery, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the “Gillis House” at St. Michael’s Health Care Centre, 1400-9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5.
JOAN CROSKERY, beloved wife of the late Robert Croskery, passed away peacefully after a short stay at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Joan is survived by her four daughters: Ruby Jane (John) Vancak of Fairhope, Alabama, Edith (Rick) Stokes of Toronto, Ontario, Catherine (Michael) McIntyre, also of Toronto, and Lettie (Andreas) Croskery of Lethbridge. Joan and Robert were incredibly loving grandparents to Catherine (Katie) Graham, Meredith Stokes, Robert Stokes, Erica Lynch and Nicole Pommer. A Memorial Service will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Program at McKillop United Church, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 0X5.
RAYMOND “DUKE” O. HELGERSON, beloved husband of Eltie Helgerson, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the age of 87 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
CAROL HELEN LARSON, passed away at the Milk River Health Centre on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the age of 92 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.
NORGARD, GRACE MADELINE
October 29, 1927-April 24, 2015
Grace Madeline Norgard, age 87, passed away at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on April 24, 2015 following a brief illness. She is survived by two brothers Ellis Norgard and Arnold Norgard, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Grace was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Karen (Thompson) Norgard, brothers Clarence and Jim and sister Margaret McGuire. Grace spent her life on the family farm located north of Claresholm. She attended Prairie View School and Claresholm High School. She was a leader of the 4-H Horse Club and Ridge Riders Club, avid member of the Chinook Camera Club, active member of the Claresholm Fish and Game Club and Ducks Unlimited. Grace spent many years volunteering with the Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society with friends and family monitoring bluebird house trails located in the Porcupine Hills. Grace had a love for animals and nature, working on the family farm, as well as spending time with close family and friends. Respecting Grace’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service held. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made to the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, Box 1030, Coaldale, AB T1M 1M8 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements and cremation entrusted to LEYDEN’S FUNERAL HOME, Claresholm. Tel: 403-625-3212.
July 22nd, 1921 – April 24th, 2015
The family of CLARENCE STICKEL sadly announce his passing on April 24th, 2015 after a brief illness. Clarence was born on July 22nd, 1921 in Gackle, North Dakota to Fred & Lydia Stickel. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Anna and their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild: Shirley (Jim) Pederson, Mick (Nora) Lerch (Joseph & Cecilia), Lloyd (Judy) Stickel, Sheyna Aarts (Kienna & Kassidy), Shawn & Tracy, Ron (Linda) Stickel, Brant (Tracey), Megan (Sean), Bryan (Blake), Brandon & Kayla, Trevor Stickel (Kim Philpott), Audrey Hannan (Deceased 2013), Brent (Karen) Hannan (Seamus & Chloe), Jody (Brad) Keim (Clayton & Jeremy), Marlene (Bryan) Firth, Heather (Shane) Graham (Tiana & Shaylene). Clarence is also survived by three sisters: Violet King, Irene Lodermeier & Viona (Dugald) McMillan. He was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and several cousins in Germany. Clarence was predeceased by his brothers Clifford, Wilbur & William, sister Lorna Sharp and his parents Fred & Lydia. Clarence served in the army during WWII for 3 years and worked for the Royal Canadian Legion for 25 years. A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 12:30 P.M. with Major Brian Beveridge officiating. A Private Family Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Clarence donations may be made to the St. Michaels Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, 1400 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J-4V5.
– Mr. Jason Timchuk, 5 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 496, passed away April 19, 2015. The Officers, Members & Staff wish to express their deepest sympathy.
Maria Vanden Hoek
July 14, 1924-April 25, 2015
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Mrs. Maria Vanden Hoek, our dear and beloved Mother, Oma and Great Oma, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Maria was predeceased by her loving husband, Jacob Vanden Hoek of 66 years on August 28, 2013. Maria is survived by her 3 daughters, Margaret (Tony) Slingerland, Rita (John) Kreft, Jackie (Hans) Kuperus, her sons Tony (Vicky) Vanden Hoek, Dinant Vanden Hoek; 23 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Maria is survived by 6 sisters in the Netherlands. Besides her husband Jacob, Maria is predeceased by her son Kasey, 2 great-grandchildren and one granddaughter-in-law, Parents Cornelis and Dina Van Den Dool/Laban, parents-in-law Kornelis and Maatje Vanden Hoek, one sister in Holland, one brother in Africa. An opportunity for condolences will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 7 to 8 P.M. at MARTIN BROS. RIVERVIEW CHAPEL 610-4 St. S. Lethbridge, Ab. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION of LETHBRIDGE, R.R. 211 and Highway 3, Lethbridge, Ab with Rev. A. A. Brugge officiating. Internment will take place at the Archmount Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Those who wish may make donations to Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB T0K 1V0. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
Klaas “Clarence” VanderWal
1948 – 2015
Mr. Klaas “Clarence” VanderWal passed away unexpectedly in Lethbridge, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the age of 66. Clarence was born on August 5, 1948 in Surhuizum, The Netherlands, to Kornelis and Joyce VanderWal. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1952 to help work on sugar beet farms around Taber. He trained in sheet metal as a young man and worked on many projects in the Lethbridge area, he also worked as a welder and building engineer and for the last 14 years as a maintenance man for the Lethbridge Housing Authority. He was always willing to help anyone he could and be there for whoever needed him. He will always be remembered for his wonderful hugs. He was the loving husband of Agnes, the wonderful father to Catherine (Ian Nolan) and Ryan (Jessie) and the very proud grandfather to Riley and Amelia VanderWal, and Brittany Nolan. He is survived by his brothers Bill (Leni) and Mike (Wendy) and sisters Grace (Frank) Navratil and Helen (Richard) Peters, and will be remembered by many brothers and sisters in law, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Martin, Hutch and John and sister Frances VanderWal Gouw and several brothers and sisters in law. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at MARTIN BROS. RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. The Funeral Service will be held at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 260 McGill Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM. with Pastor Jim Zondervan officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1A3. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
MARY JANET WOOD, passed away at the Raymond Health Centre on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the age of 79 years. Further obituary to be announced once completed.
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