By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 29, 2015.
Christensen, Leland Milner Born June 5, 1981 in Magrath, Alberta passed away May 25, 2015 in Red Deer, Alberta.
Leland leaves behind his wife, Jennifer and his beautiful daughter Madison. Leland is the youngest son of Peter and Rebecca Christensen, brother to Pete, Rachel and Lydia, grandson, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Friends may meet with the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, WELLING CHAPEL, on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the church prior to the funeral from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
The Funeral Service will be held at the LDS Welling Chapel on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Randy Wilde officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to cover funeral costs.
HUGH PAUL HASLAM
Paul, 85 passed away on May 25, 2015 in Penticton. Paul was born in
Claresholm on Mar.1, 1930. He is survived by sons, Bob, Tim, and Randy, their families and was predeceased by his wife, Norma Ruth.
FUMIKO JASIUKIEWICZ, beloved wife of the late Wesley Jasiukiewicz, passed away peacefully at Legacy Lodge at the age of 85 years.A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.
After a lifetime of nursing and missionary service. Mary Willms died on May 22, 2015 at the age of 87, rejoining her beloved daughter Carol whose untimely loss Mary had battled to overcome for the past three and a half decades.
Mary was born in Glenbush, SK on June 2, 1927the fifth of eleven children to Abram and Susanna Willms, German-speaking Mennonites who had emigrated from Russia several years before. The family settled in Coaldale, where Mary and her siblings went to school. She trained as a registered nurse and graduated in 1949.
As a quiet person who habitually avoided being he centre of attention, Mary found ways to help others in ways that she felt might not attract notice.
In her first year as a nurse, she worked at Coaldale hospital. Her sister Anne remembers Mary would take it upon herself to turn on the hospital’s yard light to help guide those who had to walk home after dark.
Like several of her sisters, Mary devoted a large portion of her life working in the developing world with Mennonite Central Committee, and for eight years was among the only health care providers for a community of Bolivian peasant farmers, who called her “doctora” despite her insistence that she was “just” a nurse. She came home to Canada in 1960 after suffering a bout of janudice.
She also worked as a nurse to the communities of Altona, MB and Twillingate, NF. At Twillingate, where Mary was the nurse supervisor, the bank manager was hesitant to give money to a visitor until she related that she was visiting her sister working at the hospital. “Is she one of the Mennonite nurses? Well then you can borrow as much as you want” he said.
Mary never married.In 1969 she adopted Carol, a bubbly and outgoing little girl who would thereafter be at the centre of Mary’s life. The two settled in Taber, AB where Mary was a nurse at the hospital.
Mary was left reeling after Carol died in 1980, aged 13, during what was to have been a routine appendectomy. Mary admitted to her family that Carol’s death tested her religious faith, though she remained committed to the Mennonite church.
Among other things, Mary missed the kiss she would receive each morning from Carol. After Mary’s retirement in the 1990s, she settled in Coaldale to be closer to several of her siblings and her many nephews and nieces. For years, she took it upon herself to voluntarily clean up after children who left garbage outside the local schools during her daily walks. Although a few mocked her as a “bag lady”, others took notice and lauded her for her quiet selflessness.
In 1990 or 1991 Mary had an aortic valve implanted in her heart. It’s expected lifespan was minimum of 12years but ended up lasting over twice as long.
Mary spent the last few years of her life at the Good Samaritan Society’s Park Meadows Village in Lethbridge, where her family is grateful for the caring, compassionate support that Mary received during a protracted and often difficult decline.
In addition on to Carol, Mary is predeceased by her parents, brothers Henry, Abe, Jake and David as well as by sisters Helen, Susie and Margaret, her nephew Thomas and great nephew Logan. She is survived by sisters Anne, Johanna and Betty as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Following the funeral for one of her sisters, Mary asked that others not make a “big deal” about Mary’s own passing. Contributions in lieu can be made to the MCC.
Memorial service at 2:00, June 6 at Coaldale Mennonite Church.
PURDY, RUSSELL M.
On May 24th, 2015, Russ died Peacefully at the age of 72 with Marj, his wife and best friend, and his daughter and his son by his side. He shuffled off this mortal coil leaving a legacy of service to his family and community. Russ was a dedicated coach, curling official, golfer, avid fly fisherman, businessman, and a lover and patron of the arts. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Russ split his early childhood between Vancouver and the Dominican Republic, eventually returning to Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta. Russ leaves behind Marj, his wife of 49 years; his daughter Barb (Ken) Galm of Edmonton, and his son Mike (Jen) Purdy of Vancouver, BC. He was especially proud of his five granddaughters; Selina Galm, Kristen Purdy, Jennifer Galm, Megan Purdy and Jamie Purdy. Russ is survived by his brother Alec Purdy of California. Our family would like to thank the staff of the Cross Cancer Institute for the professional and compassionate care given to Russ. No service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Russ to the Cross Cancer Institute Foundation. “Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” To send condolences, please visit http://www.connelly-mckinley.com. Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home Edmonton South (780) 468-2222
DR. MARK REED STRINGAM, beloved husband of the late Enes Stringam, passed away in Taber on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
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