September 24th, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 2, 2015.

Michael “Mike” Bitango

1928 – 2015

Dad passed away peacefully on Oct. 28, 2015 at Good Samaritans Park Meadows Lodge.

After surviving quick sand, being hit by a train, run over by a cow, almost losing limbs in farm machinery, fire and numerous other incidents; he thankfully was at rest and peaceful in his last days. He finally was able to catch up on lost sleep that he missed over the years working to all hours on his farm work.

He was born in Hardieville and moved to Sunnyside with his family when he was very young. After a short stay at the Research Station he moved back to the farm with his wife Alice and girls. He did not like to stray far from home and only left when absolutely necessary – coffee with the boys and the post office. In the early days beside farming he drove cattle liner and worked at the Research Station but his life and home was on the farm with his cows, horses, machinery and of course the dog.

His blood ran John Deere green and he would get heart palpitations if another color machinery dared to drive into the yard. He hated computers and the new age of technology but somehow managed to appreciate air conditioned, heated machinery with music. Always interested in history and bygone days, he forever reminded many of his favorite saying – “this is how we built this country”.

He worked hard all the time and was always in a rush to get home. To the dismay of many, his filing cabinet was the dash of the truck and many a paper was left to the wind.

When asked how he was doing his answer was always. “Just like an old man”. A tough character to say the least, he will be missed by his family, many friends and neighbors.

His stay at Good Samaritans started out stormy but he soon came to appreciate the staff that made every effort to understand his willful ways.

He is survived by daughters Dianne (Skip) & Carol; brother Francis Bitango, sister Lucy Pavan, nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends.

Many thanks to all the staff at Good Samaritans and especially Cottage 4 girls who were exceptional with him and made his final days comfortable and peaceful. The girls were “HIS staff”.

He helped many neighbors and friends over the years and these people came to our rescue many times when we were in need. You know who you are and we can’t thank you enough.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Good Samaritans Park Meadows Lodge Recreational program, at 1511 15 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 1W2

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CAROLYN DELPHINE SHOT BOTH SIDES (FIRST CHARGER) passed away suddenly in Calgary, Alberta on October 23rd, 2015 at the age of 37.

Carolyn was born on Febuary 11th, 1978 in Cardston, AB. She is survived by four children: Dwight First Charger, Naomi Striped Wolf, Nakidas and Thadias Vielle; two grand daughters: Junoah and Novah Striped Wolf; siblings: Darryl (Elyse), Chantel First Charger,the late Casey First Charger; two nieces: Kelyse, Casey; four nephews: Cashius, Damillion, Jullian, Uriah; parents: Elvis Shot Both Sides, Gayle First Charger.

A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, Nov. 1st from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, Nov. 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.



GEORGE ANDREW GANGUR, beloved husband of Mary Ellen Gangur, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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ERNEST “BRUCE” HARVEY, beloved husband of the late Ruth, left this world peacefully on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Raymond at the age of 79 years.

He is the loving father of Patricia of Lundbreck, Phil (Wendy) of Raymond, Andy (Shannon) of Chilliwack, B.C., Rob (Shelly) of Stirling, Kim (Robert) of Lethbridge and Penny (Jason) also of Lethbridge. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Elva.

Dad was predeceased by his wife Ruth, parents Ernest and Ervie Harvey, in-laws Raymond and Nellie Watson, and Lou Watson.

Dad was born October 13, 1936 in Gormley, Ontario to Ernest and Ervie Harvey. He met his one true love and they married in 1955. Dad loved to tinker with anything that needed fixing and spent many hours in his shop. He was a handy guy and well known in the community as the “appliance repair man”. His evenings were spent side by side with Mom discussing the finer points of life or he was at the auction sales where he never could pass up a bargain. He was known for his infectious smile and great sense of humor. Dad was an active and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, 260 East, 200 North, Raymond, with Bishop Jim Steed officiating.

Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. at the church.

Interment to follow in the Stirling Cemetery.


April 21, 1936-October 27, 2015

HERMANUS “HERMAN” HOOGERDIJKof Lethbridge was called home by our Lord and Saviour, surrounded by his family at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

He is lovingly remembered by his children: Marj (Kelvin) Van Dasselaar, Martin, James (Marlene) and Herman Hoogerdijk (Teri Holmberg), 11 grandchildren and their spouses as well as nine great-grandchildren.

Herman is also survived by his siblings, Cornelus (Hermina) and Leonard Hoogerdijk as well as two sisters-in-law, Marty and Rika Hoogerdijk.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Anna (nee Jongs), his parents Maarten and Marrigje Hoogerdijk, two brothers, Willem and Dirk Hoogerdijk and sister-in-law, Arentina Jacoba Hoogerdijk (nee Velvis).

Herman was born on April 21, 1936 in Delft, the Netherlands. He loved his Lord, his church and his family. Herman was an active member of the Lethbridge Christian Men’s Choir and was also very involved in Prison Ministries for many years.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, October 31st, 2015 from 7:00 P.M–9:00 P.M.

A Private Family Burial will be held at ROYAL VIEW CEMETERY.

A Memorial Service will be held at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100-40th Ave. North, Lethbridge, AB., on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Stephen M. Arrick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Herman to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5.

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Ronald Jackson

1938 – 2015

Mr. Ronald Jackson of Lethbridge, formerly of the Crowsnest Pass, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Jackson, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the age of 77 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Russell Jensen
1964 – 2015
With deep sadness, the family of James Russell Jensen announce his passing in Taber on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the age of 50 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family in the Relief Society Room at the church, prior to the funeral service on Monday, November 2, 2015 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Russell is survived by his father Ross Jensen of Taber; his siblings Brenda Harris of Taber, Laura (Bryce) Martin of Taber, Bernadette (Darrell) Ludwig of Lethbridge, Jack (Nancy) Jensen of Kelowna, Judy (Lorne) Hazell of Grassy Lake, Ross Jensen Jr. of Medicine Hat and Carolyn (Jeff) Lind of Portland, Oregon. He will be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and his two best friends, Nancy and Michele.
He was predeceased by his mother Edna Jensen and a brother Marold Jensen.
Russell was a cook by trade and worked at the Heritage Inn in Taber for many years. He was a well liked, kind and loving person. He was always happiest when he was with his nieces and nephews. Russell treated them all very special and loved them dearly.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Russell’s name may be made directly to the charity of one’s personal choice.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


JAMES H. OSTRUP of Coaldale, beloved husband of Frances, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


DORA WALTRAUT RAASCH, beloved wife of the late Hans Raasch, of Magrath, AB, passed away at the Good Samaritan Society – Garden Vista, in Magrath, on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at the age of 78 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at the MAGRATH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 82 North 2 St. West, Magrath, on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Jeremy Richert officiating.

Interment to follow at the Magrath Cemetery.

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LUDWIG MARTIN STEIN, beloved husband of Lotte Stein of Lethbridge, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Melvin Robert Wapple

1931 – 2015

Melvin Robert Wapple of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Freda Wapple, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the age of 83 years.

Melvin (Mel) was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He spent 27 years working for Co-op in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and was the Regional Manager of Federated Co-op in Regina, SK. Mel served on the boards of the local and provincial credit union for many years and served on the Assessment Appeal Board for the City of Lethbridge. Mel enjoyed fishing, golf and taking long walks with his dogs Riley and Courrie. His favorite hockey team was the Calgary Flames. He was an amazing cribbage player and enjoyed a good game with friends and family. He and his wife Freda also enjoyed feeding the deer at their home in west Lethbridge.

Besides his loving wife Freda, Melvin is survived by his four daughters; Kerron Kidd (Winnipeg, MB), Judy Wapple (Kelowna BC), Bonnie Kester (Nantucket, MA) and Susan Land (Victoria Harbor, ON); three sons Kevin Wapple (Medicine Hat, AB), James Wapple (Fernie, BC), and Shawn Wapple (Lethbridge, AB); step children Sharon (Glen) Zenith, Dianne Vaselenak, Lisa (Mark) Chater; grandchildren Bob and David, Jonathon, Lisa and Jennifer, Joel, Philip and Stephen, Kirk, Jenna-Lee and Allyssa, Nicole and Robert, Danielle and Taylor, and Emily and Jessica; step grandchildren Mila, Laura, Michael, Kathleen; sisters Sharon and Darlene; brothers John and Arnold; 12 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Melvin was predeceased by his parents Fred and Olive Wapple; brothers and sister Fred, Patrick and Patricia; children Joel and Boyd; and grandchild Kristopher.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm, on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am, on Monday, November 2, 2015, at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd West Lethbridge, with Father Roque Pereira officiating. Cremation to follow.

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