September 28th, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 22, 2015.




ROBERT “BOB” ALEXANDER, beloved husband of Phyllis of Lethbridge, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the age of 83 years.

Besides his loving wife, he is lovingly remembered by his four daughters; Pat Skelly of Lethbridge, Heather (Terry) Bailey of Ponoka, Beth (Randy) Quan of Lethbridge and Donna Edhart of Edmonton; 10 grandchildren Robert (Nicole) Sakamoto, Shae-Lynn Sakamoto, Liam Skelly, Brandon and Kyle (Katie) Bailey, Alycia (Colin) Poffenroth, Scott (Stephanie) Quan, Bree Quan (Ashley Thomas), Craig and Jared Edhart as well as one great-granddaughter Scotlyn Bailey. He is also survived by one sister Dorothy MacDonald of New Westminster, B.C., as well as two sisters in law of Lethbridge, Sadie (Doug) McCarthy and Cathie (Jim) McGinty, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends in Canada and Scotland. He was predeceased by his parents James and Margaret and one brother George.

Bob was born on May 19, 1932 in Edinburgh, Scotland and immigrated to Canada when he was 24 years old. His future wife followed him and they were married in the Yukon February 12, 1958. Together, they began their family and later moved to Lethbridge in 1961. Bob enjoyed playing golf and Bridge. He had a good sense of humor and loved to joke around. Bob and Phyllis spent time traveling, and their favorite places were Hawaii and Coeur d’Alene.

Thank you to Dr. Xander Van Der Pol, Dr. Joel Weaver, Dr. Sailendra, Dr. Malpica, Dr. Smuts, staff at the Good Samaritans Park Meadows, staff of V.O.N., homecare nurse Laura Hoar and the staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital on 4C, as well as Father Lukas and Father Alphonse.

At Bob’s request, a Private Family Service will be held.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

In Memory of Bob, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, 14925 – 111 Street N.W., Edmonton, AB, T5M 2P6

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MRS. LYNN BLACKADDER (nee Baker) of Lethbridge, AB, passed away suddenly, 19 December 2015 at the age of 57 years.

Lynn was born February 06 1958 in Scarborough, ON to James and Edna Baker (both deceased). She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Bruce, two daughters, Shannon Blackadder (Wade Doucette) and Michele (Chris) Meyers and one son, Matthew Blackadder. Additionally, she is survived by her father-in-law, Robert, five siblings: Loni, Lori, Grant, Garth and Glenn, and three grandchildren; Nicole, Jayden and Connor.

Lynn began a nursing career in 1981 after graduating from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute; she worked in a variety of fields including: labour and delivery, home nursing, the operating room, and service in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Nursing Officer from 1988 to 1995. Her career ended working in the operating room at the Chinook (Lethbridge) Regional Hospital.

Lynn lived life to the fullest. She had many passions including: bird watching and singing with the Southern Accords and Vocal Motion Choruses, but her greatest interest was combining her amazing photography skills with all of her pursuits. Always up for a new adventure, she recently took up motorcycling and scuba diving and was looking forward to travelling and seeing more of the world. Her greatest love however, was for people: her family, for whom no effort was too great; as well as those with whom she worked and sang with.

A memorial service will be held in the new year at the Lethbridge Salvation Army Church on 13th Street, Lethbridge with date and timings to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to donate please do so to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Gary Buckland

1956 – 2015

Mr. Gary Buckland of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the age of 59 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411-11 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Canon James Robinson, officiating.

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 Merve Rauws
1957 – 2015
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts, we announce that George Mervyn Rauws has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in Taber on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the age of 58 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
A private burial service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden prior to the funeral service.
The Funeral Service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. As requested by Merve, please wear your favorite sports jersey and jeans. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Merve leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife and best friend of nineteen years Shelley Rauws, father and mother-in-law Dave and Bernie Thompson of Lethbridge; siblings Tom Rauws, Anne (John) Devries , Rita (Henk) Byma, Irene (Case) Zylstra and Earl (Carol) Rauws all of Ontario; his three children Ashely and Anthony Rauws of Calgary, Ayrica Rauws of Ontario as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The family feels great comfort in knowing Merve has been met at heaven’s door by his parents Antonie and Jozina Rauws, sister-in-law Leslie Rauws who was very dear to his heart, plus other friends he’s said farewell to along the way including his favorite buddy, his cat Kramer.
Since a very early age, Merve has had a passion and love for cooking. He moved to Edmonton in the spring of 1982 and started his apprenticeship in 1983 at the Westin Hotel. While cooking at a variety of hotels, Merve was fortunate enough to be able to meet a variety of celebrities including Red Skelton, Kelsey Grammer, Princess Diana, the Queen Mother, Rex Ryan and Richard Saunders to name a few. He received his Red Seal in 1986.
Merve’s reputation meant everything to him. He worked alot of hours in the kitchen either at the Taber Curling Club, his catering business Catering by Merve or at his restaurant Driller’s Grill. You could tell he loved cooking when you entered any of these places and you could hear him singing or whistling a song. Merve’s body may have given up the fight, but he never did! He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Merve’s name may be made directly to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


DORIS JOHNSTON, beloved wife of the late Errol Johnston, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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MARGY KIRK-HADDAD, beloved wife of the late George Haddad of Lethbridge, passed away at the Good Samaritan Society on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at the age of 99 years.

Margy is survived by her step daughter Beverly Harmon of Nanaimo, B.C. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents Richard and Nazara, Six brothers; Nazem, George, Sam, Joe, Bill and Alfred, and two sisters; Marie and Hannah.

Margy was born in Swift Current, SK, on May 17, 1916. She completed her education as an accountant in Regina and Winnipeg. Margy moved to Lethbridge in 1974 to work with her brothers at Kirk’s Tire until her retirement in 1982. She was a caring giving person who enjoyed spending time with her family. Margy was very generous of her time always giving of herself to others.

At Margy’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

She will be laid to rest in her husband’s plot in Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Margy, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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John Ondrik

1923 – 2015

Mr. John Ondrik of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Mary Ondrik, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at St. Therese Villa, Lethbridge, AB, at the age of 92 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Hazel Simanton

1915 – 2015

Hazel Simanton of Bow Island, AB, beloved wife of the late Edward C. Simanton, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Bow Island Long Term Care – Bow Island Hospital at the age of 100 years.

Hazel was born in Rimby on December 16, 1915. She married Ed at the Kenny Farm in Rimby on December 25, 1933 and moved directly to the Foremost area where they farmed and raised their family. Before moving to Foremost, where they retired, in 1995, they moved to Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island. Mom spent her later years in Bow Island Hospital Long Term Care until her passing. Mom enjoyed her flowers for as long as her health allowed.

Hazel is survived by her daughter Shirley Walters (Richard) and family; sons Ron Simanton (Sarah) and family, Bob Simanton (Edie) and family, Vern Simanton (Val) and Family and Ray Simanton (Ann) and family; sisters Helen Cooke (Bob), Dasey Stuart (Darrel), Pheobe Smithson (sister-in-law); and brothers-in-law Bob Crasewall and Andy Gilespie.

Besides her loving husband Ed Simanton, Hazel was predeceased by her parents Spearman and Eva Kenny, grandson Dave, granddaughter Sharon, 5 sisters and 4 brothers.

A Private family service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

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Anno Slomp

1928 – 2015

Mr. Anno Slomp of Nobleford, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Klasina Slomp, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the age of 87 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Avenue, Nobleford, AB.

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Robert Smith

1933 – 2015

Robert Smith of Coutts, beloved husband of Shirley Smith, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the age of 82 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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