December 11th, 2017

SATURDAY, January 7, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 8, 2017.

Arthur “Frank” Johnson

1933 – 2017

Our loving father Arthur “Frank” Johnson passed away at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the age of 83 years. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Laura Caroline Johnson. Frank is also survived by his daughter Lori (Mike) along with their daughter Kayla, step granddaughter Krystal and her sons Liam and Brycen; son Tim (Kimberly) and their family, Everett (Brittani), Riley and Noelle. He is also survived by his sister Doreen (Robert deceased); brothers George (Barbara), Bill (Rose); and sister in law Mary (Arthur Deceased). Frank was predeceased by his sister Lil and brothers Bob (Eva deceased), and Ron (Janet). Dad had a very kind and loving heart. He will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him. A Private Family Service will be held at a later date which will be announced. The family would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers at St. Therese Villa for all the special care Dad received over his time there.

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RCAF Warrant Officer –

Decorated Cold War Veteran, Peace Keeper and Flight Engineer.

Passed away suddenly at Trenton Memorial Hospital, Trenton Ontario on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in his 81st year.

Loving husband of Audrey Francescone (nee Ballman) and predeceased by his parents Mike and Eda Kosma of Magrath. Beloved father of Linda Lowry and her husband Steven, Chris and his wife Sandra, Lisa Francescone, Jason and his wife Valerie, Jennifer Francescone and predeceased by his beloved son Michael (1977). Proud grandfather to Kirsten (Vladmir), Andrew (Marie), Lindsay, Matthew, Jessica, Hunter, Haley, Katelyn, Caleb, great grandfather to Destinee, Piper, Colbie and Lily. Benito is survived by his brothers Orvell and his wife Gladys of Trenton, Ontario, Tony and his wife Sue of North Battleford, Saskatchewan and predeceased by brothers Alphonse and Tony of New York, USA. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.

Ben’s contribution to Canda throughout his military and civilian career was significant and he will be missed by his many military friends and colleagues.

Ben attended school in Magrath, Alberta.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held in Trenton, Ontario.

If desired, a donation may be made to the National Air Force Museum of Canada or the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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BEVAN, Gordon
Gordon Bevan passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at the age of 55 years. Gord is lovingly remembered by his wife Pat, mother Luellen, sisters Leslie (Gary), and Sandra, brother Bruce (Charlene). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Gord was predeceased by his father George Bevan. A Memorial Reception will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

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CHARLES FRANKLIN COAL passed away at his residence in Moses Lake on December 29, 2016 at the age of 52 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Sunday, January 8th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym on Monday, January 9th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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HENRY ENS, beloved husband of the late Susan Ens, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Lethbridge Adaptacare on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at the age of 89 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

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Donald “Don” Farrington

1930 – 2016

Mr. Donald Cameron Farrington, beloved husband of Matilda (Tillie), passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Deacon Cliff Bogdan, officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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FINN, Albertine (nee Cloarec)

It is with great sadness that the family of Albertine Finn (nee Cloarec) of Red Deer, AB (formerly of Lethbridge, AB and White Star /Prince Albert/ Dundurn/Saskatoon, SK) announces her passing on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the age of 93 years. Albertine will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Caroline Taylor (John) of Red Deer; son, Patrick Finn (Amber) of Lethbridge; grandchildren, Brian Taylor (Nita), James Finn, Kimberley Schermers (Albert); and great-grandchildren, Aaron and Lily. She was predeceased by her husband, James. A Service will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

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ROB HOFSTEDE, born September 12th, 1944, passed away on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nettie Hofstede, daughter, Jackie (Keith) Veldhuis, grandsons, Calvin and Shane Veldhuis, son, Roland Hofstede (Valerie Fraser), brother, Paul (Phemy) Hofstede, mother, Monique Hofstede.

Born in Enschede, Netherlands, Robbie was a hard working stucco man. He would always put his family first, so while living in Enschede and working in Germany, he decided for a change and a better life, so he moved his family to Nobleford, Alberta in 1975. There he started a successful business, Nobleford Plastering. In 1985 he moved to Lethbridge, Alberta to start another business, Akrylon Acrylic Plasters. The acrylic business then took Rob and Nettie to Las Vegas for 10 years and then Denver for another 10 years. Everywhere Robbie settled down he was active in the community, usually through the German & Dutch Clubs, the Barons Elks Club, as well as coaching soccer teams. He always influenced people with his straight forward, no-nonsense style. Rob & Nettie retired in 2009 and moved back to Lethbridge so to be closer to his family, where he enjoyed sitting in the sun with a glass of wine.

A special Thank You to all the nurses at the CRH.

At Robbie’s request, no formal funeral will be held. A Celebration of Life will be posted at a later date.

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HUGILL, Marguerite A. (Rita)

November 4, 1932 – Lethbridge, Alberta

January 5, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Rita Hugill (nee Lightbound) of Calgary passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 84 years.

Rita was born and raised in Lethbridge, daughter of Jack and Margaret Lightbound. Following her marriage, she became a dedicated military wife and mother of four sons, travelling extensively throughout Canada and Europe for the next twenty-two years. Rita’s work life was primarily with the Bank of Nova Scotia in several locations across Canada. She was a very energetic and enthusiastic woman who enjoyed curling, bridge, knitting, reading, and gardening. Her biggest passion was her love for her Collies.

Rita is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Leslie, Jeff and Jean, Rob and Joanne, and David; grandchildren, Scott (Chantell), Paul, Eric, Lauren, and Jordyn; and great-grandson Colton.

Memorial Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (4903 – 45 Street S.W.) on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Rita’s honour may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 800, 7015 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110, or to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455,

In living memory of Rita Hugill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


SUSAN KIYOMI IWAASA, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta. She was a loving mother, doting sister and a caring daughter. At her request, a private service will be held with family members only. A Memorial Service for friends and relatives will follow at a later date.


RHEA OLSEN JENSEN, beloved wife of Boyd Jensen, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2017 in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 85. She leaves to mourn her eternal companion Boyd and their 4 children, Don (ReNae) Jensen, Cam (Kandi) Jensen, Randy (Jana) Jensen, Julie Jensen, 11 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.

Rhea was loved by all who knew her and will be fondly remembered for her Christlike love, generosity and many acts of service. She served the community as a member of the Town Council and School Board. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served faithfully in many callings throughout her life. Her most valued treasure was her family and she was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. The family would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Lloyd Clarke and the nursing staff of the Cardston hospital for their compassionate and professional care.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 11:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel in Cardston, Alberta, under the direction of Bishop Randy Jensen. Friends may meet the family from 10:00-10:45 prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Leavitt Cemetery.

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Judy Haynes

1930 – 2017

Mrs. Judy Haynes of Lethbridge, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Steve Kaytor

1944 – 2017

Mr. Steve Thomas Kaytor of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Christina Kaytor, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 72 years. He was born on March 5th 1944 in Lethbridge Alberta to the late Caroline and Tom Kaytor. He was one of three children and spent most of his childhood assisting his parents on a farm in Big Bend and later in Pincher Creek. In 1963, he married the love of his life Christina and together they had two awesome children Michael and Carrie-Lynn. Steve spent his early adulthood serving as a police officer in Cardston and Ponoka. Later in 1968, he started a career in the Canadian Food Inspection agency. Along with this he held various positions in the Union and received multiple awards and recognition. After his retirement in 2006, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and keeping an eye on the weather, Blue Jays, Oilers and Dolphins. But his greatest passion was being Papa to his grandkids. Besides his loving wife Christina, Steve is survived by his son Michael (Pam); daughter Carrie-Lynn (Shawn); grandchildren Hailey, Mikayla, Jenay and Hayden; sister Mary Kaytor; Auntie Isabel; Christina’s siblings Kathy (Ted), Marty (Joyce), Allan (Diane), Mary (Dennis), Ernie (Val); father-in-law Ed; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Caroline and Tom Kaytor; older sister Goldie and mother-in-law Dorothy. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, January 9, 2017 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant. Cremation to follow. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Jack Andy Cancer Centre (1A129, 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5) or to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit (1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5).

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Eric Martens

1949 – 2016

Mr. Eric Martens of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Lela Martens, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the age of 67 years. Eric is survived by his 2 sons Aden (Stephanie) Martens and Shaun (Jacqueline) Martens; daughter Kara (Mark) Murias; sister Anne Marie Chudobiak; brother Herman (Joyce) Martens; 5 grandchildren Julia Martens, Eric & Nathan Martens, Harold & Jasper Murias. Besides his loving wife Lela, Eric was predeceased by his parents Herman and Anne Martens. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

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Mona Wells

Mrs. Mona Wells passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the age of 88 years. Mona was born in Barbados on January 1, 1929. Mona was predeceased by her parents Rupert Harvey Mayers and Hilda (Clarke) Mayers, plus brother Trevor. Hilda was the hard-working bedrock of the clan. Mona’s five sisters are Peggy (Vernon) Marshall, Betty (Bert) Toppin, Nancy (Adrian) Roach, Hester (Rene) De Jonghe and Angela (Delisle) Ward. Conversations involving two or more boisterous “Mayers girls” often engendered amazement and amusement for others who happened to be in the area. Mona’s father loved many sports. He played soccer for Barbados and went on to become a Barbados Turf Club Hall of Fame trainer and owner. Mona loved sports too and for a time she did the stable’s books. Mona might well have continued down the Sport of Kings’ trail if not for meeting a 1953-54 visiting Canadian teacher Allen Wells. Mona moved to Ontario and married Allen in 1955. By 1958, son David appeared on the scene. After a year in Sierra Leone, Mona and David arrived in Lethbridge in 1964, where Mona remained for the duration. She put previous banking experience with Barclays in Barbados to good use, working at the downtown CIBC branch for just shy of 30 years. Her conversational skills, not always requiring another participant, are still remembered fondly there by remaining workmates. Mona was aided greatly raising David in Lethbridge by her mother-in-law Isa (Rollins) Wells. Mona truly enjoyed lasting fantastic relationships with the extended Wells family and appreciated them dearly. Aunt Mona had a charming childlike quality. She was fittingly cherished by nieces and nephews, as well as “adopted” nieces and nephews. Mona developed a true family-type relationship with a number of boarders, some of whom kept in close contact with her four decades after their stay at 3313 Lakeridge Blvd. Although she did not take up culinary skills until moving to Canada Mona became a tremendous cook and baker. An invitation to her table was eagerly received by many. Mona developed close friendships in Lethbridge. The longest lasting, of almost five decades, was with Eleanor Mehrer who supported Mona fiercely. For a good stretch before mortality intervened, Mona enjoyed attending a variety of sporting events with Virginia Jenkins. Southminster United Church played a key role in Mona’s Lethbridge tenure. During the last nine-plus years Mona lived in various residences, with the final and longest stay, approaching six years, at Fairmont Extendicare. Many in the staffs grew very fond of Mona and she grew very fond of them. By her request, there was no church service for Mona. By her request, Mona was cremated. By her son’s request, if you have the means seriously consider taking a trip to Barbados where you can enjoy the environment that helped produce his hero. One final request from her son: If you knew Mona and think of her, smile.


MARION ROGERS (nee DAVIS) OBER the wife of the late Norman Ober went home to be with the Lord on January 5, 2017. Marion was born on February 3, 1930 to John Rogers Davis and Mary Greig (nee Barrie) Davis and was raised on a farm near Coalhurst, Alberta where she also attended school. She loved to walk the coulees of the Oldman River and ride her horse as a child. She was the oldest daughter of 8 children and is survived by her brothers Roger (Joni) Davis of Coalhurst, Jim (Lynn) Davis of Coalhurst; sisters: Margaret (Peter) Dicker of Palmerston North, New Zealand, Eleanor (Wayne-deceased) Lloyd of Calgary, Beverly (Alvin) Bolokoski of Calgary, and Marlene (Clifford) Brown of Lethbridge as well as many nieces and nephews who called her “Aunty”. Besides her husband Norman, she was also predeceased by her sister Mary Patricia Davis, brother John Robert (Lorraine) Davis, niece Charlene Lloyd and nephew Jimmy Davis. Marion attended Olds Agriculture College where she acquired a diploma in Horticulture in 1951 and met her husband Norman Ober of Readymade, Alberta. They were married Jun 21, 1952 for forty years. She then spent the next 60 years of her life as a farmer’s wife; milking cows, feeding chickens, cooking (which she hated), cleaning (which she loved) and mothering 7 wonderful children (which she excelled at). She also enjoyed her love for horticulture by weeding, watering and tending her huge farm garden and flower beds every summer evening and cutting the grass on the driving lawn mower. Marion was also very active in the community and was a member of Readymade Farm Women’s Club, Kinette Club of Coaldale, Readymade 50 Plus Club and LSCO of Lethbridge. She loved sports, especially curling, golf and watching The Young and Restless and curling on TV. In her later years Marion moved to Garden View Lodge in Lethbridge where she enjoyed many social activities and outings. Marion was loved and will be missed by her four sons: Trent (Lian) Ober of Readymade, Brian (Lisa) Ober of Readymade, Tim (Betty) Ober of Airdrie, and Trevor (Kimberly) Ober of Calgary; three daughters: Gail (Colin) Smith of Loon Lake, BC, Carol Ober (Steve Chan) of Calgary, and Patricia Ober of Readymade; 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and two on the way. Come Celebrate her life with Marion’s family and friends on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329-15 Avenue South, Lethbridge with Reverend Terry Shillington officiating. Hope to see you there! Internment to take place at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 210 D-12 A. Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2J1.

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Ken Revak
1944 – 2016
 Kenneth Steven Revak, beloved husband of Nora Revak, passed away in Taber on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 72 years.
 Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


BEATRICE JOAN SINCLAIR, beloved wife of William (Bill) Sinclair of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday January 2, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

She was the loving mother of Rogan (Kim) Sinclair, Ferrol (Brian) Nicol, Tracy (Heather) Sinclair and Jolayne (Sidney) Manning. Joan was loved and will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Stefanie and Brent Nicol, Quinn Sinclair, Christmas and Mickee Sinclair and Martine and Shannelle Manning. She is also lovingly remembered by her nieces, Lorraine and Marlene McCaig.

Joan was predeceased by her parents Violette and John Johnson, her twin sister Jean McCaig and her grandson Kyle Nicol.

Joan was born in Didsbury, Alberta and moved to Lethbridge with her family. She met Bill Sinclair and lived a wonderful life, raising her four children and working at various places including Stokes, CDM meats, Co-op Hatchery and General Farm Supplies. She also supported Bill in his career as a fireman at the Lethbridge Fire Department where they made a whole new family of great friends.

Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved attending their sporting events. Joan loved baseball and candy. She never missed a Blue Jays game and also supported the Lethbridge Bulls for many seasons.

Our family would like to extended a heartfelt thank you to the caring and loving staff at Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale where Joan spent the last three years. We would also like to thank the Healthcare nurses that attended the Lodge, the great nursing staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital as well as her doctors for all their support and care.

At Joan’s request, a private family service was held.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital, 960-19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1W5.

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MICHAEL “MIKE” GAVIN SWATSKE, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at the age of 42 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his son Ty and daughter Aya; the mother of his children, Carie Swatske; sister Allison (Ryan) Meabry; niece Brittany (Abe) and nephew Chase; father Walter (Adel) and mother Carmen, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mike was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Jack and Dorothy Swatske and his maternal grandparents, Val and Ruth Anderson.

Mike was born in North Vancouver, B.C. on April 20, 1974. In his younger years he enjoyed sports and started playing baseball, continuing to do so until his late teens. In 1989, his parents moved the family to Lethbridge where he resided until his passing. Over the years, Mike pursued a career in welding and later in sales. He had an amazing sense of humour and could make everyone around him laugh. Mike enjoyed the outdoors and taking his kids camping, fishing and hiking. He loved going for midnight walks, wrestling and playing video games with his son. Mike enjoyed spending evenings cuddling and watching movies with his daughter and loved when she showed her creative side by painting his toenails all the time. He loved his kids deeply and tried to do his best for them whenever possible.

Mike had many struggles throughout his life however was succeeding in overcoming them. Despite everything he faced, he was always able to tell his children how much he loved them.

Mike will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

Mike, we love you.

A Private Family Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home at a later date.

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BRUCE TUTT, of Lethbridge, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at the age of 56 years.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Delmar Stephen Volk of Carmangay, beloved husband of the late Georgina Volk, passed away peacefully with family at his side, at his home on January 4, 2017 at the age of 81 years.

Delmar was born and raised in Carmangay and was the eldest son of Steve and Ada Volk. In 1962, he married Georgina, the joy of his life and they lovingly raised three children. Delmar’s passion in life was his family. He also had a strong bond with animals and nature. He was a man of true character. Invaluable memories will be cherished in the hearts of all who knew him.

Delmar will be sadly missed by his 3 children – Arlene, Shannon and Helen and their families, brothers – Don and Ken Volk, sister – June Forsyth, numerous nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral service will be held on January 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Carmangay Historical Church. Interment to follow in the Carmangay Cemetery with lunch to follow at the Carmangay Seniors Center.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Rd. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 OR online at

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home.

Telephone 1-403-485-2633.

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Neil Slimmon
1930 – 2017
Neil Armstrong Slimmon, beloved husband of the late Ethel Slimmon, passed away at home near Etzikom on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 87 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Etzikom Community Hall, Etzikom on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Etzikom Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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