November 19th, 2017

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on June 15, 2017.

COWIE, Jack Gordon

May 30, 1926 – June 8, 2017-06-13

Beloved husband of the late Luella Cowie, passed away in Bow Island on June 8, 2017, at the age of 91 years. All five of his children were able to say goodbye to him. Jack farmed in the Foremost area for all his life until his retirement in 1995. He truly loved the land and could have farmed many acres of native prairie but chose not because it was home to the wildlife that he loved. How much and how many were not an important item to Dad (Jack). Luella and Jack had 62 years of marriage together, travelled often, loved their motorhome Sally and the open road, especially Arizona. Their marriage was a study of opposites; one quiet and one not so quiet, but it worked wonderfully for their lifetimes. Dad was a long time 4-H leader, a United Church Sunday School Superintendent and was very active in the Foremost United Church. Both Mom and Dad loved Foremost and its people. The coffee pot and a bowl of soup were always on: perhaps sometime at the expense of the cleanest summer fallow in the area. Dad moved on the family farm where he milked his beloved girls as they were called. He hit many a baseball to all the kids in the farmyard, a game called 500 but we called it fights with pushing and shoving to get the ball. Fun had by all. All five of their children, Robyn (Dean) Laqua, Jodi (Don) Cassell, Deb (Lyle) Hollingsworth, Rod (Deb) Cowie and Bruce (Joyce) Cowie settled in the Foremost area. Nothing pleased Jack and Luella more than to watch the development of their large brood of 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the Pleasant View Lodge and the Bow Island Health Centre for the wonderful care that their staff gave to Dad and especially his daughter Deb for being a very special person to him inhis declining years. A private family service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, 1254 – 3 Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0J9. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Jack Cowie, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.

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(Lawrence) Lee DeBoer

1968 – 2017

Mr. Lawrence “Lee” DeBoer of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Julie Landry-DeBoer, passed away suddenly at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 48 years. Lee was born in Lethbridge, AB and attended school at Nobleford and Drumheller. After attending University, he went to Lethbridge College. He was currently working at MPE Engineering. He was actively involved in political organizations starting with the Reform Party. He was an avid collector of comics, role playing games, and books. His greatest love was his family. Besides his loving wife Julie Landry-DeBoer, Lee is survived by his daughter Jasmine and son Quinn; his parents Marvin and Vivian DeBoer; brother Ken DeBoer (Naomi); sister Kim DeBoer (Daniel); aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and their families. Lee was predeceased by his grandparents Clarence and Mary DeBoer; Ted and Gladys Ronney and Isabel Ronney. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street, South, Lethbridge, AB. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7www.heartandstroke.ab.ca; the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204, 2323-32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3, http://www.diabetes.ca; or to the charity of your choice.

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Eugene Spino

1942 – 2017

Mr. Eugene Spino of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the age of 74 years. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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John (Jack) Hector Morrison

1932 – 2017

Mr. John H. Morrison of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Elaine Morrison, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 85 years.A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street, South, Lethbridge, AB with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

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JOSEPH

Sydney Herbert (Herb) Arthur Joseph, the eldest of seven siblings, passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Sunday June 11, 2017, at the age of 86 years. “Grandpa” was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and will be greatly missed. Herb was born in Saskatchewan and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a military police officer. He then worked in Flin Flon in the mines, before joining the Edmonton Police Service in 1955, retiring 30 years later as a Staff Sergeant. He was a passionate volunteer, working with the Edmonton Minor hockey programs and in his retirement with the Edmonton Crime Stoppers and Neighborhood Watch. He was one of the committee members who worked tirelessly to obtain the funding for the first Air 1 police helicopter for the Edmonton Police Service, and he was very proud of that achievement. He was also a dedicated Oilers fan. Herb is survived by his loving wife, Irma Hannah, his children Randy (Bev), Keith (Carla), Allan; his grandchildren Steven (Lindsay), Christine (Jason), Rebecca (Nick), and Courtney (Travis); and his great grandchildren Sayre, Landon and Hadley Joseph, and Jaxon Kapler. He will also be missed by Irma’s family, daughters Carol (Len) Green and Valerie (Paul) Coe, grandchildren Avery (Pat) Green, Janna (Paul) Garneau, Carla (Robert) Heintz, Kyle (Erin) Miles, and great grandchildren Zander and Inara Garneau, and Scarlett and Hannah Heighington. Herb was predeceased by his wife Edith (2005), grandson Sydney (2009), parents Sydney and Joyce, sister Daryl, brothers Frank and Don, brother in law Tony, sister in law Denise, and niece Beverley. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Evergreen Funeral Home, 327-10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7. A Memorial Service will also be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Wellington Park Community Hall, 13440-132 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5A 5E2. In lieu of flowers, and in the memory of Herb, the family would appreciate donations to the Edmonton Police Foundation 9620-103 A. Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 0H7 in support of Air 1, or to your local Neighborhood Watch or Crime Stoppers. The family would also like to thank the caring staff at the Good Samaritan West Highlands Center, as well as Dr. T.D. Sommerfeldt, Dr. E. Bly, and Dr. E. Janzen for their excellent medical care.


Lauretta Kalau

1938 – 2017

Mrs. Lauretta Kalau of Milk River, beloved wife of Mr. Art Kalau, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the age of 79 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 1:00pm – 2:00pm, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL. A Celebration of Lauretta’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street S., Lethbridge, Alberta. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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MANY BEARS

MARIE LYNN MANY BEARS, daughter of Todd Many Bears and Chasity PantherBone, passed away at birth in Lethbridge on June 12, 2017. The Funeral Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, June 16th at 12:30 p.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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Rosa Peters

1931 – 2017

Mrs. Rosa Peters of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Gerhard (George) Peters passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on her 86th birthday, June 11, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street, South, Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Mark Noonan officiating.

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SHEA

1923 – 2017

BRIDGET FRANCES SHEA, beloved wife of the late James Shea, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the age of 94 years.

A Celebration of Bridget’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating.

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MARY SKRUKWA

March 16, 1923 – June 10, 2017

Mary Chisholm Robertson Skrukwa (nee Moore) was born March 16, 1923 in Slamannan, a community in Falkirk, Scotland. She spent the first 21 years of her life growing up in Falkirk with 5 sisters (Jane, Louisa, Helen, Roberta, Betty) and one brother (Michael) in and around Falkirk Scotland. During the war years she worked in a munitions factory but as luck would have it a dashing young soldier from Lethbridge was directed to visit the Moore family in Falkirk by a relative back in Alberta. That fortuitous meeting turned into a romance and finally marriage. Joe Skrukwa became Mary’s husband on July 5, 1945. Her wedding dress currently resides in the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

Following the war Mary boarded a ship in Southampton (her first time out of her home shire) June 22, 1946 to sail to Halifax then boarded a train to travel across Canada to Medicine Hat where Joe met her and continued the trip to Lethbridge where her new life began.

Initially Mary and Joe lived with Joe’s mother (also Mary) who spoke only Ukrainian while Joe built a house for his family. In 1949 Mary made the trek back to Scotland, as Joe had promised Mary’s father Felix would happen, but this time with an infant daughter, Maureen. After six months Mary returned to Lethbridge, daughter in tow, to the new home Joe had completed in her absence.

Mary soon presented Joe with two more children: a daughter Elizabeth (Betty) named after Mary’s mother and a son Michael. And so, Mary and Joe set out creating a new life in her adopted country of Canada and city of Lethbridge but she never lost her love for Scotland nor her Scottish accent which became her trademark along with her ready smile and quick engagement with others.

Living only blocks from the new church they helped build (St Basils) Mary and Joe became faithful servants of God always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed one. Mary was a Life Member of the Catholic Women’s League, active for most of her life. The War Brides became an important reference point for her as she connected with many life long friends who had traveled the same road as her. Soon Joe’s mother and his brothers and sisters (Annie, Dean, Jenny, Francis, Stan and Tommy (all deceased)) became her extended family. Mary’s best friend and fellow war bride Mary Wesko predeceased her.

In her last years her son Michael was her faithful caregiver. Her life was also touched by many caring and giving friends who made her life blessed and her passing peaceful.

Passing away peacefully on June 10, Mary was predeceased by her husband Joe (1980) sisters Jane and Helen and brother Michael and is survived by sisters in Scotland: Louisa Lunn, Roberta (Henry) Taylor, Betty Kennedy and sister-in-law Eileen Moore.

Mary is survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Daughters Maureen (Terry) Royer, Betty (Bob) Krausher and son Michael Skrukwa; grandchildren: Shannon (Ross) Piche, David (Dawn) Royer, Kevin (Michelle) Royer, Chris Howes, Kari (Dan) Van Ee and Joey Skrukwa; great grandchildren: Anika Royer, Kiana Royer, Vivienne Piche, Brennan Piche, Piper Royer, Danica Van Ee, and Mason Van Ee, all of whom Mary loved dearly and enjoyed immensely.

Relatives and Friends are invited to Prayer Services at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Frank Peta, officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

In memory of Mary, memorial Tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100-119 14 Street NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 2P5

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TAMMINGA

JANNA TAMMINGA, beloved wife of Willem “Bill” Tamminga, of Picture Butte, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the age of 85 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Frank deBoer officiating.

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WALLEWEIN

Mrs. Joan Wallewein of Lethbridge, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 87 years. Service details will follow.


Cornelis “Casey” Wiskerke

1933 – 2017

Mr. Cornelis “Casey” Wiskerke, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. He is survived by his sole sister Betsy Groenenboom (Nee Wiskerke); his sons Maurice and Norman Wiskerke; daughter Rochelle Wiskerke, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Casey is predeceased by his Father Marinus Wiskerke and Mother Christina Wiskerke, with whom he immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1953. Casey was an active member in the community for many years, participating in the Jaycees and is probably best remembered for his Pic A Pop business. In his final years Casey enjoyed living at the Golden Acres Lodge in Lethbridge. He will be missed. Casey’s Family will celebrate his life with a Private Memorial at a later date.

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