May 22nd, 2018

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on August 2, 2017.

Burns, Kristina (Nina) Amber May 4, 1987 – Calgary, Alberta July 28, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Nina, beloved partner and mother of Christopher Knowler and their daughter Kylie, of Calgary, AB, passed away on July 28, 2017 at the age of 30 years. Nina’s love and life focused on Chris and Kylie and she was the ultimate partner, mother, daughter and sister. Nina was affectionate, considerate, direct, compassionate and witty; a beautiful and giving Spirit. Nina loved doing crafts and had a passion for painting. She was very much loved and cherished by all and always will be. Besides Chris and Kylie, Nina is survived by her dad Jeff Burns; mom Lori (nee Valer) Burns and her partner Donnie Cochrane; brother Brad (Ashley) Parkins; nieces Ava and Ella; grandparents Andy and Wilma Valer of Lethbridge, AB and Ester Burns of Pilot Mound, MB; as well as Auntie Cindy (Darrel) Koskewich; Chris’s relatives and many uncles, aunties and cousins. Nina was predeceased by her Grandpa Jim Burns. A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E.) on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home.

Condolences may be forwarded through In living memory of Nina Burns, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.


MARGARET HAVINGA, beloved wife of the late Sidney Havinga, of Nobleford, AB, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the age of 69 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Gordon (Bill) Pellatt, Tim (Kathy) McNichol and Sherry (Danielle) West; brothers, Bill (Lauretta) and Jim (Elsie); and sisters, Trudy, Judy and Roxanne (Jack).

A Celebration of Life will be held at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Avenue, Nobleford, AB on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Al De Vries officiating, followed by a Graveside Service at the Granum Christian Reformed Cemetery. Please refrain from parking on Highway Avenue.

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Johanna “Annie”


1931 – 2017

Mrs. Johanna “Annie” Starrenburg of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Gerrit Starrenburg, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on July 27, 2017 at the age of 85 years. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Reception that will begin at 1:30pm on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street S, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Tony Kraft

1947 – 2017

Mr. Anthony “Tony” Kraft of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Sheila Kraft, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the age of 69 years. Besides his loving wife Sheila, he leaves behind his sons Dean (Shannon) Kraft and Neil (Rosemary) Kraft; daughters Samantha (David) Lutterotti, Robberta (Marc) Perreault, Diane (Bob) Bowman and 7 grandchildren. Tony was predeceased by his parents Chuck and Barbara Kraft. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Bob Butler officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations in Tony’s memory can be made to the King of Kings Fellowship ALMS Fund, 539 – 18 Street South, Lethbridge Alberta, T1J 3E6.

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Mia Marien

1952 – 2017

Mrs. Mia Marien of Taber, formerly of Picture Butte, beloved wife of the late Mr. Andre Marien, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Taber Health Centre at the age of 65 years. Mia and Andre married in 1970. In 1976, Mia, Andre and their 3 children Filip, Peter and An, immigrated from Belgium to Canada, settling in the Lomond area. In 1981, their fourth child Melissa was born. After her career in healthcare, Mia enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, knitting, cooking and volunteering. Mia leaves behind her daughter Melissa (Daniel) Yanosik; sons Filip Marien and Peter (Shawna) Marien; grandchildren Chad, Kathryn, Emily, Justin, Callum, Cassidy, Kody, Nathan, Bethany and McKenna; great-grandson Liam; one sister in Scotland; one brother in Holland and numerous nieces, nephews and their families in Belgium. Besides her loving husband Andre, Mia was predeceased by her parents Jozef and Denise VanSas and her daughter An. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. A private family interment will take place in Mountain View Cemetery at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels.

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JEANNINE OCKEY ORR, loving wife of the late Gordon Deward Orr passed away peacefully at the age of 87, on Monday, July 31st in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may meet the family at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery.

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October 28, 1991 – July 10, 2017

A Celebration of Cody’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the BARONS COMMUNITY HALL. We would like to thank family, friends and everyone for their love, compassion and support.


MARCEL SHOUTING passed away on the Blood Reserve on July 28th, 2017 at the age of 72 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Moses Lake Community Hall, Blood Reserve on Thursday, August 3rd from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Community Hall on Friday, August 4th at 11:00 a.m.

Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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1947 – 2017

MR. MELVIN “MEL” ALLEN STOVEL, loving husband to Mary-Claire Stovel, passed away peacefully in the Chinook Regional Hospital after a brave battle against cancer, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 69 years.

Besides his loving wife, Mary-Claire, Mel is survived by his family; Terry Whitehead and Marla-Jane Whitehead; four siblings Murray (Pam) Stovel, Rina (Ron) Motycka, Ivan (Darlene) Stovel, Steve Stovel, numerous nieces and nephews, and loving friends in Canada and the United States. Mel was predeceased by his parents, Orvel and Nellie Stovel, and younger brother, Ross.

Mel was born in Medicine Hat General Hospital on November 4, 1947. He was the first child of Orvel and Nellie Stovel and was raised with his siblings on the family farm north of Foremost. Mel graduated from Foremost High School and then studied agricultural mechanics at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He returned to the family farm and launched Mel Stovel Enterprises Ltd. in 1978. Specializing in customizing John Deere combines, Mel grew his company and served clients across the Prairies and parts of the United States for almost 40 years. He established a reputation for his innovation in agricultural mechanics, earning the nickname “The Combine Doctor.”

In 1978, Mel married Mary-Claire and together they shared a happy home in Lethbridge for almost 40 years. An avid curler in his early years, Mel also coached curling and taught welding at Lethbridge Community College. He discovered his passion for golfing later in life and enjoyed his membership at the Lethbridge Country Club. He and Mary-Claire traveled and together they saw much of North America and enjoyed overseas trips, including China. Mel loved spending the winters in Casa Grande, Arizona where he could indulge his passions for golf and woodworking. Nothing pleased him more than spending quality time with his friends and his clients, most of whom became lifelong friends.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Larry Hankinson officiating. A Private Family Burial will precede the service.

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

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JEAN M. WILKINS, of Lethbridge, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away after a short illness at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

She was very much loved and will be sadly missed by her daughter, Joyce Wilkins (Blake Eves), daughter-in-law Sandy Wilkins and her two grandsons, Nicholas and Mitchell Ferenz.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward “Ted” Wilkins (Jan 1, 2001) and her son Bruce Wilkins (June 12, 2017).

Jean was born in Edmonton on May 30, 1927. She moved to Calgary in her early 20’s where she met Ted, the love of her life. They were married in 1950 raised two beautiful children, Bruce and Joyce. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2000, just prior to Ted’s passing.

Jean worked several years at the Woolworth store in Lethbridge but preferred her role as wife and mom. Her passion for curling and golf landed her many trophies and awards. In her spare time, she took great pride in keeping her yard and garden meticulous. After their retirement, Jean and Ted spent many winters in Palm Springs, golfing and relaxing by the pool.

Jean had an amazing relationship with her two grandsons. She graciously shuffled them back and forth to school and provided special time after school. The boys were always happy when summer rolled around and they got to spend their entire days with Nanny. All of their friends called her “Nanny Jean”.

Jean moved to ‘The Gardens’ retirement living three years ago and enjoyed many wonderful friendships. She had a great attitude, a smile on her face, and always said she was good as long as she could put one foot in front of the other.

Her family, friends and her dog Penny will miss her dearly.

A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

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