March 20th, 2018

SATURDAY, October 14, 2017

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 16, 2017.


GORDON CAMPBELL COGHLIN, of Lethbridge and beloved husband of the late Eileen Gladys, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at the age of 90 years.

He is the loving father of Michael of Vancouver, B.C., James (Wendy) of Calgary, AB, Barry (Lorraine) of Lethbridge, AB and Paul of Lethbridge, AB; and grandchildren Christopher, Cayanne, Alyssa, Laura and Sarah. Gordon is also survived by his brother Jack Coghlin of Yukon.

Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Eileen Gladys in 1996 and six siblings.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, once arrangements have been finalised.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to a charity of their choice.

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Lived / Loved / Remembered

Born in Biggar Saskatchewan and retired in Lethbridge Alberta. Darlene is survived by 4 children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Darlene had a strong heart with a kind soul, always helping those in need. This amazing lady showed her extraordinary compassion for others by volunteering countless hours at the YWCA and donating to many charities. Although Darlene’s health had been deteriorating, she lived her life to the fullest until her final breath. She will always be remember in the hearts of her friends and family for being strong willed, and she was truly one of a kind. On behalf of our mom we liked to express our deepest appreciation to all the ICU staff for their support and compassion during this difficult time. Their guidance has been invaluable in helping us deal with this difficult situation. We also would like to send our heartfelt thanks to an extremely special doctor whose compassion and integrity has been unwavering, ensuring that my mom’s best interests were always his primary concern. Darlene’s memory will live on eternally in all those she has touched.

Erna Schwarz

1934 – 2017

Mrs. Erna Schwarz of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Albert Schwarz, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 83 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Inurnment to follow at the Mountain View Cemetery.

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George Urasaki

1970 – 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we grieve the loss of George Masanari Urasaki who passed away on October 10th, 2017 at the age of 47 years. He was a son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

George was born in Okinawa, Japan and emigrated to Lethbridge with his family, as a toddler.

George received his public schooling in Lethbridge, graduating from Winston Churchill before attending University in Calgary and Lethbridge. He was employed in a variety of jobs over his lifetime. He worked in an iron foundry, managed the family Edo franchise and installed office furnishings. He was also a safety consultant, an office administrator, bartender and cook.

He had the opportunity to travel and visited places such as Japan, China, England, the Dominican Republic, the Middle East and various places in Canada and the US.

George did very well in school and received several scholarships before attending University. He played a variety of school sports and continued to play Rugby for many years after graduation. George loved fly fishing and spent many days on the water. He obtained a black belt in karate and played both the guitar and the violin in his younger years.

He loved his friends and family and his happiest times were with others. George had a large circle of friends. His sense of humour and easy-going manner will be missed greatly.

George was predeceased by his mother, Shizuko. He is survived by his father, Roy; brother, Jim; sister-in-law, Cindy and their children Jenna and Kobe; his sister, Rumi and her children Evian, Ocean and Skyy, as well as their father, Miro Kyjac.

A Private Family Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH, 821 – 9th Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of George’s Life from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the COAST LETHBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on the same day.

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Darol Nephi Hornberger, January 8, 1942 – Diamond City, AB

Beloved husband of Gail Baker Hornberger passed away suddenly on October 11, 2017. He was pre-deceased by his son, Benjamin Lance Hornberger (Marianne), sister, Laurelie Dahl (Greg) and parents, Nephi and Celestia Hornberger, also his brother-in-Law Camille Baker, and sister-in-law Shelly Williams. He is survived by his sons, Brian Darol (MaryLee), Douglas Wade (Debbi), and daughter Lori Ann Kotkas.

He is also survived by sisters, Diane Karren (Dwight), Wendy Hartley (Dave), and Linda Elfring, sister-in-Law, Cynette Braun (Bill) and brother-in-Law Larry Baker.

11 grandchildren, Dain Calderwood, JennaLee Thompson, Jenise Jessen, Shianne Kotkas, Cassidy Hornberger, Elise Kotkas, Kierra Hornberger, Drew Hornberger, Claire Kotkas, Shannon Hornberger, Shane Hornberger and many nieces and nephews.

In his younger days he played in a band, Chordaires. He loved riding his Harley Davidson, as well as flying. He’s always enjoyed outdoor activities like skiing, waterskiing, snowmobiling, scouts, camping, and fishing. Playing the piano was his peace and tranquility.

He devoted his time to his work. Over the years he’s had many careers, such as CPR, CNR, Fireman, farming, irrigation, and trucking.

He was a very kind, generous man who always wanted to help and he loved his church and family. He will be forever missed.

Friends may meet with the Family prior to the service on Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, PICTURE BUTTE CHAPEL, 801 Willow Ave, Picture Butte from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in the Orton Cemetery, Orton, Alberta.

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HAZEL MADISON, of Magrath, passed away at the Good Samaritans Garden Vista in Magrath on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the age of 95 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Margaret Wyrostok

1926 – 2017

Mrs. Margaret Wyrostok of Picture Butte, beloved wife of the late Mr. Emil Wyrostok, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the age of 91 years. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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GAIL LOUISE WALKER NORTON was born on September 25, 1942 in Athabasca, Alberta, the daughter of Dr. Bernal E and Ruby L Walker, where her father taught school. She was raised in Edmonton, where her father taught Education at the University of Alberta. And later moved to Raymond, Alberta after her marriage and sealing to Dr. Clair Norton in 1961. He worked as a physician in the Raymond-Magrath Clinic. They enjoyed their time in Raymond until 1975 when they moved to their farm in Magrath. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on October 12, 2017 after a brief battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Gail found happiness in being a homemaker and was known for her fresh bread and homemade jam, quilting, gardening, sewing, family history and love of learning. She found solace in nature and enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren about insects, animals and the world around them. She was a wonderful mother and taught with patience, love and example. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she held callings in all of the organizations and especially loved Relief Society and serving others. Her life was centered around service and making friends. She loved music and enjoyed playing beautiful music to the residents in Garden City Good Samaritan Society for Relief Society and did this for the past 17 years. She will be remembered for her quiet deeds and genuine love for others, gratitude, service, compassion and the ability to endure trials cheerfully, without complaint.

Her time and devotion was however, always centered on her husband and family. She loved, served and cared for Kent, her special son, for 54 and a half years sacrificing many of her own desires for his welfare. She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Clair Harker Norton; children: Denise Anderson (Devon) and children; Mark (Monica) Broadhead and their children, Nora and Alec; Amy; Jill; and David Broadhead (currently serving an LDS Mission in California). Daughter: Catherine Cahoon (Brent) and their children; Naomi (Aarron); Ashley; Holly and Megan. Brother Glen Walker (Mary Anne King). She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Ruth Norton and son Kent Walker Norton and her parents.

Thank you to the Doctors, Nurses, Laboratory Technicians and friends who have bee so kind and helpful during this time.

Gail and her son Kent will have a combined Funeral Service at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, Magrath Stake Centre: 21E 1st Ave.S Magrath, Alberta.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Church and Wednesday prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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On a pleasant winter day, February 12, 1963, in the Raymond Hospital in Raymond, Alberta a precious baby boy was born to Dr. Clair Harker Norton and Gail Louise Walker Norton. He was the eldest of four children to come to this family. Kent was born a normal, happy child and grew into a happy, chubby little baby. But Kent’s life was not to be an easy one. When he was six months old he had his first grand mal epileptic seizure and thus started his battle with epilepsy. Kent grew into a happy and extremely active little boy. He grew up in a wonderful neighbourhood in Raymond where he would often disappear and would be found visiting at one of the neighbours. Kent was a challenge to keep up with as he was always curious, quick and mischievous and had a kind and caring heart. Kent enjoyed going to school and attended the Dorothy Gooder School in Lethbridge. He had good friends and teachers there and loved “shop”, swimming, skating and bowling. This was a very happy time in his life. When Kent was 10 years old his sister Nancy Ruth was born. Kent always had a soft spot in his heart for her, who became a good friend and playmate until she passed away when she was two and a half years old. Kent has waited his whole life to be able to see her again. At 12 years of age, her family moved to Magrath and built a new home on the family farm. Kent loved living next door to his Grandpa and Grandma Norton and living on the farm. He enjoyed being outdoors, helping to do chores and he loved the animals, especially riding his horse. He also had a great love of music and enjoyed playing his guitar, recorder and singing, listening to much loved records, tapes and CD’s.

In 2012 Kent’s family moved into the town of Magrath. The move went well and Kent was happy in his new home. Kent has one attribute which stands out above all others; that is his ability to deal with and be courageous in accepting the lot in life that he had been given, as he has suffered through extreme pain and illness without complaint. For much of his life and especially in his later life pain and illness have been almost a constant companion. Kent passed away on October 4, 2017 at home surrounded by his family, predeceasing his mother Gail Norton, by eight days. His humble spirit and love and companionship will be missed.

He is survived by his father, Clair H. Norton and his mother, Gail Louise Walker Norton; sisters; Denise (Devon) Anderson and Cathy (Brent) Cahoon, his uncle Glen Walker and Mary Anne King and was predeceased by his little sister Nancy and Grandparents; Blaine and Phoebe Norton and Dr. Bernal and Ruby Walker.

Kent and his mom Gail will have a combined Funeral Service at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, Magrath Stake Centre: 21E 1st Ave. S Magrath, Alberta.

Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Church and Wednesday prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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Sheila Going

1970 – 2017

We as a family are extremely saddened to announce the passing of Sheila Going from Lethbridge, dedicated spouse to Dwight Gray, on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the young age of 46. A Celebration of Sheila’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 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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JOHN “JACK” SHENDRUK, beloved husband of Joyce Shendruk, of Coaldale, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at the COALDALE UNITED CHURCH, 2022 – 18 Street, Coaldale, AB, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

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CHRISTOPHER “BEANS” SHOT BOTH SIDES, 50, passed away in Lethbridge on October 12, 2017.

A Wake Service will be at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednsday, Oct. 18th from 7:00 p.m all night.. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, Oct. 19th at 11 a.m. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery.

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LUCY STANG passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Columbia Assisted Living in Lethbridge, AB at the age of 60 years. She is survived by her daughter Kyla (Irwin) and two granddaughters, Danielle and Taylor, as well as four sisters: Marjorie (Bob) Wiens, Isabel (Joe) Lubin, Lorna (Joe) Lavorato, and Betty Grant. Lucy was predeceased by her husband Thomas Stang, and parents Pete and Teckla Birkedal. Mom was born May 8, 1957 in Mankota, SK. She married Thomas Stang on May 15, 2004, and was a proud grandma to her granddaughters. She was a health care aid for may years, and retired early on, taking care of her family. She loved music, cooking and making people laugh. The Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at ASSUMPTION CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Fr. Lukas Drapal Celebrant.


REBECCA J. WALDNER passed away peacefully at the Deerfield Colony on Friday, October 13 2017 at the age of 88 years.

She will be sadly missed by all of her family at the Colony, as well as by her brother John Waldner of Silver Springs Colony.

A Funeral Service will be held at DEERFIELD COLONY on Sunday October 15, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. Interment to follow at Deerfield Colony.

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