April 24th, 2018

FRIDAY, January 5, 2018


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 5, 2018.

BASCOM

Mr. Wesly Le Grand Bascom, beloved husband of Shirley Bascom, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 in the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 88 years. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA STAKE CENTRE, 2410 – 28 Street South, Lethbridge. A viewing will be held from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


BATTLE

EVELYN LEONA BATTLE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Russell Battle, passed away peacefully at Martha’s House on December 31, 2017 at the age of 76 years.

A Celebration of Evelyn’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 3105 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5E8.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


BEARD

ROBERT STANLEY BEARD, beloved husband of Cheryl Beard, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

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

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Bryan Bergey

1948 – 2018

After a long illness, we sadly announce the passing of Mr. Bryan Bergey of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Patricia Bergey, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the age of 69 years. Bryan is survived by his son Ryan, daughter Meagan and grandson Fynley. At Bryan’s request, no formal service will be held.

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In Loving Memory of:

Linda (Grams) Byam passed away suddenly on January 1, 2018 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 100 years. Linda was born in Lang, Saskatchewan on November 17, 1917 to Emil and Paulina Grams. Having grown up in a family of 12 siblings, family meant everything to her. Visiting with family and friends brought a sparkle to her eye that fueled her zest for life. She always made keeping in contact with as many of them as she could a priority until her last days. She was a beautiful soul and a presence that will truly forever be missed.

She was predeceased by her parents Emil and Paulina Grams, her son Albert and husband Dan Byam. Sisters Millie Reich, Mathilda Kruger, Elsie Wegwitz, Gunda Chinski and Emma Schultz. Brothers Lou and Reiny Grams. She leaves to mourn her daughter Paulene Droppo and son Arnie (Karen) Byam; Grandchildren Michael (Tanya) Bergen, Danette Bergen all of Fort Macleod, AB. Ian (Jennifer) Bergen of Lethbridge, AB, and Amber (Cole) Wilson of Campbell River, BC. Sisters Ruth Schultz and Martha McFadden. Brothers Herb Grams of Weyburn, SK, and Rudy Grams of Lethbridge, AB. Daughter in-law Rosalind Wilson of B.C. Great Grandchildren Dulcie, Ainsley, Rae-Lynn, Miley, Olivia, Ilias, Serenity and Daxton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral servicel will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Avenue in Fort Macleod, AB, with reverend Joanne Parnham officiating.

At Linda’s request, she will be laid to rest with her mother and father at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weyburn, SK.

Condolences may be sent to condolences@edensfuneralhome.com


Dr. Sydney “Syd” Slen

1920 – 2017

Sydney Bernard Slen was born on August 25, 1920 in Mahnomen, Minnesota, USA and he passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the age 97 years.

Syd was raised in Lloydminster and Edmonton, Alberta, and received his degree of Agriculture at University of Alberta, followed by a PhD at University of Wyoming.

In 1939, the love of his life, Evelyn, skated into his heart and they were married August, 1943 in Victoria, BC. Following three years of service in the army, he accepted a position at Lethbridge Research Station where he worked until his retirement in 1975. The following day he began his dream career as a “cowboy” at the McIntyre Ranch in position of General Manager. In 1987 he traded in his horse for a pair of skis but his heart never left the Ranch.

Syd was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking, fishing and golfing in Waterton for many years. As a 50 year old, he and Ev took up skiing and spent many years enjoying the sport with their family and friends. In 1993 Syd said goodbye to his darling Ev after spending a wonderful 50 years building a beautiful life and family.

Syd is survived by his sons Rick (Gail) of Calgary, Randy (Joanne) of Wrentham; daughters-in-law Christiane and Gail; grandchildren Sarah (Justin), Scott, Stephen (Brittany), Justin (Lauren), Jeffrey, Julie; great-granddaughter Sydney Ayla; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, their families and his special friends in Whitefish.

Besides his loving wife Evelyn, Syd was predeceased by his sons Craig and Garth, his sister Olive, and brother Norman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, January 8, 2018 at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1614 – 5 Ave., S., Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Syd’s name may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, 335 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 5Y8 or to a charity of your choice.

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KOTKAS

DR. LAWRENCE JOHN KOTKAS passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the age of 85.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 426-6 St. S, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 2C9.

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KUNDRIK

George Alex Kundrik passed away at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital on Monday January 1st, 2018 at the age of 86. He is survived by his sister Helen Mehalko and brothers Julius (Mary) and John, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was pre-deceased by his parents Julius and Anna Kundrik, along with his brother-in-law John Mehalko and sister-in-law Betty Kundrik.

Those who knew him loved him for his easy laughter and friendly disposition. He farmed in the Coalhurst area for many years, the same area he had gone to school during which he played sports he loved.

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

To send condolences, please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca


Matilda Loewen

1929 – 2017

Mrs. Matilda Loewen of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Arthur Peter Loewen, passed away at Good Samaritan’s West Highlands on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the age of 88 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 5, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Ian Lawson officiating.

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NICOL

FERROL JEAN NICOL, beloved wife of Brian Nicol, of Coaldale, passed away surrounded by the comfort of her family at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Monday, January 1, 2018 at the age of 58 years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children Stefanie (Nick Kuhl) Nicol of Taber and Brent (Brinn Lemke) Nicol of Coaldale. She is also survived by her father William Robert Sinclair, her brother Tracy (Heather) Sinclair and her sister Jolayne (Sid) Manning, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Kyle Johnathan Nicol and her mother Beatrice Joan Sinclair.

Ferrol was born in Lethbridge on August 30, 1959. She graduated from LCI High School and worked for a summer at the COOP hatchery. In the fall of 1977, Ferrol enrolled in Henderson College and earned her secretarial diploma. From there, she went to work for RK Trucking for seven years where she took care of the books and provided dispatch services. In the summer 1977, Ferrol met a farmer and bull rider and she thought he was a special something else. She would follow him to the rodeos and bring supper out to the field for him with her little Datsun car. Ferrol took to the farm life easily and especially to all of the animals. In 1978, Ferrol and Brian got engaged and on January 22, 1983 they were married. Their wedding song was titled “Finally” – if you did the math on the years between. The couple resided on the farm in Kipp. On June 25, 1984, their son Kyle was born, but passed away two days later due to health issues. This was very hard on them, but they stayed strong together. On October 11, 1985, the couple’s daughter Stefanie was born and it was the happiest day of their lives. Later on, their son Brent came along and their family was complete.

The family transitioned in the Purebred Shorthorn business in 1998 and Ferrol could always be found at every show, working hard in the background. All the breeders knew her and respected her. She took up a big role as 4-H mother and assistant leader. She took great joy in helping all the members and she was often referred to as their “4-H Mom.”

Ferrol made friends everywhere she went; taking her kids to curling, soccer practice, tournaments and cattle shows. She was often more concerned with how friends and family were doing, rather than herself.

Brian was often asked how he got a wife that worked so hard on the farm. Brian would say, “It’s easy, all you have to do is give them a job they love.”

Ferrol was an amazing wife, mother and friend. She will be loved forever. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Palliative Care and the many other medical professionals they encountered for their kindness and care.

A Celebration of Ferrol’s Life will be held at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 – 15 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ferrol, please bring a non-perishable food item to the service.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


OLER

DR. RALPH FROMM OLER passed away suddenly Monday January 1, 2018, in his 78th year. Survived by loving wife of 54 years Kathy. Children and grandchildren – Robert (Jackie) Oler of Lethbridge, {Eryka (Derrick) Alaric, Esther (Mark) Remington, Steven (Dakota) Oler, Daniel (Amanda) Oler}, – Karen (Dr. Todd) Olsen of Lethbridge, {Tehani (Skylar) Matthews, Jayce Olsen, Mackenzie Olsen, Justin Olsen}, – Kandi (Richard) Russell of Magrath, {Brittany (Brandon) Knapp, Kennedy (Matt) Orr, Shelby (Taylor) Oberg, Maycee Russell, Porter Russell} – and Kristen (Dr. Darin) Brimhall of Henderson, NV, {Alexis (Torey) Ellis, Jon Brimhall, Ben Brimhall, Michael Brimhall, and Jacob Brimhall.} As well as 18 darling perfect Great Grandchildren that he was so proud of and loved so much: Henry, Summer, Eli, Maddox Alaric; Finn, Poppy, Beau Remington; Simon Oler; Elliot Oler; Payton, Kaisley Matthews; Torger, Preston, Cutler, Austyn Knapp; Cooper “Ralph”, Crosby Orr; Olivia Ellis with two more arriving in 2018. Also surviving are his Sister Carol (Peter) Porkolab, Sister-in law Loretta Oler.

Predeceased by his parents, brother David Oler, Brother-in-law Larry Mulholland and Sister-in-law Elaine Mulholland.

Ralph was born 28 April, 1940 in Raymond, Alberta son of Delbert and Dora Oler. He loved Basketball and was a true “Comet”. After High School he served a mission for his church in California. Upon his return he married Kathy Mulholland of Claresholm in the Cardston Alberta Temple April 17, 1963. They spent the next four years in Toronto where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree, and returned to practice Optometry in Lethbridge for 43 years, with offices in Lethbridge and Blairmore. Ralph had many interests through the years – camping, fishing, woodworking, boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting, but his total favorite was Smallbore and High Power rifle shooting. He won many Provincial and National Championships throughout Canada and the US. Ralph was proud to shoot a National NRA record in Pennsylvania. He served as President of the Alberta Metallic Silhouette Association for many years, Member of the NRA and Silhouette Rifle Association of Canada. Ralph was always ready to help with anything and anyone at the shooting range, and happy to share his knowledge and experiences of shooting with family and friends.

In his 78 years Ralph served in many church callings – Teacher, Bishop, High Councilor, Stake Clerk, Ward Clerk, Temple ordinance worker, and many others – always ready to serve and share his knowledge of the gospel. He had a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit, and a pleasant personality. He was a friend to all and a judge of no one. Honesty and integrity were only a few of his wonderful qualities. Eleven years ago in December he survived a major heart attack, and was a two year colon cancer survivor. These last two years have been a tremendous struggle for him. He has fought a good fight and will now have the peace and health he so desired. Our family has been so blessed to have him in our lives, and hope to live to make him proud of the eternal legacy he leaves.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday January 6th, 2018, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Lethbridge Stake Centre – 28th St and Scenic Drive South, with Bishop Joshua Sherwood officiating.

Friends and family are welcome to meet with the family Friday January 5th 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Salmon & Sons Funeral Home – 433 Stubb Ross Road South (Airport entrance), or at the church, prior to the Service Saturday January 6th 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM. There will be a private family interment prior to the Service at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


OLER

RICHARD ALAN OLER, beloved son of Sylvia Oler, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the age of 53 years.

Along with his mother, Richard is lovingly remembered by his sister, Bev (Alan) Shigehiro and their daughter Marisa of Lethbridge; brothers, Ronald and Robert Oler of Lethbridge as well as Uncle Jack and Aunt Tracy Baceda.

He was predeceased by his father, Ronald Buddy Oler.

Richard was born in Moose Jaw, SK and attended school on three army bases as his father was in the Canadian Air Force. From a very young age, he had a great sense of rhythm and loved to drum on anything he could find. Music became a big part of his life and he played with many bands during his career. One of his hobbies was weightlifting which he became very good at.

Richard will be remembered as a kind and generous person. He cherished his time spent with family and friends and will be deeply missed.

At Richard’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. Cremation is entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

In memory of Richard, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


LEISTER

IRENE LEISTER, beloved wife of the late John Leister, passed away Wednesday January 3, 2018 at the age of 97 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.salmonandsons.ca


PARKHILL

JANICE DOROTHY PARKHILL went to be with her Saviour on Sunday, December 31, 2017. She passed away in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 81 years.

She is survived by her children: Chris (Amy) Parkhill of Calgary, Wendy Parkhill, Lea Vadnais (Brent Brooks), all of Lethbridge; and four grandchildren: Justin, Jennie, Matthieu and Anique. Also left to mourn her passing are her sisters: Pearl Farrell of Australia and Carole Ferguson of Sylvan Lake. She was predeceased by her parents Boss and Burga Zoeteman.

Born in Fort Macleod in 1936, Janice moved to Pincher Creek in 1938 where she grew up on a farm until her family moved to town. She completed her public education and continued on to Mount Royal College to complete her secretarial diploma.

Janice married and raised her family in High River. This is where she began her career caring for seniors as matron of The Medicine Tree Manor. She later moved to Lethbridge where she continued her career in caring for people through We Care home care agency.

Janice loved to spend time with her grandchildren, teaching them to bake cinnamon buns or having a fierce game of tile rummy. She had many outlets for her creativity. She was an avid gardener and the result was a stunning collection of both common and unique plants that were enviable. She also spent a period of time designing and sewing bears and dolls that became beloved gifts for family and friends. She loved to travel and spent time in Australia visiting her sister and travelling with her family.

Janice had a generous heart and spent years as a sponsor of World Vision children, writing and encouraging them through to adulthood. She faithfully supported many other charities throughout the years.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at the LETHBRIDGE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE, 1805 – 9 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Frank Allen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Mom’s honour.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Phyllis Clark

1924 – 2018

Mrs. Phyllis Clark of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Keith Clark, passed away at the St. Therese Villa on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the age of 93 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

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SCHWAB

ERIK BRADLEY SCHWAB, beloved son of Andrew and Nancy Schwab of Stirling, passed away suddenly on December 27, 2017 at the age of 25 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

Cremation to follow at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

In memory of Erik, donations may be made to STARS, Box 570, Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7.

To send a condolence, please visit

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SERA

MARGARETTE SERA, beloved wife of the late Frank Sera, of Lethbridge, passed away after a lengthy illness at the Chinook Regional Hospital on November 27, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

A Celebration of Margarette’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Hugh Jack officiating.

A Private Interment was held prior to the Celebration of Life.

In memory of Margarette, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, #40, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0E3.

To send a condolence, please visit

http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


WILLIAMS

LACY FAWN WILLIAMS, 27, beloved daughter of the late Samuel Wolf Plume and Karen Williams and mother of Alexis, passed away in Stand Off, AB on December 31st, 2017.

A Wake Service will be held at the White Calf Hall, Stand Off on Sunday Jan. 7th, 2018 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the White Calf Hall on Monday, Jan. 8th at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

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