By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 2, 2014.
ANNIE BOEHR of Coaldale, AB., passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the age of 91 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
COLEMAN, WASELENA (SONIA)
January 1, 1931 Kahwin, AB
December 29, 2013 Calgary, AB
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our Mother, Baba, and Great (Big) Baba, Sonia Coleman (nee Bidniak) on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the age of 82 years. Sonia was born on the family farm at Kahwin, AB on New Year¹s Day in 1931. She died peacefully with family by her side just three days short of her 83rd birthday. Sonia was a beautiful woman but never more so than with her grandchildren. As an early birthday gift, they purchased the right to name a star after their Baba. So, when you look towards the Big Dipper, the brightest star in that vicinity will be her, smiling down on you and cheering you on in all that you do. Sonia is survived her children, Doug (Marsha), Gayna Welsh, Dannette (Bob) Scott and Tanya (Craig) Massey; her grandchildren, Chrissy Stowe (Mark), Karen Diebert (Tyrell), Richard Semchyshen, Charene Mattson (Ryan), Timmery Tulloch (Curtis), Jason Welsh, Erica Welsh (Mike), Karoline Coleman, Lisle Massey, Coleman Massey and Skylar Massey; great-grandchildren Evan Mattson, Olivia Tulloch, Sophia and Sawyer Stowe, Katelyn and Oscar Semchyshen; siblings, Celia, Kaye, Harry (Marlene), Judy (Larry); brother-in-law Jack; sister-in-law Jean; and numerous nieces and nephews on both the Bidniak and Coleman sides. Sonia was predeceased by her husband Brian; their dog Ferbie; her sister Marie; brother George; and her parents Elizabeth and John Bidniak. Funeral Services will be held at McClure United Church (13708- 74 Street N.W., Edmonton, Alberta) on Saturday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Sonia¹s life will also be celebrated in Milk River where she resided for the last eight years, at St. Paul¹s United Church on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 11:00 am. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the Tree of Hope Campaign, Box 90, Milk River, Alberta, T0K 1M0 or hug your mom or grandmother in honour of Sonia. In living memory of Sonia Coleman, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
DEIDRICH “DICK” REIMER
1928 ~ 2013
Mr. Deidrich “Dick” Reimer of Lethbridge beloved husband of the late Mrs. Bergatha “Betty” Reimer passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the age of 85 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
Fran Koopmans of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Tom Koopmans passed away on Dec. 28, 2013 at the age of 66 years. Fran was born April 12th 1947. She enjoyed being around her family. She was a wonderful cook and loved to cook big meals for all. Fran¹s greatest love was the love of the Lord Jesus and of the FATHER IN HEAVEN. He was her delight and light. She is survived by her sons Darren, Dean and Shaun; grandchildren Amber, David and Tommy Koopmans; sisters Linda (Larry) Salomons and Debbie Quebec; niece Lynette Hovde; nephews Glenn Salomons, Steven (Angela) Quebec (Steven, Branden) and Christopher Quebec. Besides her loving husband Tom, Fran was predeceased by her parents Francis and Laura, son Lonnie Koopmans and granddaughter Jessica Koopmans. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the River of Life Community Church, 2820 18 Ave N. Lethbridge.
It is with great sadness that her family announces the passing of JEAN MAY on Friday, December 20th, 2013 at the age of 95 years. Jean and her twin sister Joan were born in Lethbridge on December 18th, 1918 where she lived a full and joyful life. She found her greatest joy in her children and grandchildren who will cherish many wonderful memories. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Leslie Arthur May; her twin sister Joan Murfin and sisters Hazel Leys and Phyllis Wernick. Jean is survived by her children: Patricia (Don, deceased) McLeod, Margaret (Brendan) Saunders, James (Judy) May, Stanley (Brenda) May, Sharon (Rob) Plante, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held, following a private family burial, at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., with Rev. W. Oord officiating. In memory of Jean, contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5.
ROSSETTI, LUCILLE VICTORIA (NEE FODOR)
“LUCILE”- born on May 24, 1921 in Etzikom, AB passed away peacefully in Abbotsford, BC on December 23, 2013. Lucile is predeceased by her husband Lloyd and has graciously outlived her siblings Mary, Betty, Mike and Johnny. Lucile is survived by children Sharon (Ralph) and Alfred (Maureen); 3 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends mostly out of Alberta. Lucile was a clever, innovative and self-sufficient lady who lived life to the fullest. She was an avid gardener who was a great ball of fun and genuinely cared forothers. As a family we have countless memories of mom who was always the life of the party and she will remain in our hearts and minds forever. There will be no service by her request. “Forever Loved, Always Remembered”
Shirley Rutledge, beloved life partner of the late Les Nash passed away peacefully on December 27, 2013 at Extendicare, Fort Macleod, at the age of 88. Shirley is survived by her sister, Georgia Tomik, nieces Barb Tomik and Bonnie (Larry) Boulton, her cousins, Lorraine Elliott, Jean (Reg) O¹Sullivan and Bruce (Diane) Walker, dear friends Ann and Tom Barnes, honorary grandchildren Michael Barnes, Charles Barnes, Jana Collar and Jerry (Jill) Collar and their families, many members of the Nash family and many dear friends. Besides Les, she was predeceased by her parents, Melville Rutledge and Erma Jackman, her step-father Dick Jackman and brother-in-law George Tomik. Shirley lived in Fort Macleod her entire life. After leaving school she began her working life clerking at the Whitehall and Jenkin¹s Groceteria. She spent a year in Ontario and got her cooks¹ paper and then worked as a cook at the airport at Claresholm after WWII. She cooked for Les¹ bridge crew for many years and later sold Tupperware, clerked at various businesses and ran the concession at the Fort Macleod golf course. She loved children and was often called upon to babysit. Children were drawn to her kindness, understanding, and unconditional love and she was a positive influence in many lives. She always enjoyed meeting people and made friends easily and was known for her keen memory of the people and events of Fort Macleod. Shirley loved doing things for others. She and Les bartended many weddings and, as an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, she received a lifetime membership. She was generous with whatever resources she had and felt compelled to give a helping hand whenever she could. She loved to entertain and her door was always open. Although she did not travel a lot, she enjoyed a few memorable adventures including her year in Ontario, a trip to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl Parade and a trip to Australia in the 70¹s. She played cards, knit dishcloths and visited with friends in person and on the phone right up until her death. In recent years, as her health deteriorated, she progressively moved from her home to a senior apartment, then the Pioneer Lodge and most recently Extendicare. She made these changes graciously and adapted well to each move. She enjoyed getting to know the staff and felt at home. The family greatly appreciates the care and kindness Shirley received at the Pioneer Lodge and Extendicare. We also extend our heartfelt thanks for the excellent care provided to all of us by the members of the Ambulance and Emergency Room staff and the Doctors at the Fort Macleod Hospital and by the staff in the Continuing Care Unit over the past few years. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at EDEN¹S FUNERAL HOME, 2424-5th Ave., Fort Macleod, AB with Reverend Eras Van Zyl, Officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may donate to the Fort Macleod Handi-Bus Association, Box 881, Fort Macleod, AB, T0L 0Z0.
1926 ~ 2013
Stanley (Red) Edward Davis of Lethbridge passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the age of 87 years. Red was born in Fort Macleod on November 9, 1926. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3, 2014 at ST. AUGUSTINE¹S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411-11 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta with Canon Allan McCuaig, officiating. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
1939 ~ 2013
Steve Rigo, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the age of 74. Steve faced his lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis with strength, courage, and grace. Steve¹s greatest love was for his family. He will be dearly missed by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Maureen; his daughters Sherry Bradshaw and Barb (Gary) Nekich; as well as his cherished grandchildren Tyler and Brianna Bradshaw and Alex Nekich. When he was able, Steve loved to travel. His vacation home in Whitefish, Montana was a favorite destination, and he treasured the memories of time spent there with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing cards, golfing and dancing. Those who knew him best loved his quick wit and sense of humor. When Steve was around, laughter filled the room. Some of our most favorite me mories are of him telling jokes, especially those times when he would laugh at his own jokes. In these moments, there was not a dry eye in the house. Steve valued the circle of friends that surrounded him and loved the simple things in life. In the last few years, coffee with the boys at McDonald¹s was something he looked forward to every day. Steve braved the progression of his disease with remarkable resolve, a positive outlook, and a strong sense of gratitude. Steve cherished having the love of his life, Maureen, by his side and always expressed his deep gratitude to her for keeping him in the comfort of his own home. He is now in God¹s keeping, and the grip of his disease has been released. Stevie, you are one-of-a-kind. Knowing you and loving you was a gift. We treasure our memories of you. For the time we had with you, and will have again, you are forever in our hearts. We take joy in thinking of you moving freely and dancing in Heaven. Maureen asks that you save the last dance for her. A private family service was held at Mountain View Cemetery. In honour of Steve¹s memory a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.
GEORGE VANEE passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB. at the age of 79 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.
ROBERT “WARREN” WADSWORTH, beloved husband of Donna Wadsworth of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Care Centre Palliative Care Unit, on Friday, December 27th, 2013 at the age of 81 years. A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.
FATHER RICHARD GEORGE ZUBACK, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the age of 85 years. Prayers-Parastas will be held at the SS. PETER & PAUL UKRAINIAN GREEK-CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643-12 ³B² Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held at SS. PETER & PAUL UKRAINIAN GREEK-CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643-12 ³B² Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., presided by Most Reverend Bishop David Motiuk, Eparch of Edmonton with the assistance of the Catholic Clergy. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
1980 – 2013
Garth Ryan Jensen, beloved son of Garth and Barbara Jensen of Stirling, passed away in Edmonton on Monday, December 23, 2013 at the age of 33 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 413 – 3 Street, Stirling on Thursday, January 2, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday, January 3, 2014 between 1:00 P.M. and 1:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 413 – 3 Street, Stirling on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Bishop Lamar Wilde conducting. Burial to follow at the Stirling Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com/> .
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.
1922 – 2013
Helen Marguerite Peterson (nee Korsa), beloved wife of the late Leo Henry Peterson, passed away in Taber on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, January 3, 2014 between
7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday, January 4, 2014 between 10:00 A.M. and 10:40 A.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Bishop Brock Campbell conducting. Burial to follow at the Barnwell Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403)