January 24th, 2021

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 2, 2014.


MRS. FRANCES KOOPMANS, beloved wife of the late Tom Koopmans, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the St. Michael¹s Palliative Care Unit, at the age of 66 years. Service details will be announced when completed.




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.





APRIL 19, 1943 ~ DECEMBER 28, 2013

Jeanette Ruth Olsen passed away peacefully with her loving husband at her side in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Ruth was born in the Galt Hospital. She grew up in Lethbridge and met and married the love of her life, Butch, April 21, 1962. They raised their family of 3 children here until moving to Brooks in the summer of 1977. In 1987, Butch and Ruth moved to B.C. to pursue new business ventures. In 1997, they dabbled in the retirement world with their motorhome and dogs. In 1999 Ruth’s life came full circle when they moved back to Lethbridge, where they have resided since. Ruth was a woman of many talents and was never one to back down from new challenges. While raising her family in Lethbridge, she was employed at the Pre-Built Trailer manufacturing. After moving to Brooks, Ruth owned and operated Oly’s Cleaning Service. While in B.C., Ruth was part owner and operator of R-Body Toning for a short time, before working at Kelowna General Hospital. In 1990, Butch and Ruth bought a boarding kennel where she put her love of animals to good use boarding and grooming her four legged friends. After coming out of retirement, Ruth worked at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, Sunrise Village, Bridgeview R.V. Park, and, until her passing, she managed 2 – 4 plex apartment buildings in Lethbridge. Ruth was predeceased by her parents Jim and Netta Walker and her sister Betty Young. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Butch, and their 3 children Gordon (Kathy) of Brooks, Sherry of Vancouver, Kevin (Kasey) of Brooks, 3 grandchildren Spencer, Jack, and Erik, sister Del Christian of Brooks, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth will be remembered as a lady who was passionate about the things that were important to her – Butch, her family, dogs, traveling, and her lasting friendships. Ruth’s final requests were that no formal service be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge 1A129, 960 19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.




1925 ­ 2013

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. Red is survived by his daughters Rhona (Frank) Bajnoczi, Karen Venechuk; his sons Doug (Maureen) Davis and Bruce (Judy) Davis as well as numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren. Red was predeceased by his wife Marion Davis, his son Gerry Davis, his daughter-in-law Renee Davis, his grandson Ashley Merrick and granddaughter Tamra Bajnoczi. 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.




FATHER RICHARD GEORGE ZUBACK, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the age of 85 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


Ryan Jensen
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.
Besides his loving parents Garth and Barbara, Ryan is survived by his two sisters and their families, Heather (Chad) Rausch of Okotoks and their four children Ella, Mason, Tyson and Deacon and Janene Jensen of Stirling and her two children Mackenzie and Mayna Watson. He is also survived by his grandmothers Gene Duce of Cardston, Alice Haynes of Taber and by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandfathers Richard Bowden, Arley Jensen and two step grandfathers, Del Duce and Grant Haynes.
Ryan was born in Taber on October 28, 1980. He was the third child born to Garth and Barbara Jensen. He spent the first five and a half years of his life in Taber. Ryan attended kindergarten at Dr. Hamman Elementary School for almost a full year before the family of five moved to Milk River. In August of 1986, the Jensens moved to Bow Island where he completed grade one. Another move in September of 1987 brought Ryan and his family to Stirling. Grade two in Stirling with Mrs. Hogenson as his teacher was a highlight in his life. Mrs. Hogenson helped set the stage for his lifelong quest for knowledge. Many teachers at the Stirling school helped with his education and he graduated grade twelve in 1998.
Ryan worked at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton for a summer before he moved to Edmonton. He spent a year in Edmonton before serving a two year mission in Chicago, Illinois with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his release, he returned to Stirling for a short while and then headed back to Edmonton where he has resided since, where he was employed with Shaw Communications.
Ryan loved music and was knowledgeable in all genres. His music, kindness, mischievous sense of humour and love of all people, endeared him to many. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ryan¹s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Helen Peterson
1922 – 2013
Helen Marguerite Peterson, beloved wife of the late Leo Henry Peterson, passed away in Taber on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the age of 91 years.
Further information including service details will follow once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403)

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