January 25th, 2021

Saturday, February 15, 2014

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 18, 2014.


1941 ~ 2014

With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, Father and Grandfather Andre Marien of Picture Butte on February 11, 2014 at the age of 72 years. Andre was born December 22, 1941 in Dessel, Belgium. Dad is survived by his loving wife Mia of 44 years and 3 children of Picture Butte son Filip (Kim), Peter (Shawna), Melissa Yanosik (Daniel). Andre was proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren Chad, Kathryn, Justin, Emily, Callum, Cassidy, Kody, Nathan, Bethany and McKenna. Andre was predeceased by his beloved daughter An in 1993.Family was the joy of Andre’s life, his other joy was his work. He worked on Dairy Farms for more than 55 years. We invite family and friends to the celebration of Andre’s life at 2:00pm on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at the TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 528 Maple Crescent, Picture Butte, with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. At the family’s request in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to a charity of your choice. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.






1932 ~ 2014

Mr. Bernard Moore of Lethbridge passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the age of 81 years. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL with an interment to follow at the Taber Memorial Gardens.  Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.






THEODORUS “TED” JOHANNES BERNS, beloved husband of Dianne Berns, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 84 years. A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.







1921 ~ 2014

Mrs. Esther “Ruth” Voth, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jacob Voth, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 92 years.  Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.




Gary Seiko Teruya

April 13 1940 – February 13 2014

Dad left our presence here to join his best friend, love of his life Fay in the early hours of February 13th. Born in Lethbridge at the Alexander Galt Hospital to Canako and Seizan, dad was the 2nd youngest of 5 siblings Pat, Bob, Gene, Dad, Gail to which he is survived by his sisters Pat (Earl) and Gail (Jim). Mom and dad were blessed with 3 children Gary Jr (Dawn), Chad, Kim (Keith) 5 grandchildren Tai, Torin,Josh, Dani, Kenzie and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Dad’s years were full of excitement with mom always there putting her views into his ideas and making sure they were hers. Dad’s career began in the automotive industry, primarily autobody. “Beautiful Bodies Are Our Business” was the logo for his shop in Fernie after moving his family from Hardieville to carry on his passions and dreams for his family. His knowledge and experience from his endeavors made it possible for Dad and Mom to enjoy trips to Hawaii, golfing excursions, many camping and fishing trips and many other adventures which had his family close by. Always concerned about his grandchildren dad showed a keen interest in their dreams whether it be music, art or their career choices, but always being the silent critic. Once you befriended Dad it wasn’t long before you had a new nickname, one that always gave him a giggle or two, and those receiving a sense of acceptance.

“Don’t listen to me…..I’ve been there before”

We don’t know all your travels Dad but we do know you¹re with Mom and Chaddy.

Love you, miss you and forever in our hearts

We would like to thank Dr. Geers and his staff for the years of care given, Dr. Wong, the staff at CRH 4-C and the staff at Good Samaritan¹s Park Meadows for their care during Dad’s brief illness. Koden and flowers gracefully declined. Please donate to Diabetes, Heart and Stroke or Cancer Fund.  There will be a private family memorial at a later date.






LYLE RICHARD GERVAIS, loving husband of Rose-Marie Gervais of Lethbridge, AB, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday February 13, 2014 at the age of 59 years.A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at ST. BASIL¹S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lyle¹s memory to the Canadian Cancer Foundation, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7



Jenkins, John Earle (Jack)

September 6, 1923 ­

January 30, 2014

It is with loving memories that we say goodbye to a wonderful father and grandfather. Dad passed away on January 30, 2014 at Vista Village at the age of 90. As a young man, Jack answered his country¹s call to serve in WWII. Injured in the Battle of Monte Cassino, he was sent to Great Britain to convalesce. It was there that he met Martha, the love of his life. Following the war, Jack returned home to ranch and was soon joined by Martha. Together they raised four daughters and celebrated 59 years of marriage before her passing in 2007. From the time he was a young boy Jack spent many happy hours outdoors, fishing and hunting. He was always ready for a challenge whether it was a game of cards, solving a puzzle or teaching himself to use the computer at the age of 80. His sense of humour lives on in his many jokes and stories. Despite a gruff exterior, Jack had a soft and compassionate side that was evident to those who knew him well. Jack was predeceased by his infant twin brother, his wife, Martha, and brother, Bud. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters; Seonaid Jenkins, Maureen (Bob) Waugh, Colleen (Jim) Hartley, Tammy Jenkins (Russell Grigg), his grandchildren; Anica (Dwayne) Robinson, Kurtis (Vicki) Dyck, Tara Waugh (Tyson Shiels), Kyla (Glen) Edwards, Jimmy (Heather)Hartley, Lindsay, Dylan, and Terrance Hartley, Mikaela, Alex and Rachel Grigg and his great grandchildren; Cody, Josh, and Jaedyn Robinson, Tianna, Kylee and Jack Fair and Emmett Shiels, Arianna, Conner and Trent Edwards, James Hartley, sister; Lorraine (Jim) Pomeroy, sister-in-law; Fay Jenkins and many extended family and friends. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Rottger and the nurses at the hospital and to the staff at Vista Village for their care and compassion during his illness. Special gratitude also to friends, Frank and Darlene for all their love and support and for being there when we could not. A Memorial Service will be held on at 2:00 P.M., on July 4, 2014 at the PINCHER CREEK UNITED CHURCH, 972 Police Ave., Pincher Creek, AB. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.





1954 ~ 2014

Jim Harker of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Karen Harker passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 12 at the age of 59 years. Jim was mostly raised in the McNally district southeast of Lethbridge, attending nearby McNally School and then Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale. He started to work in the road construction industry in his early teens and quickly found his career path. Jim and his family started McNally Contractors in 1976 and together they worked to build the business into what it is today. Jim loved to build things, from entire subdivisions to roads to asphalt plants. He was an entrepreneur, and above all, a mentor and coach to many. Jim felt incredible pride in helping other people succeed. Castle Mountain had a special place in Jim¹s life. Jim and Karen started skiing there in the early 80¹s, and passed their passion for skiing on to Leslie, Jeff, and Karly. Jim was one of several shareholders who worked together to transition the operation of the resort from the MD to the shareholders in the mid-90¹s, and he was on the Castle Mountain Board of Directors for 14 years. He helped to build ski runs and both the blue and red chair lifts. Jim was fully engaged for many years in the success of Castle Mountain because of the positive impact it had on his and other families. Jim¹s life was centered around his family and his work. He was incredibly proud of his children, their adventures and accomplishments. When he spoke of his family, he often called himself the luckiest man in the world. We have great memories of enjoying the outdoors together, including hiking, skiing, kayaking, and just playing. We will always find Jim¹s spirit, love of life, and love of a job well done with his family, on job sites around Southern Alberta and on his favourite ski runs at Castle. Besides his loving wife, Jim is survived by his son, Jeff, and two daughters, Leslie (Matt Hanlon), and Karly; his mother, Verda Harker; his sister, Susan Tanner (Scott), and two brothers, David Harker (Carol-Lynn) of Lethbridge and Bill Harker (Dereka); as well as his nieces and nephews who were also very special to him. Jim was predeceased by his father, Garth Harker, one year ago in February 2013. A Come and Go Reception to celebrate Jim¹s life will be held from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Coast Hotel, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge. Flowers are gratefully declined. In Jim¹s memory, our family is planning to participate in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in Calgary on August 9-10, 2014. Donations towards our fundraising goal for “Team Jim” would be greatly appreciated. All the money raised by the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer directly benefits cancer patients and their families in communities throughout the province. More information will be available at the reception service. http://www.conquercancer.ca/. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.






1985 ~ 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Shawn Tylor Sibbet. Shawn was born on July 10, 1985 and died at home on February 4, 2014. Shawn was 28 years old. A Celebration of Shawn¹s life will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL, 125 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB. A graveside service will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.





SHIMBASHI, Henry “Hank”

1933 ­ Welling, AB

2014 ­ Calgary, AB

Henry “Hank” Shimbashi, our beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully on February 6, 2014 at the age of 80 years. Henry was born on April 5, 1933 in Welling, Alberta. He is survived by his children, Michael (Jenny), Michaelle, Rhobin (Andre), Sandra (Gord), and Blair (Elizabeth); his grandchildren, Scott, Todd, Emily, Lauren, Cory, Joshua, and Connor; his sisters, May Takahashi and Kathleen Murakami; his brothers, William (Micheline) Shimbashi and Patrick (Dianne)Shimbashi; sisters in law, Kay Shimbashi (Albert) and Margaret Shimbashi (Edward). He was predeceased by his wife, Sunao; his son, Malcolm; his parents, Zenkichi (James) and Teru Shimbashi; his brothers, Edward, Albert, George, Yeikichi; his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Norman Ikebuchi; and brother-in-law, Joe Takahashi. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY¹S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Calgary, AB), on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY¹S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Calgary, AB); on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Hank¹s memory may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 ­ 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, http://www.kidney.ca. In living memory of Hank Shimbashi, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.





MARIA VERA SMETANA (Polesenska), beloved wife of Stan Smetana of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the age of 76 years. She is also lovingly remembered by her daughter Monika Smetana and grandson Tristan Smetana, her sister Hilda Svecova and numerous nieces and nephews. Maria was predeceased by her parents Johana and Jan, her brother Jan and sisters Olga and Elena. Maria Vera Polesenska was born on January 22, 1938 in Vrbove, Slovakia to parents Jan Polesensky and Johana Hanicova. She grew up in Brno with her sisters Olga, Hilda, and Elena. She worked as a seamstress making uniforms for the army and after meeting Stan, continued to do so until they immigrated to Canada on August 6, 1969. Full of life, love, passion and being strong-willed, she would fight to all ends to protect her family and those she loved. She had fire in her eyes and in her soul, a drive for adventure and exploration whether she was traveling the world with family and friends, running a restaurant, or raising a family. She lived her life to the fullest and put all her energy into whatever she did. Maria will be missed and loved forever in our hearts. A Funeral Service was held prior to the placement of this obituary. In memory of Maria Smetana, donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation – Emergency Department, 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 1W5.





JAN VANDEN BERG of Lethbridge Alberta, passed away peacefully at the age of 73. You were a wonderful father and husband. Your tenacious personality and love for a challenge transformed a service station into a successful RV business, Skyline Travel Centre. You were an honest, trustworthy and straightforward businessman and even though customers didn¹t always get a deal, they felt like they did and walked away happy and glad to have met you. Your passion for camping, fishing, and wood-working lives on in your children and grandchildren from the devotion and dedication you invested in sharing your passions for life with those you loved. In retirement your affinity for RVing drew you to Mexico, where you spent your winters with your loving wife Elaine. Your dedication to your faith and friendships made you a long standing and honorable 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1490. You fought to survive your health conditions with courage, optimism and a sense of humor right to the end. For three long years you smiled and braved the storm. You were always there for us to provide advice, guidance and most of all, respect. You will be dearly missed. Born in Leusden Holland, Jan immigrated to Canada in 1953 with his parents and 9 siblings. He is survived by his beloved wife Elaine, his children Dale (Eileen) Vanden Berg of Edmonton, Linda (Ralph) Gust of Lethbridge, Brian (Nicole) Vanden Berg of Lethbridge and Jim (Britta) Vanden Berg of Calgary, 12 adoring grandchildren, 1 special great -grandson, along with stepchildren Wanda (Brian) Hood of Lethbridge, Wendy Jonker of Lethbridge, Tim (Barb) Brown of Calgary, 10 step grandchildren, 7 step great- grandchildren and mother-in-law Ruth Orchard. Also left to grieve his passing are siblings Myrna (Bill) Tymensen, Toni (Frank) Vandeligt, Annie Golsteyn, Nellie Peppin, Art Vanden Berg and John (Fay) Vanden Berg. He was predeceased by his parents Aart and Hendrika Vanden Berg as well as sisters Gert Klooster, Rhea Beekman, brother Pete Vanden Berg, brothers-in-law Frank Beekman, George Peppin, Leo Golsteyn, and father-in-law Lawrence Orchard. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Cremation to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jan¹s memory to the Palliative Care Unit, c/o St. Michael¹s Foundation, 1400-9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 4V5


Joe McMurdo

1939 – 2014

Joseph Martin McMurdo of Barnwell, passed away in Lethbridge on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the age of 74 years. Friends are invited to gather at the Barnwell Seniors Centre, Barnwell on Monday, February 17, 2014 between 6:30 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. The Burial Service will be held at the Taber Memorial Garden, one kilometer north of 64 Avenue on 50 Street, Taber on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.



Bonnie Isaac

1942 – 2014

Evangeline Ruby Isaac, went to be with her Lord Jesus in Taber on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 71 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Harry Unger officiating. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bonnie¹s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation (Continuing Care), 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


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