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Friday, April 18th, 2014

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 21, 2014.


MR. RICHARD LEW ALDOFF, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at the age of 75 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at the beginning of June at the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds. Confirmed date to follow.




JOSEPH (JOE) BELCOURT passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the age of 73 years, after a short battle with cancer. Joe is lovingly remembered by his wife Mabel, his children Jason (Michelle) Belcourt and Michelle (Lyle) Fedorowich, his grandchildren Austin and Zach Belcourt and McKenzie and Brayden Fedorowich, his special mom Joyce Burr, siblings Cathy (Leonard) Ruetz, Sharon (Don) Ironside, Dan (Dana) Burr, Leo (Sharon), Adolph and Roland Belcourt, Dorothy Bell, Edna Belcourt, brother-in-law Ron Jaremko and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his special dad Jack Burr, sisters Elinor Baird and Leona Herr, grandparents Adolph and Rodelphine Belcourt, aunts Vi and Dolly Belcourt, aunt Vera Dion, parents-in law John and Tina Jaremko, and brother-in-law Dean Miller. Joe was born on March 20, 1941 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He married Mabel on August 29, 1964 in Saskatoon and this year, they would have celebrated 50 years together. In 1970, they moved to Lethbridge where he made his living as an electrician. He worked at Parson¹s Electric, Dorren Electric, and the University of Lethbridge for 30 years, prior to retiring. Joe was a ³Jack of all Trades² and could fix anything he put his mind to. He loved tinkering with old cars, especially Studebakers. Joe was a devoted family man and was very involved with his children in their various activities as they were growing up. Joe also enjoyed going for breakfasts, lunches and having coffee with his good friends. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation is entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home Ltd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 710-10123 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3H1 or at http://www.albertacancer.ca/memorial






After a courageous battle with cancer, Maria Barbara Herauf (nee Schmidt) passed away on April 15, 2014. She was surrounded by her family including her loving husband of 56 years, Peter. Maria was born on May 27, 1936 in Polotzk, Russia, to Maria Doetzel and Johannes Schmidt. She was the youngest of seven children. Four sisters ­ Katharina, Anna, Valentina and Rosa ­ died as children during WWII. Maria immigrated to Canada at the age of 12, in 1948, with her parents and brothers Florian and John. They settled in Camrose, Alberta where Maria grew up and worked as an Operating Room Nurse. On a beautiful fall evening in October 1956, at a wedding dance in Ohaton, Alberta, she met the love of her life, Peter. They were married on June 17, 1957, and moved to Wainwright, Alberta, where they welcomed seven children in nine years: Sharon (Bryan), Paul, Dan (Claire), Mike (Sharla), Kathy, Joe (Judy), Mark (Nicky). In 1974, they moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, where Maria resided until her passing. Maria was blessed with seventeen grandchildren: Chelsea and Ashlee Bokor, Cody and Hanna Herauf, Alicia, Joshua, Amy and Sydney Herauf, Andrew and Allison Herauf, Sarah, Hailey and Luke Perozak, Zachary and Jacob Herauf, Theo and Liam Ralph. They all dearly loved their Oma. Maria was active in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She loved to knit, crochet and sew and was always making something for one of her grandchildren. She loved to bake. There were always homemade cookies at Oma¹s house. Maria was also an accomplished story teller. Anyone who knew her was mesmerized at one time or another by one of her stories. Maria had a very green thumb. Her home and yard was full of beautiful plants and flowers. She was called upon many times to help resuscitate a house plant that one of her children or friends had neglected. There isn¹t enough space to mention how much she did for or meant to so many people. Maria is survived by her loving husband, Peter Herauf, her children and grandchildren, who will miss her every minute of every day. Also left to mourn are many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings. A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Maria¹s family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care Maria received at the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael¹s. If friends would like to do so, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael¹s Palliative Care Unit, http://www.covenantlethbridge.ca/?page_id=170 or a charity of your choice.







SEPTEMBER 9, 1974 ~ APRIL 15, 2014

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our dear wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter and auntie, Jackie Slingerland of Picture Butte, after a lengthy battle with cancer on April 15, 2014 at the age of 39 years. Jackie is survived by her beloved husband Ken Slingerland; her children Jocelyn, Kendra, Riley, Daneka and Kayleigh; her parents Cornelis & Jannie van Velthuizen; sisters Coba van Velthuizen, Hennie (Gerard) van de Bruinhorst, Elly (Alex) van de Bruinhorst, Ditta (Tony) Liefting; brothers Maas (Michelle) van Velthuizen and Gijs (Geraldine) van Velthuizen; parents-in-law Tony & Margaret Slingerland; sisters-in-law Rita (Erik) Dunsbergen, Jane (Henry) van Hierden, Nancy (Scott) vanden Berg; brother-in-law Jack (Tina) Slingerland; Ken¹s grandmother Mrs. vanden Hoek as well as many numerous nieces, nephews and their families. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION of Lethbridge | Highway 3, between Lethbridge and Coaldale, with Reverend P.L. Bazen officiating. Interment will follow at the Archmount Cemetery. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.








1922 – 2014

KATIE WIEBE, beloved wife of the late William Wiebe, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2014. Her last years were spent at Edith Cavell Care Centre where she received loving care to the end. Thank you. Katie was born on May 4, 1922, near Winkler, Manitoba where she was raised. She married William Wiebe in 1941 and together they raised seven children. Times were difficult and in 1963 they decided to move to Alberta, the land of opportunity. Alberta became home to them from that time on. Katie was a warm, loving person who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. The best times were family gatherings with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There were always cookies in the cookie jar for the kids and she made the best Verenki and baked the best bread and buns. Katie is survived by her children, Albert (Tina), John (Wendy), Katherine, Roy (Leslie), Alvin (Beverly), Shirley (Randy), and daughter-in-law Anne, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Katie was predeceased by her husband, William in 1988 and her oldest son Menno in 2006. The funeral service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 ­ Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Rodger Halvorsen officiating. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. Interment will be held at the Claresholm Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 11:00 A.M. In Katie¹s memory, please do something nice for someone whenever you can. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.






1926 ~ 2014

Maxine Ethel Wheeler, our beautiful Mum, slipped away from this life with her family by her bedside on April 7th 2014 at the age of 88 years. She was the life partner of the late George Edward Wheeler. Maxine , the youngest child of Daniel and Helena McKeeman spent her childhood in the Lunnford, Alberta area, then as a young woman came to Lethbridge for nurse¹s aide training at St. Michael¹s Hospital. She caught the eye of young George Wheeler as she crossed the dance floor, they married in 1950 and moved to a farm outside of Picardville. They raised their family and farmed for years until returning to Lethbridge in 1968. Maxine had a love for all animals and also enjoyed knitting, and crocheting. She grew a very fine garden and was generous with her crops of onions, carrots, tomatoes and squashes. Her favorite color was pink and she liked to dance. Maxine is survived by her children, Nestor (Judy) of Picture Butte, Hollie (Sam Lazenby) of Nelson, B.C., Heather (Gary Sinclair) of Foremost, six grandchildren Cody, Tyler, Issac, Simon, Candice and Kirk; and one sister-in-law Elma McKeeman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. A Celebration of Maxine¹s Life will be held at 1:00pm, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 ­ 4 Street South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Brenda Kersell, officiating. In honour Of Maxine¹s love of animals, for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5E9. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.








GLEN REX PURNELL, born October 7, 1930 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, passed away on April 17, 2014 at Cardston, Alberta, Canada, age 83. Glen was born to Jack and Frances Purnell as the fifth of eight children. Brothers Delbert, LaMar, Jay, Reed, Hyrum, Earl, and sister Betty. He grew up in the Wolford area. At 17 years of age, after graduating from Cardston High School, he attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The next year, June 16, 1949, he married his sweetheart, Donna Forsyth. They have eight children, Glenna High (Steven), James Purnell (Wendy),Jennie Gay Griffiths (Mark), David Purnell (Liz), Margie Memmott (Sam), Kathy Wheeler (Kevin), Sue Lords (Kraig), John Purnell (LuAnn), 46 grandchildren, and 49 great-grandchildren. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends during his final days. Glen valued education. He studied agricultural economics, earning his B.S. at Utah State University, his M.S.at Montana State University, and his Ph.D. at Iowa State University. He went on to serve in a large number of professional and church positions where he fulfilled his responsibilities diligently and with great zeal. Glen and Donna moved their family to a variety of locations in the US, Canada, Pakistan and Portugal, where they most often maintained a family farm. In the process, he worked in over 70 countries. Glen showed respect to all and was observed to be equally at ease at formal functions with heads of state or sitting on a ditch bank with farmers. He was respected by colleagues and family alike Glen and Donna served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Singapore and Malaysia. Glen was generous to a fault, and set an example of courage, integrity, compassion and service in his public and private life. His family honors him by striving to emulate his life example. Friends may meet the family on Sunday evening from 7:OO ­ 8:00 p.m. at Legacy Funeral Home, 106 6th Street West, in Cardston, or from 11:45-12:45 prior to the services. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, 355 3rd Street West in Cardston, Alberta. Interment to follow at the Cardston Cemetery. Donations accepted in his memoriam to the General Missionary Fund of the LDS Church. Email Condolences to: legacyfh@telus.net. LEGACY FUNERAL HOMES LTD, Cardston, Alberta






1928 -2014

It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Ronald Herbert House announce his passing on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the age of 85 at the Chinook Regional Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 63 years Jean, his sons Barry, Murray (Sheri), Kevin, his daughter Arlene (Darren) and daughter-in-law Lillian. Ron is also survived by 11 grandchildren as well as 6 great- grandchildren, all of whom he adored. He is also survived by his brother Ray (Minnie) of Edmonton and his sister Dorothy (Howard) of Winnipeg as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Blair in 2001, two brothers and one sister. Ron worked for the International Harvester Company for over 25 years starting as a Parts Person in Winnipeg. Ron worked his way up the ranks with determination and hard work as a Zone Manager then Sales Manager in Lethbridge. He was transferred to Fort St John, BC to open a new Company Store then on to Moose Jaw, SK for the next one, eventually ending up back in Lethbridge. In 1977 Ron acquired the International Harvester dealership in Lethbridge known as R.H. House International. After his retirement in1985 Ron and Jean began heading south and became “Snow Birds” for the next decade or so cultivating many new friendships with people from many different places. Ron loved to golf and did so into his 80¹s until knee surgery took him out of the game. Over the years he and Jean golfed at many wonderful courses during their travels and he also acquired 5 Hole in One awards for his efforts. When Ron was 77 he managed to golf his age which was his goal every year. Ron loved to play hockey as a young man and was a very talented athlete. Over the years winters were spent at the arena. Ron coached his boys in hockey for many years and was respected by his players and their parents for his fair unbiased coaching ability. If it wasn¹t hockey at the arena he was watching Arlene figure skate. After his kids were grown he rekindled his love of playing the game with the Coaldale Sugar Daddies. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 28, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre -1511 St Edwards Blvd North, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers our family would encourage a donation be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 4K7­ Thank you.

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