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Monday, December 1, 2014

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 1, 2014.

1921 ~ 2014
Mrs. Anaztazia Opyr of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Paul Opyr, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the age of 93 years. A Funeral “Parastasis” will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at SS. PETER & PAUL UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 643 ­ 12 “B” Street North, Lethbridge, led by Father Mark Bayrock. A Funeral “Divine Liturgy” will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 5, 2014 at SS. PETER & PAUL UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, with Father Gary Sedgwick celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com.

THOMAS CARUSO passed away at St. Michael¹s Health Centre, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday November 27th, 2014 at the age of 59 years. Tom is survived by his loving wife and best friend Edna-Marie (Eddie), his children Lisa (Jon) Ruigrok, Andrea, Michael (Denise), Rochelle and Kaitlin Caruso, his two grandsons Cooper Ruigrok and Vincent Caruso, his siblings Phyllis (Bill) Pastoor, Dee (Rick) Hebert, Rick (Carlina) Caruso, Irene (John) Doucette, Danny Caruso, David (Joanne) Caruso, Cathy (Scott) Maxwell and Connie (Jeff) Shewchuk, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was pre-deceased by his parents Joe and Mary Caruso. Tom was born at his parent¹s home in Iron Springs. He was the fourth son in a large Italian family that grew to include nine children. While the family did not have a lot of money, Tom would always say they had a lot of love and a lot of food. Joe and Mary taught Tom the importance of a strong work ethic; from doing the ³blue² jobs at home, to hoeing beets, to working construction projects with his dad, Tom never stopped. Tom was first and always a family man. His love, passion and dedication to his parents, siblings and his wife and children was something that never wavered. He took so much pride in watching his children grow from beautiful babies into dynamic young adults and he never missed a birthday, graduation, or wedding along the way. His favourite thing in the world was to have all of his kids home and have his siblings come over. With some Italian music playing in the back ground, the family would enjoy an endless supply of delicious pasta and red wine while laughing, conversing and solving the issues of the world. In 1987, Tom and his dad Joe bought Noble Concrete in Picture Butte. Tom¹s entrepreneurial spirit, intelligence and passion for his company saw him take Noble Concrete from a small five-truck business to a large operation, doing projects across Alberta and Saskatchewan. In his younger years, Tom was very involved in the community. He proudly served two terms with the University of Lethbridge¹s Board of Governors, and he was also involved with the Picture Butte Lions Club, Picture Butte Chamber of Commerce, Lethbridge Construction Association and the Alberta Ready Mixed Concrete Association. As his children¹s schedules became busier, he took on new roles playing coach, chauffeur and resident cheerleader to the various activities his kids took part in. Tom had an adventurous spirit. He could fly down a ski hill faster than anyone in his family. He loved to play golf, hockey and proudly wore his Noble Concrete jersey with the Picture Butte Old Timers Hockey Team. At 58, he was still ripping up the waves wake-surfing behind the boat. Tom also loved to travel. With Eddie and the kids, they went on many wonderful family trips from Italy to Mexico. They took numerous trips to Australia to visit Eddie¹s family and also enjoyed camping trips to Waterton and Lake Five, Montana with the extended family and close friends. More recently, they spent quality time boating in the summer and skiing in the winter at Flathead Lake, Montana. In Tom¹s last weeks, he told his wife and kids, ³My life has been just perfect. I wouldn¹t change a thing.² While no amount of time with Tom would have ever been enough, he made a huge impact on his family, friends, and community, and will forever be remembered in the hearts of all the lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, Tom has requested that everyone should make a contribution to their own children or grandchildren¹s education fund. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. A private family interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
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1932 ~ 2014
Mr. John James Harvie, beloved companion of Sandy Heldt, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the age of 82 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the COUTTS COMMUNITY CENTRE, with Pastor Keith Dangerfield officiating. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

1943 ~ 2014
Mrs. Lavada Anderson of Lethbridge, beloved mother to Aldena Baranyi, passed away on November 22, 2014 at the age of 71 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Monday, December 1, 2014 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 ­ 4 Street South, Lethbridge, with Pastor Mark Noonan, officiating. Send condolences at http://www.mbfunerals.com

Beverley Ann Rees, age 72, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday November 28, 2014. She is survived by her second husband Kenneth W. Rees, her two sisters Raelene Frache and Bonnie Perry, her six children Douglas Raymond Francis (Carmela), Kerri Ann Gromer (Larry), Jody Rae Francis, Janis Lynn Christensen (Leon), Bradley John Francis (Catherine), Deanna Marie Wilson (Dean), her 20 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 step daughters Catherine Uvedale Evans (James) and Kellie Patricia Rees. She was predeceased by her first husband John Melvin Francis and her parents Raymond Palmer Hallan and Millicent Pauline Ukrainetz. Beverley was born on October 30, 1942 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. She and her family moved to Lethbridge, Alberta when she was seven years old. She married John Francis on October 8, 1960 in Lethbridge. They raised their family in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge. John passed away on July 9, 1991. She married Kenneth Rees on March 28, 1997 in Cardston, Alberta. She and John joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December 1962. She was active in the Church, serving in many callings and assignments of a charitable nature. She was trained in the art of cake decorating and for several years she owned her own business in Red Deer. She also owned and operated Ancestor Find, a genealogical research business specializing in forensic family history research. Family history was one of her true passions. She was happiest when surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Her life was dedicated to her family and serving all those around her. She touched the lives of everyone who knew her and treated everyone like family. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 560 Highlands Blvd. West Lethbridge, Alberta, on Wednesday December 3 at 11:30 a.m. There will be a light luncheon following the service.

Dorothy Weir
1916 – 2014
Dorothy Rachael Weir, beloved wife of the late Bob Weir, passed away in Bow Island on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the age of 98 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. A private burial service will be held at the Bow Island Cemetery prior to the funeral service. The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 214 – 4 Avenue West, Bow Island on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Norm Smith officiating. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com/&gt; . Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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