July 16th, 2024

Saturday, March 14, 2015

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 18, 2015.

of Lethbridge, beloved and devoted husband of 41 years to Shirley Yvonne Beane, nee Helmer, passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at the age of 80 years. Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. with a Funeral Service to follow. A Graveside Service will follow the Funeral Service at Mountain View Cemetery, with refreshments and fellowship to follow at Cornerstone.
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Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca



Winnifred Mary Berringer passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015 at the age of 79 at the Agape Hospice in Calgary with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at her bedside. Wynn was loved by many friends and family. She will be lovingly remembered by her children; Julie Turcotte, Ken (Laurie) Robson and step-son Jason (Charlene) Berringer. She is survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren as well as her siblings Lorne (Bernice) Turcotte, Dubby-Ernest (Cecile) Turcotte, Bernice Lambovitch, Doris Kipling, Eileen Clifford, Verna Porter-Brunelle and Sharon (Jim) Boyuk. Wynn is predeceased by her best friend and loving companion John Alfred Berringer. Wynn was born and raised in Gogama, Ontario. At 17 Wynn moved to Toronto to receive her training as a registered nurse. After she completed her training, she worked at the Mt. Sinai and Toronto Sick Kids hospitals. She married and moved to BC in 1955, then returned to Ontario for a short period and eventually returned and settled in Alberta in 1967. She later married John Berringer in November of 1977 and settled in Lethbridge. John and Wynn lived a life full of love and adventure travelling the world and enjoying family. A Memorial Gathering will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate), on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The family will hold a graveside memorial at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to The Salvation Army Agape Hospice, 1302 – 8 Ave NW, Calgary AB T2N 1B8 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, #200, 325 Manning Rd NE, Calgary AB T2E 2P5. Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at http://www.southcalgaryfuneralcentre.ca SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE and CREMATORIUM (at Lake Fraser Gate) Telephone: 403-297-0711 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


It is with deep sadness that the family of MARY NOELLE CUMMING announce her passing on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Mary is survived by her children: Murray (Joanna), Jim (Dorothy) and Orrie (Blaine), and her sister Marjory Riste of Vancouver, as well as six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Alex (1976) and her youngest daughter, Glenna (2014). Mary was born Christmas Day, 1921 in Agassiz, BC to Harold and Orrie Hicks, the third of four children. Mary was an exceptionally bright and well-educated woman, graduating with a B.Sc. in Nursing from University of British Columbia in 1944. After the family relocated to Lethbridge in 1955, she became an instructor at the Galt School of Nursing at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. At the time of her retirement in 1975 she was the Director for the School. Mary loved her retirement years, and when she wasn’t watching baseball, she spent much time at her cabin at Beauvais Lake fishing with her family. She was an avid reader and loved to share her skills at gardening and sewing. She was an active member of McKillop United Church as a UCW member. Her retirement also afforded her more time to devote to Eastern Star. Mary’s contentment and grace affected and enriched all those who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed by those who loved her spontaneous sense of humour, intelligence, and strong independent nature. Friends and family may pay their respects at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, followed by a Graveside Service at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, Lethbridge.

Cecil Depratu

1924 – 2015

Cecil DePratu of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Leta DePratu, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge in his 91st year. Cecil, so proud of his southern Alberta roots, leaves behind an extended personal family, and the many friends he and Leta cultivated over the years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Abram “Slim” Ens
1923 – 2015
Mr. Abram “Slim” Ens, beloved husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Ens, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on March 9, 2015 at the age of 91 years. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316-17 St., Coaldale, AB with Pastor Lillian Thompson, officiating. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Meta Fritz
1921 – 2015
Meta Fritz (nee Steuer) died in her home with loved ones by her side on March 9, 2015. She was 93. A service commemorating Meta’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at PARK MEADOWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 – 15th Avenue North, Lethbridge, Pastors Barry Seifert and Lorne Willms presiding. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to “Park Meadows Baptist Church” indicating “Kenya Mission” on the memo line, donations will be to support the Oloika Pentecostal Church in Kenya, 2011 – 15th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 5J4. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Cornelis Heyboer

1948 – 2015

With deep sorrow we announce that the Lord in His infinite wisdom, at His time has taken out of our midst my beloved husband, our dear father and grandfather. Mr. Cornelis Heyboer of Picture Butte passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the age of 67 years, after an intense struggle with metastatic melamona cancer which he endured without murmuring.

Zo Gij in ‘t recht wilt treden,
O HEER, en gadeslaan
Onz’ ongerechtigheden,
Ach, wie zal dan bestaan?
Maar neen, daar is vergeving
Altijd bij U geweest;
Dies wordt Gij, HEER, met beving,
Recht kinderlijk gevreesd.
Psalm 130:2 (berijmd)

Cornelis was born in Moerkapelle, The Netherlands on January 18, 1948. He immigrated to Canada with his wife in 1971 where he resided in the Picture Butte area. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Jeanetta and his 6 children and 26 grandchildren, Alice & Mitchell (Corey, Leanne, Natalie, Jordan, Mitchell, Mark, Jason, Jeneva and Serena) Beusekom, Brenda & John (Bethannie, Alicia and Janella) Lobbezoo, David & Martha (Lydia, Maria and Jesse) Heyboer, Marvin & Willemina (Twyla, Moriah, Sarah, Joel, Jessica, Matthias and James) Heyboer, Jane & Brian (Nathan, Matthew, Levi and Jalene) Slingerland and Andrew & Jackalyn Heyboer. He is survived by his brothers Theo Heyboer, Adriaan (Sija) Heyboer, and sister-in-law Adrie Heyboer. His brothers and sisters-in-law Anny (Benny) van Dam, Henk (Gerry) Brilman, Dika (Tymen) van Bodegraven, Betty (Harry) Massier, Johan (Willy) Brilman, Berend (Jeanet) Brilman and Frank (Joanne) Brilman. Cornelis was predeceased by his parents Matheus Adriaan & Aaltje Heyboer, brother Andre Heyboer and sister-in-law Meinsje Heyboer, and parents-in-law Johannes & Berendina Johanna Brilman. An opportunity to express condolences will be given between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, Picture Butte. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, Picture Butte, with Reverend P.L Bazen officiating. Interment is to follow in the Memorial Cemetery at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Picture Butte. All this the Lord willing and we live. The family gratefully declines flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bethesda Care Home, PO Box 1096, Picture Butte AB, T0K 1V0. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


ELDON GENE HIND BULL passed away on March 9, 2015 in Lethbridge, Alberta at the age of 38 years. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Community Center, Blood Reserve on Sunday March 22, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at the South Hill Chapel, Cardston on Monday March 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

, June 26, 1976 ­ February 28, 2015, passed away suddenly at his home in Regina, SK. Brendan is survived by his father Randy (Ingrid) Brothen of Regina; his mother Thelma Davis Brothen; sister Lezli Ann; niece Alexandria of Rosetown; many cousins and friends. Brendan was a gentle soul who quietly went through life. He will be profoundly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. A Wake Service will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 17, 2015 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com

, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the age of 89 years. A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on March 14, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. with Glenda Wert officiating. Interment to follow at the Milk River Cemetery. In memory of Mary, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and Nonny, Mary Lucezia Atkinson on March 11, 2015 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre. She was 90 years of age. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her children, Robert (Darlene) Atkinson of Airdrie, AB, Marianne (Jim) Wallwork of Port Moody, BC, Deborah (Curtis) Bellerose of Coleman, AB & Graham (Robin) Atkinson of Sparwood, BC; her grandchildren, Paul (Christine) Atkinson, Jonathan (Brandee) Atkinson, Stacy (Dave) Wallwork, Jeff (Jenne) Wallwork, Marc (Sarah) Bellerose & Lindsey (Chad) Engel & Jared (Angela) Atkinson; her great grandchildren, Nash, Khala, Reid, Tristan, Willow, Dawson, Grayson, Nolan, Asha, Esme & Katelyn; her sister, Norma Perozak of Lethbridge, AB; cousins, Russell (Joyce) Montalbetti of Blairmore, AB & Joanne Hauck of Calgary, AB; as well as numerous nephews, extended family and the many friends she made throughout her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Graham; her parents, Angelo & Enis Toppano; her granddaughter, Jennifer Bellerose; and her brother, Donald Toppano. In honoring Mary’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by the York Creek Lodge Residents’ Association (P.O. Box 1050, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

McCANN, Al January 9, 1930 – March 11, 2015

It is with heavy hearts and much love that we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Al will be greatly missed by Joan, his wife of 60 years, daughter Shaunda, son-in-law George, son Darren, grandsons Danny and Drew, sister-in-law Margaret, his “two favourite nieces” Rochelle (Russell) and Paige (Ken), their girls Nevyn and Shaelyn, and many longtime friends. He was predeceased by his son Michael in 1966 and brother Doug in 2003. Al was born and raised in Coaldale, Alberta. He worked as Sports Director of CJOC Radio and CJLH TV in Lethbridge from 1954 until moving to Edmonton in 1963. Here, he began what would be an illustrious 30 year career in sports at CFRN TV and the CTV network. Following his retirement in 1993, Al and Joan enjoyed many golf filled years in both Edmonton and Mesa, Arizona. As Al would say, “he had a great run.” Please join us to celebrate Al’s life at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015 at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club, 3500 – 119 Street NW, Edmonton. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Al’s memory. Special thanks to Gregg Pilling, Barb Marocco, and the staff of both 5A5 of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital for their care and support these past months.


VERNON STEWART, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Bernice Stewart, passed away at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Besides his loving wife of 66 years, he is survived by his children Eileen Stewart, Sandra (Ron) Jenkins ,Verna (Gordon) McKean and Allen (Donnie) Stewart grandchildren Vincent, Liala, Scott, Sean, David and great- grandchildren Jesse and Leo. Vernon is also survived by one sister and one brother. Vern worked as a Motor Mechanic since 1953 and worked for the Alberta Apprentice Board from 1966 – 1987. He was a Master Mason of the North Star Lodge Number 4 and was awarded the Medal Of Merit in 2008. Vern was a Ham Radio Operator (VE6ABS) and was a member of the Windy West Flying Club, he built several 1/4 scale models, currently on display at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada located in Nanton, Alberta. A Private Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME. In Memory of Vern and in lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5.
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Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematorium 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

Myrtle Emily Thackray

1929 – 2015

Myrtle Emily Thackray, beloved wife of the late John Thackray, passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 3, 2015 at the age of 85. Myrtle was born on April 6, 1929 in Calgary AB, the youngest of 6 children, to Hansena and Edward Hanson. She met John Thackray, the love of her life, and they were married on September 1, 1956. They enjoyed travelling all over the world during their years together. She was an incredible hostess who loved to have friends and family around to spoil with her gourmet cooking and amazing desserts. She was so proud of and loved all of her family and was always there following their endeavours at the ice arena, curling rink, school concerts and drumming performances. She had a most special place in her life for her beloved son Steven. After John passed away in 1986 she made it her passion to give Steven a life full of adventure and fun. From baseball and football games, camping in the mountains and bus trips to Nevada, she never let anything stop her. She was Steve’s biggest fan and supported all of his Special Olympic activities. She showed us all how to be so strong and independent by her fierce and feisty attitude. Myrtle had a love for playing cards, from 4 tables of bridge with the ladies to Crazy 8’s with the grandkids, she would always be up for a game. Of her many accomplishments she was most proud of designing apartment buildings and houses in her early years. She had a knack for “building and fixing” things. Myrtle will be deeply missed by her children, Donna Harding of Victoria, BC, Steven Thackray of Lethbridge, and Sandra (Kevin) Jockims of Lethbridge. She will also be forever remembered by her loving grandchildren, Michelle (Derek) Allen of Victoria, BC, Kim Harding of Victoria, BC, Kayli Jockims of Vancouver, BC, and Kris Jockims of Fernie, BC as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her loving husband, Myrtle was predeceased by her parents and siblings Marjorie Hanson, Marion (Archie) Morck, Lydia (Norman) Foster, Charles Hanson and Edward (Ruth) Hanson. Special thanks to all the people who cared so lovingly for Mom these last few years, especially Cindy, Sherry, Heather, and Donna at St Therese Villa 1 West Dementia. Your love and friendship was so very appreciated by her and all of us. At Mom’s request there will be a private family celebration of her life. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Lethbridge Special Olympics #234, 20 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2R3, Alzheimer’s Society Lethbridge Chapter #402, 740 – 4 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9, or a charity of one’s choice.

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sun on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

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