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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 1, 2015.

COR KORVER April 9, 1934 (Holland) – March 30, 2015 (Lethbridge) “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”

– Psalm 116:15

COR KORVER passed away peacefully at home in God’s way and in God’s time, at the age of 80 years. He was the beloved husband of Hennie for almost 50 years. He was a dear father and grandfather to Doug and Michelle and their children Erin and Joel, and Lori and Andy Diepenbroek and their children Doran and Nevan. Cor was preceded in death by a son, Paul (8) in 1981; a brother, Nick, in 2011; and a sister, Grace Maheux, in 1977. Surviving are his brothers Case (Winnie), Bill (Hilda), Arie (Bev), sister in law Ann Korver and many nieces and nephews; as well as the van’t Land family. A Memorial Service will be held at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100-40th Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB., on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Hank Van der Woerd officiating. A Private Family Interment will precede the Memorial Service.
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
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Grietje “Grace” de Graaf

1928 – 2015

Mrs. Grietje “Grace” de Graaf of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michaels Care Centre on March 29, 2015 at the age of 87 years. Grietje was born on March 20, 1928 in Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands to George and Antje Jimmink. She is survived by her sons George (Tena) de Graaf, Pete (Jeanette) de Graaf, Rene (Shannon) de Graaf; eleven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Pieter de Graaf; her parents George and Antje Jimmink; one sister; and three brothers. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend Hugh Jack, officiating. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


Mr. Garry Driver beloved husband of the late Diane Driver, father of Cam (Lisa) Driver, Cindy (Harley) Brown; grandfather of Randy and Jamie Brown, special friend to Lorraine and brother to Dorene Rouse and Don Driver passed away On March 30, 2015 at the age of 72 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Thursday, April 2, 2014 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424-5th Ave., Fort Macleod, Ab with Reverend Eras Van Zyl Officiating. Memorial Donations may be made in Garry’s name to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331 – 29th St. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2.

Grace Adachi
1921 – 2015
Sumiko Adachi, beloved wife of the late Kenji ³Ken² Adachi, passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the age of 93 years. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. A private service will be held at Knox United Church on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com <http://www.southlandfuneral.com&gt; . Grace is survived by her sons Ken Adachi of Taber and Rod (Maureen) Adachi of Edmonton; grandchildren Kea and Kendra, brother Koji (Misao) Kadonaga of Villeneuve, sister Kiyo Koyanagi of Lethbridge as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Kenji Adachi and brother-in-law Walter Koyanagi. Grace was born in Eburne, British Columbia on August 4, 1921 to Tetsu and Setsu Kadonaga. In 1940 she married Kenji Adachi in Vancouver. In 1942, Grace and Kenji moved with their families to the Taber area, where she has resided until the time of her passing. In her early years of employment she worked as a dress maker. She was employed for many years as a book keeper and sales lady at Taber Furniture, retiring in 1989. Grace was a long time member and supporter of Knox United Church. She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

George Glatley

1919 – 2015

Mr. George Glatley, beloved husband of the late Erna Glatley passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the age of 95 years. George was born in Glasgow, Scotland and joined the British Army at a young age as part of the Signal Corp. During WWII he was engaged in battles from Dunkirk, Africa, Italy and was part of the Occupational Forces in Germany, where he met his beloved wife Erna. Erna & George were married on April 18, 1948 in Germany, settling in Scotland. George, Erna and their young family of three children immigrated to Canada in 1952 where he had joined the Canadian Forces as part of the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment where he remained until his retirement from the Army. George had a passion for music and enjoyed playing harmonica at family functions. His legacy to his family is one of music. One of his greatest personal achievements was obtaining his B.A. from the University of Athabasca at the age of 81 years. George and Erna had eight children, whom they loved dearly and suffered when two died at an early age. He was very proud of every one of them including his grandchildren & great- grandchildren. We will miss him, and memories of our happy times together are stored in our hearts and minds forever. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, #402-740-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0N9. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


SHELLEY WEST JENSEN, beloved wife of the late K. Wayne Jensen, passed away in Cardston, AB on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the age of 63 years. She will be remembered by her children Janell (Ben) Gehmlich of Montreal, QC; Andrew (Laura) of Fort St. John, BC; Kristofor (Veronique) of Mountain View, AB; John of Okotoks, AB; and Amy of Fort St. John, BC; her grandchildren Olivia, Aleah, Nicolas, Amanda, Julia, Jenna and Sean; her mother Arlene West and step-father Frank Zambetti; siblings Rick (Wendy), D’Arcy (Janice), Cindy (Dennis) Baker, Marni (Eric) Anderson, and Norine (Eugene) Pierson; father-in-law Kelvin Jensen; Wayne’s siblings Doug (Wendy), Wendy (Gibb) Schaffer, Jack (Sandi), Mike (Lisa), and Bill (Laurie); and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Dr. Norris West, her mother-in-law Avon Jensen, her sister-in-law DaVeeda West, her niece Danica Schaffer, and her sweet grandson, Thomas. Shelley was born in Cardston, AB on January 30,1952 and grew up on the West Valley Ranch in Mountain View. She loved reading, sewing, cooking, and playing the piano, and excelled as a student. She married her high school sweetheart, Wayne, in the Cardston Temple on June 14, 1971. Shelley graduated with a teacher’s certificate from the University of Saskatchewan before returning to Alberta. All five children were born in different cities as Wayne’s work took them from Coaldale, AB to Port Coquitlam, Fort Langley, the Gang Ranch, Williams Lake, and Kamloops, BC. In 1984 the family moved back to the ranch where Shelley grew up. She completed a library technician diploma from SAIT by correspondence while at home with her family, then worked as the librarian at the Cardston High School for almost fifteen years. She instilled a deep love of books and learning in her children and in the many students she came in contact with. She was a life-long, faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served diligently in her callings as a teacher, in Primary and Relief Society presidencies, visiting teacher, organist, choir director and music conductor. She had a lovely alto voice and loved to sing in the choir. Shelley loved the outdoors; especially gardening, hiking, walking the dogs, and riding horses with Wayne. She was broken hearted when she lost him to cancer after 30 years of marriage, and looked forward to the time when they would be together again. Her remaining years were marred by the confusion and decline of an early onset dementia, but she continued to find joy in playing the piano, and listening to music, and in the beauty of nature that she loved so much. Her family is deeply grateful for the excellent care she received for a time at St. Therese’s in Lethbridge, and then at the Auxiliary Hospital in Cardston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shelley’s name to the Cardston Hospital Foundation at Box 1440, Cardston, AB, T0K 0K0, telephone (403)-627-1234 ext:1131. Funeral services to be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mountain View, AB on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Friends may meet the family from 4:45-5:45 pm prior to the service. Interment in the Mountain View Cemetery. Email your condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com


Miina’ki / Woman of the Berries – PHILOMENA LITTLE BEAR returned home to the Creator after a lifetime of service on March 23, 2015, at the age of 76; she passed on surrounded by family. Philomena was born on October 10, 1938, to Bob No Runner and Helen (Oka) and was the fourth in a family of seven. She was raised in a loving home by hard working parents. She attended school at St. Paul’s Anglican Residential School and after completion in 1956, she attended Olds College. Philomena met her life`s partner, Gilbert Little Bear in 1957, and throughout their marriage of 54 years, they lived together in true companionship. Philomena was her family`s pillar, with her devotion never wavering she tended to her husband and children with loving hands. Philomena was the embodiment of a mother to Tom, Joanne and Cynthia, and to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. Philomena lived her life on the Blood Reserve in the community of Old Agency; her family life was traditional. Her parents were long time keepers of the bundle and her grandmother Ahkopikssi was central to her upbringing; they all lived the spiritual life. Philomena exemplified their teachings. She was kind and respectful to all, not one to impose her will on others, she exuded only peace. Ever reserved, Lady Philomena quietly fulfilled her roles with love. Her love extended to the many dogs she tenderly cared for throughout her lifetime. Many a stray dog would somehow find its way to her door and surely she would restore it to health. As part of her final wishes, she explained that her Chihuahua T-Rex “needs to be cared for like a baby”. Her home was the entire family’s hub where extended family shared in countless dinners and where her famous bannock and fry bread were always in abundance. Philomena was mom to all, in her quiet and humble way she took care of all who entered her home. She personified beauty inside out. Our Angel will be forever missed. Her children extend gratitude to family and friends who have been so supportive during this trying time and to Dr. Crawford and the nurses of Cardston Hospital who took exceptional care of mom during her stay. Thank you. Philomena will be forever missed by her children; Tom (Amanda), Tiny & Cindy, sisters; Frances & Della No Runner & Beverly Hungry Wolf (John), adopted sisters; Jennifer No Runner & Cheryl Spear Chief (Julius), grandchildren; Melodie (J.J.), Brandy (Audie), Tommy, Lily, Bayley, Dacey, Darwin (Abigail), Cian & Kenton, great-grandchildren; Sydney, Nola, Brody, Badger, Marlee, Connor, Christa, Tawny Jo, Suray & baby Philomena, adopted children; Clayton No Runner (Sandra), Delphine Cross Child (Merle) & Brian Wadsworth, nephews; Alvin (Delia) & Calvin (Joanne), Delvin (Roni) & Harley, nieces; Charlotte & Sherry (Shane), her Little Bear brothers; Morris, Leroy (Amethyst), Patrick (Christine) & Gary (Lisa) & sister in-law Marina No Runner & brother in-law Dominic Cross Child (Kathy). Miina’ki was predeceased by her husband Sikkowapsspi, (Gibert), granddaughters; Tawny Jo & Morning Star, son Rusty Healy, parents Bob & Helen, siblings; Lawrence, Donald, Dorothy & Nancy, parents-in-law; Edward & Ruth and Hilda, brothers- in-law; Horace Red Crow, William & Leonard Little Bear, nephews & niece; Darrell, Robert, Roddy, Dugan & Harley Nova, aunts; Annie Day Chief, Betty Healy, Beatrice Weasel Fat & Edith Mills, uncles; Steve & Tom Oka & special cousins Art Healy Jr., Richard Day Chief & Gilbert Weasel Fat. A Funeral Service will be held at ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 90-1st. Avenue West, Cardston, Alberta, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with viewing starting at 11:00 A.M. Reverend Tipper to officiate. Interment to follow at One Spot Cemetery, Old Agency, Blood Reserve, Alberta.
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DON E. MILLER, beloved husband of Bernice Miller of Lacombe, AB., passed away suddenly during his return from Yuma, AZ. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the age of 78 years. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held in Lacombe, AB. at a later date.
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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
Fax ~ (403)381-3128 Toll Free ~ 1(888)381-7778 care@cornerstonefh.ca

Evelyn Mills

1926 – 2015

Mrs. Evelyn Mills, beloved wife of Ken Mills, passed away peacefully at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Evelyn was born in Prince Albert, SK to parents John Witten Norman and Lizzie Norman (Lane). Ken and Evelyn were married May 26, 1951 at the bride’s home in Prince Albert. They resided in Regina until 1953 at which time they moved to Lethbridge to raise their four children. Ev had a great interest in music and had a lovely soprano voice and sang in choirs from an early age. She sang in McKillop United Church choir, University of Lethbridge choir, and the Symphony chorus. She was secretary at McKillop Church for 21 years and was a great resource to many people and a member of the church for 60 years. Ev was a talented cook, knitter, seamstress and a member of the Lethbridge Weavers’ Guild. Besides her loving husband Ken, Evelyn is survived by her children: Ruth Mills (Todd Smaridge), Glenn (Eleanor), Don (Merna) and Janice Blumhagen (Lyle). Grandchildren: Alex Smaridge; Sheena, Cameron, Tess, Islie Mills: Aarin Gillespie (Myles), Matthew Mills (Brandi), James Mills (Annette), Kendra and Witten Blumhagen and great granddaughter Alice June Mills. She is also survived by her sister Muriel Leask and brother John Norman. She was predeceased by her parents John and Lizzie, brother Charles, sisters-in-law Marion Norman and Eileen Norman, brother-in-law Cameron Leask and in laws Harold and Marjorie Spencer, Donald and Florence Mills, grandsons Evan and Andrew Blumhagen. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15th Ave. South, Lethbridge, with Rev. Trevor Potter officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society, #402 740-4 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0N9. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Helen Marion Oliver

1927 – 2015

Helen Oliver of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411 – 11 Street South, Lethbridge, with Canon James Robinson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, St. Augustine’s Anglican Church Renovation Fund, 411 11 St South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2N9. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Peter John Penner

1933 – 2015

Mr. Peter Penner passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 28, 2015 after a long illness, at the age of 82 years. Pete was born on March 8, 1933 in Pengman, SK to John and Tina Penner. He was the oldest of six children. He is survived by his sisters Erna (Jake) Klassen of Coaldale, AB, Leona (Ken) Driedger of Sexsmith, AB; brother Ben (Barbara) Penner of Claresholm, AB, brother-in-law Frank (Justine) Sera of Lethbridge, AB. Pete was predeceased by his parents John & Tina; sisters Elsie Driediger & Loretta Sera; sister-in-law Helen Penner; brother in-law Al Driediger. The family would like to thank the Sunny South Lodge and the Chinook Regional Hospital for everything they did to make Pete as comfortable as possible. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316-17 St., Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Lillian Thompson & Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 210-2946-32 St. NE, Calgary, AB or Gideon’s Lethbridge Camp c/o John Regier 2225-27 Ave. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1K 6K5. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

ANNE SPATUK (1925-2015)

Annie “Anne” Spatuk (nee Kanik) passed quietly at the Crowsnest Health Care Centre on March 27, 2015. She was a loving and generous wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother; a passionate educator, supporter of the arts, dedicated historian, and vocal activist. After many years of teaching and active involvement in the community, she has established a strong legacy that few can match. Her family is very proud of her and all her accomplishments but mostly for her determination to do the right thing and give generously of her time, expertise and love. She is survived by daughters Marianne Blythe of Whitehorse, YK and Susan (Kenneth) Swenson of Victoria, BC. Her grandchildren, Kate (Shane) Petry of Lethbridge, Brooke (Rene) Bryzgorni of Sexsmith, Ian (Brandie) Spatuk, Corrie (Peter) Bubik and Nicolas (Sherri) Spatuk all of Blairmore, and Natasha Puka and Tanya (Joe) Puka of Calgary; and her sisters, Mary Flexhaug of Alix and Florence McQuarrie of Blaimore. Anne was blessed with 11 great grandbabies, numerous nieces, nephews and her extended family and many friends. The Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Blairmore (13126-21 Ave) with Deacon Renso Castellarin officiating. The Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Ben Marino as Celebrant. Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.

Frances Vaselenak

1916 – 2015

Mrs. Frances Vaselenak of Coaldale, beloved spouse of the late Mr. Leonard Michael Vaselenak, passed away on March 31, 2015 at the age of 99 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

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