January 22nd, 2021

Saturday, April 4, 2015

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 8, 2015.


JANICE BEVERLY BAFF, beloved wife of Frank Baff, passed away in Cardston, AB on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the age of 54 years. The Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Center (Waterton Hi-way) on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Friends may meet the family from 1:00-1:45 pm prior to the service. Interment in Nelson, B.C. Email your condolences to: legacycardston@gmail.com


September 25, 1925 – March 31, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving mother and grandmother Margaret (Bunny) Creasey, March 31, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Born and raised in Calagary, Bunny has educated us on the way Calgary has grown, for the good and bad. Inspired by her dad and older brother, Bunny joined the Canadian Red Cross Corp. before her 18th birthday and volunteered until the end of the war in 1945, bringing wartime brides and children across Canada. She worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company for 25 years and Silver Springs Golf & Country Club as office manager. Bunny’s passions were traveling, reading, golf and gardening. Bunny moved to Lethbridge for 19 years and was active in the Paradise Golf & Country Club and the NewComers Group. She returned to Calgary until her passing. Bunny is survived by her son Larry Wilson (Daphne) Calgary, daughter Karen Gregus (Wayne) Lethbridge, sister Ada Coupland Kamloops, brother Jim Jessop, Calgary, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and seven nieces & nephews. Bunny will be sadly missed by family and friends and remembered for the generosity and sense of humour. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their wonderful care. There will be no service at Bunny’s request.

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. 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.

Andrew David Fraser

1962 – 2015

Andrew David Fraser left us suddenly on March 30, 2015 at the young age of 52, beloved husband of brenda gullickson-fraser. Andy was born on February 21, 1962 at St. Michael’s Hospital to parents Henry and Joan Fraser of Carmangay he was the second youngest of four children. He was predeceased by his father Henry. Andy is survived by his wife brenda; his family Christopher (Michelle) Gullickson, Tiffany Gullickson; grandson James Tatum Gullickson, his loving mother Joan Fraser; siblings Jane (Don) Gothard, Phillip (Kelly) Fraser, Marion (Shane) McClarty; nieces and nephews Allison and Amy Gothard, Andrew, Clintin, and Jenna Fraser, Megan, Josh and Jared McClarty as well as many extended family members. Andy loved growing up on the farm by Travers Reservoir and moved with the family to Carmangay in 1969. He attended the Carmangay School from grade 1-6, then Champion School from grade 7-9, followed by High School in Vulcan. Andy spent a few years in Fernie, as the owner/operator of an Arcade. From there he went on to rough necking, cat skidding, working with Keho Alta Products Ltd. where he acquired his welding ticket and later spent time in sales. Andy went to LCC to complete his high school diploma and went on to SAIT into the Power Engineering Program. After graduation Andy began working in the Oil & Gas industry with AMOCO at Fox Creek, Rimbey Gulf Plant, Shell Steen River Plant, and Caribou Steen River. Andy was presently working for PennWest Plants, Mega & Sloat. Due to the remote conditions of some of the work sites Andy began piloting helicopters for Airborne, Black Swan, and Valley B Aviation Companies. Andy loved his fishing trips with his brother Phil to Spring Creek, AB and Duck Lake, Montana. He also loved sport shooting, motorcycling, quading and ripping around on his Razor side by side. Andy loved to be called a “gear head” as a proud Hot Road Enthusiast. The man never stayed still; if you thought of something, be careful he would start building it. Presently, Andy was working on his 94’ Chevy Short Box 383 Stroker and a 47’ Chevy half ton that he and LeRoy Gullickson restored. His other toys included his airplane commander 112, quad, razor side by side, Suzuki Blvd. Motorcycle, a 2009 Dodge 3/4 ton and his 2010 Hummer 3T . You could also find him on the acreage in his backhoe or bobcat, finding any excuse for landscaping. Family was most important to Andy, and his new obsession was his 15 month old grandson James. Andy was determined to be the first one to buy James his first car, and surprised us all by doing this at Christmas; which has now resulted in James following in the gear head tradition. Andy was planning to start construction on a Jeep toddler bed as his next project. Andy was so proud of all his nieces & nephews and thrilled that his name sake Andrew (Bud); whom is not only a major gear head but also followed Andy becoming a Power Engineer. Andy was loved more than he cared to acknowledge, which will be evident in the Celebration of his life this Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00pm at the BARONS COMMUNITY HALL, 210 Main St. Barons, AB. (CASUAL DRESS ONLY, PLEASE). Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Frances Vaselenak

1915 – 2015

Mrs. Frances Vaselenak of Coaldale, beloved spouse of the late Mr. Leonard Michael Vaselenak, passed away on March 31, 2015 just shy of 100 years. A Graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the COALDALE CEMETERY, Coaldale, AB with Pastor Gerald Klassen, officiating. Immediately following the graveside service, lunch will be served and all are invited to attend a time of fellowship & socializing at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, LOWER LEVEL 2316-17 Street, Coaldale, Alberta. The family encourages anyone in attendance to bring any family photographs or memorabilia pertaining to the Vaselenak or Boguski families. Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.


MISS MATILDA HOLCEK passed away peacefully in Lethbridge on Friday, March 27th, 2015, at the age of 88 years. Born in Stredni Czepin, Czechoslovakia on June 15th, 1926. Matilda immigrated to Canada in 1931 and resided in the Iron Springs area where her family farmed. Matilda spent a number of summers hoeing sugar beets in the area until her family moved to Lethbridge in 1942 where she remained until her passing. Matilda spent most of her career working as an Assistant to the Lethbridge Postmaster until she retired. Matilda is predeceased by her Father John, her Mother Rose and her six brothers and sisters: Joe, Mary, Annie, John, Rose and Irene. She spent the last two years at St. Therese Villa where she received exceptional care from their staff. We would also like to acknowledge Matilda’s friends, Leslie and Gerald Morton for their exceptional caring and love of Mat over the last year. A celebration of Matilda’s life and prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge on Monday, April 6th. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Ave. South, on Tuesday, April 7th. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may donate to All Saints Roman Catholic Parish, 2405-12 Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 0P4.


Peacefully in the early morning hours of Friday, March 20, 2015, Alberta Nielsen Mitchell passed away at Chinook Hospital in Lethbridge. She lived a long and full life of love, laughter and adventures. Born April 2, 1928 in Lethbridge, the youngest of four children, to parents James Christian Nielsen and Nora Ackroyd Nielsen. Raised in Lethbridge, she married Arthur Moore Mitchell on February 14, 1947 after a short 10 day courtship. They raised four children: Diane Powelson, John Mitchell, Tim Mitchell, Dale Mitchell and Chris Mitchell. As a young family they moved from Lethbridge to the Vancouver area, eventually spending many years in Langley and Chilliwack, then to Calgary and Vernon, BC. Eventually they settled in Crawford Bay, BC where they built their dream home. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Alberta spent her life serving others both through her numerous church responsibilities and also in the greater community. Alberta loved to cook for friends and family and her and husband loved to travel and explore new places. They were both immensely proud of their children and grandchildren and enjoyed sharing the stories of their lives with friends. After her husband Art died, she returned to her roots in Lethbridge and spent her last days among many wonderful friends. She will be missed but not forgotten. A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm on Friday, April 10 at the LDS Chapel at 9 Keystone Terrace West, West Lethbridge.


LESLEY RICHARDS SOPER was born in Cardston on June 29, 1963 to William Jensen Richards and Kathryn Brooks. She is the eldest of four children. Lesley was raised in Aetna and attended school in Cardston, then graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelors of Management degree. She married Kevin Bradley Soper on October 27, 1990 in the Salt Lake Temple and they have four daughters, Kathryn Brooke, Jacqueline Kendall, Alexandra May, and Caroline Jensen. Lesley worked for Canada Border Services for 29 years, but her first priority was mother and homemaker. She lovingly cared for her family, home, and yard. She was an avid reader and enjoyed music and sports. She found joy in watching her husband and daughters participate in their school and community sports teams, music festivals, and concerts. She served in many volunteer callings in her church and community. She is loved and survived by her husband, daughters, and parents, sisters Jeannette (Kevin) Zemp, and Amanda (Tyler) Baker, brother Edwards (Sonja) Richards, sister-in-law Karren (Alan) Wiley, brother-in-law Corey Soper, 20 nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Lesley is predeceased by her grandparents, Willard and Bernice Brooks, and Hazel and Nephi Richards, her mother-in-law, Loretta Soper, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Lesley passed away in the Calgary Foothills Hospital on April 1, 2015. Friends may meet the family at the LEGACY FUNERAL HOME on Sunday, April 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the Church from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, EAST STAKE CENTER, Cardston on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Aetna Cemetery. Email your condolences to legacycardston@gmail.com

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