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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on September 29, 2015.

Maxiene Bodgener

1931 – 2015

Mrs. Maxiene Bodgener passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

Maxiene was born on August 27th, 1931 in Fort Macleod, Alberta. She received her teaching degree at the University of Alberta, and returned to Fort Macleod where she met her husband Ray. After marrying in 1953 and moving to the farm, she took up teaching Home Economics until she retired. Upon her retirement she took up weaving, and spent the following years creating many beautiful pieces which have ended up in homes spanning the globe. In addition to weaving, Maxiene and Ray travelled the world together experiencing many of the world’s cultures together.

She is survived by her daughter Robyn and grandchildren Mike (May) and Nadine (Jeff); sister-in-law Eleanor Donahue; brother-in-law Raymond Chester; four great-grandchildren Lyndsey, Braden, Janessa and Kiana.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the ANGLICAN PARISH OF CHRIST CHURCH, 321 21 St., Fort Macleod, AB with Dr. Sebastian David, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 200-1301 8th St., Calgary, AB, T2R 1B7.

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The Brodoway Family sadly announce the passing of their husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, MR. ADAM BRODOWAY, beloved husband of Mrs. Shirley Brodoway, on September 26th, 2015 at the age of 80 years. Adam Brodoway set the standard for dedication and perfection to his wife and family and to his community. Adam was born on April 1st, 1935 in Melfort, Sask, the sixth of 11 children to Michael and Anne Brodoway. Adam and Shirley took over the family farm and farmed it on their own for approximately 11yrs. The family left Saskatchewan in 1972 and headed to Alberta, landing in Bow Island for approximately 10 years where Adam and Shirley first bought and operated the Billiard hall later to develop the west end of town and creating the Brodoway’s Western Mobile home park. Adam helped build many homes in the area and was well known for his carpenter skills. The family moved to Lethbridge in August of 1982. Dad retired from the city of Lethbridge in 2002 at the age of 67.

Adam was raised and educated in Saskatchewan only to grade 10, back in those days they never had a priority on school, it was more important to make sure all the chores on the farm were properly taken care of. Adam enjoyed sports and was pretty good at baseball and played on a well known local team called the Brooksby Rockets, as well, he curled in the winter months to stay active when he wasn’t working on the farm. Adam also played guitar in a local band called the “Rhythm Kings”. Adam was truly blessed to meet the love of his life, a young Shirley McRae from the Ridgedale area. Adam and Shirley were officially married on May 2nd, 1959. Mom was right by his side to the very end. Together they raised 4 children and were blessed with 6 granddaughters and 1 great grandson. Adam was an avid fan of hockey (Calgary Flames), and he loved to watch curling as well. His attention to detail was second to none, and people would always talk about how perfectly maintained his properties were.

Left to treasure his memory is his beloved wife of 56 years Shirley, children, Brenda Brodoway; Krystal Rae Fuller and son Raeden, Kalsey Korthuis, Brent and Leona Brodoway, Doug and Deanna Brodoway; Ashton (John) and Haley, Dave and Jennifer Brodoway, daughters Mia and Brooke. Sisters Mary March and family, Helen Brodoway and family, Teena Wowchuk and family, Sylvia Craig and family, Adele Brodoway.

Adam was predeceased by his parents Michael (1962) and Anne ( 1980), siblings Orest (1944), Pauline (1995) Joseph (2010), Victor (1998) and Grace (2004) ,

Adam expressed that he lived a full and good life.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held prior to the Memorial Service.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, PO Box 2211 Lethbridge, Ab, T1J 4K7

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Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 7B1 Telephone ~ (403) 381-7777
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“I remember Daddy’s hands

How they held my Mama tight

And patted my back

For something done right.

There are things that I’ve forgotten

That I loved about the man

But I will always remember

The love in Daddy’s hands.”

Our dad, DOUGLAS KEITH DAVIS, was reunited with our mom, Donna and others he loved on September 19, 2015.

Doug was born December 28, 1927 in Swift Current, Sask. Canada. He was the only living child of Alvin K. Davis and Muriel Ann Chant. Dad grew up in the small Canadian towns of Webb, Swift Current and Dawson Creek playing on the farm, learning to drive at age 12 and finally, learning the craft of welding at age 17 which would become his life long career.

Dad and mom came to California in the late 1950’s and lived here until September of 1994 when they returned to live in Canada after Dad’s retirement.

After many years of working for others he was able to open his own shop, D&D Welding in Camarillo in the mid 1970’s. He loved his work and was very concerned about the type of service he provided to others. He was very exacting in his welding because he knew others were depending on him to do it right.

Dad loved airplanes, motorcycles, and engines of all kinds. He loved his family and was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He fulfilled all that he needed to do on this earth and then some when he was able to motorcycle through the Sequoias, travel to London, England, ice skate in New York at Rockefeller Center, own a home in the beautiful woods of Beaver Mines, Alberta, Canada and serve as part of the town’s volunteer fire crew. It was a full and wonderful life.

Doug was preceded by his parents, a sister, Mae, stepson, Craig and his two wives, Donna Maurine Obray and Virginia Huff Christian. He is survived by his children Muriel Bass (Chuck), Sandy Rasmussen (Ron) and Douglas (Yvonne) Davis and bonus children Verlie Howser (Alan), Jeff Christian (Nora) and Cindy Christian. Direct descendant grandchildren include, Marisa, Christal, Keely, Melinda, Chelsea, Blythe, Hope, Ashlyn, Evan, Chad and ending with 25 great grandchildren who loved their “old Papa”. We would like to give an extra thank you to Dad’s caregiver, Rosario Lopez, who not only surrounded Dad with kindness, concern and love, but loved us just as well. Thank you from all the spaces in our hearts, you have been our angel.

The Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, Pincher Creek, Alberta on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may meet the family from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca




Mom passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on September 23, 2015 at the wonderful age of 98. She will be dearly missed by all, both at home and at Long Term Care in Milk River where she resided for the last couple of years. Her picture above shows her uncolored hair, which was the envy of everyone who knew her, plus sunglasses to protect her sensitive eyes made her look like a movie star. Gertie is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Bill deceased) Cahoon their family Johanna Jones, Sandra (Dan) Furgason, Doug (Colleen) Cahoon and Kyle Cahoon (deceased) and daughter-in-law Marlene son Ken (Buck) Bester (deceased) Ken’s children Brad Bester, Marty (Christine) Bester and Nicole. Mom had 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren plus furry grand dogs and cats. Also we were very lucky to have 5 generations. At Mom’s request there will be no service or memorial. If you would like to donate, you may do so in Moms memory to Warner Memorial Library. I wish to thank everyone at Long Term Care for all the love and care given to Mom and myself, plus thank you to Cornerstone Funeral Home for their compassion and guidance they have given me.

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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

Rita Freeman

1952 – 2015

Rita Freeman of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge, AB on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the age of 63 years after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her daughters Lana (Keith) Seebeck, Connie (Gerald) Dedieu, and her son Danny (Melissa) Yanosik; as well as nine grandchildren Jacinda, Joey, Natasha, Sebastian, Alexandra, Callum, Nathan, Bethany and McKenna. She also leaves behind her sister Barb (Don Teed) Slawson, her brother-in-law Warren Asplund, her in-laws Rick and Cory Beres, her honourary sister Cheri Langhofer, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Rita is finally at peace and has gone to play Bingo with her father & mother Earl (May) Freeman and her sister Pat Asplund. She will be remembered fondly by many.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors & nursing staff at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre and St. Michael’s Covenant Health Centre, and a special thank you to Dr. Dionne Walsh.

Rita asked that her life be celebrated with family and friends sharing in a feast of Thanksgiving potluck dinner. Those attending are asked to bring their favourite salad or dessert for sharing.

A private family graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY, followed by a Public Celebration of Life from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the EAGLES HALL, 631 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Due to a severe allergy, the family requests that all of those in attendance help make this a scent free occasion. Please refrain from wearing perfumes and fragrances, as well, flowers are gratefully declined.

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.
Alice Valgardson
1925 – 2015
Alice Myrtle Valgardson, beloved wife of the late Art Valgardson, passed away in Taber on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the age of 90 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Alice is survived by her sons Richard (Mary) Valgardson, Clinton (Jude) Valgardson and Neil (Lori) Valgardson all of Taber and daughter Joanne (Frank) Boyd of Grande Prairie; twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren. She is also remembered by her sister Jean Rockarts of Grande Prairie, sisters-in-law Marion Moon of Edmonton, Gayle Moon of Grande Prairie and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Art Valgardson; parents Alfred and Myrtle Moon; brothers Jim and Neil Moon; brothers-in-law Brian Boyd and Maurice Rockarts.
Alice was born on January 9, 1925 to the late Alfred & Myrtle Moon in Grande Prairie. She was the oldest of four children.
Alice was very devoted to her family and took great pride in all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She received great satisfaction from her career as a Registered Nursing Aide at the Taber General Hospital. Alice had a passion for politics which she had inherited from her father. In her later years, she loved to play tile rummy with all her friends at the Clearview Lodge.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Alice’s name may be made directly to the Clearview Lodge Resident Council, 4730 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N6 or to a charity of your choice.
Alice was a long time resident of Clearview Lodge. She always appreciated the wonderful care received from all the staff. The family wish to also express their appreciation for the wonderful care received from Dr. Yawny and the Staff of the Taber Hospital.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Helena “Helen” Gaetz

1929 – 2015

Helena (Helen) Alita Gaetz of Lethbridge beloved wife of Joseph Gaetz passed away peacefully on September 24, 2015 at the age of 85.

Helen was born on November 2, 1929 in Young, Saskatchewan to Jacob and Carolina Stephan. She attended school in Young, Saskatchewan. Helen moved to Lethbridge where she met her loving husband Joe, together they raised their two children. Her greatest joy was her family. Helen’s many talents were baking, cooking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing and creating crafts of all kinds. Helen loved to play cards with her family and friends. She also enjoyed camping with her family and friends. Helen worked at Catelli’s, the Lethbridge College as a custodian and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in food services. She was a very active volunteer at the Christ Trinity Lutheran Church and an active member of the Nordbridge Seniors Centre.

Besides her loving husband Joseph Gaetz, Helen is survived by her daughter Maureen (Herve), her son Randy; grandchildren Amber Lee (Neil), Christie Gaetz, Carlee Gaetz, (Clay), Kennedy Gaetz (Dylan), Renee Faubert, Andrew Faubert, great-grandchildren Isabella Secrist, Scarlet Secrist and Cali Jo Haughian; sisters Hilda Penno and Winnie Rodowitz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Helen was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Carolina Stephan; sisters Flora Meyer, Frieda Coffey, Lucy Dieno, Dena Vaykovich Edna Moore; brothers Jakey Stephan and Art Stephan; brothers-in-law Andrew Gaetz, Tony Gaetz, Peter Gaetz, George Gaetz, Ed Meyer, Larry Moore, Erwin Rodowitz, Jake Dieno, Les Vaykovich, Viggo Madsen, Herb Penno, Albert Buttazzoni, Gene Henning; sisters-in-law Mary Buttazzoni, Lena Madsen, Barb Neville.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, with Pastor Tom Peterson officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritans Society, 1511 – 15 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 1W2

Visit http://www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.



May 15, 1931 – September 23, 2015, passed away in his sleep at the Edith Cavell Care Center having lived an extraordinary, experiential life. Andrew was born on the family farm east of Granum Alberta, the youngest of 5 children to Granum Pioneers Ranze and Tjitske Weerstra. He was predeceased by his wife Norma, his daughter Barbara Clay and Brothers Joe and Roy Weerstra. He leaves to mourn and celebrate his life, his children Wendy Weerstra (Cochrane) and Donna Weerstra (Oryst Kowal) of Calgary and his son John Weerstra (Sylvia) of Bragg Creek, two sisters Jenny deClearq (Calgary) and Johanna Mackintosh (Claresholm), the mother of his children Isobel Gossel (Calgary) his step children, Allan, Mike, Terry Mayderof Calgary and Wendy Huppe of Bragg Creek. He has 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews all of whom enjoyed spending time with Uncle Andrew.

Andrew established early in life his passion to explore, dream and conceptualize adventures, business proposals as well as multiple social, political and community enhancing initiatives. He achieved many goals; boxing when he attended SAIT as a young man, playing ball, stock car racing, curling and earning his wings to fly private aircraft. He taught his young family to boat, water ski and fish. He loved camping and spent splendid years with Norma “at the lake”. Ever a jokester, he teased, laughed and enjoyed many a good joke. Using his humour, wisdom and passion for municipal affairs he was elected Mayor of Granum, where he worked with his many friends in his beloved home town. Andrew made long standing friendships, always willing to assist others. He was also a friend of Bill W. with whom he shared his most spiritual moments.

Failing health and vision necessitated a move to Lethbridge where he received care, and lived closer to his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. The last few years were likely his most challenging as he bravely contested his declining abilities. He did, however, maintain his interest in politics, current world news and shenanigans of his great grandchildren. He enjoyed having historical, scientific books and articles being read to him. The world has lost a great man.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 – Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at 11 A.M., with Reverend Glenda Wert officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Andrew, contributions may be made to STREETS ALIVE, 323 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB. T1J 1Z9

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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

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