January 16th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on October 16, 2015.


May 19, 1920 – Oct 11, 2015

ROBERT (BOB) ARCHIBALD CADY, beloved husband of Margaret Cady of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the age of 95 years.

Besides his loving wife, Bob is survived by his sister Mabel (Tom) Getty, daughter Pat (Abe) Goerzen, grandson Dean (Kym-Shae), great-grandchildren Finneus, Madigan and Sullivan, granddaughter Lisa (Nathan) Dick, great-grandchildren Kezia, Simon and Jersey; son Leo, grandsons Robert and Mitchell; son Andy (Twyla), granddaughter Nicole (Ben), grandson Ryan; son-in-law Harold Courtney, granddaughter Jolene (Jesse) great-grandchildren Angel, Dylan and Rylan, grandson Wayne (Misty), great-grandchildren Harold III, Calista, Dakota, Taylor, Carson, Jordanna, Lily; son-in-law Jim Cooper and grandsons Clinton and Jeffery.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Eli and Edith, daughters Linda Cooper and Roberta Courtney, brother Andrew, sisters Irene (Fred) Jesson, Helen (Lloyd) Jesson, Winnie (Percy) Ball, Laura (Edwin) Davison and Joyce (Harry) Jesson.

Bob served in the Second World War as a Sergeant Major then worked at the Lethbridge Sick’s Brewery for over 35 years as a carpenter and millwright. He also managed the Lethbridge Brewery Credit Union. Bob was very involved with many clubs including the Army and Navy, Legion and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge.

He enjoyed the company of his many friends; playing cards, sticks, dancing, shuffleboard and lawn bowling. Bob was always telling jokes and stories; “The Life of the Party”. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

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CAPTAIN DON DALKE C.D., of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Marjorie Dalke, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

A Memorial Service will take place at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO. 4, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.. Don will be interred at the family plot Union Cemetery, Calgary at a private ceremony.

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June 28, 1957- October 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce Debra Neilson (nee Higa) passed away peacefully on October 12, 2015 at the age of 58. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Derek, her children Jeremy (Carli), Tomi, and Kelly; her mother Helen Higa; her siblings Rod (Angie) Higa, Colleen (Lester) Johnson, and Ron Higa, as well as numerous beloved family members and friends. She was predeceased by her father Roy Higa. There will be a small private family service in her honour, with a celebration of her life to follow in summer 2016. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Debra’s name may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Center, 1331 29 St NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2.


1958 –2015

Donna Jean Lounsbury passed suddenly at her Lethbridge home October 4, 2015, with her friend Shasta by her side. She joins her mom and close friend Vera laughing together and watching over us all.

Born in Calgary Alberta, she was the first child of Robert (Bob) Cecil and Vera Jean Lounsbury, and big sister to Susan Dianne Baran and Robert Brock Lounsbury. Donna had a deep love for her dogs Gizmo and Shasta, but closest to her heart were her nieces and nephews: Darci Lounsbury (Heidi Germdrowner) and Mathew Philips; Danielle (Dani Banani), Lindsay (Boo) and Leah (Leah Beah) Lounsbury; and her great nephew and niece William Philips (Sir William) and Grace Philips (Gracie Goose).

She was the best aunt they could ever have and a huge influence. She received great love and respect back from them through her life. Donna had a long-term and close relationship with her sister-in-law Tracey. In her time Donna touched many people, and was cherished by so many friends. She was quick witted and funny; gifts that served her well as a youth counselor at Sifton House and as a Legal Aid Officer. On both career paths she gave back to humanity. She often made mention of the dry humour of the Blackfoot people – something she embraced as she grew through life. She loved the outdoors, camping and hiking. Donna followed the family way of hunting briefly in her youth when she harvested a gopher with a .22. The event so traumatized her she broke with tradition and never hunted again. Her favourite place was Vancouver Island – particularly the west coast and Long Beach. She tried to make at least one pilgrimage every year. She shared herself on many trips with her family to that magical place. A big piece of her will always be with us there, and we will all feel her presence in that wonderful place.

A celebration of her unique life will be held at the Pincher Creek United Church Saturday October 17th at 2 p.m. following a family graveside service.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Pincher Creek SPCA (PO Box 2647, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (P.O. Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7).



1916 – 2015

MARGARET DONALDA KING, nee Greer, beloved wife of the late Ralph King, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Fairmont Extendicare, on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at the grand age of 99 years.

Margaret was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan and moved to Coaldale at the age of two where she received her schooling and lived until her 95th year. It was in Coaldale that she married Ralph and raised their three children. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Erdmann of Vernon, son Dennis (Dianne) of Lethbridge and son Terry (Judith) of Ottawa. Margaret cherished her 6 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph, her parents Roy and Eva Greer, sisters Rhoda (Toots) Holtman and Alma (Babe) Cross, and brother Gordon.

Throughout her lifetime, Margaret’s love of Coaldale was evident by her active involvement in her community. She was a key member of the Coaldale History Book Committee. Marg was a lifelong member of Coaldale United Church’s Eva Greer UCW and Pythian Sisters.

Marg’s interests and creative talents were many. Her china painting, photography skills and hobbies of sewing, knitting, coin and stamp collecting and scrapbooking were all enhanced by her sense of perfectionism.

At home, Marg was a wonderful homemaker; avid fan of her children’s varied interests and accomplishments and she loved each of her grandchildren dearly.

The family would like to extend our thanks to the staff at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale and Fairmont Extendicare in Lethbridge whose devoted care enhanced Marg’s quality of life in her declining years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the COALDALE UNITED CHURCH – 2022 18th Street, Coaldale, Alberta on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Service at the Coaldale Cemetery.

In memory of Margaret, donations may be made to the Coaldale United Church – 2022 18th Street, Coaldale, Alberta T1M 1E9.

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Patricia Klok

1964 – 2015

With deep sorrow we announce the passing away of our dear mother, oma, daughter and sister, Patricia Geraldine Klok, beloved wife of the late Peter Nelis Klok, on October 11, 2015 at the young age of 51 years.

An opportunity for condolences will be held between 7:00 PM and 8:00PM, on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601-3a Street South.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601-3a Street South with Rev. Bazen officiating. Interment to follow in the Picture Butte Memorial Cemetery.

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Vern Smathers

1944 – 2015

 Vern Robert Smathers, beloved husband of Phyllis Smathers, passed away in Lethbridge on Monday, October 12, 2015 at the age of 71 years.
 A private committal service will be held prior to the funeral service at the Taber Memorial Garden.
 The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Besides Phyllis, his wife of fifty three years, Vern is survived by their three children Kelly (Paul) Elser of Lethbridge, Darrin (Yvonne) Smathers of Taber and Joy (Terry) Smathers-Stasiuk of Calgary; grandchildren Ryley and Alexa Elser, Alana (Andrew) Corial, Larissa (Edge) Smathers-Halliday, Jessica (Martin) Hepp, Tarin (Will) Denny, Mackayla Gilmour and Kaelynn and Logan Stasiuk; great grandchildren Carmin Corial, Savannah and Liam Halliday and Seth Denny. He is also survived by his brother Darrel (Marlene) Smathers; sisters Brenda (Verne) Schneider and Debbie (Harvey) Bechtold; brothers-in-law Roy (Janice) Funk and Calvin (Linda) Biem; sister-in-law LaVane Cowie and numerous nieces and nephews.
 He was predeceased by his parents Harvey and Hazel Smathers, sister Veryl Funk, brother Brian Smathers and father and mother-in-law Lorrene and Joy Biem.
 Vern especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Vern’s name may be made directly to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V5, to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (Intensive Care Unit), 960 – 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 or to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326- 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Valerie Sullivan

1958 – 2015

Mrs. Valerie Sullivan, beloved wife of Mr. Dan Sullivan, passed away on October 5, 2015 at the age of 57 years.

Valerie Jane Wilkie was born June 2, 1958 in Nipigon, Ontario to Frederick Donald Wilkie and Lilly Doreen Wilkie. She and her two older sisters, Susan and Julia, moved to Alberta six weeks after Val was born. The Wilkie family resided in Nobleford, Milk River and then Lethbridge. Val attended Milk River Elementary School, Fleetwood Bawden Elementary School, Gilbert Paterson Junior High School, and graduated from LCI high school in 1976.

Growing up, Val always loved animals. From an early age, she loved horses, especially dapple greys. She took riding lessons in grade school and continued to admire them throughout her life.

In 1988 Val married the love of her life, Dan Sullivan. With her husband, Val raised English Springer Spaniels, showing them and training them in obedience. Val was assistant manager at Peoples Jewellers but then decided to change her career and pursue her love of animals. She joined her mother and sisters at Pet Parade, where she worked for 38 years, becoming manager and eventually owner. Her customers were her friends.

In 1990, Val and Dan welcomed their daughter Kendra into the world. It was their greatest pleasure to watch Kendra grow up.

Val loved walks in the coulees with her family and dogs, especially in the fall, enjoying the colours and crunchy leaves. Bird watching was another passion. She enjoyed gardening and her backyard was her private oasis, a place of beauty and relaxation. Friends and family were always welcome in that oasis, the site of many BBQs and family celebrations. Every season and holiday was celebrated, the house decorated with the beautiful crafts Val had made. Holidays were always a time when Val, Dan and Kendra welcomed family and friends for supper, laughs, and companionship.

In recent years Val pursued the photography of birds and nature, where her eye for beauty shone through. Waterton, Drumheller and Vancouver Island were her favorite destinations for holidays with family. With a heart of gold, she instilled a love of nature, gardening, animals, art and family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB with Canon Allan McCuaig, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Michaels Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Ave. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5 or PBS Masterpiece Theatre, at KSPS Public Television, Patty Starkey Fund for programming, 3911 S Regal Spokane, WA 98223

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PAUL VOGT, beloved husband of Alice, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


1924 – 2015

LILIAN MAUD WILBOR, cherished wife of John Wilbor of Coaldale, passed away peacefully with elegance at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on September 25, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

Born in London England on June 21, 1924 to Joseph Melhuish (1899 – 1984) and Edith Melhuish (1900 – 1967). The family immigrated to Calgary Alberta in 1926 where her sister Hazel was born (1929 – 2009).

Lilian made a career in the Royal Bank of Canada where she broke many barriers for women in banking, like staying employed after marriage and pregnancy.

Lil met John Dunn Wilbor, and married in 1957, renewed their vows in 2007 and had an epic love affair that has spanned 7 decades and produced two daughters. Together there was nothing they would not try, they lived in Calgary, Dawson Creek, Edmonton, Delta, New West, Surrey and Coaldale.

Mom was a lovely woman who lived her life with dignity and grace and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are husband and soul mate John, daughters Joni (Dan) Cahill, Lori (Tim) Gibson and grandchildren Pam, Chris, Mike (Liana), J.C., Sarah, Erin and Bryson, as well as her extended family and the many friends she made throughout her lifetime.

Lilian would like to be remembered as a loving and gracious wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend.

A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at The ANGLICAN CHURCH OF ASCENSION – 2113 17 Street, Coaldale, Ab at 7:00 P.M.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the ANGLICAN CHURCH OF ASCENSION, Coaldale, Ab, on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Canon Erin Phillips officiating.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

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