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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 3, 2015.

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Michael “Mike” Bitango

1928 – 2015

Mr. Michael “Mike” Bitango of Lethbridge, passed away at Good Samaritans Park Meadows on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the age of 87 years.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Good Samaritans Park Meadows Lodge Recreational program, at 1511 15 Ave N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 1W2

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

Virginia “Gina” Cattoni

1924 – 2015

Virginia “Gina” Cattoni passed away peacefully in Lethbridge at Chinook Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family, on Friday October 30, 2015 at the age of 91 years.

Gina was born and raised in Manzano di Mori, Trento, Italy. She followed the love of her life, her late husband Joseph Cattoni, when she moved to Canada in 1950. The two were married on December 26, 1950. Gina and Joe were lifetime members of the Romulus and Remus Italian Canadian Club and were proud of their Italian roots. She worked for years at the University of Lethbridge and truly loved her time there. In 1986, Gina retired to take care of her grandchildren. Family meant everything to her and she was happiest when surrounded by the people she loved.

She also loved her home and especially her garden. She had a green thumb and would spend hours in her garden. Geraniums were her flower of choice and they lined the steps to her house with bright red and pink blossoms. Another passion of Gina’s was knitting. She was a master with knitting needles and was proud to show others her beautifully crafted sweaters and blankets. She was also a talented cook; a talent which frequently brought her family together. Gina’s love of life, warmth, genuine care for others, patience and sense of humour will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She lived a long life and we feel blessed to have shared, with her, so many wonderful memories.

Gina is survived by her children Renzo of Toronto, Doris (John) Kostiuk of Lethbridge and their children Elaina (Shane) and Lorenzo, Sergio (Renee) of Lethbridge and their children Colby-Jo (Tyler) and Matteo, and Mauro of Lethbridge, and his children Eric and Alexandra; brother Francesco (Carolina) Vettori of Italy; sister-in-law Lilia Cattoni, brother-in-law John Augustyn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gina was predeceased by her parents Giorgio and Coronata Vettori; her husband Joseph Cattoni; her sister, Amalia Augustyn; and her brother Remo Vettori.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at ST. BASILS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 – 13th Street North, Lethbridge, with Father Lukas Drapal officiating. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 724 13 St N, Lethbridge, AB T1H 2T1.

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

Gary Richard Clayton

1951 – 2015

Mr. Gary Richard Clayton of Warner, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the age of 64 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


GEORGE ANDREW GANGUR, beloved husband of Mary Ellen Gangur, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa, on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., at OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB., with Father Kevin Tumback Officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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

The Lethbridge Herald would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the family of Bruce Harvey for the omission of the following obituary in the November 1, 2015 edition


ERNEST “BRUCE” HARVEY, beloved husband of the late Ruth, left this world peacefully on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Raymond at the age of 79 years.

He is the loving father of Patricia of Lundbreck, Phil (Wendy) of Raymond, Andy (Shannon) of Chilliwack, B.C., Rob (Shelly) of Stirling, Kim (Robert) of Lethbridge and Penny (Jason) also of Lethbridge. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Elva.

Dad was predeceased by his wife Ruth, parents Ernest and Ervie Harvey, in-laws Raymond and Nellie Watson, and Lou Watson.

Dad was born October 13, 1936 in Gormley, Ontario to Ernest and Ervie Harvey. He met his one true love and they married in 1955. Dad loved to tinker with anything that needed fixing and spent many hours in his shop. He was a handy guy and well known in the community as the “appliance repair man”. His evenings were spent side by side with Mom discussing the finer points of life or he was at the auction sales where he never could pass up a bargain. He was known for his infectious smile and great sense of humor. Dad was an active and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ronald Patrick Jackson

1938 – 2015

It is with immense sadness we announce the passing of Ronald Patrick Jackson on October 29, 2015 at the age of 77 years. His beloved wife Margaret predeceased him nine months earlier.

He will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by his children Ross (Marika) of Edmonton, and Julie of Lethbridge; grandchildren Alisha, Ashlee, Baylee, Jordan, Liam, Nolan and Olivia; great grandchildren Dominic and Teigan; sister Kitty Bain of Scotland; brothers Danny (Thelma) Jackson of Bancroft, ON, and Jackie (Jeanie) Jackson of Richmond, BC; sister-in-law’s Joan (Denis) Joyce of New Zealand and Eileen Ross of New Zealand; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, son-in-law Al Friesen, his sister Peggy Jackson, brother-in-law John Ross of New Zealand, sister-in-law Eileen Joseph of New Zealand, brother-in-law John Joseph of New Zealand, and parents John and Katherine.

Ron was born 3rd son of Katherine and John in Beresford Lake, Manitoba on January 2, 1938. His younger years were spent living throughout Manitoba, and Northern Ontario. Ron had great adventures travelling the world. He met the love of his life Margaret travelling in New Zealand. They finally settled in 1971 in Coleman, AB, to raise their family. In 2001 they moved to Lethbridge, AB.

Ron was a miner, he worked in many mines throughout Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He was an expert at driving “the Terex Titan”, the world’s largest truck in its time, displayed now in Sparwood, BC.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, with Maureen Condon Horon officiating.

Donations can be made in his name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7.

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

Bruce Webster
1957 – 2015
Bruce William Webster, beloved husband of Karen Webster, passed away in Taber on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the age of 58 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 3902 Heritage Drive, Taber on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
The Burial Service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 16204 Fort Rd NW, Edmonton on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
Bruce is survived by his wife Karen Webster, daughter Danielle (Andy) Makcrow of Calgary and the light of Bruce’s life, his grandson Mason whom Bruce affectionately called his “Monkeyshines”! He is also survived by his sisters Dianne (Len Moss-deceased) Webster and Eleanor Webster of Victoria, British Columbia and his nephew Aaron (Victoria) Webster of Vancouver, British Columbia and by numerous cousins and friends. Bruce has a very special relationship with Karen’s parents Tony and Irene Merkle of Taber. He will also be fondly remembered by Karen’s seven other siblings and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents F.D. Bill and Grace Webster and his brother-in-law Len Moss.
Bruce was born in Edmonton on March 18, 1957 and graduated from Ross Shepherd Composite High. He loved to learn and dedicated the remainder of his life to further education. He completed dozens of courses in addition to attending The University of Alberta, The University of Lethbridge and Ajou University in South Korea. Most recently, he graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Applied International Business and Supply Chain Management Degree in 2014.
Bruce was involved with the Canadian Bankers Association, served as a delegate with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and served as the General Manager for the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, just to name a few.
Bruce was especially proud of his military service. Having that connection in common with Karen sparked conversation which ignited their relationship leading to the marriage of his one true love, Karen Merkle and they were married in 1999.
Bruce’s final months on this earth were incredibly painful and difficult. Throughout his life, he touched many lives with his quiet, reserved and caring manner. In the end, he did the same during his illness, putting others before himself.
You never know how strong you are
until being strong is the only choice you have.
– Bob Marley
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bruce’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326- 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Taber Hospital, the Jack Ady Cancer Centre and the Lethbridge Pain Clinic.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


July 21, 1920, Vancouver BC – October 30, 2015, Lethbridge AB

JOHN JOSEPH (JACK) SIMPSON, beloved husband of the late Eileen Simpson, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at the age of 95 years surrounded by his family.

John is survived by his sister Agnes Heppner, his son John (Pat) Simpson and his daughter Margaret Leys. John has also left behind four grandchildren: Cameron Simpson, Curtis Simpson, Doug (Luana) Leys, Alivia (Ian) Bokvist-Leys as well as four great-grandchildren: Miranda (Simpson) Hargreaves, Mackenzie Bokvist, Cullan Bokvist, and Jack Leys.

John was predeceased by, his parents John and Margaret, his brothers Leo and Eddie, and his sisters Catherine, Marge and Isabelle.

John spent his early life in Vancouver until his family relocated to the Pincher Creek area. He was kept busy working on the family farm. In April 1941, John was deployed overseas and served in the First Armed Brigade R.C.E.M.E and held the rank of Craftsman.

During some time spent in England, John met the love of his life Eileen O’Sullivan. When the war ended in 1945, John made the move back to Southern Alberta with Eileen and their infant son John. Not long after they were settled, they were blessed with another child, daughter Margaret. While the kids were young, John ranched and farmed in the Pincher Creek and Lethbridge area. Eventually, John and Eileen moved the family to Lethbridge, and in 1960 he began a 25 year career as a postal carrier with Canada Post until his retirement in 1985.

John was an avid outdoorsmen – he loved fishing and camping, especially sitting around the campfire. He loved being surrounded by family and friends and never turned down a good game of cribbage or a round of darts. He was more than happy to welcome visitors and was quick to offer a drink – dark rum and coke was his favorite.

John was much loved and will be missed by many. He didn’t leave this world without imparting on his friends and family the importance of enjoying the simple pleasures in life – a roaring campfire, a good story, or a funny joke. But most importantly, he knew the value of family and was always there when needed.

A funeral service will be held at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, on Wednesday, Nov 4th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

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