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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 9, 2015.

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Sandra Bellew

1942 – 2015

Ms. Sandra Bellew of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the age of 73 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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

Mary Biggers

1925 – 2015

Mary Biggers of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Boyd Biggers, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the age of 90 years.

Mary was born to Clarence and Clara Kaupp in New Dayton on June 27, 1925. She was the third oldest of eleven children. She married Boyd Biggers from Warner on August 11, 1954 and celebrated 40 wonderful years of marriage with six children.

Mary took her teacher training at Calgary Normal School in 1944. Her teaching career began in January 1945 at Evergreen, a one-room school west of Red Deer. She also taught in Coaldale, Diamond City, New Dayton and Warner, retiring in 1986. Boyd and Mary moved from Warner to Lethbridge that same year.

After retirement you could always find Mary doing the daily crossword or reading a good book, her mind was forever sharp.

Mary is survived by her children; Bettyann Cooper, Gail Hohn (Scott Newinger), Barry (Helga) Biggers, Valerie (Dean) Lumley, Shannon (Dave) Howe and Nancy Biggers, as well as 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings August (Anne) Kaupp, Mildred Shutty, Imma Fowler, Victor (Laverne) Kaupp, Lawrence (Dianna) Kaupp and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her loving husband Boyd who passed away in 1994, she was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Ruth Shaw, Anna Pittman, Clemence Kaupp, Rosemarie Erdos, and Edmund Kaupp.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 6:00pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, November 9, 2015 at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 12 Ave South, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th St. S. Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2M7.

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 Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society of Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario. M2P 2A9

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



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roberta Maruca of Blairmore, Alberta who was called to be with the Lord on November 5, 2015 while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre. She was blessed with 83 wonderful years.

She is survived by her children, Claire (George) Holt of Coleman, Cheryl (Randy) Parsons of Ft. McMurray and James Maruca of Calgary; her longtime friend, Jean Nicifore; her grandchildren, Michelle (Riley) Leroux, Chantal (Ryan) Leroux, Bonnie (Mark) How and Neil Parsons; her great grandchildren, Sarah, Ethan, Aaron, Marina and Kristen; her siblings, Joseph Lothian, Phyllis Armstrong and Arthur Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family; and her many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gino Maruca; her parents, Robert & Caroline Phillips; her brother, George “Dodie” Lothian; and her twin sister, Alberta Blas.

With respect for her wishes, no funeral services will be held.

Donations in memory may be made to the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (Palliative Care Program), Bag 1, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0.

Condolences may be registered at http://www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555.

MICHAEL VINCENT MOUNTAIN HORSE passed away in Cardston on November 1st, 2015 at the age of 46 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Sunday, November 8th from 7:00 – 11 p.m. continuing all night at Bernadine Mountain Horse’s residence. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym on Monday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


JAMES HENRY OSTRUP passed away on October 29, 2015 after suffering a stroke on Oct 4. Jim was born on March 7, 1931 to Bessie Nelson and James Ostrup Sr. in Taber, AB and spent his growing up years in Picture Butte. Jim joined the army in 1950 when he was 19 years old and he was a member of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. While serving in the Korean War, his battalion earned the United States Presidential Unit Citation for their participation in the battle of Kapyong, a very rare honour for a Canadian Unit. Jim signed up for the Airborne (Paratroopers), did 19 jumps in his career and earned his “wings”. From 1953-55 he served with NATO in Germany and then in 1964 he served for five months in the Belgian Congo as a UN Peacekeeper. He retired to civilian life in 1966. Jim married Frances Drake in 1958 and they have been together for over 57 years. In 1967, the family moved to Picture Butte where Jim was employed at Kane Farms and the Picture Butte sugar factory. The kids have fond memories of their dad happily whistling as he walked home through the coulees. Jim retired from the Taber sugar factory in 1992 and for the next 20 years, Jim and Frances spent the winters in Texas, where they loved to dance, play crib and go on weekly trips to Mexico. Jim enjoyed all sports, especially the Blue Jays. He worked hard at anything he did. He loved gardening and his yard was always beautiful. Jim was a character and he loved to tease and laugh. He loved his family. Jim spent many happy hours playing crib in his garage with his buddies from the cul-de-sac, even leaving an unfinished game still set up in the garage as a reminder of our loss. Each year he marched in remembrance of the fallen soldiers. This year he will march as one of them. Jim was predeceased by his oldest son Neil. He will always be remembered by his wife, Frances; Karen (Dave) Lakusta; Cindy (Jim) Toone; Sheri (Albert) VanNistelrooy; Jimmie (Karen) Ostrup; Glen (Jody) Ostrup; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Mueller and the nursing staff at CRH for their wonderful care of Jim. Please join the family for a celebration of Jim’s life on November 10th, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge.


ALICE LORETTA THOM (nee Parfitt), of Lethbridge, passed away at the Good Samaritan Society – Park Meadows Village on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the age of 94 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405 – 12 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In Memory of Alice, donations may be made to the Interfaith Food Bank, 1103 – 3 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, T1H 0H7

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


CRAIG DUDLEY WILSON, beloved husband of Crystal Steadman of Raymond, passed away in High River on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the age of 55 years.

He is the loving father of Justin (Bonnie) Wilson and their daughter Grace; and Megan Wilson.

Craig is also survived by his father Tom (Marilyn) Wilson; brother Rick (Irene) Wilson; sisters: Gina (Bruce) Jackson, Tricia (Kevin) Nicol, Diana Walker; brother Brian (Elizabeth) Walker and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his mother and stepfather, Mary Anne and Morris Walker.

Craig was born in Magrath and grew up in Utah and Magrath. He was a talented carpenter and ran businesses in Lethbridge, Orillia, Ontario, and Logan, Utah.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, MAGRATH GARDEN CHAPEL, Magrath, Alberta.

Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Interment to follow in the Magrath Cemetery.

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