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By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on November 16, 2015.

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SHIRLEY YVONNE BEANE (nee HELMER), beloved wife of the late Oren Beane, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit after a brief but courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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

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.

A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Coast Hotel (526 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, AB)

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


Elsie Bohle of Pincher Creek, beloved wife of the late Renard Bohle, passed away on November 11, 2015 at the age of 102 years.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday November 16, 2015 at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Andrew Craig Officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Good Samaritan’s Society Vista Village, P.O. Box 1510, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0.



DINI COLE, born November 28th, 1925 in Hilversum, Holland to Evert and Aaltje (Alie) deVos, beloved wife of the late Clifford Cole, passed away peacefully at Extendicare Fairmont Park in Lethbridge on November 12th, 2015, sixteen days short of her 90th birthday.

Dini fell in love with Cliff, a Canadian solider at the end of WWII and they were married on May 8th, 1946 in Hilversum, Holland. She then immigrated to Canada as a War Bride, travelling alone at 21 years of age. Cliff waited for her arrival at Pier 21 in Halifax. She never returned to Holland, as Canada was her new home. They lived for a short time in Belleville, Ontario on the family farm. The couple soon moved to Lethbridge and Dini’s parents and siblings joined them from Holland in 1948. She was an active member of the Alberta War Brides Association, making many friends. Dini worked for a number of years at Leo Singer’s Men’s & Boys Wear in sales and as a seamstress. She was a very active member of the First United Church and was very passionate about singing in the choir.

Dini was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was pre-deceased by her husband Cliff in November 2006. She is survived by siblings Gerri and Nick deVos, and Evelyn (Bill) Visser; four children: Ed Cole (Linda Linden), Bob (Barb) Cole, Diana (Gary) Yoshinaka, and Doug Cole (Penny Jack); seven grandchildren: Cory (Ross), Jesse (Dana), Chris (Monica), Lindsay (Scott), Cyndi (Jeff), Andrew (Tegan), and Tyler; and thirteen great-grandchildren: Janae, Cameron, Cole, Christian, Cayden, Leanne, Owen, Brody, Travis, Jayce, Ryker, Jasper, and Makaylee.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Extendicare for their wonderful compassionate care over the last five years. Dini enjoyed living there and felt very close to everyone.

A private family service will be held at a later date with burial in the Field of Honor beside her husband.

In memory of Dini, memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimer’s Society, 740-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9.

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


CLARA MARIE CUTFORTH (nee Ziefflie), beloved wife of the late Roy Cutforth of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the age of 93. Clara was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. She will be remembered by her daughter Joyce (Allen) DeBoer, their children: Kendra (Chris) and great grandson Sheamus Holmes, Aaron (Alysa Baker) DeBoer; daughter Shirley (deceased) (Walter) Badham, their children: Sherry Lynn (Alex) Hoffman and family, Brian (Jana) Badham, and Donna Badham; daughter Eva Dunn (deceased) and children: Daryll Dunn, Diana (Lance) and great grandson William Kostiw. She was predeceased by her husband Roy and daughters Shirley Badham and Eva Dunn. She will be forever loved and missed, but never forgotten. May she rest in peace, until we meet again. In accordance with Clara’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Chinook Regional Hospital for their special care and kindness that Clara received.

 Darryl Olson

1946 – 2015
 Darryl Robert Olson, beloved husband of Marlene Olson, passed away peacefully in Calgary on Monday, November 9, 2015 at the age of 69 years.
 The Funeral Service will be held at the Heritage Inn, 4830 – 46 Avenue, Taber on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. A private committal service will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
 Darryl will forever be held in loving memory by his wife Marlene Olson (nee Kolody) as well as his children Kent Olson of Taber and Candice Olson (Wayne Reti) of Calgary. He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren Wyatt and Makenna Reti.
 He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Doris Olson and brother Ken Olson.
 Born on August 10, 1946, Darryl was raised, schooled, married and began his first business in Bow Island. Darryl purchased Peterson Transport at the age of twenty four years old and worked as a proud and dedicated owner/operator. He purchased Hart Transport in 1984 and moved his family to Taber. Darryl was known in the community for his business acumen. He was a man of his word; a man who meant what he said and said what he meant. To his family and friends he was known as a guide, mentor and a caring man who could always be counted on. He showed unending dedication and loyalty to the ones he loved. While receiving treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre this summer, he quickly developed a reputation with the staff. Darryl was the happy, positive guy who made the nurses laugh, had a story to share and kept them stocked with corn throughout the corn season.
 Darryl loved to drive a truck! After thirty years in business for himself, he retired and began driving for various potato farmers in and around the Taber community. Darryl lived for harvest season! When Darryl was not driving, he enjoyed spending time with his close-knit group of friends vacationing, playing cards and socializing. After a brief hiatus, he rediscovered his love for motorbikes and spent hours and hours ‘putting miles’ on his bike travelling with Kent. One of his favorite annual trips was to Sturgis, North Dakota. Darryl has also been a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for forty six years and although he left Bow Island many years earlier, he was still able to attend Elks functions.
 Although Darryl presented a strong outward persona, he was well known by those close to him as a kind and gentle man with a special affection for puppies and babies! For many years you would have been hard pressed to find Darryl driving through town without his four-legged buddy, Oscar; Darryl and Marlene’s bichon shih tzu. Two of his favorite little people arrived in 2009 and then in 2011 with the birth of his grandchildren Wyatt and Makenna. Papa, as he was known, loved to spend time with them. Papa liked to make the kids laugh and his favorite method was tickling.
 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Darryl’s name may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2.
 Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778. Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


PHYLLIS GRAYSON passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


1919 – 2015

ALBERT KNISPEL, beloved husband of the late Meta Knispel, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Legacy Lodge, on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at the age of 95 years.

He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Marlene Young (Al Janke) and Marlene’s children; Deon (Jodi) Young, Shaun (Heather) Young and Kori (Brent) Watt, grandchildren Cheryl and Michael Klack as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Also left to mourn his passing are his sisters, Olga and Lil.

Along with his wife Meta, Albert was predeceased by his daughter Gwen Klack, grandson Jason Klack and parents, Lydia and Robert Knispel.

At Albert’s request, a private Celebration of Life will be held.

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


MIKE KRYSA, beloved husband of Mary Krysa, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully surrounded by love at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary, AB, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the age of 59 years.

He is the loving father of Helena (Jason) Eremenko (Adriana and Cain) of Medicine Hat, AB; Adam (Megan) Krysa (Benjamin and Zander) of Lethbridge, AB. Brother Alex (Eva) Krysa – Slawek Krysa (Darnell), Andre (Edyta) Fraczek (Christopher & Sebastian) of Lethbridge, AB. Sister, Stania (Jerry) Slomkowski – Beata & Travis North (Kasha & Michael); Derek (Tara) Slomkowski (Jordan & Jillian) of Calgary,AB. Brother, Charlie (Rosemarie) Krysa – Laura & Junior Olivier (Wyatt & Tiana) of Calgary, AB; Cheryl (Josh) Boyer of Lethbridge,AB. Sister in law Irene (Joe) Ramotowski – Christina (Scott) Marta, John (Pam) Ramotowski (Jackson & Maxim), Irena (Todd) Jackson (Emily& Liam) of Calgary, AB; Tony (Carie) Ramotowski (Brooklyn) of Lethbridge, AB. Sister in law Ella (Tadek) Wac (Sebastian & Adrian) of Poland, brother in law Andrzej (Wanda) Gardocki – Justyna (Lukasz), Emily (Wojciech) of Poland. As well as many cousins and relatives in both Canada and Poland.

Mike was predeceased by his parents Genowefa and Ben Krysa, sister Marianna and husband John Kapalka and sister in law Kristina Staniurska.

Mike came to Canada in1969 from Poland with his parents, one sister Marianna and one brother Charlie. Working as an electrician at Triple M Homes for over 25 years, he gained many friends and earned the love and respect of colleagues. On December 11th, 1979, he met the love of his life and nine days later she became his wife. Over 35 years together they raised an amazing family and welcomed four beautiful grandchildren. Along the way, Mike mastered the art of fishing and camping, all the while utilizing his big heart to bring everyone around him closer. His presence will be eternally felt by all those who loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayer Services at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. BASIL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604-13th Street North, Lethbridge on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Lukas Drapel, Celebrant.

Cremation to follow.

In memory of Mike, donations may be made to the charity closest to your heart.

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

O’CONNOR, Mark Eoghan

It is with heavy hearts that Mark’s family announces his sudden passing on November 10, 2015 at the age of 32.

He will be lovingly remembered by his father, John; mother, Jenny; brothers, Aidan and Donal; step-mother, Charlene; step-brothers, Garret and Derick; step-sister, Justine; and grandmother, Bid; as well as numerous family members in Nova Scotia, Ireland, Sweden, and Germany, England, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Mark is now reunited with his baby brother Ronan (2013).

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton, Alberta. To access Meridian Street, you MUST be heading south on Highway 216. Access is 1 km south of the Sherwood Park Freeway.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lethbridge Food Bank Society, 1016 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0C9

To send condolences, please visit: http://www.connelly-mckinley.com

Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home

Edmonton South

(780) 468-2222

Helen Petker

1931 – 2015

Mrs. Helen Petker of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. Peter Petker, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 4:00 and 5:00pm on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 St. S. Lethbridge, AB.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am, on Monday, November 16, 2015 in the COALDALE MENNONITE CEMETERY. A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00pm, at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18 St. Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sandy Regier of Martin Brothers.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Gideon’s Lethbridge Camp, c/o John Regier, 2225- 27 Ave S. Lethbridge, AB, T1K 6K5.

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

PIKE, Thomas Henry

THOMAS HENRY PIKE passed away peacefully at his home near Powell River, BC on Monday, November 9, 2015, at the age of 88 years.

Thomas is survived by his three sons: Tom (Kim) of Surrey, BC, Greg of Powell River, BC, and Roger (Margaret) of Lethbridge, AB; four grandchildren: David (Jennifer), Daryl, Josie and Kyle; one great-granddaughter, Kalina, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Joan, (August 2003), sister Hilda May “Tess”, and brother Ernest.

Born and raised in southern Ontario, Thomas began his career with Chrysler Canada at the age of 19. It was here where he met the love of his life, Joan Brokenshire, and they were married on October 9, 1948. As a District Manager, Thomas and his young family were transferred to various locations across Western Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Red Deer. He retired in 1977 after 31 years. He enjoyed spending time with his companion dogs, watching hockey, and living near the ocean.

At his request, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place.

Stubberfield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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