January 16th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on December 22, 2015.



Margaret Ann Baron

1921 – 2015

Mrs. Margaret Ann Baron of Milk River (formerly of Warner) passed away at the Milk River hospital on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the age of 94 years.

Margaret was born in Lethbridge on August 29, 1921 where she subsequently was raised on the family farm east of Warner by her parents Beattie and Edith Lillie. As an adolescent and into her teen years she attended Lillieview School out east of Warner until she reached grade 12 where she then finished her schooling and graduated in Milk River while staying with some good and longtime family friends, the Madge family.

Shortly after finishing her studies in Milk River, Margaret attended a business school in Lethbridge where she met her future husband and the man she would start her family with; William Baron, a British Royal Air Force Pilot stationed in the city training pilots for the War overseas. After a brief courting, which included the occasional RAF dance with company of many friends, they married on June 19, 1943. A little time passed after the honeymoon when Bill had to return to England to do his part in the War and his Bride followed him on a convoy ship as soon as she could. They lived in Oldham, Lancashire in the heart of England where they met many lifelong friends, most especially Edie Waterworth, who she continued sharing letters with right up until the end. During their time in Lancashire they had their first child, Beverley, who was born just a few days before the Allied Forces Triumphs on D-Day.

After the War, they returned to Warner with their new child and began their lives in farming. They settled down on a piece of land just south of town and tilled and cared for the land well enough for three more children to be brought up in their care and nurturing.

After Bill passed in the spring of 1979, Margaret moved to Lethbridge where she resided until 2005. During much of her time in Lethbridge she was happy to have Chester Stroman as her companion for many great years until his passing. That year Margaret moved back to Milk River to live with her oldest daughter Beverley and for a time afterwards, her daughter Paula and son-in-law Bill.

Those who knew Margaret, understood that there was a certain expectancy of hearing any sort of out this world comment at anytime, a woman who was never afraid to have an opinion and just say what she thought was appropriate at the time, regardless of whether others would agree with her judgment of what was considered appropriate. Almost everyone seems to wholeheartedly agree that she was truly one of a kind. Full of life, always enjoyed a good joke or water fight, and most especially she loved and cared for her family. She was very close with every member, and really taught her Grandchildren the true meaning of a ‘Grandmothers Touch’.

Margaret is survived by her four children Beverley Balog of Milk River and her children, Kevin (Shawna) of Warner and Richard of Milk River. Derek (Wendy) Baron and their children, Cam (Jackie) of Detroit and Ryan (Sherry) of Warner. Blake (Pinky) Baron and their child, Asher of Ghana and Blake’s sons Jesse and Tanner (Amanda) of Warner. Paula (Bill) Kaupp and their children, Jaime (Jordy) Metzger of Coaldale, Lindsay (Ivor) of Coaldale, Jon (Jessica) of Lethbridge and Clint of Milk River. She is also survived by Jan Baron of Warner; 13 great- grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Beattie and Edith Lillie; three brothers and one sister; son-in-law Gordon Balog; companion Chester Stroman; and her husband William Baron.

The family would like to especially thank the caretakers at Prairie Rose Lodge and the Milk River Hospital for the good care and comfort they provided Margaret in her final years.

A Visitation Service will be held between 3:00 and 5:00pm on Monday, December 21, 2015, at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Memorial Celebration will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the WARNER ELKS HALL.

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Gary D. Buckland

1956 – 2015

Gary Douglas Buckland passed away peacefully at Lethbridge Regional Hospital on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from pneumonia, following a lengthy illness. Gary is survived by his sons, Stephen and David Buckland; their mother, Jacky Hall-Buckland; his brothers Don and Lorne Buckland and his sister Julia Gaye Sjoberg. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen (Hewson) and Richard Buckland.

Gary was born in Calgary on May 31, 1956 and finished high school there in 1974. After his mother passed away in the fall of 1974, he helped hold the family together and worked at CP Rail. After making a bet with a close family friend, he returned to school and obtained his BSc and MSc in agriculture from the University of Alberta. Gary started work as a Drainage Specialist with Alberta Agriculture in Lethbridge in 1982 and worked there in various capacities until he suffered a stroke in May 2000. His illness prevented him from completing his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan.

Gary was a kind, compassionate, loving and generous man who was dedicated to his family and to his work as a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture until his illness took him away from us. He loved to tease (especially his sister & nieces) and had a quick wit, always making us laugh. He was a wonderful skier (both downhill & water) and loved to play cards (remember those long nights of competitive hearts and cribbage at the cabin). He will be missed.

Special thanks to Gordon, Chad and Kari for their kindness in caring for Gary over the past few weeks.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411-11 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Canon James Robinson, officiating. Please don’t send flowers, but please DO send memories for sharing.

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Dolly Bullock
1912 – 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dolly Lavina Bullock (nee Browning) in Taber on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the age of 102 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, December 20, 2015 between 6:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. and also at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday, December 21, 2015 between 12:00 P.M. and 12:40 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taber Stake Centre, 4709 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Dolly leaves to mourn her three children Elaine (Doran) Hirsche Wilkes of Orem, Utah, Garold (Margaret) Bullock of Taber and Diane (Leo) Layton of Taber, daughter-in-law Jean Bullock, fifteen grandchildren, forty eight great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert Bullock, infant son Ronald Bullock, son Kenneth Bullock, grandson Curtis Bullock, parents Ernest and Daisy Browning, son-in-law Delynn Hirsche, sisters Sylvia Tufts and Edna Young, brothers Jack and Tom Browning, sisters-in-law Hanna and Jean Browning, brother-in-law Ralph Tufts.
Dolly was born the second of five children to Arthur Ernest Browning and Daisy Hunwick Browning. She grew up in Bow Island and shortly after moved to Taber, where her father opened the Taber Bakery. Mom worked at the bakery helping whenever she could. Her parents both passed away when she was in her mid-teens, leaving her to run the bakery and raise her brothers who were nine and eleven.
She fell in love and married Albert Bullock on July 6, 1934. Together they enjoyed their ready made family. Their first baby was born and died shortly after. Soon they were blessed with four more children Elaine, Garold, Kenneth and Diane. After Diane was born they moved their little family to the Bullock farm east of town. Things were tough and the work was hard. Mom had as many as six hired men to cook for at one time. Her world was shattered on May 11, 1961 when lightening struck and killed the love of her life. After that mom went to Calgary and completed a business course, moved into town and went to work for the Southern Alberta
Co-op. When she retired from there,she was often back helping her brother Jack at the bakery.
Mom enjoyed music and would spend hours playing the piano. She loved to sing and sang with the church choir as well as with the Parkside Choralaires. Mom liked to embroider and knit when time permitted. She loved to watch curling (Dad was an avid curler) and she would spend the curling season in front of the television. She also enjoyed a good hockey game on television. She was a wonderful mother and good friend to all. “Always the lady”.
When mom was ninety six we finally convinced her to sell her home and move into the lodge. We, as her family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the management and staff of the Clearview Lodge and the Taber Health Centre for the excellent and tender care she was given.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


RICHARD SEMPY FERGUSON, beloved husband of Marjorie for over 60 years, passed away at St, Michael’s Health Centre –Palliative Care Unit, in Lethbridge on December 12th, 2015, at the age of 84 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH – 411 11th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Canon James P. Robinson officiating. A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Memorial Service.

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David F. Goertzen passed away peacefully, Friday, December 18, 2015, at the age of 94 beloved husband of the late Louise Goertzen. A celebration of Life to be announced at later date Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish to make memorial donations to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) 210-2946 32 Street NE, Calgary AB, T1Y 6J7.


KAVEN RITA REANNE MANY SHOTS – KASHEEP, was a young, beautiful, woman that still had a fulfilling life ahead of her but God decided to call her home on Saturday December 12, 2015 at the age of 18 years.

A Funeral Mass will be held at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH – Blood Reserve, Alberta, on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawell Andrasz O.M.I.

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1957 – 2015

George Mervyn Rauws beloved husband of Shelly Rauws, passed away in Taber on Friday December 18, 2015 at the age of 58 years.


It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

IRENE PALOTAI passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at the age of 84. She will be fondly remembered by her daughters Irene (Peter) Andor, Maggie Adamuv and special friend Harry Munroe, her five grandchildren Zsa Zsa (Bob), Julie, Elizabeth (Ron), Frank (Susan), Marika (Shane), her 13 great- grandchildren; James, Cory, Dreana, Lemonia, Joseph, Emily, Holly, Matthew, Virginia, Thomas, Brayden, Kobi and Nova-Lee.

Mom came to Canada in 1957 from Hungary to make a better life for us. She took great pride in her work ethic, her garden and the meals prepared for her family.

We will be forever grateful for your bravery, your strength and your determination. We love you mom, rest in peace.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

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Hazel Mary Simanton

1915 – 2015

Mrs. Hazel Mary Simanton of Foremost, beloved wife of the late Mr. Edward Cecil Simanton, passed away at the Bow Island Health Centre on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the age of 100 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Anno Slomp

1928 – 2015

At the age of 87years, Anno Slomp went to be with his heavenly Father on December 16.

Born in Drenthe, the Netherlands, he immigrated to Canada in 1954. He was pre deceased by Ena, his loving wife of 57 years. Together they raised 6 children: Klaas (Deb) of Lethbridge and their children Jessica (Brian Cool), Laura (Dan Booy), and Brad (Nicole); Mike (Judy) of Edmonton and their children Stefan (Kimberly), Caitlin, and Genieva; Flo, of Edmonton; Allan (Betty) of Nobleford and their children Shelly (Jon Pfeffel), Matt (Alexandria), Scott (Chelsey Van Vaerenbergh), and Alyssa (Travis Tams); Grace (Mike Pool) of Vienna, Virginia and their children Jordan and Joel; Mel (Anita) of Edmonton and their children Kyria, Cameron, and Julia. He was also blessed with seven great grandchildren: Oren, Ryleigh, Beckett, Avianna, Ariella, Josiah, and Isaiah. Dad has two surviving sisters and three brothers. In addition, he loved and was loved by an extensive extended family and numerous friends.

He was a compassionate man, a gentle soul; active in his church, farming and school communities, and in areas of special interest such as prison ministry.

Friends and family may pay their respects between 6:30pm and 8:00pm, on Monday, December 21, 2015, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th Street S. Lethbridge.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the NOBLEFORD CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 522 Highway Avenue, Nobleford.

As family, we thank many, including the staff at the Good Samaritan – West Highlands facility who cared for both mom and dad over the past few years. Also, we appreciate the medical attention provided to dad in the past two months by the staff and physicians of Unit 4b at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Lastly, we thank Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels for their services.

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FUMIKO “FUMI” TAMAGI, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Coaldale Health Centre on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at the age of 93 years.

She is the loving mother of Fay (Sandy) Oakes of Coaldale and a

cherished grandmother to Jason (Doreen) Oakes (and children Kailey & Lila) of Lethbridge and Kimi (James) Livingston of Black Falls, Alberta.

She was predeceased by her son Toshi, brothers Tash, Naoto, Masao, Nup, Harpo and Kiyo, sisters Dori, Momoyo and Yaeko and parents Toyoki and Haru.

Born in Vancouver, B.C. on January 13th, 1922 Fumi had her early education in Mission City, B.C., graduating from Mission High School in 1939. She went to the University of Alberta to train as a teacher in 1951. Fumi taught for two years in Picture Butte and accepted a position in Lethbridge in 1954. She continued to upgrade her education by taking summer courses in Calgary and Edmonton when she could. She earned her B Ed. Degree in 1966. She spent over thirty years as a teacher and thoroughly enjoyed her profession.

She loved her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren as they were a very big part of her life. She enjoyed gardening and spending time at the Seniors Centre. Travelling with her family held many fond memories. She will be sadly missed.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Society, #204, 2323 – 32 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3

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June 13, 1931 – Nov 27, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather & brother. Walter passed away after a brief illness at the Peace River Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 63yrs Suzanne, his 3 sons Jeffery, Michael (Orysya) and Tom (Lucille) and his 6 grandchildren Laura, Jimmy, Simon, Emily, Samantha & Magdelina. He is also survived by 3 brothers: Bob, Ritchie & Ted and 2 sisters: Dorothy Fox & Barbara Stewart and is predeceased by his parents Cecil & Violet and brothers Barry & William.

Walter was an accomplished athlete and won numerous championships & awards in Hockey, Golf & Curling. He was inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall Of Fame in 1986. He was also a successful businessman for the past 43yrs who gave generously back his community volunteering his time on numerous boards including the Peace River Golf & Curling Clubs, Kinsmen Club, Rotary Club and Chamber Of Commerce all of which he was a past president. He also sat on the board of directors for the AB Golf Assoc, IIBAA and the AB Driver Control Board.

He travelled extensively and was an active, involved father who coached all 3 son’s hockey and loved to take them golfing and curling among other activities. He will be missed by many, he was a true engaging friend. His keen sense of humour and quick wit are only surpassed by his enormous generosity as a loving husband and father.

If desired, a donation can be made to the Peace River & District Health Foundation http://www.prdhf.ca


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of JUSTINE WOSTENBERG (MANY BEARS), beloved wife of Henry from Red Deer, on December 15th, 2015 at the age of 74 .

Justine was born on the Blood Reserve on the 18th day of March 1941 to Jack and Margaret Many Bears . Justine is survived by her husband Henry of 47 years; her daughters Jacinta (Loredan) Marina, Of Kimberly, BC, Sarah , one son Charles from Red Deer; five grand childern Azaria, Zoe, and Bianca, Dylan and Addison; one great grand son Malachi; 9 brothers Winston, Bruno (Korene), Leonard, Warner (Debbie), Raymond (Greta), Edmund, Randy (Gail), Tony (Jennifer) and Ivan (Donna) Many Bears; 5 sisters Adeline, Celestine Ann, Rosella and Delores (John) Ground; numerous nephews and nieces; three Aunts and one Uncle.

Justine was predeceased by her parents Jack and Margaret Many Bears; two brothers Thomas and infant James; her grand parents Pat And Paul Weasel Head & Peter and Maryanne Many Bears; numerous Uncles, Aunts and relatives.

Justine was a devout wife and followed her husband where ever his profession took him – from the Blood Reserve to San Antonio Texas, Brocket, Wetaskawin and finally settling in Red Deer where she lovingly raised her children – always supporting their interests. Justine will be greatly missed by her family, siblings, and huge extended family. She enjoyed her visits to her in-laws in Colorado, USA. She especially enjoyed our Many Bears and Weasel Head family reunions where she got to meet so many relatives.

A Wake Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Sunday, December 20th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Fort Macleod on Monday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m. with Father Angleo D’Costa O.M.I. Interment in the Union Cemetery, Fort Macleod.

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