October 24th, 2020

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on January 6, 2016.

BEK

BASIL BEK of Barons, AB. and beloved husband of Tracey Szpuniarski, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Monday, January 4, 2016, at the age of 64 years.

Along with his wife Tracey, he is lovingly remembered by his stepchildren: William Leishman from Lethbridge, Shane (Brianne) Leishman from Lethbridge and Blair (Brandy) Leishman from Coaldale, grandchildren: Brady Hoffman, Tyson, Kyle, Alexander and Elizabeth Leishman, sisters Helen (George) Acheson and Irene Bek both of Sherwood Park, as well as his nieces: Keri (Bryan) Facchin, Zoe and Jasmin, Sherry Acheson and Cole Clark.

Basil lived a very full and active life up until his cancer diagnosis on October 17th of 2015. His passion was photography and he enjoyed keeping busy with his grandchildren.

A Private Family Graveside Service will take place at a later date.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects to the family at the BARONS COMMUNITY HALL, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Donations can be made in Basil’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 2M7.

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BUTRENCHUK

DEBRA ELAINE BUTRENCHUK,

1953-2016

The family wishes to announce the passing of Deb on January 3, 2016 at the Palliative Care Unit, St. Michael’s hospital. Deb died peacefully at the age of 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Stephen, and her daughters Elaine Fischer (husband Kris) and Jenna Greene (husband Scott). She was predeceased by her parents Marion and William (Bill) Reith. Deb devoted most of her life to raising her two daughters. Her greatest joy was watching them dragon boat together.

The family deeply appreciates the care and love from the nurses and staff at the Palliative Care Unit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, (317 10 St. S Lethbridge AB T1J 2M7) Canadian Red Cross, (335 Columbia Blvd. W Lethbridge, AB T1K 5Y8) or the St. Michael’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit,( 960 19 St. S Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5)

Deb’s wishes were to be cremated.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at 34 Temple Cr. West Lethbridge AB on Friday January 8, 2016 from 1:00-5:00

“GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”

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Eunice Clara Dravland

1927 – 2016

Eunice Clara Vinge Dravland, devoted wife of the late Vernon Dravland passed away peacefully at Fairmont Extendicare in Lethbridge on January 3, 2016 at the age of 88 years.

She is survived by her daughter Elsa (Stephen) Mickelsen of Encinitas, California, and Eric (Susan) Dravland of Lenoir, North Carolina, as well as ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by her brother Donald Vinge of Edmonton and Doreen Nostbakken of Saskatoon.

She is predeceased by two brothers and three sisters. She treasured her family. She, Don, and Doreen were the three “little kids” of the family and had an especially close relationship.

She was born in Torquay, Saskatchewan, to Peder and Dorma Vinge, and came of age in the Depression and War Years. These instilled in her a practical nature and courage to work hard, speak her mind, and face every challenge. She went on to study at the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook, Saskatchewan, and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After teaching in North Dakota and Minnesota, she and Vernon moved to Lethbridge in 1969. She joined the faculty at Catholic Central High School where she taught home economics for over twenty years. She always took a special interest in the lives of her students. After retirement, she and Vernon bought the original Dravland farm in North Dakota, where they spent many summers.

She is remembered as a woman of energy, integrity, and faith. She was always busy, whether with teaching, knitting, or preparing lutefisk or cracked glass candy for entertaining her many friends. She could be counted on to speak her mind openly and honestly. She was a member of the congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. While watching her and supporting her in the struggle of the last few years of her life, we remember her hard work, energy and enthusiasm for life, faith, and family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 2406 – 11 Ave. South, Lethbridge. A service of internment will be held at Turtle Mountain Lutheran Church, Carbury, North Dakota, in the summer.

The family is thankful for the skilled and loving care provided by Fairmont Extendicare.

“You do the best you can with the light you have today.”

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EAGLE SPEAKER

BYRDE EAGLE SPEAKER, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at the Cardston Health Centre, on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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 GILLETT

FLORENCE HELEN GILLETT, beloved wife of the late Roger Gillett (2014) passed away peacefully on December 31, 2015 surrounded by her family.

Florrie is survived by her children, Michael (Andree) Gillett, Bruce (Sharon) Gillett, Donna (Don) Gillett, Pam (Brian) Gillett, Susan (Tim) Mangan; Grandchildren, Jennifer (Don) Gillett, Sarah Gillett, Dominique (Ryan) Chaba, Julien Renauld, Kadi (Joey) Lavorato, Allison (Chris) Gillett, Quinn (Mike) Hagel, Jodi (Dario) Garvin, Jessica (Ross) Garvin, Jacob Sarkadi, Eve Sarkadi, Patti-Jean Mangan; Great-Grandchildren Robert, Olivia, Cole, Dylan and Reid.

Florrie was born in Coaldale, Alberta. With her Dad working for the CPR, she travelled around Alberta with her family to Coalhurst, Manyberries, Coaldale with her Grandparents and then Wilson Siding to finish grade school at White and McNally Schools. Florrie enjoyed riding around the countryside on her bike with her best friend Iris.

Florrie attended Mt. Royal College in Calgary to learn to be a stenographer and after working in Calgary moved back to Lethbridge where she met Roger at the Trianon Dance Hall. They were married at St. Augustine’s Church in 1954 and together they lived in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Prince George and back to Lethbridge in 1967 where they settled to finish raising their family.

Florrie was a very loving, kind and gentle person. She was a voracious reader, a fabulous cook and a mostly unbeatable Scrabble player. Florrie embraced technology and was an active Facebook member which allowed her to play online scrabble games with her family and keep up on everyone’s active lives. She was very organized and had a list for everything, which kept regular gatherings at the house running smooth as her family grew. Florrie loved birds and had a great knowledge of them, she enjoyed her quiet time at the family cabin in Whitefish reading and watching the hummingbirds.

Florrie took much joy spending time with family and friends, golfing at Henderson Lake Golf Club, and supporting the Lethbridge Hurricanes. She was heavily involved in the Girl Guides of Canada working in their Lethbridge office for 28 years and later volunteering at camps and helping out with their bookkeeping. She received a Government of Canada commemorative medal along with countless accolades for her contributions in the Guiding community.

Florrie was predeceased by her parents Michael and Jenny, her sister Margie, and her loving husband Roger.

Florrie’s smiling face and unbreakable spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Strank, Dr. Jantzen and Dr. Cantel along with Melissa from Home Care and the many great health care workers in Lethbridge and Calgary that helped our Mom.

A Celebration of Florrie’s life will be held ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411-11th Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 8th at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Andrew Horne officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, 960-19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.

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GRIGG

RUSSELL DOUGLAS “DOUG” GRIGG passed away peacefully on Friday, December 31, 2015 in his 94th year. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Erma (Dafoe) Grigg, his sister, Lois Swailes, and his beloved wife, Betty (Bell) Grigg.

Doug was born on March 6, 1922 in Saskatoon and like others on the prairies, he experienced the miseries and deprivations of the Great Depression. When Doug finished high school, he tried to join the air force as a pilot, but his hay fever ended that dream. A clever student, he then accepted a job to run a work crew at a California aircraft factory, but soon returned to Canada to join the Navy. The service took him the length of the country; he was in Halifax during the VE riots in May ‘45 (wisely staying indoors) and was in a naval vessel leaving the west coast when war with Japan ended in August ‘45.

Leaving so quickly that he had no time to buy civilian clothes, Doug travelled back east to enroll in the optometry program at the University of Toronto. After the completion of his degree, he started his first practice in the Crowsnest Pass. When the mines began to falter, he shifted his practice to Lethbridge. It was there that he met and married Betty, the love of his life. Unlike many men of his generation, he supported Betty in her pursuit of a meaningful work life and in her advocacy for children with disabilities, prompted by the birth of their daughter Jane, who lives with Down syndrome.

Doug continued to work long hours until his early 70s, when he retired to a life of more relaxation and travel. During that time he endured several battles with cancer and the prolonged illness and shattering loss of Betty. True to his stoic Saskatchewan character, he accepted these losses and challenges with quiet grace. He stayed very active until his early 90s, including 9 holes of golf, 3 times a week (sans cart), usually with his sister and best friend, Lois Swailes.

While Doug often gave Betty most of the credit for raising their children, he was a quiet, loving and supportive presence for Barbara (Robin), Nancy (Richard), Jane, and Russell (Tammy). He adored his grandchildren; much to their delight, Doug was always ready to chase the little ones around the house. He will be sorely missed by Erinn (Bruce), Meredith (Adrian), Nicola, Alyssa, Nathan, Evan, Mikaela (Conrad), Alex and Rachel, as well as his great-grandchildren Isabelle, Claire and Peyton.

The family would like to thank Dr. Howe Leam for his many years of skillful and compassionate care as well as the staff of West Highland Centre for helping Doug live with dignity and comfort in his last year.

There will be a private family memorial. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you wish, donations to support the “Betty Grigg Inclusive Education Award” (presented by Lethbridge Association for Community Living — 527 – 6th Street, S. Lethbridge, AB T1J2E1 or sacla.ca) or to a charity of your choice are welcomed.

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Gary Kenna

December 21, 1955 – January 1, 2016

Gary Kenna, beloved husband of Token Kenna and loving father of Karli and Kimberli Kenna, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 1, 2016 at the age of 60 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the COAST HOTEL, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, with family words at 2:00pm.

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LONG TIME SQUIRREL

JUDY ANN LONG TIME SQUIRREL, of the Blood Reserve, passed away suddenly at home, on Monday, January 4, 2016 at the age of 47 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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MANDEVILLE

PEARL VICTORIA MANDEVILLE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Harold Mandeville, passed away peacefully at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at the age of 84 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects prior to the funeral service at ST. AUGUSTINES ANGLICAN CHURCH – 411 11th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Monday, January 11th, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

The Funeral Service will immediately follow the visitation at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, at 11:00 A.M. with Canon James Robinson officiating.

In memory of Pearl and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA, c/o Bryan Mandeville – 4400 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J-4B3.

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MATLAS

IRENE MATLAS, beloved wife of Peter Matlas of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly after a lengthy illness, at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the age of 62 years.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Irene, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323-32 Ave. NW, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z9 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7.

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MORNING BIRD

HARLEY “DUKE” MORNING BIRD passed away in Cardston on January 2, 2016 at the age of 61 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Standoff, Alberta on Friday, Jan. 8th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, January 9th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

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Douglas Mueller

1949 – 2016

Mr. Douglas Mueller of Warner, beloved husband of Mrs. Rosemary Mueller, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the age of 66 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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Edna Catherine Neville

1918 – 2015

Edna Catherine Neville of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Fredrick Edward Neville, passed away at Legacy Lodge on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the age of 97 years.

Edna was born in Wombwell South Yorkshire, England. Coming to Canada in 1949 she is survived by her loving children; her son Michael (Ivy) Neville, her daughters Marie (Lawrence) Gardiner and Melody (Robert) Smythies and fondly remembered by her 10 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.

A Private family funeral was held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

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Shirley Price

1935 – 2015

Shirley Price, daughter of Wasyl (William) and Veronya (Minnie) Terentiuk, passed away peacefully at her care home at Edith Cavell in Lethbridge, on December 18, 2015 at the age of 79.

She was born on December 19, 1935 in Lethbridge Alberta.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband Norman Alexander Price (February 1, 1992) and her brother Fred Terentiuk (February 23, 2013).

Shirley is survived by her sons Daryl (Deborah) and David (Yana) and two granddaughters (Teah and Ariana). She also left behind numerous loving relatives and friends. Shirley loved life. She was a friendly, loving lady with a smile for everyone. Shirley was a caring and generous person to all. She loved her family dearly. One of Shirley’s favorite pass times was to do crafts and she also loved to read. She had a lot of class in her dress and jewelry. Prior to raising her sons, Shirley was a school teacher.

As Shirley requested, there will be no formal service with cremation and scattering of ashes to follow. The family of Shirley would like to express their deepest gratitude for all her care and support over the years from staff, family and friends. She will be truly missed.

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RANDALL

JOAN CONSTANCE RANDALL, beloved wife of Tom Randall, of Lethbridge, passed away at Legacy Lodge, on Monday, January 4, 2016 at the age of 79 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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John David “Chug” Rempel

1935 – 2015

Mr. John David “Chug” Rempel of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Mathilda Rempel, passed away on December 23, 2015 at the age of 80 years.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 1:00pm, on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at COALDALE’S GEM OF THE WEST, 1306 20 Avenue, Coaldale AB. If you loved and laughed with John, come join us in celebrating his life.

A special thanks to Dr Bruwer and Dr Smutz and the staff on Unit 4 at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital for their gentle help and support.

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SPRINKLE

SHEILA MAE SPRINKLE, beloved wife of the late Earl Sprinkle of Lethbridge passed away at St. Michaels Health Center – Palliative Care Unit on January 3, 2016 at the age of 80 years.

She was the loving mother of Tom (Sandra) Sprinkle of Wabamum AB, Darrell (Linda) Sprinkle of Lethbridge, Debbie Sprinkle of Medicine Hat, and grandmother of Nathan Sprinkle , Alisha (Jessen) Collingridge of Stoney Plain AB, Natasha Sprinkle (& son Jaydon) of Spruce Grove, Jaimee Sprinkle and Jordan (Amy) Petherbridge (& daughter Lilly) of Lethbridge AB. Sheila is also survived by long time friend Kay Reid and sisters-in-law Shirley (Doug) Ober and Carol (Sonny) Miller. She was predeceased by her youngest son, Keith Sprinkle, her late husband Earl and adoptive parents Clara and Guy Harris.

Born December 23, 1935, as Marjory Franke, Sheila was adopted and raised by Guy and Clara Harris in the area of Chin. She met Earl and they married when she was 17 and they farmed and then began a family a few years later. They were blessed with three sons and a daughter. Together they survived the tragic loss of their youngest son. Sheila was a very nurturing woman who loved her grandchildren with abandon and was especially close to her local granddaughter, Jaimee. After being widowed Sheila also became a doting cat “owner” and found great comfort in spoiling Hemi. A gentle and kind soul, she will be missed. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to all the staff at St. Mike’s Palliative Care Unit.

A private family service will be held.

In Memory of Sheila donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Center c/o Chinook Regional Hospital 960 19 St. S Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5

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Neil Arthur Williams

1940 – 2016

Neil Arthur Williams of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Alice Williams, passed away on January 2, 2016 at the age of 75 years.

He is survived by his wife Alice, daughters Sharla (Ryan), and Holly (Michael) and 5 grandchildren.

A Private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of ones choice.

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