January 23rd, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 12, 2016.

Lorna Jean Baines

1953 – 2016

Mrs. Lorna Jean Baines of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Mr. Max Baines, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the age of 62 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Charlene Boumberger

1948 – 2016

Ms. Charlene Boumberger of Lethbridge passed away on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, at the age of 67 years.

Char was born June 7, 1948 in Lethbridge to the late Irvine ‘Johnnie’ and Mary Boumberger. She is predeceased by her sisters Veronica Aucoin and Gloria Smith.

Char is survived by her daughter Patricia and her niece Rhona Kucheran who she raised for many years.

After high school, Char studied Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge but then stopped to dedicate herself to her sign painting business Sea Sign. She was amused when recounting memories of customers who would contact her and ask to speak to her boss not believing a woman could start and run a commercial business. She was a lifelong artist and in her later years worked on intricately detailed pieces. Char’s other gifts were playing the guitar and organ as well as singing.

Char was very kind and gentle having a soft spot for those who were suffering. Despite her lack of material wealth, she was very generous with her time for anyone who needed refuge from whatever troubled them.

Char found great comfort in her animal companions. Her home was always filled with animals of different types. She had also dabbled in dog breeding of Irish Settlers and Yorkshire Terriers.

In her later years, Charlene seemed to be deeply affected by the rapid successive deaths of her older sister Veronica Aucoin, her younger sister Gloria Smith, then shortly after that, her mother Mary Boumberger. It seemed that she never recovered from these and other major losses that occurred around this time. She gradually retreated into her own mind. She had been living in Edith Cavell Care Centre until her death. Her life had many challenges but now she can finally have her cup of tea with Jesus.

Family & friends are invited to pay their respects at 6:00pm on Friday, February 12, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, February 12, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 -13 St. N., Lethbridge, AB with Father Kevin Tumback, celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta SPCA, 10806 124 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H3

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FINDLAY, Mary Jean

April 26, 1921 – February 6, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, Jean Findlay passed away at the age of 94.

Jean was a long time resident in Lethbridge and moved to Leduc 3 years ago. Jean will be lovingly remembered by her son Robert, Daughter Jane (George and Kamma) as well as a niece, nephew and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Allister.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Lifestyle Options, 108 West Haven Drive, Leduc. Interment will take place in Lethbridge at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website http://www.hainstockedmonton.com.


DENNIS GRIFFITH passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the age of 67 years. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father and grandfather, GERALD “GERRY” MELVIN JOHNSON, beloved husband of the late Frances Johnson, in Lethbridge at the age of 72 years.

Gerry was born in Picture Butte on April 17, 1943 to his parents, Melvin and Jean Johnson. He was raised with his older brother Robert, twin sister Janet and his younger brother, Wayne.

Gerry met and married the love of his life, Frances Teresa Zimmer on August 7, 1970 and lived and raised their family on the farm for 41 years. Gerry and Fran were blessed with twins, Karen and Kenneth. He began farming with his father, then with Fran and later, with his son Ken. Gerry was blessed with five grandchildren that he loved dearly: Emily and Amanda Johnson; Dean, Drew and Gregory Mueller.

Gerry enjoyed his family, the farm, his friends and was a lifelong member of the Elks. He loved to visit with everyone from young to old, play cards with friends, go to all the auction sales and enjoy beer with all he knew. Gerry and Fran spent many years wintering in Arizona. He continued to travel to Arizona after Fran passed away as he dearly loved his Arizona ‘Family’ and the activities there including fishing, golfing and teasing the ladies while making puzzles. In the last few years, Gerry enjoyed the love and companionship of a lady he met in Arizona, Bertha Madtson, who will truly miss him.

Gerry knew everyone from near and far and could always tell you a story about them, how he met them and why they were important. He remembered you whether he met you in grade school, in Arizona, or sitting around the table for a beverage. Gerry always took the time to listen to people and thus people gravitated to him. Once he was your friend, you had a friend for life.

Gerry leaves to mourn his loving children: Karen (Scott) Mueller and Kenneth (Joanna) Johnson as well as his five grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Janet (John) and his brother Wayne as well as numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Along with his loving wife Fran, Gerry was predeceased by his parents Melvin and Jean as well as his brother and sister-in-law Bob and Betty Johnson

A Service of Remembrance will be held at TRINITY UNITED CHURCH, 528 Maple Crescent, Picture Butte, Alberta, on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Eva Stanley officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, donations in memory of Gerry may be made to a charity of your choice.

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

Alvin Martin
1946 – 2016
It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Alvin Lee Martin, beloved husband of Susanne Martin, who passed away in Calgary on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the age of 69 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family to celebrate Alvin’s life at the Heritage Inn, 4830 – 46 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, February 21, 2016 between 2:00 P.M and 4:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides his loving wife Susanne, he is lovingly remembered by their children Kerry (Roger) Rusnell of Cranbrook and their daughter Jenna; Lisa Martin (Trent Perry) of Lethbridge; Crystle Martin of Lethbridge and her son Riley. He is also survived by his mother Violet Charlton of Taber; his brother Bryce (Laura) Martin of Taber and their children Brad (Deanna) Martin and Jennifer (Jody) Archer; his sister Marion (Larry) Valgardson of Taber and their children Scott (Brianne) Valgardson, Leeann (Doug) Virovec, Jamie (Nathan) Johnson, Joey (Jamie) Valgardson, Theresa (Randal) Miller and Erin (Scott) Bissett; his sister Brenda Pyrch of Taber and her children Nick Pyrch, Kristan (Dave) Adkins, Jessica Pyrch, Melissa Pyrch and numerous great nieces and nephews. He will also be lovingly remembered by his cousins whom he loved to visit with. He will also be remembered by his father-in-law Bent Madsen of West Vancouver and mother-in-law Elena Lau of Vancouver; sisters-in-law Kris Frezell of North Vancouver and Lena Madsen of Vancouver; brothers-in-law Peter Madsen of Vancouver, Claus Madsen and Steve Madsen of Lethbridge, Norman Madsen of Toronto and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Allen Martin and his stepfather Harry Charlton; brothers James Martin and Ray Martin; grandparents Joseph and Mary Makinson and Robert and Sarah Martin.
Al was born in Taber on November 3, 1946 and was raised on the farm in Barnwell. He moved to Taber in his teen years. Al worked for Fortis Alberta as a Fleet Service Coordinator and retired in 2014. He enjoyed camping, fishing and golfing. Al enjoyed listening to country music, watching sporting events and trips to Las Vegas for drag racing. He liked wine making, gardening and having the best lawn. In his retirement, he also went back to playing pool.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Alvin’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Pat Schile
1950 ~ 2016

Pat Schile, beloved wife of the late Hoss Schile, passed away peacefully at her residence in Foremost on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the age of 65 years. Pat’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of her family: brother, George Webb of Medicine Hat; sister, Barbara (Glen) House of Brooks and Barb’s two children, Matt Reeves of Medicine Hat and Erin (Darcy) Frank and their children, Owen and Peytyn of Priddis, AB., as well as numerous other extended family and friends including her very close friend, Ginger Frankish. Pat made her home in the Foremost area in the early 70’s and her love for the community was evident as she resided there until the time of her passing. A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, located on the corner of 3 Avenue and 2 Street in Foremost today, Friday, February 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mac de Waal officiating. Interment will follow at the Foremost Cemetery. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at http://www.cook southland.com) If friends so desire, memorial donations in Pat’s name may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 124, 430 – 6 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 – 1201 Kingsway Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2Y2. Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone toll free: 1-877-528-6455.


GERALD DEAN PETERSON (Gerry) was born on December 8, 1937 in Mayville, North Dakota and died on February 7, 2016 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Memorial Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM. with Pastor David Sheridan officiating.

If friends so desire Memorial Tributes may be made to GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 5850 Kerry Wood Drive, Red Deer, AB, T4N 4X6 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


DR. HAROLD PROKOPISHYN, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Prokopishyn, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Health Center, on Thursday, February11, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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

SCOTT, Gerald Owen

October 15, 1925 – Conquest, Saskatchewan

October 10, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Gerald “Gerry” Scott of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at Carewest Garrison Green in Calgary on October 10, 2015 at the age of 89. Gerry was born in Conquest, Saskatchewan on October 15, 1925 to Iva Marie (nee Clark) and William Wesley “Wes” Scott. He was the eldest of four children.

Gerry was raised in the Iron Springs Area and lived most of his life in Lethbridge. During WW2 as a young teen he helped out on the family farm and this is where he began to develop his many skills in repair, maintenance and woodworking. He married Pauline Bahler in June 1951. After spending a few years in Innisfail, they settled back in Lethbridge in 1954 to raise their three children, Bunny, Larry and Peggy. During those years Gerry worked in the truck transport business often working long strenuous hours to provide for his family.

In 1974 he had an opportunity to work for the City of Lethbridge where he was responsible for maintaining and operating the equipment at Henderson Lake Pool and the Civic Ice Centre. Gerry had a strong work ethic and always took pride in his work. He loved nothing better than making things look like new. When he retired in 1991 he moved to Kimberley, B.C. where he met his second wife Helen Warnock. They married in 1994 and eventually moved back to the Lethbridge area.

Gerry’s passions were woodworking, hiking, camping, repairing cars and talking politics. For many years he was an active participant in the NDP for the riding of Lethbridge. In his retirement years he enjoyed volunteering in the community and at church. He had many fond memories of teaching woodwork to children. He adored his kids and will be remembered as the loving father that he was.

Gerry leaves behind his wife Helen Scott, his two daughters Bunny Scott (Tom Dutton) of Oakville, Ontario and Peggy (George Nemeth) of Calgary; his grandchildren Heidi Dutton (Jonathan Huber), Miles and Isaac, Nathan and Dylan; and one great grand-daughter Sari Huber as well as many extended family, nieces and nephews, and friends.

Gerry was predeceased by his parents Iva and Wes Scott; his brother Clark (Jean) Scott; his sisters Joy (Nick) Taschuk and Elaine (Alan) Heavenor; his son Larry Scott (Char); and the mother of his children Pauline Scott (nee Bahler).

A private family memorial to celebrate Gerry’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Gerry and his family are grateful for the care he received by the wonderful staff at Edith Cavell and Carewest Garrison Green. A special thank you to Terry Nowlin and Carol-Lyne Carter for the support and compassionate care provided to Gerry in his last years.

In living memory of Gerry Scott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

Juanita Pearl Shade

January 7, 1964 – February 8, 2016

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Juanita Pearl Shade. Juanita passed away peacefully at age 52 after years of deteriorating health at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. She is survived by her adoptive parent’s cousins, Chris and Sandra Shade, her two aunts Flora Zaharia (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Aunt Agnes and Steve Valerio (Denver, Colorado), uncle Harrison and Cynthia, and cousins Ervin and Christine, Harriet and Leroy, Barry and Ronnie, Colleen, Don and Marie, Hank and Evelyn, Mavis and Dennis, Justin and Carrie, Bobby and Melanie, Bill and Melanie, Kathy and Darcy, Geraldine, Don and Mona, Bonnie and David, Steve Jr. Shannon, Frankie, Anita and numerous cousins.

Juanita was predeceased by her parents Andy and Edna, her brothers Bernard and Rocky, and her grandparents Chris and Katherine, uncles and aunts Allan and Louise, Gerald and Gloria, Stan Zaharia, cousins Keith, Oliver, Catherine, Jocelyn, Chris and Lyle.

The family would like to convey our deepest appreciation for the kind care the Fort Macleod Extendicare staff provided for Juanita. We would also like to express our appreciation to the Lethbridge Regional Hospital medical team.

Family and friends are invited to a Wake Service at Cornerstone Funeral Home – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

The Funeral Mass will be held at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH on the Blood Reserve, Alberta on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Father Pawel Andrasz celebrant.

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

Leonard Sibley

1960 – 2016

Mr. Leonard Sibley passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the age of 55 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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LORNA CECILIA SMITH, beloved wife of Darin Smith, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the age of 50 years. Loving mother of: Cory (Cynthia) Reifferscheid, Colin (Leah) Reifferscheid, Cameron Reifferscheid, Sarah Becker, Nathan Carlson, and Kayden Smith. Loving grandmother of Julien and Kylie Reifferscheid. She is also survived by mother Elizabeth Becker-Sawicki, sister Irene (Gerry) Purcell, brother Myron (Jan) Becker, and brother Kevin (Tracey) Becker. Lorna is predeceased by her father William (Bill) Becker, sister Elaine (Murray) Lux, and step-father Mike (Elizabeth) Sawicki. Lorna was born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan, and moved to Humboldt, Saskatchewan with family at the age of six where she attended school and was raised in a happy home learning to love camping and fishing with her family at a young age. She worked as a house cleaner, but spent most of her time raising six children, five boys and one girl, seeing all but the youngest graduate high school, which made her so proud. She loved animals of all kinds, camping, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed watching her kids play sports, especially hockey. Lorna enjoyed going to any destination vacation, and she loved the sun. She was an excellent homemaker, making sure that all the comforts of home were provided to her loved ones. Lorna loved to cook. She was an awesome wife, mother, and friend, and will be deeply missed by all those who knew her. Vigil Rights (Prayers) will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12 at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 noon at ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12 Avenue South, Lethbridge. Flowers are gratefully accepted, or memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Herbert Wickstrom

1939 – 2016

Mr. Herbert Wickstrom of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Joyce Wickstrom, passed away at the Coaldale Health Center on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced once completed.

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

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