January 17th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 16, 2016.

Lorna Jean Baines

1953 – 2016

Lorna Jean Baines, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Max Baines, passed away peacefully after a brave battle at Chinook Regional Hospital on February 10, 2016 at the age of 62 years.

Born in Lethbridge in February of 1953 to Ray & Vivian Mueller, Lorna was a lifelong resident of the City of Lethbridge, and a prominent member of the local business community. Lorna attended LCI and the University of Alberta before opening Andrew Hilton Wine Merchants with her husband and best friend, Max Baines. Max and Lorna were married on October 6, 1973 in Lethbridge, and were constant companions and life mates for the following 42 years. Lorna loved the outdoors, a lifelong camper, golfer, and more recently an avid fly fisherman, she would escape the harsh Canadian winter to her condo in Nevada, in order to spend more time in the great outdoors. Lorna was also very active in the community, serving with Executive Women International, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Scouts Canada, and in September, 2005, was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, along with her husband, for her work with Lethbridge College. Lorna is survived by her sons, Kyle and Brad Baines, their spouses Sarah Baines and Christy Duncan, her husband Max Baines, and her brother Martin Mueller.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00PM on Tuesday, February 16th, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that a donation be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre at Chinook Regional Hospital. 1A129 – 960-19 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5

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Becker, Wayne Martin

March 22, 1947 – February 4, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Wayne Martin Becker of Lethbridge, Alberta at the Edith Cavell Care Centre on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Wayne is survived by his brother-in-law Edward (Eddie) Wendt, nieces Corinne Audy and Arlene Wendt, his nephew Russell (Rusty) Wendt and many great nieces and great nephews. Wayne was predeceased by his father Adam Becker, his mother Ida Becker and his sister Connie Wendt. A Celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday February 20, 2016, at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre, 526 Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Condolences can be forwarded to vegrevillelanes1@hotmail.com

In lieu of other tributes, donations can be made to SACLA (Southern Alberta Community Living Association) at 401 21A Street North, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 6L6

“No longer in our lives to share but in our hearts you will always be”

Betty Dickson

1947 – 2016

Mrs. Betty Dickson of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michaels Health Centre on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the age of 69 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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Geraldine Mark (nee Frache)

On February 3, 2016 Mrs. Geraldine Bernice Mark of Ponoka passed away at the age of 92 years. She was born on March 18, 1923 in Grand Forks, British Columbia to Gustav and Agnes Frache. She was raised in Lethbridge and moved to Ponoka in 1942 where she completed her Psychiatric Nurse and R.N. training at PMH and Calgary General Hospital. She married James Mark in 1948 and raised a family of four daughters. She enjoyed her role as business partner , book keeper and designer of Jimmy’s Esso, Oasis Motel and Crossroads Restaurant. She enjoyed gardening, travelling across Canada and world-wide, and was an active curler into her 70’s. She was predeceased by her husband Jim, sister Ruth Kirchner, and brother Raymond Frache. She was well loved by her family and friends, and her gentle spirit will be missed. She is survived by her daughters Devon Mark (Allen Vander Well), Camelia Doyle (Shannon), Maureen Mark (Barry Gates), and Lauri Mark (Dave Miller); grandchildren Ryan (Tracy, Avyah & Kingston), Meghan (Mark & Alexis), Tyler, Keilih, Cavan, Alexandra, and Kyra (Calvin); her sister-in-law June Frache (Bill, Leslie & Pamela); niece Barbara and nephew Christopher. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Ponoka Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre (Palliative Care). To express condolences to the family, please visit http://www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.


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

John Kooger

1953 – 2016

Mr. John Kooger of Lethbridge passed away at Legacy Lodge on January 28, 2016 at the age of 62 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB.

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Gary Paulette
1937 – 2016
Gary Edward Paulette, beloved husband of the late Mary Ellen Paulette, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the age of 78 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Gary is survived by his children Dean Paulette of Barnwell, Tracy (Terry) Armstrong of Coaldale, Pam (Scott) Caunter of Coaldale and Cody Paulette of Barnwell; grandchildren and great grandchildren Danny Witwer (his son Mason), Billie Ann Paulette (her children Khloe and Greycen), Beccie Fletcher, Josh (Lindsay) Paulette (their daughter Grace), Dylan (Kelsey) Paulette (their son Braven), Joel (Marieka) Fletcher (their children Nevaeh and Leeah), Tanner Paulette and Spencer Karl. He is also survived by his sisters Josephine Cavelle and Gwen (Gary) Kerkhoff, brother Bruce (Jillian) Cavelle, mother-in-law Mary Malinsky, sisters-in-law Carolyn Jensen and Gwen (Gordon) Vayro; brother-in-law Bryan Currie as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary Ellen Paulette, son Danny Paulette, great grandson Rheese Paulette, mother Mary Cavelle, father Joseph Paulette, sister Pauline Currie, brother Robert Paulette, father-in-law Nick Malinsky, sister-in-law Erlene Paulette and brothers-in-law Buster Brown and Clare Jensen.
Gary was born in Lethbridge on May 31, 1937 to Mary Cavelle and Joseph Paulette. He later moved to Taber where he met and married his wife Mary Ellen Malinsky. Gary worked at various jobs until he started in the oil patch with water trucks, eventually working as a tool push for Cactus Drilling. After retiring from the drilling rigs, he opened an upholstery shop with his wife Mary Ellen. Gary was very handy and liked to tinker with anything that needed fixing. If you came to the shop, you always had to have a coffee and visit, he sure liked to talk. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Gary also had a special place in his heart for his many dogs, especially his most recent one Sam. He will be dearly missed by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


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


JUANITA SHADE, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the age of 52 years.

The Funeral Mass will be held at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH – 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

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Leonard Sibley. He was born March 25, 1960 and left this world suddenly and peacefully in his sleep on February 10th. Leonard was born, raised and built his life in the Coutts, Alberta area.

Leonard is survived by his children Rick (Stacey), Val (Shawn), Steven (Suzanne), Shauna (Walter), Jace, Saige and Nathan. He is survived by his beloved Kathryn and many very-loved grandchildren: Skylar, Kierra, Bryn, Jordan, Trinity, Eve, his little buddy Orlando, Santiago, Riley, Sophia. He is also survived by his sister Anne (Ralph), brother Stan (Brenda) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents Earl and Isabelle and brother, Frank.

Leonard’s kindness and ability to make everyone and anyone feel loved will live on forever in our hearts. His charm, humour, and generosity will be greatly missed. Leonard was a beautiful person who loved kids, his family and close friends. His children and grandchildren loved him greatly and he will forever be missed by those that held him close.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on February 26, 2016 at the Coutts Civic, Coutts, Alberta.

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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 peacefully at the Coaldale Health Center on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

Besides his loving wife Joyce, he is survived by his son Kyle (Julie) Wickstrom; grandson Jarret (Kristina Wiebe) Wickstrom; granddaughter Meagan Wickstrom and great- grandaughter Alexa.

Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th St.S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7

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