January 15th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 18, 2016.


GEORGE FRANKLIN BRENNAN, of Lethbridge, AB, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the age of 85, two months before his 86th birthday.

He is survived by his close friends, Terry Makus, Lyle and Vivian Grover and family, and Colleen Grover.

George was predeceased by his wife Vivian and son Patrick as well as his parents, two sisters and one brother.

George developed many friendships over the years. These included his Tim Horton’s coffee group, Heritage Lodge staff and friends, childhood friends from Drumheller and many members of the trucking industry and friends in Drumheller, Calgary and Lethbridge.

George was involved in the trucking industry for over 60 years. In the course of this career, he trained many drivers, some of who he even taught to drive and always was willing to share stories and experience for the betterment and safety of the new drivers and the industry.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with Major Sandra Habkirk officiating.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to The Heritage Lodge, 601-6th Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2E4, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10th Street South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 2M7.

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

Arelis “Reel” Van Egmond

1925 – 2016

Mr. Arelis “Reel” Van Egmond of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Ada Van Egmond, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the age of 90 years.

Born in Holland, as a young man, Reel fought in the Indonesian War. After marrying the love of his life, they immigrated to Canada in 1953. Settling in Lethbridge, he worked at the dairy pool and then at Cambra Foods. He retired from there at 64 years of age and always said he was busier than when he was working. Dad really enjoyed music and sang in numerous choirs. He loved animals, the beauty of God’s creation, camping and gardening. He had a strong faith in God and was involved in the church. We lost an extraordinary Godly husband, father, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend – Heaven’s gain!

Besides his loving wife, Reel is survived by his three daughters Brenda (Gordon) Miller, Helen (Frank) Van Nistelrooy, Marion (Gary) Rupps; one son Brian (Lynn) Van Egmond; nine grandchildren Lana Miller, Tilly (Jeff) Quick, Jonathan Miller, Charity (Mike) Fleischhaer, Jenny Van Nistelrooy, Nikki (Herb) Arnott, Shawn (Michelle) Van Nistelrooy, Casey (Kim) Rupps, Courtney Rupps, Jason (leah) Butz; fourteen great-grandchildren; as well as family in Holland.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, February 19, 2016 at ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818-5 Ave. S., Lethbridge, with Reverend Hugh Jack, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4K7

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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.

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.

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


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of DR. HAROLD PROKOPISHYN, beloved husband of the late Laureen (nee Davidson) Prokopishyn, at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the age of 85 years.

He is survived by his brothers Dr. Bill (Beverly) Prokopishin and family; Dr. Fred (Elaine) Prokopishin and family; his sisters Ann Virgin and family, Olga (Clarence) Leach and family; sister-in-law Joyce Prokopishyn and family; and his special friend, Marie McClaren, who spent many hours with him in his time of suffering.

Along with his wife Laureen, Harold was predeceased by his parents Mary (nee Peesker) and Nick Prokopishin; brothers George Prokopishin and Andrew Prokopishyn; and brother-in-law Ken Virgin.

Harold attended elementary school at Winthorpe Country School and high school in Foam Lake, Sask. He completed three months at Teacher’s College in Moose Jaw, SK. then taught in country schools for four years.

Harold worked for one year as a traffic officer during the summers while he worked at obtaining his BA Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. He went on to graduate with a Medical Degree then worked for one year at a medical clinic in Saskatoon.

Harold and Laureen decided to move to Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. where he obtained his fellowship in Surgery. After graduation, they moved to Lethbridge where he joined the Haig Clinic. Harold continued to practice there for many years.

Thank you to Murray and Leslie Busch for their kindness and time spent with Harold and to all the caregivers and Doctors for their compassionate care, especially his good friend, Dr. Eric Wilde.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Larry Hankinson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Alzheimer Society, #402, 740-4th Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB., T1J 0N9

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


Rolland Rose of Coalhurst, passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2016 at the age of 83.

He is survived by his life partner of 40 years, Yvonne Rombough, and children Gary (Nancy) Rombough of Kingston, Ontario, Robin Rose of Claresholm, Kandace (David) Richardson of Shaughnessy, and grandsons Sammy and Jayden Richardson and Connor Rombough. He was predeceased by his parents, 3 sisters and 1 brother of Montreal.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Coalhurst Community Centre on February 19, 2016 at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.


1937 – 2016

MR. WILLIAM “BILL” HOBERT SHARP, of Lethbridge, beloved brother of Frances Schultz of Lethbridge and Frank Sharp of Lacombe, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the age of 78 years.

He is survived by his sister, Frances Schultz of Lethbridge, his brother Frank (Ollie) Sharp of Lacombe, his sister-in-law Bonnie Sharp of Devon, and was predeceased by his brother Robert Sharp, his brother-in-law Arvid Schultz, and his parents. He is also survived by nieces Linda, Maria, Beth, Patricia, Sandra, Shauna, Shelley, Shannon, and Charlotte as well as nephews Henry and Arthur. He is also survived by numerous cousins and grand nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by long-time friends and lunch-mates Kaz Nakamura and Chris Cook.

Bill was born on September 2, 1937, on the family farm at Bashaw, Alberta. He was the third child of Hobert Rule and Frances Elizabeth (Malott) Sharp. He grew up on the family farm in the George School District community. He spent most of his time roaming through the trees and around the sloughs, looking for wildlife. He was so happy when he discovered some slime molds on one of his forays. He started school at the one-room George school. Once the school bus was introduced, he transferred to the grade school at Mirror Consolidated where he continued until he graduated high school. He always excelled as a student. Following high school he entered the University of Alberta, studying biology. Following graduation, he worked as a lab assistant at the University of Calgary and at a field station at Gorge Creek. He later received a Master’s Degree in Biology. In 1962, he began teaching at the new Lethbridge Junior College. In the late 1960’s he spent a year teaching at a junior high school in London, England. When the University of Lethbridge was established, he became one of the founding faculty members, teaching there until he retired in the late 1990’s.

Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed prowling around the foothills, the coulees, and all of Southern Alberta, identifying and recording the song birds. When they were all recorded, he started on a project to identify and photograph all of the flowering plants of this area. After thousands of photos, he was compiling this detailed information to be published. Sadly he wasn’t quite finished.

A lifelong bachelor, Bill was happy spending hours on his own hiking and enjoying the outdoors. He was one of the founding members of the Lethbridge Naturalists’ Society and served many times on the executive committee.

At Bill’s request no formal funeral service will be held. A memorial gathering will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, February 20, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, 910 – 4th Ave. S. Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0P6.

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


A memorial for THERESA SWAILE, mother of Margaret Tobey of Raymond and Tom Swaile (Michele) of Barrie ON, will be held on Friday February 19, at 2 pm, LDS Knight St. Chapel, Raymond. Friends are invited to visit with the family after the service.


JOHN TOTH, passed away in Cardston, Alberta on February 12th, 2016 at the age of 86 years, after a 14 year battle with cancer.

He is survived by Zellah, his wife of 64 years; his children Patricia (Don) Barton, Joanne (Stan) Shanks, Warren (Laureen) Toth, Colleen (Peter) Drew, Karen (Craig) Lefler; 17 Grandchildren; 22 Great Grandchildren; and his brother Joseph (Verna) Toth.

He is predeceased by his parents; siblings Mike, Mary, Kathleen, Steve, Helen and Anna; his infant daughter Anita Kathleen, and granddaughter Melisa Christensen.

John was born October 25th, 1929 in Guernsey, Saskatchewan to Mihaly and Maria (Kerger) Toth. As a youth he moved from Saskatchewan to Diamond City, and then later to Lethbridge where he would meet Zellah and raise their family.

At age 17 John began working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad where he later became known by his peers as the “Velvet Throttle”. He worked for the Railroad until he retired at age 56, having worked for the CPR for 39 years. After his retirement John and Zellah moved to Cardston. They later moved to Coaldale and then recently returned to Cardston where they have lived until his passing.

John was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many church positions including as a bishop, a missionary, and mission president of the Hungary, Budapest Mission from 1994-1996. He also enjoyed serving in the temple for 21 years.

John did his best at everything whether it was work, family, or church service. He was outgoing, organized, and dependable. One of his hallmark traits was that he was never late. He was friend to all he met. He loved spending time with his family. He had nicknames for all of his children and grandchildren and they remember fondly how he would make up silly songs. He loved to cook and enjoyed making specialty soups. Being a good provider was important to him. He had special concern for his wife, whom he loved dearly. He always ensured she was taken care of.

Friends may meet the family at the Forestry Avenue Chapel, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, on Friday, February 19th, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm or at the Temple Street Chapel, 355 3rd Street West, Cardston on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the funeral service.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Street Chapel, on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Private family interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery by invitation only.

Condolences may be sent to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

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