October 31st, 2020

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 29, 2016.

Garth Balfour

1940 – 2016

Mr. Garth Balfour of Lethbridge, left us far too soon. He passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on February 22, 2016 at the age of 75 years.

Garth is survived by his sister Eileen Williams; brother Robert Balfour; sister-in-law Lee Balfour; numerous nieces and nephews, close cousins James and Penny Balfour and an abundant circle of great friends.

Garth is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Mary Balfour; siblings Gordon Balfour, Murray Balfour and Johnston Balfour.

Born in 1940 in Sintaluta, Saskatchewan; Garth spent some time working in his Dad’s hardware store, but at the age of 19 he began his career with Eecol Electric. Garth would spend more than 40 years with Eecol, which eventually brought him to Lethbridge. Garth had a lifelong love of various sports, especially a love/hate relationship with golf.

At Garth’s request there will be no funeral service, however; a private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Garth’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


BOSSEN

HENRY ANDRESEN BOSSEN of Lethbridge AB, beloved husband of Gladys Margaret (Hill) Bossen, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the age of 85 years. Friends may meet the family on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral service at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. A celebration of Henry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LETHBRIDGE STAKE CENTRE, 2410-28 Street South, Lethbridge. Interment to follow in the Bow Island Cemetery.


Inez Buckmire

1939 – 2016

Mrs. Inez Buckmire of Brandon, Manitoba, beloved wife of the late Mr. Jim Buckmire, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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ELLIS

ROSE-MARIE (JACOBS) ELLIS passed away February 23, 2016, at the age of 83 years, wife of the late Daniel Raymond Ellis.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Larry (Gail) Ellis, Cameron (Linda) Larson, Lionel Ellis, Linda (Philip) Blasetti, Janet (Larid) Batchelor, Bob (Donna) Ellis, Kendall (Yvonne) Larson, Anita (Ken) Fisher, Pat (Twila) Ellis, Judy (Rob) Murray, and Jim (Leanne) Ellis. She also leaves 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; sisters: Deloris, LaDon (Dieter), Joyce (Don), Barbra (Watson) and brother Gordon (Joan); half brothers Gilbert, Grant and Craig.

Rose-Marie was predeceased by her parents Chariton and Thelma Jacobs, brothers Wayne, Doug, Vince and Bud; sisters Margret and Evelyn, and granddaughter Danielle Michelle.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KNIGHT STREET CHAPEL, 260 E 200 N Raymond, Alberta on Monday, February 29, 2016. Viewing will be held at 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. with the funeral commencing at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Temple Hill Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Lethbridge, 402-740-4 Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N9.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, Lethbridge, Alberta. 403-382-3601. http://www.generationsfh.ca


HORII

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Violet Fusae Horii at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the age of 97 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Tom Asazo Horii. She leaves to mourn her children: Betty (Eichi) Tanaka, Gene (Hilda) Horii, Terry Horii (Linda Sackman); grandchildren: Darcee Richardson (Josh Lysak), Kelly (Jeanne) Tanaka, Michelle Horii (Dennis Reimer), Naomi (Ryan) Dueck, Renee Horii (Justin Brien), Jeff (Candie) Horii, and Kennedy Trcka; great grandchildren: Anthony and Kristen Richardson, Kaiden and Dylan Tanaka, Sam, Ben, Matt, and Luke Reimer, Nick and Claire Dueck, Braxton Horii and Taiyo Brien. She was predeceased by her husband Tom, daughter Suzan, parents Emi and Inosuke Matsune, sisters Dolly Hikita, Mary Nishii, and brother Yasu Higi. Violet was born December 5, 1918 in Ganges, BC. At a young age, she went back to Japan with her parents and received her education and returned to Vancouver at the age of 13. Her parents moved to Haney, BC where they had a fruit farm. She would ride her bicycle to work at the Haney Box Factory. She met and married Tom in April 1942 in Vancouver, and was evacuated to Alberta in May of the same year, where she raised four children. Violet loved to bake and was famous for her butter tarts and delicious oatmeal cookies. She loved to garden, loved flowers and her pet dogs. Her kindness, grace and appreciation for others will always be remembered by those who knew her. Friends may meet with the family from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 St. N, Lethbridge on Monday, February 29, 2016. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am at the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470-40 St. S, Lethbridge on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 with Rev. Y. Izumi officiating. Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge.


Megan Kondor
1997 – 2016
Heaven has gained a beautiful angel, Megan Renae Kondor, who left us too soon following a tragic car accident on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the age of 18 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, February 29, 2016 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 – 9 Street North, Vauxhall, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Vauxhall Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Besides her loving and devoted parents, Martin and Benita of Vauxhall, she is survived by her siblings Aimee and Blake. She is also survived by her opa Clem Bexte, grandpa and grandma Al and Jeannette Kondor; uncles and aunts Bev (George) VanderGaast, Murray (Joy) Bexte, Bonnie (Ken) Anton, Chris (Barry) Kostiuk, Steve (Tracy) Kondor, Yvonne Millette, Tracey (Mike) Collard, Brian (Michele) Kondor as well as numerous very special cousins, teammates and friends.
She was predeceased by her grandma Tina Bexte and great grandma Teresa Baker.
Megan was born on September 6, 1997 in Taber, the first born child to Martin and Benita. She attended Vauxhall Elementary and Junior/Senior High Schools. She was currently enrolled in the nursing program at Medicine Hat College.
Megan’s passion from an early age was sports of any kind, beginning with jumping out of her crib at ten months, to becoming a competitive gymnast. This was followed by numerous school sports including volleyball, softball and her greatest love, basketball. She excelled scholastically and set high standards for herself, receiving numerous awards in both sports and academics.
Megan was a joy to everyone blessed enough to know her. Due to her faith in God, she put others’ needs and happiness before her own; these traits would have served her well in the nursing profession that she chose. Her life ended in the same compassionate way, as she helped six families by granting them new life through the donation of her organs.
Megan shared a special bond with her best friend and sister, Aimee. They supported and relied on each other through their life’s triumphs and sorrows. Megan was an excellent role model for her brother Blake and encouraged him to achieve greatness in all that he did.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Megan’s name may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, PO Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca) or to the Human Organ Procurement and Exchange Program (HOPE), Room 9423, Aberhart Building, 11402 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J3.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.


Leigh, Lori

July 23, 1955 – February 19, 2016

Lori Leigh Leigh of Taber, beloved wife of Robin passed away peacefully, in Taber February 19, 2016, at the age of 60 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Robin, daughter Brianne (Scott) Valgardson and their daughter Olivia of Coaldale and son Eric (Lindsey) Leigh of Pincher Creek, siblings Reg (Luella) Easthope of St. Albert, Sharon (Gary) Jensen of Taber, Bryan (Karen) Easthope of Taber and sister-in-law Joanne (Jim) Murfin of Lethbridge. She was predeceased by her parents Loren & Mary Easthope, Robin’s parents Eric & Dorothy Leigh and brother in law Gary Jensen.

Born in Taber to Loren & Mary Easthope, she lived most of her life there, graduating from W R Myers in 1973 and then marrying her high school sweetheart Robin, with whom she would share the next 38 years.

Growing up in a musical family, she learned to play the piano and clarinet, often playing in local bands with her father. She loved being around her family, especially the light of her life, granddaughter Olivia. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and was an expert at solving them. A gourmet cook and avid gardener, her greatest joys were puttering in her kitchen and garden. We all looked forward to the extravagant homemade creations she loved to share with friends and family.

After a long and courageous battle, she is finally at peace. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Canadian Cancer Society, The Foothills Medical Centre or Taber Home Care.


LOETSCHER, Lloyd Andrew

William

January 31, 1939 – Lethbridge, Alberta

February 23, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Lloyd Loetscher, beloved husband of Eva Loetscher (nee Skinner) of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the age of 77 years.

Lloyd was born in Lethbridge, Alberta. He grew up in Fort Macleod on a ranch west of town, in the shadows of Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. Living on the ranch and working there with his family he developed a passion for working with horses and cattle. Lloyd loved being outside, especially in the mountains. During his life he worked on several farms throughout Southern Alberta, and twenty years ago moved to Calgary with his wife where they worked in their own business until they retired.

Lloyd is survived by his wife Eva (nee Skinner); son Richard Loetscher; daughters Lorraine and his son-in-law Scott Walker and Cheryl and son-in-law Ron Dilschneider; grandsons, Michael, Robert (Georgina) and Jonathan Walker; granddaughters Paige and Mackenzie Loetscher; and three great granddaughters Autumn, Ruby and Pearl Walker. His sister Jeane Jorgensen and uncle Fred (Val) Stroman. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents, John and Cecilia Loetscher (nee Stroman).

A Celebration of Lloyd’s life will be held in the mountains at a later date. Family and friends will be notified of the exact time and place. Forward condolences through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Lloyd Loetscher, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.


Felix Mathieu

1962 – 2016

Mr. Felix Mathieu of Enchant, beloved husband of Mrs. Sharon Mathieu passed away suddenly on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the age of 53 years.

Prayers will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, February 26, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, Ab

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the ENCHANT COMMUNITY HALL, 127 Centre Street, Enchant, Ab

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


OLIVERIO

KIMBERLY OLIVERIO, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at the age of 26 years.

A Prayer Service will be held at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB., on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. with Sharon Hagel officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH – 2405 12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. on Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Kevin Tumback, Celebrant.

An interment will be held following the Funeral Mass at Mountain View Cemetery.

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


OSBORN

THOMAS FAIRFAX OSBORN, beloved husband of Jennifer Osborn, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly at home, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the age of 80 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


Wayne Peters

1957 ~ 2016

Sheldon Philip Wayne Peters, passed away near Vauxhall on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the age of 58 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, February 28, 2016 between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Hays Community Hall, Hays on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. A private burial service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.

Wayne is survived by his fiancée Barb Leader; children Jenilee (Brandon) Tarasoff of Cayley, Dustin (Ashley) Peters of Coaldale (his son Colton), Brady (Becky) Peters of Taber and Warren Peters of Hays; two soon to be born grandchildren due in May and June. He is also survived by his siblings Ernie (Norma) Peters, Lorraine (Bob) Dykstra, John (Helen) Peters and Gary (Carolin) Peters as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Valentine and George Peters and nephew Darren Epp.

Wayne was born December 24, 1957 in Killarney, Manitoba to George and Valentine Peters. His passions in life included family, the outdoors, farming, racing (both organized and unorganized) and his political convictions. He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his family and friends.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Wayne’s name may be made directly to the Hays Fire Department, Box 174, Hays, Alberta T0K 1B0.


Truus Quist

1937 – 2016

Mrs. Truus Quist of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Bastiaan Quist, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the age of 78 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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


SCHILE

JULIA FRANCES SCHILE, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Paul Lawrence Schile, passed away at the St. Therese Villa, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the age of 101 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Ray Wagner officiating with a Private Family Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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


SCHMIDT

SHELLEY DAWN SCHMIDT, of Lethbridge passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the age of 46 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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


Andrew Sherman

1918 – 2016

Mr. Andrew Sherman of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Ada Sherman, passed away at Age Care Columbia Assisted Living on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the age of 98 years.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in April. Dates to be announced at a later time.

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

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