January 22nd, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 2, 2016.



BERG, Orlan Junior

December 23, 1928 – February 29, 2016

Orlan Junior Berg, beloved husband of Loreen Berg, passed away peacefully on February 29, 2016. He was born in Claresholm on December 23, 1928 to Morris and Myrtle Berg and was the oldest of 3 children. Orlan farmed and raised cattle all his life just outside of Claresholm. He went to tech school and learned how to weld; helping many neighbors over the years. For 50 years he drove 3 generations of children on his school bus. Lots of “his” kids knew they were in trouble when those big eyebrows came down. Dad was a long term member of Peace Lutheran Church, serving many terms as president and deacon and loved to sing bass in the choir. He loved to drive and always wanted to be a greyhound bus driver. Dad and Mom drove across Canada many times to visit their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in Nova Scotia; to Alaska, and many trips to the mountains and throughout the US. Dad loved to take photos of waterfalls and mountains throughout their travels and we all have some of those memories.

Dad and Mom have five daughters. He was inventive in keeping us entertained and would often flood us a rink to skate on, teach us how to ride our bikes or drive the car while on his lap, welded and mounted basketball nets in the barn loft and pulled us behind the tractor on our sled. It seemed as though Dad was always surrounded by women wherever he went. He was the chauffeur for mom and her friends to many events.

In retirement Dad learned how to type, run a computer, weave and play the piano. He wrote a book of his memoirs that many have enjoyed. He also discovered carpentry and built, donated and sold many bird houses, whirly gigs, churches and elevators that he would cajole Mom into painting.

Lovingly remembered and forever in our hearts by his wife, Loreen, his daughters Cheryl Berg, Wendy (Gordon) Frank, Debbie (Bruce) Rathbun, Janice (Gord) Foxcroft, Brenda (Lindsay) Bell; his grandchildren: Dylana (Dustin) Pretty, Trina Frank, Jill (Michael) Hooke, Greg (Erica) Frank, Marina (Michael) Doak, Brad (Chelsea) Rathbun, Mitch & Riley Foxcroft; great-grandchildren: Olivia Pretty, Eli and Wyatt Hooke, Caspian Doak, Rory, Astrid and Rhys Rathbun, Alexander Rathbun; his sister Marlene (Jack) Thompson and Sister-in-law Bernice (Per) Sakstad, brother-in-law Norman Wold and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Wayne Berg.

The Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 4th at Peace Lutheran Church, 4304 – 2 St. West, Claresholm with Pastor Donna Alm officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Orlan’s name may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K7 or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements in care of WILLOW CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Claresholm, Alberta. Telephone: 403-625-3212

Forward condolences through http://www.willowcreekfuneralhome.com


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.

He is survived by his adopted sons John and Darren and one sister Helga Christoffersen in Denmark and several nephews and nieces and in-laws.

Henry was the youngest of nine children born to Anton Sigfried and Dorthea Bossen, and all his siblings have predeceased him except Helga.

Henry immigrated to Canada in 1956 and worked as a farm hand, managed a dairy farm, building roads, grader operator and at the LCI as a maintenance man for 17 years and retired in 1990. Gladys and Henry enjoyed a wonderful retirement travelling and snowbirding in Arizona for many years, square dancing and serving a family history mission in Salt Lake City for their Church.

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.


1922 – 2016

JACK BUTLIN, of Lethbridge, beloved spouse of the late Jean Butlin, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at the age of 93 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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

Elizabeth Clement

1943 – 2016

Ms. Elizabeth Clement passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the age of 72 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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Ronald James Coombes

Jan. 6, 1940 – Feb. 27, 2016

The world lost a great man February 27th, when RONALD JAMES COOMBES said goodbye to his family and friends for a final time. Ron will be remembered as a gentleman with a wonderful sense of humour and a loving and generous spirit that had its foundation in family and extended to all those around him.

Ron was born and raised in Headley, England before immigrating to Canada in 1967 with his wife Georgina “Jean” (nee Payne) three daughters, and $121 in his pocket. In Canada, they soon added a son to their family. A lifetime carpenter, Ron was proud of his first job in his adopted homeland at the Sash and Door. He later worked on the construction at the University of Lethbridge, and as a foreman at Fica Cabinets and Elite Wood Cabinets. He ran his own businesses – South Country Kitchens and Ron’s Carpentry, while helping family and friends build their own homes in his spare time.

What really defined Ron was his selfless work in the community of Coalhurst, where he was the volunteer coordinator who helped guide the dream of a community centre, then led a crew of local volunteers to actually build it. The Town of Coalhurst later named a room at the community centre in his honor.

Ron dreamed of a robust and active Coalhurst branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. After years of meeting in the local elementary school basement, he eventually led a group of volunteers to build a beautiful Legion headquarters that still serves as the hub of the community.

He served on Coalhurst Town Council for 12 years, including several as the Deputy Mayor and was instrumental in helping the Hamlet of Coalhurst gain Village and later Town status. In his many years in the community, he also served on the Water Users Association, the Taxpayer’s Association, and the Coalhurst Branch (#273) of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he had an honorary lifetime membership and had served as President and Executive Officer.

Ron’s family and friends will remember his goofy humour, his passionate love for his wife of 53 years, his love for a good sing-a-long, his passion and pride for his family, his natural and unspoken protective nature, his work ethic, and his fierce hugs. Our lives won’t be the same without him.

Ron powered through many years of poor health with amazing strength and dignity. His family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Janzen, Tara Evans (RN) and the staff at the Heart Function Clinic at Chinook Regional Hospital, where he received excellent care for many years. They would also like to thank Dr. Benke for his gentle consideration and treatment of Ron; and a special thank you to the nurses and staff on 4C at CRH, where he was treated with kindness and dignity in his final hours.

In addition to Georgina, his loving wife of 53 years, Ron is survived by his children: Annette (Chad) Titsing, Janine (Scott) Sakatch, Patricia (John) Slywka, and Andrew (Judi) Coombes, grandchildren Kourtney and Brooke Titsing, Terry and Haylea Ecklund, Amanda and Amy Slywka, David (Lacey) Knoblichand Jennifer (Brian) VanDeKraats; great-grandchildren Carter, Emily, Braden, Abbey, Grady, Kylie, and Dacen. The youngest of 10 children, Ron is also survived by brother John (Valerie) Coombes, sisters Marina (Sydney) Lewis, and Pam Roberts, and many nieces and nephews in Canada, England, New Zealand and Australia.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 beginning at 2 p.m. at the COALHURST LEGION #273, 5205 6th Street, Coalhurst, AB.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully ask family and friends to make a donation to the Heart Function Clinic c/o the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation

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


Gerald Grimshaw Brewin, beloved husband of Margaret Luise Brewin, father of Derek Gerald Brewin (Colette Forseille), Mark Winston Brewin (Jane Bowerfind), and Kathleen Margaret Brewin Oxford (Melvin Oxford), grandfather of Zoë Margaret Brewin, Harper Strong Brewin, and McCoy Gerald Oxford, died Sunday, February 21, at The Gardens senior home in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at St. Theodore’s Anglican Church, 5120 44 Ave., Taber, at 2 PM, March 6; following the service a wake will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 5203 48 Ave., Taber.

Although he lived his last years on Vancouver Island, Gerald spent most of his life farming and ranching in the Purple Springs area, where he was born in November, 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, to R.F. and Marjorie Brewin. He was one of ten brothers and sisters: three from his father’s first marriage and the others, like Gerald, from the second. The experience of growing up amidst the general financial and social strains of the era had a lasting impact on his worldview, and no doubt accounted somewhat for the conservative and careful attitude he often took to life. Nonetheless, a childhood on the farm—largely spent outdoors, surrounded by all manner of animals, and with a large group of siblings to play with—was also a wonderful experience for a boy like Gerald.

He was a man of dialectical disposition: although introverted and shy, and often awkward in large crowds, he sparkled in conversations among smaller groups. Strong and physical, comfortable with hard labor and a surprisingly good athlete even in middle age, he was at the same time a great reader of books and liked playing with ideas. In a different time and a different context he could have become an academic or a writer. He disliked spending money as a rule, but on occasion, almost on a whim, would splurge on a gift or gamble the night away at a Las Vegas blackjack table.

He had what could fairly be described as a passionate relationship with the natural world, and in line with his overall religious inclinations, a somewhat mystical one. He was generally disinclined to make hard and fast distinctions between human beings and other creatures. For that reason some of his best friends were animals, notably a brown quarter-horse stallion, Davy, who could cut a cow and calf from a herd almost independent of human guidance, and his dog Sport, a large wolfhound mix. While there is some family debate about Sport’s level of intelligence, there is no doubt at all about the fact that he adored Gerald, and that Gerald adored him.

Some of the other things Gerald loved: raisin pie, rain in the mornings, working with his hands, old Ingrid Bergman movies, the plays of William Shakespeare, ice cream of all kinds and flavors, chocolate bars, honey poured on many different types of food, cowboy poetry, good rum, playing Scrabble with friends, a well-done steak, trips to England, the Red Ensign, long and learned discussions about the existence of the Sasquatch, genealogical investigations into the lives of his ancestors, the Book of Common Prayer, planting trees, and anything—a tool, a piece of furniture, a dwelling space, a poem—that was well-made and that showed a sense of care on the part of its maker.

On mornings when he couldn’t find the right kind of cereal in the house, he would eat a slice of bread with milk and sugar poured over top of it, which is more disgusting than it sounds.

He was a large soul: gentle and compassionate, curious, always attuned to the beauty of things. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends, and would probably want it to be known above all else how much he loved them, and how proud he was of them.


PATRICIA MARIA HORVAT (nee Eichhorn), beloved travelling companion of Patrick Horvat, and loving mother of Samuel and Matthew Horvat, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 at the age of 55 years, where she succumbed to complications from metastasized colon cancer.

Besides her loving husband and sons, she is also survived by her brother Robert Eichhorn of Vancouver, B.C., step-sons Jason, Allan (Ashley) and Bryan Horvat, all of Lethbridge, AB., her grandchildren Brandon Reid, Julia Maria Horvat and Morgan and Grayson Horvat as well as her parents-in-law Frank and Shirley Horvat of Calgary, AB. She will be dearly missed by all of Patrick’s family “Her Outlaws”, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins in Germany of the Eichhorn and Wichmann families.

She was predeceased by her parents Bruno and Maria, brother Wolfgang and her Sassy Dog.

If you would like to know more about Patricia’s adventurous time on Earth, a Celebration of her Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 10:00A.M. with Pastor Don Bergen officiating.

In memory of Patricia and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society – 2920 16 Ave. N, Lethbridge, AB T1H – 5E9.

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

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.

Truus was born in Breda, Netherlands on December 20, 1937 to Hendrik and Adriana Landewers. Truus met Bastiaan Quist at a dance hall in the Netherlands and it was love at first site, they were married on September 26, 1957 in Holland. They moved to Canada the following spring, and eventually made Winnepeg their home. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1974 when she began working at the Lethbridge Public Library. Truus loved travel, camping, golfing, fishing, gardening and tending to Bas’s rose garden. Truus gave her time generously by volunteering for Interfaith Food Bank, Chinook Regional Hospital, Meals on Wheels and Canadian Red Cross.

Truus is survived by her son Bastiaan Quist; daughter Angie (Michael) McKenna; grandchildren Sean and Kyle McKenna; brothers Ben, Joop and Noud (Toos) Landewers; sister Annie (Hilbert) Wouda; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects from 6:30pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St., S. Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1818 – 5 Ave., S., Lethbridge, Alberta. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in the Lethbridge Royal View Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Truus’s honor may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7.

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

Randy Reurink

1961 – 2016

Mr. Randy Reurink of Picture Butte, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the age of 54 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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

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