January 15th, 2021


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 3, 2016.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, papa and husband, FERNANDO RESENDES ANDRÈ, who passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge, AB., on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the age of 76 years.

Fernando was a proud and devoted family man and leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 49 years, Ann André; devoted children, Tina (Jeff) Hepple, Anna (Barry) Gunderson, Carmela (Dave) Van moorsel and Marcel (Evelyn) André; and his precious grandchildren, Sydney, Emilie, Lilyana, River and Liam. He is also lovingly remembered by his brothers Antonio André and Elias André; sisters Ludovina Resendes and Claudina André as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fernando was predeceased by his mother Maria Resendes, father Joáo (John) André, brother Eugenio André and nephew Paul André.

Dad was born and raised in Faial da Terra, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal. He immigrated with his family to Canada in 1960 at the age of 21. He first settled in Coaldale, Alberta where he worked on a sugar beet farm, determined to create a successful and prosperous life in his adopted homeland. He later moved to Lethbridge where he met the love of his life, Ann Grosso. Dad soon began his lifelong career at Purity Dairy where he advanced quickly in the company and became a Culture Product Developer and Cheese Producer. Dad was an honest man with a tremendous work ethic and believed in always doing your best at whatever you do. He worked hard to instill these values in his children and grandchildren. He retired in 2004 after a distinguished career in which he received numerous provincial and national awards for development and advancement in the dairy product industry.

Dad enjoyed music and spending time outdoors in the sunshine. As a young man he played the saxophone and clarinet in his hometown marching band. He also spent many years singing in the St. Patrick’s church choir. Dad loved spending time at home with his family and we have many memories of countless summer days spent gardening and working with Dad around the house. He prided himself in keeping our yard and garden in pristine shape and was well known for delivering baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the neighbourhood every summer. Dad also loved cooking and enjoyed teaching us kids how to cook traditional Portuguese dishes. We will always cherish the memories of him and Mom cooking up huge family meals for every special occasion.

During his later years, Dad’s health started to decline. Although he couldn’t get around as fast as he used to, he still enjoyed starting his planting seedlings each spring and getting ready for his next harvest with his grandchildren in tow. He loved nothing more than sitting out on the patio in the sunshine with Mom, enjoying visits from his children and grandchildren.

Rest in eternal peace, Dad. You will live on forever in our hearts and memories.

Family and friends are invited to the Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge Alberta on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M with Deacon Frank Peta officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2405-12th Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday March 5th, 2016 at 9:30 A.M, with Father Kevin Tumback Celebrant.

Fernando had a giving heart and believed in the duty of helping others in need. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to a charity close to your own heart.

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


SHARON ANNE BEEBE passed away in Cardston on March 1, 2016 at the age of 65 years.

A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, March 6th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Brocket on Monday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Brocket Cemetery.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca

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


Strong, hard-working, and courageous are words that describe Bryon Shining Double, who passed away unexpectedly at the Pincher Creek Health Care Centre on February 27, 2016, at the age of 54 years.

A Prayer Service will take place at the Snodgrass Funeral Home (1101 Main Street, Pincher Creek) on Thursday, March 4, at 11:00 am, followed by a two-day wake at Bryon’s home. A Funeral Service will take place for the late Bryon Shining Double at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Piikani Community Centre in Brocket, Alberta. The interment to take place at the Brocket Cemetery.

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) Knoblich and 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.

HATLELID, Lettie Doris (nee Tucker)

February 25, 1926 – Pender, Nebraska

February 29, 2016 – Lethbridge, Alberta

Lettie Hatlelid of Lethbridge and formerly of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the age of 90 years.

Lettie is survived by her daughter, Norma Hatlelid; her grandchildren, Mark Ellis, Nicole Kusick, Scott (Twyla) Ellis, and Kendra Kusick (Kyle); great-grandchildren, Aedyn, Riley, Jackson, and Emma Ellis; sister Carrol Armstrong; and son-in-law Tom Ellis.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred (Al) Hatlelid in 1985, daughter Lois Ellis in 2012, and sister Olive Holmes in 1986.

Lettie’s family wishes to thank the caregivers at West Highlands Centre in Lethbridge for their compassionate care.

A gathering to remember Lettie will be held in the reception centre at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Lettie Hatlelid, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

Mr. Peter Neufeldt

1936 – 2016

On 27 February 2016, Peter J. Neufeldt passed away at the age of 79 years in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was born on 25 July 1936 in Coaldale. He had his own plumbing and heating business and he also owned rental properties in Coaldale.

Besides his first wife Ella (Ratzlaff) Neufeldt; Peter was predeceased by his parents Johann & Kornelia Neufeldt, and his siblings John, Jake, Isaac, Anne, Kornelia, Aganeta, Maria, and Marta.

Peter will be lovingly remembered by his second wife Edna (Kroeker) (Braun) Neufeldt; children Colin (Lynette) Neufeldt, Gerald (Kathy) Neufeldt, and J. Glen (Rachel) Neufeldt; grandchildren Jasmine (Justin) Clark, Donovan (Natalie) Neufeldt, Adam (Maleah) Neufeldt, Reuben Neufeldt, Alexandra Neufeldt, Sarah Neufeldt, Olivia Neufeldt, and Miranda Neufeldt; great-grandson Christopher Clark; siblings Nellie Elaine Vander Linden, Ab Neufeldt, and Mary Martens. Peter is also survived by his stepson Brian (Amber) Braun and their children Zachery and Hadley.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses, and health care workers who looked after Peter during his illness.

Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4 St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the COALDALE CEMETERY, with a memorial service to follow at 2:00pm at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18th St., Coaldale, with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 2946 – 32 St., NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1Y 6J7 or to Gideon’s International in Canada, 501 Imperial Rd., N., Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6T9.

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

Thomas Fairfax Osborn

Feb 25, 1935 – Feb 24, 2016

Passed away peacefully after a brief illness. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and lifelong partner of 60 years Jennie (Ward). His three daughters Thorunn Richter (Vince), Susan Osborn, Karen Gagne (Mark), Grandchildren Vincent Richter (Sarah), Kevin Richter (Jodi), Julie Richter, Desmond Osborn, Madisen Osborn-Layton, Megan Osborn-Layton and great-grandsons Liam and Jace Richter. He also leaves his sister Jennifer Hedges (Julian) and their sons, Simon, Peter and Richard Hedges.

He was born in Swindon England and was predeceased by his only son Christopher Fairfax Osborn in 1961, sister Denise Osborn in 2001 and parents Bertha Evelyn Osborn and Charles Fairfax Osborn.

After completing his education, he served in the Royal Air Force as a SAC in Armament Mechanics.

He married the love of his life Jennie Ward R.N. in 1956. They then immigrated to Canada in 1957 and first settled in Stonewall MB where many lifelong memories and friendships began. In 1960 they moved to Laurie River MB where he began his career with Sherrit Gordon Hydro. They then moved to Pointe du Bois MB in 1965 to continue his career with hydro. In 1972 he returned to school to attend the Canadian Labor College (McGill University) which led to his career with CUPE. His CUPE career took him to Grande Prairie, AB, Edmonton AB and finally settled in Lethbridge AB. While in Lethbridge he facilitated new programs and innovations for CUPE that are still prevalent today. He remained active as an officer of the LDLC for over 20 years and then he retired. The main highlight of his career was being honored as a lifetime member of CUPE.

He expressed extreme gratitude for each and every person he met, worked with or formed lifelong friendships with and everyone who supported him through his lifelong journey.

He was a man larger than life with a booming voice who loved his family with fierceness and great pride. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him but mostly by his wife Jennie of 60 years, his daughters and their families.

A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a future date. Flowers are gratefully declined instead please make a donation to your charity of choice.

The family would like to thank everyone that has helped since his passing each and every one of you hold a special place in our hearts.

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.

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.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4TH Street S. Lethbridge, Alberta. Inurnment to follow.

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

Randy Reurink

1961 – 2016

Randy Reurink, father of Jordan (Kaylin) and Aaron (Kirsten) Reurink, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the age of 54 years.

Surviving are his mother Steina; brothers Ron (Marty), Doug, Quentin (Sylvia), Mike (Vicki) and Tracy (Tanya) Reurink; as well as twelve nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his father Hank Reurink.

Randy was born on June 25, 1961 in Picture Butte, and spent his life with Diana Gabriel, raising their family. Randy is a founding partner of Hanks Feedmill Service, which he ran with his brothers until the time of his passing.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of St. Michael’s Hospital – Palliative Unit, for their tireless and compassionate care and many acts of kindness.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4th St. S., Lethbridge, AB, with Interment to follow in the Huntsville Cemetery. A Reception will then take place at the Iron Springs Christian Reformed Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit, 1400 9 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5

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


BRANDON TAI SMALL EYES, was called home on Saturday February 27, 2016 at the age of 16 years old.

Tai is survived by his parents Patricia Healy and Jordan Small Eyes; His sisters Amanda, Karalee (Nathan), Shelayne (Les), Alexandra (John), Tracy (Sonnie), Bobbie (Brendan), Ariel (Kash) Small Eyes; His brothers Luke, Joel (Sheree), Charlie & Kodith Small Eyes; Uncles Oliver (Frankie) S. & Tyrone G.R; Great uncles Leonard Y.P, John H & Stan H; Aunties Donna (John) B.H, Tina (Kim) G.R, Ernestine H, Colleen (Chris) S.W, Rebecca (Darrell) H, Dawna H, Nicole H & Ashley (Billy) H; Great aunties Evelyn (David) S.W, Odile D.C & Annie Teresa Y.P.

Tai was predeceased by his grandparents Irene Young Pine and Luke Small Eyes; Ernest Healy and Theresa Good Rider; uncles Curtis Healy, Robert Small Eyes, Eric Small Eyes and Roland Scout; Auntie Nora Scout; Cousin Brett Gros Ventre Boy.

A Wake Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Thursday, March 3rd from 7:00 pm continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Friday, March 4th at 11:00 am. Interment in the Family Cemetery, Blood Reserve.

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

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