October 22nd, 2020

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on March 21, 2016.

Dorothy Ann Big Swallow

December 19, 1965 – March 12, 2016

It is with heavy hearts and tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our dear loved one, DOROTHY ANN BIG SWALLOW, after a short illness on Saturday March 12, 2016 at the age of 50 years.

Dorothy leaves to mourn her precious children Kirby, Melissa (Aaron) Big Swallow, Christina and Curtis – Bob Calf Robe Jr. Her precious grandchildren: AJ, Latrell, Janelle, Kylin, Leland, Liam, Caleb, Case, Cate, Charlie, Scarlett, Sharlett, Maelle and Dyson. Her dad: Donald Big Swallow. Her siblings: Pat (Delia) Twigg, Cindy Plaited Hair, Monica (Eric) Plaited Hair, Leslie (Delores), Collette, Albert, Lucille, Curtis (Lisa) Big Swallow and Delores Calf Robe. The Kiipiitaapookaks: Troy Twigg, Angie (Kenny) Creighton and Bradley (Michelle) Big Swallow and thirty-six special nephew and nieces. Her uncle: Andrew (Joanne) Twigg. Her aunties: Theresa Plume and Mary Twigg. Adopted Brothers & sisters, Merlin, Sandra, Brian, Dennis, Robbie (Angeline). Lester (Bev), Anita, Marcel, Lisa, Chester (Natasha) Twigg, Sally (Homer) English & Lenora (Scotty) Many Fingers.

A Wake Service will be held from 6pm-10pm on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00am on Monday, March 21, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge

Interment to follow at One Spot Cemetery, Old Agency, Blood Reserve.

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 Mrs. Sara Gaskell

1934 – 2016

Mrs. Sara Gaskell, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the age of 81 years, beloved wife of the late Glen Gaskell.

Funeral Arrangements to be announced when completed.

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RONALD DEAN HIGGINS

1962 – 2016

It is with great sorrow that the family of Ron Higgins announces his passing on March 14th, 2016 in his home in Cardston, Alberta at the age of 54.

He is survived by his three children Patrick, Eli and Sarah; as well as his five grandchildren Brianna, Lukus, Alisha, Kira and Mayslee. He also leaves behind his parents Kay Stack of Cardston and Dan Higgins of Cutbank, MT; his brothers Rock (Eunice), Randy (Sue); sisters Cindy (David) Taft and Lyndee Stevenson. His loss will also be felt by his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished dogs; Sandy, Gus, Izzy and Red.

Ron is predeceased by his beloved step-father Albert Stack and grandparents Woodrow (Marguerite) Brown and George (May) Higgins.

Ron was born on January 19th, 1962 in Browning, MT. He began his education in Missoula, MT and finished it in Lethbridge, AB after deciding to pursue a career in the oil field as an equipment operator. His passion for mechanics allowed him to work in a field that he enjoyed for 34 years as well as giving him the ability to travel throughout Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. His love of motorcycles and all things mechanical also allowed him to contribute to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. While living in Wetaskiwin he met his wife Darlene and embraced her son as his own. They had two children together and separated after 28 years. After an injury caused him to retire in 2012, he could often be found with a wrench in hand doing what he loved, working on one of his many vehicles or motorcycles. Ron’s devotion to his family was apparent, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends may meet the family at the Legacy Funeral Home, on Sunday, March 20th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or at the church from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

The Funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta Stake Center (338 -5th Ave. East) on Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

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


Willem Kampert

1960 – 2016

Mr. Willem Kampert of Coaldale, beloved husband of Mrs. Lucina Kampert, passed away at Foothills Hospital on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the age of 55 years.

Condolences will be held from 7:30PM to 8:30PM on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, 90022 Range Rd. 211, Lethbridge, AB T0K 0T0.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION, with Reverend A.A. Brugge officiating.

Interment to take place at Archmount Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

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LENDRUM

1928 – 2016

LOUIS FRANK LENDRUM, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Joyce Lendrum, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Friday, March 11th, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

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


MACPHERSON

1971 – 2016

ALAN MACPHERSON, beloved husband of Sheena MacPherson, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at the age of 44 years.

A Celebration of Alan’s Life will be held at the UNIVERSITY DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH, 55 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. with Pastor Brian Palsky officiating.

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Brendon Mcquaid

1991 – 2016

Brendon McQuaid of Lethbridge passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital on March 15, 2016 at the age of 25 years.

Brendon was born in Kitchener, Ontario to his loving parents, Louis and Valerie McQuaid. He dedicated his life to helping those suffering from illness and was on his way to becoming an RN at the University of Lethbridge. He loved working side by side with his Dad framing houses, playing in the Taiko drumming group HIBIKIYA with his mom brothers and friends, writing songs and playing guitar with his sister, baking with his grandma, and bike riding and swimming with his daughter. He was a dedicated father, and a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. He was a kind and gentle soul that could bring a smile and a feeling of warmth and comfort to everyone he came in contact with.

He is survived by his daughter Rosalind, his parents, Valerie and Louis, his sister Alyssa and her husband Drew, his brothers, Kelly and Corey and his grandmother, Clara.

He is predeceased by his sister Jana.

Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, March 21, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge, led by Francis and Cybele Noronha.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at ST. BASIL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 604 13th Street North, Lethbridge, with Father Kevin Tumback celebrant.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the trust fund for the education of Rosalind at any Scotiabank under the account number 41459 03675 83.

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MILLER

DARCY GLEN MILLER, beloved father of Gatlin Miller of Lethbridge, passed away unexpectedly in Calgary on March 16, 2016 at the age of 29 years.

He is the loving son of Glen and Brenda Miller, sister of Amber Miller, grandson of Christina Miller all of Lethbridge. Darcy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by grandparents Leo Miller, and Colin and Lydia Courtoreille.

Darcy was born February 8, 1987 in Lethbridge where he was raised and educated. He began a career as a Sous Chef, starting first at Moxies. Darcy’s passion was music, writing, singing and playing guitar. He had a ridiculous sense of humor and was always able to make people laugh. Darcy was so proud the day his son was born. Gatlin was a treasure to Darcy. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2:00 P.M with Deacon Cliff Bogdan officiating. Cremation to follow.

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


MOGUS

July 16, 1962 – March 15, 2016

It is with profound sadness and gentle relief that the family of CORY MOGUS announces her passing. A spark of life taken far too soon after a five-year journey with cancer that she coped with by “living in denial”. She focused on enjoying life and staying positive.

Cory fully engaged in life surrounded by numerous friends. They called her their social butterfly. Cory was involved in the Lethbridge Community Taiko Association (drumming), Dragon Boating with Lethbridge Leftovers (past) and currently Nautigals and A Breast of Bridge. Cory golfed with the Ladies League at Land-O-Lakes Golf and Country Club and bowled with “The Who” on Tuesday night league. Cory quickly and easily became friends with all those who entered her life.

Cory was born and educated in Lethbridge and worked a variety of jobs including her recent employment with the Government of Alberta during the past 26 and a half years.

Cory is survived by her mother Viola Mogus, sister Cindy (Frank) Kabelka, sister Charlene (Rino) Cattapan and two nieces Christine Kabelka and Pamela Tymensen. She was predeceased by her father Ken Mogus.

We wish to thank those involved in her care. Cory remained friends with her original surgeon Dr. Ryan McColl and his assistant Glenda. The Medical Oncologists and staff at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre. Dr. Elijah Dixon (Calgary), Dr. Rajveer Hundal (Lethbridge), her caring family physician Dr. Dionne Walsh and the exceptional Palliative Care team with a special thank you to Dr. Brenda Ireland and Dr. Elvira Smuts.

Flowers graciously declined. Please donate generously to St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400 – 9th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

As Cory wished, a Celebration of her Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. with a tribute and slide show.

Please bring your favorite memory to share.

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


NEUFELD

GERHARD “GERTY” NEUFELD, passed away peacefully of heart disease at his residence in Coaldale, AB., on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the age of 60 years.

A Funeral Service will be held at the COALDALE MENNONITE CONFERENCE CHURCH, 2316 – 17th Street, Coaldale, Alberta on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

An Interment will be held at the Coaldale Community Cemetery with a Reception to follow at the Coaldale Mennonite Conference Church.

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


OLSON

REX DENNIS OLSON, beloved husband of Elizabeth Olson of Stirling, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the age of 67 years. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, STIRLING CHAPEL, Stirling, Alberta. Friends may meet the family on Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the LDS – Stirling Chapel, or prior to the funeral service on Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment to follow in the Stirling Cemetery.


OXLEY

ERIC WILLIAM OXLEY, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away due to complications from surgery on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

Eric was born on June 4, 1930 in Wallace, Nova Scotia to Murdock and Althea Oxley.

Eric will be lovingly remembered by his wife Jane, his children: Patty (John) Schooten of Diamond City, Terry (Greg) Czech of Nisku, Randy (Debbie) Oxley of Lethbridge, David Oxley of Stirling, Shelley (Rick) Adamson of Stirling, and Greg (Jessica) Oxley of Raymond; 17 grandchildren: Shane (Kristin) Schooten, Michael (Tiffany) Schooten, Cody (Kristi) Schooten, Justin (Kayla) Schooten, Pamela (Mark) Kupecz-Cook, Kyle Kupecz (Sariah Nilsson), Mickenzie Czech, Tyler Czech, Lacey (Chris) Slomp, Logan Oxley (Marie Schussler), Bailey Oxley, Reese Oxley, Brittney Adamson, Brady Adamson, Connor Wedel-Oxley, Rylyn Wedel-Oxley, and Brenan Wedel-Oxley; and great grandchildren: Gracen, Berkley, Georgia, Walker, Paisley and Rhett Schooten; Salem, Connor and Liam Cook.

Eric will also be remembered by brothers: Gary (Muriel) Oxley of Ontario, Phillip (Carolyn) Oxley of Ontario, Gerald Oxley of Wallace, Nova Scotia, and Wayne Oxley of Taber, Alberta; sister Kelly (Carl) Morrison of Wallace, Nova Scotia; brothers-in-law: William (Bev) Firth, Gary (Dianne) Firth, Henry Lewicki, and Jack Grattan; sister-in-law Huguette Firth, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his parents; brothers Arnold (Irene) Oxley, and Aubrey (Gertha) Oxley; sisters Helen (Doug) Langille, Shirley Oxley and Lorraine Grattan; in-laws Frank (Gwen) Wilk, Ed Firth, Phyllis Lewicki; Jane’s parents Chris and Kit Firth; and son-in-law Robert Kupecz.

Eric grew up during the depression. He was the eldest of 11 children. He left school early to help support the family by fishing, working in the bush camp, and farming till he left for Ontario to work in the tobacco fields along with some of his brothers and cousins. He also worked with teams of horses in the bush and the selkie racing horses. In 1952 he left for Alberta for further adventures working as a lease rider and then in road construction all over Alberta. Eric met his wife Jane Firth while working in Taber and they married the following year on March 29, 1958. They lived in numerous places while working construction till finally they settled in Stirling, Alberta in November 1967 where he lived until his passing. He worked for the county of Warner until his retirement and for a short period of time as a public works foreman for the Village of Stirling.

First and foremost his love was his family, and he spent many hours with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and the Blue Jays ballgames.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, STIRLING CHAPEL. Friends may meet the family prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Interment to follow in the Stirling Cemetery.


Mr. Enzo Piccini

1934 – 2016

Mr. Enzo Piccini, of Lethbridge, loving husband of Verdelle Piccini, passed away at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the age of 81 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 4:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, March 21, 2016 at MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH, 2329 15th Ave South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Trevor Potter officiating.

Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre or Canadian Blood services.

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

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REGIER

MARY REGIER, beloved wife of the late Alfred Regier of Coaldale, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the age of 76 years.

She is the loving mother of Bev Peters (Paul) as well as one granddaughter Olivia. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Alfred, one daughter Brenda, parents Maria and Gerhard and one sister Elfreda.

Mary had a great faith in the Lord and will be remembered for her healing touch through reflexology. She touched many a heart by care and concern for others.

Mary will be fondly remembered by her family and many friends.

Cremation and a Private Interment will take place at the Coaldale Cemetery.

A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held at the SIGNET CENTRE, 733 – 13 Street North, Lethbridge, AB, on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.

In memory of Mary, donations may be made to the Signet Centre.

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


SEKHRI

MAN MOHAN SEKHRI passed away at St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the age of 71 years. A private Family Service will be held at a later date.


SERA

JUSTINE SERA, beloved spouse of Frank Sera, of Lethbridge, passed away suddenly, on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at the age of 77 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Fanny “Nancy” Shearer

1921 – 2016

Mrs. Fanny “Nancy” Shearer, beloved wife of the late Scotty Shearer, of Milk River, passed away on March 14, 2016, at the age of 94 years at Milk River Health Centre.

Nancy was born in Dornoch, Scotland on May 13th, 1921 to Fanny and John Grant. She was the second youngest among five brothers. During the second world war, she joined the army and served as an airplane spotter and also a psychiatric nurse. After the war, she met Scotty. They married and immigrated to Canada in 1951. They lived in Alberta, B.C, California, and Ohio, returning to Canada in 1962. Mom and Dad moved to the Milk River area in 1970 and resided there until their passing.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Jean Taylor, of Victoria, BC, and two sons, Harry (Moria) Grant, of Thurso, Scotland, and Grant (Pat) Shearer of Coutts, AB. Nancy is also survived by her grandchildren, Cassidy (Maria) Shearer, Jena Shearer, Maureen and Caron Grant, of Thurso, Scotland.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00AM, onTuesday, March 22, 2016, at St. Paul’s United Church, with Reverend Marion Martin officiating.

Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Church, Box 186, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.

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Sister Marcella Rankin

Rankin: Sister Marcella, formerly Sister Ann Florence, 87, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany on March 13, 2016. She was in the 57th year of her religious life.

Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Marcella was the second youngest in a family of eight children born to William and Catherine (Beaton) Rankin.

Sister Marcella entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on August 15, 1957. She pronounced her first temporary vows on August 15, 1959 and her perpetual vows on August 15, 1962.

Sister obtained her Teacher’s License, Provincial Normal College, Truro, and her Art Teacher License, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. For 25 years Marcella was involved in the teaching ministry in Bras d’Or and Eskasoni, NS, Kamloops and Maple Lake, BC, and Lethbridge AB. She served as a pastoral minister in Canso, Inverness, St. Andrews, and Waycobah Reserve, NS and St. Paul’s River, Quebec. She also served on the Bethany Leadership Team.

Sister Marcella was a woman who lived a life of simplicity; a lover of nature who delighted in gazing on the ocean while in prayer, especially at Mabou Harbour. She had a strong Celtic heart and took great pleasure in listening to Scottish music. She was close to her family and the many people she encountered during her ministry, and fondly remembered by her fellow teachers.

Besides her parents, Sister Marcella was predeceased by an infant sister and brother; brothers Kenneth Finlay, Angus Willie, Finlay Archie and Alex Hughie. She is survived by a sister, Flora Catherine MacLellan, her sisters –in-law and many nieces and nephews who were very important to her in her life.

The remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Wednesday March 16th at 1:15 pm. A Celebration of Vigil will be held that same evening at 7:30. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Services of Antigonish.


SMITH

1929 – 2016

ANNA CECILIA SMITH entered eternal life March 17, 2016 in Lethbridge, Alberta. She is survived by her brother Jack Aulie (Helen); sisters Rose Neumann (Arnold); Esther Lambert; and Sister Anna Aulie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews . She was predeceased by her parents William and Annie Aulie, her sisters Marion Lipsey; Marshall (Pat, Ed); Stella Kennedy (Victor); Jean McNaughton (Dennis); and in-laws Becky Aulie and Bill Lambert.

Anna was an exceptional typist in Regina, Portland and later in Lethbridge. For many years, she sang in the St. Patrick’s Church choir and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Over the last 12 years she was blessed with the loving care of the staff of St. Michael’s Health Centre, for which her family is very grateful.

Cremation has taken place and burial in the family plot in Fairlight, Saskatchewan will take place at a later date.

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Mrs. Lydia Toth

1927 – 2016

It is with great sadness the family of Lydia Toth announces that Lydia went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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VERSCHOOR

CORNELIS “CASE” VERSCHOOR, passed away at home suddenly, on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Willms, Michael Jeffrey “Mikey” Have you ever had a song stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out? Well Mikey, yes even though he was almost 23 I still called him Mikey, liked to be a bit like his dad and create mischief at times. Shannon and Mikey were watching TV one day and a song from the show got stuck in her head. Days later out of the blue Mikey texted Shannon the entire lyrics to the song. No “Hi” or “How are you doing?” but just the lyrics. He knew this would annoy her for the rest of the day. Michael was also very competitive with just about everything especially with me and Shannon said it was his way of trying to become more like me. Not too sure why because I am not very competitive…those who know me well can see the sarcasm in this statement. Well Mikey did beat me at one thing for sure and that was the race to heaven even though it wasn’t a competition he had intended to win. He has left behind the four siblings he grew up with (Kayla, Christopher, Stephen and Carley), Ashley Boyce whom he considered a sister as well as four loving parents, six grandparents, a great-grandmother, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The family is so large I would be here for days if I mentioned them all by name. I can’t even begin to mention all of Mikey’s friends because there were so many. He was fortunate enough to know some of his great-grandparents who predeceased him as well as his Grandpa Garry and Uncle James. We as friends and family have been greatly blessed to have been part of Mikey’s life and have so many wonderful memories. He was always so kind and giving although there are some moments his siblings would beg to differ but I am sure we all weren’t perfect to our siblings from time to time. Mikey loved to try new things and if he found out someone liked a particular food like cheesecake for example he would go out and buy the ingredients and surprise them with a fantastic homemade cheesecake. He didn’t always succeed the first try but he never gave up until it was right. Mikey was also good at asking for forgiveness rather than asking for permission first. The first bike he bought he knew his mother would have told him an emphatic NO to buying because it was a sport bike and being a bit like me he wasn’t the type to drive it slowly. He just showed up one day and said “Hey look at my new bike!” If looks could kill he would have left this earth much sooner than he did… He knew that I liked fast cars and bikes as well so he just figured I would smooth things over because he knew deep down I would want to take one for a ride too. That was typical Mikey and he pulled that stunt many times. Even though we dearly miss having Mikey with us here today we are happy for him to be walking with our Heavenly Father and look forward to joining him again.

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