November 1st, 2020


By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on April 4, 2016.


Mr. Victor Brett, beloved husband of Mrs. Ida Brett, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday March 30, 2016.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.


Mr. Bruce Sidney Charles, beloved son of Lila Charles, passed away suddenly at home in Lethbridge on Sunday March 27, 2016 at the age of 52 years.

A Memorial Service will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 327-10 St. S. Lethbridge, AB, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life gathering will follow at the Backstreet Pub, 407 Laval Blvd W., Lethbridge, AB.



STANLEY THORALF GUSTUM, beloved husband of Judy, of Lethbridge, AB., passed away peacefully and surrounded by family, at the Edith Cavell Care Centre, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the age of 74 years.

A Celebration of Stan’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

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PHYLLIS “PHYL” MANTLER, of Lethbridge, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the age of 83 years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

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Agnes Nikkel

1932 – 2016

Agnes peacefully entered eternal rest on March 31, 2016 after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. The youngest of eight siblings, Agnes (Doerksen) Nikkel was born December 28, 1932 in Gem, AB to John and Katharina Doerksen. Agnes graduated from Chilliwack High School (BC), attended three years of Bible School (class valedictorian), continued with three years of college in Winnipeg, completed her degree at UBC and chose education as her profession for 33 years. Church activities, music, family, and travels were large components of her life.

In 1990 Agnes became part of the Nikkel family which, by loving and marrying Henry P. Nikkel, entailed moving to Lethbridge and joining a family complete with adult children, grandchildren, and (later) great grandchildren. Henry and Agnes faithfully served the Lord through multiple church ministries during their marriage and took every opportunity to get together with family. Enjoying her gramma status, Agnes crocheted beautiful afghans for everyone. There was a void left in Agnes’ life when she was widowed 10 years ago after only 15 years of marriage, but she had the continued support of family and friends. We are comforted in the knowledge that Agnes is celebrating this day in glory with family and friends who have gone on before her.

Surviving Agnes with cherished memories are children Ron (Celeste) Nikkel, Wilma (Jack) Neufeld, Dorothy (Ray) Frederick, Vaughn (Elaine) Nikkel, Gordon Nikkel, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, sister Betty Schulz, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects between 7:00PM and 8:00PM on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street S., Lethbridge, AB.

Interment will be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY followed by a Celebration of Life Service at EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 4717 24 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB.

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Jesse Kore Peachey

1936 – 2016

Jesse Kore Peachey, of Raymond, Alberta, passed away on March 29, 2016, at the hospital in Raymond at the age of 79, four weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was the beloved husband of Faye Elizabeth Peachey.

Jesse was born to Rufus and Annie (Zook) Peachey on November 28, 1936, in Belleville, Pennsylvania. He grew up there as an Amish boy in the Kishacoquillas Valley. As a young man he decided to devote his life to following Jesus. In December of 1957, he married Faye, and soon after their marriage they moved to a pioneer community in the mountains of British Columbia. He was ordained as a minister in McBride, BC, in 1967. In 1972, Jesse and Faye and their family moved to Bay Tree, AB, a farming community in the Peace River country. After his retirement in 2008, Jesse and Faye moved to Raymond, AB.

Jesse loved the northern bush and worked for many years as a logger and sawyer. He also loved the land and enjoyed farming in the Peace River country. He and Faye dedicated four years of their lives as well to caring for Faye’s parents in their old age.

Jesse’s life was characterized by generosity, humility, and gratefulness. He loved God and people and took joy in the small things of life. His kindness and acceptance of people will be remembered by all those who came into contact with him.

Jesse is survived by his wife Faye (Baer) Peachey and nine children: Carol Peachey of Harrisonburg, VA; David (and Barbara) Peachey of Bay Tree, AB; Jonathan (and Donna) Peachey of Kamloops, BC; Julia (and Daniel) Brubaker of Raymond and Bay Tree, AB; Alta (and Dennis) Breen of Saskatoon, SK; Twila (and Brian) Smucker of Bonners Ferry, ID; Glen Peachey of Fort St. John, BC; Lucinda (and Daniel) Martin of Bay Tree, AB; Linda (and Steven) Overholt of Bay Tree, AB; 42 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings: Elizabeth (and David) Peachey of Oakland, MD; Barbara (and Henry) Byler of Belleville, PA; Jacob (and Juanita) Peachey of Belleville, PA and David (and Linda) Peachey of Belleville. Preceding him in death are one son, Kevin Peachey, his parents and six siblings.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 St. S, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 4717 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. A private family Graveside Service will be held at Briar Ridge Cemetery, British Columbia.

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Jean Skeith

1928 – 2016

With great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Jean Allison Laughlin Skeith, beloved wife of the late Norman Skeith, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, at the age of 87 years.

Mourning her passing are her two sons Terry (Delmarie), Tom (Rita) and daughter Jody (Curtis Stuckert); grandchildren Jason Chartrand (Tara Reimche), Jean (Tanya) Chartrand, Jamie Nichols, Jonathan (Charity) Skeith, Kayla Skeith (Kyle Ladouceur), Jessica (Rob) Peachment, Shawna (Peter) DeConti, Tammy (Curtis) Andreotti, and many nieces and nephews.

Jean will be deeply missed by her sisters Myrtle (the late Vernon Villars), Hazel (the late Pie Lascelle), and brothers Joe (Babs), Norman (Diane), and sister-in-law Joan (Lloyd) Skeith.

Jean is predeceased by her beloved daughter Jennifer Chartrand; husband Norman; sisters Marion Toupin and Joan Pilon; brothers Charles and Donald; and parents Charles and Rena Smith.

At Jean’s request, there will be no formal funeral. A private family service will take place.

Take a walk through a park or plant a tree in my honor.

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Mabel Helene Sutton

1919 – 2016

Mabel passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the age of 97. Great-great- grandmother Mabel was raised near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan surviving the depression and developing her strong and positive attitude toward life. Mabel married and she and Harold settled in Burnaby, BC where they tended their large yard, garden, and hanging-flower baskets. Mabel was a great cook and filled the stomachs of her friends and family, often serving her special prime rib dinner. For the last four years, she resided in Lethbridge at AgeCare Columbia where she enjoyed the company of the kind and caring staff. Mabel counted her blessings every day and often commented that “life is good”. We would like to thank the staff at Columbia, the VON, and CRH for their care and concern for Mabel during her last years.

Mabel was predeceased by her husband Harold. They had been married over 50 years. She is survived by her sister Marie Wheeler of Nanaimo BC, her daughter Lorraine Russell (Ron) her granddaughter Robyn Russell (James), her grandson John Russell (Nancy) and great granddaughter Carlee Heerschop and her son Payton, and great grandson Rory Russell. She is also survived by her niece Sharon Luttrell and her family. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Harold Wheeler who was a great support to her after her husband passed away.

A special thanks to all those friends who helped Mabel especially Joan and Roy Stevenson and family, Sharon and Ted Rattenberry, Marianne and Norm Grosser, Millie Chow and Chris Morris.

In lieu of flowers or donations, we would ask that, to honour Mabel, you plant some flowers or a cherry tree.

A celebration of her life will be held in the Raymond United Church, Raymond, Alberta on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at noon with lunch to follow.

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Ray Tessemaker
1948 – 2016
Reinoud Tessemaker, beloved husband of Shirley Tessemaker (nee Schickler), passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the age of 67 years, following a courageous four year battle with cancer.
A private burial service will be held prior to the funeral service at the Royal View Memorial Cemetery.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 4717 – 24 Avenue South, Lethbridge on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Besides his loving wife Shirley, Ray is survived by their three children Michael (Dawn) Tessemaker of Chestermere and their family Michaela, Madison and Mitchel; Diane (Kevin) Brett of Coaldale and their family Caitlyn, Blake (Sarah) and Darby; Rick (Shana) Tessemaker of Taber and their family Tyler, Ryan, Tyson and Lexi. He is also survived by three older siblings and thier families, Nell (Henry) Denoudsten, Klaas (Thelma) Tessemaker and Hennie (Martin) DeRaaf.
Ray was born in Heerde, Holland on April 7, 1948 to Henry and Dena Tessemaker. Their family immigrated to Canada in 1949 and eventually settled in Brooks in 1958. Ray married Shirley on April 2, 1966, with this year marking their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Ray was a hard working, honest man. He had a passion for automobiles and spent his life racing, fixing and building motor vehicles. While living in Brooks, Ray started his own business, Ray’s Auto Service. In 1971, Ray and Shirley moved their family to Lethbridge. There, he worked for Al Dorge at the Husky on third avenue before working for Great West Tire. In 1973, Ray took over Circle Mohawk Service Station and started RT Automotive. In 1999, Ray and his son Rick took over Minute Muffler in Taber. Racing stock cars was always in the family blood. Ray spent several years racing at Bridge County Raceway with his son Rick. Rick’s oldest son Tyler, continues to work for a professional sprint car race team in the United States. Ray was always full of pride with all of his grandchildren and their many accomplishments.
In 2007, Ray retired. Among his many talents, he was well known for his excellent artistry, carpentry and cooking skills. In his free time, Ray enjoyed camping with his family, rebuilding street rods and spending the last seven winters in Apache Junction, Arizona with Shirley.
Ray’s christian faith greatly influenced his life. His faith in God and the encouragement of his loving wife Shirley, contributed to the many accomplishments made in his lifetime.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ray’s name may be made directly to Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Box 99, Lomond, Alberta T0L 1G0 (
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Ireland for her personal care.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

Garry Wyrostok

1948 – 2016

Mr. Garry Wyrostok of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Margaret Wyrostok, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the age of 68 years.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00PM and 8:00PM on Friday, April 1, 2016, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610-4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, with Deacon Frank Peta, officiating.

Interment to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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Elizabeth Zbrodoff

1925 – 2016

MRS. ELIZABETH ZBRODOFF, beloved wife of the late George Zbrodoff, passed away in Lethbridge on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at the age of 90 years.

Friends and family are invited to pay their final respects at 12:15pm on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411-11 St. S.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 411-11 St. S., Lethbridge, AB. Interment will take place in the Mountain View Cemetery.

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